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Chipotle Ale - Rogue Ales

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1,301 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,301
Reviews: 685
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 18.49%
Wants: 71
Gots: 63 | 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 MattyV
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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
Photo of StLThrash
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.

StLThrash, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of strangemusic
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The pour is dark amber orange, with a slight, light tan head. Looks like a competent red ale or pale ale.

The aroma really isn't all that impressive. Light malts, some caramel, a bit of smoke discernible.

Taste is much better. It starts out with flavours of lemon zest, very crisp and somewhat bitter, astringent - then sweet malts kick in, and the smoke and heat of the chipotle peppers dominates the long finish, giving the beer more depth.

Mouthfeel is medium-thin, a bit soapy, but held together by the nice finish. Average.

Overall, it's like a rauchbier but not nearly as aggressive - sweet and zesty to balance the smoke. Not something I'm racing out to get another bottle of, but not bad either.

strangemusic, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of South2NW
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber to nonic pint glass.

A: Amber in color, thin head, slight lacing.

S: Jalapeno, Honey, some Hops.

T: Slight hop bitterness, good warm chipotle finish that lingers for a bit.

M: Light carbonation.

O: Decent pepper beer, certainly drinkable. not overly spicy.

South2NW, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of cokes
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First I should admit that I love chipotles, with that whole chili- peppers-charred-with-cigar flavoring that I adore in select foods.
Secondly, I know what kind of nadir pepper beers can produce, after my bile ducts still start churning after the mention of the conjunction of any two or more of following words: cave, creek, crazy, Ed's, Chili, Beer.

This pours a burnt golden orange topped with a scattered, pocky bubbled crown.
The nose has vague caramel grain notes coupled with burnt rubber and Chipotle gradations.
The malt base is wide and weak, featuring notions of caramel and dark breads. The middle is filled with chipotle smoke, robust, and meaty, with the beading sweaty flesh of the pepper still issuing commands, tastewise. There is an underlying heat, but not of Hot Sauce, rather of a peppery, jerk seasoning. The hops conclude with glimpses of florals. Chipotle reigns, but the balance is suitable. The subtle building heat is actually a bit intoxicating in more ways than one.
The body is frail and pale, and the carbonation is juvenile, as in underdelevopeled and flat.
It seems like it probably loses something due to simplicity, and on it's own it's a bit eh, but it would certainly hold it's own as a tex-mex wash.

cokes, Jun 20, 2005
Photo of plaid75
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft at the Rogue Ale House, Portland, Oregon.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured a light pale malt with a trace of smoke.

The taste consisted of meaty, smoky flavors; buttery malts and caramel.

The mouthfeel was of medium fullness.

Overall an interesting ale. The light smokiness was pleasantly surprising.

plaid75, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of Pegasus
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Medium golden color, quite clear, with a small white head, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Sweet, malty aroma, with a slight smoky pepper note.

Taste: Opens with a slight sour, or tart malt note, a mild hop presence appears midway through the taste. The taste draws to a close with a mild, lingering, earthy pepper note. In my judgment, the pepper note is rather restrained, but I frequently consume large quantities of hot pepper, so this beer might seem hotter to others.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, fairly full, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Overall, a well-balanced example of a novelty style. Much better than the ubiquitous Ed's Cave Creek Chili Beer. Although I have tried few examples of this uncommon style, I feel Rogue has excelled within the constraints of the style.

Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber bottle with a pop-off crown and a painted label. In keeping with Rogue's custom of releasing the same beers under different labels, this example was actually called "Rogue Mexicali Ale".

Pegasus, Nov 24, 2006
Photo of GeezLynn
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pretty rust/amber color with a full white head that settles into clumps.

S: Bready-yeast background is there, and the hops are noticeable as well. Faint smokeyness. Nothing about the aroma is particularly strong or distinctive. Malt becomes more apparent with warming.

T: smoked jalapeno flavors enhance the basic amber ale malt flavor nicely. Smooth transition from smoke and pepper to sweet malt.

M: a little thin feeling as you would expect, and carbonated about right. Pepper and alcohol work together to give the mouth a little zing.

D: I enjoyed the first 12oz. but after that, my tastebuds really didn't get much deeper than the smokey flavors. I appreciate this as something different and would drink it again, but it will not be often. This is a beer that would really benefit from the right food pairing.

GeezLynn, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of IBUnit63
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bomber into the oversized Red Oak mug.

Wow - this pours up like a DIPA...thick, bread-dough head topping a deep copper-mahogany body. Head is only a finger thick but it sticks for quite a while. Same with second pour - this really shows off well.

Definitely dominant chipotle - sort of like taking a whiff of the dry stuff in the huge jar from Costco in my spice cabinet. The malt is present in the backbone but most all else is overpowered by chipotle.

Fortunately the pepper is more subdued on the palate. The solid malt backbone is quite woody and there's a slight hop pine. There's a little tinny aftertaste that comes and goes.

Aside from that intermittent tinny tinge, this doesn't get on too badly for the palate. There's smoke, charcoal and mild pepper heat. Then there's even a little pepper acidity that blends with that stocky malt profile and maybe some pine and grass hops for a woodsy, solid finish.

All in all this drinks like a light, spicy rauchbier with a good malt feel for an ale. The acidity of the peppers and the hop bill contribute well to what would inherently be a low drinkability quotient for me, but this really isn't too bad at all. Worked well with my bowl of chili, too.

IBUnit63, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, orange amber with a short yellow white head that disspiates leaving some lacing, cloudy

S: heartburn, the smoked jalapeno is noticeable, some sweet malt

T: smoke comes out first, sweet malt flavor follows, finish bitters slightly, the chile flavor is not overpowering

M: medium with lower carbonation

O: not an offensive chile beer, not a style I love but drinkable none the same, best shared with a friend

M_C_Hampton, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of bmwats
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 650 ml bottle into a standard pint.

A: Amber hue. Light carbonation rises throughout. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, bone white head. Settles fairly slowly leaving a little blanket of foam on the surface. Some decent beer ring lacing.

S: Malty baked bread nose. Really woody tone, and a hint of peppers as its namesake.

T: Pale malty flavor, lightly hopped, with just the right amount of chili pepper. As much as the slight spice, you get the nice earthy flavor of the pepper as well. Just a bit of an earthy hop note.

M: Pretty light body. Does leave you with a bit of a washed out feeling, but the pepper gives you a nice hint of spice that lingers throughout the experience.

D: Great refreshing quality, but hearty enough for a prolonged drink.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Decent body, and a fair foamy head. Nose has a nicely balanced combination of malt, earthtone, and pepper. Flavor follows suit. Pale malt, earthy heartiness, and a nice subtle chile pepper. Overall, this is a good quaff.

bmwats, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of Goldopelgt
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a golden honey color with a thick cream colored head...decent retention and some nice lacing...

S- Some bready malts, but smokiness and what I can only describe as chipotle peppers in adobo sauce seem to dominate...

T- As it smells, yet maltiness is even more subdued in comparison to the chipotle and smoke...just a hint of spice, but this is by no means a 'spicy' beer...flavors definitely linger on the palate

M- Light bodied, but a little thin...decent carbonation

D- An interesting brew to say the least...for the style, definitely one of the better ones I've had, yet it seems to be missing something (maybe more heat, maybe heavier mouthfeel...just something more) Nonetheless, this is a unique brew that is worth a shot

Goldopelgt, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of brentk56
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color with a frothy head that hangs around as a thick ringlet while depositing all kinds of lacing around the glass

Smell: Mellow smoked aroma wafts up from that malty base; a vague whiff of canned chipotles en adobo as well

Taste: Malty backbone is quickly subsumed by the smoked chili flavor; the heat builds on the tongue with each sip and eventually becomes the only distinctive flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This would be a fun novelty in a 12 oz. bottle; in a bomber, it is a tough beer to finish

brentk56, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of francisweizen
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hmmm, now this one is very interesting. Apparantly Rogue messed up a bit, as this bottle is not the same in design as the other 5 anniversary beers. Never-the-less, I also heard that this was the same as Mexicali Rogue, but i've never had that one yet, so here it goes. The pour is beautiful, a glowing reddish colour with a nice white head that lasts for a bit, and leaves a bit of lacing. The aroma is intriguing. Some strong malts, a touch of hops, some smoke, and a bit of peppery heat. The taste is where things really heat up. This brew is very malty and almost sweet up front, than the middle is smoky, and the finish is spicy/hot. The mouthfeel is good, but hot, and the drinkability would be better with some mexian food. Still, this is probably the best pepper beer out there. If a brewery can do it up right, Rogue is the one!

francisweizen, Apr 28, 2004
Photo of PSUDREW
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I didn't know what to expect with this beer, but I am pleasently surprised

pours a wonderful copper color. some tanish foam that really doesn't last, nor does it lace. sweet nose, you can smell the peppers, in a good way

taste is a very interesting mix. matly, is the 1st thing i get. then there is the rest, and the rest is very much a nice change of pace. no real hop presence, but the peppers are there. not in a burn your mouth sense, but more of a pep, a kick, that show up when you least expect it. makes for a very intersting mix, and i recomend you try it if you can. Slighty chew mouthfeel, and surprisingly drinkable. nice brew to get!

PSUDREW, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber, a rocky and dense half inch tan head. Some thin lacing. Smells smoky and, predictably, of peppers.

Taste is a biscuity malt. You can even taste some hops. The pepper flavor is light enough to just balance with the malt. Jalepeno spice almost acts as the hops in this beer. Mouth is long and sticky. Not a bad invention.

ViveLaChouffe, Jun 28, 2006
Photo of Philousa
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copperish orange with a decent amount of dense white head. Aroma is sweet, mostly biscuit with some honey and a good helping of smoke with spice. Sweet biscuit with a metallic facet, the malt lasts a while before the smoky chipotle fades in and takes over until the grassy, bitter hops finish. I misspoke. The real finish is in the spice, which crescendos to a mild tingling on the lips. Pleasurable, not overwhelming. Feel is thin and finish is middling.

This is actually a decent spicy beer with the right amount of heat. Won't seek out again, because I'd just rather have something else, but there's a lot of room for error and they avoided all of it, so that's definitely commendable.

Philousa, May 24, 2013
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle, part of the June LCBO Rogue release. Never had a chili beer, so I really don't know what to expect!

Poured into a nonic. A nice amber brew, slightly murky, a good frothy head that displays nice retention and makes some fine lacing. A good looking brew.

Nose is surprisingly mild. Malt, a bit of cascade hops, and what I assume to be the peppers, but had I not known what the beer's ingredients were beforehand, I would have just called it a 'astringent smokiness'.

Interesting - not in that patronizing sense of "that piece of modern art is...interesting", but that this beer is demanding my interest because there's a lot going on and I'm not sure what to make of it. Starts off slightly malty and with a bit of an IPA feel to it, before the chili peppers rush in. The chipotles give the brew a nice peppery southwest, with hints of smoke and leather, with the sweet malts and west coast hops cleansing the palate. Not a spicy brew; it just possesses a mix of flavors that seem to work fairly well together. As you get used to the taste, the chipotle becomes a little less predominant and it starts to taste a bit like a "southwestern rauchbier", imo.

Assertive carbonation, medium bodied, oily.

Not bad, probably not something I'd have too often, but I agree with a previous reviewer that this might be a great cooking brew. While it mercifully didn't taste like someone dumped pepper juice into a beer tun, the pepper flavor is only mild - I had expected a bit more zing to it. Still, an fine effort.

JohnnyBarman, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of far333
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear honey-amber colored with a yellowy beige frothy head that sizzles loudly as it slowly recedes.

Aroma of grainy malt and hints of spicy corn, which I'm assuming would be attributed to the chile pepper infusion, but I wouldn't guess that if I didn't know.

Initial flaovr of doughey malt, followed quickly by a smokey meaty warmth, perhaps a hop tingle but it's hard to tell. Chile flavor is definitely present, but just strong enough to assert itself. Pushes the taste buds right to the edge without throwinig them over the cliff.

Mouthfeel is a bit slick and runny, moderate carbonation. Surprisingly drinkable for what it is. Not just a novelty. Would love a pint of this with some smokey barbecued ribs.

far333, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of jbphoto88
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug with a generous frosting of tan billowing head. This beer is a clear orange copper color that looks to be leaning more towards the garnet side of things. I don't really know what to expect from a chipotle ale but I like roasted peppers and I like ale... well why not.

The smell is just what the label says. A chipotle ale. There is a nice smoked nose from the roasted peppers with a mask of malts. This beer is not all about a peppery bouquet but if you've ever lived in the southwest then you know that almost woody scent.

The taste is not unlike an adobo sauce. There is a smoky, earthy pepper flavor that is the dominate feature followed by a sweet maltiness. Those flavors are only present in the first few pulls because soon a spiciness and heat from the peppers out weigh most of the taste sensations.

I feel like a Chile Beer is a novelty act. This one tastes good if your in the mood for some sadist beer drinking. Don't get me wrong, I love spicy food and a good beer but I get real tired of this one fast. I judge beer mostly on whether or not I'd buy it again. As for appearance, smell, taste, yada yada yada, this one gets semi high marks but only when confined to the style. Other then for cooking I would never buy this beer again.

jbphoto88, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of jmz62565
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This has a nice dark amber color,but the head was a little small,one finger,than other Rogues.The smell is a very earthy,with a little spice.The taste is very different.I don't think I've ever tasted a beer so smokey.You can really taste the chipolte,it has a slight bite on the sides of my tongue.This has a somewhat light/medium feel,pretty drinkable.This isn't Rogues best ale,but I admire them for trying different things.I would try this again.

jmz62565, Sep 30, 2005
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 picked up at the Coop for $5... I am making pulled pork and thought that the brew would be nice base for a BBQ sauce... poured about half the bottle into my shaped Sam Adams glass.

1" head above a clear copper amber brew... no real lacing.

Brew doesn't really smell spicy or smoky... more just like a standard medium American hopped Amber ale.

The chipotles are definitely there in the flavor but more of a background smoky/spicy... more smoky than spicy at first sip.. citrus hops are still there as is the standard Amber ale flavors.. Brenda says it goes great with lime flavored tortilla chips. Body is standard Amber as well... the smoky chipotle flavor is more of a novelty to me... I like to use chipotles in my Chili.. I may have to give a little bit of Rogue love to my next batch... but otherwise I don't see me picking this up again unless I am using it something I am cooking... interesting, but not my cup of tea.

JohnGalt1, Aug 03, 2008
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