XS Imperial India Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

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XS Imperial India Pale AleXS Imperial India Pale Ale

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Ratings: 1,180
Reviews: 761
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 83
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 Darkale
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy, butterscotch body, with a massive, thick, creamy and tan head.

Fruity, slightly sweet aroma.

Chewy in the mouth, with an almost barleywine-like sweetness at first, followed by a round sourness of hops.

Taste is a nice mix of deep and creamy sweetness and then powerful hops, one right after the other -- each can be tasted separately.

While all of the parts are wonderful, the whole seems lacking. The taste could be more in balance. Not my favorite IPA, though I can see why some might like it very much.

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

Another fine beer from a fine brewery. Pours with a nice head clear light brown with some yeast. Smell is very hoppy after awhile the alchohol smell is prominent. Taste is hops, hops, hops. Not a problem. The malt is there too. I love it. Good velvetty mouthfeel. Quite a pleasure to drink. Very strong alchohol (~9%)but not listed.

Photo of beerinator
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light caramel, vanilla colored head

Aroma: Hops and grapefruit. Clean citrusy, very 'dry' aroma.

Taste: Beginning is pretty acidic. Very Hoppy. Malt presence firm, balancing hoppyness. Slight notes of 'oakyness'. Like it was aged in chardonnay style.

Notes: Not for beginners. True hopheads need apply. Initially it tastes hoppier than expected. Enjoy with sharp flavored cheeses.

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

This one poured to a amber color with a tan head. The aroma is fruity with a slight malt backbone. The flavor is malty and fruity. It flows to an intense bitterness that lingers into through the finish. It was an easy drinking, medium-bodied brew. Has a very nice flavor, which is a lot like the Brutal Bitter, but a bit stronger.

Photo of Jarod
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is an apricot color that when first poured has a slight chill haze to it, but as you get deeper into the bottle the beer starts to look like a snow globe that someone has shaken up. Decent carbonation. It produced a creamy buttermilk foam, full and sticky, that sat on the top for ½ the glass then slowly fell to a small film and ring on the edges. It left a delicate, and spotty, sticky lace on the sides the whole way to the last drop in the glass. The aromas were of saaz and cascade hops (flowers, citrus), fruit, pine trees (forest), bread grains, sweet malt, and some alcohol. Different aromas took the forefront as the beer warmed (very nice). The tastes were of the pine tree forest (first served), hops (floral, citrus), grains, malt (sweet), yeast, fruits, alcohol, and some spices in the last few sips. The after tastes were mostly of pine needles, hops and as it warmed the sweet malt became noticeable. Medium bodied. Somewhat bitter but pleasurable. This beer first caught me off guard, started off very sharp, then when it warmed slightly it mellowed soo much, not changing the effect of any flavors just became better then they started (which was really good). Big hoppy beer that was big on flavors and big on enjoyment.

Photo of mikeys01
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm sitting here sipping on a glass of I2Pa and liking it pretty well, being a big fan of the more bitter hoppy ales. I2PA pours out fairly orange in color, with very little white head. Good mixed hop aroma, smells kind of caramely and sweet as well, and hinting at boldness to come. Just about the right amount of carbonation to make it very drinkable.
First taste I'm getting is full on hop attack, excellent hop flavor, and then I begin to note some cirtusy flavors and a healty maltiness. Very bitter aftertaste that stays with you for a while, not for those who are afraid of the hop-giants. I'd buy more of these.

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

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. It pours a cloudy reddish-orange with one finger of foam. There is very little lacing left on the glass. The smell is very vibrant. Tons of hops in the smell, and a bunch of citrus aroma. What a great nose. The taste is hops, hops, and more hops. Of course I'm getting a little bit of fruity esters in there, but the hops reign. There might be lots of hops, but there's plenty of malt too, and it's really well balanced. The mouthfeel is nice and full, and the drinkability is fabulous. This one's right up there with two hearted and hopdevil in my book.

Photo of jeffboo
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A hop nectar, the glory of the high alpha's. A thunderstorm of flavors. Hop heaven and then some.

This beer is not balanced. This features hops, and if you didn't get it the first time, it reminds you on every sip. I like hops and I like this beer but it's a little out of whack with the best hop monsters out there.

This is a very deep reddish/orange color with a cream colored head. The aroma of fresh hops is truely amazing. I grow hops for myself and just breathing in a bag of hops can't top this. The aroma runs from citrus/pine to resiny, earthy hops. It is extremely full bodied with a syrupy malt sweetness to open followed by a waterfall of hops- piney, oily, grapefruit rind and all very fresh tasting. It's a bit too syrupy in the body to truely measure up to my fav's but I'll have this around on a regular basis just for the hop fix.

Photo of Realale
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep slightly hazy rusty tan. Very fine 1/3" sticky white head settles quickly to a thin cap, but stays.

Cascade dominates the nose with its grapefruit, but there is a hint of spice, and a bit of funk from the other hops. No malt.

Very thick in the mouth. Tons of rich Maris Otter goodness, on the slightly sweet side. Nicely integrated piney Cascade flavors, with a touch of the earthy spiciness promised by the nose. Thankfully avoids the stewed hop flavors that trouble my palate in other Rogue brews. Long, long, long, looooooong, lingering bitter finish. Nice bottle-conditioned mouthfeel adds softness, but plenty of carbonation to keep the beer from becoming too much. Its actually remarkably well-balanced for what it is.

Photo of tavernjef
4.83/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark peach skin in color with deep bubbly carbonation within its deep haze and upon closer inspection I see little dark speckly floaty things, hmmm, hops? Yeast? Head is a finger high and tight froth of quick fading cream coloredness fading to a nice skim and ring, leaves minimal spotty lace that drips mostly back in with some clear oilyness.

Aroma is fat and juicy of floral earthy hops, fresh, green and oily, oh yeah, with a peachy sense and a good amount of woody pineness, strong and appetizing hoppyness!

Taste is amazingly handled hops.... juicy, rich, luscious. Each sip invites a wonderful hop flavored dream. Has a warm tender grab thats very nice. The bitterness is pretty strong but not overwhelming, mostly woody, earthy pineyness, a bit floral, very fresh and green, lots of juicyness and one nice hoppy dryness into the finish. Eventually blowing your taste buds into happy little dancing pores of acceptance. Hopheads be warned, find this beer and drink it!

Feel is just right on for an Imperial IPA with medium bodied fullness, has a bit of an oily and creamy sense in some factions of the start and middle just before the body of hops opens it up to all sorts of good amounts of bittering dryness that states the mighty use of hops. Good warming sense soothes and even burns a bit in the thoat later on in the finish.

Due to its overwhelming, but lovabley powered hops, my mouth is now ruined. So drinkability is just shy of perfect. If I dare to open another my mouth may never recover. This beer is not for the faint at heart, if you don't like the hops, you won't like this beer. Ya, sure its a bit one dimensional, but its one dimension I don't mind being stuck in.

Photo of jcalabre
3.38/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Originally sampled on 26 October 2002. Writing this review from my notes. This puppy pours Reddish/Amber color. Its flavor has big hops on the tonuge. It is Neither complex, nor balanced. This is a hop monster variety of beer. A bit one dimensional but tasty.

Photo of Mitchster
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Another exceptional brew from my 2nd favorite brewery.

"I2PA is brewed with two-row Pipkin Pale malts, Saaz, Cascade and Northwest Golding hops."-Rogue website

75 IBU, 15.9 Lovibond, 75 AA, 20 degrees Plato, 9.5% ABV.

Cloudy copper with a nice light beige head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is intense with grapefruit, a sour tinge of lemon, sweetand bready malts, apples and honey. Taste is of extremely fresh, bright green oily hops. Very nice, extremely smooth, soft and mellow, expertly balanced malts round it out. Slightly harsh but less so than most offerings in the style. Exceptionally hoppy but also balanced with a sweet, toasty and fruity finish. One of the best IPA's in America. Exceptional.

Photo of moon0
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An opaque orange with glittering yeasties floating throughout. Carbonated with big lively bubbles. The lacework on the glass disappears quickly, it doesn't linger. The aroma is quite nice, strong, yet floral. I guess those oxygen fixing caps really work. The malt stands up in mid-taste but eventually gets dominated by the bursting hops which attack the tongue in a blanket of hop oil. An intense, resinous, piney domination. I can't speak, my palate needs a break. An amazing envelope pusher.

Photo of tar
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, hazy, orange with a one finger off-white, "firm" looking head. The head diminishes slowly and persists as a thin veneer. Smells strongly of citrusy and flowery hops---the smell greets you not only when lifting the glass, but as soon as the bottle is opened. The taste is dominated by hops with grapefruit and citrus flavors being pronounced. There are some malty flavors as well. The finish is dry and there is a good complexity of flavors present throughout the tasting process. Medium bodied, this very enjoyable beer becomes smoother as it warms up (may have been a bit over chilled). Overall a very good beer.

Photo of Bierguy5
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orangeish color with a white creamy head. Lots of floating particles, just as I have read from others. Strong citrus smell. Taste was a strong citrusy hop flavor, with some maly sweetness. I really noticed the alcohol at the finish more than some of the other Imperial IPAs. Medium body, with good drinkability. This beer did not seem to hit as hard as Ruination, 90 Minute or Dreadnaught. I wonder what the floaters had to do with it? Still another great brew from Rogue.

Photo of frank4sail
4.97/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big fresh floral hop grapefruit nose. Slightly hazy cherry colored look with a nice fluffy sticky white head that has a slight tinge of pink. A beautiful sticky lace leads your way through the upfront malt sweetness which is quickly and abruptly attacked on the tongue with huge orange rind and grapfruit skin bitterness. This hop dagger stays on the tongue through the finish. The brew makes you want to drink ot by balenced brute (bitter fruit) force. This is a wonderful full, rounded, bitter, elixer of love. YUM!

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After a warning from fellow BA nomad I carefully decanted the 12oz. bottle leaving about 2-3 oz. of foggy, piss colored liquid in a tiny glass. More on this later.

The actual I2PA was an exceptionally clear amber with some bubbles that fizzed into the head which was very yellowish. Not a bit of lace to speak of. The smell was strong with elements of scotch, hop citrus and raisen and mellon soaked in brandy. The taste was loud and robust, my tongue giving in to the excellent hops and a some smoked malts in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was creamy and langourous rolling about my mouth leaving a pleasent whisky burning in my throat. .

The sediment, which I saved for comparison, made me appreciate the I2PA even more. It was cloudy and thick and smelled of three day old urine. Tasting it was an undertaking in itself. I can imagine that stomach acid has a similar taste. The aftertaste strongly resembled bile.

At roughly $4 for a 12oz. bottle one must be very careful to leave ALL the sediment out of the glass because it will ruin any taste that may have existed. But if cared for correctly this beer hold plethora of tastebud sensation. Thanks again to nomad for a bottle.

Photo of ADR
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Goldings, Saaz, AND Cascades? Let's see if they get along better than the UN...

Murky darker brown (a lot darker than I expected), minimal head after 30 seconds with thin comma-like lacing. A hint of rind in the aroma, but more a slight piquancy that's holding back. If there's a beer that tastes like a mixture of TexSun Pink Grapefruit and Ocean Spray CranApple -- this is it. With medium carbonation and a decent and apple-like malt balance, this is still a juicy hop showcase. The Goldings do impart a floral balance to the American citrus and this beer is peppery and thicker than I anticipated. Quite an interesting product.

Photo of beergeek279
4.78/5  rDev +16%
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!

Photo of nomad
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of rastaman
3.83/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of BierReise
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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!

Photo of far333
3.5/5  rDev -15%
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.

Photo of RBorsato
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
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

XS Imperial India Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
92 out of 100 based on 1,180 ratings.