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RATINGS: 1138   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
szkot (100) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2005
Pours a medium amber with an off-white head. Has a malty nose with a bit of smoke. Flavor is lightly smoked with a bit of heat in the aftertaste. I like this beer very much. Perfect match for barbecue, or lightly spiced food.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2005
22oz Bottle: Deep near-clear amber, almost brown if looked at from the right angle, with a small frothy beige head that quickly fades. The aroma has candy-covered nuts, caramel, hazelnuts, and hints of smoky chipotle pepper, earthy malt, earthy roasted pepper, and eucalyptus. When swirled it releases very subtle hints of citrus & plant leaf hops. If served very cold, you’ll smell a bit of lemony-raw pepper. Taste is much more subtle than I expected after trying a few other hot pepper beers. There’s a hint of smoked chipotle peppers up front, moderately bitter, followed by just a tiny bit of heat detected on the sides of the tongue (though in truth it’s barely enough to detect), some roasted chocolate, caramel, light honey, tree bark, and a bit of citrus/earthy hops (though they’re hidden in the background and you really have to work to find them). Finishes with a little bit of heat in the throat and mouth, giving off flavors of smoked chipotle. Light to medium bodied, thin & slightly watery mouthfeel, moderate carbonation levels. Masterfully crafted beer, highlighting the smoked chipotle taste without letting the heat get out of hand and striking a great balance of flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 16, 2005
Chipotle Ale: Pecan-orange & clear colored topped with frothy suds that halo. Caramel & candied nuts in the aroma alongside dried fruit, hazelnut, and cream with a subtle underlying peaty smoke and a pinch of sugarcane. Bitterness and palatable smoke flavors greet the tongue...these ride the semi-thin body caping off in tangy smoke. Notes of hazelnuts, caramel, and menthol-like bitterness which I gather is the capsicum from the chipotles..the heat here sneaks up on you and heats up your throat rather than your mouth. All in all, an interesting concoction, but too thin of a palate for the potentially interesting flavors that this hints of.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wintersdying (49) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 16, 2005
Chiptole Ale. at first, i coudl taste no hint of chiptole. later it came through stronger... a nice beer, but nothing i’d want to drink everyday... left a somewhat spicy feeling in my stomach, like i just ate a spoonful of salsa. the effect wasn’t bad... but i was really expecting more... the first few drinks the flavor wasn’t there... and when it came through.. i had kinda already made up my mind. interesting and worth trying...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDalkoholic (2331) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUN 14, 2005
Thin covering of head across a ugly brownish orange liquid. Very murky and not easily seen through, but i think this is an interesting beer to gaze upon. In the nose a notice of caramel malt with a aroma of the chipotle right behind it. I was a little worried at first if this would be a beer like the other chili beers made with jalapeno, but i trusted Rogue wouldn’t dissapoint me and boy was i right. Found the flavor to be a easy going usage of smoked chipotle pepper without a spicy hotness and thats maybe because there’s no seeds involved. Also has a small honey or caramel background and bitter hop profile while leaving a reminder of the firey fruit in my stomach by turning it upside. I’m a bit suprised why people rate this so low when it ’s one of the most unique beers i’ve personally tried. I could imagine this would be a excellent beer if eating any Mexican food as long as no hot sauce was used.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 14, 2005
Bomber. Labeled Chipotle Ale (my favorite chile). Pours a deep reddish/copperish amber with a small white head. Aroma is malty sweet with some citrussy/earthy hop notes. No chile in the nose. Flavor is of a sweet caramel/toffee malt profile with very subtle smokey/woody chile undertones (less than I would have prefered). A dry spiciness finishes the beer. More citrussy/grassy/earthy hops come through in the flavor as well with some moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is full and smooth (when has Rogue ever made a thin beer). Great beer though I would have liked more chile flavor though the base beer was exceptional (probably the American Amber).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2005
Chipotle Ale, 22 oz bottle. Golden red color, small head, malty and spicy nose. Taste is malty and dry with not much pepper spice, smokey finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lizzy (44) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 13, 2005
Pours a dark burnt orange with thin white head. Aroma is wonderful. Floral, sweet, smoky, caramel, and malty. Flavor is similar, and a bit sour, but in a good way. Not at all spicy, and I am very sensitive to spicy food. Overall I enjoyed it, but the aroma is what really got me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sethdude (706) - 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.

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