Don Jalapeno Ale | No Label Brewing Company

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Don Jalapeno AleDon Jalapeno Ale

Brewed by:
No Label Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Chile Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Mora2000 on 04-20-2012

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Photo of Beanie35538
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

By far my favorite beer. Once I run out I may make the 5 hour trip to Houston for more.
I love jalepenos. Jalepenos + Beer? This beer is pure magic.

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Photo of IvanJ126
5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of nathanmiller
4.79/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I totally understand why people don't like this beer and I also totally understand why my feelings toward it are thought of as crazy by people. It's got a lot of chile in it. I mean a lot. Not like Punishment or Ghost Face Killah levels, but it's strong.

The aroma is pure jalapeno, to the point where you feel like you're burying your face in the chile stand at Central Market. The one with all the peppers near the produce. All those fresh peppers and your eyes start to water and you just know whatever you're cooking tonight is gonna be hot as hell and you're gonna love it.

Or rather, I'm gonna love it. Because apparently, others don't love that flavor as much as I do. Or, apparently, the aroma. But I do. Take a gulp and the adventure continues, coating the back of your throat with a magnificent peppery flavor.

With a name like Don Jalapeno, though, I guess I don't get what everyone else expected. I love it.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.71/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Golden-amber beer with a light head and a glass-round unbroken lace. Smokey, spicy - spices and a roast that has a sort of pine in the background. Love the little sting it has to it. The taste really exceeded in making this a winner. Noticeable smokey jalapeno - how creative?! A little bit of pine and an easy drinking mouth feel. Definitive little burn it has to it as well that sits on the back of the throat and tongue. What a nice change of scenery beerwise. Very well done and will be buying it again. Proud of this Houston brew as a fellow Texan. Cheers!

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Photo of gman1602
4.63/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber with quickly receding head. Smell is a nice spicy smoked jalapeno with a taste to match - a well made beer and the smoked jalapenos are definitely there. Has a nice spicy kick to it with perfect carbonation. Definite smokiness but not overpowering; really plays well with the beer. Overall a great chile beer that I will be having again for sure.

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Photo of princessbay710
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excited to try this one! First thing to hit you is a heavy whiff of smoked spice, if this beer tastes anything like it's smell I feel I'm in for a unique treat. Pour is cloudy golden amber. I can tell already that the carbonation has fallen off, strange thin inkblot foam. The taste is quite interesting, on your tongue you have a cool, somewhat bland beer while rich jalapeno dusts the roof of your mouth, and leaves a spicy and slightly chocolate feel. Although I wish for more complexity in the beer side the jalapeno, I call this art, pop art but still art.

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Photo of Numbskull26
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Only had it once, bottled, enjoyed it for not having any food to pair it with. Do want again, didn't taste like anything gimmicky but exactly as advertised. Maybe too much for people. Carbonation was good, smell is even better. It's BA score is a little underrated.

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Photo of ChiefHopHead
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Michaeldmanley
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of phishbone23
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of jennATX
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of gators3369
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer is like drinking a whole meal.
when you smell it-it smells smoky
then you taste it:
as soon as it gets in your mouth
you get smoky and salty like a slice of brisket
then you get a little spice like what you get from a pickled jalapeno
then you get the ale

overall this is a pretty good beer and might be perfect for Cinco de Mayo

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Photo of tiitomireles
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EgadBananas
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of BGsWo22
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Nick4444
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of madanielson
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of GumDropButtons
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Nomisuke
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of DavidST
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MasterSki
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris (spycow) for this obscure Texas chile beer. You know what I like Chris. Served in a snifter.

A - White foam settles to a thick collar, wisps, and minimal lacework. Hazy dark orange body.

S - Smells like vegetal and lightly smoked chile peppers. There's some crystal malt and sugar cookie supporting things, along with some fruitiness; not sure if it's from the peppers, yeast or malt.

T - Tastes like it smells; it's an amber ale with jalapenos. A nice mix of vegetal and spicy flavors, with sufficient malt heft to get things from getting out of hand. Nice lingering burn in the finish.

M - Medium body, with lower carbonation, and a surprisingly smooth and creamy texture. The jalapenos impart a heat the gets seriously intense over time.

D - I thought this was great. It had the right level of spice, without going into gimmick territory; you can still taste the base beer and it integrates nicely with the peppery flavors. Would happily drink this again, although it'd be hard to have more than a bottle in an evening.

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Photo of Premo88
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into nonic
(2/23/15 printed on bottle)

L: gold/amber, mostly clear, 1/3- to 1/2-inch head of white/off-white foam; keeps a decent collar, not much skin; no stick or lace

S: smokey and peaty ... very rauchbier-like ... there's smoke in there for sure

T: has that same smokey/peaty note from the smoked jalapenos, but there's also some standard grain taste as well as a distinct green pepper flavor ... the jalapenos are present, both in the flavor and in some lingering pepper heat in the aftertaste; as it warms, it really opens up and tastes like pureed jalapenos; the spicy tickle is both green and cayenne-like, very warm

F: fantastic ... the carbonation helps keep it crisp while the lightweight liquid is easy going down with all that heat off the peppers

O: really cool beer ... I'm surprised by the smoke/peat/rauchbier taste, but it works really well here; the fact that you can taste the jalapenos is perfect -- if this is a gimmick, at least you can taste the gimmick. and for me it's NOT a gimmick ... this brew is just begging to be paired with some food, tacos or cheese or something.

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