XS Imperial India Pale Ale - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by mpyle:
3.73/5 rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
App - rich golden color, with good clarity. Medium-sized whitish head with somewhat coarse bubbles. Head retention decent.
Smell - Intensely hoppy aroma characteristic of pine, also a notable whiff of alcohol. Slightly solventy character with the alcohol.
Flavor - intense hop bitterness, with a grassy/minty character to the hop flavor. Alcohol may also be contributing to the bitter character. Malt flavors are lost in the hops - balance completely toward the hop. Finish doesn't dry dramatically, but eventually subsides to a lingering bitter finish.
MF - medium body and carbonation. Doesn't "feel" like a big I^2PA. Alcohol warming is well-controlled. Hops flirt with being a bit astringent and harsh, and bring down the mouthfeel a bit.
Overall drinkability - The intensely bitter character is more like a British IPA, but a clean, hoppy IPA. Lacks some of the softer malt and hop flavor notes of some bigger IPAs, but has a light enough body to be quite drinkable (if you like hops!)
Serving type: bottle
04-28-2007 22:57:06 | More by mpyle
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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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