leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 23, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted the version of this beer labelled Chipotle Ale. Dark amber in color. The aroma is a touch of smokiness and peppers. Light to medium bodied with flavors of malt and smoke that quickly turn into a gentle spiciness and peppers. A different sort of beer that could take some getting used to. A good attempt from Rogue.
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAY 22, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bottle - labelled Chipotle Ale. Red amber colour with a mostly diminishing frothy tan head. Earthy, lightly smoky and spicy aroma. Caramel and earthy flavours with a lightly smoky and spicy finish. Light bodied, fizzy but refreshing. Much more subtle than Garrison Jalapeno, actually drinkable moreso than gimmicky or good just for cooking.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 22, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This initially seemed like another gimmicky beer--chipotles in beer? But, since I love both chipotles and beer I thought Iíd give it a shot. It is very good. It has a great deep reddish gold color with a thin head. The aroma is mildly smokey. The flavor initially is very smokey and a bit metallic like a German rauchbier, but quickly fades into a subtle chipotle chilli spiciness with just the slightest hint of sweetness. A very interesting beer for fans of smoked ales, or chipotles, or both.
Tejas (931) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bravo to Rogue for brewing an interesting beer but I think they went over the top with this one. Just too much smoke and chile flavor and not enough beer flavor. Aroma is also heavy on the chile side. Definitely not an everyday beer, especially in a bomber. I couldnít finish it.
Ernest (6749) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 19, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark amber.
Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread), lightly hoppy (apricot), with notes of smoke, hint of pepper.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly burning, lightly alcoholic.
Oddly, smells more like smoked malt than smoked peppers...the vegetal pepper smell is pretty minimal, and the residual burn is minor as well. As such, itís probably the best chile pepper beer Iíve had. Itís actually drinkable and damn near enjoyable.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep copper/light amber slight haze and slight head. Aroma is sweet caramel malt and a slight hint of hops and just in the back there is a slight smokey smell. Light crystal malt in the flavor, some citrus hops and a well balanced smooth smokey pepper finish. I liked this one a lot.
DocLock (8597) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper pour with medium white head. Aroma of malt, florals, slight peppers, hops, spices. Tastes malty, with hops and a DELICIOUS chili pepper sensation. This is how you make a hot pepper beer. The finish is spicy, floral, with solid chili pepper and hop presence. Unique and damned good. I salute Rogue for having the balls to make a beer like this. Like Sam Adams Boston Lager on steroids...with more pepper and less sweetness. I canít wait to order takeout Chiliís tomorrow and pair it with a few of these!
giarcsr (104) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 16, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I like Rogue because they make a lot of beers and are willing to take chances. It is an attitude like that, that allows a beer like this to be released. Itís got a nice dark amber color, and the aroma is very interesting, itís got a spiced smell to it that is mixed with a malty base. Flavor wise is were this beer is weak. It isnít anything special and it has a very lingering spicy aftertaste that really isnít too pleasant. Iím glad to see Rogue doing something intersting but I probably wonít be having this beer again for a while.
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 15, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz. Bottle. Now called Chipotle Ale. Clear dark copper with some head and lacing. Smoky with a chile aroma. Very strong chile and smoky flavor. Too much for me by itself. Good with red meat and chicken. I wil use the rest as a marinade .
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 12, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours amber-brown with small beige head. Malty aroma with a little spiciness. The heat hits you right up front on the first taste, but your taste buds must get acclimated to it by the bottom of the glass. I also was worried about trying this one after other horrendous and awful chili beers. This one was pretty nice though.