Jalapeño Pepper Ale
Bent River Brewing Company

Jalapeño Pepper AleJalapeño Pepper Ale
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Chile Beer
Ranked #69
Ranked #46,771
3.37 | pDev: 19.29%
Bent River Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Jalapeño Pepper AleJalapeño Pepper Ale
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Reviews by Nowlansavage11:
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Jul 19, 2014
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MarshMan71 from Illinois

4.96/5  rDev +47.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Stopped at Bent River for lunch with my Fiance and have heard nothing but good things about their brews after a bit of research before heading there to see what's on tap. I tried 4 of their brews and Jalapeno Pepper Ale was the last one... I personally have had over 150 different brews since Jan. and this one by far took my breath away as something I was not expecting. I loved the fact that it was just plain different.

Beautiful deep dark amber color , aromas of fresh cut jalapenos hit you right away. just the aroma alone will make you want to drink this beer. Not a hoppy beer at all I'm almost sure its their american wheat beer they started with before adding the jalapenos. Its just perfect IMO. other than I would have liked to have seen a little fluffier head.

Not a beer that your gonna pound all afternoon but defiantly one to enjoy with some mexican food or a really good burger. By the way if you stop at Bent River the food is great.

Mar 19, 2013
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Jcreek from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jan 26, 2020
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DrunkMcDermott from Illinois

3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, this is my style of beer. In fact, it tastes pleasantly like a chile beer I’ve made. Appears to be a golden American Ale base, but lighter on the hops. Chile burn is there, but bright and fruity, like fresh jalape?nos. Actually finishes clean, with no afterburn. This is, to this chile-head, the equal of Eske’s in Taos.

Sep 22, 2005
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mynie from Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

May 13, 2013
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scruffwhor from Illinois

3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mar 29, 2016
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seems to be some batch variation with this. Had a couple draft servings at Green Lady after their "South of 80" event for CCBW.

Served in a narrow fluted tulip, review from written notes.

Dark burnished gold/bronze, high clarity, saturated color. Thin layer of foam on the surface that left random spotty lacing behind, and a wispy broken skim on the surface.

Aroma is spot on fresh jalapeño... big floral, green, earthy notes, just like fresh cut peppers. Inhaling deeply pulls in some indication of heat, but not much. Certainly not unbalanced, it's the very definition of restraint.

Similar flavors, floral and earthy pepper with a hint of spice. Some bready malt and tea leaf notes in the middle, leaving a slight tingle of heat in the back of the palate after a few sips. Overall very drinkable, I felt the craving for another glass after the first. Definitely for those who enjoy hot pepper heat, though in the scheme of things it was relatively mild.
If you don't like peppers, why would you drink this? Bunch of masochists, apparently.

May 25, 2012
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dickroop from Maryland

2.29/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This brew was a major disappointment - I found almost nothing in it that would make me want to drink another pint.

It's appearance was clear and mostly golden, without much head. It had very small aroma, a first tipoff of trouble ahead.
The flavor was authentically jalapeno, with a strong peppery taste. But the jalapeno overwhelmed anything else. Little (or not enough!) malt or hops to counterbalance the stong peppery flavor.
Sure enough, the mouthfeel was hot, a spicy bite that lingers on the palate. But not in a satisfying way.
For me drinkability was low, just an annoying flavored beer that was one-dimensional.

If you're a lover of hot and pepper, if you have strong-flavored food to pair it with, if you just HAVE to say you've tried it, be my guest. But this is one beer I'll pass on, and one that gives another black mark for me against fruit and vegetable beers in general.

Mar 08, 2006
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scoobybrew from Indiana

3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer has a wheat base, with a surprising kick. Slightly hazy, it appears otherwise like an American pale. The smell is nothing remarkable, but there is a subtle hint of the pepper inside. As it first hits your tongue, nothing special, like a standard wheat or very mildly hopped American pale. However, as it makes its way to the back of the tongue (and down your throat) the pepper surprise kicks in and is very present.

This was really my first introduction to a pepper beer. I liked it, but I couldn't drink this all night, but it's good for a pint or two. It did inspire me to brew a pepper beer of my own however.

Feb 28, 2006
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jwmoore from Iowa

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Feb 01, 2017
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Tone from Missouri

3.87/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Oct 09, 2015
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t0rin0 from California

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Mar 27, 2013
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Thompson from Illinois

4/5  rDev +18.7%

Jul 26, 2012
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EvanWilliams from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

May 18, 2014
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enelson from Illinois

3.48/5  rDev +3.3%

Oct 19, 2014
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PretzelCity from California

3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Jan 19, 2015
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CosmoHopHead from Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Apr 29, 2014
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memphischas from Tennessee

3/5  rDev -11%

Nov 11, 2014
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TheSSG from Illinois

3.99/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a HUGE, soapy, off-white head that laces nicely. The persistence of the head is surprising. AMAZING roasted chile aroma - I'm salivating at this one. It smells EXACTLY like roasting chiles. Straw-golden color. Starts with a nice, warming chile flavor. Heat comes through right as the malt starts to well. Finish is a mild, lingering heat and malt.

This is quite nice. I really enjoy the pleasant, medium heat to this one. It balances the malt well, too. The Rio Grande Pancho Chile is still my favorite chile brew, but this one is a close second, and beats it in the use of heat.

May 20, 2014
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BedetheVenerable from Missouri

3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was into trying new things last night, so...

Appearance: Actually pretty nice; I had a small sampler glass, not the traditional pint-glass shape, but this beer poured a dark golden color (like a slightly darker version of a pilsener) capped by a fairly fluffy white head that has pretty good retention.

Smell: Cut open a jalepeno. Smell. You get the idea. No malt, no hops, just earthy, spicy, woody jalepeno.

Taste: See above. It's incredibly true to fresh, unpickled jalepeno taste. The woody, earthy pepper flavors are there...and so is a decent amount of burn...

Mouthfeel: Light/medium, crisp, and spicy

Drinkability: Light bodied...but very strong flavored and highly spicy...makes for not a real drinkable beer.

Conclusion: My fiancee hated it, but I actually thought this was kind of interesting. It's definitely not something you'd sit around and pound down, but with a bacon cheeseburger, pub fries with cheese, onion rings, or the like, this (one pint tops) could be quite tasty.

Nov 03, 2008
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jaydoc from Kansas

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

Sep 18, 2015
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bismarksays from Iowa

2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

Mar 02, 2014
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atlbravsrno1 from Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Aug 27, 2017
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bnes09 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Sep 19, 2014
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -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.

Mar 27, 2016
Jalapeño Pepper Ale from Bent River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 126 ratings