Jalapeño Pepper Ale | Bent River Brewing Company

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Jalapeño Pepper AleJalapeño Pepper Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bent River Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
bentriverbrewing.com

Style: Chile Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.81%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by DrunkMcDermott on 09-22-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
113
Reviews:
25
Avg:
3.19
pDev:
20.69%
 
 
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4
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Ratings: 113 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of duvel1979
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jwmoore
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stompilator
3.71/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of crow
3.92/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of craigbelly
3.55/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WoodBrew
3.53/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The Jalapeño Lager from Bent River is ok. I'm not a huge pepper beer fan unless it's in a porter or stout. The beer poured a clear copper with no head and no lace. The scent was jalapeño galore. The taste was carried jalapeño spice and a weird almost soapy quality (yes this glass was rinsed thoroughly ). The Mouthfeel was lighter in with subtle carbonation. Overall it's worth a try....but that is about it.

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Photo of KenProCo
3.85/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scruffwhor
3.57/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TMoney2591
3.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

It's been a long while since I've had a pepper beer, so here's one from out west. It pours a clear sunset amber topped by a half-finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises jalapeno backed by some toffee. The taste leads with some light caramel, which gradually gives way to some mild jalapeno flavor and a touch of heat in the finish. Not much burn at all. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly slick feel. Overall, this isn't a bad chile beer, but it didn't do anything for me in the pepper arena, which is what I was looking for. It's a decent enough blonde-amber that has some peppers added to it, but to market it on the strength of that flavor addition is a beastly mistake and incredibly misleading.

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Photo of JoeIPA
3.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of eheinz
3.16/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MarshallBlaire
3.02/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smells of pickled jalapeno when poured. When its still in the bottle the smell is awful. Tastes of peppers, not to harsh for me, but I like spice. Not to flavorful. Good novelty beer, not one to keep drinking.

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Photo of Tone
3.87/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy copper color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, jalapeno, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of a Chile Beer. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, jalapeno, hint of hop, and yeast. Overall, full bodied, not just jalapeno, and great appearance.

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Photo of MasterPenguins
3.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of owenwood
2.84/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pepper taste is certainly there, and spot on....unfortunately the beer aspect of this beverage is buried beneath it. Not getting anything competing with the peppers, not malt or hops or anything else. Really unbalanced. I hate to be this critical of a brewery that's nailed it with other beers, but this is a misstep. Bring the rest of the recipe to the forefront, and my review can jump up considerably.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.76/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WestmontStorm
3.48/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jalapeño Pepper Ale. Don't buy it if you're expecting anything but.
I liked it. Darker ale, good taste and jalapeño bite. Couldn't drink it all night but pretty cool brew.

Update 3/26/2016. Picked up another sixer. ABV is 3.8?? Not looking to get hammered but I might as well be drinking the god awful Miller 64!!!!

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
2.06/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The most unappetizing aroma I've ever come across from a beer. It burns the throat and tastes like the juice from a jar of jalapeno slices. Undrinkable for me.

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Photo of jzlyo
2.43/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Aroma is jalapenos and hints of wheat and milder peppers. The flavor is jalapenos, green peppers and lingering heat into the finish. Out of my least favorite style, this wasn’t bad, decent.

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Photo of NonSnob_BeerSnob
2.03/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Sorry but this one was. ......not so good. Got a strong jalapeño smell but it smells like dirt too. You got a lot of jalapeño flavor but it tasted synthetic to me. The tingle on my lips was neat and you really did get some heat, which I liked, but ultimately I couldn't drink much of this.

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Photo of JsBeers
3.71/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ALC82
3.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of alarmclock314
3.4/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

What you see is what you get; the smell and taste is full-on jalapeño. Some spice/heat for sure, but not overboard. Would have liked less carbonation, more malt, and a higher ABV, but this is a good chili beer overall. Some interesting food pairing and recipes come to mind.

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Jalapeño Pepper Ale from Bent River Brewing Company
3.19 out of 5 based on 113 ratings.
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