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Chipotle Ale - Rogue Ales

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81
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1,293 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,293
Reviews: 683
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 18.49%
Wants: 68
Gots: 60 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of Adam5150
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%

Amber color with a thin creamy white head. Smokey pepper, malty aroma. Initial taste is very unusual and awkward but becomes very good. Warm, full bodied. Spicy finish. Very intriguing beer if you want to explore, but not something you would drink very often.

Adam5150, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of nighthawk
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%

650mL bottle with no freshness date (come on, Rogue, you silkscreen these beautiful labels on all your bombers, put a freakin' bottled-on date up!) poured into pint glass.

Pours a translucent hazy rusted orange with a surprisingly small head that dissipates quickly. I'm not used to this from a Rogue product.

Aroma is assertively smoky, with a hint of citrus hops.

Taste is malt-forward up front, with some bready and caramel flavours, subdued mind you, but there, with a sweet hint of light citrus (sweetened grapefruit?). The smoke takes over and lingers with some chipotle heat.

Mouthfeel is light to medium body with some sparkle from the carbonation.

If you like chipotle and smoke a lot, you'll probably find this drinkable. Personally, I found it overpowered the more pleasant flavours here. I only drank about half the bottle, saving the rest for cooking.

nighthawk, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Amber red with a good head that dissipates to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: A very pleasing Chipotle scent. The Chipotle dominates the smell, but it's pleasant. There’s also a nice smokiness, and I’m catching a hint of sweetness in the nose… maybe vanilla?

Taste: I couldn’t detect any spicy heat, as others were able to, but then again I can take a lot of heat so I’ll miss it if it’s not strong. Chipotle flavor goes well with this beer; it’s not overpowering, but good.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, lightly carbonated.

Drinkability: A very drinkable beer. Nothing too exceptional, but good.

Edit: After taking my last sips of this beer at room temperature, I did catch a hint of heat. :-)

Falcon91Wolvrn03, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of cbl2
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%

7/21/2005 $4.69 22 oz. No best by date.

Appearance:

Pours a brilliant medium brown that is crystal clear, and speckled with hints of claret, adorned by an inch of creamy white/tan head.

Aroma:

Surprisingly sweet with a strong malt aroma, and only a touch of peppery spice in the end of the nose.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Very smooth and sweet upfront, followed by a drying bitter aspect from the hops. Some heat sneaks in towards the end, but not nearly what I was expecting from one of my favorite peppers. No pepper qualities whatsoever in the flavor, which is somewhat of a letdown.

cbl2, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of rudzud
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%

Picked up from Austin Liquors after much deliberation. Would have liked a little more heat though.

A - Poured into my Clown Shoes pint a copper colour with a fizzy one finger head that receeed to leave minimal lacing and an almost nonexistant halo.

S - Mostly just sweet malts here. There are some super light chipotle notes.

T - Like the nose this is lots of malts up front. As it moves in the mouth though a light smokey chipotle flavour comes through, finishing with just a little bit of nondescript chili heat.

M - Low on the carbonation here. Its good, it just comes off as a little thin and watery.

O - Its a pretty good chile beer. Could use a little more chipotle flavour. This is probably a good introduction beer to this style?

rudzud, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%

Reviewed 3/15/2009 (bottle):

Pours a very golden body, big creamy foamy head, diminishing. Smokey hoppy aroma, not quite cigarette but close, not ashy. Smokey, malty taste, more chipotley now. Not sweet, not hoppy. Clean aftertaste. The smoke is subtle, would go well w/bbq, or any grilled meat.

jujubeast6000, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of mjurney
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%

[Appearance]: Deep amber color, clear, medium amount of carbonation, nice foamy head, leaves a nice lacing on the glass.
[Smell]: Smoked chipotle pepper and toasted malts.
[Taste]: Chipotle/Jalapeno pepper up front, slight smokey from the pepper, toasted malts, slight hoppy bite at the end.
[Mouthfeel]: Oily mouthfeel, carbonation feel about medium, mild spicy heat from the pepper, pretty smooth.
[Drinkability]: Average. I wouldn't drink this beer all the time, but I'm sure it goes great with authentic Mexican food.

mjurney, May 23, 2010
Photo of trouserbat
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%

It poured out a nice red-tinted, hazy oak, with a thick reddish head. It smelled like roasted peppers, caramel, and (bready) yeast. While I could taste hops, they were just a foundation for the roasted chipotles and malt. And this is a malty beer, not sweet, but a little thicker than I had expected. More importantly: it has a heavy roasted chipotle flavor, though very little heat. Instead, the peppers give a great roasted / smoky flavor. This beer would be wonderful with a big Southwestern meal.

I'm not sure how typical this beer is for the style. While I was expecting a crisp, spicy pale ale, I was pleasantly surprised by the smoky, roasted taste.

trouserbat, Apr 15, 2006
Photo of cbn
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours a beautiful clear red with about one generous finger of head dissapating rapidly to leave a fine lace across the surface of the ale,barely clinging to the sides of my tulip.

Quickly a pungent mesquite malt aroma yeilds to smoked chilis, reminicent of pepper-jack cheese.

Green vegetal, artichoke taste into smoked red-pepper with a grassy, slightly floral finish.

Somewhat thin bodied with a punch of chili-heat that is effectively accentuated by mild carbonation.

An interesting offering from the "Brewers on the Bay". This ale would pair well with Latin or Cajun seafood dishes. Definitely drinkable, I wish there were a few more ounces in my glass.

cbn, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of Litterbean
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%

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

Litterbean, Jun 17, 2005
Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%

22oz bottle, in advance of some spicy homemade Kung Pao chicken, this seems to be a more than appropriate aperitif.

This beer pours a hazy medium bronzed orange hue, with two fingers of foamy, bubbly off-white head, which leaves some layered storm cloud lace around the glass as things slowly ebb away.

It smells rather smoky, very peat-like, with some singed jalapeno pepper oil, bready caramel malt, dry field honey, and herbal, leafy hops. The taste is much the same up front, the smoky, husky essence of campfire mated with moderately spicy vegetable matter, which quickly gives way to a pleasantly supportive bready, caramel malt, and some plain bruised apple fruitiness. Simple, and yet enjoyable.

The carbonation is quite laid back, just a middling frothiness, the body barely south of medium weight and generally smooth, the smoked hot peppers strangely having little bearing here. It finishes off-dry, with a strong reminder of the peppery smoke that started this whole show.

An interesting blend of chili flavour, Scotch-like peat, and well balanced amber ale. Not a particularly sessionable offering, to be truthful, what with there being all that oft-mentioned smoke, rather than spice, from the guest ingredient.

biboergosum, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of Elemental
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%

This beer pours well with a good head that is nice and light. The color is a good solid copper color that is slightly hazy. The aroma was very poor, it had a stale smell to it which really turned me off. But once I got past the smell it was smooth sailing. It has a nice dry taste that is obviously spicy, along with a slightly sweet aftertaste that lingers for awhile.

Elemental, Aug 02, 2003
Photo of marcobrau
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%

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

marcobrau, May 01, 2005
Photo of blackie
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%

appearance: The pour gives a short, light khaki head that gradually falls back to a ring and a thin layer. The beer is an orange-amber in color.

smell: Moderate nuances of smoked chipotle pepper dominate with some toasted, caramel type malts hiding behind. That's pretty much it...no hops readily found.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is just above medium, and the body light but not thin.

taste: The same smoked chipotle from the aroma dominates the flavor. Some malts are present, but hard to pick out behind the pepper. Light pricks of teasing heat are felt after the swallow. Hop presence is at a minimum, which is probably for the best.

drinkability: eh, not a bad beer but half a bottle would be plenty...interesting, though. I could see this chipotle translating well into a porter.

single bottle from Peace Street Market, Raleigh

blackie, Nov 16, 2006
Photo of IronDjinn
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%

Have never really heard much of this chipotle ale until now, and even though Rogue has a good track record with their line, I still get a small shudder when I think of chile pepper beers, thanks to Crazy Ed's. But one must move on from such traumas...

Came in a 22 oz. brown bomber, predominantly red and white colour motif on the label. It pours out red as well, only turning to a dark amber/deep copper hue with a bit of a haze when held to the light. Tall spongy off-white head on the pour, but it settles fairly quickly.

A smoky quality on the nose, that of tanned hide and of what can only be the smoked jalapenos mentioned on the side of the bottle's label. Can't really pick out anything beyond that.

There's a rich caramel malt buried under it all there, but it is easily overwhelmed by a weathered and worn leather flavour at the start, a bit peaty even, moving to a smoked and a bit charred sensation, and finishing with a spicy zing of jalepeno which adds sensation to the lips and tongue as well. I even start to feel a warming sensation and a bit of spicy rumblings in my stomach after a while. More faded leather on the aftertaste, accompanied by the numbing sensation on the lips. A beer you won't forget any time soon, I have a feeling it's going to follow me around the rest of the evening in one way or another. Only when the bottle is already half emptied do I finally start to pick up on some subtle hop content as well, the unmistakable grapefruit rind of Cascade, but really more of a cheerleader on the sidelines in this beer, rather than in your face. Perhaps that's what is helping to balance out and tone down the chiles in this ale, as I expected them to be rampaging, and not as well-mannered as they actually are.

Great mouthfeel, full and smooth, really carries the flavour well, I can easily see this stuff being a flop if it were weak and watery.

In the end there's definitely chiles, yes, but it's also leathery as well, I haven't come across that sort of flavour since a few Fish Tales beers I had sampled before. A mighty fine ale all things considered, they did an excellent job, the craftsmanship is there, but when all is said and done it's not my cup of tea (or other brewed beverage). A sipping beer, definitely, and would go great paired with red meat off the grill, or really with anything that involves salsa. I'd save this stuff more for autumn and winter days as well, NOT something I'd grab to quench on a hot day.

IronDjinn, May 15, 2006
Photo of daliandragon
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%

This is one of those beers on the shelf at the distributor that I've been putting away for the right moment, like when I just wanted to try something wacky. I'm a big fan of all things spicy and of course, of beer but I find myself a bit unsure whether this will be a good beer experience or not.
Color is very interesting, reddish and visibly highly carbonated with the tint becoming clearly darker at the top. Head is thin but creamy and lasting. Body is close to opaque. Nose is fairly faint with some muted hops and a backround of something that might be peppers.
Wow, after the mildness of the scent, the blast of smoky flavors in the taste is a surprise. Not really hot, but certainly flavorful. Finish is surprisingly clean and crisp. This is definitely an original ale. The aftertaste is fairly strong as well.
Interesting stuff. Not for everyday drinking but still, a nice solid ale with a touch of hot peppers..ooh, let me go get some pepper jack, sweeeet.. Do you like peppers? If so, you'll probably like this.

daliandragon, Jan 13, 2006
Photo of tgdigital
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%

This is a very interesting beer. I thought the pepper was really balanced but a lot of the people who tried it with me thought otherwise. The beer is a nice amber color with a fluffy off white head and great lacing. The smell is what's the most odd about this beer to me. It smelled a lot like beer, but it smelled almost like something had gone wrong in the process. It didn't smell bad, it just smelled different. I will attribute that to the chipotle peppers. The taste is great though, with nice caramel overtones and not a whole lot of smokiness or stiff spicy flavor. It's in the finish where the chipotle peppers shine... instead of an alcohol burn on the way down you get a really nice warming sensation from the presence of the peppers. This would be a great beer on a cold winter night. The mouthfeel is smooth and refreshing considering the peppers. Definitely not a beer you'll be having more than two of in one evening.

tgdigital, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of BurnsTau
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours hazy orange-brown. Good head, little bit of lacing.

Nothing stands out in particular in the aroma, mostly malty sweetness is noticable. Taste is up front maltiness. Sweet but with a small hopiness and smoky flavor following it up. The heat isn't that noticable but you can feel a bit of a bite in your throat after a few sips.

I didn't know what to expect coming into this beer, but it definitely wasn't bad. Not something I would revisit regularly, but worth a try at the least.

BurnsTau, Jan 02, 2007
Photo of number1bum
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%

It's taco night, so it seemed an appropriate time to try this.

Pours an amber color with good clarity, some bubbles slowly rising to the top and about two fingers of fluffy light beige head. Looks a lot like a pale ale if you didn't know better, and the retention is pretty good with a nice lace and some stick.

Smells a bit like a pale ale too, with some fruity hops and some malt sweetness. There's a spicy note to it but it's not that strong or out of the ordinary.

There's a bit more peppery flavor and heat in the flavor than the smell. Pale malt sweetness and some fruity hops are met by a bit of spicy heat and a smoky flavor midway through and into the finish. It's mild enough to not be bothersome, but rather adds a pleasant and unique flavor. Heat picks up a bit as it warms.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, appropriately carbonated. This is definitely a bit of a novelty beer and not something I'd have very often, but I'd have it again if the mood struck me right.

number1bum, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of srandycarter
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%

A - Pretty, somewhat murky caramel, nice large off white head that reduces to disk pretty quick. Lots of cling lace.

S - Smoked pepper dominates this sucker. I love pepper and use smoked pepper ground up for all kinds of stuff, so I should like this. Oddly, I am not sure I do.

T - Malt and smoked pepper are married equally. Again, it was fun to try, but maybe not my deal.

M - Good bodyand carb, balance pretty good considering the goal here.

D - Not for me. Fun to try, but for me, probably better to use for cooking.

srandycarter, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of jameaterblues
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%

A- So this is one of those beers that you always see, but are kinda afraid of...I took my chances today....The beer poured a clear dark amber color with some orangish tints. The head was a 1/6 of an inch and left a white lace around the glass.
S- Smokey, spicy. The chili pepper is definitely predominant. There is also a very mild sweetness....it really reminds me of some kind of hot sauce, but not quite as spicy.
T- the pepper hits at the tip of the tongue, and in the finish. The body is rounded out with some sweet malts(which at first appear to balance the flavor), but then the chili kicks back in. There is a long lingering after taste of chili pepper....and some times even salsa.
M/D- The ale is medium bodied, medium to low carbonation...It is an interesting beer, and as I sit here with it I can really appreciate it, but it is definitely not something that I would drink very often. I has taken me a really long time to finish this bomber....its a slow drinker.

jameaterblues, May 31, 2006
Photo of MattyV
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours a nice abmber colour with a thin slightly off-white head. Aroma's fairly weak, some sweet caramel malt and some peppery spice, hinting at the chipotle, and "grilled meat"? (that's the only way I can describe it. A campfire smokiness comes out later as it warms. The taste is dominated by sweet buttery malt and bbq like smokiness. Not picking up much heat at all except for an underlying peppery spice. Average body and carbonation, nothing to write home about but not disappointing. This has been my first foray into this fringe style, but I was expecting a bit more heat. However, while an entire bomber may be a bit much for one sitting, I may pick up another for cooking purposes.

MattyV, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of kajerm
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%

smells malty with a trace of piny hops and a definite note of peppers.

looks like a medium-pale ale, with a nice amberish gold cover and a half-finger head. tastes like a malty sort of ale, and hot damn, they weren't kidding about jalapeños, this stuff is spicy (but not unpleasantly so.)

considering the spiciness (and the weirdness) of it, I found it quite drinkable. the palate was timid and inoffensive, neatly balancing out the strong and unusual flavor.

good beer, but probably too weird for me to drink again under my own steam.

kajerm, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of maek228
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber

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

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

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

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

Drinkability: Would be good with an angus burger.

maek228, May 29, 2005
Photo of HimerMan
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%

22oz bottle served in the typical "default other beer glass" at the House of Brews in NYC. Split with Flannery.

We sampled this with an order of poppers, as it seemed to make sense.

Beer poured a slightly cloudy dark/deep amber with ruby highlights and aroma was a spicy/smokey kick.

Taste - big sips had big kicks, really interesting beer to drink. Not a big-hop beer, but there were hops that added to some of the lasting heat.

Definitely a must try with food, I don't know when else I would drink this beer. I wouldn't drink more than a bomber of this, but I love spicy food - so this is a great beer and brings interesting stories.

I will have this again, Cheers!

HimerMan, May 09, 2006
Chipotle Ale from Rogue Ales
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