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Chipotle Ale - Rogue Ales

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Chipotle AleChipotle Ale

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693 Reviews

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Reviews: 693
Hads: 1,382
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 25.63%
Wants: 98
Gots: 118 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews: 693 | Hads: 1,382
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
2.9/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

22 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of exodus1369
3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of wedgie9
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of msmezher
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of TheStig
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
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 fine deep copper color, with a healthy three-finger head that didn't want to dissipate. Lacing was similarly hearty.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is a golden orange/red - A beautiful amber - with a frothy tan head that hangs around, good lacing.

The nose is dominated by grass with some spice in the background. After a few sniffs the spice comes across as chipotle - heat and smoke.

The smokey spice of the chipotle hits in the back of the mouth, with a slight lingering cinnamon fire candy sweetness up front. This is real big on flavor, but all the flavor doesn't quite meld as well as it could. A very interesting beer to try and worth the experience, but not one I'm going back for.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Pours a clear light copper with a white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is subdued - some sweet malts and smokey peppers and liquid smoke.

The flavor is some sweet malt quickly followed by a lot of smokey chipotle pepper with some light to moderate heat in the background. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation - slightly watery.

Overall, this is one of the best chili beers I've had. It's pretty moderate in heat, but I really like the flavors of the chipotle and smokiness. It's still pretty one-sided in that it's all about the pepper.

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Photo of eclaycamp
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love peppers. I love beer. So why not try them together? My experience with spiced or pepper beers has largely been limited to the famous - or infamous - Cave Creek Chili Beer. I've always had a soft spot for that beer, though it's admittedly gross now that I've moved on to bigger and badder beers. Pours a red bordering on copper. Nice balooning head with some pretty impressive amount of lacing. Moderate carbonation levels. Aroma is all smokey chipotle pepper and not much else. If you're not a fan of the chipotle favor it'll be pretty overwhelming. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied, with low carbonation. Flavor is smoked chili powder mixed into a red ale. Medium caramel sweetness in the finish with some temperate pepper. This beer would go great with barbecue, like burnt ends or spare ribs. Standing alone it's merely an interesting execution on the pepper beer style, heads and shoulders above Cave Creek but lacking something. Pair something with it - I pulled out some local smoked pepper jack cheese - and it really shines.

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Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer from a 22oz. bottle. It had a 2 finger foamy fizzy head on top of a nice brown amber color body. The aroma is very nice of chili peppers and carmel notes. The taste is nice and smokey, nice malty taste on the back of the tongue. This beer has a nice mouth feel and is very drinkable.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a couple years ago on a recommendation and liked it, but first review.
A - a clear bronze amber with two fingers of off white head that retained very well and left nice random lacing up the glass as it did so
S - Smokey! A very enticing mix of smoke and chili spice (hence chipotle i guess), along with rich roasty malty undertones and light grassy notes
T - the strong smoke and sweetness of the chili pepper hits you first, along with the roasty malts, then the chili spice and heat starts to creep in much like when you eat a chili pepper infused dish, then smoke and the heat linger nicely
M - medium carbonation gives way to a very rich mix of smoke and malt, with the spice tingling the tongue and the deep heat lingering at the back of the throat
D - i love beer and chipotle, and this combination is fantastic, the flavours are exactly what I want, the feel is a great balance of smooth richness and tingly heat, very drinkable although the heat may really start to build after a few, overall a fantastic idea with a better result

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a brownish orange with yellow highlights with a finger of bubbly head and left good sticky lacing on the glass.

S: it definitely has a very nice chipotle aroma off the bat with caramel scented malts, slight citrus notes, and lite underlying tamarind notes as well; nice aroma on this one for sure.

T: on previous bathes as this one the chipotle peppers weren't as potent but for some reason the chipotle does have a little bite in this bottle, I think this one is a little bit more fresh too. The chipotle meshes very well with the malts which like the nose has tamarind style accents its pleasing to my palate since I like spicy foods.

M: the brew was medium body with a good amount of carbonation that had a nice spicy, malty, crisp, and refreshing finish.

D: overall the beer drank very well and was not at all overwhelming on the spice like other chile beers I've had in the past where it burns going down the hatch. I think I have to pick up more fresh bottles cause it seems like the spice dies through time IMO.

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Photo of MrStark
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a mug.

Appearance is a hazy amber with an off white, almost tan two finger foamy head. It slowly dissipates leaving a small cap of foam and bits of sticky lacing.

Smell is mostly malt, with some hints of the peppers. Somewhat smokey.

Taste is a nice balanced bland of sweet malts and the pepper flavor. As the malts fade, there is a bit of hops and it finished with the slight burn of the jalapenos. Its pretty pleasant and not overpowering to me whatsoever.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Fairly smooth.

Drinkablity is good. It goes down easy and is pretty refreshing. And interesting and novel beer for sure. I wouldn't mind having it again. If you like a bit of spiciness, this is certainly worth a try!

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Photo of 2xHops
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is second chipotle beer I have tasted. Unfortunately I can't remember the name of the first one.

I thought this one tasted not too smoky as I initially feared. As you first rink it, the smokiness isn't as apparent until after you gulped the first couple of sips. The beer's pretty easy on your palate, so it does help with the drinkability.

The mouthfeel of this beer, I thought, was slightly flat. It didn't feel as rich as I'd like out of a beer.

Drinkability really depends on whether you liked the smokiness in your beer or not. I thought I did as I love chipotle flavor, but for some reasons, I was not much of fan.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this 12oz single for $2.59 at Barb's Beer Emporium in Concord NH. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

Cloudy reddish gold brew gives a thick tan head that leaves a thick carpet of lace on the glass. The nose is really interesting- fairly typical thick semi-sweet bready malts, but then an unmistakable spicy red pepper bite. The taste is very much the same though adds a bit of smokiness, presumably also from the chipotle. Mouthfeel is moderately thick with appropriate carbonation. The spice is felt mildly starting with the first sip but really develops and lingers long into the finish, a pleasant warming burn. Very interesting, not something I'd drink regularly, but I'm glad I tried it and would have it again on occasion.

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Photo of mempath
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of association330
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber, no freshness date

A - Pours cloudy amber with a half-finger of off white head that quickly drops to a thin, but sticky cap with decent lace.

S - A bit of sweet malts, smoky chipotles, black pepper

T - Again, a bit of malt sweetness up front. Swallow reveals a touch of hop bitterness. Finishes with a bit of lingering jalapeno heat, really nothing major for my tongue. It does build a little towards the end of the bottle though.

M - Body on the light side of moderate, with moderate carbonation.

D - A really fun brew to try and worth picking up, even if it's only once. I'd definitely drink it again though, especially with mild-to-moderately spicy food or a steak-y fish (tuna, sword, etc.)

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rouge's Chipotle Ale poured a hazy amber color, with a good size head that went away rather quickly. It had a smell of cooked peppers, and I found it just offensive. The taste was heavy, full, and had a spicey note to it. It was rather easy to drink. Overall a very interesting beer, and a very good beer, gets better the more you drink it; a must try.

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Photo of Dlish
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Amber red, 2 finger foam

S- Strong smell of smoke, jalapeño and of caramel and malts.

T- The taste begins with a strong smoke taste followed by a hint of hops, the lead into a very mild jalapeño taste also strong crushed peppercorn taste. Follows out with a cream malt finish.

M- Very light and refreshing, not what I was expecting at all.

D- The first taste through me off, I was not expecting a refreshing taste and was hoping for something more spicy. Although this was mild, by the time I finished this bomber my tongue had just a bit of burning. Over all I hope to buy this beer again soon.

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Photo of PreacherBrewer
4.12/5  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!

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Chipotle Ale from Rogue Ales
81 out of 100 based on 693 ratings.