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Chipotle Ale - Rogue Ales

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81
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1,279 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,279
Reviews: 682
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 18.21%
Wants: 67
Gots: 58 | 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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Avagadro

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +12%

A: straw colored with a touch of red, this brew has plenty of lacing with moderate head.

S: the bouquet is strong and consists solely of smoke.

T: this brew has a delightfully smokey flavor, but little in the way of pepper or heat. Also, little malt or hops make it through to you.

M: this ale delivers a medium body with a frothy texture.

D: I wish there was a bit more to this brew. While the chipotle was nice, it demanded something more. Something to complement it. Most of the flavor was smoke, but not to the same caliber as their Smoke Ale. otherwise, this is a deliciously unique brew.

11-07-2009 04:15:08 | More by Avagadro
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EFR94

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -30%

09-04-2012 00:00:15 | More by EFR94
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tylerstravis

Colorado

2.5/5  rDev -30%

02-17-2014 05:39:41 | More by tylerstravis
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cd34

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +5%

05-20-2014 01:33:04 | More by cd34
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mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

2.93/5  rDev -17.9%

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.

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

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +7.8%

It's a light reddish, caramel color with a light tan head and has plenty of carbonation and very little lacing; it has a nice hoppy aroma to along with some spicy undertone and a mild citrus smell, but nothing like chipotle peppers. It has a clean and refreshing feel; it's pretty smooth and leaves a slight film in your mouth. It is mildly spicy, I think I was expecting something much hotter, but is very tasty. There is some bitterness in its aftertaste that really compliments the spiciness to it. This is a pretty good beer over all and I'll be buying again soon.

04-23-2008 01:49:55 | More by vickersspitfire
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GiantMidget

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +12%

07-13-2012 00:33:36 | More by GiantMidget
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HeyItsChili

China

3.78/5  rDev +5.9%

A - Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a foamy head that sticks about a bit.

S - Brown sugar malty sweetness and maybe a tad bit of smoke with a pepper edge, but extremely faint on that end.

T - Up from is sweet and slightly piny hops overtaken by a strong malty, brown sugary sweet flavor with just an edge of very discernible chipotles. I think what works best here is that the malt component is strong enough to handle the opposing chipotle pepper component. The smoky heat blends with the brown sugary malt, just as it sometimes does in the culinary world. The aftertaste here is imbued with a faint smoky chili burn.

M - Lighter bodied beer with medium carbonation.

02-04-2011 06:09:28 | More by HeyItsChili
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DaveRinn

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +33.1%

01-10-2014 06:21:58 | More by DaveRinn
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sjones5045

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2%

01-02-2013 00:42:39 | More by sjones5045
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Ragingbull

California

3.98/5  rDev +11.5%

Dark gold or light copper/orange in color. Heavy and frothy foam head when poured into a glass. The nose is pretty standard and does nothing to reveal the chipotle. The attack of the beer is refreshing and clean. There is definitely some zip to the flavor that actually drinks similarly to many hoppy beers. The finish is pretty clean. Where is the chipotle you might ask? Good question. After taking a sip you have to be patient and let it develop a little bit in your mouth. It is very subtle and comes to the back of the mouth and tongue well after the liquid has gone down your throat. This beer rewards the patient beer drinker. While I certainly enjoyed this beer, it is probably more the novelty than the actual quality. Perhaps novelty adds to quality however. I just did my best to call the numbers as I saw them.

06-17-2009 20:59:53 | More by Ragingbull
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logicalparadox

New York

3.5/5  rDev -2%

03-15-2012 01:42:37 | More by logicalparadox
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GodOfBeer

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +12.9%

Pours a nice dark hazy amber with a nice thick off-white head. Nice lacing, good retention.

Smells like chipotle peppers, no surprise there. Smokey smell also, a slight hop aroma also. This smells wonderful.

Tastes like chipotle peppers, very overpowering, basically the only thing you can taste. A slight hop bitterness, and a nice spicey/burning sensation at the back of my throat for an aftertaste, wow!

Spicey and smooth mouthfeel, considering that it burns as you drink it, its not very drinkable, but I like spicy food, so this isn't that bad to me! What a very unique beer, you either love it or hate it, everyone should try this at least once!

05-23-2009 02:01:02 | More by GodOfBeer
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Jackal

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +12%

07-26-2013 04:13:21 | More by Jackal
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CortexBomb

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -23%

No idea about how well this bottle will have aged since it's currently nearly the start of fall and this is a spring seasonal.

Pour is blackish tinged golden. Opaque. A modest, 2 mm thick white head sits on top of the beer, and the overall apperance of the ale is rock solid. The smell seems to be mainly malty...there are some light spicy edges, but they really aren't as prominent as I was expecting them to be.

Taste starts out malty, like the nose and that seems to be all there is for a bit, but then the chipotle (hot and spicy) decideds to show up and make its presence felt. The spice isn't absolutely house burning, but it is definitely distinct and strong enough to grab your attention. Swallow is a light bit of hoppy bitters, and then gone with only a lingering hot feel from the chipotle. Not the most depthy taste in the world, but I like the hot sensation and the uniquness of it in my still limited experience with this style of beer is enough to make me like this brew.

The mouth on this is average for beer in general. It's not thick, at all, but it does have some nice sensations courtesy of the chipotle, so it still maintains average. Drinkability, a challenge. This beer is ok when you first pour it, but do not allow it to warm, or nurse it slowly because it seemed to get harder to drink as time went on. I think this would be improved vastly by either sharing the beer (a bomber is probably too much of this flavour for one person) or by pairing with a similarly aggressive food.

Overall, this might be a gimmick, but it seems to work, for about the first 1/2 of the bottle at least. Best split with someone else, or paired with very spicy food.

08-30-2006 01:05:08 | More by CortexBomb
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yen157

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +13.4%

Glowing amber orange with a creamy orange-tinged head with good lacing. I can’t believe the difference in color between this and the Golden is only the chipotles! It’s way to rich in color! Sweet malt with lots of smokiness. Close to a rauchbier in character with “something else” going on. Clean tasting beer, good malt presence, definite chipotle flavor. There is no mistaking this for a rauchbier. Slight spicy tingle builds after a few sips. Smokey aftertaste with lingering bitterness. Tasty brew. I wouldn’t go they *obvious* approach and pair this with a spicy dish, but this would be a nice compliment to simply prepared chicken or an assortment of mild cheeses.

04-18-2005 20:30:26 | More by yen157
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slvrmon82

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -2%

i am a chef at a dogfish and i was blown away by this beer

A - Orangish color with off white head. Head dissipated very quickly. Very nice presentation.

S - Hoppy with a light smoked flavoring

T - I really .like the subtle chipotle taste. Especially with a spicy beer.

M - Thick but not too thick. Very nice.

D - Not so much. Not a session beer by any means.

12-04-2007 03:48:59 | More by slvrmon82
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Beerbuddha

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -2%

Appearance- Rust color with an off white head

Smell- Sweet and smoky. Possible hint of peppers.

Taste- A very smoky taste to it. In the aftertaste I could taste a slight hint of peppers.

Mouthfeel- A medium body with light carbonation.

Drinkability- It isn't a bad beer. Maybe a bit pricey but not too bad.

09-03-2007 21:25:48 | More by Beerbuddha
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SDG1070

Ohio

4/5  rDev +12%

11-24-2012 15:27:29 | More by SDG1070
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NCbeerpirate

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +12%

11-15-2011 16:47:39 | More by NCbeerpirate
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Dbrag

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

10-06-2012 20:23:32 | More by Dbrag
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IceAce

California

3.33/5  rDev -6.7%

Well, the seedless chipotle is certainly the star of the show as my very first sip was simply, "Wow...spicy beer!"

This deep copper brew sports a tight tan finger of foam and a dry, earthy nose which requires a wee bit of coaxing. Carbonation is adequate without being prickly and the peppers really hold off to the finish...a welcome relief.

Entry is quite unremarkable and seemingly like an ESB with soft earthy malts flowing over the tongue. Mid-taste has decent body and an inherant sweetness ushering in the inevitable finish.

Ahhh...the finish! The peppers build slowly with a solid backing of almond-like smokiness toward a crescendo of throat drying chipotle goodness. The brewers came as close to 'over the top' as possible without actually losing control of the taste here as each sip begets another.

All-in-all a nice one-off beer, but nothing I could do for a session...but I sure wish I had some more almonds...

04-27-2005 06:07:48 | More by IceAce
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Zach122

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +5%

12-20-2013 16:24:03 | More by Zach122
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jasonpeckins32

Michigan

2.73/5  rDev -23.5%

The appearance is a hazy autumn bronze with minimal head. The smell is very subtle, a hint of malts and not much else to speak of in the nose category.

It has a crisp, malty flavor. Roasty. I only notice a chipotle trait after a few sips, deep in my chest. Quite warm inside, almost heartburn-like.

Average body and carbonation. This one is good at first, but too warm for the lack of intense flavor that I had expected.

06-16-2007 19:39:07 | More by jasonpeckins32
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Ted

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +5%

08-01-2013 00:50:29 | More by Ted
Chipotle Ale from Rogue Ales
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