Sweet Heat - Burnside Brewing Co.
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4.25/5 rDev +17.7%
A 20 oz. pour during 'Fermented Hour' at Burnside. I recall a beer remarkably similar to this (that I really enjoyed), also brewed with apricots and scotch bonnets at departed Roots Brewing - then called 'Calypso'. That former Roots co-owner Jason McAdam now runs Burnside isn't a coincidence, I'm thinking...
A: Milky golden, completely unfiltered - which makes finding any carbonation next to impossible. No biggie. A stubby head of creamy whiteness withdraws to a clinging ring. Minimal lace sticks in exploded ribbons.
S: After an underwhelming beginning (wheat without much else), the apricot and pepper both ascend well. Sweetness is pronounced but oddly hard to define: it's at once nutty and flowery, nose-tingling-ly peppery. Not terribly strong, nor overly complex, but I kinda want to keep inhaling it.
T: A chewy, wheaty brew with an ample dose of tangy/hot 'sweetness'. Hints at sugary cereal are beaten down by fruity tartness and that wonderful pepper burn. Salivation-inducing. At just 8 IBU, this won't appease the bitter-loving hophead, but I really enjoy it.
M: Subdued body, light-medium I suppose. Mild carbonation but a healthy 'zing' of pepper hear melded with the mild tang of apricot. Not quite 'refreshing' but definitely begs for a 'next sip' after each preceding one. Warmth trickles down the throat.
O: Comparing this to the aforementioned Calypso, I want to sat that beer was a little more pepper- and fruit-forward. But hindsight = 20/20, right? Definitely Sweet Heat is enjoyable, it's lighter body and fruit/spice appealing to my palate. Drinkability-wise this nears a '5' for me, but the overall score gets a '4.5' because of a (perceived?) weakening of the flavor and a milder feel. Still, I could drink this all day - glad to hear it's going to be a year-round beer!
04-21-2011 23:24:08 | More by msubulldog25
4.19/5 rDev +16.1%
bomber into a FW tulip 6/21/13 bottling date.
pours a golden color with an inch white head with a lot of bubbles. no lacing. smell is quite sweet with the apricots but you can tell there is a bit of heat with it too. taste starts out tart like a berliner then the apricots become very prevalent and it finishes with a slight heat the increases the more you drink the bottle. this is excellent and just what it promises! light bodied with light carbonation.
overall a superb chili/fruit mixed beer. wow a new favorite of mine.
12-08-2013 19:50:36 | More by Axnjxn
4.13/5 rDev +14.4%
22oz : tulip
Pours a hazy golden-wheat color with a foamy white head.
Aroma is a sweet, peppery spice. Very pleasant.
A bit more subdued in the taste, but consistent with the nose in a sweet, spicy heat.
Medium-full, smooth body with low, prickly carbonation.
I really enjoyed this one, the pepper's and apricot blend very well to give, as the name suggests, a sweet, spicy heat. Not overwhelmingly hot either, just a pleasant warmth.
10-08-2012 06:38:08 | More by vkv822
4/5 rDev +10.8%
didn't know what to expect - and was delighted by the perfect 'tug' between apricots and peppers. burnside should be quite proud of going out on a limb.... and succeeding. this also makes an interesting session brew at only 4.9 percent. taste dictates that it's a 'sipper', while low ABV means it can be an all-evening sipper.
08-20-2014 00:01:34 | More by ricke49
4/5 rDev +10.8%
Had this one on tap at the brewery on 9.1.11
Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow (almost a golden urine color) with a 1/2 finger white crown. Some retention and lace.
Smell: Apricot and grain.
Taste: Same as nose but a touch sweet.
Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Sessionable but a bit boring.
11-09-2011 02:14:15 | More by koopa
3.96/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
01-06-2013 14:44:21 | More by claspada
District of Columbia
3.93/5 rDev +8.9%
Bottle shared thanks to my friend Dave.
A: the look is nice, golden color with a hazy opaque look reminding me of a witbeer. A nice ring of white head.
The aroma had a nice hot habanero chili-esque (i know they dont use habanero) sort of aroma, but it seemed that after I poured it, the chili died down to the bright acid smell of a lighter pepper. Beyond the pepper, there is a touch of sweetness and lighter straw type malt, maybe a bit of the corn sort of macro aroma too which is a little jarring.
The taste follows the aroma and has a nice burn, and also a nice sweetness like a lighter marmalade flavor, I honestly wouldn't be able to tell you thefrit if I didn't know it was apricots though. A nice flavor, it's pretty easy drinking for a hot food guy like me.
The feel was good, I liked how the pepper set off some notes on the tongue, and seems to have a great body and carbo for this style.
Overall, a good beer.
02-17-2013 06:54:32 | More by Dreadnaught33
3.9/5 rDev +8%
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!
06-06-2011 03:24:58 | More by Docer
3.86/5 rDev +6.9%
Thanks to Todd for this oddity. Served in a Half Acre taster glass.
A - White foam settles to a cap and thicker collar. Hazy pale straw body.
S - Lots of chiles and vegetal green pepper flavors. Perhaps a touch of sweet malt and apricot in the periphery, but the Scotch Bonnets overwhelm.
T - The taste is quite similar, but with a tiny bit more wheat and lightly toasted grains. Apricot is surprisingly understated, which is a mild disappointment as I was hoping for a chutney kind of vibe to this.
M - Grainy medium body, lower carbonation, crisp dry finish, and no alcohol. Some definite chile heat though that grows over time and tingles the lips.
D - I liked this quite a bit, as it had a good balance of pepper heat, flavor, and malt backing. There's enough heft and sweetness to keep this from being heavy-handed like some of the other chile beers, but enough spice and heat to it to appeal to chile beer fans.
04-02-2013 04:49:23 | More by MasterSki
British Columbia (Canada)
3.79/5 rDev +5%
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.
08-24-2013 03:59:18 | More by CookstLiquor
3.76/5 rDev +4.2%
A: Really hazy bright yellow color. Layer of bright white head. About a half finger. Sticks around a while.
S: Initially only got the wheat and sweet fruit from apricot. Then on swirl you sort of get that buried heat from the peppers. Definitely there as it warms. Fleshy pepper.
T: That is a crazy brew. Up front you initially are greeted with some sweet fruit character and the grainy wheat. Then mid palate and into the back of the throat it's all that pepper heat and spice. Just lingers. Not burning but a tingle for sure. I actually got a slight nose clearing! And I like spice.
M: Light leading lose to a medium due to the pepper on palate.
02-01-2013 16:29:04 | More by inlimbo77
Sweet Heat from Burnside Brewing Co.
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