Strawberry-Habanero Blonde Ale
Brewed by Rob Reynolds, Member of BrewVic – www.brewvic.ca
I have never had a Pepper Beer before and so I was really curious with this one. After my time at the Caribbean restaurant I learned a healthy respect for the flavors you can work with from Habanero Peppers both in terms of sweetness and spiciness but to brew a beer with it…. Now that’s thinking outside of the box.
When your working with peppers you should expect to have a warming sensation as you start the taste and as it works through your taste range it should finish with a slight bite at the end and linger in the back of your mouth allowing you to take in all of the flavors that are working together with that pepper.
This beer poured a nice orangey amber color and had some pretty high carbonation with big fluffy bubbles of head that dissipated quickly into a thin white frothing that did not go away and it had slight lacing. The aroma is Strawberry, spicy, and some orange notes.
The first sip is even better then I thought! It’s got a fresh burst of strawberry followed up with the habanero to warm the palate and some citrusy notes from the yeast I think? and a sweet earthy finish.
I really enjoy this beer, and I think the spice level is absolutely perfect. The strawberry seems to taste a little aged but I think it worked well with the pepper and the sweetness from the malts.
I would like to try to clone this beer myself one day.