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Dedicated to Spanish author Juan de la Cueva, who, in 1575, wrote of a Mexican dish that combined seedless chipotles with beer: Chipotle Ale is based on Rogue’s Oregon Golden Ale, but delicately spiced with smoked chipotle chile peppers. Deep golden in color with a tight head, rich malty aroma, delicately smooth and crisp flavor, and subtle chipotle chili finish. Formerly known and packages as Mexicali Rogue, Chipotle Ale is created from Northwest Harrington, Klages, and Maier Munich Malts; Willamette and Cascade hops; and Smoked Jalapeno (Chipolte) Peppers. Chipotle Ale is targeted for spring release and available in a 22-ounce bottle and on draft. Blend it with Rogue Chocolate Stout and create a Mole’ black and tan!

Measurements: 12 degrees Plato, IBU 35, Apparent attenuation 82, Lovibond 23

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - APR 13, 2005
Well, what to say? I think that with the right food maybe it would find it’s niche. The beer itself has a rich amber-copper hue and a beautiful fluffy-dense head that follows the beer down the glass. The smoke is very subtle and the spice is dangerous. It builds as the drinker downs the beer searching for the spice. The hops combine with the capiscian to create this spicy dry finish that robs the smoke. However I don’t think beer is where the pepper belongs, that’s what fajitas are for. I’ve always said that this brewery puts out the best and the entire line-up is worth regular consumption. This beer is definantly the crazy grandma in the basement.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2005
Amber w/ off-white foam. Lightly smoky aroma of chipotle peppers w/ notes of sweet, bready malt. Smooth, medium feel. Well-balanced, well-integrated beer & chili flavour w/ a soft, bready maltiness, light fruity hoppiness, & spicy chipotle kick. Finish is warm from the chili peppers. This beer is too bold to called nuanced, yet it is nuanced nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12096) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 8, 2005
(Bottle) Pours a murky orange with a medium off-white head. Aroma of hops, wintergreen, some capiscian, and red hots. Flavor of mild hops and caramel. Soft mouthfeel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (9240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 5, 2005
one-dimensional chiles with a smoke offering. Thank you gentleman for leaving me with most of the bottle. Radekfest 05 sample 35.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - APR 5, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2005 It would be interesting if they decided to do this with one of their more flavorful beers. The base beer is nothing to scream about so this becomes kind of gimmicky in a hurry. The chipotles are a nice addition, and provide a decent amount of heat without being overwhelming. Not bad, like I said though, try it with a more flavorful beer as a complimentary flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - APR 5, 2005
Slightly off dms and chili nose. Good conditioning with quick dissipating head. Mild vienna malt character with a soft pepper spice follow thru. Clean finish fairly boring beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
desurfer (1245) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2005
Chipotle Ale version. Pours a reddish amber with no head. Malty, bready aroma, only a hint of smokiness. Flavor is creamy and rich, some apple/caramel maltiness and a little bit of pepperiness in the finish. A much better experience than CCCB.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 3, 2005
Sweet and hot pepper nose. Oddly fishy with hot peppers. Too much bite. I have yet to find a pepper beer that I enjoy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
jercraigs (8276) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2005
UPDATED: APR 23, 2005 Radekfest 05 Bottle. As with the Smoke, you pretty much get what you are expecting with this beer. Headless golden amber body. Sinus clearing aroma is dominated by chili with a touch of smoke. Flavour is all spicy chili, fairly one dimensional. I lack the chili apprecation to detect the complexities of this beer. An aquired taste to be sure. Average palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2005
I had the Chipotle Ale bottle, no telling how many other versions there are. Contrary to what the bottle says this beer is light copper not deep golden. Medium frothy light manila head. Passable glass lace. The aroma is mainly malty though deep olfactory contemplation sets the nose tingling exposing the peppers within. The flavor is decent. The peppers are held back and not overwhelming in any way. Very well balanced between swwet malt, spicy hops and hot peppers. A touch of smoked malt and this thing would be really, really good. As it is I am impressed with how they created the subtle pepper effect and did not go overboard. Medium tingly body with a light peppery hot finish. Far exceeded my expectations.

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