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Chipotle Ale

March, 2016
Judges Rating: 
87
Aroma: 
21 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
36 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
16 / 20

Lots of toasty bread crusts, a light smoky character and a bunch of nuttiness presents itself in the aroma. Almost brilliantly clear and a beautiful deep amber with a nice large beige head that is persistent and leaves some lace. More black pepper and spicy notes in the aroma. The taste echoes the aroma with the toasty and bread crust character and the nuttiness – and that all supports a spicy black pepper note that lingers into a slightly smoky chili pepper finish that leaves you wanting another sip (and also wanting some spicy guacamole with lightly salted freshly fried corn chips). Moderate carbonation, a little bit of alcoholic warmth and there is a nice smooth crispness to the flavors that melds well together. The chili pepper comes across assertively, but is still well balanced with the Vienna and Munich-type malt flavors. The smoky phenolics are clean and nicely balanced. A very enjoyable chili beer.

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