Fuego | Twisted X Brewing Company

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Twisted X Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Chile Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Twisted X Brewing CO. "Fuego"
on tap at the brewery 6 November 2015
listed as 6.5% ABV with 21 IBUs

Notes: Clear gold body beneath a short head of white. Limited head retention and lacing. Golden malt and some pepper appear in the aroma, followed by a clear note of pepper in the flavor. It's not really hot but you do feel it. As such it will build on the palate and cut down on its drinkability, but given that it's a pepper beer I think we can throw multiple servings as a benchmark of "drinkability" out the window and simply go with "How much did you like the first one?". One of the better commercially available pepper beers I've had. Worth trying. Nicely done.

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Photo of KDHicks1958
4.02/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I first had this on tap at the brewery, and later in 12-oz bottles.

Pours a nice, clear yellow. Pils/lager looking beer.

Aroma is fairly standard lager, malty with light hops. No jalapeño evident in the nose to me.

The taste is interesting. On tap, it starts as a fairly standard lager, but then a nice jalapeño flavor comes in at the end. On tap, it doesn't have a lot of the burn, but a nice amount of the pepper flavor. In the bottle, the burn is a bit more evident. However, it's not overpowering at all, just a light burn in the back of the throat as you swallow it.

Overall, this is more a beer I would drink with a meal, rather than a straight drinking beer. I think it really complements barbecue, and Mexican food.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.94/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Well this is a chile beer, that's for certain. However, grouping this beer with a beer like Rogue Chipotle doesn't really lend itself well to a proper comparison. The beers do both contain chiles, but the chilies are not the same variety (a small, fairly irrelevant point). What is more important, and at the heart of the problem with chile beer evaluations, is that the base beers on which chile beers are based can be wildly different. I've had chile beers based on porters, stouts, lagers, blonde ales, reds, etc etc I hope my point is clear.

This lends itself to the classic beer rating problem of "if it's not an over-hopped abomination of a double IPA, an imperial stout, or a rare whale of a sour or wild ale, it gets low ratings." This is a huge problem, and is the reason why beer ratings are generally not worth a velvet painting of a whale and a dolphin gettin' it on. Despite the obviousness of this fact, I will continue to rate beers, if for no other reason than to selfishly document my own tastings, or to nobly attempt to dilute the bias in beer ratings via my own noble, unbiased observations on beer. [warning: previous paragraph may contain self-serving BS]

Now onto the beer. This may be my first encounter with what appears to be yet another delicious Texas brewery. This encounter certainly lends itself to another in the near future. I even took a chance and went straight for the beer which I felt actually had the highest potential for dislike amongst the three varieties I had to choose from. However, the horrible memories of cave creek chili beer haven't actually panned out in any other chili beer that I have tried since. Thus, I forced myself to resort to the logic of "well nobody would make a chili beer so ridiculously hot that it was undrinkable" again. Possibly faulty logic, but it's worked so far.

This is more of a lagery/blonde ale of a beer style, with jalapenos added (at least from the label, looks like japs to me). As a lager or blonde ale, it's quite good, containing all the sorts of things you'd want from those styles: drinkability, smooth taste, no over-the-top flavors, something that's thirst quenching and you can drink more than one of.

The ABV is slightly high for what I just said, but it's not really a flaw, just a bit higher than I'd want for a typical blonde or lager.

Then the peppers, making this a chile beer. They're real nice. They offer a little heat, a little flavor, a little nose, basically in just the way I like my jalapenos... a little at a time.

I think they did a fine job on this one. Next time I'll try another variety from Twisted X

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Photo of Gagnonsux
2.75/5  rDev -21%

Not much heat or flavor from the jalapenos and the base pilsener is mediocre too. Taste is too sweet for a pilsner and a bit doughy, with a little heat and flavor from the jalapenos in the finish. Head retention is good, but the carbonation is too low for the style. I really wanted to like this, but like most times I found myself underwhelmed and disapointed by a chili beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.54/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with uninteresting label art and unbranded black pry-off pressure cap acquired as part of a 6 pack in a local bottle shop and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average. Reviewed as a chili pilsner because the label identifies it as a jalapeno pilsner.

Served cold - at fridge temp. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a two finger wide head of off-white colour. Thickness could be better. Should be creamier. Not real frothy. Spotty inconsistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is above average - about 3 minutes.

Body colour is a translucent transparent weak-looking pale copper of average vibrance and excellent clarity. It looks a bit watery. Clean; no floating yeast particles or hop sediment is visible. Appears overcarbonated.

Overall, it's looking substandard; it looks like a budget pilsner, not like a strong full-bodied Czech or German pilsner. Far from unique or special.

Sm: Has some unbecoming candi sweetness and way too much caramalt. Cotton candy, confection, even praline. No pilsner should be this sweet. Clean barley. Maybe a corn adjunct? Sweet bready notes.

Surprisingly, I'm not picking up on any crisp pilsner malts. There's also no noticeable hop profile.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. I don't find any off-notes except for maybe some buttery diacetyl.

Overall, it's not an appealing aroma - especially for a pilsner. Also, where are the jalapeno notes? The overbearing sweetness evident here has me really worried.

Aroma is of average strength.

T: Overly sweet, with plenty of sweet malt, sweet bready character, and even those confection/praline/candi notes from the aroma. There's no crisp pilsner malt foundation or any light floral hop character. I think this beer would benefit from a multi-decoction mashing. The jalapeno is extremely faint to the point that this is barely a chili beer. The beer also has that vinegary character typical of low quality chili brews; I'm unimpressed.

It's hard to like given it fundamentally fails at the pilsner style, but if I regard it mentally as more of an English pale ale or something, it's a bit less of complete failure. Frankly, it's just not very good.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. I wouldn't call it intricate, complex, nuanced, or subtle. Neither the pilsner aspect of the beer nor the chili aspect of the beer is working, and together the two wrongs do not a right make.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

Balanced? Not really. Gestalt? No. Cohesive? Sure, kind of.

Mf: Has a nice softness to it, and the subtle chili warmth is lovely (and growing on me as the beer comes to temperature). Unfortunately, it's unrefreshing - but not because of the chili heat, because of the unbecoming sweetness and lack of crisp fresh pilsner notes. Smooth and wet. Medium bodied, but it should be lighter than it is. A bit too thick and weighty on the palate for a purported pilsner. Overall presence on the palate is average, but disappointing. This texture is poor for the style, but does a decent job at complementing the flavour profile.

Undercarbonated. Not oily, gushed, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

Dr: It's drinkable, but I definitely wouldn't pick this up again. It's a pretty underwhelming take on a pilsner and brings little to the table in terms of chili character. I'll have no trouble finishing the bottle, but I wouldn't recommend it to friends or trade partners. There are better beers in both of the constituent styles, and nothing here stands out. Not a particularly inspired brew. Meh.


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Photo of vancelin
4.68/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap and in a growler from Whip In, in Austin TX.
It's a corner convenience store, converted into a hip, BrewPub, with a great selection of retail craft beers, eclectic wines w/ a wine bar, live bands, a sheltered patio and an interesting menu to boot. Plus, they own the liquor store next door!
Definitely an underground, must-see destination.
Most of their taps are local brews, and they have a ton in bottle too.
Apparently, Twisted X only brews enough beer to supply eight local bars in the area.
Felt lucky to have come across this one.
I've had a few Jalapeño Ales and IPA's, and this one exceeds them all;
in flavor, precision, and execution.
The previous reviewer is correct, in that the spice builds, ever so subtly, into a crescendo of sweat-sheened heat by the end of the pint, but isn't that exactly what you're looking for?
Without obstructing the underling biscuit-notes, minerality, and crisp, noble hops, this spicy Pilsner delivered a satisfying wallop that had me ordering more—like quenching spicy foods with beer, only to re-ignite the thirst in an ever intensifying cycle. I couldn't stop myself from ordering another one.
It's a pity "herb/spiced beers" don't garner high ratings like Russian Imperial Stouts and IPA's, but when judged against it's peers, this beer was the truest of them all, hence my score of 4.75.
Take what you like most about a pilsner, the sublime, seasoned heat in Mexican food, put them together, and this is probably what you'd get: a perfectly balanced, eye-watering beer.
Best beer, so far, of the spring, and one that sticks out, even now.
Thanks Austin, TX.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler from The Whip In in Austin.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is mainly full of pilsner and biscuit malt, with a little bit of grass. Hidden in the background is some fresh jalapeno notes.

The flavor is similar. I get a lot of toffee and biscuit notes, as well as some of the fresh, green jalapenos. There is also some light burn from the peppers which builds as you drink more of the beer. The pepper notes are present but are not too in your face. This is a fairly well done pepper beer.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of jefe2
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Twisted X Fuego
Imperial Pilsner w jalapeño
On tap at whipin 8/25/2011
A slightly dark amber, thin disappearing white head
S fruity estery malts, some floral hops, not lagery at all
T more like a blond ale than a pils, nice estery fruity floral sweetness and nice pronounced hop floral bitterness. The jalapeño spice comes at the end and there is building heat that coats the mouth and gives a tingling burn that's fairly intense after a while.
M - med bodied, substantial for a pilsner. The jalapeño gives tingling burn coating the whole mouth
D Surprisingly good, like a somewhat sweet estery hoppy blond ale, and the jalapeño adds burn in the finish is good, but gets a bit too intense and distracting by the end of a pint, but I'd definitely have one in a night's line up at a pub.

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Fuego from Twisted X Brewing Company
3.48 out of 5 based on 72 ratings.
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