When I purchased this bottle, I really had high hopes. Like I've said before, Rogue makes some great beer so I was expecting this to not disappoint. I had heard of chipotle and other pepper, or chile/hot beer in the past, but had yet to try one.
Rogue's Chipotle Ale pours a hazy, amber red. It actually smells quite good: moderate malts, some pepper notes, and hints of holiday spices. Too bad it didn't taste as good as it smelled. The taste was very, well, lackluster. It had a mild maltiness, no discernible hops, and only a vague chipotle taste, which was presence mostly in the form of an odd bitter aftertaste. If I had not known this was a chipotle ale, I probably wouldn't have guessed it. Minus the weird ending bitterness, it's really quite an average ale. Perhaps I had my hopes too high and expected upfront, in-your-face chipotle flavor with lingering cayenne-like heat. That's too bad, because it had lots of potential, and from Rogue I was expecting more. Maybe they will make an amped up version sometime; now that would likely be worth drinking. For now I must search out a better chile/hot beer...
Drink This: if you want to waste some money on a beer you think is going to be flavorful. Personally, I'd rather drink Rogue's Dead Guy Ale any day, even though that is still quite average by my standards.
Don't Drink This: if like me, you are hoping for a peppery, spicy, flavorful brew.