Chipotle Ale - Rogue Ales

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Ratings: 1,370
Reviews: 707
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 18.26%
Wants: 87
Gots: 103 | FT: 1
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Chile Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TastyTaste on 03-09-2002

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
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Ratings: 1,370 | Reviews: 707
Photo of thenewflesh
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

bought this one in a bomber for $6, always had wanted to try a chile beer.

A: looks good, pours with a moderate amount of head that doesn't last long. pretty much expected considering the peppers.

S: a little funky, almost a put-off. once familiar with the taste, not noticeable.

T: taste is very good, starts with a regular ale taste and finishes with a spicy kick. it could really stand for a bit more alcohol and spice, but still very flavorful.

M: best part of the beer. i like the low amount of malts, so when you let it sit on the tongue you can taste the peppers considerably more.

D: drinkable, but definitely not a session beer. a nicer opener to stronger beers or as many others have said, with a meal. probably wouldn't buy it again, but i did enjoy it.

Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance; clear amber with an off white head. Retention could be better but not bad. A quality film remains on the surface from the carbonation bubbles. Beautiful lacing, yet very defined and delicate.

smell; really all I smell is chipotle peppers and a hint of smoke of course. A very dry southwest warmth comes to mind. Maybe a bit of hop spice...I expect more malts in a beer but whatever, I like this stuff.

taste; Upfront it is wet but this soon tapers off and gives way to peppery smoke. This beer takes all the best flavors of chipotle flavors without destrying my taste buds. The smokey flavor lingers in the afterteaste. Only slightly spicey from start to finish and is not so extreem that one looses concept that this is a beer.

mouthfeel; quite loose with some buzzing carbonation. The smokeyness definitely has texture that adds the slightest bit of chewyness.

drinkability; I definitely feel like drinking more and this is pretty good as the spice keeps in line.

Photo of jera1350
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnt orange color with a thick and rocky tan head.

Lightly sweet malt with a green olive scent and a hot peppery tingle that is pretty light.

Pale malt sweetness with a fair dose of grassy hops. Real nice smoke presence with a light hot pepper presence that is mostly at the back of the throat. Great utilization of chipotle in a beer.

Light to medium bodied and smooth with a semi-dry finish.

Drinks easy. A nice use of hot pepper. Really profiles it nicely and is a solid beer. Glad to have tried it.

Photo of mjyoung
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Photo of Buebie
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber into a glass. Producing just under an inch of white head. color is a very pale, hazy golden amber.
Retention leaves a generous collar.
Aroma is a bit ashy, mild sweet graininess, with a little sourdough breadyness. although aroma is pretty faint and not forward at all.
Flavors of toasted cherry wood, light malts, spice through the finish with more toasted wood flavors. Mild bittering hops through the finish as well with bready flavors too.
Mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation.

This here is a good sessionable brew, would purchase again.

Photo of GatheringBrews
2.84/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark, copper color with a slightly off white head.

Aroma is smoked pepper and a small bit of malt.

Taste is a medium bodied amber ale overwhelmed a bit by the smoke of the pepper.

The mouthfeel is a bit over dry.

Finish has smoke, which seems to pervade the beer from start to finish. Just not my thing.

Photo of vfgccp
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Orange amber with a decent white head.

S - Raisiny ancho chili aroma. Hint of smoke. (Hah! While tasting with 3 of my friends we found that if you let the aroma build and take a huge deep sniff, you can actually feel a mild burning sensation on the back of your eyes. Try it out)

T - Soft malt and roasted Serrano chilies. Touch of honey sweetness. Peaty smoke finish.

M - Heat builds in the back of your throat throughout the profile but never to an unpleasant degree. Light body and a semi-dry finish.

D - The heat definitely present, and it's certainly not for everyone. Personally I loved the spice and thoroughly enjoyed it, but even then I probably wouldn't have more than one in a night.

O - The flavors are somewhat disconnected, in that you taste them in fairly distinct, separate tiers. Overall though it's a well balanced beer with a fun kick that's worth seeking out.

Photo of Kolsch
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On Tap at Rick's Wifes Place, Jeannette PA.

Appearance: dark bronze copper colored. Head was non-existent and I blame this on the pour.

Smell: smoke from the chipotle peppers.

Taste: smokey taste upfront and goes down a little harshly. Hops not apparent but should not be. This is classified as a chili beer but really resembles a smoked beer derived from the peppers. As beer warms, taste becomes less attractive as the chile peppers come to the forefront.

Overall: Drinkablity takes a hit as the beer warms. Better served ice cold.

Photo of goblue3509
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy copper color with a two to three finger head which gives way to some lacing. The aroma is of caramel malt and chipotle along with some spiciness. The taste is much of the same, the taste starts out new with a caramel malt backbone and in the middle the chipotle taste and heat hit you, its odd a first but it is pretty pleasurable. Spices round out the flavor. The mouthfeel is slightly carbonated, and seems to be lacking a little kick. Overall its a drinkable beer, but it is more of a novelty. It's an easy drink that is a little flat, but the uniqueness won't keep you drinking it.

Photo of bbb099
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours with a moderate amount of head. Has a hazy copper color.

S - A good aroma of yeast with hints of spices.

T - First taste is mostly malt, then the smoky chipotle heat hits you. I noted a little sourness at the end.

M - Medium bodied. Maybe just a tad bit flat though.

D - I personally love the spiciness. Quite savory as it goes down.

Photo of Brewmeist
1.06/5  rDev -70.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Probably, by far one of the most terrible beers i've ever had if not the worst. Tastes like a cruel joke involving someone literally pouring chipotle sauce in beer and calling it a style. Made me want to vomit, and gave me immediate indigestion with only two gulps.

This is by no means a bash to rogue brewing, because they put out some stuff i truly enjoy (i.e. santas private reserve, dead guy, and xs) Would refrain from ever wasting your money on this. The bottle is cool, but the beer is an atrocity.

Photo of Fatehunter
4.34/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a bomber into a "Rogue Chipotle" glass. It is just a goblet with a stem that looks like a cactus. Copper/amber color, opaque. Light head that was just dusting the surface.

S - First some malt and then the chipotle. Very distinct chipotle smell. I usually do not like fruit in my beer, but this smells really nice.

T - Slightly sweet at first, followed by the chipotle pepper. Enough spice to know it is there but not obnoxious or overpowering.

M - Soft at first, then bubbly carbonation, followed by a crisp finish. I liked the soft start and crisp finish, but a little less carbonation would be better. Oh, the pepper's heat stays on the lips for awhile afterward.

D - Very good and drinkable. I love the spiceiness and smell. This is probably the only beer with a fruit added that I really liked.

Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Procured a bottle through a beer swap with joemcgrath27, thanks bud!

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden brown, thumb of light fluffy off-white head with decent retention and some fine sticky lacing.

S - Very unique. Some lemon citrus hops come through amid a powerful pepper and rye scent.

T - Again, a very unique offering. The hops are more subdued than implied by the nose. Oily peppers take over with a rye kick that perks up your taste buds. The lemon citrus hops do linger more on the finish with some caramel malts also poking through.

M - No complaints here. Medium bodied which goes down smooth.

D - My first experience with the chipotle ale, and it was one to remember. The flavours are very unique, and I was surprised how much it reminded me of a rye beer. The peppers definitely add a unique kick, and I would highly recommend that everyone takes this one for a ride.

Photo of HugePlume
4.32/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22ox bomber poured into a pint.

A: A slightly hazy orange biased amber. Decent head while pouring that dissipates somewhat quickly.

S: Great smokey scent. Not much malt evident, a little non-specific sweetness there too.

T: Well balanced ale. Beer wise, its not that complex but the chipotle is done to perfection. Builds slowly and maintains a great smoky spicy character. Fabulous with a meal.

M: Low on carbonation with a slightly watery finish that lets the pepper oils build some nice heat. Achieves the desired result.

D: Great beer, low enough abv that you can have several. Great companion to a gourmet southwestern meal and desert.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With all the numbers Rogue posts on their bottles, it really surprises me that they don't date them. I'd guess that this specific bottle is close to a year old.

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance: A well-sized, frothy, off-white cap sits atop a cloudy (nearly opaque), dark amber body. Impressive head retention and lacing for a chile beer; usually the head is killed by the pepper oils.

Smell: Chipotle for sure, but the adobo steals the show. I get sweet tomatoes, vinegar, and a mix barbecue sauce-like aromas. Smells far more sweet than spicy, but I enjoy it.

Taste: Sweet and smoky chipotle, stewed tomatoes, oregano, and a hint of pepper. Mild in terms of spiciness, but certainly flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Moderately carbonated, light-to-medium in body, a little oily, and a little spicy. Pepper oils linger on the palate for quite some time, allowing the imbiber to build on the spiciness. Nicely put together.

Drinkability: I've got a soft spot for chile beers, but I'm a big chipotle fan. This was okay, but I would have liked more spiciness. Other than that, solid.

Photo of dpnelson1978
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

22 oz. bottle into glass pint.
45°F

$6.99 / ea.

A: Bright copper body topped with a loose tan two finger head of moderate retention that leaves moderate lacing and a thin bubbly cover.

S: Pretty much exactly what I expected, and yet it was still a bit of a shock. A light, but striking hot spice aroma over the slightest sweet bready malt. There is no doubt as to the style. No hop aroma, but it isn't missed.

T: Bready malt backbone with an unmistakable chipotle flare. The heat builds, but plateaus at a tolerable level that doesn't leave you looking for something else to satiate your thirst. No hop flavor or aftertaste, but the light heat remains well after the final sip.

M: Medium body and borderline flat. The body is smooth, but that isn't saying much with the lack of carbonation. Pretty poor.

D: More of a curiosity than a night on the town. This is an interesting beer to experience, but grows tiresome. Just happens to be the exact opposite of refreshing.

O: My first chile beer, and possibly my last.

Photo of drabmuh
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. I had this beer year ago and hated it, finally got back around to it and this time it was pretty good.

Beer is light amber and has a slight haze with a thick head that doesn't stick around.

Aroma is mildly sweet and has a smoky chipotle aroma. Shocking, its appropriate leveled.

Beer is medium bodied with a late smoke flavor. The chili flavor is matched well against the malt profile. Its pretty good. Its not overly smoky, not overly spiced. This is probably my favorite ACTUAL chile beer. Its not the best beer I've had, by a long shot, but its worth a look, for sure.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

A: Amber hues and slightly hazy. There is about one inch of head that fades in a few moments, leaving plenty of lacing.

S: Hot pepper, chiles, jalapenos. Off to a good start.

T: This beer was much better than I anticipated. The chiles are potent and present throughout the aroma and taste. These spicy flavors are integrated very well into the overall presentation of the beer - assertive enough to make this easily recognizable as a chile beer, but not so flaming hot that it ruins your palate or becomes overbearing.

M: Nice feel with solid carbonation level. Hot peppers linger on the tongue between sips.

D: A good representation of the style. I believe this would make a nice pairing with fajitas and guacamole, or other foods of that ilk.

Photo of scottfrie
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle split with friends. Poured into Delirium Tremens glass.

A: Pours a dark slightly hazy amber with a moderately thick off-white head that faded into a nice thick film that left a lot of clinging lace down the glass.
S: This smells awesome. Spicy notes of chili peppers, roasted peppers, and...chipotle peppers! This really does have that great earthy smell of smoky jalapeños.
T: Just like the nose this has a big smoky spicy taste of dried jalapeños and salsa. Very unique and refreshing. The finish has a bit of heat to it too from the peppers which leaves a light burning sensation in the aftertaste.
M: If the body was any thicker than medium the flavors of this beer wouldn't work as well. Carbonation is low and the mouthfeel is a touch sticky.
D: Very interesting beer. Not something I would drink every day, but better than I expected especially seeing as how this beer could be pretty hit or miss. It's a hit in my book and should be tried if you're a fan of spicy foods.

Photo of exodus1369
3.99/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not my favorite beer by Rogue but I have to say one of the most creative beers I have ever had. When they say Chipotle they mean it. I am not sure if I should drink this beer or use it as a seasoning. It is very unique, very spicy, tastes like a Chipotle salsa, but it goes down very smoothly and is not over done. I can see how this could have gone wrong is so many ways but, hats off to Rogue, I think they nailed what they were going for. Not sure I would eat with spicy food might be over kill.

Photo of wedgie9
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from 22oz bottle purchased at Lush West Town. Pours light amber orange with a thin white head that doesn't really leave any lace. The nose is smoky and reminds me more of dried chipotle rather than fresh smoked peppers. There really isn't much else going on, as the smokiness takes over. The palate is a little more exciting, starting off with a hint of sweetness and hops, and then moving to the smoky and spicy chipotle. The body is medium with average carbonation and a long smoky and spicy finish.

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

Chipotle Ale was maybe the third or fourth beer I've had from Rogue's regular line-up. I'm not sure if it was this beer, or Brown Nectar, that sold me on Rogue as a top notch brewery, but either way, this is a beer to try, especially if you're one of the many who have never had a chile beer before. Chipotle Ale is just that, it's a slightly malty beer with a smokey taste and a chipotle pepper kick to the finish. Not hot, in the food sense, but there is a notable kick after swallowing this beer that provides for a very fresh and less than common experience. Chipotle Ale is not as complex and subtle as the chile beers I've tried since, best served by itself, and an excellent choice for a first time chile-beer consumer.

Photo of AdamBear
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A-dark but transparent amber, thin to no white head.

S-very apparent whiff of smoke and chipotle. very distinguishable from just plain pepper

T-very very interesting and unique. there are two different tastes i'm identifying here. There is a great smokey peppercorn taste...which makes me hungry for some BBQ pork. There is also a good jalapeno taste...and i'm not even a fan of jalapeno, but the was this beer utilizes it is amazing. The after-taste is a strong smokey flavor.

M-medium carbonation with a good creaminess to it, pretty much perfect.

D-the taste stays pretty well. The main problem is that you better have some pulled pork near by or else you're gonna be tortured throughout this beer. i generally like a higher ABV, but considering the bottle size, i'm glad this beer wasn't too much stronger.

Photo of TheStig
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is the second "pepper beer" I've had, the first being Dogfish Head's Theobroma. Comparing these two is somewhat appropriate, since they do feature pepper, but Theobroma also features chocolate and cocoa nibs, which Chipotle Ale does not.

A:
A fine deep copper color, with a healthy three-finger head that didn't want to dissipate. Lacing was similarly hearty.

S:
Pepper, of course, but balanced well with a sweet body that almost reminds me of creme brulee. Think of a fresh, sweet smelling beer and overlay a pepper scent-- nothing too arresting, but notable.

T:
Dry and rather bitter, but with a dense, woody taste that reminded me of a wood grill (!) Taste and smell blend here, as the full smell only become apparent as it's wafting up through the back of your mouth. This would pair well with some carne asada.The pepper hits you when you swallow, so... well.. if that's your thing, you'll like it. I don't like my pepper to be so... delayed? It's not like drinking tabasco sauce, but it's hot. I happen to like spicy food, so this didn't bother me much, but if you're sensitive to pepper, you should steer clear.

M:
First sip and it's like any other beer, but subsequent drinks will increase the heat. Finishing off this 22oz bottle is going to require some help.

D:
Not so much. If you're accustomed to drinking something to numb the burn of hot pepper, this beer will throw you for a loop. Pair it with some food that's not very spicy to balance things out.

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass at the Melt in Lakewood. Pours a beautiful golden amber color with a thin white head.

Has a smoky smell, with an underlying maltiness.

Taste up front is akin to a typical lager; malty, slightly hoppy. Give it a minute, thought, for the burn to start in. First, it gets the back of the tongue, then starts in down the throat. Continued drinking, naturally, increases the burn.

Mouthfeel is thin, and burning!

Drinkable is not a word I'd use with this beer. If you like spiciness, get a burrito or snack on a jalapeno. I don't get why it should taste good in a beer. That said, Rogue seems to have done a good job on this one. If I were inclined to have another spicy beer, I'd have this one again.

Chipotle Ale from Rogue Ales
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