7 Spicy Beers That Pack In All Of The Peppery Heat
For those who like it hot, you shouldn’t have to make any sacrifices when it comes to your beer. You can have your IPAs and pale ales, spice and all. The hoppiness in your average beer can make spicy foods even spicier, so imagine the heat from a beer infused with peppers. We’re here to give you the 411. Here are seven of the best spicy beers you need in your life.
1. Habanero Sculpin — Ballast Point Brewing Company
For a well-rounded American IPA that you can always count on, the Habanero Sculpin from California-based Ballast Point Brewing Company is a great choice. It’s strong with an ABV of 7 percent. You’ll find bright fruit notes, a hoppy bite and a floral heat from the habaneros.
2. Mexican Cake — Westbrook Brewing Co.
If you’re into stouts, this Mexican Cake imperial stout from Westbrook Brewing Co. is right up your alley. It’s way up there intensity-wise, with an ABV of 10.5 percent. Mexican Cake is aged with cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon sticks and fresh habanero peppers.
3. Jalapeno Pale Ale — Birdsong Brewing Co.
Jalapeño fans, this one’s for you. The Jalapeño Pale Ale from North Carolina’s Birdsong Brewing Co. has a hefty dose of fresh-picked jalapeño peppers, minus the seeds. You’ll get the flavor of the pepper without as much of the intensity. The Jalapeño Pale Ale has an ABV of 5.5 percent. Pair this pale ale with a quesadilla or tacos.
4. Jalalima — North High Brewing Company
For a light peppery beer, try the Jalalima from North High Brewing Co. The jalapeño lime ale has an ABV of 5.9 percent with malty notes of caramel and honey. Jalalima has a fresh aroma of jalapeños with a little bit of tang from the lime juice. Don’t expect too much heat with this one. If you have anything citrusy in your fridge, see how the two compliment each other.
5. Sweet Heat — Burnside Brewing Co.
If the name is any indicator of its heat level, you know this fruit beer is going to sting. Sweet Heat from Burnside Brewing Co. has an ABV of 4.9 percent. The wheat ale is brewed with 200 pounds of apricot puree and it’s dry-hopped with imported Jamaican scotch bonnet peppers. Get your bread and milk ready.
6. Scorpion Pepper Fruited IPA — Flying Dog
Flying Dog is known for its funky creations and the Scorpion Pepper Fruited IPA is no exception. The American IPA has an ABV of 7.7 percent with a strong peppery taste. Be prepared for the burn. You might want an ice cream cone afterward.
7. Hop Momma IPA — Shmaltz Brewing Company
Get yourself the Hop Momma IPA from Shmaltz Brewing Company if you’re a fan of fruity and spicy. The American IPA is brewed with peach, apricot and habanero peppers. The New York brewery makes Hop Momma IPA with an ABV of 5.8 percent. Any dessert with light citrus fruits would pair with your Hop Momma.
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