Chile Beer Tasting: Good Idea/Bad Idea?

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  1. birchholz

    birchholz Aspirant (228) Jul 21, 2010 Illinois

    I'm hosting our tasting group in a couple weeks and I'm trying to come up with a theme. We've hit most of the major styles over the years, and I'm thinking about doing chile beers as something a little different.

    I have access to a decent range of options. No Hunaphu's or Cognac de Muerte DL, but I can do Abraxas, several moles (Ska, New Holland, New Belgium), Stone Smoked Chipotle, Rogue Chipotle Ale, VE 11.11.11, 5 Vulture, Chocolate Sombrero, and a few others.

    My question is if this is actually a good idea. I'm afraid that after a couple of these our palates would be too fatigued and the chiles would eventually overwhelm all the other flavors. Has anyone ever done a tasting like this? Any suggestions?

  2. reverseapachemaster

    reverseapachemaster Aspirant (244) Sep 21, 2012 Texas
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    It really depends on how much chile flavor and heat is in each beer and how much the people like chile. Personally I can drink a lot of chile beer before I get tired of it because I love the stuff as long as it isn't too spicy but some people really aren't that big on it and don't care much for the style. I'd bug your potential guests for their input.
  3. loafinaround

    loafinaround Aspirant (296) Jul 16, 2011 New York

    I would imagine too much chipotle (smoke) causing fatigue faster than just chiles.
  4. stealth

    stealth Zealot (507) Dec 16, 2011 Minnesota
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    I love hotness and spice, but have yet to have a brew that offered any significant amount of heat, especially to the point where I would be fatigued from drinking a lot of it. If someone doesn't like hot peppers, though, that shit will get old fast.

    Tangent: I'd love to have a hot pepper beer that fatigued my palate like an extreme sour can. Anything out there?
  5. ramnuts

    ramnuts Initiate (0) Feb 16, 2009 Oregon

  6. jimmyr78

    jimmyr78 Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2013 Missouri
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    Skip VE 11.11.11 - no bueno. That said, it has a decent spice to it, but like most of the Stone verticals, not a good beer. IMHO

    Some nice beers in that lineup, though.
  7. GeezLynn

    GeezLynn Champion (856) May 10, 2009 Colorado

    Next time you make it up to Duluth, hit up Fitger's. I'd bet that you're not going want more than a couple of Wildfires.
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  8. El_Zilcho

    El_Zilcho Initiate (70) May 3, 2012 Virginia

    I had Twisted Pine's Ghost Face Killah recently, brewed with ghost peppers among other peppers. Its pretty freakin hot, but at the same time not bad. It was surprisingly good, I went back the next day to get another one.
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  9. stealth

    stealth Zealot (507) Dec 16, 2011 Minnesota
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    Thanks guys! I will try to get my hands on both :slight_smile:
  10. aasher

    aasher Poo-Bah (2,645) Jan 27, 2010 Indiana
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    Tyranena Benji's Chipotle Smoked Imperial Porter was just released again. GREAT beer!
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  11. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,417) Mar 18, 2010 California

    This sounds like a tasting I would love to attend. You should probably be fine if you keep the spiciest beers towards the end. I suggest ending the tasting with Ghost Face Killah if you can get a bottle.
  12. TheBishopco

    TheBishopco Devotee (456) Feb 4, 2011 Tennessee
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    Weston Brewing makes a Hot Pepper Ale brewed with serranos and jalapenos. It's listed as retired, but I still see lots of it around here. There's also the infamous Cave Creek Chile Beer. Another one too look for would be Sierra Blanca's Rio Grande Pancho Verde Chile Cerveza. It's over the top green chiles, and I really liked it.
  13. birchholz

    birchholz Aspirant (228) Jul 21, 2010 Illinois

    Thank you everyone for your replies. I'm in the Chicago area and don't do much trading, so I have to go with what I have in my cellar and what I can get off the shelf.

    I think I'm going to focus on the beers that emphasize the chocolate/chile combo, especially since I've got the Abraxas. I'll probably experiment with some moles and dessert pairings to go with them.
  14. dumptruck81

    dumptruck81 Initiate (174) Dec 28, 2011 Texas
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    If it were me I'd want to have a palate cleansing beer(I'm thinking ipa or sour) here and there to get some contrast. As others mentioned definitely go for the spicier ones toward the end(ve 11.11.11). Then again you may want to finish with the best(abraxas).

    Sounds like a tasting I'd really enjoy. Most of the ones you mentioned aren't really too spicy IMO.
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