Serrano Pepper Ale
Saugatuck Brewing Company

Serrano Pepper AleSerrano Pepper Ale
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Saugatuck Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Chile Beer
Ranked #23
Ranked #25,171
3.67 | pDev: 14.99%
Nov 14, 2020
Aug 19, 2012
Serrano Pepper AleSerrano Pepper Ale
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Reviewed by Burgz from Canada (AB)

2.37/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25
12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep brown colour with minimal head and virtually no lacing.

Smells of earth tones, namely grains and Malts.

The taste though, tastes of malts and then you get hit with the taste of pepper leaving a small amount of heat in the mouth and throat. An interesting taste to say the least.

Overall, not my favourite. It’s decent but I think I’ll pass On this when I pick up my next 6 pack.
Nov 14, 2020
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Reviewed by F1Rumors from Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Somewhat dark to call an amber, it is hard to characterise. No real head, good effervescence, decent mouth feel, but the bulk of the opinion is on the flavor.

You can taste the pepper, and it is inoffensive, with a little kick. Otherwise, it is a relatively straightforward beer.
Dec 30, 2017
Rated: 4.09 by BobbyOlson from Michigan

Sep 19, 2017
Rated: 3.98 by BeerWithMike from Nebraska

Sep 04, 2017
Rated: 3.52 by Raime from Korea (North)

Aug 05, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by bnes09 from Illinois

May 02, 2017
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Reviewed by classixIII from Pennsylvania

3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
OK, my first pepper beer, didn't know what to expect. Poured a rusty orange very little head. Aroma is a bit sweet and malty, very light on the pepper. Taste is same, pleasant sweeter malt with only a hint of the pepper. The pepper shows up as its going down and leaves just a hint of the heat in your mouth. Kind of a nice feeling.
Mar 25, 2017
Rated: 3.59 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

Mar 09, 2017
Rated: 3.48 by crbnfbr from Kentucky

Mar 06, 2017
Rated: 3.55 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Jan 04, 2017
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
This marks the end of my Saugatuck B.C. excursion as part of the Bottle Backlog divestment here at Chez Woody. I saved this one for last as spiced/Chile beers are a) not my forte and b) if it turns out to be a palate wrecker, I can take a break for restorative purposes.

From the bottle: "Illustrated by Colin Ofloy [-]". The new label (not pictured) is very cool with an outer space cowgirl a ridin' (sidesaddle) & a ropin' a jet-fueled pepper!

I got excited during the Pop!ping of the cap & gave it a heavy-handed pour. I got a beautiful pseudo-cascade that settled into two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with decent retention. I could already smell the pepper! Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was definitely spicy, but I also felt like I smelled a light smokiness in there. I was suddenly transported to Uncle Billy's Brew & Que in Austin, TX on the occasion of my visit with The Chauffeur. Smoke, light spice & beer! Lifting it to my mouth, I got another whiff of spicy green vegetal matter and a touch of that smokiness. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was peppery, but not so hot that I could not tolerate it (and I have a low threshold for such things). It had a really freshly-picked, earthiness to it that leant itself to that light smokiness that I noted on the nose. Finish was warm, not hot, peppery, smoky and dry. I envision cooking with this or drinking some while I cook or both. Something beefy in the crock pot on a slow simmer. Happy Thanksgiving as I look forward to turkey!
Nov 24, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by Hopstout from Minnesota

Nov 02, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by bpkrippner from Missouri

Oct 09, 2016
Rated: 3.33 by Latarnik from New Jersey

Aug 29, 2016
Rated: 3.56 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Aug 16, 2016
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Reviewed by psoriasaurus from Thailand

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Pours a deep mahogany with chestnut head. Looks promising. However it doesn't quite follow through. Sweet, roasty malt notes dominate the nose and flavor. Subtle pepper heat on the back end. Drinks like a strong ale or stout.

Overall, this one was pretty disappointing. In a Chile Beer, I expect the pepper to dominate the overall flavor profile, not the malt. It doesn't really have any redeeming qualities and is pretty hard to drink. OK effort.
Jul 29, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by Danmullens1 from Wisconsin

Jun 19, 2016
Rated: 3.9 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania

Jun 10, 2016
Rated: 3.63 by Fishwhisperer from Michigan

Jun 02, 2016
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden-yellow color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of spicy chili peppers, sweet caramel and toffee. Mild chili heat with a sweet caramel taste.
May 25, 2016
Rated: 3.56 by IdrinkGas from Pennsylvania

May 15, 2016
Rated: 3.25 by enelson from Illinois

Apr 11, 2016
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Reviewed by ParnellJoseph1138 from Minnesota

3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
A: A deep copper color, little carbonation, poured into a a pint glass, small white head diffused into body of beer.
S: A mild malt smell, no discernible hop aroma, bit of pepper.
T: Malt does not have much body and then a hint of lemon flavor. A distinct pepper character overshadows the malt and the other characteristics of the beer. The spicy, herbal and vegetable flavors are unique but unique in an odd way, and not that pleasing to my pallet.
M: The assault of pepper masks the bread, biscuit and caramel character of the malt.
O: A unique taste profile but not one a gravitate to.
Nov 23, 2015
Rated: 3.59 by LloydDobler from Indiana

Nov 16, 2015
Rated: 4 by RichH55 from Illinois

Oct 30, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by NSXAG from Arizona

Oct 11, 2015
Rated: 3.25 by Howlader from Canada (AB)

Sep 20, 2015
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Reviewed by mfnmbvp from Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
12 oz. bottle, 130807 printed on the label. Gifted to me from the local bottle shop owner. 'Amber Ale brewed with fresh Serrano peppers'. 6.80% abv listed on the label. 'Brewer's Reserve Series'. Haven't had too much from Saugatuck, so I'm not entirely sure what to expect.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a murky cloudy orange body, with about two fingers of airy bubbly off-white head. Head falls away quickly and leaves no lacing.

S - Some pale bready caramel malt content, and subtle fresh vegetal peppers. Not noting any spice or heat character in the aroma, however.

T - Taste follows the nose: bready, malty, lightly fruity / citrusy, with some subtle vegetal peppery heat that builds as it drinks on. A mild fermented apple character

M - Mild pepper heat builds as it drinks on. Medium-low carb, not particularly easy-drinking.

Overall, an uninteresting example of the chile beer style. Perhaps this was an older bottle, and it developed some off flavors, but it's not one I'm particularly interesting in trying again. Forgettable, at best.

Saugatuck Serrano Pepper Ale -----3/5.
Sep 02, 2015
Rated: 3.33 by Slongie from Canada (AB)

Aug 09, 2015
Rated: 3.96 by leitmotif from Romania

Aug 03, 2015
Rated: 3.85 by Ciocanelu from Romania

Jul 28, 2015
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Reviewed by Prager62 from Colorado

3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Bottle date of 03/11/15 with an abv. of 6.8% and brewed with fresh Serrano peppers.

Look- Pours a cloudy pale orange color with a finger of white foam. Very pleasing in color.

Smell- Aroma is pure Serrano pepper juice.

Taste- Pretty much like the aroma and as advertised on the label. All Serrano pepper! A bit of an earthy taste at the end with a mint like flavor.

Feel- Spicy pepper juice with a bit of heat in the finish.

Overall- If Serrano peepers are your thing, this is the beer for you. I won't hold that against in my review too much, because it's as advertised. All said, it's just not my thing. I love peppers and all things spicy, but in a beer it's better when it's an accompaniment and not front and center. Just one mans opinion.
Jul 26, 2015
Rated: 3.64 by Canada_Dan from Colorado

May 20, 2015
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Rated by qrazvan from Romania

2.33/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25
The chilli taste is too strong and hides the other aromas.
May 17, 2015
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Rated by MichPaul from Michigan

2.54/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
Didn't really care for this one aaaaat all... Guess some people do as the rating us "very good" I'll leave the rest for you all!
May 10, 2015
Rated: 3.9 by dcmchew from Romania

May 05, 2015
Rated: 3.21 by couchsitta from Minnesota

Apr 14, 2015
Rated: 4.36 by Punisher from Missouri

Apr 06, 2015
Rated: 3.81 by M1A2 from Ohio

Mar 28, 2015
Rated: 3.49 by BDeibs from Colorado

Mar 27, 2015
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