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Rogue Chipotle Ale


I’m glad I was able to get a bottle of this beer. I just brewed a chipotle stout, and I wanted to see how the flavor came through in this beer. This beer features 2-row, Rogue Dare and Risk malts with Rogue Revolution and Rebel hops, and of course chipotle peppers. It’s basically an amber ale base.

Chili Beer. 5.5% ABV. 35 IBUs. Oregon.

Dark amber color with a bit of a head when poured, but relaxes back down to nearly nothing.

There’s really only a hint of chipotle on the nose, with mostly malt coming through.

Mouthfeel is medium with a medium carbonation. It’s easy to mistake some of the chipotle heat for spritzy carbonation.

The first thing that hits the palate is the slighty grainy malt profile, but the chipotle smokey-ness comes in right after, filling the mid-palate. The flavor is hardly overwhelming, and then transitions to a grainy backend with just a tiny bit of heat. Long apricot and grain finish.

I’m pretty disappointed with this one. I absolutely love that chipotle flavor, but it falls short. I suppose it’s a good thing that it’s not over-the-top, but it just leaves you with a very forgettable beer. 85 points.

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