Style: Chili Beer IBU’S: 10 Hops – Willamette, Northern Brewer ABV 5%
Availability: This beer is seasonally available in CO, NE, NM, FL, MO, TX and LA.
GFK is brewed with 6 zany peppers. Anaheim, Fresno, Jalapeno, Serrano, Habanero and Bhut Jolokia – Otherwise known as the Ghost Pepper. 200 times the heat of jalapenos, Bhut Jolokia are the hottest peppers in the world, a pepper so hot it can be weaponized. So hot that our brewers had to wear masks and gloves to cut them up. Aroma of smoked chillis fills the nose on first whiff, but don’t let it linger to long. Immediately on first taste GFK has a nice golden wheat flavor, but this is only for a fleeting moment before the temperature rises. Just hold on, the warmth of this beer will set in for a long spicy burn. There is only one finish on this beer – HEAT!
Food Pairing: Ice-cream or milk, because that is all that is going to help you with this brew.
On May 5, Twisted Pine Brewing will release Ghost Face Killa. No, Ghost Face Killa isn’t a rapper or the name of a gang, it’s the name of a six peppered beer dry hopped with ghost peppers, arguably the hottest pepper in the world rated at over 1 million heat units on the Scoville scale.
100 cases of the death-infused unfiltered wheat-based beer will be released. Besides ghost peppers (also known as Bhut Jolokia), a pepper so hot that it can be weaponized, the beer will include Anaheim, Fresno, Jalapeno, Serrano, Habanero peppers.
…..“We wore masks and gloves when cutting the Ghost Peppers,” says Hoperations Manager Eric Mosiman, “but it didn’t matter, our eyes were still watering and our skin was still stinging. This isn’t hype, these peppers are hot!” Mosiman notes that when drinking Ghost Face, if you survive the initial shock of the peppery heat, you are free to savor the flavors of the brew and are left with a very palatable smokiness. The wheat based ale, described as the hottest beer this side of hell, has been submitted to the Guinness Book of World Records and returns to Twisted Pine for a second tour of tongue-burning fun. “As brewers we’re encouraged to challenge what a beer can be and continually craft innovative brews for our Ale House,”….
….When I tried it (see the video here), I wrote that “the heat starts on the insides of your cheeks and on your tongue in the same way that eating a popper or a bowl of green chile might. But then, the smoky warmth of the peppers travels down in the back of your throat, where it simmers. Take another sip, and your lips start to burn, like you’re wearing pepper Chapstick. That was the flame that took the longest to extinguish.”
And aside from the odd sensation of having a beer heat you up rather than cool you down, the beer is actually tasty, smoky and well balanced…….
Kam Tambini of deathandtaxesmag.com wrote a short article