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Worlds Spiciest Beer - Twisted Pine Re-releases Ghost Face Killah
Ghost Face Killah brewed
by Twisted Pine Brewing Company - Boulder, CO
Pine Brewing Company had a simple objective in mind when developing
Ghost Face Killah: to make the spiciest beer in the world. Owner Bob
Baile explains how the idea for the beer was born in response to
constant requests from fans of the brewery's standard chili beer,
Billy's Chilies, for something ‘hotter'. "Customers kept asking for
more heat and we were determined to oblige them." The reaction has
At its base, Ghost Face Killah is an American-style wheat ale, but
it is undeniably different than any other wheat beer out there. Once
fermentation is complete, six different strains of chili peppers are
introduced: Anaheim, Fresno, jalapeño, serrano, habanero and bhut
jolokia, the ‘ghost' pepper. The result is liquid fire that makes
endorphins rush and foreheads sweat. The intense heat presents
itself immediately and persists for more than a minute after the
sip. Due to the extreme nature of the beer, Ghost Face Killah is
sold individually in twelve ounce bottles, as Twisted Pine feels
that amount is the perfect dose.
Since bottling the beer for the first time in May 2011, demand for
the capsaicin-loaded beverage has continued to surge. That batch was
only available in Colorado, much to the dismay of Twisted Pine's
out-of-state distributors. "We never really planned to mass-produce
Ghost Face Killah," General Manager Jody Valenta points out, "but
once we made it, everyone wanted some and the orders just came
pouring in." This time, the brewers made enough for everybody and
Ghost Face Killah is slated to appear in early January across
Colorado, as well as in Texas, New Mexico, Florida, Nebraska,
Missouri and Louisiana.
In addition to drinking it, cooks at Twisted Pine's Ale House have
been finding creative ways to incorporate the piquant ale into the
dishes they serve. On the premises at the brewery, Ghost Face
Killah's distinctive flavor can be found in salsas, soups, and
chili. Other restaurants in the Boulder area have taken note and
there is now a growing interest in the culinary community for the
fiery beer. Valenta, whose unofficial title at the brewery is Agent
of Chaos, encourages chili lovers to "try and drink the beer first,
and if it's too overpowering for you, use it in the kitchen."
Beer Review by Beer Advocate Appearance: Straw gold bodied beer with a white fizzy head that
is gone almost by the time the beer is finished pouring.
Smell: This beer is all pepper. U can get a nice fresh smell of
peppers. Mostly reminds me of green peppers. Also has a smokey noted
in the nose. It really reminds of being the garden. The nose is the
stand out part of this beer. Impressive.
Taste: Peppers taste similiar to green pepper just like the smell.
Also has a mild smokey note and can taste a slight meaty note almost
like bacon. After that, it gets hot and you feel the burn and then
the after burn. All the way down the throat.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied beer with moderate carbonation.
Overall: This is a one and done beer for me. I am glad I got the
opportunity to try this beer. Its best pepper beer I have ever had.
Too hot for my liking, but that was this beers purpose. Pepper beers
are just not my thing!
Twisted Pine Brewing Company
Based in Boulder, Colorado Twisted Pine Brewing Company has been
handcrafting beer since 1995. They are the brewers of such favorites
as "Hoppy Boy IPA," "Raspberry Wheat Ale" and "Billy's Chilies." The
Ale House is a very popular local hangout and boasts 17 taps, 5
rotating. Twisted Pine is active with local charitable organizations
and a strong believer in sustainable business practices. You can
find more information at http://www.twistedpinebrewing.com