Fire Escape | Asheville Brewing Company

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Asheville Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: Chile Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ATLbeerDog on 09-16-2011

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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 11
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Photo of oberon
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: A brilliant copper amber pour produces a 2” off-white foam column that is moderately persistent and lacy.

S: A little vegetal jalapeño and a hint of heat – moderate and not piercing, some graham cracker, light fruit and a trace of citrus. Fairly clean fermentation character. Malt aromas moderate and hop aromas medium to medium low.

T: Moderate jalapeño heat provides a good accent to graham cracker malt and caramel. The jalapeño heat is moderate to mild and balances a light caramel sweetness. The bitterness is medium but is balanced by the malt sweetness and the jalapeño heat.

F: Medium body and medium carbonation, creamy, some jalapeño warming.

O: The jalapeño heat is there but not over done. The various elements of the beer go very well together.

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Photo of dcbeers
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the tasting room

A - orangish copper with a thick, soft, white head that has great retention

S - exactly like Lay's Kettle Cooked Jalapeno Chips; freshly cut jalapenos, faint malt, spicy

T - fresh jalapeno, bread, a bit salty, bity, perfect amount of heat in the finish; tastes just like kettle cooked jalapeno chips too

M - warm, medium bodied, smooth, light carbonation.

This is a great chile beer. They added just the right amount of heat to an already solid APA. It's definitely worth trying.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Krztin5
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on a past ticking trip to Asheville! Served from tap into a Thirsty Monk shaker. Poured yellow-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, jalepano, smoke, earth, and earth hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, jalepano, subtle smoke, earth hop, and a spicy followthrough. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I was surprised to see this one while at Thirsty Monk as I had never heard of it, but I have always been intrigued by Chile beers. This one had all the usual characteristics of the style including the heat on the followthrough. However, I really wish there would have been a little more sweetness going on rather than just earthy spice. It would have definitely made this one much more enjoyable. Quite glad I got to try this one and would suggest it for anyone who is a fan of the style.

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Photo of dvmin98
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerBuzzGuy
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CM31
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

amber pour, bordering on a light brown with a smooth, even and small head that did its best to not really fade that much at all. aroma is lots of earth grains, light hops and a touch of rye like spice, not much pepper at all in the aroma, this comes much later. as you take a sip it has all the marks of a nicely done esb or amber, but gives you that nice kick of chili pepper in the finish that lets you know its there.

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Photo of metter98
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle at Gate City Growlers, Greensboro, NC

A: The beer is hazy light amber in color. It poured with a short white head that has good retention properties and hardly died down.
S: Moderate aromas of chili pepper spices are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is packed with flavors of jalapeño peppers along with just a bit of heat.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation along with some heat from the peppers.
O: This beer is very drinkable for a chili beer and has lots of aromas and flavors of chili peppers without that much of the heat. The beer gets a bit hotter as it warms up but still isn't overly hot compared to other beers in the style.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of genogirl
2/5  rDev -48.2%

Photo of FriedSlug
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Copper colored with a white head that leaves tons of lacing. Nice sweet malty taste with a bit of citrus and fresh jalapeño. There is only the faintest bit of heat in this one. I was left wanting a bit more but it was still a damn fine tasty beer.

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Photo of JohnBender
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Jovian00
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dbrauneis
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of smartassboiler
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bluestyle18
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of Fordknox
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of baklo
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of TheBeard89
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Amedlin18
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Fire Escape from Asheville Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 75 ratings