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RATINGS: 1131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
giarcsr (104) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 16, 2005
I like Rogue because they make a lot of beers and are willing to take chances. It is an attitude like that, that allows a beer like this to be released. It’s got a nice dark amber color, and the aroma is very interesting, it’s got a spiced smell to it that is mixed with a malty base. Flavor wise is were this beer is weak. It isn’t anything special and it has a very lingering spicy aftertaste that really isn’t too pleasant. I’m glad to see Rogue doing something intersting but I probably won’t be having this beer again for a while.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 15, 2005
22oz. Bottle. Now called Chipotle Ale. Clear dark copper with some head and lacing. Smoky with a chile aroma. Very strong chile and smoky flavor. Too much for me by itself. Good with red meat and chicken. I wil use the rest as a marinade .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 12, 2005
Pours amber-brown with small beige head. Malty aroma with a little spiciness. The heat hits you right up front on the first taste, but your taste buds must get acclimated to it by the bottom of the glass. I also was worried about trying this one after other horrendous and awful chili beers. This one was pretty nice though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4834) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2005
Peaty, malt aroma. Oaken amber beer, not much head, the painted label looks like a lot of trouble for the ugliness. I have to admit that I feared this beer, given the Cave Creek Chili Beer debacle, but I was pretty surprised at how drinkable it was. A mature flavor profile, like a peaty Scottish ale meeting some slow burn tamales. Generally dry, a little unpleasant bittering, woody, mildly tart. Slow, slow mild burn which dissipated if you nursed it. A little vacant sometimes in the finish. Overall, a good way to kill an hour doing a rating on a complex bomber.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 9, 2005
Big bottle. Thin head. Dark red-amber. Light aroma from the peppers. Completely different from Cave Creek. A light ale with a big pepper finish. A great example of a beer that needs more than a few ounces to rate. The first mouthful is bit of a shock. Additional sips bring out the beer qualities as well as the smoke flavour of the peppers. Not an everyday beer. Interesting and drinkable. Grows on you.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2005
22 oz bottle, bottle said Rogue Chipotle Ale. Another beer drunk at Lehigh University around 5 am, 5.07.05

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2005
22oz bottle, advertised as Chipotle Ale. Dark amber with a small white head. Smoky, malty aroma and flavor that I didn’t care for. I had Mexicali Rogue about 8 or 9 years ago and it tasted nothing like this. Then it was more of a spicy, hoppy pale ale. This was more of a smoke beer which I don’t like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2006 Interesting smoky aroma. The flavor surprises by being mostly a smoked malt/caramel note. The jalapeno shows up mainly in the finish as a somewhat restrained burn on the back of the throat. I’d like to try this with some ceviche and chips.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2005 From a bottle of Rogue Chipotle Ale: This is a tasty drink and not a gimmick as some other pepper beers that I’ve had have been. It pours a deep amber/copper boddy with a hefty, albeit short-lived, head. The aroma is of strong caramel malts and the slightest hint of smoke. The flavor is liked smoked caramel, if you can imagine that. The actual pepper flavor comes through near the finish, that of a sweet smokeyness. This would go great with a real Mexican meal.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
aracauna (3354) - Georgia, USA - MAY 1, 2005
The beer came out a light brown with a decent head. There’s a good amount of malt in the aroma, but the chipotle’s aren’t up front, in-your-face obvious. Instead, it creates a beer that is surprisingly subtle for a pepper beer. And while being better than the typical pepper beer, I still won’t be trying it again.

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