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XS Imperial Red - Rogue Ales

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XS Imperial RedXS Imperial Red

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very good

281 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 281
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 17
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
12 Ingredients:
Malts: Great Western Harrington, Klages, Hugh Baird Crystal, Black, Munich, Chocolate and rolled oats.
Hops: Willamette, Cascade and Chinook.
Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

19.4º PLATO
58 IBU
76 AA
47º Lovibond

(Beer added by: TurdFurgison on 12-22-2007)
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

11-17-2011 19:16:09 | More by ATXRyan
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

11-24-2011 03:24:08 | More by iguana1010
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

12-05-2011 18:54:29 | More by kjkinsey
Photo of Snow81


4.8/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark, Hazy, Reddish amber

Smell: Dark hoppy citric, some roosted malts, and almost a small amount of heat

Head: Nice tan head but dissipates quickly

Taste: Heavy malts with a deep hardy citric, some heat on the backend

Weight: Very heavy, carbonation seems a bit low

Finish: Hops blanket the palate and the heat is in the background, lips sticky

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 04:02:24 | More by Snow81
Photo of amnesia85


4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

04-03-2012 03:03:19 | More by amnesia85
Photo of AleWeizengarten


4.68/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cloudy amber pour, good head. Earthy smokey taste, serious flavor with just enough bitterness on the end. Good carbonation with very small bubbles rising through the opaque crimson goodness. Solid dark chocolately infusion with toasty fruit hints make for a fully gratifying ale with a badass abv. Drink this shit up.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 04:37:54 | More by AleWeizengarten
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West Virginia

4.58/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into nonic glass. Very nice deep dark red color with thick tan head. Not absolutely clear, but fairly clear. Smells of carmel and hop. Taste is sweet at first, then turns very bitter. No pine taste like the usual hoppy beer, just bitterness. The sweet and bitter balance perfectly. To be honest, I wasn't really looking forward to trying this one, but I'm very glad I did. By far the best Red I've ever had. The 9% doesn't make this beer a session, but it is a great beer to sip throughout the evening.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 01:34:47 | More by golf4collet
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4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark reddish color with good sized frothy white head
S: Smell is sweet and fruity. Smells of dark fruits.
T: Taste is sweet and malty up front, good hop bitterness toward the aftertaste. Nice dark fruity flavors in there
M: Medium to heavy bodied beer, good amount of carbonation
D: This one is a sipper, reminds me a lot of a barleywine. Very good beer....I would buy this again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 03:04:47 | More by loren01
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

06-03-2012 00:47:05 | More by csmartin6
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Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml ceramic swing-top bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright coppery red color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, some hops and some citrus.

T: The taste is malty up front with sweet flavors of caramel, tea and citrus. Then there's a strong hops bitterness that comes in to provide a good balance. There's a mild alcohol sting. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, like all of the XS Series beers that I've had, this is a good beer with a lot of strength and a lot of substance that is well-worth drinking for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 00:32:34 | More by TheManiacalOne
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

08-31-2012 06:05:05 | More by Furtanken
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

01-25-2012 18:08:04 | More by rogueleonardi
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

05-05-2012 02:56:44 | More by Joshgonzales79
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

01-25-2013 16:39:35 | More by hopandbarley28
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

02-28-2012 23:39:55 | More by BugTownPub
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

12-17-2012 13:57:31 | More by grahamboudreaux
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was sort of surprised to see only a B+ coming from this beer. It is one of my top five favorites right now. I've had beers from the Ratebeer.com top 20 for 2010... and I find myself enjoying this XS Rogue Imperial Red far more.

Taste: There is chocolate, but not very sweet... not real bitter. The bitterness comes instead from a perfectly balanced blend of hops that give a sort of grapefruit citrus notes, without being sour. There are other flavors that I'm having a hard time putting my finger on... its not a coffee flavor, but its some fruit flavors and wine like flavor that I find in pulp natural processed african coffees when brewed in a french press or a cafe solo. Please don't take that to mean you're going to taste coffee. You aren't. But if you are blessed enough to live in a city with a true "third wave" coffee establishment... Double Shot Tulsa, Barefoot in Portland, Intelligentsia... then I think you'll see what i'm talking about.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 01:55:52 | More by dngilb
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this at the huge kickbacks dinner in Jacksonville, FL. I took some notes but mostly doing this from memory.
Appearance: garnett complexion
Smell: hoppy and nice caramel from malts
Taste: quite poissbly the best beer of the night. big fan of imperial reds. this was a great one. huge caramel and huhge hops. great combo

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2010 17:53:13 | More by CampusCrew
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

11-30-2012 06:56:18 | More by jucifer1818
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4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

7oz bottle purchased as a single from Glen Beverage, Glen, NH.

Poured into an Otter Creek Imp Series tulip, formed a 1/2" tan head over the cloudy burgundy copper brew. Head recedes gradually, with leggy, sticky lacing. Aroma is sweet, with potent green hops character.

Taste is malty upfront, fruity in the middle, and closes with substantial hops bitterness, but flavor as well. No bitter just for bitter's sake here, balances well. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and drinkability is great. Glad these are back in the non-ceramic bottles, those were just too much of a $$$ investment.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 00:39:07 | More by ppoitras
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4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pouring a deep amber with red tinges, Imperial Red has an intensely sweet nose, malty sugars (maple syrup, apricot, orange) intermingling with grapefruit-like, rosewater-laden hops. So sugary is the nose that I felt as if i were sniffing liquid candy, or what would happen if Jolly Rancher outsourced their flavors division to a champagne factory.

On the tongue the ale turns out to be far hoppier that the nose belied, the grapefruit/pine bitterness coming in at medium to medium-heavy strength (58 IBU). Beneath that, however, is a sublime layer of malts containing an incredibly complex and nuanced variety of sugars. Maple syrup is here, but also port wine and cognac flavors, strong hints of oak, vanilla, spiced orange liqueur, and lychee nut. The only detraction is that the high alcohol content (8.25% ABV) does result in a slight alcohol twang. The sugars last well into the aftertaste, then peel back to let the hops shine one final time, and just at the end is a port-like swirl. Mouthfeel is medium.

Overall, this is an excellent ale. It might be argued that the hops could be toned down slightly to better let the malts shine through, but I don't personally have any problems with the ratios. The beer is also slightly more expensive than usual (probably because of the fancy ceramic bottle), but it's well worth the cost.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 19:34:38 | More by jondeelee
Photo of EStreet20

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fancy, 26 ounce ceramic bottle. I still miss the very reasonably priced 12 ounce Rogue XS glass bottles but I do have to admit this bottle is cool looking. Been ecited about the Rogue Imperial Red since I first saw that article about it on BA.

Poured into a snifter glass.

A - Very very nice deep dark red. Beer lets nearly no light through, can barely see my fingers on the other side of the glass when I hold it to the light. Nice finger of off white head. Great looking DARK red beer.

S - Smells of nice fruits, along with some hop added in there.

T - Wow. Booze is totally hidden. Beer starts with flavors of dark fruits. Goes into a caramel tone with hop bitterness coming through in the end. The alcohol is barely, if at all noticeable. Beer finishes with a spicy flavor and then a dry after taste.

M - Nice and full. Fairly heavy feel with some surprisingly lively bubbles on the tongue.

D - An incredibly drinkable beer. To hide the alcohol this well in a strong red like this leads to serious drinkability with all that flavor going on. Very nice.

Notes: Imperial red is a style that is so open to interpretation. This is almost a cross between an American Strong Ale (Ala Arrogant Bastard) but has many characteristics of an American Barleywine, just less abrasive than most. A very unique beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 04:18:20 | More by EStreet20
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4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

7oz bottle doesnt fill my imperial pint but that is the glass it ended up in

A- Very hazy, dark copper color with a MAGNIFICENT head that is filmy, foamy, frothy, AND leaves splotches of dreamsicle-orange lacing.

S- Subtle notes of fruit and bread drizzled in a nice caramel-orange glaze. Alcohol mixes it all together in a lovely effect.

T- Caramel-coated Affy Tapples come to mind. I ate sesame sticks about 10 minutes before I tasted this beer and the raw, earthy grain flavors go together perfectly. Sweet, yet refined with a doughy nuance on the palate.

M- Moderate in body and carbonation with a slight tickle from the plenty of hops

D- Loads of my favorite flavors in this relatively simple Imperial. The three malts and 2 hops are all perfectly balanced for my palate. This is a special beer, and an all-day beer. Thank you once again Rogue for a fantastic beer. B+? pssshh, you're better than that

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 03:51:00 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
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4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark red, 2 finger thick foamy tan head dissipates slowly leaving some sticky lacing

S: Sweet, fruity, caramel

T: Very rich, complex, firm malty backbone well balanced with hops

M: full, smooth, rich, long dry finish

D: the full body, firmness, and a little alcoholic heat makes it a sipper

Very nice beer, a little pricey for what you get. I can't imagine buying this in the bar, you wouldn't even get to keep the one pound ceramic bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2008 06:13:46 | More by thehand
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ML black, ceramic, swing-top bottle purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield for $15.99... For the hefty amount I shelled out for this one, I was seriously expecting great things, and I wasn't dissapointed...
A dark, ruby-red, amber colored hue was the result of an aggressive pour along with a minimal head that soon receded and left copious amounts of lacing around the head of the glass...
The typical grainy, red amber smell was not too prevalent on this one... Certainly a more subdued, mild aroma of faint yeast and vanilla...
The taste is what made this one stand out the most, a hard-hitting Rogue brew, bursting with sweet flavors of caramel, vanilla, honey, slight grapefruit and florals with a nice balance of malts and hops...
Great, creamy, rich mouthfeel led to a superb level of drinkability... This one went down really easily and the hefty 9% ABV was hardly detectable...
Great stuff, but pretty pricey...

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2008 17:55:06 | More by dsa7783
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