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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: Chile Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale brewed with Anaheim and Marash chilies

Added by JohnGalt1 on 10-25-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
94
Ratings:
589
pDev:
13.83%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
50
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 589 |  Reviews: 94
Photo of macrosmatic
3.84/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from (very long-standing) notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Tampa Bay Brewing Company snifter.

A: Hazy gold, with a thin white head that goes to amorphous foam quickly. A low level of visible carbonation.

S: Cracker malts and a light chili spiciness. Mild citrus. A low aroma overall.

T: Biscuity and pilsner malts, sweet and roasted chilis with nicely restrained capsaicin. Some lemony citrus hops near the end. At the swallows there are peppers with only mild heat and a slight hop bitterness.

M: Light-bodied, with good carbonation sensation and low alcohol presence.

O: This was really much tastier than I expected, and would be nice if you find yourself in the mood for a chili beer. It's fairly simple, but the flavors are well-put together.

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Photo of descobar
3.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Disclosure: aged 3+ years
Smell: malt sweetness, cooked chili peppers, spices, some caramel, wood, and a stale cheesy thing most likely from the Belgian yeast
Look: pours medium amber with a very decent 1/2" off-white head with average retention. its definitely hazy but clears slightly as it warms. some sediment is visible. did not observe any lacing.
Taste: not much apparent bitterness and lots of malty sweetness combined with the flavors and heat coming from the chilies. the cedar aging is more prevalent here than in the nose.
Feel: this a medium body beer leaning on the full... the texture is oily and rich. the carbonation remains moderate and the astringency is strong but not overwhelming and burns just a bit against the palate. The finish is sweet and long with persistent heat from the peppers.
Overall: Experimental beer with lots of complexity. The bitterness has faded leaving lots of sweetness behind. Mostly has held up well. If fresh, I probably would have rated it a high 3, very close to 4.

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3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.86/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Wonderful gold-red color, with very pretty strata of sediment and solid head. Pungent aromatics, with pineapple and mango, lemongrass and orange-flower, and some funky peppery notes. Sweeter than I expected, focusing on the fruit elements of the Anaheim and (heretofore unknown to me) Marash chilies, which ride alongside flavors of grains-of-paradise, coriander, and lemon-balm, the latter boosted substantially by the hopping. Most of the bite, in fact, is derived from the Belgian yeast, which seems to be working on some invert-sugars as well in this admittedly pretty fascinating collaborative project. There are some very soft, very vegetal vanilla notes on the end, as well—the only really effect I can detect from the Spanish cedar barreling, excepting, perhaps, the pervasive (and somewhat sugary) smoothness.

As usual, I'm more impressed with a Lips of Faith iteration than with New Belgium's standard stock of beers.

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Photo of chicksdiggit
4.52/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured center from bomber into a snifter. Cloudy dark copper color with 2 fingers of egg shell white thick foamy head. Sticky lacing and and thick retention. Tiny bubbles slowly rise across the entire glass. Looks great.

S: Orange peel and light coriander in the nose with some cherry skin.

T: Orange cream malt body, light mild chili spice. Orange rind finish with a touch of bitter lime. Complex and not over the top, and I love the subtlety.

F: Creamy champagne soft mouthfeel. Chilies aren't hot on the palate but do have a tiny zing.

O: I'm not sure that I've ever liked a chili beer before, and I enjoy this. Again, complex without being over the top and delightful in its subtlety.

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Photo of BcOneSeven
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of RBuckley73
3.94/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dankabier1
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jpuetz
2.5/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of paresis
3.59/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dbc5
3.11/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tasting notes L: Pours deep brilliant amber under a clingy 1” white foam collar. S: Chili aromas with traces of malt. T: Begins with rich malt flavors and then the chili comes trhough with some vegetal character then the heat hits with a pleasant accent and a bitter hop presence on the finish. F: Medium body and carbonation, some heat from the chili but it is not overwhelming. O: Nicely balanced beer that goes very well with cheese.

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Photo of Jordanmtate
3.94/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eziel
3.79/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of elNopalero
4.27/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I liked this one. A touch malty, some bready notes, and an unexpected kick from the chiles. (Yes, I didn’t realize it was a chile beer when I first tasted it.) Nothing overpowering, mind you, but enough to give it some character. The ABV limited my enjoyment, as one was more than enough.

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Photo of Pens1967
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kevinpitts
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crazyfoMostout
2.96/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of nopunk
3.29/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RCLOHR267
3.34/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dandub33
3.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of snaotheus
3.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2015-02-27
22oz bottle split between a pair of tulips. 132 01 2156 is the code on the bottom of the bottle. No idea what that means. It's a chile beer, so I expect it to have some chile flavor. Hopefully a little heat.

Pours clear golden-amber with a medium sized pale head and a fair amount of carbonation. Head fades to a thick film fairly quickly, but leaves some lacing and sticks around at that level. Smell is sweet malty and a little chile. Mostly vegetal, a little spicy. A little yeast.

Taste is surprisingly soft and mellow -- pleasant but not loud. More of the sweet maltiness, again a little chile. If it didn't advertise itself as a chile beer, and I wasn't consciously expecting chile, I'd probably not recognize the flavor as chile. Heat is basically absent. Someone who thinks beans are spicy might think this is spicy.

Mouthfeel is airy and smooth, very pleasant. Overall, a pretty good beer, with a slight chile addition.

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3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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