Fire In The Hole Raspberry Habanero Red Ale
Funky Buddha Brewery

Fire In The Hole Raspberry Habanero Red AleFire In The Hole Raspberry Habanero Red Ale
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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #133
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
84
Ranked #30,613
Avg:
3.78 | pDev: 14.02%
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
135
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Florida, United States
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Fire In The Hole Raspberry Habanero Red AleFire In The Hole Raspberry Habanero Red Ale
Notes: Pull the pin, count to four, and get ready to feel an explosion of sweet raspberry and spicy habanero flavor. No need to worry about collateral damage or capsaicin shrapnel since this red ale has just enough malt body to strike a balance between fruity, sweet, and spicy. Making it the jam to your jelly, baby.
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VABA from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-The beer pours a nice raspberry vegan smoothie color
A-Aroma has nice hints of raspberry and habanero
T-Incredible taste, the raspberry comes through loud and clear and the habanero just stays in your palate
M-Vegan heaven
O-I was skeptical, but they manage to combine the different ingredients very nicely

Feb 20, 2018
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B0shes from Tennessee

4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Every time I head home to FL, I load up on the Buddha. I’ve had a few duds, but most are at least fun. This beer was definitely fun.

Poured into a big bowled stemmed glass, had a decent head and looked like a standard fruity ale- slightly orange color.

Smell didn’t offer much despite the big open glass. My friend said he smelled a lot of the habenero however. Regardless- nothing complex.

Mouthfeel was that of a good standard ale, maybe slightly fuller.

Taste was where this simple beer stood out. Two dominant notes, obviously, raspberry and spice. Perfectly balanced however. Clean crisp ale with raspberry followed by moderate spice. No surprises. The heat builds a bit, but is never overwhelming.

This is no complex beer with twelve flavors and a contrasting nose. It is just simple, fun, and great tasting. Awesome job from a favorite brewery.

Feb 08, 2018
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Vidblain from Minnesota

2.9/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I have sort of a love/hate relationship with Funky Buddha, so take this review as you will - full disclosure, etc. etc.

Fire in the Hole was one of several bottles that a friend purchased and muled to Minnesota for me recently. I wasn't specific about which beers I was looking for - just "all the Funky Buddha bottles that you can locate". So, had I known... well, hindsight. I sat on this bottle for a few weeks, sort of dreading it, honestly. - but I love raspberry, so curiosity obviously got the better of me.

And yes, the raspberry in this beer is delicious (plus, it smells fantastic). It's juicy and ripe and fresh. I love that aspect to the beer. But then the heat hits you, and it's not a blended, complementary sort of spice - the habañeros are hostile, on a murderous quest to destroy whatever pleasure you may take from the raspberry. Ultimately, the beer comes off as a desperately hot cough syrup.

Tremendously disappointing. I love spiced stouts - but spiced red/fruit beers just aren't my thing. Bizarre idea, terrible execution.

Jan 07, 2018
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Roguer from Georgia

3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a surprisingly clear orange in the glass. Very little head to speak of.

Nose implies raspberries and peppers, and a high level of heat.

Far less heat on the palate, leaning toward vegetal vice pure spiciness. Raspberries still present.

Of all the odd Funky Buddha creations, this one was the most surprising. I didn't expect to like it, but I found it was quite good overall, and delivers as promised. The heat is just restrained enough to make it accessible to non-masochists, but present enough to whet your whistle if you're a big fan of heat.

Oct 14, 2017
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice lightly hazy dark amber mahogany hue with great two finger off white head that fades to leave great lacing and wisps.

S - Aromas of raspberry jam, berry sweetness light pepper vegetative chili notes. Super jammy.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, great raspberry jam lovely berry notes. The heat is present, not oppressive but definitely there. Sweet berry and nice heat.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated good carbonation but a bit sweet.

O - Overall this was a rather fun beer. Huge raspberry jam notes with very good light heat notes. Solid.

Serving Type: bottle

May 21, 2017
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to rudzud

Big creamy head fades at a med pace, rich lacing, hazy ruby orange habanero red color

Nose big sweet raspberry syrup, candy malt, reddish sweety malt, almost all raspberry jam though, just a faint peppery in the back of the nostrils

Taste big raspberry jam and sweet syrupy flavour, then big pepper heat, not super hot but fair pepper heat, a touch of toasty reddish malt.

Mouth is med bod, little syrupy, big pepper heat that builds, big foamy carb

Overall mixed, big raspberry jam that gets maybe too syrupy, nice pepper though.

May 21, 2017
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descobar from Florida

2.35/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

22 oz bottle
Smell: Intense raspberry, vinous with dark fruits. there’s plenty spicy heat. all this overwhelms anything that might be present derived from malt or hops. there’s even some cheesy thing going on that is very unpleasant.
Look: pours amber/brown with a nice full 1/2" tan head with moderate retention. the beer is hazy / opaque. there was zero lacing observed.
Taste: mostly caramelly sweet malts overwhelmed by semi stale raspberry flavor and bold vegetally habanero heat. there is some bitterness but the balance is way off.
Feel: this beer is medium/full beer, with rich oily texture, moderate carbonation and strong astringency bordering on harsh. It finishes sweet with long spicy heat from habanero lingering for a while.
Overall: This beer is all over the place and just undrinkable. Might have worked better as a funky tart fruit ale. But the base beer is not a balanced malty red ale. A failed experiment for experimentation’s sake. - Let it be known that I love raspberries and anything to do with hot peppers...

Mar 15, 2017
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Marcov300 from Florida

4.64/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As a big hot peppers fan, this is a very nice beer, it's smooth with a nice taste of raspberry and that lovely habanero kick, I can't get enough of this one, my favorite thing about FB is that you can always get the flavors they promised in their beer.

Oct 23, 2016
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Slack from Virginia

3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber brown in color with residual foam/head and minor lacing as it drinks down.

Nose is subtle sweetness, malt, raspberry, and peppers.

Taste is raspberry, green peppers, minor sweetness and spicy peppers on the finish.

Mouthful is medium to light and soft. Carbonation is average to high. Finish lingers.

Spicy beers are an outlier in the beer world and it is very subjective to gauge one better than the other. I have found that spice works better with more body and heavier stouts. This is not a heavy stout. It reminds me more of an English brown. There really isn't much to this beer as is (barrel potential probably would yield something much better) and as is makes this kind of two noted. There are raspberries and hot peppers, that's it. If you are good with it, go for it.

Sep 11, 2016
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MJSFS from Florida

3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a hard beer to rate. I knew going in that this would be sweet and hot, but after tasting it I'm not sure it's something I want in a beer. It delivers on it's promise of raspberry habanero, so it's unfair to rate it too low, but at the same time it's probably my least favorite bottle release from Funky Buddha this year. I'm glad I tried it, but I wouldn't buy it again.

The aroma is brown sugar, berry flavored cereal, and slight peppers. The taste is sweet mixed berries, followed by a lingering peppery taste and burn. The mouthfeel is watery thin with moderate carbonation.

Aug 30, 2016
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tharper178 from Florida

4.7/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing beer. Delicious raspberry smell and flavor. This beer has the perfect amount of heat for me. I want to pair this with food but I have no idea what would go well with it.

Sep 19, 2015
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchville Inn.

First pour from the keg, disgustingly murky rusty water. The bartender gave me a cleaner pour. hehe Mahogany, with a slight haze, and a moderate cap of off-white head. Fruity sweetness in the nose, some caramel malt. Lots of jammy raspberry up front in the taste, and a huge pepper burn on the back end. This was actually pretty good for what it was, but not something I could drink a lot of...especially after consuming my fair share of FB's flavorful stouts and porters.

Jun 05, 2015
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M_C_Hampton from Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.25

A: on tap, red colored, no head, clear

S: raspberries and nothing else

T: sour raspberries followed by the intense burn of habanero peppers, one sip and I realize the mistake I have made ordering a 12 oz pour

M: pain

O: I still hate chili beers even when they masquerade as fruity delicious lambic.

Dec 31, 2014
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Funky Buddha Brewery.
Red-amber body. Excellent clarity; weak head; no lacing

Sweet and hot: probably excellent choice to accompany under-spiced meats and some other foods. Sweet and hot work well together. I kept expecting to tire of this but didn't.
Natural raspberry flavor similar to jam. Moderate heat but limited pepper flavor.

Dec 14, 2014
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kevanb from Illinois

2.37/5  rDev -37.3%

1 Liter Funky Buddha growler poured into an oversized Funky Buddha snifter. Opened on 8.30.14, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a darker burgundy color, very opaque with lots of sediment floating in the glass. A thick off white head rises, maybe a finger high or so that has great retention and leaves plenty of lace. The aroma is incredibly spicy, plenty of heat with sugary malt with touches of raspberry fruit, but this is so incredibly spicy and hot. The flavors match the nose, huge habañero pepper heat, roasty and vegetal, light raspberry fruit with a touch of tanginess and light sugary malts, but once again, pepper starts on the tongue, washes over the fruit and malts in the mid palate and obliterates the finish with lingering peppery heat. The mouthfeel is really nice, coating, smooth, soft, nice carbonation that finishes lightly dry.


Verdict: Just way too spicy for my liking. There was a bit of balancing qualities with the berries and malts, but on the whole, this was just way too over the top, as is usual with habañeros, beer or otherwise. It was a novel experiment and a quirky beer, fun to try but nothing I'd seek out again, nor would I recommend this.

Sep 02, 2014
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nmann08 from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

On draft, pours a cloudy light brown with dark red hues. Not much carbonation, very still.

The smell is sweet at first, raspberries, corn syrup, but then out of nowhere the chilies come out, giving you the full spice. It reminds me of what sweet & sour chicken smells like.

The flavor is more mellow than the smell leads you to believe. Fruity, with faint pepper and chilies. It isn't super hot and doesn't burn your throat, a little fruity finish. Overall, I wanted to hate it, but it isn't a terrible chilies beer.

Aug 26, 2014
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a a nice head capping the tawny liquid; leaves some stringy lace behind

Smell: Raspberries, with both a sweet and tart edge; a bit of a toasted brown bread character

Taste: Toasted brown bread with raspberry jam; sweet and tart at the same time; finishes with some heat; not really hot like a habanero but definitely warming on the palate

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: More interesting than I was expecting as the tartness of the raspberry and the restrained heat from the peppers won me over

Mar 28, 2014
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass. Purchased 9/20/16. Consumed 10/10/16.

A: Hazy but translucent reddish brown with an average level of visible carbonation. Two fingers of fluffy, very light tan head forms with reasonable retention.

S: Not huge here – vaguely fruity, with a mild pepper spice and lightly toasted bready malts. That’s about it. Not offensive, just kinda uninteresting.

T: Light malty sweetness, some raspberry fruitiness, and peppers with accompanying spiciness near the swallow. Some capsaicin spice through the hang.

M: A light body with a creamy carbonation. Low alcohol presence.

O: Unfortunately, like several other Funky Buddha beers, I’m forced to write the “this was better on tap years ago before they distributed and/or sold out” story. I gave this a 4.0 rating on tap from the first MBCP Day, I think. The bottled version I had just isn’t that beer at all. Scores given are fair to the beer, I think. Rated to personal preference would be a bit lower.

Jan 13, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Callmecoon for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy beige head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, corn tortilla, raspberry, and chile pepper aromas. Taste is much the same with raspberry and chile flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of pepper heat on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting balance between sweet and spice.

Dec 16, 2013
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jp11801 from Florida

3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Overall nice beer full of fruit and spice.

Looks slightly murky , that's a plus for me as I like unfiltered beer. Smells of raspberry and vegetal smelling habaneros. The taste overall is slightly sweet with a touch of tartness and a healthy dose of low heat peppers.

Nov 10, 2013
Fire In The Hole Raspberry Habanero Red Ale from Funky Buddha Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 135 ratings