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XS Imperial India Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

XS Imperial India Pale AleXS Imperial India Pale Ale

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1,080 Ratings

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Ratings: 1080
Reviews: 758
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.62%

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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3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 22:12:17 | More by Paincane
Photo of MartzMimic


3.14/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours the color of a torched penny. The white head leaves quickly. A fair amount of lacing. It smells of malt, bread and caramel. Those all carry over to the taste, but are overwhelmed by tree sap. The hops add a lot of lingering bitterness. Medium, oily mouth. This is a pretty complex beer and I can see why many like it, but the malts are too predominant for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 04:14:35 | More by MartzMimic
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 01:26:41 | More by BWED
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

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 00:25:22 | More by Edward-Nipplebrew
Photo of mooseo


4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into tulip.

A - Hazy orange brown with a large frothy white head.

S - Tropical fruit, earthy, pine needle, caramel malt.

T - Citrus, spicy hops up front. There is a strong sweet caramel malt backbone. Finishes somewhat bitter with grapefruit, bready malt and grain. Slight alcohol bite.

M - Medium-full body, smooth, a bit sticky. High carbonation, warming alcohol.

O - A fine double IPA. Great balance, flavor, and drinkability. One of the best beers from Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 02:00:46 | More by mooseo
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New Mexico

4.93/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from hinge-top 750 mL bottle a pint glass

A: Bronze to copper in color, a half-finger of white head. Medium visible carbonation.

S: Caramel Malt, Hops, Pine, Honey, and light citrus, peach, apricot.

T: Caramel, Fruit including apricot, up front, building earthy and piney hop flavors in the middle. Well balanced for a Imperial IPA.

M: Medium body, balanced carbonation. The ABU is noticeable but overwhelming.

O: Good beer

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 02:08:24 | More by kpowledge
Photo of HattedClassic


4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The foam is a clean white that stays for a bit. The beer itself is a slightly opaque brownish gold.

A strong piney smell with caramel malty smell.

The beer has a strong piney hop taste that is later balanced by the almost equally as strong caramel malts taste.

Biting carbonation and thick bodied and leaves the mouth somewhat dry.

A pretty good DIPA and worth getting again. Although, I wouldn't trust the closing mechanism to keep the beer carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 22:31:58 | More by HattedClassic
Photo of Braz


4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased a 10oz from Tacoma Boys.
Appearance: Chill hazed bronze. Little white head but think it may just be because of the temp.
Smell: Beautiful. Sweet and floral. More malty aroma than hoppy.
Taste: Heavy and thick. Balanced. Bittersweet. Could have more hop influence but so good I'm not complaining.
Mouthfeel: Great body. Pronounced carbonation. Creamy and velvety.
Overall: Very good. Wish I had a bigger bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 03:56:48 | More by Braz
Photo of macrosmatic


3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from fancy looking hinged-top 750 mL bottle into a Cigar City pint glass.

A: Hazy copper to bronze color, a half-finger of white head. Medium visible carbonation mixes with a smattering of hop floaters.

S: Bready malts with some caramel character in front of grassy and pine hops - but the hop character is lower than expected.

T: Sweet malts, again with a bit of caramel, and citrus rind and pine resin hops. There is a marked bitterness and dryness at the end.

M: Medium body, good carbonation sensation. The alcohol is noticeable but doesn't get to the point of feeling boozy during the drink.

O: I think this could have used more dry-hopping and less bittering hops. It's not my favorite, but acceptable.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 00:23:10 | More by macrosmatic
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District of Columbia

4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pint glass.

A-Hazy golden with finger of white head, visible lacing.

S-Strong hops, malt, piney resin, citrus zest.

T-Light floral notes, grapefruit sour, sweet resin and bitter hops.

M-Light mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation

O-Very good double imperial IPA. It has a really great balance, but it is really overpriced. Not something I would drink often, unless I had a taste for it.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 01:12:43 | More by MeneerBeerSnob
Photo of davey101


3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2010 vintage. 7 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a hazy burnt orange color with some solid chunks and floaties. Two fingers of off white foam which settles into a thin cap. Decent amount of lacing.

S - Very similar to an aged 120 minute, rich caramel malt, faded piney hops, honey, and light citrus. Very sweet and rich. I am a huge fan of this aroma profile.

T - And....faded. Surprisingly dull and boring. Faint caramel and pine washed away with a watery like effect. Its not bad or offensive, just very tame. The alcohol is present, but luckily its not super high. Mouth feel is rich and creamy.

O - I was pretty excited by the aroma, but the flavor was a bit of a let down. Dull, boring, tame, lacking....choose your own adjective but this was just a huge letdown in the taste department. All in all, I'm glad I finally tried this when it was marked down, but I can't imagine paying full price for this little bottle of boredom.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 06:17:52 | More by davey101
Photo of hankthetank97

4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
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,

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 11:55:14 | More by hankthetank97
Photo of jeffjeff1


4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- copper color, nice size head, nice lacing

Smell- very nice hop aroma

Taste- very hoppy, but also well balanced for a DIPA, slightly bitter

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was very good! Definitely one to drink again!

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 01:39:09 | More by jeffjeff1
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North Carolina

4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

7 oz bottle (no date stamp)

Note - the ingredients are very different from the ones listed (Crystal 40, Chocolate and proprietary Rogue malts; Alluvial and Williamette Hops)

Appearance: Pours a cloudy burnt orange color, the cap building from the base up (like a stout on nitro) and then settling into a pancake on top of the liquid; leaves a few strands of lacing behind

Smell: Stone fruit and caramel with a piney tone

Taste: Caramel, stone fruit and a hint of chocolate, up front, with building earthy and piney hop flavors in the middle; every one of the 58 IBUs is discernable, after the swallow, though the fruity caramel and and chocolate malt flavors return to balance out the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation; a little flabby on the tongue

Overall: I generally dislike Imperial Reds, but I found the malt flavors on this one very complex and well balanced by the hops Rogue selected to pair with them; expensive (at $5 for 7 oz) but worth a try

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 19:12:25 | More by brentk56
Photo of vette2006c5r


3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

XS Imperial India Pale Ale pours a hazy, cloudy golden color with a small lacing head. There is a nice floral aroma, but well balanced with some malt aromas mixing in. The taste has a bold floral flavor, but is well balanced with a nice malty backbone. Easy to drink, long lasting flavor, and good flavors. Overall a nice balanced IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 00:57:18 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of notchucknorris


3.3/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy burnt orange color with a thin white head. Looks decent enough.

S: Big malty smell with a lot of herbal and peppery hops lingering. Some citrus, especially overripe grapefruit in there as well.

T: Tons of malt. Has a touch of caramel and some breadiness that weighs down the taste. Some baby aspirin and hop resin on the finish. When it's really cold, it's pretty good, but as this puppy warms, it gets a lot lot worse. Wouldn't do it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 21:48:11 | More by notchucknorris
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Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

7oz Bottle from the Potsdam NY IGA for 6$ or so - 2010 edition

Appearance - Hazy copper colour with a small size fizzy off-white coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there isn't much lacing. The head lasted for only a minute.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is almost no carbonation and I can taste caramel and malts mixed with hops. There is also some faint grapefruit and oranges mixed with some pineapple. It ends with a malty slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall – Not sure why this bottle was still around at the store, it doesn't seem to have aged very well. Still drinkable, but I'm sure the fresh version is much much better.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 03:00:16 | More by spinrsx
Photo of PrivateEquity


4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - All Imperial IPA's should look like this. Very enticing cloudy golden orange. Lacing leaves a little to desire (this is different than other reviewers)

S - Nice malty bready, floral nose. Spicy hops.

T - Packed with flavor. Solid hop balance with a strong malt base. Alcohol bite is definitely there off the back end.

M - Thick and tasty for an imperial IPA. Borders on syrupy but in a good way.

O - Top notch IPA. Very few like it. It is intense and for those who love a challenging beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 00:59:56 | More by PrivateEquity
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Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For my 900th review; a rare treat courtesy of joemcgrath27... Props for the hook-up and cheers to many years of successful beer trading to come.

A - Pours a slightly hazy bright orange with a copper hue, thumb of soapy head with solid retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Sweet pine, earthy cedar and sugary lemon drops, hints of musty caramel and burnt sugar.

T - A solid dose of earthy pine and cedar, the bitterness is tamed by hints of sweet lemon and a faint cotton candy flavour. The musty caramel comes through on the finish with a lingering sour citrus rind bitterness.

M - Medium bodied, goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - A great selection for my 900th review. This is definitely a top notch example of a DIPA, offering up the true citrus and earthy hop notes, while taming the bitterness to create a perfectly balanced ale. The ABV is dangerously hidden, and is pretty much undetectable. A worthy brew for any hop head and well worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 21:57:25 | More by andrenaline
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South Carolina

1.45/5  rDev -64.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Rogue XS Imperial IPA
7oz bottle poured into snifter
bottled in 2010

Picked up for me about a week ago at a Total Wine in South FL, by my girlfriend, who was intrigued by the small bottle.  Not really sure whats up with this one.  Bottled in 2010, it surely hasn't sat on the shelf of a major retail liquor store for over 2 years?  Who knows. Anyways, onto the review.

Pours a very hazy light bronze with under 1/2 a fingers width of light tan colored head, which dissipates down to a thin film almost immediately. Aroma is citrusy, yet astringent.  Like overripe peaches that have gone bad,  or rotting apples.  Some caramel malts and sugary sweetness.   Taste is rather appalling with some caramel, burnt toast, a strange burnt bitterness on the backend.  Carbonation is for the most part killed, rather flat.  

This was off from the get go.  My first ever drain pour.   I will try this again sometime, fresh, as this has to have been affected by age and who knows what else.  

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 23:09:45 | More by zac16125
Photo of cvm4


4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cool growler... Will probably throw it away. How about a cheaper made bottle?

A - Pours a cloudy or murky golden amber with an eggshell white head.

S - Grapefruit, pine and floral scents. Has a bit of boozyness to the nose.

T - Orange rind & pine starts in off. Turns malty and sweet then finishes floral with a good hop bite.

M - Medium body along with medium carbonation. Not syrupy or cloying at all.

O - It feels so wrong to say this I've had a lot if crappy Rogue beers but this one is good! A great beer from a rightly so underrated brewery.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 22:48:04 | More by cvm4
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 05:18:13 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into nonic glass. Beautiful tangerine color with white head that lingers well.

Smell is tangerine and very floral. Very inviting smell

Taste is heavy with grapefruit hoppiness and some sweet malt up front. Toffee, honey and a hint of caramel are present as well. Good bitterness in the finish that is not overpowering at all.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall this is an excellent IPA. Cool ceramic bottle too. Will definitely buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 23:39:55 | More by TrappistJohnMD
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Alberta (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml ceramic capped swinging pop top poured into tulip 28/6/12

A hazy golden orange with a few tiny streams of bubbles that feed a solid two finger cream colored head that retains well and leaves some random patches of lace

S pine, grapefruit, pineapple, lime rind, a little booze and some guava and toffee, not exactly what I was expecting from the hops used but it works very well for me, just a little metallic grass but you gotta look for it

T slightly spicy with lots of rind of all sorts, booze is still there but reasonable for 9.5%, everything I smell is still there but toned down a little except for the citric rind that's almost over the top

T fairly full and just enough carbonation to give it some life, a little grit left behind and not much heat all things considered

O pretty solid stuff and I love the hop overkill, there's some caramel and sweetness from the malt but its overwhelmed. pretty easy to drink for the strength and I like the hop harshness in the mouth

I'm glad I tried it but its a very expensive bottle at 20$, I may not drink it again until my next tax return

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 04:45:40 | More by wordemupg
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South Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 01:50:32 | More by MacQ32
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