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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)

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Added by JohnGalt1 on 10-25-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.57/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head with good lacing and retention on a clear copper and burnt orange body. Aroma of tangerine, herbs, light on the chilis with hint of candy sugar. Flavor follow with a strange funky malt base which is hard to describe beyond earthy and barely citrusy with the chilis very mild and understated and mostly show up in the finish. Medium body and light to moderate carbonation. Boring and not what you would expect from either brewery

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.31/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Lucky Baldwins Trappiste in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, and chile aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit and chile flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a somewhat odd combination of fruit and chile characteristics.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

another sweet not so good lips of faith beer, these are tiring me out. chili beer right? well, im making chili, so i thought this might help give it some flavor and spice it up. for once, when i want some heat in a beer, it just isnt there. instead is a sweetness, a common yeast profile, and that same lips of faith series weirdness that just misses being appealing. golden in color, maybe brass is better, with a nice head and a clear look to it. nose is sweet, almost lactose sugar unfermented sweetness, without a hint of chili pepper. the flavor shows just a little heat on the back end, a little pepper flavor, but its way subtle. maybe because this has been out while now it has faded? but i didnt think heat did that. worse is that this is basically a tripel, same yeast and grain profile to it, same sweetness on the back end. its not bad beer, but its nothing special, and i expect more (still) from this series, especially with cigar city in on it, it just comes across so generic. full bodied and creamy feeling with nice poppy bubbles, i like all that, but its still of the mark for me. give me something to ponder in these beers like you used to!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev +8.6%
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 kojevergas
2.88/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

"Ale Brewed With Anaheim and Marash Chilies." Nothing on the label suggests that this beer is titled "Lips Of Faith - Cigar City Collaboration (Ale Brewed With Chilies)" as currently designated on the site; that's just a lazy beer addition. 8.5% ABV confirmed. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with uninteresting label art and branded red/orange pry-off-pressure cap acquired at Whole Foods HQ and served into an Avery stem-snifter in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; the Lips of Faith series is almost always mediocre, but I've loved what little I've had from Cigar City so I'm looking forward to this one. "Best enjoyed by November 2014." Reviewed as a chile beer because the description on the label implies it.

Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of white colour. Nice thickness. Decent creaminess. Okay frothiness. Decent consistency. Even inconsistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is pretty good - about 5 minutes. Not bad for 8.50% ABV, and for a chile beer.

Body colour is a clear translucent copper-gold of above average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible.

There's not a standard for a chile beer per se, but I'd call it average looking. It's not unique or special. There are no egregious flaws. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: I could smell the chiles as it was poured, but when I go to smell it out of the glass, I get mainly flowers and fruit. Cedar wood when I look for it, sure, but I wouldn't recognize it if I tried the beer blind. Bright berries. Floral and vaguely fruity hops; I guess there's some citrus there. Pilsner malts. Pale malts. It has some nice malty sweetness, but I do think the chiles overpower the sweetness as the beer warms.

Mild chile presence with little accompanying heat or spiciness. Chile character seems roasted as the chile notes are muted.

Not finding the purported Belgian yeast. No alcohol is detectable.

A clean aroma of mild to moderate strength. Not much of a chile beer based on the aroma. I'm hoping the flavour profile will actually bring what the label promises the beer will. So far it's seeming more New Belgium than Cigar City.

T: Malty sweetness is evident from the open onwards, but luckily the chile notes swoop in with some needed spiciness and add some depth/complexity. Hops offer no real bitterness - all we get is some floral character and vague fruit. I wouldn't really call the hop profile citrusy. Bright fruits - very tame lychee, muted pear, maybe apple. Nothing too distinct or evocative. Where's the Belgian yeast? I'm not finding it. There's no spicy heat from the chiles; they're quite tame. On the malty side, it's got pale malts, pilsner malts, and maybe munich malts. Kind of a weak inadequate backbone. The cedar presence is an afterthought, and doesn't guide the beer or offer much cohesion. Not a gestalt flavour profile by any means. I have to wonder how long they aged it in cedar; it seems they threw it in for a couple months so they could claim it's cedar aged for marketing purposes - the barrel just isn't imparting much on the base beer and frankly I see no benefits from the barrel aging. I guess that lets them up the price though, eh?

Lacks complexity and subtlety. There's little intricacy or nuance here. I'm a bit shocked Cigar City's name is on the label. Shallow depth of flavour. Average duration of flavour. Really low intensity of flavour for a chile beer. I'm disappointed. Balanced? I guess.

No yeast character comes through. Alcohol presence is light; there's a warmth there but it's not boozy.

Mf: Smooth, wet, medium-bodied. Decent presence on the palate. Overcarbonated. Suits the flavour profile okay. Texture isn't custom-tailored to taste. Almost refreshing, but is that really a characteristic a chile beer should have? It's somewhat weak. I'd like more boldness and assertiveness.

Not oily, astringent, harsh, hot, boozy, gushed, or rough.

Dr: Downable forgettable stuff. I'd expect this kind of mediocrity from New Belgium, but it's disappointing to see Cigar City involved in it. The best thing I can say about it is that it hides its ABV nicely. Like most beers in the Lips of Faith series, this feels more like a paycheck for New Belgium than a sincere consumer-pleasing beer. Quite overpriced for the quality. I wouldn't get it again or recommend it to friends. If you're going to brew a chile beer, commit to the chiles. The half-assed barrel aging isn't doing it any favors, either. I'll finish the bottle without any issues, but this beer deserves to be a footnote on Cigar City's lineup. Meh.


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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
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 oberon
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a stemmed glass a clear medium to full golden with a tightly formed near one finger white head that settles pretty slowly leaving two broken rings of lace behind.Aromas are yeasty with some light tropical fruitiness,not much chile presence to be found.Again yeasty and fruity on the palate with some caramel dough thrown in,the chile is light in the finish...very light.Hmm not bad but pretty unassuming,the alcohol is well hidden but so are the chiles.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.44/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear medium golden amber in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and some copper highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy light beige head that reduces to a small thick patch of larger bubbles, a medium to large sized patch of mottled very thin film, and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Upfront there is a light aroma of pale malts with some floral notes and just a hint of cedar. Very light aromas of chiles.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of bready and biscuit malts with a moderate amount of yeastiness. Light notes of floral hops and just a hint of chile spiciness. Minimal amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades almost immediately.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: In my opinion, the chiles are just a little too subtle for my tastes. The alcohol is well hidden but there is nothing really special about this brew... I think my expectations were too high considering the breweries involved.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.67/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

First had: bottle from Whole Foods, Springfield, VA

Picked this bottle up while in town for a show, just out of curiosity. Frankly, I'd expect better from both breweries involved.

Pale amber pour, mostly clear, with a small white head; decent retention and some spotty lacing. Aroma was pretty muted, pils malts, some earthiness, not much else of note. Taste was blandsville all over, crackery pils malts, grain husks, maybe some distant, light, herbal/earthy hops; nothing in the way of peppers, and no heat whatsoever. This just wasn't happening for me. Light body, watery and bland. Not necessarily undrinkable, but overall just uninteresting and unflavorful. I couldn't finish the bottle.

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Photo of mactrail
3.96/5  rDev +13.5%
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 TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a cervoise at Tap House - Des Plaines.

My second new bar today that happened to be a Tap House, and this one has a New Belgium Lips of Faith tap takeover of sorts going on. Oh, and Svengoolie's here, too. I like this place. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear amber-gold topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises sweet malts, earthy pepper greenery (like sniffing the outside of a fresh pepper), light Belgian yeast, and a touch of allspice. The taste leads with the sweet malts and spicy Belgian yeast, then some decent pepper heat bubbles through. This heat, when at its zenith, matches surprisingly well with the surrounding beer, rather than trying to outdo it. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a bit of a surprise here, in that I enjoyed this beer and the interplay of pepper heat and Belgian-y base. Not bad.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Darrell. Thanks man.

The beer is copper to rusty orange hued with a thin, beige collar. The aroma offers light chilies and spice, earth, mushrooms, malt, citrusy hops. Pretty bland flavor. Would like to see the chili character featured more. Odd and just a bit out of balance. Weird citrus character. Flavor is muddled and messy. I just can't get behind these Lips of Faith beers. Expensive and gimmicky. I'm always happy to try a new beer, but there is no way I would pay for this.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

New Belgium/Cigar City Lips of Faith Series, Ale Brewed with Anaheim and Marash Chilies. Odd that there's no name…am I not looking in the right spot? 8.5% Alc. by Vol. Brewed and bottled by New Belgium Brewing, Fort Collins, Colorado.

Clear, golden hue, prodigious snowy white head. Looks good.

Aroma: Light and airy with little traces of chili peeking out. Give it time…ripening some. Unfolding a bit.

Taste: Hot at the first taste, growing wider in the mouth. Peppers keep heating up. Body is light. Malt is meager. Hops are fairly quiet. What's the deal with this one?

I'm skipping ahead to the gobbledygook, hoping it doesn't enrage me with whack-ass wordplay. "We're about to light up Florida with this Cigar City collaborative brew. Our Belgian yeast tangoes with Anaheim and Marash peppers along with loads of citrusy hops to create an ale full of spice. Aged on Spanish cedar to salute our mutual love for wood!"

Well, that wasn't totally offensive, just a little bit here and there. The light it does shine on the base beer doesn't really help. The Belgian yeast doesn't come through, nor do the hops. The pepper heat is increasing still, enough that it seems to cover the base ale to the point that I'm not tasting anything else.

If you just want to taste peppers in your ale, this might punch your buttons. As for me, I'm not thrilled with this one. C'est la vie.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.54/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium coppery amber with a thin white head that dissipates to a thin film and ring around the glass, leaving slippery lacing. Aroma of slightly sweet neutral malt, light fruit and a hint of chile spiciness, but a distinct slight burn to the nose. Flavor is low key, similar to the aroma, with a non-distinct malt, light apple and pear juice, finishing with a slightly astringent hop and chile bitterness with light pepper burn, but little chile flavor. Medium bodied. A fairly unexciting base beer that is somewhat redeemed by the light chile hotness and bite at the end of the sip. Interesting, but possibly not quite meeting the intent of the brewer for excitement. It does hide its moderate ABV quite well, not a bit boozy. The Lips of Faith series seems to have a lot of unexpected successes a some near misses and this is one of the latter. Worth a try for those who enjoy pepper beers, but probably not a repeater.

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Photo of Gavage
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: yellowish orange in color with a 1/2" head that breaks down quickly.

Smell: some chilis come through to the nose along with some soft fruiter tones.

Taste: caramel, some mild pear and mango flavors are in the background and the chili flavors are mild but bold enough for me. Bitterness is moderate.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp at the finish. Dry late.

Overall: for me this was a slower sipping beer, and one glass was more that enough in a session.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A beer that could have been exciting was just meh. Not too much going on here. Somewhat pleasant but somewhat boring base beer with a moderate dose of chiles. Not a lot of depth or complexity, just some heat and perhaps the tiniest bit of smokiness. A one trick pony, and the trick isn't all that impressive.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"We’re about to light up Florida with this Cigar City collaborative brew. Our Belgian yeast tangos with Anaheim and Marash peppers along with loads of citrusy hops to create an ale full of spice. Aged on Spanish cedar to salute our mutual love for wood!"

COOP Matt shared this one tonight... Pours a clear dark golden with a pretty decent white head... nice lacing.

Aroma is pretty good... bright chili and a lite cedar essence.. not getting much in the way of hops.

Flavor is pretty interesting too... pale malt with a bit of yeasty esters combine well with the chili flavor.. the cedar almost comes off as cinnamon..

Body is medium/light with a good bubble.

Depending on the price, I would buy this again.... I hope it isn't more than $7ish when it hits shelves.


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Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -14%

Cloudy orange pour with a frothy one-finger white head. Mild aroma of honey and light malt. Taste has a mild chili pepper flavor upfront. Not very spicy, though. Also has some wood, malt and mild citrus hop flavors. Medium bodied and creamy.

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Photo of Zorro
2.99/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear goldish amber colored ale with a small white colored head. This is on the fine line between the two colors. I can see how it could be called Amber.

Smells fruity and peppery with a slight nasal itch from the chile peppers. Pilsner malt scent and some wheat biscuit aroma. Mild citrus aroma but it is faint.

Starts out mildly hoppy with a soda cracker malt flavor. More bitter than I would have expected from the scent. Warming in the chest but I wouldn't call this hot. The exact flavor is a bit illusive, pretty much IPA with Chile Peppers. Mild prickle of heat but it isn't strong. Wood and strong tea flavors and a slight astringent taste.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall I guess it is OK. Doesn't taste bad though I would have expected more pepper.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Liquor Shed. Couldn't they have given this beer a proper name?? Best enjoyed by Nov 2014.

Another medium golden coloured brew, clear, huge head of foam and it brings the lacing on.

Okay, the smell of this is throwing me off big time. I guess it smells somewhat spicy, slightly fruity of the kind, that's just about to go off. A wee bit of hops, something I'd describe as almost tart. Weird.

Some spice in the taste though I'd hesitate to call it chili like. More of that fruitiness that borders on being tart. I get a bit of heat after the swallow but nothing while the beer is in my mouth that resembles chili and I've had quite a few chili beers that, imho, were outstanding. More heat much longer after the swallow now.

On the heavy end of light bodied, good carbonation, the mouthfeel is very slick.

I'm on the fence with this one. I suspect my initial rating won't be so "hot"; maybe another bottle will hit the mark?

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +14.6%
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 Axnjxn
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bomber into a FW tulip.

Pours a golden color with a nice head with good lacing. The smell is pale malts..slight chilis..maybe. The taste is grassy and earthy, slight amount of hops, chilis almost non existent. boring flavor honestly. very disappointing. medium bodied with mild carbonation.

Overall this is a decent beer. But its the worst lips of faith beer ive had. Really wish it had more heat to it.

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Photo of barczar
3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy light between with a lingering cream head. Aroma is heavily cherry, with a hint of phenol. Vegetal character, and the chilis don't chime out until the taste. Flavor is not quite as cherry laden, more smoky spice, with a hint of cherry tartness.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.72/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle, best enjoyed by November 2014. Served in a goblet, the beer pours a mostly clear orange/amber color with a half inch off-white creamy head. Head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like green peppers, apricots, oranges, wood/cedar and some cherries. The taste is similar to the aroma, but the peppery heat is noticeable (but not strong). There's also some bready malt and herbal flavors in there, too. There's also a lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and has moderate carbonation. I liked this, there's just enough heat to make this interesting. $8.99 a bomber.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bought this because I thought it was brewed with cherries not chillies. Ow well 10 bucks here we go!

A - Looks like a pale ale with an orange yellow tint and a 1/2 inch of head that sticks around for a bit. Great lacing.
S - Mild pepper hint, sweet malts, and bready biscuit malts. Like the mesh of sweet and spicy smells.
T - Caramel, toffee, biscuit malts, and a pepper bite. Some mild skunky hops in the finish. Not sure what Anaheim peppers don't seem very spicy.
M - Easy to drink and doesn't muddle the palate with an intense burn.

Overall I have been bamboozled this beer is not great or terrible beer but not great at all. Feel it's not worth 10 bucks a bottle though.

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