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Chili Pepper Ale - Six Rivers Brewery

Chili Pepper AleChili Pepper Ale

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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 27.76%


Brewed by:
Six Rivers Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Chile Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
"Chile Pepper Ale - Alcohol content 6.0%
HOT! Spicy ale made with assorted chilies blended with our wheat ale."

(Beer added by: rkuhnel on 09-28-2007)
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Reviews by TheStove:
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TheStove

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a 12oz wheat beer glass for two servings.

Good to above average appearance. Nice hazy deeper orange color with a light head. decent lace retention as pour settles. Interesting smell; sweetness of a Hefeweizen is the initial whiff but quickly overpowered by the smell of chilies.

First sip is a similar experience with a moderate up front wheat beer sweetness giving way to a pretty strong chili kick. Kick remains and dry finish helps the chili flavor to linger on the tongue and, heck, even in the throat. Nice contrast to a lingering yet far less potent taste of the wheat beer that remains on the tongue. Moments of sweetness jump out amid the chili flavor. Mouthfeel is nothing crazy, less heavy than a good wheat beer but gets confused by the chili flavor on the tongue.

This one is definitely a grower. The first few sips and swallows can be tough for those who don't like chili or aren't into hot stuff. Getting through the bottle seems to offer a fluctuation between the intensity of the first few sips and a bit of adaptation to the heat. You'll probably need multiple glasses of water to get through this.

Overall I'd give it a better than average. Fans of chili peppers and heat will probably enjoy how much of a scorcher this one is but I think it tends to be slightly overwhelming especially when trying to think about the style providing the backbone for the fire. I like it because unlike a Habanero Helles I had at Boston Beer Works, this one brings the pain and means business when it comes to the chili. Again, I think the fire could be toned down just a little so that the wheat beer flavor isn't so tough to pick out by the end.

Looking forward to washing this one down with a stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 05:34:26 | More by TheStove
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Man up or go home. This is exactly as advertised. Looks like a nice guy semi cloudy wheat, smells like a pleasant Chili Pepper before you bite it. Taste, be ready, it's not a fake beer. Love it. Not a daily drinker like Rogue chipotle ale. It is honest, real, spicy fun. Enjoy once every month or so.

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look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle.

A: Pale, light head, very clear.

S: Smells like habanero. Very strong pepper flavor. Dangerous.

T: REALLY spicy. Like maybe too much so. This is overwhelmingly full of capsaicin. Can't even taste anything else, save maybe a slight citric acidity.

O: It's just too much. Not bad, but NOT recommended.

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murky straw color; no head to speak of. a pool of micro bubbles is floating on the surface- a hallmark of a crummy beer. or a novelty...
very nice chile aroma. i'm not much impressed with novelty beers most of the time but ioccasionally come to appreciate them.
taste is okay. a little bit of heat. a little bit of organic taste and a some chili flavor.
mouthfeel is thin.
i have really enjoyed a chili beer after a session of trying 'serious' beers. i dont know if it's because this one uses wheat in it, but i much more prefer the Cave Creek version over this one. this leaves a 'chemical-ly' aftertaste in my mouth. maybe because i'm making this my first (and probably only) beer of the evening it seems a little off compared to the Cave Creek version.
the heat hasnt been intolerable for me, but maybe that's because there is no regulating a pepper. some are hot and some are not. i guess i just got a 'cool' one.

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3.48/5  rDev +9.8%
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Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy khaki head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt and chile pepper aromas. Taste is much the same with a slightly sour chile flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of chile heat in the back of the throat after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a pretty nice chile flavor.

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Poured a finger of head on a hazy, medium straw colored body. Low retention on the head.
The aroma is first a little grain and then a lot of habanero/jalapeno pepper.
The taste is HOT pepper all over the place. Drinking this 22 oz bottle will be challenging.
Crisp texture, moderate carbonation and medium body.
No doubt it's a chili pepper beer; as advertised. It is warm.

Edit: I couldn't finish the bomber. The heat was too much.

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look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Pours a medium honey orange with no head. Light and clear but looks like orange water.

Nose is very light with almost no character at all. There is a hint of esters and some very light orange fruit. Hint of toasted butterscotch.

Mouthfeel is thin and give the initial impression of a sour - until the flavors hit you.

Wow; pretty much undrinkable for me. Flavors are an initial hit of citric fruity orange that quickly fades to pure pepper heat - no character, no appeal, just hot! Much too hot to enjoy as a drink and the heat wipes out any other character.

Finish is all just hot black pepper that fills your mouth and throat.

Not my style or preference. Will kill any other beer and most foods. Don't even try to taste other styles after this one; it is a "real" palate wrecker. If you just want a hot spicy drink, for some reason, this is for you. But, this one is a one dimensional novelty that has been handled with much to much of a heavy spicy pepper hand. Just my opinion. (The heat and burn in my mouth and throat has not diminished in over ten minutes!)

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California

2.7/5  rDev -14.8%
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A-pours a hazy straw yellow with a thin white head that disapates.

S- roasted jalapeños, bread, wheat, and chipotle chili.

T- wheat, the spice is only really present gong down, jalapeño pepper flavors, and bread.

M- watery with little carbonation and a dry finish. Spiciness lingers at the back of the throat.

O- I didn't like this beer. It had a muddy wheat flavor followed by a bile-like burning spiciness that coated the back of the throat. Overall I won't be partaking in this beer again.

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Appearance: Amber. Pours 1/2 finger of white head that fades quickly, moderate lacing.

Smell: chili pepper, citrus, slightly estery, floral.

Taste: chili, wheat malt, citrus, bready.

Mouthfeel: light-medium bodied, moderate carbonation, spicy.

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2.53/5  rDev -20.2%
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I'm not sure you cold tell this was beer, if you took a sip with eyes closed. After a couple of sips, my mouth is so on fire that it just gets worse. A beer that needs a beer chaser. The one redeeming feature is the peppery aroma. The peppers themselves seem like they are just hot. Slight fruity flavor in the midst of the burning sensation. The only use I can see for this is a tiny glass served like salsa with an otherwise bland meal. Utterly undrinkable in the normal sense of the word.

Brewery claims it won silver at 2004 GABF, possibly in the juvenile beer joke catagory. Give your buddy a gulp of this stuff right after you spring the Whoopee Cushion on him. I have to compare this to Ghost Face Killah, for its total commitment to bottled silliness.

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Chili Pepper Ale from Six Rivers Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.