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RATINGS: 1069   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 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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 3, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2005 Had this in college as Mexicali, but most recently as Chipotle. This is a very interesting concoction, and not bad for what it is. The pepper is noticeable, but not so profane that you want to wash its mouth out with soap. The hops/malt combo suppresses the grito of the peppers just enough, relegating it to a slight tinge on the back of the throat. Nice smokiness to the flavor that doesn’t overpower. Thanks to Bierbauch for reaquainting me with this very tasty brew.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 19, 2004
tap at sunset grill... whoa... you gotta love that they served this with a slice of jalepeno... one word for aroma and flavor... SPICEY... went perfectly with the taco buffet!

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fly (1394) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - SEP 13, 2004
Chinga mi lengua! My marks would be far lower, except I know there’s a decent beer in there..... Just had this to satisfy curiosity as I’m really no fan of chilis in beer. As I see it I like them both - separately.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
motelpogo (6131) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 11, 2004
on tap in newport. not bad, the chipotle added some nice smokiness to the aroma, quite mild, i would have liked a little more heat but still quite pleasant

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (3863) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 30, 2004
2004 draught at Sunset Grille. Pours a bright yellow-gold, small white head, mostly clear appearance. Aroma has hints of light malt sweetness and a touch of bitter hops. Flavor begins quite light, it starts out tasting just like a basic golden/blonde ale (light grains, hints of honey sweetness, light body) but then towards the finish, all of the sudden your mouth starts to get very peppery and the spices are felt. The jalapeno (smoked chipotles) is huge and invigorating on the finish. At first I wasnt a fan, but by the end, I just loved the flavor at the end. I found myself wanting more, later in the night. When you’re in the mood for it, this one is immensely enjoyable. To be constructive, the flavor, other than the jalapeno finish, is fairly thin, even for a golden ale.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - AUG 28, 2004
Clear amber with a thick diminishing rocky light brown head. Aroma of bread, smoke, pepper, citrus, and toffee. Medium watery body with lively carbonation. Earthy flavor of smoke - lots of it, bread, pepper, toffee and citrus. It is odd, and I don’t find it to be very appealing. Definitely a beer that I could enjoy at the right time, but now turned out not to be one of those times. A little heat, not a lot. Seems to be well made, just not my thing. Decent.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Silphium (3158) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2004
Hazy, cloudy orange body, medium cream-colored head. Soapy, biscuity, grassy aroma. Flavor is largely dominated by yeast flavors, with crackers, biscuit, grass and spices with pepper notes especially evident in the nose, back of the tongue, and eventually the chest. The pepper flavor isn’t overdone, but there is no real benefit to drinking much of this beer. I’m not a big fan...Rogue’s "light" beers are just too similar.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
0o9i (438) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 13, 2004
Bottled as Chipotle Ale. Copper liquid, clear, with an off-white towards yellow head and few spots of lacing. Aroma is dominated by smoked chipotle and careful examination reveals caramel malts and dough. Light bodied, semi-silky carbonation, light carbonation, well lasting, finish is little watery, little dry. Lightly sweet front, dry carbonation and smoke, some pepper and a spicy finish that gets the back of my throat and nothing else...grrr, bitter finish where you can actually taste peppers, some smoke. A simple ale, sweet and hot, great job on the bubbles even though it doesn’t really lace, nice biting finish--I enjoy the finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2004
I drank Rogue Chipotle Ale. I think this beer is actually a little different than the Mexicali but I need to do a side-by-side to prove that. Yes this beer is a bit hot & spicy but it’s delicious! It is reddish-brown with a medium-sized head. It smells spicy and malty. There is a nice smoky flavor going along with the spiciness. The hops still come through! As it warmed, it definitely stings your tongue a bit more. Great beer (I do like pepper beers though).

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2004
Dark gold color with mellow old ale aroma. I was expecting a chili beer taste to this and happily I didn’t get it. The roasted chipolte flavor blends right in with a crisp ale that doesn’t try to be too sweet. Unique? hell yeah. Drinkable? Hell yeah !!!


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