Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99! (Limited time offer, US delivery only)

Hot-Jala-Heim | Horseheads Brewing Inc.

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Very Good
107 Ratings

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

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
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.

 292 characters

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.

 788 characters

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.

 537 characters

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.

 717 characters

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

 637 characters

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of thampel09
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of mpr5083
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
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!

 184 characters

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%

Photo of sneaks2210
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of phooky
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of ncelauro
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +4.4%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Hot-Jala-Heim from Horseheads Brewing Inc.
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 107 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.