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Fire In The Hole Raspberry Habanero Red Ale - Funky Buddha Brewery

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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Funky Buddha Brewery visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: RblWthACoz on 10-20-2013

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Ratings: 53 | Reviews: 6
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Photo of chinchill
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Funky Buddha Brewery.
Red-amber body. Excellent clarity; weak head; no lacing

Sweet and hot: probably excellent choice to accompany under-spiced meats and some other foods. Sweet and hot work well together. I kept expecting to tire of this but didn't.
Natural raspberry flavor similar to jam. Moderate heat but limited pepper flavor.

Photo of jp11801
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Overall nice beer full of fruit and spice.

Looks slightly murky , that's a plus for me as I like unfiltered beer. Smells of raspberry and vegetal smelling habaneros. The taste overall is slightly sweet with a touch of tartness and a healthy dose of low heat peppers.

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

On draft, pours a cloudy light brown with dark red hues. Not much carbonation, very still.

The smell is sweet at first, raspberries, corn syrup, but then out of nowhere the chilies come out, giving you the full spice. It reminds me of what sweet & sour chicken smells like.

The flavor is more mellow than the smell leads you to believe. Fruity, with faint pepper and chilies. It isn't super hot and doesn't burn your throat, a little fruity finish. Overall, I wanted to hate it, but it isn't a terrible chilies beer.

Photo of brentk56
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a a nice head capping the tawny liquid; leaves some stringy lace behind

Smell: Raspberries, with both a sweet and tart edge; a bit of a toasted brown bread character

Taste: Toasted brown bread with raspberry jam; sweet and tart at the same time; finishes with some heat; not really hot like a habanero but definitely warming on the palate

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: More interesting than I was expecting as the tartness of the raspberry and the restrained heat from the peppers won me over

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Callmecoon for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy beige head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, corn tortilla, raspberry, and chile pepper aromas. Taste is much the same with raspberry and chile flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of pepper heat on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting balance between sweet and spice.

Photo of kevanb
2.37/5  rDev -36.8%

1 Liter Funky Buddha growler poured into an oversized Funky Buddha snifter. Opened on 8.30.14, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a darker burgundy color, very opaque with lots of sediment floating in the glass. A thick off white head rises, maybe a finger high or so that has great retention and leaves plenty of lace. The aroma is incredibly spicy, plenty of heat with sugary malt with touches of raspberry fruit, but this is so incredibly spicy and hot. The flavors match the nose, huge habañero pepper heat, roasty and vegetal, light raspberry fruit with a touch of tanginess and light sugary malts, but once again, pepper starts on the tongue, washes over the fruit and malts in the mid palate and obliterates the finish with lingering peppery heat. The mouthfeel is really nice, coating, smooth, soft, nice carbonation that finishes lightly dry.


Verdict: Just way too spicy for my liking. There was a bit of balancing qualities with the berries and malts, but on the whole, this was just way too over the top, as is usual with habañeros, beer or otherwise. It was a novel experiment and a quirky beer, fun to try but nothing I'd seek out again, nor would I recommend this.

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Fire In The Hole Raspberry Habanero Red Ale from Funky Buddha Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.