Hades Habanero | Devil's Canyon Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Devil's Canyon Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Chile Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by largadeer on 02-13-2008

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 5
Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So this is what we've come to: habaneros in beer. This one definitely makes an impression. The oil from the pepper doesn't hijack the entire experience, but it does give you a flavor ride that is going to stick with you. Long after a sip is done, I can taste a distinct, but not overly dramatic burn. Chile beers are difficult to pull off. This one seems to work, but I don't think I'd want to do more than 4 ounces or so. More than that and it may seem like I was downing a 2 pound container of salsa.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at Jersey Joe's.

A: Darkly clear copper. Dense but thin white head fades fast.

S: Pretty plain. Lagery yeast, amber malts, and maybe a whiff of spice.

T/M: Nice! A pretty standard amber/red ale that is improved immensely by an obvious pepperiness that dominates the end taste and lingers for a long time on the aftertaste. Not obviously HOT but definitely spicy. Otherwise, crisp, dry malts (caramel? rye? almost metallic at times) run the show. Well-carbonated.

O: An extra point for style. The beer itself isn't that great, but the habanero was added by an expert hand. Enough heat that you'll regret choking on it, but not enough that it's obnoxious. Great chili beer. Paired with garlic fries.

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Photo of nickd717
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Sancho's Taqueria in Redwood City, then again at the brewery on Beer Friday. I love hot peppers and I love beer so this beer should have been right up my alley. Fell a little flat though.

A - Clear amber color with a white head.

S - Sweet malt, some hops, and a small hint of habanero heat.

T - Caramel malt, like your average amber ale, with some mild citrusy hops and a little bit of hot pepper kick. Habanero made itself more apparent on the flavor, but they really should have thrown about 5 times as many peppers in rather than pussyfooting around. Mixed fairly well with the sweet caramel malt flavors and mild hop bitterness.

M - Medium-light body and carbonation, pretty much what you'd expect from an amber ale.

D - Pretty high, which actually isn't always a good thing for a habanero beer. If you're going to put habaneros in there, you should be aiming to cause a little pain.

Overall, decent but a little wimpy. This inspired me to homebrew a habanero ale that really did have some heat to it, which turned out to be somewhat of a success.

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Photo of largadeer
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Clear, bright amber with an inch of fluffy white foam on top.

Smell - Rich crystal malts with a touch of oily pepper. The aroma was subtle and hard to dissect, which may have been the fault of the serving temperature (too cold).

Taste & mouthfeel - Medium-bodied, biscuity and semi-sweet, the caramel and toffee malt flavors provide a balance to the oily, sticky pepper. Habanero really jumps out in the finish, overwhelming the hops entirely and leaving a spicy kick on the tongue.

Notes - Normally far from my favorite style of beer, this one surprised me. It's well crafted and easy to drink, with a big malt backbone to balance the peppery finish.

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Hades Habanero from Devil's Canyon Brewing Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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