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Rogue Chipotle Ale Review: Looking for a Beer with a Little Smoky Heat?

Updated on March 25, 2012
Rogue Chipotle Ale
Rogue Chipotle Ale | Source

Rogue is an Oregon Brewery that has been brewing beer almost a quarter of a century. Their beers are available in all 50 states and internationally in 21 countries. John Maier has been the brewmaster at Rogue since 1988 and treats each brew he creates like a work of art. One of his recognized works is Rogue Chipotle Ale. Chipotle Ale has won Gold at the 2011 World Beer Championships and at the 2011 Mondiale de la Biere. It has also been awarded Silver at the 2010 Australian International Beer Awards and the 2010 World Beer Championships! This beer was evidently inspired by a Spanish Author/Poet named Juan de la Cueva who wrote about using chipotles in ales! What are these guys reading? They must be reading deep to find details like that! Attention to detail usually means good beer!

Chipotle Ale Ingredients
Chipotle Ale Ingredients | Source

Research

Hard facts on this fine beverage: Harrington, Klages, & Rogue Micro Barley Farm Dare Malts; Rogue Micro Hopyard Willamette Hops; Chipotle Peppers, Free Range Coastal Waters, & Pacman yeast

No chemicals, No preservatives or additives

12 Plato 82 AA 35 IBU 23L

FYI: Pacman yeast has nothing to do with the the little yellow ghost killing machine from the 80's video game or the boxer. It is Rogue's own proprietary yeast strain used in many different beer styles.

deep amber
deep amber | Source

Cool tumbler made from Upcycled bottles

Now the pour into the million dollar glass! Pouring from a couple inches above the rim produces a one and a half finger white head. The head diminishes fairly quickly but leaves some solid lacing along the top of the glass. The color is a beautiful deep amber.

The aroma is sweet, smoky, and malty. Very pleasant.

Rogue Chipotle Ale Label
Rogue Chipotle Ale Label | Source

Tasting

Now the most important part! What does the beer taste like? Moderate malt sweetness with a generous essence from the smoked jalapenos. Smoky with light hops bitterness after the swallow. There is also a little heat tingle on the aftertaste. The mouth feel is medium.

Musical Pairing Angus and Ale
Musical Pairing Angus and Ale | Source

Summary

If you are looking to spice your beer sampling selections up a little, give this a try. It is definitely different but very well done! Not a ridiculous amount of heat to me, but I come down on liking the spicier side of life. The chipotle with the beer is really played nicely and was very enjoyable. $5.99 for 22 ounces here in Ohio. I could see fans of Islay scotches enjoying the peaty and smoky characteristics of this ale. Good brew!

Musical Pairing - I know the obvious here is the Red Hot Chili Peppers but they are not called the Red Hot Chipotle Peppers, that would be stupid. Instead I am going with the masters of three chords and a cloud of smoked jalapeno rock! ACDC "Highway to Hell" Get it Hot. In the song Bon is movin' down the motorway, got a whole lot of booze! Maybe he was drinking a fine Australian Chipotle Ale? The beer did garner an award from the Australian International Beer Festival! Also please drink responsibly and do not consume alcohol while driving on the motorway. Bon Scott probably had a driver! Get it Hot, Get it Hot, alright!

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