XS Imperial India Pale Ale - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by mtbbaboon:
4.68/5 rDev +13.3%
I've been debating buying this one for a while due to the $16 price tag, but finally decided to pull the trigger on it. I poured some of the 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Pours a nice coppery color like a DIPA should. Pours a thick, foamy head that lingers for quite some time and leaves a nice layer of suds on top of the beer. The smell is a "WOW." A real hoppy assault on the nose. There is the usual pine and citrus as well, but the hops dominate the aroma. Surprsingly, the hops don't dominate the taste though and I was surprised I didn't get a big hoppy smack in the face after smelling this. It's a real nicely balanced taste: Hops, pine, and citrus (grapefruit??). It doesn't have a very strong hoppy bite. I like the balance. Not an overwhelming bitterness, either. Mouthfeel is smooth, smooth, smooth. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, and goes down real easy...dangerously easy for a DIPA. Leaves a little bit of stick, but not a whole lot. This is a very drinkable DIPA. I would certainly drink this again. It could be the best Imperial IPA I've had.
01-08-2009 22:50:02 | More by mtbbaboon
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3.35/5 rDev -18.9%
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.
11-20-2003 03:08:03 | More by oberon
4.33/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
11-20-2004 20:23:30 | More by Popsinc
4.7/5 rDev +13.8%
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 Theres 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 lovers dream. The flavorful combination of various hop tastes comes out super-sized. I dont 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 youre a hophead, this is a must try.
12-09-2003 02:54:44 | More by RoyalT
4.43/5 rDev +7.3%
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 Ive 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. Its 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.
05-30-2006 19:59:28 | More by DaPeculierDane
4/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
03-03-2009 22:59:38 | More by ricke
4/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
10-16-2012 03:07:45 | More by ExtraStout
4.43/5 rDev +7.3%
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...)
09-22-2004 20:24:40 | More by skybluewater
4.3/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
10-30-2004 03:09:35 | More by orbitalr0x
4.65/5 rDev +12.6%
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.
09-28-2004 03:17:47 | More by blitz134
4.2/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
02-15-2009 21:11:44 | More by JasonA
4.13/5 rDev 0%
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.
08-17-2006 11:17:46 | More by lordofthewiens
4.28/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
07-28-2004 02:31:19 | More by Todd
3.6/5 rDev -12.8%
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.
04-17-2004 18:02:12 | More by grynder33
3/5 rDev -27.4%
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.
08-21-2011 23:43:20 | More by bishopdc0
4.4/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
04-23-2002 20:43:45 | More by Jason
XS Imperial India Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
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