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

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Reviews: 82
Hads: 243
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 18
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
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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 chugalug06
4.06/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Small 1 1/2 finger white foamy head. Brew is very foggy yellow with lots of whites.

Heavy heat, as in spice. Jalapeno, Anaheim, and Fresno stand out.

Thin, watery, crisp, hiding heat that comes out in the finsh. Not sessionable, but nice and relaxed for the style. Some of the best flavors I've had for the style. Low carbonation, no sweetness, dry, earthy bitterness.

Recommended, for style. (397 characters)

Photo of dcarr
3.27/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

As you can imagine, there was a very distinct aroma and taste to this beer. It was infused with 5 different peppers and they spicy after taste lets you know they're there. Interesting, but not a favorite by any means. (217 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - yellow with no head

S - huge peppper aroma, jalapeno seems to come through the most, reminds me of kettle cooked jalapeno potato chips

T - cooked peppers, faint grains, some heat in the finish which is warming and no where near unbearable

M - light, smooth, spicy, well carbonated

This is a decent chili beer. It's a bit simple though. It has a great pepper flavor which I think could be utilized in a more flavorful beer to make something a bit more intriguing. I probably won't buy this again, but I did enjoy it for what it was this time around. (556 characters)

Photo of SkeeterBoganski
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light head, solid lacing; "where's the breakfast burrito?"; Indeed, the breweries site recommends this beer with a breakfast burrito; felt like some hot pepper jack cheese and a butter cracker would be a great compliment as well; distinct almost burning nose; very noticeable, although not intense, chili flavor all down the throat; full flavor, fun; great accessible experimental beer; four days after we tried it, I still find myself craving this beer. (454 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

i should start by saying this is not my favorite genre of beer. however, this is a well made pepper beer, as they go. 5 types of peppers are used here, and you can feel the heat. it pours an unassuming pale color with an average white head. the nose is chili hot, with some pale malt backing. the flavor is in my opinion overpoweringly hot, not as brutal as the ghostface, but its intese capsaicin right off the bat. fortunately it doesnt last that long in its most intense form, and mellows with the malts until the finish, where it leaves a powerful heat on the throat and lips. i know some people get off on these, but this just isnt for me. the mouthfeel would be fine if it werent for all that residual heat. overall a cool beer for those interested, but it was just too hot for me. (787 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a perfect pint glass. It has a straw color body with a small very fizzy head. The smell is crazy of green chilies and serrano chilies but nothing else cuz the chili smell is very powering. The taste is strictly chili pepper taste up front but not extreme heat though. The mouth feel is very nice and leave a nice peppery/burning sensation in your mouth, Overall i like this beer and would recomend it to somebody who want to try something different and out of the ordinary. (492 characters)

Photo of csiewert
3.84/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Firat review on the new BA

A - clear straw color with no head... Fairly blah... But it is a chilie beer

S - green chilies are up front... Not much else because it's so overpowering but it is very unique and crisp... I like it

T - well it's a chilie beer so it's nice to see a lot of hot chilie flavor... Again, it's so overpowering that it's all you really get, but it is nice and clean. Good spicy finish, but not too spicy that you can't drink it like ghost face killah

M - properly carbonated, strong burning sensation from the spice, but that's to be expected

O - a good chilie beer... Not too overwhelming which is nice and makes it still drinkable (658 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
3.82/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 10 oz chalice.

A- pours a light golden with a 1 finger white head. Minimal lacing on the glass.

S- lots of jalapeño and that's about it.

T- pale malts and slight sweetness, and then a big jalapeño pepper spice blast.

M- medium body and carbonation. Drinks well and then a big spiciness burn at the finish.

O- fairly good pepper beer. Overall taste is a little lacking but has a nice pepper flavor to it. (444 characters)

Photo of Scott_McCool
4.06/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sorry, first ever review. Won't be too technical.

From a bottle into a Pint Glass.

Surprisingly powerful pepper smell. Color is a bit cloudy, nothing remarkable. First taste is a light, smooth beer, but then a strong pepper after taste that actually packs a punch of heat. I had never ever heard of a Chile Beer until I tried this one. I definitely want to try another. (371 characters)

Photo of txbrewer
3.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Nothing to rant about. Another light amber colored beer with an ample head that did not really hang out.

S - Mostly the peppers. The malt and hop are downplayed in this one.

T - Mostly the peppers like the nose. Nothing spicy, just mostly the pepper flavor. Jalapeno was the stand out for me.

M - An average 'beer'

D - If you like the pepper flavored ones, yes. If you were hopeful to find some more beer favor, not so much. (432 characters)

Photo of StoneTSR
3.91/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Straw yellow with a really good looking, white, fluffy head - about three-quarters of an inch thick. Decent retention on the head with the bigger bubbles popping as I watch it. A great deal of carbonation rises from the bottom as well, lively looking beer. It is a little cloudy as well. This is one of the better looking yellow beers I have seen.

SMELL: It smells pretty straight forward like bell peppers, maybe with a little jalapeno or habanero. An ever so slight breadiness lurks way back behind the peppers somewhere.

TASTE: Light, crisp and bready flavors start out the sip while a mild pepper flavor eases the drinker into the sip. That mild flavor quickly manages to pack a punch though as the hotter chilies kick in mid-dip and finish very strong.

MOUTHFEEL: Light and refreshing at the tip of the tongue and at the front of your mouth, but a nice, moderate chili burn coats the back of the throat and the lips after a few sips. Halfway through the glass this is not overwhelming, but it is a reasonably spicy beer.

OVERALL: Good take on the style. I'm impressed with this one from Twisted Pine. (1,122 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: no head to speak of on a cloudy straw colored body.

S: Chiles and Habanero.

T: Chile peppers and Habanero. light caramel malts make there way through as well. Actually fairly drinkable. About 4 alarms lower than the Ghost Face Killah.

M: moderate carbonation and medium body. (281 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
2.18/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma is very similar to the juice you get in canned jalapenos, with some sweet biscuit malt also thrown in. The flavor is a mix of bread and jalapeno notes that burns the throat as it goes down. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not one of the better hot and spicy beers I have tried. (345 characters)

Photo of shand
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Been interested in this one for a while, gonna pair this with some fajitas and see how it goes.

It's a decent looking beer, a fairly carbonated golden color with plenty of floaties that are prevalent enough to cloud it. Decent sized head that doesn't last long. Aroma of chilis and light malts. The taste is just about what I'd expect from the style, light pale malts and a touch of caramel at first, followed by a firm chili pepper heat that lingers through the finish. The mouthfeel is light and crisp, and the drinkability is about what you'd expect. A very good chili beer that delivers what I want from the style. Chilis and beer! That said, I didn't really find this one hot, maybe that's what it's big brother Ghost Face Killah is for. And, go figure, I have one in the fridge! But that's a tale for another day. (878 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a slightly hazy, orange color with a small, white head of foam. It left some thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of chilies and peppers with a mild caramel aroma.

T - It tasted of mild chilie pepper bite with some caramel and bready malt. Not too hot.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice chilie beer. Not too hot and quite drinkable. (431 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light, golden yellow body with good clarity. The head is white and thick (initially) but rapidly reduces to a thin white head on top of the beer and some lacing down the glass.

The scent is initially light malt in character, but a good green chili and hot pepper aroma rises to the occasion as the beer settles in the glass.

Taste is much like the smell. Pleasant pepperish notes, not overly hot or extreme in character. Mouthfeel is medium and soft.

This is a great chili beer, perfect to have with some hot wings, a bowl of chili (surprise!), or as a compliment to any other spicy food you might like. (608 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.87/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle (I think it was 12 fl oz) served into a pilsner glass at me friend's gaff in high altitude Fort Collins, Colorado. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a half finger head of no cream, bad thickness, and abysmal retention. Colour is a clear yellow-copper.

Sm: Yellow chilies, like the ones in those plastic baggies you get at In N Out Burger, and pizza peppers. A mild strength aroma.

T: Muted chilies, with some spice on the finish. It's decently built, and pretty balanced for a chili beer. There's some slight layering going on, but all around it's pretty simple.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours. I'd die if it were coarse or dry. At least the mouthfeel provides some refreshment.

Dr: As my first chili beer, it's not bad. That said, it's too simple and boring. I do like the spice on the finish, however. Really only worth a try if you're a big fan of the style. (884 characters)

Photo of blakelive784
2.73/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz bottle served in a pint glass, reviewed live:

A - A soapy white head of 1.5 fingers sits on top of a transparent, straw golden color. Retention is quite bad, but it leaves a small amount of lacing.

S -Roasted green chilies, jalepenos, and refined barley. It's hard to detect much else in the aroma with the overbearing nose of the peppers.

T - Basic pale malt and adjunct flavors open. A bit of floral hops try to come through but they're overmatched. Strong sweet/roasty/fruity peppers dominate the palate from climax to finish, lingering with a little spiciness on the tongue. It's built better than any other chili beer I've ever had (then again that's not saying much as every one I've had was complete crap).

M - Light bodied and crisp. Probably ideal for the style.

D - I'd drink this one again, though it's not sessionable by any stretch. I compliment the brewers for attempting to build a chili beer around a decent foundation. Certainly the best attempt at the style I've come across. (1,010 characters)

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No freshness date. Poured into a stange glass.

Body is slightly hazy and straw colored under a quick to fall finger of white head.

Smells of sweet pale malts with just a faint touch of hops, and sweet chilies. There is a faint smell of "hot", but mostly it is just the sweet smell of a fresh cut pepper.

On the tongue this tastes like a sweet lager (with real malted barley for most or all of the grain bill) and just enough hops to clean it up. Maybe even like a filtered blonde ale. The chilies come to the surface quickly and tastes predominantly sweet. A little heat shows up in the end but it is minimal. Overall this is a nice flavor, and the fresh qualities of the peppers do shine well (I could go for more however).

The mouthfeel includes a subtle oiliness (maybe my imagination) or something that reminds me of eating a fresh hot pepper. Otherwise it is pretty standard for a lighter lager.

Conclusion: My first chilie beer, and I like it quite a bit. I love hot food and almost any type of chilie I have ever tasted, and of course I love beer so the two together is very tasty. For this particular beer however, I could go for more chilie flavor and heat, but the way it is works well too. (1,206 characters)

Photo of Spider889
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Purchased this while in Florida.

Poured into a snifter. I immediately regretted this decision, as the beer isn't much to look at. With some effort i got a short white soapy head, which almost instantaneously dissipated. Good clarity. A very light, and bright brassy color.

Smells peppery, like a fresh cut jalapeno. But it also has a very oily quality to it as well.

The flavor is at first weak, and seems like a bad and bland golden ale, but slowly the heat creeps up on you. It's never very hot though, which would make this an interesting beer to pair with food. However, I was really wishing for much more heat. Habanero is used here, I feel a bit let down.

Carbonation is quite low, which I didn't care for.

Overall interesting for sure, but I think it could use some work. (783 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of this one at a liquor store recently (to drink next to Ghost Face). Light golden color with a decent white head. Aromas of biscuit, light chiles and sweet malt. Crisp and refreshing, with a little heat and flavors of chiles, biscuit and sweet malt. (271 characters)

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like "beer" in the TV commercial sense, yellow and fizzy.

This smells exactly like those Dorito's Jalapeno Cheddar crackers I buy at work. Not much else going on, but the peppers do smell fresh.

Not surprisingly, I taste peppers. Fresh peppers up front with a little sweet malt in there that fades to some pretty strong heat. The finish is fairly balanced sweet and hot with a lingering tingle.

The feel is apropriately light, yet not watery in the least.

Overall, this is pretty good for what it is. (510 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.99/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is like a good (or at least better) version of Cave Creek Chili Beer. The brew is a pale straw-gold, translucent, and generally projects an Adjunct Lager look; aside from the pepper addition, it is like an AAL in all respects. The nose is quite akin to the spicy nacho cheese cup that you get with the chips at the movie theater; it is not bad, however, it is more like a guilty pleasure, or a harkening to days past. The flavor reiterates the theme with equal parts corn-chip and spicy serrano-jalapeno flavor. It is admittedly just a hair's breadth away from being a debacle, and yet it retains that hair's distance above. It is in that precise nailing of flavor that Billy's Chilies makes its mark; it is not just gimmicky, it is a paradigm of frill-added merchandise. (776 characters)

Photo of Portertime
4.47/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah yes, a chili beer. I love unconventional ingredients in beers and nothing says unorthodox than five different hot pepper tastes crammed into one 12 ounce bottle! Pours a rich auburn color with a tight head. The smell is spicey with caspian and light pineness. Taste was what I hoped for. I could almost feel the flame roasted pepper skins on my tongue. Nice heat but not overpowering with some light hopping in the background. It was a little hard to distinguish the different peppers but I still loved it. Great beer Twisted Pine! (534 characters)

Photo of tripelhops
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - poures a light, burnt copper with tiny bubbles coming up from the bottom, an off-white head foams up but quickly fades away

Smell - sweet and hot peppers hits the nose, not much else getting through

Taste - initial taste is a touch of sweetness from the base malt, then the spice and heat of the peppers takes over coating the roof of your mouth and back of your through

Mouthfeel - lightly carbonated, hot and spicy

Overall - I really enjoy this beer, not more than one and not every day, but every week or so with mexican or other spicy food, it's a nice change of pace, but if you don't like spicy food or hot peppers, than this isn't going to change your mind. (681 characters)

Billy's Chilies Beer (Timberline Series) from Twisted Pine Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.