Sweet Heat - Burnside Brewing Co.
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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
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
3.51/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
02-09-2013 00:12:09 | More by Etan
3.69/5 rDev +2.2%
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
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
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
3.55/5 rDev -1.7%
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
2.98/5 rDev -17.5%
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.
11-27-2012 02:39:01 | More by Mic-Lee
3.35/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
11-22-2012 20:39:13 | More by Murrhey
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
3.55/5 rDev -1.7%
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
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
3.03/5 rDev -16.1%
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.
09-07-2011 18:28:36 | More by cbarrett4
Sweet Heat from Burnside Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.