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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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1,117 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,117
Reviews: 759
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 74
Gots: 31 | 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 Denali


4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at The Moan and Dove in Amherst, MA.

The beer had almost no head - what was there was off white in color. The beer itself was an opaque brown exactly resembling Mott's apple juice. The aroma was of apples, pine, sweet malt, and of course hops.

The taste was extremely complex - sweet malt mixed with apples, and the bitterness of hops. The sweetness and bitter hops flavors alternated their dominance over the flavor timeline, creating an incredibly lively and tasty experience. The taste sometimes started and finsihed either sweet or bitter, while the middle was usually dominated by bitter hops. The apple flavor also poked its way through at varied times. The aftertaste was bitter. Most importantly, all of these flavors were quite tasty.

A real hoppy monster of a brew.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2004 19:44:27 | More by Denali
Photo of GuinnessSmurf


4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an excellent IPA. It pours a thick yellow that you cannot see through and yeilds a giant head. Smells like hops through the roof...a combination of floral and cascade hops. The taste is bitter in the grapefruit way at first but then drys up towards the finish. Overall, the beer doesn't show signs of high ABV and packs a reasonable punch for you buck.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2004 01:14:54 | More by GuinnessSmurf
Photo of kmpitz2


4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours an peachy orange colorwith a nice white head that falls to cover the beer. The nose is nicely balanced between thick sweet malt and citrusy and floral hops. Smells very nice. This is a nice tasting beer, but not as good as others I have had. The hop is not as much grapefruity as I would like it to be. The taste starts with the bitters and mellows out with the sweetness of the hops and finishes with a malty bit to compliment the hop. The beer is nicely thick and small on the carbonation. This one is more drinkable than other IIPA's. I could easily have had a bomber of this one. Overall a good beer. I'd like to try it again some time.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2004 02:00:50 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of edchicma


3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Moan and Dove. First, this is a very strong brew. Initially, I did not get too much in the aroma department, but as it warmed, the fruity hop essences wafted the nostrils quite nicely. Apppearance was a light amber with a very small head. Throughout each sip, I was smacked with over the top hops that started quite bitter and finished likewise. Any malt presence was overwhelmed by the hops. Mouthfeel was warming and very good for the style. Drinkability was fine, especially if you love hops...a definite sipper.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2004 14:19:56 | More by edchicma
Photo of RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the World of Beer, Clearwater, FL. 12 oz. bottle.

This I2PA survived the drive up from Tampa to Chapel Hill with me quite nicely and I've been looking forward to tasting it with much anticipation.

It poured a beautiful, glowing orange color with a strong, lasting white finger of head. Hops abound in the crisp, clean aroma and bounce across the tongue.

The mouthfeel is truly outstanding: full, almost syrupy, but just right for the depth and power of the beer--a perfect compliment to the big flavors and aromas all around.

Notes of pine resin, a nice, bittersweet citrus element (grapefruit and lemons?), a big, biscuity malt element, and the sharp warmth of the higher ABV provide depth to this fantastic offering, which earned itself a spot among the best double IPA's I've sampled.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2004 19:46:30 | More by RockyTopHeel
Photo of mntlover


4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange color with a small off white head leaves a little light lacing. Smell is wonderful sweet malt full of wonderful hops, standing in a nice pine forest after a rain holding a bouquet of flowers. This is one of the better doubles I have had as far as balance goes the malt backbone on this brew is strong and able to compliment the hops. Get all kinds of hop flavor and a good dose of bitterness but the malt still comes thru the hops don't just burn your taste buds off as they do in some other double ipa's. This is a solid bodied highly drinkable beer wishing I could have more all ready. Would recommend grabbing some as soon as you can atleast they come in 12 ozs now wish the store I purchased them from sold them in sixers so I would have bought more then the three singles I purchased. Hell Rogue should be selling them in Bombers or kegs yeah give me a keg this stuff rocks.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2004 18:16:41 | More by mntlover
Photo of trumick


4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a wonderful copper color with a nice head that disapated after the first couple of sips. Nice sweet, piney hop scent. Did I say hop scent? Oh yea, I did, it makes my mouth water in anticipation. Taste!!! Holy crap, what a treat for my taste buds. Palate pleasing malty, sweet followed imediately by giddy, hop goodness. Alcohol is nicely masked by the hops. Full bodied and drinkable for a high ABV beer. In fact, this beer could be dangerous due to its drinkability. I know I could have more than just one, or two, or five.

What an outstanding beer. I could drink these all day, if they weren't so expensive. Hop heads rejoice!!!

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2004 03:30:32 | More by trumick
Photo of HopGoblin


3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this bad boy into a nice large wine glass. It pored out deep orange with a nice reddish hue. Their was the presence of sediment floating around the glass. A nice fluffy white head came about and disappeared quickly. The nice hop aroma was backed by an attack of nicely bitter hops on the tongue. The high alcohol content of this brew was masked nicely by the hop flavor. The only downfall was that there was no real deep flavors backing up the hops. The finish was nice and long with a little malt coming through. As always this was a great beer...

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2004 04:45:36 | More by HopGoblin
Photo of joecast


3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

cloudy orange hue with a thin off white foamy head. a quick swirl of the glass and the head swells in size.

strong citrus aroma accompanied by...nail polish remover? the alcohol makes no appologies for being very upfront in this.

flavors comprised of alcoholic, yeasty overtones with a breadiness that shows up in the mouth as well as the nose. an intersesting mix of hops which contribute to a serious bitterness, but seem to be overpowered not by maltiness, but straight up alcohol in the estery aroma and the flavor.

drinking this reminds me of the real ale fest in carlsbad earlier this year in that it is the only other time i have had a beer of this...um, aggression?

certainly an impressive beer, but (and maybe im missing the point), perhaps could use a bit more subtleness in the alcoholic strength.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2004 23:59:18 | More by joecast
Photo of ColForbin

New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rogue I2PA pours a thick hazy golden orange with a thin white head that reduces itself to a some very light lacing on top of the beer. Aroma is citrusy, with some toasted caramel notes as well an almost butterscotch flavor. The taste of this beer is incredibly interesting in a category that includes mostly hop bombs - not that this isn't a hop bomb. Bitter, but with some sweet rock candy flavors as well, as well as a whole lot of fruit, flambe style. Very thick beer, but the extremely bitter finish almost completely cleanses the palate, leaving some spicy, piney hop oils that leave you crying for more. Warm going down due to the alcohol. Quite drinkable for the ABV, but one 12oz bottle is plenty!

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2004 02:07:50 | More by ColForbin
Photo of Todd


4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle. Pours a respectable cloudy (unfiltered) peach colored beer crowned with a sticky white foam lace that retains well.

Malty sweet, over-ripe sweet tropical fruit and a resiny floral nose. Hints of citrus.

Full-bodied, syrupy, thick sweetness of tropical fruits. Big bready character attempts to balance and quell the incoming hop character of ... a flash of zest, notes of aspirin, grapefruit rind, wood, resiny sap, herbal spice and leafy mouthfeel. Notes of caramel / toffee in the edges. Sharp and spicy alcohol bite with tailing warmth. More big bready flavors in the finish.

The Father of the American Double IPA, I2PA still holds its own as one of the greatest hophead wet dreams.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2004 02:31:19 | More by Todd
Photo of FormatKid


4.83/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one in the mail thanks to the generosity of a fellow BA. I’ve been looking forward to trying this one but waiting for the right moment which seems like right about now!

Poured out of the 12oz RogueXS bottle into my trusty goblet. Way big crusty foaming head, much larger than I’d expect out of a beer with an ABV like this. Body is a translucent, yet slightly hazed shade of honey. Teeny-tiny streams of bubbles fizz rapidly into the head. Really attractive for the style.

The smell! Almost overwhelming…big, sticky, oily pine hop frangrances smack you in the face obnoxiously at first whiff. Deeper down, citrus and apricot aromas are present and if you really whiff you can pick up the sweet, underlying malts. Any alcohol aromas are completely engulfed in beautiful hop-dom.

Holy crap! Hops abusing my tongue right from the beginning!! So much hop bitterness it is literally shocking to my tongue and it feels as if it has been coated in hop oils after just a few sips. Immediate gratifying hop burps after only two sips as well. Sweet malts are apparent in the middle to balance it out slightly but themselves are quickly overwhelmed by the all powerful hop in the finish. The hop flavors are mostly piney, but citrus rind and apricot flavors peep their head into the deluge of pine cone hops. Mouthfeel is medium and slightly sticky, alcohol is merely an after-thought but I can feel warmth spreading through my throat and down into my belly.

This beer may have ruined me to mere mortal IPAs, a real roller coaster of intense WAY over the top hops. I will seek this one out again and find it for sure. Man, even licking my lips is like a smack on the tongue of raw, bitter, juicy hops.

MUCH thanks to rajendra82!

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2004 04:40:25 | More by FormatKid
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellowy copper with a frothy ivory head. Smell is very hoppy. Pretty bitter but lots of citrus in the nose as well.

Taste is big hops as you would expect. I mean, this is just a showcase for the hops. Big bitterness and sweet citrus and floral and grapefruit flavors just moshing all over your tongue. A bit of overbearing alcohol taste too. Too much if you ask me. Full bodied, really big beer. Drinkability is hurt by the alcohol burn in this brew. One of the few IPA's of any king that I would recommend laying down for a year or so.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2004 01:58:17 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of meathookjones


4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours out a hazy orange color with a large pillowy white head peaking out of the top of the glass. Great lacing stuck to the glass for the duration of this beers existence. Hops are jumping out of the glass with aroma that is just wonderful citric and earthy hops pretty much dominate the nose of this beer. The taste of hops really smack around your taste buds here, with bitter hops hitting you up front and eventually a slightly sweet malt comes through to give you some reprieve from the hops assault. Notes of caramel can also be detected as this warmed, but it is still all about the hops as it should be. Mouthfeel was good with a medium body, good carbonation and a bit of warmth from the alcohol. Drinkability is good as the alcohol and bitterness never really become overpowering, well maybe the alcohol after a few of these. Very flavorful and tasty offering from Rogue and one of my favorite beers of the style. Give it a shot if you are up for a good hop fix.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2004 14:51:31 | More by meathookjones
Photo of cbl2

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


Medium brown with just a slight haze to it. Thin white head tops it off (good retention) with little to no lacing.


Scary, before I even inhaled, I detected hops! Floral/herbal hops almost scorch the nose. Hints of citrus reside beneath.


Wow! This one gets the taste buds a tingling. My mouth is buzzing after one sip (so is my head due to the alcohol content). Bitter hops rip through the back of the mouth, leaving a faint malt sweetness in their wake.

My tongue hurts after one sip, but in a good way. Grapefruit grudgingly emerges after a couple of sips, but hops still rule the day. Some intriguing stuff, but more than one would do me in.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2004 02:20:55 | More by cbl2
Photo of GreenCard


3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: orangeish, a bit soapy, thinnish layer of yellowy-tan foam that disappears quickly

Aroma: malted sherry, rich alcohol notes, wood, grassy hops, cough syrup, hint of diacetyl, vitamins

Flavor: sweetness-stipped malt flavor (imagine the taste of malt without any sweetness), rich sherry notes sitting on top of a terse layer of hop bitterness, grassy hop flavor, finishes dry with malt and more grass in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, low carbonation, alcohol warmth

Other Comments: Sediment got stirred up a bit during transport over Belgianbeers's apartment, so I don't know how much of the haze came from that. Lots of sherry/port aged beer characteristics, both in the taste and aroma. Full-flavored and not overly bitter, despite the 74 IBUs.

This bottle was courtesy of frank4sail, who brought it (amongst many others) to Belgium for me. I shared it with Belgianbeers during an "American Craft-brew" tasting the other night.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2004 15:58:17 | More by GreenCard
Photo of bigbeerdrinka


4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nice light golden amber color with a huge rocky white head about a inch high. Nice lacing on the glass..

Smell: Strong notes of oily piney hops. A little citrus and a little biscuit and bread aromas from the malts.

Taste: This beer explodes with hops up front. A little piney and little citrus, followed by a nice body of bread, biscuit, and caramel from the malts. This beer finishes with even more hops, some bitter some sweet, giving this beer an overall great hop profile. The end is also a little juicy with some grapefruit flavors as well.

Mouthfeel: What a great full body, nice balance with a nice crisp carbonation. Just feels great on the tongue.

Drinkability: Is this really 10% alcohol. My god this beer is so flavorful I can't believe it has that much alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2004 01:25:29 | More by bigbeerdrinka
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

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

This is a big beer in all respects, both in alcohol, IBU,s and taste. The hop taste alone is likely to scare off all but the most serious hopheads. But being Rogue this beer has a balance to it which makes a classic within this newly formed beer category. The finish is dry but a great flavour is left on the tongue. I like Dogfish 90 minute IPA better but this is still an imperial favourite.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2004 03:29:52 | More by canucklehead
Photo of rajendra82


4.83/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance has the color of an alloy of copper and gold, cloudy, and finely carbonated, the head crowns way outside the goblet and makes time stand still. The aroma feels a bit subdued at first sniff until the hop oils volatilize and make your nostrils explode. The piney Cascade hops from the Pacific Northwest are clearly the stars here; however the floral Golding hops are not too shy about making themselves known. The taste is fully attenuated dry ultra bitterness with a caramel malt backbone. The beer tickles your tongue and throat and should brings tears (of joy) to the eyes of any hophead. The pacman yeast has eaten up all the malt and made it into spicy ethereal alcohol that sits in your stomach like a smoldering ember. This brew does not make any attempt at a balanced taste at all. This is an Imperial IPA to the core. Stay away, unless you are a dedicated hophead, and leave more on the shelves for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2004 02:53:54 | More by rajendra82
Photo of kmcnair


4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thick golden copper color, sediment in the bottle clouded it up and it finishes with a thick white head. Smell is loaded with roasty malts and piney hops, almost smells like canibus. Flavor is sweet and chock full of hops, slight diacetyl character, bittersweet finish... I like it. Mouthfeel is thick and sticky, coats the throat like honey. This fits the bill nicely for a double IPA, if I had another... I'd drink it right now.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2004 09:24:13 | More by kmcnair
Photo of drewbage


4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a brown 12 oz bottle provided courtesy of the BJ's Brewery Beer Appreciation Night.

Beer pours hazy orange into the glass with a crisp fine bubbled head that holds well despite the high alcohol (A definate sign of hops before any nose whiff comes)

Aroma is a soft caramel that is quickly overrun by a sharp pine laced hop aroma that holds through to the finishing aroma. (aka there's enough hops in this thing to shake a stick at)

Flavor reflects the aroma with a solid caramel (with slight oxidation) buffetting barely the strong zesty hop zing.(to most folks.. "OMFG.. this stuffs bitter!)

Unlike a barleywine (which this matches in aroma and intial body approach) the finish is driven to a crispness by the power of the hops. This is what separates a DIPA from a barleywine in my opinion and should be welcomed upon the universe.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2004 06:48:07 | More by drewbage
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3.43/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is a very cloudy orange, trying to make it to amber. Had to be careful on the pour, got some unexpected and sudden head. It's got some staying power and is lacing very well to the glass as it slowly dissipates.

I was expecting the smell to just come out and get me considering the style, but it didn't. Got this close enough to my nose to catch a nice citrus/hop aroma though.

The hop bitterness in the end is certainly the dominant taste here, as would be expected. The beginning provides the citrusy/pine taste. Very big and noticeable on the tongue.

Surprising smooth and light consistency for such a big beer. Expected some difficulty from the ending bitterness but that wasn't the case. The alcohol warms some as it goes down.

This bottle itself is quite drinkable. Another bottle, however, could damn near knock me out.

It's hard to say whether I'd try this again. This is my first double IPA and I'm not a huge hophead to begin with (though I've come to enjoy Two Hearted). I suppose I may want to get another and save it until mid-fall or so. Good overall, though.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2004 07:49:11 | More by DPMomutant
Photo of tjthresh


2.58/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Hazy gold to light amber. Off white head. Leaves a nice sticky lacing on the glass.

I get some grassy notes. Sweetness from the Marris Otter. The BJCP guidlines Say American, English and/or noble varieties can be used. I2PA used all three, and the EKG is prominent.

Some initial maltiness. Finishes semi-dry with a rush of alcohol warmth. Not really liking this one too much.

The mouth feel is medium to full bodied. Some alcohol warming. This beer's best attribute.

Over all, I'm not a fan of I2PA. I don't really like the use of English hops. I normally expect mor citrus flavor in this style.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2004 21:25:07 | More by tjthresh
Photo of rugger


4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer really came to the table with high expectations and it met and exceeded them. Beautiful light copper color with a nice head. A smell that tickled the nose and got the blood pumping. The hops and malt really work well together in this big beer. The IBU's were rated at 74, however I would be willing to bet that they may be higher. The taste was like fireworks on the tongue. I could not belive how wonderful this beer was especially when compared to Stones ruinatin ipa. This beer ranks up there with the best of the Imperial IPA's on the market. The only one that I have enjoyed more would be Dogfish head 120. I rank this beer in my top five easily.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2004 17:25:48 | More by rugger
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4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on tap at the Draught House in Austin with Pegasus
Aroma: An inviting mix of cascade hops buttery caramel and butterscotch.
Appearance: A hazy amber with a great fluffy head of white, but no lace.
Flavor: This is all about the hops baby, but it’s well backed with malt as to leave a refreshing crisp taste without hop burn or overdose.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with a hint of chew. Despite the massive hop and sizable alcohol, no burn at all.
Overall Impression: Not over the top, but towards the top of the hill. So tasty it could actually make a session. Very enjoyable and well enjoyed.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2004 19:45:26 | More by HardTarget
XS Imperial India Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
92 out of 100 based on 1,117 ratings.