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Jalapeño Pale Ale - Birdsong Brewing

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Jalapeño Pale AleJalapeño Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
84
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18 Reviews
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Reviews: 18
Hads: 167
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 39.95%
Wants: 7
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Birdsong Brewing
North Carolina, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) | 5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: CBlack85 on 09-21-2012

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Reviews: 18 | Hads: 167
Reviews by CBlack85:
Photo of CBlack85
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery, served in a pint glass

Pours a clear amber/copper color with a small off white head that recedes quickly leaving behind quite a bit of lacing

The nose is fairly mild; the star is the jalapeno, there is also a floral hop component and bits of citrusy hops as well. The malts are bready and sweet and balance nicely with the spiciness of the jalapeno and hops. There is almost a hint of smokiness from the peppers.

The flavor is balanced well with bready and sweet malts, floral and citrusy hops, and is accented well with the jalapenos. Very simple clean flavor. Light/medium bodied and well carbonated. Slightly slick on the tounge and finishes on the dry side. I was not overly impressed with the base beer (Free Will Pale Ale), but this beer makes it seem as though it was brewed with adding jalapeno peppers in mind all along. The flavors pair so well that the end result easily exceeds the sum of the parts.

Really, an impressive beer with lots of nuances, and supremely easy to drink.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of AngusOg
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice chilli pepper flavor against the backdrop of the sweet malt, with only the slight hint of heat. Very pleasant and extremely drinkable. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of CavemanRamblin
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of avitallo
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of dankjohn
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Funky-Brewster
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Although it uses jalapenos, this is a really solid american pale ale.

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Photo of chinchill
3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Growlers Pour House in Charlotte.
Pours clear red-amber with a full, creamy and durable bone-colored head that leaves fine lacing patterns.
Smells rather ordinary, with no sign of the jalapenos. You will definitely taste the hot peppers in this beer, although Birdsong used enough restraint that I would not call this challenging to drink. There is some mild heat in the mouth which, I think, is why the ABV seems higher than 5.5%. Given the chilies, this pale ale would probably benefit from more hops so that they aren't so completely masked.

O: A chili beer with little else going one, but that’s not always a bad thing. Worked well with a sandwich and fries.

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Photo of Mirthrandir
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HopAttack3
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of acurtis
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bonzo
3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of riotontheroad
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UTvolFAN16
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of JWhat
3.24/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dailyminefield
4/5  rDev +7.2%

11/8/14
Just wondering who decided to declare "This beer is retired; no longer brewed."
I just got a growler fill today.

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Photo of aleckpa
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LakeHawk
4.77/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

An absolutely fantastic pale ale. Very unique and special. It doesn't have the heat the name would suggest, but it's not supposed to. It still has just enough spice and kick along with the pure jalepeño flavor. This beer is delicious! I could drink one after the other afternoon and never get sick of it. If you are in the area or have the chance you have to get one!

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Jalapeño Pale Ale from Birdsong Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.