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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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1,162 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,162
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.

74 IBU
75 AA
13º Lovibond

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2001)
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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
Photo of shirfan
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A particulate-filled bright orange with a very organic looking head that boils down to a film after a minute or so.

Smells strongly of pine resin and big, big hops.

Taste is exactly what I dream of in an IPA: starts with an explosive sweet pucker, tastes strongly bitter and of grapefruit and pine. Aftertaste lingers exceptionally long but isn't offensive in the least.

A hop lovers' delight....strong and unapologetic, deliciously bitter yet flavorful.

shirfan, Jan 20, 2003
Photo of goz
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Pour is a clear amber, with chunky bits of yeast circulating throughout, small white-ish head that slims out to a light soapy foam quickly. Aroma is strong on the pine and citrus. On the tongue, it is all hops, strikingly bitter, pine, citrus and some spice assault the palate with unrelenting force. Finish is quite long, it never seems to end.

goz, Jan 16, 2003
Photo of aracauna
3.15/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I tasted this beer on tap from a growler a friend provided me: The head is creamier and longer lasting than the same beer in the bottle. The mouthfeel is less watery and more creamy but the flavor is harsher, a little too harsh and lacked the slight juiciness. The harshness made this beer on tap much less drinkable than the bottled version.

aracauna, Jan 13, 2003
Photo of maxpower
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy copper-amber color, has a frothy clingy white head that last, hoppy aroma of pine trees and grapfruits. Hops hops and more hops hit your tongue, riesiny piney citrusy flavors, enough malts to balance this great IPA, full body with a full and creamy mouthfeel, untill the hops attack your tongue in the finish.

maxpower, Jan 11, 2003
Photo of HopheadEd
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, 75 IBU's, but still drinkable! Pours a hazy, rustic yellow with a big head. Holds fairly well, with excellent lacing through the bottom of the glass. Aroma of hops, and more hops, but the first sip puts to rest any hesitation. This is one great beer. Excellent mouthfeel, creamy, and smooth. The first swallow reveals spices, with just a hint of alcohol in the background. Finishes dry and crisp, cascades abound, but not too thick. Well done. Worth it's rank.

HopheadEd, Jan 11, 2003
Photo of mzwolinski
4.83/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The aroma is citric and fruity, really a lovely hop boquet which develops quite interestingly as the beer sits. Appearance is orangeish with a slight chill-haze and a finger-thick bubbly head. I was taken aback at how smooth this beer is in the mouth. The big citric hop flavors are there, but the blend of hops Rogue has chosen provides for a delightfuly complex hop presence throughout the entire drink. Citric up front, some floral notes in the middle, and a good but not at all overpowering bitterness to the finish. Medium bodied, with a crisp, fresh feel and flavor. Not "XS"ive in the least!

mzwolinski, Jan 08, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Undated 12 oz bottle - (but it must be fresh as it was only recently received at the ID distributor)! Even carefully poured I get a fairly cloudy peachy-amber body, but the everlasting frothy off-white head makes up for it! It keeps a constant 1/4" head throughout the glass and even leaves some spotty lace! The aroma suckers you into believing that you're in for a standard brew with just a hint of floral and earthy hops; but right off the bat, the first sip tells you that this is a full-throttle IPA with flavors of dried summer fruit, earthy, grassy and lightly citrusy hops, a touch of alcohol and a brooding bitterness! Ballsy! Fortunately, the carbonation has been kept to a manageable level where the perceived bitterness is more in-balance with the malt flavors. The body is medium and it's nicely creamy in the mouth. The underlying maltiness is soft, bready, and lightly honey-ish... very reminiscent of Young's SLA. Of course, there are far more hops in this one. And if the hops don't get you... the strength will! This is one of - if not THE - first Imperial IPA and it deserves recognition as such. Some newer versions of the style have taken it further, but they've lost the drinkability that this retains. Well done and highly enjoyable. Well worth seeking out.

NeroFiddled, Jan 01, 2003
Photo of MJR
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an amber-peach color with a semi-cloudy body. A light-tan head starts medium-sized, then shrinks down to a thin cap.

Smell: Honestly, I'm not picking up much in it's aroma. A faint hop smell, and that's about it...

Taste: I didn't know that to expect after the lackluster aroma, but the tide really took a turn for the better after my first sip!

This brew has a very stiff, bitter hop flavor that starts strong and doesn't let up until long after you swallow. There's a slight flavor that I can only describe as 'medicinal' towards the end. Interesting... Underneath the massive hop flavor, the grains are trying hard to be noticed, and they come across as slighty bready and fruity. Perhaps a touch of caramel is hidden in there too.

Mouthfeel: Medium thickness with a crisp, dry mouthfeel that packs one-helluza zing! Lots of carbonation in this brew.

Drinkability: Fairly high. The extremely high hopping rate might prevent this beer geek from downing these all night, but it would be great for getting the appetite going. One of the better APAs available.

MJR, Dec 29, 2002
Photo of Bierman9
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A little liquid refreshment while watching Hannibal....

As I poured this I had a huge whiff of hops! Bam!!! Talk about kicking-it up a notch! This is one great aroma! Huge floral cascade-like nose; I love it! Appearance is a medium-copper colored bier, with a mid-level of cloudiness present, and with a short, thin, fine head. Lacing is decent, to say the least. Body is more than medium, and the suds flows verrry nicely over the tongue! There's a superb foundation of toasty malt at the start, and the hops once again take over! And what a way to be dominated! The hop taste is so fresh and sharp! The hops just seem to linger and linger on the palate, too! I'm reminded a bit of HopDevil, but a steroid-pumped version!! This is A-1! Prosit!!

overall: 4.55
appearance: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 5


Bierman9, Dec 25, 2002
Photo of ZAP
4.93/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Harvest orange in color with a bubbly head....complext hop aroma....grapefruit...floral at some points and also sweet...in the mouth it is more balanced than I anticipated. The hops are definitely this beer's calling card, but it is not obscenely unbalanced. A real solid malt load makes this drinkable...The grapefruit/citrus hops dominate the flavor profile and it finishes on a dry, tangy note. Very good..bordering on special...

Re-rate 12/24/02....I bumbed the numbers up a little..I forgot I had rated this...incredible nose of citrus and fresh floral hops..GREAT hoppy IPA that has the malt load to balance the terrific hopping..one of the best IPA's available..

ZAP, Dec 24, 2002
Photo of marc77
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy light copper in hue, with sparse aggregates of yeast. Slowly settling off white head leaves loose lace. Pungent, grapefruity, dry hopped cascade hits the nose as first, then is ceded by mellower floral and round orange notes. The combination of Cascade and EKG lends a similar hop nose similar to that of the all Centennial Two Hearted Ale. Light caramel malt adds a mild sweetness to the aroma. Fruity esters are mild, but add a hint of ripe, bright fruit. Caramel sweetness upfront in flavor is immediately offset by assertive, but clean hop bitterness that lingers pleasantly through the finish. Hop flavor is lightly citric, and somewhat tangerine like in nature. Full in body, with a smooth, almost rich mouthfeel for style that contrasts the bold hop profile. Although malt nuances are overshadowed by hops, pseudosweet residual dextrins and trace toastiness is perceived. Finishes with a long bittersweet hop / caramel combination. Palate coating, mellow alcohol heatiness emerges late, letting you know this is no ordinary IPA. I2PA is a delicious brew.. Although obviously well hopped, malt provided a more than sufficient foundation. Delicious.

marc77, Dec 15, 2002
Photo of zerk
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep copper color, with a persistant head. Aroma is quite fruity and spicy with some sweet floral notes as well. Flavor is a balancing act of malt sweetness and spicy hops... with a heatly dose of bitterness to round things out... very well balanced, with nothing out of proportion. Medium bodied with a prickly mouthfeel. Very well done by Rogue!

zerk, Dec 14, 2002
Photo of budgood1
4.9/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

this is a hop monster. spine tingling in nature. i'm surprised that the federal government hasn't outlawed the use of this amount of hops in a beer, citing it as "mind altering". on to the review...

pours out an extremely cloudy deep bronze color. the dark flakes of yeast and other sediment being quite numerable. the aroma consists of sinus tingling hops...the most obvious the "fruit rind" cascades, but with an underlying spiciness adding much depth. tastes overwhelmingly of the hop load at first, giving way to a surprising creamy, toffee and caramel malt flavor, finishing with a large, spicy hop bitterness that surpises me in it's gentleness considering the magnitude of hops in this ale. the amount, and variety of hops used are quite evident and were somewhat expected. the overall body and drinkability pleasantly surprised me. and the unknown ABV is sneaking up on me.

a tremendous brew in all respects. an IPA worthy of it's high regard. i only have one, and i want another.

budgood1, Dec 08, 2002
Photo of inebrius
4.88/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A staggering nose of hops on the vine segues into a mondo flavor that is huge and perfectly balanced. I must admit, I was expecting a hop monster with I2PA. And the hops are there, undoubtedly, but damn what a silky malt back to rival them! Grapefruit and sugar, Spruce trees and Maple syrup. A rainbow of flavors. This is a formidable brew that compels contemplation, and should be available when the mood requires. The only drawback: a fluid yeast that clouds the works. Rogue maintains its sheer craftmanship with this brew.

¡Que qualidad!

Cheers to Billy Stout for the sample!

inebrius, Dec 06, 2002
Photo of doho95fu
4.9/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer rules. I had not heard much about this beer and hadn't seen any reviews when I picked up a couple of bottles. This is just a great IPA. The color is a deep orange with a good thick head. The smell is a little malty but the taste is all fruity hops. The ABV must be high because it warms you right up. Great mouthfeel, very drinkable - just a great beer.

This is one of those beers I will always look for.

doho95fu, Dec 02, 2002
Photo of freed
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Those Humulus hounds at Rouge have brewed another excellent bitter. Only had a pint of this; the pub wouldn't sell it by the pitcher. Its always nice to find a beer that has enough hop & flavor to make up for all the shit beer you drank in college. I swear, my memory of those beers has increased by at least 10 IBU.

freed, Nov 07, 2002
Photo of proc
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nurse, hook me up with an I.V. of this stat. A wonderful beer. A balanced act of malt and hops that give this beer a high drinkability factor. Tastes of pine/spruce come through along with the hop bite most IPA's have, but it is subdued to the point where it teases you into thinking the hops will be strong, then settles into a easy swallow.

Can this brewery make a bad beer? I don't think so. Very, very, very good beer.

proc, Nov 07, 2002
Photo of putnam
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the second beer in days that displayed hops' ability to merge with the profile of bitter chocolate flavor. Mr. Maier and co. flogged a delicious chocolatey bitterness out of those poor buds.

The aromas are on the neutral side. The flavors display that Rogue steely hop flavor in abundance. I must say, I like it better when it's decorated with fruity buckweat, or juniper, or honey. This hits me as needlessly bitter. Stern as a Persian king. Exotic. Aside from the telltale texture, it's hard to identify any varietal characteristics in the great green spice element. Underneath it all there is top quality toffee maltiness.
A curiosity.

putnam, Nov 02, 2002
Photo of StevieW
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich shiny copper color, hard pour yeiled a super charged beige head full of rich, oily, yummy hop bubbles. Smells was an awesome combination of resiny hop kick, citrus, pine and woody undertones. Supersmooth tasting IPA, nice warm tart citrus kick to begin, then NW Cascade hop tastes takes over. Mouth cringing bitterness shocks and soothes you at once. Very creamy smooth finsh. A delight from start to end. A really exceptional American IPA. Another winner from Rogue.

StevieW, Oct 27, 2002
Photo of BeerAngel
4.83/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking IPA. Pours a hazy caramel colored hue with a small cream colored head. The smells of hops, citrus, and cedar wood-like aromas are well pronounced. A strong taste of dry bitter hops and citrus twang with a crisp light bodied dry finish. Very nice example of an American IPA! Very hoppy, very citrusy, very dry, very good!

This is a beer that you just want reminisce after each swallow. Rogue, I'm falling in love!

BeerAngel, Oct 22, 2002
Photo of Gusler
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear as a bell, amber in color, the head Bunyanesque, beige, the lace is in lusty sheets, that last to the hop bitter end. Nose is lightly sweet, floral tones, citrus, "Sniffable". Front is glutinously sweet, the top light, the finish is heroically hopped, unassumingly acidic. Decent IPA, a middle of the road American IPA, which is nothing to "Sneeze" at. Ranks a respectable #437 on my current 1000 beer list.

Gusler, Oct 10, 2002
Photo of hyuga
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

One of the newer 12 oz. XS bottles. Could be from either 2001 or 2002, no date on the bottle. Orange with a bit of haze. Nice white head, but you don't have long until it settles. Great floral hop aroma with some rind-like presence. Just a bit of malt is detectable. Instant bitterness in the taste, very rind-like, floral, and a bit piney. A bit sweet under the bitterness. Malt presence is held down by the powerful hops' strong arm, but is still detectable in a slight grainy character. A very unique and pleasing warm and tingly mouthfeel. In my opinion, this one could be more balanced, but hoppy is the point, is it not? And a great hoppy brew it is!

hyuga, Sep 29, 2002
Photo of Murph
4.95/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden orange color with some yeasties floating around, a nice head but it fades far too fast. Huge piney and citrusy hop aromas, tons of Cascades here. There is also a slight malty backbone there that balances the aroma out. Absolutely heavenly taste to this brew. Huge piney hoppyness is all over the place with some strong citrusy tastes as well. Here and there a slight toasty/biscuity malt presence peaks its head up before getting pushed back down by the intense hops. There is a flash of alcohol at the end but it is well hidden in the spiciness that the Saaz hops provide to this brew. Great smoothness and an awesome creamy quality to it that make this beer an absolute joy to drink. A hopheads delight and a must have for an that are fans of Rogue brews.

Murph, Sep 05, 2002
Photo of mophie
4.78/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Oh.. my.. God. This is intense! I had to try this after reading Darth's post on smoking and hops. 12 oz. bottle (yippee!). Deep orange/amber, slightly hazy. Fairly thick, fluffy, slightly off-white head that reduces to a fine, bubbly ring. Smells: grapefuit. With sugar on it. Taste is sensational, with citrusy hop flavors, some slight pine, and a spicy, almost peppery finish. The peppery sensation lingers for quite some time after you swallow. Damn, this is intense. And terrific.


mophie, Aug 22, 2002
XS Imperial India Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
92 out of 100 based on 1,162 ratings.