SOULCRAFT BREWING: Green Chile Ale

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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).