Raspberry Jalapeno Ale | Bandwagon Brew Pub

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Bandwagon Brew Pub
New York, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by WesWes on 01-15-2010

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by jameswaldo:
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2.42/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Drank a pint of this when it was one of two best tastes of the generous free 2-ounce tastes I had of all five BW brews the Bandwagon had on tap Friday night. Maybe by the time I got there it had gone stale, as it had no head at all, very cloudy murky reddish brown gloomy look with not a single bubble rising. (Their Scotch Ale had gone equally flat that night, but at least this fruity beer had a delish smell to it.) Smell was very inviting, with four of my favorite odors: beer, berry, yeast, chili. Taste was thin around edges of chocoberry candy sweetness, a metallic rinsewater sadness slightly mitigated by a pretty tasty yeast. Mouthfeel dreadfully flat and dead, a bit soapy. After taste hints at chili heat, but I'd rather get that from a chili chocolate candy (Aldi sells a Moser Roth chili chocolate bar I love, this making me think this ale would be a flavor I could appreciate more.) Would not drink more of this if begged to; shared it with wife who didn't complain much. Bandwagon bar ran out of their Black Pepper Porter while I was trying to drink this Raspberry Jalapeno Ale; wish they'd run out of this RJA before I got there. Maybe plumbing in this tap line needs a higher pressure carbonation? I know it's tricky avoiding a too-fizzy beer, but this ale was dead flat. Sad.

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4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of n00blar
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of WesWes
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudy reddish brown color with a thick frothy white head that slowly to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid raspberry scent with a faint jalapeno aroma. It's interesting for sure. The taste is decent. It has a nice raspberry flavor that's tart as well as earthy. It goes down easy with a mild jalapeno warmth. I like the contrast of flavors. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a medium bodied beer with less than adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer with lots of character. It needs some sprucing up, but it's a solid offering.

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Photo of h0gg
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bandwagon's Raspberry Jalapeño Ale has a cloudy brown body with shades red. There is only a touch of head that doesn't last long at all and leaves no lacing behind.

The aroma has a bunch of raspberry with a bit of jalapeño

I definitely like the mix of flavors in Raspberry Jalapeño beer, the slight, fruity tartness complements the heat and flavor of the jalapeños very well. Raspberry comes first, with a hint of hops along with it. The jalapeño flavor is next, and the heat from the pepper is strongest in the finish and aftertaste.

The mouthfeel of this one is a problem. The moderate body is ok, but like the anemic head suggested, the carbonation is too low.

Overall this beer is a great concept with a decent flavor that lacked a bit in execution.

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Photo of TheNakedStiletto
2.52/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of JLB025
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of FrankShirley
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.86/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer clearly picked up a lot of red luster from the raspberries, but doesn't maintain a thick head. The beer smells like intensely flavorful jalepenos, which carries over into the beer's flavor profile... And dominates. I was expecting myself to be reminded of a winey vinegarette, but this is definitely a beer. I wish the beer packed more heat, but everything is on point otherwise. Totally worth the $3 and highly recommended.

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Raspberry Jalapeno Ale from Bandwagon Brew Pub
Beer rating: 3.39 out of 5 with 10 ratings