Billy's Chilies Beer (Timberline Series) | Twisted Pine Brewing Company

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Billy's Chilies Beer (Timberline Series)Billy's Chilies Beer (Timberline Series)

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Twisted Pine Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Chile Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our chili beer is made with five different kinds of fresh chili peppers. Rich pepper aroma greets you when the bottle is opened, followed by its satisfying beer taste and then subtle spiciness.

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Photo of tigg924
4.7/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: golden yellow in color, minimal head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: chili peppers

Taste: the first taste is sweet malt, then the fire begins with a big peppery kick. There are many different pepper tastes in here.

Mouthfeel: sweet start that does not last long before the hot pepper feel. Smooth, light bodied, minimal carbonation

Drinkability: A well done beer is a well done beer and this is the new standard bearer for the style for me. I love the heat this one brings and I can feel the burn well after I have tasted my last sip. That being said this is a sipper. This has a more complex pepper taste to it than most pepper beers. I would have this one again.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.66/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow what a beer....I don't think I have ever had a beer that was so interesting. The beer poured a nice clear golden color with white head that laced somewhat. The scent and taste was absolutely....PEPPER!!!! The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall I am not sure I could drink alot of this....but boy o boy its tasty.

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Photo of Portertime
4.47/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah yes, a chili beer. I love unconventional ingredients in beers and nothing says unorthodox than five different hot pepper tastes crammed into one 12 ounce bottle! Pours a rich auburn color with a tight head. The smell is spicey with caspian and light pineness. Taste was what I hoped for. I could almost feel the flame roasted pepper skins on my tongue. Nice heat but not overpowering with some light hopping in the background. It was a little hard to distinguish the different peppers but I still loved it. Great beer Twisted Pine!

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Photo of russpowell
4.28/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I believe this has been revived, but either way, here goes the review:

Pours an effervescent & hazed straw color with 1 finger of white head. Beer cleared nicely & possessed very good head retention & lacing

S: Smokeyness & ancho chilles

T: Rich smokey chilles up front. Chilles heat surfaces as this warms along with some honey malt notes. Finishes slightly sweet, a little hot & a little dry

MF: Creamy, medium bodied & perfect carbonation

Drank easy. This & Amicas chilles beer are the 2 best I've had. Would go great with Tex/Mex or BBQ

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Photo of jokelahoma
4.15/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint shaker.

This one pours a nice clear golden/brass color, with a decent sized head that lasts longer than one might expect.

The nose is phenomenal! It's full of wonderful chili pepper aromas, blended with just a hint of malt. I'm always stunned when people smell this one and say "ewww, smells like peppers". What the hell? Look at the name folks. Look at the label. It's a chili pepper beer, and it's a damned good one.

The taste is really quite mild compared to the aroma. Not a lot of heat, but a good deal of chili flavor. The maltiness is here too, keeping things relatively balanced. That's not an easy trick with any beer, let alone something using chili peppers for a good portion of the flavor. They use five different peppers in this, and no single one stands out as "the" pepper flavor. Again, a remarkable balance. If you hate spicy foods, it stands to reason you won't like this. if you don't mind spice but hate heat, try this one. It really isn't hot at all, just spicy. The 4.0 rating is in comparison to other chili beers, many of which aren't that good. This one is very well made.

The mouthfeel is fairly thin, as one would expect, but just substantial enough to keep this from tasting like juice. There's no doubt you're drinking a beer.

Overall, I found this to be a great example of a chili beer. If your only experience with chilis in beer is that Ed's Cave Creek abomination, give this one a shot. It'll make you forget that Ed's even exists, which is a good thing. Well balanced, well made. A remarkable, albeit somewhat gimmicky beer from Twisted Pine.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.07/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Twisted Pine brewpub on 8/11/10.

A - Clear golden body with moderate carbonation and a frothy white head that reduced, leaving behind some splashes of lace.

S - Whoa... fresh pepper overload! Aroma simply reeks of spicy, oily peppers with just a hint of sweet malt.

T - Flavor is not as ridiculous as the nose would imply, and the sweet malt does tend to balance the cornucopia of peppers quite well. Overall, there is a nice array of spicy pepper flavor suggesting jalapeno, habanero and other chili pepper varieties as well as a slight herbal hop tinge and sweet malt notes.

M - Light bodied quite rather oily with a spicy, peppery zing on the palate that tickles the tastebuds. Finishes with a warm sting in the back of the throat.

D - This would go great with chili... or IN chili. I found this beer to be quite refreshing, actually.

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Photo of Scott_McCool
4.06/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sorry, first ever review. Won't be too technical.

From a bottle into a Pint Glass.

Surprisingly powerful pepper smell. Color is a bit cloudy, nothing remarkable. First taste is a light, smooth beer, but then a strong pepper after taste that actually packs a punch of heat. I had never ever heard of a Chile Beer until I tried this one. I definitely want to try another.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.06/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Small 1 1/2 finger white foamy head. Brew is very foggy yellow with lots of whites.

Heavy heat, as in spice. Jalapeno, Anaheim, and Fresno stand out.

Thin, watery, crisp, hiding heat that comes out in the finsh. Not sessionable, but nice and relaxed for the style. Some of the best flavors I've had for the style. Low carbonation, no sweetness, dry, earthy bitterness.

Recommended, for style.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.03/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled tonight on 1/11/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a large white fizzy head that settles down to just a thin line. Spotty lacing was seen with each sip. Lots of bubbles from the carbonation. The aroma of various peppers (actually Anaheim, Fresno, Serrano, Jalapeno & Habenero peppers) hits your nose right up front with some grain. The taste at first starts out sweet then the heat of the peppers hits your tongue with some heat BUT doesn't last long after, then the taste of malt. Not overpowering at all. Stronger than "Dave's Chili Beer" with the single pepper at the bottom of the bottle. Overall, this is pretty good and is different.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.01/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My first time trying a chile beer, poured into a tumbler glass.

Appearance : First thing I notice is lots of sediment, suspended in a 80% opaque golden haze of a body. The head pours 2 fingers and recedes to a small ring leaving hilly lace on the sides. The sediment could be finely ground pepper seeds, or tons of yeast and carbonation bubbles. Either way it's unique and exciting.

Smell : Eyes watering from the smell already. Fresh cut green bell pepper, Serrano, Jalapeno, Banana Pepper. Some malty character behind that. It's a very spicy aroma. It could be louder, though.

Taste : This is a hot beer. Woo! Nice blonde ale character sits behind waves of green pepper skins - namely jalapeno and Serrano, crushed seeds of that variety, and it finishes on mild green bell pepper flavor with the lingering heat of the hotter peppers. It actually ends up tasting like a mouthful of red pizza peppers from the shaker.

Feel : Medium bodied. Ends semi-dry with natural heat generated from the spices. Fits the beer well.

Overall : A unique experience. I'd recommend it to anybody who likes peppers and who likes beer. Drink up!

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Photo of Iamlavra
4/5  rDev +17.6%

I really enjoy this beer! With fresh chiles, you really get a full mouth of spice and refreshing lager. I love pairing this with cheeses and/or a nice bowl of chili on a cold evening.

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Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a perfect pint glass. It has a straw color body with a small very fizzy head. The smell is crazy of green chilies and serrano chilies but nothing else cuz the chili smell is very powering. The taste is strictly chili pepper taste up front but not extreme heat though. The mouth feel is very nice and leave a nice peppery/burning sensation in your mouth, Overall i like this beer and would recomend it to somebody who want to try something different and out of the ordinary.

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Photo of tripelhops
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - poures a light, burnt copper with tiny bubbles coming up from the bottom, an off-white head foams up but quickly fades away

Smell - sweet and hot peppers hits the nose, not much else getting through

Taste - initial taste is a touch of sweetness from the base malt, then the spice and heat of the peppers takes over coating the roof of your mouth and back of your through

Mouthfeel - lightly carbonated, hot and spicy

Overall - I really enjoy this beer, not more than one and not every day, but every week or so with mexican or other spicy food, it's a nice change of pace, but if you don't like spicy food or hot peppers, than this isn't going to change your mind.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.99/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is like a good (or at least better) version of Cave Creek Chili Beer. The brew is a pale straw-gold, translucent, and generally projects an Adjunct Lager look; aside from the pepper addition, it is like an AAL in all respects. The nose is quite akin to the spicy nacho cheese cup that you get with the chips at the movie theater; it is not bad, however, it is more like a guilty pleasure, or a harkening to days past. The flavor reiterates the theme with equal parts corn-chip and spicy serrano-jalapeno flavor. It is admittedly just a hair's breadth away from being a debacle, and yet it retains that hair's distance above. It is in that precise nailing of flavor that Billy's Chilies makes its mark; it is not just gimmicky, it is a paradigm of frill-added merchandise.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like "beer" in the TV commercial sense, yellow and fizzy.

This smells exactly like those Dorito's Jalapeno Cheddar crackers I buy at work. Not much else going on, but the peppers do smell fresh.

Not surprisingly, I taste peppers. Fresh peppers up front with a little sweet malt in there that fades to some pretty strong heat. The finish is fairly balanced sweet and hot with a lingering tingle.

The feel is apropriately light, yet not watery in the least.

Overall, this is pretty good for what it is.

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Photo of shand
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Been interested in this one for a while, gonna pair this with some fajitas and see how it goes.

It's a decent looking beer, a fairly carbonated golden color with plenty of floaties that are prevalent enough to cloud it. Decent sized head that doesn't last long. Aroma of chilis and light malts. The taste is just about what I'd expect from the style, light pale malts and a touch of caramel at first, followed by a firm chili pepper heat that lingers through the finish. The mouthfeel is light and crisp, and the drinkability is about what you'd expect. A very good chili beer that delivers what I want from the style. Chilis and beer! That said, I didn't really find this one hot, maybe that's what it's big brother Ghost Face Killah is for. And, go figure, I have one in the fridge! But that's a tale for another day.

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Photo of SkeeterBoganski
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light head, solid lacing; "where's the breakfast burrito?"; Indeed, the breweries site recommends this beer with a breakfast burrito; felt like some hot pepper jack cheese and a butter cracker would be a great compliment as well; distinct almost burning nose; very noticeable, although not intense, chili flavor all down the throat; full flavor, fun; great accessible experimental beer; four days after we tried it, I still find myself craving this beer.

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Photo of Cervezaconcalor
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Drank one out of a pint glass and the second out of a snifter.

A - Nice golden color with a small head that dissipates quickly.

S - Ripe chilies.

T - The taste is just as advertised. Chilies! This is a straight forward beer with a rich blend of chilies that are light to medium in heat with a bit of sweetness. The sweetness comes out better when drinking from the snifter.

M - Smooth but tongue tingling from the chilies.

O - A really good chili beer that delivers some spice.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks yet again to boatshoes. It was a little funny, I BMed him asking for a bottle of this and Ghost Face Killah. His reply was that they were both already in a box on its way to me. A serendipitick, if you will.

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

It was tough to coax out much of a head. A rough pour yielded a sliver of a white head that fades to a thick ring. There are about 10 spots of broken lace. The beer is a pale golden yellow with what appears to be a very severe chill haze.

Woah, this smells terrific! One must love peppers, like I do, to fully enjoy this aroma though. Its very far from the norm when it comes to beer aromas. It literally smells just like fresh chilies. Not particularly the hotter varieties that are in here, it seems to smell mostly like the Jalapenos. It smells green and fresh. It reminds me of the smells coming from the kitchen when my girl friend is making a pot of chili. Swirling doesn't change much. It only pulls out different types of pepper aromas. I can't find anything that is familiarly beer related, but in this instance that's quite alright.

Bah, the taste is really weird. But I can't act too surprised. It tastes mostly like a beer with vegetables in it. Luckily the finish is all chili pepper though. I'm totally getting a little bit of that wonderful Habanero flavor. Its mixed in with some distinctly Jalapeno flavors as well. The Serrano and Jalapeno flavors have me picturing some fresh home made Pico de GalloThe other 2 varieties of pepper, Anaheim and Fresno, I am less familiar with. The taste does take some getting used to, and the aftertaste is the very best part.

The carbonation starts out very strong. Too strong. i'm able to swirl some away, but it still remains quite sharp. The body is slick and doesn't feel very clean. But, and this is a big but, this beer has wonderful heat. I don't know where else to score for the amazing capsicum piquancy but here under mouthfeel. For for that reason alone it gets bumped up to 4 (where without the heat I'd put this down around 2). The heat is mostly felt in the chest, but some is noticed on the back of the tongue and lips. The heat builds as you drink and it lingers ever longer.

As someone who loves spicy food, this is a true delight. Sure, the taste isn't that great and the beer itself feels a bit on the slimy side. But none of that matters when that Scoville rush hits. So far this is the finest example of a chili beer I've ever had.

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Photo of Spineypanda
3.91/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden in color with a good bit large bubbled head.
Smells of slight pepper but with a good sweet malt undertone.
Taste is straight fresh peppers. Intensely so but there is the maltiness as well. A bit of sweetness.
The peppers burn a bit on the throat but it is nothing too strong.

A weird beer but not bad.

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.91/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Straw yellow with a really good looking, white, fluffy head - about three-quarters of an inch thick. Decent retention on the head with the bigger bubbles popping as I watch it. A great deal of carbonation rises from the bottom as well, lively looking beer. It is a little cloudy as well. This is one of the better looking yellow beers I have seen.

SMELL: It smells pretty straight forward like bell peppers, maybe with a little jalapeno or habanero. An ever so slight breadiness lurks way back behind the peppers somewhere.

TASTE: Light, crisp and bready flavors start out the sip while a mild pepper flavor eases the drinker into the sip. That mild flavor quickly manages to pack a punch though as the hotter chilies kick in mid-dip and finish very strong.

MOUTHFEEL: Light and refreshing at the tip of the tongue and at the front of your mouth, but a nice, moderate chili burn coats the back of the throat and the lips after a few sips. Halfway through the glass this is not overwhelming, but it is a reasonably spicy beer.

OVERALL: Good take on the style. I'm impressed with this one from Twisted Pine.

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Photo of biggmike
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a golden color with a small white head that quickly dissipated into a small white film on top of the beer. The aroma was of jalapenos. The flavor was also of jalapenos with just a little bit of heat with it. I didnt think it was that hot, but I have a pretty high tolerance for hot and spicy food or drink. I liked it, but definitely not a beer for everybody. Probably would not drink more than 2 consecutive.

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Photo of stumac
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Drinking this at the brewery!!! This beer has five peppers in it! So it pours up a nice clear golden color with as mall white head. Aroma of Serrano and jalapeños. The peppers dominate the nose. Taste of pale malts and peppers!!! I love it. Just a kiss of spice. Light bodied, very smooth. Great pepper beer!!

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Photo of beergoot
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light, golden yellow body with good clarity. The head is white and thick (initially) but rapidly reduces to a thin white head on top of the beer and some lacing down the glass.

The scent is initially light malt in character, but a good green chili and hot pepper aroma rises to the occasion as the beer settles in the glass.

Taste is much like the smell. Pleasant pepperish notes, not overly hot or extreme in character. Mouthfeel is medium and soft.

This is a great chili beer, perfect to have with some hot wings, a bowl of chili (surprise!), or as a compliment to any other spicy food you might like.

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Photo of jacobseyb
3.87/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A=cloudy golden color with a white one finger head the dissipates rapidly to near nothing.

S=Very much what was expected jalapenos is the primary aroma of pepper that was noticed

T=spicy with the jalapeno being the pepper flavor that i was able to pick out.

M=good feel pretty light on the carbonation though

D=drinkable, but not something I would choose to have a bunch of in one sitting.

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