XS Imperial India Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

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XS Imperial India Pale AleXS Imperial India Pale Ale

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1,208 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,208
Reviews: 764
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 95
Gots: 58 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2001

Alias: "I2PA"

6 Ingredients:
Malts: Two-row Pipkin Pale.
Hops: Saaz, Cascade & Northwest Golding.
Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

74 IBU
75 AA
13º Lovibond
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Ratings: 1,208 | Reviews: 764
Photo of mendvicdog
2.77/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

stale harsh bread. way too sweet and malty.

Photo of Beer_Loving_Brandon
4.87/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent beer.

***This review will not follow the uber-technical, over-complicated review format that you are used to seeing.

Tastes incredible. If you like IPAs you will love this beer. No bite at all. Very smooth. That is out of the ordinary for a stronger IPA. If I had to compare it to something, I could not do so. I cannot think of another IPA, Imperial or otherwise, that is this smooth.

It hides the higher ABV well. Does not come across as having 9.5% ABV at all. I will certainly be looking for this beer again.

It is priced a little steep, but it is a "more for more" transaction - meaning it is worth the extra money.

Photo of CJNAPS
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was a great IPA, a little on the high end for cost but I would buy again for sure

Photo of JooJooEyeballs
4.86/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I wish this beer wasn't so expensive (perhaps cheaper bottling process would reduce the price) because I would drink it more often. Order it if you ever find it on draft.

Photo of FLima
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy amber color with a one finger bordering thick head with low to medium retention. No floating particles.
Nice, but light aroma of toasted and caramel malts, pine, tangerine and grapefruit. Not extraordinary, but not sure how old it is once it was bought in the US.
Nevertheless, its flavor is boldly hoppy with notes of grapefruit, pine, spices, tea leaves, dank herbal, floral and earthy hops, Rogue yeast, nectarines, wood and slightly toasted malts. Lots of bittering hops should have contributed to its 95 IBUs. Quite dry aftertaste with a long lasting, but not harsh bitterness.
Medium bordering full body with low carbonation. Alcohol of 9.5% abv is incredibly well hidden.
Nice DIPA, which is not overly sweet, boldly hoppy (95 IBUs) but still not aggressive. Flavor is quite pleasant with a good hop complexity (but without much depth) and nice balance. I easily drank the 750ml bottle, but carbonation could have been a tad stronger.
I would like to try it very fresh.

Photo of stouts4me
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a growler on the way out of Portland, bring it on the plane !

Light orange, clear IPA. Nice 1/2 inch white foamy head poured into my 10 barrel medium side snifter.

Mild bite from the IPA, nice mild grapefruit, hoppy flavor, very pleasant to drunk, even though it is over 9 %.

Mouthfeel seems 'bout right, a little malty goodness when you 'foam' it up in your mouth.

I would drink this every time at the airport, a nice find there , will probably add it in the cart now, from time to time. Drink it !

Photo of Paincane
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Opaque copper color with off-white head and excellent lacing.
S: Bread floral, citrus and pine aromas.
T: Balances nicely between biscuity malt flavors and piney hop notes.
M: Clean and refreshing big brew with dry finish.
O: Big flavorful Imperial IPA that is well-balanced.

Photo of MartzMimic
3.13/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours the color of a torched penny. The white head leaves quickly. A fair amount of lacing. It smells of malt, bread and caramel. Those all carry over to the taste, but are overwhelmed by tree sap. The hops add a lot of lingering bitterness. Medium, oily mouth. This is a pretty complex beer and I can see why many like it, but the malts are too predominant for me.

Photo of BWED
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml ceramic bottle poured into a Rogue tumbler

A- Dark orange-brown, with haziness. Creamy off white head has good retention. Some lacing.

S- Biscuit and caramel background. Earthy and citrusy hop notes.

T- Grapefruit rind. Biscuit and caramel hold up from the nose.

M- Medium body. Pretty easy to drink for such a big beer. Bitter finish, of course.

O- This is good, but a lot of dull bitter hop character. I'm more of a juicy, citrusy kinda guy.

Photo of Edward-Nipplebrew
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A Valentines present in a re-sealable mini-growler. High alcohol content at 9.5% and that's a bit too strong for me, but it's tasty and I'd rate it as a solid IPA. I'd certainly get one on tap if I saw it again, but I'd probably not buy a case. Very enjoyable though. JH

Photo of mooseo
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into tulip.

A - Hazy orange brown with a large frothy white head.

S - Tropical fruit, earthy, pine needle, caramel malt.

T - Citrus, spicy hops up front. There is a strong sweet caramel malt backbone. Finishes somewhat bitter with grapefruit, bready malt and grain. Slight alcohol bite.

M - Medium-full body, smooth, a bit sticky. High carbonation, warming alcohol.

O - A fine double IPA. Great balance, flavor, and drinkability. One of the best beers from Rogue.

Photo of kpowledge
4.92/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from hinge-top 750 mL bottle a pint glass

A: Bronze to copper in color, a half-finger of white head. Medium visible carbonation.

S: Caramel Malt, Hops, Pine, Honey, and light citrus, peach, apricot.

T: Caramel, Fruit including apricot, up front, building earthy and piney hop flavors in the middle. Well balanced for a Imperial IPA.

M: Medium body, balanced carbonation. The ABU is noticeable but overwhelming.

O: Good beer

Serving type: bottle

Photo of thecheapies
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color with decent clarity. Hardly any head on the beer. Looks a little thick. I got a full 16oz pour. Last time I had this, it was a 9oz bottle.

Orange and grapefruit hops with nectary thickness. Not too sweet in the nose, even though there's a strong caramel malt presence. As is there a booziness. Almost muffin-y in the malts. Pretty big.

Candied orange, apricot, grapefruit, peach, pine, caramel malt syrup. Good hoppiness, not too sweet, either. Carries through with a happy vibe. Drinks decently for a big ass beer, too. Medium body and light carbonation with some spiciness. Must be the booze, incarnate.

Photo of roger617
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap poured into snifter.

A: 4.0 pours bright gold with 1 finger of white foamy head.
S: 3.75 for a IIPA I expect more hop aroma. There is a good balance of hop and malt, but doesn't fit into what I've come to expect for the style.
T: 3.75 similar to smell, there is a great hop and malt balance. Lingering bitter taste as expected which is very fitting to the style.
M: 4.0 this is thick, silky smooth. Carbed perfectly for the style.
O: 3.75 as I put a higher value on taste and smell, this one falls just short of the 4 rating. I thoroughly enjoy this beer, and would have again. For the style, it doesn't call into my top 5 however. To improve, I would have to get more hop aroma and lingering taste of hops.

Photo of HattedClassic
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The foam is a clean white that stays for a bit. The beer itself is a slightly opaque brownish gold.

A strong piney smell with caramel malty smell.

The beer has a strong piney hop taste that is later balanced by the almost equally as strong caramel malts taste.

Biting carbonation and thick bodied and leaves the mouth somewhat dry.

A pretty good DIPA and worth getting again. Although, I wouldn't trust the closing mechanism to keep the beer carbonated.

Photo of leaddog
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Beer Revolution.

Appearance- Pours a clear copper with a finger width of creamy head.

Smell- Pleasant piney hops, caramalts, and tropical fruits.

Taste- Hit right away with the piney hops and then goes to the caramalts and tropical fruits.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a moderate bitterness.

Overall- A well crafted Imperial IPA by Rogue. I enjoyed the bitterness and pine resin from the hops. This one would agree with all the hop heads out there.

Photo of Braz
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased a 10oz from Tacoma Boys.
Appearance: Chill hazed bronze. Little white head but think it may just be because of the temp.
Smell: Beautiful. Sweet and floral. More malty aroma than hoppy.
Taste: Heavy and thick. Balanced. Bittersweet. Could have more hop influence but so good I'm not complaining.
Mouthfeel: Great body. Pronounced carbonation. Creamy and velvety.
Overall: Very good. Wish I had a bigger bottle.

Photo of macrosmatic
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from fancy looking hinged-top 750 mL bottle into a Cigar City pint glass.

A: Hazy copper to bronze color, a half-finger of white head. Medium visible carbonation mixes with a smattering of hop floaters.

S: Bready malts with some caramel character in front of grassy and pine hops - but the hop character is lower than expected.

T: Sweet malts, again with a bit of caramel, and citrus rind and pine resin hops. There is a marked bitterness and dryness at the end.

M: Medium body, good carbonation sensation. The alcohol is noticeable but doesn't get to the point of feeling boozy during the drink.

O: I think this could have used more dry-hopping and less bittering hops. It's not my favorite, but acceptable.

Photo of MeneerBeerSnob
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pint glass.

A-Hazy golden with finger of white head, visible lacing.

S-Strong hops, malt, piney resin, citrus zest.

T-Light floral notes, grapefruit sour, sweet resin and bitter hops.

M-Light mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation

O-Very good double imperial IPA. It has a really great balance, but it is really overpriced. Not something I would drink often, unless I had a taste for it.

Photo of davey101
3.64/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2010 vintage. 7 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a hazy burnt orange color with some solid chunks and floaties. Two fingers of off white foam which settles into a thin cap. Decent amount of lacing.

S - Very similar to an aged 120 minute, rich caramel malt, faded piney hops, honey, and light citrus. Very sweet and rich. I am a huge fan of this aroma profile.

T - And....faded. Surprisingly dull and boring. Faint caramel and pine washed away with a watery like effect. Its not bad or offensive, just very tame. The alcohol is present, but luckily its not super high. Mouth feel is rich and creamy.

O - I was pretty excited by the aroma, but the flavor was a bit of a let down. Dull, boring, tame, lacking....choose your own adjective but this was just a huge letdown in the taste department. All in all, I'm glad I finally tried this when it was marked down, but I can't imagine paying full price for this little bottle of boredom.

Photo of hankthetank97
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Great golden. Just hazy enough to present character. Deep golden/orange colors.

S: Deep piney smells persist between citrus hints

T: The hops flavor rushes in to start but is quickly offset by a malty finish that keeps this DIPA well-balanced. Hoppy notes are not sacrificed but are complimented by malt charactersitics

M: Silky, pleasing fell.

O: Well balanced ale. Drinkable yet holds up to a critical palate,

Photo of jeffjeff1
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- copper color, nice size head, nice lacing

Smell- very nice hop aroma

Taste- very hoppy, but also well balanced for a DIPA, slightly bitter

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was very good! Definitely one to drink again!

Photo of brentk56
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

7 oz bottle (no date stamp)

Note - the ingredients are very different from the ones listed (Crystal 40, Chocolate and proprietary Rogue malts; Alluvial and Williamette Hops)

Appearance: Pours a cloudy burnt orange color, the cap building from the base up (like a stout on nitro) and then settling into a pancake on top of the liquid; leaves a few strands of lacing behind

Smell: Stone fruit and caramel with a piney tone

Taste: Caramel, stone fruit and a hint of chocolate, up front, with building earthy and piney hop flavors in the middle; every one of the 58 IBUs is discernable, after the swallow, though the fruity caramel and and chocolate malt flavors return to balance out the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation; a little flabby on the tongue

Overall: I generally dislike Imperial Reds, but I found the malt flavors on this one very complex and well balanced by the hops Rogue selected to pair with them; expensive (at $5 for 7 oz) but worth a try

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

XS Imperial India Pale Ale pours a hazy, cloudy golden color with a small lacing head. There is a nice floral aroma, but well balanced with some malt aromas mixing in. The taste has a bold floral flavor, but is well balanced with a nice malty backbone. Easy to drink, long lasting flavor, and good flavors. Overall a nice balanced IPA.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.33/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy burnt orange color with a thin white head. Looks decent enough.

S: Big malty smell with a lot of herbal and peppery hops lingering. Some citrus, especially overripe grapefruit in there as well.

T: Tons of malt. Has a touch of caramel and some breadiness that weighs down the taste. Some baby aspirin and hop resin on the finish. When it's really cold, it's pretty good, but as this puppy warms, it gets a lot lot worse. Wouldn't do it again.

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XS Imperial India Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
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