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Chipotle Ale - Rogue Ales

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Chipotle AleChipotle Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,250 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,250
Reviews: 682
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 18.49%
Wants: 66
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
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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randawakes

Alaska

3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tastes like a Chipotle pepper juice, what do you know? Very spicy, warm golden red colors, mild head. Drinkable, taste is unique, but grows on you. Smoky char sensation, enjoyed it.

Its not perfect but a bit above average B. It is lacking in mouthfeel but just a bit, the peppers are too dominant.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 23:26:32 | More by randawakes
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TrevorGW

Massachusetts

1.3/5  rDev -63.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I love chipotle spices and I love ale. But this beer did not hit my tongue in a favorable way and I had to pour most of it out. The smoky spices were overwhelming and no malt or hop flavor or aroma could break through. Very disappointing, since I am a fan of Rogue's other products.

The taste of the beer just didn't do it for me at all. It wasn't too spicy, it just tasted funky. Might have been a bad bottle, but I never want to smell this beer again!

The beer did look nice and red in the glass, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was food coloring.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 17:26:29 | More by TrevorGW
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HopEnthusiast

Massachusetts

2.4/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had no idea what to expect upon buying this one. The aroma definitely has chipotle with the usual hops. Pours deep amber with a medium tan head. The taste is actually very mild. Hoppy and malty, the chipotle takes a back seat. You can taste it, but its not like that horrible. It wasn't to enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2009 17:11:28 | More by HopEnthusiast
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RichIron883

New York

3.25/5  rDev -9%

12-06-2013 20:23:40 | More by RichIron883
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IheartTomorrow

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -2%

04-23-2012 04:03:32 | More by IheartTomorrow
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SPThirtyThree

Colorado

2.68/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A: Pours perfect grainy, cloudy, yet average amber. Looks like burnt straw in the summer sky in late May, just before being harvested under the sun.

S: Citrus-like and spicy, the aroma of this one hits like a buffalo wing. The heat in the nose perfectly balances the spicy and hoppy tones. The hops smell like west coast varieties, contributing a fruitiness with a slight but weak resemblance to
grapefruit. The sweet honey malts are hidden deep within the odor and are difficult to detect amidst the hops and peppers.

T: This beer hits the tongue with strong honey flavor and then washes around the tongue, leaving behind fire as it swirls down towards the back of the tongue, exciting the saliva glands. Some fruitiness is present, but it is completely dominated by the smoked pepper flavors. It somehow tastes like eating a can of green chilies that have been rolled in fireplace ashes. Smoky, spicy character dominates the palette.

M: The mouthfeel is very light, with the slightest bit of puckering astringency at the end.

D: Low to medium, although the amount of heat in the beer might be limiting.

Overall, the peppers hit a completely different region of the senses than the beer itself, which is unfortunate, as i wanted them to blend more amicably, the way coffee flavors sneak into a beer. This, and the overly cloying sweet taste of the beer are its only faults.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 06:12:45 | More by SPThirtyThree
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mrsimm

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -9%

04-27-2012 23:53:47 | More by mrsimm
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ljbrisson

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear copper orange into my Guiness pint glass. A thin one-finger off-white head quickly dissipated and left little lacing on the inside of the glass throughout the drink. Aroma is a lot of malt with the chipotle spiciness detectable. Mouthfeel is bland, medium-bodied and medium carbonation. Taste is malty, with a bit of smokiness from the chipotle in the middle, then a twinge of hoppy bitterness and finishes with an odd smoky spiciness. This beer has to be pretty warm to get the full effect of the active ingredient. Overall this is an ok beer. I think drinkability is moderate. For the style, I'm sure this is pretty good, but as a stand-alone brew I am not a huge fan.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 02:03:37 | More by ljbrisson
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TedSneakman


4/5  rDev +12%

05-17-2012 20:16:00 | More by TedSneakman
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kenzak

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +12%

11-16-2011 03:16:25 | More by kenzak
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SonOfOdin

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +5%

11-15-2013 03:17:38 | More by SonOfOdin
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brin611

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +19%

03-03-2013 03:52:43 | More by brin611
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OregonMicrobrew

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -2%

02-19-2012 19:57:37 | More by OregonMicrobrew
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amp138

Rhode Island

3/5  rDev -16%

12-22-2011 04:02:32 | More by amp138
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risteardj

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +12%

06-09-2014 03:49:10 | More by risteardj
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TheJudge

New York

2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a nice red color, no real head to speak of. Not bad. The nose is disappointing. Some malt aroma, no hops, no pepper smell. I expected more, from Rogue and from the billing on the bottle.

The taste is SMOKEY. They call it subtle, but it ain't. No spice really, just smoke. Not what I was expecting. I wanted to get some pepper out of it, but it just wasn't really there. Felt good in the mouth, slight burn that was reminicent of pepper.

I dont think I will have another one of these. I admit I am not always a fan of smoke beers, but I love my peppers. I was disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2005 17:12:01 | More by TheJudge
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bdeast1

Alabama

4/5  rDev +12%

11-28-2011 21:14:48 | More by bdeast1
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Rijtjeshuis

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 23:41:24 | More by Rijtjeshuis
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LordChesterfield

Oregon

3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This thing tastes like biting into a hickory twig! In a good way.I has a very obvious smoke flavor that's kind of shocking at first, but after a few seconds I started to realize how good it was. Smooth and delicious, and it tastes like smoke. This beer would be absolutely perfect with a steak, or sitting around the campfire. I really like this and will buy again. Price was a little steep though. It tastes like beer and chipotle should but it's missing the spice, it shows up just as I'm finishing the bottle, and I don't even drink fast. You've got to take into acount that alcohol numbs your taste buds to capsacian, and that I like Thai food. I hadn't tasted any spice throughout the whole bottle and even forgot there was supposed to be any, and when it showed up I was like "oh, right!"

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2005 07:15:09 | More by LordChesterfield
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Havion383

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -30%

05-25-2012 15:51:00 | More by Havion383
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HoppyHoward

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +5%

10-23-2012 03:33:55 | More by HoppyHoward
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billnet

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +5%

07-29-2013 17:20:32 | More by billnet
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soulfly967

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This one poured a dark amber with hints of red throughout. A very light brown, somewhat tan head formed that held on for a bit, then fell to a film leaving some lacing. The smell was of some smoke, lightly roasted malts, chili peppers and some hops. The taste was sweetish and malty at the front, with some hops at the finish and only a faint showing of smoked peppers, very disappointing. The mouthfeel was fairly smooth and medium bodied, nothing to write home about. I would have to say that 22oz. was a bit too much of this. I was hoping for a smoke filled, fire breathing trip through Hell, but I did't get it. Oh well, better luck next time.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2005 04:01:08 | More by soulfly967
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ruffdawg

West Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -9%

11-11-2013 18:18:21 | More by ruffdawg
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Cougar990

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +12%

07-01-2012 12:36:27 | More by Cougar990
Chipotle Ale from Rogue Ales
81 out of 100 based on 1,250 ratings.