Evil Twin Fire Water Ale

Evil twin has been all over the map for me. They are clearly trying, and that is a step in the right direction. The trick to a pepper-infused beer is to get the balance just right. It's not an easy thing to do, but I hope that they did it right, given that they are bottling it and selling it to people.

The hazy yellow-amber beer has more foam than you can shake a stick at (and I can shake a stick quite a bit). I had to pour, wait, pour, wait, and pour one more time to get a full glass, and that was pouring down the side of the glass. The aroma is strikingly jalapeno peppers. I think I can smell a hop in there, but I'm a hop nut, so I might be projecting my love of hops onto the smell.

First sip is a very mild jalapeno. The problem is, it's mild, but it's still overwhelming the other tastes, so I may as well be drinking fizzy jalapeno water from Whole Foods (which I assume is a thing). It's possible that this isn't a sipping beer, and I can get more out of it through a proper swig, but so far, it is underwhelming as a beer.

Tip-in is carbonation burn and the green, meaty taste of the pepper. The taste lacks the heat of the jalapeno, but it has that taste that you might find a similarity in chomping down and a green bell pepper. The middle gives at least a hint that this is beer, with a bit of hops showing through as the peppers continue to overwhelm everything else. When the middle subsides, I think I might even get a bit of grains from the malt hidden under the peppers. Here's the thing, though: the peppers are never particularly hot, but their flavor still overwhelms the rest of the beer.

Bottom Line: It's not the worst beverage I've ever had, but I struggle to actually call it beer.

0.75/5

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