Well, to my surprise, I was cruising the beer isle, and spot this mash up. New Belgium AND Cigar City made a beer together?! I must try, like, now, I thought to myself.
This ale is reportedly brewed with anaheim and marash chilies. I loves me some anaheim chiles. I have never heard of marash, though, but, in general, I have enjoyed the chile beers I have had before. This one would have to be decent, if not excellent.
NB+CC pours a beautiful copper color, and has a creamy head. There is a lot of citrus pouring out from the head, though the chile smell, if there is one, is quite muted. Sipping this beer is an exercise in patience: there is a lot going on, and it is really dry. Citrus pops straight out of the gate, then is blunted by the chile kinda chalkiness. It is a process. I hate to use mouthfeel and mouth coating, but this beer qualifies for both, being heavy on the mouth coating, and packing quite a bit if mouthfeel. There are nice floral notes, but the chile used is really odd, and like I said, chalky. It is not really that great.
I do not regret picking up this beer, and if I ever see anything else from Cigar City at my local beer isle, I will not hesitate to pick it up. It is just that this beer is not my cup of tea. Er, beer.