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Chipotle Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
81
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1,316 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,316
Reviews: 686
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 18.49%
Wants: 70
Gots: 64 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -2%

slowdaddy, Aug 20, 2012
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2.72/5  rDev -23.8%

WholeLottaTricks, Nov 09, 2014
Photo of gpogo
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Brilliantly clear dark amber with a moderate sized off-white head.

A- Malty aroma with light pepper and smoke.

T- The pepper is far from overpowering and took a few sips before any sort of pepper heat developed. It was a light heat sensation.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, very smooth drinking beer.

D- Very drinkable pepper beer. The chipotle was far from overpowering and could have been increased without being offensive.

gpogo, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of toppoop
1.5/5  rDev -58%

toppoop, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of csmiley
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The brew appeared a copper - red color with minimal head.

The smell was sweet at first with a spice note on the end.

Taste was a little more complex. There was an immediate malt flavor followed by a smokey aftertaste. Following the smoke came a mild chile-like heat.

This was a malty beer that with good carbonation. Wasn't overpowering with the various flavors.

The smokey flavor was a little intense at times but for a chili beer I was very impressed. I would consider trying it again.

csmiley, Jul 20, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

sjones5045, Jan 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12%

LSUPT, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12%

BrahptimusPrime, Jun 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

sneth019, May 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

CaptainPancakes, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of bob727
4/5  rDev +12%

bob727, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Quaffer
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bottle
The ingredients list says "smoked chipotle peppers." Isn't that redundant?

Appearance: This was a hazey, amber-orange beer. On my first pour, a coarse white head, only one finger high, rose up and disappeared in a flash. Not even a ring was left by the time that the glass was half empty. I must have had my head up my ass on that first pour, though. The rest of the bottle poured with a huge, dense head that lingered and left a ton of lace.

Smell: From the bottle, this brew smelled very smokey, almost like the Rogue Smoke Ale (Nooooo!!). From the glass it was totally different. There were classic malt and hop aroms combined with a subtle smokiness. When I first smelled this beer, I thought that I caught a whiff of some spice from the peppers. That was the only time that I could detect it, though.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very smooth.

Taste: The usual malt and hops were present in this beer, and it was all overlayed by the smoke flavor from the peppers. There is also a sour twang on the tongue. Could this be attributed to the peppers? Anyway, the finish is when a very mild spiciness kicks in. After my second pour, some yeast flavors joined the party.

This beer was pretty good. If someone *has* to make a beer with peppers in it, it should taste like this.

Quaffer, Feb 26, 2003
Photo of pentathlete
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours into the pint glass a dark orange with a big bubble head that drops down to a 1/8 inch top. Smell is smoky, similar to the Rogue Smoke Ale, but milder. Some malt and hops struggles through. Taste is smoky with a mild heat. This beer could use just a touch more heat, though my wife thought it was too hot. Results vary by palate, eh? The smokiness was assertive but, again, not as strong as in the Smoke Ale. Mouthfeel is medium with the smokiness and heat providing the body. There are some hops noted in the end. This is a quaffable brew, demanding some hearty food to accompany it. I'll have this on hand for barbecues this summer.

pentathlete, Apr 24, 2005
Photo of Erdinger2003
1.53/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours a nice fizzy head that's white. The color is almost an orange-like brown. The head doesn't retain too well and and doesn't leave a full lacing behind. The smell is spicy, but smells a bit like tobacco at the same time. The taste is tobacco like as well and has the same spiciness as the smell. The spice is unmistakeable. It's about like taking a drink of watered down tobacco spit. It leaves me a little nausious. The mouthfeel was a little fizzy. Overall I will never try this style again, it makes me want to throw up.

Erdinger2003, Mar 30, 2007
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

sbanacho, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rogue Chipotle Ale is a dark amber color with just a little haze. There is a 1/2" off-white head that falls off to a spotted cap. Little lacing.

The aroma is smoky and woody. There is kind of a rubbery smell. I get kind of a V-8 Hot and Spicy tomato juice kind of feel out of the aroma. The hops are detectable in the background.

The intitial flavor is a fairly intense smokiness. This is balanced with a light roasted taste and a good hop bite in the finish. Salty with some hint of tomato (first for a beer description for me!). The spiciness doesn't appear until long after the liquid is swallowed. A nice warm feeling from the peppers coats the mouth.

This beer struck me as having a somewhat oily, medium-bodied mouthfeel. Good carbonation. The beer was semi-low on the drinkability scale for me only because this beer is not my bag. A 12oz. sample would have sufficed for me. Very unique and worth a try.

MUSHROOMCLOUD, Jul 31, 2005
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1.83/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

a- bomber poured into a pint, more than a fingers worth of fluffy head, hazy honey amber coloring.

s- bizarre - thats my adjective here. you can definately smell the chopotle peppers blended together with the caramel malts. my description sounds appealing enough but the smell really is off-putting - and i LOVE chipotle peppers.

t- bizarrer - new word, but appropriate here. fermented peppers, the spice is detectable in the back of the throat. this beer really isn't my thing.

m- medium body.

d- the drinkability here isn't great. i was sooo looking forward to trying this, i went out of my way to pick up a bottle and saved it for a special pairing with my homemade chili (which has beer and chipotle peppers in it). this should have been a wonderful pairing but unfortunately i ended up drainpouring this bad boy.

thecarster1, Mar 15, 2010
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3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As a fan of spicey food, I was really looking forward to this, my first chipotle beer. Pours a nice dark amber with a thin white head that fades away pretty fast. Nose is pretty much like a normal ale---caramel malts, floral hoppiness, and just a hint of smokiness. First taste is full of smokey chipotle flavor, very tasty, not at all burning, and integrating well with the malty backbone of the beer. After a few sips a spicey heat can be felt on the tongue between sips, and this spiciness builds throughout. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side. I had this beer with some nachos, cheese, and salsa, and it really provided an excellent match to the food. However, due to the one-dimensional spiciness of this beer, I'm not sure I'd ever drink this by itself. I had doubts about how good this style of beer could be, but as usual Rogue puts out an exemplary product.

cubedbee, Jun 29, 2005
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2.5/5  rDev -30%

EFR94, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of sabrills70
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear medium amber with a 1 finger head and good lacing. I don't get too much nose on this one but I do get some smoke and malt aromas. Taste is similar in start to their smoked ale but you don't get the "ham" flavor instead it is of very mild pepper, not spicy at all. Very nicely balanced between malt, hops and smokiness. A very nice example of the style. The complete opposite of cave creek. (ick,yuk)

sabrills70, Jul 10, 2005
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3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

SGToliver, Aug 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

Necronomad, Jun 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +19%

OB1, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of UDbeernut
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Cheers!!!

UDbeernut, Jan 01, 2009
Chipotle Ale from Rogue Ales
81 out of 100 based on 1,316 ratings.