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
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