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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Ratings: 119 |  Reviews: 37
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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2/5  rDev -45.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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 nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of biboergosum
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
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 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 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 wethorseblanket
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of atrocity
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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 MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Todd for this oddity. Served in a Half Acre taster glass.

A - White foam settles to a cap and thicker collar. Hazy pale straw body.

S - Lots of chiles and vegetal green pepper flavors. Perhaps a touch of sweet malt and apricot in the periphery, but the Scotch Bonnets overwhelm.

T - The taste is quite similar, but with a tiny bit more wheat and lightly toasted grains. Apricot is surprisingly understated, which is a mild disappointment as I was hoping for a chutney kind of vibe to this.

M - Grainy medium body, lower carbonation, crisp dry finish, and no alcohol. Some definite chile heat though that grows over time and tingles the lips.

D - I liked this quite a bit, as it had a good balance of pepper heat, flavor, and malt backing. There's enough heft and sweetness to keep this from being heavy-handed like some of the other chile beers, but enough spice and heat to it to appeal to chile beer fans.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
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 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 beertunes
2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
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 Axnjxn
4.19/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

bomber into a FW tulip 6/21/13 bottling date.

pours a golden color with an inch white head with a lot of bubbles. no lacing. smell is quite sweet with the apricots but you can tell there is a bit of heat with it too. taste starts out tart like a berliner then the apricots become very prevalent and it finishes with a slight heat the increases the more you drink the bottle. this is excellent and just what it promises! light bodied with light carbonation.

overall a superb chili/fruit mixed beer. wow a new favorite of mine.

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Photo of Rutager
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
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 claspada
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, gold color with a small frothy white head that recedes slowly to leave some decent lacing.

Aromas begin with the slicy raw peppers up front and some pale malt sweetness and . As it warms up I get more of the fruity apricot sweetness with some semi- tangy wheat malt.

The tastes begin with the same full bodied tangy wheat with a complementary light heat that comes in soon after. The apricots provide a smooth and somewhat sweet balance. The finish is fairly clean before leaving an aftertaste with a decent amount of peppery heat.

The mouthfeel is light to medium boided with moderate carbonation. Finish is lightly sweet from the fruit but mainly end with the light heat in the background.

Overall, I have to say this is my favorite beer besides Hunahpu that has a spice profile. I know they are completely different beers but this one shares the same quality of not over or under-applying the peppers and they spice/heat really complements the beer as opposed to be overpowering or completely lost as most pepper beers do. I feel the wheat base was a good choice because such a low ABV beer with just pilsner or pale malt would have been too spicy most likely. I've hears some good things out of this new Northwest brewery so I look forward to sampling more in the future.

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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 bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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