XS Imperial India Pale Ale - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by uberabr:
2.95/5 rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4
Poured into a tulip. A hazy golden-yellow amber. Hop oil aplenty up top. Mild head, good lace, excellent carbonation. I'm not getting much from the nose. Floral aromatics and acidity, not the refreshing hops I was expecting.
Taste is basically real bitter without any distinguishable notes or fine hints of hop characters like pine or fruit...somewhat stale tasting, acidic and cloying. There's a very mild breadyness and slight buttery malt backbone that doesn't quite mask the sour ethanol taste. Body is full but the mouthfeel is somewhat oily, an effect this beer's buttery quality does not lend well to. However, it's relatively quaffable considering the high AbV.
Now, DIPA is my favorite style, but I would have been disappointed by this beer if I had brewed it myself. Needless to say I was as surprised to find what was once "The father of the American DIPA" to be so lacking as I was to find all these great reviews of it. What happened? Does the cool glass and steep price 'wow' people into compliancy, or did I just get a bad batch? Hopefully the latter.
Serving type: bottle
02-21-2007 01:37:37 | More by uberabr
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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 1,118 ratings.