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Chipotle Ale - Rogue Ales

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1,253 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,253
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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tedsox31

Illinois

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

Pour from a 22 ouncer in to a pint glass.

This poured an amber color with a decent white head that dissipated into a thin veneer of foam and left a trail of lace down the side of the glass.

The smell is of hops and maybe a bit of pepper. Possibly a bit of malt, although that is debatable.

Taste is hoppy and the backtaste is peppery. I really like the warm feel that goes down as I swallow the beer. I would personally like the peppery taste to be more at the fore while it was in my mouth, but maybe I just had an older brew.

Mouthfeel is carbonated, with a bite. It is a very drinkable beer, although I would prefer something that is a bit spicier.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 03:43:52 | More by tedsox31
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BeenJammin

Kansas

4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber to brown in color with a 1 finger head. Decent retention and okay lacing.

S - There is spicy pepper and also a smoky aroma. Seems like it is all muddled together to smell really nice.

T - A strangley sweet smokeyness from the peppers with a hole lot of biscuity malts. Only mildly spicy but that is about all that I would want from a pepper beer.

M - Medium bodied and the good carbonation kind of adds a little tingle to the mild spiciness.

D - This beer is strangely beautiful. First pepper beer that i've tried and me likey.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2008 04:09:12 | More by BeenJammin
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Grunewald

British Columbia (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured from a 650ml bottle into a weizen glass. It pours clear ruddy gold. The head is white and leaves good lacing.

S - oily pepper skin, olive oil, honey

T - malt, light pepper flavor (reminds me of the skin of a pepper), lots of smoke and a hop/pepper finish

M - medium body, medium carbonation and a clean finish

D - nice integration of peppers here. There are no off-putting flavors or funkiness.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 21:52:42 | More by Grunewald
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DPMomutant

Missouri

3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber, bought on my trip to Vegas, and being eaten with cold, leftover Uno deep dish pizza (which is pretty good)

Pours a nice amber color like a good amber ale. Not much head to go around. Doesn't last long either but sticks a little bit.

Smell kind of reminds me of smoked beer with a touch of mexican food. Pretty good, and hopefully a good choice with this pizza.

The taste resembles a rauchbier that I once tried although not quite as smoky. Somewhat spicy but not overpowering. You still notice the hop bitterness at the end and I catch the malts in the aftertaste to let you remember this is beer.

The moderate carbonation combined with the spice make the mouthfeel a bit rougher than most, but not as much as you might think. The spice sticks on the back a bit.

I don't know how drinkable this would be as a session brew, but it would likely go with a good, spicy meal a helluva lot better than Corona.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2004 07:18:58 | More by DPMomutant
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johnnydicfore

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -9%

12-29-2012 23:59:49 | More by johnnydicfore
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mjyoung

California

4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split with bbb099 on 12/17/10

A: A very cloudy amber with a nice, off-white, frothy head that leaves a nice residue on the glass as it subsides.

S: A pleasing mix of spices and hops, with a bit of that smoky chipotle flavor mixed with the malt base.

T: The first taste isn't anything too special, light hops and malt, but it finishes very strongly. The chipotle emerges from the flavor and dominates the aftertaste. Much less abrasive than I thought it might be.

M: Good. The carbonation was appropriate for the different flavor, but the aftertaste was enough to leave a slightly disconcerting feeling in the mouth.

D: Very drinkable, provided that you have food. It would go very well with a meal, but to drink a whole 22oz bottle in one sitting by yourself would be a little bit rough. All in all, quite good.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 15:27:49 | More by mjyoung
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snogglethorpe

Japan

3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A gimmick I suppose, but actually quite delicious. A nice ale taste underneath, just the right amount of bitterness, and the chili taste is in fact, really, really good, and goes well with the beer. There is a nice bite from the pepper, but nothing excessive.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 03:10:26 | More by snogglethorpe
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Justin23060

Virginia

2.78/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Slight head that disappeared to ice tea foam. Cloudy orange ice tea color
S - Sweet malt. Not as much chipotle smell as I was expecting. Slight pleasant leather that turned into unpleasant medicated bandade.
Taste is dominated by smokey chipoltle. Smoke is of mild rauchbier. Starts sweet end semi dry. Nice linger.
M - Adequate
O - Not super impressed by this one. The smoke was nice but the bandaid really killed it for me. Probably won't get this again, and can really recommend it in good conscience.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 04:23:20 | More by Justin23060
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TheBrouMaster

Mississippi

4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Pint glass poured with a slightly hazy amber colored ale and a cream colored head, very pleased.

S- The spices are noticeable, but the chipotle pepper aroma is vaguely there and not overpowering. Smells more on the smokey side.

T- The taste is quite unexpected in a beer, but goes hand in hand with the name of the beer, you definitely get a kick, but definitely not overpowering.

M- On the light-medium side, carbonated well.

O- I found myself looking at this beer in the store thinking, Rouge doesn't let down, so I decided to go for it. Man I was in for a surprise, it was not what I expected, but I fell in love sip after sip, but definitely not a beer to have in high quantities. Great Beer!

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 02:12:18 | More by TheBrouMaster
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taxguyjase

New Mexico

2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance - A beautiful rich amber. A decent amount of head - looks pretty carbonated. 4.0/5.0

Smell - You can get a hint of the pepper, but that's all - just a hint. The malt dominates the nose. I really was hoping for a slightly more dominate chipotle smell, but didn't get it. - 2.5/5.0

Taste - Mostly malt, and kinda sweet. You can detect a slight pepper burn, but it's really mild. For a chile beer, I expect a stronger flavor than what I got. The Sierra Blanca Pancho Verde is on the other end of the spectrum, being an almost overly strong green chile taste. Some smoke as well. - 3.0/5.0

Feel - Coats the mouth well, with a bit of pepperly aftertaste. 4.0/5.0

Drinkability - Given the style, I'll pass on it. While I enjoyed it, it's not what I would have expected from a beer whose style is focused on the chile. 2.0/5.0

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 02:21:26 | More by taxguyjase
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Terp96

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I happen to love this beer. I had it about 6 year ago in LA but now that it is on the East Coast, I had to revisit it.

Looks great. A nice amber color with ample, slightly off-white head. Good lacing.

Smell is hoppy, spicy and grassy. There is a nice bit of smokiness as well. Not as much peppery aroma as I expected but very pleasing.

Taste is great. Malty smokiness up front with a nice hop balance. Finishes nicely with a peppery bite. Very satisfying. This would go particulary well with spicy food or a hot summer day.

Mouthfeel is also very nice. It is well balanced. A good bit of syrupy sweetness balanced with a prickly hop/pepper bit on the tongue.

Very drinkable. I liken it to a rauchbier as well. Very similar in taste, aroma and mouthfeel. It's easier to drink too. I will go back for more.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2006 13:09:01 | More by Terp96
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Smextongo

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +19%

05-16-2013 05:59:38 | More by Smextongo
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wmickdds32

Ohio

3/5  rDev -16%

11-29-2011 05:10:50 | More by wmickdds32
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DragonzBreath

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rogues Chipotle Ale --- Great looking in the glass, amber orange color with a nice fluffy head. I didn't notice a distinct smell, and very little smokiness. Good malt with no hop flavor, it was smooth and left a little burn at the end. Taco salad i paired with it brought out the chipotle. Abv 5.50
I would buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 16:19:43 | More by DragonzBreath
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BurnsTau

Alabama

3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy orange-brown. Good head, little bit of lacing.

Nothing stands out in particular in the aroma, mostly malty sweetness is noticable. Taste is up front maltiness. Sweet but with a small hopiness and smoky flavor following it up. The heat isn't that noticable but you can feel a bit of a bite in your throat after a few sips.

I didn't know what to expect coming into this beer, but it definitely wasn't bad. Not something I would revisit regularly, but worth a try at the least.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2007 19:55:40 | More by BurnsTau
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Keith238

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

FANTASTIC!!!

Slight peppery taste, medium carbonation. Honey colored. Very light lacing around the glass. Pleasure to drink. I wish I had another! Pepper taste lingers for a little bit but is never overpowering. One of my favorites from Rogue and one of the few that I don't look for hops flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 08:50:47 | More by Keith238
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StLThrash

Missouri

3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber poured into a pint glass.

Poured with a nice 1 1/2 finger white frothy head that reduced to a nice cap. Left lacing ring with each drink. Color was a hazy light orange.

I actually smelled and tasted more maltiness then pepper. I've had other chile beers that were more spicy and had a little more heat. With this beer you are getting more of the flavor and smoke of the chipotle, and not much of the pepper / heat. I was hoping and expecting for a little more.

Had a nice medium body and good carbonation. No hop presence and as mentioned before, the sweet maltiness shined through on this more than the chipotle.

Decent beer, but I probably wouldn't buy again.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 12:34:45 | More by StLThrash
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QuamLaetus

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +12%

12-31-2012 19:07:26 | More by QuamLaetus
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PreacherBrewer

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is quite interesting. Pours deep golden color with a nice white head and great lacing. Smells of fresh fruit, light malt, and spiciness. Tastes of cooked fruit, slightly roasted malt, and roasted peppers. the spiciness isn't overbearing, but does increase the more you drink. leaves a nice warm feeling in your mouth and throat. quite an experience!

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2010 14:24:03 | More by PreacherBrewer
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johnniemarg

New York

4.47/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a translucent amber-orange with a huge tan head. The individual bubbles on the side of the glass look larger than usual. Gorgeous lacing as I drink it down.

The smell is smoky chipotle. It's overwhelming.

Taste is, you guessed it, smoky chipotle. I've had beer infused with hot peppers before and they were disgusting. This one is great. It's not hot, it just gives you the smoke and the flavor of the chipotle pepper. There's a sweet smooth malt flavor underneath the chipotle. I made some enchiladas the other day with chipotles in them and I can't wait to eat the one I'm warming, accompanied by this beer, as soon as I finish this review. I love chipotle peppers and I can't believe it works this well in a beer.

Nice thick creamy mouthfeel.

This stuff is awesome. I wish I could have one of these every time I have mexican food.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2006 01:39:28 | More by johnniemarg
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Iguana

Oregon

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

So, I decided to pick this up after trying a homebrewed chile beer a week or so ago and enjoying it. In fact this is a beer I never thought I would try. It poured a pale amber/medium orange color into my pint glass. Smells of sweet sweet malts, and hints of smoky chipotle peppers. Taste is more of the same, a rush of sweet malts, followed by a smoky chipotle pepper taste at the end. Not really spicy, but hints of spicyness. On a 1-10 scale on spicyness i'd rate this a 0.5. Drinkability actually isnt too bad on this, a nice addition for a mexican meal, or equally a decent pre-dinner beer. Quite enjoyable and recommended to all for at the very least a try of something new and different. I probably would have ranked it higher if they had used regular habanero or serrano peppers instead of chipotle peppers. In my opinion it would have been better without the smoke taste but thats just me.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 06:52:43 | More by Iguana
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Getinthevan

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a bomber of this earlier this evening and yeah, this was a pretty spicy brew. This is the first time I had tried anything of its kind and Rogue's always put out good stuff.

Appearance was a nice red/amber ale color with a nice head and excellent lacing. This stuff certainly clung to the sides of the glass and even after the head dissipated, the lacing still kept intact.

Smell was strong with hot peppers (naturally) and hops. For a spicy beer, this stuff certainly was spicy, but was a little overpowering over the smell of the ale.

Taste was really good. As an ale, it was delicious, but the hot peppers thrown into the mixture not only made it spicy and pleasant, it certainly made it much more bitter and pleasing.

Mouthfeel was pretty good, but not too great. While the pepper flavors still tingled, the rest of the stuff faded somewhat quickly.

Drinkability is pretty good however. For an experimental style beer, this is certainly one for the bitter tongues and hot sauce elite. Definitely not a bad Rogue brew at all.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 04:44:21 | More by Getinthevan
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lumikuuro

British Columbia (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle.

Appearance: Hazy, dirty amber colour. Slightly off white bubbly head receding to a foam, leaving long, irregular, sporadic streaks of lace.

Aroma: Smoky, spicy, sweet, background malt.

Taste: Munich malt, smoke, and a building spiciness leading to a burn at the back of the throat that lasts for up to a minute and then eases. The chipotle burn is pronounced enough to reward the drinker, but not over the top. There is a very gentle hop presence here which helps to balance the flavours; and also a restrained fruity sweetness from the added chipotle. One thing I really like about this offering from Rogue is that they do know, after all, how to brew a beer without loading it with their trademark huge hop assault. However, I can't help thinking that this beer needs a heavier malt profile to really stand out.

Mouthfeel: No more than medium bodied, crisp, easy to drink.

Drinkability: Great for the spice kick and smokiness, a definite winner with certain cuisines and just for a spice fix. It just needs a more assertive malt profile and a fuller body to be a true winner.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 08:00:47 | More by lumikuuro
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bgjohnston

Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was an oddball beer choice that I made when I was in the mood for something "different". I poured it at cellar temperature into a pint glass.

The color was a reddish-orange, with a small head that quickly went away. Smell hinted at the smokey pepper flavor that was to come. It was actually fairly spicy, although not as much as a boilermaker spiked with Tobasco. The distinct smokey chipotle flavor was there, as well as a little hoppiness, too.

I enjoyed it, but it is not my usual beer experience. A style of its own, I think.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 17:30:46 | More by bgjohnston
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WhatsNewinBooze

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was good but I wasn't wow'ed. Pours an amber color with a small off white head. The aromas on the nose were very faint although you do pick up slight notes of hops, smoke and peppers. The chipolte comes through subtely just adding a littel smokiness that is balanced with hops and malts. Overall good but not great

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 13:58:41 | More by WhatsNewinBooze
Chipotle Ale from Rogue Ales
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