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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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Ratings: 1,191
Reviews: 763
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 94
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2001

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
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Photo of jwinship83
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

2010 edition 7oz nip bottle drank out of my sierra nevada hop tulip glass.

A- this one pours out a very nice looking glowing golden orange colored body with a very small bright white head on top. the head lasts for a few minutes before receding and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- the first thing i can pick up in the nose is sweet caramel malts. after that comes a variety of pungent hops. lots of grapefruit and pine. lots of floral notes. this one is off to a great start.

T- the caramel malts i could smell come through weaker in the taste and become a poor attempt at balance (not a bad thing at all). after that come the hops. lots of bitter grapefruit and pine. lots of floral hops. some tropical fruits as well. i like this.

M- medium bodied, bordering on full. nice and bitter. leaves my mouth feeling dry. the alcohol is well hidden.

D- 7oz of DIPA just isnt enough. $4.99 for the small bottle is too much. i liked this beer very much, but at that price i dont think ill be buying it again. the drinkability score takes a hit for that.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml ceramic, stopper bottle. Bottle said 9.5%abv

Appearance- Poured a good two finger head with great retention. Left some good filminess on the side of my glass. Color was a lighly toasted orange eel. Nice lacing for the first 20 minutes of enjoying this brew.

Smell- Smelled like grapefruit zest with hints of chamomile andf lilac seedlings. Mix that with some old fashioned white bread and your good to go.

Taste- Starts out with truckloads of cascade hops and the rest being mamas country biscuits. Very resiny floral and citrus hops. Of course an overall strong hop bitterness flavor but a good balance of toasty malts and hops.

Mouthfeel- A little dry and resiny. Like I was taking a bite of a hop flower. Very good tongue coverage I must say. My palate was realing a good while after finishing my brew.

Photo of BeerNemesis
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

XS Imperial India Pale Ale | 207 ml. (7 oz.) | 9.5% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Rogue Brewery (Brewer's on the Bay)
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
Glass: Duvel tulip

Floor malted Maris Otter Pale, Rogue Micro Barley Farm Risk Malts

Cascade, Saaz, Northwest Golding, Rogue Micro Hopyard Revolution Hops

Coastal Water
Pacman Yeast

It's an attractive cloudy amber that sports a diminutive white head and some terrific lacing.

Very pungent with over-ripe tropical fruit--pineapple and banana come through--and thick floral notes.

The overall taste develops in discrete stages, adding a touch of drama to the drink. A malty character assets itself first and sort of hangs for a bit. Then hop oils pull through, bringing with them the lush tropical fruits tempered by a strong, herbal bitterness. The finish brings a surprise: bitter turns sour and then sweet, leaving a juicy, almost cloying stamp on the lateral sides of the tongue. In the aftertaste, the sweetness remits, and herbal bitterness is back.

Medium-bodied, but with a persistent viscosity to it. There really isn't all that much carbonation, except for at the very end, during the sweet phase.

It's an IIPA and the bitterness is definitely there. I'm impressed by who complex the flavor profile is, particularly in that Rogue has done a good job of balancing counterpointing tastes.

Would I get it again?:
Maybe, but not for a while. It's really a good beer, but it is taxing on the taste buds.

Bottled: 2010
Served: January 8, 2011

Price = $4.99 at Witherspoon Wines

Photo of AlexJ
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale amber yellow with a dense white head that sort of stays put and leaves fine trickling lace.

Aroma is sweet, toasty malt, scorched sugar, and generous grapefruit, pine, and sweet floral notes. Nice nose, but not intense as some other IIPA's.

Starts with bittersweet honey malts, bread dough, and is quickly washed over by citrus/grapefruit, fruity sweet floral notes, and a helping of resinous pine. Not as balanced as some other examples, but what the hell, hops are what this style is all about.

Medium bodied with a full, creamy, almost resinous mouthfeel. The high ABV is well integrated, making it highly drinkable, although it bears a very high price tag. I miss the 12 oz bottles, which I used to purchase for 3 bucks apiece. Now it's 14$ for 25 ounces. I declare Shenanagins!

Photo of danielharper
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Strong Bros. Liquor Store, Fayetteville, TN. 750 mL ceramic bottle, consumed in one sitting.

This beer pours into my pint glass with a orange-yellow body and a thick white bubbled head. Leaves heavy lacing around the glass.

Aroma is composed of hops, hops, hops, with a touch of fruit (perhaps grapefruit) buried underneath. Slight floral notes as beer warms.

Flavor is solid, with crisp, refreshing hops at the front, fresh, pleasant, slightly floral fruit following to wash the beer down. Gives a very balanced (for the style) aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is foamy and thick (washing it around the mouth coats the palate with floral complexity nicely) but not so much as to affect refreshment or drinkability. Very nice.

Overall drinkability good, especially for a beer this hoppy with this much alcohol. I'll be buying these again.

Photo of bobsy
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The cost of a bomber of this has always been prohibitive for me, and I've passed it by. I could no longer pass it by when I saw it on draft at Rattle N Hum's East v. West IPA festival for a mere $4 per 10oz. Absolute steal!

So here we have it, a peach juice body with a beautifully billowing white head. Good retention and spotty lacing. The aroma doesn't seem as amped up as a double IPA, and more in line with the regulars I've had up to this point. Its slightly earthy, with some nice floral and citrus notes, but with no obvious alcohol or hints of extreme bitterness. The flavour, though, is certainly that of a double IPA. Hop oils coat the tongue with a spicy grassiness, which is ably complimented by candied grapefruit, honey malt and fresh bread. While the alcohol is not apparent in the aroma, its not missing here. Medium to full body, with an excellent smooth mouthfeel.

I'm glad I had the opportunity to try this one on tap, otherwise I would never had had the experience of trying one of Rogue's best brews. This is a well-constructed IIPA, and while it may not be worthy the lofty bottle price, it is worthy of keeping some good company.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another new one on tap at Barley's this weekend. Poured a hazy burnt orange with a nice off white head. Some good lacing. Smell was hop heaven. Deep citrus and opiney hops, lots of orange and pineapple tones. The taste was a bit harsh, strong. Lots of hot alcohol present, as it warmed it calmed down some. Smooth, not slimy feel, with decent carbonation. Overall this was a nice imperial IPA and was pretty good on tap. Very strong which cuts down on the drinkability a bit, but otherwise a very fine ale.

Photo of Paincane
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Opaque copper color with off-white head and excellent lacing.
S: Bread floral, citrus and pine aromas.
T: Balances nicely between biscuity malt flavors and piney hop notes.
M: Clean and refreshing big brew with dry finish.
O: Big flavorful Imperial IPA that is well-balanced.

Photo of rxdrewthejew
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue brews and I haven't gotten along all that well, so I figured I'd see what they did with my favorite style. Interesting presentation with the ceramic sorta mini-growler. Poured into my nonic.

A: Bottle encourages a somewhat rough pour, but a good looking brew is revealed. Yellow on the edges of the cup deepening to a nice orange/amber and plenty hazy, with little floaties throughout. Rocky white 2-3 finger head with good retention and fantastic lacing.

S: Big malty front with estery sweetness. Not a huge hope nose revealed in the smell. I detect some pine and floral hints in the back, but really this smells like a malt-dominant brew.

T: Not as sweet in the beginning as the smell suggests, thank goodness. Very nice malt backbone, somewhat sweet but not too much. Hops are mostly pine and resin, and seem somewhat subdued. This may be more due to the balance of the beer though.

MF: Somewhat thin body but enough fizziness to make up for it. Strong warming in the finish, and really the end of the flavor is a bit of alcohol sweetness. Very easy to glug.

D: Pretty subdued IIPA. It's hop dominant, to be sure, but everything seems a little too cautious. My feeling is that a really good IIPA almost has to be a bit over the top, and this one isn't. The balance is really nice, and it's quite easy to drink. But doesn't rate with the big guns.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky honey orange with a 1/2 inch foamy orange-beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, honey, and malt. Taste is exactly the same with a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of Running4beer
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a very hazy orange and a thin lace of foam after warming a little it clears up slightly. Floating in this I2PA is sediment of yeast and lots of it. You can notice the carbonation even with all that yeast floating around. The carbonation gives this a crisp bite. Aroma is hops, hops, hops and more hops citrus, floral and spice. Flavors are almost the same as the aroma floral and citrus hops especially grapefruit and I also tasted some mango and a bitter spicey aftertaste, through all those hops I tasted a bit of malt in there. This I2PA definetly has kick you in the balls written all over it.

Photo of orsulacp
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this in the clay bottle, it poured a hazy copper with very little head. There is a citrus smell, with some honey and a bit of pine. Kind of sweet, strong malts, I do taste some honey and there is some bitterness on the end. It is very smooth, mediium carbonation with a dry finish. The malt stands out more than I expected.

Photo of MSchae1017
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of ballewblake
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of nickfl
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Two finger white head with very good retention and excellent lace on a hazy orange body.

S - Hoppy grapefruit aroma with significant malt backing it up.

T - Strong citrus and floral hop flavors up front. Noticeable alcohol sweetness and warmth helps to balance the hops. Moderate malt with some fruity yeast notes and a bit of caramel and roast malt flavor in the middle. The finish is dry and bitter with some woodiness and a hint of tobacco.

M - Thick, chewy body with moderate carbonation. Somewhat astringent.

D - Reasonably drinkable with a nice, strong hop character. The yeast fruitiness adds a nice depth to the flavor, though the malt is a bit dark for the style.

Photo of beerguy101
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange gold color, hazy. Medium head. Aroma is hoppy, slightly floral with pineapple and pine. This is a massively hoppy IPA. Grapefruit and pine with a touch of sweetness. Who am I kidding this beer is all hops. That said, its all hops and not as bitter as you would think. Full flavored. The hops are grapefruit and pine. There is some maltyness to it, but this beer is way overbalanced toward the hops. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp and dry. Smoother than you would expect. Aftertaste is bitter. There is a lingering grapefruit taste as well. This was one of Rogues "new" XS 12 oz. Bottle. Etched painted bottle.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle(room temp) a hazy light gold with lots of carbonation and a huge head of foam that grew in my goblet until it almost overflowed. When it finally does settle down, it leaves a fine layer with some lacing.

The smell is very hoppy, bitter hoppy with some fruity tones, mostly grapefruit, there as well.

The taste is very big on hops up front with strong bitterness but there's a bit of malt in the background that comes through and it tries to tame or at least balance out the hops but it's only partially successful. This one is *still* all about the hops even though the 12ozer(XS series) is probably a couple of years old and then.. there's the 9.20% abv. It is noticeable but doesn't "burn".

Bottom line: This is a good cold weather sipper that's worth buying from time to time.

Edit: 2004 12oz bottle courtesy of rpohagan.

I poured the beer into my NB goblet and it is a cloudy dark gold/red that when I hold up my glass to a light, I cannot see the light at all.
A nice 1" head of foam here with superb lacing.

The smell is...oh so inviting with a still massive hop aroma of pine and citrus grapefruits and a bordering on maybe crossing the line of some tropical fruitiness. There's some nice sweet notes from the malt here as well that figure in just right considering how long this has been cellaring and grows in intensity the more whiffs I take.

The taste is different than what I expected from the smell. The malt brings a buttload of caramel sweetness tempered by *very* light and I do mean *VERY* light bitterness that is just that....bitterness. No signs to me of any real citrus or pine or tropical fruits...just plain old bitterness pure and simple and the balance it creates with the malt is in a word, superb!

Bottom line here is that I had no clue as to what ~7 years would do to this DIPA so what I'm finding is surprising the hell out of me.

For the most part it is medium bodied thinning out some towards the finish and it has ample carbonation.

Drinkability? Time did wonders with that. Fresh, I found it too hot as many others did. This cellared bottle was one of the easiest to drink big abv brews I have ever had. If you have any of these bad boys in your "cellar", give one a go right now.

A: 4.5 S: 4.5 T: 4.5 M: 4.0 D: 4.5

Photo of quasimoto
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Its crystal clear amber with a glorious head that laces very nicley.

S - Over the top pine tree hops, mixed with the fruity side of them if you know what to look for.

T - Surprisingly strong toasted hops. Ususally these types are so one sided, that malts don't come through. But it's nice.

M - Exceedingly bitter. Sharp, and dry. Needs to be a little creamier for this style

D - Not a session beer. But it's able to be drank all night.

Photo of Pooba001
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from black ceramic Rouge XS bottle. Love that bottle. Appearance is a clear pale amber, would be fine for a Pale Ale, acceptable for a IPA, but its a little light for a double IPA. Smell is unexpectedly funky, almost belgian yeast funky. There's light grain aroma, and surprisingly little hop, some resin, citrus, earth. Hmm.

Taste isn't very double IPA (like smell). Flowery and citrus hops are here, so is light grain and malt. Its a tasty beer, I like it, but I'm realizing if I were to grade this relative to an IPA it would get a good rating, but it doesn't seem like a double IPA to me. Feels like a rare let down from Rogue.

Mouthfeel is ok, lighter that I like. Drinkability is great for a double IPA, as long as I don't keep waiting for a healthy dose of hops, I could drink this until I'm inebriated.

Photo of corby112
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wiseman Justin Reporting on July 21, 2010 from Rogue Brewery.

Appearance: Nice clear golden amber. Head is thin but lacing looks really good. Really awesome lacing. Head starts thin but stays that way all the way done. They done right at Rogues.

Smell: A little struggle on the nose. Some hops but I'm not getting much there. Faint rain on plastic? Faint grapefruit. I'm not getting the "Intense Armoa" they advertised.

Taste: Very smooth. Woah! This is not a hop bomb. Slightly hoppy balanced well with malts. Smoked wood aftertaste. Green pine up front. No fruits here just wood hops and malt. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Slighly chewy the way I like it but only on the backend. Not much else to say, very smooth for the most part.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable I2PA. Does not lay waste upon the palate either like most IPA's. Smooth and easy going could sip or down these all day long.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of daliandragon
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of Imstillthegman
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no dating. I'm guessing it's at least two+ years old.

Pours a fairly clear golden copper color. About an inch of white, tight bubbled head. Leaves some really nice soapy lacing.

The aroma is a sign of its age. Strong dark caramel malts. There a bit of a sour fruit scent in the background...like citrus gone bad.

The flavor, while not as hoppy as it would be fresh, is still pretty good. The hops have definitely faded, but there is some bitterness at the end. Caramel malts are the main flavor, but there is also some spiciness and a bit of a woody flavor in there behind the sweetness, as well.

Mouthfeel is a solid medium body with good carbonation. Starts creamy and finishes dry with a touch of bitterness. I would have bought more when I saw these, but I wasn't sure how old it was or how well it may have held up. Time to head back and see if there is any left.

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in 2010. Pours hazy and cloudy orange amber color with a small dense khaki head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap. Some spotty lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big pine, orange zest, grapefruit, floral, herbal, caramel, and honey like sweetness; with a bit of booze. Pretty nice aromas here with good strength. Taste of big orange rind, pine, grapefruit, caramel, spiciness, herbal, and a bit of honey. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pine, spices, orange, and caramel on the finish for a while. Good balance of flavors; with pretty smooth drinking, but it is still a sipper at 9.5%. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a warming on the finish present. Overall this is a damn nice DIPA despite not being a fresh bottle. Nice and citrusy flavor profile. I really enjoyed this one.

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XS Imperial India Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
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