Crazy Ed's Cave Creek Chili Beer | Chili Beer Co.

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Crazy Ed's Cave Creek Chili BeerCrazy Ed's Cave Creek Chili Beer

Brewed by:
Chili Beer Co.
Arizona, United States

Style: Chile Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by taez555 on 02-04-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of kmpitz2
1.06/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is a beer I have been intrigued by since seeing it in the store, but I've never been able to buy it for myself. clvand0 was over for beers (which we have done every night this week), and he brought this one for me. What a pal.

Appearance: Yellow to very pale golden color. No head at all. No carbonation even showing on this one.

Nose: This scares me. It smells like wet chilis. I don't get nay malts or hops. Just chilis.

Taste: This beer tastes like burning. It starts on the back of my tongue and follows down the back of my throat. No hint of hops, malts, anything but burning. Now, I like a good spicy meal. Hell, I eat tortillas wtih hot sauce for a snack a couple times a week, but this is not a good hot spice.

Moutfeel: This beer feels like burning. Very thin burning, with no carbonation.

Drinkability: How drinkable are pureed chilis? Burning burning burning.

I drank milk after this one and I even drank a Heniken to try and clean out my mouth. I gaged on the second tasted I took.

Thanks Chris. This one will be remembered :-)

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.84/5  rDev +64.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is such a strange beer, you gotta try it. But be warned, if you're not a chili head, you might actually think this is hot. If you're like me however (sorry), and think Tabasco sauce is just thin ketchup, you'll like it. Love the jalapeno in the bottle.

Poured a clear yellow with no head at all, no lace either.
Smell is sweet, hoppy, malt and that capsaicin spiciness that makes my mouth water.
Taste is surprisingly sweet, jalapeno (capsaicin) spice and hops.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, spicy on the front of the tongue and down the throat.
Drinkability is quite good. Gotta try it at least once, if only for the weirdness angle. But honestly, this would make a great brew to have with Mexican or even Thai food and would probably be great to cook with, especially seafood or pork.

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Photo of Dogbrick
1.03/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

There are some things you knowingly do even though the outcome is going to be bad. Like looking at a solar eclipse, or pressing that button that has a sign that reads "DO NOT PRESS - REALLY!". This is one of those times. I think it is human nature is to be curious, and history shows us that this curious nature can lead to some pretty interesting and/or awful things happening. No matter how many people say "this beer really is that awful, DON’T TRY IT" I knew I would eventually. I won’t try to dissuade other people from trying it because frankly it would only add to the mystique. Let me just say you had ample warning, as did I. What can be said about this vile, repugnant, heinous, repellant, despicable, horrid, revolting, wretched excuse for a beer that hasn’t been already? Garbage-can water? Check. Fried skunk? Check. How about this then: Bottled swamp-ass. I would rather lick the floor of a New Jersey rest stop bathroom than willingly try this again. I am afraid it may have given me trench mouth. First of all, who would want to dump that chili pepper down the drain without fearing that it would dent the blades on the garbage disposal. And assuming it made it beyond the disposal and into the sewers, humanity would be in constant danger of some kind of C.H.U.D. creature spawning from the chili pepper pod and rampaging through the city. I really tried to keep that damn chili pepper from slipping out of the bottle and into the glass but I was thwarted. That thing has a mind of its own! On to the "beer". Dark golden color with no head or lacing. The aroma is not unlike a dock worker’s sweat-rag after an all-night bender. The flavor is how I imagine a drunk diabetic’s piss would taste. Calling this swill is an insult to swill beers. Some beers taste bad because of poor quality, some for lack of trying. This beer however, almost seems to relish its accomplishment of tasting so bad. The finish immediately reminded me of the famous Ralph Wiggum quote: "Tastes like burning!". I will never let this affront to all that is good with beer befoul my lips again. I’ll probably get the shakes just passing it by in the store as it is.

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Photo of wimpasaurus
4.53/5  rDev +161.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

spicybeerlover was right, this is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the best beer i have ever personally consumed. the flavor, though some consider it to be truly awful, is an accomplishment which can never possibly be repeated. i will say, however, that the appearance left something to be desired. a pale orange with basically no head frightened a bit at first but once i tasted it, i was amazed. crazy ed, though you may be crazy i want to thank you. thankyou, crazy ed, thankyou.

ed. - i would like to append my former statement. though my comments on the flavor etc. remain i would like it noted that my partner and i got MONSTER diarrhea. DO NOT DRINK THIS BEER.... unless you like that sorta thing. then go right ahead.

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Photo of chilidog
2.09/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Well I agree....a Gimmick style for this is not the only maker of this brew. On the Crazy Ed, a trade extra, it fizzed from the pepper as soon as the top was cracked. Alot of hot air from that pepper that tried to get away as I poured. No real head or lace. Carbonation settled down to allow the glass to hold a clear gold peppery brew. Pepper on the nose. Alot of pepper on the taste. Weak malt and light hop are in there as well. Did I mention alot of pepper in the taste. Jalapeno, im not a huge fan of and this beer is bust'n loose with it. So much so, I can't drink it. Jalapeno lingers on abit to long. I bet it would be good to make Chili with or spicey cooking.

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Photo of Gusler
2.06/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer after its removal from the 12-ounce clear bottle sets in the glass a luminous gold with a generous bright white head, the texture frothy, and the lace forms a nice sheet to conceal the glass. Nose is the prototypical lager sweet malt with the addition of a hint of jalapeno pepper, crisp and fresh, the start sweet with a mild malt presence, and of course its peppery, top is thin. Finish is mild to moderate in acidity, the hops benign in their spiciness and the dry pepper laden aftertaste lingers on, way to long as far as I’m concerned, what can I say a “Gimmick Beer”, drinkable I suppose, but I’ve not had a bottle since September 2000, and It will be at least that long before I have another.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
1/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Well, it actually happened... a beer that I found worse than my previous low, Adelscott. I didn't think it was possible, but this one broke all the barriers.

It was a sickly yellow color with no head to speak of, very little carbonation in general. The chili pepper had swollen so it was stuck in the bottle.

The aroma was horrible. It was skunky and acidic, with a definite chili pepper presence in a combination that was not appealing. Still, I had been given it at a friend's house, so I thought I should at least taste it.

That was a mistake. The flavor was ghastly. It was bitter and hot, and not much else. Some of the skunkiness did make it through, though. This was one I had to take two sips of... the second because I could not believe how bad the first one tasted.

This would have been it, right down the drain, but my brother-in-law wanted to try it too. He found it just as bad... but not wanting to waste it, he found that if he cut it 50/50 with Miller Lite, it improved it enough to choke it down.

I can only describe this beer as a cruel joke. Don't play it on a friend... be careful even playing it on someone you don't like.

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Photo of cbl2
1.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1


Crystal golden with little to no head. Chili pepper (whole) present, though strictly decoration- has no heat or flavor like that of the beer.


Very spicy, almost like salsa with some malt beneath.


Beer and hot food are two of my favorite things, and while this is intriguing (and quite hot!!!) its more of a novelty than a go to beer.

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Photo of merlin48
1.03/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I found this on sale for $1 a bottle, in the clearance carts at the Liquor Barn, in Lexington, Ky. That was a couple months ago, and now, in spite of the negative reviews, I am going to sample and review this one from an objective standpoint.

The pepper doesn't leave the bottle upon the first pour. The glass contains a pale, yellow body, with no lace. Second pour reveals a camo-green pepper, that has the appearance of a French cornichon.

Mouthfeel is painful. Hotness seems artificial, but it's there, and it's real.

Taste has some sweet malt background before the heat kicks in. This beer is unique, at least. The chili heat is, simply, unpalatable. If you can handle the hottest of the hot foods, you might be able to drink this.

This one is for anybody that can handle the hottest crap in the world. You have to be a masochist to drink this. It left blisters on my tongue and lips. The pepper has a decent appearance, and I saved it for future reference. This beer is a cruel joke. Buy a six pack for your worst enemies.

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Photo of TheJudge
1.15/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is the worst beer I have ever had, and I have had some bad beer. It has little color, no head, and I guess the chili eats up the carbonation. I got about half way through by shear force of willpower, but could not finish. As a fan of all things hot, weaned on buffalo wings made in upstate NY (not the wimpy things that pass for hot in the NYC area), I thought this had a chance. NO WAY. This is the only beer that I remember not finishing because it tasted too bad to drink. Never again.

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Photo of Tballz420
1/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I'll start off by saying that yes, i was influenced by other BAs opinions of this before i tried it. Many have regarded it as the worst beer in the world, i can now safely say i agree.

My friend brought 5 of these over after her dad made it through one and got a bout of the heartburn. We now have 4 left and will be distributing them to various poor-souls as jokes.

The taste of this beer is like rancid hot sauce. The appearance is so ghastly just the thought of it makes me almost pass out. The drinkability is so fucking poor i tried to give it negative 5 but 1 was as low as it goes. I had 3 sips and almost passed on to the afterlife.

To summerize, given the choice between just smelling this beer again or consuming 2 pints of industrial strenghth elephant poison i would in a heartbeat take the latter. Only buy this as a cruel joke, but dont expect the poor sap to get through more than a couple swigs.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.06/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Question #1: Why isn't this beer in a dark brown bottle; isn't Crazy Ed afraid of skunking?
Answer #1: Because then we wouldn't be able to see the chili pepper floating in the neck of the bottle.
Question #2: So, is the gimmick more important that the integrity of the beer?
Answer #2: What do you think?

The pepper was thin enough to make it through the bottle and is now floating in my pint glass. The stem is under the surface of the beer and seems to have its own source of very vigorous carbonation. I'm having serious second thoughts about drinking this.

Light, bright lemon yellow. The pepper is olive green in case you were wondering. No head and no lace, I think the chili scared them off. The aroma, which has been assaulting my nostrils since I poured the beer, is a mix of sour beer and chili pepper juice. Ok, here goes...

Wow, this is terrible. A few sips told me all I needed to know. It's impossible to describe any sort of flavor; it's a hot, burning, furnace blast of chili pepper juice that immediately attacks my tongue and the lining of my mouth. I drink Scotch and bourbon whiskey (as high as 100-proof) neat, but my mouth can't handle this crap.

This isn't beer, it's a bad, unfunny joke. I wonder how this swill continues to be brewed and sold. Who exactly is buying sixers of this stuff (this was a single) for anything other than a prank on their buds? Anyone who likes beer, even a little, should stay away from this abomination. It should clear out my kitchen sink drain nicely, though.

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Photo of masterbruewer
2.56/5  rDev +48%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a pale yellow, no head, decent carbonation.

Smells like a Corona or other cheap beer. The pepper smell comes on stronger once the beer is poured and starts to warm up.

The taste is interesting. Kind of like nachos. A grainy, corny taste and pepper, lots and lots of pepper.

The mouthfeel is ok, decent carbonation, not too bad, but lots of pepper.

This is decent for what it is. The beer doesn't taste bad, as much as you can taste it, and the pepper taste is what it says on the label. My wife actually likes it a lot. "It hurts but I like it." she said, and she doesn't usually like peppers or any "out-there" kind of food. She recommends drinking it with nachos, just the chips or with all the trimmings. In fact, I couldn't finish this one because it was too hot, but she gladly took it from me. (She usually likes Blackout Stout or Abita's Turbo Dog.)
Drinkability is OK if you know what you're getting.

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Photo of granger10
1.32/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Well, I had to try this beer just to see how bad it really was, and it was REALLY BAD! Spicy nose and spicy taste might have been alright if I were eating a burrito or something like that, but this is supposed to be beer. It isn't spicy upfront but moreso watery. However, the aftertaste is very spicy and burning. Not enjoyable in the least. Surprisingly the pepper had little spice to it at all, maybe it all went in the beer. How does this beer make any money (novelty?)

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Photo of timdetman
1.15/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

bev·er·age (bvr-j, bvrj) n.
Any one of various liquids for drinking, usually excluding water.

While this beer is indeed a liquid, I can't imagine it was intended for drinking. It pours a pale yellow/straw color and looks mighty refreshing. Its hard not to notice the intense hot vapors floating around the room once in the glass. At first sniff one becomes intrigued with its uniquness. That is where the excitment ends...first sip starts ice cold and lifeless which quickly turns into flames and pain across the whole pallet. You swallow and feel the heat from head to toe. You like chili peppers? If yes....Continue drinking until severe heartburn develops, search for purple pill. If probably already have heartburn. Go get a nice oatmeal stout to sooth the pain.
I'm usually a sucker for a hot blonde, and once again, I just got burned.

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Photo of PartyHatjo
1.42/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A beer that should be left for cooking...
I got three of these bottles from our monthly beer club. The appearance isn't incredibly's a straw color with a thick head initially, however the head dies down in no time at all. The smell is purely of peppers, if you opened up a bottle of pickled jalapenos-that's pretty much what it smells like. The taste was I imagine pure capsicum would taste like if you drank it in liquid form...all spiciness no bitterness no maltiness, just liquid pepper. As far as my tolerance for spiciness, I'd say mine is about average for the non-Mexican, non-Indian person...this beer just burned the mouth completely though. Drinkability would be zero if I could give that low...i could barely get more than 3 sips down, and I had to dump the rest. I'm going to leave the last two bottles for making chili or something similar

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Photo of kbub6f
1.27/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Oh. My. God.

I'd seen the numbers, heard the talk, read the reviews. So I waited until I thought I was most receptive to the idea of this beer, then took the plunge. Yet still I was underprepared for the unmitigated foulness of this beer.

I didn't eat the pepper, so it only affects appearance: it's a sloppy, squishy, slug that I'm almost too squeamish to touch long enough to throw out. The beer's head is small, but has huge bubbles and cavities. All gone in two seconds. What's left is a clear, gold beer that's just a little darkish. I've seen uglier. The smell actually isn't bad. Some grainsiness under the pepper makes this smell like a jalapeno bun. Huge chili pepper in the front masks what seems to be a little sweet corn. Hiding in the middle is a little tangy malt. Beneath the overpowering spice it's really quite sweet, but in a sick way. Some nuts on the finish go almost unnoticed in the mouth and throat burn of the swallow. That's one spicy hot liquid. Hard to pick out other flavors.

Overall, what didn't get poured out was easily the most disgusting thing I've drunk. I gagged as it circled the drain.

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Photo of jsolack
1.06/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

If these beer has anything resembling anything that is good it is it's appearance. Head is light and color is golden clear.

Chili pepper and Bud. Smells very spicy and unappealing.

Without question the most disgusting beer I have ever had. Absolutly terrible. SUPER spicy in mouth. Tastes like you are drinking carbonated hot sauce. Nasty stuff. Finish is ultra hot as well.

Feels like someone poured flaming coals in mouth. Terrible.

I couldn't even finish the beer. Unbearable taste... If you are into super spicy food maybe you would like this... but I hated it.

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Photo of drabmuh
1.41/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This is the worst beer I have ever had the misfortune of trying. A friend of mine told me that the beer was bad, but drinking is believing. I went ot the local liquor store and picked up a six pack of bottles. It took four of us nearly 2 weeks to finish the six pack, and even then all were drunk due ot series of dares and challenges.

this beer has a terrible CHILI after taste that gets progressively worse. Someone noted that chili juice may be seeping out of the chili while youre drinking, making the remaining beer in the bottle more spicy. Whatever the reason, this beer gets progressively harder to drink. 12oz = 30 minutes of PURE TORTURE!

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Photo of Morris729
1.5/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Holy Christ on a crutch, this is some bad beer! Pours a pale yellow color with no head to speak of and, of course, a jalapeno that floats around in the glass. The aroma is, well, let’s just say that I thought I had accidentally opened a bottle of salsa rather than a beer. Jalapenos and chili peppers are the only things noticeable in the taste as they completely overpower anything else that might be there. This might be useful as a marinade (I think I’ll try it on some chicken breasts this weekend), but it won’t be making another appearance in my beer glass.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
1.52/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

After all of the bottles I drank that no one else wanted, I haven't actually reviewed this?! Okay. The chile on the bottom should be your first warning; packaging in clear glass so you can see it is the second. After that, you're on your own. I don't know if they actually use chiles when brewing or fermenting; but I suspect they just plonk the pepper in and off it goes. Cause it taste more like the liquid you drain from a jar of peppers. This was one of the beers that pushed me to make my own chile beers, though, and they taste a helluva lot better than this.

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Photo of taez555
1.45/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This beer poured a yellow/gold body with a no head. The most interesting aspect of its appearance of course was the slimy pepper floating around in the glass.

The nose was pure chili pepper. It actually didn’t smell to bad, more like salsa with a few light beer overtones.

The taste was pure chili pepper also. A substantial amount of heat from the pepper taboot. I could taste a little malt, but after the first taste it was all chili pepper burn.

Essentially this beer is a novelty and almost undrinkable by itself. Although I could see this being a wonderful beer to cook with, possibly in chili. Another use would be mixed with tomato juice for a Red Eye or other beer/tomato juice combo. It definitely reminded me of a bloody mary with too much tabasco.
But as a beer by itself, I’ll pass.

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Photo of paganbeast
2.02/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

An interesting beer to try. The beer has an initially cool feeling to it, but then the heat comes to the back of the throat. Very low, if any, carbonation to the beer. Which is probably good, because the carbonation would probably just agitate the heat in your throat more. I like spicy heat, but this beer would most likely only be good used in a marinade.

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Photo of Beastdog75
1.27/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I was dreading having to sample this beer. Being the completist that I am, I feel I have the duty to sample beers from each end of the spectrum: from great to disgusting. Believe me, this beer is truly repulsive. The full title of this beer is "Crazy Ed's Original Cave Creek Chili Beer," and whoever Ed is he must be crazy to actually think that somebody might enjoy this stuff.

The chili pepper floating in the bottle did add some "cool factor" to the beer, worth about 1/2 a point to the appearance. Other than that this beer has that cheap beer color of yellow with some gold hints. No head forms on this one, and some soapy white bubbles are as close of a head as there's gonna be on this one. The aroma is of strong, spicy chilis and not really all that bad (and was rather expected). The mouthfeel, aside from the burning is the same, cheap fizzy mouthfeel that you'll find in a pack of NattyBeastStone. The flavor is completely dominated by the chilis; there is no beer flavor here whatsoever. No malt, hops, or even adjunct grains. The flavor is like vinegar in its approach, and this stuff REALLY burns going down. I enjoy spicy Mexican, BBQ or Chinese as much as any red blooded male, but this is undrinkable. The burning persists through the aftertaste, and the only warmth you'll find in this beer is not from the alcohol but from the chilis.

I split this 12 oz. bottle with my brother. I took 2 sips and down the drain it went. Under normal circumstances, 2 sips isn't even enough to review the shoddiest beer, but I assure you that this beer has nothing else to offer besides the "flavors" I have described. As for my brother, he is a better man than I and finished his entire glass (albeit with much grimacing). This beer was a first for me as it was my first ever drain pour.

I guess you can say I was lucky I was able to buy a single bottle of this, because I pity those stuck purchasing the entire six-pack. Would this be good in recipes? I don't know and I don't care to find out. For the sake of completion and Beer Advocacy, I got this truly wretched beer out of the way. I'll tell some "war stories" to my friends about this one.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
1.18/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a pale transparent yellow with light carbonation, no head at all. Nose is corn, light hops and fruity chile pepper. (This beer is actually packaged with a complete serrano chile in each bottle. Pepper was not removed for this sample.)

First taste is vile. Acrid, sour and so acidic as to be uncomfortable. No trace of beer, or hops, or malts, or sugars as everything is dominated by the fruity, pungent serrano. Like drinking the juice directly from a can of pickled chiles.

Makes one cough with the acid in the back of the throat. Difficult to get a complete flavor profile as the pepper dominates all other aspects. No stranger to spicy foods myself but not in my beers. Drain pour, completely undrinkable.

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Crazy Ed's Cave Creek Chili Beer from Chili Beer Co.
Beer rating: 1.73 out of 5 with 277 ratings
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