Chipotle Ale - Rogue Ales
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3.33/5 rDev -6.7%
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.
05-08-2008 01:07:28 | More by jar2574
3.73/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
03-20-2010 22:34:23 | More by ralree
4.28/5 rDev +19.9%
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!
07-27-2010 22:28:38 | More by mempath
2.8/5 rDev -21.6%
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.
04-18-2012 02:26:14 | More by DocJitsu
3.05/5 rDev -14.6%
Rogue Chipotle Ale
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.
09-13-2006 05:16:36 | More by xav33
3.43/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
06-17-2006 22:44:49 | More by abcsofbeer
3.9/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
08-25-2009 04:09:25 | More by ToddT
3/5 rDev -16%
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.
12-26-2011 02:15:12 | More by Rickythejeweler
3.93/5 rDev +10.1%
Quite an interesting ale, Rogue really made this appealing.
Pours a deep amber/chestnut in color with a fizzy white head. Nose is noticably malty with a certain vague smokiness to it. Taste is sort of rudimentary at first, but then the smoke/heat combo make a bit of a bite on the tongue along with a certain sweetness. Mouthfeel is silky and medium bodied, drinkability is quite high. Pairs very well with barbeque.
12-22-2005 10:38:31 | More by Gaisgeil
4/5 rDev +12%
Amber in color, with a small ring of off-white bubbles. Clean, crisp, and slightly hoppy aroma similar to a pale ale, with a hint of smoked pepper.
The taste is more of the same, and better than I expected. More smooth, smoky pepper with a palate-cleansing finish of hops. Very enjoyable and unique...
Now, to try the Mole Black & Tan with a Rogue Chocolate Stout....mmm...that's ridiculously tasty.
03-01-2005 13:21:48 | More by RockyTopHeel
Chipotle Ale from Rogue Ales
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