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Billy's Chilies Beer (Timberline Series) - Twisted Pine Brewing Company

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Billy's Chilies Beer (Timberline Series)Billy's Chilies Beer (Timberline Series)

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Reviews: 84
Hads: 251
Avg: 3.4
pDev: 37.65%
Wants: 17
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Twisted Pine Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Chile Beer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-14-2006

Our chili beer is made with five different kinds of fresh chili peppers. Rich pepper aroma greets you when the bottle is opened, followed by its satisfying beer taste and then subtle spiciness.
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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.01/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My first time trying a chile beer, poured into a tumbler glass.

Appearance : First thing I notice is lots of sediment, suspended in a 80% opaque golden haze of a body. The head pours 2 fingers and recedes to a small ring leaving hilly lace on the sides. The sediment could be finely ground pepper seeds, or tons of yeast and carbonation bubbles. Either way it's unique and exciting.

Smell : Eyes watering from the smell already. Fresh cut green bell pepper, Serrano, Jalapeno, Banana Pepper. Some malty character behind that. It's a very spicy aroma. It could be louder, though.

Taste : This is a hot beer. Woo! Nice blonde ale character sits behind waves of green pepper skins - namely jalapeno and Serrano, crushed seeds of that variety, and it finishes on mild green bell pepper flavor with the lingering heat of the hotter peppers. It actually ends up tasting like a mouthful of red pizza peppers from the shaker.

Feel : Medium bodied. Ends semi-dry with natural heat generated from the spices. Fits the beer well.

Overall : A unique experience. I'd recommend it to anybody who likes peppers and who likes beer. Drink up!

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale color with almost no head. Pepper skin and plano on the nose, taste has a very mild chili taste with a subtle IPA backbone. Drinkable but not too impressive.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Totowa recently, having never had this before. I'm not a huge fan of this style of beer as I always feel that I need something to eat to accompany a brew of this sort but in this case, there was enough here that I didn't need to pair it with any food. The only question I had was whether I would still be feeling this hours after I got the last sip down

Out of the nearly 1,000 beers that I've reviewed on here, none of them have ever had a sound quite like this one as I poured it out. The head sounded like receding sea foam as it bubbled up and popped, attempting to jump out of my glass. Lots of habanero and jalapeno in the nose which the latter coming out strongly in the taste. I almost felt like this was jalapeno cheese that had somehow been liquified and fermented, powerfully enough to cut the wheat that I could see but not taste. It looked like it should have been there, given the subdued golden hue and cloudiness of this beer, but the heat just seemed to smother everything else out. Not hoppy, this still had a good body to it and enough carbonation to keep this light in spite of my lips still burning well after finishing this off.

While weak enough to be a session beer, having more than one in a sitting would be a bit gutsy. This wasn't enough to change my mind about what I think of these beers but if I was bit rebellious and wanted to push the envelope, I'd have another one of these just to liven things up. This was about as good as it could get for the style with just a hint of bread to keep it relatively even-keel. Surprisingly fun stuff!

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Photo of Moonshae_D
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The chilies are the saving grace here. The beer itself reminds me of the BMC variety. Loved the smell of the peppers as I poured. The heat on the back end is very nice. The higher end of this score is for those peppers.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving: 12 oz bottle served in a 7 oz Libbey Gibraltar glass.

Appearance: Cloudy, pale lemon yellow with modest white head and no lace.

Smell: Rich pepper aroma shines, both sweet fruit and spice, on top of a light, wheat malt base.

Taste: Nice fruity, earthy and vegetal pepper notes but the base beer lacks. Mostly pepper fruit and some malt sweetness with growing spice heat.

Mouthfeel: Light body and light to medium carbonation.

Overall: Some good pepper flavors and aroma shine through, but the base beer is an otherwise uninspired, light wheat ale.

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Photo of EMV
2/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had on tap at Disney's Epcot Center

L: Pours a clear light golden color with a thin white head.

S: Chili peppers and vegetables.

T:/F: This tastes pretty awful. Chili peppers and tobasco sauce with an unpleasant chili burn. No other detectable flavors. Carbonated and kind of fizzy.

O: I very much disliked this beer and would have dumped it had I gotten more than a 4 oz pour. Mild chili flavor can augment a beer but it sure can't carry one. Maybe worth trying once for the novelty.

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Photo of Can_has_beer
1.69/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

This is a fine beer for making chili, and that's about it. I can't drink this. It's just too harsh on the peppers. It's like drinking straight pepper juice.

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Photo of StevenMilligan
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow haze (unfiltered) in color.

Smells of Anaheim peppers and Tabasco.

Taste like a smooth, bitterless lager with extreme habereno burn! Not for the faint of heart. A little much for me perhaps.

Mouthfeel and carbonation is similar to that of a traditional unfiltered, lager.

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Photo of Iamlavra
4/5  rDev +17.6%

I really enjoy this beer! With fresh chiles, you really get a full mouth of spice and refreshing lager. I love pairing this with cheeses and/or a nice bowl of chili on a cold evening.

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Photo of cb26
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

I was excited to try this beer, good chile aroma and taste at first, but it had that wheatty finish which tastes like something rotten to me. The head was light, fluffy and effervescenty and quickly dissipated. Birdsong Jalapeno pale ale and Ballast Point Habanero Sculpin are way better. Those are the only other two peppery beers I have tried so far.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy bone head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. There is what appears to be wisps of oily sediment floating throughout the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, chile pepper, and pepper juice aromas. Taste is much the same with earth, chile pepper, and pepper juice flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of chile heat that lingers on the palate long after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer with pretty solid chile aromas, but the taste has an earthy quality that reminds me of unwashed peppers.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Bright lemony color. Hazy with sediment and fairly significant white foamy head.

S: Mostly pepper. Some vegetal sweetness, and slight floral fruitiness.

M: Light to moderate body with a pretty smooth feel. Low, but active moderation. Ends up a little thin.

T: A little cardboard flavor to start out. Slight metallic. Wet hay, chili and pepper spice. Little ascorbic lemon on the follow. Keeps palate warm. Slight nasal drip from spice, but not crazy. It's one of the beers you think chile of first, not a beer that happens to have chiles.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.92/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. From notes.

A: Pours a hazyish golden color. There are two fingers worth of white-colored head, and the retention is pretty terrible. No lacing is left behind. Not exactly a good-looking brew.

S: The pepper character is great: they're both sufficiently spicy and nicely fruity. It doesn't have the overdone spice of Ghost Face Killah, either. Not much else, but at least the chilies have a nice aroma to them.

T: Slightly fruity to start, with a nice peppery finish - this is hot, but not over the top at all. The problem is when you take away the chilies from the rest of the beer. The base beer is more or less a blank canvas, providing nothing else but a way to showcase the chili spice. At the end of the day, I want more than just a nice heat.

M: Good body, perhaps too much body in fact. The chili heat keeps the finish moderately dry, at least. Carbonation is low - this could certainly stand to be a bit stronger.

O: While it's pretty insipid, I think this would make a fantastic chili adjunct - it's not over the top like Ghost Face Killah, yet still brings a wonderful pepper character. Too bad that's its only real note to speak of. Try it once, if you want.

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Photo of metter98
3.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of various chili peppers are present in the nose. I'm assuming these are the blend of Anaheim, Fresno, Habanero Jalapeño, and Serrano chili peppers.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of the five varieties of chili peppers and has a strong dose of associated spiciness that persists and lingers through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The chili peppers lend some heat to the mouthfeel and burn your mouth.
O: This beer is very hot and spicy, but if you can handle very spicy food like atomic wings it is manageable. This reminds me a lot like the brewery's Ghost Face Killah, except that that beer has little drinkability whereas this isn't nearly as hot because it doesn't have the intense heat of the ghost face chiles.

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Photo of Cervezaconcalor
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Drank one out of a pint glass and the second out of a snifter.

A - Nice golden color with a small head that dissipates quickly.

S - Ripe chilies.

T - The taste is just as advertised. Chilies! This is a straight forward beer with a rich blend of chilies that are light to medium in heat with a bit of sweetness. The sweetness comes out better when drinking from the snifter.

M - Smooth but tongue tingling from the chilies.

O - A really good chili beer that delivers some spice.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.... (drank 1/2 the brew.... other 1/2 added to chili)

A: Poured a clear golden color with 1/2 a fingers worth of head that dissipates very quickly with no lacing.

S: Without a surprise it smells like chili peppers... Hot with a little corn sweetness mixed in... This is the best part .

T: Not bad.... a straight up simple lager right up front then the peppers kick in....

M: Light bodied, almost watery, with moderate carbonation

D: Of the other chili beers I've tried this is the best one... It is what it is a chili beer.... As for my chili I made with the other 1/2 of the beer... If was fantastic, the best chili I've ever made... I will look for this beer for my next chili.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Slightly hazy adjunct lager color. The head disappeared so fast I don't remember the color. No lacing.

Aroma: Heat from peppers greets the nose.

Taste: Peppers, all the way. I only recognize Jalepeno, but I also taste green bell pepper in this, and it gives the beer some authenticity. Pepper heat and taste all around.

Mouthfeel: Hot but a light body.

Overall: Authentic and hot with heat. But nothing I'd want to session.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.03/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled tonight on 1/11/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a large white fizzy head that settles down to just a thin line. Spotty lacing was seen with each sip. Lots of bubbles from the carbonation. The aroma of various peppers (actually Anaheim, Fresno, Serrano, Jalapeno & Habenero peppers) hits your nose right up front with some grain. The taste at first starts out sweet then the heat of the peppers hits your tongue with some heat BUT doesn't last long after, then the taste of malt. Not overpowering at all. Stronger than "Dave's Chili Beer" with the single pepper at the bottom of the bottle. Overall, this is pretty good and is different.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up in the sampler crate pack, enjoyed chilled in a pils glass.
The color is golden hued with good clarity and fizzy soda-like come and go head. The carbonation rises rapidly. The smell is faintly peppery more earthy and vegetal than anything really but you get the sense there is some peppers involved by the smell. The feel is good with a nice balance of heat and carbonation with a mild hint of sweetness and very dry finish.

The taste is good, peppery and dry with a subtstantial heat in the pepper flavor with a very light grain flavor in the background almost chalky with a lightly vegetal pepper taste that lingers after the swallow. The drinkability is very good - nicely spiced and pretty nice when paired with food I wouldn't really want to try to have a session with Billy's Chillies though

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

- Timberline series. Anaheim, Fresno, Serrano, Jalapeno, & Habanero peppers.

A: A fizzy, dirty white head is slightly bubbly atop, and was quick to dissipate to a polished surface. Tangerine orange with a medium translucent quality ahs a misty haze of suspended floaties. Like the extra suspended material which saves this from a below average visual, most likely peppery remains.

S: Jalapeno and habenero peppers get noticed, light to medium intensity, no where near thier Ghost face killa levels.

T: Flavor had a quick sweet peppery start, some warming of heat moves in, Jalapeno and habanero come late on the swallow with a distinct character. Again managable, not over the top heat intesity like thier ghost face killa. I noticed the serrano, has a spicy mixture of sweet malt and heat that lingers with a gentle conclusion.

M: some heat, spicy and warm pepper with a light to medium body. The heat grows the longer you hold on glowing the inner cheeks with a kindering warrmth.

O: Overall drinkable, nice blend of peppers, a little sting on the backend, warming glow of peppers that make you aware but not uncomfortable. Its a chili pepper beer, plain and simple, it brings a modest display of heat range, limited range of complexity beyond the peppers and a novel approach that is somewhat decent but may fall a bit short of good.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Twisted Pine Billy's Chilies

Appearance: straw golden with a large head initially that dissipated into nothing.

Smell: sweet peppers!

Taste: a blend of many peppers that goes down with a spice burn. There is a small hint of malts. It's actually fairly difficult to keep discerning flavors after drinking some of it.

Mouthfeel: smooth yet burning.

This is one of the oddest flavor medleys I've had for a beer. It is spicy and unique. It is also like salsa -without the chunks of course. Did I mention the burning?

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a medium yellow in color with significant amounts of active carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer evenly. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of chilies - specifically jalapeño and light amounts of the pickled jalapeño juice when they come out of the jar/can. There are some light notes of smokey chilies as well but you can tell there will be at least a little heat in this one.

T: Upfront there is a light amount of biscuit and cereal grain malts but that is quickly overtaken by the flavors of the chilies which basically overpower any other flavors from the beer. I can taste jalapeño as well as ancho chilies but I'm sure there are at least a couple of more in there - possibly chipotles. Overall the flavor is warm heat from the chilies but not anything crazy - you know there are chilies and it is spicy but it doesn't burn the mouth (disclaimer: I enjoy hot and spicy foods so this might be a touch hotter for folks not used to them).

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Definitely one of the better chili lagers that I have had - there are better chili beers available but they are almost always much more intensely flavored styles of beer that can more easily support the chilies. I didn't find this one too hot or too intense but not sure that I would want to have more than one of these in a session.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.66/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow what a beer....I don't think I have ever had a beer that was so interesting. The beer poured a nice clear golden color with white head that laced somewhat. The scent and taste was absolutely....PEPPER!!!! The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall I am not sure I could drink alot of this....but boy o boy its tasty.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Billy's Chilies pours a dark golden color, with no head. There is a fresh chilly pepper aroma. The taste has a strong and fresh chilly pepper taste, and finishes with a kick of spice in the back of your mouth. The only flavors present are those of chilies, and the spice may make it hard to drink, hard to drink even one. Overall a good beer if you enjoy hot chilly peppers.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

No freshness date on the bottle. Pouring it into a pint glass.

Came out almost all foam. Like a 1:6 ratio of beer to foam. Waiting for the loud hissing and crackle of the chemical reaction of gases escaping to bring the head down so that I can fit the other half of the bottle into the glass, a little more slowly this time. Reduced to almost no head. I can tell this one is overcarbonated. Beer is light gold, by the way.

Aromas of green chilies, pale malts, pickling liquid, and grassiness. Hard to detect hops in this nose with all of this vegetable being thrown around. Definitely has heat in the smell along with both fresh and lightly pickled chili pepper. Most noticeably serrano and Anaheim peppers.

For a chile beer, this is right on style. Flavors of pickled peppers, fresh serranos, fresh Anaheim, and jalapeno peppers. Has a sweet pale grain note that hides beneath what turns out to be a next level hotness. Rather spicy, veggie, and green. That extra heat has habanero written all over it. Hops, again, are hard to recognize; but, I think they would just complicate things and over-enhance the spiciness. Would make drinking this beer difficult, wheras right now, it's just a labor of love. We've established that it has a nice bite to it, and the flavor is authentically Tex-Mex, but it's still just a light ale without much behind the cloak and daggers. Still, I pay respect to a very bold and genuine chile beer.

I think it feels kind of rough. What, with the super-fizzy and aggressive carbonation that peters out in the glass crossed with hot sauce piquancy, this beer is not sessionable. A one-and-done is more than enough for me, from a mouthfeel standpoint.

The main attraction here is not the spiciness, which I'm a glutton for, but the vegetable replication (or, should I say, representation). It's a beer for beer-lovers who love peppers. I love peppers. So does my girlfriend. This beer is, indeed, for us. And, we both really enjoy drinking it.

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Billy's Chilies Beer (Timberline Series) from Twisted Pine Brewing Company
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