Lips Of Faith - Cigar City Collaboration (Ale Brewed With Chilies) | New Belgium Brewing

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Lips Of Faith - Cigar City Collaboration (Ale Brewed With Chilies)Lips Of Faith - Cigar City Collaboration (Ale Brewed With Chilies)

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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Chile Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by JohnGalt1 on 10-25-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 91 | Ratings: 587
Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.76/5  rDev +36%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a nice cloudy umber color with a thick off white head that is very long lived and is staying for a very long time. The lacing is super thick as well with an amazing fluffy texture.

The nose is spicy, savory and sweet all at the same time. Great malty complexity with lots of floral and fruit notes with some peppery, pine, grass and bread hints are there as well.

The taste is rich with lots going on here. The malt is sweet and dry and the same time. There are distinctive fruity tones with shard sharp dry ones that must be a result of the chilies mixed with malt. The hops are a nice bitter ride from beginning to end that are only enhanced by the mild chili bite. The pepper is sweet and mild. The hop finish is bitter and clean.

The mouthfeel is perfect for this one, just the right amount of richness.

Overall this one is surprisingly good. Most brew masters that try a chili combination often get too much of the negative chili affect without the good flavor. This one blends the hops to chili ratio just right.

Excellent, just got to try it!

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Photo of Celtics17
4.58/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I notice the low rating on this one by NB, and I don't understand why? I enjoyed it, and I loved the heat or chili touch of this one.

Visual: Deep orange, slightly hazy. It goes from straw yellow to deep orange.
Aroma: Fruity, citrus combo from hops, spice and yeast aromas. Slight herbal. Very nice citrus tone to this one with a bit of pepper.

Taste: This is fruit and spice at it's best. Not much bitterness to this like a grapefruit. It's like pineapple with hot sauce. A very nice combo.

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Photo of chicksdiggit
4.52/5  rDev +29.1%
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 elNopalero
4.27/5  rDev +22%
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 Schilzaga
4.14/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle, noting best by November 2014 printed on the bottle. Lips of Faith series that has been getting a lot of chatter at the holiday parties this year (2013). This one immediately showed up on my radar because of recent discussions about peppers in beer, so here we go...

Poured into a Westmalle Trappist chalice.

A - Pours about as well as any Belgian from a bomber. 1 inch of head that slowly recedes but small head is steady.

S - Initially smells like a typical Belgian, but has a musty, woody smell as it warms a bit.

T - Taste is great. Drier than most Belgians. The peppers aren't spicy, but more warm in the mouth. The dryness is a crisp refreshing departure from the sweet, candy taste of typical Belgians.

M - So smooth, creamy and crisp. I really really like the feel of this. The citrus and warmth at the end really feels nice.

I'd recommend this to anyone trying a chili beer. By far the best I've had. It's so smooth and easy to drink. Definitely an odd combo with the Belgian base style. It all goes together well... spanish cedar, the chilis, the citrusy, hoppy bitterness. So good. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Hopscat
4.13/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber poured in goblet, off white head smallish settles to nice ring with good lacing. Color is amber with some light reddish tone.
Nose is fruity, citrus with some malty crackers in the background and earthy peppers.
Taste carries medium sweetness of malts and the citrus hops . Mid palate the peppers come on with kind of a 2 tier taste- guess this is the anaheim and marash chilies. At first it seemed the chillies would overpower it all but the hops and malts stand up with a bright dry finish with some lingering chilie taste.
Medium mouthfeel seems about right.
Overall I liked this beer. The complexity was surprising . This is my third or fourth ? chile beer and I was impressed- not as much as I am with the Mikkeller Hot Rod Habanero but that's a stout this is more an IPA. Would seek this out again.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. Bottle says best by November 2014.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A sweet, tart, and juicy aroma with good hints of spice, fruit, and yeast. Belgian yeast with some hints of funk. Spicy hints of chili peppers. Also some woody hints. Big scent of fruits with citrus hop hints of orange, mango, tangerine, peach, apricot, lemon, and grapefruit. Some earthy and grassy hop hints as well. Pale malt with hints of grains and cracker. A nicely sweet but balanced aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints at, a sweet, juicy, and tart Belgian tinged taste with notes of fruit, spices, and yeast. Belgian yeast with some notes of funk and slight clove. Mix of chili and pepper spicing. Notes of wood linger. Big taste of citrus fruits with notes of mango, orange, tangerine, grapefruit, peach, apricot, and lemon zest. Also some earthy hop notes of grass. Pale malt with some notes of grains and cracker. A pretty decent taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, spicy, and slightly sticky. Some heat is felt from the peppers but the alcohol is covered well.

Overall: A pretty decent and interesting brew. Solid juicy citrus flavor and the pepper adds a nice kick without becoming overwhelming.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

The body was clear, orange amber, and the carbonation was lively, forming a two finger thick head in the tulip glass. The aroma was very tropical, reminding me of both mango and passion fruit. The taste was layered, with the first impression being a weaker IPA like herbal hop presence, but then the hints of chili peppers poked out. The finish had a bit of vanilla beans in it. The beer did feel lacking in the texture, as it felt a little watered down and over attenuated. I would have liked it to have some sticky feel to it, as it would have med the flavors linger better. I was happy I tried this once, but it's not something I would go out of my way to find again.

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Photo of BigRedDog
4.04/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into a pint glass

Pours a deep gold color, maybe even a little amber. Nice thick off white head. Really good lacing.

Not a bunch of smells here that I could discern. A slight honey scent. I get a slight smell from the cedar. But honestly I'm a little disappointed that this beer doesn't smell better.

Taste is right on par with what I would expect. Nice light wood flavor that mixes well with the spice of the peppers. Not too much pepper either. Spicyness on the finish, which lingers. Slight hops, but the citrus from the hops mixes well with the spices. This is a very good beer, with no one flavor dominating.

Easy drinking beer if you don't mind the spicyness on the finish. Not crisp, not creamy, middle of the road texture.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +14.3%
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 NSXAG
4/5  rDev +14.3%

New Belgium Brewing - Lips Of Faith Series: Cigar City Brewing X New Belgium [Ale Brewed With Anaheim And Marash Chilies] (22oz ---> Stemless wine glass : 8.5% ABV)

Many "LOF" brews have caught my eye, but this is the first one that I've come across that nobody I immediately know has tried... It poured a medium looking body with a exuberant orange hue and brilliant clarity, also producing a nice rocky 1.5 inch head... A decent amount of carbonation helps the head retain a decent cap as is dissipates, leaving a solid amount of lacing just from the head... A light hoppy note is the first to introduce itself with the spiciness close behind... Boasting a small amount of earthiness also, but no one aroma jumps into the spotlight... Immediately the spiciness hits the palette accompanied by a sweetness as well as a decent amount of carbonation... Midway it develops some smoky, almost nutty characteristics with a nice bitterness keeping my palette on it's toes... The finish is bold, with an almost creamy mouthfeel, all adding to a very well rounded brew... The spice I assumed this beer would have is definitely there, but is very well balanced by the sweetness and (mostly woody) earthiness... It lacks an intrinsic complexity I assumed all LOF series brew would possess, but in this case, "less is more" was classfully pulled off in this delightful ale... Another good brew - Cheers!!

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Photo of EnemyWithin
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Solid beer with good malt backbone and nice, but somewhat subdue citrus hops. Chilies are subtle but detectable without adding much in the way of intense heat. Great with Indian food.

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Photo of mactrail
3.96/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden amber color with a handsome creamy head in the Ommegang chalice. Plenty of carbonation on the tongue and a silky mouthfeel. Interesting earthy and woodsy smell with a vegetable note.

The flavor of chiles is very elegant and enticing. The chiles provide more warmth than heat, which is a refreshing change. A modest malty flavor with a hint of cedar. The aftertaste is that distinctive roasted taste of red chile skins along with the capsicum glow. Eventually the Pale Ale sort of bitterness adds to the finish.

One of the best pepper-flavored brews I've had. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego for $8.79.

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Photo of mr-jj
3.94/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an IPA glass from a 22 oz bomber.

Color is clear orange-amber with a three finger white head with long retention and nice lacing. Aroma is nice - some pine and light fruits. Flavor is fruity and light on the palate followed by the chilies. Not very spicy or hot, but definitely a distinct bite and flavor that mixes with some mild bitterness on the finish. Body is light/medium with moderate carbonation.

Overall, a very nice beer that blends the chili flavor nicely without overpowering the base of the beer.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Light amber color, slightly hazy. Head is a lovely 2-fingers of off-white, with marvelous lacing.

S: Faint malted grain, but hops dominates with citrus (mostly grapefruit), evergreen, and sweet fruit. There's also clearly some spicy pepper (true to the label)

T: Malt is more grainy than sweet. Hops is pretty forward -- not quite DIPA, but tart & bitter notes do dominate. There's a hint of spice as well, but it could as easily be hops as chili peppers.

M: More moist than I was expecting, with decent carbonation.

O: A good ale, but nothing amazing. I was definitely expecting more spicy kick from the chilis (IMO, if you're going to list it on the label, it should be strong enough to taste!)

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Photo of fourstringer
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Brewer's Art goblet with a moderate hand. Best by November 2014.

A: Attractive amber with impressive clarity. 1 finger of clean, white head that doesn't stick around long. Sudsy. Pretty nice lacing. Really nice body on this one.

S: Inviting hop aroma with a fruit dominance. Citrus. Grapefruit. Peach. Light biscuit. Belgian yeast in the background.

T: Round, citrusy hop bitterness with a semi-dry finish. Light malt on the back end, but hops play the lead role. Not much alcohol presence. Grapefruit, citrus. Traces of vanilla. There are peppers in this?

M: Moderate carbonation with a nice smoothness. Medium to light body for an IPA.

O: I seem to be somewhat at odds with recent reviewers, but I enjoyed this quite a bit. Drinks like a citrus-forward IPA. Granted, I got pretty much zero anaheim/marash chili as advertised. So I guess as a "chile beer" it fails... A little heat would be cool, but as is I don't mind this a lick.


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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.91/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

Look: A burnt orange body. A cream colored head that recedes to large splotches of bubbles. Thick bubbly lacing coats the glass in uneven sheets.

Aroma: There is some sweetness from malts that translates into a faint candied cherry note. Then subtle peppers come out.

Taste: The beer is a nice blend of sweet malts and peppery heat. There's not a lot of other flavors present but just enough sweetness to make it balanced in a way.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is somewhat light? I can't believe this is 8.5% ABV.

Overall: I'm growing to appreciate chili beers, and this one was slightly more diverse than some others. I wasn't expecting the cherry cordial sweetness. It works well with the peppers. Glad I tried this.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, bottled on 8/30/2013. Pours lightly cloudy deep golden amber color with a 2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tangerine, lemon zest, orange zest, pineapple, peach, pear, cracker, bread, floral, herbal, clove, chili pepper, and floral/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus hops, yeast ester, and light-moderate chili pepper notes; with good strength. Taste of tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange zest, pear, clove, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, chili pepper, light pine, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Light pepper/yeast spiciness and light heat on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange zest, pear, clove, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, light chili pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop, yeast ester, and chili pepper flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice hoppy chili beer. All around good balance and complexity of hop, yeast ester, and moderate chili pepper flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Auraan
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a light amber with a one finger white head that receded to a white ring. Looks good, quite like an IPA really. Scents of citrus, grapefruit, melon, mango and sweet malt with an undercurrent of chili. It's a very fruity aroma, letting just enough chili peek through to show this is a chili beer. Flavor is sweet, with some citrus, a bit of grapefruit, some melon and malt sweetness, with a slight burn of chili towards the middle and end of each sip. Hop profile is slight citrus and a bit of some floral flavors. It's not a bad flavor profile, fruity, floral and with a bit of a chili bite, I thought it was pretty good. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation and a semi-drying finish. Pretty easy to drink, despite the chili burn that was present. Overall this was a pretty good beer. The chili wasn't overpowering, but it did balance the sweetness of the malt. It was easy to drink and hid it's ABV quite well, I just wish that it had more robust a hop character, but it wasn't bad.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.86/5  rDev +10.3%
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 patpbr
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured golden, with a white two figure head.
S - Dried fruit, yeast and spice, citrus.
T - Fruit and sweet upfront with a warming chili flavor. Noticing wood flavors as well.
M - Medium body and carbonation with a smooth finish.
O - Interesting idea and I expected more heat; It was good, I just expected more.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 22oz bomber picked up in Nov'13

A - Pale yellow, like an IPA, with 1 finger of head, clarity, and some sticky lace left all over the glass

S - Slight pine hop aroma, but not detecting much of the peppers.

T - Excellent! Nice mix of pine and citrusy hops. Kind of like the jai alai, but not as bitter. The peppers are very mild, and don't really appear until the after taste. Well done

M - Highly carbonated, smooth, easy to drink

O - An excellent IPA type ale with some light peppers in the aftertaste.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz glass, at the Alberta release party for New Belgium at Craft Beer Market in Calgary this past February. From notes, mistakenly sealed away in my laptop case, to be discovered by chance recently. An ale brewed with Anaheim (my go-to kung-pao 'secret' ingredient) and Marash chili peppers? Bring it on!

This beer appears a clear, glassy bronzed amber colour, with a thin cap of fizzy and weakly frothy dirty white head, which leaves a near un-broken wall of limestone lace around the glass as things sink away.

It smells of bready, lightly biscuity caramel malt, a touch of toffee, Frank's Red Hot sauce, muddled tropical fruit, subtle yeast, a strange white wine ethereal booziness, mild pine resin, and earthy citrus hops. The taste is spicy up front - fairly hot pepper oil, black pepper, and yeast - followed by a decently sturdy grainy caramel malt, red wine must, edgy anise, muted citrus pith and pine needles, and a musty, yet still zingy cedar wood astringency. The 17-proof booze does well to keep to the shadows.

The carbonation is fairly soft, barely a ripple to be had, what with all those other palate-tinglers skulking about, the body a decent medium weight, and strangely smooth by the same measure. It finishes off-dry, winy, peppery, hoppy, and crackery, from the expected, and not altogether usual suspects.

A enjoyable version of the style, especially employing those particular peppers, but yet overall, it doesn't come off as particularly spicy, as the wine character (from the 'Spanish cedar'?) mollifies things more than I initially gave it credit for. Agreeable, and not over the top, despite all those wacky guest ingredients.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.78/5  rDev +8%

Bomber poured into a tulip glass. The color of dark reddish honey with a moderate amount of white head. Aroma is rather tart, vinous, and fruity (apricot, cherry, citrus), with a subtle undercurrent of caramel and pine resin. Indeed, this is a rather hoppy brew, dry grapefruit rind and pine needles on the palate, along with an array of interesting fruit flavors ... Cherry, raisin, and yes, chillies, although these register more as bell peppers rather than the hot stuff per se. A subtle heat does build over time. Body is quite light and well attenuated, a little caramel malt heft is apparent, and the carbonation is fairly high. Finishes dry and hoppy with an ongoing fruity note: Dried fruit roll up, woody understated pine bough, gooseberry, and a lingering wildflower honey sweetness. I was somehow expecting a bit more from such a vaunted duo of collaborators. More from the malts I suppose, more body, and less of a homogenized fruity character. Oh well. The chillies do come through in an understated albeit pleasant fashion.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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