Chipotle Ale - Rogue Ales
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3.98/5 rDev +11.5%
A- Out of the bottle with a full finger of light cream head over a beer with a orange color, tinted with red (just as the beer is tinted w/ chile...) to turn it towards the bronze spectrum. Not really any lacing.
S- The chipotle is definitely noticeable here, very much like the canned product, or a dried chile. It smells quite smoky, and spicy. As the beer warms, some different flavors come out- grass and pale malt.
T- Again, the chipotle is very noticeable. I was expecting hot spiciness but really only the flavor is there (see below for more). And there's a decent amount of hops as well, tending towards earthy-grassy variety of flavors. A beer that doesn't overwhelm.
M- My entire tongue is stimulated with this one. The sweetness sticks to the front; the spiciness sits in the middle; and the bitter hops are at the back. A complete package of mouthfeels. Very nice.
O- As expected this would pair great with some food. I was expecting a lot hotter beer. But this is really chipotle flavor with only a tint of heat. Well done.
10-28-2011 06:32:15 | More by zdk9
3.53/5 rDev -1.1%
on tap at Rogue Ales in Newport - served in a ROGUE pint glass
A - transparent golden amber body; off-white head
S - weak spicy hoppy smell
T - spicy up front with a light malt flavor and a touch of hops; the finish features chipotle peppers and a strong bitterness
M - medium body; average carbonation
O - The flavor is a little underwhelming, but otherwise pretty good for the style. Try one if you're in the mood for a spicy beer.
10-20-2011 00:19:31 | More by lwillitz
3.73/5 rDev +4.5%
Color is a medium brown. A bit hazy. Pour with about a half inch of white head, which dissipates quickly, but leaves a thin layer on the surface. Smells very earthy and smokey. definitely some pepper in the scent. More smokey than peppery. Tastes a little flat. Starts off like a hoppy ale. In the middle you'll find a slight sting on the tongue, which turns into a pretty powerful hoppy bitterness. The bitterness will linger in the mouth for a few seconds. The beer had pretty good body, but I personally feel that it's a little watery. Good carbonation.
Overall, I feel that the beer lacks the real "chipotle" experience. You'll start to feel the peppery flavors as you drink more of the beer, but the peppery chipotle flavor is overshadowed by the smokiness. A good beer, but not one I'm eager to try again.
10-10-2011 03:12:18 | More by negroobserver
4.15/5 rDev +16.2%
Poured from a bomber into a tumbler, the beer is a vibrant, slightly hazed copper coloring with no head. The nose is caramel malty in the background, with a pepper spice and smokiness in the forefront. Flavors are heavily ladened with the peppery flavors, both sweet and spicy, and a heavy dose of roasted smokiness. Very well balanced, and a good background of malt sweetness to keep everything held together and smooth. The beer is mid-bodied, and remains on the light side for the flavor profile. The aftertaste is mostly the smokiness, with bits of the pepper vegetable on the palate. Mid-linger finish, again mostly the smoke. Very unique and interesting brew. Great flavors, and not overpowering. Can't wait to have it with some enchiladas, or other Mexican fare.
10-08-2011 22:42:37 | More by GarthDanielson
3.5/5 rDev -2%
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.
10-08-2011 21:31:03 | More by marty21
3.15/5 rDev -11.8%
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.
10-07-2011 16:04:15 | More by JohnnyChicago
3.78/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
10-05-2011 17:33:11 | More by mrfrancis
3.85/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
10-04-2011 05:35:20 | More by kevanb
3.5/5 rDev -2%
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
10-02-2011 16:07:25 | More by thain709
3.6/5 rDev +0.8%
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. :-)
09-05-2011 06:01:13 | More by Falcon91Wolvrn03
3.88/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
08-30-2011 17:30:24 | More by biegaman
3.28/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
08-25-2011 18:15:36 | More by spinrsx
2.38/5 rDev -33.3%
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.
08-09-2011 02:23:22 | More by jondeelee
4.05/5 rDev +13.4%
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!
08-02-2011 02:42:22 | More by DrewShal9
3.83/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
08-01-2011 17:53:14 | More by Rifugium
3.88/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
07-18-2011 23:41:24 | More by Rijtjeshuis
4/5 rDev +12%
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.
07-18-2011 01:21:59 | More by WillCarrera
3.08/5 rDev -13.7%
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.
07-16-2011 00:25:01 | More by jrenihan
3.33/5 rDev -6.7%
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.
07-16-2011 00:11:40 | More by roblowther
3.88/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
07-14-2011 04:36:53 | More by shamus
4.38/5 rDev +22.7%
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.
07-13-2011 18:05:11 | More by Buggies
3.75/5 rDev +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.
07-11-2011 10:24:10 | More by JizackFH
4/5 rDev +12%
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.
06-30-2011 12:44:59 | More by OWSLEY069
2.88/5 rDev -19.3%
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.
06-25-2011 23:25:07 | More by paxkey
3.88/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
06-22-2011 20:35:37 | More by scbrew
Chipotle Ale from Rogue Ales
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