We’re in Columbia, Missouri today for homecoming at my alma mater, the University of Missouri. You might remember we were here a year ago for Homecoming as well, when I reviewed their Cherry Brown Ale and Hudson’s E.S.B. This beer has been a long-time favorite of my friend @jkaiseresq, so I thought I’d give it a try.
Location: Enjoyed an imperial pint at Flat Branch Pub & Brewing in Columbia, MO.
Ingredients: A mild base beer is spiced up with Anaheim and Serrano peppers.
Appearance & Aroma: It was slightly hazy and golden in color with frothy white head. There was a decent sized pepper aroma, which reminded me of a bit of nachos covered in jalapenos with a little bit of sweetness.
Taste & Feel: The beer was light with a crisp mouthfeel. There was a sweet maltiness up front that seemed to have a touch of honey flavor in it. The chili pepper flavor comes in middle with a hint of sweetness in it. The pepper flavor continues through the finish with a hint of chili pepper heat in the aftertaste.
Food Pairing: There wasn’t a lot of chili pepper flavor that it would overwhelm a food, but I would pair this with something that matches the chili pepper flavor and doesn’t compete with it. I think this would go perfectly with a plate of nachos or a cheese burger with pepper jack cheese.
Overall Impression: It’s always a bit intimidating trying a chili beer, as you never know how strong the heat is going to be. I found this beer to utilize chili peppers perfectly, adding a very nice aroma, a good, but not big flavor, and just the right amount of heat in the finish. Despite the chili pepper flavor and heat, it was also extremely drinkable, and would be great on a hot summer day at the ballpark.