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Chipotle Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
81
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1,255 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,255
Reviews: 682
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 18.21%
Wants: 65
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
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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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juju7

Australia

3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 11:20:31 | More by juju7
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jar2574

Missouri

3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It's exactly what it says it is -- a beer that tastes like chipotle. Whether you like that or not probably depends on whether you like chipotle. But I think it deserves cudos for being unique and delivering on its name.

The beer doesn't look all that special. Below average headiness. Redish-orange colored beer with average transparency.

The smell really captures chipotle. You know what you're about to taste. And then the taste follows through. Beery up-front, with a spicy, lingering chipotle kick on the back side. Little too watered down, as far as mouthfeel.

I've never had a chile or chipotle style beer. And I can't claim it's my favorite. The aftertaste is tough. I prefer spicy foods washed down by refreshing beer.

I don't want to penalize the beer to much though, since I think it's very true to its style. Just not for everyone.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 01:07:28 | More by jar2574
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ralree

Maryland

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

A: Nice orange color, great retention and lacing on this 2-finger head.

S: Smells different - almost like a peach or other light fruit, and is backed by nice brown sugar grainy malt. Doesn't smell too toasted. Hops are there as backup.

T: Definitely some chipotle pepper in there, which is evident from the taste. This is weird! Light fruity taste under that, as well as a slight grainy kick (but not too grainy). Malt is pretty un-toasty. Lacks on the aftertaste - after swallowing just tastes like a slight bit of grain and water. This could be better - more hops would be nice - a Chipotle IPA!

M: Nice medium body, a bit oily. Non-astringent. Good carbonation.

D: Goes down pretty easily, but the lacking aftertaste slows it down.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 22:34:23 | More by ralree
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DocJitsu

California

2.8/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden copper with an eggshell colored, foamy head. Average head retention with some foamy lacing. Lemon zest, chili pepper, and plastic aromas. Orange notes, smokiness, and an unpleasant plastic flavor. Drinks like a Märzen. Mouthfeel is smooth and soft until the finish, which brings a fine sandpaper-like scrubbing. The faintest capsicum burn on the back of the throat. This is not a great beer. Certainly not Rogue's best effort. Lots of optimism in the idea though.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 02:26:14 | More by DocJitsu
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caverog

California

3/5  rDev -16%

05-10-2013 19:21:31 | More by caverog
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xav33

Michigan

3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Rogue Chipotle Ale
Bomber
Brewed Spring 06, buvar 09/06
Medium pour in a stein.

Poured a hazy reddish brown with a small rocky white fully diminishing head.

Smelt of roasted habaneros and light dark bread.

Taste was upfront light sweet breadiness with the bitter roasted habanero taste kicking in afterwards and a touch of almost lemony acidity for a finish that is hidden by the spicyness. Mouthfeel was light, watery, with soft carbonation and light burning peppers.

Overall, the roasted habanero taste is subdued enough for this ale to be enjoyable, but is otherwise fairly boring tastewise.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2006 05:16:36 | More by xav33
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tylerstravis

Colorado

2.5/5  rDev -30%

02-17-2014 05:39:41 | More by tylerstravis
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mempath

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 22:28:38 | More by mempath
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Chickenhawk9932

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 12:35:09 | More by Chickenhawk9932
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LooseMoose1978

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -23%

01-20-2013 02:24:33 | More by LooseMoose1978
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weerezboy

Washington

4/5  rDev +12%

03-06-2013 20:34:50 | More by weerezboy
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rob99er

California

4/5  rDev +12%

05-02-2012 02:54:30 | More by rob99er
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StoicBeast

California

3/5  rDev -16%

06-16-2012 11:32:08 | More by StoicBeast
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zestd

Idaho

3.75/5  rDev +5%

03-28-2013 21:58:22 | More by zestd
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RWACKO

New York

1/5  rDev -72%

11-20-2011 23:37:08 | More by RWACKO
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jeanphony

New York

3/5  rDev -16%

12-14-2012 23:53:52 | More by jeanphony
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abcsofbeer

Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with no freshness date. The color is a reddish brown with orange high lights. There is a thin off-white head that dissipates quickly, leaving no lacing.

The aroma smells a bit spicyand somewhat smoky, a little like a taco salsa. It also smells like a typical ale until you get further down the glass. The taste is pretty hoppy and blended well with some malts. It is followed by a definite hot spiciness along with more hop bitterness. It leaves a spicy taste on the back of the tongue, just like a mild salsa. The spiciness is actually warming. This is definitely different, but, not one I could drink more than one of.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2006 22:44:49 | More by abcsofbeer
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ToddT

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Slightly hazy copper color with a two finger off white head. Head falls slowly to a cap and leaves some spotty lace on the glass.

S- Smokey and a little spicy. Kind of reminds me of being at a BBQ and standing far enough away from the pit to just get whiffs of the food every now and then.

T- Nice flavor of smoke and chipotle peppers at first. Some sweet caramel and wood char at the middle then the finish comes in with some spicy heat. Heat is not from alcohol but from the pepper's spice.

M- Medium in body and well carbonated. Finish is crisp and spicy.

D- Tough call but at 5.5% ABV it's not overpowering in alcohol. In fact you don't even taste the alcohol, what you do taste is the smoke and pepper spice. I enjoyed it but I wouldn't want too many of these.

If you like BBQ and spicy food then you are going to like this beer. If you don't then this will not be one for you. I'm hanging on to a couple of bottles to do some cooking with, this would be great in chili or as a base for a marinade. Pick up a bottle or two for this reason if no other one.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 04:09:25 | More by ToddT
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jawneyt

Wisconsin

1.5/5  rDev -58%

03-26-2012 03:22:38 | More by jawneyt
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ColdWaffles

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2%

07-24-2013 02:15:08 | More by ColdWaffles
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cd34

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +5%

05-20-2014 01:33:04 | More by cd34
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woodchipper

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -9%

02-16-2014 22:41:05 | More by woodchipper
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AWS2111

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -16%

01-11-2012 20:30:25 | More by AWS2111
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MADPolo

Alabama

3/5  rDev -16%

07-03-2013 14:42:28 | More by MADPolo
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Rickythejeweler

Maryland

3/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Hazy copper-amber, 1 and a half finger frothy off white head, good lacing.

S - Slightly pungent, peppers, light hops.

T - Balance of light hops and light malts, pepper kick, vegetable finish, watery.

M - Pretty smooth, moderate carbonation, oily vegetable aftertaste.

O - Not too good.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 02:15:12 | More by Rickythejeweler
Chipotle Ale from Rogue Ales
81 out of 100 based on 1,255 ratings.