8.5% ABV 10 IBU
A 50-50 wheat/pilsner base, fermented in Herradora Tequila barrels with charred jalapeños, dried apricots and agave nectar and aged 4 months in the barrels.
Nice light beer with a spicey bite and a good kick on the finish
My brother and I have been touring breweries and brewpubs on New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts beer trails. In the 6 weeks, we have tasted more than 270 beers at about 40 different establishments. Hidden Cove's draft Jali blew us away. This hit a lot of elements that we have enjoyed in other beers. The charred jalapeños give it just the right amount a heat and a pleasant smokiness. Most other pepper beers have too much or unnoticeable heat. Most other smoke beers taste like chemical smoke or are overwhelming. The apricot sets this apart from those all-too-common berry beers. The agave takes away bitterness, but doesn't make the beer "sweet." And the tequila barrel aging gives it another dimension that's very different from the popular oak, sherry or bourbon-barrel aged beers. Fortunately, Wells isn't *too* far away.