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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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1,161 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,161
Reviews: 759
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 79
Gots: 44 | 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.

74 IBU
75 AA
13º Lovibond

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2001)
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Photo of cpetrone84
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draught at Fathead's in Pittsburgh

A-golden yellow in color, lots of bubbles from carbonation with a thin white head

S-decent hop aroma of grapefruit and citrus

T/M-very oily and crisp, a fair amount of carbonation, a good grapefruit taste up front, there is a hint of citrus, and a very bitter finish

D-pretty tasty but such a crisp carbonated finish makes it something i couldn't continuously drink

cpetrone84, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of Lothore
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a golden auburn hue with a small, one finger, eggshell colored head.

S- Smells piney, lots of hops with a bit of a grainy earth sweetness to the nose.

T- Very complex flavor, bitter and at the same time a bit tart. Tons of piney hops from beginning to end.

M- Thick syrupy mouthfeel with a good carbonation kick.

D- This is definitely a sipper but all the hops balance out the 9 percent alcohol quite well.

Lothore, Aug 13, 2007
Photo of MSchae1017
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the 750mL ceramic bottle.

This beer pours a hazy golden orange with a creamy off white head that holds decently and laces a little. The smell is a nice balance of sweet malts and hop aroma. Very Nice! The taste is a little dissapointing for the style. While this beer is still quite good, it was not quite as good as I expected from the other reviews. I kind of thought that this beer was a little out of balance. For 74 IBUs, this was quite bitter. I felt like there wasn't enought maltiness to this beer to balance out the bitterness. It also felt as if there was not enough aromatic and flavor hops, just a bunch of hops that is used for bitterness. There is a nice thickness and good carbonation to balance out the feel. Overall quite drinkable, a good Double IPA just not the best.

MSchae1017, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of ballewblake
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a super sexy bottle into a Duvel glass.

Right out of the bottle I noticed that I wasn't getting much head so I poured it a little harsher in an attempt to get one. The head was big bubbly, almost soap bubble, (I don't use soap to clean my beer glasses so I know it wasn't that.) That head went down to nothing really quick and turned into a minor white ring around the glass. Lacing seems really clean to almost nothing. Color is a lighter amberish, semi opaque, chunks of sediment at the bottom of the glass. Smell is a little yeasty with tweaks of yummy hops, some minor grapefruit and pines. Goes over a little thick on my palette, minor carbonation, slightly bitter up front and at the end. As I get toward the end, lots of thick floaties in this one. A good double IPA. Drinkable.

Second pour finishing the bottle left it super cloudy with a ton more floaters. Head is still mild but a little more dense, with a few soapy bubbles at the edge. Head dies down super fast in this bottle.

ballewblake, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a pungent IPA (or double IPA). Gold amber honey esq to the pour, the smell is sticky pine and citrus. A mouth puckering wallop of taste is the first experience on the tongue.

A tough IPA to drink to yourself, which is nice, because if there is any style you want to challenge you on . . .

The shortside is just how overwhelming this is at first, it leaves you with a little palate fatigue or something. Don't plan on drinking much else with this around. Would have appreciated a greater hop mouthfeel as opposed to the bitterness by itself.

Beerandraiderfan, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of BWED
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml ceramic bottle poured into a Rogue tumbler

A- Dark orange-brown, with haziness. Creamy off white head has good retention. Some lacing.

S- Biscuit and caramel background. Earthy and citrusy hop notes.

T- Grapefruit rind. Biscuit and caramel hold up from the nose.

M- Medium body. Pretty easy to drink for such a big beer. Bitter finish, of course.

O- This is good, but a lot of dull bitter hop character. I'm more of a juicy, citrusy kinda guy.

BWED, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of Bananaman
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow, first of, what a shitload of a bottle. An enormous 75cl Stone bottle. Cool, but not very handy, and very expensive.

Looks great though, and the beer in the glass is deep yellow/orange with small particles of hops(?).

The smell is full of hops, really nice. But not as extreme smell as Hercules IPA or Stone Ruination. Good anyway.

Taste is really, really bitter. Lots of hops and tropical fruits, but also quite sweet, almost caramelly. Nice.

To sum it up, nice, but not worth the price.

Bananaman, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of daliandragon
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up today at Stony Brook Beverage on route 25A, a decent little stop with a mixed selection of American microbrew and import specialty bottles.
I thought the four plus bucks I dropped on this 12 oz. bottle seemed steep, I know this beer is highly rated.
Pours a neon golden with a rocky white ale and cloudy body. The nose has hints of yeast and citrus bit is primarily hops..I can smell the E. Goldings and Cascades (the aggressive ones), the Saaz is a little more subtle. Lacing is particularly good as well.
Woh. This is mad hoppy. Forget everything else, this is just a hop blaster. Obviously bitter as hell but also mostly clean and dry on the finish.
This is a complete beer but the hops can be oppressive unless you really are a hop addict. Body is solid but I'd like to see a little more malt balance. Texture is spot on.
Too much for me hop wise but this still oozes craft brewing and quality. Worth a flyer.

daliandragon, Apr 03, 2006
Photo of HopHead84
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Great looking beer with a one finger head and no lacing on the glass. Orange with some floating yeast and hop residue. Resembles a bavarian hefeweizen.

S: Grapefruit, pine, no citrus. I don't know how long this was sitting on the shelf of the store that I bought if from but the smell isn't a highlight of the beer.

T: Buttery. The initial flavor is not very bitter but the finish is long, dry, and the hops bite you with their bitterness towards the back of the tongue at the end.

M: Full mouthfeel with medium to low carbonation.

*It's possible this bottle is old and I'll look for a fresh one.

HopHead84, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of corby112
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Capones in Wayne, PA.

Pours a dark amber color with a thick, foamy beige head. Aroma is dominated by hops with a nice malt presence. All hops up front tickling the tounge with a nice malty backbone and a dry bitter citrus hopped finish.

corby112, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. painted bottle that I've been holding on to for over a year. Served in my Dogfish Head shaker glass. Appears a hazy deep amber color with an inch of off-white head. Great lacing left on the inside of the glass with each sip. There is a huge hop presence in the nose considering this beer has sat around a while. The large dose of hops carries through in the taste along with pine, citrus and caramel. I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of hop presence still lingering in both the aroma and taste. This beer is nicely bitter from start to finish. A notch above medium in both body and carbonation. After drinking this beer, my tongue needed some time to rebound. Nice.

ClockworkOrange, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - hazy amber yellow color, with a thick rocky white head, no visible carbonation but plenty of sediment

S - very hoppy smell as expected, but there is also a brown sugar sweetness to it

T - wow, damn well balanced, great bitterness and a subtle sweetness to keep the IBU's honest, what a great beer, one of the better Rogue offerings

M - good mouthfeel, smooth, dry finish

D - you have to like your IBU's

sinstaineddemon, May 10, 2006
Photo of troutmask96
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great packaging, great IPA. Pours a beautiful dark amber, with lingering head. Smell is of butterscotch, pine, citrus, and of course, hops. The 9.2 ABV cautions sips, not gulps, but this IPA has an intense initial smoothness followed by a nice, lingering bitterness. All in all an exceptional IPA...

troutmask96, Jul 15, 2006
Photo of rastaman
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

AIBA 2003: Was excited to see a Rogue beer at the festival. Very grapefruity, manadariny, piney nose and flavour, heavy on the hops, for sure. Quite bitter and citric, a bit thick and chewy, but vibrant and fresh at the same time, diggable. If there was anything bad to say about it, it was a bit one dimensionally hoppy, but it maintains a relatively good balance.

rastaman, May 10, 2003
Photo of jackndan
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I Dub P A from Rogue, from a twelve ounce bottle: smells wonderful, very floral hops dominate the smell. Orange colored beer, with a thin skim of a head on top. There are substantial sediments in the brew. The taste is very mush floral/fruity hops, not bitter at all, almost sweet. The taste and aroma make a fine combination, leaving an overall fine beer. The color is orange and the dominant taste is orange as well. Nice clean finish. Fairly nice.

jackndan, Jan 11, 2004
Photo of Darkale
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy, butterscotch body, with a massive, thick, creamy and tan head.

Fruity, slightly sweet aroma.

Chewy in the mouth, with an almost barleywine-like sweetness at first, followed by a round sourness of hops.

Taste is a nice mix of deep and creamy sweetness and then powerful hops, one right after the other -- each can be tasted separately.

While all of the parts are wonderful, the whole seems lacking. The taste could be more in balance. Not my favorite IPA, though I can see why some might like it very much.

Darkale, Aug 20, 2003
Photo of Tone
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy maize color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and good lacing. Smells of strong hops, sweet malt, slight alcohol, citrus (tangerine), slight pine, and a hint of roasted malt. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, strong hops, sweet malt, and slight citrus. Overall, not real complex, but good body.

Tone, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of DogFood11
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 Ceramic type black bottle, capped w/ a stopper for next day use for the girls that can't finish a bottle. Decent head that takes a bit of work, nice lacing, orange to light copper in color.

Of course there is the large hop presence but underneath this has a nice orange fruity taste that is essential to the goodness. Saaz type drying after the fruitiness is helpfull (I love saaz). Cascades are pretty well refined, far from the super raw that I've noticed in other DIPA's. This has what I would expect from this style but its easier on the palate and a bit more drinkable.

Notes: Huge fan of this offering, although if there is any criticism its the price per value ratio that I tend to use for my beer stock selections. Is it good? Yeah....Is it great? eh borderline. Can I do without it? yeah for the price its a bit out of range for how good it is. There are plenty of borderline great DIPA's out there that are much more reasonable. Nice bottle to bring out for company though as the presentation alone is impressive.

DogFood11, May 28, 2006
Photo of emmasdad
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I remember buying 7 ounce bottles of this one back in the mid nineties (and stupidly overpaying even then). Seeing it on tap a couple weeks back at Hops & Pie, I took the opportunity to review it. Poured a hazy orange color with a beige head. Aromas of mango, pineapple and sweet malt. On the palate, this one is medium bodied, with flavors of mango, pineapple and sweet malt.

emmasdad, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of Liverpool08
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright hazy orange with a super fluffy white head. Aroma of Pine, Very much Pine, also notes of grapefruit. First sip is a kick in the mouth of Sticky pine and HOPS!! Also a definate bitter/sour note of grapefruit. This is a definate beer for those that like hops and a good pucker from their beer. I do enjoy the flavors, however I couldn't drink too many. Since it is 9.5 ABV thats probably not a problem.

Liverpool08, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of sacfly
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No date on the bottle.

Poured a very hazy orange color. Head looks great. Half inch, medium to small tan/off white bubbles. Aroma is a bit earthy… vegetal… Taste follows suit with the aroma. Strange. This is not at all what I remember from this beer in years past. Not bad, but not what I was expecting. Nice long bitterness in the aftertaste. Nice English IIPA.

$3.99 for a 12 oz will keep me from enjoying this more often.

sacfly, Apr 08, 2006
Photo of unknownlamer
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Not sure how old this is, but it is in a 12 oz silkscreened bottle without the I2PA circle that is on the picture here (I checked the Rogue site and the ingredients and Plato/IBU/AA/Lovibond are the same so...).

This pours with a slightly pinkish color, and a strong head that laces the entire way down the glass. It smells very strongly of fruity and floral hops. I didn't really detect much of a malt smell.

The taste is a natural progression of the smell with the hops dominating, but this time there being a mild maltiness. The hops start off very fruity, become intensily bitter a moment later, and finish smoothly while leaving an intense aftertaste that is bitter on the back of the tongue, and very floral in the rest of the mouth. The alcohol becomes noticeable as it starts to go down, and gives a bit of a spicy bite. This is tasty, and feels great in the mouth.

It is an Imperial IPA, so it loses points on drinkability, but is otherwise great. I couldn't really drink more than a couple of these, and after having one or two my palate is completely wrecked so I can't really enjoy anything else either. Damn hops. So good, and so evil.

unknownlamer, Nov 11, 2005
Photo of ommegangpbr
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From one of those big, overpriced, ceramic bottles that look really cool.
This one is rough around the egdes all around.
Not so pretty, not so smooth.
Aggressively hoppy. Alcohol comes across a bit too strong in the flavor. Mouthfeel is prickly and almost chalky.
Ballsy and in your face drinkin.
Not shy.
Not bad.

ommegangpbr, Jan 19, 2006
Photo of treedoctor5002
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really like the Rougue line up of beers and have been wanting to try this for a while.
Pours and extremely cloudy dark orange color. It's really thick with a ton of yeast and sediment floating around in there. I'm not sure if I've ever seen this much sediment in a beer.
Very sweet and syrupy, with a lot of bitterness and citrus flavors. This beer must be loaded with hops because the bitterness in the finish is quite intesense. Has a nice bitter/fruity smell to it. I'm slightly disappointed with this beer. I was expecting a little more complexity. Overall ok though.

treedoctor5002, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of Edward-Nipplebrew
3.81/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A Valentines present in a re-sealable mini-growler. High alcohol content at 9.5% and that's a bit too strong for me, but it's tasty and I'd rate it as a solid IPA. I'd certainly get one on tap if I saw it again, but I'd probably not buy a case. Very enjoyable though. JH

Edward-Nipplebrew, Feb 17, 2014
XS Imperial India Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
92 out of 100 based on 1,161 ratings.