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RATINGS: 1106   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


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 22, 2005
This initially seemed like another gimmicky beer--chipotles in beer? But, since I love both chipotles and beer I thought Iíd give it a shot. It is very good. It has a great deep reddish gold color with a thin head. The aroma is mildly smokey. The flavor initially is very smokey and a bit metallic like a German rauchbier, but quickly fades into a subtle chipotle chilli spiciness with just the slightest hint of sweetness. A very interesting beer for fans of smoked ales, or chipotles, or both.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tejas (882) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2005
Bravo to Rogue for brewing an interesting beer but I think they went over the top with this one. Just too much smoke and chile flavor and not enough beer flavor. Aroma is also heavy on the chile side. Definitely not an everyday beer, especially in a bomber. I couldnít finish it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6353) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 19, 2005
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread), lightly hoppy (apricot), with notes of smoke, hint of pepper. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly burning, lightly alcoholic. Oddly, smells more like smoked malt than smoked peppers...the vegetal pepper smell is pretty minimal, and the residual burn is minor as well. As such, itís probably the best chile pepper beer Iíve had. Itís actually drinkable and damn near enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2005
Deep copper/light amber slight haze and slight head. Aroma is sweet caramel malt and a slight hint of hops and just in the back there is a slight smokey smell. Light crystal malt in the flavor, some citrus hops and a well balanced smooth smokey pepper finish. I liked this one a lot.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2005
Copper pour with medium white head. Aroma of malt, florals, slight peppers, hops, spices. Tastes malty, with hops and a DELICIOUS chili pepper sensation. This is how you make a hot pepper beer. The finish is spicy, floral, with solid chili pepper and hop presence. Unique and damned good. I salute Rogue for having the balls to make a beer like this. Like Sam Adams Boston Lager on steroids...with more pepper and less sweetness. I canít wait to order takeout Chiliís tomorrow and pair it with a few of these!

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
giarcsr (103) - 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. Itís got a nice dark amber color, and the aroma is very interesting, itís got a spiced smell to it that is mixed with a malty base. Flavor wise is were this beer is weak. It isnít anything special and it has a very lingering spicy aftertaste that really isnít too pleasant. Iím glad to see Rogue doing something intersting but I probably wonít be having this beer again for a while.

3.1
   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 .

3.3
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4376) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
presario (4709) - 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.


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