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Jalapeño Pale Ale

April, 2016
Judges Rating: 
17 / 24
6 / 6
29 / 40
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.