Soulcraft Brewing: Green Chili Ale

GREEN CHILI ALE

Bring on the heat! This beer truly lives up to "chile ale" status. The Green Chili Ale from Soulcraft Brewing in Salida, Colorado will easily be a favorite for those of you who enjoy a little spice in your lives. This brew is Soulcraft's celebration of Colorado's great affinity for chili peppers being included in pretty much everything (which I support), and it turns out to be a uniquely satisfying beer that brings a lot to the table. 

Keep an eye out in the upcoming weeks for a longer article focusing on the story of Soulcraft Brewing. As a new brewery on the scene, they have big plans for the future, and a thrilling tale so far. 

In the meantime, let's dig into the Green Chili Ale: 

STYLE:

Blonde Ale with Roasted Pueblo and Serrano Peppers
ABV: 5.2%
IBU: 24

TASTE:

There is no doubting the hefty amount of pueblo chilis involved in the brewing process for this beer. A crisp, clean taste upfront that comes from its blonde ale base, the spice I was expecting didn't hit me for a few seconds. Towards the end, you start to get a nice, but smooth heat that is classic of a pueblo chili.  I was pleasantly surprised by the presentation of the spice in addition to how long the heat lingered. I've become a little jaded by spice-infused beers because they tend to have an overpowering or underwhelming flavor profile, but the Green Chile Ale has found itself a niche' right in the middle. Cheers to the brewing team at Soulcraft for working their magic!  

LOOK: 

Crystal clear blonde coloring combined with beautiful carbonation that dances up the side of the glass, it reminds me that summer is just around the corner. 

LABEL DESIGN: 

If you couldn't tell by the cover photo, we (Aaron and I) had a lot of fun with this one. The reflective matte finish gives it a modern touch, and the overall design has an element of "tough guy" to it. Almost like you might see this stitched into some leather on the back of a Soulcraft employee as they blaze past you on the highway on their Harley.     

OVERALL:

This isn't your run-of-the-mill blonde ale, and that's a good thing. Full of flavor and personality, this is a beer that I would recommend that you get to share with a few friends. I really enjoyed it, but I don't know if I could do more than a pint at a time unless I had a glass of milk nearby (or maybe a milk-stout at least).