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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

1,125 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 1,125
Reviews: 759
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 75
Gots: 32 | 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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connecticutpoet

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a hazy deep yellow brew with a very huge head that left a lot of lacing. Actually, it foamed out of the bottle upon opening... surely a panic situation if there ever was one.

The aroma was of MAJOR hops... BIG blasts of pine, sprice, and citrus in the nose. Quite a delectable scent.

The taste was also a hop bomb. It was highly bitter initially, with a very strong pine flavor. Light citrus blended in, and there was a long bitter hop finish.

This is an excellent brew. Well balanced, not too sweet, good slightly chewy mouthfeel, and highly drinkable for a hophead like me. I had a 12 oz. bottle, and wished I had a bomber.

DAYUM this was a great one! Only one better to date has been 90 minute IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2004 03:54:53 | More by connecticutpoet
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queenboadicea

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice honey amber with a persistant cream-colored head. Heavy lacing on the sides of the glass. Wonderfully balanced bitter hops and caramel malt with overtones of honey and coriander. The finish is magnificent, and it lasts and lasts. I'm beginning to realize that I prefer IPA's on the wamer side, because they seem to become much more expressive around 60 degrees. And I've also realized that the more good IPAs that I try, the more I like the style! Kudos to Rogue for another excellent ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2003 23:02:38 | More by queenboadicea
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billhelm

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +9%

04-21-2014 15:20:13 | More by billhelm
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dcellis

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +9%

03-20-2012 14:03:18 | More by dcellis
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MightiestBeard

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +9%

05-04-2013 02:13:40 | More by MightiestBeard
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HollyHops

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9%

08-14-2013 22:48:32 | More by HollyHops
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WynnO

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +9%

05-30-2012 06:01:42 | More by WynnO
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jimilayne

New York

4.5/5  rDev +9%

06-07-2013 22:50:40 | More by jimilayne
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9%

11-29-2011 23:14:44 | More by brandoman63
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willmc

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden color into a tulip glass with a good 3 finger off white head, and loads of lacing left behind.
aromas, well you guessed it-Hops! Very floral as well with some citrus and very slight sweetness, very slight.
tastes, did i mention hops, with a 74 ibu's it's hard to get around the hops. if you don't like a big hoppy beer stay away form this one. i picked up a some citrus and earty notes as well, even a little spicy. rogue nows how to make a big beer, grab one up if you get the chance. cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2010 05:08:12 | More by willmc
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neckbeered

Montana

4.5/5  rDev +9%

06-10-2013 16:18:13 | More by neckbeered
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Terp96

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You can imagine my surprise when I found this on tap at Max's in Fells Point, MD.

Poured a hazy, yellow-orange with about an inch thick head that quickly subsided.

Aroma was amazing. Everything typical from Rogue. Very floral, citrusy with little or no alcohol in the nose.

This beer tasted so good. Again, very hoppy with a nice dry finish. Complex and clean at the same time. You cannot taste any of the alcohol or yeast as is common in many double IPAs.

Mouthfeel was good. Very balanced and just the right weight for an IPA. Not to heavy and not too thin.

This is a very drinkable brew. I had two before moved on to my next conquest. I will have to get back before this one is gone.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2005 16:46:27 | More by Terp96
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Weissenheimer

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I pour out this twelve-ounce bottle and spend a while marveling at its appearance. It has a medium-sized frothy head but the real attraction is the liquid, which is a mix of sunshine and deep red southwestern clay. I look close and see that its moderate haziness comes from the innumerable tiny particles suspended in it. Largish bubbles coat the bottom of the glass and float upward.

The smell is lovely; it's crisp, hoppy, floral, and abundantly fresh. There's also some citrus - mostly sweet grapefruit, I think. It's been a while, but I'm pretty sure that the scent reminds me most of Sweetwater IPA.

I'm in the mood to try something hoppy and this beer does not disappoint. Almost as soon as the potent hops hit my tongue, a muscular and somewhat nutty malt chewiness balances them out. I'm hooked already, but it keeps getting better. I perceive four phases in the taste. First comes that heavy, chewy load of malt. Then the citrus rolls in; I taste grapefruit and perhaps a bit of lime. A sharp, metallic bitterness follows. As it settles into the back of my mouth it goes from metallic to sweet/sour; this long, zippy hop finish produces a slight urge to pucker.

The most notable thing about the mouthfeel is the smooth transition between stages. There's a tiny frisson of citrus in the midst of the malt, and this leads into the second stage. In the midst of this comes a hint of metallic astringency which leads into the third stage, and so on. Within each taste falls a seed of the next.

Oh boy, will I be getting more of this.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2004 21:20:41 | More by Weissenheimer
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good beer. Bold hop flavors and strong sweetness. Citrus, pine, and earthy aromas and flavors... yea, a lot like most other very good I2PA's. What's the separater? For this beer, it's the balance. The beer is delicately proportioned to allow a hearty alcohol content to merge seamlessly with the hop drying and intensity. The citrus hop flavors and feel swirl nicely around the firm malt base allowing complexity and variety to emerge without letting the strength of the beer to get out of hand. Full and rich textures fall short of heavy. Quite easy to drink and less offensive than a lot of IPA's. Good job Rogue... I expect nothing else.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2007 15:20:41 | More by BEERchitect
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Falcone

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +9%

05-28-2013 00:30:21 | More by Falcone
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garymuchow

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is a rich full hops experience, that is heavy in citrus and holds a firm malt backing.
Very attractive beer. Manly and heavy looking. Cloudy amber of orange/red/brown. Firm steady head and lacing.
Full heavy flavor of hops and quality firm malt. Robust, interesting, heavy, biting bitterness that's not bothersome. Malt has a caramel and slight roast quality, but it also contains a wonderful chocolate taste that makes the drink . Full hops complexity.
Full and heavy feel, even for an IPA. Softeness and creaminess too.
This beer pushes the limits of hops, which I can appreciate, but others may not. Even I at times had to whince at the intensity. Wonderful nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2003 06:18:24 | More by garymuchow
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BigLittleHokis

California

4.5/5  rDev +9%

10-04-2013 05:52:17 | More by BigLittleHokis
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rxthree

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +9%

12-29-2011 02:04:19 | More by rxthree
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moon0

New York

4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An opaque orange with glittering yeasties floating throughout. Carbonated with big lively bubbles. The lacework on the glass disappears quickly, it doesn't linger. The aroma is quite nice, strong, yet floral. I guess those oxygen fixing caps really work. The malt stands up in mid-taste but eventually gets dominated by the bursting hops which attack the tongue in a blanket of hop oil. An intense, resinous, piney domination. I can't speak, my palate needs a break. An amazing envelope pusher.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2003 08:03:15 | More by moon0
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truthcontortion

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +9%

12-23-2011 14:04:23 | More by truthcontortion
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Ian_Alexander

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9%

05-08-2014 00:34:48 | More by Ian_Alexander
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750ml [1 Pint, 10 fl.oz.] black straight-sided black colored pseudo-Earthenware bottle which is actually a screen printed and painted ceramic botle. Supplied with a brass colored crown cap for shipment and a reusable black plastic flip top with a red washer for later...but I didn't need that!! Has an imposing appearance. The word ‘ROGUE’ runs top to bottom in a dark gunmetal gray with the letters ‘XS’ above in a lighter silver color. Imperial India Pale Ale is written in small red text.

One interesting point to note is that the reverse of the bottle has the following specs. Of 20° Plato, 53 IBU, 75AA and 13° Lovibond, whilst the Rogue Website has completely different ones, namely the same 20° Plato, 75AA and 13° Lovibond BUT….75 IBU’s !!!! …..interesting. Listed on the Website as 9.5% in the 750ml Silkscreened Ceramic Bottle, nice to see it available in more than the old “wimpy” 12oz glass bottles at last.

Appearance: Soft orange body, listed as unfiltered but dispensed perfectly clear with an ever so light looking chill haze. Immensely fine carbonation is well dissolved but a quick swirl reveals a strong conditioning and reinstates the dirty white head to a firm ¼” thick covering. Light lacing slides down the glass yet leaves some smattered patterning. Looks good.

Nose: Lots of hoppy aromas, juicy and fresh this one packs a serious hoppy forearm. Its all here, citrus zest, piney oils, hoppy bouquets, coniferous forests…..super silly hoppy nose.

Taste: I think this is by far the best part of Rogues I2PA. All of the variations of hop character possible seem to effortlessly merged together to form a highly synergistic. Sharp hop entrance soon balances out with some orange zest in the middle and a lively bitterness in the ending. I think the 9 months of aging really lends a mature well-rounded balance. Superb.

Mouthfeel: The malt is there, but like the steel re-bar in reinforced concrete it performs its task effortlessly yet adds an immense supporting strength, yet always seems to remain totally unseen. Dry and bitter with a creamy feel at times. Clean, yet decidedly powerful.

Drinkability: Lusciously hoppy and fruity, doesn’t suffer from the oily feel so many I-IPA’s do, it remains balanced and damn quaffable.

Overall: A solid brew and a great example of the style. A tad pricey but you pays for the quality here for sure. A great brew but given the price this is still a once-in-a-while purchase for me. A supreme I-IPA and a definitive example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2005 06:16:00 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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TXJACK

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16oz Pint Glass 750ml resealable bottle.

Appearance: Poured a beautiful hazed orange gold with a two finger head that dissipated down to a 1/2 finger that just wouldn't go away through the 20 minutes I savored this beer.

Smell: Like IPA heaven! The hoppy, piney, slightly citrus smell invades your nostrils and sets you up for what is to come.

Taste: BAM, HOPS! Your pallet is covered in that hoppy, grassy, piney flavour we love in IPAs. With a slight citrus/sweetness on the finish that balances the bitterness. This leaves a very pleasant mellow aftertaste making you wait for that next sip.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, slightly dry with just the right amout of carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes down smoooth. I enjoyed the whole 750ml in one night, making the rather nice and thoughtful packaging of a resealable bottle now null.

I loved this IPA, it's exactly what I like and want in a beer of this type.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 01:35:17 | More by TXJACK
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BrutalSusan

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +9%

12-15-2011 10:14:55 | More by BrutalSusan
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wookievath

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +9%

06-13-2012 23:03:02 | More by wookievath
XS Imperial India Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
92 out of 100 based on 1,125 ratings.