It’s no secret that we love spicy beer. Our Raked Over IPA brewed with mango, pineapple, and habanero peppers has been a fan-favourite seasonal beer that we’ve brought back every year since we first launched it. It also has the distinction of being our most divisive beer with folks who look forward to the release every year and others who can’t understand why we’d take a tasty IPA and ruin it with hot peppers. Wherever you stand, Raked Over IPA is a beer that can’t be ignored.
When the opportunity came up to work with Ginger Goat hot sauces, we jumped at the chance to work with some great folks who specialize in all things spicy. After launching their company in early 2021 and being featured on the hit show ‘Hot Ones’ just three months later, they are experts at making incredibly flavourful hot sauces.
So what did we decide to make? Well… a spicy beer of course, but not just any old spice we decided to use the legendary Carolina Reaper hot pepper. As one of the hottest peppers in the world we wanted to ensure that while this beer would certainly be spicy, we wanted it to have a depth of complementary flavours. We started with our Raked Over IPA base with pineapple and then instead of mango, we naturally used ginger. And how does it taste? Well it’s definitely spicy but it’s also got sweet pineapple, ginger, and hop flavours that blend perfectly with the Carolina Reaper heat. Be warned: this beer is not for everyone but if you love hot peppers, this may just be your new favourite beer.