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 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.
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 (12096) - 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 (9240) - 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.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - APR 5, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
desurfer (1245) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 3, 2005
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sweet and hot pepper nose. Oddly fishy with hot peppers. Too much bite. I have yet to find a pepper beer that I enjoy.
jercraigs (8276) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2005
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
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.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.