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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


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2005
22 oz bottle, bottle said Rogue Chipotle Ale. Another beer drunk at Lehigh University around 5 am, 5.07.05

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2005
22oz bottle, advertised as Chipotle Ale. Dark amber with a small white head. Smoky, malty aroma and flavor that I didnít care for. I had Mexicali Rogue about 8 or 9 years ago and it tasted nothing like this. Then it was more of a spicy, hoppy pale ale. This was more of a smoke beer which I donít like.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2006 Interesting smoky aroma. The flavor surprises by being mostly a smoked malt/caramel note. The jalapeno shows up mainly in the finish as a somewhat restrained burn on the back of the throat. Iíd like to try this with some ceviche and chips.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5552) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2005 From a bottle of Rogue Chipotle Ale: This is a tasty drink and not a gimmick as some other pepper beers that Iíve had have been. It pours a deep amber/copper boddy with a hefty, albeit short-lived, head. The aroma is of strong caramel malts and the slightest hint of smoke. The flavor is liked smoked caramel, if you can imagine that. The actual pepper flavor comes through near the finish, that of a sweet smokeyness. This would go great with a real Mexican meal.

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2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
aracauna (3146) - Georgia, USA - MAY 1, 2005
The beer came out a light brown with a decent head. Thereís a good amount of malt in the aroma, but the chipotleís arenít up front, in-your-face obvious. Instead, it creates a beer that is surprisingly subtle for a pepper beer. And while being better than the typical pepper beer, I still wonít be trying it again.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
QAWSBeerGuy (15) - Teaneck, New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2005
750 ml bottle - as Rogue Chipotle Ale - Poured light brown in color with a medium head that disapated quickly. Some moderate lacing. Aroma is clearly of chipotle pepper and spice. Ah. So THATíS what pepper beer tastes like. A little bit of malt on the second and third finish - taste buds needed a minute to recover from the pepper. Definitely a well made beer, like all their products. Not so sure if itís personally MY cup of tea, but itís defintely a good product.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shag (2638) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - APR 29, 2005
This one was certainly interesting. An amber colored beer. A big malty presence with some caramel notes. A nice jalapeno and salsa thing going on here. This would work well with some burritos. Not an everyday drinking beer for sure.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WabashMan (1014) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2005
I was told by a VERY reputable beer vendor that this was a great beer, and that I would need to cut the pepper heat with some hearty food. I have no idea what he was thinking. As a spice beer, this is really lacking, in that the spices really arenít too apparent or flavorful. However, it is a nice beer as a lager (with a LITTLE spice).

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2005
Rogue Chipotle Ale. Clear amber body with a small, filmy off-white head. Phenolic, smoky pepper aroma with fruity malt notes and a burnt plastic quality, particularly when cold. Chipotle is definitely the dominant flavor with prominent roasty, smoky properties, but there is no detectable heat. Plastic phenolic qualities dominate when cold. However, considerably more depth emerges as it warms. Some nice malt character develops and it takes on a smoother smoky quality. Medium-light body with some oilyness. This was really a tale of two beers. First impression at a cold temperature was not good at all and affirmed my view that jalapenos are the lowest variety of pepper. After fully warming to room temperature, much greater depth emerged and I started to enjoy the beer. Novel and worth trying and probably an acquired taste, but simply doesnít have the same appeal of a fine rauchbier or even a well-crafted chile beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - APR 27, 2005
Bottled as Chipotle Ale - 22oz. Mildly hazy darkish amber with a green hue (might have been some funky light source nearby) and a medium off-white head. Vivid aroma of spring flowers, malt, spice, white pepper & some other sweet component I couldnít put my finger on. Very interesting flavor - surprisingly well-balanced despite the chipotle heat. Malty, earthy and bitter and with a real kick. The flavor smoothed out as it went along and I found myself wanting more and more. The Oregon Golden Ale was evident and provided a clean background for this "exotic" brew. Finish was long and fairly dry. Iím assuming the relatively poor ratings relate mostly to the fact that this is an unusual tasting beer and maybe a bit too quirky for some. I really liked it and will look for more soon.


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