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A sort of review of Twisted Pine’s Ghost Face Killah

Jeremy Short · March 17

 

Ghost Face Killah, the hottest beer in the world, found its way into my fridge and then into my mouth. And I survived. For those of you not familiar with the famous—or possibly infamous—Twisted Pine creation, Ghost Face Killah is a chili beer with Anaheim, Fresno, Jalapeno, Serrano, Habanero, and Ghost Peppers. Ghost Peppers! The Ghost Pepper is rated at 855,000 heat units on the Scoville scale. If you are wondering how hot that is Tabasco’s Red Pepper sauce rates between 2,500 and 5,000 heat units. That is not a typo. The Ghost Pepper is 170 times hotter than Tabasco. Unfortunately it's hard to know how many of those heat units end up in the finished beer, but my tongue says it’s basically a shit load. Seriously, this beer is scorching hot from the time it touches your mouth until you feel it work all the way down to your stomach.

Let’s get to the “review”

Aroma. It smells like chilies. Surprise! Who needs hops or malt background notes? Malts and hops in this case are like the two dudes who work in the nuclear missile silo—they’re the ones firing the missile but all the bang is in the chili. You can feel the heat on your nose. As a bonus it has a pleasant smokiness. I love chilies and find the aroma very appealing.

Look. Oh how deceiving this crystal clear pale straw colored beer is. Just looking at the pleasant white foam I realize how easy it would be to set this ale down next to an un-expecting victim. I kind of want to do that.

Flavor. Holy shit! This beer is hot. I had tried this beer at Twisted Pine over the summer, but this fresher bottled version is massively hotter. Solar flare hotter. A quarter of an ounce was enough to allow the chilies to wreak havoc on my entire digestive system. The smokiness comes out of the chilies and adds a great roundness to the flavor. I would argue that it’s impossible to isolate any of the malts or hops that I can only imagine were used in the brewing of this deadly beer. I kind of love it. But I love chilies. I was inspired by Dave Butler at Fermentedly Challenged to have a friend snap photos of me drinking this beer. What better way to demonstrate the experience of drinking this unique beer?

Mouthfeel. Ha! That’s all I have to say on that point.

Overall. Thank God this doesn’t come in a bomber. 12 ounces is the perfect amount for you and 11 of your friends. What are you waiting for? Go buy a bottle and invite your friends over.

 

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