XS Imperial India Pale Ale - Rogue Ales
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5/5 rDev +21.1%
This is a great IPA. Even though it does push the evelope I don't think it crosses the line. Powerfull Citrusy Hop character. Nice dense head, smooth body. Unfortunately the word is that it will not longer be bottled. Although I have not heard why it probably has to do with the price and or availability of the bottles. I am lucky enough to live not 10 miles from there Portland based pub and can get this beauty on tap (yes you should be jealous :-) ) Update: now in the 12oz bottle.
09-18-2001 19:14:35 | More by mattmaples
5/5 rDev +21.1%
What better way to enjoy the New Year then with a 2IPA from Rogue. Poured out a very amazing golden straw with a firm white head which lingered through the entire brew. I have never seen a beer that looked so great and so perfect before.
I was expecting a lot more astringency in the hops for this brew, but I was surprised to find there were a lot more citrus and grapefruit aromas coming through. Lot's of grassy touches and a hint of wood aswell. Amazing.
I don't think this is as big as the Hercules DIPA on taste, but that is a good thing. This is amazingly well balanced between nice smooth malt characters and big citrusy, hop bite. There is very little of astringency in the finish, compared to the vicious Old Crusty. Fabulous brew.
Mouthfeel is quite light, and very creamy, which seems to be the norm in DIPA (I could be wrong of course). This is outstanding and very easy to drink while not being ridiculously over in ABV. Only gripe is the hefty price tag, but I will certaintly pay that again!
12-31-2008 14:00:08 | More by Lukie
5/5 rDev +21.1%
This is hop heaven.
To this point in my journey of taste there are only two India Pale Ale's that I would purchase again. Rogue Imperial and Goose Island. Both go far beyond the norm in hop delivery, but Rogue truly out performs Goose Island overall.
It's like comparing an Elvis Presley impersonator to Elvis himself. It might be cheaper to rent the impersonator for the night, but you'll always yearn for the original.
01-16-2009 02:51:29 | More by charliedango
5/5 rDev +21.1%
Appearance: Pours an orange copper color with about two fingers of head and nice head retention.
Aromas: Incredible hop scents with massive amounts of spices hints of nutmeg with dried fruit notes absolutley great.
Taste: Hops hops and more hops dried fruits spices and I did metnion hops wow what a brew.
Mouthfeel. Nicely crisp with a smooth finish and very drinkable oh yeah fasten your seatbelt.
Notes: My fellow BA's two words hop bomb wow fasten your seatbelt when you try this one. This one is a hophead's dream. Cheers.
09-11-2006 02:13:28 | More by horshack7
4.97/5 rDev +20.3%
It comes in one of the most striking beer bottles available, and also one of my favorites. A tall, heavy, matte black clay bottle with a swing cap houses the Rogue XS Imperial India Pale Ale. Unfortunately Rogue is leaving this bottle for a smaller glass version, but I will always remember the big clunky clay bottles.
Regardless of what it is served in, this Imperial IPA is one of the best I have ever had. Its full richness of flavors and aromas are exactly what I look for in a strong IPA. India Pale Ales have been copied and modified by so many breweries over the years that the style really has become a mirage of peoples preferences of the style. Even the Imperial versions (a stronger and more robust IPA) are widening in scope and challenging the boundaries of the style. And I absolutely love this type of creativity!
As much as I do appreciate and enjoy creativity, I love to see the authentic examples shinning in brilliant perfection; that is exactly what the Rogue XS IPA does.
The 750 ml bottle really does prepare you for what this beer is. The bottle is heavy and solid, finished in matte black bearing deep dark printing except for the IMPERIAL PALE ALE in red, and the 9.5% abv in white. This is part of Rogue's XS series of beers which also includes a Porter, Red, Barley Wine, Stout, Russian Imperial Stout, and YSB. All in the Imperial style - more power, and more power. Think Tim Taylor gets his hands on beer...
The Imperial IPA was the first of this series that I had ever had, and it definitely got me hooked on Rogue's beers. Right away the pour excited me when I opened this ten pound bottle and began to pour it. It glugs slowly into the glass with huge effervescence and clouds of haze. Eventually the beer stood tall in my pint glass with about half an inch of white head which quickly faded to a mere film on beer. The XS IPA is brewed only with one malt type and three hops, so the lack of protein does not allow for very good head retention.
I was not to concerned though, because the beer looks amazing! Its hugely hazy, completely opaque, and more deep golden orange than yellow. It is vastly rich and filled with color; it is very obviously unfiltered, which is most appropriate for the style.
The nose is rich Sazz and Cascade hops, and is undeniably west coast. Its fades in with spice, pepper, pine, earth, and gentle pale malts. It really brings out rich hops in a beautiful way. Rather than being extremely complex it allows the flavors in the coastal hops to shine through unobstructed. The spice and pine adds a sweet touch to the scent, and balances what seems like will be a creamy rich malt backbone.
Get into this beer with a full gulp and really let it caress your palate. It is almost 10%, but its not going to attack you; although it may bite slightly. Smooth and smooth pale malts bring sweet caramel and toasty toffee right to the forefront of your tongue. Its creamy and elegant on your mouth, but quickly a crack of hops jump in a show ripe bitterness and fresh aromas of pine and grass.
Pepper and coriander bring spice and zest to the picture with more coming from grapefruit peel and tropical fruits. The hops are extremely fresh and perfectly characteristic of California. You can feel the dry hopping, and taste the maturity of the brewmaster. There are a lot of rich and striking flavors in the beer, but whats supreme about it is how perfectly they play amongst each other and the balance that it creates.
The XS IPA is creamy and rich, spicy and bold, smooth and extremely quenching. It would refresh the clammiest of palates, and pair exceptionally well with spicy and fatty foods. I will be looking to compare it with the new versions in glass bottles, but will definitely be snatching up as many of the remaining claw bottles as I can find!
08-23-2010 00:32:40 | More by StephenRich
XS Imperial India Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
92 out of 100 based on 1,149 ratings.