TheBeerGod (5752) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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!
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - JUN 3, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Overall an interesting beer. Much differant the Cave Creek Chili Beer :) I wouldn’t want this often but it is an interesting beer. A bit of smoke and jalepeno.
argo0 (12636) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(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.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUN 1, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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
notalush (5560) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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 isn’t much, but it is there - I continued to drink this after my meal, but for some reason I couldn’t finish it without food - something about the beer can’t stand on its own - make sure you have a plate of nachos handy when you try this one.
ahole (38) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 28, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was one of the most spectacular appearance beers that I have ever had...This could be due to the fact that it was served in one of those vintage schlitz glasses with the light in the bottom(RAMERBOY01, again) The color was a beautiful volcanic sunset orange. Taste was good, the smoked chipotle was very evident. Light maltiness, little to no hop. There was pretty much no "hot bite" in my opinion, though, I drink habanero smoothies and p*ss tobasco, so it might really be there and I am just not getting it.
Reid (2175) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAY 28, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Served from a 22 oz bomber.
Quite a good looking beer,dark amber/brown, with a good sized tan head..that goes fast but good lacing is left .
Aroma is also quite nice mainlly malty( unusual for a Rogue) but with a good whiff of roasted pepper thrown in.
Tastet is rather surprising as it tastes at first like a malty pale ale..then the rather pleasant chipotle , smoky hotness comes through but does not overwhelm the beer.
Pretty nice in the mouth not too thin and quite good
Nice drinkable ale with a nice extra "kick" in the end.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very hazy ruddy red topped with a creamy dense 1/4" head. Smokey caramel malt and wet blanket aroma. Sweet upfront becoming tart and snappy with a long smokey finish. A little citrus in the background. Interesting combination of flavors and a dry finish make for an ale that you want to keep trying. Has some heat that creeps up on you. Well balanced in my book but how much of this stuff can they sell?
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 27, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I would call this more of a "smoked beer junior" than a chii beer. up front, the smokiness is all right, but the finish is dry & flat. it’s a mediocre beer
frankenkitty (1986) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rating for a.k.a. Rogue Chipotle Ale
Hazy reddish/copper with a quick, creamy, tan head. Fully malted aroma, caramel and roast with a latent smokiness emerging in time. Flavor starts bitter, moving to chewy malts and ending with a hearty smoked flavor. The problem is in the finish, which is dry yet flat, sour and lingering... and, in my case, brought about heartburn.
Just as an aside, Rogue has GOT to stop their marketing scheme of renaming their beers. They’re like a bratty little kid who cheats at hide-and-go-seek by leaving their original hiding spot in favor of a place you’ve already looked. Effective for them, but it really pisses you off.
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