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Chipotle Ale - Rogue Ales

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1,250 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,250
Reviews: 682
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 18.49%
Wants: 66
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
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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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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle, part of the June LCBO Rogue release. Never had a chili beer, so I really don't know what to expect!

Poured into a nonic. A nice amber brew, slightly murky, a good frothy head that displays nice retention and makes some fine lacing. A good looking brew.

Nose is surprisingly mild. Malt, a bit of cascade hops, and what I assume to be the peppers, but had I not known what the beer's ingredients were beforehand, I would have just called it a 'astringent smokiness'.

Interesting - not in that patronizing sense of "that piece of modern art is...interesting", but that this beer is demanding my interest because there's a lot going on and I'm not sure what to make of it. Starts off slightly malty and with a bit of an IPA feel to it, before the chili peppers rush in. The chipotles give the brew a nice peppery southwest, with hints of smoke and leather, with the sweet malts and west coast hops cleansing the palate. Not a spicy brew; it just possesses a mix of flavors that seem to work fairly well together. As you get used to the taste, the chipotle becomes a little less predominant and it starts to taste a bit like a "southwestern rauchbier", imo.

Assertive carbonation, medium bodied, oily.

Not bad, probably not something I'd have too often, but I agree with a previous reviewer that this might be a great cooking brew. While it mercifully didn't taste like someone dumped pepper juice into a beer tun, the pepper flavor is only mild - I had expected a bit more zing to it. Still, an fine effort.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 18:38:28 | More by JohnnyBarman
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mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Red hued amber in colour. Creamy eggshell coloured foam retains moderately well and leaves a spotty lace. Muted aromas of toast and smoke. Tastes toasty with chipotle smokiness. Slight tang. Mild bitterness. Barely even a tingle of warmth from the peppers. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Feels smooth. I'm quite disappointed they played it safe with the chipotle, there is only a little smoke and almost no spice to be found in this beer. It doesn't taste bad, but it fails to meet expectations. A beer called Chipotle Ale should taste like chipotles.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 03:19:49 | More by mintjellie
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heebes

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes:

Pour was a cloudy orange, good head with plenty of lacing. Nose was spicy and peppers. Taste was pretty smooth, not overly done on the chipotle but enough to dominate the palate. Spicyness in the finish. Medium bodied. Overall a rather impressive chipotle ale and exceeded expectations.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 23:13:48 | More by heebes
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MattyV

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice abmber colour with a thin slightly off-white head. Aroma's fairly weak, some sweet caramel malt and some peppery spice, hinting at the chipotle, and "grilled meat"? (that's the only way I can describe it. A campfire smokiness comes out later as it warms. The taste is dominated by sweet buttery malt and bbq like smokiness. Not picking up much heat at all except for an underlying peppery spice. Average body and carbonation, nothing to write home about but not disappointing. This has been my first foray into this fringe style, but I was expecting a bit more heat. However, while an entire bomber may be a bit much for one sitting, I may pick up another for cooking purposes.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 05:44:41 | More by MattyV
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d4114

California

2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Copper with a finger of off white head

S- Could smell it as soon as I opened it. Smells strong of smocked meats, also getting caramel and roasted malts, some alcohol too.

T- Smokey and buttery; I get meaty and bbq flavors that are followed by some buttery and creamy flavors.

M- Light bodied; Watery and light but not crisp.

O- Not bad but really not that good. Didn't get much heat from the peppers. After drinking half the bottle I was ready to stop drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 00:11:32 | More by d4114
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washburnkid

New York

2.2/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I can't be sure, but I think the nitro totally destroyed this beer. I'm always willing to give nitro a shot and thought this one would be interesting but nope, it was not interesting at all.

Two fingers of bubbly nitro head. Body is copper. Nothing much by way of aroma, which makes me sad. Seriously, there is nothing discernible here. Flavors are watery and reminiscent of plastic. What follows is heavy biscuit malts. The mouthfeel is flat and thin, and bitter residuals are left behind but nothing with great flavor. What the hell happened here? Where's the smokiness? Where are my chipotle flavors?? This is not what the doctor ordered. I'll be sure to try it again in a bottle and fix up my review if I need to...

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-26-2011 22:20:29 | More by washburnkid
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Ralphs66

New York

3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very interesting break from the norm. The smokiness that the chile's add to this ale makes it highly worthwhile. Not overpowering in any way, the bite compliments what seems to be an already very drinkable brew. Deep honey coloration, with just a bit of head. It came as part of a flight and the head/lacing may have lessened before it arrived at my table. Smoky smell, with just that subtle hint of jalapeno. Consistent taste. Went extremely well with the BBQ I was having, and was a extremely nice warm up to the RIS that followed.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2011 12:20:36 | More by Ralphs66
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber with no discernible date stamp into a generic goblet. I should mention that I am a big fan of spicy food, so my palate's tolerance for chile heat is somewhat higher than your average Joe's is.

A. Well, according to Rogue's website this is supposed to be a modified golden ale but that is NOT what I am seeing. This is coppery-brown in color, so color me confused. Very nicely opaque without being overly murky. I get about one finger's worth of a light spritzy head that dies down without any lacing at all. Despite the brewery's confusing color claims, I do in fact like how this brew looks quite a lot.

S. The smoked chipotle peppers, predictably enough, hit me right away with an intense rauchbier aroma. Just afterward I get the smell of a really well made mole sauce sans the chicken stock smell. Substituting for the chicken stock component are the sweet malts and the delicate spicing of some floral hops that compliment the way that some of the milder chiles have floral notes behind their heat. Fantastic and it actually makes me briefly hungry for Mexican.

T. Sweet malt up front yields to the fruity qualities of a well stewed chipotle. The citric elements of the chiles are amplified and supported by the skeleton of the hops. Sadly, either my palate is too jaded to experience much heat beyond a mild lip-warming or this brew could use some more chiles in it. I'm not certain which it is, so I won't deduct too much score for it. Oh yes, mustn't forget to mention that the malt flavor profile rather resembles that of a Schlenkaria Marzen to me. If it weren't for the chiles, this brew would definitely have been classified as a Rauchbier. A really good one at that. The smokey finish lasts and lasts. Delightful.

M. Medium heavy body with really nice carbonation. No complaints here.

I'd buy this one again without a second thought.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 19:40:46 | More by WastingFreetime
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blakereik

Nebraska

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 13:49:17 | More by blakereik
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output01x

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (no date) into a pint glass.

A moderate pour yields a 1/2-finger off-white head that quickly dissipates to a very light dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a hazy honey amber color with very few carbonation bubbles. Light lacing is noticed throughout consumption.

Sweet malts and light, floral hops aromas give way to a spicy pepper overtone. Unfortunately, the aromas are rather muted which makes analysis rather difficult.

Sweet malts start the sip, but a smoky pepper flavor quickly takes over. The pepper is not exactly spicy, but is definitely striking. It definitely has more of a chipotle feel, as the flavor is more earthy and rustic. Honestly, I expected more of a spicy assault than I was given.

Light bodied with strong carbonation, this beer is nearly gulp-worthy and almost thirst-quenching. The combination between the carbonation and the body is fantastic as it creates a great late spring / summer beer that is very pair-able with many cuisines.

While the look of this beer leaves much to be desired, the mouthfeel is superb. The smell is quite lacking and the flavor, while decent, could definitely use more of a bite. While this is probably not a beer I would be clamoring to purchase again, I can understand why some would seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 06:25:09 | More by output01x
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shand

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 04:00:16 | More by shand
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bens0n

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly murky reddish amber color with a fair amount of foamy off white head that doesn't last for long Not much lacing going on either.

I was expecting to smell hot spicy peppers but it just smells alot like dead guy ale. There are some sweet malts that come up at the end but very little actual spicy pepper is there for me to pick out. Overall it smells sweet, which is surprising to me.

Its easy to pick out the pacman yeast at the beginning but then the chipotle peppers kick in at the end. Its a well balanced amber ale until the peppers hit your taste buds. This beer leaves a hot tingly sensation in the back of your throat and the peppers are definitely more on the aftertaste than the initial flavor. It has a nice low/medium carbonation level.

Overall this beer is awesome, I had never tried a chile beer before and I was really satisfied with it. I didn't know what to expect and I was impressed, definitely a great beer to enjoy on cinco de mayo.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 00:34:58 | More by bens0n
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aasher

Indiana

3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a very clear copper in color with a one finger off white head. The smell is of moderate pepper. It's not as much as I'd hoped for. It has light smokiness and has a malt aroma similar to that of malt liquor. Strange. Luckily, the pepper heat becomes more prominent as it warms. The flavor is very smokey. I don't get a lot of pepper but I do get a light spice to it. It reminds me of the Shiner Smokhaus for some reason. It's very malty and there are no hops to be found. It's just malt and spice. Some sweetness arises on the back end of the beer. It drinks light and is drinkable enough. This style is an acquired taste. I'm a fan of the style but this beer isn't special enough to warrant your $6.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 03:10:53 | More by aasher
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vtblackdog

Vermont

3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance is a copper color. Not much head forms and what does disappears quickly.

Smell is very weak. I can not get much at all ... some very weak malt aromas.

Taste is a smokey pepper one. I taste the pepper which is why I drink this style. One can not give me enough pepper in a brew. I'll trade for any chile beer you have!

Mouthfeel is on the thin side but I like the burning sensation.

Overall I like this beer as a very drinkable one.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 17:45:56 | More by vtblackdog
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 05:39:20 | More by PicoPapa
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match1112

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 22:50:51 | More by match1112
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ChugginOil

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 06:11:09 | More by ChugginOil
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MufflnMan

Florida

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2011 04:54:34 | More by MufflnMan
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 19:43:12 | More by ShanePB
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rudzud

Massachusetts

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?

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 06:18:25 | More by rudzud
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depechemode1983

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 03:00:06 | More by depechemode1983
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ChristianBlack

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 19:27:29 | More by ChristianBlack
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wfpalm

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 00:33:02 | More by wfpalm
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BEERMILER12

Maine

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

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 21:34:31 | More by BEERMILER12
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pants678

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 06:24:21 | More by pants678
Chipotle Ale from Rogue Ales
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