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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: 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 PicoPapa
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours a murky amberish brown color with a very small layer of head. Good amount of lacing. Aroma is peppery and smokey. Jalapenos and malts. Smells spicy. Flavor is spicy as well. Tastes peppery but is a bit watery. Smokey flavor along with spicy chiles. Smokey aftertaste. I would love to pair this beer with some Mexican food next time. This beer is a lot like a Rauchbier. Overall, I liked this beer and enjoy this style. Worth buying again.

PicoPapa, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of match1112
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a nice hazy copper color with a one finger head that quickly disappears and leaves no lacing. the smell is that of malt liquor. at first i picked up the sweetness of the malts, then suddenly i got a little smokey flavor with very little pepper. sadly it disappears as fast as it shows up. mouthfeel was clean and crisp up front, then turns slightly creamy with a dry finish. overall i wish this beer had more heat to it, luckily it was well matched with bbq chicken. i will definatly try this in the future.

match1112, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of ChugginOil
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When poured a light orange liquid settles a foggy amber. Two fingers of cream colored head leaves creamy, bubble filled lacing that clings to the glass shortly before sliding down to the waiting brew.

The nose brings scents of smoked chipotle peppers with an inviting sweet malt backbone. Interesting to say the least.

When tasted, Chipotle Ale punches my palate with a smokey peppery smackdown. This smoke infused ale is dominated by the up front chipotle mash. There is a bit of sweet malt along with a tad bit of hop bitterness. Peppers all over the place here.

The mouthfeel is crisp and carbonated up front but mellows to a creamy river of chipotle peppers.

Overall, very interesting take on a smokey brew. Super drinkable but beware! I had immense heart burn after ingesting this brew! Ouch, not worth it really.

ChugginOil, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of MufflnMan
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at The Thirsty Monk. Poured a copper color with an off white head. Nose is very peppery with some malt and promises the chipotle that is expected. Small amount of malt in the taste with a well balanced chipotle flavor... not too much, not too little. If you like what's promised by this beer, it delivers nicely. Still, not the most interesting of brews.

MufflnMan, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of ShanePB
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle - cha cha!

A: Copper body with some dark rustic orange hues. Dismal white head that retains nothing of itself. Kind of boring.

S: Lackluster aromas... Malt bill is the stand out base here. Bready malts try to blend with some very faint piney hops. Some roasted vegetables and black pepper spice come through as the beer warms a bit.

T: Sipped cold, the flavor profile is virtually non-existent. The chipotle spice was completely masked, though as it warmed, the flavors became more evident. Watery grains and corn husk are present in the beginning and middle of the palate. The finish brings the chipotle peppers and leaves a slight warming sensation through your throat and chest -- nothing overbearing, don't worry.

M: Medium-bodied, nice smooth and even carbonation for the style - helps deliver the peppery flavors all over the palate.

In comparison to the only other Chile beer I've had, Theobroma, this misses a lot of points. The peppers are done correctly, not overbearing but present, although other than that, there is nothing else going on with this beer. Will NOT seek out again but worth trying for the curiosity of it.

ShanePB, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of rudzud
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

rudzud, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of depechemode1983
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a reddish copper brown. Has with an off-white, bordering tan foamy head. Retention is great and there is lots of lacing.

S - The nose is sour and smoky with lots of peppery characters and spiciness. The chipotle peppers stand out nicely.

T - Up front the flavor is of light hops. Through the middle and finish there is spicy chipotle peppers with a lot of smokiness, and with a nice spicy finish and aftertaste.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied, with soft minimal carbonation.

D/N - Delicious bbq in a bottle. Wonderful brew and highly drinkable if you love natural and light pepper flavor. I wish this was distributed to my area.

depechemode1983, Mar 27, 2011
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 wfpalm
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber bottle into pint glass.

A: Dark, rust orange in colour with about a finger of slightly off-white head that disappears after a few moments.

S: Nose is mainly of malt, with faint smoke scents in the background.

T: Strong malt flavour, with some spiciness up front, followed by a dry finish which holds the smokiness and slight bit of fresh, hot pepper.

M: Felt kinda thin to be honest.

D/O: Pretty enjoyable beer. The smokiness and pepper make it worthwhile.

wfpalm, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of BEERMILER12
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a copper-reddish-brown color with a decent fingers worth of head that leaves great lacing

S: Fairly malty and slightly spiced with a faint scent of jalepeños. Almost like a spicy steak rub

T: Same as the smell, accompanied by a nice smoky twang throughout. Not too spicy at all

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation, definitely smooth

D/O: Easily drinkable and not overbearingly spicy, a great example of a smoky chile beer

BEERMILER12, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of pants678
2.7/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Transparent orange with an off-white/beige head, great retention.

Smells of a dry spice, like a rub for bbq.

There's a sweetness to the hops that accompanies the jalapenos, the desert dry finish reeks of chipotle peppers. Probably better enjoyed with a meal. Looking for more in the way of complexity, but simply not a stand alone brew. While the alcohol is masked, there's no punch.

Highly carbonated yet smooth.

pants678, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of jpmclaug
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the bottle into a pint glass

Clear orange with a small circle of white head, smells kind of bready and sweet and then a spicy peppery note hits, tastes sweet like a bready amber ale, a light smokiness is present and some pepper flavor comes through as well, not too hot but it is certainly present, mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Decently drinkable, I could see someone really liking this one if they were a fan of chipotle. I would drink this again if I was in the mood. I see real potential for this beer in a recipe of some sort. A nice sweetness is present and the pepper could definitely add some spice. I might pick this one up to make chili with.

jpmclaug, Mar 09, 2011
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 AgentMunky
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. Reviewed December 2010.

A: Darkish, reddish brown. Thin to no head. Visible sediment.

S: Delicious, savoury chipotle. Very strong and spicy. Some sweeter maltiness as well.

T: Right...it's a chipotle and -- surprise, surprise -- it tastes like chipotle. What did you expect? Initially peppery and carbonated, it mellows into an almost oaky maintaste before bringing some heat into the end and aftertaste. Smoky.

M: Foamy, carbonated, and spicy.

D: Very well-made, but far too idiosyncratic to be particularly drinkable. Deliciously spicy. If you don't like chipotle peppers, stay away. If you do, get some!

AgentMunky, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of Perrumpo
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a bomber at Beltway Fine Wine nearby, poured into a DFH snifter.

I'm a fan of smoked and chili pepper type beers, so I had to buy it when I saw it and was excited to try it. It definitely lived up to its expectations!

Pours a reddish medium brown with light-tan head about 2 fingers tall. You can smell that smoked and chipotle aromas, and you can certainly taste them, too. I love the smoke flavor this beer has. It really tastes like the smoked chipotle ground spice I have in the cabinet... and in a very good way! It would certainly make a great stout, too.

Perrumpo, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

always a fan of chili beers i was thrilled when i saw this one pop up on our shelves. poured into a pint glass.

nice dark amber pour, bordering on a light brown with a smooth, even and small head that did its best to not really fade that much at all. aroma is lots of earth grains, light hops and a touch of rye like spice, not much pepper at all in the aroma, this comes much later. as you take a sip it has all the marks of a nicely done esb or amber, but gives you that nice kick of chili pepper in the finish that lets you know its there. spicy with a definite nice hit, this was very well recieved.

overall done very nice as the chili is reserved for the finish where it should be, overall an excellent beer i have to say.

mikesgroove, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of msfoster77
4.88/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my first chipotle beer and as such I didn't know what to expect.

The beers pours a golden orange color with a thick frothy head.It smells malty and piny. It tastes like a good beer with the malts coming through and subtle hops. The chipotles hit you at the end of the beer after you swallow. I slight spice builds into a nice heat with every gulp. This beer is a must if you want to try something new and different. I really enjoyed it.

msfoster77, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of HeyItsChili
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a foamy head that sticks about a bit.

S - Brown sugar malty sweetness and maybe a tad bit of smoke with a pepper edge, but extremely faint on that end.

T - Up from is sweet and slightly piny hops overtaken by a strong malty, brown sugary sweet flavor with just an edge of very discernible chipotles. I think what works best here is that the malt component is strong enough to handle the opposing chipotle pepper component. The smoky heat blends with the brown sugary malt, just as it sometimes does in the culinary world. The aftertaste here is imbued with a faint smoky chili burn.

M - Lighter bodied beer with medium carbonation.

HeyItsChili, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of armstrnj
4.43/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just want to start by saying that a Chipotle pepper is one of my favorite flavors, on/in anything. So naturally I was excited about this beer.

A- Even the color looks smoky, nice rust orange cloudy. Foreshadows the flavor.

S- Smells just like I hoped it would. Pepper aroma thats not over powering.

T- I don't know what a "perfect" chili beer tastes like but this will work for me. Great southwest spiced flavor with a hint of malt. Not overpowering or spicy but just dang tasty.

M- Good carbonation and just a touch dry, which works with the pepper flavors

D- I could see how after a few the taste would get old but I enjoyed the heck out of the one I had. Would be great with a southwest dish of comparable flavors.

Overall great beer and a different taste. This beer exceeded what I thought a chipotle beer would be like.

armstrnj, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of thenewflesh
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

bought this one in a bomber for $6, always had wanted to try a chile beer.

A: looks good, pours with a moderate amount of head that doesn't last long. pretty much expected considering the peppers.

S: a little funky, almost a put-off. once familiar with the taste, not noticeable.

T: taste is very good, starts with a regular ale taste and finishes with a spicy kick. it could really stand for a bit more alcohol and spice, but still very flavorful.

M: best part of the beer. i like the low amount of malts, so when you let it sit on the tongue you can taste the peppers considerably more.

D: drinkable, but definitely not a session beer. a nicer opener to stronger beers or as many others have said, with a meal. probably wouldn't buy it again, but i did enjoy it.

thenewflesh, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance; clear amber with an off white head. Retention could be better but not bad. A quality film remains on the surface from the carbonation bubbles. Beautiful lacing, yet very defined and delicate.

smell; really all I smell is chipotle peppers and a hint of smoke of course. A very dry southwest warmth comes to mind. Maybe a bit of hop spice...I expect more malts in a beer but whatever, I like this stuff.

taste; Upfront it is wet but this soon tapers off and gives way to peppery smoke. This beer takes all the best flavors of chipotle flavors without destrying my taste buds. The smokey flavor lingers in the afterteaste. Only slightly spicey from start to finish and is not so extreem that one looses concept that this is a beer.

mouthfeel; quite loose with some buzzing carbonation. The smokeyness definitely has texture that adds the slightest bit of chewyness.

drinkability; I definitely feel like drinking more and this is pretty good as the spice keeps in line.

Sachsenfreude, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of jera1350
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnt orange color with a thick and rocky tan head.

Lightly sweet malt with a green olive scent and a hot peppery tingle that is pretty light.

Pale malt sweetness with a fair dose of grassy hops. Real nice smoke presence with a light hot pepper presence that is mostly at the back of the throat. Great utilization of chipotle in a beer.

Light to medium bodied and smooth with a semi-dry finish.

Drinks easy. A nice use of hot pepper. Really profiles it nicely and is a solid beer. Glad to have tried it.

jera1350, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of mjyoung
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split with bbb099 on 12/17/10

A: A very cloudy amber with a nice, off-white, frothy head that leaves a nice residue on the glass as it subsides.

S: A pleasing mix of spices and hops, with a bit of that smoky chipotle flavor mixed with the malt base.

T: The first taste isn't anything too special, light hops and malt, but it finishes very strongly. The chipotle emerges from the flavor and dominates the aftertaste. Much less abrasive than I thought it might be.

M: Good. The carbonation was appropriate for the different flavor, but the aftertaste was enough to leave a slightly disconcerting feeling in the mouth.

D: Very drinkable, provided that you have food. It would go very well with a meal, but to drink a whole 22oz bottle in one sitting by yourself would be a little bit rough. All in all, quite good.

mjyoung, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of Buebie
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber into a glass. Producing just under an inch of white head. color is a very pale, hazy golden amber.
Retention leaves a generous collar.
Aroma is a bit ashy, mild sweet graininess, with a little sourdough breadyness. although aroma is pretty faint and not forward at all.
Flavors of toasted cherry wood, light malts, spice through the finish with more toasted wood flavors. Mild bittering hops through the finish as well with bready flavors too.
Mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation.

This here is a good sessionable brew, would purchase again.

Buebie, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of GatheringBrews
2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark, copper color with a slightly off white head.

Aroma is smoked pepper and a small bit of malt.

Taste is a medium bodied amber ale overwhelmed a bit by the smoke of the pepper.

The mouthfeel is a bit over dry.

Finish has smoke, which seems to pervade the beer from start to finish. Just not my thing.

GatheringBrews, Jan 06, 2011
Chipotle Ale from Rogue Ales
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