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Crazy Ed's Cave Creek Chili Beer - Chili Beer Co.

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Crazy Ed's Cave Creek Chili BeerCrazy Ed's Cave Creek Chili Beer

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Reviews: 230
Hads: 271
Avg: 1.69
pDev: 48.52%
Wants: 20
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Chili Beer Co. visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
Chile Beer |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: taez555 on 02-04-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of wimpasaurus
4.53/5  rDev +168%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

spicybeerlover was right, this is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the best beer i have ever personally consumed. the flavor, though some consider it to be truly awful, is an accomplishment which can never possibly be repeated. i will say, however, that the appearance left something to be desired. a pale orange with basically no head frightened a bit at first but once i tasted it, i was amazed. crazy ed, though you may be crazy i want to thank you. thankyou, crazy ed, thankyou.

ed. - i would like to append my former statement. though my comments on the flavor etc. remain i would like it noted that my partner and i got MONSTER diarrhea. DO NOT DRINK THIS BEER.... unless you like that sorta thing. then go right ahead.

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Photo of HeightsEats
4.07/5  rDev +140.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is not exactly traditional beer, but it's very good nonetheless (if you like chili peppers). Appearance is a darkish yellow, with a strong chili vegetal aroma with a faint malty sweetness underneath. The pepper is definitely serrano rather than jalapeño. The chili flavor is upfront with a fair amount of sweet pilsner malt and no real hop presence. Mouthfeel is a tad thin, but the drinkability is quite good if you're looking for clean, spicy beer that pairs well with food.

I don't quite understand the level of hostility in the other reviews. Heavy hopping isn't a requirement for a good beer. A lot of Belgians have sourness instead, while some beers emphasize fruit. The sharp, clean heat basically takes the place of hops.

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Photo of bennyrov
3.95/5  rDev +133.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer. My friends and I all enjoyed it. The serrano pepper really didn't add a whole lot of spice to it. I have eaten foods that were a lot spiceier. We usually drink a few while we are boiling shrimp or just cooking on the grill. I would not recomend eating the chili though as it tasted terrible. I believe that this beer is best enjoyed one or two at a time. It is not my favorite beer, but one or two every now and then is just enough.

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Photo of BostonBiosafety
3.8/5  rDev +124.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I am thankful to be able to try this beer before it was retired. This beer is a completely different bird and it is a shame it is no longer produced. It should not be judged based on other beers or flavored beers because it has flavor and heat. I could never see myself drinking this beer on a regular basis, but the experience was wonderful. Sure, the actual beer is just average, but add that pepper and BANG, it's a whole new ball game. Chili Beer Co. was a pioneer and should be recognized as such.

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Photo of tesguino
3.78/5  rDev +123.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

beer to the more pure mexican style its smell remember my childhood, my country, my ancestors, its taste mantain average, only for "very man" beer drinkers, i recommend this beer, but take care of his taste if you dont like a peppers, meanwhile take a look on his presentation.

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Photo of lancecjohnson
3.7/5  rDev +118.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bought a six pack of this one after having (and loving) an Habenero Pilsner at the Santa Barbara Brewhouse. Before I tried it, I read the reviews and feared that I bought a clunker of a beer.

I've had two now and I have to say that I'm liking it quite a bit. While it doesn't match up to the aforementioned beer from the Brewhouse, it's definitely drinkable and pairs well with food.

I think that if it wasn't for the pepper though, this would be a pretty blah beer at best. (Thin body, watery mouthfeel, etc.) I think that because I'm such a fan of spicy stuff, this really works for me. I certainly wouldn't recommend this to anybody who hates spicy food though.

Since it's the only pepper beer that I know I can get my hands on, I think that I'll just homebrew some chili pepper beer instead. I don't think that I'd buy it again, but I'll gladly finish off the six pack.

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Photo of SloMoSlovak
3.67/5  rDev +117.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I first tried this beer way back in college. Being a serious spicy food addict, I couldn't resist. It's never been the easiest beer to find, so in summertime I pick up a sixer pretty much whenever I see it.

The appearance is nothing special for a light lager-type beer, and the smell is pretty nondescript, except for a nice whiff of chiles. The taste, however is exceptional if you're a big fan of chile flavor, as most of us here in New Mexico are. The mouthfeel is a little thin and a bit on the fizzy side, which supports the chile attack.

It's not what I'd call sessionable, but it's one of those beers that's just perfect at the right time. I like knocking back a couple of these on a summer weekend, prior to a barbeque, before I'm really hungry, as I find the chile flavor stimulates the appetite. It's basically best as a liquid appetizer.

By the time the food arrives, I usually switch to something a little more thirst-quenching, as the barbeque here tends to have enough spice that one of these would go down like pouring gasoline on a roaring fire.

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Photo of pkalix
3.64/5  rDev +115.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

sorry, but I love this sh*t. I wont session this. nor do I inted to drink this early on in my session, but this is an awesome dessert beer. reference all the breweries who are competing for the hottest beer competition.... you don't have to like it. but I do. cave creek, however, is not producing the best chile beer around, but it DOES provide a chile in every beer, which is kind of cool. it's not intended to supplant your favorite stout or ipa, but, rather, it IS an interesting aside to most beers produced and I appreciate it.
take it or leave it. I enjoy it. just like I enjoy sushi ever once in awhile....

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Photo of ism
3.53/5  rDev +108.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Drank it several different ways. First time, straight out of the bottle, with the beer passing over the pepper, at room temperature. Second, poured into a pint glass, cold, and fished the pepper out of the glass. Cold certainly makes it a more refreshing brew, and subdues the riceyness.

Pours a clear straw yellow with a bit of chill haze, no head whatsoever. Nose is overpowered by pepper spice. Hits the tongue with a thin body, no carbonation. Lager rice, rice, and more rice, goes down clean and smooth, then the chili spice emerges. A couple more sips and the pepper starts to tickle the tongue, in lieu of carbonation. The heat builds up nicely as the glass drains.

Kinda tough to rate the nose and taste since it's rather lacking except for the spice, and at that point, you either love it or hate it. It's rather single-minded as well, so I can't down more than one at a time, and I have to be in a particular mood for it. I do not yet have other types of this style to compare against, either, but I am a spicehead and quite enjoy it.

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.53/5  rDev +108.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First of all, if you don't like the sensation of capsaicin sizzling on your tastebuds, then avoid this beer. It is quite spicy.

Appearance: The beer looks fine, kind of a nondescript amber-yellow color, maybe a little darker than your average macro lager. The sight of the pepper, which is a drab, mottled olive hue, is a little off-putting, but then part of the fun of this beer is watching people's facial expressions when they ask, "What the hell is that floating in there?"

Smell: Smells peppery.

Taste: The pepper taste is overwhelming, which was fine by me, since I love peppers. However, I couldn't taste the beer itself at all, which kind of bothered me, since I enjoy pairing spicy food with beer and I expected this beer to be kind of like that - with the beer and the pepper sharing the stage. I don't know whether the beer was really bland or if the pepper was just too strong, but this was a little disappointing. But I still enjoyed it, and kept wishing I had some nachos to go with it. It would go so well with nachos, a nice, crisp, acidic brew with big bubbles to counter the heaviness of the cheese.

Mouthfeel: Hot! Besides that, noting too interesting. Pretty light and refreshing. Clean finish.

Drinkability: It really depends on your tolerance for heat. I guzzled mine pretty quickly, then ate the pepper, then wished I had more beer to put out the fire in my mouth. Quite an experience.

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Photo of Portertime
3.4/5  rDev +101.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

So it looks like everyone hates this beer but I am a fan of chilis in my brew. It pours like any other mexican lager with a light, urine yellow with no joie de vie. The smell was equally muted with aromas of chili and cooked vegetables. The taste was wonderful to me. Fresh chili heat sizzling on my tongue with light hops in the background. This would be a good basis for a fine hot sauce.

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Photo of baos
3.36/5  rDev +98.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle into bicentennial Mason jar.

A: Bit of macro head on the get go but then the head disappears altogether, maybe the pepper in the bottle causes this? No lacing.

S: Nice jalapeno greenness with macro brewness. Like my old mans cooking. Fresh grains and bits of maltiness but mostly jalapeno.

T: I remember having one of these a long time ago and it burning my mouth. I'm much more of a hedonist now so it isn't even the slightest spicy. But it has a good jalapeno flavor with the brew. Ideally this brew should be used for cooking or maybe with the eating of wings. If one wants a spicy brew this is it!

M: Similar to the other macros.

D: If one likes it spicy. Then he should quaff this one.

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Photo of Zorro
3.33/5  rDev +97%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Ah the infamous Cave Creek Chili Beer saw it in the store and since they would let me buy a single I had to see how bad it could really be, hell I even can find worth in some cheap malt liquors.

Poured it in a glass just for consistency and to give it a fair trial.

Pours a clear yellow beer with absolutely no head at all.

Smell is not skunked, as I feared due to the clear bottle. Clean pleasant scent of chili peppers. Jalapeno scent with the characteristic slight tart scent that pepper has. I watched the Food-TV episode about this beer and I know that is a modified Serrano Chile pepper in there. Additional scent of smoke is in here. I can't say it smells bad at all.

Taste is thin beer with a sharp hit of Chile pepper taste. This is all Chile pepper in flavor in fact. With the first swallow a pleasant fire warms my chest and stomach. Gets hotter as you drink it but I have been eating hot peppers since birth so this probably is far too intense for someone that doesn't eat hot peppers with most every meal including salsa on my eggs in the morning. Still this is more a beer I would cook with than drink on a regular basis. Taste is intense but not really bad, in fact this made me hungry.

Mouthfeel isn't really there about the same as a light beer.

More drinkable than I suspected I could see developing recipes for this and using it to make chili's, marinades and salsas with this.

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Photo of dude
3.27/5  rDev +93.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mike for the surprise offering! I initially thought it was Corona based on the appearance. Its golden yellow and clear, not much bubble activity -- possibly affected by the goblin penis at the bottom of the bottle. Aroma is mostly clean, light vegetal aroma along with a dash of chili powder. Taste was surprisingly not unpleasant. Based on reviews and the overall score I expected far worse. My suspicion is that the majority of BA's are not hot pepper fans like myself. Flavor was like a corny sweet macro lager, similar in profile to high life, with a bit of heat from the pepper.

Nothing overpowering. My eyes didn't water. I didn't gag or vomit. Even my morning BM was unremarkable. I have to report no ill-effects whatsoever. Mouthfeel was slightly stale (as was the pepper itself), with heat residue but otherwise a clean finish. Drinkability was alright. Well done Crazy Ed.

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Photo of latackbeer
3.2/5  rDev +89.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Wow!! No one likes this beer. Well I do agree with a majority of what everyone has said but I like a spicy beer. I have two friends that LOVE this stuff. Yes there are is no head or hop taste but the concept is really cool. The only time I can drink this beer is when I'm enjoying a full rack off ribs or a steak.

This is not an everyday beer for myself but will enjoy on a cold night to warm me up!

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Photo of porter17
3.18/5  rDev +88.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was out in, of all places, London England and wanted to try something really different. Crazy Ed's chili beer was it. Not anything special as far as "ordinary" beer goes (certainly better than Coors or Miller!) but it was very spicy and hot and I actually enjoyed the change of pace. Not a beer that you can drink many of (without burning a hole in your stomach lining) but great for a change of pace. Should go well with an enchalada.

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Photo of billybob
3.17/5  rDev +87.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

i think you need to take this beer for what it is, beer with chili peppers it does not pretend to be anything else. that said you need to like hot stuff or your not going to enjoy this beer. i would like to try cooking with it. how about hotdogs boiled in chili beer or a chili beer stew? pours a light gold with no head or lacing to it. smell is chilies, taste, if you ever tasted the juice from a jar of hot peppers thats it. nice medium heat from the chilies. drinkability one or two.

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Photo of match1112
3.07/5  rDev +81.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

a: clear golden yellow with a quarter inch of white head that rather quickly disappears.

s: chile pepper mostly with a slight hint of grains in the background.

t: straight chile pepper.

m: thin and watery. very little carbonation.

o: surprised by this beer, i thought from the reviews that this would be horrible, but it tastes and smells like chile's so they nailed it for the style. not something i could drink more than one of in a sitting, but will definitely warm you up on a cold day. think i will buy more to age.

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Photo of Kwak
3.03/5  rDev +79.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

wow thats hot!
I like hot stuff butt this sucks!

this is someting you have to drink straight from the bottle.
It has a golden color thin body with pepper in it .

it taste like krappy beer mixed with hott pepper, I do not recommend this one but you might want to try it just for a goof!

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Photo of ADuff
3/5  rDev +77.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Depending on what I pair this with, I have been enjoying this beer since 2005. Definitely not the best, but I can easily get worse anyday of the week in my local retail cooler.

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Photo of drseamus
2.99/5  rDev +76.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

I saw this beer on the shelf and had to try one, and one only. I ended up buying a single bottle and splitting it among me and 3 friends. I popped the top and took a bite of the chile pepper that was in the bottle. It wasn't that spicy and tasted like beer. I figured that meant the beer wasn't going to be as spicy as I had heard. I was wrong. This is one spicy hell of a beer; and I like really spicy stuff. It isn't so bad that you can't drink it, but it's hot. The aroma is pure chile peppers. One of my friend said, "It taste's like I'm drinking a Papa Johns pizza." I recommend that everyone try this at least once, just to say you did. The drinkability is low though.

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Photo of livin4jc
2.97/5  rDev +75.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Sampled 9/1/07
Bottle from T-Birds, Plainfield, IL
Yellow amber color and no head.

You can definitely smell the habañero. You can also pickup hints of barley and some yeast. It really did not have a strong smell, however.

Well, I don’t know if I would drink this with a spicy meal, but it was mildly refreshing.

With the chili it felt fuller than it was. The beer definitely is a very light and almost watery.

Unusual. This beer is definitely unusual. When the beer hits your mouth, you think – it’s not spicy at all. It has a light taste much like a corona or Dos Equis. However, when you swallow you will taste the chili but it is not very spicy.
And if you are adventuresome, the chili isn’t hot at all.

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Photo of HoustonTX
2.92/5  rDev +72.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Being a huge Capsaicin addict, I was actually quite thrilled to try this one. I've always been a chili head, and it's one of my other passions besides beer. I pour hot sauce on everything, and have 40+ bottles of legendary sauces in my fridge.

Just like beer, with peppers I can't get enough.
Now the 2 together? This will be quite interesting.

My bottle slightly differs from the original, it's still Cave Creek Chili Beer, but it says it's brewed by Black Mountain Brewing.

This one pours out pale yellow, with huge amounts of carbonation - producing a solid head.

The aroma has a mix of jalapeños, green chilies, green bell peppers, cilantro, sauteed onions, with a backing of malt.

The taste is actually no where near as bad as a lot of people make it out to be. Starts out with a fresh cut jalapeño slice note, on par with the hotness of the actual jalapeño itself. A bit of sweetness and backing of malt help to balance the spiciness. Finishes with a lingering burn on the back of your throat and onwards to your stomach.

Be warned, the beer is not hot if you sip on it. But chug it, or drink it fast - and the heat level amps up quite a bit.

I don't see why this beer gets the wrap as one of the worst beers ever. As it's honestly not that bad, maybe because I love peppers and beer? Possibly. I still say give this one the chance, it's worth the experience.

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Photo of Stopper
2.91/5  rDev +72.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer's an extremely clear, light yellow. There was a small white head during pouring, but that disappeared instantly. There does, however, seem to be a trail of bubbles jetting out the stem of my chili pepper, which is floating on top of my now-headless pint. The aroma is surprisingly malty for such a light-colored beer, and has only a very slight hint of hot pepper in it, which I'd never pick out in a blind test. The body in the first sip is extremely thin, with a slight light malt taste, but as I'm realizing that, my attention is quickly drawn to the burning sensation starting at the back and sides of my throat, which rapidly intensifies and spreads. With each sip I can get a quick flavor of malt before the pepper takes over and seems to attack my whole mouth and throat and even crawls up into my sinuses. As I drink on, I get more used to the spiciness, and the pepper actually has a pretty nice flavor. With my palate attenuating to the spice, I think I can actually pull a slight hop character out from below in the finish.

This is a very interesting beer, and in my opinion, enjoyable for what it is. My imagination runs away with the possibilities for food pairings! But I don't know if that in itself makes it a good beer. The pepper flavor and spice seems to stand completely separate from the beer. It would be great if it was somehow better blended, or supported by a base beer with some more interesting, complementary, flavors.

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Photo of shbobdb
2.9/5  rDev +71.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Well now. Given the popularity of this beer, I was expecting something truly foul, which this beer is not.
It pours a nice shiney penny colour, like a fine pilsner. The head is non-existent, but that makes sense given how oily peppers are.
The smell is adjunct mixed with a whiff of pepper. Not truly bad, but I'd like to have smelled more pepper.
The taste is suprisingly pleasant. To be sure, unlike a beer. It tastes like hot pepper, like somebody added too much pepper to a dish and that was the only thing that can really be noticed. Then there is a slight vinegar (?) aftertaste. Not what I am looking for in a 'beer', but the burn is pleasant and when viewed on its own terms it is really rather enjoyable.
The mouthfeel, however, is very thin. Very, very thin. Tsk, tsk. I'd have liked a thicker, creamier sauce to go with my hot pepper. It is also very under-carbonated.
Overall not terrible. Hardly sessionable, and definately not my cup of tea. It reminds me of when I add hot pepper to water to add a flavour dimension and hide the horror that is Indianapolis municipal water. Not bad, but why wouldn't I just add hot pepper to water then?

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Crazy Ed's Cave Creek Chili Beer from Chili Beer Co.
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