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Chili Beer | Calapooia Brewing Company

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Calapooia Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: Chile Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by SurlyDuff on 03-25-2008

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of constantine_272
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Reddish gold brew with a fizzy soda head that fizzled just the same. Wheat and brown rice on the nose with a faint hint of bell pepper. Light and smooth with sweet malt but quickly gives way to a strong jalapeno heat with green pepper vegetation. The heat was a bit shocking at first, but it settled in quickly. Feel is very light and nothing really shines through except for the lingering burn in the mouth. Tasty overall, but a few Scovilles fewer might have helped balance this beer out better.

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Photo of Dactrius
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fizzician
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HochFliegen
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Photo of Epicfail97081
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hokieman00
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of zeledonia
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of ganderson
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My first review and review of a chili beer. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Little to no head. I typically enjoy IPA's and this was my first venture into a Chili beer. Nice initial taste (chili powder) and its finish is strong and stays with you a while. Not overwhelming, but a beer you can enjoy sipping on. Cheers!

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Photo of Canada_Dan
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Johnct
1.75/5  rDev -52.3%

Photo of shelby415
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of thesarahfuller
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of BastardKing24
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright amber with little to no head

Smell is perfume like peppers, spicy peppers, alc, specialty malt, and cocoa.

Taste pretty smokin, lots of heat from the peppers, and some decent malt flavors. Not much in the way of hops.

Feel is lightly carbed and slick.

Overall this is quite unique, but could be better base beer under all the intense heat this packs.

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Photo of MikeRice1969
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of mactrail
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Handsome orangey amber in the Duvel tulip. Modest little head and then it's down to stray bubbles after that. It seems rather oily, so maybe that cuts down the carbonation. Not that anyone would notice after the chile flavors cut through. Some fumes of pepper boil off in the nose.

The mouthfeel-- or actually the mouthflame-- is pretty hot. It's more like a salsa heat than something you want to gulp down. Nothing seems to distract from the chile delivery system. No hint of hops. At least it's not perceptibly alcoholic.

I like ardeano's advice to cook with this stuff. It's got a great flavor. What a flavoring for malt liquor this would make, too. From the 22 oz bottle bought in Oregon.

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Photo of thebouch01
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of stript
4/5  rDev +9%

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of flexabull
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Chou
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of czmate
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of ardeano
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although I have had this beer every time I head over to Albany, I have a taste and think - man that's gots some heat to it! It's a good starter but get the taster first to see if you think you can handle a pint - DON'T WASTE BEER! My buddy will have 2-3 pints and I wonder how he does it! It packs some heat - more heat than your going to expect...

I really wanted to write a review for this beer to tell every one: COOK WITH THIS BEER! The pub makes their chili with it and it's FANTASTIC! So my bro and I got a pint to take home and throw it in a crock pot with a pork shoulder and BLAM - instant greatness! It added so much to the shoulder I could not believe it!

If you have ever thought about cooking with beer this is the beer to do it with - I don't think you could miss...

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Chili Beer from Calapooia Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 27 ratings
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