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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

1,161 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 1,161
Reviews: 759
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 79
Gots: 44 | 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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Photo of egajdzis
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

egajdzis, Aug 30, 2005
Photo of apfactor
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, poured to a light copper color with yeast still swimming in it. Soft creamy head. Looking good.

You can smell a strong hop character right off the bat. Slight citrus aroma.

Hops jump out at you. If you love a strong hoppy IPA strap yourself in. The malt has presence too but the hops are constantly biting at your palate. Goes down fairly smooth for how much character it has. Slight grapefruity aftertaste. Nice and bitter. This is one of the best out there. I am not the same man.

apfactor, Aug 21, 2005
Photo of sinistermadman
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First of all I am not even sure I am reviewing the right beer. It is Rogue, but it looks nothing like the picture on BA. This bottle is black ceramic with a clasp-type top and is labeled Imperial India Pale Ale, I2PA is no where to be found. Ingredients are listed on the label: 100% Floor malted maris otter pale malt; saaz; cascade and northwest golding hops; free range coastal water and top fermenting pacman yeast.

This brew pours a brilliant, but hazy amber color while emanating a burly pancake head. Foam subsides to leave a slight lacing.

Smell: Ripe fruit, mild citrus, yeast with a slightly floral nose.

Mouthfeel is slightly grainy and bready. This brew starts off semi-sweet for about 4 nanoseconds before the hops kick in. Malts are coupled well here to keep the bitterness in check. Slightly warming alcohol finish leaves a subtle leafy aftertaste.

In summary this is a damn fine pale, but the price tends to make you weep. Is it worth the cash? It is definitely debateable, but for me I'll stick with an Ayinger 4-pack anyday instead of one bottle of this stuff. No disrespect, but a little too pricy for me. Still a solid offering that is well worth a try. Cheers.

sinistermadman, Aug 10, 2005
Photo of AlexJ
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
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!

AlexJ, Aug 05, 2005
Photo of PSUDREW
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Surpisingly smooth for a DIPA, but, it a nice change of pace from the rouge people

Pours a hazy golden (sediment and all), with a fluffy white head that aces rather nicely. The citrus smell comes through in the nose, with slight bread qualitites, and even slighter hoppisness (different form the citrus)

Taste is rahter nice. Very strong malt taste, slightly smoke, not quite, but almost like a barley wine. sweetness is also preent, there is enough hops in the aftertase, but, as a DIPA I expected more. Alchohol taste is very much there, and, now that I think of it, might down out some of the hop presence.

Not overly drinkable, but a nce beer to try more then once.

PSUDREW, Jul 27, 2005
Photo of cubedbee
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
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 goodbyeohio
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

on-tap @ the moan and dove

thick but clear mild orange with some struggling carbonation. mild head that dissolves to a thick coating of thin bubbles... lots of sticky sheet lacing. hoppy sweet with an abundance of spice and bitterness. not much malt shining through here. botanically fresh. inviting aroma on this supposed hop monster. malt is there in the flavor.. in a burnt, smoky fashion. approaching barleywine status in its bitter alcoholic nature. lots of anise and hop-induced tang. perfect mouthfeel for an ipa.. substatial, chewy but not syrupy.. drinkable but nowhere near being called 'light'. leaves you with a bitter aftertaste of charred wood, peaches, and hop resin. a true double ipa and a beer for the ages. one of the best rogue beers out there.

aroma and drinkability suffers from a lack of balance, as it often does with huge beers like this one.

will return to this anytime i want to feel the picturesque double ipa feel....

goodbyeohio, Jul 14, 2005
Photo of growler
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Coppery-orange color and light head.
Citrusy sweet smell. A malty flavor with a faint alcohol trace up front, and a nice dry hoppy finish. Hops linger long after and this I2PA is one big bad double IPA. Definitely drinkable and will have again. Can't wait to try on tap at Rogue Ales Public House while on vacation next month.

growler, Jul 11, 2005
Photo of phishgator
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the first Double IPA that I ever had. And it still stands the test of time. The aroma can be savoured for hours and the brew can only get better as it warms. Alcohol is present and after one, its felt. Big bodied, so it takes from the mouthfeel. The bitterness is pushing the envelope! The hops are the center piece to this puzzle! This is my favorite Double IPA.

phishgator, Jul 05, 2005
Photo of mynie
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark orange from a 12 ounce bottle with a nice, tight head. Normally when I say a beer is "orange" I mean it's just a shade of yellow bordering on orange--but this bad boy is blood red orange.

Smells of incredibly harsh hops along with incredibly harsh pacman yeast. It's like one of them Magic Eye puzzles, only for the nose. The more you smell, the more things seems to pop out of nowhere. Bread. The icing on a birthday cake. Yeast. Grapefruit. Fantastic.

Malt upfront, hops in the middle and back. Yeast all throughout. The malt is yeasty, of course, with distinct nodes of bread and biscuit. The hops are alternate sour and bitter, grapefruint and orange rhind. Wonderful.

Wow wow wow wow wow. It's like the best part of all my favorite Rogues has been condensed into its powdered form--a shot right into your veins that fucks you up for days. Freebasing is more intense.

mynie, Jun 26, 2005
Photo of fisherman34
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark orange in colour with minimal carbonation. The aroma is hoppy, mainly herbal/grassy with only a hint of orange/grapefruit. There’s also a bit of an alcohol note to it as well. Big mouth-coating malty flavor’s dominate. It’s quite bread like, with a nice strong hop presence. The hops are there and are powerful, but still retain a nice mellow balance. A very enjoyable beer.

fisherman34, Jun 22, 2005
Photo of kpantz
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Executive Summary: A great, great IIPA, but not all I had hoped for. Still like DFH 90 a little better.

Poured a pretty, hazy orange with a thin head that refused to completely quit. Nose was citrus with a good hop aroma to balance it.

Taste: This was where my excitement waned a bit. First sip was very, very pleasing. Sweet to start, and a good hop character all around. Noticed the alcohol taste more and more as I worked my way through each ounce, especially as the beer warmed up in the glass. My suggestion - if you're not in the mood for that alcohol flavor, keep this puppy cool.

Mouthfeel: Terrific. Medium thickness with an ideal carbonation level for this style.

Drinkability: Meh. Not a session brew. Then again, most sessions with IIPAs are pretty short, anyway!

kpantz, Jun 16, 2005
Photo of ypsifly
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a painted, undated 12oz into a tulip.

Hazy orange with lots of carbonation that supports a tall white head that doesn't die and clings tenaciously to the glas as it goes down.

The smell is grapefruit/hops, sweet malts and a whiff of alcohol. Strong smelling overall.

The taste is a quick, but rich, note of the malts into a serious dose of hops. This one is for serious hopheads. The dry/bitter aspects of the taste are almost too much, but its a fun "once in a while sipper". Almost stout like in the mouthfeel.

ypsifly, Jun 05, 2005
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass clear medium golden with an off-white head which fell slowly and lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity with grapefruit hop aroma that permeates the skull. Behind the citrus burst was a malty presence and some higher alcohol. The hops were also quite grassy.

The flavor was malty and well achieved with bittering following close behind the intial malt kick. The bittering slid into postion leaving one with the feeling of chewing on fresh hops. The hop flavor was grassy and citrusy. The maltiness was well achieved with a strong caramel presence despite a light color. Some alcohol was present in the flavor.

The finish was dry with lasting grassy and citrusy hop flavoring and bittering very long and pleasant into the aftertaste. The body was medium full and the carbonation was surprisingly low leaving more body sensation than would have a higher carbonation level. Alcohol warming after consumption was high and those grassy and citrusy hops lasted darn near forever. With a less apparent alcohol presence this beer would score higher in the drinkability department.

750 ml ceramic crock capped and flip top bottle. Thanks jimdkc and BIF20. 20 Plato, 75 IBU, 13 L on bottle. A beer for sharing.

GCBrewingCo, Jun 03, 2005
Photo of baiser
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, peachy colour, with a whitish head. Explosion of hop aromas, full of fruit and zestiness. Taste was sweet, bitter, fruity and tremendously complex. It does a number on your palate. Some herbal and tea-like qualities. Alcohol is very deceptive. Not my favourite double IPA, but a solid one at that.

baiser, May 29, 2005
Photo of BigPapaLager
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A rogue ceramic treat. Poured an amber that was notable. I don't know the age of the beer I had, but it was on sale. There was little carbonation but a great warming came into me on a chilly night. I would love to try this beer fresh. I wish Rogue was a little closer to CT.

BigPapaLager, May 29, 2005
Photo of Boto
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught: This one pours a somewhat orangish color, with an off-white head. There is a huge hit of hops when you take a sniff of this one. Pretty much both pine and grapefruit aromas. The taste is right up there with other Imperial IPA’s, except it struck me as being a bit harsher than some of the others, specifically Hop Wallop.

Boto, May 23, 2005
Photo of Gagnonsux
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a very orangy copper. I2PA is unfiltered and therefire hazy. Head is large and thick, with an excellent retention. The aroma is mostly of strong citrusy hops with a light underlying malt character. Taste is also dominated by citrusy hops, though not as bitter as I thought a double IPA would be, maybe the beer has sat for a while and mellowed out some. The hop flavor is joined by a sizable dark maltiness. Very flavorful throughout with the hops taking centerstage, however this seemed a little light in bitterness for a double IPA. This is something I could easily drink and drink often.

Gagnonsux, May 19, 2005
Photo of whartontallboy
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy gold/orange pour with a medium frothy head. Leaves a bit of sticky lace in my snifter.

Smell is bitter and strongly of hops. The Cascades really pull through fairly distinctly. Very herbal as well.

Taste is immensely hoppy with a real biting bitterness and a huge malt structure to back it up. I feel it's a little on the sweet side to go with the strong hops, but it's not too off. A real fruitiness pulls through, and the whole thing comes off as very fresh-tasting and hoppy.

Mouthfeel is just about right for a double IPA, not too syrupy, but still thick enough to get your attention. Not my favorite of the style, but pretty great.

whartontallboy, May 17, 2005
Photo of MarkBlackout
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. This is one of the first over-the-top IPAs I tried and has remained my favorite. Sadly they are retiring the more affordable 12oz XS brews, but I managed to pick up one for this review (and will likely go back for more). Rogue Imperial Pale Ale has substantial hop and malt character, though the hops clearly come out on top. This shit is big. I'll leave it to others to relate its nuances, but suffice to say this is one of my favorites of all time. All hail rogue.

MarkBlackout, May 14, 2005
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
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.

TheLongBeachBum, May 14, 2005
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The first sip was a kick in the chops. Pours a very pale gold in color with hardly any head to speak of. Nose was of Christmas trees and citrus. The taste is a burst of alcohol. However, after I adapted to it I noticed the yeast and malts were very nicely balanced. Also, included were strong citrus and plenty of spice. Love the Pacman yeast. Gotta learn how to culture the stuff for my home brew. Mouthfeel is not as carbonated as I expected. A bit below the norm I thinl. However it finished very crisp and full of flavor.

MuddyFeet, May 05, 2005
Photo of BeerFink
4.83/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy golden honey color with a huge helping of aromatic white frothy head. The rocky head sticks around like a mofo on this one. The color is a little light for a IIPA, but the head makes up for it. Nose contains some really nice floral esters, along with some citrous. Taste is crisp and clean. Citrous hops are very prickly on the tongue, backed by some bready, slightly toasty malts. Clean hops really come through on this one. Some of the IIPAs go over the top, where the hops become spicy and salty. This ale stays true to what makes me a hophead. Slightly dry and bitter to the last, a dream come true for hopheads. Alcohol is very well hidden, but comes through as a warming in the belly. Mouthfeel is pretty full, not too far one way or the other. Definitely one hell of an IPA if you are a fan of the style.

BeerFink, Apr 22, 2005
Photo of beersarang
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

HOLY CRAP!
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 jdhilt
3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one-finger cream head that fades quickly leaving a some lace. Cloudy amber color. Strong hoppy nose with some sweetness. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Starts and finishes with a strong hop, malty and sweet flavor. Slight bitter aftertaste. This is an IPA that is in your face - not bad. Pricey - $3.45 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.

jdhilt, Apr 19, 2005
XS Imperial India Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
92 out of 100 based on 1,161 ratings.