XS Imperial India Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

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XS Imperial India Pale AleXS Imperial India Pale Ale

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1,220 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,220
Reviews: 767
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 94
Gots: 68 | 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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Reviews by Cwrw:
Photo of Cwrw
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Absolutely industrial-looking black ceramic bottle, 750ml. Looks like a small bomb or missile canister. Black cap with the attached swing-top capper, giving the option of putting this beast back in the fridge instead of imbibing it all in one sitting. On the front is the blue, vertical "Rogue" with red lettering below it showing the IIPA. Definitely an eye-catcher of a bottle: the aesthetics beg to be seen. Quite a pop as the cap comes off and this beer poured into my pint glass a hazy apricot/peach, with an enamel-white head that thinned quickly but remained with various sizes of bubbles. Average lacing. Decent appearance, nothing extraordinary. Aroma...mmm, good citrus hits of grapefruit, pomegranate seeds, and lemon. Absolutely lovely combination of hops here: spicy, like jalapeno peppers or tree bark. As I sniff well above the glass, though, I actually get more caramel malt than I would have expected, adding some butterscotch and bread notes. As expected the hops take over very quickly on the nose, earthy, like fresh soil, with a bit of chemical astringency. Extremely metallic at times, tickling the nose. Rusty metal notes. All in all very warming and piquant, not overpowering so as to numb the nose, but absolutely filled with hop oils and bursting with floral bouquet. Lots of flowery, perfumey nuances as well. Very nice. Taste is a little overwhelming at first in its bitterness. Definitely the dryest beer I have yet tasted(hey, we don't get many DIPAs up here in Canada). The first taste is a grapefruit and barbecue flavour. Then come a myriad of metallic burnt tastes, and the finish really does pucker the mouth and slaps the saliva-glands in the face. The solvency of the hops really makes the alcohol more noticeable, making this a very slow sipper. The malting makes a small appearance in the finish, and the beer does have sweetish fruity flavours, but it is hard to get anything past the metallic bitterness and earthy spicy citrus flavours. Very tasty, but a little one-sided, limiting the complexity. Funny, in the long aftertaste, seafood or oyster-like flavours appear effervescently. Sometimes the aftertaste literally resembles a mouthful of dirt. A solid mouthfeel, low in carbonation and medium-bodied but with a lingering bitterness that is remarkable--spritzy on the tongue and sticking around on the mouth like a hot pepper. Drinkability? Come on. Now, this might be drinkable in the style(it is only the second DIPA I have had) but I could not see myself buying this regularly. The opposite of a session beer: big and brutal, worth trying once for the thrill, but I could never see myself buying this again, especially for the price. It was kind of like a bungee jump or something: fun once, expensive...not something you would want to do every weekend. Magnificent packaging and aroma though.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.38/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well had to give this a try all though I am not a hop head have heard some nice things about this brew.Pours a deep burnt orange color with a light head that leaves some nice patchy spots.Very grassy aroma with a little caramel tone.Taste is a little over the top for my taste hop wise very resiny and herbal tasting with some residual sweetness,lightly alcoholic.Now this is a very well made beer here but Iam not a huge fan of this style.

Photo of Popsinc
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy orange pour with a generous, foamy off-white head.

Smell: hoppy, bitter, orange peel, ripe fruits, floral & fresh.

Taste: alcohol is present right away as is the hop bitterness. it's right in your face. fruity but not necessarily sweet. an almost chalky quality. hops become even more prominent towads the end of the sip and they linger very long. super bitter and dry finish. some peppery spice as well. alcohol warmth on the end.

Mouthfeel: a little more full and lively compared to lets say DFH 90 Minute. creamy and medium bodied.

Drinkability: a really big flavour profile. makes for a good sipper but not a session beer...of course the high ABV prevents a session beer anyway. Top notch nonetheless.

Photo of RoyalT
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – Beautiful, cloudy orange in color with a lingering, monster head that I had to control at the pour. The lacing was intermittant but cool-looking.

Smell – There’s a big, giant complex hop bouquet to this one. Every hop aroma imaginable is in this nose. This one is serious.

Taste – This is a hop lover’s dream. The flavorful combination of various hop tastes comes out super-sized. I don’t know what else to say about this one. From start to finish, it is awesome.

The malt backbone is just enough to get noticed and smooth things out. The finish is again all hops with a slight orange sweetness.

Mouthfeel – Very dry and on the bigger side of medium-bodied. The alcohol sting is very slight but there if you look for it. The malt backbone makes this one creamy and smooth.

Drinkability – This went down easier than Paris Hilton at a fashion show. If you’re a hophead, this is a must try.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

And now for something completely different… This is not what I expected at all but I like it. 2IPA is one wicked brew. Served in a 7 oz glass at the public house in San Francisco. Body is light yellow-orange . Carbonation is minute, nearly invisible. Head is lacking but a thin, glass-clinging lace looks quite nice. Agitation of the glass creates an 1/8 inch of bubbles that lasts but a split second. Surprisingly absent in the aroma are pine sap or juniper berries, two things I’ve grown to expect in 2xIPAs. Instead I find a bountiful amount of tangerine rinds and touches of ruby red grapefruit juice. Mouthfeel is very interesting. This 2xIPA is wet on the palate. How odd. I expect dryness in a 2xIPA. Not so with this one. I actually find this rather thirst quenching and refreshing. It’s not bitter by the standards of the style. In fact I primarily taste sweet tangerine juice. Obviously this points to some heavy hopping but somehow it remains well balanced and very drinkable, perhaps even for non-hopheads. Exceptional buzz and great sweet citrus flavor. Should be served by the liter though. Seven ounces is just not enough.

Photo of ricke
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving date: 2009-03-02. Served in snifter. 750 ml ceramic bottle with swing top.

A: Golden with brown hues. Small white and uneven head that settles at a medium pace. Chunks of sticky lacings.

S: Very rich and powerful. Lots of hop aromas, both fruity (grapefruits) and resiny. Pine needles. Notes of mint. Sweet malts as well.

T: Again, lots of hops. Plenty of tropical fruit esters (grapefruit, orange, mango, kiwi). Earthy hop notes of grass and pine. Slightly perfumy. Some tobacco. A firm malt backbone balance everything out very well and provides some sweetness. The finish is very long and bitter, bot not overly so, and has a good balance between perfumy hops and sweet malts.

M: A bit to much carbonation initially, but it gets calmer after a while and all in all the beer is very smooth and creamy. Medium body. The loss of carbonation goes to far however, and this does not serve the beer well.

Drinkability: A very good beer, and considering that it's a DIPA it's incredibly well balanced. However, the extremely rapid loss or carbonation and the fact that I got huge black floaties (I'm a bit worried that they are a result of the ceramic bottle) in my last pour from the bottle, decreases the overall grade. Too bad, because it's a really good beer.

Photo of ExtraStout
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at ROGUE Ales Publick House in San Francisco. This beer is an apricot color that when first poured has a slight chill haze to it, but as you get deeper into the bottle the beer starts to look like a snow globe that someone has shaken up. Decent carbonation. It produced a creamy buttermilk foam, full and sticky, that sat on the top for ½ the glass then slowly fell to a small film and ring on the edges. It left a delicate, and spotty, sticky lace on the sides the whole way to the last drop in the glass.

The aromas were of saaz and cascade hops (flowers, citrus), fruit, pine trees (forest), bread grains, sweet malt, and some alcohol. Different aromas took the forefront as the beer warmed (very nice). The tastes were of the pine tree forest (first served), hops (floral, citrus), grains, malt (sweet), yeast, fruits, alcohol, and some spices in the last few sips. The after tastes were mostly of pine needles, hops and as it warmed the sweet malt became noticeable. Medium bodied. Somewhat bitter but pleasurable.

This beer first caught me off guard, started off very sharp, then when it warmed slightly it mellowed soo much, not changing the effect of any flavors just became better then they started (which was really good). Big hoppy beer that was big on flavors and big on enjoyment.

Photo of skybluewater
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For this one, I used some sort of wine goblet that I found in my cupboard. Pours a murky apricot color, with only a thick ring of lace around the top (but no more). The smell is incredible, a massive grapefruityliciousness that assaults me (in a good way) from across the room. Taste is very citrusy (grapefruit, obviously), with a bit of pine and apricot (the latter as the beer warms). Alcohol is apparent, and the mouthfeel isn't as great as I'd prefer, both of which detract a bit from the drinkability.

Nevertheless, this is a fine brew, one to partake in once in a great while. (Although that $3.50 price tag for a 12-oz bottle is a bit steep...)

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a nice cloudy bright orange from the 12oz bottle. Looks yummy in the glass..just like a good I2PA should. The anticipation mounts....first smells are a wall of piney, citrusy hops with a sweet caramel backing. Nice, but not as overwhelming as some I2PA's I've had.

First sip is a hop dropkick in the freakin teeth. Citrus and pine notes flow over the palate along with a brutal amount of biterness. The biterness and alcohol burn the back of my throat on the way down. Massive. Caramel malt backs this one up just barely enough to hold it together.

Mouthfeel is good, nice body and consistency. It makes its presence known. Drinkability is good, but due to the assault on the palate and the abv I wouldn't be having many of these. A wicked example of the style....if you are an I2PA fan you must try it. Thanks to blitheringidiot for this one.

Photo of blitz134
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a beer, finally found these at Green's in Atlanta and I snatched up 3 bottles. The reviews on BA were too good to not pick up a few. I'll definately be back for more.

Appearance: Apricot in color. Light, frothy, white head. Murky looking with some large pieces of sediment slowly floating to the bottom.

Smell: Nice and fruity. I pick up some peach and tangerine aromas, definately inviting. I had high expectiations before I even tasted it. I can't help but purposely smell this one before every sip.

Taste: The bitter hop hit definately comes through on this one, just as expected. I'd be disappointed otherwise, the more the better right ;). The typical grapefruit flavors from the cascade hops are on the forefront of the taste, but they are toned down a bit with the other hop flavors. The hop blend is first rate, making this beer extremely easy on the pallete. The alcohol content doesn't show itself to me at all.

Mouthfeel: Nothing really stood out in this department, which is probably good. Flavor stayed around for a bit in the mouth and changed charcter after going down. Yet another dimension to this beer.

Drinkability: The masterful blend of hops makes this an easy to drink heavy hitting hoppy beer for those who are into that type of thing. I'm definately going back to get a few more of these.

Photo of JasonA
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Im pretty sure the bottle I just opened is over 3 years old. No markings on bottle.

Pours a translucent light copper. Ample 2 finger of solid head which is pretty thick. Sits, then into islands.

Malt, barley wine. Once the beer warms up, boy do the hops come out. Quite nice finishing piney oil.

Definately let the temp come up. Once it warms, the malt character sits well, warming ABV, with a hoppy finish.

Very well done. While this one may be a bit better with the 3 years in the cellar, the smoothness and malt to hop ratio did it for me.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the bottle. This was a hazy orange color with a nice thick head, and some impressive lacing. Wonderful floral aroma, very intense. The first sip gave a big, bitter hops taste, as well as a noticeable alcohol taste. I thought the alcohol was a little intrusive, but still a really good beer.

Photo of Todd
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle. Pours a respectable cloudy (unfiltered) peach colored beer crowned with a sticky white foam lace that retains well.

Malty sweet, over-ripe sweet tropical fruit and a resiny floral nose. Hints of citrus.

Full-bodied, syrupy, thick sweetness of tropical fruits. Big bready character attempts to balance and quell the incoming hop character of ... a flash of zest, notes of aspirin, grapefruit rind, wood, resiny sap, herbal spice and leafy mouthfeel. Notes of caramel / toffee in the edges. Sharp and spicy alcohol bite with tailing warmth. More big bready flavors in the finish.

The Father of the American Double IPA, I2PA still holds its own as one of the greatest hophead wet dreams.

Photo of grynder33
3.62/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy fruity aroma, very cloudy, amber gold color initial blast of hops in the mouth, but the malt sweetness quickly fills in. The hop bitterness quickly makes itself knownand becomes dominant. Surprisingly thin from the middle to the end to accompany the bitterness tinged with a little malt sweetness. I like the DFH better.

Photo of bishopdc0
3/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Rogue event at Novare Res.

The color is golden straw with decent head to start it dissipates to the glasses edge

The aroma is sweet malty and biscuit to start, the hops create a citrus and hints of alcohol.

The taste starts with a big malt and is heavy, what you might expect from an IIPA. The taste comes in as a little harsh from the alcohol. The hops come in and provide only hints of citrus and finish bitter.

I wonder how fresh this brew was, for an event i would hoping for a more fresh taste.

Photo of Jason
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Small 7oz brown twist bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Hazy orange amber in colour with a very sticky well retaining white lace.

Smell: Hints of citric, herbal and spicy hop. Quite estery with aromas of alcohol and very ripe fruit. A touch of grain also in the nose.

Taste: Very rich and balanced with a extremely smooth carbonation and mouthfeel. Ripe citric hop bitterness and flavour that goes a bit spicy towards the end. This is evened off by a big malty flavour of fruit, malt and grain. The finish is the remnants of the hop, residual sweetness and a warming alcohol.

Notes: Intense and not for the weak. This brew pushes the envelope for modern day IPAs ... top honour for brewing this awesome god water. The only problem is that 7 ozs is not enough! This brew was gauged at 74 IBUs yet it is perfectly balanced by a huge grain bill.

Photo of tjthresh
2.63/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Hazy gold to light amber. Off white head. Leaves a nice sticky lacing on the glass.

I get some grassy notes. Sweetness from the Marris Otter. The BJCP guidlines Say American, English and/or noble varieties can be used. I2PA used all three, and the EKG is prominent.

Some initial maltiness. Finishes semi-dry with a rush of alcohol warmth. Not really liking this one too much.

The mouth feel is medium to full bodied. Some alcohol warming. This beer's best attribute.

Over all, I'm not a fan of I2PA. I don't really like the use of English hops. I normally expect mor citrus flavor in this style.

Photo of merlin48
4.92/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally found a 12 oz bottle of this in Lexington, Ky, a couple weeks ago. This seems to be difficult to locate, and after sampling a bottle it's easy to see why.

Pours a sludgy orange body, with a two finger beige head that hangs around for a few minutes before draping the pint glass with impressive sheets of lace. Looks very impressive in the glass.

Aroma is complex, with a strong dose of caramel malt seducing the nose, at first whiff. Malt aroma is quickly brushed aside by a bigtime assault of citrus hops. Grapefruit and tangerine notes waste no time in taking over the aroma sensations. Wild rose florals make an appearance, as well. Fabulous aromas remind me of Key West, in early spring.

Mouthfeel impresses with creamy, coating hop resins that refuse to exert harshness. Carbonation is just right, and about medium on the scale.

Taste is exceptional. This would be one of the five ales that I would choose to take to a deserted island. The caramel malt here, is able to perservere through a dramatic assault of topnotch hops. Citrus, pine, and floral hops maintain an assertive presence all the way through, but there is a delicate caramel malt undertone that enables this to maintain an extraordinary balance.

Rogue has rolled out a supernatural experience with this 12PA. Can't wait to try one of these on tap or cask conditioned.

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

12 ounce bottle, Pours a brilliant, slightly hazy orange. With very tight, tiny bubbles and nice lacing going on. Oh yeah -this is the good stuff! Hoppy, alcohol note nose. Crisp and clear on the palate, Maris otter malt, gives it that "biscuityness" that Garrett Oliver loves to note in fine beers. Some sweetness acknowledged , but then a crunching, astringent blast of citrus, and piney hops. A LONG smooth finsh. This is strong stuff, but the brewing was done well and this is one well worth seeking out.

Photo of warriorsoul
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden orange...produced a full finger of off-white head that lasted the duration of the pint.
Grapefruit and floral hops pulling me in...can't...stop.
What a smack in the face this puppy is...the thing I love about this beer is as much hop as this baby puts out, it is not sweet at all.
There is some malt to be had in this one...the bitterness is perfect.
Slight alcohol presence once this one warms up a bit.
You gotta love hops to enjoy this offering. The mouthfeel is thick, but since it is not sweet, it really goes down w/ little effort. I could drink a few of these, but I will leave that for another evening.
Thanks to Downtown Wine & Spirits in Somerville.

Photo of Byeast
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

06 in a flip top , ceramic bottle. ( XS series )

Appearance: Very nice looking beer. Poured a cloudy , brilliant and deep golden orange , with a large , bubbly , and slightly off-white head. Lots of oily and spotty lace.

Smell: As hoppy as the aroma is , the malt definatly shows itself well. Lots of citric , floral , raw and fresh hops , some sweet bisquity / bready malt.

Taste: Loads of hop flavor abound , yet again - the malt still comes through to create a really unique taste. Starts of with a big punch of raw citric / grapefruit hop , then some of the sweeter malt flavors come in for a bit of a bready hop break , followed by another kick of resinous , piney and perfumey / floral hops in the bitter finish. The hops stick around for a long , lip smakin finish!

Mouthfeel: full bodied carbonation , slick finish.

Drinkability: WoW , this is one of the most unique DIPAs iv'e tried. The big hops that you want are definatly there all the way , but they are balanced so nicely! Hopheads bow down and be one with this exellent brew.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Pop The Cap get-together in Raleigh.

Like your favorite book or movie, this one is always nice to re-visit. I've forgotten just how much I love this beer. The cloudy orange color and the head, the excellent nose of spicy, fruity, pine-cone hops. Flavor is so wonderful. Well-balanced, with the ABV kicking in at the end to let you know what you're dealing with. Huge mouthfeel. Dinkability? Hell yeah! Which explains why I had quite a few glasses of this last night. I could drink this anytime.

Photo of jakester
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this as a single from Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet. No date on the bottle, but with this beer, it won't matter too much.

Pours a cloudy light amber with a big white head of sticky foam. The head falls to a coating and a ring, with good lacing. There are little floaters in there from being bottle conditioned.

Aroma is an interesting blend of citrusy lemons, pine oil, and black pepper mixed up with biscuity, clean pale malt. Also maybe fruits like mangos and raisins. Smells great.

Flavor is big; very bitter at first, then huge hop flavors of citrus and pine needles, a big, bready malt backbone, some residual sugar, but not too much, and definite heat from alcohol. The alcohol comes through as very solvent-like, detracting a little from the overall enjoyment of the beer. Aftertaste is bitter and hot.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, with a medium level of carbonation. Lips are slightly sticky from residual sugar, although the beer isn't too sweet. Finish is bitter and hot.

This is a pretty quaffable brew. Aroma is nice, mouthfeel is good, and except for the hotness from alcohol, the flavor is good, too. Great burps! As DIPA's go, this one is right there. Recommended.

Photo of magictrokini
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy, burnt orange with a creme head. Aroma is full of citrus, mostly lemon and grapefruit. Taste was not as strong in the grapefruit and citruws hops as I would have expected. They are covered by the caramel malt and resin/pine flavors, but do appear in the end. Feels a bit imbalanced, giving it a soapiness. Its not "bad" but I wanted more, given the Rogue pedigree. Dry finish with a little stickiness.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled this from the 1pt.10oz.black porcelian bottle. A three way split into a tulip glass.The color was a mirky light golden color,like a belgium style ale.The head was a bit off white,with a soapy looking foamy head,diminishing to a coating on the top of the glass.
The aroma had an intense grapefruit smell with citrusy,piney hop notes as well. Carmelly, sweet,honey-like aromas present and complement the hop aromas very well.
The taste was carmelly,very citrusy,grapefruit tastes dominating the palate. A warming of alcohol followed by semi-sweet bitterness with a pleasing tartness to finish.
The mouthfeel was cloying,medium to thick body,silky.a pleasing prickley feeling on the tongue,yet clean and dry tasting
The drinkabilty was good for the style,an enjoyable beer leaving me craving more of this tastey nectar.

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XS Imperial India Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
92 out of 100 based on 1,220 ratings.