Beer Profile: Ale with Anaheim and Marash Chiles


A Lips of Faith and Cigar City collaboration

Beer-Profile1-258x300Sweet chile nose: skin of chile-like that helps pale malt waft up to the nose. Very pleasing. Like being in a field of slightly sugar coated chiles, but not earthy. Slight chill haze, pillow head… massive. Yellow, srm about 2. Almost chocolatey on the palate.

The chilies are up front but very much supported by firm low side of medium pale malt background. The balance between the two is almost perfect.

Mouthfeel is full, yet moderate on the top of the palate Just a hint of pepper, probably driven by the chilies. Not sure this could be better. You NEED to try this. I give it a 4, only because it’s not quite as pleasing at warmer temps, but oh so desirable, and oh so close to a 5.

As it warms the chilies assert themselves even more: a great experience. This is a sipping beer as it warms, however, it gets more peppery… though the sweetness is still in the background. Not a quick quaff.

This is like a nice IPA only with chilies.


Welcome to the PGA beer rating system: one beer “Don’t bother.” Two: Eh, if someone gives it to you, drink. Three: very good, go ahead and seek it out, but be aware there is at least one problem. Four: seek it out. Five: pretty much “perfecto.”

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