Fuego - Twisted X Brewing Company
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Reviews by jefe2:
3.53/5 rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Twisted X Fuego
Imperial Pilsner w jalapeño
On tap at whipin 8/25/2011
A slightly dark amber, thin disappearing white head
S fruity estery malts, some floral hops, not lagery at all
T more like a blond ale than a pils, nice estery fruity floral sweetness and nice pronounced hop floral bitterness. The jalapeño spice comes at the end and there is building heat that coats the mouth and gives a tingling burn that's fairly intense after a while.
M - med bodied, substantial for a pilsner. The jalapeño gives tingling burn coating the whole mouth
D Surprisingly good, like a somewhat sweet estery hoppy blond ale, and the jalapeño adds burn in the finish is good, but gets a bit too intense and distracting by the end of a pint, but I'd definitely have one in a night's line up at a pub.
Serving type: on-tap
08-25-2011 22:26:25 | More by jefe2
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2.56/5 rDev -28.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
12 fl oz brown glass bottle with uninteresting label art and unbranded black pry-off pressure cap acquired as part of a 6 pack in a local bottle shop and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average. Reviewed as a chili pilsner because the label identifies it as a jalapeno pilsner.
Served cold - at fridge temp. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.
Pours a two finger wide head of off-white colour. Thickness could be better. Should be creamier. Not real frothy. Spotty inconsistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is above average - about 3 minutes.
Body colour is a translucent transparent weak-looking pale copper of average vibrance and excellent clarity. It looks a bit watery. Clean; no floating yeast particles or hop sediment is visible. Appears overcarbonated.
Overall, it's looking substandard; it looks like a budget pilsner, not like a strong full-bodied Czech or German pilsner. Far from unique or special.
Sm: Has some unbecoming candi sweetness and way too much caramalt. Cotton candy, confection, even praline. No pilsner should be this sweet. Clean barley. Maybe a corn adjunct? Sweet bready notes.
Surprisingly, I'm not picking up on any crisp pilsner malts. There's also no noticeable hop profile.
No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. I don't find any off-notes except for maybe some buttery diacetyl.
Overall, it's not an appealing aroma - especially for a pilsner. Also, where are the jalapeno notes? The overbearing sweetness evident here has me really worried.
Aroma is of average strength.
T: Overly sweet, with plenty of sweet malt, sweet bready character, and even those confection/praline/candi notes from the aroma. There's no crisp pilsner malt foundation or any light floral hop character. I think this beer would benefit from a multi-decoction mashing. The jalapeno is extremely faint to the point that this is barely a chili beer. The beer also has that vinegary character typical of low quality chili brews; I'm unimpressed.
It's hard to like given it fundamentally fails at the pilsner style, but if I regard it mentally as more of an English pale ale or something, it's a bit less of complete failure. Frankly, it's just not very good.
Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. I wouldn't call it intricate, complex, nuanced, or subtle. Neither the pilsner aspect of the beer nor the chili aspect of the beer is working, and together the two wrongs do not a right make.
No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.
Balanced? Not really. Gestalt? No. Cohesive? Sure, kind of.
Mf: Has a nice softness to it, and the subtle chili warmth is lovely (and growing on me as the beer comes to temperature). Unfortunately, it's unrefreshing - but not because of the chili heat, because of the unbecoming sweetness and lack of crisp fresh pilsner notes. Smooth and wet. Medium bodied, but it should be lighter than it is. A bit too thick and weighty on the palate for a purported pilsner. Overall presence on the palate is average, but disappointing. This texture is poor for the style, but does a decent job at complementing the flavour profile.
Undercarbonated. Not oily, gushed, boozy, astringent, or harsh.
Dr: It's drinkable, but I definitely wouldn't pick this up again. It's a pretty underwhelming take on a pilsner and brings little to the table in terms of chili character. I'll have no trouble finishing the bottle, but I wouldn't recommend it to friends or trade partners. There are better beers in both of the constituent styles, and nothing here stands out. Not a particularly inspired brew. Meh.
Serving type: bottle
04-12-2014 06:03:49 | More by kojevergas
4.69/5 rDev +30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Had this on tap and in a growler from Whip In, in Austin TX.
It's a corner convenience store, converted into a hip, BrewPub, with a great selection of retail craft beers, eclectic wines w/ a wine bar, live bands, a sheltered patio and an interesting menu to boot. Plus, they own the liquor store next door!
Definitely an underground, must-see destination.
Most of their taps are local brews, and they have a ton in bottle too.
Apparently, Twisted X only brews enough beer to supply eight local bars in the area.
Felt lucky to have come across this one.
I've had a few Jalapeño Ales and IPA's, and this one exceeds them all;
in flavor, precision, and execution.
The previous reviewer is correct, in that the spice builds, ever so subtly, into a crescendo of sweat-sheened heat by the end of the pint, but isn't that exactly what you're looking for?
Without obstructing the underling biscuit-notes, minerality, and crisp, noble hops, this spicy Pilsner delivered a satisfying wallop that had me ordering more—like quenching spicy foods with beer, only to re-ignite the thirst in an ever intensifying cycle. I couldn't stop myself from ordering another one.
It's a pity "herb/spiced beers" don't garner high ratings like Russian Imperial Stouts and IPA's, but when judged against it's peers, this beer was the truest of them all, hence my score of 4.75.
Take what you like most about a pilsner, the sublime, seasoned heat in Mexican food, put them together, and this is probably what you'd get: a perfectly balanced, eye-watering beer.
Best beer, so far, of the spring, and one that sticks out, even now.
Thanks Austin, TX.
Serving type: on-tap
05-02-2013 03:26:10 | More by vancelin
Fuego from Twisted X Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.