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Viva Habanera - Night Shift Brewing

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246 Ratings
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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.83%
Wants: 15
Gots: 32 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Night Shift Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Rye ale with agave nectar and habanero peppers

(Beer added by: Jason on 04-30-2012)
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

stephenjmoore, Mar 13, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was a pretty beer. In a snifter it was a clear cherry amber color with virtually no head.

A spicy/peppery aroma. Grain. Faint hops.

Mostly a peppery taste. Some rye. Late hops.

I thought this was nicely spiced. Tangy, but not overdone. I had this with a Mexican salad (beans, peppers, onions, etc) and thought it complimented the entrée well.

lordofthewiens, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of Doomcifer
4.1/5  rDev +9%

Rye Malt and habanero pepper flesh along with a nice kick to the back of the throat. If you're not used to spicy food, avoid this. It is quite hot for the average person. Warms the entire chest. Personally, I love it.

Doomcifer, Oct 31, 2014
Photo of tigg924
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: moderate-high carbonation, 1/3 inch head, hazy, red-brown in color

Smell: caramel and light pepper

Taste: big caramel, rye, and lots of peppery heat at the end

Mouthfeel: sweet with a great deal of heat, medium-light body, moderate carbonation

Overall: The caramel and rye base of this beer is very tasty. However this is about as hot a beer that I have ever had. The taste is good but may be a bit much for some people and is fairly one note after the initial caramel. This is a quality beer to get every now and again, but I could not imagine myself drinking a full bomber by myself.

tigg924, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of NilocRellim
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap at the brewery on September 8th, 2012.

This beer poured a very appealing reddish/brown cloudy colour with an off-white head that doesn't last long. The smell of the habanero peppers is abundant, but not overpowering with a sweet note to it (probably because of the agave). The taste was what struck me as the most surprising. Unlike most pepper beers, the beer is not focused on the heat, but rather the flavour of the peppers. It tasted sweet initially then immediately moving into the flavour of the peppers with a bit of rye. The finish is when you get the heat, which is not overpowering at all, but extremely balanced. Overall the heat and sweetness are balanced and it is an extremely great beer.

Would I buy it again? Absolutely.

NilocRellim, Dec 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

ccurrid, Jun 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Janeinma, Jan 20, 2013
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5/5  rDev +33%

juicebox, Jun 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

b2hogan, Jan 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

hagbergl, Jun 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

acurtis, Jun 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

roostor07, Sep 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

ryanjtravis, Sep 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Griffith, Apr 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Larrydoherty, Jun 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

benlaverriere, Jun 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

rjm0715, Feb 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

I_heart_beer, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of thagr81us
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one at a past Random Sunday Tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured red-orange with a minimal off-white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, spice, pepper, chipotle, and relish. The flavor was of sweet malt, relish, earth, pickle, pepper, and salt. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. Oh great, another pepper spiced beer what could possibly go wrong based on my past experiences? Actually this one actually was quite good and well balanced. The pepper aspect was definitely there, but it did not destroy your palate and stomp it into the mud. There was quite a bit else going on that helped to cut the heat and actually balance out the flavors that were present. A huge surprise since I have always hated life after drinking brews like this in the past. Definitely worth your time trying this one if you are a fan of the style.

thagr81us, Jan 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

vancean2, Sep 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Bjlps, Jan 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Kmlund, Oct 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Spigs, Jan 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

sfr26, Feb 10, 2014
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Viva Habanera from Night Shift Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.