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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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Photo of meeekyh


4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 7oz bottle into a tulip. The deer reddish-brown beer with a yellowish-tan head is slightly cloudy and has great lacing.

The nose is piny hops and floral notes. Malts provide a backbone but hops are the main player. Alcohol warts and reminds me that this is a 9% beer.

The taste is packed with hoppy goodness and malty yummies. It is full and well balanced for anything with this much taste. I enjoy the sweetness and the grassy flavors that accompany the hops.

The mouthfeel is big and full ant the carbonation is likewise strong. I like the dry finish and the lingering grain notes.

This is another awesome beer from Rogue. I am pleased to be a member of the Rogue nation, unofficially at least.


Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 03:50:20 | More by meeekyh
Photo of Durge


3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another goody found at the Great Lost Bear in Portland ,ME, this brew is a deep dark carmel brown color with a reasonable grey tan head and a decent rim of lacing along the sides of the tulip glass. The aroma is alcohol wheat caramel, not real special but okay. The flavor is solid toffee malt and very notable herbal hops in a medium bodied brew with mild carbonation. I pick up some raisin and allspice perhaps. A little bit resinous, smooth but not too thick. Quite drinkable and a very tasty red ale with some alcohol presence and plenty of hop enjoyment.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2010 01:18:37 | More by Durge
Photo of flagmantho


4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 7 oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: dark, hazy brown with a slight amber tinge. Head is a finger of creamy foam half way between ivory and a light tan color.

Smell: big malt aroma, slightly biscuity, with a hint of alcohol pepperiness. Hops are bright, metallic and citrusy. It smells pretty good!

Taste: thick malt flavor with a pretty nice malt profile. It tastes like a standard red ale, only more so -- which I'm guessing is exactly what they were attempting. Malt is biscuity, which, while not my favorite, is certainly to style; hops tend toward citrus and metallic notes, but aren't overpowering. This beer is not hopped out of proportion to its malt. I'd call it a success.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick body has a thick, unctuous, almost syrupy consistency, combined with a solid level of carbonation. This has a creamy, roamy and all-around a great mouth feel.

Drinkability: quite drinkable. I might mark it higher, but a beer with this high an ABV and this much flavor can only be consumed in so-much quantity. Still, very nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 18:48:00 | More by flagmantho
Photo of PeprSprYoFace


3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm not gunna lie. It was the cute 7oz little bottle that persuaded me to drink this beer.

Pours a deep red/brown syrupy color. Mostly just a ring for a head. No lacing.

Aroma is mostly just malty. A little hops in there but mostly malt.

It tastes like an average brewpub beer. Like a brewpub making an imperial red. Nothing that just makes it stand out. It's imperial, it's red, it's just kinda hoppy, it's just there.

Mouthfeel is too thick. Carb needs to be bumped up too.

Overall I won't buy this again. Not worth it. Most rogue beers are just not exciting enough and living in so cal I can get my hands on way better beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 02:16:03 | More by PeprSprYoFace
Photo of wahhmaster


3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 7 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Dark ruby-red in color. Has a thick, creamy head that dissipates slowly and leaves considerable lacing.

Smell: Caramel malts dominate with a faint alcohol smell in the background.

Taste: Slightly hoppy bitterness up front. Develops into a malty finish with caramel and roasted malts dominating. Has a strong alcohol warmth to it (duh, it's an "Imperial" red).

Mouthfeel: A little light-bodied for this kind of beer but nothing too bad.

Drinkability: Overall, not a bad beer but probably not worth the price. Also, the 7 oz. bottling doesn't really lend itself to proper tasting. Nevertheless, the "Imperial Red" style is interesting and something I wouldn't mind seeing more of.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 01:11:51 | More by wahhmaster
Photo of DoubleJ


3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a tiny 7 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

It hardly looks red at all. It looks more of a muddy brown color with hues of orange and red. Head retention is about average, very little lacing sticks to the glass. The aroma is fine at first, but becomes more intense as time passes. Fruity esters, toffee, and pineapple all greet the nose.

Rogue XS Imperial Red is what I call a good one. Pineapple are first to arrive, then comes some soft notes of fruity esters. A little resin hits and sticks to the palate. Bread crust....ok. The alcohol makes itsslef noticable with a fume of itself. Carbonation is just a touch pricklier than I'd prefer, but the body remains medium in size.

Not mind blowing despite the added XS monikor, but still a good imperial red. Hoppy and malty at the same time is the common way to excecute the style, and that's the path this beer takes.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 05:19:00 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of hosehead83


2.98/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 7oz. bottle into a "tall" tulip glass
Brownish ruby in color with a rather short, off-white head of foam
Aroma-faint malt notes, spice
Taste-Malty, spicy, underlying hop notes that hang on to the rather dry finish. Chewy, with muddled flavors that seem to come from two or more beers mixed together, instead of balanced to complement each other. I've had better beers from Rogue at a better price. 3.99 for a 7oz bottle thet doesn't even fill my glass or dazzle my tastebuds was not worth it.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 15:16:10 | More by hosehead83
Photo of farrago

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gives you a finger's worth of reddish brown foam, moderate density, yet, only average retention and little stick to the lacing. Cherry red wood coloration, just dark enough to get to opacity, more rust orange further out from the center. Caramel, butterscotch and coffee ice cream race out in front of the hops in the nose but the green grasses, orange rinds, pine needles run the former down quickly enough, the apricot, peach scents have a weak grip, peppery dissolve with elevating bitter white grapefruit citrus. Medium-bodied, the carbonation churns up the mouth entry to make it seem a touch bigger. More or less the same here except that the spicy pepper, pine and earthiness more pronounced, very herbaceous which ratchets up the sourness of the grapefruit, lemon, orange citrus. As your mouth acclimates to being scrubbed raw you can discern more toffee, caramel, honey maltiness, still, delivered in a roasted fashion. Apricot, apple, peach fruit nowhere near ripe but you can say it marks out a clear place. Provides enough of the raw material but somehow it does not coalesce into a greater whole. Becomes tiring to drink after awhile.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 22:25:59 | More by farrago
Photo of vkv822


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

7oz bottle into pint glass.

Cloudy amber red color with a thick, foamy beige head. Sweet malty with nice hop notes. The flavor is has a nice malt base, with pleasant hop accents. The mouthfeel is enjoyable and medium bodied, with a good level of carbonation. Overall this is a fairly drinkable beer, though I do wish it was offered in something besides 7oz bottles, as I would like to have a bit more to really be able to get a good taste for it.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 02:06:28 | More by vkv822
Photo of BruMeister

New York

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep red color with creamy head
Smell: Hoppiness noted more than malt character.
Taste: moderately bitter tends to overpower maltiness strong alcohol taste on initial taste.
Body: medium
Drinkability: bite of hop and alcohol content makes this a one beer per night offering.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2010 21:54:35 | More by BruMeister
Photo of evilkalla


3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7 oz bottle into an ale glass.

A - dark red/brown color. Poured with a very thin head that disappeared after about 20 seconds.

S - my nose is broken and I'm not smelling much lately.

T - malty at first and then aggressive hop notes. More hops than malt in this one, seems to be Rogue's style.

M - decent carbonation and the feel of citrus hoppiness in the mouth.

D - pretty good. I could definitely drink a few of these in a sitting if it wasn't for the ABV. Would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 22:58:31 | More by evilkalla
Photo of lordofthewiens


3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a tulip glass this beer was a dark red/brown color with a rim of tan head. Sweet malt aroma, as well as a bit of flowery odor. Mostly sweet malt taste, some cherry, and a little bit of piney hops. Dry mouthfeel. Not bad, but I was expecting more. Maybe try again.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 18:18:16 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of VaTechHopHead

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ordered at a local bar here in Blacksburg. Kinda disappointed in the pour because it has a flat head and little lacing. The smell is a little faint as well. Where this beer shines is it flavor...lots of dry earthy hops and a nice caramelized malt backbone. Finishes super dry with a lingering piney aftertaste. There are hints of caramelized tones from the grain bill.

Overall from the "big beer" series from Rogue I wanted more but still impressed

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2010 01:02:49 | More by VaTechHopHead
Photo of Halcyondays


3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7 oz. bottle,

A: Pours darkest of red hues, almost brown with a light off white head with spotty lacing.

S: Sweet smelling, residual crystal malt sugar, light hop notes.

T: Heavy crystal malt flavour, red ale on steriods. Not too complex, the Rogue yeast is very clean, minor hopping on the back end adds an intriguing mint component.

M: Pretty full body, smooth for sure, no alcohol is noticable.

D: This is a nice enough beer. I'm glad I only paid the $4.50 once, $15 for a 750 would have pissed me off a bit. I liked it, it's not worth that price.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 03:51:31 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of sweemzander


3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

7oz. bottle split & poured into a snifter. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a cloudy reddish to brown cider like appearance. Left no head.

(S)- A light spiciness with a touch of apples & honey. Small hints of ginger & vanilla.

(T)- A bold spicy hoppiness with hints of apple, brown sugar, and nutmeg. Rather woody; hinting at the hop addition. Crisp. Lots of dry wood & bark-like flavors.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A decent balance of hops and malt, but primarily hoppy. Was expecting more.

(D)- Not bad. Glad I bought the little bottle; definitely not worth blowing $16-20 on the big ceramic bottle of this. Has a good taste & crispness for the style, but was expecting more malts to come through for the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 23:12:15 | More by sweemzander
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

7 oz bottle split and poured into a Stone RIS tulip. Ingredients, 19.4 degrees P, 58 IBUs, 76 AA, 47 degrees L, no date.

Thanks to Sweemzander for sharing this little bottle!

A - Totally hazy muddy brown amber with almost no head even on the tall pour. The hearty swirl released some loose off-white bubbles.

S - A hearty swirl brought out a bolder nose from the initially weak scent from the pour. Amber malts have a toasted smell with a low solvent alcohol warmth. Low level of hops in the nose as well. A hint of earthy tones and a tiny pinch of citrus comes out towards the back end.

T - Bold toasty amber malts with a light caramel hint and a toffee shaving as well. More hops than the nose, but has floral and earthy resin aspects going on followed by a light alcohol flavor.

M - Medium-bodied with a smooth feel and light carbonation tickle to the finish. Malty and hoppy balance with a bitter kiss to the finish. Light warming sensation too.

D - A rather plain red with not much going on. Run-of-the-mill and fairly drinkable but not worth the asking price, that's for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 22:35:52 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of hobojon


3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

7oz bottle. Poured into a wine glass.

Aroma- caramel, citrus, tropical fruit, grapefruit. sweet, lots of caramel. fruity and caramel dominates. some floral alcohol.

App- very little foam. hazy. red amber. tan dusting of foam. very little lacing.

Taste- assertive citrus, grapefruit piney hops. toasty, sweet caramel clean malt. rich malt character, smooth, hints of chocolate in the finish. some berry and dark fruit hints. bitter chocolate as it warms.

Mouthfeel- med fine carb. resinous. dry. alcohol warmth.

Overall- clean and assertive. not much better than dry hopped st. rogue red. not worth the price, but well done.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 03:53:19 | More by hobojon
Photo of silver0rlead

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber color with a decent tan head that retains as well as you would expect. The aroma has a nice big caramel presence upfront, along with some piney and citrusy hops, some dark fruits, toasted bread and some alcohol. The flavor starts off with a load of piney, citrusy, and resinous hops, followed by a massive caramel and toffee malt base, along with some dark fruits (cherry, fig and plum), and some ethyl alcohol. Mouthfeel is full and rich without being sticky, and drinkability is quite good. A very solid Imperial Red, but perhaps a bit pricey to buy on the reg.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 04:21:54 | More by silver0rlead
Photo of webmanspidey


4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

7 ounce bottle poured into a flute glass. This is an amber red color, translucent and fizzy. Smell includes caramel apples and raisins.

Taste is initially very sweet: combines apples, grapes, raisins, berries, and toast with a bitter twinge at the end. Alcohol is present but blends in fairly well. This has a much heavier feel than most red ales and is a nice change of pace. Despite the fairly high alcohol, this is pretty easy to drink.

I think $5.50 for a 7 oz bottle of this is a little steep to keep buying, but it was worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 02:27:37 | More by webmanspidey
Photo of srandycarter


3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours ruddy brown, no head to speak of. Very little lace, just a wispy thin ring.

S - Booze, malt and cooked fruit.

T - Nice thick caramel candy bar center, bittered nicely at finish.

M - Medium to heavy body, viscous, coating, enough carb for this type, pretty good balance considering the sweetness.

D - These little bottles go a long way, but I could have a few.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 04:56:35 | More by srandycarter
Photo of JasonA


4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Im not exactly sure when this is from. I want to say either 2006 or 2007. There is no best by or born on date. The ABV says 8.25, not 9. Recipe as follows:
Crystal 40, Chocolate, Munich and Two Row Pale Malts; CBitterig palisade and aroma crystal, free range coastal water and top fermenting pacman yeast.

Pours a deep mahogany red. No head momentarily, but bubbling up to a solid finger with ample lacing. I cant imagine a red looking any better. Its still got some staying power.

Carmel malty deliciousness. Slight aroma hops, but no pine or citrus.

Boozy and quite bitter. Not bitter in a bad way per se, but almost like an english hop character. I need it to warm a little to get more malt. Im surprised at the level of bitterness. Weird, but as I dont drink Red Ale's often, I doubt this is to style, but Im digging it.

Sits well. Definitely needs to warm over non-imperial counterparts. While the bitterness makes it unbalanced, I think couples with the malty character it goes for a unique representation of the style.

A+++ will buy from again

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 00:57:34 | More by JasonA
Photo of ralree


3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Extremely dark red, cloudy, nice tan head of 1.5 fingers, big bubbles, lots of retention and lacing.

S: Nice hop flavor with rich malt. Rather fruity smell on top - grapefruit?

T: Very tangy and a bit cloying in front (no grapefruit sourness), followed by some nice strong hop flavor, followed by brown sugar and toasted grain. The sugary front-end is a little overpowering - reminds me of Belgian ales - and is the only real downside to this beer. The rest of the flavors are good and balanced nicely. Definitely a beer for hopheads. The aftertaste is of strong hops and grain.

M: Very creamy and rich, medium-heavy body, syrupy, carbonation pretty high but manageable.

D: Drinkable, but pretty heavy and rich. Doesn't go down as well as other red ales.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 22:16:52 | More by ralree
Photo of AndrewOToole


2.93/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

Murky brownish red with a thick tan head that dissipated slowly leaving little to no lacing.

The smell of this beer was overpowered by the sweetness, if you've only smelled it you have no idea what you're getting into. Otherwise, the aroma is very pleasant and seems appropriate when you're actually drinking the beer.

The taste is what got me on this one, the flavors were scattered everywhere. It was sweet, fruity, and slightly smoky at first, but that flavor is quickly lost to something of an alcohol burn. I've had a lot of 9% ABV beers that cover the alcohol a lot better. It finishes dry and bitter, but not a really good bitter. Definitely an interesting array of flavors, but too scattered.

Smooth mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation.

I warmed up to this beer after a few sips (and once it warmed up a bit), very different tasting than most beers I've had. I wouldn't turn down a glass if someone offered it to me, but I don't think I'd buy this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 18:33:33 | More by AndrewOToole
Photo of Spineypanda


3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a red/red amber color to it. The head is not anything amazing.
Smells sweet with maltiness.
Tastes like sweet malts but not heavily and has a bit of an alcohol taste but not much hops or anything.
Has an interesting mouthfeel, not much carbonation.

I think this beer is nice but would not buy this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 04:24:21 | More by Spineypanda
Photo of golf4collet

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
XS Imperial Red from Rogue Ales
86 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.