Jalapeño Pale Ale - Birdsong Brewing

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125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 7
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Birdsong Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

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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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 125 | Reviews: 17
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Photo of chinchill
3.37/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of dailyminefield
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Photo of dvmin98
4.66/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I absolutely love this stuff. Everytime I go out and its on the menu, I gotta have it at least once. The nose is pure jalapeño. The taste is malty, hoppy and a great jalapeño background. Only downside is I wish it had just a touch of heat, but no matter, this is great. Second best beer brewed in Charlotte, other than HDnR

Photo of CBlack85
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of Samualobrien
4.73/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Never had a jalapeño beer before. Loved it. Had it in Charlotte, NC

Photo of onefuncapt
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

exceptional beer with a hint of jalapeno. Have tasted nothing like it before. Had it in the Charlotte Airport. Highly recommended

Photo of Dwkasper
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Solid pale ale with a slight jalapeño burn

Photo of KahunaJP
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Birdsong's taproom.

Appearance is a bit hazy. The smell is more reminiscent of milder green peppers, not jalepeno. Almost a poblano or bell pepper scent. Taste immediately reminds me of a mild jalepeno cornbread. Mouthfeel is a bit light for the flavors this beer imparts. Overall, a nice beer to enjoy on their patio with a bucket of peanuts.

Photo of wingnutter
4/5  rDev +4.7%

I tried this beer at the Beer Growler on South Blvd in Charlotte during a visit and immediately bought a growler fill to bring home to Florida. I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. Its interesting and unique...it has a nice pale ale base with a subtle fire roasted jalapeño flavor without the heat youd expect. Very drinkable, and strangely refreshing.

Well done, Birdsong...I've only had a couple of chili beers I liked, and this is one of them. My only complaint is I think it could use a *tad* more heat, but overall this is a solid offering. Not a world beater, but I could see myself drinking this with some hot wings while watching football. As someone else said, this beer exceeds the sum of its parts IMO.

I wish I would have been able to visit the brewery, but I only had one day (Monday) to find beer to bring home, and they are closed on Monday. Will make a point to stop in next trip to try this one and others next time I'm in town.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, yellow-wheat coloring, with a fluffy, foamy, white head. Nose of subtle jalapeno heat on a toasty and caramel backbone. The more you smell, the more pepper you get. Flavors are caramel forward, with an underlying hops bitterness noted moments before the smoky and spicy jalapeno character begins to build. You get a pretty robust jalapeno character, but it fades reasonably quickly, sparing the palate and keeping the beer drinkable. Smooth and light, with a low, slow heat in the background. The finish is a sweet and spicy blend linger on a smooth, light fade. Unique and drinkable.

Photo of Zraly
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Probably one of the better pepper beers I have had. Well balanced, subtle heat.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

tap at Birdsong

Pours a hazy gold with white sudsy lacing for a head.

Smells lightly of honey and a bit of capsaicin.

Flavor is light honey with a mild dry hop and some dry vegetal pepper and spice.

Medium body with a sting of carbonation on the tongue along with a slight spice burn.

A pretty decent chile ale, good flavor, and worth trying.

Photo of KnucklesMcFisty
4.93/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A wonderful jalapeño pale ale...pops with pepper smell and flavor without the heat

Photo of AmeriCanadian
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Trued in the taproom in Charlotte. Truly average across the board. Hoping for more spice with the jalapeño, but it was almost undetectable.

Photo of Axnjxn
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

on tap at beer study in chapel hill.

pours a cloudy dark yellow with a small head. smell is of jalapeno peppers...interesting. taste is quite complex. jalapeno at first but then it fades...it doesn't linger like most spicy beers. because of this it is very easy to drink. medium bodied with medium carbonation.

overall an impressive beer. my first from this brewery and ill look for them again in the future.

Photo of CIBoy10
2.91/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Draught at Queen City Q in Charlotte, 2014. This is the first jalapeno flavored beer I had and I found the marriage to be pretty well-executed, but unfortunately I could not enjoy the beer. I love peppers as much as the next person, but this just didn't do it for me taste-wise or feel-wise. Marks for creative execution though. I can definitely see why some people like it, but I'm sticking to my opinion here.

Photo of Jonnyomoto
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Excellent aroma that communicates between mouth and nose from the very first sip. Just wish it was higher abv %

Jalapeño Pale Ale from Birdsong Brewing
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