Chipotle Ale | Rogue Ales

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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
Ratings:
1,400
Reviews:
698
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
18.11%
 
 
Wants:
104
Gots:
140
For Trade:
1
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Photo of laituegonflable
3.17/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale orange with yellow tinge, no real head. Slight haze but mostly clear. Leaves a line of lace where head was, but nothing more. Fairly flat and dull.

Wow, smells like a brew day. Lots and lots of malt. Virtually nothing else, maybe a slight acrid character, light capsicum aroma. But really that heavy, dominant malt. I don't mind it but it's not fantastic.

Taste is quite savoury, for sure. Has a quite sweet sensation at the front, with elements of glazed fruit and pale malt, then gets quite salty and smokey afterwards, almost meaty as well, and with aspects of steamed greens and a peppery sort of flavour without much spice. Bit of a funky flavour, and then a very mild chilli bite right at the end. But it's funky more than spicy. Not bad, but not sensational.

Mouthfeel is fairly thin, a bit of viscosity which is good, but nothing to sink your teeth into in this brew.

I kind of wanted Rogue to blow the chile beer out of the water with this, but it just seems kind of savoury without being particularly pungent, spicy or full of character. Ultimately seems a bit tame, and a sort of muddle between chilli and smoked beer flavours. Not undrinkable but a bit blah.

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Photo of juju7
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

An interesting beer for sure. It looks good with a bright copper body topped with a rocky, soft head. The nose is somewhat promising with a bit of honey, sweet caramel and light hotness hinting at the peppers. However on the palate it tastes a lttle bit like a prank beer. The kind of vibe where you think this probably would have been pretty good if it didn't have the chilli. Especially by the end of a 650ml bottle I was well over it. It's a well made beer with decent balance, weight carbonation and bitterness some cool smokiness and I guess it's appropriate to the "style" of chilli beer, but I don't really care if I never drink it again.

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Photo of cvfish
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured a orange copperish color that produced a fluffy white head that had decent retention and laced the side of the glass moderately

S - The aroma produced by this beer were spicy, smoked peppers

T - The taste of this beer was more pleasant as opposed to the reviews I have read for this beer, sweet malts balance very well with the smoked, spicy flavor of the pepper, while the heat was present, it didn't scorch my tongue or stay around

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - This beer was a lot better than I thought it would be, which goes to show you don't be shy about trying new things, but being in NO we love our spices, so should have figured that a Chile Ale from Rogues would be good

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Photo of TheFlern
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This is a nice thick burnt orange color with about a half inch of head that dissipates quickly to form a thin layer lingering just on top of the brew. Lacing is decent

Smell: Spicy peppers like chipotle and nice bready notes as well.

Taste: Very good ale taste with the perfect amount of pepper flavoring. It finishes nice a spicey hot but just enough to notice it and not enough to have you reaching for a cup of water.

Mouthfeel: A very smooth beer but the heat created by the added pepper makes this a pretty sharp beer.

Drinkability: You can't chug this stuff at all, just enjoy this slowly and enjoy the complexity of flavor.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Newport Storm pint glass.

Liquid is a slightly cloudy SAE/ECE amber topped by a cream colored head with average retention. Soapy lacing, no legs.

Aroma is a mouth-watering combination of light malt, rock candy, and toasted chipotle chile. The smoke brings to mind bacon.

I'm used to the simplified Mexican michelada (beer, lime, hot sauce, and sometimes salt), so am not a stranger to chile used in beer. None the less, this is a different beast entirely - the base is not a pale and slightly bitter lager, but a rich amber ale. The malt adds a sweetness without the refined chemical taste associated with many adjuncts. Slight hint of cornmeal (like a light breading surrounding an expertly made jalapeño popper). Next comes the chipotle, which if you've cooked with it frequentlly, you'll know has a deep "stick-to-the-ribs" presence even in small quantities. The low smokey flavor with a hint of jalapeño heat is pervasive, but the hops fight their way through adding a fresh citrus punch just when it is needed. A little bit of additional spice in the finish (hints of cumin, probably through long association).

This is a smooth light ale, but the chile suggests a much weightier body than really is present. Carbonation is lively, yet relaxed.

Hard to imagine a more drinkable chile beer, though it would be best with left-over baked turkey or chicken, and probably not something you'd want every day.

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Photo of sophisticated
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've only had a couple of chile beers and was not sure I'd like this one. Was pleasantly surprised.

A) Nice amber with sudsy off-white head that left lots of lacing

S) Mild, but mostly of spice

T) At first like a nice malty amber ale, but then it's just the smokey and spicey flavor of chipotle. Not super spicey, just tingly and warm. At first I thought that was from the alcohol, but at 5.5%, its the spice.

MF) Medium with lots of carbonation

D) Good. I enjoyed this with tacos and it went well together. Not sure if this is my favorite style but I enjoyed this brew and would recommend it.

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Photo of Docer
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally grabbed a bottle after a buddy at work told me its a must have!

- Nice ever so slightly cloudy amber ale color with a nice eggshell head and a slew of lacing. Copper....

- Smells much like their fantastic amber ale but with a bit of sweetness and fresh hop goodness... but not much in the area of peppers.

- Great flavor going down... and what is left behind is an amazing flavor of true chipotle peppers.... not just a spice or a burn... but a complex flavor that is just spot on for a risky style.... plus there is a nice sneaker of spice.... super quality.

- Slight spice, and great hops leave the mouth watering for more...

- What a fantastic ale from Rogue.. one of my new favorites from them and one I hope they continue to brew. It goes down well and is very unique and great for even those that dont like spicy stuff.

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Photo of SteveS1
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the bottle to a glass:

Look: Mostly clear light amber, small fizzy pale head

Smell: Very flowery, but not sweet, citrus-y aromatics

Taste: Spicy on the tongue, floral flavors going down, finishes with a taste of hops. Aftertaste is a little bitter with a tinge of pepper.

Feel: Slight spicy carbonation, smooth and crisp

Drink: Smooth, light, and interesting flavors.. maybe too interesting. A pint or so will do.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber bottle into a glass in two parts. This is my first chile ale, so not exactly sure what to expect.

Appearance is dark orange to auburn. There is a one finger tan head. Aroma has notes of caramel malt and pepper. The pepper presents more as a sweet note than a spicy note in the nose. Taste hits upfront with pepper spice, not overly spicy though. Some malt shines through, but not overpowering. Good balance. Slighty watery at the beginning of the brew, but the pepper spice builds throughout and reaches the appropiate level halfway through the brew. Motuhfeel is medium bodied with a brisk amount of carbonation. Somewhat chewy at the end of each sip. Drinkability is good, the ABV is not noticable and the flavor is not overpowering. However, after more than one the spice could build up and be a problem.

Overall, a good beer and a great introduction to the style. Balanced and not overpowering. Recommended for anyone slighty adventuresome.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ouncer with the screened label. label is nice.
a: a caramel amber color, can't see through it at all. an offwhite creamy foamy head. it retains well and leaves good lacing.
s: this ale doesnt have a burst of aroma, but i do get the smell of caramel malt, and the slightest scent of some heat.

this is a malty beer. tastes pretty good. and ah, the kick of heat from the jalapeno at the back of the throat. its not a big kick, its there, but i wish there was a little more heat to back up its name.

slightly less than medium in carbonation, this beer has a somewhat unique mouthfeel because the spice. i like it.

this isnt an ale u can throw back a few pints of, but it isn't quite a total sipper either. that is kinda what i expected and hoped for in a beer has spice. just like food, i don't want somethign i need to recover from with water and time to have another bite, but i want it to have some substantial heat.

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Photo of ADZA
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I must admit i always get a little scared about chile beers i mean they can either get it just right or sometimes go overboard with the chile taste which for me ruins it i just like that nice balance and this beer is a perfect example,it pours a deep golden amber colour with decent carbonation which leaves a nice two finger head that slowly dissapates to a peaky cap in the middle with lacing all down the sides,the first aroma i pick up is smoked chipotles with a malty,fruity aroma lying in the background its definately got me interested,it has an above average mouthfeel with the fruity,malt tastes hitting the palette first which is finished off with a subtle ting of smokey heat but not overdone at all this is definately one of the better examples of this style that ive tried but hey its Rogue that so doesnt suprise me.

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Photo of ToddT
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Slightly hazy copper color with a two finger off white head. Head falls slowly to a cap and leaves some spotty lace on the glass.

S- Smokey and a little spicy. Kind of reminds me of being at a BBQ and standing far enough away from the pit to just get whiffs of the food every now and then.

T- Nice flavor of smoke and chipotle peppers at first. Some sweet caramel and wood char at the middle then the finish comes in with some spicy heat. Heat is not from alcohol but from the pepper's spice.

M- Medium in body and well carbonated. Finish is crisp and spicy.

D- Tough call but at 5.5% ABV it's not overpowering in alcohol. In fact you don't even taste the alcohol, what you do taste is the smoke and pepper spice. I enjoyed it but I wouldn't want too many of these.

If you like BBQ and spicy food then you are going to like this beer. If you don't then this will not be one for you. I'm hanging on to a couple of bottles to do some cooking with, this would be great in chili or as a base for a marinade. Pick up a bottle or two for this reason if no other one.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my nonic pint glass. The ale appears a hazed rich amber color with about two fingers of fluffy light rust colored foam. Flavors and aromas consist of smokey, spicy chipotle peppers, a nice caramel sweetness follows, a bit fruity, floral hops, the smokiness is subtle. The ale is a notch or two better than medium bodied and amply carbonated. A tasty ale for sure.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22 oz bottle split four ways into wine galases. Like all Rogue beers, no indication of freshness/bottling date.

A- Amber, slightly hazy appearance. Pours with ~1 finger of off white head, which fades very nto a thin, incomplete cap. Spotty lacing.

S- Smokey and peppery with hints of fruity maltiness.

T- Moderately malty notes on the front, which gives way to a moderate smoky, chipotle pepper flavor that hits the back of the mouth and throat- heat is present, but far from overbearing. Surprisingly palatable.

M- Crisp on the front, with moderately high carbonation. Medium feel. Goes down surprisingly smoothly.

D- Better than expected. I wouldn't really want to drink much of this beer alone, but could likely be a fantastic companion to many food pairings.

Future outlook: A real surprise winner in my book. Definitely a beer that I will buy again for the specific purpose of food pairings. Paired very well with a pepper-jack burger, and I'd love to try with other spicy foods.

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Photo of EliottJW
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

it should be noted that we had this with some chipotle pasta the other night and it was a great pair. I don't know how well the beer necessarily complemented the food or vise versa, but I really enjoyed them together.

this brew poured a nice clear, caramel with a thick, off white head that rode the side of my glass pretty well for as light as it looked. it slowly receded to a crown that left a thin layer of small bubbles sitting atop my drink.

smelled hoppy up front and then a bit smokey. not much malt to speak of, but I definitely am becoming a bit more sensitive to the rogue "pacman" yeast. I'm not saying that all rogue beers smell the same, not by any means. though you can pick up that yeast if you're smelling critically.

tastes like a smokey amber all. sweet with a charred and spicy bite. I really had a hard time picking up on just how spicy this beer actually was until I was finished with my dish, but it had some real bite to it that I really enjoyed. a light to medium body backed that spice up and helped it to linger for quite a while.

this is a great beer for what it is, but I would have a real tough time putting back a number of them.

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Photo of juhl31
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

this was an exciting drink for me because we paired it with some shrimp and hot link pasta with a chipotle cream sauce. this is our first true pairing we made of beer and food.

-ambery with a decent head

-there is some spiciness on the nose but not as much as you'd expect

-i have had there beer on tap before and i feel i like it more with the food pairing. it was a nice blend of the 2 spices from each punchin each other in your mouth. there was also some nice hops goin on and a definite woody, smoky taste which is expected

-like i said it was nice really feeling the 2 go at each other and explode in the mouth. once i drank some after i was done eating, the beer chipotle started to come through a little more

-i wouldnt really order this beer unless for some reason it was the only micro around at a bar

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber. on the side of the bottle, right near the bottom, printed in hard-to-see black ink is "009 B1 1736", whatever that means. tasted in mid-may 2009.

coppery amber and semi-dark honey. clear. 2-finger off-white head is foamy, rocky. fades to wispy layer. great lacing, foamy, and nearly a full curtain further down the glass.

very malty aroma, caramel, hint of apple esters, trace of hop, faint chile pepper tingle. rogue's signature pacman house yeast is pretty easy to pick out.

malty, almost savory flavor continues on the palate. mild hops and gentle chile note seem to mix with the faint fusel or spicy phenols. and the mild to moderate bitterness thus peaks, then lingers. some fruity esters peek through, but the fusel and phenolic note starts to get slightly distracting. sometimes this is the thing about pacman that i'm just not fond of. faint tingle of heat from the chiles.

light to medium body, smooth, with touch of resin and astringency (from phenols?) in finish. moderate carbonation is lightly prickly, but momentarily peaks with the phenols, and at this moment is accentuated a bit over-the-top...

nonetheless, an interesting novelty.

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Photo of hughesm4
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank out of a bomber poured into a glass.
A. Pours a very reddish brown with not much head.
S. It smells very smokey. Something that I was not expecting, but tasted very good.
T. A lot different than any other chile beer that I have had. It has a very smokey taste with a slight peppered aftertaste.
M. Once again you get a smoked taste in the mouth with a little bit of a bite from the pepper taste.
D. Very good for the style, but it would be difficult to drink more than a glass or two.

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Photo of degerbah
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy brown with almost an inch of head. The smell is one of th emost unique I've experienced. Somewhat smells like ketchup with some smoke on the side. Not barbecue sauce, definitely ketchup.

The taste reminds me of a rachbier with a much spicier character. I like it better than a traditional Bamberg style rauchbier with a very spicy aftertaste. I kind of like it and I think it would be fantastic in the right situation.

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Photo of mwa423
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours with a soild finger of head with a dark mahogany coloring

The smell reminds me of smoked deli meats and ketchup. Interesting and unlike most other chili beers I have tried

The taste is what is most took caught my attention, instead of the pepper spicyness it is more like a rauchbier. Very tasty version of the style.

M/D - The mouthfeel is quite good, but I think that this is something my palate could only take one of

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Photo of jneiswender
2.27/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Had this beer in a 4oz sample glass at the brewery as part of a sampler.

A-amber body with a nice white head

S-the pepper is definately evident but not the smoky scent I would have expected from a chipotle

T-chipotle flavor is there along with some malt

M-medium

D-Okay. I don't know why this one bummed me out so much. I didn't really feel any heat from this. I also expected alot more smoke flavor and scent.

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Photo of Damian
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank on-tap at the Sunset Grill & Tap, Allston, MA
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured a crystal clear, crimson-amber color with a tight, foamy, bright white, one-finger head that left a thin sheet of lacing all down the glass.

The aroma was smooth and sweet. Rich caramel malts dominated. A touch fruity. Hints of butterscotch came through as well. No chile/spice quality was discernable however. Enjoyable, yet not very complex.

The taste was more interesting than the aroma. Sweet caramel malts came through strong up front. Fruity in the center. Chipotle spice notes appeared in the crisp, clean finish and lingered into the moderately hoppy (piney) aftertaste. On a scale of one to ten, the spiciness was a "three" (at best).

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a fine, mild carbonation.

Although I enjoyed this beer, it definitely could have used more heat and flavor from the chilies. Nevertheless, this would make a perfect accompaniment to some nachos and spicy salsa.

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Photo of bark
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The liquid is clear; the colour is deep amber. The high off-white head is compact, it leaves some fine lacing.

The smell is a bit smoked with hints of meat. Dried fruits, fresh chilli fruits, and some sweetness. I found notes of canned fruits and raisins too. Very pleasant.

The taste is fruity with some matured cellar.notes. Dried fruits and cask-matured notes. In the background, a very elegant chilli heat flavour emerges, but it is never allowed to dominate the palette. Some passing notes of fresh and dried fruits (apricots, mandarins). Medium bodied. The aftertaste is malty with hoppy hints: Some smoked cheese in the background and a mild chilli flavour. Very well kept together. Cream in the finish.

The carbonation is medium strong; small fresh bubbles. The liquid is smooth and a little sticky.

More of desserts drink than a BBQ-beer. Mellow and rounded flavours with chilli in the background. Almost like a light barley wine.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
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 rfgetz
3.41/5  rDev -5%
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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Chipotle Ale from Rogue Ales
3.59 out of 5 based on 1,400 ratings.
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