Rogue Chipolte Ale ( Newport, OR )

Chipotle Ale is based on Rogue's Oregon Golden Ale, but delicately spiced with smoked chipotle chile peppers. It as formerly named Mexicali Rogue. Chipotle Ale is created from Northwest Harrington, Klages, and Maier Munich Malts; Willamette and Cascade hops; and Smoked Jalapeno (Chipolte) Peppers. This is Philadelphia Inquirer food and drink critic Craig LaBan's assessment: "Cinco de Mayo is a prime time to celebrate the splendor of the chile pepper, and few things highlight its versatility as well as this unusual new Chipotle Ale from Oregon's Rogue Ales. With only a mild spice, it's not exactly hot sauce with fizz. Instead, the smoked chipotle jalapenos lend the amber ale a dusky depth that tastes more like a smoky German rauchbier with a Spanish accent."

Rogue Ales was founded in 1988 by Jack Joyce, Rob Strasser and Bob Woodell and the first Rogue brewpub was located in Ashland, Oregon and was a 10bbl brewsystem. A second brewpub, a 15bbl brewsystem, opened in Newport, Oregon in May 1989. Rogue eventually closed its Ashland operation after a great flood destroyed the place. In 1991, the 15bbl system from the Newport brewpub was transferred across the bay to the current brewery at and upgraded to a 30bbl system. In 1998 Rogue bought a 50bbl brewsystem and it is the only brewsystem now in use.

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