Chipotle Ale | Rogue Ales

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81
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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
Ratings:
1,402
Reviews:
699
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
18.11%
 
 
Wants:
105
Gots:
140
For Trade:
1
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Photo of mhenson42
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of jbphoto88
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug with a generous frosting of tan billowing head. This beer is a clear orange copper color that looks to be leaning more towards the garnet side of things. I don't really know what to expect from a chipotle ale but I like roasted peppers and I like ale... well why not.

The smell is just what the label says. A chipotle ale. There is a nice smoked nose from the roasted peppers with a mask of malts. This beer is not all about a peppery bouquet but if you've ever lived in the southwest then you know that almost woody scent.

The taste is not unlike an adobo sauce. There is a smoky, earthy pepper flavor that is the dominate feature followed by a sweet maltiness. Those flavors are only present in the first few pulls because soon a spiciness and heat from the peppers out weigh most of the taste sensations.

I feel like a Chile Beer is a novelty act. This one tastes good if your in the mood for some sadist beer drinking. Don't get me wrong, I love spicy food and a good beer but I get real tired of this one fast. I judge beer mostly on whether or not I'd buy it again. As for appearance, smell, taste, yada yada yada, this one gets semi high marks but only when confined to the style. Other then for cooking I would never buy this beer again.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.41/5  rDev -5%
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 PeteRiz
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MJSJr
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lzepplin01
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of diablo14
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

when it comes to spiced/smoked/flavored beers, im always a little on the hesitiant side. they are styles of beer where many have tried and few have succeeded. to get to the best, one often has to go through several bottles of rubbish. tho some may say this is the case across all beers, i tend to find when youre in this sort of territory, the bad ones are really really bad. and there is plenty of them.

being a big fan of smoked beers, but having had a hell of a lot of crap chili beers, it was with some trepidation that i gave this puppy a go. knowing the quality of other rogue offerings did sway me i must say. im pleased to report i found a quite enjoyable beer at the end of it all.

the color was particularly impressive. i get a bit bored talking about a beers appearance considering most of them look the same given the respective genres. i was quite taken with this one. had the bold orange color of the usual APA, but at the bottom end of the glass was a burst of red that looked like a summer sky at sunset or one of those chinese lanterns. the light carbonation gave it added appeal on the eye.

the smell didnt jump out at me, but there was a hint of peppers, malts, and a subtle smokiness. the taste was smooth, a little sweet, after which the chili flavor creeps up and then ends with ripping BBQ smoke characters. after getting the bite of chili on my lips at first sip, it maintains, then subsides as the dry but not too dry cascade hops come in for their turn. the chili then returns to the fore once again after the beer has completed the journey. all the while the smoke flavors continue to hold fast.

this would definately be something id drink with a porterhouse steak right off the barbie, or with some quality mexican food. i couldnt drink it all the time, but every so often i would find myself needing a drop of this beer. if only for the fact that its a unique sensory experience in the world of beer drinking. you wont find too many chili beers that are as tasty, interesting and even handed as this. very good drop!

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Photo of silver0rlead
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an intense crimson-amber with a nice beige head. The aroma is mostly malty with toasted bread and caramel, some spicy and floral hops and a mild, smokey pepper scent. The flavor is subtle but complex, with some toasted bread and biscuit, spicy and floral hops, and complex smokeiness, as well as roasted chipotle pepper...very nice. The mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is good. A very nice chile beer, complex and tasty.

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Photo of Zach122
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of tb4475
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of athomasPSU
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of pants678
2.73/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Transparent orange with an off-white/beige head, great retention.

Smells of a dry spice, like a rub for bbq.

There's a sweetness to the hops that accompanies the jalapenos, the desert dry finish reeks of chipotle peppers. Probably better enjoyed with a meal. Looking for more in the way of complexity, but simply not a stand alone brew. While the alcohol is masked, there's no punch.

Highly carbonated yet smooth.

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Photo of hotsudge
2/5  rDev -44.3%

Too smoky overall but has a watery finish.

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Photo of Shilt
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of Enola
2.7/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a wierd brew. The beer poured with little head and it is the color of sweet tea. The smell is not too bad, similar to a light beer with some spices. The taste is hard to describe. It starts out as a dull spiced taste. Then it turns into a lasting bittersweetness with small hints of peppers. The mouthfeel is not too bad. There is no harshness, just the weird lingering aftertaste. This is not a beer I would try again. Probably not too bad when reveiwed within the style but I don't think I will try this style again either.

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Photo of DaveRinn
4.75/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of shadow1961
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I've been revisiting a few beers post smoking and picked up
a bottle of Rogue Chipotle Ale at Esser's. A nice pour got me
a thick head over a reddish brew. Carbonation was very active,
and the nose was malt, grassy hops, and PacMan yeast. The
flavor is malt up front with grassy hops in the finish with an earthy
something under everything. There's nothing obviously peppery
in the flavor per se, but it makes it's appearance in the aftertaste.
You get the same warmth in your throat and stomach as you
would from eating chiles. The mouthfeel is fairly dry, and there is
quite a bit of lacing left behind as the glass empties. A very unusual
brew.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice hazy red coper colored beer. Finger width of light frothy foam.

S- The smell of the smoked chipotle chiles is very much alive and well. It smells good with the bread smell I'm also getting.

T- Tastes like more like a smoked paprika with a tiny touch of spice added in. This will go well with my hot wings for the night.

M- I was hoping for more spice to kick the tongues ass. I've heard a lot of people say it is too spicy for them to drink. I must have got the wimpafyed version.

D- Easy to drink, the smoked flavor is good and unique compared to other smoked beers.

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Photo of mojohawk21
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dmamiano
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a fairly deep copper with a nice head and lacing galore.
this beer was unique for sure. the nose was smokey, spicy but not from the hops. the jalapenos actually came through the smoked malt .
taste was again nice, different than any beer I had ever had. Initial hit of roasted malts, but smoked. Hints of peet and the telltale jalapeno spice. Slight in the taste, but you could feel the lingering burn on the back of the palate.
I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this bottle at Gullifty's in Bryn Mawr, Pa.
Appearance: Translucent amber brown color, with a couple fingers of head. The head produced good lacing and had decent retention.
Smell: The smell was rather hoppy, kind of what you would expect from something with Chipotle peppers in it.
Taste: Suprisingly, this spicy hop aroma was not followed up with anything in the taste. There was a strong malt background, an apparent hop forground, but without the spice.
Mouthfeel: Kind of stiff.
Drinkability: Certainly a great beer.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of ant880
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of acrawf6
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a dark hazy rust amber with a small dense tan head.

Smell. Combination of caramel and peppers. Though i have read the ibu level is at 35, i still get a good amount of hops.

Taste. More tastes of caramel, but definitely has a spice kick to go with it. I do get a taste of the hops, but certainly not hoppy at all. Malts are roasted and slightly smokey with tastes of caramel. I can definitely get the yeast taste that many rogue beers have. And as the beer warms, the peppers become stronger. Aftertaste is more of the yeast, with a good amount of spicy pepper.

Mouthfeel. Body is medium that seems full at first, but then gets a little slick as it warms in my mouth. has a nice balance, and the carbonation along with the peppers makes it very tingly on my tongue.

Overall, I like this beer, but is one i would have to be in the mood for to enjoy.

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Photo of gandres
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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

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Photo of EPICAC
3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Rogue Chipotle Ale at Downtown Wine & Spirits a month or so ago. I let this warm slightly and served it in my San Francisco Brewing Company pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy red-orange with a beige head that dissipates to a persistent ring. Fizzy carbonation sounds almost soda-like.

Smell: Some very light sweet malts, maybe caramel or toffee. I'm not really sure because the light smokiness masks them. Overall the aromas were fairly subtle. I was expecting more spiciness or smokiness.

Taste: There's a nice underlying beer here. A solid sweet and bready malt backbone runs throughout, with bitter hops that provide a nice balance. The smokiness comes through in the center and lingers into the finish. The smokiness becomes more evident as the beer warms. The spiciness isn't really something you taste; rather it builds and becomes more evident as you drink.

Mouthfeel: Light to moderate carbonation. Light-bodied and a bit thin. Spicy heat warms the throat.

Drinkability: The smokiness of this beer is too much.

Overall: I liked this beer better than the Jalapeño Sunsplash that I had at the Extreme Beer Fest. The base beer was nicer, though in the end the smokiness was too much, and the spiciness could have been raised.

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Chipotle Ale from Rogue Ales
3.59 out of 5 based on 1,402 ratings.
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