DeanF (1621) - Nunavut, CANADA - JUN 14, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Ooh, ales brewed with chili peppers. Iíve had only a handful in my time, and pretty much all of them have turned out to be total disasters. Yet hereís Rogue, a pretty well-known craft brewer, taking a stab at the style. It pours with minimal head and an amber-copper body, like a brewhouse IPA. The aroma is an odd mix of caramel, malt, and tortilla salsa. Did someone drop a quesadilla into my beer? Did I somehow wander into a Mexican restaurant with a beer? The flavour comes off as close to a smoked ale - the pepper is there, and itís balanced enough to work with the malts and hops to pull off a shoe-leather kind of flavour. This is better than I expected, but the palate is sadly too watery. Iíll finish this bottle, as I almost always do with bombers, but I wouldnít buy it again.
ScoWRee (356) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2013
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a golden brownish color with a thick yam foamy head. Not much an aroma. Taste is hoppy, slight bite. A hint of hear in your throat. Not much happening here.
Slubgob (141) - West Hartford, USA - JUN 7, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap into mug. Burnt orange scant head. Touch of smoke on nose? Thin in the mouth, maybe itís too cold. Cassie sense of an ale, not getting chipotle. Maybe a bit of funky earth notes on the early finish? A bit of an astringent finish could be hoops could be adobo. Uninspired and surprisingly nondescript.
Sperine (283) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2013
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
On tap at Rogue Public House in San Francisco, CA. After the amazing Jalepeño Sculpin, I figured this could be great as well. So, so wrong. So, so gross.
DiarmaidBHK (3062) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from world market sterling. Pours amber with a half an inch of white head. Not much on the nose. A little bit of malt on the tongue. Has a bit of heat to keep things a little more exciting. Otherwise just a boring amber ale.
Ed5388 (1260) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 31, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bomber. Pours an amber/reddish color with a very small white head. Aroma has a smokiness upfront and slightly peppery. Taste has a slight burn with huge flavor of smoke, bready malts, and fruity hops.
jmlynchaz (11) - Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smoky chipotle flavor up front. No pepper heat though. Weirdly smells like juniper ale.
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otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Garnets and ambers under a soft white head which lingers thick and tight, moving for no one. Swirls creamy and thick but no lace.
Roasted chilies in the back Ė charred sweetness, meaty, then spicy. Sweet toasted grains and honey kissed all grain bread mixes well with the roasted chilies. Stewed and spiced apples and peaches play second fiddle to the chilies.
Much lighter than expected based on the nose. Gentle sweetness and spice up front Ė charred red and green chilies. All grain toast and crackers underneath. Hint of toasted oats. The stewed and spiced peaches and apples are nowhere to be found as the chilies dominate.
It smelled quite promising but unfortunately didnít live up to that promise. The chilies were spot on, but the body was missing needed malt flavor characteristics such as the all grain breads, honey sweetness, and fruits. Once again, itís back to the drawing boards for Rogue Ales.
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marshal_zhukov (3) - Tallahassee, USA - MAY 28, 2013 does not count
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a translucent golden brown from bottle. Fluffy tan cream head that dissipates. Light lacing. Aroma is of smoked peppers and earthy malts. Starts off bland with a nice heat kick at the end.
jbruner (1726) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a slightly hazy golden brown from the bottle with fluffy cream head that dissipates to leave light lacing. Aroma is slight smokiness, metallic spiciness and earthy malts. Taste is kind of like a bland earthy pale ale that comes in with a kick off spice on the back end. A little thin, was honestly expecting more, but I guess the spice isnít too crazy or overpowering.