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Patty's Chile Beer - Wynkoop Brewing Company

Patty's Chile Beer
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BA SCORE
80
good

54 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 16.47%


Brewed by:
Wynkoop Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Chile Beer |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Golden ale brewed with green chili peppers; a late addition of Anaheim peppers and smoked ancho peppers.

(Beer added by: Todd on 05-23-2003)
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sevopie

Colorado

1.95/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I had this one a couple of weeks ago on my birthday at Wynkoop. While I'm not adverse to trying something new, this one threw me off. The chile flavor is a bit too overpowering for me, and it doesn't balance well with the beer. I can appreciate how some would like it, and I honestly didn't find it vile. However, I would not order this one ever again.. it was just too overpowering in a bad way to me.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2008 08:46:53 | More by sevopie
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Reneejane

Illinois

2.08/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

We tried this in a sampler size at the bar. It smelled very nice and capsaicin-y, so I was expected to be downing lots of water for the heat I was sure to follow. Instead it just tasted like vegetables, no heat, no spice, a major letdown.

Aside from the lack of chili-power, the beer had little other flavor, it did have a noticeable malt-nuttiness, but hops were mild and it was a really light beer. Don't bother daring anyone to try this unless they're intimidated by extra mild salsa.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2004 05:51:49 | More by Reneejane
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kojevergas

Texas

2.84/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

4.4%. Served on-draught into a 5 oz taster glass at Wynkoop. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours no real head at all - just a beige floater. Body colour is a clear copper-amber. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Light chili peppers. Clean barley. Little heat. Seems harmless. A mild strength aroma.

T: Some chili notes. No heat or spice. The foundation is comprised of just simple clean barley. Simple and somewhat bland, but pleasant to drink. No complexity or subtlety here. Kind of boring. No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Adequately carbonated. Suits the flavour profile fairly well. Too smooth and wet.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. I might have it again if I'm in the mood for a chili beer. A decent little brew from Wynkoop, albeit a mild one for the style.

C

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2013 20:30:11 | More by kojevergas
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ndekke39

Ohio

3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ordered on tap at the Wynkoop Brewery in Denver. Usually I'm not a fan of chili beers, although this one worked for me. Poured a pale yellow with a greenish tint. Slightly cloudy. Very small bubbles of carbonation. White head. As expected, the smell and taste of green chilis dominated. Hard to taste the malt or hops in it. The chilis lingered a bit, although they weren't overly hot - they didn't affect the mouthfeel at all. Although the strong chili flavor made for tough drinkability. Their take on the style seemed good, although I personally don't reach for chili beers.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2006 23:55:05 | More by ndekke39
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Ordered one of these at Wynkoop as it was on Westword's 50 Colorado Beers to Try Before you Die List.

A - The beer arrived a vivid golden color with a thin white head and noticeable lacing.

S - Imagine you're at a Farmer's Market right next to the guy roasting the chili's. Immense chili aroma that's so potent you can't get anything else through.

T/M - The beer starts out light and crisp with a light malty character but quickly transitions to the chili flavor. It's not a spicy jalapenos flavor more of a roasted chili. The beer finishes crisp and smooth with the chili flavor lingering. It is not overly carbonated and is surprisingly light.

D - I was very excited about the beer at the beginning of the pint, towards the end I was ready for it to go away.

Overall, I am glad to have tried it as it's one of only a handful of chili beers I've had. However, I won't be going back for another.

Serving type: on-tap

Reviewed on: 01-27-2011 13:53:48

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2012 22:12:29 | More by hopfacebrew
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: clear amber/golden, half finger head

S: chili pepper but light

T: malt and chili pepper mix throughout the experience

M: oily, medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: interesting how many of their beers look alike. This one is a little over powering with the chili, not too many other flavors outside of chili pepper.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2011 00:53:56 | More by kylehay2004
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can. Pours hazy golden yellow with a medium frothy white head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is fresh chile peppers (Anaheim?).

The flavor is some sweet malts with chile flavor. It's got a little heat but is pretty mild. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a solid mild chile beer. Good flavor, but not a lot of heat.

Serving type: can

10-31-2013 23:21:16 | More by Beaver13
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Domingo

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An excellent beer that (like others have mentioned) seems to vary a little. Sometimes the beer is spicier or stronger than other times, but I suppose that just boils down the the chilis being used.
The color is golden, but more vibrant than most domestic lagers or ales.
The smell is amazing. It's like taking a whiff of fresh roasted chilis. If you like the smell of chili peppers, this is heaven. If you don't like them...well, you likely won't enjoy this either. There's a slight malt edge to it, but not much. The strength of the aroma varies by the batch, but the actual smell is always the same.
Taste is shockingly mild. It's just like a light ale, but with a little chili bite at the end. It's not spicy most of the time, but I did have a pint that had a tiny bit of kick to it a few months ago.
In your mouth it's very light. Not too much carbonation, not too "thick"

The beer is a great starter and is VERY unique, but I don't think I could drink more than 1 or 2 in an evening. The more you drink of it, the milder the flavor will get. By the end of a pint, you're a little numb to the chili smell and flavor.

If you live in the area or stop into the Wynkoop while in Denver, this beer is a must-try just for it's uniqueness.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2005 22:17:54 | More by Domingo
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interestingly enough, this may have been my favorite sampling at the brewery during my GABF '08 visit. The beer begins with a fairly average Blonde Ale base that shows soft pilsner maltiness / sweetness, and a mild ester profile. The peppers are the mild Aneheim ones that deliver a crisp vegitable-chile taste that blends well with the grains. The heat is mild, giving balance to the malts in the absence of noticible hops. Light in the body, which makes the beer very drinkable. Finishes with a chili taste and moderate warming. Quite nice.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2008 16:37:02 | More by BEERchitect
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An amber beer tinged with a it of green, fairly clean looking. Clumpy head, but it didn't stick very well to the sides. Kinda syrup looking.
Good spice in the nose. Pepper and anaheim chile, a bit mild, but still crisp and chile-ish.
Flavor: dominated by the anaheim chile taste. A bit sweet in the middle, finish hot a nice chile burn to it. Great with a burger, I thought. One is enough for me, though.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2007 23:00:31 | More by Mebuzzard
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, gold, high carbonation, clear

Smell: small amount of pepper, and grass/wheat

Taste: grassy wheat start followed by a big pepper bite that goes to a mix of malt and pepper

Mouthfeel: medium high carbonation, moderately smooth, sweetish start followed by a peppery body

Drinkability: A very good pepper beer that is probably in my top five for the style. the bite is good and is not overpowering. The beer taste is there. I have sessioned this before at the bar.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2009 05:02:47 | More by tigg924
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

one of the few chili beers i really actually like to drink a pint of from time to time. pours a pale ale looking straw color with an average white head. smells like a ton of roasted chilies, like the farmers market in late summer. smokey and spicey. flavor has no heat at all though, just the essence of anaheim and serrano peppers. there is a good light malty body to support all the pepper flavor, and a complimentary late hop burst that kind of cools the thing off a bit. goes great with the calamari at wynkoop, and will definitely surprise you if you think chili beers arent your thing. this one is famous for a reason.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2012 18:24:07 | More by StonedTrippin
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at the Wynkoop brewpub.

This chile beer poured a clear, amber color with white foam that settled but clung to the glass somewhat. The smell was a sharp, green chile-like aroma backed by some maltiness. The taste was dominated by green chiles, though not overly hot/spicy, but more of a woody or earthy flavor. There was a good bready maltiness in the background and a very mild sweetness, and very modest hoppiness. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy and peppery with medium body and moderate carbonation. The malt and chile flavor lingered. This was a good example of this style. I enjoyed it, but I don't think I would drink more than one in a row.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2004 01:38:06 | More by UncleJimbo
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ccahoon22

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Small head and pretty light color almost yellow.

S - The smell of peppers in a beer is so odd but makes you want to keep sniffing

T - Peppers dominate the taste but not spicy peppers, more like a green or red pepper. almost refreshing.

Pretty good beer for how different it is.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 01:08:10 | More by ccahoon22
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jasonjlewis

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer had a nice orange murky color with a decent head and retnetion.

Taste and smell are simple: pepperjack. Nice and spicy, leaves a little spice on the throat.

There is moderate carbonation and decent clinging to the palate.

This beer is not bad and I could have a few of these. I love chili beers. There is not a lot going on here, but it is pretty drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2007 00:54:57 | More by jasonjlewis
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JamesS

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden color with great head and some nice lacing, as well as a nice amount of carbonation, nearly lager like in its appearance. Nice sweet beer, good balance between malt and hop, with a great chile flavor, enough to enjoy but not so much it takes away from everything else. It goes down nice, if just a bit too much carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2008 22:21:27 | More by JamesS
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ccrida

Oregon

4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

n draught at the brewpub, Patty's Chili Beer is a clear gold with a wispy white skim leaving scattered lace.

Smell is moderately strong, smoked anchos.

Taste is heavy on the raw vegetable flavor of green chilis, which is a pleasant surprise, with very little smoke or heat.

Mouthfeel is light and slick.

Drinkability is good, very unusual. If you like the taste of green chili's, you'll like it, but don't come for strong smoke or heat. Very unique for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2009 00:02:16 | More by ccrida
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at their brewpub

Poured a clear brassy color with a small white head. Smell was not too strong, but had faint aromas of grains and chili peppers. Taste... This...beer...tasted...like....TACOS. I expected a little bit of a spicy twinge like with most other chili beers I've had, but this wasn't really spicy at all. Just TASTED LIKE TACOS. Really amazing actually. An easy, pale malt base, but when settled on the palate, I could taste the corn of the tortillas, vegetables, and chili peppers, sans the burn. I don't mind the burn, but this was definitely a nice change of pace. Light-medium body and very smooth, this was an extremely drinkable beer, and went great with the food.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2011 01:19:05 | More by Rifugium
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RomulanAle

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This my first beer from the Wynkoop Brewery, had a very nice chili taste to it. To me it was like have the best Nachos and cheese with all the fixins you love in a bottle, also wood make a great contribution to Nacho's and Cheese. Not to spicy has I've had from other chile beers but very balanced taste.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2008 20:50:50 | More by RomulanAle
Patty's Chile Beer from Wynkoop Brewing Company
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