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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

1,178 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1,178
Reviews: 760
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 83
Gots: 43 | 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 Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cloudy orange, lovely lace and residue. Enticing spice and grapefruit hop along with grainy. Sparkles the tongue. British and American What 10.3%? Alcohol kicks in brutal finish. Malt allows it to be drinkable. Had on tap two years later and not as good, a bit metallic.

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New, smaller bottle picked up at Total Wine in Alexandria. Served in a tulip.

Pours brings forth a moderately-hazed light orange beer with a single-finger white head with pretty good retention. Some spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Nose is a bit laid back with a mild tangerine and tropical character along with a bit of sweet malt. The taste adds a bit more hop bite with a front-end bitterness followed by some fruity character and a bit of malty sweetness. The finish is slightly alcoholic. Moderate level of bitterness for the style; fairly-full body. Drinks fairly well, though it's not anything too special. I will say that I love the small bottles and I'd love to see more breweries go to this for stronger, yet widely-available, offerings.

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of carbonation along with some particles visible floating in suspension. It poured with a thin off white head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus hops in the nose with grapefruit standing out in particular.
T: There are some hints of sweetness in the initial taste but these are quickly followed by bitter and grapefruit flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is dryness and warming from the alcohol in the finish.
O: The beer is surprisingly drinkable considering its strength. It definitely tastes like a strong beer but the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

Note: 2010 vintage

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of brentk56
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
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

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

Very good beer. Bold hop flavors and strong sweetness. Citrus, pine, and earthy aromas and flavors... yea, a lot like most other very good I2PA's. What's the separater? For this beer, it's the balance. The beer is delicately proportioned to allow a hearty alcohol content to merge seamlessly with the hop drying and intensity. The citrus hop flavors and feel swirl nicely around the firm malt base allowing complexity and variety to emerge without letting the strength of the beer to get out of hand. Full and rich textures fall short of heavy. Quite easy to drink and less offensive than a lot of IPA's. Good job Rogue... I expect nothing else.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Daalamar: Poured a deep and cloudy brown color ale with a small foamy head that disappeared quite quickly. Aromas of citrus hops is quite powerful and dominate most of the aroma. Taste is a mix between sweet malt and a load of hops that provide a citrus and quiet extreme bitter finish. Body is way above average and I love the fact that this is unfiltered. Great IIPA that I wouldn’t mind cellaring a few of those.

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

The silk-screened label displays a mustachioed, pith helmet-wearing member of the East India Company during the British Raj, as if to remind us of the origins of this robust variation of the greatest of all beer styles, India Pale Ale (so sayeth me). I've noticed that in addition to Kent Goldings hops, I2PA contains Saaz and Cascade. Perhaps that's to honor the little known London to Munich to Portland to Bombay trade route.

Perfectly clear, resplendent, tangerine peel orange. The occasional speck-like bubble rises in slow motion to an orange-tinted, cream colored head. The pitting foam is creamydense and is leaving a solid circumferential sheet of minutely speckled lace on the pint glass. A beautiful, classic look.

The wonderfully citrusy, tropical fruity nose is spritzing estery hop goodness into the immediate atmosphere. There's also a brassy, grounded, I-mean-business component to the aroma that lets me know that I'm dealing with a DIPA. Not much actual malt though... thank goodness. I had little doubt before popping the cap that I was gonna like this one; now any trace of doubt is all but extinguished.

Yowza! The malt structure is more than solid. Hell, it's constructed with steel I-beams. Big flavor on a big body. The beer is modestly sweet with an uncompromisingly full body that is lightened a little by a greater than expected amount of carbonation. A firm headbutt of bitter hoppiness is kept in check by malt and incompletely masked alcohol. I can't say that I appreciate Saaz per se, but there is a floral note to the hoppiness that must be due to the Bavarian stowaway.

Rogue Imperial Pale Ale is a little too malty and a little light on over-the-top hoppiness for me. It is, however, a full-throttle, unapologetic DIPA that wears its heart on its sleeve. I could make a few suggestions (chuck the Saaz overboard), but on second thought, it's fine the way it is. A distinctive version and a very good one.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another new one on tap at Barley's this weekend. Poured a hazy burnt orange with a nice off white head. Some good lacing. Smell was hop heaven. Deep citrus and opiney hops, lots of orange and pineapple tones. The taste was a bit harsh, strong. Lots of hot alcohol present, as it warmed it calmed down some. Smooth, not slimy feel, with decent carbonation. Overall this was a nice imperial IPA and was pretty good on tap. Very strong which cuts down on the drinkability a bit, but otherwise a very fine ale.

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.

Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This IPA pours out as a murky orange color. The head and lacing are white and sticky. The smell of the beer is hoppy and has some nice malts in the faint background. The taste is very piney and has a nice smooth citrusy taste. Mouthfeel stings at first and mellows out after the swallow. Overall its a pretty killer IPA for sure. Well worth the try if you come across it.

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.58/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper body with a smallish, fizzy white head.

Smell: Strong hop aroma that is mostly pine, but there's also some abused grapefruits in there as well.

Taste: From start to finish its a simple, straight-forward, yet gruelling bitterness. The finish, at best, can be described as abrasive.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: I'll admit it, I'm just not wild about this one whatsoever.

Photo of oberon
3.35/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well had to give this a try all though I am not a hop head have heard some nice things about this brew.Pours a deep burnt orange color with a light head that leaves some nice patchy spots.Very grassy aroma with a little caramel tone.Taste is a little over the top for my taste hop wise very resiny and herbal tasting with some residual sweetness,lightly alcoholic.Now this is a very well made beer here but Iam not a huge fan of this style.

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

I've had this by the bottle and on tap many times, and it's one of my favorite IPAs. Murky yellow/orange-colored, opaque, great head retention. Extremely aromatic; hops, pine, and citrus dominate the nose. The flavor is incredibly hoppy with just enough malt to strike a balance, and a pleasant citrusy undertone. Crisp mouthfeel with just a touch of oiliness.

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XS Imperial India Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
92 out of 100 based on 1,178 ratings.