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:
208
Reviews:
26
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
13.68%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
58
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 208 |  Reviews: 26
Reviews by CBlack85:
Photo of CBlack85
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery, served in a pint glass

Pours a clear amber/copper color with a small off white head that recedes quickly leaving behind quite a bit of lacing

The nose is fairly mild; the star is the jalapeno, there is also a floral hop component and bits of citrusy hops as well. The malts are bready and sweet and balance nicely with the spiciness of the jalapeno and hops. There is almost a hint of smokiness from the peppers.

The flavor is balanced well with bready and sweet malts, floral and citrusy hops, and is accented well with the jalapenos. Very simple clean flavor. Light/medium bodied and well carbonated. Slightly slick on the tounge and finishes on the dry side. I was not overly impressed with the base beer (Free Will Pale Ale), but this beer makes it seem as though it was brewed with adding jalapeno peppers in mind all along. The flavors pair so well that the end result easily exceeds the sum of the parts.

Really, an impressive beer with lots of nuances, and supremely easy to drink.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of AngusOg
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.

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Photo of oberon
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.

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Photo of CavemanRamblin
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Billolick
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

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Photo of avitallo
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of dankjohn
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Funky-Brewster
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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

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

Although it uses jalapenos, this is a really solid american pale ale.

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Photo of chinchill
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Growlers Pour House in Charlotte.
Pours clear red-amber with a full, creamy and durable bone-colored head that leaves fine lacing patterns.
Smells rather ordinary, with no sign of the jalapenos. You will definitely taste the hot peppers in this beer, although Birdsong used enough restraint that I would not call this challenging to drink. There is some mild heat in the mouth which, I think, is why the ABV seems higher than 5.5%. Given the chilies, this pale ale would probably benefit from more hops so that they aren't so completely masked.

O: A chili beer with little else going one, but that’s not always a bad thing. Worked well with a sandwich and fries.

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Photo of Mirthrandir
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HopAttack3
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of acurtis
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sloejams
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.

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Photo of Tuckersmth
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
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 Bonzo
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Damian74
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of riotontheroad
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UTvolFAN16
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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Jalapeño Pale Ale from Birdsong Brewing
3.8 out of 5 based on 208 ratings.
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