Jalapeño Pale Ale | Birdsong Brewing

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Jalapeño Pale AleJalapeño Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Birdsong Brewing
North Carolina, United States

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

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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 200
Photo of LakeHawk
4.77/5  rDev +26.9%
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!

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Photo of dvmin98
4.66/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I absolutely love this stuff. Everytime I go out and its on the menu, I gotta have it at least once. The nose is pure jalapeño. The taste is malty, hoppy and a great jalapeño backbone. Only downside is I wish it had just a touch of heat, but no matter, this is great. Second best beer brewed in Charlotte, other than HDnR

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Photo of AngusOg
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
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 sloejams
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
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 CBlack85
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
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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Photo of Axnjxn
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

on tap at beer study in chapel hill.

pours a cloudy dark yellow with a small head. smell is of jalapeno peppers...interesting. taste is quite complex. jalapeno at first but then it fades...it doesn't linger like most spicy beers. because of this it is very easy to drink. medium bodied with medium carbonation.

overall an impressive beer. my first from this brewery and ill look for them again in the future.

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Photo of wingnutter
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

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Photo of KM_Seahawk
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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

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Photo of KahunaJP
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Birdsong's taproom.

Appearance is a bit hazy. The smell is more reminiscent of milder green peppers, not jalepeno. Almost a poblano or bell pepper scent. Taste immediately reminds me of a mild jalepeno cornbread. Mouthfeel is a bit light for the flavors this beer imparts. Overall, a nice beer to enjoy on their patio with a bucket of peanuts.

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Photo of brentk56
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
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

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
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 richj1970
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
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 metter98
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

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Photo of Cylinsier
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
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 Stevem68
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of dar482
3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
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 ryanhooks81
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
2.95/5  rDev -21.5%
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

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Photo of CIBoy10
2.91/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

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Jalapeño Pale Ale from Birdsong Brewing
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