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Chipotle Ale - Rogue Ales

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1,240 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,240
Reviews: 682
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 18.49%
Wants: 66
Gots: 45 | 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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jpmclaug

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the bottle into a pint glass

Clear orange with a small circle of white head, smells kind of bready and sweet and then a spicy peppery note hits, tastes sweet like a bready amber ale, a light smokiness is present and some pepper flavor comes through as well, not too hot but it is certainly present, mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Decently drinkable, I could see someone really liking this one if they were a fan of chipotle. I would drink this again if I was in the mood. I see real potential for this beer in a recipe of some sort. A nice sweetness is present and the pepper could definitely add some spice. I might pick this one up to make chili with.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 23:16:35 | More by jpmclaug
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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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AgentMunky

California

3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. Reviewed December 2010.

A: Darkish, reddish brown. Thin to no head. Visible sediment.

S: Delicious, savoury chipotle. Very strong and spicy. Some sweeter maltiness as well.

T: Right...it's a chipotle and -- surprise, surprise -- it tastes like chipotle. What did you expect? Initially peppery and carbonated, it mellows into an almost oaky maintaste before bringing some heat into the end and aftertaste. Smoky.

M: Foamy, carbonated, and spicy.

D: Very well-made, but far too idiosyncratic to be particularly drinkable. Deliciously spicy. If you don't like chipotle peppers, stay away. If you do, get some!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 01:18:04 | More by AgentMunky
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Perrumpo

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a bomber at Beltway Fine Wine nearby, poured into a DFH snifter.

I'm a fan of smoked and chili pepper type beers, so I had to buy it when I saw it and was excited to try it. It definitely lived up to its expectations!

Pours a reddish medium brown with light-tan head about 2 fingers tall. You can smell that smoked and chipotle aromas, and you can certainly taste them, too. I love the smoke flavor this beer has. It really tastes like the smoked chipotle ground spice I have in the cabinet... and in a very good way! It would certainly make a great stout, too.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 23:44:36 | More by Perrumpo
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

always a fan of chili beers i was thrilled when i saw this one pop up on our shelves. poured into a pint glass.

nice dark amber pour, bordering on a light brown with a smooth, even and small head that did its best to not really fade that much at all. aroma is lots of earth grains, light hops and a touch of rye like spice, not much pepper at all in the aroma, this comes much later. as you take a sip it has all the marks of a nicely done esb or amber, but gives you that nice kick of chili pepper in the finish that lets you know its there. spicy with a definite nice hit, this was very well recieved.

overall done very nice as the chili is reserved for the finish where it should be, overall an excellent beer i have to say.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 17:04:18 | More by mikesgroove
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msfoster77

North Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my first chipotle beer and as such I didn't know what to expect.

The beers pours a golden orange color with a thick frothy head.It smells malty and piny. It tastes like a good beer with the malts coming through and subtle hops. The chipotles hit you at the end of the beer after you swallow. I slight spice builds into a nice heat with every gulp. This beer is a must if you want to try something new and different. I really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 20:27:14 | More by msfoster77
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HeyItsChili

China

3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a foamy head that sticks about a bit.

S - Brown sugar malty sweetness and maybe a tad bit of smoke with a pepper edge, but extremely faint on that end.

T - Up from is sweet and slightly piny hops overtaken by a strong malty, brown sugary sweet flavor with just an edge of very discernible chipotles. I think what works best here is that the malt component is strong enough to handle the opposing chipotle pepper component. The smoky heat blends with the brown sugary malt, just as it sometimes does in the culinary world. The aftertaste here is imbued with a faint smoky chili burn.

M - Lighter bodied beer with medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 06:09:28 | More by HeyItsChili
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armstrnj

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just want to start by saying that a Chipotle pepper is one of my favorite flavors, on/in anything. So naturally I was excited about this beer.

A- Even the color looks smoky, nice rust orange cloudy. Foreshadows the flavor.

S- Smells just like I hoped it would. Pepper aroma thats not over powering.

T- I don't know what a "perfect" chili beer tastes like but this will work for me. Great southwest spiced flavor with a hint of malt. Not overpowering or spicy but just dang tasty.

M- Good carbonation and just a touch dry, which works with the pepper flavors

D- I could see how after a few the taste would get old but I enjoyed the heck out of the one I had. Would be great with a southwest dish of comparable flavors.

Overall great beer and a different taste. This beer exceeded what I thought a chipotle beer would be like.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 19:32:13 | More by armstrnj
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thenewflesh

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 04:02:34 | More by thenewflesh
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Sachsenfreude

Germany

3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 18:33:21 | More by Sachsenfreude
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jera1350

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 22:49:40 | More by jera1350
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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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Buebie

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 06:37:25 | More by Buebie
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GatheringBrews

Vermont

2.85/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 03:09:31 | More by GatheringBrews
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vfgccp

New York

3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 19:03:44 | More by vfgccp
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Kolsch

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2010 13:54:50 | More by Kolsch
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goblue3509

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 20:14:57 | More by goblue3509
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bbb099

California

3.63/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 06:26:54 | More by bbb099
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Brewmeist

Pennsylvania

1.05/5  rDev -70.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 21:52:55 | More by Brewmeist
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Fatehunter

Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 06:23:57 | More by Fatehunter
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 22:44:32 | More by andrenaline
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HugePlume

Washington

4.33/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 02:30:07 | More by HugePlume
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ThreeWiseMen

California

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 07:02:31 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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dpnelson1978

Minnesota

2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 01:50:27 | More by dpnelson1978
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 21:02:53 | More by drabmuh
Chipotle Ale from Rogue Ales
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