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Chipotle Ale - Rogue Ales

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1,275 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,275
Reviews: 682
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 18.21%
Wants: 67
Gots: 58 | 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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Gagnonsux

Texas

3.65/5  rDev +2.2%

My first chili ale, I assumed this would be an interesting concoction. The color is a hazy copper with good carbonation and creamy head. The aroma consists of a mild malty sweetness joined by a stronger element of the spicy and somewhat smokey chipotle. The taste is very interesting and complex. A sip starts with a standard mild malt flavor, but is soon joined by spiciness and mild smokiness. Moderately citrusy hops provide a nice bite. You can definently tastes the peppers, but the flavor isn't overwelmingly spicy. The highlight of this brew is the interplay between the malts and the chipotle towards the middle of a sip. A crisp mouthfeel is also welcomed. Despite enjoying the interesting flavor of this beer, I did get a little tired of the chili flavor by the end of my 22 oz. bottle. Only one of these every now and then would suit me fine.

06-21-2005 02:12:04 | More by Gagnonsux
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev -0.6%

First I should admit that I love chipotles, with that whole chili- peppers-charred-with-cigar flavoring that I adore in select foods.
Secondly, I know what kind of nadir pepper beers can produce, after my bile ducts still start churning after the mention of the conjunction of any two or more of following words: cave, creek, crazy, Ed's, Chili, Beer.

This pours a burnt golden orange topped with a scattered, pocky bubbled crown.
The nose has vague caramel grain notes coupled with burnt rubber and Chipotle gradations.
The malt base is wide and weak, featuring notions of caramel and dark breads. The middle is filled with chipotle smoke, robust, and meaty, with the beading sweaty flesh of the pepper still issuing commands, tastewise. There is an underlying heat, but not of Hot Sauce, rather of a peppery, jerk seasoning. The hops conclude with glimpses of florals. Chipotle reigns, but the balance is suitable. The subtle building heat is actually a bit intoxicating in more ways than one.
The body is frail and pale, and the carbonation is juvenile, as in underdelevopeled and flat.
It seems like it probably loses something due to simplicity, and on it's own it's a bit eh, but it would certainly hold it's own as a tex-mex wash.

06-20-2005 05:34:10 | More by cokes
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Ahhdball

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -9%

My first Chipotle beer.
Dark cloudy red with a small beige foam head.
Smoke, hot peppers and a subtle citrus smell.
Bitter taste, a little peppery (hot and bllack) with a small bit of sweet fruit - maybe dates? Good balance on the pepper and malt. Tasty.
Mouthfeel is quite thin.
Fairly drinkable brew. I had it with some Chipotle burrito and was set for the night. I really don't think I'll have it again though.

06-18-2005 02:02:21 | More by Ahhdball
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Litterbean

New York

3.6/5  rDev +0.8%

A really weird beer, but something strangely enjoyable. Pours a light brownish orange with no real head. A slight bit of pepper in the nose, but not a whole lot else going on. The taste is very satisfying, with a malty sweetness up front but a WHOLE lot of peppery spiciness in the back of the tongue. It really hits the roof of your mouth, this dry, smoky hotness. A real refreshing and smooth beer, but with a limited drinkability.

06-17-2005 02:28:20 | More by Litterbean
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Wonka

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev -2.5%

1 PT. 6 FL. OZ.
650 ML.

Harrington, Klages & Maier Munich Malts; Cascade & Willamette hops; Chipotle Peppers; Free Range Coastal Waters; Top Fermenting Pacman Yeast

13 PLATO 34 IBU
77 AA 3.2 L

Silver @ World Beer Championships

Appearance – light cream colored, micronized, 1.5-inch thick (at pour) head; moderately opaque, light amber body; lace is reasonable

Smell – not exciting on the nose; every note seems to be muted; spice initially then the chipotle weaves and blends with the spice

Taste – again not a big sensory experience here but I’d rather err on the side of mellow than overpowering when it comes to peppers based on my conservative taste in the category; a bit smokey and a bit chipotle; malty; pleasant light touch of chipotle and smoke remain in the aftertaste with chipotle and a bit of raw green vegetable winning out for the long haul

Mouthfeel – light/medium-bodied; a bit creamy to open then the desert dryness slams the door at the back of the tongue with the slightest dose of heat entering at the back of the throat in the aftertaste; a ‘4’ would fit the category well if it wasn’t for the parch

Drinkability – easy drinking if the close wasn’t like the dunes of the Sahara

First, let me state that I’m not a hot pepper fan but the chipotle’s light involvement is just about right for my taste. I can’t say that I’ll return to this category of beers based on my general respect for my taste buds but it certainly was worth a look.

06-15-2005 23:41:56 | More by Wonka
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WesWes

New York

4.1/5  rDev +14.8%

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich malty scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and roasted malts along with spicey red chile edge. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth, malty flavor that boasts of crystal and roasted malts along with a very spicey chipotle pepper taste. I love these kind of beers. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good beer considering it's a pepper beer. Rogue seems to be able to get it done no matter what style it is.

06-14-2005 01:09:32 | More by WesWes
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AlexJ

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +21.3%

Let me start by saying that i was delighted and impressed with this beer. I was expecting Cave Creek Chile Beer, which is undrinkable IMO, but instead got a tastey, dark amber beer, with a creamy off-white head that has good retention and modest lacing.

The aroma is heavy with carmelized amber malt, chocolate notes, and a sweet and mellow hardwood smokeiness. The smoke is more pronounced than I expected based on other reviews.

The flavor is initially of roasted malts with a big kick of bitter floral and spicey hops. It is generously smokey, like corn husks that have been on a smoking grill all day. There's a rich, chocolatey presence in here that merges perfectly with the smokey nuances. It is not until the finish that you get a little rush of chipotle sizzle. Just enough to make your tongue and lips tingle in a most pleasing way. The longer you hold the beer in your mouth, the more heat is absorbed.

This is medium bodied with a hearty, almost chewy mouthfeel and tiny trickling carbonation that is a perfect delivery vehicle for the subtle heat of the chipotles. This would be awesome with some smoked pulled pork.

06-13-2005 20:23:43 | More by AlexJ
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Skidz

Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours out deep golden-amber and sits deep amber brown in the glass with a fair off-white head fading to a light skim holding to the sides of the glass.

Smells nicely roasted, big notes of sweet and spicy peppers with light smokey undertones. Toasty brown sugar, honey and a mild roasty malt character.

Tastes lightly sweet up front, initially bland, flavors struggling to come through. Syrupy malt flavors, brown sugar wrapped in oak. Faint notes of peppers; just a miniscule twang near the finish. Mildly bitter with some green leafy hop flavor.

Smooth and creamy in the mouth, fairly light carbonation and a medium body. Definately one of the higher points of the beer.

I guess going into this, I was assuming I was going to get something that really pronounced the peppers, I guess leaving things set back a bit is just nicer. For what it is, it's well done, just seems a bit bland to me.

06-11-2005 21:33:30 | More by Skidz
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allengarvin

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +18.2%

Into a weizen glass, Pours out a very cloudy brown color with a nice large head. Aroma is moderately malty, no pepper scent I can detect. First taste is a good combination of malt and floral, spicy bitterness, and then at the finish a big bouquet of chipotle smokiness, sweet yet hot, and also phenolic. Very tasty! Moderate carbonation and neutral mouthfeel.

One of my favorites from rogue.

06-10-2005 01:00:50 | More by allengarvin
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MrSeth

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +10.1%

Pours an orangey-amber color with some lacy white swirls of suds, but not much head formation. The nose is pretty slight, with some malt and some pepper. Starts with a big smokey flavor, but it balances nicely with the sweet malt and the pepper flavors. The finish is where the pepper comes alive. Great length. Strong smoke, malt and pepper, that ironically amounts to a very clean profile (if you really love those flavors). This is a perfect 10 BBQ beer. Like many of Rogue's ales, it has a very thin body, but that works very well with this style.. refreshing!

This ale would go so well with so many summer foods, it's amazing.

06-05-2005 19:12:21 | More by MrSeth
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Gusler

Arizona

3.85/5  rDev +7.8%

It is my understanding that this is the same as their Mexicali Ale, makes sense I guess. The beer disembarks the 22-ounce brown bottle a deep copper color with a modest frothy light tan head and the residual lace forms a thin covering upon the glass. Nose is, as one would expect, a bit peppery, lime like in its crispness, sweet with malt and the start somewhat sweet with a nice grain profile, the top is light to medium in feel. Finish is moderate in acidity and the hops pleasantly spicy as is the peppery dry aftertaste, a drinkable beer, but as with the Juniper, not one of Rogues better beers.

06-04-2005 21:16:55 | More by Gusler
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mntlover

Tennessee

3.18/5  rDev -10.9%

Pours a clear dark amber with a small tan head that falls quick hints of lace left behind.

Aroma is caramel malt light citrus hops mingled with the chipotle peppers. More or less an average stock ale with a pepper thrown in.

Taste is the same lightly roasted malt light lingering pepper flavors mixed with some light hops. Again average tasting stock ale with a touch of pepper thats about it nothing exciting going on here.

Mouthfeel is about medium. Drinkability is average can understand wanting to try this I did but wouldn't want another. Next time they might try adding more peppers, worst Rouge I have had to date.

06-02-2005 19:02:51 | More by mntlover
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clvand0

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%

Pours an amber color with a small head that falls fast but leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is slightly malty and smoky with a Tabasco thing. The flavor is very mild with the pepper. Lots of smoky flavors and only a slight bit of Chipotle spice. Interesting. Not really my kind of thing, but it's good to try something different.

06-01-2005 17:27:40 | More by clvand0
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maek228

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber

Appearance: Real nice at first. Copper colored with a thick 1 finger head. Sadly, the head just dissipates into nothing. It loses some points for that

Smell: Sweet malts....no sign of the chipotle peppers

Taste: Crisp carbonation gives way to sweet malts and a wonderfully bitter hop finsih. As the hop flavor faded I was introduced to a smoky dry chipotle pepper taste....too bad it was subtle as hell. On the bottle it says that the flavor is subtle but I was still expecting more. Despite not having a huge chipotle pepper taste, this beer is still a high quality ale.

Mouthfeel: Kinda thin and alil watery...nothing special.

Drinkability: Would be good with an angus burger.

05-29-2005 05:07:34 | More by maek228
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev +8.7%

Served from a 22 oz bomber.
Quite a good looking beer,dark amber/brown, with a good sized tan head..that goes fast but good lacing is left .
Aroma is also quite nice mainlly malty( unusual for a Rogue) but with a good whiff of roasted pepper thrown in.
Tastet is rather surprising as it tastes at first like a malty pale ale..then the rather pleasant chipotle , smoky hotness comes through but does not overwhelm the beer.
Pretty nice in the mouth not too thin and quite good

Nice drinkable ale with a nice extra "kick" in the end.

05-28-2005 06:23:58 | More by Reidrover
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mgdeth

Montana

4.83/5  rDev +35.3%

Appearance - Slightly hazy, with a nice amber color. Not a lot of head on the beer, but retention is decent. Carbonation appears about medium.

Smell - Roasted peppers and roasted malt are what the smell of this beer is all about. Moreover, it is an excellent roasted aroma. I also pick up a smoky, phenolic smell.

Taste - Hop bitterness blends well with the malt. The heat from the peppers come, more in the aftertaste. The beer is smoky first, but without being a bad phenoilc flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium or medium light body. Carbonation seems to be just right. The chipotle flavor adds traction to the beer's feel.

Drinkability - Very good drinkability. There is some peppery burn, but it is great. The beer is balanced very well, just like a good spicy food.

Comments - Obviously, this beer would be fun to pair with spicy food for a double whammy. Spicy food lovers take note: this beer is the greatest thing that ever happened anywhere! I could drink this stuff all night. I think I just found a new favorite beer.

05-26-2005 04:07:26 | More by mgdeth
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diablo14

Australia

3.83/5  rDev +7.3%

when it comes to spiced/smoked/flavored beers, im always a little on the hesitiant side. they are styles of beer where many have tried and few have succeeded. to get to the best, one often has to go through several bottles of rubbish. tho some may say this is the case across all beers, i tend to find when youre in this sort of territory, the bad ones are really really bad. and there is plenty of them.

being a big fan of smoked beers, but having had a hell of a lot of crap chili beers, it was with some trepidation that i gave this puppy a go. knowing the quality of other rogue offerings did sway me i must say. im pleased to report i found a quite enjoyable beer at the end of it all.

the color was particularly impressive. i get a bit bored talking about a beers appearance considering most of them look the same given the respective genres. i was quite taken with this one. had the bold orange color of the usual APA, but at the bottom end of the glass was a burst of red that looked like a summer sky at sunset or one of those chinese lanterns. the light carbonation gave it added appeal on the eye.

the smell didnt jump out at me, but there was a hint of peppers, malts, and a subtle smokiness. the taste was smooth, a little sweet, after which the chili flavor creeps up and then ends with ripping BBQ smoke characters. after getting the bite of chili on my lips at first sip, it maintains, then subsides as the dry but not too dry cascade hops come in for their turn. the chili then returns to the fore once again after the beer has completed the journey. all the while the smoke flavors continue to hold fast.

this would definately be something id drink with a porterhouse steak right off the barbie, or with some quality mexican food. i couldnt drink it all the time, but every so often i would find myself needing a drop of this beer. if only for the fact that its a unique sensory experience in the world of beer drinking. you wont find too many chili beers that are as tasty, interesting and even handed as this. very good drop!

05-24-2005 11:50:39 | More by diablo14
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jaymirage

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +16.2%

This is a pretty one – a cool amber with flecks of red. The head is thin, bubbly, and disappears quickly. Taking my anosmia into account, I have been told the smell is smoky, with hints of chili pepper and malt.

The taste is initially sweet, and surprisingly full, followed by a robust smokiness. Subtle hints of chili linger as the smokiness disappears. Another sip confirms this progression from sweet to smoky. The aftertaste showcases this beer’s distinct chili flavor, although the spiciness is not as ‘in your face’ as you might expect.

Carbonation is light. Mouthfeel is full, but I wouldn’t quite describe it as earthy or chewy. This beer really surprised me- I was expecting a rather unique, novelty brew- much to the contrary, I have discovered a sweet and smoky beer with an unexpectedly high drinkability. Good with ribs?

05-23-2005 23:47:45 | More by jaymirage
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OldSock

District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev +11.5%

Appearance – Loose bubbly head, briefly sits atop a golden red transparent brew before disappearing completely.

Smell – Mainly smoky, with hints of the chili pepper and a little malt in the background.

Taste – Sweet and smoky, very little chili taste. Good malt flavor on the back end. Much less in my face than I was expecting. This is a nice subtle smoke and chili flavored beer, not what I was expecting at all.

Mouthfeel – Medium to heavy mouthfeel, light carbonation.

Drinkability – This is a very drinkable, beer that is not as exciting or chili flavored as I had hoped. Its hard to judge this not having had a chili beer before, it loses points for not having too much chili flavor. It is a good beer that I could see drinking with a variety of foods, but the flavor makes this much more than just a novelty.

05-23-2005 04:21:58 | More by OldSock
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soulfly967

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -23%

This one poured a dark amber with hints of red throughout. A very light brown, somewhat tan head formed that held on for a bit, then fell to a film leaving some lacing. The smell was of some smoke, lightly roasted malts, chili peppers and some hops. The taste was sweetish and malty at the front, with some hops at the finish and only a faint showing of smoked peppers, very disappointing. The mouthfeel was fairly smooth and medium bodied, nothing to write home about. I would have to say that 22oz. was a bit too much of this. I was hoping for a smoke filled, fire breathing trip through Hell, but I did't get it. Oh well, better luck next time.

05-19-2005 04:01:08 | More by soulfly967
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TheLongBeachBum

California

2.55/5  rDev -28.6%

Presentation: 22 ounce Bomber. Cream, Red and Brown colored façade with the words ‘Chipotle Ale’; underneath the familiar looking Rogueish Chap. The geeky beer blurb lists this as an Ale Brewed with Chipotle Peppers on the bottle, but its vital statistics are more scientifically expressed as 13° Plato, 34 IBU, 77 AA, 3.2° Lovibond.

Appearance: Dark amber-red body with deep orange flashes, looks extremely good when backlit. The beige head is thick and has an egg-white stiffness which leaves a nice run of smattered lace on the edge of the Glass Mug I am using. Conditioning seems high at first but settles to a moderate level once the head sits down and relaxes.

Nose: Smokey malt nose with a Chipotle Tabasco Sauce odor. Toasted malts break through in the finish with a delicate hint of hops, but not much.

Taste: Lots of smoky malts in this one smoked and toasted the middle only hints at the Chipotle Peppers, which is a shame. Overpowering and one-dimensional, the experience is finally ruined with a waxy, lard ridden smoky bacon feel in the back end.

Mouthfeel: Starts OK, middles average, and slowly finishes with unsettling thick lard-like constitution that coats the inner cheeks with a smoky bacon flavored fat-like residue. Not very nice at all.

Drinkability: I managed the Bomber, but only just, I did struggle with it. I found the smokiness to be too overpowering in this brew to be honest, I expected more from the Chipotle Peppers, a more refined balanced brew, what I got was a smoked beer which was a tad sickly in the long run.

Overall: Tastes like a ‘run-of-the-mill’ smoked beer to me, and a rather unbalanced one at that. Sadly, only the merest hint of Chipotle Pepper in the back end here. I love spicy food and peppers, but I’m glad I only got one of these. More Smoked than Chipotle, which was a disappointment, nevertheless it’s not a bad brew….it’s just not for me though.

05-15-2005 20:06:54 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.08/5  rDev +14.3%

Thanks to Chris for sharing this with me. It pours a deep amber color with a finger of head that falls to coat the beer. The nose is slightly chile spicey, with a slight grainey sweet background. The chile is not all that strong, but it is well in the front of the brew. The flavor is not all that bad. There is a smokeyness that hits initially. The chile kicks in but not all that bed. No burning at all. Just nice roasted chile character. I would like to have this beer with some Mexican food. No real heat, just a slight spice in my stomach. I like it. The feel is moderate with a nice healthy carb. Overall, this is drinkable for a chile brew. The flavors are nicely balanced, the feel is good, the nose is nice. I think if you review this to style, it should be top dog. I take my hat off to Rogue for this brew. Very nice.

05-12-2005 01:47:34 | More by kmpitz2
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev +9.2%

22oz. bomber poured into a snifter. It pours a deep amber color with one finger of head. Almost no lacing. The smell is weird. It's malty, a little hoppy, and has a smoky aroma to it. It's not bad at all! The taste is fairly malty up front, but then the smoky peppers come in. They don't hit you hard, or are overpowering, but just subtle. Not too shabby. Slightly hoppy on the finish. The mouthfeel is decent, and the drinkability is just a little harsh. Fairly decent, thanks Chris!

05-12-2005 01:40:17 | More by SheepNutz
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marcobrau

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours a clear, amber hue, with a white head, that holds for a few minutes and falls to a single layer of bubbles. Chipotle smokiness is present in the mostly malty aroma. A pretty standard amber ale, with caramel malt flavors and spicy hops. A bit papery in the middle; oxidized perhaps, or maybe just the effect of adding chiles to the beer. With a fairly bitter finish. Just a touch of Chipotle flavor and a just a hint of heat in the finish. I expected a little more heat and a little more smokiness. Would probably go well with some Mexican food, but on its own the chile flavor is a bit odd.

05-01-2005 01:52:37 | More by marcobrau
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Troyone

California

3/5  rDev -16%

Pours an amber color with a copper hue, little to no head, and the carbonation appears limited.

Sweet toasted malt aroma with resin orange hops and hints of vanilla and pepper in the background.

The taste has a sweet acidic flavor with roasted malt and resin grapefruit/orange hops.

The mouthfeel is smooth with a medium body, dry slightly syrupy texture, soft and lively carbonation, and a metalic/chalky finish.

The pepper flavor along with the chalky finish limits the drinkability.

04-29-2005 09:54:26 | More by Troyone
Chipotle Ale from Rogue Ales
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