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RATINGS: 1130   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sethdude (705) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 13, 2005
This is right up my alley. I am a man with a passion for peppers, and until this beer, there was only Cave Creek in my neighborhood. This is a pepper-lovers dream beverage. Pours a hazy amber color with a slight red tint. Aroma is smokey and caramely. Flavor is smooth and balanced. Toffee, caramel, slight hops, a little woodiness, and those wonderful smoked peppers. This beer is not spicy at all, but the flavor is great. Bottoms up!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - JUN 13, 2005
What the f**k was I thinking when I bought this? The reddish-bronze appearance is very nice andhold a solid ring of foam. Aroma is sweet chipotle chilli and almost nothing else. Taste is like an amber with chipotle chilli. They should really stop making this or they could liable for someone gagging to death. An experiment gone bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jasonp (1559) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2005 Clear red with an off-white head. Aroma of caramel and some faint smokiness. Flavor has notes of caramel and toffee at first then comes smoke, some floral hops and only a slight bit of peppery-ness. Not as much chipotle as I was expecting, kind of subdued. Moderate sweetness and bitterness. Medium body, smooth texture and medium carbonation. No lacing or head retention. OK.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
valejo (81) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 12, 2005
Fun beer. The taste is interesting. Unfortunately, it’s not a very drinkable beer. Maybe some other people will have more patience with peppers in a bottle?

   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 it’s the best chili beer I’ve had and it hasn’t 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 Ciel’s La Route des Épices, my standard-bearer for "hot" spicy beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pineypower (2833) - Ocean County, 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......don’t 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 (4918) - 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 (11760) - 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 (5686) - 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!

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