Chipotle Ale - Rogue Ales
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3.83/5 rDev +7.3%
I like hot chiles, I could use a six pack of this over the winter. There is taste there, however one-dimensional chiles with a smoke offering. Had again seven months later, and similarly liked the strong taste. Perhaps I am a contrarian, but I also like Canadian garlic beer.
04-06-2005 02:51:31 | More by Sammy
3.43/5 rDev -3.9%
Pours a hazy orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of smoked malt, band-aid, chipotle pepper, and slight fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with smoke, chipotle, and fruity flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of smoke bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a smoke and chipotle presence that comes across better in the flavor, but it lacks any sort of heat for a chile beer.
06-20-2013 04:30:37 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.4/5 rDev -4.8%
A: The beer is amber in color and has a small head.
S: The aroma is very faint, but there are some hints of hops, malt, smoke and peppers in the nose.
T: Some flavors of chipotle peppers are detectable in the taste, which is somewhat bitter. The overall taste isn't very spicy, probably because they are balanced by the underlying malt.
M: It feels medium bodied and crisp on the palate with a medium amount of carbonation.
D: Nothing really stood about this beer, although I might try it again just because this is a unique style. I think this beer would work better paired with food than drinking it by itself.
05-16-2010 15:12:38 | More by metter98
3.68/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
10-21-2005 15:38:19 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.55/5 rDev -0.6%
Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color with a frothy head that hangs around as a thick ringlet while depositing all kinds of lacing around the glass
Smell: Mellow smoked aroma wafts up from that malty base; a vague whiff of canned chipotles en adobo as well
Taste: Malty backbone is quickly subsumed by the smoked chili flavor; the heat builds on the tongue with each sip and eventually becomes the only distinctive flavor
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: This would be a fun novelty in a 12 oz. bottle; in a bomber, it is a tough beer to finish
09-04-2006 01:01:21 | More by brentk56
3.6/5 rDev +0.8%
Bottle courtesy of Adrian910ss: Poured a medium amber color ale with a nice foamy head with quite good retention. Aroma of light chilli is interesting and less prominent then expected. Taste of subtle spicy chilli is very interesting and not gross at all. Some smoky flavours are also noticeable and enjoyable with a medium hoppy finish that complements very well this beer. This beer was way better then expected and Im glad I had the chance to try this.
01-05-2007 16:20:43 | More by Phyl21ca
3.9/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
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.
08-15-2005 19:31:15 | More by BEERchitect
4.22/5 rDev +18.2%
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.
02-26-2011 17:04:18 | More by mikesgroove
4.13/5 rDev +15.7%
A: single finger head, little retention on a clear amber body.
S: fresh baked bread and lots of yeast with a mild chili note.
T: nice maltiness which fades to chile and chipotle but this one isn't hot. The spiciness is there but there is no burn or overwhelming chili aftertaste compared to others.
M: medium body and moderate carbonation.
Overall: I like how the chipotle adds to the taste and aroma but doesn't dominate either. Hands down the best chili beer I have had. Just the right amount of heat and chili flavor with nice malt balance.
05-12-2012 02:44:05 | More by kylehay2004
3.48/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
06-20-2011 05:10:20 | More by Knapp85
3.88/5 rDev +8.7%
An offering I thought i wouldnt like to much but came out being really suprised,pours a golden color with a deep orange tint with not much head that seetles pretty quickly.Aroma is of bicuit malt with a touch of briney chilies.Taste is nice and crisp off the bat dry malt is the flavor that dominates with that smokey chili flavor that come mainly in the finish and aftertaste it gets more noticable after a half a glass.My wife picked out the chili taste right away without even knowing it was a chili beer I am proud of her.
04-20-2004 20:42:12 | More by oberon
3.35/5 rDev -6.2%
A - Poured out a cloudy, orange/amber color with a soapy, off-white, two-finger head. It left some traces of lace.
S - It smelled of peppers and some toasted malt.
T - It tasted of malt. At first the peppery spices were very mild, but as it warmed up the jalepeno taste got hotter.
M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.
D - This isn't a bad beer. I'm always a little leery of a Chile Beer, but this was really quite good.
09-13-2007 00:56:22 | More by zeff80
3.58/5 rDev +0.3%
22oz bottle, in advance of some spicy homemade Kung Pao chicken, this seems to be a more than appropriate aperitif.
This beer pours a hazy medium bronzed orange hue, with two fingers of foamy, bubbly off-white head, which leaves some layered storm cloud lace around the glass as things slowly ebb away.
It smells rather smoky, very peat-like, with some singed jalapeno pepper oil, bready caramel malt, dry field honey, and herbal, leafy hops. The taste is much the same up front, the smoky, husky essence of campfire mated with moderately spicy vegetable matter, which quickly gives way to a pleasantly supportive bready, caramel malt, and some plain bruised apple fruitiness. Simple, and yet enjoyable.
The carbonation is quite laid back, just a middling frothiness, the body barely south of medium weight and generally smooth, the smoked hot peppers strangely having little bearing here. It finishes off-dry, with a strong reminder of the peppery smoke that started this whole show.
An interesting blend of chili flavour, Scotch-like peat, and well balanced amber ale. Not a particularly sessionable offering, to be truthful, what with there being all that oft-mentioned smoke, rather than spice, from the guest ingredient.
12-06-2009 08:59:06 | More by biboergosum
3.78/5 rDev +5.9%
Pours a cloudy amber - kind of reminds me of a Belgian brew. Nose is muted, but with a touch of a sweet edge. Flavor is actually pretty damn good. Starts off with an almost overly sweet tone which slowly morphs into something smoky and clean. The smoked peppers actually keep in your mouth. Over time as it warms up the smokey flavors REALLY come out. Feel is a bit thin, and it is drinkable (though a 22 oz bomber might be a bit too much for one person in one sitting), even though this is a chile beer.
12-30-2007 05:43:09 | More by RblWthACoz
2.85/5 rDev -20.2%
Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a mug glass.
A: The beer is a bright amber color with a short foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, chipotle peppers and some hops.
T: The taste is very malty and a lot sweeter than I expected. The chipotle pepper flavor is merely in the background and doesn't overpower you. The hops presence is decent, but between the hearty malt character and the heat of the chipotles the hops are phased out. The after-taste is slightly smoky.
M: Smooth with a little crispness, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.
D: A little tasty, goes down ok, slightly filling, while this beer is more drinkable than most beers of the style that try to burn your mouth, I believe this might be a much better beer to cook with than to drink.
07-11-2007 03:28:15 | More by TheManiacalOne
Chipotle Ale from Rogue Ales
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