Sweet Heat – Burnside Brewing (Portland, Oregon, USA)


  • My Rating: B+

Sweet Heat (wheat ale brewed with apricots and scotch bonnet peppers) – Burnside Brewing, 4.9% ABV, 9 IBUs – 1pt. 6 fl.oz., (Portland, Oregon, USA)

on the front-side label:

“Sweet Heat is a gold medal winning wheat beer with the addition of 200 pounds of apricots, then dry hopped with imported Jamaican Scotch Bonnet peppers. Notice a subtle tartness from the fruit with a slight spiciness from the peppers which also add to the aroma. Excitedly the heat may vary due to the nature of the pepper.”

  • Style: (apricot, scotch bonnet pepper) Spiced Wheat Ale
  • Taste: Sour-sweet spicy apricot wheat ale
  • Where I got it : W.16th Liquor Store
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off) – 1pt. 6 fl.oz., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours cloudy golden sunshine yellow with a small foamy dissipating head, thin layer of retention, lots and lots of active streams.

Nose: Fruity apricot with some funk, citrus, and wheat malts. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: incoming sourness, crisp fizzy mouthfeel

Mid-palate: (lvl-6)-fruity sweetness, medium-high sourness/tang, tart mouthfeel, (MAIN) apricot, bright pineapple, wheat malts, jalapeno-like pepper vegginess

Finish: medium-lvl deep heated spiciness, clean wheat malt off-dry finish.

Summary: Extremely sippable with a good balanced complexity of sweet-sour-tart-heat-fruity. Definitely unique and original.