Fire Water | Evil Twin Brewing

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Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: Chile Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Many of us have a passionate love-hate relationship with painfully spicy food and beverage - there is simply something substantial fascinating, thrilling and a little frightening about a burning sensation in your mouth. Scientists are at a loss why humans (and only humans) find such great joy in tasty pain. Perhaps it’s what makes us human - it takes a complicated brain, mixed with weird self-awareness to enjoy events that the body are programmed to treat as a threat but the mind knows better. Test your human skills with this burning beer - mind over body. Fire walk with me.

Added by vfgccp on 04-10-2015

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Ratings: 60 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by jaxon53:
Photo of jaxon53
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer poured an amber color in the pint glass, with a small white head.

Grassy aroma, pine, citrus. And spice, don't forget that. It tickled my nose.

More grapefruit than pine in the taste. The peppers are present, but subtle.

The peppers linger in your mouth the whole time, in a good way. Understated but present.

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Photo of Billolick
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bottle, w/o freshness/bottling date info that I can find

Pour is hazed, and dull loking lighter amber, lemony looking. Over sized light khaki cap, stays nicely and leaves ungodly amounts of froth, sheeting and low lacing.

Peppery/jalapeno nose.

Flavor is dominated by the same thin jalapeno note, low complexity, thin, prickly and seemingly over carbonated...not overly impressed by this one

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Photo of pat61
4.19/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: bright amber, 1" off-white frothy foam cap with moderate retention, rapidly rising bubbles.

S: biscuit, grain, fruit, and hop smells - mostly floral with a hint of citrus. The beer also has a mild chili smell and a green vegetable chili smell.

T: Biscuit, fruit, mild sweetness and hops combine with a mild vegetable chili taste to lead the palate with a mild sweetness. The heat is actually mild and well balanced by the malt and it stays mild through out the entire glass. The American Pale Ale flavors balance well with the green vegetable and heat from the jalapeño.

F: medium body and slightly above carbonation.

O: a well balanced and interesting beer.

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Photo of chuckgietzen
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle - good name for a chili pepper infused brew - but the goods, they must be brought before any more praise is due, amirite?

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden amber colour, with two skinny fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some random summertime windshield bug-splatter lace around the glass as it lazily subsides.

It smells of acrid green chili pepper oil (jalapeno or maybe serrano - quelle surprise!), gritty and grainy pale malt, a somehow substantive yeastiness, and equally good to go leafy, grassy, and piney hop bitters. The taste is more testy and rather assertive generic green chili heat, which seems to duly overpower any of the otherwise steady grainy and bready pale malt, muddled domestic (think Flor-da) citrus fruitiness, and put-upon piney, weedy, and floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in providing a palate-lifting effort via its cheeky frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and sort of smooth, with the usual apologies for the guest ingredient's intransigence duly noted. It finishes still pretty damned spicy, in a not yet cooked green chili sense.

Yeah, this would be the ideal accompaniment to my homemade Kung Pao, but since today is St. Patrick's Day, I didn't exactly plan on that particular eventuality. Whatever, overall, this is one stellar spicy pale ale, the peppers really taking names, but not any prisoners. Yeah.

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Photo of Justdoit1234
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of needMIbeer
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sonofliberty2
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Elicoleman
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a lightly hazy coppery amber with big two finger white head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of bready malt, grassy and lightly citrus hops and hot pepper, which also give a little tickle to the nose. Flavor is similar, with light swet malt, a moderate, but spicy jalepeno bite, citrus and grassy hops, lemon juice. Finishes with jalepeno and grapefruit rind bitterness. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Although the base ale is not my favorite profile for citrus hops, the peppers really added enough interest to balance things out and keep it flavorful. The pepper hotness is somewhat mild, but pronounced, felt just right to me. Citrus and jalepenos go together well and there was a suggestion of cerviche sauce in this that makes me wish I had paired this with a spicy dish like that. Chile beers are a gamble, but this one is reserved enough to make its point but still stay flavorful and balanced. I enjoyed this quite a bit. Not quite as firey as the ferocious dragon on the label, but decent heat.

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Photo of StraightNoChaser
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

look: hazy pale yellow.
smell: jalapeños, what a shock. and little else.
taste: A little heat on the tongue then it goes mild. Not to worry Crime and Punishment were aptly named. This is a nice pale ale with a civilized bit of heat.

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a large collar consisting of small bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of jalapeño peppers are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of jalapeño peppers and a light amount of associated heat and spiciness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This chili beer has really nice flavors of jalapeño peppers, without much in the way of the spiciness that you would normally expect.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Dave_Treat
2.15/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of tikk
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JDizzle
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange in color. Huge fluffy white head. Somewhat hazy in appearance. Kinda spicy and some citrus hop bitterness. Overall, not very flavorful. Couldn't drink a ton of this, but worth a try.

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Photo of QuadriderMX
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A golden ember-like color.

Aroma off the bat smells like Evil Twin, with some slight chili spice. Slight green pepper.

Flavor is totally a perfect namesake. It's wet, but it's fiery. It burns and quenches at the same time. Crisp, cool water with a chili powder bite, then more water to extinguish the burn.

Feel is slightly hot, but mostly crisp and wet and clean.

Fire Water is one of the tamer Chile beers and I like that.

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Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, maize color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong jalapeno, hops, slight herbal notes, and slight pale malt. Fits the style of a Chile Beer. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level and slight warmth. Tastes of jalapeno, hops, floral notes, slight spice, hint of herbal notes, and slight pale malt. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma, body and blend, very herbal and spicy besides the jalapeno.

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Photo of Newport_beerguy
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zshaft
3.17/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

this beer looks alright but that's where it ends. smells like sour funky peppers with no hops to speak of. taste is like sourness and some heat with spoiled peppers and vegetables. ive had chilie beers before. most I don't really like. this one is worse than I expected. will not buy or have again

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Fire Water from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 60 ratings