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RATINGS: 1097   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - MAY 28, 2004
On tap at the Rogue Ale House in SF. Not that bad for a chili beer. Though Iím sure Cave Creek owns it.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
MrBeerUSA (40) - HorseShoe, North Carolina, USA - MAY 27, 2004
Oh my god! Please tell me that was a joke. I should win something for having finished that bottle of sewage. Donít put yourself to the test, it could scare you away from driking ever again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2004
Bullshit. This is *not* the same brew as the "Chipotle Ale" Iím drinking now. Mexicali was subtle and quite good. This is down-right nasty. While Rogue *does* change labels for many brews (the Aquarium ones come to mind), it does *not* necessarily change them for everything, and this is a *prime* example of such. "Chipotle Ale" sucks. "Mexicali Rogue Ale" is pretty damn good. I havenít done a rating on Mexicali so Iím stuck with this one so Iím going to screw with the ratings and give this the equivilent of 4ís across the board. Again, "Chipotle Ale," unless youíre *really* into chipotle and spiced/herb bears, sucks ass. This is getting poured down the drain and would get 1ís across the board other than appearance and aroma. I fear people have unfairly raterd Mexicali because of the BS miscatigorization and Iím doing my best to make up for it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 24, 2004
Rogue Nation, San Francisco:Light brown and crystal clear with a thin white head. Cool roasted pepper smell. Intense roasted pepper flavor that blends with the hops and leaves a charred taste behind in your mouth. Very interesting. This would be great with spicy food.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - APR 23, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2005 #548 on my beerwall, I rated the Chipolte 12th anniversary edition, not mexicali, i donít know why they lumped them together cause the chipoltle was much more peppery, anyway, pours a nice amber with a little head. Nice spicy flavor with a bit of a smokey flavor. Great pepper flavor after, stays with you for a while. While not the strongest pepper beer ive had, much better than mexicali. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 21, 2004
UPDATED: APR 25, 2004 Bottle pours firey amber, small foamy off-white head, with active carbonation. † Slight aroma of hot peppers. † Up front I get a charred wood and ash flavor, not bad or overpowering, just unexpected. † As it settles you begin to get a burn in your mouth, slight pepper flavor. † As you finish the pepper begins to really emerge, your throat will begin to feel the burn like portlandrunk said. † Aftertaste lingers quite a while. † Good mouthfeel, seems well balanced and crisp.   Definitly puts a warm feeling in yer belly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 21, 2004
Rogue, of course, gives the best example of how to do a chili pepper beer right, if you have the balls to do it at all! First of all, it has to be an ale, something with sufficient flavor in itself to support the extra spicy chili taste, not one of those weak lagers with a pepper in the bottle (Crazy Ed, I'm talking to you!), and they use smoked chipotles, for an extra twist! Gotta love you, Rogue, and I rue the day I don't! Appearance: a dull orangish color, topped with a huge, frothy white head. Aroma: clean, but slightly spicy, with tiny hints of fruit, mellow, but still intriquing. Taste is mellow at first, but before long the flavors unfurl, and then it hits...and kicks...subtly at first, then flowering, and revealing a definite peppery character that soon dominates the palate with slow-arriving, but quickly conquering heat! Still tasty and fruity, as any decent ale should be, with that peppery tinge at the back of the palate and lingering in the base of the throat. Smokey peppery character really adds a unique dimension to this brew, and it deserves extra points for boldness and uniqueness alone! Yummy, delicious, and Hot, HotHot!!! Now it's taking over my head and creeping around other parts of the body, and it just gets hotter as we drink along...my damned head is flame, as the 22 0z. bottle is nearly emptied! Hot, hot, hot and getting hotter, man, it's time to call the Bucket Brigade!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 17, 2004
Amber color, medium head. Faint smell of......peppers. Malty up front. Pepper taste evident immediatly. Starts in the background, the accelerates. By the time you're swallowing, you'll feel a nice little burn on the back of your throat. Burns like the Old Market Pub pepper beer, but about a tenth as strong. On the real though, this make my forehead sweat. The aftertaste isn't going anywhere, guys. As this is my 6th peppered beer, I found this to be very well balanced if that is possible for a pepper beer. A decent concoction.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hotstuff (4092) - Indiana, USA - APR 2, 2004
Bottle. This beer formed a small sized white head with fine-small sized bubbles that quickly dissipated. The body was carbonated and transparent with a gold-orange hue. The aroma was malty, hoppy, sweet, spicy, fruity and some spicy notes. The taste was peppery and spicy. This was a medium bodied beer with very sparse lacing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - APR 1, 2004
Pretty much identical to the yellow snow pale ale. the only taste of the chilis was a tingle on the lips and in the belly and a sweetness at the end. otherwisea typical pale ale.

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