Green Chile Lager | Tommyknocker Brewery

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Green Chile LagerGreen Chile Lager

Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: Chile Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
A blend of hot and mild Anaheim chiles infused in a refreshing light lager. A pleasant spicy bite makes for a delicious palette pleaser.

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3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bonkinishwa
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tommyknocker Brewery - Green Chile Lager. 5.3% ABV. 12oz bottle poured into a Belgian ale glass. Best by March 28, 2016.

Look: Settles a pale, hazy golden color, with a thin carbonated head appearing and disappearing just as quickly after pour.

Smell: Profound spicy chili aroma, earthy and vegital.

Feel: Medium bodied, very smooth with some carbonation.'

Taste: Earthy chili up front, however not spicy. It follows through exactly same, with some light malt and wheat flavors backing it. The chilies never get spicy, but only provide the flavor. Only on the aftertaste, a slight burn is noticeable, but does not get close to overwhelming.

Overall: I like Chili Beers as a style, so here was another one to try. This one is more like a Vegetable Beer rather than Chile Beer. It does have profound chili within, however it isn't spicy at all. It is refreshing nonetheless, but deserves to be paired with food.

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Photo of glass_house
3.01/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Started off not so terrible. It's light and crisp with a fairly natural chile flavor. Unfortunately I made the mistake of letting it warm a bit while I was preparing dinner. Once this gets anywhere near room temperature it's foul, and down the drain it went. Drink it cold. Even then, it's one of the more mediocre pepper beers I've tried.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JAspenle
3.81/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not very spicy but good taste. Does have a good hint of chile in it and smooth as well

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Photo of ChuckTheMilkMan
3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Quite an interesting beer. Smell is very strong of chile's. Color is a solid golden. It drinks smooth and goes down smooth as well. Main reason I rated it a 3 on almost everything is because it is a very particular beer. Very unlike the other beers I have had brewed with peppers (Cigar City Lips Of Faith and Breckenridge Chile Porter). It tastes heavily of peppers but has little to no throat burn like the others. Not a bad beer per se, just not my flavor. Interesting indeed and well worth the try Tommyknockers is an awesome brewery and place.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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2.15/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

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3.45/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of keng1343
3.59/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

My go-to bottle shop is The Friendly Greek, where they will put almost anything in the cooler as a single just so that I can try it and report out and back. This is yet another such beer.

From the bottle: “A blend of Hot and Mild Anaheim Chiles infused in a refreshing Lager”; “Colorado Mountain Town Craft Beer”; “Tommyknocker has been creating quality Lagers & Ales in the Colorado Rocky Mountains since 1994”; “Tommyknocker Legend [:] Tommyknockers slipped into the mining camps of Idaho Springs in the 1800’s with the discovery of gold in our mountains and streams. These mischievous elves, though hardly ever seen, were often heard singing and working. They guided many fortunate miners from harm’s way and to the gold they sought.”

Once I Pop!ped the cap, I was interested in guiding the beer from its bottle and into a glass. The merest pour, however, unleashed an avalanche of foam and so only the gentlest of pours was possible. The process was slow going as a result. I finally ended up with a manageable two-plus fingers of rocky, fizzy, eggshell-white head with moderate retention. Color was a slightly hazy yellow-gold (SRM = 4 -5) with some floaties in evidence. Nose was of chile peppers, but not in a disconcerting way. They reminded me of cooking with peppers, especially in omelets. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. The taste was definitely of peppers, but in a low-heat way. I was really girding myself for something out of control, like I heard about Stone’s Crime & Punishment, but this was pleasant and drinkable. It did need something to go with it, though, like cheese and crackers or pretzels or simply something to munch on. I just felt like it was not meant to be drank by itself. Relatively low (5.3%) ABV, 27 IBUs, no mention of Scovill units, but I would imagine fairly low, also. The problem for me was that it seemed to cry out for some sort of accompaniment. One bottle, no problem, but more than that and I would be ready to move on. Finish left a light, tingling heat on my tongue and in the back of my throat, but I would be laughed at for telling anyone. It wasn’t THAT hot.

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Photo of 57md
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark straw in color. The nose has a definite essence of chili pepper but nothing overwhelming. The flavor profile also has a touch of heat but that heat never becomes obtrusive.

When i comes to certain flavored beers, I definitely enjoy intensity (e.g. chocolate and coffee). However, when it comes to chili peppers, subtlety is welcome. This offering is subtle enough to be enjoyable.

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Photo of Amstaffs
3.81/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Morey
3.81/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drwatson32
3.96/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of twonder23
4.13/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jpuetz
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of habaceeba
3.74/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of REGreenBTRB
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

My first chili beer!

A: 3.25 - Thin white head with a lot of bubbles floating to the top. Yellowy-tan color, you can see right through it.

S: 4 - Awesome smell! There is a lot of chili right off the bat. A little malt. Makes me want some tamales!

T: 3.5 - The chili pepper is very present. It's not spicy at all, there is no throat burn; just a nice chili flavor. I was hoping for at least a little kick in the throat, though.

M: 3 - Pretty average. Medium body with a decent amount of carbonation.

O: 3.75 - Overall I enjoyed the beer. I went in hoping for a nice chili presence and it did not disappoint. It's nothing to write home about, but it's a nice, unique beer nonetheless. Cool stuff.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of beergoot
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear, golden body capped with a thick, sticky, white head. Nice though faint smell of chilies and hot peppers. Good chili flavor backed with an unobtrusive light lager body. Warm, toasty flavor with pleasant sting of spicy hot peppers.

This chili beer is nicely balanced and comes with a well-rounded green chili flavor. The chili heat and flavor is rather mild yet does a good job of complementing the lager base.

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Photo of KLHBB
3.34/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Minimal head and lacing but some residual bubbles. My nose isn't very sophisticated, but hello! Green chiles. A strong green chile taste too, not hot and spicy, just the mild poblano kind. Light mouthfeel. Overall, as with most beers infused with fruit or veggies, I have to wrap my head around the different taste and accept it for what it is. Different.

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