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XS Imperial India Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

XS Imperial India Pale AleXS Imperial India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,081 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 1081
Reviews: 758
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.62%


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.

20º PLATO
74 IBU
75 AA
13º Lovibond

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2001)
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maxpower

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy copper-amber color, has a frothy clingy white head that last, hoppy aroma of pine trees and grapfruits. Hops hops and more hops hit your tongue, riesiny piney citrusy flavors, enough malts to balance this great IPA, full body with a full and creamy mouthfeel, untill the hops attack your tongue in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2003 14:26:42 | More by maxpower
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HopheadEd

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, 75 IBU's, but still drinkable! Pours a hazy, rustic yellow with a big head. Holds fairly well, with excellent lacing through the bottom of the glass. Aroma of hops, and more hops, but the first sip puts to rest any hesitation. This is one great beer. Excellent mouthfeel, creamy, and smooth. The first swallow reveals spices, with just a hint of alcohol in the background. Finishes dry and crisp, cascades abound, but not too thick. Well done. Worth it's rank.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2003 13:43:37 | More by HopheadEd
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mzwolinski

California

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

The aroma is citric and fruity, really a lovely hop boquet which develops quite interestingly as the beer sits. Appearance is orangeish with a slight chill-haze and a finger-thick bubbly head. I was taken aback at how smooth this beer is in the mouth. The big citric hop flavors are there, but the blend of hops Rogue has chosen provides for a delightfuly complex hop presence throughout the entire drink. Citric up front, some floral notes in the middle, and a good but not at all overpowering bitterness to the finish. Medium bodied, with a crisp, fresh feel and flavor. Not "XS"ive in the least!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2003 16:43:55 | More by mzwolinski
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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

Undated 12 oz bottle - (but it must be fresh as it was only recently received at the ID distributor)! Even carefully poured I get a fairly cloudy peachy-amber body, but the everlasting frothy off-white head makes up for it! It keeps a constant 1/4" head throughout the glass and even leaves some spotty lace! The aroma suckers you into believing that you're in for a standard brew with just a hint of floral and earthy hops; but right off the bat, the first sip tells you that this is a full-throttle IPA with flavors of dried summer fruit, earthy, grassy and lightly citrusy hops, a touch of alcohol and a brooding bitterness! Ballsy! Fortunately, the carbonation has been kept to a manageable level where the perceived bitterness is more in-balance with the malt flavors. The body is medium and it's nicely creamy in the mouth. The underlying maltiness is soft, bready, and lightly honey-ish... very reminiscent of Young's SLA. Of course, there are far more hops in this one. And if the hops don't get you... the strength will! This is one of - if not THE - first Imperial IPA and it deserves recognition as such. Some newer versions of the style have taken it further, but they've lost the drinkability that this retains. Well done and highly enjoyable. Well worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2003 20:22:19 | More by NeroFiddled
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MJR

Missouri

4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an amber-peach color with a semi-cloudy body. A light-tan head starts medium-sized, then shrinks down to a thin cap.

Smell: Honestly, I'm not picking up much in it's aroma. A faint hop smell, and that's about it...

Taste: I didn't know that to expect after the lackluster aroma, but the tide really took a turn for the better after my first sip!

This brew has a very stiff, bitter hop flavor that starts strong and doesn't let up until long after you swallow. There's a slight flavor that I can only describe as 'medicinal' towards the end. Interesting... Underneath the massive hop flavor, the grains are trying hard to be noticed, and they come across as slighty bready and fruity. Perhaps a touch of caramel is hidden in there too.

Mouthfeel: Medium thickness with a crisp, dry mouthfeel that packs one-helluza zing! Lots of carbonation in this brew.

Drinkability: Fairly high. The extremely high hopping rate might prevent this beer geek from downing these all night, but it would be great for getting the appetite going. One of the better APAs available.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2002 00:00:59 | More by MJR
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A little liquid refreshment while watching Hannibal....

As I poured this I had a huge whiff of hops! Bam!!! Talk about kicking-it up a notch! This is one great aroma! Huge floral cascade-like nose; I love it! Appearance is a medium-copper colored bier, with a mid-level of cloudiness present, and with a short, thin, fine head. Lacing is decent, to say the least. Body is more than medium, and the suds flows verrry nicely over the tongue! There's a superb foundation of toasty malt at the start, and the hops once again take over! And what a way to be dominated! The hop taste is so fresh and sharp! The hops just seem to linger and linger on the palate, too! I'm reminded a bit of HopDevil, but a steroid-pumped version!! This is A-1! Prosit!!

overall: 4.55
appearance: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 5

445

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2002 12:47:54 | More by Bierman9
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.93/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Harvest orange in color with a bubbly head....complext hop aroma....grapefruit...floral at some points and also sweet...in the mouth it is more balanced than I anticipated. The hops are definitely this beer's calling card, but it is not obscenely unbalanced. A real solid malt load makes this drinkable...The grapefruit/citrus hops dominate the flavor profile and it finishes on a dry, tangy note. Very good..bordering on special...

Re-rate 12/24/02....I bumbed the numbers up a little..I forgot I had rated this...incredible nose of citrus and fresh floral hops..GREAT hoppy IPA that has the malt load to balance the terrific hopping..one of the best IPA's available..

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2002 23:01:18 | More by ZAP
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marc77

California

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

Hazy light copper in hue, with sparse aggregates of yeast. Slowly settling off white head leaves loose lace. Pungent, grapefruity, dry hopped cascade hits the nose as first, then is ceded by mellower floral and round orange notes. The combination of Cascade and EKG lends a similar hop nose similar to that of the all Centennial Two Hearted Ale. Light caramel malt adds a mild sweetness to the aroma. Fruity esters are mild, but add a hint of ripe, bright fruit. Caramel sweetness upfront in flavor is immediately offset by assertive, but clean hop bitterness that lingers pleasantly through the finish. Hop flavor is lightly citric, and somewhat tangerine like in nature. Full in body, with a smooth, almost rich mouthfeel for style that contrasts the bold hop profile. Although malt nuances are overshadowed by hops, pseudosweet residual dextrins and trace toastiness is perceived. Finishes with a long bittersweet hop / caramel combination. Palate coating, mellow alcohol heatiness emerges late, letting you know this is no ordinary IPA. I2PA is a delicious brew.. Although obviously well hopped, malt provided a more than sufficient foundation. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2002 18:31:01 | More by marc77
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zerk

California

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

Deep copper color, with a persistant head. Aroma is quite fruity and spicy with some sweet floral notes as well. Flavor is a balancing act of malt sweetness and spicy hops... with a heatly dose of bitterness to round things out... very well balanced, with nothing out of proportion. Medium bodied with a prickly mouthfeel. Very well done by Rogue!

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2002 21:02:55 | More by zerk
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budgood1

Minnesota

4.9/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

this is a hop monster. spine tingling in nature. i'm surprised that the federal government hasn't outlawed the use of this amount of hops in a beer, citing it as "mind altering". on to the review...


pours out an extremely cloudy deep bronze color. the dark flakes of yeast and other sediment being quite numerable. the aroma consists of sinus tingling hops...the most obvious the "fruit rind" cascades, but with an underlying spiciness adding much depth. tastes overwhelmingly of the hop load at first, giving way to a surprising creamy, toffee and caramel malt flavor, finishing with a large, spicy hop bitterness that surpises me in it's gentleness considering the magnitude of hops in this ale. the amount, and variety of hops used are quite evident and were somewhat expected. the overall body and drinkability pleasantly surprised me. and the unknown ABV is sneaking up on me.

a tremendous brew in all respects. an IPA worthy of it's high regard. i only have one, and i want another.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2002 21:49:15 | More by budgood1
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inebrius

Michigan

4.88/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A staggering nose of hops on the vine segues into a mondo flavor that is huge and perfectly balanced. I must admit, I was expecting a hop monster with I2PA. And the hops are there, undoubtedly, but damn what a silky malt back to rival them! Grapefruit and sugar, Spruce trees and Maple syrup. A rainbow of flavors. This is a formidable brew that compels contemplation, and should be available when the mood requires. The only drawback: a fluid yeast that clouds the works. Rogue maintains its sheer craftmanship with this brew.

¡Que qualidad!

Cheers to Billy Stout for the sample!

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2002 23:27:18 | More by inebrius
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doho95fu

California

4.9/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer rules. I had not heard much about this beer and hadn't seen any reviews when I picked up a couple of bottles. This is just a great IPA. The color is a deep orange with a good thick head. The smell is a little malty but the taste is all fruity hops. The ABV must be high because it warms you right up. Great mouthfeel, very drinkable - just a great beer.

This is one of those beers I will always look for.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2002 06:58:05 | More by doho95fu
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freed

Oregon

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

Those Humulus hounds at Rouge have brewed another excellent bitter. Only had a pint of this; the pub wouldn't sell it by the pitcher. Its always nice to find a beer that has enough hop & flavor to make up for all the shit beer you drank in college. I swear, my memory of those beers has increased by at least 10 IBU.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2002 18:07:39 | More by freed
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proc

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nurse, hook me up with an I.V. of this stat. A wonderful beer. A balanced act of malt and hops that give this beer a high drinkability factor. Tastes of pine/spruce come through along with the hop bite most IPA's have, but it is subdued to the point where it teases you into thinking the hops will be strong, then settles into a easy swallow.

Can this brewery make a bad beer? I don't think so. Very, very, very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2002 17:44:40 | More by proc
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putnam

Michigan

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

This is the second beer in days that displayed hops' ability to merge with the profile of bitter chocolate flavor. Mr. Maier and co. flogged a delicious chocolatey bitterness out of those poor buds.

The aromas are on the neutral side. The flavors display that Rogue steely hop flavor in abundance. I must say, I like it better when it's decorated with fruity buckweat, or juniper, or honey. This hits me as needlessly bitter. Stern as a Persian king. Exotic. Aside from the telltale texture, it's hard to identify any varietal characteristics in the great green spice element. Underneath it all there is top quality toffee maltiness.
A curiosity.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2002 23:16:20 | More by putnam
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StevieW

Florida

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

Rich shiny copper color, hard pour yeiled a super charged beige head full of rich, oily, yummy hop bubbles. Smells was an awesome combination of resiny hop kick, citrus, pine and woody undertones. Supersmooth tasting IPA, nice warm tart citrus kick to begin, then NW Cascade hop tastes takes over. Mouth cringing bitterness shocks and soothes you at once. Very creamy smooth finsh. A delight from start to end. A really exceptional American IPA. Another winner from Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2002 14:10:42 | More by StevieW
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BeerAngel

Texas

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

Nice looking IPA. Pours a hazy caramel colored hue with a small cream colored head. The smells of hops, citrus, and cedar wood-like aromas are well pronounced. A strong taste of dry bitter hops and citrus twang with a crisp light bodied dry finish. Very nice example of an American IPA! Very hoppy, very citrusy, very dry, very good!

This is a beer that you just want reminisce after each swallow. Rogue, I'm falling in love!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2002 20:08:10 | More by BeerAngel
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Gusler

Arizona

3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear as a bell, amber in color, the head Bunyanesque, beige, the lace is in lusty sheets, that last to the hop bitter end. Nose is lightly sweet, floral tones, citrus, "Sniffable". Front is glutinously sweet, the top light, the finish is heroically hopped, unassumingly acidic. Decent IPA, a middle of the road American IPA, which is nothing to "Sneeze" at. Ranks a respectable #437 on my current 1000 beer list.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2002 17:22:46 | More by Gusler
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hyuga

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

One of the newer 12 oz. XS bottles. Could be from either 2001 or 2002, no date on the bottle. Orange with a bit of haze. Nice white head, but you don't have long until it settles. Great floral hop aroma with some rind-like presence. Just a bit of malt is detectable. Instant bitterness in the taste, very rind-like, floral, and a bit piney. A bit sweet under the bitterness. Malt presence is held down by the powerful hops' strong arm, but is still detectable in a slight grainy character. A very unique and pleasing warm and tingly mouthfeel. In my opinion, this one could be more balanced, but hoppy is the point, is it not? And a great hoppy brew it is!

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2002 21:07:19 | More by hyuga
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Murph

Arizona

4.95/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden orange color with some yeasties floating around, a nice head but it fades far too fast. Huge piney and citrusy hop aromas, tons of Cascades here. There is also a slight malty backbone there that balances the aroma out. Absolutely heavenly taste to this brew. Huge piney hoppyness is all over the place with some strong citrusy tastes as well. Here and there a slight toasty/biscuity malt presence peaks its head up before getting pushed back down by the intense hops. There is a flash of alcohol at the end but it is well hidden in the spiciness that the Saaz hops provide to this brew. Great smoothness and an awesome creamy quality to it that make this beer an absolute joy to drink. A hopheads delight and a must have for an that are fans of Rogue brews.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2002 23:43:27 | More by Murph
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mophie

Delaware

4.78/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Oh.. my.. God. This is intense! I had to try this after reading Darth's post on smoking and hops. 12 oz. bottle (yippee!). Deep orange/amber, slightly hazy. Fairly thick, fluffy, slightly off-white head that reduces to a fine, bubbly ring. Smells: grapefuit. With sugar on it. Taste is sensational, with citrusy hop flavors, some slight pine, and a spicy, almost peppery finish. The peppery sensation lingers for quite some time after you swallow. Damn, this is intense. And terrific.

http://www.beeradvocate.com/forum/read.php?id=16421

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2002 19:18:07 | More by mophie
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sinistersteve

Oregon

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

WOW!! This is one great beer. The instant this beer hits the glass the Cascade hops knocks you to your seat. The cloudy amber color more than invites the holder to consume it's tasty contents. Upon further examination of the label I come to find out this made with Marris Otter..EXCLUSIVELY!! The way an IPA should be made. The bitter sweet taste of citrus surrounds the pallet for near perfection. This one is a hopheads dream. It's a shame it comes in this measly 12 oz. bottle. A Double Duece is surely required for a beer of this greatness.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2002 21:45:54 | More by sinistersteve
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Viking

Indiana

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

I2PA has a bright orange body with a thick bubbly head. Head dissipates much too quickly. A few faint trails of CO2 rise from the bottom of the glass. Citrus hops dominate the nose, with plenty of spicy hops and yeast notes. I love the mixture of hop flavors in this brew - citrusy Cascades, spicy Saaz, and earthly English hops all merge into a beautiful flavor. Even though this brew is packed with hops, it's pretty well balanced. I can't say the malt ever comes out in the taste, but it certainly keeps the hops from going too far. This is a 'must try' from Rogue!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2002 17:54:06 | More by Viking
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WilliamPhilaPa

Pennsylvania

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

( 7fl oz bottle, 2002 ) Pours a sparkling copper / orange color. The creamy foam head is white colored, rocky, sticky, and has a nice creaminess to it. On the nose you can detect the hops, citric and spice. On the palate the same hops can be tasted, citric flavor, spicy, bitterness. There is also a nice graininess, malt, slight fruitiness, bready, and a slight sweetness. The finish is slightly bitter. Overall a good IPA, and another good brew from Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2002 08:14:12 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
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Jon

Illinois

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

This beer's appearance is exceptional. Its deep orange amber color and its off-white head are very pleasing to the eye. It exudes a citrus/floral aroma and the taste is similar -- it's a bit fruity with huge hop flavor. It is quite bitter, but much more balanced than other beers of its particular style (Dogfish Head's 90-Minute IPA for example). It felt a little prickly on the tongue, but not too much. Overall, this is an excellent imperial IPA. It features about all I look for in this particular style, which is one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2002 20:45:57 | More by Jon
XS Imperial India Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
92 out of 100 based on 1,081 ratings.