Rating: ©©©©-1/4 chips (lip-smacking)
Probably needless to say, it is fairly easy to identify who the target audience for these chips are right? Beer drinkers… in other words, just about everyone everywhere!
According to the back of the brewski colored bag, these tortilla chip are “best paired with hoppy, fruity Pale Ales or malty, crisp Pilsners.” Now, you must remember that our field of self proclaimed expertise is chips, not brews (although we have, and do, consume our fair share of beer, we do not claim to know very much about it). So, we took a look at what we had in the old Chip Review ice box and pulled out a bottle of Ballast Point’s Pineapple Sculpin (described as an India Pale Ale with natural pineapple flavor). Sort of sounds like it falls perfectly into the “hoppy, fruity Pale Ale” category right?
We’ve said it before but we will mention it again, within the past decade or so, Chipotle has become a fairly common household name, and ingredient, among the majority of us here in the United States. Many of you may automatically conjure up visions of a football sized burrito, but the chipotles we are talking about vine ripened jalapeño chiles, that have been smoked and dried. In other words they deliver a decent amount of heat, along with a deep smoky flavor. And, for one reason or another, there are still many people out there pronouncing these chilis as ch-pull-tee! Come’on people! Say it with us now Chee-pote-ley!!
Let’s get back to the chips themselves. Well, these corn tortilla chips are pretty darn delightfully flavorful, especially for being brand-newcomers on the market. We devoured this entire bag in no time flat. We may have even had to crack open another Sculpin to quench our chip induced thirst. The seasoning blend starts out by teasing you into believing that you are tasting some good old sweeter, tomato-ful bbq chips, but then……wowsers, layers of smoky, spicy chipotle chili peppers join the party! Seriously, we don’t usually taste this much spicy heat from chipotle flavored chips, but these most certainly do bring some substantially impressive heat.
The crunchy corn tortilla chips are thinner cut, small batch, with loads of corn flavor. The chips are light, and yet deliver a substantial toothsome chew. Think more like fried tortillas, than tortilla chips with lots of air pockets. Any which way we describe them, just think tasty.
In the end we can confirm that the pairing of these two delicacies (chips and beer) was a fine choice. And, we certainly can agree that the “select savory and sweet ingredients….compliment the hop….flavors in the beer” very well! Well done Brew Foods!!
*Disclaimer: We can also concur that the chips do not go very well with red boxed wine…..but really, how could any food compete with boxed wine….we kid.
As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think. Agree or disagree, let us know.
Chips provided to Chip Review by Brew Foods for review
Chip Ratings Scale:
©© – tolerable
©©© – notable
©©©© – lip-smacking
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