Chipotle Ale | Rogue Ales

Chipotle AleChipotle Ale
BA SCORE
46.1%
Liked This Beer
3.56 w/ 1,402 ratings
Chipotle AleChipotle Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
rogue.com

Style: Chile Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

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

Added by TastyTaste on 03-09-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,535
Reviews:
699
Ratings:
1,402
Liked:
647
Avg:
3.56/5
pDev:
18.26%
Alströms:
4.3
 
 
Wants:
105
Gots:
141
Trade:
1
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Photo of lwillitz
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at Rogue Ales in Newport - served in a ROGUE pint glass

A - transparent golden amber body; off-white head

S - weak spicy hoppy smell

T - spicy up front with a light malt flavor and a touch of hops; the finish features chipotle peppers and a strong bitterness

M - medium body; average carbonation

O - The flavor is a little underwhelming, but otherwise pretty good for the style. Try one if you're in the mood for a spicy beer.

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Photo of Wonka
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

1 PT. 6 FL. OZ.
650 ML.

Harrington, Klages & Maier Munich Malts; Cascade & Willamette hops; Chipotle Peppers; Free Range Coastal Waters; Top Fermenting Pacman Yeast

13 PLATO 34 IBU
77 AA 3.2 L

Silver @ World Beer Championships

Appearance – light cream colored, micronized, 1.5-inch thick (at pour) head; moderately opaque, light amber body; lace is reasonable

Smell – not exciting on the nose; every note seems to be muted; spice initially then the chipotle weaves and blends with the spice

Taste – again not a big sensory experience here but I’d rather err on the side of mellow than overpowering when it comes to peppers based on my conservative taste in the category; a bit smokey and a bit chipotle; malty; pleasant light touch of chipotle and smoke remain in the aftertaste with chipotle and a bit of raw green vegetable winning out for the long haul

Mouthfeel – light/medium-bodied; a bit creamy to open then the desert dryness slams the door at the back of the tongue with the slightest dose of heat entering at the back of the throat in the aftertaste; a ‘4’ would fit the category well if it wasn’t for the parch

Drinkability – easy drinking if the close wasn’t like the dunes of the Sahara

First, let me state that I’m not a hot pepper fan but the chipotle’s light involvement is just about right for my taste. I can’t say that I’ll return to this category of beers based on my general respect for my taste buds but it certainly was worth a look.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear copper color with a rocky head that quickly fell. The aroma is malty and smoky. The taste is smoky and malty – pepper is noticeable but not overbearing. There is a slight pepper aftertaste, but not a burn. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and seems a bit oily. I’m surprised at how drinkable this is….I might not have several in a row, but it is nicely balanced and not intimidating in the heat department.

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Photo of GNWBC
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

P: pours a copperish dark red with an off white head.

S: peppery, smokey, spicy and slightly sweet.

T: peppery bite dominates palate finishes kinda wattery.

M: medium the peppers really hang around.

O: very interesting mix of peppers and ale, would deff have again.

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Photo of hermesch
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Rogue Chipolte pours a delicious looking deep copper with a weak head and respectable lacing. The aroma is malt heavy and quite inviting. Malt initially dominates the taste as well, though soon is overtaken by the spicy character of the pepper. Leaves the palate smoothly, but a slight burn remains on the lips.

Overall this is an interesting drinking experience, though I cannot imagine desiring much more than one glass at a sitting, and even that one glass proved a bit challenging to finish off at the end. The pepper character strikes me as somewhat of a novelty, and I would just prefer a strong hop character every time.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle purchased at McKinnon's. Pours a slightly hazy red body with a quarter inch of off-white head. Smells predominantly like chipotle peppers. Chipotle pepper dominates the flavor too, a bit of a sweetness with fruit, caramel and cinnamon-like notes and a subtle hotness toward the finish. Light to medium in body with ample carbonation. Fairly drinkable, though the subtle hotness gets to me after a while. An interesting beer for sure - never had a chile beer before and I can't say I think I'll be a fan of the style. Glad to have tried it, well worth the try, but I don't foresee picking this one up again...

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Photo of pmccallum86
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of Pencible
3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure if it was actually unfiltered or not, but this definitely looked like it. It was a pretty dark brown with a sweet hops and spices scent. It wasn't very bitter at all. The prominent taste was malt, with other various peppery flavors mixed in. It started out very unique and interesting, but the more I drank it the more it tasted like a regular brown ale.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bubbly light brown color with an airy head that collapses rapidly to an oily looking sheen...expected for a chile beer.

Mild cardboard and nestle quick powder nose has me wondering if I got a bad bottle or let it sit too long in my fridge (3 months). Hints of grassy hops and toffee maltiness. I dont smell any of them smoked jalapenos.

Taste has some of the same cardboard that was present in the nose. Sweet malts are pretty dominant with a short bright burst of hop bitterness in mid to late sip. The smoky peppers finally come through on the very end with a lingering and quite noticeable heat in the back of the throat. I like that, but then again, I like really spicy food. I could see this being a turn off for many. I think I might try to score a fresh bottle of this and see if it is any better.

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Photo of mothman
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours 1 finger of beige head that fades to a 1/4 finger and then has good retention. Leaves no lace. Color is a hazed orange hued copper.

Aroma: Lots of malt and peppers. Chipotle and green peppers. Very spicy.

Taste: Tons of malt here, nothing to specific. Tons of peppers. The aftertaste makes my throat feel like it is on fire.

Mouthfeel: spicy and hot (Not the boozy hot), that's about it. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends hotter than hell.

Overall, this is a very unique beer. It is very hot and I think it could go well with a taco. I am glad I am splitting this 3 ways, as it is hard to drink.

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Photo of budgood1
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

very interesting....deep copper color, medium head and some lace. almost a neutral smell with just a hint of smoke and rogue hops. nice full mouthfeel gives way to some malt, a bit of hops and smoke and then a slightly warm chipotle finish. the amount of heat is just right and then leaves a smoked aftertaste. very tasty...would go great with some cheese and crackers and some smoked meat. a slightly lower score for drinkability because this beer will not agree with everyone...but i loved it!

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Photo of Higravity
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Slightly amber with moderate white head that gives some lace in my pilsner glass. Smell is peppery spice with malt backing it up and even a touch of smoke(?). The taste is a very refined and contained chile flavor the plays well with the malt and remains it the dry finish of the beer. I dug this beer and it went well with my pull beef sandwich. Drinking this by itself might be much for me but I think this beer shines when paired with food or split in a day of drinking.

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Photo of brendan13
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured into a Rougue pint glass a dark orange with a red hue. Slightly hazy. A fluffy 2 centimetre off white head hangs around for a while. A bit of lacing is left down the glass.
S - Caramel and bready malt notes, a bit of a floral hint and light smokey notes.
T - Initially much like the smell but then the smokey chipotle flavour comes through. Caramel, bready maltiness followed by a smokey chile flavour. The pepper hottness comes into full effect at the end and actually builds over time.
M - Light to medium bodied with a medium to high carbonation.
D - While it's probably the best out of the few chile beers I've had it's a struggle to get through a whole pint. Nothing wrong with the beer but not something I'll be buying again. Maybe good for a Mole black and tan with Rogue Chocolate Stout?

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Photo of AgingWarrior
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rogue Brewery is one of my favorites and I picked up a big bottle of Chipotle Ale based on the their reputation. I really had no idea of what to expect with this drink.

A Pours a nice coppery red color with a nice thick two finger head and plenty of lacing.

S. Definitely smell the hops on the first whiff. You can also smell the pepper and some citrus.

T. Initial taste is mildly hoppy, nice crisp drink. The aftertaste is where you really taste the chipotle pepper.

M. Great mouthfeel. Feels solid, not too thin.

D. Hard to say... I rated it average as this is my first experience with a chile beer. I'd definitely drink this one again, but I'm not sure when I'd be in the mood for it.

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Photo of TheStig
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is the second "pepper beer" I've had, the first being Dogfish Head's Theobroma. Comparing these two is somewhat appropriate, since they do feature pepper, but Theobroma also features chocolate and cocoa nibs, which Chipotle Ale does not.

A:
A fine deep copper color, with a healthy three-finger head that didn't want to dissipate. Lacing was similarly hearty.

S:
Pepper, of course, but balanced well with a sweet body that almost reminds me of creme brulee. Think of a fresh, sweet smelling beer and overlay a pepper scent-- nothing too arresting, but notable.

T:
Dry and rather bitter, but with a dense, woody taste that reminded me of a wood grill (!) Taste and smell blend here, as the full smell only become apparent as it's wafting up through the back of your mouth. This would pair well with some carne asada.The pepper hits you when you swallow, so... well.. if that's your thing, you'll like it. I don't like my pepper to be so... delayed? It's not like drinking tabasco sauce, but it's hot. I happen to like spicy food, so this didn't bother me much, but if you're sensitive to pepper, you should steer clear.

M:
First sip and it's like any other beer, but subsequent drinks will increase the heat. Finishing off this 22oz bottle is going to require some help.

D:
Not so much. If you're accustomed to drinking something to numb the burn of hot pepper, this beer will throw you for a loop. Pair it with some food that's not very spicy to balance things out.

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty mild overall; not much aroma, but a decent mild smokey taste. Very drinkable and subtle; not as bad as all these reviews by a long shot.

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Photo of happygnome
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a deep hazy orange color with about a quarter inch of head that dissapears fast leaving no lacing at all
s: sweet malts chipotle pepper is present
t: chipotle peppers, very peppery flavor sweet malts are in the background
m: medium bodied beer with little carbonation

overall, thisis a decent brew but not a style that i think ill get again

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Photo of aasher
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a very clear copper in color with a one finger off white head. The smell is of moderate pepper. It's not as much as I'd hoped for. It has light smokiness and has a malt aroma similar to that of malt liquor. Strange. Luckily, the pepper heat becomes more prominent as it warms. The flavor is very smokey. I don't get a lot of pepper but I do get a light spice to it. It reminds me of the Shiner Smokhaus for some reason. It's very malty and there are no hops to be found. It's just malt and spice. Some sweetness arises on the back end of the beer. It drinks light and is drinkable enough. This style is an acquired taste. I'm a fan of the style but this beer isn't special enough to warrant your $6.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a murky amber-brown with a small white had that fades. No lacing to speak of.

Aroma of herbal hops with a distinct smokiness. No pepper / spicyness in the smell.

Tasts like it smells. A hint of malt upfront that leads into a herbal hop flavor with a nice smokiness. There is just a hint of heat that hits the back of the throat as it washes down, but very subdued. There is a slightly bitter hop flavor that lingers.

Medium body, low carbonation.

A decent beer, and quite drinkable - the chipotle is more of an afterthought. It's more like a lightly smoked amber ale with a little extra hops.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A. Hazel with little to no head.

S. Spicy pepper nose. The chipolte is evident here.

T. A sweet initial taste with a roasted hot pepper finish, kind of like the bottle says. It gets spicier as you drink more.

M. Tingly on the tongue and arouses the taste buds for sure.

D. Honestly, one of these is enough for me. Good for the style, definately, and Rogue doesn't seem to make bad beer. It just gets to be too spicy after a while.

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Photo of ljbrisson
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear copper orange into my Guiness pint glass. A thin one-finger off-white head quickly dissipated and left little lacing on the inside of the glass throughout the drink. Aroma is a lot of malt with the chipotle spiciness detectable. Mouthfeel is bland, medium-bodied and medium carbonation. Taste is malty, with a bit of smokiness from the chipotle in the middle, then a twinge of hoppy bitterness and finishes with an odd smoky spiciness. This beer has to be pretty warm to get the full effect of the active ingredient. Overall this is an ok beer. I think drinkability is moderate. For the style, I'm sure this is pretty good, but as a stand-alone brew I am not a huge fan.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours amber with lots of carbonation. Big fluffy head that has good retention.

Aroma is of malts, smokey....

Taste is spicy, malts, pepper. Leaves the tongue tingly. Curious.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and cleansing.

Overall, an interesting beer but not particularly sessionable.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from Total Wine

A - Cloudy amber, light fluffy burst of head that thins out. Decent lacing.

S - Roasted malts, carmal, slight piney and floral hop notes.

T - Sweet floral hops, sweet roasted carmel malts. Not much chipoltle flavor, just a little bitter burn and zing on the finnish.

M - Medium body, ample carbs. Little bitter zing that lingers.

D - No real stand out chilie flavors, and the bitter zing was not welcoming for large sips.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of smoked malt, band-aid, chipotle pepper, and slight fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with smoke, chipotle, and fruity flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of smoke bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a smoke and chipotle presence that comes across better in the flavor, but it lacks any sort of heat for a chile beer.

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Photo of katan
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber

A - Pours a brown to amber hue with a similarly colored head. Lots of color generating malts in this beer. Little head retention or lacing.

S - I don't smell much of anything. Some small malty notes. If there is any pepper smell here, its very late and very light.

T - Start and mid-finish are quite malty. More than I would have expected for a "pepper ale". I do detect some flavors from the rogue signature pacman yeast. Finishes with the smokey flavors I was hunting for.

M - A decent body to the beer. Carbonation bite is present. Not sure if this is considered mouthfeel, but the beer does leave behind the signature spicy burn of chipotle peppers.

D - The flavors play subtly, so that doesn't wear on me as in some other of these single ingredient emphasized beers. Not too filling.

This beer feels like a series of wrongs that add up to a right. Each attribute has deficient areas, but all together they seem overall minor. Good beer and will become my beer of choice for the chile beer category.

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Chipotle Ale from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 46.1% out of 100 with 1,402 ratings
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