Jalapeño Pale Ale

North Carolina
United States
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Judges Ratings 
1 Review
76
Aroma:
17 / 24
Flavor:
29 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20
Description 

Our Jalapeño Pale Ale is in a class of its own. We start by brewing our Free Will Pale Ale, and then add in a hefty dose of fresh-picked jalapeño peppers with the seeds removed, so you can enjoy a subtle flavor and the aroma of the green peppers without the heat.

Profile

ABV: 
5.5%
IBUs: 
45
Served at: 
40 - 45° F
Hops: 
Columbus, Galena, Fuggle, Willamette
Malts: 
Two-Row Pale, Caramel 20, Victory, Red Wheat
Judges Review 
Rick Franckhauser's picture
Judges Rating:
76
Aroma:
17 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
29 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

Amazingly fresh green jalapeño and deep poblano pepper aromatics lead the way. It doesn’t burn your nose, but you know it’s going to be spicy before your first sip. A fleeting scent of toasty malt is detected but no hops were found in this Pale Ale. The flavor followed the aroma – it’s all about the jalapeño. It is spicy and warm but not distracting. A trace of floral hop flavor peeks through mid-palate but is gone as quickly as it arrived. Sweet, bready malt also makes a short cameo appearance in the finish but is also taken over by the peppers. The balance leans toward the bitter side and finishes clean and dry. Medium-light body and moderate carbonation combine with the capsaicin and leave a prickly, warming sensation but not harsh. While the jalapeño is fresh and not overly hot, it definitely dominates all aspects of the beer. I would prefer a pale ale with jalapeño accents, rather than a straight up jalapeño ale, but this would go great with carnitas tamales.