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Sweet Heat | Burnside Brewing Co.

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Sweet HeatSweet Heat

Brewed by:
Burnside Brewing Co.
Oregon, United States

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.


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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 116
Photo of Fatehunter
2.8/5  rDev -23.9%

Pours a thin head on a cloudy light straw colored body.
The aroma is odd. Frying oil and vinegar. Not enjoyable.
The taste has a mild grain sweetness throughout with a hot pepper spice kick in the middle to end. Long hot finish.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
The level of heat is perfect.

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Photo of beertunes
2.83/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in bubble pint glass and shared with 2 other friends because none of us wanted a whole glass of a peppery beer. They didn't care for for it, so I ended up with about 10oz of this beer. The beer poured a cloudy orange color with just a thin cap of barely off-white head that had low retention and no lacing.

The aroma was mostly fruity-sweet with a bit of grain in the background. On the tongue that fruity sweetness dominated the front and middle of the tongue, with the pepper kicking in at the back and it lingers there for a few minutes.

The body was pretty thin. Drinkability was pretty good, depending on your taste for spicy peppers. Overall, a decent little beer that's worth trying. Whether you want 2 is a separate question.

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Photo of Mic-Lee
2.9/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy and opaque. Color is that of troublesome urine or funky apple juice. Minimal head subsides very quickly, zero lacing.

S: The smell of apricots is present, and it's kind of funky.

T: Thankfully this beer actually tastes better than it looks and smells. It has a nice peppery flavor that mixes well with the strong flavor of apricots. These two flavors dominate (as advertised) and it's a pleasent taste.

M: Quite thin but carbonated in an interesting way that I like. It's a rather strong carbonation that plays well and offsets the heat in a nice way.

O: Hard to nail this one down. Low marks for technical aspects, but the saving grace is it's interesting and overall enjoyable taste. I wouldn't recommend it as a preferred brew, but it's worth a try if you're in the mood for something different and a bit odd.

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Photo of cbarrett4
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A rather forgettable pepper/spiced beer but points for the effort.

A low IBU wheat brew with some peppers added in (theoretically) for heat. I was expecting something a with a bit more heat.

Instead this drinks like an average unfiltered American wheat ale. Really up front grain on the nose, some citrus notes. Palate confirms with more of the cereal grain flavors. Very faint pepper influence, not enough to really do justice.

I think they are onto something here, but just need to ratchet it up a notch on all levels.

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Photo of Svingjo
3.09/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Wasn't sure what to expect. There was a tangy aroma to the nose and the taste was a bit strange. I've had chili beers before and the ones that work are the ones that let the flavor come through before the heat hits. This one kind of hit all at once. Had a hard time deciphering much in this beer. It al jumbled together. Unfortunately a once and one beer for me.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- One finger white head with low retention. No real lacing. Cloudy apricot color, very very little clarity. Not looking very keen.

S- There certainly are peppers and apricots in here. Grassy smells and no malts to speak of.

T- Holy cow this is a different flavor. Definite peppers that warm the chest. Not unflinchingly bitter like you get from really spicy foods as well. Apricots are here to balance it out. Pretty nice.

M- Nice feel, somewhat watery, but crisp and full-bodied none the less. Chest warming.

O- Really is an enigma of a beer. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of chinchill
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
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 snaotheus
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured at fridge temp (41 F) into a pair of pint glasses. No date that I can see. Most of the sediment left in the bottle.

Pours clear golden with a small head, slight slow carbonation. Little flakes floating lazily around. Smell is fruity and yeasty.

Taste is sweet, slightly spicy, I definitely get some indication of apricot. Mild and tasty, but some kind of astringent flavor which is not quite astringent -- I just don't know how to describe something a little bit off about this.

Mouthfeel is thick and slick. Overall, it's not bad. But I won't buy another.

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Photo of Rutager
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a hazy yellow gold with two fingers of white head.

Smell. Apricots, pungent hot peppers and a bit of sweet wheat.

Taste. Those spicy peppers I smelled without much heat, apricots and some wheat.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with medium+ carbontion.

Overall. The flavour of the peppers was a bit strong, but the mild heat was just right. Original for sure. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Question - can you dry-hop with something that is decidedly not a hop?

This beer pours a hazy, milky, pale golden straw colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly bone-white head, which leaves a bit of northern Barents Sea island lace around the glass as it quickly sinks away.

It smells of dried apricots, fleshy chili peppers, a soft grainy wheatiness, faint estery yeast, and little else. The taste is bready wheat malt, a rising green chili spice heat, quite lessened apricot/peach fruity notes, earthy yeast, a flinty stoniness, and a mild standalone smokiness.

The carbonation is quite wispy and somewhat fizzy at times, the body on the far light side of medium weight, and possessive of a smoothness contingent upon the exact amount of oily chili heat one is experiencing at the moment. It finishes off-dry, but barely, as the wheaten malt and languishing orchard fruit seem relatively incompetent in the face of the burgeoning spiciness.

Not a bad brew, given the proposed metrics, but the apricot yin is not up to the challenge of the Scotch Bonnet pepper yang, the lag starting shortly after the initial aroma fades. Whatevs, I can take some heat, and this surely comes across as the real deal, so fuck it, and the well-intentioned apricots - Imma gonna enjoy the rest of this with some of that mountain of Christmas confectionery that, despite my best intentions this year, we somehow still acquired. Oh, and jigsaw puzzles.

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Photo of Etan
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mahlik sent this to me a few weeks ago. Hope these Scotch Bonnets weren't too hot...
22oz into a tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy straw-gold with a nice white head. Nice looking wheat ale.

S: Aroma of sweet apricots, light unmalted wheat, and a bit of green pepper. Pretty mild so far.

T: Mildly vegetal pepper taste, light cream, crisp wheat, a hint of apricot. A tiny tingling of warmth, but it's barely there.

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: This was sort of a let-down, as the pepper didn't give off much heat. I've heard that there's major bottle variation in terms of spiciness - I guess I got a very mild one.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle from "Lifesource" in Salem. $4.99 Hazy golden body with a large thick and frothy white head. Fruity slight apricot aroma among he hay and bready tones..slight pepper. Taste is unusual i get the apricot..more like an apricot jam and then the tingly and certainly heated pepper..pepper heats the back of the mouth quite well. Good mouthfeel with an ever present peppery heat.. Overall a very interesting beer.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An interesting concept here. Wheat beer, apricots and heat. While this isn't the best apricot, or wheat, or chili beer...it is quite the experience.

The apricot is present, but not dominant and the wheat pairs well with the sweetness of the apricots. The heat makes the sweetness go away. But it's like a sweet and spicy bbq plate. The sweet and heat go well together and they bring out the malt bill.

The carbonation is interesting, insofar as it blends with the other characteristics. I like this beer. It's light enough with good fruit to make a nice summer beer. But it can go well into the fall for football, brats and chili.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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 JonCorbett
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
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 -1.1%
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 Hoptometrist
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a shaker glass.

A- Poured a very hazy and bright tangerine orange color with white soapy head that left no lace.

S- I am basically getting no aroma from this beer.

T- Quite a bit of fruity notes of apricot and citrus, almost creamsicle like in flavor with big sweet and spicy pepper notes, big mineral notes, and quite a bit of pepper heat that is just right for me.

M- Very dry, pretty big pepper warming, and prickly carbonation.

O- The level of spice from the peppers and sweetness from the fruity was exactly where I wanted it to be and I enjoyed this beer more than I expected although it is not really my type of beer. It is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into imperial pint glass. Thank for the present Tim!

A: Gusher of a bottle. Once I cleaned up the mess this beer pours a cloudy lemon-gold with a large, thick, fluffy, bright white head that slowly faded into a very thick and fluffy long-lasting film. Some streak lacework was left.
S: Interesting nose with notes of red pepper flakes, red bell pepper, apricot and wheat, pretty much as described. It’s an interesting combination, sweet and peppery.
T: Flavors follows the nose with a good lingering burn. Sweetness comes through first with flavors of apricot jam but then a clean bright burn takes over and overpowers everything but the crisp wheat backbone.
M: Fluffy carbonation, medium-full body, crisp and refreshing mouth. The pepper isn’t oily or greasy, the burn is just clean and hot.
O: A unique and interesting brew. The burn is a bit too much for me to want to finish 22oz of it, but I enjoyed as much as I could handle. Thanks again, Tim.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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 DanJan
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
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 mactrail
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
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 inlimbo77
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz, 12/07/12
Wine glass

A: Really hazy bright yellow color. Layer of bright white head. About a half finger. Sticks around a while.

S: Initially only got the wheat and sweet fruit from apricot. Then on swirl you sort of get that buried heat from the peppers. Definitely there as it warms. Fleshy pepper.

T: That is a crazy brew. Up front you initially are greeted with some sweet fruit character and the grainy wheat. Then mid palate and into the back of the throat it's all that pepper heat and spice. Just lingers. Not burning but a tingle for sure. I actually got a slight nose clearing! And I like spice.

M: Light leading lose to a medium due to the pepper on palate.


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Photo of CookstLiquor
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 650ml bottle. Pours a hazy yellow. An interesting nose of stone fruits, spice and honey. The taste follows suit with a nice dry fruitiness--peaches and apricots--followed by notes of hot peppers and a nice spicy pepper heat on the finish. A very interesting combination that is well-balanced and tasty. It's medium bodied and hearty and would pair well with food.

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Photo of mudbug
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought this one on an impulse which almost never ends in a good thing, but wait.
From the freshness dated bomber into a standard pint glass results in a hazy yellow body with a small cap of foam, no lacing evident and no bubbles seen rising. mediocher heffe, not bad, just normal.
Aroma is , well a little strange, obviously a wheat beer with slight soapiness and grainy husk but with a slight tart note.
Taste is... well this is unique, starts out as a fairly dull heffe then a slight tartness creeps in, all nothing unusual, then. heat in the back of your mouth and throat. I love Habanero and Scotch bonnet peppers, this beer has captured the heat of those peppers perfectly. unlike Jalapenos or Serranos which have a slowly building level of heat the Chineeses variety of pepper is known for it's intense burn that doesn't linger forever.
Medium bodied with what can only be described as a very warming aftertaste this beer is a good choice for those of us that can handle capsicum.
If you think Tabasco sauce is too hot stay far far away, as for me, I'll have another.

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Photo of Docer
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer from them on tap.

- Light pale cloudy wheat, light yellow, great layer of foamy head..

- Smell was bready, biscuit, thin sugary malts, fruity apricot sat lightly underneath, and the peppers aroma sat nicely with the fruity touch.

- Great light touch of peppery heat to a pleasant wheat ale. The fruit road along nicely with the wheat malts. and bready quality.. the peppers are not so hot, but more flavorful which I like.

- Light to medium bodied, sweet, slightly stick, and wets the palate.

- Overall this is a fantastic peppery wheat brew. It's a very nice regular offering, and I can see myself filling a few growlers of this which are only $10 to fill!

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