whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rogue Chipotle Ale. Clear amber body with a small, filmy off-white head. Phenolic, smoky pepper aroma with fruity malt notes and a burnt plastic quality, particularly when cold. Chipotle is definitely the dominant flavor with prominent roasty, smoky properties, but there is no detectable heat. Plastic phenolic qualities dominate when cold. However, considerably more depth emerges as it warms. Some nice malt character develops and it takes on a smoother smoky quality. Medium-light body with some oilyness. This was really a tale of two beers. First impression at a cold temperature was not good at all and affirmed my view that jalapenos are the lowest variety of pepper. After fully warming to room temperature, much greater depth emerged and I started to enjoy the beer. Novel and worth trying and probably an acquired taste, but simply doesnít have the same appeal of a fine rauchbier or even a well-crafted chile beer.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - APR 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled as Chipotle Ale - 22oz. Mildly hazy darkish amber with a green hue (might have been some funky light source nearby) and a medium off-white head. Vivid aroma of spring flowers, malt, spice, white pepper & some other sweet component I couldnít put my finger on. Very interesting flavor - surprisingly well-balanced despite the chipotle heat. Malty, earthy and bitter and with a real kick. The flavor smoothed out as it went along and I found myself wanting more and more. The Oregon Golden Ale was evident and provided a clean background for this "exotic" brew. Finish was long and fairly dry. Iím assuming the relatively poor ratings relate mostly to the fact that this is an unusual tasting beer and maybe a bit too quirky for some. I really liked it and will look for more soon.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
4.21.05 Chipotle Ale bomber. Amber pour with smallish, quickly fading head with a lingering ring and streaky lace. Aroma is nutty, floral, and smoky. Very smoky for a non smoked beer. Iím reminded of adobo right off the bat, like cracking a can of chipotles. I love chipotles and use them more than any other pepper for cooking. The beer is mild and earthy, light peat, some bitterness. The hop bitterness marries well with the lingering spice of the pepper, hints of sweet;y caramelized citrus. Heat lasts and increases as the bomber is drained. This is a fun beer, I canít figure the low score.
Radek Kliber (6600) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - APR 21, 2005
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
You like peppers? Rogue got something for you. Itís ale with nicely blended smoked chipole peppers. Smoke is more evident with the aroma. Taste is all peppers.
Dorwart (2423) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hmmm. Interesting beer. Thin frothy head which settles quickly. Light carbonation. Very distinct smokey aroma with some spicyness. Definately some pepper. Makes me want to sneeze after a good whiff. Color is a slightly cloudy dark reddish amber. Wow big and distinct pepper taste and finish. More smokiness. Kind of hard to stomach unless you are eating something. Dry and crisp palate. Finish is dry and bitter and leaves a slight burn in the mouth. An interesting brew that i am sure would go great with mexican food.
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - APR 13, 2005
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Well, what to say? I think that with the right food maybe it would find itís 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 donít think beer is where the pepper belongs, thatís what fajitas are for. Iíve 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.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
bu11zeye (12112) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 8, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(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.
Sammy (9314) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 5, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
one-dimensional chiles with a smoke offering. Thank you gentleman for leaving me with most of the bottle. Radekfest 05 sample 35.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - APR 5, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.