In yet another episode of my conflicted relationship with Rogue, we have the case of Rogue Farms Chipotle Ale. In my mind, Chipotle means smokey and slightly spicy. Now I’ve had my share of chile beers that range from just right to 3 sips and I nearly vomited (that was a ghost pepper beer). I’m also quite a fan of smoked/rauch beers. So this beer was very exciting to me on the surface.
Once again, I’m left perplexed by the results. This is a good beer. Rich, amber, and full of character… Except it’s barely smokey and I really couldn’t detect any hint of spice.
Is it possible that too many craft beers are clobbering us with flavor and the art of subtlety has been lost? Possibly. But I maintain that the definition of Chipotle is smokey and spicy. In that sense, this beer disappoints me. 3.5 out of 5. a good beer. Just not a good chipotle beer.