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XS Imperial India Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

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XS Imperial India Pale AleXS Imperial India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,117 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 1,117
Reviews: 759
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 74
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Alias: "I2PA"

6 Ingredients:
Malts: Two-row Pipkin Pale.
Hops: Saaz, Cascade & Northwest Golding.
Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

20º PLATO
74 IBU
75 AA
13º Lovibond

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2001)
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roger617

Indiana

3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap poured into snifter.

A: 4.0 pours bright gold with 1 finger of white foamy head.
S: 3.75 for a IIPA I expect more hop aroma. There is a good balance of hop and malt, but doesn't fit into what I've come to expect for the style.
T: 3.75 similar to smell, there is a great hop and malt balance. Lingering bitter taste as expected which is very fitting to the style.
M: 4.0 this is thick, silky smooth. Carbed perfectly for the style.
O: 3.75 as I put a higher value on taste and smell, this one falls just short of the 4 rating. I thoroughly enjoy this beer, and would have again. For the style, it doesn't call into my top 5 however. To improve, I would have to get more hop aroma and lingering taste of hops.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2013 20:17:51 | More by roger617
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cloudy orange, lovely lace and residue. Enticing spice and grapefruit hop along with grainy. Sparkles the tongue. British and American What 10.3%? Alcohol kicks in brutal finish. Malt allows it to be drinkable. Had on tap two years later and not as good, a bit metallic.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2004 02:13:20 | More by Sammy
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edchicma

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Moan and Dove. First, this is a very strong brew. Initially, I did not get too much in the aroma department, but as it warmed, the fruity hop essences wafted the nostrils quite nicely. Apppearance was a light amber with a very small head. Throughout each sip, I was smacked with over the top hops that started quite bitter and finished likewise. Any malt presence was overwhelmed by the hops. Mouthfeel was warming and very good for the style. Drinkability was fine, especially if you love hops...a definite sipper.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2004 14:19:56 | More by edchicma
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Docer

Washington

3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a $15 ceramic just so I can say I have tried it.

- Hazy orange yellow.. bit of some cloudiness.. nice fluffy eggshell head.. great lacing. Bit plowed when I had this, and am reviewing from memory.

- Huge caramel sweetness... malt bomb explosion.. slight pine and bitter hop highlights...

- Rich deep caramel malt.. super thick and strong.. Rogue all the way in flavor... hops were light, but present in pine, and crispness..

- Bit chewy and dry...

- Somewhat drinkable.. but might be too oily and syrupy for some as it was a seriously sweet and rich IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 04:34:11 | More by Docer
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Cwrw

Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Absolutely industrial-looking black ceramic bottle, 750ml. Looks like a small bomb or missile canister. Black cap with the attached swing-top capper, giving the option of putting this beast back in the fridge instead of imbibing it all in one sitting. On the front is the blue, vertical "Rogue" with red lettering below it showing the IIPA. Definitely an eye-catcher of a bottle: the aesthetics beg to be seen. Quite a pop as the cap comes off and this beer poured into my pint glass a hazy apricot/peach, with an enamel-white head that thinned quickly but remained with various sizes of bubbles. Average lacing. Decent appearance, nothing extraordinary. Aroma...mmm, good citrus hits of grapefruit, pomegranate seeds, and lemon. Absolutely lovely combination of hops here: spicy, like jalapeno peppers or tree bark. As I sniff well above the glass, though, I actually get more caramel malt than I would have expected, adding some butterscotch and bread notes. As expected the hops take over very quickly on the nose, earthy, like fresh soil, with a bit of chemical astringency. Extremely metallic at times, tickling the nose. Rusty metal notes. All in all very warming and piquant, not overpowering so as to numb the nose, but absolutely filled with hop oils and bursting with floral bouquet. Lots of flowery, perfumey nuances as well. Very nice. Taste is a little overwhelming at first in its bitterness. Definitely the dryest beer I have yet tasted(hey, we don't get many DIPAs up here in Canada). The first taste is a grapefruit and barbecue flavour. Then come a myriad of metallic burnt tastes, and the finish really does pucker the mouth and slaps the saliva-glands in the face. The solvency of the hops really makes the alcohol more noticeable, making this a very slow sipper. The malting makes a small appearance in the finish, and the beer does have sweetish fruity flavours, but it is hard to get anything past the metallic bitterness and earthy spicy citrus flavours. Very tasty, but a little one-sided, limiting the complexity. Funny, in the long aftertaste, seafood or oyster-like flavours appear effervescently. Sometimes the aftertaste literally resembles a mouthful of dirt. A solid mouthfeel, low in carbonation and medium-bodied but with a lingering bitterness that is remarkable--spritzy on the tongue and sticking around on the mouth like a hot pepper. Drinkability? Come on. Now, this might be drinkable in the style(it is only the second DIPA I have had) but I could not see myself buying this regularly. The opposite of a session beer: big and brutal, worth trying once for the thrill, but I could never see myself buying this again, especially for the price. It was kind of like a bungee jump or something: fun once, expensive...not something you would want to do every weekend. Magnificent packaging and aroma though.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2006 10:52:37 | More by Cwrw
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The first sip was a kick in the chops. Pours a very pale gold in color with hardly any head to speak of. Nose was of Christmas trees and citrus. The taste is a burst of alcohol. However, after I adapted to it I noticed the yeast and malts were very nicely balanced. Also, included were strong citrus and plenty of spice. Love the Pacman yeast. Gotta learn how to culture the stuff for my home brew. Mouthfeel is not as carbonated as I expected. A bit below the norm I thinl. However it finished very crisp and full of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2005 00:54:51 | More by MuddyFeet
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argock

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 7oz mini-bottle into a clear glass snifter. No freshness date. Purchaed at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.96.

A; orange-amber with soft 1/2-1 finger layer of small-bubbled head and scatter lacing.

S: Resin is the predominant smell with some onion and earthy aroms mixing in with light pine character. The maltiness is light caramel.

T: The flavor is intense and resiney with pine and bitter resin hitting slightly before with staunch malt backing, which is mostly pale and a little caramelly.

M: Good body and low carbonation which leaves a slick, coating feeling.

O: A good DIPA but not in the upper 25%. Glad this is only a 7oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 04:47:06 | More by argock
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steelcutoats

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was one of the beers my folks brought home for me from their last trip out of town. I was gonna save it for a special occasion, but the thought of it just sitting in my fridge all alone just sickened me. I opened the ceramic bottle up and poured it into my tasting snifter. The beer poured a bit hazy, I'm assuming due to the colder temp inside the fridge. I have been entertaining the notion of getting a separate refrigerator just for beer that I can keep at a more appropriate temperature for cellaring my brews. As I let the beer warm up a bit the smell became more pronounced. It was incredibly hoppy, with some sweet dried fruit hints. The taste was superb, a very well balanced blend of hoppy bitterness and malty smoothness. Even as the beer warmed, the beer remained an opaque golden ruby, so I'm gonna take a guess that no clarifying agents were used during production? There was no head and very little lacing. This is a great IPA, but with all the fancy packaging and hoopla, it's probably best to save for special occasions, or when you really wanna show off.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 00:20:11 | More by steelcutoats
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erikm25

Washington

3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy golden orange. A little on the lighter side of this type of color. The head is relatively full with a coppered cream coloring. Impressive and cascading sheet of lace all around the glass.

S: Strong smell of floral hops, grapefruit, and a slight citrus aroma. The alcohol was present but still nicely shaded by pine and sweetness. Even a bit of bready characteristic that made this more full in the nose.

T: Great IPA taste. Big and hoppy with a taste of yeast that allows everything to balance out very well. There are tastes of spiced herbs and wood soaked caramel. Full and dry but in the end the bitter finish is overcome by the high ABV.

M: The alcohol is present in the mouth. Carbonation is soft. Overall this was not quite thin but still less then medium bodied.

D: Overall this is a quality DIPA. Not sure where it would fall on my list for this type but it would not be in my top 3. I didn't realize the $15.99 price tag until I was at the register. Because of the price and beautiful ceramic bottle I was expecting to be floored. While not floored, I enjoyed it and it snuck up nicely.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 00:35:10 | More by erikm25
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vtfan77

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I saw this on tap at the Capital Ale House and figured it would be much cheaper to try it there than to spend a crap-load of money for one of those damn ceramic bottles. Plus, someone else was buying :)

A- Nice dark gold color with a big white head. Great lacing, too.

S- Fantastic smell! Sweet fruit from the hops, smells like strawberries and pineapple. Also some grass and herbs.

T- Quite bitter, this one. Don't be deceived by its "paltry" 74 IBU (low by today's standards); this beer is intense! A touch of cracker-like malt is immediately overwhelmed by huge leafy, herbal hops. An underlying sweetness remains. Big chalky bitterness on the finish. Almost too bitter, actually; I'm not sure the flavor quite holds up to the bitterness.

M- Carbonation is kind of low, but overall the mouthfeel's nice and full, very smooth.

D- High levels of bitterness and alcohol limit the drinkability somewhat, but it's still decent. I'd recommend just one per sitting.

Good stuff indeed. I'd certainly recommend this one, but only to hopheads who like very bitter beers.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2007 22:03:45 | More by vtfan77
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fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark orange in colour with minimal carbonation. The aroma is hoppy, mainly herbal/grassy with only a hint of orange/grapefruit. There’s also a bit of an alcohol note to it as well. Big mouth-coating malty flavor’s dominate. It’s quite bread like, with a nice strong hop presence. The hops are there and are powerful, but still retain a nice mellow balance. A very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2005 21:39:06 | More by fisherman34
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mhewes

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : Pours a nice golden color with a solid two finger head that disappates pretty quickly.

S : Citrus aromas and hops. Lots of hops

T : It starts off hoppy and stays that way. There's a little bit of the citrus flavor but it's all about the hops.

M : Good carbonation, real smooth

D : A little thinner than I was expecting but it goes down smooth and is really drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2008 13:47:55 | More by mhewes
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Dizzy

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange color with a creamy off white head, great retention. Aroma is a hops and malty sweetness. Flavor is hop bitterness, malt and alcohol. Overall, this is a very bitter beer, but there is a lot of alcohol and sweetness to balance it. The cost doesn't seem justified here, but this beer is worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2006 02:16:44 | More by Dizzy
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

06-07-2013 21:16:30 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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WillyOsler


3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

10-11-2012 01:27:40 | More by WillyOsler
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Vanz

Australia

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

01-27-2014 22:42:46 | More by Vanz
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mkotsayfan

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 7 oz bottle into a pint glass.

The look is a mudded dark orange, with about a finger and a half of head. Smell is somewhat inviting, the usual hoppy smell you would expect from a DIPA. The malt really comes through in the smell as well.

Taste is balanced, with a protruding pine taste as well as some citrus. But it seems like something is missing...

Overall, it is a solid beer, but probabaly not something I will go out of my way to obtain again.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 00:40:54 | More by mkotsayfan
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Magery

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

09-02-2012 14:13:02 | More by Magery
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

11-18-2013 13:44:43 | More by KevinGordon
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CaptainNomihodai

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

03-01-2013 19:02:01 | More by CaptainNomihodai
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Hopmodium

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

01-14-2013 00:12:27 | More by Hopmodium
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Phillybrewhead

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

11-27-2013 00:45:55 | More by Phillybrewhead
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New, smaller bottle picked up at Total Wine in Alexandria. Served in a tulip.

Pours brings forth a moderately-hazed light orange beer with a single-finger white head with pretty good retention. Some spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Nose is a bit laid back with a mild tangerine and tropical character along with a bit of sweet malt. The taste adds a bit more hop bite with a front-end bitterness followed by some fruity character and a bit of malty sweetness. The finish is slightly alcoholic. Moderate level of bitterness for the style; fairly-full body. Drinks fairly well, though it's not anything too special. I will say that I love the small bottles and I'd love to see more breweries go to this for stronger, yet widely-available, offerings.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 00:39:22 | More by Thorpe429
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ajtorres311

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

05-15-2013 16:34:32 | More by ajtorres311
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

08-19-2013 00:44:34 | More by outoffocus
XS Imperial India Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
92 out of 100 based on 1,117 ratings.