Monday, January 27th 2014
Hot Date Ale
(Piney River Brewing Company)
Piney River Brewing Company's Hot Date is a winter seasonal release. A unique amber ale that the brewery has spiced up with chipotle peppers and added a touch of balancing sweetness with some dates. How can you not love the name and the can label design? I'm always excited to try a new beer, especially one that has some rather interesting ingredients. Cheers!
From the Piney River Brewing site:
“Hot Date is our handcrafted amber ale brewed with a touch of sweet dates and a hint of chipotle pepper heat. We know that a little sweet heat can pair well with a secluded bend in the river or a remote spot on the trail. It may be your first time with a Hot Date in the Ozarks, but it won't be your last.”
Here we go...
Pour - bright amber in appearance, with some reddish auburn highlights and about three quarters of an inch of off-white head sitting nicely on top.
Aroma - sweet apple, hints of smoke, and a tinge of pepper in the nostrils. Love the smell of this beer, its like candied apples around a campfire.
Taste - that first sip brings plenty of sweet malty flavors with some juicy fruits and small amounts of smoke...but then the perfect amount of heat hits the palate and it all comes together as one fantastic beer. The dates provide a sweet balance to the heat of the peppers and each sip finishes as a combination of both.
Overall - honestly, this is just about the perfect amount of heat for a beer like this. Its not overpowering and the peppers add a bit of smokiness and another dimension to an already well-built amber ale. The sweetness of the dates balances things nicely and was a well thought out addition by the brewer. Definitely enjoyed this beer and wish it was more widely available!
Note - chipotles are smoked and dried jalapeno peppers. There are a variety of these available with most coming from the northern Mexican state of Chihuaha. One of the first brewery's to use chipotle peppers in a beer was Rogue - they released their Chipotle Ale back in 1991.
Posted by Russ
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