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Chipotle Ale - Rogue Ales

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1,344 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,344
Reviews: 696
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 18.26%
Wants: 81
Gots: 81 | 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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Photo of yossarian14
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I thought this beer was very good. The smell of chipotle peppers was strong. The taste was very smokey. If you hate these two attributes then you will no doubt hate this beer, but as a chile head and a fan of all things smokey, I really enjoyed this beer. I had this with spicy chile and would buy it again. I think it would be a nice beer to cook with as well as drink with BBQ or mexican.

Photo of dmbfrat420beers
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz. Bomber - love their designs.

Appearance - Poured thick slightly yellowish head with big, squirmy bubbles. dissipates to thin film after a few minutes. Deep red, slightly brownish translucent hue. Really nice color.

Smell - decent malty pale ale aroma. very much like an average Pale Ale actually.

Mouthfeel - light/medium bodied beer. perhaps a little oily after awhile (possibly because of the pepper) but nothing offensive.

Taste - good carbonation up front, slight chipotle spiciness already. good hoppy/chili spice up front. Balanced moderate malty sweetness and slight aromatic, but hardly bitter hopiness at the back of the mouth. Then the chipotle really takes over leaving a decently hot/spicy taste all over the mouth and lips. A little bit of the sweetness lingers as well, feeling a bit odd with the chipotle. Hint of bitterness also lingers at the back of the mouth. Interesting combination. Suprisingly well balanced chipolte hotness with an otherwise average ale taste.

Definitely drinkable, but don't expect a refreshing cold one or anything.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a murky amber color. The head is nonexistant, and there is no lacing. The aroma is very sweet with peppers in the background. The taste is mildy sweet with chile peppers mildly coming through in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this brew is a lot more drinkable than I had thought it would be. I am glad that it is rather mellow, and certainly not in my face.

Photo of mpolewan
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Skidz
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of kamiller
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber color with a one finger off white head. Smells of sweet malt, I can't pick up any spices, but nonetheless a pleasant smell. It has a very subtle spice with a malty sweetness, leaves a spicy warmness. The mouthfeel is smooth, almost no carbonation. It is a pretty drinkable beer, after my first glass I started to feel the spice. I probably wouldn't drink more than one, but I had a 25oz bottle so I didn't have much choice. I will say that I was hoping for something with a little more spice, this is a very subtle.

Photo of mangledorf
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pouring this from the standard Rogue 650 ml bottle, a clean fluffy head rolled up from its foggy red mass. A beautiful beer...but then I started drinking it.

Right before it touched my lips I smelt the peppers almost like a dry rub. Unfortunately that's also how it felt inside my mouth. The taste was mediocre for Rogue, which is still delightful overall.

There is much left to be desired in this beer. Yet there is still much to enjoy as is.

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

Mostly clear rusty orange color with a tall, lumpy head of pure white foam. Some mild smokiness in the nose over a nice balance of malt and hops. Mellow bready yeast and slight grassy hops. The flavor opens with a pleasant malty sweetness...very Rogue tasting of course. Seems like a fairly simple well-balanced ale with just a bit of smokiness. The hops add just enough flavor with some lingering grassiness. Pretty clean overall and medium bodied with prickly carbonation.

You can tell peppers were used, but mostly in the aftertaste and a bit of warmth in the throat. Typical Rogue quality...solid.

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

Not bad looking, reddish with some orange hues, a bit hazy with a few rising bubbles, meh head and some decent lace.

I'm really on the fence on this one. It's kinda like they were trying to make a smoke beer but made a weak chili beer instead. They also seem to have made a smoke beer but forgot the dark malts. First smell and sip I was thinking "wtf" but after about half the beer it grew on me. It gets better as you go.

Body is good, rich and thick, almost chewy but with a smoky aftertaste.

Overall it's odd, but pretty good nonetheless. For a chile beer, it's darn tasty.

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

650 ml bottle, and my first try of this "Chile" beer. I have to admit upfront the idea does not really pique my tastebuds, as I'm not overly fond of peppers or strong spices, but hey let's try this and see. Sometimes going in with little expectation heightens the appreciation...

Like the other Rogue beers I have sampled, this looks very good in the glass, with a rich amber/maple syrup colour and a cream-coloured head that is tight and left good lacing. Really lovely colour, straddling that wonderful hue between ruby red and rosewood brown. The chipotle peppers are definitely there as I first smell above the glass, which almost seem to emulate hops in their aroma. This smells almost tequila-like at times. Definitely spicy, with good full authentic chipotle notes, along with nice caramel malt and fairly assertive hopping. Actually very balanced with just enough of the Chipotle. Even without the peppers, this would be a fine pale ale. It really does remind me of some Chipotle dishes I have had, dry and a little astringent. Malting adds some caramel and light raisins and cream and bread. Taste showcases the peppers very expertly, with a very good balance here: it starts with dark malts and then in the middle really lets the pepper shine through, and by the finish you get that spicy tang that burns the lips and tongue a bit, as if you have just eaten a Chipotle pepper. Everything just...works somehow. The taste on the middle of the tongue is fantastic, and the aftertaste leaves a dry peppery feeling. I have to rate it high, not so much because I find it overly tasty, but because of the way they mixed the peppers with the beer. Fantastic execution. It seems to warm the throat and belly in a that way only peppers do. The taste is not extremely complex beyond the light roasty malting and the peppers, but the finish does leave some nice hoppy bitterness as well. Wow, this was pulled off very well. Good moderaly carbonated mouthfeel, and full bodied. A piquant beer, but also relatively drinkable. The pepper is never over-the-top, but neither is this a case of searching for some hidden flavour that leaves you wondering if this was just a misnamed pale ale. An admirable beer, and I was rather impressed. Would be fun to pair with Mexican or Indian dishes. This could stand up to repeated drinking too--not just a novelty one-time "glad I tried it" beer.

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

Beer is a hazy golden. Small creamy off-white head sits on top. Pretty light nose for a Rogue beer. A little malt and some citric hop tones. I wasn't expecting to love the taste of this beer (or any pepper beer for that matter), but the pepper notes are ever so subtle. This is actually an enjoyable brew. The pepper tones are kind of appealing. Other than the pepper, there is a nice mix of malt and hops. A little caramely. A little spicy hop bite as well. Overall, this one is pretty good.

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

Finally was able to try this offering from Rogue.. I started out a bit trepidacious since it has Chipotle Chile in it.. I love hot and spicy food, but i will always remember that taste of Cave Creek.

Appearance-- A dark amber with off white head that didnt seem to stick around too long.
Smell-- Smell of malt with whisps of smoke and burnt wood.
Taste-- Where the hell is the Chile?? I got no heat at all. I dont know if its cause ive gotten so habeneros arent hot, but this had none of the chile spice at all. It was nice and malty with a bit of smoke and spice on the tongue but no heat.
Mouthfeel- good enough, a little spice (not heat) but other than that nothing to shout about.
Drinkability- well its higher than i thought it would be due to the fact that it was lacking any sort of heat. I wasnt expecting volcano, but a warm glow would have been nice. Not one of my favourites from Rogue, but you cant like everything. Not to say i wouldnt gladly drink if offered, just dont think i would buy it over their other beers.

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

A: Pours a hazy golden amber with a thick white head. Looks good, but nothing distinguishes it from other ales. The appearance is fairly generic.

S: Faint notes of caramel, cream, and pepper can be detected immediately after pouring, but become more intense as the beer warms. It's an interesting scent to be sure, but I wish it were more assertive immediately after pouring.

T: The entry is spicy and smoky, immediately allowing the notes of biscuits, caramel, minerals, cream, and smoked peppers to jump out. The finish is long and complex with bready, biscuity malt notes underpinned by a subtle smoky spiciness.

M: The mouthfeel of this medium-to-full bodied ale is firm and dry, never distracting from the unique flavor profile. More drinkable than expected.

O: The idea of chiles in beer was initially off-putting, but I'm glad I gave this one a chance. It actually is very good.

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

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

Photo of Atron67
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Slightly red clear amber with off-white head that poured huge, left huge lacing, the head lasted a really long time as well.
S- pretty much all slightly sweet malt, only a slight twinge of spiciness on the nose at the finish
T- Pretty smooth, a light malty smoothness, followed by a slight chili pepper spicyness which replaces the hop flavor.
M- a sharper carbonation which fits well with the chili. Has a slightly light body, however nothing of detriment to the beer
D- pretty solid, a slightly spicy flavor that i hadnt had before, and is balanced well, providing an interesting and different finish of chili instead of hops

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

Rogue Chipotle Ale is a hazy amber beer with a fluffy yellow head that has great retention. It smells like a home brew. There are green, grassy notes in the nose, but I'm not picking up any pepper. It has a medium-light body that's smooth and creamy with a clean, dry finish. There's a roasted malt flavor up front and then the taste of smoky chipotle kicks in. There's not much spice, but plenty of flavor. It's well balanced and very drinkable.

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

A - This beer pours a nice slightly hazy amber color. It has a nice 2-finger off-white head on it. It has pretty good retention and leaves some nice lace on the glass.

S - It smells of some sweet maltiness and some earthy grassiness. There is also some scents of chipotle peppers and a touch of smoke.

T - The taste has a nice sweet maltiness and some good hoppiness up front. In the background there is some chipotle pepper flavor in the background. The finish leaves some lingering hop flavor and some mild spiciness.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice feel to it. The finish has some lingering spice and slight hop bitterness.

D - This has good drinkability. It goes down easy, and I could easily drink a few of these in a sitting. Overall I thought this was a real nice beer. It tastes like a pale ale with some chipotle peppers mixed in. The flavor was nice, I was just hoping for a little more head. I definitely think it is worth a try though. I'd drink it again.

Photo of Rudgers73
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Hennepin glass. Pours a reddish brown with a healthy inch head that settles slowly into a lacy 1/2 inch or so. The beer is cloudy and I don't see much carbonation. The smell starts out with a nice, fruity, gummi bear like hop aroma backed immediately with a smooth and sticky malt character. The taste is interesting. The taste is much like an APA with a malt undertone topped with a smooth, mild-to-moderate hop bitterness. The chile peppers are faint but noticeable right in the middle of the drink. The pepper taste isn't there but the oil and waxy pepper effect is present. A slightly metallic spice and a bitterness that is separate from the bitterness given by any hop I've had gives it away. It sits more at the front of the tongue and has a residual, consistent effect. After you rest a few minutes from drinking it the pepper taste opens up a bit more with an acidic green chile resemblance.

Photo of jpmclaug
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of jjanega08
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A= a amber color with a decent head and average lacing on the side of my glass
S= has a very basic BMC kind of smell followed by a little chipotle smokiness and spice. Not great but still above par
T= OOOOh interesting. smokey, not too spicy, and yet it still tastes like a beer. goes great with my enchiladas tonight.
M=A little heavy with average carbonation
D= Best peppered beer that I've had so far. Still tastes like beer actually. something drinkable. I like it and next time I make enchiladas I'm gonna buy it again. Other than that I can't imagine drinking it again though

Photo of JustinMatthew
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So strange! This beer pours a burnt orange color with the tinniest off white head that dissipates quickly. Smells malty and smokey. Taste is complex.. Sweet, smokey, some malt, smoked chilies, lightly bitter with a drying end. There is a lingering sweetness between sips. This beer is really unique.. There are so many cool things going on here.

"ale brewed with chipotle peppers"

Photo of jettjon
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

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

Photo of adamette
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the 650 ML bottle that I purchased along with 5 other Rogue beers within the past month. Poured into my Dark Horse Brewing Company pint glass. From message written on the side of the bottle: 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!

A Nice medium brown/amber body under a very light brown creamy, fluffy one inch head after a vigorous pour. Sediment floating about . 4.0

S There is a nice, smoky smoked ham smell in addition to a nice preview of the spice brought on undoubtedly by the peppers. I really like this smell. It is interesting, inviting. 4.5

T I am not sure about this beer. There is an odd rauchbier quality of the smoked aspect to it and the peppers do not come through for me until the aftertaste. The rauchbier quality is not the dynamic, interesting quality of one of the Acht Schlelanka quality but a rather flat quality that I do not like too much. The peppers, which come in at about the aftertaste, are kind of an after thought, only present at the end. Contrast this with DHF Theoromba whose chili tastes are throughout and are much more present. This beer's taste was hard for me to rate but here goes: 3.5

M Minimally smooth feel but mostly this is moderate. There is a bit of bite with the pepper taste in the aftertaste but really it is moderate. I like the feel though. 4.0

D Only fair for me. The odd flatness and rauchbier qualities do not jive well with the pepper aftertaste. I will finish the 22 ounces but will most likely not seek this one out again. 3.0

Photo of hitter114
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a small white head orange in color quickly dissipating coating

S: Smells like Jalepenos, Farm Fresh But just not enough else going on (hop/malt)

T: Tastes like a nice pale ale with some extra creamyness/pepper taster. Unique

M: Interesting, Sharp and Creamy

Overall: Pretty solid beer, unique for sure, I could use a little more to dig into taste is somewhat one sided

Photo of sophisticated
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've only had a couple of chile beers and was not sure I'd like this one. Was pleasantly surprised.

A) Nice amber with sudsy off-white head that left lots of lacing

S) Mild, but mostly of spice

T) At first like a nice malty amber ale, but then it's just the smokey and spicey flavor of chipotle. Not super spicey, just tingly and warm. At first I thought that was from the alcohol, but at 5.5%, its the spice.

MF) Medium with lots of carbonation

D) Good. I enjoyed this with tacos and it went well together. Not sure if this is my favorite style but I enjoyed this brew and would recommend it.

Chipotle Ale from Rogue Ales
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