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XS Imperial India Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

XS Imperial India Pale AleXS Imperial India Pale Ale

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1,086 Ratings

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Ratings: 1086
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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Photo of glid02


4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A cask at the Atlanta Cask Ale Festival that was dry-hopped with an undisclosed hop.

Pours an almost opaque light copper color with a thin off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer with light webbing.

Smells of bright hops - loads of citrus and pine with a bit more tropical fruit aroma than I remember from the normal version.

Tastes very good. The pale malt flavors have more substance than the draught version with very mild hints of breadiness. The hops are bright with a solid bitterness that hits midway through the sip and intensifies through the ending. A combination of pine and citrus flavors linger on the palate.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have another.

Overall I thought this was an underrated beer on its own and the cask conditioning and dry-hopping add another dimension. Honestly I don't think this version was "better" than the original version, but it was undoubtedly just as good while being different. Worth a shot.

Serving type: cask

02-04-2010 23:52:41 | More by glid02
Photo of MMAJYK


3.13/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this one from a cask at Summits Wayside Tavern in Cumming GA.

A- This one poured with big shiny, loose bubbles. It looks like soap suds instead of foam. That is the only head to speak of. The color is honey brown, bright and golden, and is semi transparent. No lacing of any kind occurs.

S- The smell of this is the strongest point: I pick up citrusy aromas of oranges and lemons. Also, the smell of hops is STRONG! I also smell an evergreen tone of pine needles, but is not overwhelming.

T- Taste is VERY bitter of hops. It is also a tad malty, but citrus at the same time. On the end, you really catch a strong alcohol kick. It also finished very dry, like a dry white wine.

M- The mouth feel is thin and oily. There is not much carbonation and there is a nice alcohol burn to it on the end.

D- Not too drinkable, since it is very strong and bitter. However, the one or two that you are able to drink would put a hurtin' on you. This is a strong beer.

I did enjoy this as this is my first beer from a cask. It is totally different than draught or bottled beer. From the look, to the feel, to the taste, it is definitely different. It is also very strong. I would definitely like to drink more beers from a cask. Very good first for me.

Serving type: cask

12-10-2007 14:17:15 | More by MMAJYK
Photo of beergeek279


4.78/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse. The color was a dark amber. The smell was amazing, with hops overwhelming. The taste was tremendous, with hops evident but not necessarily overwhelming the beer, with the cask-conditioning only adding to the magnificent complexity. Although not quite as smooth as a bottle or draft, the mouthfeel was still fairly on the smooth side. As for drinkability, I could have several of these! A tremendous beer, and a real treat on cask, and it's a real shame this one isn't going to last on cask very long!

Serving type: cask

05-17-2003 16:40:42 | More by beergeek279
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4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: cask

03-31-2003 16:17:15 | More by DrunkenPanther
Photo of Paincane


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
Photo of kpowledge

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 thecheapies


4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color with decent clarity. Hardly any head on the beer. Looks a little thick. I got a full 16oz pour. Last time I had this, it was a 9oz bottle.

Orange and grapefruit hops with nectary thickness. Not too sweet in the nose, even though there's a strong caramel malt presence. As is there a booziness. Almost muffin-y in the malts. Pretty big.

Candied orange, apricot, grapefruit, peach, pine, caramel malt syrup. Good hoppiness, not too sweet, either. Carries through with a happy vibe. Drinks decently for a big ass beer, too. Medium body and light carbonation with some spiciness. Must be the booze, incarnate.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2013 02:32:01 | More by thecheapies
Photo of roger617


3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap poured into snifter.

A: 4.0 pours bright gold with 1 finger of white foamy head.
S: 3.75 for a IIPA I expect more hop aroma. There is a good balance of hop and malt, but doesn't fit into what I've come to expect for the style.
T: 3.75 similar to smell, there is a great hop and malt balance. Lingering bitter taste as expected which is very fitting to the style.
M: 4.0 this is thick, silky smooth. Carbed perfectly for the style.
O: 3.75 as I put a higher value on taste and smell, this one falls just short of the 4 rating. I thoroughly enjoy this beer, and would have again. For the style, it doesn't call into my top 5 however. To improve, I would have to get more hop aroma and lingering taste of hops.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2013 20:17:51 | More by roger617
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 leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

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

On tap at Beer Revolution.

Appearance- Pours a clear copper with a finger width of creamy head.

Smell- Pleasant piney hops, caramalts, and tropical fruits.

Taste- Hit right away with the piney hops and then goes to the caramalts and tropical fruits.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a moderate bitterness.

Overall- A well crafted Imperial IPA by Rogue. I enjoyed the bitterness and pine resin from the hops. This one would agree with all the hop heads out there.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2013 05:11:04 | More by leaddog
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
Photo of brentk56

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
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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
Photo of spinrsx

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 DrinkSlurm


3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap at 1702 in Tucson into glass. Pous a clear/golden with thick head. Look is very wimpy.
Nice hop aromas, some bready malts, but mostly high apha hops
Taste is very bitter pungent hop, bready malt, and more hops...
its way too bitter to be ejoyable for me.
Its a good IPA, just not amazing. Way to bitter, way over malted, but they seem to balance each other out...in a very hop forward way. Did i mention bitter hops?

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2012 05:50:59 | More by DrinkSlurm
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XS Imperial India Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
92 out of 100 based on 1,086 ratings.