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RATINGS: 1126   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 10, 2005
22 oz bottle, purchased at work (City Market) today. Deep, fairly clear reddish-gold, small lasting off-white head....nose is more smoky than spicy, with lovely hints of bacon and smoked gouda, light chilis, and pipe tobacco...already itís the best chili beer Iíve had and it hasnít hit my lips, whereupon...initially moderately sweet and quite malty with hints of apple and cherry, the midpalate develops some fairly strong but never burning pepper spiciness, with that nice Cascade grapefruity citric quality showing hints and a slightly sweeter, woodier smokiness towards the finish....could use a slightly fuller body I feel, but this is nearly as good as Dieu du Cielís La Route des …pices, my standard-bearer for "hot" spicy beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pineypower (2737) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2005
Well, I finally broke down and had to try it. Pours out a reddish hued golden color with a very small head. The aroma is interesting and tell of peppers. The taste of the beer is strange, but somewhat enjoyable. Flavors go from smoke to malty to a slight touch of hop. Interesting brew to try, but do it again......donít really know

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 9, 2005
22 oz. with the old school Chipotle Ale bottle. This beer has a good golden color to it, and a nice malty aroma. The peppers are in the aroma, but definitely take a background role to the malt. The flavor is interesting. The smoked peppers are definitely there, in a subtle, supporting role, and there is a solid golden ale in front of them. Initially, I really enjoyed this beer, but about half a pint in, I found it undrinkable. An interesting experiment.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwyerpg (4874) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 8, 2005
Does it smell like red peppers? No. Look like em? Kinda. I have to say that I was approaching this with both excitement and trepidation. In reality, the peppers are quite noticeable, but nice. It has the highest degree of hotness I think you could put in a cold beer. A truly unique beer and certainly worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (11252) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2005
Clear copper-amber in color with a small offwhite head. Aromas of smoke, chilies, and malt. Starts smokey with chili right behind, finishs with a sweet malt backbone and a pleasent warmth from the chipotles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5572) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2005
Bottle at the Capital Ale House. Pours is copperish amber with a small whitish head. Nose is surprisingly smoky along with the peppery spices, mild hop backbone and light caramel. Taste is also smoky and very peppery but not overdone spices like Cave Creek Chili Beer. Rather smooth and pleasant spice to this with a light lingering hoppiness and some much desired caramel, and sweet malts. Very drinkable. Body is medium overall but does leave lots of spice and smoke on the palate. It went well with my pasta, at anyrate, due to the spicy sausage in the pasta. Finished with more peppery spices, light smoke, mild caramel, creamy malts and light hops. Pretty good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - JUN 3, 2005
Overall an interesting beer. Much differant the Cave Creek Chili Beer :) I wouldnít want this often but it is an interesting beer. A bit of smoke and jalepeno.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12124) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 3, 2005
(22oz bottle, labeled Chipotle Ale) Clear, dark amber body topped by medium beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, cookie, caramel, floral. Taste is medium sweet, cookie, some floral, caramel, light pine. The finish is light pepper that has almost no heat or buildup (this is an observation rather than a complaint). Light-medium body. Interesting reading other reviews -- some think it gets pretty hot, others not. Given my usual susceptabiltiy to pepper heat, I suspect that the amount of heat is not consistent among batches/bottles.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUN 1, 2005
Ruby-amber body, predominately made up of varying reds. Head is thin white, short-lived, and recedes to a fine crown. Smell is Northwest-coast hoppy, pine and fruit malt, slight coffee, and a hint of smoke. Taste is sweet fruit malt, piney hops and alcohol, very robust and bittering chocolate, then the unique roasted peppers. Taco burp. Very intruiging. Tongue gets plunged with citrus grapefruit and seltzer water. I really appreciate the novel ending

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
notalush (5360) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2005
Had this with dinner today - great beer to have with food - medium copper color, little to no head - herbal aroma with a hint of smoke - flavor is very smokey, kind of rauchbier-like, with a mild background malt presence - not really evident heat at first, but it gradually builds up and you really start to taste the peppers - the heat isnít much, but it is there - I continued to drink this after my meal, but for some reason I couldnít finish it without food - something about the beer canít stand on its own - make sure you have a plate of nachos handy when you try this one.

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