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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
Ranking:
#39,398
Reviews:
700
Ratings:
1,403
pDev:
18.26%
Bros Score:
4.3
 
 
Wants:
105
Gots:
142
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,403 |  Reviews: 700
Photo of pentasyllabic
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of SBoyar1
2/5  rDev -43.8%

Photo of Intrinsic
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Since this is only the second chile beer I've ever had it's hard to judge this one, but I can say for sure that it's a very interesting beer. It's a nice amber colour but the light brown head disappears very quickly and there's almost no carbonation to speak of. The chilies really come through in the smell, along with bready malts and light hops. More of the same in the taste, but this is where the chilies really shine through. Medium body, nice dry finish. Overall, a good beer.

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Photo of hopandbarley28
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of PierceTheElder
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light reddish-brown with a pillowy off-white head.

Smells like malts and smoky/roasted peppers. Some hint of hops is there, but the peppers drown it out.

Definite chipotle flavor cutting through the malts. Smokiness is more noticable than heat from the peppers. Caramel is prominent when the smokiness fades. The finish is somewhat drying, and the mouthfeel is quite thin.

It's hard to rate drinkability on this. It's definitely tasty and easy to drink, but I can't really think of a time when I'd want a chipotle-flavored beverage.

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Photo of davexisxrabid
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden amber color with a once inch fluffy white head. Good retention and lacing during the drinking period. A lot of visible carbonation.

Aroma of cinnamon sugar, floral, citrus hops, and sweet malts. Didn't catch much spiciness in the nose.

Taste was a smooth maltiness throughout with a big astringent and grapefruit zing in the middle and finish of the drink. Again, not much heat from the chipotle, actually a little bit disappointing.

This brew had a medium-full bodied feel to it with a decent amount of carbonation and a pleasant aftertaste. Perhaps a tad bit of spice, I wouldn't call it a chile powder flavor, but the grapefruit and astringency mellow out and leave a pleasing flavor on the palate.

Good drinkability on this brew. Decent flavor; interesting although not as powerful as I would have liked (I wasn't asking to breathe fire or anything). I will probably try this beer again just because it has such an interesting feel to it.

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Photo of edmundfitzoil
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this bomber up at Brewer's on the Bay: a 22 oz. brown bottle with no freshness or best by date that I could find it.

The beer poured a slightly cloudy copperish red with a 1/4" or so of off whte, large bubbled head. The head retained pretty well and left some fine lacing on the glass. The beer smelled uniquely smokey with some maltiness as well. The flavor was smokey too. The beer has some maltiness to it at first with a very slight spiciness to the finish to as well. A unique flavored beer for sure.

It's a medium bodied beer that boasts of a nice crispness without a overly filling mouthfeel and a seemingly low alcohol content (I couldn't find the ABV for this one anywhere), which combined with the taste make it a pretty drinkable ale. A good beer for this category, and I would return to it if the moment or the desire strikes.

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Photo of mwagner1018
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a nice coppery amber color, with a nice thick 2-3 fingers of head into pint glass.

S- An odd combination of bitterness, floral, and smokiness, definite pepper in the nostril, sweet, but distinct and different.

T- Honestly, I didn't enjoy the earthy, sticky, tingle from the off smoky chipotle flavor, nicely carbonated, but not balanced for me, too much on the taste buds. I generally like smoked peppers and the nice flavor associated with them, but this combination did not appeal to me.

M- Good carbonation, but an odd waxy feeling on the tongue and walls of mouth, goes down with a rough scratch.

D- One is more than enough, could not drink the entire bomber. The complexity that I was hoping for, and the balance of the sweet, bitter, and smoky peppers did not appear. Disappointed by this one.

Big fan of Rogue, but can do without this one. I would recommend to others to try it, but will not plan on doing this one again.

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Photo of beertastegood
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with a one-finger dense head. Decent retention. Aromas of caramelly malt, overlaid with a distinct smoky, almost sweet spicy smell. BBQ in a beer...

Taste: Wow. Punch of smoke right up front, followed by a wonderful maltiness that brings to mind Oktoberfests (looking on the bottle, I see that they do indeed use Munich malt), and then a slight heat as the spice from the peppers brings it all together in the finish. Great, dry finish that leaves a faint spice and smoke on the tongue. Hard to be more descriptive than this, as it is best described as "chipotles in a glass".

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, medium carbonation.

Drinkability: If you like chipotles, then this is a great beer to pair with summertime BBQs. It goes down remarkable easy, and is not at all rough like other chile beers can be (Crazy Ed, I'm looking in your direction...).

Overall, an excellent beer and a testament to craft brewers' innovation.

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Photo of association330
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber, no freshness date

A - Pours cloudy amber with a half-finger of off white head that quickly drops to a thin, but sticky cap with decent lace.

S - A bit of sweet malts, smoky chipotles, black pepper

T - Again, a bit of malt sweetness up front. Swallow reveals a touch of hop bitterness. Finishes with a bit of lingering jalapeno heat, really nothing major for my tongue. It does build a little towards the end of the bottle though.

M - Body on the light side of moderate, with moderate carbonation.

D - A really fun brew to try and worth picking up, even if it's only once. I'd definitely drink it again though, especially with mild-to-moderately spicy food or a steak-y fish (tuna, sword, etc.)

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Photo of ChrisPratz
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growing numerous varieties of peppers this year, when I saw this on the shelf at my beer store I knew I had to have it.

A: Very nice golden amber color with 2 fingers worth of head that simmer down to a very nice veil of lace that sticks to the sides of the glass well and remains for most of the way down.

S: Excellent floral hops with alot of distinct earthy "garden" aromas. Reminds me of weeding in the garden and smelling all the various vegetable plants and soil smells. Also a deep malty sweetness. Very intriguing.

T: Wow. Such a surprise on the palette and senses. Sweetness of the malt at first that instantly gives way to an incredible smokey flavor from the chilis. Reminds me of bacon wrapped jalapenos without the heat. Makes way to some floral hoppyness and a medium bitterness. I can feel an ever slight amount of heat as well, its so strangely unique. After tastes consists of slight bitterness and a hint of grain/wheat.

M: Average carbonation works well with the hop level and the smokeyness. Leaves a crisp clean taste and moderate ABV isn't noticeable at all.

O: Crazy game that is played on the senses. Flavors that should be coming from food but instead are sipped and a mild heat make this a very unique beer. Not your usual beer style but def worth the price of the bottle and worth trying.

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Photo of paxkey
2.97/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

excited to try this beer after reading the brothers review.

straight pour into nonic gets nice cascade with a two finger head. head is offwhite shrinking down quickly.

the aroma wafts up from the pour spicy orange malt, smells interesting enticing and delicious.

delicious upfront bitterness ends with a chipotle pepper kick. i taste both roasted and raw pepper flavors, infused quite well. leaves a bitter peppery aftertaste that lingers on and on.

this beer aint for the weak. it is bold on flavor and will challenge your conceptions of acceptability, bordering on ..not sure the right word,was gonna say cloying but it aint sweet, just chipotle-ish...which is interesting and nice and present but a bit hard to take in.

best appreciated when drinking slowly with food. need time off between sips on this one. but one damn interesting beer. the bitterness is great the chipotle may take some getting used to.

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Photo of mgdeth
4.81/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Slightly hazy, with a nice amber color. Not a lot of head on the beer, but retention is decent. Carbonation appears about medium.

Smell - Roasted peppers and roasted malt are what the smell of this beer is all about. Moreover, it is an excellent roasted aroma. I also pick up a smoky, phenolic smell.

Taste - Hop bitterness blends well with the malt. The heat from the peppers come, more in the aftertaste. The beer is smoky first, but without being a bad phenoilc flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium or medium light body. Carbonation seems to be just right. The chipotle flavor adds traction to the beer's feel.

Drinkability - Very good drinkability. There is some peppery burn, but it is great. The beer is balanced very well, just like a good spicy food.

Comments - Obviously, this beer would be fun to pair with spicy food for a double whammy. Spicy food lovers take note: this beer is the greatest thing that ever happened anywhere! I could drink this stuff all night. I think I just found a new favorite beer.

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Photo of mugglesandhops
2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

On tap at the Rogue brew pub in Newport.

This is my first "spiced" beer I have ever tried and The only reason I even got this is to try all the Rogues I have never tried. I was not impressed at all by this one. Poured a red color with a good 2 finger head on it. Pepper comes out in the nose right away and that's pretty much all im pulling out of this one. Taste as it smells, very peppery, very spicy especially in the end...good med. bodied feel to it. I will not drink this again.

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Photo of Moo5152
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of tridge85
3.89/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RocksteadyRye
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Scooter77
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I’m not exactly sure what to think of this beer, I like it…but it’s very unique. Pours a hazy golden/orange color with a fluffy white head the fades down slow, leaving a sticky thin lace. A mild smoky aroma emerges from the glass, intermixed with light citrus hops and a bit of spiciness. Taste was very similar to the smell. Initially the taste was a bit malty, followed by the smokiness of burn wood, finished off with a zing of spicy chipotle peppers. This beer is great matched up with some Mexican food. Another excellent brew from Rogue.

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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 jkroese
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of MrStark
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a mug.

Appearance is a hazy amber with an off white, almost tan two finger foamy head. It slowly dissipates leaving a small cap of foam and bits of sticky lacing.

Smell is mostly malt, with some hints of the peppers. Somewhat smokey.

Taste is a nice balanced bland of sweet malts and the pepper flavor. As the malts fade, there is a bit of hops and it finished with the slight burn of the jalapenos. Its pretty pleasant and not overpowering to me whatsoever.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Fairly smooth.

Drinkablity is good. It goes down easy and is pretty refreshing. And interesting and novel beer for sure. I wouldn't mind having it again. If you like a bit of spiciness, this is certainly worth a try!

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Photo of GuyIncognito
4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

Photo of FleeVT
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown bomber poured into a mug.

A: Pours a beautiful amber with crimson center that just makes you stop to admire. The head is huge, then settles down to half a finger with perfect lacing. This is the best "looking" beer I think I've ever seen.

S: Smokey pepper as advertised with a faint sweetness from the malts. But the overwhelming aroma for me, tobacco. I just couldn't stop thinking chewing tobacco every time i got it close to my honker.

T/M: Rich and smooth. This is a fantastic beer. I was weary of a Chile Beer, but it delivers. Smokey, a mild dose of hops, a touch of spice in the back, and a clean finish. Really well done.

I'm thinking grilled sausages on summer day. Reckon!

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Photo of ApplePi
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Chipotle Ale from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 1,403 ratings
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