XS Imperial India Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

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XS Imperial India Pale AleXS Imperial India Pale Ale

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1,180 Ratings

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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 barleywinefiend
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

WOW! This beauty poured a yellow-orange with a greathead, lots of foam. Smelled of hops, hops, hops and more plus some citrus and floral notes. Taste is exactly the same, a bitter aftertaste as you would expect with a good IPA. Rogue did an EXCELLENT JOB!!!!

Photo of stephendr
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. glass bottle- color of hazy light caramel, with a small white colored head - nose of grapefruit, lemon grass, fresh, and butterscotch – taste of honey, nice hops, grapefruit, lemon zest, and sweet hard candy- body is medium, creamy, and full, and with medium high carbonation – aftertaste is bitter, dry, resin, and hops

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

Pours a barely clouded gold with a very white head. Nose is extremely influenced by hops. Loads of them. Flavor is heavily influenced by hops too of course. You just get a mouthful and they cling to your palate as if it were for dear life. Though sweet a bit, there is also a bitter tone to it that is pervasive. Even though it is a double and loaded on hops, it still seems to carry some form of balance. Feel has a milder carbonation to it and an almost syrup feel in thickness. Very drinkable off how smooth it is. Though this is definitely a sipper. I think this could use some time to age. But still worth trying right now, regardless.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a fair sized head, a little soap like. Drops to a thin collar, nice lacing. Has a deep golden color, very hazy.

Smells of citric piny hops, tropical fruits, some spice and a bit of earthiness.

Tastes of bitter grapefruity hops, floral, sweet pale malt. This is very different from most DIPA's I have had but its a welcomed change in the hop bill.

Photo of beerking1
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very cloudy, orange marmalade colored, with a good sized head that lasts through the glass. Aroma is big west-coast hops, followed by some significant malt and a bit of earthiness. Flavor is huge upfront hoppiness (more west coast hops), followed closely by a rich, malty backbone, along with some crystal character. Mouthfeel is appropriately medium-full, giving the hops some good backing. Finish is hoppy and clean, with just enough malt to balance.

Photo of MMAJYK
3.13/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this one from a cask at Summits Wayside Tavern in Cumming GA.

A- This one poured with big shiny, loose bubbles. It looks like soap suds instead of foam. That is the only head to speak of. The color is honey brown, bright and golden, and is semi transparent. No lacing of any kind occurs.

S- The smell of this is the strongest point: I pick up citrusy aromas of oranges and lemons. Also, the smell of hops is STRONG! I also smell an evergreen tone of pine needles, but is not overwhelming.

T- Taste is VERY bitter of hops. It is also a tad malty, but citrus at the same time. On the end, you really catch a strong alcohol kick. It also finished very dry, like a dry white wine.

M- The mouth feel is thin and oily. There is not much carbonation and there is a nice alcohol burn to it on the end.

D- Not too drinkable, since it is very strong and bitter. However, the one or two that you are able to drink would put a hurtin' on you. This is a strong beer.

I did enjoy this as this is my first beer from a cask. It is totally different than draught or bottled beer. From the look, to the feel, to the taste, it is definitely different. It is also very strong. I would definitely like to drink more beers from a cask. Very good first for me.

Photo of PlaywrightSam
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ceramic bottle. A: Very cloudy orange yellow, some puffy white head that goes down pretty quickly with a thin layer of retention. S: Hops, hops, hops. Lots of citrus, pine. T: Malt up front, but the hops quickly take everything over. Alcohol pretty well hidden. M: Pretty full bodied, thick, chewy. D: A really solid DIPA. Much more crisp and refreshing than a lot of others of its kind.

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

Pours a hazy orange with a medium off-white head. Looks to be unfiltered. Smells of citrus and yeast. Taste malty up front, with a distinct English style flavor. The hop taste is full, also citrusy tasting, as well as some pine. Bitterness is high, but good for this type of beer. A very fine tasting beer. The alcohol is almost completely hidden by the rich malty and hop flavors. Rich mouthfeel, with good carbonation levels. Quite drinkable for such a high ABV beer. Really, the only downside of this beer is its price (it's quite a bit more expensive than it's competitors)

Photo of biboergosum
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this 750ml black ceramic bomber back in the summer as a birthday present to myself, given its rather extravagant price tag in these parts - $21.00. Tonight, in celebration of the Americans' Repeal Day, I pulled it out from its hiding spot behind the milk and ketchup in the fridge.

Poured vigorously into a pint glass, this beer appears a slightly hazy medium copper-amber hue, with a healthy three fingers of puffy, weakly foamy, and yet solid dirty white head, which didn't take long to melt away, leaving some patchy ocean swell lace around the glass.

It smells quite amazing - all concentrated orange and grapefruit citrus, sticky pine resin, tropical fruit and perfumed florals, with a heady caramel/toffee sweetness - if I stuck my nose deep into the glass for long enough. The taste is equally big and in my face, not as hoppy as proffered in the aroma, but a perfect amount of edgy citrus and pine hop bitterness for this avowed hophead, the still sturdy bready caramel malt holding its ground, not overpowering, nor allowing the hops to run amok, rather, balance is the operative word here. Oh, except for the booze, which becomes a bit more evident as it warms, and starts to fuck with my own inner-ear balance.

The carbonation is a pleasant exhibition of lovely frothiness, the body medium-heavy in weight for the style, and actually kind of smooth, what with everything else swirling about my mouth right now. It finishes off-dry, verging on sweet, as the alcohol comes 'round full bore, aiding the flagging malt in the good fight against the lingering zippy hops.

The first pint that I consumed as I was making dinner snuck up on me fairly quickly - that 9.5% ABV listed on the Darth Vader bottle wasn't just for kicks. I saved the remainder for drinking whilst viewing 'Weeds' - the physical similarities between dried hops and uh, 'weed', amuses me to no end. I could drink this nectar until I couldn't drink no more - probably sooner rather than later, given its strength and silly retail price - truly a beer to be sampled for the bored and/or IPA-inclined.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle a cloudy nectarine color with a rich, frothy white head and tacky lacing.

Aroma is ripe with floral and pine hops. A lighter malt note lingers in the background.

A nice punch of floral and piney hops combined with a rich bready maltiness. Finish has a bitter bite. Alcohol is well hidden for a 9% brew.

Moderate mouthfeel, dry, and carrying a light carbonation.

This is a quality DIPA for sure. A nice hoppy punch together with a good malt for balance always rates high with me.

Photo of callmemickey
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: orange with a small-medium head

S: mostly piney and floral hops

T: bold pine hops are well balanced by the sweetness of the malts and a subtle floral/citrus accenting hop taste

M: medium body with a subtle aftertaste.. pretty solid through out

O: a nice dipa... nice and balanced.. excellent choice

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

This beer poured a golden copper color with a thick, fluffy white head. The smell was of hops with hints of citrus. The taste, like the smell was hops with a sourness which was similar to grapefruit. The hop taste wasn't overpowering as I expected. The mouthfeel was medium body with a medium carbonation. The drinkability was okay. The hops were a bit much for my tastes but I did enjoy this beer however. Not something I could drink regularly but maybe for special occasions. The price was a bit much at $17.99. It would be nice if this beer was even available in LA.

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

This beer was poured into an oversized wine glass at 50º from a 750ml capped ceramic bottle with no date information. I could not wait for it to warm anymore as it had been stored in the refrigerator. A swing-top cap is attached to the bottle in order to keep it… what am I thinking. I am going to drink the whole thing anyhow. A nice two finger foamy head resulted with several tiny bubbles adhering to the side of the glass. This lasted for a few minutes with lacing as is subsided. The beer appeared to be a dull, orange and amber color.

Hops were prevalent during the pour. This was verified on my first inhale above the glass. The beer had a very nice aroma.

Hops jumped all over the mouth and settled on the back of the tongue before coating the throat from the descent to the waiting station in the stomach and then other parts. Too bad this taste and beverage does not stay with me for a couple of days. I probably will have to purchase additional bottles to revisit the sensation. There is also some alcohol in this concoction.

This beer lasted for a while in the mouth and the hops did not overwhelm. Yes there was a considerable hop presence but it did not overpower as you would expect.

Quite an effort for $14.90 a bottle. Guess I will keep the bottle and look at it once in a while to recall the experience. Will not be purchasing this all the time but definitely will make purchases on occasion as this is one to kick back with and enjoy with sip after sip. Also promotes drinking responsibly.

Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Mellow Mushroom, Charleston

A. Hazy yellow with a white head that leaves decent lacing.

S. The hops seemed to be muted. The first impression was that it would be a weak brew.

T. Now the hops are here! Very good malt backbone with accompanying sweetness. But strong balanced follow-up of citrus hops is there. The hops balances the sweetness and hides the alcohol well.

M. Creamy brew with a dry and bitter finish.

D. Other than the abv (which affects the entire class) this is a very balanced and drinkable DIPA. Good brew.

Photo of vondew45
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL into a snifter, shared with a friend

A: Poured hazy gold, good one finger head retention
S: Floral, citrusy hops. Great.
T: Much like the nose, floral, citrusy hops. Fantastic balance.
M: Very smooth drinking, rich, good carbonation.
D: Very very good, but I think the price will be prohibitive to me having another for a long while.

Photo of dfillius
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured vigorously into a pint glass.
A: Cloudy - dark and stratified. Super dark upper half and light golden lower half. Very yeasty.
S: Peach smell, astringent, passion fruit notes
T: Upon first sip I thought it was very well balanced and not very imperially hoppy at all. I noticed a florally bitter taste, with some pine taste coming through. As I continued to drink, the beer got considerably more bitter and finished as a strong example of a double IPA!
M: Dry and bitter, exactly what i expect from a DIPA
D: I could maybe have another.

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

Not the hop bomb I was expecting, instead this is a much more balanced and drinkable than I thought it would be.

Nice orangey-amber colour with a fairly decent head that doesn't spiral out of control like some extreme IPAs I've had.

Fresh, citrus hoppy taste with bite. Well balanced malt background to even out the tongue numbing hops.

Carbonation is just right but at times the hops can make this a bit intense. Well done, and quickly one of my favourites, in the vein of Phillip's Amensiac.

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

Presentation: 750 ml (26 oz.) opaque black bottle, no dating that I could find, poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy gold/light amber color, lots of carbonation rising in the center. The head formed a thick, creamy 2-3 fingers thick and faded into a one finger layer that retained nicely.

Aroma: In a word, wonderful. Floral and piney hops with fruit and some alcohol in the background. Wow, that smells good.

Taste: The floral hops dominate throughout, but what goes on in the background makes this one interesting. I get a nice, malty flavor at first, that turns fruity in the middle, then spicy. The fruit flavors combine with the hops and a slight alcohol warming to make a well balanced finish that's not quite bitter, but still leaves me wanting more.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, almost syrupy, but yet so smooth. the carbonation balance is excellent.

Overall: Quite possibly a perfect Double IPA. The hops are strong, the alcohol is high, but the malty background balances everything out really nicely. I'm probably going to regret drinking this in the morning, but I'll worry about that when it happens. This one isn't for the faint of heart, but I still highly recommend it. This is a beer everyone should try at least once.

Photo of jwc215
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black, swing-top bottle...

Pours hazy deep orange/amber with a thin, bubbly, off-white head that becomes a patch. Some trailing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is of citrus with some pine and resin. Grainy background. Assertive hops, but balanced enough for the style. A whiff of alcohol comes through.

The taste is citrusy with pine and some resin. Subtle grainy malt in the background ties the hops together nicely and adds to the depth and complexity. Alcohol quite assertive, but not too sharp. Bitter with rounding sweetness in the long finish.

Medium, to just about full bodied. Smooth and pretty creamy/chewy.

This is a nice citrusy DIPA that is not over-the-top, but assertive. This can disappear quite easily, especially considering the abv level. A nice example of the style!

Photo of BlindPig
4.88/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- About a 1 1/2" white head on a cloudy rusty orange body.
S- Huge amount of grapefruit and other citrus hops. Alcohol and a sweet caramel body help balance it out. The hops just have a wonderful aroma. This may be one of the best beers I have smelt.
T- Of course hops are the main attraction here. A blend of pine, grass, and citrus male for a wonderful hop combination. Alcohol is pretty well hidden by all the hops and the caramel body is just enough so it's not over sweet and takes away from the hops. Light warming of alcohol in the back of throat and the dry pine bitterness lingers on the tongue with some citrus fruits as well.
M- This is the only flaw to the beer IMO. Just a little to thin on the body. If they made it just a tad bigger I think this beer would be amazing. The body just isn't there for these huge flavors. It has low smooth carbonation which fits the beer perfectly.
D- I think this is a wonderful beer and if I'm ever craving a DIPA I wouldn't mind spending $13 for this at all (of course it would be a all time drinker if it was cheaper but you can't complain).

Photo of Lothore
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a golden auburn hue with a small, one finger, eggshell colored head.

S- Smells piney, lots of hops with a bit of a grainy earth sweetness to the nose.

T- Very complex flavor, bitter and at the same time a bit tart. Tons of piney hops from beginning to end.

M- Thick syrupy mouthfeel with a good carbonation kick.

D- This is definitely a sipper but all the hops balance out the 9 percent alcohol quite well.

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

poured from the super-cool looking 750ml black ceramic swing-top, this bottle looks even more menacing than arrogant bastard, i feel like i'm on the dark side of the force...

A- cloudy translucent apricot orange unfiltered body sent beams of color everywhere, the shadow directly under the 2in of rich dense white foam created a fading effect that went from dark at the top to vibrant color at the bottom. head settled quickly to 1/8in but left cake icing tiers of lace sliding down my glass, i think it even spelled out my name at one point...let's not forget the typical rogue bubble constellations. darth imperius, the dark side beckons you to smell...

S- burnt citrus (orange, lemon, grapefruit) with spicy tropical fruit undertones like mango, passionfruit, and guava. imagine your favorite tropical punch packed in a jar with hops and left to steep for like a month. after it warmed a bit, there was alcohol, pine resin, cherrywood, wine cask, toasty wheat bread, high grade reefer, and more HOPS...

T- right off the rip ridiculously fierce intense hops almost knocked me out my chair. they were all at once herbal woodsy aromatic like witch hazel, wormwood, or some crazy *bitter tropical vine, chocolate *bitter like m&m's until a *bitter coffee flavor takes over along with *bitter spiced citrus, block rosin like they use to lubricate violin bows, and *bitter orange flavored holiday chocolate with a bready yeasty chocolaty malt finish that gently tapers off the brutality of the hops over the course of a minute or two.

(editors note: the asterisk [*] denotes superb awesome hoppiness)

MF- this sticky syrupy hop elixir goes down smooth n easy despite its monstrous resinous character. i feel like there could be remnants of hop leaves stuck in my throat, without that urge to swallow a few more times after it's already in the belly, meaning it's dry but not tooo dry.

D- u better know what you're doin before steppin up to this beast. i realize now that it's called imperial for a reason. this beer screams "don't hate me cuz u ain't me" to every other american ipa i've had so far, the only one that comes close is mojo, though they are quite different from one another. i had absolutely no problem finishing one pint, but as for the other 300ml... let's just say i'll enjoy it tomorrow. price ($12/750ml), high abv, and intense complex flavor, would inhibit me from drinkin this in session.

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

Doesn't look very appealing honestly, murky dishwater color with a pillowy head.

Smells like a grapefruit orchard in the midst of a pine forest. Mouthwatering.

Caramel and roasty malt flavors with pine-citrus hop bite on the finish. Awesome.

Nice, smooth and easy drinking, extremely easy for the abv%. Not sure if it's worth the price, but it's damn good.

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

Poured from one of Rogue's ceramic bottles.

A: Orange with a nice off-white head. Strong retention with good lacing around the glass.

S: Citrus and pine hops through and through. From the start you can tell this is a hoppy beer. A little bit of sweetness in the background, but the hops dominate.

T: Similar to the smell. Hops, hops, and more hops. Citrus notes are met with pine and resin notes. Some malty sweetness forms a solid backbone for the hops however, leading to a well-balanced beer. The aftertaste is smooth.

M: Solid - leans towards syrupy, but not in a bad way. Good carbonation for the style.

D: Aside from the price tag, this could become a standard in my drinking repertoire. Quite good.

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

Appearance: Hazy golden orange color, with a large, persistent white head, and moderate lacing, and very slight carbonation.

Aroma: Sweet honey aroma, with mild herbal hops. The sweet malt notes dominate the aroma.

Taste: Opens with fairly strong pine tar hops, and lesser sweet honey and caramel malt. These remain well-balanced throughout the taste, there is a burst of pine tar hops at the end of the taste. The strong alcohol presence is very well concealed.

Mouth feel: Rich and almost syrupy, very smooth.

Drinkability/notes: A superb, well-crafted Imperial IPA, well worth a try, even for those who are not aficionados of the style.

XS Imperial India Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
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