1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Chipotle Ale - Rogue Ales

Not Rated.
Chipotle AleChipotle Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
81
good

1,277 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,277
Reviews: 682
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 18.21%
Wants: 67
Gots: 58 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Chipotle Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,277 | Reviews: 682 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Number3red
Number3red

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2%

04-07-2014 20:16:34 | More by Number3red
Photo of jordanmckell
jordanmckell

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2%

01-16-2013 01:18:48 | More by jordanmckell
Photo of MAUEX_MFA
MAUEX_MFA

Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

06-15-2013 21:56:21 | More by MAUEX_MFA
Photo of Chickenhawk9932
Chickenhawk9932

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -9%

Appearance is a golden orange/red - A beautiful amber - with a frothy tan head that hangs around, good lacing.

The nose is dominated by grass with some spice in the background. After a few sniffs the spice comes across as chipotle - heat and smoke.

The smokey spice of the chipotle hits in the back of the mouth, with a slight lingering cinnamon fire candy sweetness up front. This is real big on flavor, but all the flavor doesn't quite meld as well as it could. A very interesting beer to try and worth the experience, but not one I'm going back for.

09-05-2010 12:35:09 | More by Chickenhawk9932
Photo of Psychmusic
Psychmusic

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -2%

06-27-2012 02:57:36 | More by Psychmusic
Photo of battlekow
battlekow

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev +7.8%

My first chile beer. Crazy Ed's Cave Creek Chili Beer is sold at Discount Liquor (with a note exclaiming, "Back by popular demand!"), but I've been too apprehensive to try it. So Chipotle Ale (if it was Dogfish, it would be "Chipotlale") it is.

Looks like a standard red/amber ale. It's, well, reddish-amber, cloudy and translucent. Almost no head, however.

Smells intriguing. It's malty, like a regular light-colored ale, but there's definitely a smoky, chipotle twang. I like it.

The taste is similar to the smell, in that it's clearly based on a regular old amber/red ale, malty and unexceptional. But then...chipotle! There's an oddly satisfying, peppery bite to this beer. It's not overpowering, but not subtle either--just right. I certainly wouldn't expect peppers and beer to go well together, but the chipotle finish on this beer is very nice, and certainly unique. Mouthfeel is solidly thick. You really could drink a lot of this beer; the smoky, peppery finish remains a surprising development with every sip, and is never overpowering. A regular beer with an ace up its sleep. Definitely worth trying.

Thanks to Andrea for this gift. Smack!

07-30-2005 05:48:18 | More by battlekow
Photo of Jstark5150
Jstark5150

California

4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

01-09-2012 04:08:22 | More by Jstark5150
Photo of depechemode1983
depechemode1983

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +17.6%

A - Pours a reddish copper brown. Has with an off-white, bordering tan foamy head. Retention is great and there is lots of lacing.

S - The nose is sour and smoky with lots of peppery characters and spiciness. The chipotle peppers stand out nicely.

T - Up front the flavor is of light hops. Through the middle and finish there is spicy chipotle peppers with a lot of smokiness, and with a nice spicy finish and aftertaste.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied, with soft minimal carbonation.

D/N - Delicious bbq in a bottle. Wonderful brew and highly drinkable if you love natural and light pepper flavor. I wish this was distributed to my area.

03-27-2011 03:00:06 | More by depechemode1983
Photo of Portertime
Portertime

Florida

3.68/5  rDev +3.1%

I bought this beer with high expectations. I enjoy many of Rogue's brews. Poured a clear reddish color with a pretty good head. Smelled fairly citrusy, I was trying to detect any chipotle pepper spice but must have been way in the back. The taste was a little surprising. A bit thin and I was really hoping for a heavy pepper taste. There was a noticable "heat" but for the most part it was fairly well balanced. I guess it is good it isn't too overpowering or it would be hard to quaff.

04-23-2008 15:42:37 | More by Portertime
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
BamaBeerBuff

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +17.6%

A: It's a slightly hazy reddish copper with a decent sized white head that settles quickly, doesn't leave much lacing, and doesn't retain well. The color is really nice, and I'm not sure that a chile beer would be able to sustain a large head, so I'm not docking it too much.

S: It's got a really sweet aroma mixed with some smokey pepper aromas and perhaps even a hint of fruitiness. It's not really spicy or anything, but I really like it. The understated smokiness is really nice.

T&M: Mmm, it's quite good. There's a definite sweet malt base that is supported adequately with a slightly fruity hop character. The peppers are there, but not extremely offensive. There's a smoky character throughout, but the heat comes in on the finish. This is a solid beer. Body is on the lighter side of medium, and the carbonation is decent, but could be a tad stronger.

D: Obviously, one wouldn't want to session this beer, but it's quite drinkable because the intensity from the peppers isn't overbearing, though the flavor is sufficient. Another solid beer from Rogue.

11-27-2008 05:57:12 | More by BamaBeerBuff
Photo of ATXRyan
ATXRyan

Texas

2/5  rDev -44%

11-17-2011 19:12:43 | More by ATXRyan
Photo of chugamugofsud
chugamugofsud

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -9%

02-21-2013 00:17:15 | More by chugamugofsud
Photo of woodchipper
woodchipper

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -9%

02-16-2014 22:41:05 | More by woodchipper
Photo of timjim1327
timjim1327

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -16%

08-18-2013 02:40:47 | More by timjim1327
Photo of PSUDREW
PSUDREW

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -0.6%

I didn't know what to expect with this beer, but I am pleasently surprised

pours a wonderful copper color. some tanish foam that really doesn't last, nor does it lace. sweet nose, you can smell the peppers, in a good way

taste is a very interesting mix. matly, is the 1st thing i get. then there is the rest, and the rest is very much a nice change of pace. no real hop presence, but the peppers are there. not in a burn your mouth sense, but more of a pep, a kick, that show up when you least expect it. makes for a very intersting mix, and i recomend you try it if you can. Slighty chew mouthfeel, and surprisingly drinkable. nice brew to get!

08-20-2006 05:18:12 | More by PSUDREW
Photo of Erice78
Erice78

Florida

4/5  rDev +12%

06-03-2013 22:49:51 | More by Erice78
Photo of bryehn
bryehn

Ontario (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -13.7%

Pours a nice amber colour with a soapy tan head that collars and leaves a small amount of lace at the top of the glass.

Whoa! I don't like this smell. It's like a weird, extremely astringent gasoline or magic marker smell with a chemically smoke overtone. It literally made me gag. I think I expected something softer and more peppery in tone.

The taste is sweet yet smoky after an oddly crisp start. Surprisingly malty and definitely better after it warms.

Mouth is light-medium bodied with a low carbonation. Gets malty and spicy on the back end.

I frankly didn't know that Chille Beer was a style (thought it'd be under herbed/spiced) and have never had one before so I'll give it a pass. But, the smell is just too much for me to consider drinking more than the two I bought already.

06-14-2011 21:03:32 | More by bryehn
Photo of rob99er
rob99er

California

4/5  rDev +12%

05-02-2012 02:54:30 | More by rob99er
Photo of C-Dog
C-Dog


2.5/5  rDev -30%

11-27-2012 05:47:37 | More by C-Dog
Photo of packetknife
packetknife

Idaho

2.48/5  rDev -30.5%

Perhaps I don't understand the style but this beer really didn't take to me. Thick dense head on top of a dark amber crystaline body. Smelled lightly of peppers and timber ash, pleasant on the cool evening. It tastes vaguely of chili paste or spoiled almonds (kinda a numbing sensation). Left no discernable aftertaste but was hard enough to take down. Felt about right but not drinkable as it's taste was a bit too chili for me.

10-22-2005 16:45:36 | More by packetknife
Photo of hyuga
hyuga

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2%

11-15-2011 06:22:55 | More by hyuga
Photo of pmccallum86
pmccallum86

Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev -3.9%

Pours a cloudy amber red golden color with a off white thick head.

The smell is spicy, big malt presence as well.

Taste is spicy! Lots of pepper in the finish. Caramel malts serve to hold down the level of spice a little bit, which is nice. Chipotle peppers dominate the taste though, hands down.

Mouthfeel is interesting, carbonated and peppery. Interesting.

Not too drinkable, worth trying though.

01-29-2010 23:17:37 | More by pmccallum86
Photo of zestd
zestd

Idaho

3.75/5  rDev +5%

03-28-2013 21:58:22 | More by zestd
Photo of jurbanik
jurbanik

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -9%

09-07-2012 14:38:47 | More by jurbanik
Photo of BrahptimusPrime
BrahptimusPrime

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +12%

06-27-2014 20:15:22 | More by BrahptimusPrime
Chipotle Ale from Rogue Ales
81 out of 100 based on 1,277 ratings.