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Original C Cave Creek Chili Beer - Cerveza Con ChiliOriginal C Cave Creek Chili Beer - Cerveza Con Chili

Brewed by:
Chili Beer Co.
Arizona, United States

Style: Chile Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The beer is now owned by Cerveza Mexicali - listed at https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/11174/221542/

Added by oelergud on 09-23-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of BigDank
3.25/5  rDev +55.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

To be honest I truly enjoyed this beer but on any regular scale that is exactly what it is, regular. An average brew though different in that the chili brewed lager is fairly spicy, and I mean hot spicy not spice spicy. It is very similar to most average mexican brews with a bit of a kick. Like beers of this sort usually are, it was drank straight from the bottle and was surprisingly different from anything I've ever tried. I'm a huge fan of spicy food so this was something that had to be experienced. Not quite as spicy on the front of the tongue as it is on the back and in the throat. Not sure if this beer could be drank all night as I have never tried and only had a six pack that was drank one at a time on different occasions. Not for the weak hearted or weak stomached. Smell is nothing to speak of but the flavor tells a slightly different tale. I actually tried eating the chili after drinking the brew but the beer must have taken all the flavor out of the chili and it had really no taste, almost a waxy fake-like flavor. Try it if you're not too timid but don't expect anything truly amazing.

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Photo of n00tz
1.87/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Golden clear body, oily top, zero head, highlly carbonated.

S - "Like pepperoni dipped in bud light" from the Fianceé. I happen to agree. Light rice and pepper sauce.

T - Like drinking hot sauce. Not my style, but it would be fantastic to cook with. Initial taste is salty rice water. Then it's all pepper.

M - Oily, coats the mouth and throat. Burns all the way down.

D - I don't know anyone that would enjoy this.

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Photo of Rudgers73
2.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Well, I got this for my birthday and I am actually glad. I have wanted to try it and do a review, but I was not going to pay for it myself after a brief look at other reviews...

Poured into a Stella glass from the bottle. I left the chili in the bottle. It pours crystal clear with moderate carbonation. No head. Looks like your standard BMC. The smell is definitely interesting. There is a light american marco lager aroma with light malt, corny adjunct, and light grassy hops. Laying right on top of it all is a moderate peppery oil aroma. Someone dropped a stuffed pepper in my bud light! Now for a taste...

hmm... more like someone dropped a beer in my stuffed pepper. You know when your eating salsa and drinking beer? That is exactly what it tastes like. I bet it would be almost undetected in the taste if you were at a mexican restaurant. The pepper taste isn't terrible, but I think it's more of the fact that it is sitting atop a very low quality beer. I enjoyed Rouge's chili beer because they crafted the beer around it. They used hops that made a transition from spicy to earthy. The used dried, roasted chilis to create a more complex flavor. This beer is a gimmick. It isn't supposed to be complex, smooth, and interesting. It is more like a gag gift you give to someone that respects beer.

This is breaking the law...

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Photo of cdkrenz
1.12/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A - The look is unique in that there's a chili pepper hangin' out at the bottom of the bottle. Once poured the head is bright with and fast paced. It stood at about an inch and a half while at its peak but fades quickly to a topless surface revealing a golden yellow body.

S - It's a cross between a Mexican restaurant and a wayside bathroom in northern Illinois.

T - It's spicy.

M - It makes the back of my throat hurt.

~ I'm sorry but I can't do this.

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Photo of Jae27
2.15/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bought this in a Pick 6 from some hack job convenient store in Bowling Green. The store specialized in petachips and humus just as a note.

A - Poured into a flute glass with a whirling motion. It was very light colored yellow and had absolutely no head whatsoever. In the place of head were carbonation nuclei that persisted throughout the entire session. I left the chili in the bottle.

S - Just like chili peppers. No other smell really.

T - The most distinguishable flavor is obviously the chili. There is certainly a burn in the back of the throat. I drank this beer with chili soup. It was actually a great idea. Alone this beer is less than desirable. With chili soup the chili taste is masked and you can taste the body of the beer. It is definitely nothing special. Actually tastes like red stripe of all things.

M - Crisp. Very thin and watery. Even though it is so thin, it makes you thirsty due to the pepper. Not good really.

D - If you drink it with spicy food then its good. If not its not even drinkable. Stay away from this beer.

This is strictly an experimental beer. Do not buy more than one at a time unless you are going to use it to hand out to your friends (or more appropriately enemies).

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Photo of laituegonflable
1.54/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pours like flat urine except for a light, slow bead. No head whatsoever although some weird soft drink fizz when first poured. No lace either. Just about the worst-looking beer I've ever seen.

Very astringent and pungent nose, very spicy in a bitter, gravelly way. Kind of organic, like rotten vegetable matter. Not much else, just that - yes, chilli - aroma. Marks for pungency, marks off for simplicity and general unpleasantness.

Taste has actually a really nice chilli fire, no doubt due to the oily presence of the pepper itself. Slight astringent vegetable sensation on the front and then a vinegar kind of character on the mid. Tastes of spice on the back, peppery and fiery, but it's mostly present just from the burning feel as it goes down, which is really the only good thing about this weak, flat urine. Although I like the burn, I don't know where to rate it up actually, because the taste is weak and uninteresting, mouthfeel apart from the burn is thin and watery, and because of the intensity it's not actually drinkable. I mean, really, if you want this sensation you can eat a whole chilli, or pour boiling water down your throat but I wouldn't call either of those experiences "drinkable".

Congratulations on putting a chilli in a bottle, Cave Creek. Feel free to brew a beer next time.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
1.41/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Pours a golden color, similar to Corona, but a little darker. Produces a very quickly dissapating white head.

The smell is similar to that of a store bought jar of sandwich peppers. It almost has a vinegary characteristic to it. This beer smells spicy, which I guess it should.

Burns immediately on hitting the pallet, and burns on the way down too. It is very hard to taste anything beyond the heat, which almost seems unnatural, as I like really spicy food, and can typically taste beyond the heat.

Mouthfeel is somewhat oily, and the heat remains on the pallet.

Overall I'm really not impressed. For me, this was a drain pour. By far my favorite aspect of this beer was biting into the chili pepper at the bottom of the bottle and watching beer fizz out of the tip...amusing, but not a good beer.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.15/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Pours a piss poor clear urine colour, the type of urine you see when you're really ill, with absolutely no head. No fizziness. Looks like tepid dessert wine. No thanks. Possibly the most unappealing looking beer I've ever seen.

Lots of capsicum and chilli characters on the nose. Extremely spicy and fragrant - certainly not what you expect, but it's certainly not unpleasant. It has a very pleasant herbaceous vegetative bent to it. And that's what you want from the style.

Sweet entry, with a riproaring hot sauce burning on the back. Extreme chilli, tingling even several seconds after the sip. All the flavours are brutalised by the hot character. Unique as it is, it ruins any semblance of flavour this beer may have had.

Mouthfeel is absolutely unique, no denying it. What other beer scalds the skin off the inside of your mouth and nasal passages? Unfortunately, that's not really a good thing.

What a dichotomous beer. I'm not sure I've ever given such wildly varying scores for the different elements. It makes me think that the pleasant elements are really just random fluctuations, and the beer is not terribly good overall. Interesting? Sure. Unique? Undeniably. Drinkable? Not a chance.

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Photo of Portertime
3.82/5  rDev +82.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at an ultra modern Publix with a huge organic selection. I seem the average grade of a D but I love this beer. Call me weird. Poured the average Corona pale gold with no head. Big deal. Smell was mild chili with a hint of hops. Taste was nice and spicey (just the way I like it) but not overbearing and mostly chili with the Mexican beer taste in the background. I like this better than Rogue's Chipotle Ale. Sorry guys, I'm going to have to disagree with you on this one.

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Photo of Firam
1.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Picked up in a pick 6 from the grocery store. Figured it might be an interesting change. It has a chili in the bottle, how could I resist the gimmick?

Placed it in the freezer for 45 minutes (from room temperature). Drank it straight from the bottle, not willing to dirty a glass for my low expectations. First drink was decent, a nice jalapeno taste. I would not compare it to the juice from the jalapeno jar but instead more like jalapeno extract. It was not overly hot, in fact it was just about right. The heat hits the back of your throat and stick there for a long time, but never becomes overwhelming. There was hardly any taste of beer, only a slight lager taste at the end, before it is overwhelmed by chili.

Every sip there after got worse as the taste got old. I started to wonder when the bottle would be done. As expected two hours later I have the same slightly upset stomach I would feel if I ate a bunch of spicy food.

This is not to say that it is a totally nonredeemable beer, I would just appreciate a few sips, then let it be and pass the bottle.

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Photo of kshankar
1.5/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Saw this...I had to try it. Luckily it was less than 2 bucks.

Appearance: Golden yellow, no head whatsoever. Looks like a macro with a pepper in it.

Aroma: Beer and pepper juice

Taste: Mostly macro beery upfront, the pepper taste doesn't really kick in until a burn in your throat. Its really not that spicy, but I don't like this type of flavor in a beer. I think Rogue has a beer of this style that does a much better job.

Mouthfeel: Light

Drinkability: Ha! I struggled to finish this one. But even if you were to make the statement that only people who like spicy foods would take this, it didn't take me. And I grew up on Indian food.

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Photo of alleykatking
1.08/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I'm a glutton for punishment I guess. My A-B rep came in today and we decided to give this a try...fuck I'm an idiot for saying ok.

A- Poured into a glass. Pours a light golden color. Nothing special just like a BMC. Very little head at first that then comes to life midway through the pour leaving me with a good 1/4 inch off white head. When it dies down left no lacing. I was lucky enough to have the pepper land in my glass....it must not of liked being in the bottle much for as I cracked the bottle open in the first place it shot to the top. Not a good looking beer in my opinion. This can only get worse.

(on a side note my assistant manager who likes anything hot took the chili out of my cup and took a bite out of it. His eyes lit up and about 2 minutes later raced to the bathroom because the pepper didn't sit right with him...I should have known then this was going to be unpleasant).

S- This is rancid smelling at best. The smell of peppers is almost too much. This beer smells like a warm Bud on a hot day with someones idea of a joke by putting pepper juice in it. I tried to find some good in it but it's gone bad a long time ago and wasn't coming back. I would rather stick my nose in a run over skunk's asshole during the middle of summer than smell this horrible horrible beer again.

T- After smelling the beer I once again didn't really want to drink it. Upon first sip I didn't even taste anything. This is good right?? No because I just got a burning feeling going down my throat. I think this is what it would be like if Satan decided to walk upon us and pick you out as a human urinal. No real distinct taste but it burns when it hits the back of your mouth. It tasted like a BMC gone wrong. This hellfire should be given back to Hell pronto!

M- I didn't really want to even put this back into my mouth after the first taste but for the sake of a review I did. Oh the horror. Yes it does have a light and crisp feel to it as long as you could forget about the overwhelming pepper taste that came along with it. It coated everything in a watery pepper juice taste. Hot. Like someone started a wildfire in your mouth. And I then remembered "Only you can prevent forest fires!" How I wish I would have heeded to those warnings.

D- Why anyone would rate this high is beyond me. I understand everyone has a different palate but for crying out loud who would want some hot Satan piss in their mouth? Oh yea the same people who like the golden showers. Word of advice for those people who are trying to be pushed into giving their partner a golden shower...tell them to close their eyes and pour this on them. It will get them to never ask you to do it again.

P.S. You should give this beer a try someday. Just so you know what I am talking about.

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Photo of BigJim5021
1.33/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Got to taste this while buying a few singles tonight. Woof.

Pours a pale yellow. The guy pouring it didn't put a head on it. Just looks like your usual macro lager.

It smells like a can of green chiles. This is not a pleasant aroma when it comes to beer.

The flavor is fucking godawful. It tastes like a jalapeno breadstick. If I had an actual jalapeno-spiked breadstick to eat, I would be happy. But when I'm drinking said breadstick, you can just get right the hell out of here, pal.

Mouthfeel is typical adjunct lager, but with plenty of burn. I was surprised at how spicy it turned out to be. I wasn't begging for mercy or anything, but it was definitely hotter than expected.

Drinkability is null. This shit is heartburn city. I'll never drink it again.

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Photo of riversider76
3.65/5  rDev +74.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow with a thin head. No retention or laceing. Aroma is of hot peppers and salsa. Body is thin with some carbonation. Taste is pretty one dimentional,chili, chili and more chili.Little bit of a light lager comes through as well. Never had this style before, but it was intresting.I like hot and spicey,but would caution against this if you don't.

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Photo of msubulldog25
2.64/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Found bottles of this on a recent trip to Phoenix/Tempe; I'm attracted to the oddball beer, so I couldn't leave without snagging one. Clear bottle (best before: 011510 - remarkable 9+ month shelf life!) poured to a pint glass.

'Premium Lager Beer with a Chili Pepper added'. Brewed & bottled in Tecate, Mexico, by 'Black Mountain Brewing Company'.

A: Golden yellow pour, perfectly clear. A fizzle of white head that's gone in seconds, leaving a sleepy-looking liquid with a random scattering of lonely carbonation bubbles. No lace.

S: Smells like a chili pepper in a mildly sweet adjunct lager. Yep, that sums it up.

T: Pepper heat doesn't hit immediately, taking a few sneaking seconds to build then bursts wide open. It's an average corn-like, honey sweet benign macro with one dimension alone: chili pepper.

M: Underwhelmingly slick and thin. If it weren't for the pepper warming, this would be as boring a feel as it gets.

D: Really had no trouble finishing a bottle. Glad I could compare this within a week to the (much) superior Calapooia Chili Beer. Cute gimmick with the pepper in the bottle (which bobs to the top once the cap is popped); I even decided to consume the pepper once I finished the bottle - not bad. Not as intensely hot, nor as diabolical as other reviews made it out to be: a nice warm plate of nachos or a dash of tabasco in a beer bottle. And I'm fine with that.

Worth a try, just for fun...

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Photo of BierFan
2.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Poured from a 12 ounce clear glass bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Small fizzy white head vanished as quickly as it appeared. The pale green chili floating in the glass really ruins the appearance. Unsurprisingly the smell is a combination of a pale lager and peppers. Not only does it taste like chili peppers but it's also a little spicy which for some reason I was not expecting.

I enjoyed the novelty of this beer but overall it was just a little too wierd and gross for me and the last bit of beer was poured down the drain.

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Photo of alkemy
2.47/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The pour was typical in appearance to Mexican lagers...pale yellow and headless. I really liked the heat from the chili pepper. However, that is the only high point of this beer for me. I like the idea of this, but wish the foundation was better than some cheap mexican lager. I would even like this better using something like Budweiser that, while not having a lot of taste, is at least very drinkable. Having said that, I found the perfect combo for this beer. Pour a couple inches of Clamato into your glass followed by a bottle of this stuff and yum-o as Rachel Ray would say!

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Photo of madvoice
2.7/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a rather uriny yellow in colour with no head and no lacing.

Smelled vaguely of beer but mostly of chili.

Tasted rather mild at first then there was a small amount of tickle from the chili. I can't really describe the flavour but it was basically liquid chili. I don't mind hot things so it came as no surprise that it had a bit of a mild kick.

Mouthfeel was very watery and it was low on the carbonation.

At least I can say I tried it. Not something I'd actively seek out to drink though.

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Photo of buschbeer
2.73/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I have been wanting to try a pepper beer, although I have been a bit apprehensive about it. I like beer and I like spicy food, but I'm not sure if they belong in the same container. I did not notice the chili pepper in the bottle when I purchased it. I poured into a pint glass to a typical Mexican beer head, nonexistant. It is a clear, pale yellow like a lager. I smells like peppers. It tastes like lager with some heat. I am kind of surprised at the spiciness. This is the reason I don't drink Corona. If you have to add a fruit or vegetable to a beer it really isn't drinkable. Overall it is not as bad as I thought, but still not good. I wasn't sure how to rate since this is my first experience so I may have went a little too easy on it.

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Photo of DmanGTR
1.68/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A - served and consumed from the bottle, as it seemed most appropriate as such. Had a chili pepper in it. Urea yellow, crystal clear in a clear bottle. The chili is so cool!

S - wow this smells like bud with Tabasco sauce. Or the juice of canned jalapeno peppers... interesting....

T - tastes like colt 45 with jalapeno juice. Pretty spicy and tickles the throat. A bit hot. Spicy!! Again, it is very interesting...

M - light bodied, pretty carbonated and hot.

D - I would not get this again

Overall - Thanks to my buddy pH for getting me this. Definitely a shock factor, I have never seen a chili pepper in a beer before. However catchy, it certainly does not have the taste of a proper beer. All I get from this is perhaps a malt liquor flavor without the alcohol and Tabasco sauce. So basically, a macro adjunct lager with hot sauce. It's quite the gag gift but for enjoyment, I think you need a certain palate that most people do not have. Definitely interesting, but not my cup of tea (or pint of beer).

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Photo of BeerImmediately
1.76/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Had this in the beer fridge for a while, avoiding it out of pure fear. In the spirit of New Beer Sunday, decided to confront my fear this afternoon.

Poured a clear yellow color, with a head that bolted like lightning. Zero lacing, plenty of visible carbonation though.

Smell - well, let's see, um, how do I describe this? Hot Pepper. Yep, that's it. Given that I'm reviewing this against the STYLE, I have to give this a 3 for smelling like "Chile Beer".

Taste - like an average american adjunct lager that has been eaten, digested, and regurgitated by that pepper sitting in the bottom of the bottle.

Thin mouthfeel which was biting and hot on the back of the throat ... wish I had a couple chips to cool this off.

Not the least bit drinkable - maybe in the right setting like a tasting with a lot of mexican food. Have no idea how people buy a case of this, but saw about 10 piled up at Shangy's the other day, and this shocked me almost as much as the beer itself.

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Photo of hustlesworth
1.52/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A- the head (if that's what you wanna call it) literally fizzled away in less than a second, faster than i could even pour. interesting seeing a chili pepper in the bottle. clear golden, lots of rising bubbles but no foam what so ever.

S- smells of cheap beer and hot pepper at first, then the beer aroma is almost completely masked by smoked green chili.

T- ok, i like hot foods, but this is ridiculous. it's hot as shit, not mind numbingly hot like scotch bonnets, but plenty uncomfortable. serrano chili is a hot pepper, and only a sliver would have been necessary to add a good deal of flavor to this beer. somewhat salty with a faint beer flavor, this is more like drinking the liquid from a jar of preserved chilis.

MF- fizzy, numbing, and hot.

D- this beer goes overboard in almost every way. you would have to love chilis with every ounce of passion in your body to drink this stuff. might actually be decent if there wasn't a whole damn pepper in the bottle.

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Photo of dakid618
1.23/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Drank straight from the bottle because I have a feeling it's not worth dirtying a glass. Looks like a cheap adjunct lager but this one happens to have a pepper in it. Smells like really cheap bad beer with a hint of pepper. Tastes like watered down hot sauce with carbonation. Mouthfeel is light and very hot. Not very drinkable at all. This is definitely a drain pour. I didn't have high hopes for this beer and it's about what I expected. This beer would be great for a prank.

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Photo of KarlHungus
1/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer pours more like a soda than a beer. The head is really fizz, and goes away the second I am done pouring it. The color of the beer is golden, but it really doesn't look like beer. The aroma is tobasco sauce, very unbeery. The taste is awful in the strongest sense of the word. It is like drinking a bottle of tobasco sauce. The mouthfeel is like that of a soda, fizzy and light. Overall, I tried this beeer, because I wanted to know if it was as bad as my fellow BAs have said. They were right. This is one of the worst beers I've ever had. In fact, this is the worst thing I have ever drank....ever.

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Photo of Pencible
1.6/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This poured a clear light gold color with no head. It smelled predominantly like chili peppers with some cultured yeast and a bit of caramel malt. It tasted very spicy with jalapeno and green chili flavors, along with a bit of sweet yeast. It was a bit thin and sticky with a fair amount of carbonation, and an overly hot aftertaste. Overall this beer was great! Just kidding; it was terrible. It was definitely unique and true to its name, but was really difficult to drink. It was over the top spicy, and the other ingredients were cheap and unbalanced. I didn't care for the mouthfeel either, and ultimately barely finished the bottle. I agree that this might make a funny gag gift, but it's barely even worth trying for the novelty, and it's certainly a beer I won't ever drink again.

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Original C Cave Creek Chili Beer - Cerveza Con Chili from Chili Beer Co.
2.09 out of 5 based on 448 ratings.
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