jasonbeer (2) - Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2010 does not count
I had this for the first time a few years ago while on vacation at the Portland Public House. I was very pleased. I’ve bought many at work, and I’m still pleased every time I have one. Out of the bottle, the initial flavor is pretty standard malty ale. It takes a few sips to get the chipotle flavor to expand in said bottle. Once the chipotle Kraken is relased, this beer smells and tastes like awesome. It’s not a super spicey pow!, but there’s definitely a friendly kick. Get one! mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - OCT 2, 2011
The name is very misleading. First of all this beer has no hot spicy flavor to it. Even though they added chipotle peppers to it the heat is not apparent. The smokiness is. To sum it up. It tastes like a richer fuller Dead Guy Ale with a slight smokey element. I wish they would do an imperial version of this. Excellent! HeadieNugget (30) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2006
i love this ale! alot of ppl i know refuse to try a beer because its brewed with peppers....thats ludicris!! lots of ppl are afraid of flavor.this ale has an extreamly calm bite from the chipotle peppers but just enough to tell u its there.the color of it is amazing with this brilliant red color and full head.defintly something to try. Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - DEC 20, 2012
It pours a light amber and gives the same color body. A really nice looking foamy lumpy white one inch head appears and lasts for a good three minutes before gently dieing into the body. Some spotty lacing is left. The smell has the jalapeno peppers powerfully up front, malts only come in after a half an hour of warming up. The taste is the same adding a very nice dry smokey aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium and sharp on the tongue, possibly because of the peppers that were added. A nice "hot" feel rushes over my tongue after about five minutes of having a couple sips of this, interesting. Overall, this is good for me and good for its style. AtronSeige (1538) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - FEB 3, 2015
Aroma: Rich, malty. Medium-light peppers/chipotle, caramel.
Appearance: Clear amber body. Small, off-white head. Good retention, lacing.
Flavour: Medium smokey, peppers. Light toasty, caramel. Medium bitterness, medium sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Very good! The chipotle is the main actor, but it never overpowers the base beer.
650 ml bottle, poured.
21A. Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer
8C. Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale)
Suttree (6392) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 8, 2002
I’m surprised that more brewers haven’t experimented with savory flavors in beer. Cave Creek has their nasty chili beer, and I beleive Pike has made a beer with Oregano, and is all, I think. Good with spicy food. Hop_Hedonist (598) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 30, 2013
Lovely ale - fruity with a slightly peppery finish - light bodied so easy to quaff - beautiful hops on a less malty but balanced spine - no chilli hit but so what... Just slides down soooo well. JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2003
This beer is overly maligned on this site. Beautiful appearance with a fine hop aroma and flavor. Finish is a tasty of roasted, spicy peppers. A very light ale, but unique enough to enjoy for awhile. Fairly tasty. njklebs (9) - USA - JAN 2, 2006 does not count
The magic is that the beer does not taste "flavored" by the chipotle pepper, but infused into its character. At first you taste a beer that reminds you of smoke and heat, but as your pallete warms up to the unique beer you start to distinctly taste and smell the chipotle pepper. I was very happy with the Chipotle Ale. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2006
A mold of clouded copper. Small, unlasting cap of big bubbly froth. Light lacing with some strings and tiny spots.
Aroma is lovely with a huge smokey malt and roasted pepper waft.
Round and spicy, smokey and resonating. Nice!
Taste is just as nice with moderate malts giving weight to the smokey ridge in which it rides. Fun lingering finish with the smokey leftovers and grab of roasted pepper spice. It wavers on the palate for good length with smokey pepperness. Quite nice. Never over the top with its spice, but definately present.
Feel is a sturdy medium body with a malty centered middle and one fun finish with the smokey spices and lightly textured dryness.
A drinkable, fun brew to behold if in the mood for something out of the ordinary. Perfectly spiced and smokey for this Northern boys’ buds