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Sweet Heat - Burnside Brewing Co.

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90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 18.11%
Wants: 7
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Burnside Brewing Co. visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A wheat ale with an addition of 200 pounds of Apricot puree, then dry hopped with imported Jamaican Scotch Bonnet peppers.

9 IBU

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 04-07-2011)
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Reviews by Etan:
Photo of Etan
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mahlik sent this to me a few weeks ago. Hope these Scotch Bonnets weren't too hot...
22oz into a tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy straw-gold with a nice white head. Nice looking wheat ale.

S: Aroma of sweet apricots, light unmalted wheat, and a bit of green pepper. Pretty mild so far.

T: Mildly vegetal pepper taste, light cream, crisp wheat, a hint of apricot. A tiny tingling of warmth, but it's barely there.

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: This was sort of a let-down, as the pepper didn't give off much heat. I've heard that there's major bottle variation in terms of spiciness - I guess I got a very mild one.

More User Reviews:
Photo of chossboss
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of intoxabroad
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Question - can you dry-hop with something that is decidedly not a hop?

This beer pours a hazy, milky, pale golden straw colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly bone-white head, which leaves a bit of northern Barents Sea island lace around the glass as it quickly sinks away.

It smells of dried apricots, fleshy chili peppers, a soft grainy wheatiness, faint estery yeast, and little else. The taste is bready wheat malt, a rising green chili spice heat, quite lessened apricot/peach fruity notes, earthy yeast, a flinty stoniness, and a mild standalone smokiness.

The carbonation is quite wispy and somewhat fizzy at times, the body on the far light side of medium weight, and possessive of a smoothness contingent upon the exact amount of oily chili heat one is experiencing at the moment. It finishes off-dry, but barely, as the wheaten malt and languishing orchard fruit seem relatively incompetent in the face of the burgeoning spiciness.

Not a bad brew, given the proposed metrics, but the apricot yin is not up to the challenge of the Scotch Bonnet pepper yang, the lag starting shortly after the initial aroma fades. Whatevs, I can take some heat, and this surely comes across as the real deal, so fuck it, and the well-intentioned apricots - Imma gonna enjoy the rest of this with some of that mountain of Christmas confectionery that, despite my best intentions this year, somehow still acquired. Oh, and jigsaw puzzles.

Photo of mudbug
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought this one on an impulse which almost never ends in a good thing, but wait.
From the freshness dated bomber into a standard pint glass results in a hazy yellow body with a small cap of foam, no lacing evident and no bubbles seen rising. mediocher heffe, not bad, just normal.
Aroma is , well a little strange, obviously a wheat beer with slight soapiness and grainy husk but with a slight tart note.
Taste is... well this is unique, starts out as a fairly dull heffe then a slight tartness creeps in, all nothing unusual, then. heat in the back of your mouth and throat. I love Habanero and Scotch bonnet peppers, this beer has captured the heat of those peppers perfectly. unlike Jalapenos or Serranos which have a slowly building level of heat the Chineeses variety of pepper is known for it's intense burn that doesn't linger forever.
Medium bodied with what can only be described as a very warming aftertaste this beer is a good choice for those of us that can handle capsicum.
If you think Tabasco sauce is too hot stay far far away, as for me, I'll have another.

Photo of henrisimo
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Fatehunter
2.8/5  rDev -22%

Pours a thin head on a cloudy light straw colored body.
The aroma is odd. Frying oil and vinegar. Not enjoyable.
The taste has a mild grain sweetness throughout with a hot pepper spice kick in the middle to end. Long hot finish.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
The level of heat is perfect.

Photo of PretzelCity
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of jmccraney
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of ThisMoonlife
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of jason_nwx
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of GRG1313
2/5  rDev -44.3%

Photo of Rutager
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a hazy yellow gold with two fingers of white head.

Smell. Apricots, pungent hot peppers and a bit of sweet wheat.

Taste. Those spicy peppers I smelled without much heat, apricots and some wheat.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with medium+ carbontion.

Overall. The flavour of the peppers was a bit strong, but the mild heat was just right. Original for sure. I'd drink it again.

Photo of Docer
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer from them on tap.

- Light pale cloudy wheat, light yellow, great layer of foamy head..

- Smell was bready, biscuit, thin sugary malts, fruity apricot sat lightly underneath, and the peppers aroma sat nicely with the fruity touch.

- Great light touch of peppery heat to a pleasant wheat ale. The fruit road along nicely with the wheat malts. and bready quality.. the peppers are not so hot, but more flavorful which I like.

- Light to medium bodied, sweet, slightly stick, and wets the palate.

- Overall this is a fantastic peppery wheat brew. It's a very nice regular offering, and I can see myself filling a few growlers of this which are only $10 to fill!

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of foxyaardvark27
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of MrDerp360
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Chugs13
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of CookstLiquor
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 650ml bottle. Pours a hazy yellow. An interesting nose of stone fruits, spice and honey. The taste follows suit with a nice dry fruitiness--peaches and apricots--followed by notes of hot peppers and a nice spicy pepper heat on the finish. A very interesting combination that is well-balanced and tasty. It's medium bodied and hearty and would pair well with food.

Photo of mendvicdog
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of danwho
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of cbarrett4
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A rather forgettable pepper/spiced beer but points for the effort.

A low IBU wheat brew with some peppers added in (theoretically) for heat. I was expecting something a with a bit more heat.

Instead this drinks like an average unfiltered American wheat ale. Really up front grain on the nose, some citrus notes. Palate confirms with more of the cereal grain flavors. Very faint pepper influence, not enough to really do justice.

I think they are onto something here, but just need to ratchet it up a notch on all levels.

Photo of claspada
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, gold color with a small frothy white head that recedes slowly to leave some decent lacing.

Aromas begin with the slicy raw peppers up front and some pale malt sweetness and . As it warms up I get more of the fruity apricot sweetness with some semi- tangy wheat malt.

The tastes begin with the same full bodied tangy wheat with a complementary light heat that comes in soon after. The apricots provide a smooth and somewhat sweet balance. The finish is fairly clean before leaving an aftertaste with a decent amount of peppery heat.

The mouthfeel is light to medium boided with moderate carbonation. Finish is lightly sweet from the fruit but mainly end with the light heat in the background.

Overall, I have to say this is my favorite beer besides Hunahpu that has a spice profile. I know they are completely different beers but this one shares the same quality of not over or under-applying the peppers and they spice/heat really complements the beer as opposed to be overpowering or completely lost as most pepper beers do. I feel the wheat base was a good choice because such a low ABV beer with just pilsner or pale malt would have been too spicy most likely. I've hears some good things out of this new Northwest brewery so I look forward to sampling more in the future.

Photo of Birdlegs
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Kkbeep
5/5  rDev +39.3%

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Sweet Heat from Burnside Brewing Co.
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