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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 Wonka
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 Fl. OZ.
Unfiltered and Unfined
100% Floor Malted Maris Otter Pale Malt; Cascade, Saaz & Kent Golding Hops. Free Range Coastal Water and Top Fermenting Pacman Yeast, No Chemicals, Preservatives or Additives.

75 AA 13 L

Glancing through the bottle, there’s a reasonable fog of sediment on the bottom.

Appearance – cloudy orange yellow; particulates roam about; head is marginal; reasonable lace; at the big abv, I expect this

Smell – spicy; a fruity combination that I have never smelled before; honey; some caramel and grain; the scent makes my mouth water; much sweeter than the taste

Taste – what a solid interwoven hop and malt experience; honey; spicy

Mouthfeel – snappy zing from the hops; carbonation dances on the palette from start to finish; crisp, lightly stinging afterfeel; dry end

Drinkability – sit back and relish; there’s no need to rush; what a beautiful smell/taste combo

This is one hell of a brew. Pow! This is the real deal.

Photo of budsboy
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, light amber with a thin but sticky white head.

Piney, citrussy hoppy aroma as you would expect, but there's a hint of bread-like maltiness there too.

Interesting malt flavor comes through at first, surprising me a bit. I expected hops on top of hops with a hops bite on both ends. And there is a powerful citrus hop flavor, big and round. But there's more to it than that. An almost smoky flavor accompanies the carmel malt that exists just below the hop surface.

Smooooth and wonderful in the mouth. Inviting and full.

Good stuff, easy to drink. Probably not for the hop hater, but anybody else ... go buy some.

Photo of kmo1030
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

very hazy orange/copper with a good tan head. nice oily hop aroma. piney with grapefruit backbone. toffee malt and a little spiceybrown sugar. a mild fruitiness shows up as it warms. yeasty breadiness as well. thats how a huge imperial IPA is supposed to smell. the taste is toffee, caramel and brown sugar maltiness, with oily piney hops, not a lot of grapefruit. surprisingamount of balance, but the hops are definitely dominant. the alcohol is only apparent as it's swallowed, with a good amount of warming. nice full but well carbonated body that is surprisinly dry. an excellent imp IPA, but maybe a bit too much to be able to drink more than a couple of.

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love the Rogue painted bottles and this was another good example. Once out of the bottle, this beer had a nice looking white head and the smell of american hops was crisp and inviting.
The clarity was brilliant and the color was pale amber. Flavor had more to it than I expected. Of course refreshing hop bitterness and citrus flavors sting the tongue at first but as I noticed the more I tasted the more the malt porfile stood out. It proved to be in better balance than most imperial IPA's and the lightly toasted malt flavors were quite welcomed by my taste buds.
Overall a refreshing and warming beer to be enjoyed by the hop lover or non-hop head both.

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

from wheatland distributors, lancaster, pa

rich orange-amber with poofy, sudsy head that descends with some rings around the glass. purdy
grassy and piney hop aromas (i recognize the ek goldings from my last homebrew) with citrus and some saaz spiciness on the tongue. not overpowering, but dominant. there's some great malt sweetness—toffee or something—that lingers behind the hops

so good. not the overbearing hop experience of ruination, but enough to please any hophead

Photo of santoslhalper
3.56/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearence: Pours a wonderful, glowing orange with a nice off-white head that stays the whole glass.

Smell: The smell is a strong mix of hops and alcohol. The hops are floral and a little bit spicy.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The hops explode in your mouth at first, with a great amount of bitterness followed by a huge alcohol presence that doesn't go away. The spice of the alcohol lingers on and on, and hinders from what could be a wonderfully balanced beer. The mouthfeel is clean and crisp.

Drinkability and Overall: The DIPA is less and less becoming a style I enjoy anymore. Strong alcohol presence, IMO, is mixed better with a malt focused beer, and deters from the hops. The drinkability is brought down by the ABV. The balance in this beer is off, and that turns what could be a great beer into a decent one.

Photo of Afterburner
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep, rich gold with a substantial rocky head and impressive lacing. Faint cloudiness, which does not detract from the appearance.

Smell: Intensely fruity aroma. Smells like a fruit basket that's heavy on the oranges. Also hints of cherries and dates lurking underneath the surface. Mild pine overtones as well.

Taste: The beginning is all malt, though not as strongly as I would have expected. Mid-palate sees the development of the hops, with strong pine notes (that become mildly medicine-y). The finish pulls out some chocolate notes before diving to a strongly bitter end.

Mouthfeel: Perfect for an IPA. Not too thick, not too watery. A creamy consistency, with restrained carbonation and a small bead.

Drinkability: I dunno if I just got a bad batch, but this beer is very slightly off-putting. The Listerine-esque flavors in the mid-palate just aren't doing it for me.

Photo of warriorsoul
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden orange...produced a full finger of off-white head that lasted the duration of the pint.
Grapefruit and floral hops pulling me in...can't...stop.
What a smack in the face this puppy is...the thing I love about this beer is as much hop as this baby puts out, it is not sweet at all.
There is some malt to be had in this one...the bitterness is perfect.
Slight alcohol presence once this one warms up a bit.
You gotta love hops to enjoy this offering. The mouthfeel is thick, but since it is not sweet, it really goes down w/ little effort. I could drink a few of these, but I will leave that for another evening.
Thanks to Downtown Wine & Spirits in Somerville.

Photo of Troyone
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a hazy almost nontransparent wheat color with lots of carb action and a three inch head that dissipates with lacing. Has some residual yeast (probably) at the bottom of the glass.

Lots of hops, a toasty caramel malt aroma with heavy herbal pine lemon lime hops and hints of bubble gum, white wine, honey, and vanilla.

Ahh, hoppy heaven taste, moderately sweet, lightly acidic and lightly bitter; has a cookie dough and toasted caramel malt taste, herbal pine and grapefruit lemon lime hops, and hints of bubblegum, white dessert wine, butterscotch, honey, and vanilla.

Medium to full body, slightly syrupy and creamy texture, lively soft almost fizzy carbonation, and a smooth lightly alcoholic finish.

Scarry, a session beer with 9.2%, very drinkable and my favorite - hoppy.

Photo of goindownsouth
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out of one of the "XS" bombers at JP O'Malley's in Allentown on 1.28.05...

As fine an American Double IPA as I have tried in a long while, this brew presented out of the bottle in all its glory with a slightly pale orangish hue. The head was bubbly and frothy, and remained in a lace form along the sides of the glass throughout. The aromas are unmistakeable...piney, resiny and citrusy, in that order - and it was fantastic. The flavor was smooth without being overpowering in any way. While those with me on this evening were rather turned off by this brew, I savored overy ounce. Of course, with 9.2% ABV, the drinkability from a "session" standpoint may need to be considered. Still, a fabulous representation of this style...


Photo of hero27
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. "XS" bottle. Typical gorgeous Rogue etching.

Appearance: The bottle doesn't look too intimidating, but I have a feeling that it'll be quite menacing once the cap comes off.. Pours a beautiful cloudy copper/orange color. Reminds me of SNCA in appearance and aroma, actually. Pure white, pillowy head which leaves a great lacing.

Smell: Can't pick up much here..hint of biscuity malts and some.. oh hell, who am I trying to kid here.. The piney, grapefruit hop aromas literally seem to jump out of the bottle as soon as you crack this baby open. I have recently become quite the hop head, so I can now fully appreciate this beer. I've only smelled one beer stronger, that being the infamous Ruination IPA. While the hops are a bit more subtle than Stone's rendition, calling them "subtle" to begin with is almost laughable. Great complex citrus hop aroma..it just may change your sense of smell permanently.

Taste: Way more balanced than I expected it to be, actually. Comparing with Ruination, I definitely like this better. I dunno how much malt they had to put in, but it had to have been a lot. Alcohol warmth is almost masked completely by the complex hops and malts, but is present nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full bodied with a somewhat slick mouthfeel. I think you could hold this in your mouth all day and it would just grow in complexity...however, your taste buds would probably be waving a white flag to surrender after a few short minutes..

Drinkability: Drinkability is good for a double IPA such as this. But, in good nature, I have to take it down a notch due to the high alcohol, relatively high price, and sensory overload associated with this beer. Don't give a bottle to someone who is new to craft beers, that's for sure..unless you want to scare them, that is...which, in that case, go right ahead.

Simply outstanding IIPA.

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

From a 12-oz. brown bottle.

Impressive pour. Color is a yellow/amber with a big super creamy head that lasted for the long time I relaxed and enjoyed this beer and laced the glass with each sip.

Huge hop aroma -- citrus, some spice...and some perceivable malt, too.

Flavor is huge, just like the aroma. This is a beer for those who will appreciate it. Strong, nearing "over-the-top" status on hops and malts. Intense and enjoyable.

A chewy beer....

I believe my bottle was a bit old, or it would have been rated even higher.

Overall, a great experience. Have one.

Photo of twelvsies
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impressive appearance. Pours a nice dark hearty amber color. Quintessential (spelling?) beer color. Huge dark head that stays all the way down the glass. Great lacing as well. Smells fruity and hoppy and tastes much the same. Great piney sappy hop flavor with a lot of fruity tones in there. Apircots, apples, oranges. Very very fruity. I think my only criticism of this beer is that it seemed a little too sweet to me. I did drink this one a bit warmer than I normally drink IPAs, so that may be the difference. Definately a good beer though, don't get me wrong. I'll for sure try this one again.

Photo of carln26
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a hazy orange to copper color with a medium cream colored head that settled quickly in the glass. A thin ring of lace was left as I had a drink. The aroma has a very bright citrus and hop flower character. Just a little pine in the back of the nose. The taste has a strong fruit presence up front. The citrus/grapefruit is there, but there is something else,. Maybe a touch of apple. Not as bitter as I expected from the bright color, there is a tartness and a sweetness that balance some of the IBUs. The sweetness comes from some malt that you can detect on the finish. Slightly slick mouth feel, surprisingly drinkable.

Photo of neonbrown82
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Upon re-review, this is one of the best damn beers I've had. When I first experienced this beer, I was still a beginner to the world of intense hops bitterness. In fact, this was my frist I2PA, if I remember correctly. But now that I have had other examples of the style I feel comfortable in saying that this is not the nearly over-bearingly bitter beer that I once reviewed. At 75 IBU's, it is actually quite sweet until the finish when the hops remind you of their presence. I will definitely buy another in the near future, but I couldn't down more than 1 or 2 of these in a night without crossing the boundary between the perfect buzz and flat out drunk. Definitely worth a try for hop heads or those who are beginners to the world of intensely hopped beer. I wasn't a HUGE fan when I first tried it, but I marked it for re-review. I am quite glad I did so. Rogue was one of my gateway breweries to the hops, and I couldn't possibly go back after to macro swill after tonight (as if I actually enjoyed drinking that shit before I discovered real beer in the first place).

Photo of mattcrill
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange/amber with little floaties in it. Leaves a white, crusty head that laces nicely down the glass.

Smell: Pine and grapefruit hop presence are upfront. Very inviting. There is a slight carmel base that can be picked up after the pine and grapefruit kick your ass.

Taste: The pine and grapefruit follow up the smell with good taste. Also, a peppery feel swats my tongue around. A good malty base rounds out the tasting but the hops are definitely boss in this beer.

Mouthfeel: big and slightly creamy. Leaves the tongue kind of prickly due to the hops.

Drinkability: This is a great beer. One of my favorite hoppy beers. A classic to be sure. Highly recommended.

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

Have been waiting on this beer for months. Finally went to Eugene, OR and picked up some unique Rogue brews. Massive crowning head formed when poured into my freshly washed and air-dryed pint glass. 1" lacing wiggles down the side of the glass to the very end. Tatse: A sweet citrus flavor with that BIG bitter hop bite at the end. The sweetnest I was not expecting, but enjoy none the less. Dominant aftertaste of my favorite reason I love beer: HOPS. Very drinkable, wish it was distributed here down in SoCal. This beer almost reminds me of the Wild Dog Double Pale Ale. Definaltey reccommend this fine Rogue ale to any fine beer lover.

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

This was a hazy deep yellow brew with a very huge head that left a lot of lacing. Actually, it foamed out of the bottle upon opening... surely a panic situation if there ever was one.

The aroma was of MAJOR hops... BIG blasts of pine, sprice, and citrus in the nose. Quite a delectable scent.

The taste was also a hop bomb. It was highly bitter initially, with a very strong pine flavor. Light citrus blended in, and there was a long bitter hop finish.

This is an excellent brew. Well balanced, not too sweet, good slightly chewy mouthfeel, and highly drinkable for a hophead like me. I had a 12 oz. bottle, and wished I had a bomber.

DAYUM this was a great one! Only one better to date has been 90 minute IPA.

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

The silk-screened label displays a mustachioed, pith helmet-wearing member of the East India Company during the British Raj, as if to remind us of the origins of this robust variation of the greatest of all beer styles, India Pale Ale (so sayeth me). I've noticed that in addition to Kent Goldings hops, I2PA contains Saaz and Cascade. Perhaps that's to honor the little known London to Munich to Portland to Bombay trade route.

Perfectly clear, resplendent, tangerine peel orange. The occasional speck-like bubble rises in slow motion to an orange-tinted, cream colored head. The pitting foam is creamydense and is leaving a solid circumferential sheet of minutely speckled lace on the pint glass. A beautiful, classic look.

The wonderfully citrusy, tropical fruity nose is spritzing estery hop goodness into the immediate atmosphere. There's also a brassy, grounded, I-mean-business component to the aroma that lets me know that I'm dealing with a DIPA. Not much actual malt though... thank goodness. I had little doubt before popping the cap that I was gonna like this one; now any trace of doubt is all but extinguished.

Yowza! The malt structure is more than solid. Hell, it's constructed with steel I-beams. Big flavor on a big body. The beer is modestly sweet with an uncompromisingly full body that is lightened a little by a greater than expected amount of carbonation. A firm headbutt of bitter hoppiness is kept in check by malt and incompletely masked alcohol. I can't say that I appreciate Saaz per se, but there is a floral note to the hoppiness that must be due to the Bavarian stowaway.

Rogue Imperial Pale Ale is a little too malty and a little light on over-the-top hoppiness for me. It is, however, a full-throttle, unapologetic DIPA that wears its heart on its sleeve. I could make a few suggestions (chuck the Saaz overboard), but on second thought, it's fine the way it is. A distinctive version and a very good one.

Photo of WesWes
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice golden color with a 1/4" white head that slowly fades to lacing. There are quite alot of floaties. The aroma is good. It has a rich malty scent that boasts of pale and bisquit malts. It is balanced with a healthy portion of citrus hop aroma. The taste is good also. It has a very bitter hop flavor that leaves quite an aftertaste. It is rich in pale malts and warms on the finish. The mouthfeel is great. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great beer. It has a smooth and bitter flavor goes down easy; a good drinker.

Photo of Popsinc
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy orange pour with a generous, foamy off-white head.

Smell: hoppy, bitter, orange peel, ripe fruits, floral & fresh.

Taste: alcohol is present right away as is the hop bitterness. it's right in your face. fruity but not necessarily sweet. an almost chalky quality. hops become even more prominent towads the end of the sip and they linger very long. super bitter and dry finish. some peppery spice as well. alcohol warmth on the end.

Mouthfeel: a little more full and lively compared to lets say DFH 90 Minute. creamy and medium bodied.

Drinkability: a really big flavour profile. makes for a good sipper but not a session beer...of course the high ABV prevents a session beer anyway. Top notch nonetheless.

Photo of Fish113d
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A friend of mine got me this bottle, to which I don't know the difference really between the regular imperial IPA and the I2PA, but here goes nothin'....

Pouring it into a pint glass at about 50 degrees (F), it pours a nice golden/orange color that is very cloudy...not too much light shining thought this puppy! The head is rather thin, but 1/4 inches and it clings to the glass fairly nicely and sustains for quite some time.

The smell is mostly ridden with the floral, bitter hops w/ faint hints of pale (grainy) malts and a little fruitiness that I was not able to distinguish exactly.

Upon tasting, the hops punches me in the face right away and it takes me an 8-count to realize that I am not in Kansas anymore! Pale malts come through a tad-bit, with a nice sugary sweetness on the swallow..however, the hops are obviously the prominent ingredient!

This is a nicely carbonated beer that slightly stings your tongue upon sipping and a nice aftertaste to follow.

This is a hop heads dream! Most regular beer drinkers would frown at this one, but I must say, this is a great find! I gotta thank John for this one!!!

Photo of moocey
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with painted label.

Appearance - Majestic cloudy orange. Ridiculous amount of head if not careful.

Smell - Citrusy, and of course, Pacman yeast.

Taste - This is the most bitter, hoppy beer I've ever tasted. This is my first time to even try an IPA and this is a double IPA. All my inexperienced palate can pick out right now is hoppy, bitter, and slightly alcoholic.. Grapefruits wrapped in pine needles? There's just enough malt to keep the hops from completey overtaking everything . ... I think I'm in heaven. This is delicious. Moutfeel is absolutely substantially perfect. I wish the alcohol content was lower so I could drink a few more of these and not get plastered. This isn't just beer. This is something that transcends all understanding short of actually expereincing it! Absolutely outstanding!

Photo of crookedhalo
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle that pours a cloudy orangy yellow color with a volumnous light beige head. Strong, piney hop aroma hits the nostrils as soon as the bottle is uncapped. Very clean aroma, you can almost discern the Saaz and Kent Goldings underneath the Cascade hops. Powerful in taste; between spritzy carbonation, extreme hoppiness and malty, thick mouthfeel, this beer is quite the contender in the imperial IPA "race". Very enjoyable on all levels. Wow, it's strong.

Photo of stevef
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber color with a large creamy off white head. Lots of bubbles and a few floaties. Smells sweet and malty with a light floral hop presence. Taste is malty sweet just like the smell with a hint of citrus. The malty sweetness, so noticeable on first taste is nicely balanced by a hoppy bitterness in the end. A very noticeable alcohol presence. While I enjoyed this beer and would drink it again in the future, the overbearing characteristics of the alcohol would prevent me from enjoying it on a regular basis.

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