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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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1,183 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,183
Reviews: 762
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 86
Gots: 46 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2001

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
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Photo of AlexJ
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale amber yellow with a dense white head that sort of stays put and leaves fine trickling lace.

Aroma is sweet, toasty malt, scorched sugar, and generous grapefruit, pine, and sweet floral notes. Nice nose, but not intense as some other IIPA's.

Starts with bittersweet honey malts, bread dough, and is quickly washed over by citrus/grapefruit, fruity sweet floral notes, and a helping of resinous pine. Not as balanced as some other examples, but what the hell, hops are what this style is all about.

Medium bodied with a full, creamy, almost resinous mouthfeel. The high ABV is well integrated, making it highly drinkable, although it bears a very high price tag. I miss the 12 oz bottles, which I used to purchase for 3 bucks apiece. Now it's 14$ for 25 ounces. I declare Shenanagins!

Photo of PSUDREW
3.62/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Surpisingly smooth for a DIPA, but, it a nice change of pace from the rouge people

Pours a hazy golden (sediment and all), with a fluffy white head that aces rather nicely. The citrus smell comes through in the nose, with slight bread qualitites, and even slighter hoppisness (different form the citrus)

Taste is rahter nice. Very strong malt taste, slightly smoke, not quite, but almost like a barley wine. sweetness is also preent, there is enough hops in the aftertase, but, as a DIPA I expected more. Alchohol taste is very much there, and, now that I think of it, might down out some of the hop presence.

Not overly drinkable, but a nce beer to try more then once.

Photo of cubedbee
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with a finger of dense white head and some small black floaties. Smells strongly of sweet citrus and grapefruit hops, with a breadiness coming through as well. Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth oily and mouthcoating, very nice. Big bready malt tastes balanes with an almost sour orange and grapefruit hops. Nice long pleasant lingering bitter aftertaste. Alcohol presense does make itself known on this one, but it's so smooth and tasty that it's dangerous.

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

on-tap @ the moan and dove

thick but clear mild orange with some struggling carbonation. mild head that dissolves to a thick coating of thin bubbles... lots of sticky sheet lacing. hoppy sweet with an abundance of spice and bitterness. not much malt shining through here. botanically fresh. inviting aroma on this supposed hop monster. malt is there in the flavor.. in a burnt, smoky fashion. approaching barleywine status in its bitter alcoholic nature. lots of anise and hop-induced tang. perfect mouthfeel for an ipa.. substatial, chewy but not syrupy.. drinkable but nowhere near being called 'light'. leaves you with a bitter aftertaste of charred wood, peaches, and hop resin. a true double ipa and a beer for the ages. one of the best rogue beers out there.

aroma and drinkability suffers from a lack of balance, as it often does with huge beers like this one.

will return to this anytime i want to feel the picturesque double ipa feel....

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

Served from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Coppery-orange color and light head.
Citrusy sweet smell. A malty flavor with a faint alcohol trace up front, and a nice dry hoppy finish. Hops linger long after and this I2PA is one big bad double IPA. Definitely drinkable and will have again. Can't wait to try on tap at Rogue Ales Public House while on vacation next month.

Photo of phishgator
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the first Double IPA that I ever had. And it still stands the test of time. The aroma can be savoured for hours and the brew can only get better as it warms. Alcohol is present and after one, its felt. Big bodied, so it takes from the mouthfeel. The bitterness is pushing the envelope! The hops are the center piece to this puzzle! This is my favorite Double IPA.

Photo of mynie
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark orange from a 12 ounce bottle with a nice, tight head. Normally when I say a beer is "orange" I mean it's just a shade of yellow bordering on orange--but this bad boy is blood red orange.

Smells of incredibly harsh hops along with incredibly harsh pacman yeast. It's like one of them Magic Eye puzzles, only for the nose. The more you smell, the more things seems to pop out of nowhere. Bread. The icing on a birthday cake. Yeast. Grapefruit. Fantastic.

Malt upfront, hops in the middle and back. Yeast all throughout. The malt is yeasty, of course, with distinct nodes of bread and biscuit. The hops are alternate sour and bitter, grapefruint and orange rhind. Wonderful.

Wow wow wow wow wow. It's like the best part of all my favorite Rogues has been condensed into its powdered form--a shot right into your veins that fucks you up for days. Freebasing is more intense.

Photo of fisherman34
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark orange in colour with minimal carbonation. The aroma is hoppy, mainly herbal/grassy with only a hint of orange/grapefruit. There’s also a bit of an alcohol note to it as well. Big mouth-coating malty flavor’s dominate. It’s quite bread like, with a nice strong hop presence. The hops are there and are powerful, but still retain a nice mellow balance. A very enjoyable beer.

Photo of kpantz
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Executive Summary: A great, great IIPA, but not all I had hoped for. Still like DFH 90 a little better.

Poured a pretty, hazy orange with a thin head that refused to completely quit. Nose was citrus with a good hop aroma to balance it.

Taste: This was where my excitement waned a bit. First sip was very, very pleasing. Sweet to start, and a good hop character all around. Noticed the alcohol taste more and more as I worked my way through each ounce, especially as the beer warmed up in the glass. My suggestion - if you're not in the mood for that alcohol flavor, keep this puppy cool.

Mouthfeel: Terrific. Medium thickness with an ideal carbonation level for this style.

Drinkability: Meh. Not a session brew. Then again, most sessions with IIPAs are pretty short, anyway!

Photo of ypsifly
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a painted, undated 12oz into a tulip.

Hazy orange with lots of carbonation that supports a tall white head that doesn't die and clings tenaciously to the glas as it goes down.

The smell is grapefruit/hops, sweet malts and a whiff of alcohol. Strong smelling overall.

The taste is a quick, but rich, note of the malts into a serious dose of hops. This one is for serious hopheads. The dry/bitter aspects of the taste are almost too much, but its a fun "once in a while sipper". Almost stout like in the mouthfeel.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass clear medium golden with an off-white head which fell slowly and lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity with grapefruit hop aroma that permeates the skull. Behind the citrus burst was a malty presence and some higher alcohol. The hops were also quite grassy.

The flavor was malty and well achieved with bittering following close behind the intial malt kick. The bittering slid into postion leaving one with the feeling of chewing on fresh hops. The hop flavor was grassy and citrusy. The maltiness was well achieved with a strong caramel presence despite a light color. Some alcohol was present in the flavor.

The finish was dry with lasting grassy and citrusy hop flavoring and bittering very long and pleasant into the aftertaste. The body was medium full and the carbonation was surprisingly low leaving more body sensation than would have a higher carbonation level. Alcohol warming after consumption was high and those grassy and citrusy hops lasted darn near forever. With a less apparent alcohol presence this beer would score higher in the drinkability department.

750 ml ceramic crock capped and flip top bottle. Thanks jimdkc and BIF20. 20 Plato, 75 IBU, 13 L on bottle. A beer for sharing.

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

Pours a hazy, peachy colour, with a whitish head. Explosion of hop aromas, full of fruit and zestiness. Taste was sweet, bitter, fruity and tremendously complex. It does a number on your palate. Some herbal and tea-like qualities. Alcohol is very deceptive. Not my favourite double IPA, but a solid one at that.

Photo of BigPapaLager
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A rogue ceramic treat. Poured an amber that was notable. I don't know the age of the beer I had, but it was on sale. There was little carbonation but a great warming came into me on a chilly night. I would love to try this beer fresh. I wish Rogue was a little closer to CT.

Photo of Boto
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught: This one pours a somewhat orangish color, with an off-white head. There is a huge hit of hops when you take a sniff of this one. Pretty much both pine and grapefruit aromas. The taste is right up there with other Imperial IPA’s, except it struck me as being a bit harsher than some of the others, specifically Hop Wallop.

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

The color is a very orangy copper. I2PA is unfiltered and therefire hazy. Head is large and thick, with an excellent retention. The aroma is mostly of strong citrusy hops with a light underlying malt character. Taste is also dominated by citrusy hops, though not as bitter as I thought a double IPA would be, maybe the beer has sat for a while and mellowed out some. The hop flavor is joined by a sizable dark maltiness. Very flavorful throughout with the hops taking centerstage, however this seemed a little light in bitterness for a double IPA. This is something I could easily drink and drink often.

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

Cloudy gold/orange pour with a medium frothy head. Leaves a bit of sticky lace in my snifter.

Smell is bitter and strongly of hops. The Cascades really pull through fairly distinctly. Very herbal as well.

Taste is immensely hoppy with a real biting bitterness and a huge malt structure to back it up. I feel it's a little on the sweet side to go with the strong hops, but it's not too off. A real fruitiness pulls through, and the whole thing comes off as very fresh-tasting and hoppy.

Mouthfeel is just about right for a double IPA, not too syrupy, but still thick enough to get your attention. Not my favorite of the style, but pretty great.

Photo of MarkBlackout
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. This is one of the first over-the-top IPAs I tried and has remained my favorite. Sadly they are retiring the more affordable 12oz XS brews, but I managed to pick up one for this review (and will likely go back for more). Rogue Imperial Pale Ale has substantial hop and malt character, though the hops clearly come out on top. This shit is big. I'll leave it to others to relate its nuances, but suffice to say this is one of my favorites of all time. All hail rogue.

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

Presentation: 750ml [1 Pint, 10 fl.oz.] black straight-sided black colored pseudo-Earthenware bottle which is actually a screen printed and painted ceramic botle. Supplied with a brass colored crown cap for shipment and a reusable black plastic flip top with a red washer for later...but I didn't need that!! Has an imposing appearance. The word ‘ROGUE’ runs top to bottom in a dark gunmetal gray with the letters ‘XS’ above in a lighter silver color. Imperial India Pale Ale is written in small red text.

One interesting point to note is that the reverse of the bottle has the following specs. Of 20° Plato, 53 IBU, 75AA and 13° Lovibond, whilst the Rogue Website has completely different ones, namely the same 20° Plato, 75AA and 13° Lovibond BUT….75 IBU’s !!!! …..interesting. Listed on the Website as 9.5% in the 750ml Silkscreened Ceramic Bottle, nice to see it available in more than the old “wimpy” 12oz glass bottles at last.

Appearance: Soft orange body, listed as unfiltered but dispensed perfectly clear with an ever so light looking chill haze. Immensely fine carbonation is well dissolved but a quick swirl reveals a strong conditioning and reinstates the dirty white head to a firm ¼” thick covering. Light lacing slides down the glass yet leaves some smattered patterning. Looks good.

Nose: Lots of hoppy aromas, juicy and fresh this one packs a serious hoppy forearm. Its all here, citrus zest, piney oils, hoppy bouquets, coniferous forests…..super silly hoppy nose.

Taste: I think this is by far the best part of Rogues I2PA. All of the variations of hop character possible seem to effortlessly merged together to form a highly synergistic. Sharp hop entrance soon balances out with some orange zest in the middle and a lively bitterness in the ending. I think the 9 months of aging really lends a mature well-rounded balance. Superb.

Mouthfeel: The malt is there, but like the steel re-bar in reinforced concrete it performs its task effortlessly yet adds an immense supporting strength, yet always seems to remain totally unseen. Dry and bitter with a creamy feel at times. Clean, yet decidedly powerful.

Drinkability: Lusciously hoppy and fruity, doesn’t suffer from the oily feel so many I-IPA’s do, it remains balanced and damn quaffable.

Overall: A solid brew and a great example of the style. A tad pricey but you pays for the quality here for sure. A great brew but given the price this is still a once-in-a-while purchase for me. A supreme I-IPA and a definitive example of the style.

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

The first sip was a kick in the chops. Pours a very pale gold in color with hardly any head to speak of. Nose was of Christmas trees and citrus. The taste is a burst of alcohol. However, after I adapted to it I noticed the yeast and malts were very nicely balanced. Also, included were strong citrus and plenty of spice. Love the Pacman yeast. Gotta learn how to culture the stuff for my home brew. Mouthfeel is not as carbonated as I expected. A bit below the norm I thinl. However it finished very crisp and full of flavor.

Photo of BeerFink
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy golden honey color with a huge helping of aromatic white frothy head. The rocky head sticks around like a mofo on this one. The color is a little light for a IIPA, but the head makes up for it. Nose contains some really nice floral esters, along with some citrous. Taste is crisp and clean. Citrous hops are very prickly on the tongue, backed by some bready, slightly toasty malts. Clean hops really come through on this one. Some of the IIPAs go over the top, where the hops become spicy and salty. This ale stays true to what makes me a hophead. Slightly dry and bitter to the last, a dream come true for hopheads. Alcohol is very well hidden, but comes through as a warming in the belly. Mouthfeel is pretty full, not too far one way or the other. Definitely one hell of an IPA if you are a fan of the style.

Photo of beersarang
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a creamy copper with a white head that is a bit foamy and leaves some nice lacing down the sides of the glass. I can tell this is one thick beer.

Smell: HOPS! then fruity bready greatness.

Enters the mouth with a smooth malt fruit presence, citrusy lemony hop bite and a fruity finish once again. Malt and hops are well blended and the alcohol character is strong but smooth. Finishes fruity once again.

Medium to heavy bodied, thick big delicious beer... Drinkable despite its bigness.
I'm buzzed after 3 sips!

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

Pours a one-finger cream head that fades quickly leaving a some lace. Cloudy amber color. Strong hoppy nose with some sweetness. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Starts and finishes with a strong hop, malty and sweet flavor. Slight bitter aftertaste. This is an IPA that is in your face - not bad. Pricey - $3.45 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.

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

Pours a cloudy copper color with a small white head that sticks all over the glass. Aroma is mild, but funky, with definite fruit overtones blending with some citrus from the hops. The taste is an all-out hop assault: bitter, piney, and with a nice citrus note on top. As the hops fade, you can make out a bit more of the fruit in the nose as well as some maltiness, all of which is backed by a pleasant alcohol warmth. The finish is more of the hops bitterness with a just a hint of fruit and caramel that fades in fairly short order. Mouthfeel is good, although I might prefer a little less carbonation and a little more body for the style. A great sipping beer (incredible with spicy food), and enough to satisfy any hophead.

Photo of loganmule
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is mid amber, and as one would expect from an unfiltered brew, cloudy, with free floating sediment residue.

The beer poured out with very little head that quickly dissipated, a surprise in view of the carbonation level...maybe a bit too chilled and alcohol content at work.

Smell was very good. Caramel, very mild citrus, but sweet and well balanced.

I'm still trying to get my hands around the taste. It followed a mouthfeel that was not unduly thick, and quite fizzy from all the carbonation. There's a nicely balanced sweetness offfsetting the hops, and although there is the typical dry bitter finish of an imperial IPA, it didn't linger or offend.

Very drinkable in my opinion. As I'm sitting here finishing my only bottle, I'm wishing I had another to open. Lovers of IPA's will certainly enjoy this one.

Photo of SupaCelt
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A viscous, orange, highly carbonated and vastly clouded Imperial Pale Ale. The whopper head rose up in nuclear fashion, dribbling over the edge. This was from a low powered poor. A bit overzealous with the head. After the glass was filled up midway with foam, the head retention was good. It took five minutes to recede to a drinkable height! The glass was spackled by decent lacing with beached chunks of crud from the unfiltered heartiness imbedded in the shit. There is a copious amount of funk floating around getting pelted with rising bubbles from the super grandiose carbonation armada. This looks like a meal. Watch the head! Looks really fabulous.

Smells of sweetness. Grapefruit citric scent, fruity fructose sweetness as well. Smells a bit singed and piney. Bitterness and alcohol can be sensed. Malt jumps out in open mouthed sniffing. Smells good and dry.

The taste is super dry and bitter. Has a nearly gin-like finish due to the combination of huge hopping and alcohol content. This is a bitter ass beer. Mouthfeel is full and fizzy and bittering. I had to chew the last swallow. I can't really say this had a balance between anything because it was all hops. It ain't supposed to be. The most malt I taste is in my belches. I do like the bitter and dry aspects. These are what I expected. And I like the warm and fuzzies this throws off. This is quite a character.

XS Imperial India Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
92 out of 100 based on 1,183 ratings.