HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 29, 2005
Oodles of caramel and cardboard flavors lead me to believe that this beer is over the hill. As a little time passes the oxidized flavors start to fade. The smokiness comes on strong during the finish with a touch of hot spice. I could have taken a beer with less smoke and more kick. erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 25, 2005
Pours a deep amber with a loose white head. Aroma is of caramel malts and a slight hint of peppery acidity. Flavor is med. smoky with a caramelly sweetness and a fair amount of oxidation. The body is med. The finish is lightly bitter and a bit spicy. Good but not great. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 24, 2005
Pour was an almost clear copper/amber with little head. Nose picked up mostly pepper, but there were some sweet malts, smoky bacon, and Rogue hoppiness in there too. Mouthfeel was light, oily, and quite watery. Smoke, caramel and Cascade hops provided much of the flavor up front. The chipotle provided a lingering spiciness on the nice and crisp finish. This was fairly good for what it is, but I don’t see it finding another place in my fridge anytime soon... just not my style. adrian910ss (2575) - Doylestown, PA, USA - JUL 22, 2005
22 oz bomber (Chipotle Ale). Pours a medium copperish color with a small white head. Smells of spicy vegetables, primarily peppers. Taste is quite different than your normal beer. Almost has that spicy Doritos taste to it. Different ia the best way to describe this beer. kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2005
22 oz bomber: Medium copper amber w/ a lasting cream colored head. Smokey and slighlty rubbery aroma at first. Only hints of chipotle pepper as it warms, but become stronger as it goes. Caramel as it really warms & a bit of toasty malt. Well balanced and chipotel pepper flavor is pronounced, but restrained and does not dominate the flavor. Caramel up front with the pepper flavor fading into the back ground and finish as it goes down. Light fruitiness mid palate. Aftertaste is slightly spicy, literally, and lightly bitter w/ a smokey, chipotle flavor. Higher medium carbonation, smooth, w/a very light "heat" from peppers, and crisp w/ a lighter medium body. Wow, this might be one of the only SHV beers I like and could drink more than one of! Well balanced, and would go fantastically with anything smokey or spicy.
badgerben (5180) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2005
Dark copper color with no head. Smoky aroma and taste, much as you would expect. A mild malt base with a very small bit of spice is the only other taste I found. A subdued spice beer. MrBunn (2826) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2005
This is totally different from anything else I’ve had. The aroma is hard to pin down: smokey chipotle flavor makes it very difficult to pick up any of the other scents, they’re there, but buried. Appearance is pretty good... nice dark red/brown. Other than that, chipotle dominates flavor... it works pretty well, if you are a chipotle fan. If not, try something else, this one’s not for you... Zeswaft (1773) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2005
Holy god of death, this is the worst beer on the face of the planet. It’s the first time I’ve ever been unable to finish a beer. I wanted to vomit while drinking it. NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 9, 2005
UPDATED: APR 1, 2008 Smokey aroma that also smells a little dirty. Light brownish red color. Little head. Watery burnt rubber. The only way I can describe it is to say that it probably wasn’t a great beer to start with and the chipotle was just throwing heat on a beer that wasn’t all that interesting to begin with. Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 7, 2005
Bottled under "Rogue Chipotle Ale". Initial taste is smoke and light, but crisp, hops. A subtle hot pepper taste builds in the back of the throat halfway through, continuing to build in the aftertaste. Aftertaste is even more smokey, more like charcoal, and the hops turn dry and piney. This smoldering combination of tastes reminds me of a barbeque. More citrus in the hop taste would have been great.