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Chipotle Ale - Rogue Ales

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Chipotle AleChipotle Ale

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693 Reviews

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Reviews: 693
Hads: 1,383
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 25.63%
Wants: 99
Gots: 118 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 DavoleBomb
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

4.5 A: Super clear medium orange/amber color. Two inches of frothy off-white head with good retention and good lacing too.

4.0 S: Peppers absolutely dominate the aroma. I could very well be smelling a burrito. Perfect grade for originality, but there could be some beer-like aspects to the smell as well. Eh, I suppose there is some graininess to it.

4.0 T: This is one crazy ass beer, but I must say I like it. First off, I can't rate this the way I would a regular beer. The spicy hotness to it overrides any chance of tasting a malt or hop profile properly. It would appear to have a run of the mill slightly nutty, but tasty amber ale backbone. The peppers aren't overwhelming at all, but they do screw up the palate by adding a healthy bit of heat.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good carbonation. Pretty good, but nothing special.

3.5 D: One is plenty, but it's a good ride.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.34/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a bomber into a "Rogue Chipotle" glass. It is just a goblet with a stem that looks like a cactus. Copper/amber color, opaque. Light head that was just dusting the surface.

S - First some malt and then the chipotle. Very distinct chipotle smell. I usually do not like fruit in my beer, but this smells really nice.

T - Slightly sweet at first, followed by the chipotle pepper. Enough spice to know it is there but not obnoxious or overpowering.

M - Soft at first, then bubbly carbonation, followed by a crisp finish. I liked the soft start and crisp finish, but a little less carbonation would be better. Oh, the pepper's heat stays on the lips for awhile afterward.

D - Very good and drinkable. I love the spiceiness and smell. This is probably the only beer with a fruit added that I really liked.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aye carumba, a spicy beer that works rather than burns and offends. This is a solid Rogue Ale with that great roasted chipotle taste on the finish. No, it doesn't scour your mouth out but rather it works with any spicy food or even better try it with food that is not spicy like a bowl of vegetable soup; it brings its own spice to the table. It is totally drinkable by itself( there is a smokiness to the finish like a lighter version of rogue smoke). Cool beer that is a benchmark for the style.

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Photo of ADZA
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I must admit i always get a little scared about chile beers i mean they can either get it just right or sometimes go overboard with the chile taste which for me ruins it i just like that nice balance and this beer is a perfect example,it pours a deep golden amber colour with decent carbonation which leaves a nice two finger head that slowly dissapates to a peaky cap in the middle with lacing all down the sides,the first aroma i pick up is smoked chipotles with a malty,fruity aroma lying in the background its definately got me interested,it has an above average mouthfeel with the fruity,malt tastes hitting the palette first which is finished off with a subtle ting of smokey heat but not overdone at all this is definately one of the better examples of this style that ive tried but hey its Rogue that so doesnt suprise me.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22 oz bomber.
Quite a good looking beer,dark amber/brown, with a good sized tan head..that goes fast but good lacing is left .
Aroma is also quite nice mainlly malty( unusual for a Rogue) but with a good whiff of roasted pepper thrown in.
Tastet is rather surprising as it tastes at first like a malty pale ale..then the rather pleasant chipotle , smoky hotness comes through but does not overwhelm the beer.
Pretty nice in the mouth not too thin and quite good

Nice drinkable ale with a nice extra "kick" in the end.

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Photo of Brent
3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of my lower scores for a Rogue beer, which is a lineup on which I can usually count. This was not a bad beer, but I was pumped for something special from the addition of the chipotle peppers - not much going on here. Perhaps my bottle was not fresh enough, and the peppers had faded into the background (why does Rogue so steadfastly resist any dating on the bottles?). Overall, this probably fell in the more mellow-end of the pale ale pool. Pretty boring.

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Photo of prototypic
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It pours a hazy red color. Head is about a finger and a half. Retention was rather short and very light lacing remained.

Smell: Very malty sweet smell. Mostly smells of caramel malts. There's a hint of some citrus in there. I'm not really picking up any spiciness on the nose.

Taste: It's definitely got a caramel, malty sweet taste. It is more spicy than the smell would suggest. It's not overly spicy, but it does remain and develop into a spicy aftertaste. No real hop bitterness here. Slight citrus flavors are noticeable.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and, as most Rogue beers, extremely well carbonated. Very drinkable. If nothing else was around, I could probably session this if I had to. But, Rogue makes more than a few better session beers than this. Overall, it's pretty good. Better than I was expecting. Check it out.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a semi-light amber, with two finger-widths of off-white head. Head is frothy, and begins to fade away quickly.

Chipotle is noticeable on the nose. A bit of sweet malt as well. It is a pretty faint smell. Not a lot going on for me. Perhaps a hint of hops.

Taste is mild. I can get a hint of chipotle, but not much. I get only the most mild hint of heat in the finish and aftertaste. Barely noticeable. Beer is otherwise pretty malt focused, but a little bit bland. There is nothing bad about it, but it is by no means exciting or particularly flavourful.

Beer is medium to light bodied, with pretty low carbonation.

Overall, pretty average. Fine but not exciting. Since the beer is assumedly meant to be focused on the chipotle, I was surprised how mild it is.

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Photo of jsh420
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours amber orange with a 1 finger head that leaves spotted lacing

smell like an amber with sweet malts ad floral hops but the hops do not come all the way through because of the smokey and spicey peppers take over -its different but what you would want i think in a chile beer

taste is pretty much like the smell and the base taste like most rogue beers i have had(its good but you know its a rogue) - while the initial taste might not be spicey just wait 10-20 seconds after you sip and you will feel the pepper burn in your chest throat mouth. this beer might be the end of me but i continue to drink it

mouthfeel is smooth which how it should be - if this beer had much carbonation it work hurt to drink - the more i drink the more i fire burns in my belly

drinkability is good but now that the person i split this one would not drink more the a few oz's 1 bomber will be all i can handle

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Photo of ffejherb
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into goblet on 5/9/10.

A - Poured a hazy, rusty orange liquid with ample carbonation and half an inch of light beige foam on top that quickly diminished into a thin patch and sparse amount of lacing.

S - Nose is sweet initially with light caramel malt notes paired with a faint oily, spicy pepper character. The peppery attributres emerge slowly at first until they culminate into an almost Spanish mole sauce character - peppery, earthy and spicy. A slight waft of alcohol and sweet tobacco also emerged as the liquid warmed up a bit.

T - The chipotle character is much more apparent in the flavor than the aroma and elicits smoky and earthy tones with a light herbal hop character and mild spicy pepper notes. The caramel malt sweetens the brew, providing a complementary balance to the boldness of the spicy and smoky attributes. Finishes with a touch of leafy hop bitterness amid a spicy, peppery zing.

M - Medium bodied with an oily texture and moderate carbonation. Finishes with a sweet malt character and smoky, spicy notes on the palate with a hint of residual heat from the pepper oils. Bitterness and spiciness lingers for quite a while on the lips and tongue.

D - Pretty interesting brew that incorporates earthy, herbal hops with a spicy, peppery flair. This would pair quite well with Mexican food. The oily, peppery character really retained its spiciness, considering the age of this bottle (purchased November 2008).

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Photo of wedge
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mostly clear rusty orange color with a tall, lumpy head of pure white foam. Some mild smokiness in the nose over a nice balance of malt and hops. Mellow bready yeast and slight grassy hops. The flavor opens with a pleasant malty sweetness...very Rogue tasting of course. Seems like a fairly simple well-balanced ale with just a bit of smokiness. The hops add just enough flavor with some lingering grassiness. Pretty clean overall and medium bodied with prickly carbonation.

You can tell peppers were used, but mostly in the aftertaste and a bit of warmth in the throat. Typical Rogue quality...solid.

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Photo of merlin48
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Vancer
3.14/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Mahogany pour with fast dying tan head – no bottled date on screen label.

Rich, malty aroma, with notes of the ol’ spicy peppers. Rustic tasting woody and smoky chili peppers stand out in this one – but they are not overpowering, fortunately

A very thin and quiet brew, the peppers are the whole story here. It’s just not a brew to savor, it’s more of a hurry up and finish it frosty. I think you really need to be working on some BBQ to fully enjoy it.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - reddish, coppery pour. Medium-bubbled soda pop head gets thin fast but holds at a thin cap. Not much lace but very active beading looks nice.

Aroma - some vague malty sweetness, mixing at first with some mild hop aroma, then things get interesting as some chipotle pepper comes through. Hmmm...

Taste - smoky and peppery. Not spicy hot, more like a smoked beer. Just enough chipotle flavor to make it distinctive. Some hop presence on the swallow and finish, but the pepper and smoke keep it from developing. Pretty good stuff!

Mouthfeel - zesty carbonation, just about medium body, nicely done to make this a good one with food or without.

Drinkability - there aren't many pepper beers to contend with, but this is my favorite one. Great grill-food beer.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. silk-screened bottle to a pint glass. I've had this one a couple times on-draught, but this is a first from the bottle. It's nice that Rogue introduced 12 oz. bottles in 2006, though the larger 22 oz'ers are still available also.

A: Pours a very pretty red-amber with a slight chill haze. Visible carbonation rises thoroughly through the glass to a fizzy head of large col-like bubbles. Within seconds the head is gone; only a bubbly smudge of film remains, off-centered.

S: Pouring, there was a discernable whiff of peppery heat. Where did it go? When I smell the finished pour, there's virtually no pepper aroma, only a faint malt and some dry hops. Either my nose doesn't work (possible), this beer is old (also possible) or the peppery aroma I thought I'd get from this doesn't exist. Regardless, smell was disappointing...

T: A pretty nice malty red ale or pale ale infused with some chipotle peppers. I remember the pepper spice & heat being more pronounced on-draught and again I wonder if this bottle is aged a little or if this is simply the more subdued result one gets out of the bottle. A decent flavor of malt with some crisp hops and a gentle chipotle pepper flavor that ends very smoky.

M: Moderately crisp with decent carbonation. A little lasting bitterness with some mild smokiness lingering in the finish. Light-medium body.

D: Good but not one of my favorites. A sort of novelty beer that I've had one or two excellent examples of (one by Calapooia comes to mind...). This isn't bad but isn't one I'd have very often either...worth a try...

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Photo of srandycarter
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pretty, somewhat murky caramel, nice large off white head that reduces to disk pretty quick. Lots of cling lace.

S - Smoked pepper dominates this sucker. I love pepper and use smoked pepper ground up for all kinds of stuff, so I should like this. Oddly, I am not sure I do.

T - Malt and smoked pepper are married equally. Again, it was fun to try, but maybe not my deal.

M - Good bodyand carb, balance pretty good considering the goal here.

D - Not for me. Fun to try, but for me, probably better to use for cooking.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Body is a bright orange hue-almost like it is on fire. Pours with a thin white head that quickly fades to a nice collar and very little lacing is left behind in the glass. Body also has a slight hazy translucency.

S- Chipotle peppers upfront with moderate strength. Piny hops and a sweet malt backbone.

T- Taste is similar to a mild amber ale upfront. Some piny hop flavor with a sweet malt backbone. The chipotle peppers kick in subtly for the finish while the piny hop flavor (and a slight bitterness) strengthens and the sweet malt begins to fade. A chipotle pepper taste and heat (heat is of moderate strength-not overbearing) is left to linger like a strong bitterness does in some IPAs. A slight malt sweetness also lingers.

M- Medium to low carbonation and body is a little thin.

D- I thought I was going to be blown away by chipotle peppers in this one; but I was surprised at how mild the flavor was. The peppers were presented very tastefully. I love trying unique brews like this and I think they are very interesting. Drinkability is high but its a novelty treat rather than something I want all the time. Job well done.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty meager 8oz pour on-tap at Winghearts. Amber/copper color with light haze. Rich head with impressive lacing. 4.0

Toasted malts, whiff of smoke, and a sweet grainy spice in the aroma. Not much else. 3.0

Crisp hoppiness in the taste with a dusty chile bite in the background. Very familiar with the Pacman Yeast flavor profile, and that musty fruit ester is here, too. Less spicy that I remember. Less smoky, too. Still a fine brew. 4.0

Medium-to-light body with a wetness that swigs and swishes around nicely. Not coating or dissipating. The carbonation is very mild. 4.0

One o'those 'thumbs-up' brews from Rogue. Give 'er a try. 4.0

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Photo of buschbeer
2.26/5  rDev -37%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

650ml bottle
Served in a conical pint glass

A - It pours amber in color and is capped with a couple of inches of off white head.

S - Initially, all I got was a sweet mess. Eventually, my nose detected some fresh pepper. It just has an overtly sweet smell to it.

T - There is more pepper in the taste. It starts out with a honey sweetness and then the pepper rushes in. The pepper taste is not to my liking. I don't know how to describe it. It is just not good.

M - Pretty thin

O - I love spicy food. I do not love this spicy beer. There are too extremes, spicy and sweet, battling it out and my tastebuds are losing. I would not recommend.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours crystal clear golden with a slight amber tinge. The head is white, but fleeting. It retreats to the edges of the surface but lingers.

The aroma is sweet caramel malts. Slight fruity aroma.

The flavor is caramel with a slight roastiness in the flavor. The beer is fairly bitter but well done. There is a smokiness in the flavor.

The finish is dry and slightly smoky with a very slight burning sensation in the throat (I assume from the chipotle peppers). The body is medium.

If it did not state the peppers on the bottle, the only hint is the slight heat in the finish. I really enjoy this beer and the heat and bitterness work well together. Kind of a pale ale with a kick.

22 ounce bottle.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

$5.99 for a bomber at Jack's. Silkscreened red and cream colored bottle. Brewed with Harrington, Klages, Maier Munich malts and Chipotle peppers. Hopped with Cascade & Willamette Hops. "Dedicated to Spanish Author Juan de la Cueva, who, in 1575, wrote of a Mexican dish that combined seedless chipotles with ale." Silver medal in the World Beer Championships.

OG=12 plato, 35 IBU, 82 AA, 23 Lovibond.

Pours out to a very clear deep red, as though it was colored with food coloring. Forms a nice whipped off-khaki head with very good retention and chunky lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is exciting...I smell smoke like a Schenkerla Marzen to a mild degree, mixed with the subtle spiciness of fresh chipotle peppers. Clean ferment. The mouthfeel is crisp at first, yet very smooth in it's finish with a medium body. Taste begins with a fresh blast of smoke, followed by some spicy pine and grapefruit hops. The hops are moderate in bitterness which mix perfectly with a piquant heat from the peppers. The peppers linger on the tongue in the aftertaste, balanced by toasted malts and prickly hops. The finish is dry with a nice warmth on the lips. Alcohol is imperceptable. A very rich, flavorful brew.

Overall, this is wonderfully balanced...a wonderful brewing feat when it would be oh so easy to screw a beer like this up. This is one of those beers that sounds like a bad idea but turns out wonderfully, which is true to Rogue brewing history. Actually very easy to drink, but a bomber is going to be enough for me. I would get this again for sure, and would recommend you try it if you're looking for something different.

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Photo of Metalmonk
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Overheard some guy at a recent beer festival complaining about one of the more experimental offerings: "Keep all that fruit and spices and shit outta my BEER!" I appreciate a pure approach to any craft, but for those of us who feel beer is somewhere between craft and art, his remarks seemed short-sighted. But it takes all kinds, even the people who don't want pineapple in their pizza or keyboards in their rock 'n' roll.

So it was with brave heart and palate that I reached for this strange Rogue offering several days later. Now I open it and find a light-tan head with a slight red tint to it. The color of the beer is also very red, with sparse and mellow bubbles.

The aroma is strongly of chipotle but even more strongly of the smoke they were smothered in. It's a very nice and, for a beer, very unusual smell. If I were blindfolded I probably wouldn't guess this was beer I'm smelling.

Flavor-wise, well, you gotta love smoked beer to get anything out this. As with the aroma, the smoke comes on much stronger than the actual chipotle flavor. But, chipotle being a very distinctive flavor, it's here, and the smoke/pepper combination is a hairy thing to have in the mouth in liquid form. Yikes. Had the smoke been a little less powerful, and the beer itself carried through something, ANYTHING resembling traditional ingredients, it would've helped offer more depth than it does. It has no depth, and thus strikes these tastebuds as a novelty.

Mouthfeel is fairly dry and the spicy and smoky elements linger long.

The first sip is cool. The second sip you start noticing its weaknesses. By the fifth sip I'm not sure I can make it through this bomber-size bottle. Maybe they should sell this in 6 oz. bottles. A novelty beer, a novelty bottle. Glad to have had it, and I still don't agree with the ultra-purist beer drinker referenced above...but no doubt, neither one of us are big fans of this particular experiment.

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Photo of peensteen
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy copper/amber colour, light white head and no lace. Smell is smokey, chile pepper, campfire like, bacon and a light malt. Taste is smokey, malt, mild bitterness, nice heat in the finish and aftertaste as well as a light hoppy citrus note. Medium body, medium carbonation, nice overall weight, good feel. This was better than I thought, would be nice with BBQ or chile but worked well on a warm Sunday afternoon.

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