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RATINGS: 1069   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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 Rogueís 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 Moleí black and tan!

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


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2004
Not a huge fan of the chilli beer but I figured Iíd still give it a shot. You never know, right? This wasnít really horrible but really nothing special either. A little bit of pepper in the flavor but mostly just an average ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
smoosh (535) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JUL 9, 2004
Bottle - malty nose, moreso than I expected, and a hint of smoke and of the chili peppers. Amberish appearance with a fairly rapidly diminishing white head. I really like the combination of the spices in the malt and hops. I didnít expect to like this as much as I do. Most of the pepper flavor to me is pretty mild, but I get a touch of burn afterward. A very nice surprise!

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
heemer77 (5080) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 7, 2004
Surprisingly, I kind of liked this. It is very different. The aroma is slightly smoky and has a touch of the jalepenos. It also has a little sweet apple. The taste hits you over the head with the pepper and a little malt. The finish is smoky and spicy. This gets smoother with more drinks. Nice for a change of pace.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2005 Chipotle (2005): Change the name and nothing else changes. Iím not happy with breweries that change names and not much else. Marketing ploy. Not good customer relations.

Clear amber with beige head. The aroma was somewhat spicy. The peppers added something unique but not impressive. This was a nice try but no cigar. While better than Cave Creek Chili Beer, it was still bad. Itís nice to experiment with new concepts but some just donít work. This didnít.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2004
Aroma is grapefruit hopps and toffee malt. Malt opening with some hoppiness willamette, clearly separated from the Cascade. The layering of hops is quite impressive and the chipolte peppers add a lightly spicy flavour that is so much more appropriate to beer than Jalepeno.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 2, 2004
So I thought that I had my pallette shot, but I guess I was wrong. This just was not too good. Golden in colour with thin white head. The nose is spicy and sour. The taste has this spicyness that is pretty cool. But It just does not do anything for me.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JUN 26, 2004
On tap. Actually enjoyed this one. The chili is not dominant like Cave Creek. Dark colored. The flavor is not really phenominal and then you hit the chipotle towards the end. Not overpowering but noticable. A good blend.

1.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JUN 14, 2004
bottled: this one the woman pulled off the shelf and said "can we try this" being the gentleman that i am i said "why of course honey"....boy was that a mistake. the bottle we had read chipotle ale. pours brown red with a loose tan head, smokey barbeque nose. not what you want in a beer. the flavor in the mouth was absolutely horrible, like an average amber with little flavor adding a huge dose of chipotles. this shit gave me a stomach ache it was so hot. tried to give a second and third try but ended up tossing it down the drain. ruined my palate for the next beer i drink. maybe you could use this stuff as salsa.....stay away from this at all cost and rogue stop making it!!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUN 7, 2004
Hmmmm, I didnít think they made this stuff anymore, maybe this is an old bottle. Still seems fresh, with some smokiness behind the unmistakable Rogue hoppy nose. A lighter ale, without much malt character to speak of. Hoppy throughout with just a hint of Chipotle in the aftertaste. I took a larger swallow and could feel some Scoville worthy heat in there. Just a tad bit better than the cave creek Chili beer, huh?

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Braudog (5489) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2006 Originally sampled as "Mexicali" and again later tried from the bottle ... same impressions. Dark amber beer. On the first couple sips I got just a hint of pepper, but not in a spicy way. Didnít sense the chipotle until it settled on the palatte, then thereís the vaguest sense of a peppery finish. Almost a smoky character instead (yes, chipotle is smoked jalapeno). It mellowed even more as I drank. Without the name, you might think this just an amber ale.


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