Fort Collins Brewery – Out Of The Ashes Mesquite Chili Lime Ale – 5 out of 7


I’m not one to rush out and get the chili beer every year that so and so local brewery decides to make one, in fact, I don’t even like them all that much. But certain organizations have found it financially reasonable to occasionally brew chili pepper beers, and on a rare few occasions, they mix in smoke. This is one of those occasions and the initial reaction is a positive one. For $12 at The Blind Pig in Champaign, IL, you can get a bomber of FCB Mesquite Chili Lime Ale. The chili’s are all over this beer; in the nose, on the tongue, on the back of the throat (for several minutes after each sip), and even on the label. Smoke smell is present (3 of 7 smokestacks), but after just a few chugs, the nose kinda checks out and you just have to rely only on taste. Speaking of taste, there’s a lot of it (5 of 7 smokestacks). The marriage of chili and smoke is just about right, with a mixture of campfire, charcoal ashes, and smoked chorizo (sausage presence). Opacity comes in at 2 of 7, although this place is so dimly lit, it could get bumped down to a 1 at some point in the future. One funny thing about this beer is that I can’t find any lime in it at all (for better or worse). I’m sure I could go on and on about this beer, which I am enjoying, but I’m feeling awkward sitting here with my phone out just typing away and snapping photos. Overall happiness 5 out of 7.

Brewer Fort Collins Brewery
Beer Name Out of the Ashes Smoked Chili Lime Ale
Brewer’s Description Out of the Ashes is a series of limited release beers that showcase the varied and unique flavors and aromas delivered from malt smoked over wood-burning fires. The second member of the series, Mesquite Chili Lime Ale, has the familiar sweet and smokey flavor of mesquite combined with the firey character of chipotle and Pasilla peppers, followed by the fresh tartness of lime.
Food Pairings Chorizo
Brewery Location Fort Collins, Colorado
Alcohol content by volume 5.5%
IBU (International Bitterness Units) 28
Beer opacity rate 1 – 7 (light – dark) 2
Smell smoke? 1 – 7 (No – George Burns) 3
Sausage detection? Y or N Yes and its chirizo
Smokepower taste: 1 – 7 Smokestacks 5
Beer thickness 1-7 (water – used motor oil) 3
Overall Happiness: 1 – 7 (sad – happy) 5

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