Fire Escape Ale | Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States

Style: Chile Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The brew is a blend of Asheville Brewing's Escape Artist Ale, with 127 pounds of smoked jalapeno peppers added. The brew was first created as one of Asheville Brewing's weekly infused beers. The brewery has made 10 kegs of Fire Escape which should be released in late March 2011.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-11-2011

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 22
Reviews by chinchill:
Photo of chinchill
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the brewery (not the restaurant).

Made with 127 lbs. of jalapenos! Sounds intimidating, and this beer does have an unmistakable and pronounced flavor of jalapenos, but the chili heat is quite tolerable, being mild to moderate. Plenty of chili in the aroma too where it pretty much masks everything else. While I enjoyed this beer as a novelty and as an part of a meal, it is very much dominated by the aroma and flavor of chilis, so it is likely to generate less enthusiasm from tasters who demand that malt or hops dominate.

The beer pours a hazy amber with an off-white head -- not quite as appealing looking as the Escape Artist Ale that serves as the basis. Light-medium body.

O - excellent use of chili to create a very distinctive beer that goes well with some foods -- certainly worked well with my veggie lasagna. It's an extreme beer in that it far from a standard ale in flavor or aroma, but it is not challenging, assuming one likes the taste of chili peppers, since the heat is under control.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at the source on a past ticking trip to Asheville! Served from tap into a Thirsty Monk shaker. Poured yellow-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, jalepano, smoke, earth, and earth hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, jalepano, subtle smoke, earth hop, and a spicy followthrough. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I had this one earlier in the day from a tap elsewhere and there was really no difference between the two. So if you find that you might like this one, it doesn't really matter where you get it as it is pretty much the same brew.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.24/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

amber pour, bordering on a light brown with a smooth, even and small head that did its best to not really fade that much at all. aroma is lots of earth grains, light hops and a touch of rye like spice, not much pepper at all in the aroma, this comes much later. as you take a sip it has all the marks of a nicely done esb or amber, but gives you that nice kick of chili pepper in the finish that lets you know its there.

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Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.76/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.24/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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2/5  rDev -43.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

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2/5  rDev -43.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Miles_in_beer_city
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a chili person, including on/in my food, but this is interesting. I know this is a preference, but not mine. That said, this can go very well with food, in fact the only way I order it, when I'm also eating.

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Fire Escape Ale from Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co.
3.52 out of 5 based on 22 ratings.
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