Jalapeño Pale Ale | Birdsong Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Birdsong Brewing
North Carolina, United States
birdsongbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.


Added by CBlack85 on 09-21-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
201
Reviews:
25
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
13.19%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
54
For Trade:
0
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Photo of ShoeIn-BrewWin
4.67/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
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

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Photo of alexworsnip
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of warrendietrich2001
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sloejams
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of joshdcollins
4.79/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Highly complex. Smells wonderful. Even better on draft.

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Photo of Furley80
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SKAT
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of BigTrubble
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dragginballs76
3.79/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of cantal
4.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SierraFlight
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mattycasey
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tuckersmth
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best Jalapeno beer I ever had. Crushes sculpin.

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Photo of Elimav
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerBeast
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dsshuck
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of baklo
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of aasher
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SadMachine
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AD17
2.15/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of lupercmda
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oberon
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Jalapeño Pale Ale from Birdsong Brewing
3.79 out of 5 based on 201 ratings.
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