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Chipotle Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
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1,318 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,318
Reviews: 687
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 18.49%
Wants: 71
Gots: 64 | 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 marty21
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice orange with golden streaks when held to a light. It has two fingers worth of foamy off white head. Settles to a nice cap and left tons of lacing.

S: Has a very malty smell. Seems like a faint aroma of spices in the background but there isn’t enough to identify what it is.

T: Pretty thin on the taste. But up front you get a very malty taste but the after taste you get some spices and smokiness to it.

M: Lighter body with light to medium carbonation.

O: I like spicy things so I was hoping for a bit more with this beer. But it does let you know it’s a beer that has spices in it. I would drink this again but I won’t go out of my way to.

marty21, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a 22oz bottle with my brother; poured in a tulip pint.

A: Pours a lifeless amber with barely any head. Head fades fast.

S: Some smoky spiciness, which is good. Other than that, a whole lot of nothing. There is some caramel and a spit of earthy hops.

T: Just a tad of spice. Everything else is pretty bland. This one isn't doing it for me.

D: Well, the alcohol isn't present, but nothing really pops in this beer. The mouthfeel is very weak, almost watery.

Overall: Cool idea, poor delivery. This is a weak, watery excuse for a craft beer. Would not buy again.

JohnnyChicago, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of mrfrancis
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

mrfrancis, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of kevanb
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes, bomber into a pint glass.

My girlfriend and I have been looking all over for a spicy beer that it is ACTUALLY spicy. It pours a medium amber color with barely a finger of foamy white head with minimal lacing. It smells nice, chipotle all the way but balanced with some sweeter malts and a faint hop character. Chipotle, chipotle and more chipotle as it goes down with some sweet malts and grains on the back end. The spice is surprisingly enjoyable and very apparent throughout. It does go down smoothly and has a nice full body thats perfectly carbonated.

Verdict: Certainly an interesting beer that is not for everyone. If you are looking for a unique flavor or to see where beer can go, check this one out. Another really solid sampling from Rogue who never seem to let me down.

kevanb, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of thain709
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a murky, brown-copper body with a small, off white head...the head stood about one finger tall and fell to wispy cap with a broken ring...not much lacing was left

S - A little weak on the nose...malts were the frontrunner providing a little breadiness and sweetness...the smokiness from the Chipotles comes out as the beer warms

T - The aroma pretty much sums up all the flavors...it was kinda of one dimensional for me...the flavors were pretty malty, again with the breadiness and slight sweetness coming through...and again, as the beer warms the smokiness comes out...there's not any heat coming through just the smoke

M - Medium bodied...a little watered down at some points...kind of bland...some smokiness coming through

O - I figured coming from Rogue this one would provide a little more flavor...I was disappointed there wasn't much heat, but the smoke flavor was nice...I will try other Chile beers but not this one

thain709, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 biegaman
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You won't find any chili peppers floating in this bottle and even if there were, there's no guarentee you'd be able to see them; Chipotle Ale has a light enough auburn colour but its tone is deep and its complexion considerably hazy. Bubbles are visible but manage only the bare minimum for head. Any lacing left gradually sinks back down the side of the glass.

When it comes to hot pepper beers, even that of a good brewery like Rogue, it's hard to know whether you're in for one of the most distinct taste experiences of your life or whether you've just bought a front row ticket to a train wreck. Of course, it could be both. By the smell of it, however, this should be palatable, if a little more tame than expected.

The flavour, like the aroma, has notes of a moderately smoky jalapeno and toasty, low attenuated malt. It tastes like something that would probably go well in a chili (though I've yet to try it out yet, but I plan to). Paired alongside a plate of salty nachos con queso, however, I can assure it is a smart move; it cuts the grease and compliments the raw veggies.

Don't expect Chipotle Ale to be an advertisement for Alka-Seltzer - anything that might have caused heart burn is heavily subdued. The lack of acid reflux would suggest that milder chipotles were used to begin with, but the beer is more smoky than it is zesty. The finish showcases an ordinary amount of hop bitterness too; nothing spicy ever develops.

The ratings on Beer Advocate will overwhelmingly tell you that chili peppers and beer are rarely on speaking terms. Rogue's Chipotle Ale, however, isn't too hard to swallow what so ever. It's Tex-Mex meets the North-West and it's a surprisingly decent combination, especially when (or, rather, provided) it is paired with the right foods. Bravo and Salud! to Rogue.

biegaman, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber

Appearance - Slightly hazy amber colour with a large size fizzy and frothy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, bread, peppers, smoke

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, smoke and some peppers. I've only had one beer like this before, and this one wasn't too in your face and over the top taste wise.. which is good. It finishes with a malty and spicy aftertaste.

Overall - I managed to drink the bottle.. but it really isn't my sort of thing. I'll give it points for originality bu I wouldn't buy this beer again.. well maybe for cooking as some other have suggested.

spinrsx, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of jondeelee
2.38/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Chipotles and beer do not usually go together, except in the forms of spicy tacos and Corona. So it is with some suspicion and trepidation that I approach an ale made with chipotles. Even the first whiff lets me know the strength of the peppers, as the ale--with its expected odors of lightly toasted grains and malts--bears a strong smoky quality about the nose, reminiscent of a Rauchbier, but with more kick.

On the tongue, the chipotle flavor is front and center, dominating from the first moment to the last with its spicy smokiness. And make no mistake: there is a definite light burn to it, like watery Tabasco. On a good note, this is top-quality chipotle flavor, reminding me instantly of greasy cantinas in Mexico City where the chipotles are fire-roasted out back in rotating mesh drums--the kind of cantinas where you eat until it's simply impossible to stuff more food down your windpipe. On a bad note, the flavor is strong enough that the rest of the ale is largely left by the wayside, which is truly something, considering this ale has three kinds of malts and two varieties of hops.

Overall, then, while I do adore the flavors of chipotles in general, they're overly-represented here, and should have been equal partners, rather than the dominating boss demanding those TPS reports be delivered five minutes ago.

jondeelee, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of DrewShal9
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: amber-red with very small white lacing head
S: upfront smokiness and slightly peppery
T: a slight tingle/burn with a huge flavor of smoke and a tidbit of fruity hops. Almost citrus to counteract the burn. I like it!
M: moderately bodied with a lightly carbonated flush in the tip of the tongue.
O: I like this and as mentioned before I agree that this would pair extremely well with barbecued meats, even smoked spicy meat. Definitely would like honey and spicy bbq ribs slow cooked under cedar chips. My mouth is now drooling lol. Definitely a great experience as my first chili/hot pepper beer. Keep up the great work Rogue!

DrewShal9, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Philadelphia Bar & Restaurant

Poured a slightly hazed copper with a thin layer of delicate bubbles for a head. Malty aroma, very light, with a touch of smokiness; not much in the way of chipotle in the smell. Toasted malts on the tongue, a bit of smoke, and just a mild sensation of hop bitterness. I didn't really get any chipotle until a few second after swallowing the first swig, but after that, the slight tingle was with my for the rest of the session. Light-medium mouthfeel, and pretty nice to drink if you don't mind a little extra zing in your beer.

Rifugium, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served in pint glass.

Look (3.5/5) pours a lighter orange color. It's cloudy which sets off the color nicely. Off-white head raises with a nice cascade and get up to about three fingers. It falls (a bit fast) to a cap, which really lasts. Nice lacing on the fall.

Smell (3.5/5) the smell is a lot like a Helles or a Maibock (light melanoidins) with more smokiness. There's a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg. The smokiness plays well with the fruitiness from the malt.

Flavor (4/5) - the flavor is really smooth and well balanced. The flavor begins with a pretty standard vienna malt flavor which isn't all that interesting. This is, however, followed by a great hit of the chipotle. It is nicely smokey (almost like a rauchbier) with a decent helping of spice. Some decent hop bitterness dries out the finish and plays well with the drawn out heat and smokiness.

Feel (4/5) Medium-light body with some medium carbonation. I like the way the heat lasts and the way that the bubbles really set that off.

Drink (4/5) A great brew. Very drinkable for spicier beer.

Rijtjeshuis, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of WillCarrera
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours an almost perfectly clear golden amber color, produces a couple fingers of creamy white head that leave good lacing.

S- Malts, bready and light, hops are pretty faint, you can definitely pick up some peppers and smoke.

T- The pepper is noticeable pretty immediately, they're tangy and spicy with some considerable heat and a bit of smokiness, the peppers aren't at all overpowering and work well with a solid base of bready malts and hops. Leaves a mild spiciness on the palate.

M- Medium bodied with a great smooth, creamy feel.

O- My first spiced ale, I'm definitely impressed. The spice, heat, and smokiness are all done very well and aren't overdone. Overall, this is a highly drinkable, very tasty and interesting beer. This would pair great with barbecue or anything meaty.

WillCarrera, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of jrenihan
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a semi-light amber, with two finger-widths of off-white head. Head is frothy, and begins to fade away quickly.

Chipotle is noticeable on the nose. A bit of sweet malt as well. It is a pretty faint smell. Not a lot going on for me. Perhaps a hint of hops.

Taste is mild. I can get a hint of chipotle, but not much. I get only the most mild hint of heat in the finish and aftertaste. Barely noticeable. Beer is otherwise pretty malt focused, but a little bit bland. There is nothing bad about it, but it is by no means exciting or particularly flavourful.

Beer is medium to light bodied, with pretty low carbonation.

Overall, pretty average. Fine but not exciting. Since the beer is assumedly meant to be focused on the chipotle, I was surprised how mild it is.

jrenihan, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of roblowther
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber. Pours clear copper with a now you see it now you don't off white head. Smell definitely hints at smoke and peppers. Smell deeper, though, and just a strong caramel dominates. Taste definitely is dominated by smoky peppers but not nearly as intrusively as I imagined. It leaves a lingering slight sting around the mouth & the back of the throat. Very balanced, actually, and it reminds me of the rauchbiers from Bamburg a bit. Grassy, bready. The mouthfeel is thin but tingly. Overall very interesting, very creative. Not my cup of [beer] tea, but very, very well done.

roblowther, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of shamus
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting. I love chipotle. I love peppers period. I love spicy heat. Do I love this beer? I don't think so, but I am infatuated. I'm drinking this ice cold and the smoky chipotle works nicely. It's a really well balanced beer. Most Rogue beers are really good and this is no exception so it all hinges on the chipotle. I think maybe I could fall for this.

shamus, Jul 14, 2011
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 JizackFH
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

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

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

JizackFH, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, smokey and spicy. In the taste, smokey and spicy, and some dry yeastiness. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry spice and small burn in the aftertaste. Smokey and spicy, great for mexican food.

OWSLEY069, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of paxkey
2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

excited to try this beer after reading the brothers review.

straight pour into nonic gets nice cascade with a two finger head. head is offwhite shrinking down quickly.

the aroma wafts up from the pour spicy orange malt, smells interesting enticing and delicious.

delicious upfront bitterness ends with a chipotle pepper kick. i taste both roasted and raw pepper flavors, infused quite well. leaves a bitter peppery aftertaste that lingers on and on.

this beer aint for the weak. it is bold on flavor and will challenge your conceptions of acceptability, bordering on ..not sure the right word,was gonna say cloying but it aint sweet, just chipotle-ish...which is interesting and nice and present but a bit hard to take in.

best appreciated when drinking slowly with food. need time off between sips on this one. but one damn interesting beer. the bitterness is great the chipotle may take some getting used to.

paxkey, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of scbrew
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours copper with a white head. Mild chili aroma with first pour that gets greater as it warms. Medium body, like that of a Golden Ale. Chipotle flavor really comes out as it warms up with a little heat at the back of the throat. Great body and carbonation for a chili beer.

scbrew, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was pretty enjoyable. I picked up a bottle of this a long time ago and gave it a try. I had no idea at the time on what to expect when drinking this. The color poured out as a really nice amber color with a nice creamy looking head on it. The aroma doesn't really have much of a pepper quality to it. Instead it's got some sweet malts and a touch of hops. The taste is a little on the weak side, the spice is in there but it's very minimal. The mouthfeel is drinkable and pretty smooth. Overall I was hoping the Chipotle was going to be a little stronger. Pretty decent beer though, I enjoyed trying it.

Knapp85, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of grittybrews
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark ruby amber into a tulip with two fingers of bright white head. Aroma dominated by chipotle pepper (go figure).

Moderate carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. Chipotle up front followed by solid caramelmaltt and a more smoke-dominated pepper character on the finish.

Nicely done, but a little one-dimensional. Malt. Chipotle. Okay, I guess that's two dimensions.

grittybrews, Jun 20, 2011
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 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
Chipotle Ale from Rogue Ales
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