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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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1,185 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,185
Reviews: 762
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 92
Gots: 48 | 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:
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 GClarkage
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/26/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle, no freshness info, poured into my Duvel tulip. I know it's at least 1.5 to 2 years cellared.

Appearance- Beautiful semi cloudy golden pour. Neon white inch + head with chunks of lace clinging everywhere. This is what a DIPA should look like. Looked almost like a good Belgian Strong Pale or a good Saison.

Smell- Heavy grapefruit and pine hops infiltrate your nostrils. Can tell this one is going to be a bitter beast.

Taste- Huge grapefruit hits first and then the pine tree swats you upside the other side of your head. Almost too much of a hop overload. Starts to taste a tad metallic. This beer literally numbs your tongue. I wonder if the hops would even be more intensive if I tried a fresh bottle? I'll have to put that on my X-mas list.

Mouthfeel- Numb tongue, very bitter aftertaste with average to higher carbonation.

Drinkability- I'd love to try a fresh one to see what the difference would be. Hopheads should jump on this one. I still have one more to terrorize my taste buds with though.

Photo of Morris729
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange amber color with a thick and bubbly white head that coats the sides of the glass with sheets of sticky lace. Nose is floral citrusy hops and fresh pine along with some sweet malt in the background. Taste is ripe fruity hops with notes of fresh juicy grapefruit and an herbal piney flavor perfectly supported by a strong malt backbone. A tremendous IPA—simply delicious.

Photo of palma
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-tan body. Very small head even with the aggressive pour. Tiny yeast particles floating all over the place.
Big pungent floral and citrus juicy hops in the aroma and taste. A lot of sweetness too. More than I imagined. An icy-hot sort of feeling going down with a slick mouthfeel.
This is a strong, punchy, and satisfying DIPA. Just what you'd expect from Rogue

Photo of EStreet20
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12-ounce bottle poured into a Brooklyn snitfer glass.

A - Pours out a bit hazy, the color or grapefruit. HAs a tower of a bubbly white head that doesn't appear to be going anywhere.

S - I'm hit with a lot of citrus initially. There's a bit of spice on the nose that hits you on the finish. A slight alcohol tinge. Overall an inviting aroma that leads me to believe this is a refreshing brew.

T - A great citric hop flavor on the initial slip that slides into a nice bitterness. I don;t know if I've ever seen two distinct hop characteristics attack at once and then balance out so nice. In the end a tiny hint of malty sweetness, a touch of a smoky flavor, and some nice alcohol warming becomes present. Very nice.

M - Feels nice. The carbonation bouncing around is very fitting along with all the flavors going on.

D - I didn't know what to rate this numbers-wise for drinkability. It keeps me coming back for more like crazy, so very drinkable to me. In fact, I considered a 5 for a bit. However I had to chip one half point as this is an "aggressive brew" one that I could see some people, fans of the style even, not being crazy about. However, the sheer multitude of flavors and nice bitter finish make me jump on this one like crazy.

Notes: What a beer, this is definitely a treat for hopheads and those who can handle a lot of flavor in general.

Photo of ddarden
3.36/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz Bottle with no date and could be old due to the sediment in the bottom of the bottle.

Hazy amber with nice fluffy white head that falls after a couple of minutes. The smell is malt and hops, but not very aromatic. I am not getting much pine or citrus that I would normally expect in this style. The taste is well balanced, nice malts and bitterness. Just like the smell, I don't taste much floral hop flavor in the bitterness. In a good way. I am starting to think this bottle maybe a little old due to the mellow-ness of the beer. I do detect a slight alcohol warming as well. Mouthfeel is medium to thick side. I could drink maybe two of these, but this is not my favorite DIPA. It seems a little closer to an IPA. I will have to find a fresher bottle and revisit this beer to make sure that I am not drinking a "cellared" beer.

Photo of jakester
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this as a single from Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet. No date on the bottle, but with this beer, it won't matter too much.

Pours a cloudy light amber with a big white head of sticky foam. The head falls to a coating and a ring, with good lacing. There are little floaters in there from being bottle conditioned.

Aroma is an interesting blend of citrusy lemons, pine oil, and black pepper mixed up with biscuity, clean pale malt. Also maybe fruits like mangos and raisins. Smells great.

Flavor is big; very bitter at first, then huge hop flavors of citrus and pine needles, a big, bready malt backbone, some residual sugar, but not too much, and definite heat from alcohol. The alcohol comes through as very solvent-like, detracting a little from the overall enjoyment of the beer. Aftertaste is bitter and hot.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, with a medium level of carbonation. Lips are slightly sticky from residual sugar, although the beer isn't too sweet. Finish is bitter and hot.

This is a pretty quaffable brew. Aroma is nice, mouthfeel is good, and except for the hotness from alcohol, the flavor is good, too. Great burps! As DIPA's go, this one is right there. Recommended.

Photo of xoqx
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This beer arrived in a tall, branded pilsner style glass and was yellow-orange with a offwhite, two finger head exhibiting good retention and heavy lacing. The head was positively above the top of the glass and still held together without dripping over the side. Impressive carbonation showed off the whole time.

Smell - Spicy, dry-hopped, flora smells abound.

Taste - This beer tastes outstandingly hoppy with pine and hop oil tastes throughout. There are herbal and honey hints that appear before a long, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is chewy, coarse, nicely-carbonated, and rich.

Drinkability - With the nearly 10% alcohol, it’s a bit tough to put too many of these away. Very enjoyable, if not super drinkable.

Photo of beerislove
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy mild orange. Not sure if it is my pour but I get a fairly large head that dissipates quickly to a sheet of oily goodness. Its smell is very piney and bitter, with the alcohol spice clearly coming through. I don’t smell much in the way of citrusy hops or any malt balancing. This hop-bomb is clearly stating its intentions.

The smell does not lie as the hops blast my tongue from start to finish. Any malt hidden in here cannot fight through to provide balance, leaving this a one-way street that is a less complex than I was hoping for. The alcohol makes a powerful stand in the finish – I know I am drinking a sipper here, almost barleywine-ish. Lightly carbonated with a nice chewy mouthfeel and the astringent alcohol cleans the palate in the finish so that I am ready for the next sip.

The drinkability is solid for its style, but hardly a beer to session with. Definitely gave me a hop fix but not in the top of its class. I am sure I will stumble into it again but it did not crack into my must-have’s list.

Photo of smcolw
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange amber with a touch of cloudiness. Two finger long-lasting beige head. The lace is spotty but sticky.

Clean floral hop aromas. Fresh! Reminds me of the smells in a brew shop.

Hoppity do da. Nice dry aftertaste with a strong lingering hop bitter bite. The malt is creamy and "round". Light cream like richness, with a low level of carbonation. Goes down real smooth...I cannot detect any high alcohol levels (despite the 9.2% abv)...could be dangerous.

Excellent IPA. While I question the price ($15.95 for 750ml) value relationship, this is still a superior IPA. I will likely buy another bottle, so the price can't be that high. ;-)

Photo of unknownlamer
3.82/5  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.

Photo of froggyfrog
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 swing-top ceramic bottle.

Cloudy and the color of dark grapefruit juice. Smells quite nice, lots of citrus and the Cascades come through. The taste and feel is smooth, easy drinking. A luxury silk-like feeling comes to mind. The flavor is actually somewhat mild for a double IPA. It's bitter, don't get me wrong, it's just not harsh. This is a good solid beer. It doesn't knock my socks off, which I believe it should for 15 bones for one bottle, but what the heck...

Taste is good, it kind of tastes like every other high quality IPA I've had. It's a bit creamy which is excellent. Good hop character with a nice finish. There is a bit of a cinnamon/spicy flavor right at the end. Delicious.

Final note: Watch out for the yeast at the end of the bottle, for this beer it belongs at the bottom of the bottle, not in your glass.

An enjoyable beer. Quaffable yet potent and packed with flavor. But because of the price I'll probably get my hop fix somewhere else in the future.

Photo of Terp96
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of orfeu
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL black ceramick swingtop. Somewhat hazy golden amber with a frothy head, about two fingers. Nose is pine and citrus, mostly grapefruit and spruce, with a persistent peach aroma and toffee malts near the back. Taste is grapefruit pith, orange zest and honeyish malt. Decent sticky lacing. The mouthfeel is juicy and spicy, more or less entirely appropriate. Drinkability is outstanding, but dammit, I can't afford to drink a $12 bottle of this glorious beverage all the time. Seek this one out, at least once. Although the price is higher than justifiable for more than once or twice a year.

Photo of blackie
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: Large ceramic bottle. The pour into the snifter creates a .3" white head that slowly dissipates to just a collar of large bubbles around the glass. Some floaters remain in suspension. The beer is honey amber in color.

smell: A large amount of aromatic, floral hops on the nose. A generous serving of malt provides some good balance against their onslaught. Some grapefruit, slight pineapple, and some assorted sweet tropical fruits. Smells good. Upon fully inhaling the vapors, the alcohol becomes apparent.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium, and the body a slightly slick medium.

taste: Nice hop flavors coming through, maybe even more flavor than bitterness it feels like to me. More citrus and tropical fruit here. I am drinking this at cellar temperature and there are alcohol notes everywhere. Finish is a lingering sweetness that is eventually beat out by the bitterness with a few alcohol fumes remaining. Could maybe use some more malt flavors.

drinkability: eh, drinkable enough for me to finish this ceramic bottle, but that is about enough.

Photo of Knuckles
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

You know, I'm just about Rogue'd out. They've become the Pearl Jam of craft brewers, and I need a freaking break. I don't actually know what that means, other than I feel like Shakespeare Stout is Jeremy, and he needs to have his ass kicked. In an anti-colonialist fervor, I attack the I2PA that I've had in my fridge for several months now (I actually had two, but my brother-in-law drank one when I wasn't looking). I actually decided that tonight would be a good night to make a lamb curry, so the I2PA seems to fit right in with that. I'm sure my spiritual brothers and sisters in India probably don't think the British colonial on the bottle is too dope, but what can you do? So it's off to the tiki god bottle opener, and with a somewhat sticky beginning (the caps a wee bit rusty), I get my beer on.

Appearance: Well, in the annals of lame-ass pours, this one has to be right up there. In my sixteen ounce New Glarus pint glass, I manage to create approximately 10 ounces of head (by volume, of course). It looks like the sky just crapped a cumulous cloud in my beer. I'm alternately fascinated by it as it creates its own thunder heads, and annoyed with myself because it makes my pour take almost ten minutes longer than it should. The color is plaer than I'd expect, almost the same orange as my JFK bust (a pale, chill-hazed, fresh pumpkin orange).

Smell: Well, by golly, I done smelled me some hops. Holy crap, that's a snootful. As it warms, the malts catch up a bit to cut the hop assault, which is nice. It was especially aggressive while I had my Porco Rosso Cloud thing going on in the glass. The bottle informs me that it has Cascade, Saaz & Kent, and Goldings.

Taste: Now that'sa spicy meataball! Or beer. Whatever. Is it the Saaz & Kent combo that gives it the spicy character? There is little of the typical West Coast citrusiness that I'm accustomed to in double IPAs. Also, the malts are very much catching up with this thing in the middle, but I'll be damned if the Goldings don't kick ithe malts ass out the finish. Just this huge hunk o' hop bitterness squatting right in the center of your tongue.

Mouthfeel: Pretty nice, John. This one, unlike some doubles, actually creates the presence in your mouth that reminds you quite insistently that "Yes, thank you very much, I am 9.20% alcohol by volume. Pip pip! Huzzah!"

Drinkability: This is a good beer, and decently balanced. My only complaint with it is that weird, gargoylesque presence of the bitter hop nugget that just sets upon its setupon, right there in the middle of your tongue. You don't need to remind me that you're one hoppy mofo (although at 74 IBUs, I've had hoppier, better balanced beers). This is a good beer, and if you can get it for a good price, go for it. But if you can't, I'd go with something else (like a Whoop Pass, for instance).

****For the record, my lamb curry kicked ASS.

Photo of dirtylou
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single from Riley's...I had 5 singles picked out (4 of them for a trade) and needed 1 more to get 10% off on the 6...This was reasonably priced so it got the call

appearance: cloudy golden orange, creamy white head, some major lacing, massive amounts of sediment...quite nice

smell: nice and citrusy, great hoppy aromas, some alcohol, a little grassy and earthy

taste: pretty solid...a thick malty backbone with delightful fruity and grassy hops...alcohol definately apparent. very sweet, a little piney, orange, tangerine, and lemon dominate the fruitiness

mouthfeel: pretty thick for a DIPA, yet still refreshing

Well done Rogue, much better than the imperial stout imo

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.

Photo of RedHaze
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy orange color with a one finger head that quickly receded with very little lace. Looks a lot like a wheat beer, it's so cloudy.

Smell was lots of hops, piney, with some citrus in there as well.

Initial taste is grapefruit, foloowed by a big hop kick, then with an almost honey-like sweet finish. It has a thick, almost syrupy mouthfeel.

If you like hops, then you'll definitely like this beer.

Photo of SSGPat
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was not a glass bottle, but an earthenware bottle with a Grolsch type cap.

Poured a cloudy orange, with very little head or lace. This didn't seem to be unexpected because of the high alcohol.

Nose was very hoppy. I mean VERY hoppy.

The first taste strikes you with an uppercut of hopps that fades off into a very bitter beer with a malty undertone, then it slides into a slight dirty taste (I have tried to figure a better way to explain this, but dirt is all that I could come up with).

The mouthfeel was big and bold as one would expect from a Double IPA, but nothing earth-shattering.

This beer is quite drinkable, although it isn't the type of beer that you will find it hard to put down.

My biggest let-down with this beer was the belch. There was not a real hoppiness to the belch.

I prefer the Dogfish Head Double 90 minute IPA better.

Photo of beveragecaptain
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange with a huge head. Fruit and pine hop aroma. Flavor is extremely bitter. It burns the tongue. Slightly fruity with a big hop flavor. Malt is not completely dominated, but it's in the background. Mouthfeel is full. Drinkable, but certainly a slow sipper. It takes a minute to get used to the intense hop bitterness, but it is worth getting used to.

Photo of numenor1
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ceramic swingtops are a rip off. Only consolation is that i can bottle my own in them. Pours hazy dark orange with minimal head and no lacing. Smells of massive floral, piny hops and some caramel malts, the characteristic rogue yeast smell is strangely absent. Hops give the palate a kick right upfront to start the show, and just after the malt backbone, which is wonderful and substantial tries to take over but yet fails. Bitterness is quite high and its hops all over the place fading into a spicy hop finish. This seems to have very very little rogue yeast character, the least of any of the rogues i've tried. Carbonation is very low, a nice medium full body that goes down smooth. Alcohol is ever so slightly apparent, and leaves a warm feeling going down. I like this but nowhere near enough for its pricetag. It was nice to try once. DFH 90 minute is much better in my opinion.

Photo of paterlodie
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not much head and light brown beercolor with lots of haze. Nose is 95% hops giving it orange, peach and pine arome. Next to that litle malts but overal very fresh. Taste is very bitter and full malty with lots of restsugars givingit a full body. Lots of alcohol and low carbonisation can't hurt freshness cause of the enourmous amonts of hops. Very hard bitterness but I love it this way. Great mouthfeel also but you must like the bitterness in a brew otherwise better pass it to me!

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 sopor
3.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml clay bottle. Not worth the money, but the bottle is pretty neat. I'll never spend the money on it again though. Made pouring smooth a pain in the ass too, they need to re-design the neck if they continue to use these overpriced hunks of clay.

Pale amber with huge frothy head (told ya pouring was a pain). Fine sediment is evenly distributed and does not settle. The head dies slowly leaving some decent lace on the glass.

Slight sweet smell immediatley overpowered by hops that want to kick your nose right off your face.

Another kick to the face. This beer hurts! Thin toasty then syrupy crystal malt quickly enveloped by resinous bitter hops that are just out of line! Not balanced in the least bit. This beer is big, and that's about the best thing I can say about the flavor.

Moderate body and fairly lively carbonation. Not very drinkable.

Photo of egajdzis
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an orangeish red color with a creamy white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Citrusy, floral hop aroma, and some sweet malt and toasted dough. Taste of strong hops, lots of citrus, with some caramel malt, piney, resiny and alcohol in the finish.

XS Imperial India Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
92 out of 100 based on 1,185 ratings.