Chipotle Ale - Rogue Ales

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Reviews: 693
Hads: 1,372
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.83%
Wants: 90
Gots: 108 | FT: 1
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Chile Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TastyTaste on 03-09-2002

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
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Photo of leaddog
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beer Revolutions.

Appearance- Pours a amber hue with a 1/4 finger width of foamy head.

Smell- Earthy hops with a nice smoky character.

Taste- Nice smokiness in this brew. The chipotle plays a lead role in this one. There is nice balance of citrus and hops. Has a nice dry finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall- A nice spiced brew from Rogue. I enjoyed the smoky character with the easy drinkability. Worth a go for those that like this type of style and are adventurous enough. (521 characters)

Photo of BDTyre
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At first, I wasn't too impressed with this, but the more I drink it the more I like it.

Typical red ale/amber ale appearance of a dark amber to copper colour. Head is vigorous and takes sometime to settle down. It leaves a decent layer and sticks to the side of the glass in clumps.

At first I thought this smelt like a generic albeit well-done pale ale: a good blend of malts and hops. But the more I poured, the more the beer warmed and the more nose I got, I could smell the heat of the chipotle. Sweet, smokey and spicey. No hops at all: the smoked chipotle overwhelm them, and even the malts are subdued by the pepper.

Initial tastes were of malts, but there is a slow creeping smoky spice flavour. I can definitely taste the peppers. As I swallow, there is a definite pepper taste, and the aftertaste leaves a lingering, faint burning in the back of my throat. Not unpleasant by any means, but rather, it is quite fitting.

This feels a bit thick on the tongue for the taste. I think this could benefit from a bit more carbonation, considering the spicy aftertaste. This is not something I would try to drink more than one of...the combination of flavours make this a potent brew. (1,197 characters)

Photo of ybnorml
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clean dark amber beer with orange hightlights. Has a big foamy off white head. Aroma ... OK smoked chille peppers and just a hint of sweet malt in the background, but mostly smoked chille peppers. Taste ... Ok this has got to be on of the best tasteing "chile" beers I hav had yet. A great smooth smoky character at first then a little malty sweetness with a spicey hop finish and then in true Chipolte fashion a slow building pepper burn. YUM (445 characters)

Photo of madtowndmb1
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just cracked this after having it for a while. I must say, I'm pleasantly surprised! Very normal color and the head is good. The smell is a little odd, probably the peppers in there. When I taste it, there's a little malt not a lot of hops. The Chipotle is very nice on the back end! I would buy this beer again, but you will need to have a taste for it! Very nice drinker! (375 characters)

Photo of soulgrowl
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Translucent, orange-copper in color, like a tropical iced tea. Very pretty, and deceptively innocent-looking. Thin, off-white head with poor retention and hardly any lacing.

Smell: Interesting! There's a wonderful smoky flavor from the pepper, but it doesn't overwhelm the sweet malt character, which contains hints of brown sugar. Deep sniffs will tingle your nose, almost to the point of inducing sneezes.

Taste: Excellent smoky chipotle flavor that doesn't overpower the brew itself (in fact, judging by the aroma, I was expecting more heat). Sugary malts balanced with just the right amount of hops and the pepper's acidity. This is an excellent, well-rounded amber ale by itself, and the chipotle takes it to a whole different level. The beer has a clean, peppery, acidic, and slightly dry finish. Awesome.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, with tingly bubbles and spiciness. Swallowing is accompanied by a mouth-watering, fleeting burn.

Drinkability: Fun to drink. The flavor makes it something that shouldn't be chugged, but it won't weigh you down or overwhelm you. (1,088 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue Chipotle Ale

Poured from the bomber and was greeted with a deep amber color beer. There was a thin off white head that sat atop the brew that quickly settled to a scant foamy film across the top. Not much lacing at all. (Is this from the oils that were in the peppers?)

I enjoy cooking and have used canned chipotles on several occasions. There is no secret what the aroma is... Chipotle Peppers all the way mixed with a slight malt aroma. The smoky aroma that comes from the chipotles is quite intriguing.

I have to admit that I'm really enjoying this beer. It almost seems that the malt notes are balanced with the smokiness & spiciness of the chipotles vs. the traditional hops.

I timed this tasting/review to go along with a spicy Buffalo Chicken appetizer that we are having. I tried the beer first and now am enjoying both together. I have to say the pairing is excellent.

Mouth feel is fairly light but seems bigger due to the smoky/spicy nature of the beer.

The finish is more of a lingering spiciness with very subtle hop notes.

I really like this.

I would highly recommend pairing with the proper food. Not sure I'd drink this on its own. But for the specific spicy occasion this is perfect.

Note - I've let three other family members try this with the spicy appetizer and all three really enjoyed it.

Get it the next time you have guests and intend to serve a spicy dish. (1,400 characters)

Photo of CaptMaelstrom
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Quite opaque, bronze/copper color. Minimal lacing/head.

Smells more malty than hoppy, you can detect a bit of peppery/spicy heat.

Perhaps a bit biased, as I'm enjoying this with arroz con pollo, but I believe this beer to be quite complex and well-balanced. The first wave is a little cinnamon sweet, you get the bready/toasty maltness, followed quickly with the warmth of the cinnamon and something like cardamom. The spice flavors seem well blended, like the beer has been aged or something. Lots of after-tastes.. ham/bacon, more spices/herbs, licorice perhaps.

Surprisingly light. Like the beer turns into vapor when it hits your tongue. Quite refreshing.

Overall, a solid entry into the spiced/herbal beers from Rogue. Worth a try. (740 characters)

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It's a slightly hazy reddish copper with a decent sized white head that settles quickly, doesn't leave much lacing, and doesn't retain well. The color is really nice, and I'm not sure that a chile beer would be able to sustain a large head, so I'm not docking it too much.

S: It's got a really sweet aroma mixed with some smokey pepper aromas and perhaps even a hint of fruitiness. It's not really spicy or anything, but I really like it. The understated smokiness is really nice.

T&M: Mmm, it's quite good. There's a definite sweet malt base that is supported adequately with a slightly fruity hop character. The peppers are there, but not extremely offensive. There's a smoky character throughout, but the heat comes in on the finish. This is a solid beer. Body is on the lighter side of medium, and the carbonation is decent, but could be a tad stronger.

D: Obviously, one wouldn't want to session this beer, but it's quite drinkable because the intensity from the peppers isn't overbearing, though the flavor is sufficient. Another solid beer from Rogue. (1,064 characters)

Photo of phenomenologian
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Upon opening some smoke comes out. Upon pouring it pours an off white beige-ish head that is about one finger width. The head retains okay and it laces pretty well. The body is an orange-ish almost amber color. You can see bubbles rise to the top.

The smell comes through with some hops and some smoky pepperiness. Smells pleasing.

You can taste lightly a combination of hops and malt. With these flavors, the hops seem to come through more. What comes through strongly throughout all of that is smoky pepperiness. You can taste the peppers that comes through in a nice smoky peppery delicoius beer.

The mouthfeel is different here. In this beer the carbonation is nice making it a smooth drinkable beer. However, the fact that this is a chile beer gives it a different kick in the mouthfeel. Its something I have not experienced before. You can feel the kick in it, maybe even more than in the actual taste.

Overall, its something to try even if it does not sound appetizing. A chipotle ale does not sound like a delicious beer to drink; or at least it did not sound good to me before I tried it but I am willing to try everything. So, even if a chipotle ale does not sound like a nice delicious ale, give it a try anyway. I enjoyed the new kind of taste that is not normal in most ales. (1,295 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a weizen glass, Pours out a very cloudy brown color with a nice large head. Aroma is moderately malty, no pepper scent I can detect. First taste is a good combination of malt and floral, spicy bitterness, and then at the finish a big bouquet of chipotle smokiness, sweet yet hot, and also phenolic. Very tasty! Moderate carbonation and neutral mouthfeel.

One of my favorites from rogue. (393 characters)

Photo of wheelinshirt
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! First chile beer. Very delicious.

Ruddy brown color with some off white, creamy head that lasted for a while but left little lacing. Didn't really know what to expect from this style, though.

Smell is mostly sweet malt with some smokiness from the chipotle (smoke-dried jalapenos). Taste is malty up front, kind of sweet with a very unique sweet malt taste. The only action I am getting from the chiles is smoke right now.

Now i start to get the chile parts of the beer--a little burning in the back of the throat from the jalapenos, very balanced though--amazingly drinkable. Very good overall. I don't know how old this is or how age has affected it, but very good and very subtle with the chile--expertly done. (721 characters)

Photo of SetarconeX
4.19/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I wasn't that enthusiastic about the beer going in, so I was pleasently surprised when I got to it. First off, it's a lovely color, a nice transparent reddish hue. The smell is a nice, light sharp scent, not unlike a decent pale ale. The taste starts out not unlike a good pale ale, but with a delightfully complex background. It's nowhere near as hoppy as some of Rogue's other brews, and you don't notice the peppers so much in the flavor.

Where you do notice the peppers is an odd spot in the back of your throat that seems to warm as you drink the beer. It's a curious feeling, and absolutely wonderful. A truly unique brew. (631 characters)

Photo of irishtjb11
4.19/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

got a bomber of this, super great. this is one of the more interesting beers ive had. great unfiltered orange appearance with a nice white head. the smell is great, really unique. not much of hops, a bit of sweet carmel malts, but loaded with bbq, hickory smokiness which is just really unique and interesting, in a good way. the smokiness is definltey stronger in the nose than the mouth, the taste is much spicer and accute than the smell that is less pin pointed. less smokey, much more chile, chiptole, jalepenos. tickles the palate on the way out. everything i wanted in this beer in regards to taste. tons of notes reminding me of bbqs, hickory chips, and tons of hot peppers. the drinkability isnt too high, in regards to quantity. but for quality i think it really is highly drinkable and enjoyable. really, really happy with this. another great beer from rogue. (870 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.19/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm trying to figure out if this version of the beer has changed much, if at all, from prior years because it was a lot better than I remember. The appearance of the poor was a dark amber hue with a light head. The smell was smokey with a little bit of pepper mixed in with the hops and malt smells. The taste and mouthfeel are what I love the most about the beer. The taste is deeply smokey with just a little bit of spice on the back of the throat. It makes the beer an easy pairing with Spanish and Indian food. The mouthfeel as well coats your cheeks so that there's a light tingle from the spice. Overall was very nice and for the price I found it at (7.99) not a bad buy. (677 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

always a fan of chili beers i was thrilled when i saw this one pop up on our shelves. poured into a pint glass.

nice dark amber pour, bordering on a light brown with a smooth, even and small head that did its best to not really fade that much at all. aroma is lots of earth grains, light hops and a touch of rye like spice, not much pepper at all in the aroma, this comes much later. as you take a sip it has all the marks of a nicely done esb or amber, but gives you that nice kick of chili pepper in the finish that lets you know its there. spicy with a definite nice hit, this was very well recieved.

overall done very nice as the chili is reserved for the finish where it should be, overall an excellent beer i have to say. (729 characters)

Photo of dbmcrorie
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation:
650mL bomber poured into a tulip glass to really capture those peppery aromas. No dates on the bottle.

Visual:
The body is a delicious ruby orange and clear as a crystal. It agitates well into a nice thick khaki head. Decent retention and some beautiful lacing. I'd give this a 5 if only the head stuck around a little longer.

Aroma:
Well balanced. Great earthy platform from the Willamette hops, along with a bready malt profile bragging of caramel sweet undertones. I won't lie, there is a hint of rubber band somewhere in the back, but it is not unpleasant - just unexpected. Soft pepper notes up front like pepperoni that fade into the unique chipotle twinge in the finish.

Taste:
The hops create a pleasant bittering that cleans the palate for the peppers to follow. Well done Rogue, that's planning ahead. Hearty malt profile that is subtle yet present; again, not stealing the show from the peppers, but making sure everything stays balanced. Medium bodied with a grainy mouthfeel, perfect for rustling those flavors up. Nice soft bittering aftertaste with a hint of spiciness.

Overall:
Job well done. I had a cajun pepper ale a while back that was way out of whack. It seemed that they made an ale, and just added peppers without thinking of how the two blend. Rogue, on the other hand, seemed to put a lot of thought into the final product with this brew. The level of intensity for each ingredient is balanced well with the others.
I could see this brew pairing well with chipotle based foods, but I would personally recommend not going that route. I would say, embrace this ales complexity with some nice pulled pork or rotisserie chicken. Think subtly sweet, like cornbread or bbq. This ale would be perfect for cooking southern recipes with.

Side note: I would let this brew sit out of your fridge for about 15-20 minutes before serving it. I had a glassful while it was cold, straight out of the fridge and it was okay. Once a half hour went by (with the bottle sitting in room temperature) and I had the second glass, the malt really shined. This immensely helps bring out those rich chipotle features.

Cheers! (2,145 characters)

Photo of dolem98
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This lightly spicy, heavily smoky beer makes a unique session brew. With not too much spiciness it is suprisingly drinkable, rather than a novelty, and the smoky chipotles give it enough of a unique kick to keep it interesting all night. There is a certain medicinal quality to the smoky flavor that is noticable in the odor and taste, and it is a little too overpowering to make this a perfect beer. (400 characters)

Photo of cvstrickland
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22-ounce bottle poured into a tulip yields a cherry-amber body capped with a finger of loose, mottled off-white foam that recedes to a ring and leaves swatches of lacing on the glass.

Smell is sweet and toasty-malty with a bit of hot sauce.

Taste is malty and sweetly toasty with a bit of citrus and a nice kick of hot pepper. I bought this beer specifically to drink along with a snack of some rustic multigrain bread, olives, dried Italian salami and a crumbly sheep/goat's milk cheese, and it turned out plenty big to work along with the potent salty/spicy/sour flavors and oily textures in the gnosh. The beer is extremely reminiscent of the Rogue in-your-face pale ale style, which in my mind almost always comprises a consistent malty base with odd experimental flavors defiant of convention that, in reality, seldom overpower the solid base of the drink and fit in just fine. There's a chocolatey bit of caramel in the drink as it warms.

Creamy and soft with great drinkability. Devilishly smooth, warm, and satisfying. (1,029 characters)

Photo of kirok1999
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Clear copper with a mild head.

Smell- Malty and spicy, almost smoky. Some piny/citrusy hops.

Taste- Malt at first then a wisp of smoke, then the slight heat. Nothing too over powering, just mild enough to balance the malts. Much better than I had expected.

Mouthfeel- Crisp and clean, full bodied and mildly carbonated.

Drinkability- Very nice, I like it much more than I thought I would. The pepper is definitely noticable yet not enough to put me off of the brew. I'll buy it again. (508 characters)

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.21/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost pinkish golden amber and topped with a pock marked virgin paper white head. Leaves a cap but like none lacing.

I'm thinking Rouge did right on this chile beer, or at least a chipotle beer, it's really a wonderfully balanced aroma of spicy peppers and the smoke that surrounds them. A nice, understated malty sweetness manages to shine through as well and suprisingly some slightly grapefruity hops.

Damn I think I like this, if I had some pepper jack cheese right now I might be in heaven. What I like about this beer is that its more than just chile, it's smokey, slightly sweet, chewy, creamy cheese (that's more texture than taste but really there seems to be a bit of cheese in this beer which I am really digging right now) the finish is slightly fruity, with a slight grapefruity bitterness lingering on the tongue working its way through a substantial smokey spiciness.

I'm getting a little heartburn from an entire bomber of this stuff. One is good enough but damn if this is not one fine chile beer. (1,027 characters)

Photo of depechemode1983
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a reddish copper brown. Has with an off-white, bordering tan foamy head. Retention is great and there is lots of lacing.

S - The nose is sour and smoky with lots of peppery characters and spiciness. The chipotle peppers stand out nicely.

T - Up front the flavor is of light hops. Through the middle and finish there is spicy chipotle peppers with a lot of smokiness, and with a nice spicy finish and aftertaste.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied, with soft minimal carbonation.

D/N - Delicious bbq in a bottle. Wonderful brew and highly drinkable if you love natural and light pepper flavor. I wish this was distributed to my area. (655 characters)

Photo of mempath
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

seems the bros. are more on spot than the collective this time around!

being a chile-head and loving lindts chocolate with chile, all manner of hot sauces, growing peppers, etc etc, had to try this. appearance is as expected, amber ale, with nice off-white head that settles with light lacing. looks premium. as are most rogue ales...

initial smell is the chipotle smokiness! actually almost that sense of toastiness in stouts or some porters. though i love the rich, deep notes of this, it does mask the malts and other aspects i know are lurking. maybe they saved themselves for taste.

same smokiness enters but opens up a bit, fades slowly leaving a slow finishing abiding in maltiness. very nice. not as slow, but about as impressive as the one bobby flay dish i had at his mesa grill with regards to layered heat/smokiness over time. very artful here for sure. actually a sense of 'beef jerky' but subtle and not in any corny way. vegans, don't despair! i would give it a 5 if only my tastebuds starting to burn a bit...

mouthfeel is right on, creamy which complements the tangy smoke notes. just enough carbo keep things low level-bristling.

no problem taking down this bomber at 22 oz. i find it quite drinkable though not an everyday brew. special occasions, blending experiments with other complementary brews.

as the pint goes down and i pour a bit more, it really opens up (the spice) in even better ways as it slightly warms or should i say 'cools up'

nice. a cold bottle of heat. recommended! (1,513 characters)

Photo of Docer
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally grabbed a bottle after a buddy at work told me its a must have!

- Nice ever so slightly cloudy amber ale color with a nice eggshell head and a slew of lacing. Copper....

- Smells much like their fantastic amber ale but with a bit of sweetness and fresh hop goodness... but not much in the area of peppers.

- Great flavor going down... and what is left behind is an amazing flavor of true chipotle peppers.... not just a spice or a burn... but a complex flavor that is just spot on for a risky style.... plus there is a nice sneaker of spice.... super quality.

- Slight spice, and great hops leave the mouth watering for more...

- What a fantastic ale from Rogue.. one of my new favorites from them and one I hope they continue to brew. It goes down well and is very unique and great for even those that dont like spicy stuff. (838 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Real nice nearly crystal clear body and a wonderful just magic copper orange red color. Not much noticeable rising carbonation, but a nice fluffy head, three to four fingers deep forming real nicely, with a slight yellow hue to it.

Nose is great roasted pepper, char and slight burnt with airy crispness. It reminds of diving into a bowl of salsa. Hints of smoke whaff out of this almost like a rauchbier. Great smelling brew.

Palate hits the right notes. It's not wham hard, but a real nice subtle char and smoked pepper. Malt sweetness finishes the brew on the aftertaste, rounding out the flavors of pepper to meld nicely on the tongue. Mouthfeel has just the right amount of richness to bring everything forward, nothing thick or wet, just about simple and right.

OVerall great example of a chile and pepper action in a brew, I will have this again when in the mood. (922 characters)

Photo of shand
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a nonic.

Now I love spicy foods, and I love beer, but I came into this one a little hesitant. Chiles in my beer? Anyhow, I needed something to drink on Cinco de Mayo that's not another adjunct lager, so decided this was as good a time as any to pick this up. This one pours a slightly hazy lighter red-orange color, and is crested with a nice two fingers of head. The head laces very well. The smell on this ... fingers crossed ... is nice! An upfront smokiness blends with some nice slightly sweet maltiness. A little bit of spice gets stick in the nose. The taste is very good. It goes down easily at first, with some nice smokiness over the malt base, then the chipotles make their presence known at the end with just the right amount of heat.

The mouthfeel is great, it's the perfect thickness to let the chilis make themselves known, without being too thick for the fairly easiygoing intro. The only thing I can knock this on is the drinkability. It drinks quite easily at first, but the last eight or so ounces do begin to drag. 12oz bottles would be perfect here. Either way it'd be a one and done though. A surprisingly good and unique ale here I really enjoyed. Give it a try. (1,219 characters)

Chipotle Ale from Rogue Ales
82 out of 100 based on 693 ratings.