Chipotle Ale - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by WastingFreetime:
4.22/5 rDev +18.2%
Poured from a bomber with no discernible date stamp into a generic goblet. I should mention that I am a big fan of spicy food, so my palate's tolerance for chile heat is somewhat higher than your average Joe's is.
A. Well, according to Rogue's website this is supposed to be a modified golden ale but that is NOT what I am seeing. This is coppery-brown in color, so color me confused. Very nicely opaque without being overly murky. I get about one finger's worth of a light spritzy head that dies down without any lacing at all. Despite the brewery's confusing color claims, I do in fact like how this brew looks quite a lot.
S. The smoked chipotle peppers, predictably enough, hit me right away with an intense rauchbier aroma. Just afterward I get the smell of a really well made mole sauce sans the chicken stock smell. Substituting for the chicken stock component are the sweet malts and the delicate spicing of some floral hops that compliment the way that some of the milder chiles have floral notes behind their heat. Fantastic and it actually makes me briefly hungry for Mexican.
T. Sweet malt up front yields to the fruity qualities of a well stewed chipotle. The citric elements of the chiles are amplified and supported by the skeleton of the hops. Sadly, either my palate is too jaded to experience much heat beyond a mild lip-warming or this brew could use some more chiles in it. I'm not certain which it is, so I won't deduct too much score for it. Oh yes, mustn't forget to mention that the malt flavor profile rather resembles that of a Schlenkaria Marzen to me. If it weren't for the chiles, this brew would definitely have been classified as a Rauchbier. A really good one at that. The smokey finish lasts and lasts. Delightful.
M. Medium heavy body with really nice carbonation. No complaints here.
I'd buy this one again without a second thought.
05-24-2011 19:40:46 | More by WastingFreetime
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3.88/5 rDev +8.7%
An offering I thought i wouldnt like to much but came out being really suprised,pours a golden color with a deep orange tint with not much head that seetles pretty quickly.Aroma is of bicuit malt with a touch of briney chilies.Taste is nice and crisp off the bat dry malt is the flavor that dominates with that smokey chili flavor that come mainly in the finish and aftertaste it gets more noticable after a half a glass.My wife picked out the chili taste right away without even knowing it was a chili beer I am proud of her.
04-20-2004 20:42:12 | More by oberon
2.38/5 rDev -33.3%
Appearance This one is clear brown in color with no head. It looks like a flat Marzen.
Smell The light, weak malt nose is no match for the strong chile aroma. NassT.
Taste I found some peaty notes that seem to say that these chiles were roasted on an open grill. It actually does taste a bit like chipotle, but in a bad sort of way.
Mouthfeel This one is a bit bigger than light-bodied and flat. The aftertaste had me gagging.
Sinkability Ay, caramba! Estos cervesa es muy malo.
10-15-2004 17:18:22 | More by RoyalT
3.88/5 rDev +8.7%
served in pint glass.
Look (3.5/5) pours a lighter orange color. It's cloudy which sets off the color nicely. Off-white head raises with a nice cascade and get up to about three fingers. It falls (a bit fast) to a cap, which really lasts. Nice lacing on the fall.
Smell (3.5/5) the smell is a lot like a Helles or a Maibock (light melanoidins) with more smokiness. There's a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg. The smokiness plays well with the fruitiness from the malt.
Flavor (4/5) - the flavor is really smooth and well balanced. The flavor begins with a pretty standard vienna malt flavor which isn't all that interesting. This is, however, followed by a great hit of the chipotle. It is nicely smokey (almost like a rauchbier) with a decent helping of spice. Some decent hop bitterness dries out the finish and plays well with the drawn out heat and smokiness.
Feel (4/5) Medium-light body with some medium carbonation. I like the way the heat lasts and the way that the bubbles really set that off.
Drink (4/5) A great brew. Very drinkable for spicier beer.
07-18-2011 23:41:24 | More by Rijtjeshuis
3.9/5 rDev +9.2%
12oz longneck bottle with same artwork as the 22oz. This is the first time I've come across this brew in a 12oz bottle. Pours into my tulip glass a nice deep amber / red hue with a strudy half inch of tight bubbly foam. Aromas begin with sweet bready, slightly caramelized malts. The subtle smoky, lightly peppery aroma works its way in followed by some nice citric, herbal hops that add an interesting twist. Works together pretty well here.
First sip brings a smooth, caramely, biscuity maltiness that is quickly met by a smoky pepper infusion. I get a mellow heat sting as it rolls across the palate mixing in with some fruity notes. The herbal, lightly citric hops show up on the way down. A bit on the dry side overall, this one finishes with a pretty nice chipotle kick and a bit of lingering heat. Overall this is a tasty, kinda smoky brew with a nice hot kick that never ends up being too much.
Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth with a burst of carbonation in each sip. Goes down quite easily and I really enjoy the mix of smoky pepper flavor alongside the nice maltiness of this brew. Probably the best chili beer I've sampled yet. Doubt I could have more than a few in a sitting, but this is still a nice change of pace. I'd say to give this one a try!
09-16-2006 04:22:34 | More by orbitalr0x
3.38/5 rDev -5.3%
This was a pretty good-looking beer, cloudy amber with a medium- sized head. Aroma was Ale-like, with some pepper spiciness. I honestly cannot tell whether it was chipotle or some other pepper. Taste was hoppy with some warming spiciness. Fairly thin mouthfeel. I think this is a beer one would try as a curiosity.
06-21-2006 17:14:09 | More by lordofthewiens
3.15/5 rDev -11.8%
It looks oddly caramel. Not that I expected a jalepeno-green from a chipotle beer, but it looks more like what I'd expect from a Tecate or something. The head is different--very small, almost interconnected bubbles a millimeter in depth with lasting power. As the beer sits, so does the head. Though I'm unsure what exactly I expected, it's not it; its appearance, however, has piqued my curiousity.
Oh, I can smell the pepper--dried jalepenos. It has an earthen smokiness as well. It's honestly unlike any beer I've ever smelled. In stark contrast to the look, it smells as it's supposed to smell. Interestingly, I smell basically no malts, no barley, no hops...nothing like that. If I weren't looking right at the beer, I think I'd tell you it was an open bag of dried jalepenos. Perhaps now the beverage has peaked my curiosity.
Wow, it's really smoky. I taste the earthen smokiness I alluded to more than I taste anything peppery. I know chipoltes are dried jalepenos, and I guess these have been dried by smoking. If I smoked cigarettes, I'd have one. I really can't distinguish smoked peppers from smoked wood chips. I think the peppers are distinctive in the smell, but they're missing from the taste. That's a little disappointing, particularly for a chile beer (as it's listed--I presume BA has a "smoked beers" category). Though I bought the beverage to go with Mexican food, I think it could just as easily accompany NC barbecue. It's a neat beer, but I wish there were more pepper to the taste. Spice is absent.
Maybe in the mouthfeel I get more of that for which I'm looking. As I allow the beverage to rest full in my mouth, I detect something of a pepper. It's certainly not spicy like eating jalepenos, but somewhere in between the chemical digestion in my mouth and the aftertaste swallow in my throat I detect the origin of its name. Still, I wish it were easier.
I realize it's a niche beer and it probably lacks favor with the masses, but I wish it brought even more chipolte. I want to taste it! It's a pleasant beer, a fairly easy-drinking one. Still (and here I go again), I wonder what I'd have if DFH did a chipolte ale. I can't help but think I'd taste the pepper in that one! Until then, I think this is a neat beverage worth trying, and I'd pick it up again to complement my comida de mexicana. O mi bbq!
05-19-2009 21:00:08 | More by marvin213
3.68/5 rDev +3.1%
22oz bottle. Pours a clear light copper with a white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.
The aroma is subdued - some sweet malts and smokey peppers and liquid smoke.
The flavor is some sweet malt quickly followed by a lot of smokey chipotle pepper with some light to moderate heat in the background. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation - slightly watery.
Overall, this is one of the best chili beers I've had. It's pretty moderate in heat, but I really like the flavors of the chipotle and smokiness. It's still pretty one-sided in that it's all about the pepper.
08-30-2010 05:55:13 | More by Beaver13
3.75/5 rDev +5%
Draft at the Barcade in NY during our 3/19/05 crawl!
Was told it was tapped the night before. Deep and amber, clear, with a dusting of faint white head. Cant smell anything really, just slight maltiness, very clean. -(and there was not a bit of smoke in the air). Smooth with a touch of carbonation, but you barely feel it -nice. Deep and malty, burnt toast. Bit of lingering caramelly sweetness. There is just a touch of a tingle to your tongue, but no heat at all. I was hoping to get a bit of it- I knew not to expect a CaveCreek or anything, but still thought I would catch more than there is. And since this was still freshly tapped, I assume this is what the heat is supposed to be at. A lot of flavor is left in your mouth. Decently drinkable with nice flavors, but I was still hoping to get a bit of a punch -or at least a nudge from this one.
03-20-2005 19:20:06 | More by shapudding
3.63/5 rDev +1.7%
Pours a very clear copper/orange (way to go Pacman yeast). Thin, compact head dissipates extremely rapidly to nothing (likely due to chipotle oils in the beer). During sipping, there is no lacing that clings to the glass.
Scents of toffee, faint caramel, slight floral hop presence.
Medium to highly carbonated brew hits the palate and helps to spread the flavors around. Thin, but crisp mouthfeel. I would like a little more malt presence up front to balance the 35 IBUs of cascade and willamette hops. But, I do initially taste some earthy caramel and slight nutty flavor. The chipotle presence quickly exerts itself as the liquid warms. This pepper taste lingers for a long time on the palette after each sip, especially in the back of the mouth.
Although I couldn't drink pint after pint of this interesting ale, I do appreciate the creativity inherent in the recipe. The chipotle flavor is not overpowering and is quite interesting. I will purchase this brew again and have already started thinking about fun food pairings.
06-12-2007 01:27:58 | More by shark262
3.05/5 rDev -14.6%
A- Pour is cloudy with a red hue, slightly cloudy
S- Lots of smoke on the nose, no hops or malt detected. Smells like an Islay scotch, peated. Slight hint of spicy jalapeno tang.
T- Thin taste, once the smoke and mild heat fades (rapidly), the beer has no finish. Dominantly smoked flavor, as with the nose. Would not know it was from a chipotle unless I was told so.
M- Very light and highly carbonated. Like drinking a pilsner.
D- Enjoyable for one or two at a BBQ or something, would not recommend more than that, simply not interesting enough.
04-03-2010 18:40:38 | More by JoeMertens
4.33/5 rDev +21.3%
Presentation: 22 oz. bomber with no freshness date.
Appearance: Richly golden in colour with a thick pasty white lace that retains very well.
Smell: Some fruitiness, malt sweetness and a touch of smoked tangy pepper.
Taste: Very smooth with a mild crispness, rich and medium bodied. A thin layer of malt is first then a mild smoke kicks in as well as a mellow tangy hot pepper that has a faint touch of heat to it, perhaps some of the tangy flavour is from the cascade hops. Soon after is an underlying malt (bready) and a bit of hop flavour ... yet the more you drink the more you feel the heat, though it does not get hot or over bearing. Very clean in the finish with a fading heat.
Notes: Seriously one of the best spiced/herbal ales we have ever had ... some complex yet very well balanced and oh so drinkable all at the same time. A generous addition of smoked chipotle peppers give this brew the heat and smoke.
03-09-2002 12:44:16 | More by Jason
3.65/5 rDev +2.2%
22oz bottle served chilled. Pours a hazy, burnt orange color, with an offwhite head that fades quickly. Only a few patches of lace were left on the glass. Aroma was very subdued for a Rogue. Sweet caramel dominated the nose, with just a hint of fruitiness and some smoke. Mouthfeel was actively carbonated with some mild hop bite and a slight twang of pepper bite. Taste featured the caramel malt sweetness, with a balance provided by sparing use of the westcoast hops. I could detect a mild, smoky chili flavor of the chipotle peppers, but they're in the background. Very well balanced, overall, and very drinkable. I think this one would be better with a more assertive pepper presence.
02-18-2004 10:54:21 | More by merlin48
3.88/5 rDev +8.7%
typical Rogue bomber, pours rich orangy amber, fairly cloudy, slight tan head, leaves moderate lacing, Nose is fairly mild, I get hints of smoke, red peppers and malty sweetness. Medium bodied, lots of smoke, red pepper and a mild jalapeno note. Not overpowering, but the pepper/chili thing is present. Nicely balanced by malt sweetness. Not for everybody, but Pepper heads will love it, great selection for tex-mex type food.
07-08-2005 21:56:02 | More by Billolick
3.85/5 rDev +7.8%
Appearance: 1/2 inch head, reddish-brown in color, clear, medium carbonation
Smell: malt, caramel, and pepper
Taste: malt and caramel dominate the start, hops and pepper dominate the finish
Mouthfeel: smooth, medium body, moderate carbonation, you can feel some bite.
Drinkability: Very smooth for a chile beer. The balnce on this one is amazing with the hops, malt, and chiles all blending nicely. One, if not the best in the style that I have had that was not on tap. I will look for this again, but one bomber at a time is good enough.
07-24-2009 14:57:22 | More by tigg924
1.35/5 rDev -62.2%
I don't know if the bottle was bad, or if I just hated the beer, but this one went straight down the drain after just a few sips. The beer poured a reddish color and smelled like chipotles. It also tasted quite a bit like them. Now I really like chipotle peppers, but something with this beer didn't agree with me. The person I was splitting the bomber with finished his glass, something I couldn't do. I have liked everything else from Rogue so I was expecting to like this one. But it just wasn't drinkable. I guess it is an acquired taste.
04-24-2008 04:04:24 | More by Mora2000
3.53/5 rDev -1.1%
Single bottle, part of the June LCBO Rogue release. Never had a chili beer, so I really don't know what to expect!
Poured into a nonic. A nice amber brew, slightly murky, a good frothy head that displays nice retention and makes some fine lacing. A good looking brew.
Nose is surprisingly mild. Malt, a bit of cascade hops, and what I assume to be the peppers, but had I not known what the beer's ingredients were beforehand, I would have just called it a 'astringent smokiness'.
Interesting - not in that patronizing sense of "that piece of modern art is...interesting", but that this beer is demanding my interest because there's a lot going on and I'm not sure what to make of it. Starts off slightly malty and with a bit of an IPA feel to it, before the chili peppers rush in. The chipotles give the brew a nice peppery southwest, with hints of smoke and leather, with the sweet malts and west coast hops cleansing the palate. Not a spicy brew; it just possesses a mix of flavors that seem to work fairly well together. As you get used to the taste, the chipotle becomes a little less predominant and it starts to taste a bit like a "southwestern rauchbier", imo.
Assertive carbonation, medium bodied, oily.
Not bad, probably not something I'd have too often, but I agree with a previous reviewer that this might be a great cooking brew. While it mercifully didn't taste like someone dumped pepper juice into a beer tun, the pepper flavor is only mild - I had expected a bit more zing to it. Still, an fine effort.
06-10-2011 18:38:28 | More by JohnnyBarman
3.9/5 rDev +9.2%
Appearance -When I poured it into my pint glass it appeared to have a copper color to it and displayed a decent size cream colored head.
Smell - Slight smoke and pepper smell to my nose.
Taste - To my palate it had a slight spice beginning which continued into the finish. Hints of pepper/jalapeño/smoke.
Mouth feel - Smooth start with a carbonated finish (may be the spices).
Drinkability - I liked this beer overall, but I like spicy foods. I actually enjoyed this while eating food that had been smoked all day, which could have prepared my taste buds for it.
04-05-2009 23:07:49 | More by recons54
3.68/5 rDev +3.1%
Opened 22 oz bomber bottle, poured into Nonic glass.
Nice off white head forms about 3/4" above top of golden/amber brew.
Smell is of hoppy citrus, but nothing outstanding. Taste is definitely smokey chipotle with a little hoppy bitterness on the finish. It would be awesome if it were just a tad sweeter, but all in all, its a pleasant brew. Very novelty, wouldn't be a regular brew.
02-29-2008 07:33:07 | More by mattster
Chipotle Ale from Rogue Ales
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