Chipotle Ale - Rogue Ales
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3.25/5 rDev -9%
Appearance is a golden orange/red - A beautiful amber - with a frothy tan head that hangs around, good lacing.
The nose is dominated by grass with some spice in the background. After a few sniffs the spice comes across as chipotle - heat and smoke.
The smokey spice of the chipotle hits in the back of the mouth, with a slight lingering cinnamon fire candy sweetness up front. This is real big on flavor, but all the flavor doesn't quite meld as well as it could. A very interesting beer to try and worth the experience, but not one I'm going back for.
09-05-2010 12:35:09 | More by Chickenhawk9932
3.85/5 rDev +7.8%
My first chile beer. Crazy Ed's Cave Creek Chili Beer is sold at Discount Liquor (with a note exclaiming, "Back by popular demand!"), but I've been too apprehensive to try it. So Chipotle Ale (if it was Dogfish, it would be "Chipotlale") it is.
Looks like a standard red/amber ale. It's, well, reddish-amber, cloudy and translucent. Almost no head, however.
Smells intriguing. It's malty, like a regular light-colored ale, but there's definitely a smoky, chipotle twang. I like it.
The taste is similar to the smell, in that it's clearly based on a regular old amber/red ale, malty and unexceptional. But then...chipotle! There's an oddly satisfying, peppery bite to this beer. It's not overpowering, but not subtle either--just right. I certainly wouldn't expect peppers and beer to go well together, but the chipotle finish on this beer is very nice, and certainly unique. Mouthfeel is solidly thick. You really could drink a lot of this beer; the smoky, peppery finish remains a surprising development with every sip, and is never overpowering. A regular beer with an ace up its sleep. Definitely worth trying.
Thanks to Andrea for this gift. Smack!
07-30-2005 05:48:18 | More by battlekow
4.2/5 rDev +17.6%
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.
03-27-2011 03:00:06 | More by depechemode1983
3.68/5 rDev +3.1%
I bought this beer with high expectations. I enjoy many of Rogue's brews. Poured a clear reddish color with a pretty good head. Smelled fairly citrusy, I was trying to detect any chipotle pepper spice but must have been way in the back. The taste was a little surprising. A bit thin and I was really hoping for a heavy pepper taste. There was a noticable "heat" but for the most part it was fairly well balanced. I guess it is good it isn't too overpowering or it would be hard to quaff.
04-23-2008 15:42:37 | More by Portertime
4.2/5 rDev +17.6%
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.
11-27-2008 05:57:12 | More by BamaBeerBuff
3.55/5 rDev -0.6%
I didn't know what to expect with this beer, but I am pleasently surprised
pours a wonderful copper color. some tanish foam that really doesn't last, nor does it lace. sweet nose, you can smell the peppers, in a good way
taste is a very interesting mix. matly, is the 1st thing i get. then there is the rest, and the rest is very much a nice change of pace. no real hop presence, but the peppers are there. not in a burn your mouth sense, but more of a pep, a kick, that show up when you least expect it. makes for a very intersting mix, and i recomend you try it if you can. Slighty chew mouthfeel, and surprisingly drinkable. nice brew to get!
08-20-2006 05:18:12 | More by PSUDREW
3.08/5 rDev -13.7%
Pours a nice amber colour with a soapy tan head that collars and leaves a small amount of lace at the top of the glass.
Whoa! I don't like this smell. It's like a weird, extremely astringent gasoline or magic marker smell with a chemically smoke overtone. It literally made me gag. I think I expected something softer and more peppery in tone.
The taste is sweet yet smoky after an oddly crisp start. Surprisingly malty and definitely better after it warms.
Mouth is light-medium bodied with a low carbonation. Gets malty and spicy on the back end.
I frankly didn't know that Chille Beer was a style (thought it'd be under herbed/spiced) and have never had one before so I'll give it a pass. But, the smell is just too much for me to consider drinking more than the two I bought already.
06-14-2011 21:03:32 | More by bryehn
2.48/5 rDev -30.5%
Perhaps I don't understand the style but this beer really didn't take to me. Thick dense head on top of a dark amber crystaline body. Smelled lightly of peppers and timber ash, pleasant on the cool evening. It tastes vaguely of chili paste or spoiled almonds (kinda a numbing sensation). Left no discernable aftertaste but was hard enough to take down. Felt about right but not drinkable as it's taste was a bit too chili for me.
10-22-2005 16:45:36 | More by packetknife
3.43/5 rDev -3.9%
Pours a cloudy amber red golden color with a off white thick head.
The smell is spicy, big malt presence as well.
Taste is spicy! Lots of pepper in the finish. Caramel malts serve to hold down the level of spice a little bit, which is nice. Chipotle peppers dominate the taste though, hands down.
Mouthfeel is interesting, carbonated and peppery. Interesting.
Not too drinkable, worth trying though.
01-29-2010 23:17:37 | More by pmccallum86
4.33/5 rDev +21.3%
Light, cloudy amber color, with a 3/8 inch white head that gradually recedes, but remains almost full. Good lacing on the glass as it goes down.
The chipotle peppers are definitely present on the nose, which is very nice. Malty aroma as well. Not the most complex smell, but the chipotle presence is more than welcome.
Taste is malty up front, followed by the chipotle peppers, and a nice heat that swells in the back of the mouth. Smoke, with a touch of jalapeno as well.
Mouthfeel is fairly crisp yet smooth, with the peppers providing a nice heat.
Very drinkable, though only perhaps under the right circumstances. I once had this beer after a nice, spicey dish of chicken with a chipotle sauce. I thought this would be a perfect pairing, however--after the meal, the spicey aspect of this beer was almost completely unnoticeable, rendering it quite bland and thus driving the drinkability way down. When consumed before a meal and/or on a clean palate, however, this beer is quite vibrant and very drinkable. And so, two hours after a very unspicey meal, this one did not disappoint at all.
03-10-2010 01:07:10 | More by Parrotbeak
3.1/5 rDev -13.2%
An interesting beer for sure. It looks good with a bright copper body topped with a rocky, soft head. The nose is somewhat promising with a bit of honey, sweet caramel and light hotness hinting at the peppers. However on the palate it tastes a lttle bit like a prank beer. The kind of vibe where you think this probably would have been pretty good if it didn't have the chilli. Especially by the end of a 650ml bottle I was well over it. It's a well made beer with decent balance, weight carbonation and bitterness some cool smokiness and I guess it's appropriate to the "style" of chilli beer, but I don't really care if I never drink it again.
10-14-2009 11:20:31 | More by juju7
Chipotle Ale from Rogue Ales
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