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Sweet Heat - Burnside Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 32
Hads: 109
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 32.7%
Wants: 8
Gots: 11 | 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:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 04-07-2011

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

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Reviews: 32 | Hads: 109
Photo of bsonk
4.11/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Burnside Brewing Co. Sweet Heat Ale with Apricots and Peppers- 4.9% abv.

A: a cloudy dark almost reddish.

S: wheat and a little yeast and apricot and a little pepper

T: wheaty, yeasty, spicy, a little fruity on the aftertaste, mad peppery.

M: spicy. Burns my lips a bit. Otherwise feels like a wheat beer, pretty drinkable.

O: Bought on sale, bottled June 30th just a couple miles away. Very recent, local beer.

Not what I was looking for right now though. Maybe also not the best apricot ale, though I’ve only had a couple. First chili pepper beer I’ve had.

I was very disappointed at first swig. It grew on me though. You sort of have to let the beer open up a bit. Let the flavor soak your palate and then the complexity comes through, don’t do a drain pour until you give this beer it’s fair shakes. 4.0/5.

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Photo of stumac
4.94/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful foggy orange. White head. No lacing (expected). Aroma is peach and citrus, a little hay, some yeast characters. Taste is a punch of tart peaches followed by a mellow burn on the tongue. Amazing combination of peaches and scotch bonnets (habanero?). Medium body, crispy carbo. One of my favorite pepper beers to date

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Photo of mactrail
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I don't smell too much from the glass, but the dried apricot in the nose is quite inviting. Light body, tangy, and the peppers come on as a hot flash. the head fades enough to be drinkable, but it's a hot one.

There's a fruity resinous taste, a lingering apricot taste-- fortunately, with all the pepper. Rather sharp and acidic with just a little malty slickness. This is one of the better chile beers I've had. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at New Seasons Market on N. Williams.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks plain. Golden clear with low head and a small amount of cloud at the bottom. Distinct fruity sweetness on the nose with a mild light beer hop aroma. Tastes starts out mellow and grassy with a touch of corn, much like a cool crisp light beer. A tropical mango like sweetness adds a tanginess across the middle of the tongue. Heat slowly builds in the back of the tongue. Nice light and crisp. The heat finishes the beer strong. This beer tastes good, probably one of the better chile beers out there. Hits the spot if the mood is right.

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Photo of chinchill
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This beer is mildly sweet, being considerably more tart, but really packs some heat. The heat builds nicely with repeated consumption. Apricots contribute nicely. .

Should work well with Asian cuisine.

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Photo of beerme626
4.48/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I was scared. I quivered in fear just looking at this beast. But then, to my great delight, I tried it. Poured in a large wheat beer glass, this thing doesn't look exceptional, but the apricot and peach notes, with the spicy twang and aftertaste, are glorious. I was very, wonderfully, pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
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, we somehow still acquired. Oh, and jigsaw puzzles.

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Photo of Svingjo
3.09/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Wasn't sure what to expect. There was a tangy aroma to the nose and the taste was a bit strange. I've had chili beers before and the ones that work are the ones that let the flavor come through before the heat hits. This one kind of hit all at once. Had a hard time deciphering much in this beer. It al jumbled together. Unfortunately a once and one beer for me.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.8/5  rDev -23.7%

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.

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Photo of ricke49
4/5  rDev +9%

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.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured at fridge temp (41 F) into a pair of pint glasses. No date that I can see. Most of the sediment left in the bottle.

Pours clear golden with a small head, slight slow carbonation. Little flakes floating lazily around. Smell is fruity and yeasty.

Taste is sweet, slightly spicy, I definitely get some indication of apricot. Mild and tasty, but some kind of astringent flavor which is not quite astringent -- I just don't know how to describe something a little bit off about this.

Mouthfeel is thick and slick. Overall, it's not bad. But I won't buy another.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a shaker glass.

A- Poured a very hazy and bright tangerine orange color with white soapy head that left no lace.

S- I am basically getting no aroma from this beer.

T- Quite a bit of fruity notes of apricot and citrus, almost creamsicle like in flavor with big sweet and spicy pepper notes, big mineral notes, and quite a bit of pepper heat that is just right for me.

M- Very dry, pretty big pepper warming, and prickly carbonation.

O- The level of spice from the peppers and sweetness from the fruity was exactly where I wanted it to be and I enjoyed this beer more than I expected although it is not really my type of beer. It is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.19/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of CookstLiquor
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of mudbug
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | 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.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Etan
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into imperial pint glass. Thank for the present Tim!

A: Gusher of a bottle. Once I cleaned up the mess this beer pours a cloudy lemon-gold with a large, thick, fluffy, bright white head that slowly faded into a very thick and fluffy long-lasting film. Some streak lacework was left.
S: Interesting nose with notes of red pepper flakes, red bell pepper, apricot and wheat, pretty much as described. It’s an interesting combination, sweet and peppery.
T: Flavors follows the nose with a good lingering burn. Sweetness comes through first with flavors of apricot jam but then a clean bright burn takes over and overpowers everything but the crisp wheat backbone.
M: Fluffy carbonation, medium-full body, crisp and refreshing mouth. The pepper isn’t oily or greasy, the burn is just clean and hot.
O: A unique and interesting brew. The burn is a bit too much for me to want to finish 22oz of it, but I enjoyed as much as I could handle. Thanks again, Tim.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz, 12/07/12
Wine glass

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.


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Photo of claspada
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle from "Lifesource" in Salem. $4.99 Hazy golden body with a large thick and frothy white head. Fruity slight apricot aroma among he hay and bready tones..slight pepper. Taste is unusual i get the apricot..more like an apricot jam and then the tingly and certainly heated pepper..pepper heats the back of the mouth quite well. Good mouthfeel with an ever present peppery heat.. Overall a very interesting beer.

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Photo of Mic-Lee
2.9/5  rDev -21%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy and opaque. Color is that of troublesome urine or funky apple juice. Minimal head subsides very quickly, zero lacing.

S: The smell of apricots is present, and it's kind of funky.

T: Thankfully this beer actually tastes better than it looks and smells. It has a nice peppery flavor that mixes well with the strong flavor of apricots. These two flavors dominate (as advertised) and it's a pleasent taste.

M: Quite thin but carbonated in an interesting way that I like. It's a rather strong carbonation that plays well and offsets the heat in a nice way.

O: Hard to nail this one down. Low marks for technical aspects, but the saving grace is it's interesting and overall enjoyable taste. I wouldn't recommend it as a preferred brew, but it's worth a try if you're in the mood for something different and a bit odd.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- One finger white head with low retention. No real lacing. Cloudy apricot color, very very little clarity. Not looking very keen.

S- There certainly are peppers and apricots in here. Grassy smells and no malts to speak of.

T- Holy cow this is a different flavor. Definite peppers that warm the chest. Not unflinchingly bitter like you get from really spicy foods as well. Apricots are here to balance it out. Pretty nice.

M- Nice feel, somewhat watery, but crisp and full-bodied none the less. Chest warming.

O- Really is an enigma of a beer. I enjoyed it.

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Sweet Heat from Burnside Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.