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Sweet Heat - Burnside Brewing Co.

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82
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86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 18.38%
Wants: 7
Gots: 8 | 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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Photo of loren01
2/5  rDev -44.3%

loren01, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of henrisimo
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

henrisimo, Aug 01, 2013
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.

mudbug, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of jason_nwx
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

jason_nwx, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
2/5  rDev -44.3%

GRG1313, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of sharpski
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

sharpski, May 11, 2013
Photo of KiMiRaiK
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

KiMiRaiK, May 05, 2013
Photo of blurredline
4/5  rDev +11.4%

blurredline, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of Emil
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Emil, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

MasterSki, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of danwho
4/5  rDev +11.4%

danwho, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Dreadnaught33, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of DRBiser
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

DRBiser, Feb 11, 2013
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.

Etan, Feb 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

mendvicdog, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +11.4%

oriolesfan4, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

duceswild, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of scottfrie
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

scottfrie, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of inlimbo77
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

B+

inlimbo77, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of nkeckhar
3/5  rDev -16.4%

nkeckhar, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of GeoNut
5/5  rDev +39.3%

GeoNut, Jan 10, 2013
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.

claspada, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of fishguyac
1/5  rDev -72.1%

fishguyac, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of Grant89
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Grant89, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of Reidrover
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Reidrover, Dec 01, 2012
Sweet Heat from Burnside Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.