Terrapin / Shmaltz “A Beer For Hope – Reunion Ale ’11”

      On my perpetual quest for tasty high quality and interesting beer, I occasionally come across one that includes chili peppers as an ingredient. I love this idea! I enjoy spicy foods, so why not a spicy brew? The only problem is that a lot of times I don’t think the peppers translate well in the end. I want that beautiful pepper burn that lingers, you know? Well, to my palate’s delight I happened upon a very spicy beer. Not only was this beer spicy, but it also supports a good cause! This brew helps raise funds and awareness on behalf of the institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research (www.imbcr.org). Tasty beer that helps a good cause… yes please!
      A collaborative effort from Terrapin Beer Company and Shmaltz Brewing CompanyA Beer For Hope – Reunion Ale ‘11” is a dark ale brewed with cocoa nibs, vanilla beans and chili peppers. It pours a dark brownish amber color with a two finger thick, large bubbly tan head. The aroma is sweet with vanilla and roasty malts, dark sticky fruit and light cocoa. The taste is initially very chocolaty, then a noticeable chili pepper burn that completely covers the palate and lips takes over. Once the palate “warms up” the solid malty vanilla backbone reveals itself. The mouthfeel is medium, and the finish is smooth and long with vanilla and heat from the chili peppers. The 7.6% ABV is hardly noticeable. So far this brew has the best application of chilies that I have ever come across in beer, hands down! An excellent offering from two great breweries! Here’s To Good Beers!
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2 Responses to Terrapin / Shmaltz “A Beer For Hope – Reunion Ale ’11”

  1. GrantTastesBeer says:

    This is one of my favorite beers. Glad you enjoyed it too.

    • BrewThusiast says:

      Grant, I really loved this brew! I need to find more! One bottle was just NOT enough! Wish I had gotten to this one sooner! Cheers!

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