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Chipotle Ale - Rogue Ales

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1,318 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,318
Reviews: 687
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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Ratings: 1,318 | Reviews: 687 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of IceAce
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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...

IceAce, Apr 27, 2005
Photo of jasonpeckins32
2.73/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

jasonpeckins32, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of Ropowers3
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Ropowers3, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of hotsudge
2/5  rDev -44%

Too smoky overall but has a watery finish.

hotsudge, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of yaksurf
3.5/5  rDev -2%

yaksurf, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of battlekow
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

battlekow, Jul 30, 2005
Photo of Jstark5150
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Jstark5150, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of depechemode1983
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

depechemode1983, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of Portertime
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Portertime, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BamaBeerBuff, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of ATXRyan
2/5  rDev -44%

ATXRyan, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of chugamugofsud
3.25/5  rDev -9%

chugamugofsud, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of RWACKO
1/5  rDev -72%

RWACKO, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of timjim1327
3/5  rDev -16%

timjim1327, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of CMOrak
3.75/5  rDev +5%

CMOrak, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of PSUDREW
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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!

PSUDREW, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of Erice78
4/5  rDev +12%

Erice78, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of bryehn
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

bryehn, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of C-Dog
2.5/5  rDev -30%

C-Dog, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of packetknife
2.48/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

packetknife, Oct 22, 2005
Photo of pmccallum86
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

pmccallum86, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of dwtyler
3.25/5  rDev -9%

dwtyler, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of hyuga
3.5/5  rDev -2%

hyuga, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of jurbanik
3.25/5  rDev -9%

jurbanik, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of caverog
3/5  rDev -16%

caverog, May 10, 2013
Chipotle Ale from Rogue Ales
81 out of 100 based on 1,318 ratings.