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Chipotle Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
81
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1,239 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,239
Reviews: 682
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 18.49%
Wants: 65
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Chile Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
Label of 22 oz bottle:

8 Ingredients: Harrington, Klages & Maier Munich Malts; Cascade & Willamette Hops; Chipotle Peppers, Free Range Coastal Waters & Top Fermenting Pacman Yeast.

No Chemicals, No Preservatives, No Additives.

Dedicated to Spanish author Juan de la Cueva, who, in 1575, wrote of a Mexican dish that combined seedless chipotles with ale.

This ale is deep amber in color with a rich malty aroma, and delicately spiced with smoked Jalapeno peppers to give it that extra bite!

Oregon Brewed - Established 1988

Oxygen Fixing Caps - 35 IBU

(Beer added by: TastyTaste on 03-09-2002)
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

1.88/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a solid amber color with a sticky, white head that stays for a good long while. It smells like someone poured some kind of chili powder into a stock ale. Odd to say the least. The peppery sensation sits in the nose, but isn't strong enough to make me sneeze or anything. The Chipotle taste isn't as powerful as I would have originally thought. Instead, it sits in the mouth long after all of the other flavors have passed, burning slightly...more like pepper than anything else. As for the other flavors, there are some pretty decent hop notes that bitter the whole thing up, but they lose out to the peppered flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 04:58:20 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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IronCitySteve

Pennsylvania

1.93/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Pours a nice light orangish/red color with a nice large tan foam head. There is a decent amount of lacing.

S: A decent amount of spicy peppers, jalapeno, chile, smoke and toast.

T: After smelling the beer, I expected something different. As somebody who enjoys a lot of spice, this did not have a good taste. It was ashy, like an ashtray. Lots of smoke dominate the beer.

M: Leaves a smokey taste on the palate, like charred wood.

D: Not my kind of beer...many like this beer, but for me, not one I enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 20:54:12 | More by IronCitySteve
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darklordlager

Wisconsin

1.93/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Poured into a pint glass a light brown/sunset orange with a 3/4" cream coloured head. Some stickage against the walls of the glass.

Musty. Smells of 'Great Grandma's closet,' as the odor of clothes that haven't been used in years wafts out as it is opened. Smokey spice, light nutmeg, spice.

Taste:
Some malt sweetness up front colliding with an earthy spice character. Cheyenne, Jalepeno, lemon, and smoke all come to mind. Chewing on spicy dirt is the best comparison I can draw.

M: Well carbonated, perhaps its best quality.

I wish Rogue would have put this in a 12 oz so I wouldn't be stuck with 22 oz of this. (Ended up giving 1/2 to a friend who has a cold and could only taste the spicey heat). I had to pop some lime flavoured popcorn to help this down.

Interesting effort. "Extreme" beer though? I tend to define "extreme" as something innovative AND delicious, so I would say Rogue is a bit off of the mark here.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 03:30:42 | More by darklordlager
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travolta

California

1.95/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Apperance: Golden rose, or apricot. The head retention was minimal to moderate.

Nose: Wheat and peppers right away. Some sun dried tomatos, sweet caramel, and vanilla.

Taste: Skins of red pepper stays with you and slides down your throat. It is a bit spicy in the end, as well as a bit of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light body with light texture and carbonation, actually, very little carbonation.

Notes: Interesting and worth a try, but not worth repeating.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2005 03:37:29 | More by travolta
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Floydster

California

1.95/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22 ounce bottle from Cooke's Family Market in El Segundo

Poured a deep reddish brown color into my pint glass

One of the worst beers I have had in a long time, peppers and beer do not mix at all

Smell was rancid and taste was so spicy, I needed to drink water with it

Only drank about five ounces before giving it to my dad, he will drink anything

Not recommended

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2007 03:15:45 | More by Floydster
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unklesyd

Oregon

1.98/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Whew! This is the first beer I've ever sent back! And the first Rogue that I have not only not enjoyed but rather detested!

Had this on tap at the brewery. Looked very nice, deep molases-amber. Not a lot of aroma to speak of. Too bad, as it may have portended some of the terrible fury that lay within.

As the beer hit my tounge, I was reminded of a Scottish that I had brewed that had become infected. Nothing but band-aid lickin' all the way (oh, an a smoked band-aid, if that helps).

I told the 'tender about the problem and that they might want to check this out. He poured a sample and told me that, no, this is just what it is supposed to taste like. Hmmm....

At least he let me get something else.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2005 00:23:23 | More by unklesyd
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dandepoto

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -44%

01-15-2014 12:38:52 | More by dandepoto
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -44%

11-30-2011 18:47:32 | More by FreshmanPour77
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Travisnin

Idaho

2/5  rDev -44%

11-15-2011 07:22:50 | More by Travisnin
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DubCo21

Virginia

2/5  rDev -44%

04-15-2014 18:03:05 | More by DubCo21
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freduardo

Alabama

2/5  rDev -44%

12-16-2011 05:30:21 | More by freduardo
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BGsWo22

New York

2/5  rDev -44%

03-20-2013 23:31:25 | More by BGsWo22
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jhillwastaken

Illinois

2/5  rDev -44%

09-11-2012 03:10:11 | More by jhillwastaken
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ATXRyan

Texas

2/5  rDev -44%

11-17-2011 19:12:43 | More by ATXRyan
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SBoyar1

Texas

2/5  rDev -44%

02-10-2013 03:34:43 | More by SBoyar1
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Circleo12

South Carolina

2/5  rDev -44%

11-12-2012 13:40:10 | More by Circleo12
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jk3

New York

2/5  rDev -44%

02-28-2012 23:55:57 | More by jk3
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Merkur

Tennessee

2/5  rDev -44%

11-22-2011 03:31:05 | More by Merkur
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kelvarnsen

Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -44%

11-30-2011 18:59:23 | More by kelvarnsen
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Fufsackbandit

Alabama

2/5  rDev -44%

04-29-2012 02:03:46 | More by Fufsackbandit
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UA8

Washington

2.03/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Pours a nice amber color with a lackluster white head.

S- Very elusive on the nose, a touch of malts and yeast. WEird fake smokey scent as well.

T- Ugh I guess chili beers are not for me cause this tastes like a straight can of chewing tobacco with a cayenne backer.

D- I had to pour this down the drain first beer Ive ever done this with.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2008 01:13:38 | More by UA8
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

2.05/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured hazy amber with a normal/abundant amount of head, which formed in some large bubbles. Aroma is very malty, bready, and pleasant. Previously, I'd had another chile beer which turned me off from this category, so I was a bit reluctant to take a sip. Flavor was extremely malty on the nose, with a bit of spice on the back-end. Not great, but not awful. Although I love chiles, spicy food, and preparing and eating all the foods that go with that (salsa, guacamole, anything Mexican, spicy tomato sauces and so on, after these two experiments with chile beers, I think I'm not going to meddle with this category further in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2006 01:57:38 | More by BeerBelcher
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stegmakk

New York

2.08/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Ugghhh...wretched...first beer from Rogue I don't like.
Looked a nice orange amber...no head what so ever...flat like
Smelled mostly like malt and some smoke...and tequilla
Taste...horrid...like tequilla and beer
mouthfeel...thin
drinkability...I actually poured this down the sink...

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2003 18:12:32 | More by stegmakk
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NolateM

Connecticut

2.1/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A few ounces from a bomber poured into a small wine glass. Just had a sample. Translucent amber color, not much head.

Smells and tastes like smokey peanuts. Seems like sweet malt is TRYING to break through, but being beaten down by a smokey hot-sauce flavor. Slightly bacony, slight sting in the back of the mouth. It's sort of like a rauchbier, with spice added to the smoke.

Average carbonation - not too low, not too high, pretty decent. Probably the only thing the beer had going for it.

Seriously undrinkable. I couldn't even finish a sample. I love Rogue, but there's no reason to buy this other than to go "dude, check out how weird this beer is" or maybe to use as a marinade for beef jerky. I guess it does technically deliver what it says it will deliver, but I just can't in good conscience give this a good review.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2007 05:12:12 | More by NolateM
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BrownAleMale

Wisconsin

2.2/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bomber bottle poured into a Kasteel goblet glass.

Appearance- The color of cherry 7up with basically 0 head.

Smell- Not getting to much here, just a lot of char.

Taste- Follows the nose. Taste like chard Smokey campfire wood. Some bread malt with no real hop finish at all.

Mouthfeel- Once again think 7up. It's so carbonated. I actually would think this is a lager if it didn't say ale right on the bottle.

Overall- Was underwhelmed all around. Taste of liquid smoke not chipolte at all. I absolutely love spicy peppers and food and this is neither spicy or good at all. Super disappointed!

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 06:20:17 | More by BrownAleMale
Chipotle Ale from Rogue Ales
81 out of 100 based on 1,239 ratings.