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Crazy Ed's Cave Creek Chili Beer - Chili Beer Co.

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Crazy Ed's Cave Creek Chili BeerCrazy Ed's Cave Creek Chili Beer

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267 Ratings
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Ratings: 267
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 1.67
pDev: 45.51%
Wants: 20
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Chili Beer Co. visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
Chile Beer |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: taez555 on 02-04-2002)
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Photo of Urbancaver
1.15/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Best before april 2010.
Cellared especially for This tasting as i figured the longer it sits the more wonderful chili flavours will be imparted on the brew.

Pours yellow as the my urine after a long night of heavy drinking. I images that if an old man who was drowning in the dead sea re to be pulled out at the last minutes before death he would probably piss this colour. No head to speak of which is just fine because i want to view the world clearly through this golden lens of urine.

Smells like dirt. But not just any dirt... Have you ever been to Arizona? Standing on the edge of the grand canyon next to one of those donkeys . It smells like the dirt under the ground where that donkey dragged it's fly infested anus. Oh, but wait... There are chili pepper thrown in there as well. Sooo much chili pepper. I think this one needs more age for that wonderfu chili flavour to grow.

Tastes like... Well, one time i ate taco bell for a week and and the worst diarehha. It was so bad my butt hole felt like it was on fire.... Well, this beer tastes like that. Burning and awefulness burning my throat and stomach. After one sip i am positive i have heartburn and will likely have acid reflux for the rest of my life. If i could i would lick that donkey's ass to get this taste out of my mouth.

The burning in my mouth is just awful. It's like someone buried me to my neck in sand in some desert somewhere, kicked in my teeth and shoved a pepper down my throat. Despite begging for mercy my throat still screams out for the sweet calming peace of death.

This is clearly the least drinkable beer i have ever had... No, could ever imagine. The beginning of each sip is bearable but the finish is like a thousand fire ants swarming down my throat. Burning and dirty awfulness hits my tongue with a force that can only be equaled by the fires of a human sized kiln. Burning not only at my throat but my tongue and lips as well. I would rather have 3rd degree burns across the surface of my body than drink another sip...

And yet, i dare to eat the chili pepper

If you are reading this... DO NOT EAT THE CHILI PEPPER

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
1.1/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

"Thanks," i guess, to treyrab. The hideousness of this beer will haunt my dreams forever. Poured into a white wine glass, though I really don't know why I bothered...

The apple juice-colored liquid accumulates in the glass and yields about as much head as certain equestrian in "The Legend of Sleep Hollow." Murky and hazy, there are some bubbly streams, but goodness, this beer is about as flat as slab of plywood. On to the smell...

This smells like an American Adjunct Lager that has been allowed to sit out overnight. Mix that with some rank 3-month old non-refrigerated Tabasco sauce blended with spoiled bell peppers, and there you have it. It legitimately makes my stomach lurch just smelling it. It wouldn't count as a tick unless I did my best to drink it. The first sip doesn't quite do any of the other subsequent ones justice. A slick and slimy peppery film slides over and coats the palate. Rotting corn and rancid chili peppers combine powers and make a concoction worse than anything I can describe. I feel as violated by this beer as Happy Gilmore feels when Shooter McGavin invades his happy place.

After the second and third sips, my stomach still feels unsettled. FML. Never again. This beer isn't even worth the price of the clear screw-top bottle that it is packaged in. I;m going to go boil my tongue.

Photo of mikereaser
1.88/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Reviewed blind as part of the Blind BIF 4

Another beer courtesy of Phelps, this one has me worried, pale yellow in a clear glass bottle.

Pours a clear straw yellow with some foam that quickly fades as soon as the chili pepper hits the glass, kerplunk! Scared the shit out of me until I realized what it was.
Aroma is light grain aroma with some pepper spiciness
The taste starts out pretty plain, some light grains but then BAM!
the pepper hits you over the head like a hammer. My mouth is burning and I don't think I can taste anything anymore. And thats after one sip.
The mouthfeel is well I can't feel anything anymore. I gotta go chug some milk.
Drinkability is good if you're into pain and torture.

The paper is burned off the bottle to reveal...
Cave Creek Chili Beer
Of course, I finally get to try the beer, the myth, the legend.
And it lived up to they hype


Photo of BarrelO
1.05/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Best before 7/12/11.

A: Hey, it actually looks like a beer, at least for a little while. Pretty decent head initially. But it dies in a hurry, at which point the beer becomes indistinguishable from a urine sample.

S: Nothing reminiscent of beer, just pepper hotness.

T: The underlying beer is completely drowned out by the pepper. That's probably a good thing, though, since the underlying beer is almost certainly awful.

M: Thin like hot sauce with a smidgen of carbonation.

D: I tried to enjoy this beer on a personal level, on an ironic level, as a novelty, as camp, as kitsch, as cautionary example...nothing works. Drain pour. Avoid at all costs.

Photo of BostonBiosafety
3.8/5  rDev +127.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I am thankful to be able to try this beer before it was retired. This beer is a completely different bird and it is a shame it is no longer produced. It should not be judged based on other beers or flavored beers because it has flavor and heat. I could never see myself drinking this beer on a regular basis, but the experience was wonderful. Sure, the actual beer is just average, but add that pepper and BANG, it's a whole new ball game. Chili Beer Co. was a pioneer and should be recognized as such.

Photo of WhyBeNormal
1.35/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

I saw this bottle for sale at Acme and it looked so awful I just had to buy it. And holy shit this has got to be the nastiest thing I've ever tasted sober. I swear it's like they just poured the juice from a jar of jalapeños into a Coors Original and repackaged it. That is really the best way to describe how this tastes. Oh my FSM, why did I do that?

Photo of HeightsEats
4.05/5  rDev +142.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is not exactly traditional beer, but it's very good nonetheless (if you like chili peppers). Appearance is a darkish yellow, with a strong chili vegetal aroma with a faint malty sweetness underneath. The pepper is definitely serrano rather than jalapeño. The chili flavor is upfront with a fair amount of sweet pilsner malt and no real hop presence. Mouthfeel is a tad thin, but the drinkability is quite good if you're looking for clean, spicy beer that pairs well with food.

I don't quite understand the level of hostility in the other reviews. Heavy hopping isn't a requirement for a good beer. A lot of Belgians have sourness instead, while some beers emphasize fruit. The sharp, clean heat basically takes the place of hops.

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.08/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz clear bottle pours a limpid, clear yellow color with no head to speak of and was gone while I was distracted by the hideous pale green pepper clinging to the rim by it's wrinkly stem. Most folk think this is a jalapeño pepper, but I do believe it is a serrano instead. Regardless, it is a grotesque looking beer, nary a bubble permeates the surface, it looks like apple juice.

Nose is of cheap salsa verde from a can, you know...the 53 cent Herdez brand. No beer aromas are anywhere to be found.

Taste is initially of stale grains and then an earthy, musty pepper flavor is followed (and finished) by a pretty hefty amount of heat. It is a drain pour, for sure...but it is not nearly as bad and gut-wrenching as a Bud 'Chelada. Call me crazy (Ed), but if this was all I had to drink on a deserted island, I actually think I could do it.

Photo of PhageLab
1.27/5  rDev -24%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A friend of mine brought a few of these over to my old apartment. I just want to note that he loved the stuff. Poured into a pint glass.

A - Dark yellowish coloration. Little to no head which fizzed away. There is literally a giant pepper in each bottle. This does not bode well.

S - Tobasco sauce and heartburn.

T - Difficult to tell there is even beer in here, it tastes like carbonated hot sauce.

M - Add sharp carbonation to that mix and we have something akin to being punched repeatedly in the throat.

D - Sorry, I couldn't finish it. Like I said, my friend loved the stuff. I watched in horror as he consumed 4 of them before switching to something else. If you love hot sauce, this is your beer.

Photo of lester619
1.05/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Come on. Really? A buddy of mine was in Vegas a couple weekends ago and brought a six pack of this back with him. Where do you start with this? It's a pale yellow, fizzy beer with a huge pepper in it. It smells like a Corona with a huge chile pepper in it. It tastes like a Corona with a huge chile pepper in it. I'm starting to think it's a
Corona with a huge chile pepper in it. It's just so freaking stupid and pointless. There's no smell or flavor other than cheap beer with some pointless heat. This is the deffinition of undrinkable. It's one thing when a brewery is being creative and it doesn't work. There isn't even an atempt to make something of quality here. One of the most idiotic things I've seen in a while.

Photo of nlmartin
1.02/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Ok where to begin with this beer. I served this beer with dam near ice crystals in it. The beer went into my pub glass. Was it me or the glass groaning as it hit the glass.

Appearance: The high mark of this beer. How can a beer with a giant chili pepper in the bottle look bad. The beer is urine yellow with a head that quickly resolved.

Smell: I imagine the aroma to be similar to being hit in the face with pepper spray. Very astringent, solvent, and plain ole nasty.

Taste: This beer gives Sam Adams Triple Bock a run for the money for foulest tasting beer ever. No real flavor notes except hot, hotter and yet hotter going into metalic. Makes me long for a Triple Bock.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is watery with an oily hot pepper feel. Drinkability just no! This may be the most evil beer ever.

Photo of Betmore
1.13/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The first red flag was the clear bottle...

This is nothing more than a novelty beer. It tastes like the juice from a bottle of pickled peppers. I've never had, nor do I want to have, a beer anything like this ever again. I get chili pepper beers... I really do. But this one is insane. I shouldn't have to drink a different beer to cure my palate of this beer.

In my opinion, avoid this beer. If you absolutely have to try it, find a way to pick up a single or split a 6-pack with 5 of your buddies.

That said, I can actually think of two positive uses for this beer. The first one is as a marinade. It might impart a nice chili pepper flavor to meats. The second... Its a conversation starter. You'll talk about it for quite some time. I guarentee you've never had a beer like this one.

Photo of latackbeer
3.25/5  rDev +94.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Wow!! No one likes this beer. Well I do agree with a majority of what everyone has said but I like a spicy beer. I have two friends that LOVE this stuff. Yes there are is no head or hop taste but the concept is really cool. The only time I can drink this beer is when I'm enjoying a full rack off ribs or a steak.

This is not an everyday beer for myself but will enjoy on a cold night to warm me up!

Photo of Nature777
1.05/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This looks like any macro-brewed lager. This tastes like drinking Tabasco Sauce. Might be good for cooking spicy Mexican dishes, other wise, it has no redeeming qualities. This has become the standard of "beer-fail" amongst me and my friends.

Photo of FreshHawk
1/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A - Light clear gold with a very thin, almost non-existing white head. No lacing, and of course there is a pepper floating around (I didn't pour it in the glass, but honestly it probably wouldn't matter).

S - Searing jalapeño juice and tabasco sauce. A number of other peppery smells. Hint of corn adjunct lager. Actually if you are looking for a very peppery chile beer, this might be a decent smelling beer.

T - Light dull tasting corn lager is the underlying base. This is always in the background. Upfront is the strong jalapeño juice and tabasco sauce. Pretty hot and spicy, but not bad or unbearable; however definitely not good or enjoyable.

M - Light and fizzy with lots of carbonation. Hot and tingly presence throughout the mouth that linger more than I wish it would.

D - I struggled to finish this one. After the first couple of sips, the novelty wore off and I was stuck with something I didn't really want to drink. Unfortunately, this is not one to chug, so I was stuck with it for a while.

Notes: I would say it is worth trying once just to see how bad it is and as a novelty drink. Even without all the pepper taste this would be a bad beer. This is not just a bad beer, it is an offensive one. The kind of beer that takes your mother out to dinner, shows her a good time, and never calls again. I have a policy of no drain pours, this beer tested that policy and stretched to the limit. Oh and if you are drinking this beer, you might as well eat the pepper, as it is probably the least offensive part, and lost essentially all of its heat so it is a slightly waxy, pulpy shell of a jalapeño.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.05/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is not good. Looks like piss tinged green with a turn nugget in it. Head? Lacing? You're kidding right? Smells and tastes like it looks.

I think the recipe is 1 part gasoline + 1 part vinegar + 1 part Keystone Ice + 1 pepper. My apologies to Keystone Ice.

I would drink non alcoholic beer before this again.

EDIT: This is no longer the worst beer I've ever had. I drank Lime-a-rita.

Photo of tone77
1.9/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured from a clear 12 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a small head. Smell is of hot peppers, I am curious now. Taste is not good, really the only flavor coming through is the hot peppers. Feels light and hot on the mouth and I was only able to drink about half the bottle. Overall a failed attempt at an unusual style.

Photo of macpapi
1.05/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A bottle of this from a six-pack given as a gift for Christmas. Judging by the date of this review, you will gather I was not terribly enthused to try this beer.

Pours a golden yellow, almost fizzy-looking color. Not as pale as many macro-type lagers, but still looks none-too-inviting. No head or lace.

Holy hot peppers!! This beer smells like pickled pepper aroma. In fact it reminds me of the juice/vinegar/water left behind in a can of jalapenos. Acrid on the nostrils. Only the brave will endeavor a sip after this inhalation.

Call me bold. The taste is just like the smell: repulsive. Vinegar water with a huge injection of peppery spices. Light lager flavor is unpleasantly present, but on the whole is overwhelmed by this overly done spice kick.

Mouthfeel is thin and acrid. Yikes!

On the whole, this is one of the weakest efforts at beer making that I've ever encountered. This one makes Budweiser look like Westy 12 in my book. I'm sure they were trying for some type of novelty appeal. Just not sure who that was geared toward.

Photo of mdwalsh
1.53/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Ok, I'll be honest, I'm at work, knocked this off the (bottom) shelf and damaged a bottle, so I'm reviewing. Not going to be too professional here.

Holy crap, this is awful. No head, smell's like black pepper and bad Mexican food that they tried to cover up by making it super spicey! Aweful. No balance.

I get no hops, no malt, just bad peppers. It smells like cat pee, and not in a good sauv blanc kind of way. I will never go anywhere near this beer ever again!

Photo of Espenoza
1.65/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

I'm just going to go candid from my notes:

Poured a clear golden color, hardly any head.

For smell I just put "Dear God No"... It could be likened to the urine of Satan after a hefty portion of asparagus.

The taste was typical lager but then wait... there's a spice to it. I could see this being used for beer bread.

Mouthfeel... light, very light and spicey.

This really isn't all that drinkable...

and for the record... I ate the chili.

Photo of OneDropSoup
1.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Perversely excited to see this one at the bottle shop I frequent. Given all I'd heard, I had to give it a try.

Poured into a pilsner: Pale gold with fingers' fizzy head that drops within a minute to a thin collar & dusting. A few streams of slow bubbles.

Smell is spicy chili & a little cheesy (yes, not unlike nacho cheese). Maybe a tiny bit of corn or cereal grain, just enough to poke its head up. Different, even for a chili beer.

Starts with a pretty clean, inoffensive light corn adjunct taste, a little sweet grape juice. Soon rolls in the chili. The taste itself isn't even all that strong. I mean, it's there, but the real offender is the heat that kicks in & burns the back of the mouth.

Goes from smooth & thin-bodied to hot & burning. Movements are interesting: the cool is at the front & the heat at the back of the swallow, so you've gotta go back for more to put out the fire. I actually craved the cheap, soothing part.

Man, what a trip. They took something bland & inoffensive & added something to make it abrasive. Glad I tried it, can't say I'd ever again. Ended up being my first pour, just couldn't take it any more.

Photo of Banger530
1.35/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

I bought this on the recommendation of a friend who likes it. I, however, do not.

It looked like a typical beer, pale yellow color, except with a chile pepper it.

It smelled like a chili pepper.

Taste, bad. The chili was overpowering and the spice was the only thing I tasted. No beer flavor.

Mouthfeel. Not as bad, light feeling. Little carbonation.

Drinkability. None. I usually can finish a beer, even if I don't like it, but not this one.

Photo of beergod1
1.3/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I seen how low this beer ranks, and the last time I had this was about 2002. So what the hell....I tried it again (Idiot) I'm glad I only bought 1 bottle in a mixpack (thank god I had some Founders and Bells to go with it) I can't believe they still make this! People like me buy it once in a while, I guess?! For the Novelty? I'm interested to taste this beer without the pepper. Light head, very pale, Hot body and finish. Hard to finish this beer. and I like hot foods, but....yech. Breakfast Stout here I come, let me wash this horrible happening out of my Mouth.

Photo of womencantsail
1.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

The infamous Cave Creek Chili Beer...

A: The pour is just about like any adjunct lager--pale yellow and fizzy with a short lived white head.

S: The aroma is pretty gnarly. It smells like Budweiser with jalapeno added to it and there's some definite "kick" to the aroma. In fact, it made me afraid to take a sip.

T: Surprisingly, the flavor itself is not quite as bad as the scent would let on. But let's not kid ourselves, it doesn't taste good either. The chili flavor is definitely hot and there really isn't anything else in the beer to mitigate that.

M: The beer is light and fizzy on the tongue with some definite chili pepper warmth.

D: While the beer didn't taste bad on the tongue, the problem is that after you drink it, you have immediate heart burn. The fizz and spiciness combination does quite a number on your stomach.

And no, I didn't eat the pepper.

Photo of DavoleBomb
1.53/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured into a pint glass. I've been dreading drinking this beer for a while now, but tonight is the night to get the deed done.

1.5 A: This is one ugly ass brew. Slightly hazy golden color. Got about one millimeter of fizzy head that fell in a matter of a second or two. The pepper quickly floated to the top and sits there half submerged. I can't help but liken it to a green turd with a stem. Would have given this a flat out 1.0, but it doesn't look like sewage or "garbage milk."

1.0 S: Doesn't smell like beer...at all. Smells a bit of the pepper hotness, but mainly of the vegetal aspect. Gross, but onto the tasting.

2.0 T: Surprisingly, it doesn't taste as bad as it smells or looks. However, it doesn't taste much like beer either, but that's probably because it's basically a Miller Lite with peppery hotness added. Light to medium pepper hotness masks any chance of this tasting like beer. Not horrible, but it is what it is and that is pepper water.

1.5 M: Light and watery. Carbonation is okay, but that's pretty much the extent of what is right with the mouthfeel.

1.0 D: No need to ever drink this again. For good measure, I ate the pepper.

Crazy Ed's Cave Creek Chili Beer from Chili Beer Co.
45 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.