Jalapeño Pale Ale | Birdsong Brewing

Jalapeño Pale AleJalapeño Pale Ale
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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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Ratings: 208 |  Reviews: 26
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of acurtis
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of jaydoc
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +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 brentk56
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
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 oline73
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of chinchill
3.37/5  rDev -10.6%
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 jlindros
2.98/5  rDev -21%
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 oberon
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Photo of dvmin98
4.66/5  rDev +23.6%
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 Billolick
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
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 SadMachine
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
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 Duff27
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aasher
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Jalapeño Pale Ale from Birdsong Brewing
Beer rating: 64.4% out of 100 with 208 ratings
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