Tuesday, 6 March 2012
El Lapino is a jalapeño-flavoured beer that hails from Mont-Laurier, Quebec. It is produced by Microbrasserie du Lièvre, contains 5.4% alcohol, and is sold in 341mL bottles with an actual orange-y jalapeño floating in it. . It has very little carbonation, head or lace. It has a strong hot pepper smell, but doesn't really smell a lot like beer. Flavour-wise, this brew is a ridiculously spicy for a beverage. It's not uncomfortably hot, but it could never be called refreshing. Unfortunately, there isn't much flavour besides jalapeño. The aftertaste is warm with a dose of heartburn. This is an interesting product, but not really my fave. Beer-wise, it's a bit thin. I'd like a bit more carbonation and body. Spice-enthusiasts might dig this, but beer-lovers might be non-plussed. I'm afraid that, for me, this one was more novelty than brewery.