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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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1,126 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,126
Reviews: 759
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 75
Gots: 32 | 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

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Photo of vtfan77


3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I saw this on tap at the Capital Ale House and figured it would be much cheaper to try it there than to spend a crap-load of money for one of those damn ceramic bottles. Plus, someone else was buying :)

A- Nice dark gold color with a big white head. Great lacing, too.

S- Fantastic smell! Sweet fruit from the hops, smells like strawberries and pineapple. Also some grass and herbs.

T- Quite bitter, this one. Don't be deceived by its "paltry" 74 IBU (low by today's standards); this beer is intense! A touch of cracker-like malt is immediately overwhelmed by huge leafy, herbal hops. An underlying sweetness remains. Big chalky bitterness on the finish. Almost too bitter, actually; I'm not sure the flavor quite holds up to the bitterness.

M- Carbonation is kind of low, but overall the mouthfeel's nice and full, very smooth.

D- High levels of bitterness and alcohol limit the drinkability somewhat, but it's still decent. I'd recommend just one per sitting.

Good stuff indeed. I'd certainly recommend this one, but only to hopheads who like very bitter beers.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2007 22:03:45 | More by vtfan77
Photo of elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a bomber, this beer is very clear orange, and generated a big rocky white head. The head is sticky and leaves plenty of lacing as it recedes.

A very sharp citrus aroma with a sticky sweetness underlying it. A touch of grass and honey, but mostly grapefruit and lemon. Smells pretty good.

The taste is, as one would expect, fairly heavily balanced towards the bitter. A pine and citrus mix, probably more pine in the taste. Malt is certainly there, but more as a support system for the hops. Alcohol is notable, but only when looking for it, as it is well masked by the hops.

There is a certain fullness to the body of this beer, and the carbonation, while not light, it is just right to offset the body. Can't get much better.

Pretty easy to down, despite major bitterness and high alcohol. Dangerous. As enjoyable a big hoppy beer as I've encountered.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2007 02:42:46 | More by elricorico
Photo of IPAcraig


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

Poured into pint glass from a 12oz bottle. This one appears to be bottle conditioned based upon the appearance of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. (sediment was not pured into pint glass)

A - Pours a cloudy amber gold with a two finger head. Moderate lacing.

S - Nice hop aroma (could have been a bit bigger though for a dipa). Hints of lemon and pine. Some caramel coming through, and I swear I pick up a bit of choclate as well.

T - Wonderfully balanced. Im a hophead and would like some more hop bitterness though. Nice malty backbone, some caramel there. A hint of oak as well. Now it leaves a lingering citrusy bitterness on my tounge.

M - Mildly carboanted, smooth, medium bodied

D - DIPA is my favorite style, that being siad they are not the most drinkable beers imo. However with this one coming in at 74 ibu it makes for a very drinkable and balanced brew.

I thouroughly enjoyed this beer, though I dont know if I will have another. I found this 12oz bottle for $4 which isnt too bad, but I heard they are only sold now in the ceramic bottles for about $13. For that price ill stick with DFH 90.

edit - As I finished the last few sips of the beer, and it had warmed a bit, they hops definietly shined through more.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2007 00:02:04 | More by IPAcraig
Photo of uberabr


2.95/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. A hazy golden-yellow amber. Hop oil aplenty up top. Mild head, good lace, excellent carbonation. I'm not getting much from the nose. Floral aromatics and acidity, not the refreshing hops I was expecting.

Taste is basically real bitter without any distinguishable notes or fine hints of hop characters like pine or fruit...somewhat stale tasting, acidic and cloying. There's a very mild breadyness and slight buttery malt backbone that doesn't quite mask the sour ethanol taste. Body is full but the mouthfeel is somewhat oily, an effect this beer's buttery quality does not lend well to. However, it's relatively quaffable considering the high AbV.

Now, DIPA is my favorite style, but I would have been disappointed by this beer if I had brewed it myself. Needless to say I was as surprised to find what was once "The father of the American DIPA" to be so lacking as I was to find all these great reviews of it. What happened? Does the cool glass and steep price 'wow' people into compliancy, or did I just get a bad batch? Hopefully the latter.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2007 01:37:37 | More by uberabr
Photo of kernalklink


3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The aromas were permeating- harsh cirtusy hops, leafy rawness; great for a refreshing aroma, though the maltiness is lost almost immediately. Great glowing orange hue, sticky as hell lace and a bubbly head. First taste- damn! piney resinous hop explosion, almost stinging on the palate, on the verge of total destruction. Unfortunately that was pretty much it- the grapefriut hop aftertaste could be confused for a slight sweet malt but there was no real balance- i was hoping for more flavor, some character from the heavy, thick brew. Aside from the lack of flavor, it went down surprisingly smooth, though with a definate alcohol/phenol burn.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2007 15:42:48 | More by kernalklink
Photo of mnj21655


4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice ceramic swingtop bottle that will come in handy as I know I won't be able to finish this in one sitting. Pours a nice clear bronze in color with minimal off-white head and no lacing. Smell is dominated by nice grapefruit hops but a subtle malt character is also present. So far this beer is above average but nothing too special. As for the taste: Wow! An intense bust of grapefruit hops greets you in your first taste but then gives way to a nice bready malt flavor and some alcohol in the finish. As I take another sip I detect some citrus zest and piney hops following the initial burst. I also detect a bit more depth in the finish as I go through the bottle. There is a nice lingering hop flavor that is balanced but a subtle malt flavor. There is a certain oily/slick character to this brew, from the hops and nice, medium body and some moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty damn high. The high ABV and oily mouthfeel detract somewhat but is counter-acted by the absolutely wonderful taste. The taste absolutely blew me away. This is a remarkably well balanced DIPA that maintains its hop character. I'm not much of a hophead but this beer is amazing.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2007 02:04:31 | More by mnj21655
Photo of Jwaks


3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Serving 12oz bottle

Pours a very hazy pale orange with tons of sediment and a two finger thick yellow tinged head which leaves thick puffy patches of lace as it recedes. Heathy and lively carbonation wells up through the murky body to meet a thick and fluffy cap of froth.

A bit dull on the nose with aromas of citrus, yeast and sweet pine sap with hints of medicinal phenols, buttery diacetyl, and alcohol.

Asringent bitter hops hit the palate where they mingle with citrus zest and a bit of medicinal phenols toward the mid palate, finish is off-dry with lots of peppery alcohol, hints of bitter hops and a bit of pale malt leaving a moderately long, slightly mouthpuckering aftertaste of bitter medicinal phenols - almost like asprin and lots of mouth-drying alcohol.

Entry is slick, a feeling which quickly transforms to a very tough and chewy character that leads to a slightly thin, but not watery, unclean finish. Medicinal phenols, clearly evident alcohol, brutal bitters and a rough mouthfeel make finishing a glass a bit of a challenge.

Overall, it's a tasty DIPA from a great brewery.


Serving type: bottle

02-10-2007 20:46:16 | More by Jwaks
Photo of wagenvolks


4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Last in a line of hoppy beers that were tasted over a Superbowl gathering. Pours a cloudy, bubbly peach-color with minimal head. Aroma is more floral and more alcoholic than Rogue's Brutal Bitter.

Big hoppy flavor, alcohol notes strong on this one, but not overbearingly so. Mouthfeel is syrupy thick (not a criticism), very crisp with a strong bite and bitter finish. Drinkability is hindered by the strength of this DBL IPA, it's very "in your face", yet it doesn't offer a great deal of complexity or refreshingness. Good overall brew, nevertheless.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2007 04:03:58 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of rayjay


1.35/5  rDev -67.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

7 oz bottle via trade with mymrnngjckt. Not sure of the vintage but it's almost certainly late 90s, making it probably 8-10 years old. I LOVE these little bottles and used to buy them at the Foodery in Philly almost weekly about 10 years ago or so. Time for a jog down memory lane...

Not much happens when opened (as expected) but the faintest burst of hoppy air. Pours quietly without making a head. Very deep and murky, almost identical to muddy pond water.

As for the nose...deep barleywine sugars, reminiscant of Old Nick, Old Stock, and the like; the hops aren't really overwhelming, although it's clear that they're in there; akin to a big dose of low-alpha English hops.

The taste is not good at all, although I can manage to make my way through some of it for nostalgia's sake. It's turned into pond water, I'm afraid. The extreme bitterness is almost still there, but is a mere shell of it's former self. The sugars in the big ale body are stark and naked, and just really taste like pond water. Kind of like pouring a beer, letting it sit for two days, then diluting it 1:2 with murky pond water. I can't emphasize the pond water element enough.

Fun, but not recommended. I've never been a fan of aging IPAs and this may be why.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2007 05:45:03 | More by rayjay
Photo of IgnatiusReilly

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The cool 750ml ceramic swing top bottle was what caught my eye in the store. Good thing for the swingtop, too. With the high ABV, it will take me a couple nights to finish off. But it does make a good collector’s item.

It was poured into a wide-mouthed, Belgian-style glass. The appearance had a slightly cloudy, amber/orange color, with a thin head. A thin trail of carbonation bubbles rose up the middle of the beer.

The aroma was full of piney hops, with some citrus and a little grain.

This imperial had the typical full malt flavor. A sweet grapefruit flavor stood out in the beginning and blended into a dry, piney middle. The beer finishes with a warm, alcohol finish. Lots of herbal spiciness from the middle to the end. The hops remain for a long aftertaste, as well as the sharp alcohol bite.

The light carbonation and big, chewy mouth-feel allowed this to go down very smooth. Again, I would have several if it weren’t for the 9.2% ABV. Overall, this is an excellent, big IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2007 01:17:29 | More by IgnatiusReilly
Photo of iowaero


4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured out of the ceramic 750ml bottle that had a swing cap on it - didn't need it as my brother in-law and I polished it off rather quickly. Poured into a nice wide mouth crystal glass. Nice color, average head. The smell was great and the taste was even better. This was my first double IPA and what a treat! Wonderful citrus grapefruit type flavor. Very well balanced hoppiness from start to finish. This is by far one of my favorites. Now if it was just more readily available where I live as I had to order this one online. Thanks Rogue!

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 19:53:26 | More by iowaero
Photo of Enola

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a very cloudy burnt orange. There is a medium head that stays put for a good while. Lacing is good in this beer. The smell is piney hops. The taste is very bitter but it lacks the sweetness I like in this style of beer. But it is still mighty good. The mouthfeel is sticky and the bitterness lingers for a while. Very drinkable, so much that I don't think my bottle really needed the fliptop to reseal it.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2007 03:40:34 | More by Enola
Photo of CharlieMopps


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

A: Cloudy amber/honey pour with a half inch of head that dissipated to about 1/4 inch.

S: Piney and citrusy hop aromas, smelling somewhat herbal and fruity as well, yet kind of mellow and inviting at the same time.

T: A surpisingly good natured imp. IPA in the sense that it had a palatable and smooth yet still massively bitter hop presence. The bitter attack was there, but was also refreshing. Sort of a sweet intro was followed by a sensational finish that lingers quite nicely on the tongue. Some spicy and sweet notes in there that made for a complex offering.

M: Oily, syrupy, and almost creamy, all in one. Great carbonation and insane mouthfeel.

D: If the abv weren't so high, I could drink this all day long, especially on a hot summer's day. But since it is high in alcohol content, savor it, because it's damn good.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2007 01:59:59 | More by CharlieMopps
Photo of ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rogue Imperial IPA was part of a Christmas gift from my girlfrien. It pours a hazy slightly light orange with a frothy head. Smell is great, not only a lot of fresh hoppy aroma, but sweet malts as well. Flavor is quite the same, nice citrusy hops, grapefruit with hints of pine, as well as a nice sweet maltiness to back it up. Not as much hop aroma and flavor as some hop monster examples of the style, which makes sense, as the website notes that the beer is aged for 9 months before leaving the brewery. I noticed on the bottle that the grain bill is 100% Maris Otter, which works perfectly for this beer at this strength and gives it a great malt flavor. A freshness date would be nice, since its priced quite a bit higher, you never know how long these beers are sitting on the shelf.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2007 00:50:06 | More by ericj551
Photo of Fugazme


4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick, creamy head... beer is copper in color and very, very bright.
Excellent lacing.

Aroma: Very floral with citrus everywhere... some lavander and orange peel... grassy... bright... lemony... melon... touch of spice

Creamy mouthfeel with a slight burn... a tad "numbing" on the tongue. Dry, dry, dry.

Taste is awesome. Bitter notes cover the palate. Some citrus slips up the back way and into the nose... a touch of alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2007 17:40:25 | More by Fugazme
Photo of BurnsTau


4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the pleasure of trying this on tap.

Color is medium gold, nice amount of head and great lacing. I could smell the hop aroma as my waiter put the glass on the table. Taste was no big surprise, it's all about the hops. Great piney, floral hops, although some maltiness comes through to give a little balance. Medium carbonation and mouthfeel.

If you are a IPA or hop fan, try this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2007 23:19:46 | More by BurnsTau
Photo of warmstorage


4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml ceramic bottle, states 9.5% ABV.

Pours a light gold, with moderate tan/white head that dissipates to little, leaving moderate lacing.

Aroma is perfect piney grapefruit resin beauty. Gorgeous. Hard to imagine improving it; I give it a (very, very rare) 5.

Taste is beauty: slightly sweet tangy grapefruit pine resin with huge perfectly balanced hop bouquet. A lovely, lovely beer.

Mouth is bright spicy and slightly dry, with tingly finish. Gorgeous.l

Immensely drinkable: I could sit and drink it all the damn time. I'll definitely keep buying it when I can, even at $13 per 750ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2007 04:31:30 | More by warmstorage
Photo of TurdFurgison


4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a big black bottle with a cool Grolsch-like stopper. The appearance was hazy orange with a thick foamy head. Aroma was not as intense as you might expect from a DIPA, not after trying the Plinys, Goose Island DIPA, Stone 10th, Hopslam, etc. But apparently Rogue was first (based on info from this site).

The flavor is moch more agressive than the aroma. Lots of citrus and resin. The mouthfeel was not bad, thicker than most IPA's due to the large grain bill. But it could have been thicker for my tastes.

Not bad overall, but not worth $11.99 per bottle. I'd get a Bell's Hopslam 6-pack or Goose Island DIPA 4-pack instead.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2006 13:46:13 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of Riggo


4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: very clear golden, looking like a pilsener, with a frothy brilliant white head.

smell: gorgeous nose of pine and citrus (grapefruit and lime zest).

taste: wonderfully hoppy yet balanced. prickly bitterness on the tongue with grapefruit and oily, piney hops balanced by malty biscuit quality, with a long citrusy bittter finish.

mouthfeel: great smooth and creamy mouthfeel. prickly bitterness on top with a nice smooth silky body underneath.

drinkability: very drinkable for 9.5%. no aggressive alcohol taste and crisp and balanced so well it's easy to run right through a 750 of this hophead nectar. wonderful stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2006 00:36:08 | More by Riggo
Photo of Byeast


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

06 in a flip top , ceramic bottle. ( XS series )

Appearance: Very nice looking beer. Poured a cloudy , brilliant and deep golden orange , with a large , bubbly , and slightly off-white head. Lots of oily and spotty lace.

Smell: As hoppy as the aroma is , the malt definatly shows itself well. Lots of citric , floral , raw and fresh hops , some sweet bisquity / bready malt.

Taste: Loads of hop flavor abound , yet again - the malt still comes through to create a really unique taste. Starts of with a big punch of raw citric / grapefruit hop , then some of the sweeter malt flavors come in for a bit of a bready hop break , followed by another kick of resinous , piney and perfumey / floral hops in the bitter finish. The hops stick around for a long , lip smakin finish!

Mouthfeel: full bodied carbonation , slick finish.

Drinkability: WoW , this is one of the most unique DIPAs iv'e tried. The big hops that you want are definatly there all the way , but they are balanced so nicely! Hopheads bow down and be one with this exellent brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2006 02:39:12 | More by Byeast
Photo of strangefate


4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml ceramic swingtop.

Pours a cloudy amber with a thick head that leaves a nice lacing all over the glass. The hops give off a citrusy, somewhat spicy scent. Taste is very hoppy - piney, notes of citrus. A very subtle malt flavor sits in the background, but hops reign king in this beer. The bottle says 74 IBU's and I'm surprised it's not more. Full bodied beer with a great carbonation and hop character that goes great on your tongue. Very drinkable considering its 9% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2006 21:15:16 | More by strangefate
Photo of jackorain


4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Tyler's Tap Room in Durham, NC

A-wheat colored cloudy nice 1/2 inch head, medim retention tha fall to thin lace as I wrote this

S-great big citrus hops and a little malt comes through. really big

T-grapefruit hops all the way through. Alcohol comes through as well. some sweet carmel malt pokes through but is beaten into submission by the citrus hops. Not a balanced DIPA but that is not a knock. This taste awesome

M-creamy medim body with perfect carbonation

D-all night, carry me home.

Serving type: on-tap

12-26-2006 20:35:07 | More by jackorain
Photo of coasterfreak75

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The pour was straw yellow with a two finger head that quickly dissapated and left a nice lace on the glass throughout the drink.

The smell was heavy in hop spice and malt with just a hint of citrus in the rear of the nose.

The drink started with a heavy hit of malt with strong hops in the middle and a lingering hop bitter in the end.

All and all a great IPA. buy it if you can.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2006 00:22:54 | More by coasterfreak75
Photo of russpowell


4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightlty hazy deep bronze with a 1 finger deep off white head from the beautiful black ceramic swing top bottle. A slight oily viscosity (sp) look is there,

S: Grapefruit hops & breadyness, very nice!

T: Intense grapefruitty hops & piney hops up front, followed a nice doughy bready/malt presence. A little warming alcohol creeps in as it warms. Finishes hoppy, warming & slightlty malty

MF: Low carbonation, medium-bodied & almost oily from all the hops!

Pretty drinkable for the the abv & crazy hops profile, that just begs you to drink more. Still a overpriced by a few bucks IMO, one of the better offerings from this brewery that I've had so far. Some day I must visit Oregon!

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2006 09:39:32 | More by russpowell
Photo of MVassar


4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enticing, warm, hazy, lemon-honey color. Sturdy head with stubborn lacing.

Nose is more and more forthcoming as it sits in the glass. Plenty of hops, grapefruit, and some subtle sweet malt.

Wonderfully intense hops, plenty of bitter citrus zest, and a touch of alcohol in the finish. Tons of flavor without being heavy. Well constructed.

What amazing balance. Oily, smooth, and full-bodied in the mouth, yet it has a crisp, bitter finish that cleanses the palate nicely. How do they do it?

Extremely easy to imbibe and enjoy. Provocative and profound, yet very accessible, and truly fun to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2006 05:10:46 | More by MVassar
XS Imperial India Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
92 out of 100 based on 1,126 ratings.