Sweet Heat | Burnside Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Burnside Brewing Co.
Oregon, United States
burnsidebrewco.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A wheat ale with an addition of 200 pounds of Apricot puree, then dry hopped with imported Jamaican Scotch Bonnet peppers.

9 IBU

Added by msubulldog25 on 04-07-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
119
Reviews:
37
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
16.35%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
13
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Taologic
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of flagmantho
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: yellow-golden hue with a moderate haze and a strong effervescence. Head is a thin finger of frothy white foam; not bad for a wheat ale.

Smell: nice wheaty aroma with a classic banana character; the apricots come through quite well. There is just a hint of pepper heat underneath; it's not bad, although frankly it smells like it would be a damn good beer even without the chilis.

Taste: it tastes like a pretty standard wheat beer, but with the fruit notes (both the banana and the apricot) more subdued and the chili notes quite a bit stronger. It's definitely got some heat to it. It's definitely a thing, although not necessarily my bag.

Mouthfeel: medium body with decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: not a bad beer, but not especially to my taste.

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Photo of VictorsValiant
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JonCorbett
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy straw/hansa (cool) yellow with an ok finger worth of loose and foamy head that dissipates very quickly leaving next to no remnants of collar or surface. My last urine sample looked almost the same.

Aromatics: Somewhat waxy-soapy coating on slightly sweet apricots, I do get subtle nose of the peppers and also a fairly good indication of wheat and yeast. Any indication of a greater spice is well blended in the subtleness of the fruit which is supported with little nods at an overall general ripe orchard which blends some citrus, leafy fruit greens, and sunshine.

Taste: Starts fairly mellow and nondescript but works well into a very nice sweet tangy and fulfilling umami and then the coup de grace - a fabulous pepper punch and heat at the end. The waning carbonation prompted me to swish it a few times in the mouth which really activated the apricot flavours.

Mouth: The carbonation does very little on the palate in terms of activity unless you force it - which does wonders for opening more flavour. It is at that crossroads between a light and middle weight body. Slightly soapy slickness which is quickly forgotten to the spicy heat that tickles and lingers at the back of the throat which only encourages me to have another sip.

Overall: The combination here is wonderful. It has a very soft fruit palate and a superb spice heat kick that is extremely well balanced. I’ve had spicy beers before but this one has a unique-ness in its light and refreshing qualities as well.

Pairing: I think anything you would normally cook with chilli peppers would go great here - just leave out the peppers and let the beer do the work. I actually enjoyed a small side of homemade nachos WITHOUT my usually load of jalapeños and a small sandwich with mild genoa salami, old cheddar, and a little lettuce - and let the beer be my heat vehicle. Perfect!

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Photo of katybee
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Starts out as a wheat ale, so the cloudy haziness is to be expected in the light yellow beer.

There are no hops, just peppered slightly funky pungence, and ever so light creaminess giving it more presence on the tongue and slightly fulle body than a standard, or light beer.

Taste is a matter of taste. The pepperiness predominates, and the apricot is merely a hint in the background of a mostly wheat beer character....perhaps similar to Blue Moon's wheat beer. There is really not excess, if any sweetness to the apricot base, and you barely notice the apricot. The pepperiness tingled and was longer lasting on the back of the tongue, rather like a highly hopped beer. Tingly, like some other herbal beers, but not red hot or burning. I would have liked it to be a little sweeter.

Maybe good with chocolate; not sure you could do a six pack.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

an interesting brew, but possibly my least favorite of the burnside stuff we had. it is definitely true to its name, but maybe too a fault. i thought there was both too much sweet, and too much heat, but my brother loved it. the apricots are fresh tasting, but they dominate the base beer a little bit, and the peppers sure leave a burn of both the nostrils and the back of the throat, although i am somewhat of a weenie when it comes to peppers in my beer. its obviously well made, and i think the idea of apricot to balance the intensity of these peppers is a great call by the brewer, but even a milder extremely hot pepper might work better, a habanero edition for example, the scotch bonnet seems like an awfully bold play. still, its about as well done as it could be, and i think the sweetness is needed, its like a fruited salsa or something. good carbonation and somewhat lighter drinking than i expected it to be. fun idea and pretty solid execution considering the ingredients. these guys are well worth a visit if you are in portland doing the brewery thing!

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Photo of gtermi
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of anteater
3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of imfinished
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Epicfail97081
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DanJan
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on draft recently. Pours a murky golden color. Good bit of lacing around the glass. Smell didn't do much for me. Nothing stood out at least, especially after what the beer packs in taste. The apricot flavors are apparent immediately and balance out the traditional wheat aspects nicely. I don't love apricots but they're done really well here. The best part of the sip in my opinion comes at the end where you get a really nice warmth from the scotch bonnet. Sweet Heat is very aptly named and overall delicious. I'll be going back for more!

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Photo of 22Blue
2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of avwrite
2/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of KensWorld
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bsonk
4.11/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Burnside Brewing Co. Sweet Heat Ale with Apricots and Peppers- 4.9% abv.

A: a cloudy dark almost reddish.

S: wheat and a little yeast and apricot and a little pepper

T: wheaty, yeasty, spicy, a little fruity on the aftertaste, mad peppery.

M: spicy. Burns my lips a bit. Otherwise feels like a wheat beer, pretty drinkable.

O: Bought on sale, bottled June 30th just a couple miles away. Very recent, local beer.

Not what I was looking for right now though. Maybe also not the best apricot ale, though I’ve only had a couple. First chili pepper beer I’ve had.

I was very disappointed at first swig. It grew on me though. You sort of have to let the beer open up a bit. Let the flavor soak your palate and then the complexity comes through, don’t do a drain pour until you give this beer it’s fair shakes. 4.0/5.

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Photo of fossage78
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaPan
3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of stumac
4.94/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful foggy orange. White head. No lacing (expected). Aroma is peach and citrus, a little hay, some yeast characters. Taste is a punch of tart peaches followed by a mellow burn on the tongue. Amazing combination of peaches and scotch bonnets (habanero?). Medium body, crispy carbo. One of my favorite pepper beers to date

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Photo of Agentveba
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mactrail
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I don't smell too much from the glass, but the dried apricot in the nose is quite inviting. Light body, tangy, and the peppers come on as a hot flash. the head fades enough to be drinkable, but it's a hot one.

There's a fruity resinous taste, a lingering apricot taste-- fortunately, with all the pepper. Rather sharp and acidic with just a little malty slickness. This is one of the better chile beers I've had. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at New Seasons Market on N. Williams.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks plain. Golden clear with low head and a small amount of cloud at the bottom. Distinct fruity sweetness on the nose with a mild light beer hop aroma. Tastes starts out mellow and grassy with a touch of corn, much like a cool crisp light beer. A tropical mango like sweetness adds a tanginess across the middle of the tongue. Heat slowly builds in the back of the tongue. Nice light and crisp. The heat finishes the beer strong. This beer tastes good, probably one of the better chile beers out there. Hits the spot if the mood is right.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This beer is mildly sweet, being considerably more tart, but really packs some heat. The heat builds nicely with repeated consumption. Apricots contribute nicely. .

Should work well with Asian cuisine.

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Photo of halo3one
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Sweet Heat from Burnside Brewing Co.
3.67 out of 5 based on 119 ratings.
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