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Chipotle Ale - Rogue Ales

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Chipotle AleChipotle Ale

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1,293 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,293
Reviews: 683
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 18.49%
Wants: 68
Gots: 60 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

SGToliver, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of UDbeernut
3.5/5  rDev -2%

550ml bottle poured into pint glass

a: amber color with decent 1/2" head with ok retention and good carbonation

s: Definatly notes of pepper and smoky notes. From the begining you know this is not your average beer

t: sweet malt that is balanced nicely with hop spice and spicy notes from pepper and smoke. The spice is at a nice level and not overpowering. Just enough to notice it. I would like this would be excellent with a rich cheese.

m&d: This beer is quite drinkable if you like hot peppers. Has a decent medium bodied mouthfeel.


UDbeernut, Jan 01, 2009
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2.2/5  rDev -38.4%

This is my first chile beer. It is probably a good example of the style but I don't care for it much. Amber red color. No head or carbonation. Some mild lacing on the sides of the glass. Up front, it smells and tastes like a nice malty ale but the chile aftertaste and finish is just too overwhelming. Its disappointing because it seems like it would be better if it was a little milder on the chiles. I had to try this novelty beer. I will not buy another one.

rousee, Nov 09, 2005
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3.9/5  rDev +9.2%

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from a 650mL bomber. So I have to admit, I've been a little scared of trying this beer. It sounded a little too extreme for me. I actually didnt end up working up the courage to try it, my roomate bough it and we decided to pair it with some chicken and andouille Jumbalaya to bring up the overall spice level of the evening. So here it goes:

This beer pours a rusty amber color with a nice sized white head that holds and laces nicely. It smells malty with a strong smoky and spicy aroma. Overall it has a strong smoked chili flavor balanced nicely with malts and hops. It also has a good mouthfeel, nicely thick with a good amount of carbonation. Overall it is drinkable, but all night, its a pretty intense flavor

MSchae1017, May 12, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Satan70, Jun 21, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -30%

tylerstravis, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of Rudgers73
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured into my Hennepin glass. Pours a reddish brown with a healthy inch head that settles slowly into a lacy 1/2 inch or so. The beer is cloudy and I don't see much carbonation. The smell starts out with a nice, fruity, gummi bear like hop aroma backed immediately with a smooth and sticky malt character. The taste is interesting. The taste is much like an APA with a malt undertone topped with a smooth, mild-to-moderate hop bitterness. The chile peppers are faint but noticeable right in the middle of the drink. The pepper taste isn't there but the oil and waxy pepper effect is present. A slightly metallic spice and a bitterness that is separate from the bitterness given by any hop I've had gives it away. It sits more at the front of the tongue and has a residual, consistent effect. After you rest a few minutes from drinking it the pepper taste opens up a bit more with an acidic green chile resemblance.

Rudgers73, Sep 26, 2007
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

sbanacho, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of roblowther
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.

roblowther, Jul 16, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

jlindsey, Dec 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12%

Pours an orangish red with an off white head that leave lacing. The smell is very smoky with some spicy notes. The taste is smoky up front (not as much as Rogue's smoked ale) with a dry finish that leaves the spice of the chipotle lingering in your mouth. This is a meduim bodied brew with a good mouthfeel and balance. The taste is not very overpowering and is easy to drink. I cannot see myself drinking more than a couple of these, I would suggest drinking these along with a nice BBQ, or the flavor could get old. A very interesting brew, done very well. This is worth checking out especially if you like Rogue's smoked ale.

wingman14, Jul 23, 2006
Photo of Philousa
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%

Pours a clear copperish orange with a decent amount of dense white head. Aroma is sweet, mostly biscuit with some honey and a good helping of smoke with spice. Sweet biscuit with a metallic facet, the malt lasts a while before the smoky chipotle fades in and takes over until the grassy, bitter hops finish. I misspoke. The real finish is in the spice, which crescendos to a mild tingling on the lips. Pleasurable, not overwhelming. Feel is thin and finish is middling.

This is actually a decent spicy beer with the right amount of heat. Won't seek out again, because I'd just rather have something else, but there's a lot of room for error and they avoided all of it, so that's definitely commendable.

Philousa, May 24, 2013
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2/5  rDev -44%

jhillwastaken, Sep 11, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev +7.3%

when it comes to spiced/smoked/flavored beers, im always a little on the hesitiant side. they are styles of beer where many have tried and few have succeeded. to get to the best, one often has to go through several bottles of rubbish. tho some may say this is the case across all beers, i tend to find when youre in this sort of territory, the bad ones are really really bad. and there is plenty of them.

being a big fan of smoked beers, but having had a hell of a lot of crap chili beers, it was with some trepidation that i gave this puppy a go. knowing the quality of other rogue offerings did sway me i must say. im pleased to report i found a quite enjoyable beer at the end of it all.

the color was particularly impressive. i get a bit bored talking about a beers appearance considering most of them look the same given the respective genres. i was quite taken with this one. had the bold orange color of the usual APA, but at the bottom end of the glass was a burst of red that looked like a summer sky at sunset or one of those chinese lanterns. the light carbonation gave it added appeal on the eye.

the smell didnt jump out at me, but there was a hint of peppers, malts, and a subtle smokiness. the taste was smooth, a little sweet, after which the chili flavor creeps up and then ends with ripping BBQ smoke characters. after getting the bite of chili on my lips at first sip, it maintains, then subsides as the dry but not too dry cascade hops come in for their turn. the chili then returns to the fore once again after the beer has completed the journey. all the while the smoke flavors continue to hold fast.

this would definately be something id drink with a porterhouse steak right off the barbie, or with some quality mexican food. i couldnt drink it all the time, but every so often i would find myself needing a drop of this beer. if only for the fact that its a unique sensory experience in the world of beer drinking. you wont find too many chili beers that are as tasty, interesting and even handed as this. very good drop!

diablo14, May 24, 2005
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1.5/5  rDev -58%

toppoop, Jun 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

dowen44, Dec 22, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +19%

OB1, Dec 18, 2012
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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.

zdk9, Oct 28, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

MsRif, Dec 24, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

logicalparadox, Mar 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

CanisMajor, Jan 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Poured with a tiny head that maintained throughout the entire drink. Very nice ruby reddish color.

Smell: Not overly powerful pepper scent. I detect some modest hop notes.

Taste: Spicy finish. Very light on the palate when initially sipped. This is followed up with a little kick (not overpowering) from the peppers.

Mouthfeel: Once again, very light on the mouth, not over powering at all.

Drinkability: A beer that I would be able to drink again, however I would not actively seek it out at a bar or beer store.

Axic10, Nov 26, 2009
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2.5/5  rDev -30%

Joshgonzales79, Dec 27, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +19%

anhigdon, Apr 14, 2013
Chipotle Ale from Rogue Ales
81 out of 100 based on 1,293 ratings.