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Chipotle Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,328 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,328
Reviews: 687
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 18.54%
Wants: 72
Gots: 67 | 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 BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shimmering, juicy orange with intimations of copper and edges of gold bullion. If a color can suggest quality, this one does. The cream colored head is as foamtastic as most other Rogue offerings. It's thickly creamy and is semi-rocky as it melts. Even though I'd like more lace, that borders on nitpicking when the color and the head are this good.

I don't know that I'd have been able to identify this as a chile beer by scent alone. Yeah, it's spicy, but chile pepper wouldn't have been high on my list of guesses. There isn't much to go on. I guess that chipotle peppers carry a small stick when it comes to aroma, a big stick when it comes to flavor and an even bigger stick when it comes to heat. Thankfully, with warming, the nose opens up a little.

Chipotle Ale isn't bad, although I'm not blown away by the flavor or the heat. According to the brewery, Rogue Oregon Golden Ale serves as the base beer. That seems like a good, neutral choice that would allow (in theory at least) the flavor of the roasted peppers to shine. The beer is well-malted with a slightly sweet underbelly that goes well with a modest hoppy bitterness and a less than awe inspiring amount of spicy heat.

The hop bill consists of Willamette and Cascade. The bright citrusiness of the latter is another nice counterpoint to the earthy pepper flavor. This beer is all about contrasts. It's just too bad the contrasts aren't more pronounced. The flavor lacks the zestiness that should be a major part of any chile beer. It isn't like these guys to ease off the accelerator.

It must have been difficult to decide how much chile pepper to add. Too little and why bother? Too much and you've recreated the abomination that is Crazy Ed's Cave Creek Chile Beer. In my opinion, Rogue should have upped the flavor and heat by at least 50%. I have a minimal burn going, although it's really more of a warm tickle. I've come to expect quality mouthfeels from this brewery and I've yet to be disappointed. This one is medium, lithe, supple and is a pleasure in the mouth.

Chile beer tends to be polarizing. Looking at some of the scores, Chipotle Ale is no different. On this one, however, I find myself gravitating toward some middle ground. I think I want more of a chipotle presence, but I'm not sure if I'd like the beer that I'm suggesting they brew. If anyone out there is worried about overwhelming roasted pepper flavor and mouth numbing heat, don't be. This is a relatively tame chile beer and, in the end, is an enjoyable one.

Photo of paterlodie
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness date. Litle head and nice brownred foggy beer. Nose is good giving good C-hops, good full maltyness and and overal fresh and fruity nose. Taste is dry, full malty, citrussy before bitterness and the chile take overal. Something new to me but certainly not bad. After drinking longer this hanging chile taste comes in your mouth giving it an extra dimention in moutfeel that misses IMO some body. Good brew though that's easy drinkable and certainly something else.

Photo of LordChesterfield
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This thing tastes like biting into a hickory twig! In a good way.I has a very obvious smoke flavor that's kind of shocking at first, but after a few seconds I started to realize how good it was. Smooth and delicious, and it tastes like smoke. This beer would be absolutely perfect with a steak, or sitting around the campfire. I really like this and will buy again. Price was a little steep though. It tastes like beer and chipotle should but it's missing the spice, it shows up just as I'm finishing the bottle, and I don't even drink fast. You've got to take into acount that alcohol numbs your taste buds to capsacian, and that I like Thai food. I hadn't tasted any spice throughout the whole bottle and even forgot there was supposed to be any, and when it showed up I was like "oh, right!"

Photo of jmz62565
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of dolem98
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This lightly spicy, heavily smoky beer makes a unique session brew. With not too much spiciness it is suprisingly drinkable, rather than a novelty, and the smoky chipotles give it enough of a unique kick to keep it interesting all night. There is a certain medicinal quality to the smoky flavor that is noticable in the odor and taste, and it is a little too overpowering to make this a perfect beer.

Photo of edmundfitzoil
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this bomber up at Brewer's on the Bay: a 22 oz. brown bottle with no freshness or best by date that I could find it.

The beer poured a slightly cloudy copperish red with a 1/4" or so of off whte, large bubbled head. The head retained pretty well and left some fine lacing on the glass. The beer smelled uniquely smokey with some maltiness as well. The flavor was smokey too. The beer has some maltiness to it at first with a very slight spiciness to the finish to as well. A unique flavored beer for sure.

It's a medium bodied beer that boasts of a nice crispness without a overly filling mouthfeel and a seemingly low alcohol content (I couldn't find the ABV for this one anywhere), which combined with the taste make it a pretty drinkable ale. A good beer for this category, and I would return to it if the moment or the desire strikes.

Photo of kbub6f
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

There's a small, cream-colored, sticky, still head. The beer is a clear, rusty copper. Swoopy lacing. Nose is smoky! with a little fruit and a touch of chocolatey malt. Smoky, milky front leads to a big, milky, malty, sweetish, thick middle. The finish is lightly spicy, smoky, nutty and bitter. Some nice citrusy hops poke through. Wow. Very tasty: a meal in a bottle. Quite smoky and milky. Only subtly spicy, with enough malt spine to support it. Really, really tasty.

Photo of Gavage
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Crystal clear amber color with a thick 3" head. Some spotty lacing develops through the drink. The aroma is of peppers and malt. The flavor is a unique blend of malt, smoked peppers, and mild bitterness. The smoked flavor is mild and pleasant, definitely not overbearing.

Light to medium in body. Smooth and mildly crisp at the start, and finishes smooth and smokey. I sampled and reviewed this before my meal, and then during my meal of spicy tacos and refried beans. The drinkability alone is very average, and with some spicy food was also average. This may pair a little better with some spicy BBQ ribs because of the soft smokiness.

Photo of maxpower
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle pours a cloudy bright amber color with a small creamy off white head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Smoke aroma, hot peppers followed by smoke and wood flavors, I can feel the heat after the first sip. Medium bodied with a creamy smooth mouthfeel, has a lasting spicy pepper finish.

Photo of assurbanipaul
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear ruby amber with a medium tan head, well carbonated. Aroma is sweet and malty, not much in the way of herbs or peppers to be found.

Taste is mostly malt, toasted and bready-sweet with a touch of herbal dryness. Nothing immediate in the way of chile flavors, as one would expect, but a subtle, smokey vegetal chile element builds over time. No perceptable heat at all, at least by me. Yawn.

Mouthfeel is medium and clean, easy to drink. The chiles lend a nice earthiness but it would be hard to characterize this alongside other chile beers. A good choice with the chipotles but you could double or triple the amount (chipotles are among the mildest peppers) and get a much better beer.

Photo of charlottebeerguy
4.88/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

oh man this beer is awsome .not the killer hops like most of the rougs ive tried but no matter. pours a nice deep ruby color. ON first smell i dont really smell to much spice, but its there. malty goodness. theres some pretty good lacing in the glass but then its rogue so.... you really know there are peppers in here after you have drank the beer you can feel that tingling sensation on the tip of your tounge like you just ate some spicy food.a+++ great beer

Photo of BEERchitect
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Session: 6/17/07
A good revisit to this beer. The pour delivered an excellent amber color with a frothey, impressive head retention. Bold amber, toasty, malty-sweetness set the foundation for all of the creativity to follow. As the beer progresses, the intensity of the chilis rose to pronounced levels, but never dominated the beer. This occurs equally in aroma and flavor. The character of the brew alternated with great chili flavors one sip and solid amber flavors the next. The body is firm, but not heavy; creamy, but not thick. The beer lightened in the end with a linger of smoke, heat, and jalapino flavors. A nice complemet to the beer. Though a solid brew, drinking this in quantities is problematic for me.

Session: 8/15/05
These beers are always an exciting, yet apprehensive experiment; both for the brewers and the drinkers. Bright copper colored with some distinguishable amber highlights. Quite carbonated with a dainty head that fades quick. Lacing is impressive though. The aromas are somewhat of a bloody mary, with the spiciness, pepperyness, and vegetable characters. Tastes is similar as well; throw in sweet barley malt, earthy hops, smoked vegetables, and clean ale yeast. Mild barley sweetness and celery-like vegetables up front, then chile and hop spiciness hit in the body. Chile heat is assertive, but not over kill. The beer tapers into a dry chile vegetable flavor. Not bad, i've had worse.

Photo of Zorro
4.63/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From a 22 Oz Bomber.

Pours little hazy red to red amber colored ale.

Smell is malt and jalapeno tang on the first sniff. More effort reveals some dark roasted malt and a little spicy tickle from the peppers. Smoke comes next as you really concentrate on it and it starts to smell like a barbecue. There is also the scent of jalapenos baked into cornbread here. There is no mistaking the wonderful scent of roasting Chili peppers; I love that smell! This kindles for me memories of Chilie roasting time in Albuquerque New Mexico.

Taste is dry and SMOKEY! Smokey enough to show a lot of other smoked beers how to do it. A very good flavor of Jalapeno here that fruity and tart flavor is unmistakable. This brew accentuates the flavor of dried Chipotles perfectly; the fresh version would have more sweetness from the flesh of the pepper. Nice solid bitterness in the finish that mimics perfectly the slight bitterness you get from a little bit of charred pepper skin in fresh roasted chilies. Only possible improvement would be slightly more sweetness but I suspect those sugar just would never escape getting munched by the yeast. This isn't hot at all to me but I grew up in the Southwest and was eating hot peppers before I became conscious of my own existence.

Mouthfeel is very good.

Drinkable as all hell! To me THIS is the ultimate Barbecue or Tex-Mex beer. Or I would drink it anytime; I am a major Chilie Head.

Photo of bruachan
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

from arrowine

very nice color: deep copper

a hot BBQ aroma meets my nose (i bet this beer would be great as a marinade) along with a minimal maltiness

at first i thought "hmmm...kinda one-dimensional," but that thought waned as i progressed towards the bottom of my glass. that being said, the beer was definitely concocted to highlight the peppers: understated hop character, low sweetness and low carbonation (though i would think that more CO2 would elevate the perception of heat), which contributes to a quick-dying head

because malt and hop essence are scaled back to accaentuate the peppers, it would be easy to call this brew a novelty. but such is the nature of something so experiemental that isn't outstandingly successful. props to rogue for trying new things

neat, cool, a beer with chipotle peppers in it. i won't be racing to track another down

Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rogue Chipotle Ale is a dark amber color with just a little haze. There is a 1/2" off-white head that falls off to a spotted cap. Little lacing.

The aroma is smoky and woody. There is kind of a rubbery smell. I get kind of a V-8 Hot and Spicy tomato juice kind of feel out of the aroma. The hops are detectable in the background.

The intitial flavor is a fairly intense smokiness. This is balanced with a light roasted taste and a good hop bite in the finish. Salty with some hint of tomato (first for a beer description for me!). The spiciness doesn't appear until long after the liquid is swallowed. A nice warm feeling from the peppers coats the mouth.

This beer struck me as having a somewhat oily, medium-bodied mouthfeel. Good carbonation. The beer was semi-low on the drinkability scale for me only because this beer is not my bag. A 12oz. sample would have sufficed for me. Very unique and worth a try.

Photo of battlekow
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first chile beer. Crazy Ed's Cave Creek Chili Beer is sold at Discount Liquor (with a note exclaiming, "Back by popular demand!"), but I've been too apprehensive to try it. So Chipotle Ale (if it was Dogfish, it would be "Chipotlale") it is.

Looks like a standard red/amber ale. It's, well, reddish-amber, cloudy and translucent. Almost no head, however.

Smells intriguing. It's malty, like a regular light-colored ale, but there's definitely a smoky, chipotle twang. I like it.

The taste is similar to the smell, in that it's clearly based on a regular old amber/red ale, malty and unexceptional. But then...chipotle! There's an oddly satisfying, peppery bite to this beer. It's not overpowering, but not subtle either--just right. I certainly wouldn't expect peppers and beer to go well together, but the chipotle finish on this beer is very nice, and certainly unique. Mouthfeel is solidly thick. You really could drink a lot of this beer; the smoky, peppery finish remains a surprising development with every sip, and is never overpowering. A regular beer with an ace up its sleep. Definitely worth trying.

Thanks to Andrea for this gift. Smack!

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Mostly clear rich Amber color that aggressively poured with a small head that disappeared pretty quickly to leave a very thin ring around the glass.

Aroma: You get the smoke at first pour. The aroma is really reserved from what I was expecting. There is a bit of spiciness, but the smoke mixed with a bit of malt is the main aroma component

Taste: This is an interesting beer. The peppers are a more dominant component in the flavor than in the nose. I would ideally like it to be both. In the flavor, you get an initial smoky impression that fades way to an almost "minty" feeling in the back of your throat. Instead of bittering, you get a warming that isn't alcohol related. I think that it would benefit from some more aggressive carbonation.

Opinion: This is an interesting beer. It is clean, and well made to showcase the spice addition. I am not sure at what point the Chipotle peppers were added to the mix, but it would be nice if they were more present in the aroma...and added more fresh flavor.

Photo of karst
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber from Luca's Liquors in Ellisville, Mo. Pours amber light tan head. Aromas of toasted malts and faint smokiness. Smoked Chipolte flavors come across as phenolic (band-aids) Hop bitterness only slightly noticed at finish. Medium body with thinish mouthfeel.

I recently had an Amber Chilli Ale from Flatbranch BrewPub in Columbia, Mo that was much more cohesive in its tastes.

About half way through this beer I got some relief as warming peppers finally overwhelmed the impression that I was drinking beer out of a box of Band-Aids. Not what I expected from Rogue a lot more drinkabe than Cave Creek's but the flavors don't meld and like Crazy Ed's it seems to only be a novelty brew.

Photo of GClarkage
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

07/22/05- On tap at the Rogue Ale House in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- From the tap into two 4oz sampler glasses.

Appearance- Light amber pour, very slight head and light lacing. Not sure how a chipotle ale is supposed to look.

Smell- Smoky and spicy.

Taste- A bit of smoke taste followed by a fairly strong pepper aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation, spicy aftertaste and warming sensation.

Drinkability- The only time I would have this again is with maybe with some mexican food. This would probably be an excellent pairing. Not my kinda style, but blows away Crazy Ed's by about a million-fold.

Photo of whynot44
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy reddish mahogany color, with a short tan head that disappears quickly with only a trace of lace.

The aroma is malty with a hint of roasted, smoky peppers.

The taste is smoky over a decent malt base with a prominent vegetable tone (roasted peppers). The finish is mostly smoky roasted peppers with just a moderate pepper heat.

Smooth, fairly easy to drink with the heat almost like an afterthought that lingers on pleasantly. This should be a great accompniement to Tex-Mex or southwestern cuisine. The chipotle is mild enough to complement spicy food rather than compete with it. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of HardTarget
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: No date, no abv, but ingredients, Plato, IBU, AA, L, and pairing suggestions.

Aroma: Mild aroma, slightly sweet with a citric edge, maybe a suggestion of peppers.

Appearance: Clear copper glass with definite red tints. Respectable cover of off white tiny bubbles that slowly collars and disappears leaving a few wisps of lace.

Flavor: Smoky! Smoked flavor overshadows most other tastes. Some malt comes through, and the malt seems balanced. The smoke has to be the roasted peppers, but no real pepper flavors noted either. As my mouth gets used to the smoke, I start to get a bit of citric hop.

Mouthfeel: Velvety smooth, full carbonation, medium body, slow fading mouth coat. The slightest tingle of pepper heat felt.

Overall Impression: A good smoked beer. Not really a pepper beer in my mind, just a sweet smoky great beer. I get tingles of heat in my lips and in my chest, the heat is at a great level where it’s felt, but doesn’t hurt.

Photo of mjohn27603
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased 7/9/05 at Made in Oregon shop in Portland International Airport. I was expecting something like Cave Creek a pilsner lager with a chili taste. First pour reveals something much darker burnt orange in color. Little or no head retention. Smell is of caramel malts and a slightly smokey aroma. First sip reveals more a rauchbier flavor. Slight bitterness. A slight hint of heat on the tongue but very slight. More bitterness than a rauchbier. Like a rauchbier on hops. Not as exotic I would have thought based on the ingredients.

Photo of sabrills70
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear medium amber with a 1 finger head and good lacing. I don't get too much nose on this one but I do get some smoke and malt aromas. Taste is similar in start to their smoked ale but you don't get the "ham" flavor instead it is of very mild pepper, not spicy at all. Very nicely balanced between malt, hops and smokiness. A very nice example of the style. The complete opposite of cave creek. (ick,yuk)

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

typical Rogue bomber, pours rich orangy amber, fairly cloudy, slight tan head, leaves moderate lacing, Nose is fairly mild, I get hints of smoke, red peppers and malty sweetness. Medium bodied, lots of smoke, red pepper and a mild jalapeno note. Not overpowering, but the pepper/chili thing is present. Nicely balanced by malt sweetness. Not for everybody, but Pepper heads will love it, great selection for tex-mex type food.

Photo of BrewMaster
4.43/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from the bottle with a reddish brown color and a thin white head. The head has some nie stickiness and leaves a good amount of lacing on the sides of my sniffer glass.

Smell: Wow, this smells like a smoked beer (Rauchbier). It smells roasty and like roasted vegetables.

Taste: Very smokey, malty, and roasty. It has a veggie character to it and some sweetness. There is a sweet flavor of roasted pepper skin as well as black peppercorns and a fresh cut grass. This a very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth. Coats the mouth well and allows me to enjoy the flavor with all of my taste buds.

Drinkability: Very good, very tasty and original. It'[s smooth and well done. I really like the roasted pepper taste in here.

Chipotle Ale from Rogue Ales
81 out of 100 based on 1,328 ratings.