Viva Habanera - Night Shift Brewing
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3.48/5 rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
On-tap at Night Shift Brewing in Everett, Massachusetts.
A- Clear dark brown body. One and half finger white head with nice retention. Some lacing. Looks really quite non-descript, and certainly does not have any indication of the heat inside the beer.
S- Vegetal pepper nose, with a non-descript heat to it. Some sweet bready pale malt and citrus fruit hop notes. This is the first warning I have that this is going to be real hefty.
F- GOOD GOD THIS IS HOT. HOT. HOT! Vegetal pepper qualities mix in with sweet rye bread that immediately segues into a burning capsaicin sensation complemented by tropical fruits. Wow, this is a spicy beer. It can be unpleasant if you don't like spiciness like my wife does (she loved it), so I found it to be a difficult beer to finish. Still, it's well constructed between the hops, malts and the adjuncts, so I can't dock this too hard just because I don't like overwhelming spiciness.
M- Medium bodied, a bit slick and resinous, slightly lower in carbonation. As above, hot capsaicin burn on the backend complemented by tropical fruits and citrus. Pretty good otherwise.
O- Just not for me, but this is a well constructed and brewed beer that really brings the heat. Despite my below rAvg rating, I do strongly encourage any capsaicin addicts out there to try this beer.
Serving type: on-tap
06-07-2014 12:20:53 | More by Stevedore
4.1/5 rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 750 mL corked and caged bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Bottled on 3/24/14. Had this on tap @ the brewery and bought a bottle to bring home.
A: Hazy, orange-amber body. 1 finger of off-white head. Ok retention. Scant lacing.
S: Sweet, bready malt. Rye spice. A hint of hot pepper essence. Touches of apple, mango, raisin, date. Trace floral notes.
T: Slightly spicy rye and malt open along with some light fruit notes. A pronounced, habanero-fueled burn develops quickly and lingers beyond the semi-dry finish. Hops are felt via a drying quality, but are mostly obscured by the capsaicin heat. One of the hotter pepper-augmented beer I've had and I'm not complaining. A complementary amount of sweetness from the malt and agave syrup, but nicely in check. Alcohol is well hidden.
M: Moderate carbonation with a creamy texture on the first glass. This somewhat abated as I moved down the bottle. Similarly, the initially moderate body lessened as the beer warmed.
O: I was surprised to read some earlier reviews: I found this one to bring a solid heat. Perhaps the bottle was a step-down from the version I had on tap, but was tasty nonetheless. Interestingly, I found it to fade a bit as it warmed, which is contrary to the typical experience. Overall, a well-balanced integration of hot peppers' sting, agave syrup's sweetness and rye's spicy maltiness.
As an aside, this would probably be better classified as a chile beer.
Serving type: bottle
05-29-2014 02:43:14 | More by fourstringer
Viva Habanera from Night Shift Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.