Rogue Chipotle Ale

I have to admit that I was a bit put off by the thought of beer that has been brewed with a chili that is commonly used in Mexican and Southwestern cooking. BUT, my wife picked up a 22 ounce bottle to try so I had to give it a go.

Poured into a pint glass, the brew formed a long lasting head. I really couldn’t taste the chipotle in this deep amber colored brew but I think that is a good thing. The beer is actually very pleasant and easy to drink and I think it would go great with just about any type of meal.

From the brewer:

Dedicated to Spanish author Juan de la Cueva, who, in 1575, wrote of a an dish that combined seedless chipotles with beer: Chipotle Ale is based on Rogue’s American Amber Ale, but delicately spiced with smoked jalapeno (chipotle) chile peppers. Deep amber in color with a tight head, rich malty aroma, delicately smooth and crisp flavor, and subtle chipotle chili finish. Chipotle Ale is created from Northwest Harrington, Klages, and Maier Munich Malts; Willamette and Cascade hops; and Chipolte (smoked jalapeno) Peppers.

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Appearance: Dark amber.

Aroma/Bouquet: Smell is sweet and malty and not as smoky as I expected.

Taste: The taste is similar to a brown ale or a pale ale that is subtlety hopped.

Alcohol Content: Unknown

IBU’s: 35

Company Website: http://www.rogue.com/brews.html

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