Chipotle Ale
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Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
Chile Beer
Ranked #31
Ranked #27,008
3.56 | pDev: 17.98%
Apr 26, 2022
Mar 09, 2002
Chipotle AleChipotle Ale
Notes: 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
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2.75 by mpenske from California on Apr 26, 2022
3.64 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Nov 26, 2021
3.75 by Velivolus1 from Vermont on Aug 03, 2020
3.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Apr 10, 2020
3.5 by imnodoctorbut from Texas on Mar 19, 2020
3.75 by Grinky from Illinois on Feb 03, 2020
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4.52/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

I hate to say so, but I am NOT a fan of the current approved pic! I have gone through a LOT to set up my own home photography studio just to support this site & seeing a blurry photo just torques me. Oh well. I began clearing out my Rogue backlog a few days ago on a whim & this is another in that series, I am closing in on the Voodoo Donut series & than I will be out. I don't know whether to be elated or saddened by this.

From the Bottle: "Dare*Risk*Dream"; "Ale Brewed with Rogue Farms Chipotle Peppers"; "Rogue Farms[:] This Rogue was brewed using ingredients grown on Rogue Farms in Oregon. From ground to glass, we're proud to say it's a true taste of Rogue terroir. To learn more about Rogue Farms and the Grow Your Own Revolution, visit us online at"; "Dedicated to Farmers & Fermenters"; "Chipotle Ale is delicately spiced with smoked jalapeno peppers we grow ourselves on our farm. The jalapenos aren't harvested until they're fully ripe and bright red in color, giving them more time to develop their flavors of spice and heat."; "Brewed Using 9 Ingredients: Rogue Farms Dare (tm), Risk (tm), Dare R-3 (tm) & 2-Row Malts; Rogue Farms Liberty & Alluvial Hops; Rogue Farms Chipotle Peppers; Free Range Coastal Water & Pacman Yeast."; "No Chemicals, Additives or Preservatives[,] Oxygen Fixing Caps"; "[Pairs with:] Beef, Campfires"; "13° Plato*40 IBU*82 AA*18° L".

I was growing anxious to Pop! the oxygen fixing cap & get started, so I suspended my transcription for the moment. Upon its being opened, I got some mild foaming through the neck, so I started my C-Line pour rather quickly. It worked out well, foaming up in the glass to form two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with very good retention, leaving great lacing in its wake. Color was a beautiful Amber to Deep-Amber/Light-Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. As to the nose … Once upon a time, from 1987 to 1989, I was a cop & one of the first things that we were issued was pepper spray. First though, we got a dousing of that s**t because, as with any weapon, it was felt that you should be its recipient before you use it on someone else. Fair dinkum. This filled my kitchen air with a peppery mist that made my eyes water & caused a sneezing bout that took a few minutes to subside. Chile Beer? No doubt! Leaning in, it had a pronounced smokiness with slight chocolate undertones to go along with the peppery spiciness. Phew! Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was warm, not terribly hot, with a great earthy, smoky pepperiness. It was about my speed as I am not much of a Chile Beer person, having had some cause my eyes to roll back in my head. It is my brother who really digs spices & has been known to ingest some really wicked s**t without blinking an eye. 8=O Finish was dry as any beer incorporating spices should be expected to be like. Phew! For me, it was more of a novelty than something of which I would want a steady diet. YMMV.

Oct 06, 2019
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3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by kty47 from Massachusetts

This one works for me. The spice level is subtle and adds to the beer overall. It's not a distraction. Pairs well with spicy food. Not for everyone clearly.

Mar 12, 2019
3.5 by Spaten454 from Texas on Aug 21, 2018
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3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Snowcrash000 from Germany

Pours a slightly hazy, deep mahogany coloration with an amber hue and a medium, foamy head. Smells of bready malt and smoke, with just a hint of the chipotle peppers as well. Taste is foremost quite smokey, almost making this seem like a Rauchbier. It also has the typical malt profile of a Rauchbier, with dark, bready, but also slightly sweet caramel malts at the forefront. Not a lot of hop presence, but some light earthy/grassy notes are there as well. The chili note is quite well-balanced, with a good spiciness that isn't burning your tongue off. Finishes bittersweet, with a pleasant chili note lingering on the tongue for quite a while. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

This is a really nice Rauch/chile style hybrid with a good balance of flavours. Actually tastes a bit like a Schlenkerla with added chipotle.

Aug 19, 2018
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3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by q33jeff from New Jersey


Bottle to pint glass.

Appearance is brown hazy, touch of orange. aroma is a touch spicy and smokey, but the chipotle is not immediately apparent. flavor is a sweet malt, some peppery notes. Dry aftertaste. Not bad, but I was expecting a bit more.


Apr 21, 2018
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4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
by Nass from Florida

Ridiculous tasting beer with just enough Chipotle pepper sting, it's very malty as well & it has that signature Rogue taste going on which is not bad thing in my opinion. A-

Apr 02, 2018
3.65 by RDW from Nebraska on Jan 03, 2018
3.5 by Velivolus from Vermont on Dec 24, 2017
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4.27/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
by 8444dodgers01 from Idaho

Cloudy appearance. Amber color. Thin head that receeds into a thin collar. Aroma is bready, jalapeno, floral and orange. The spice hits the taste buds in the beginning and finishes with a smokey sweetness. There is some maltyness in the flavor but not bad. Gives you a little bit of a dry mouthfeel. I love peppers in my beer. Not as spicey as i would like it but it the spiciness does blend well with the rest of the beer.

Oct 01, 2017
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3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by BEER88 from Washington

Good attempt, not for me!

Sep 05, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

It pours a light amber and gives the same color body. A really nice looking foamy lumpy white one inch head appears and lasts for a good three minutes before gently dieing into the body. Some spotty lacing is left. The smell has the jalapeno peppers powerfully up front, malts only come in after a half an hour of warming up. The taste is the same adding a very nice dry smokey aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium and sharp on the tongue, possibly because of the peppers that were added. A nice "hot" feel rushes over my tongue after about five minutes of having a couple sips of this, interesting. Overall, this is very good for me and very good for its style. Also, goes spectacular in beer bread, if you like a "spicier version" of the bread.

Jun 25, 2017
3.5 by VABA from Virginia on May 28, 2017
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4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

L - dark amber with a light tan head. Leaves behind some lacing - but not much.
S - bready malt with chipotle/spice and smoke on the nose. Earthy. Not too strong though
T - Bready, malt (there's a very solid ale backbone to this one) with a very nice chipolte taste through the mid and back end. The chipotle provides a really nice smoky flavor
F - medium body with a medium about of carbonation. Smooth. The ale provides a very nice tingle on the lips, tongue, and back of the throat as it goes down due to the heat from the chipotle - the heat is not overbearing whatsoever but is very pleasant.
O - A really chile beer. It has a nice smooth ale backbone with a very robust smoky chipotle flavor that follows that leaves the mouth tingly. Very well done. That said, with the unique flavor, I'm not sure I could have multiple in one sitting but would/will absolutely be trying it again sometime soon.

May 21, 2017
3.73 by JuiceMan818 from California on Mar 29, 2017
4.4 by RBorsato from Virginia on Mar 23, 2017
3.25 by Iamjeff6 from Virginia on Mar 02, 2017
4.37 by Jodio from Texas on Feb 06, 2017
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2.62/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25
by Lucaskowalik from Canada (AB)

Poured from a bomber into a small Heineken glass.
L- Dark amber with a copper hue and a frothy, thick head.
S- Mild citrus and jalapeno but not much there.
T- Smoky, slightly spicy from jalapenos, with a very unappealing burnt rubber after taste.
F- Bubbly on the tongue with a dry finish.
O- Not really my cup of tea. I feel ike this a bad example of this style.

Feb 04, 2017
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Murky piss color.

Nice off-white head; strong lacing.

Not much nose; hint of smoke, hint of pepper. Mild.

Thin mouthfeel.

Much smokiness in the flavor; nearly a rauch! Perhaps a hint of peppers on the back end, but this tastes like a smoked beer to me. Pretty tasty, if one dimensional.

Dec 30, 2016
3.17 by jkonte from Ohio on Dec 25, 2016
3.92 by Shafaegalo from Texas on Oct 28, 2016
4 by BrewskiBrandon from Missouri on Oct 11, 2016
4 by Shawnspl from Rhode Island on Jun 11, 2016
4.03 by arlo19 from Kentucky on Jun 06, 2016
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3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

Poured into a pint glass: color is amber a little dense/opaque, head is light tan with fine bubbles, minor lacing.

Smell is definitely a blend of smoke and vegetal notes, not potent but subtle with some light malt and hop bitterness.

Taste is a nice blend of solid amber ale with moderate malt presence, with the subtle (very subtle) spiciness of the chipotles. Light vegetal flavor, not detracting and expected from chili/pepper beers. Smokiness is very nice and a complement to the vegetal notes and amber ale. The chipotle is good, but I could go for way more. The smokiness probably the more notable flavor, a unique way to combine beer styles.

Mouthfeel is typical of smokier beers, a dry, sharper finish on the tongue but its not overpowering or detracting.

Overall, unique beer, interesting flavors but I could go for more emphatic chipotle and spiciness.

Jun 03, 2016
3.93 by craigbelly from Iowa on May 28, 2016
3.88 by mikebu from Canada (AB) on May 23, 2016
2.92 by khargro2 from Tennessee on May 23, 2016
3.34 by goalie35 from Canada (AB) on May 22, 2016
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3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Libeertarian from Montana

Mostly clear, an attractive tarnished copper. Fine and sparse flecky haze throughout. Fluffy delicate tan head of moderate, almost excellent retention. Smells like a Pale Ale, definite chipotle notes as well as interesting but not unpleasant rubbery character. Smoked peppers and rubbery character quite strong in the balance, so I suspect this may not have started out as a Pale. Low tartness. Quite spicy from peppers both while tasting and lingering in aftertaste, with pleasant herbal bitterness from hops. Good, worth a try, probably won’t seek it out again unless there’s a need for strange, spicy beer. And I love chipotle. Medium-bodied, a little hard to tell what is going on due to pepper-spiciness, but seems plenty thick as compared to water, with soft but abundant suds.

Apr 02, 2016
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3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
by gandres from Philippines

1 pint 6 fl oz/650 mL bottle poured to wine glass
Aroma(3.5): malts-cereal, yeast: earthy,
Appearance(3.75): amber, light brown, frothy, white foam, some lacing
Taste(3.25): lightly bitter, with spicy follow through that stays on roof of mouth and tongue
Palate(3.25):medium body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish,
Overall(3.75): Good beer, can be repeated but not something to look forward to
Drank: March 16, 2016

Mar 25, 2016
3.5 by NickThePyro from Washington on Mar 20, 2016
3.62 by gonzo000 from Massachusetts on Mar 16, 2016
Chipotle Ale from Rogue Ales
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