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Jalapeno Pale Ale - Birdsong Brewing

Jalapeno Pale Ale
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very good

51 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.17%

Brewed by:
Birdsong Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: CBlack85 on 09-21-2012)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 5 | Show All Ratings:
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3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2013 00:03:31 | More by Cylinsier
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North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2013 17:43:43 | More by KahunaJP
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North Carolina

4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2013 00:27:33 | More by Axnjxn
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South Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2013 03:34:01 | More by chinchill
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South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2012 03:07:36 | More by CBlack85
Jalapeno Pale Ale from Birdsong Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.