So this past weekend I was over at my brother’s house, sick hanging out in the garage – just visiting, medicine when my sister-in-law opened the mini fridge on his work bench and I couldn’t help but see this beer sitting on the shelf. I was shocked! LOL
Firstly, malady you have to understand my brother does not share my affinity for all things craft brew. He knows what he likes and that is what he buys…the end. Turns out it was his friend’s beer, who also happened to be over there at the same time.
Secondly, jalapeño beer? I had never seen or heard of this, and to find it in my brother’s fridge of all places! So naturally…I had to try it! A huge bonus that is was brewed right here locally in Katy, Texas by No Label Brewery!
This ale is brewed with 60 lbs of jalapenos! Half raw, half roasted, WITH SEEDS! I don’t know if you have ever eaten a jalapeño seed…but . You could smell it as soon as it was poured, and I won’t lie…I was afraid LOL.
It was a darker, amber color and slightly carbonated which helped give off a crisp flavor. The bitterness from the hops was definitely present alongside the jalapeno kick. It even left the spicy aftertaste like you have just eaten a jalapeno.
It was definitely heavy – bear in mind I had just eaten a large lunch, but I found it to be pretty filling on top of an already full stomach. I think it would go great with with chips and queso! Something to lighten it up or provide a breather from the spice.
The first few sips almost had me second guessing myself on opening it up, the bitterness of the ale and the spiciness of the peppers; but I found that by the fourth or fifth sip it was getting smoother and tastier.
There is no other beer I can compare it to, that is for sure! It was pretty unique, but an experience I’m glad I had.
If you do not like peppers, do not buy this beer!
However, if your adventurous and want to try a whole new flavor experience, go find it! It’s seasonal, so you may have to wait until next Spring.
I liked their beer bottle shaped barcode…it’s the little things that keep it interesting.
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