Afterburner Habenero Beer | Keuka Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Keuka Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: Chile Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by John on 11-30-2010

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of thefreakinjman
2.85/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz B, Purchased 09/15/15 (No Bottle Date), Enjoyed 10/13/15

A: Clear orange to slight amber with a small snow white head that doesn't last long.

S: Sweet flowery scent, some black pepper

T: Very slight malt taste. No hops come through at all, habenero tastes comes through at the end and lingers for quite some time. With the pepper taste comes some heat that emits from the tongue.

M: Light body, plenty of carbonation

O: Is very light, and sessionable, but without much character besides the habenero. I do enjoy the heat and habenero flavor that lingers.

Ever since having an Evil Twin Firewater, I've been searching out and trying these chili beers since I didn't know they were a thing. Personally I enjoyed the balance of heat and peppers of the beer, but the body was kind of flat for me.

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Photo of DannyBoyDD
3.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BRYeleJR
2.3/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Just wasn't for me. Flavor seemed very artificial, didn't taste as good as other spicy beers.

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Photo of j0hnc2468
3.78/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of skipxtracer
4.25/5  rDev +28.8%

Photo of wattersmike90
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of BradC
2.96/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear amber color, thin head that doesn't linger very long.

Not much in the nose, maybe a hint of pepper, smells kind of soapy?

Flavor kind of falls flat, the base beer is not very interesting, don't get much pepper flavor, pepper kind of shows up in the finish as just more of a burn.

Kind of thin bodied, easy drinking though.

Overall, it's an easy drinking beer, just not as interesting as I would like. Could use some more malty sweetness and some more flavor from the pepper.

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Photo of Wortman1998
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
1.5/5  rDev -54.5%

Photo of thebouch01
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of inlimbo77
3.08/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

32oz growler
Hill Farmstead wine glass

A: Still some carbonation even though this growler is nearly two weeks old. Pours out fairly clear yellow orange color. Thin layer of bright white head, forms into a ring around the glass. Doesn't leave any lacing.

S: Smell is strange and mildly off putting. I pull some hop character, but it's muted. I do get some spice notes underneath the malt bill. Just smells a little bland.

T: Much like the nose, it tastes like a strange run of the mill pale ale for the majority of the drink. Then you get this little tickle of heat that comes up in the back of the throat. Nothing aggressive, thank god. But the peppers are in there. You continue to taste them even after the sip if finished.

M: Medium bodied. Coats the mouth.

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Photo of dogfishandi
2/5  rDev -39.4%

Photo of jaganes
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of logicalparadox
5/5  rDev +51.5%

Photo of akorsak
3.73/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Afterburner, in a 12 oz bottle.

A: The beer is quite pale, a macro-looking beer if ever I've seen one. No head, light bubbling on pour. There is quite a bit of sediment suspended mid-glass.

S: A minerally nose, very light, with a Berlinner Weisse-like whiff of sulphur. That aroma is somewhat tart but devoid of any habanero presence. Interesting...

T: Very light. The weisse-like flavors are still there, the minerals and soft tang. Habanero heat hits me in the back of the mouth first, a soft heat that builds slowly, gradually moving forward over my palate. The heat, at least in the first sip, was fleeting. By the second sip, the heat lingers. It isn't a burn, rather a gentle warmth that envelops my entire mouth. The lightness of the base beer is misleading, deceptive until the heat builds. The minerally flavor lingers, somewhat odd, but it can't overpower the habanero heat. A surprisingly refreshing beer, even with the fiery finish.

M: The base blonde beer, trying as it may to replicate a Berlinner weissebier, is forgettable. The habanero heat that follows isn't, a capsicum-induced bite. An outside-of-the-box beer.

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Photo of danamal85
3.72/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

I'll preface this by saying I've had this beer at several different stages of development. This is based on the most recent batch.

A- Light color, nice white head leaves fairly quickly. Pretty basic.
S- The roasted habeneros start to peak through in the nose.
T- Starts off very light, with the base blonde ale coming through. Then the peppers catch you in the back of your throat. Nicely balanced heat present.
M- Light, balanced, decent carbonation.
D- Personally, I could drink a lot of this, very sessionable.

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Afterburner Habenero Beer from Keuka Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.3 out of 5 with 17 ratings
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