presario (4817) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 9, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Big bottle. Thin head. Dark red-amber. Light aroma from the peppers. Completely different from Cave Creek. A light ale with a big pepper finish. A great example of a beer that needs more than a few ounces to rate. The first mouthful is bit of a shock. Additional sips bring out the beer qualities as well as the smoke flavour of the peppers. Not an everyday beer. Interesting and drinkable. Grows on you.
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle, bottle said Rogue Chipotle Ale.
Another beer drunk at Lehigh University around 5 am, 5.07.05
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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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aracauna (3191) - Georgia, USA - MAY 1, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
QAWSBeerGuy (15) - Teaneck, New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Shag (2655) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - APR 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
WabashMan (1017) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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).
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.