Hot-Jala-Heim | Horseheads Brewing Inc.

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Brewed by:
Horseheads Brewing Inc.
New York, United States

Style: Chile Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This style of beer is classified in the "Fruit/Vegetable" category as a "Chili beer". The focus is obviously on the chili peppers used during the brewing process. Our version uses a mix of hot peppers, including jalapenos and anaheims (hence the name...Hot-Jala-Heim). It has a delightful 'peppery' aroma as well as taste with a 'mild' sensation of heat experienced after swallowing.

Added by WesWes on 01-06-2008

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Ratings: 107 |  Reviews: 52
Photo of nater919
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KTCamm
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

3/31...pours pale gold with light white foam. Very faint malt smell, barely noticeable at all. Flat. Light sweet malt open followed by a slow moving but cresting wave of hot pepper burn. Steady burn, sits and stews. Whew! Hot and sweet. Excellent flavor profile. 22 ounces take a real effort.

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Photo of PhillyB
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I was hesitant to try this beer. It was included in the tasting at the brewery, so I tried it anyway. My mother tells me it goes great with the jalapeno poppers at the local pub.

Look: Looks like a darker ale. Dark, but not quite opaque.

Smell: Smells like a darker ale sitting next to a plate of jalapeño poppers.

Taste: A darker and quite smooth ale with jalapenos. If you like eating straight jalapenos then you might like this.

Feel: Here's where the beer gets a little weird. The spice isn't particularly strong, but it tickles the back of your throat and stays there. Otherwise a smooth and enjoyable drink.

Overall: As a standalone beer, I don't care for it. However, if you have it along with a plate of jalapeno poppers (which I believe was the intent) it's very enjoyable.

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Photo of EMV
2.41/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Had on draft at Horseheads Brewery

L: Pours a clear light golden color. Light white head with no retention.

S: Cooked veggies and peppers.

T/F: Starts off a bit doughy/grainy and then gets to a moderately spicy finish. Green peppers and cooked veggies. A bit fizzy.

O: I don't mind chilis as an addition to beer.. especially with some of the stouts. This just didn't work for me... too much veggie/chili and not enough beer... and maybe that says more about me than this brew . I dumped most of it and wouldn't recommend.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a pint glass.

3.25 A: Clear dark yellow color. Two fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is about average and no lacing is left.

3.5 S: Balanced mix between peppery heat and vegetal component. Grassy and spicy hops. Otherwise neutral malts.

3.5 T: Taste offers balance as well. Both the base beer and the peppers come through well. The peppers are more powerful as a flavor rather than heat. Malts offer hay and a light biscuit flavor. Just a touch of heat on the finish.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy and smooth.

3.5 D: Decent beer. I wish the peppers had a little more control over the beer, but it still turned out pretty good.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jzeilinger
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LizT
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Kramerwtmf
3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rudzud
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

Shared with JLindros

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a crystal clear copper hue with a thin white halo that fades to leave thin wisps.

S - Aromas of jalapeno peppers, maybe Anaheim too which would make sense. Pleasant spicy, green chili, light malt sweetness. Pleasant

T - Taste is similar to the nose, nice malt sweetness, good green pepper and light chili, nice bright Anaheim chili, good lingering heat. Not overwhelming.

M - Mouthfeel is rather thin and watery, worst aspect of the beer.

O - Overall this beer was a nice surprise. Good chili notes, very pleasant. Just wish the mouth was better.

Serving Type: Bottle

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of thampel09
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of mpr5083
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of chalkda01
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of logicalparadox
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

holy shit! No joke with the chilis. This beer is spicy, and offers a lot of the chili fruitiness and I've always craved from a chili beer. Quite daring, but not for the faint of heart!

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Photo of timmy2b
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of jmdrpi
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Steeda89
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of boszormeny
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of Furley80
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of ncelauro
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Hot-Jala-Heim from Horseheads Brewing Inc.
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 107 ratings