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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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1,175 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,175
Reviews: 760
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 81
Gots: 42 | 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 DrunkenPanther
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This cask beer settled off in about 5 minutes to a medium to thin creamy head that stayed throught the drink.
It was a deep, thick golden, almost amber color once it settled.

The aroma was a very strong floral and cascade hop smell. While very strong, it does not completely push you over. It almost gives the impression of a freshly mowed lawn.

The taste of this cask was creamy and bitter. Quite an odd combination, but it was a great mouthfeel. The taste starts out very heavy and creamy but then fades into that IPA bitter finish that lingers a long time.
This was a very drinkable IPA. Although very strong bitter, the creamy cask taste set it off enough that it could be enjoyed by hopheads as well as the more timid.

DrunkenPanther, Mar 31, 2003
Photo of cubedbee
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with a finger of dense white head and some small black floaties. Smells strongly of sweet citrus and grapefruit hops, with a breadiness coming through as well. Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth oily and mouthcoating, very nice. Big bready malt tastes balanes with an almost sour orange and grapefruit hops. Nice long pleasant lingering bitter aftertaste. Alcohol presense does make itself known on this one, but it's so smooth and tasty that it's dangerous.

cubedbee, Jul 16, 2005
Photo of Zorro
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled through the kind efforts of jj21 and the Simply Beer BIF.

Poured in to a Duvel glass this is decidedly on the golden side of amber in color. A head tries to form but the alcohol just won't let it. Skimpy white head at first but it develops after you warm the glass a bit and swirl it around. As it warms this becomes near clear.

Smell is sweet and richly hopped without being one dimensional like a lot of the super IPA class beers. Grapefruit and rum and spice are the first things that jump out at me from the glass. Black pepper and cinnamon scents ride on the alcohol fumes. After a bit of warming pineapple and menthol scents show up out of the depths of the beer.

Taste is sweet mellow and citrus at the beginning and it STAYS mellow for the style. Lemon, grapefruit, wood, pineapple, and a trace of cinnamon pretty much describe this beer. Almost but not quite up to the complexities of the best of the style, pity that there isn't a 4.75 choice.

Mouthfeel is very good.

A hell of mild mannered MEGA IPA beer that is near the top but just not there yet. Probably #5 in its class behind Stones 10th Anniversary Ale. A damn tasty beer that only lacks some taste complexity to slug it out with Dreadnaught and Pliny The Younger for the best of the best.

Zorro, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of pdrizzle
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Rogue Ale House in Newport, OR, so I guess its probably the best sample you can get. Other than a little bit of a light color, I would rate this among the best beers on the market right now.

I bought a bottle for my home-brew housemate and he declared it to be one of the best beers he has had in a while.

P.S. While on the tour at Rogue, the guide opened the special ingredients fridge and there were a lot of cucumbers. Yes, cucumbers. It'll be interesting to see what Rogue comes up with next.

pdrizzle, Oct 15, 2006
Photo of womencantsail
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A very cloudy golden color with a fluffy white head and lots of lacing.

S: Pine on top of pine and citrus on top of citrus. A bit of malt in there somewhere (somehow). This is what an IIPA should smell like.

T: More citrus than I would have expected from the nose, but still plenty of pine and resin in there. A bit of malt rounds it out.

M: Great body, nice carbonation on this which I'm not all that used to with this style, but it's very pleasant.

D: You wouldn't think this beer wouldn't be all that drinkable given the ABV and the pure amount of hoppiness, but it's fantastic. My only problem is that this beer is $15-16 a pop.

womencantsail, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of JayQue
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great IIIPA. Ceramic bottle with a stopper...more money than I would be willing to pay for an IPA or IIIPA but I got this as birthday gift and really enjoyed it.

Pours an unfiltered orange/apricot color with a good size white head and lacing. The head and lacing don't last long, probably complements of the 9.2 abv.

Smell is overpowering citrus hops with a little pine hops thrown in. Taste is mostly citrus hops. This beer has a good bite and doesn't soften as you drink it. A hopheads beer from beginning to end.

Mouthfeel is rich with a good hops bite. Drinkability is very good for a hophead. I would be ready for one of these or Avery Maharajah any time!!!

An expensive but very good beer.

JayQue, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of KarlHungus
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a cloudy pale orange color. The head is massive, fluffy and glowing white. The aroma is wonderful:pine risen, grapefruit, plum and a little cirtus. The taste has all the same qualities of the aroma in the sip with the addition of a nice bitterness and alcohol warming in the finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied, rather smooth, but the carbonation might be a tad too much. Overall, this is a very good DIPA. i would certainly drink it again if it weren't so damn spendy.

KarlHungus, Mar 14, 2006
Photo of Bruiser81
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance of this brew was awesome. A dark amber-orange color with a bubbly head that lasted at a half inch thick, wow. The lacing was amazing. I must say this brew has one of the best aroma's I've ever happened across. The smell mostly hops except for the good dose of caramel malt. Man it smells hoppy. Lots of grassy, citrus, grapefruit and floral esters happening here. Probably the most powerful aroma of all beers I've tried. Kind of smells like raw hops before they are added to the brewpot. If there is malt anywhere in here than I can't find it. A strong grassy flavor hits first followed by a lemon zest. The finish is all bitter hops on the way down. All the hops are well balanced by a strong malty backbone. The aftertaste has sort of a warming effect to it. I don't know what it was but I really enjoyed this brew. I will definitely purchase and drink again.

Bruiser81, Mar 14, 2003
Photo of bjohnson
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Large ceramic bottle with a flip top.

A: Pours a ver cloudy peachish yellow color. Nice frothy one finger white head has excellent retention and wonderful lacing.
S: Big pine and citrus hop aromas dominate the nose with a good background of maltyness. Oily and resiny.
T/M: Pine and citrus, mostly grapefruit bitterness with a hefty background of malt. Oily and resiny on the palate with a smoothness that goes down slowly. Chewy and slightly buttery as this beer oozes down the gullet. Nice grapefruit hangs on the back of the tastebuds. Decent level of bitterness and spicy abv that has a malty blanket over it. Good balance with a nice level of carbonation. Could possibly have been a bit more fresh.
D: Damn drinkable Imperial IPA. Thick and chewy with an excellent hop presence. I'd grab this again on tap if I could as the $12.99 price was a tad high, but no ones complaining here as it was damn tasty.

bjohnson, Nov 22, 2006
Photo of oelergud
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden orange hazy body. Big rocky off-white head, full range of bubbles. Great retention and clumpy lace.
Spiked hop scent but with plenty of malt, honey and spice. Good balance.
Great taste. Again a good balance. Plenty of pine hop notes and sweet slightly burnt caramel. Surprisingly gentle aftertaste of spiked hops and harsh spice.
Medium to full body, some coating and a slight puckering sensation.
Great drinkability.


oelergud, May 25, 2007
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a barely clouded gold with a very white head. Nose is extremely influenced by hops. Loads of them. Flavor is heavily influenced by hops too of course. You just get a mouthful and they cling to your palate as if it were for dear life. Though sweet a bit, there is also a bitter tone to it that is pervasive. Even though it is a double and loaded on hops, it still seems to carry some form of balance. Feel has a milder carbonation to it and an almost syrup feel in thickness. Very drinkable off how smooth it is. Though this is definitely a sipper. I think this could use some time to age. But still worth trying right now, regardless.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75 cl bottle that put me back $15! That is outrageous, but of course I'm a big enough geek to pay it.

Hazed orange in color with a nice white froth. Surprisingly bubbly considering the high alcohol.

Big time hops come right out and give a stinging bitch slap. Conifers, citrus, tropical fruits; slightly sweet and some booze as well.

Medium-full body, oily and resinous. Initially sweet, the beer goes quickly to the hops: citric, piney, herbal, aspirin. You can taste the malt but it's not in the front!

Not worth the price of admission, but I'm a big enough sucker for hops that I'll probably buy it again.

Shultzerdugen, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of BeerResearcher
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The next time Great Britain decides to colonize a country, this is the IPA it should bring along. It will stand up to all kinds of climatic conditions and it should last a good long time.
It pours a cloudy copper with a thin beige head and some wisps of lace. The aroma is a potent fresh floral hop, reminiscent of a gigantic, freshly broken cannabis bud (as I imagine one might smell). A nice sweet malty aroma attempts to get noticed early, but makes a quick exit, backstage, in the wings. A rich caramel sweet malt is lightly toasty, and ever so subservient to the dominant hops it shares its home with. The home is really a happy threesome as their good friend, Al Cohol cozies up and shares in the love. The three amigos enjoy the company of good friends, Ester O'Pine, Cam Phor and Red Grapefruit (so what if that's not her real name). This is one very tasty brew...world-class brew, that is!

BeerResearcher, Sep 26, 2003
Photo of TinusTime
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It burns Master it Burns... Wow pours a amber with a white slight head. Wow it smells of pure hop love.. Citrus Piney Hops. Taste is Well HOPS HOPS HOPS.. This is not for the Malt lover.. It is for hop lovers only.. Not much balance.. just enough to keep it from getting too crazy.. Mouthfeel is nice if youlike hops.. Drinkability is great.. I wanna nother.. The hop burps are tasty. One of the best Big Double IPA;s might be the best.. It is total hops.. Even more hoppy than Ruination I think.. Both are great,, but this is WOW

TinusTime, Sep 16, 2004
Photo of beersarang
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a creamy copper with a white head that is a bit foamy and leaves some nice lacing down the sides of the glass. I can tell this is one thick beer.

Smell: HOPS! then fruity bready greatness.

Enters the mouth with a smooth malt fruit presence, citrusy lemony hop bite and a fruity finish once again. Malt and hops are well blended and the alcohol character is strong but smooth. Finishes fruity once again.

Medium to heavy bodied, thick big delicious beer... Drinkable despite its bigness.
I'm buzzed after 3 sips!

beersarang, Apr 19, 2005
Photo of Risser09
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter - Fridge temp - 2008

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy golden orange. The head rises to 1/2" and is a light yellow/ivory. It shows moderate retention. Swirling creates some lace.

Smell: Since I disrupted and poured the yeast sediment purposefully, there is a dormant yeast aroma. It's pretty powerful but not a turnoff at all. I also smell sweet fruits of apricot and wild apple. A malt background is present.

Taste: Bitterness is plentiful. Pine, grapefruit and vegetal bitterness component are all there, along with a blend of yeast and heavy malt. The bitterness is lingering. Nice and sharp.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and sharp. Medium body and ample carbonation. Just the perfect carbonation that disappears as I swallow. Alcohol is apparent but not cloying. Lingering bitterness is nice.

Drinkability: This would go great with any kind of sharp or salty cheese. I'm thinking an old gouda or a super sharp cheddar. Plenty of aroma and flavor to go around. A fresh brew!!!

Risser09, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of timtim
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dammit... it really was pretty damn good. peachy amberish with a white head that held well and left nice lace. floral, fruity, resinous and malty nose. big hophead bliss with a nice sweet malty backbone. a bit of syrupyness seemed to be a great vehicle to carry all the stuff going on and keep it organized and balanced. low on bitterness, but high on funk. low on booziness, high on classiness. i went into this one wanting it to be bad so i could bash the obscene price tag, and came out rather impressed and thinking about how f'ed up i am for complaining about price when i wouldn't bat an eye at paying 15 or 20 bucks for an ok bottle of wine. from what i read about the history of this beer, the amount of years these guys have been in the business, how good yellow snow also was, and how responsible they are for some of my first really great beers over a decade ago, i'm going to have to rethink my opinion of rogue. more power to 'em.

timtim, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of FranklinPCombs
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly cloudy dark tea color, with a bit of foamy head which leaves stringy patches on top, with very little lace. Smell is a sweet flowery hop aroma, with a light honey hint. The flavor is sweet, with a more subtle hop presence than some more harsh IPAs. It is not really less pronounced, just in a different way. Citrus and floral tastes are evident, with a very subtle, natural, almost cane sugar taste. Some malts are burried in there. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, with a definate sweet very unpronounced syrupy feel. Wouldnt think this was a 10.3% ABV beer.

FranklinPCombs, Jan 03, 2004
Photo of Norse23
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The bottle is very sharp. That said, I'd rather not pay for it. Just give me a brown glass bottle and knock down the price.
I think this is a great beer. As good as any IPA out there. It has good hoppiness to it without being over-the-top. For a DIPA, this is very smooth and very drinkable.
As much as I like it, this is probably a "try it once" beer because of the price. There are just too many other good IPA's out there.

Norse23, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of biboergosum
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this 750ml black ceramic bomber back in the summer as a birthday present to myself, given its rather extravagant price tag in these parts - $21.00. Tonight, in celebration of the Americans' Repeal Day, I pulled it out from its hiding spot behind the milk and ketchup in the fridge.

Poured vigorously into a pint glass, this beer appears a slightly hazy medium copper-amber hue, with a healthy three fingers of puffy, weakly foamy, and yet solid dirty white head, which didn't take long to melt away, leaving some patchy ocean swell lace around the glass.

It smells quite amazing - all concentrated orange and grapefruit citrus, sticky pine resin, tropical fruit and perfumed florals, with a heady caramel/toffee sweetness - if I stuck my nose deep into the glass for long enough. The taste is equally big and in my face, not as hoppy as proffered in the aroma, but a perfect amount of edgy citrus and pine hop bitterness for this avowed hophead, the still sturdy bready caramel malt holding its ground, not overpowering, nor allowing the hops to run amok, rather, balance is the operative word here. Oh, except for the booze, which becomes a bit more evident as it warms, and starts to fuck with my own inner-ear balance.

The carbonation is a pleasant exhibition of lovely frothiness, the body medium-heavy in weight for the style, and actually kind of smooth, what with everything else swirling about my mouth right now. It finishes off-dry, verging on sweet, as the alcohol comes 'round full bore, aiding the flagging malt in the good fight against the lingering zippy hops.

The first pint that I consumed as I was making dinner snuck up on me fairly quickly - that 9.5% ABV listed on the Darth Vader bottle wasn't just for kicks. I saved the remainder for drinking whilst viewing 'Weeds' - the physical similarities between dried hops and uh, 'weed', amuses me to no end. I could drink this nectar until I couldn't drink no more - probably sooner rather than later, given its strength and silly retail price - truly a beer to be sampled for the bored and/or IPA-inclined.

biboergosum, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of hankthetank97
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Great golden. Just hazy enough to present character. Deep golden/orange colors.

S: Deep piney smells persist between citrus hints

T: The hops flavor rushes in to start but is quickly offset by a malty finish that keeps this DIPA well-balanced. Hoppy notes are not sacrificed but are complimented by malt charactersitics

M: Silky, pleasing fell.

O: Well balanced ale. Drinkable yet holds up to a critical palate,

hankthetank97, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of MacQ32
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a nice soft cloudy golden orange color with a solid finger+ of near white head, very good retention and lacing. Slow but steady carbonation 10 minutes after the pour.

S - Oh man, deliciously citrusy notes, lots of sweeter tropical/pineapple/mango type aromas. Honestly cant get past that, a little caramel sweetness comes through but mostly just magical citric and tropical goodness.

T - Has a pretty fantastical juicy sweet taste, more mango/pineapple/passion fruit than grapefruit/orange although all of those flavors are present. Sounds boring but this is super delicious, kind of reminds me of hopslam.

M - Medium bodied or so, quite drinkable for a 9.5er for sure. Appropriate carbonation, really enjoying this.

O - As you can see, I'm a fan. Kind of kicking myself for not trying this before, although it does come at a hefty price tag (I tihnk I paid ~16 for this) but it does come with a sweet resealable bottle which are expensive on their own and definitely handy for bottling homebrews. Reminds me a lot of hop slam

MacQ32, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of BiggestDogWorld
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

BiggestDogWorld, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of WCBCFrank
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rogue Imperial India Pale Ale (I2PA) pours a light orange-amber in a goblet...deliciously alluring Cascade hops aroma invades your senses. Citrus blast, but balanced well with great use of malted barley and that delectable "PAC-MAN" yeast that makes every Rogue beer a grand taste sensation.

Personally: For my money, one of the best super IPAs out there in the market.

WCBCFrank, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of lcdawg
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

lcdawg, Feb 07, 2013
XS Imperial India Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
92 out of 100 based on 1,175 ratings.