Sweet Heat - Burnside Brewing Co.
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3.86/5 rDev +7.5%
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
3.55/5 rDev -1.1%
An interesting concept here. Wheat beer, apricots and heat. While this isn't the best apricot, or wheat, or chili beer...it is quite the experience.
The apricot is present, but not dominant and the wheat pairs well with the sweetness of the apricots. The heat makes the sweetness go away. But it's like a sweet and spicy bbq plate. The sweet and heat go well together and they bring out the malt bill.
The carbonation is interesting, insofar as it blends with the other characteristics. I like this beer. It's light enough with good fruit to make a nice summer beer. But it can go well into the fall for football, brats and chili.
08-08-2012 06:05:02 | More by Mebuzzard
2.85/5 rDev -20.6%
Served in bubble pint glass and shared with 2 other friends because none of us wanted a whole glass of a peppery beer. They didn't care for for it, so I ended up with about 10oz of this beer. The beer poured a cloudy orange color with just a thin cap of barely off-white head that had low retention and no lacing.
The aroma was mostly fruity-sweet with a bit of grain in the background. On the tongue that fruity sweetness dominated the front and middle of the tongue, with the pepper kicking in at the back and it lingers there for a few minutes.
The body was pretty thin. Drinkability was pretty good, depending on your taste for spicy peppers. Overall, a decent little beer that's worth trying. Whether you want 2 is a separate question.
09-02-2011 18:51:01 | More by beertunes
3.96/5 rDev +10.3%
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
4.19/5 rDev +16.7%
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
3.55/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
12-01-2012 01:17:49 | More by Reidrover
4.25/5 rDev +18.4%
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
3.69/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
02-06-2013 04:24:02 | More by scottfrie
4/5 rDev +11.4%
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
British Columbia (Canada)
3.46/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
08-20-2013 02:18:12 | More by Rutager
3.76/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
82 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.