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Chipotle Ale - Rogue Ales

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1,329 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,329
Reviews: 687
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 18.54%
Wants: 72
Gots: 68 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of treehugger02010
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this bottle at Gullifty's in Bryn Mawr, Pa.
Appearance: Translucent amber brown color, with a couple fingers of head. The head produced good lacing and had decent retention.
Smell: The smell was rather hoppy, kind of what you would expect from something with Chipotle peppers in it.
Taste: Suprisingly, this spicy hop aroma was not followed up with anything in the taste. There was a strong malt background, an apparent hop forground, but without the spice.
Mouthfeel: Kind of stiff.
Drinkability: Certainly a great beer.
Don't drink and review.

Photo of ccrida
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On draft at the Public House in Portland, the Chipotle Ale is a clear, orangish amber head, with a small, quickly fading white head that left no lace.
The aroma is really muted, soft malt with a touch of cascade hops...try as I might, I can't find the pepper.
This tastes like a smooth and mellow amber ale, which it is. Nice balance between the malt and hops, a tad salty. The Chipotle isn't really evident except for on the finish, with a nice peppery tingle on the back of the throat.
It is medium bodied and a bit seltzery, bicarbonate?
The drinkability of this was surprisingly high. I've always been really skeptical of chili beers ever since first reading about them in Papizan's homebrewing book. I have to say that I am really pleasantly surprised. I didn't get chance to session with this, so I can't say if the pepper would build, but from what I had, I wanted more.

Photo of atsprings
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a crisp amber with a decent head that diminished to a ring. The aroma was mostly malt with some pepper spiciness to it. The taste was mostly dominated by hot peppers, but they showed themselves the strongest when you hold the beer in the mouth. The beer is rather light and surprisingly smooth if you can take the heat. This is one of the most interesting beers I've ever had, just not something I'd drink all that often.

Photo of mynie
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful pour. Dark hazy amber, dark orange slipping to sunshine light orange, topped with a soapy, lacey head that sticks around for ages.

Smells of smokiness and lightly sweet malt. Strong, but not particularly complex. No big hints of meat and cheese like you get in a good smokebeer.

Tastes great, much more complex than the nose. Big salami and charcoal in the front, moving into a lightly sweet big malt middle and then the nodes of smokey yellow cheese kick up, moving into perfectly spicey but light pepper. Not at all hot, just peppery. Wonderfully blaalnced. Pepper burn lingers lightly.

Photo of Byeast
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: poured a deep amber/auburn color , with a medium sized head of offwhite foam.

Smell: A rich maltiness is shadowed by a smoky jalapeno spice, a scent almost phenolic or like a band-aid in a good way.

Taste: Nice full malty body is tasted for a moment before a good dose of smoke kicks in, then lots of nice pepper flavor fill the mouth, the heat of the jalapenos takes a moment to set in but it does so nicely with rich warmth and spice on the tongue and throat, just a bit of hop bitterness to the end of the sip, the heat gets more intense as i drink, but fades nicely, a pleasant heat.

Mouthfeel: medium to full bodied, spicy nudge to the tongue.

Drinkability: Definatly one of the most unique beers i've ever had. Im really diggin the smokey flavors, the peppers and the heat this brew has. I would definatly reccomend this to any chile head and i can't wait to try it with some spicy foods, especially mexican/ spanish.

Photo of Blakaeris
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque burnt orange with a slight head and no appreciable lacing.

Aroma is definitely full of smokey chipotle, but it is matched with strong enough malt to give some balance.

Taste is surprisingly mild up front with sweet caramel maltiness and hints of citrus fruit. Then the smokey chipotle flavor makes an appearance, but doesn't completely dominate. The finish holds a touch of hops and a decent sting of peppery heat.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

This is by far the best chile beer I've had. I expected the chile flavor to dominate everything, but instead it is a pleasant addition to the balanced malt and hops. A very nice change of pace.

Photo of quasimoto
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Amber color with a crystal clean and nice head, but not much lacing.

S - Smoke dominates the nose for this one. But its not a real strong smoke aroma.

T - There is a certain sweetness to this beer that is over taken by the smokey spice, peppers in here.

M - Light body, sharp carbonation. Actually burns like pepper, and has a dry finish.

D - One a night is about all I can handle. For myself this is not a session beer. Might go nice with mexican food.

Photo of hungryghost
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark orange color, medium sized head with some lacing left behind.
Strong roasted malt aroma, hint of hops maybe some pepper but I might be looking for it.
The flavor is of a really good hearty ale. Hint of caramel sweetness, lots of roasty malt, an occasional touch of smoke, a swirl of hops and then finishing with a little chili bite. The chili flavor builds the more I drink, but never to more than a pleasant afterthought.
Rather enjoyed this one, think it would be a good compliment to certain foods.

Photo of Erdinger2003
1.53/5  rDev -57%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours a nice fizzy head that's white. The color is almost an orange-like brown. The head doesn't retain too well and and doesn't leave a full lacing behind. The smell is spicy, but smells a bit like tobacco at the same time. The taste is tobacco like as well and has the same spiciness as the smell. The spice is unmistakeable. It's about like taking a drink of watered down tobacco spit. It leaves me a little nausious. The mouthfeel was a little fizzy. Overall I will never try this style again, it makes me want to throw up.

Photo of shadow1961
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I've been revisiting a few beers post smoking and picked up
a bottle of Rogue Chipotle Ale at Esser's. A nice pour got me
a thick head over a reddish brew. Carbonation was very active,
and the nose was malt, grassy hops, and PacMan yeast. The
flavor is malt up front with grassy hops in the finish with an earthy
something under everything. There's nothing obviously peppery
in the flavor per se, but it makes it's appearance in the aftertaste.
You get the same warmth in your throat and stomach as you
would from eating chiles. The mouthfeel is fairly dry, and there is
quite a bit of lacing left behind as the glass empties. A very unusual
brew.

Photo of bashiba
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy amber color with an inch of light tan head, quickly vanishing into a little soapy ring.

Smell is all smoke, almost like a peace of smoked cheese.

Taste has a nice bit of toasted malt up front with a strong smokey flavor, bit of pepper spicyness. The spicyness of the peppers seems to increase it as you drink it, but it still yields to the strong smokey taste, more like a rauchbier than a chili beer.

Mouthfeel is light with a dry finish.

Overall light and easy to drink, enjoyable beer for those who like that chipotle smoked taste.

Photo of BWH3
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rogue Chipotle Ale 22oz Bottle
Drinking Vessel: Goblet
Temp: 45 F allowed to warm a bit

Appearance: Color is amber/orange with white creamy head. Above average head retention and light carbonation.

Scent: Pleasant sweet, toasted maltiness of the Harrington dominates the bouquet. A gentle swirl and deep inspiration reveals the smoky and spicy aroma of the peppers.

Taste: The malt flavor encountered initially is similar to an ordinary bitter or English pub ale. The hop bitterness balances this initial malt flavor. The smoked pepper essence is more of a presence than the dominant flavor. The spiciness however does dominate the aftertaste and lingers on the palate. Several gulps allows the spiciness to accumulate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, rests on the tongue before running to the recesses of the mouth.

Drinkability: Unique, easy to drink. More a novelty then session

Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Because of it’s roots as an amber ale, a rich caramel malt backbone blends with the chile flavor and keeps it in check. Still, the chipotle largely dominates and leaves a mild and spicy bitterness. An easy mouthfeel makes for good drinking and along with its strong carbonation, this brew cleanses the palate and really washes down food. This can feel little rich, however, if drank by itself.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber/orange color with about a half inch off-white head. The aroma is weak, but I can smell roasted peppers and a bit of malt. It tastes like spicy roasted peppers and has a hoppy finish but it's not as spicy as I expected. The heat/spice does get stronger (and tastes better) the more of it I drink, but the spicyness isn't overwhelming at all. Mouthfeel is light, and it's oily and smooth. Drinkability is good too, it goes down easy. All in all, it's a decent beer. I'd definitely drink it again, it was a pleasant surprise because I really didn't know what to expect with this beer.

Photo of hunteraw
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Split the bomber bottle with my dad while watching college basketball.

Appearance: Fairly clear brown and golden in color. Good head, but exhibiting poor retention, no lacing - maybe due to the oils in the peppers? Or the fact I was pouring into two glasses rather than one and poured slowly...

Smell: Vaguely "sharp" but hard to place the source of the aroma - so presumably the chiles. Some malt with a slight hint of smoke.

Taste: The chipotle winds up being a background flavor. Maybe just because I really like spicy food, I didn't really find this hot enough. Neither the heat nor the smoke that I expect from something with the name "chipotle" come through very well. There's definitely a "bite" but it doesn't come off clearly enough to be recognizable if you didn't know what you were supposed to be drinking.

Mouthfeel: Body and carbonation are fine. I didn't find the aftertaste as objectionable as some have.

Drinkability: I wouldn't have wanted any more of this. I would like to try it mixed with Rogue's chocolate stout, however, I've heard it's a good combination.

Photo of kajerm
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

smells malty with a trace of piny hops and a definite note of peppers.

looks like a medium-pale ale, with a nice amberish gold cover and a half-finger head. tastes like a malty sort of ale, and hot damn, they weren't kidding about jalapeños, this stuff is spicy (but not unpleasantly so.)

considering the spiciness (and the weirdness) of it, I found it quite drinkable. the palate was timid and inoffensive, neatly balancing out the strong and unusual flavor.

good beer, but probably too weird for me to drink again under my own steam.

Photo of TheSarge
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was a bit skeptical of trying a beer with jalapenos in it. I've tried other chili beers before, but my wife bought this for me, so I finally tried it.

Surprisingly this is very good for a Chile brew. The beer pours well producing a light tan head that lasts quite a while. I took my time with this 20oz bomber, and after about 45 minutes the head finally totally dissipates. The body is dark copper in color and is quite hazy.

Chipotle Ale aroma is malt dominant with subtle hops aroma. There is a faint smoky pepper fragrance too.

This tastes initially sweet and smoky, and finishes peppery like pepper jack cheese with a tartness.

Feels smooth and a bit oily. The spiciness is not only noticeable to the palate, but on the lips and back of the throat as well.

Again, this is a pleasant surprise and I wouldn't mind another one about now.

Photo of AlesRTasty
2.63/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This beer pours amber with orange highlights and little head, no lacing. Smells quite smokey and roasted with a taste of well roasted peppers. To be honest I don't really like this. It is an odd flavor to me and I'm from Texas. It's not disgusting. I could still finish it, I just won't spend more money on another.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Adrian910ss: Poured a medium amber color ale with a nice foamy head with quite good retention. Aroma of light chilli is interesting and less prominent then expected. Taste of subtle spicy chilli is very interesting and not gross at all. Some smoky flavours are also noticeable and enjoyable with a medium hoppy finish that complements very well this beer. This beer was way better then expected and I’m glad I had the chance to try this.

Photo of cbn
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear red with about one generous finger of head dissapating rapidly to leave a fine lace across the surface of the ale,barely clinging to the sides of my tulip.

Quickly a pungent mesquite malt aroma yeilds to smoked chilis, reminicent of pepper-jack cheese.

Green vegetal, artichoke taste into smoked red-pepper with a grassy, slightly floral finish.

Somewhat thin bodied with a punch of chili-heat that is effectively accentuated by mild carbonation.

An interesting offering from the "Brewers on the Bay". This ale would pair well with Latin or Cajun seafood dishes. Definitely drinkable, I wish there were a few more ounces in my glass.

Photo of BurnsTau
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of Hibernator
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rogue Chipotle Ale
22 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a hazy, deep orange with a burnt flair. A fluffy and frothy head forms quickly while the head displays excellent retention. Puffy sticky lace patterns cling all over the pint glass.

Whiffs of toasted grains, malts and caramel sweetness.

Juicy caramel malt background with a significant hop-citrus twang. Prominent cascade hop punch. The finish is mighty smokey with a mesquite bbq presence. Steady heat quality with a black & red pepper bite. Hints of liquid smoke and hot pepper jelly interject.

A very interesting brew from Rogue to say the least. Brewed with quality and quite original. I really enjoy anything hot - from hot sauces to hot peppers, so I was glad to see an infusion of two of my favorite things. I'm not sure how many of these I would have in one sitting, but I enjoyed this one.

Photo of jettjon
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Now this is one odd duck. Presented in the pint + 6 650ml bottle with no freshness date. Pours into the pint glass a clear reddish-orange with numerous bubbles beneath a solid 1-finger creamy tan head that fades at a moderate pace, leaving a small amount of lacing. Head and lacing are gone by the bottom of the glass. Nose is quite odd, sort of a mildly hoppy mesquite BBQ potato chip. Not bad; just odd. Taste follows logically from the nose; there’s a tart BBQ flavor up front, very smoky and sharp, with a definite burn at the end like chili peppers. Good taste, just, uh… hot. Mouth is somewhat on the thin side, semi-syrupy, smooth, with mild carbonation. Drinkability is average to low; I struggled through the bottle. Probably would be more palatable paired with some mild Mexican fare.

Overall: For my first chili beer, it’s not bad, but still not the thing I’d seek out on a regular. A good niche beer; worth a try.

Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color, nice carbonation, not much of a head, some lacing throughout the drink, but not a whole lot. The nose is of sweet malts, hops, spices, and caramel. The taste is kinda smokey and sweet malts, there's a good touch of caramel in there. Medium body. Drinkable, my first Chile Beer, not a bad brew at all, would recommend.

Photo of joeack
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this beer from a 22oz bomber. The color was burnt orange with a small head. The first sip tastes like a normal ale then the spice hits. I would say it has more cinnamon characteristics than chile peppers but it was very interesting and it worked well for me. This beer should be in every mexican restaurant and it is one to try.

Chipotle Ale from Rogue Ales
81 out of 100 based on 1,329 ratings.