Sweet Heat - Burnside Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 31
Hads: 104
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 9
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
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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.

9 IBU
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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (634 characters)

Photo of koopa
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (323 characters)

Photo of cbarrett4
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
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. (523 characters)

Photo of beertunes
2.83/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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. (742 characters)

Photo of Docer
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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! (680 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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! (1,808 characters)

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Sweet Heat from Burnside Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.