XS Imperial India Pale Ale - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by Knuckles:
3.68/5 rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
You know, I'm just about Rogue'd out. They've become the Pearl Jam of craft brewers, and I need a freaking break. I don't actually know what that means, other than I feel like Shakespeare Stout is Jeremy, and he needs to have his ass kicked. In an anti-colonialist fervor, I attack the I2PA that I've had in my fridge for several months now (I actually had two, but my brother-in-law drank one when I wasn't looking). I actually decided that tonight would be a good night to make a lamb curry, so the I2PA seems to fit right in with that. I'm sure my spiritual brothers and sisters in India probably don't think the British colonial on the bottle is too dope, but what can you do? So it's off to the tiki god bottle opener, and with a somewhat sticky beginning (the caps a wee bit rusty), I get my beer on.
Appearance: Well, in the annals of lame-ass pours, this one has to be right up there. In my sixteen ounce New Glarus pint glass, I manage to create approximately 10 ounces of head (by volume, of course). It looks like the sky just crapped a cumulous cloud in my beer. I'm alternately fascinated by it as it creates its own thunder heads, and annoyed with myself because it makes my pour take almost ten minutes longer than it should. The color is plaer than I'd expect, almost the same orange as my JFK bust (a pale, chill-hazed, fresh pumpkin orange).
Smell: Well, by golly, I done smelled me some hops. Holy crap, that's a snootful. As it warms, the malts catch up a bit to cut the hop assault, which is nice. It was especially aggressive while I had my Porco Rosso Cloud thing going on in the glass. The bottle informs me that it has Cascade, Saaz & Kent, and Goldings.
Taste: Now that'sa spicy meataball! Or beer. Whatever. Is it the Saaz & Kent combo that gives it the spicy character? There is little of the typical West Coast citrusiness that I'm accustomed to in double IPAs. Also, the malts are very much catching up with this thing in the middle, but I'll be damned if the Goldings don't kick ithe malts ass out the finish. Just this huge hunk o' hop bitterness squatting right in the center of your tongue.
Mouthfeel: Pretty nice, John. This one, unlike some doubles, actually creates the presence in your mouth that reminds you quite insistently that "Yes, thank you very much, I am 9.20% alcohol by volume. Pip pip! Huzzah!"
Drinkability: This is a good beer, and decently balanced. My only complaint with it is that weird, gargoylesque presence of the bitter hop nugget that just sets upon its setupon, right there in the middle of your tongue. You don't need to remind me that you're one hoppy mofo (although at 74 IBUs, I've had hoppier, better balanced beers). This is a good beer, and if you can get it for a good price, go for it. But if you can't, I'd go with something else (like a Whoop Pass, for instance).
****For the record, my lamb curry kicked ASS.
Serving type: bottle
10-28-2005 01:37:54 | More by Knuckles
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4.06/5 rDev -1.7%
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 !
Serving type: growler
07-07-2014 00:02:26 | More by stouts4me
XS Imperial India Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
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