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Chipotle Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
81
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1,340 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,340
Reviews: 694
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 18.26%
Wants: 79
Gots: 76 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Chile Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TastyTaste on 03-09-2002

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: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of Necronomad
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of UDbeernut
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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!!!

Photo of rousee
2.28/5  rDev -36%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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.

Photo of MSchae1017
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Rudgers73
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of innuendobrewskiman63
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of jlindsey
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of jhillwastaken
2/5  rDev -43.8%

Photo of wingman14
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Philousa
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of jordanmckell
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Zach122
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Axic10
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of dowen44
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of zdk9
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MsRif
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Brdlist
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of tabhill
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of CanisMajor
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of anhigdon
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Joshgonzales79
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of Dbrag
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.19/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm trying to figure out if this version of the beer has changed much, if at all, from prior years because it was a lot better than I remember. The appearance of the poor was a dark amber hue with a light head. The smell was smokey with a little bit of pepper mixed in with the hops and malt smells. The taste and mouthfeel are what I love the most about the beer. The taste is deeply smokey with just a little bit of spice on the back of the throat. It makes the beer an easy pairing with Spanish and Indian food. The mouthfeel as well coats your cheeks so that there's a light tingle from the spice. Overall was very nice and for the price I found it at (7.99) not a bad buy.

Photo of Jarod
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650 ml bottle
Marked: 256 A1 0013 (not sure what this was)
Painted bottle

This beer poured a golden/orange/brown color - amber, that had when first poured had a light haze to it. Later to last pour was cloudy. Very well carbonated from first sip to the last. The head produced was an off white/beige color, that when served cold had foam for 2 seconds then fell to nothing, when it warmed the foam produced was same color, but was fluffy, and full then when it finally fell became a small film on top and a ring on the edges. No lace present. The aromas that came from my glass were of fruit, citrus, light smoke, roasted malt, mild chili pepper (more like an ancho then a chipotle), and some pepper spice. The overall aroma, warm and cold, was light and not overpowering. A little more prominent as it warmed, this is where I got most of the smells. The tastes started with a hop bite, then citrus fruit, roasted malt, some smoke, yeast/bread, and a really light chili pepper heat came through it. The chili pepper light bite was in the finish. No lingering aftertaste, but hops came through as it warmed as an aftertaste. I can say if I did not know there were chili peppers in this then I would say a clean and crisp beer with some decent flavors. As a person that knows there was/is peppers in this I would say, they are slightly noticeable but not overpowering in the least. I am a chili-head and was excited for some good beer with the pepper appeal to it, (and I don’t mean Cave Creek type), and I was disappointed. Disappointed that there was not enough chili and smoke, but pleased with the beer with its overall taste. Minus pepper this is a good beer. Again, wished for more pepper and smoke because that is what this type of pepper is known for - smokey heat!
Note: drinkability is only a 3.5 because I was looking for what it was named after, not for it being a regular beer or a different style, even though I would drink again.
Thanks Quaffer for the beers, they will be drank, happily.

Photo of MikeDAdams
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Chipotle Ale from Rogue Ales
81 out of 100 based on 1,340 ratings.