Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Evil Twin Spicy Nachos

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1047) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2014
I poured a 22oz bottle into a mug. There was no freshness date. It cost $1.99 ($0.09 per ounce).

Appearance: Bright, clear golden hue with plenty of visible carbonation. Pours to a large, white, soap sudsy head which laces and retains well.

Smell: Fresh jalapeno peppers and some citrusy hops.

Taste: I should disclaim this review by mentioning the bottle I’m reviewing is possibly from an infected batch. My beer store marked it down from $10.99 to $1.99 and advised me to open it over the sink. Thankfully, it was not a bottle rocket, though it did pour to a huge layer of foam. I was able to finesse the pour well enough to not waste much of the beer. That being said, the beer itself doesn’t taste contaminated in any way. It’s just a simple palette of pale ale and fresh jalapeno peppers which create for a very strong, earthy, rustic, and of course spicy flavor. Though, I wouldn’t describe it as a hot brew per se.

I’m a fan of spicy food and I grow my own peppers every summer, so I’m familiar with the way fresh ones taste. I was quite surprised that Evil Twin Spicy Nachos has a taste so similar to freshly-sliced peppers. It’s a distinct taste that’s much different from those from a jar, as well as simple pepper flavoring. You can almost taste the soil. Though I’m not sure if that’s quite a compliment.

The beer is a pale ale at the base and does have noticeable pale maltiness as well as some lemony hop character. The genuine core brew becomes more noticeable as I become accustomed to the peppery spice and warmth, though those two flavor combinations never lighten up. I would say this beer is more spicy than it is hot, but it’s probably only enjoyable by capsaicin connoisseurs. As a beer it’s more interesting than it is truly good, though that’s often true of novelty beers.

Drinkability: I guess it goes without saying that Evil Twin Spicy Nachos is a pretty intense beer. There’s definitely a prickly, warming sensation from the overt jalapeno character, but that’s to be epected. I found myself able to drink it in rather large sips, though there was a warmth that lingered in the throat after each pull. Otherwise, it has the body of a standard pale ale - crisp and dry. The 5.5% ABV weight is almost irrelevant - you’re not going to be drinking this in large quantities. 
Grade: 6/10