Sweet Heat | Burnside Brewing Co.

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Burnside Brewing Co.
Oregon, United States | website

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
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
116
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
29.89%
 
 
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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 116
Photo of claspada
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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 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 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 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 vkv822
4.14/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz : tulip

Pours a hazy golden-wheat color with a foamy white head.

Aroma is a sweet, peppery spice. Very pleasant.

A bit more subdued in the taste, but consistent with the nose in a sweet, spicy heat.

Medium-full, smooth body with low, prickly carbonation.

I really enjoyed this one, the pepper's and apricot blend very well to give, as the name suggests, a sweet, spicy heat. Not overwhelmingly hot either, just a pleasant warmth.

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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 koopa
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the brewery on 9.1.11

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow (almost a golden urine color) with a 1/2 finger white crown. Some retention and lace.

Smell: Apricot and grain.

Taste: Same as nose but a touch sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Sessionable but a bit boring.

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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 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 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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Photo of msubulldog25
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A 20 oz. pour during 'Fermented Hour' at Burnside. I recall a beer remarkably similar to this (that I really enjoyed), also brewed with apricots and scotch bonnets at departed Roots Brewing - then called 'Calypso'. That former Roots co-owner Jason McAdam now runs Burnside isn't a coincidence, I'm thinking...

A: Milky golden, completely unfiltered - which makes finding any carbonation next to impossible. No biggie. A stubby head of creamy whiteness withdraws to a clinging ring. Minimal lace sticks in exploded ribbons.

S: After an underwhelming beginning (wheat without much else), the apricot and pepper both ascend well. Sweetness is pronounced but oddly hard to define: it's at once nutty and flowery, nose-tingling-ly peppery. Not terribly strong, nor overly complex, but I kinda want to keep inhaling it.

T: A chewy, wheaty brew with an ample dose of tangy/hot 'sweetness'. Hints at sugary cereal are beaten down by fruity tartness and that wonderful pepper burn. Salivation-inducing. At just 8 IBU, this won't appease the bitter-loving hophead, but I really enjoy it.

M: Subdued body, light-medium I suppose. Mild carbonation but a healthy 'zing' of pepper hear melded with the mild tang of apricot. Not quite 'refreshing' but definitely begs for a 'next sip' after each preceding one. Warmth trickles down the throat.

O: Comparing this to the aforementioned Calypso, I want to sat that beer was a little more pepper- and fruit-forward. But hindsight = 20/20, right? Definitely Sweet Heat is enjoyable, it's lighter body and fruit/spice appealing to my palate. Drinkability-wise this nears a '5' for me, but the overall score gets a '4.5' because of a (perceived?) weakening of the flavor and a milder feel. Still, I could drink this all day - glad to hear it's going to be a year-round beer!

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Sweet Heat from Burnside Brewing Co.
3.68 out of 5 based on 116 ratings.
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