Jalapeño Pale Ale
Birdsong Brewing

Jalapeño Pale AleJalapeño Pale Ale
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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #1,216
Ranked #27,096
3.8 | pDev: 13.42%
Birdsong Brewing
North Carolina, United States
Very Good
Jalapeño Pale AleJalapeño Pale Ale
Notes: Our Jalapeño Pale Ale is in a class of its own. We start by brewing Free Will Pale Ale, and then add in a hefty dose of fresh-picked jalapeño peppers with the seeds removed, so you can enjoy a subtle flavor and the aroma of the green peppers without the heat.
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edineen416 from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked this up from the store while I was in South Carolina visiting family. Never tried a brew like this before, so I could not resist getting some. Was it phenomenal? No... But it is a unique take on the APA style. The Jalapeño is definitely present in this brew. It smells spicier than it tastes, but you still pick up strong notes of pepper with the flavor. This would never be my go-to pale ale, and I probably wouldn't want to drink more than one or two in a sitting. But it was good for something different, and I am convinced that it cleared in sinuses up. That being said, it isn't necessarily spicy. They take the seeds out before using the peppers. It has the jalapeño flavor without too intense of a spice.

Jan 01, 2019
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GTC138 from North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jalapeño Pale Ale – Pale Ale – Birdsong Brewing Company, Charlotte, NC
Welcome to the weekend all of my working class folk, it is finally Friday! As we brace for Hurricane Florence here in the NC I am enjoying a fine brew from a new brewery. The Jalapeno Pale Ale is 5.5% abv and brewed to have a subtle amount of heat as it is brewed without the seeds. As far as the overall flavor of this brew, they nailed it. This brew taste just like Jalapeños. Overall this brew from Birdsong is very solid, especially for those weird folks like me that would like to have a Jalapeño brew.

Sep 14, 2018
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ordybill from Georgia

3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a light amber with a small white head. The aroma is a jalapenos and mild hops. The taste mirrors the nose.

Jun 26, 2018
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SomethingClever from Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can poured into a pint glass canned on 9/7.

A: Very little head mostly a light white film. Body is a burnished gold leaning toward Amber with pretty good clarity.

S: Lots of jalapeño up front with that earthiness and just a light hint of fruit in the end.

T: Fairly bitter and acidic on the tongue almost metallic like in its bitterness. Nice full jalapeño flavor with barely any heat at all if any. Slight bit of happiness on the finish.

M: Decent carbonation medium bodied.

O: This is a nice novelty beer it drinks just like juicing a jalapeño except without the heat. If you like the flavor of jalapeños you will love this beer.

Nov 03, 2017
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Billolick from New York

4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tall can..."PKGD 5.30.17"

Lighter amber, nice looking fine scattered lacing

Mild pepper on the sniff

Pleasing ale, with again a subtle pepper quality...no heat....would love to enjoy this again with some spicy mexican food...salsa verde all day...worthy and well crafted chili beer

Jun 28, 2017
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ShoeIn-BrewWin from England

4.67/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like this brew. It has the perfect balance of fresh-cut grass and spice on the nose. On the tongue it balances the fresh jalapeno flavor with just a tiny kick of spice and citrus. The hops shine through on the end.

May 03, 2017
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metter98 from New York

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high off white head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: Light to moderate aromas of jalapeño peppers are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of jalapeño peppers, although without any of the associated spiciness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is quite drinkable for a chili beer since the seeds have been removed and it isn't really spicy at all.

Serving type: can

Dec 25, 2016
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sloejams from Oregon

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I can see the polarizing nature of this beer but I for one, really enjoyed it.

I like heat, in pretty much everything I ingest. Lately, I've noticed loads of spice in the more malty side of ales, esp the Mexican hot chocolate ales that seem to be everywhere now (I'm not complaining). The jalapeño spice brightens the hops here but keeps things surprisingly drinkable.

Nov 17, 2016
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours - Clear golden color nice white head great lacing.

Smell - Lots of raw jalapeno, earthy smell, little bit of hops, very spicy.

Taste - More of the smell here, lots of jalapeno and malt. I was surprised there was not much heat just the flavor. little bit of sweetness with some heat coming in on the back end.

Feel - Medium body, little burn and heat.

Overall - Very nice pepper flavor, just the right amount of heat.

Aug 28, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Spicy and bright, the irresistible but piquant allure of jalapeño find its way into Birdsong's flagship pale ale and nearly redefine the attitude of the brewery. Bittersweet with caramel malts and citrusy hops, the balanced taste underneath the pepper is even-keel and awaiting the excitement that the pepper brings.

Medium amber, hazy and firmly crowned with a creamy white froth, the ale nestles in the nose with caramel, graham cracker, honey and citrus. From that, the twinge of jalapeño adds a green, grassy, bell pepper nuance with the underlying taste of caramel, toasted almond and granola protecting the early palate from its burn.

As the flavors unfold, the caramel remains intact and the hops reveal a juicy citrus taste. Pink grapefruit, orange zest, a hint of lemon and marmalade bring a bright and fruity complexity while the bitterness grows to balance the sweetness and fruitiness with its pine, grass and herbal bite. Trailing flesh of pepper continues the vegetative trend and applies a soft and simmering burn to close.

Medium-bodied and malty, the beer's caramel and bread impressions continue to buffer and balance the hop bitterness and pepper sting while the finish begins to favor the hops ever so slightly. Much more subtle than I would have had it, the jalapeno flavor and feel is likely fine for most heat seekers, but this combination carries an inherent craving for pizza.

Jul 27, 2016
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oberon from North Carolina

3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a standard pint a dull lighter amber shade with a sticky half finger white head atop that leaves a broken ring of lace behind.I pick up some fresh jalepeno and some biscuit malts,not much hop presence.The japs don't bring alot of heat flavor-wise but they brink a mild earthiness and some light heat,a firm biscuit malt base doesn't give off much sweetness,again only a smattering of leafy and earthy hops found.Not a bad beer it's actually very easy going down.

Apr 05, 2016
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Stevem68 from Ohio

3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light Amber color. Aroma is chillis, kind of reminds me of a chili relleno. Flavor is a light pale ale with chillis. Not much spice but it's kind of one note. Body is pretty lift and while this isn't a bad beer it's nothing impressive.

Mar 18, 2016
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dar482 from New York

3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The aroma smacks of raw pepper, jalapeno acidity, with a hint of bready malts.

Despite, the aroma, it is more subtle with a medium jalapeno spice up front, then onto bready malts to balance that spice and some lingering piney hops on the back end. A pertty bland pale ale, despite the jalapeno flavor.

Jan 09, 2016
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LakeHawk from Michigan

4.77/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

An absolutely fantastic pale ale. Very unique and special. It doesn't have the heat the name would suggest, but it's not supposed to. It still has just enough spice and kick along with the pure jalepeño flavor. This beer is delicious! I could drink one after the other afternoon and never get sick of it. If you are in the area or have the chance you have to get one!

Nov 15, 2015
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AngusOg from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice chilli pepper flavor against the backdrop of the sweet malt, with only the slight hint of heat. Very pleasant and extremely drinkable. Really enjoyed this one.

Oct 31, 2015
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Sampled both on tap and in the can, last night, and in each case the amber liquid was capped by a respectable head that left some spotty strands of lacing

Smell: A little citrus and a vague sense of jalapeno pepper

Taste: A touch of caramel to offset the hop and jalapeno on the front end with both slight citrus and heat elements developing; crisp finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I am not a fan of many chile beers but I think Birdsong has brewed a very pleasant, drinkable ale here; the flavors are balanced and the heat impact is subtle (after all, jalapenos don't really dominate the scoville chart); the addition of the jalapeno takes an otherwise middle of the road APA and makes it something just different enough to make it noteworthy

Sep 23, 2015
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jlindros from Massachusetts

2.98/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

umm, I think thanks to rudzud.

Light fluffy fizzy head, fades quickly, no real lacing, murky hazy pale orange color.

Nose tons of pepper, fresh green pepper and jalapeno, hint of malt, little spicy pepper on the nose.

Taste brings mild sweet malt, plain pale malt, with mild peppery flavor, little jalapeno, mild spicy, very light bitterness, hint of grassy hop. Finish is mild, very little hop with touch of bitterness, lingering mild jalapeno and spicy.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb, little pepper heat.

Overall eh, pretty much just jalapeno juice with a hint of malt.

Sep 20, 2015
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rudzud from Massachusetts

2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Received as an extra in a trade. Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a hazy golden orange hue with a thin head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of jalapeno juice, light malts. Not much else.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with lots of jalapeno juice , light malts, little sweetness. Really not much hops at all.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated little thin and watery.

O - Overall this beer was really mediocre, the hops are basically non-existent. Nice jalapeno notes though.

Serving type: bottle

Sep 06, 2015
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richj1970 from Alabama

3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 16 oz can into tulip. Didn't see a visible bottle date.

A: Pours bright orange with two finger head with decent retention and leaving ample lacing.

S: Aroma is dominated by light chilie heat with maybe a hint of grassy hops.

T: Again, mostly light jalapeño heat with some subtle cracker malts and faint hops.

M: Medium body and average carbonation. Finish has just a hint of pepper spice but is well controlled.

O: Enjoyable beer. My first one from Birdsong, and it was a good one.

Aug 21, 2015
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ryanhooks81 from Georgia

3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

i really love jalapenos but this was not the flavor i was expecting. full bodied and definitely one is enough. probably wont be drinking many more of these.

Aug 16, 2015
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KM_Seahawk from North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It smells like fresh cut jalapeño peppers, well balanced with just the right amount of pepper (burn) on the end. Very unique never had anything like this before

Jul 09, 2015
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CIBoy10 from Alabama

2.91/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Draught at Queen City Q in Charlotte, 2014. This is the first jalapeno flavored beer I had and I found the marriage to be pretty well-executed, but unfortunately I could not enjoy the beer. I love peppers as much as the next person, but this just didn't do it for me taste-wise or feel-wise. Marks for creative execution though. I can definitely see why some people like it, but I'm sticking to my opinion here.

Jan 07, 2015
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wingnutter from Florida

4/5  rDev +5.3%

I tried this beer at the Beer Growler on South Blvd in Charlotte during a visit and immediately bought a growler fill to bring home to Florida. I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. Its interesting and unique...it has a nice pale ale base with a subtle fire roasted jalapeño flavor without the heat youd expect. Very drinkable, and strangely refreshing.

Well done, Birdsong...I've only had a couple of chili beers I liked, and this is one of them. My only complaint is I think it could use a *tad* more heat, but overall this is a solid offering. Not a world beater, but I could see myself drinking this with some hot wings while watching football. As someone else said, this beer exceeds the sum of its parts IMO.

I wish I would have been able to visit the brewery, but I only had one day (Monday) to find beer to bring home, and they are closed on Monday. Will make a point to stop in next trip to try this one and others next time I'm in town.

Oct 25, 2014
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, yellow-wheat coloring, with a fluffy, foamy, white head. Nose of subtle jalapeno heat on a toasty and caramel backbone. The more you smell, the more pepper you get. Flavors are caramel forward, with an underlying hops bitterness noted moments before the smoky and spicy jalapeno character begins to build. You get a pretty robust jalapeno character, but it fades reasonably quickly, sparing the palate and keeping the beer drinkable. Smooth and light, with a low, slow heat in the background. The finish is a sweet and spicy blend linger on a smooth, light fade. Unique and drinkable.

Apr 26, 2014
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

tap at Birdsong

Pours a hazy gold with white sudsy lacing for a head.

Smells lightly of honey and a bit of capsaicin.

Flavor is light honey with a mild dry hop and some dry vegetal pepper and spice.

Medium body with a sting of carbonation on the tongue along with a slight spice burn.

A pretty decent chile ale, good flavor, and worth trying.

Dec 04, 2013
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