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Old 05-07-2010, 06:05 PM   #1
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Default Beers that pair with hot sauces

For instance my two favorite hot sauces are
1. Tabasco Chipotle for all things south of the border (and its awesome smokey flavor)
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2, Ocean Deck Rasta Sauce (Hot Hot) for everything else, which has this amazing blend of flavor and just a little over the top heat.
Rasta ingredients.
Peppers, Vinegar, Salt, Garlic, Onion, Black Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, Celery Salt, Mustard, Bay Leaves, Allspice, Ginger, Mace, Cardamom.

Edit. I should say I heat my hot sauce with food. Drained about 3oz of the Rasta Hot Hot since Wednesday.

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I've seen a lot of recommendations to drink IPAs/IIPAs with spicy food so you could try that. I don't generally put much hot sauce on my food, but a homebrewed IPA with spicy tacos was great.

Otherwise I've also enjoyed the other end on occasion, pairing a malty beer with spicy food. I had a scotch ale with a burger called the "Fire Barrel Burger" at New Holland Brewing last weekend and that was also delicious.

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I prefer malty and/or sweeter with spicy foods. I don't like spicy for the shear heat of it, I actually like the flavor. To me an IPA brings out the spice but not the flavor in spicy food.

And I do agree with you on that chipotle tabasco. That stuff is amazing, I put it on just about everything.

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I have found that relatively aromatic-biased SMaSH brews pair excellently with spicy food as well as Belgian Blonds and Wheats.

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I like (I)IPAs with spicy foods.

But that might be only because I really like IPAs and I really like spicy foods.

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Tried a few American IPAs and I just don't like the combo with the hot sauces. Going to try and brew up some English styles to see if the more malt forward styles blend better for me.

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Victory Prima Pils (or your homebrewed BIG Pils)

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Not a fan of IPAs with hot food. I prefer IPAs and IIPAs by themselves. Stouts and light beers are more for food IMO.

I'd go with a lighter, maltier beer with hot food personally.

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I swear by Tapatio hot sauce. I put it on a lot of things. IMHO, a light domestic beer is my pairing of choice with spicy food. I'll take Coors Light over an IPA to wash down some hot wings or Mexican food. I do think pizza and IPA go well together. I also think stouts and steak go well together. But for spicy food, I'll take a Coors Light or three.

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