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Chipotle Ale - Rogue Ales

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1,302 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,302
Reviews: 685
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 18.49%
Wants: 70
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 Buggies
4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first chile style beer, so I can't really score per the style.

Pours a pretty golden color with a thin head. Aromas are sort of mute. Smells sweet with citrus and fruit from the hops. Sweet malt aromas dominate the nose I think.

Tastes great. Has a sort of fruity and citrusy backbone from the hops. Light accents of sweet malt. I don't really get a lot of flavor from the chiles, but their heat is most definitely there.

The heat gets more noticeable as you drink it. It's not overbearing at all. And I got to say that this heat in beer is an interesting concept. It adds that background flavor that just makes it interesting.

Buggies, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of BeerLover99
4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: cloudy rust orange body, finger white head,
great lacing

S: smoky chipotle peppers, earthy malt, hint of pine

T: mild lemon grass, pine, earthy malt,
low slow roasted/chipotle smoky bitter/spice

M: med body, smooth/semi-dry mouth

O: WOW! This beer surprised me. Grabbed it
celebrate Cinco de Mayo and mad I didn't
grab more for future Mexican food nights.

DELICIOUS, GRAB A BOTTLE!

BeerLover99, May 05, 2012
Photo of Fatehunter
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.

Fatehunter, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of bark
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The liquid is clear; the colour is deep amber. The high off-white head is compact, it leaves some fine lacing.

The smell is a bit smoked with hints of meat. Dried fruits, fresh chilli fruits, and some sweetness. I found notes of canned fruits and raisins too. Very pleasant.

The taste is fruity with some matured cellar.notes. Dried fruits and cask-matured notes. In the background, a very elegant chilli heat flavour emerges, but it is never allowed to dominate the palette. Some passing notes of fresh and dried fruits (apricots, mandarins). Medium bodied. The aftertaste is malty with hoppy hints: Some smoked cheese in the background and a mild chilli flavour. Very well kept together. Cream in the finish.

The carbonation is medium strong; small fresh bubbles. The liquid is smooth and a little sticky.

More of desserts drink than a BBQ-beer. Mellow and rounded flavours with chilli in the background. Almost like a light barley wine.

bark, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of botham
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pub glass. pours a hazy amber color with two fingers of off white head that remain for a few minutes. nice moderate lacings.

aroma is earthy and malty, with a smokey character. a note of caramel and a bit of roasted malts show through as well.

taste is earthy and malty up front, with notes of caramel and a hint of roasted malts, along with a smoked character and a spiced quality. finishes on a spicy note, which comes from the peppers, and works quite well with the profile.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth texture and mild CO2. finishes spicy with residual peppers and smoke.

drinkability is good. this brew is exactly what it claims to be on the bottle: 'a delicate smooth crisp flavor with a subtle, smokey chipotle finish'. cheers!

botham, May 04, 2008
Photo of Jason
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz. bomber with no freshness date.

Appearance: Richly golden in colour with a thick pasty white lace that retains very well.

Smell: Some fruitiness, malt sweetness and a touch of smoked tangy pepper.

Taste: Very smooth with a mild crispness, rich and medium bodied. A thin layer of malt is first then a mild smoke kicks in as well as a mellow tangy hot pepper that has a faint touch of heat to it, perhaps some of the tangy flavour is from the cascade hops. Soon after is an underlying malt (bready) and a bit of hop flavour ... yet the more you drink the more you feel the heat, though it does not get hot or over bearing. Very clean in the finish with a fading heat.

Notes: Seriously one of the best spiced/herbal ales we have ever had ... some complex yet very well balanced and oh so drinkable all at the same time. A generous addition of smoked chipotle peppers give this brew the heat and smoke.

Jason, Mar 09, 2002
Photo of HugePlume
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.

HugePlume, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of Keith238
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

FANTASTIC!!!

Slight peppery taste, medium carbonation. Honey colored. Very light lacing around the glass. Pleasure to drink. I wish I had another! Pepper taste lingers for a little bit but is never overpowering. One of my favorites from Rogue and one of the few that I don't look for hops flavor.

Keith238, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of donkeyrunner
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Were I to brew a chili beer I would call it "Dirty Sanchez." Hazy, dark honey color. Large white head leaves thick, foamy drifts and sticky lace clumps. Rogue pose.

Smells like smoke and fresh chillies. Tastes like smoke and chilies with a wet, bready malt. Tastes kinda like a jalapeno popper actually. Pacman mouthfeel.

Theobroma being my only reference for chili beers, this is much better.

donkeyrunner, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of Terp96
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I happen to love this beer. I had it about 6 year ago in LA but now that it is on the East Coast, I had to revisit it.

Looks great. A nice amber color with ample, slightly off-white head. Good lacing.

Smell is hoppy, spicy and grassy. There is a nice bit of smokiness as well. Not as much peppery aroma as I expected but very pleasing.

Taste is great. Malty smokiness up front with a nice hop balance. Finishes nicely with a peppery bite. Very satisfying. This would go particulary well with spicy food or a hot summer day.

Mouthfeel is also very nice. It is well balanced. A good bit of syrupy sweetness balanced with a prickly hop/pepper bit on the tongue.

Very drinkable. I liken it to a rauchbier as well. Very similar in taste, aroma and mouthfeel. It's easier to drink too. I will go back for more.

Terp96, Mar 26, 2006
Photo of ChristianBlack
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy amber with a foamy tan head that sticks about a bit.

Brown sugar malty sweetness with a peppery-ness (not sure that's a word), but not something that you would detect on the front end.

Sweet and slightly piney hops with lots of malt and brown sugar sweetness. Then you get the chipotles. I think what works best here is that the malt component. Nice and strong to handle the pepper.

Light body with good carbonation.

I like off-centered beers and enjoyed this one.

ChristianBlack, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of Parrotbeak
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light, cloudy amber color, with a 3/8 inch white head that gradually recedes, but remains almost full. Good lacing on the glass as it goes down.
The chipotle peppers are definitely present on the nose, which is very nice. Malty aroma as well. Not the most complex smell, but the chipotle presence is more than welcome.
Taste is malty up front, followed by the chipotle peppers, and a nice heat that swells in the back of the mouth. Smoke, with a touch of jalapeno as well.
Mouthfeel is fairly crisp yet smooth, with the peppers providing a nice heat.
Very drinkable, though only perhaps under the right circumstances. I once had this beer after a nice, spicey dish of chicken with a chipotle sauce. I thought this would be a perfect pairing, however--after the meal, the spicey aspect of this beer was almost completely unnoticeable, rendering it quite bland and thus driving the drinkability way down. When consumed before a meal and/or on a clean palate, however, this beer is quite vibrant and very drinkable. And so, two hours after a very unspicey meal, this one did not disappoint at all.

Parrotbeak, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 1st chile beer and I'm excited to try a flavor in my beer that I know I like on my food. 22oz bomber with no freshness date.

A- Looks like a dark amber pale ale. Decent 2-finger creamy head from a basic pour and minimal lacing.

S- Definite chipotle(roasted cayenne I believe). Some earthy malts in there as well.

T- The chile flavor and heat is subdued by a generous portion of sweet, earthy, almost-bready malts. You can definitely feel the heat but, as expected, it doesn't linger as long as it does in food. Some citrus hops in there but I would've liked more.

M&D- Dry and hot. Consume with powerful food.

EnojysAnyBeer, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of fastsrt
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle in a mug

A: orangeish gold almost, cloudy, bone white head

S: malts, and some smoke

T: malty start then a hoppy finish and a spicy bit that does not come on till after you swallow.

M: average feel for a amber ale.

D: I cracked it open with a grilled pork chop and let me say I had a dance in my mouth this one was incredible with my food. It is a five all the way. but I had a hard time finishing this one on its own after my food was gone and since this is a beer rating it is going to be lower. my advice is enjoy this with a meal, it's awesome

fastsrt, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of lumikuuro
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle.

Appearance: Hazy, dirty amber colour. Slightly off white bubbly head receding to a foam, leaving long, irregular, sporadic streaks of lace.

Aroma: Smoky, spicy, sweet, background malt.

Taste: Munich malt, smoke, and a building spiciness leading to a burn at the back of the throat that lasts for up to a minute and then eases. The chipotle burn is pronounced enough to reward the drinker, but not over the top. There is a very gentle hop presence here which helps to balance the flavours; and also a restrained fruity sweetness from the added chipotle. One thing I really like about this offering from Rogue is that they do know, after all, how to brew a beer without loading it with their trademark huge hop assault. However, I can't help thinking that this beer needs a heavier malt profile to really stand out.

Mouthfeel: No more than medium bodied, crisp, easy to drink.

Drinkability: Great for the spice kick and smokiness, a definite winner with certain cuisines and just for a spice fix. It just needs a more assertive malt profile and a fuller body to be a true winner.

lumikuuro, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of AlexJ
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let me start by saying that i was delighted and impressed with this beer. I was expecting Cave Creek Chile Beer, which is undrinkable IMO, but instead got a tastey, dark amber beer, with a creamy off-white head that has good retention and modest lacing.

The aroma is heavy with carmelized amber malt, chocolate notes, and a sweet and mellow hardwood smokeiness. The smoke is more pronounced than I expected based on other reviews.

The flavor is initially of roasted malts with a big kick of bitter floral and spicey hops. It is generously smokey, like corn husks that have been on a smoking grill all day. There's a rich, chocolatey presence in here that merges perfectly with the smokey nuances. It is not until the finish that you get a little rush of chipotle sizzle. Just enough to make your tongue and lips tingle in a most pleasing way. The longer you hold the beer in your mouth, the more heat is absorbed.

This is medium bodied with a hearty, almost chewy mouthfeel and tiny trickling carbonation that is a perfect delivery vehicle for the subtle heat of the chipotles. This would be awesome with some smoked pulled pork.

AlexJ, Jun 13, 2005
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
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

joemcgrath27, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of jeffjeff1
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up one day down in Clayton while getting food.

Appearance- amber color, good size head wit good retention

Smell- malt, a bit of peppers

Taste- peppers, bit of spicyness but really balanced flavor, not too spicy at all but i love spicy things, very nice

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- very drinkable, a new favorite of mine, It is the best chile beer I have had

jeffjeff1, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of Mitchster
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

$5.99 for a bomber at Jack's. Silkscreened red and cream colored bottle. Brewed with Harrington, Klages, Maier Munich malts and Chipotle peppers. Hopped with Cascade & Willamette Hops. "Dedicated to Spanish Author Juan de la Cueva, who, in 1575, wrote of a Mexican dish that combined seedless chipotles with ale." Silver medal in the World Beer Championships.

OG=12 plato, 35 IBU, 82 AA, 23 Lovibond.

Pours out to a very clear deep red, as though it was colored with food coloring. Forms a nice whipped off-khaki head with very good retention and chunky lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is exciting...I smell smoke like a Schenkerla Marzen to a mild degree, mixed with the subtle spiciness of fresh chipotle peppers. Clean ferment. The mouthfeel is crisp at first, yet very smooth in it's finish with a medium body. Taste begins with a fresh blast of smoke, followed by some spicy pine and grapefruit hops. The hops are moderate in bitterness which mix perfectly with a piquant heat from the peppers. The peppers linger on the tongue in the aftertaste, balanced by toasted malts and prickly hops. The finish is dry with a nice warmth on the lips. Alcohol is imperceptable. A very rich, flavorful brew.

Overall, this is wonderfully balanced...a wonderful brewing feat when it would be oh so easy to screw a beer like this up. This is one of those beers that sounds like a bad idea but turns out wonderfully, which is true to Rogue brewing history. Actually very easy to drink, but a bomber is going to be enough for me. I would get this again for sure, and would recommend you try it if you're looking for something different.

Mitchster, May 18, 2006
Photo of blakereik
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is better than other chili beers, the fact that they are using roasted Jalapeños rather than raw makes a big difference, the pepper is subtle and does not overwhelm the decent ale that it is layered into. There are only smoky overtones noticed at first, as the temperature of the beer rises the pepper is more noticeable.

blakereik, May 09, 2011
Photo of mempath
4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
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!

mempath, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of Docer
4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally grabbed a bottle after a buddy at work told me its a must have!

- Nice ever so slightly cloudy amber ale color with a nice eggshell head and a slew of lacing. Copper....

- Smells much like their fantastic amber ale but with a bit of sweetness and fresh hop goodness... but not much in the area of peppers.

- Great flavor going down... and what is left behind is an amazing flavor of true chipotle peppers.... not just a spice or a burn... but a complex flavor that is just spot on for a risky style.... plus there is a nice sneaker of spice.... super quality.

- Slight spice, and great hops leave the mouth watering for more...

- What a fantastic ale from Rogue.. one of my new favorites from them and one I hope they continue to brew. It goes down well and is very unique and great for even those that dont like spicy stuff.

Docer, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of supercolter
4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok so defiantly better than I expected...

Appearance is pretty bland, although with it being a spring release and it being near fall, what do you expect.
Smell and Taste were very good. At first the beer just smelled and tasted of dry malt, but as some warming occured a nice smell and taste of jalapeno broke through.
I felt like I was eating some medium wings.

supercolter, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of shand
4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a nonic.

Now I love spicy foods, and I love beer, but I came into this one a little hesitant. Chiles in my beer? Anyhow, I needed something to drink on Cinco de Mayo that's not another adjunct lager, so decided this was as good a time as any to pick this up. This one pours a slightly hazy lighter red-orange color, and is crested with a nice two fingers of head. The head laces very well. The smell on this ... fingers crossed ... is nice! An upfront smokiness blends with some nice slightly sweet maltiness. A little bit of spice gets stick in the nose. The taste is very good. It goes down easily at first, with some nice smokiness over the malt base, then the chipotles make their presence known at the end with just the right amount of heat.

The mouthfeel is great, it's the perfect thickness to let the chilis make themselves known, without being too thick for the fairly easiygoing intro. The only thing I can knock this on is the drinkability. It drinks quite easily at first, but the last eight or so ounces do begin to drag. 12oz bottles would be perfect here. Either way it'd be a one and done though. A surprisingly good and unique ale here I really enjoyed. Give it a try.

shand, May 06, 2011
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is my 2nd chile beer. My first was DFH Theobroma, which, while a great beer, is light on the chilies. Poured from 22oz bomber.

A- Nice caramel color with a decent head. Pours well.

S- Smoke, black pepper. Mild malts.

T- Tastes amazing. Smoky at first, good hop crispness. After the swallow, about 3 seconds later, the chilies make themselves known. T-A-S-T-Y! Wow! I love this beer. Amazing take on the smoked lager/chilie beer. This beer is perfectly spiced. Not too strong, but enough to notice. Very good. Going to make this a staple brew in my collection.

M- Great. Crisp, smoky, hot and spicy.

D- Moderate to moderately high. Couldn't drink more than 2 or 3, but goes down so easily paired with some spicy food. This beer is amazing with some Mexican or spicy Italian cuisine. A must-try.
I put this beer as a spin-off of the great flavors found in Schlenkerla's Marzen... something about smoky beers just does it for me.

ShogoKawada, Jul 25, 2009
Chipotle Ale from Rogue Ales
79 out of 100 based on 1,302 ratings.