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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 nomad
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a softly hazy burnt peach color. The head was so foamy yet still chunky, and wouldn’t go down. When it slowly did it left quite a stain. A looker.

Smelled extremely fresh, like just plucked fresh scents of lemon, dry pine, grapefruit, and whole hops. Underneath are malt scents of melon, peach, cream, sweet malt. The taste straight-off was salty, dry, and bitter - I'd call it acerbic, if you catch my drift. Had a good malt flavor in the middle, throwing out flavors of melon, peach, and a burnt finish with nips of alcohol.

Had quite a drying mouthfeel but moderately so relative to many caustic IPAs. Gave off a burp of small apple and pear flavors. A well done beer, a high-quality combination of many classic IPA traits.

nomad, May 12, 2003
Photo of rastaman
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

AIBA 2003: Was excited to see a Rogue beer at the festival. Very grapefruity, manadariny, piney nose and flavour, heavy on the hops, for sure. Quite bitter and citric, a bit thick and chewy, but vibrant and fresh at the same time, diggable. If there was anything bad to say about it, it was a bit one dimensionally hoppy, but it maintains a relatively good balance.

rastaman, May 10, 2003
Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy copper color with a tan head. Yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle.
Aroma of citrusy, floral hops. A bit of alcohol.

Big malt sweetness with a caramel twang hits you upfront. Then an onslaught of piney, floral hops. Alcohol as well. Some residual bitterness after the finish.

Full body creates a very good mouthfeel.
This beer is big, bold and in your face. Still quite drinkable considering.

Overall, a good beer, but not one to take lightly.

PhantomVodoo, Apr 26, 2003
Photo of BierReise
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's amazing how many different color descriptions have been given to this ale. How about burnt orange? Looks nice but don't most ales? This particular one has an abundance of hop particals floating around which makes for a substantial IPA. Wonderful citrusy (pear?) flavor and very bitter but not enough to turn off the occasional IPA drinker. I happen to be fond of hoppy ales so this didn't dissapoint. I've heard many complain about Rogue going over the top with dry hopping but why should every ale be balanced anyway. This one's for hopheads!

BierReise, Apr 26, 2003
Photo of far333
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark amber in color, with a thick and inviting beige head. The head is a full inch high with lots of big bubbles. Coarse sediment falls to the bottom of the glass. The smell is fresh and inviting as well - orange peel, pine, hints of honey and bitter hops. But...I was not prepared for the hop bitterness that assaulted my tongue as I raised the glass. Reminds me of hot sauces that are really really hot without much focus on the entire flavor. The hops takes over, and even slows down the drinking process since I had to wait in between sips for the flavor to dissipate. This is a good beer, but the hops are a little over the top for my tastes.

far333, Apr 26, 2003
Photo of RBorsato
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Brass colored with major floaters and a nice light brown head and good carbonation which leaves circles of lace. Huge hoppy (piney, sprucey, citrusy ?) bitter aroma. Big assertive hop bitterness but also a big malty flavor to offset. Full bodied and creamy: Barleywine-ish.

Drink Fresh ! Old version tasted smokey but did not turn overly bitter...

Label states: "Unfiltered and unfined" & "An Imperial India Pale Ale", 20 Plato, 74 IBU, 75 AA, 13 L. 1997 version lists Beeston Pipkin Pale Malt; was replaced on the 2002 version by Maris Otter Pale Malt. Cascade, Saaz, and Kent Golding hops.

"97" embossed on bottom of bottle (7 oz / $3.49) &
"02" embossed on bottom of bottle (12 oz / $3.99):
Tasted: 04/16/03

RBorsato, Apr 25, 2003
Photo of Running4beer
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a very hazy orange and a thin lace of foam after warming a little it clears up slightly. Floating in this I2PA is sediment of yeast and lots of it. You can notice the carbonation even with all that yeast floating around. The carbonation gives this a crisp bite. Aroma is hops, hops, hops and more hops citrus, floral and spice. Flavors are almost the same as the aroma floral and citrus hops especially grapefruit and I also tasted some mango and a bitter spicey aftertaste, through all those hops I tasted a bit of malt in there. This I2PA definetly has kick you in the balls written all over it.

Running4beer, Apr 16, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Color is a gorgeous full-on orange, and the head is huge, thick, bubbly white. Aroma is full of fruit and pine, a little grapefruit and more creeps in, but more than anything, the sensation that jumps out is pine, pine, pine! Is it Cascade hops at work? Very strong, very sharp!
On the palate it is HUGE, and TASTY, WOW!WOW!WOW!WOW!WOW!!!!
AAAAAAHHHHHHhhhhh!!!!
This is delirious, delicious, d'lovely!!!
I do wish for a touch more malt for a bit more balance, but it's not over-handed. This is an over-the-top IPA done right! My whole head is swimming in hops! I'm feeling like I've been sealed in a pickle jar with hops!
Oh, so much taste! Oh, so delicious!!! The finish is everlasting, as is the pleasure!!!
As far as extra-hoppy IPAs go, Rogue takes the everloving cake!!!

feloniousmonk, Apr 02, 2003
Photo of bditty187
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Peachy-honey-tan hue, smallish slightly off-white head, little retention, spotty specks of lace. Aromatic nose… prickly grapefruit, floral, little malt influence; very inviting. Wonderfully bitter palate, prickly, floral notes, acidic, and (in a good way) harsh… some almost hidden sweetness. Unbalanced, complex, but not “out of whack,” the malt does lay an excellent foundation (otherwise the IBUs would kick our ass). Dry and oily, bitter finish... beautiful. Almost perfect mouthfeel, medium body, near perfect carbonation. Overall this is another tasty, pleasing and so damn drinkable Rogue product. I highly recommend it.

bditty187, Apr 01, 2003
Photo of DrunkenPanther
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.

DrunkenPanther, Mar 31, 2003
Photo of Wildman
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a reddish orange color and formed an off white foam head that left little lace as it subsided. Some carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, hops and caramel. A flavor of malt, hops and a slight hint of citrus. A nice finish that is a touch astrigent. A good IPA and about time the distributors got it here after the law change last fall.

Wildman, Mar 28, 2003
Photo of fattyre
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium golden orange with a large bubbly, slightly creamy offwhite head. The mouthfeel is syrupy. The smell is slightly sweet malt with earthy, spicy hops. The taste is full rounded malt with a peppery alcohol and a nice citrusy hop finish. My favorite part of this beer is the mouthfeel which is the closest thing to cask conditioned I have had from a bottle to date. A very full rich and balanced IPA.

fattyre, Mar 26, 2003
Photo of ElGuapo
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a hazy copper orange color with a monster off-white foam that stays with you to the very end leaving sheets of lace on the sides of the glass. The top may not even be off the bottle when you are hit with a beautiful blast of hop spiciness. Fields of wet grass linger behind the spice, and you will also pick up grains way in the shadow.

This is an exceptional brew. A hearty medium body which is perfect for the style. It is full of flavor, very robust. Spicy hops are the dominator with some pale malts and grains coming in at the end just before the dry and spicy aftertaste. Everything about this beer is simply outstanding. My mouth is in beer drinking heaven as well as my nose while consuming this work of art. This is the definition of the style, and all IPAs should follow in this beer's footsteps if they wish to accomplish the feat of a well crafted IPA. I am a man that loves intensity in the flavor and aroma of a beer, and this one has exactly that. I could however ask for a little more just to be really picky. I have no doubt that it will be very hard to find an IPA to stand up to this one, but it is possible to win me over with something a little more intense. I could only imagine Rogue doing this maybe I3PA or I4PA.

Do not miss this beer. It is truly one of the finest out there.

ElGuapo, Mar 18, 2003
Photo of Bruiser81
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance of this brew was awesome. A dark amber-orange color with a bubbly head that lasted at a half inch thick, wow. The lacing was amazing. I must say this brew has one of the best aroma's I've ever happened across. The smell mostly hops except for the good dose of caramel malt. Man it smells hoppy. Lots of grassy, citrus, grapefruit and floral esters happening here. Probably the most powerful aroma of all beers I've tried. Kind of smells like raw hops before they are added to the brewpot. If there is malt anywhere in here than I can't find it. A strong grassy flavor hits first followed by a lemon zest. The finish is all bitter hops on the way down. All the hops are well balanced by a strong malty backbone. The aftertaste has sort of a warming effect to it. I don't know what it was but I really enjoyed this brew. I will definitely purchase and drink again.

Bruiser81, Mar 14, 2003
Photo of nixhecks
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer i have yet to try from Rogue, and my mouth has been watering since I bought it. The color of this IPA is a true orange. Visible sediment and a a cloudiness added extra character, and a foamy white head gave of a full floral aroma, including peach/apricot scents and a hint of alcohol. Very full hop bitterness throughout the first tastes, as well as a very full, lightly carbonated mouthfeel. The overall balance of this brew seems a little bit off, however this only takes away from the drinkability. I think that the bitterness combined with the full body is what does it. Still, I got what I was looking for and would definetely buy this again.

nixhecks, Mar 12, 2003
Photo of mmthompson33
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Damn, this is a unique beer. An IPA with yeast in the bottom of the bottle. And it kicks your ass as far as alcohol and hops go.

It's not the perfect beer for all occasions. It's perfect when you want to come home from work and really have something good, but not some gourmet Belgian beer or something more standard like Sierra Nevada or Yuengling. It walks that line nicely.

Basically, I think it tastes like a Sierra Nevada with a little bit of sweet/alcohol brown sugar kick. Damn good.

mmthompson33, Feb 27, 2003
Photo of comat0se
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My bottle says 100% Pure Floor Malted Maris Otter Pale Malt. Wonder if they used to use Pipkin... Also mentions Kent Goldings as opposed to Northwest Goldings.

Nice, slightly hazy copper color with a powdery white head that sticks around. Aroma is Hops, nice freshly picked, woody hops. Not all Cascades though, but the Kent Goldings come through to add some complexity to the nose. Also, hints of sweet malt and fruit. First taste is a bit unusual to me, sweet, bready, with some honey and bubblegum notes. Nice and rounded, smooth. Then, in come the hops for a strong bitter, spicy alcohol, ending. Aftertaste is sweet malt, slight bubblegum, apricot, Saaz hops. Very interesting beer.

$2.99 for 12oz.
Using the numbers on the bottle this beer should be about 8.5%abv.

comat0se, Feb 22, 2003
Photo of 49degrees
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In addition to tackling the Imperial Stout on a recent visit to Rogue’s newest brewery in Issaquah, Washington, I also has the opportunity to enjoy a glass of their Imperial India Pale Ale (AKA “I2PA”). Like their Stout, the I2PA is an exceptional offering that really satisfied this self-described hophead.

While this brew is extremely hoppy, it is considerably more refined in nature compared to some of the new “smack your face” bitter brews like Stone’s “Ruination” and the Dogfish Head “90 Minute IPA” it does dish up a rather abundant smack to the palette that’s sure to keep you wide awake while you enjoy every last drop.

For those who have enjoyed this brew from the bottle in the past, I was informed that they have recently upgraded their servings from the old 7oz bottles to a standard 12oz bottle. The Imperial Stout has also received this upgraded serving size.

On tap, the I2PA is a sight for sore eye and a real joy for the palette. It pours a deep golden color complete with a modest white foaming head and produces considerable glass lacing during the drink.

This ale delivers a hearty hop punch on the palette but with a very unique smelling citrus hit and an almost medicinal shot of alcohol in the overall aroma. Although there is a medicinal like alcohol shot on the most the alcohol doesn’t overwhelm the palette while drinking, despite being informed that this brew “carries enough alcohol to keep you warm at night.” {Note, there is no official abv listing for the I2PA)

This too is a very robust India Pale Ale complete with a hearty citrus hit, intense bitterness, and a nice sweet aftertaste that seems to blend exceptionally well with the inherent malt factor from its two-row Pipkin Pale malt. Thankfully this one also uses the popular Cascade and Northwest Golding hops which help send it over the edge (flavor wise).

If you’re a hophead or someone just looking for a unique high hopped beer experience, don’t miss the chance to try the I2PA.

[ STATS:>> SERVING: 10 oz. glass / ABV: unlisted / PRICE: $4.50 USD ]

49degrees, Feb 15, 2003
Photo of francisweizen
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful! Easily one of the best, if not THE BEST, IPA that I have ever had the pleasure to taste! This beer pours out a beautiful hazy orange colour, with many suspended yeasties. This beer smells of hops and grapefruit! It tastes like more of the same...much hops, and fruit tones, with a nice bready malt backbone as well. The mouthfeel on this beer was incredibly crisp and snappy which lends to its high drinkability factor.
Rogues XS line of beers is awesome...i'm so glad that they now come in 12oz bottles instead of a nip. Maybe one day they will come in a bomber or even a magnum!!!
Cheers!,
F.

francisweizen, Feb 15, 2003
Photo of Quaffer
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A very hazy, copper colored beer. I spaced off for a second while pouring and unleashed a ton of sediment into my glass, so that didn't help the clarity. The head was a cream color and disappeared quickly. The lace was minimal.

Smell: This beer smelled good, with a crisp hoppy aroma combined with roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: I prefer fuller, smoother beers, but this one wasn't bad considering that it is an IPA.

Taste: A good refreshing hops flavor that is balanced very well with the malt. A much better balance than the brewery's Brutal Bitter. A little bit of that citrus twang on the finish, but it is not overwhelming.

Overall, this is a good beer, but it doesn't stand out as being spectacular.

Quaffer, Feb 10, 2003
Photo of Bunnyhop
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A slightly hazy, medium golden-orange English Style Imperial Pale Ale with a large, bubbly, sligtly creamy, off-white head. The smell is malty and earthy along with hops. The taste is most definitely grapefruit with pepper, followed by malt, with a lingering citrus bitter finish. The body is syrupy in my mouth. I thought I had tasted grapefruit in beers before but this beer HAS grapefruit to savor in its flavor.

(source; PremierGourmet; Buffalo, NY)

Bunnyhop, Feb 06, 2003
Photo of aaronh
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Fathead's.

Deep copper beer was presented with a thin tan head. Bubble gum and sweet malt in the aroma with a touch of hops. Strong hop bitterness in the flavor atop a huge malt base. Very nice sweetness followed by intense grapefruit from the hops in the finish. Solid mouthfeel and decent drinkability, but I seemed to "nurse" this beer for a while. Maybe it was the girl behind the bar. Who knows? Whatever the case, this was a very good beer that just didn't go down as quick as I expected it too. Never the less, I will enjoy this one again.

aaronh, Feb 03, 2003
Photo of Mark
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy light amber with a nice head that shrunk to a thin layer. Lacing was solid from mid glass on down. Very earthy, piney aroma, a blast of bitter hops hits you and some noticable achohol. A good piney hoppy taste and thick full mouthfeel. Pretty potent brew. Another fine offering from Rogue.

Mark, Feb 01, 2003
Photo of pheurton
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a very cloudy orange-tan with a fine billowing off white head. this brew is obviously un-filtered. aroma is all hops -- big citrusy pnw hops. the body is very full and smooth. the malts do a better than average job of holding up against the onslaught of hops. this affords for a very balanced and tasty ipa. the hops provide a good deal of bitterness, but are flavorful above all. quite a feather in rogue's cap, which is saying alot. definitely in the top three ipa's of all i've ever tried.

pheurton, Jan 31, 2003
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I kind of knew what to expect when I tried this, considering the style and the brewery. HOPS! (did I say HOPS!) What an aroma! One of the best smelling beers I've ever had. Upon first taste, hops. As I drank on, I noticed some nice fruity tones (mango, peach?) and then hops! When I finished this, my mouth was coated with HOPS! It seems, looking at the B.A. "top 50", that hoppy micro brews are quite popular. With that in mind, I can see why this beer (along with the other Rogue offerings - and I LOVE Shakespeare stout!) is rated so high. But, overall, I would prefer a Liberty Ale over this, as the hops kind of overwhelm the flavor (not that I don't occasionally love a super-hoppy beer!) I'm glad I tried it, and will again, but I certainly don't see this as one of the 10 best beers in the world.

JohnnyDuvel, Jan 21, 2003
XS Imperial India Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
92 out of 100 based on 1,161 ratings.