XS Imperial India Pale Ale - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by jdoncbus:
4.33/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Given to me by a fellow beer geek. I have passed on the ceramic monster for years but have tried many Rogue offerings.
Pours a hazy, straw to dull yellow color. Very active carbonation that explodes when the beer is swished around. The head is white and thin while the beverage leaves a filmy residue with an impressive amount of lacing. An overall vibrant appearance.
The aroma is a Holiday inspired, scratch and sniff pine combined with citrus fruit, butterscotch, honey, sweet-caramel malts, while the booze notes are present but hidden well. This offering contains the signature Rogue whiff of wildflowers. A pleasing experience.
As previously mentioned the pine hop BLAST is with its BFF; the Oregonian meadows of juniper and flowers. An intense bitterness assaults the mouth and corresponding senses where Mr. Hooch proclaims his 9.2% ABV. I don't think malt was invited to this party, which is common practice on the Left Coast. Your mouth will remind you of an arrid region and demand another gulp of this liquid gold. A hop head dream.
Strictly for the hop addict. The steep price tag on this one has kept me away but I will certainly seek out to enjoy a couple times a year. Not very balanced but who cares; check it out.
Serving type: bottle
11-09-2008 03:35:06 | More by jdoncbus
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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
92 out of 100 based on 1,129 ratings.