Viva Habanera - Night Shift Brewing
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3.94/5 rDev +4.2%
Big fluffy foamy head, hazy dark maroon slight orange color.
Nose nice pepper, light sweet malts, little fruity candy, light candy malt sugar, hint caramel, bit earthy.
Taste plenty of hot pepper, hot pepper, sweet candy malts, caramel, toasty reddish malts, light candy reddish malt, hint fruity yeast additions, light fruity hops. Lots of hot pepper that builds, sweet finish, lots of hot pepper finish.
Mouth is med bod, lighter carb.
Well the beer delivers the hot pepper, decent beer to go with it, but nothing too special or crazy.
07-22-2013 16:29:25 | More by jlindros
3.73/5 rDev -1.3%
First had: on tap at Night Shift
Rusty brown pour with a thin off-white head. Aroma of caramel malts, mild peppery spice, light fruit notes. The taste was pretty mellow for a habanero beer, nice pale malt and honey/agave sweetness up front, toasty grains, green pepper, followed by some hot pepper prickle that was kept in check by the sweeter elements, making for a pretty smooth mouthfeel overall. Medium-bodied and quite enjoyable.
02-23-2013 23:01:55 | More by Rifugium
3.45/5 rDev -8.7%
Poured from a 750ml into a snifter, the beer is a dark, vibrant, ruby color with a frothy, light, off-white head that starts a robust two inches and rapidly settles into a sparse, filmy coating. Smells a bit like a big quad...Belgian-like yeast characteristics, both fruity and floral, with a touch of pepper at the end. Flavors of mild roasted grain, but only for a split second because that's how long it takes for the sizzling burn to set in on your tongue and mouth. Very subtle to start, but this fire builds. Very good, as it doesn't overpower or sacrifice the flavor for the heat. The more you drink you start to get more Belgian characteristics, with a bit of yeast funk again, as well as some farmhouse spicing. The rye definitely gives a nice roasty and even grain backbone, and that pepper just keeps on coming. By the end of the palate, the pepper adds flavor as well as heat. Spicy, hot aftertaste, with touches of the grain bill once again. Clean and light in mouth, which helps keep things sharp overall. Smooth, clean finish. Interesting brew.
03-27-2013 00:29:56 | More by GarthDanielson
3.93/5 rDev +4%
Pours a slightly murky deep reddish brown color with a huge off white head that persists forever leaving moderate lace on the way down. Smells of spicy rye and peppery yeast phenols with a sweet lightly bready and caramel malt base with a hint of dark fruit. I can't find any peppers in the nose, they must be subtle. The flavor is sweet and malty up front with spice and rye providing balance. I found the pepper and it comes in lightly in the middle and lingers long into the finish. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet spicy mouthfeel. Nice brew, I could have used a bit more pepper but I enjoyed it just the same.
09-16-2012 20:40:46 | More by johnnnniee
3.53/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
01-15-2013 11:59:56 | More by thagr81us
3.35/5 rDev -11.4%
Reviewed from notes.
A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice lightly hazy light brown with a two finger light tan head that fades to leave nice solid lacing.
S - Ehh...light rye, super super faint habanero. Pretty much that's it. This was MUCH more potent on tap at the brewery.
T - Taste is similar to the nose unfortunately. More light rye, some sweet honey and malts, finish is light habanero flesh. Again, it is not that hot at all. Fairly disappointing.
M - Mouthfeel is rather thin/watery with light carbonation.
O - Overall, this is just okay. It was so much better on tap at the brewery. On tap it was potent and delicious, this is just a weary version.
12-05-2013 19:41:36 | More by rudzud
Viva Habanera from Night Shift Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.