XS Imperial India Pale Ale
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XS Imperial India Pale AleXS Imperial India Pale Ale
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American Imperial IPA
4.15 | pDev: 11.33%
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
XS Imperial India Pale AleXS Imperial India Pale Ale
Notes: 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
Reviews: 773 | Ratings: 1,264 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of GuyFawkes
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled, 2010; drank early 2013.

Cloudy bright orange.

Minimal white head; thick lace.

HUGE mango, pineapple & orange nose. This smells great!

Medium thick mouthfeel.

The flavor follows the nose, with a strong, almost over-the-top bitter finish.

This was bottled 3 years ago, but tastes fresh as a daisy. I'm blown away; wish I had a bigger bottle!

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Photo of iguanodon
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

[Original rating 2013-06-18] Draft at the PDX bar. Served in a big heavy goblet. Pours clear dark gold.with almost no head. Aroma is citrus, spice, apple, sweet malt. Taste is similar, bitter hops up front, then sweet, then back to bitter for the finish. I’m glad the wife encouraged me to get one more before the flight.

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Photo of stcules
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful clean copper apperance, one finger of not so beautiful off-white foam.
Smell. Well. Hop.
Malt, caramel, hop. Challenging. American hops, with a lot of resinous.
In the taste a lot of malt and caramel, then an intense hop, grapefruit and piney.
A lot of piney in the aftertaste too.
Then tangerine, citric, and floral notes (some geraniol).
Long, long hoppy aftertaste. Pine, tangerine.
Good easy beer...

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Photo of Pete_Vatistas
4.94/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My absolute favorite imperial IPA. This is NOT a beer to have with your meal, as it should be savored all by itself. I was fortunate to have it served on tap at The Strange Brew in Manchester NH, but alas, it is only distributed in bottles now. If you like full bodied, medium malt, heavily hopped and complex big bears, this should be on your bucket list. Cheers!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.57/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Mixture of gold and amber in the appearance, small 1/3" white head. Aroma is lots of pine and citrus, orange.

Big bitter c hops all up in the taste, its one of those 100+ ibu type of ipas. The alcohol is big but not overpowering, you just gotta show it some respect. Really comes out as it warms.

Its a sticky resinous, kind of viscous kind of ipa, the mixture of Cascades with some Saaz type of hops is interesting, but ultimately seems like they just went big without any fine touches on this one.

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Photo of kitch
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 750ml ceramic and wingtop bottle with no bottled on or best by date. Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: It poured a hazy amber orange copper colour with a one finger dark-ish cream coloured head that dissipated fairly quickly but left nice lacing.

Aroma: Sweet caramel malts with juicy orange, tangerine, grapefruit and pine.

Taste: Much like the aroma, sweet citrus tangerine and orange, some light caramel followed by bitter grapefruit pith and pine. The finish is a nice lasting citrus bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall: This was a pretty good Double IPA with a good balance between sweet and bitter. A little more carbonation would have been good, but nonetheless still nice.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a medium to dark bronze amber with a half finger dark cream colored head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, lightly grassy and citrus hops, dark stone fruit, a hint of oxidation; profile of an aged American barleywine. Flavor follows with mildly earthy caramel malt , grassy and citrus resinous hops, and a hint of oxidation. A lingering hop infused malt finish with moderately high bitterness. Medium bodied with light creaminess. This is a vintage bottle of unknown age or storage, although all the beers in this group tasted as if they were properly stored. Sadly, Rogue did not date this bottle (or even put the ABV on it), but from experience, I think this was from around 2010, as that's when they used these big black pottery bottles. If so, it has held up quite well. Like many IIPAs, this aged much like a heavily hopped barleywine. I don't know what the fresh hopping flavors were, but this has a definite old world flavor, reflecting the Saaz hops that are listed as used in this. The more fresh herbal notes of pine and citrus are much muted. However, the aged hop flavor is nice and well balanced with the good caramel malt body. This was a pleasure to drink and I'd have no problem getting it again, but I doubt I will find this unknown vintage again. It was good enough for me to seek out a review a fresh one in the future. An odd rare treat.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: A hazy amber pour crowned by a rapidly receding 1” cream colored foam collar that provides intricate lace.
S: Grassy, minty citrus hop nose with a hint of sherry.
T: A hop forward beer flavored by light fruit, grapefruit, citrus rind, alcohol, and a rikch lingering bitterness.
F: medium full body and medium light carbonation, soft palate, warming.
O: A big, full flavored DIPA featuring rich, but not harsh bitterness.

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Photo of 57md
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reddish copper in color. The nose is hoppy but not at the intensity I expected for such a highly regarded DIPA. The flavor profile is a nice balanced blend of malt and hops. This offering is also nicely resinous.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; bronze colored; 1 finger off white head that receded to a thin collar; very nice lacing;

S: tropical fruit, floral, earthy; hard to identify any malt character;

T: earthy and floral up front; floral from mid-palate through the finish; moderate, long lasting bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate, slightly creamy carbonation; dry finish;

O: a little too floral for my taste, but very good none the less;

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Photo of REVZEB
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A boozy dipa. The orange, hops, malt and yeast all come out boozy in taste and smell. Smell has burning alcohol with hops, slightly off-putting. The taste has some sweeter toffee and caramel to the malt, sticky pine, orange and grapefruit to the taste, but again, seems incomplete with boozy edges.

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Photo of Beer_Loving_Brandon
4.87/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent beer.

***This review will not follow the uber-technical, over-complicated review format that you are used to seeing.

Tastes incredible. If you like IPAs you will love this beer. No bite at all. Very smooth. That is out of the ordinary for a stronger IPA. If I had to compare it to something, I could not do so. I cannot think of another IPA, Imperial or otherwise, that is this smooth.

It hides the higher ABV well. Does not come across as having 9.5% ABV at all. I will certainly be looking for this beer again.

It is priced a little steep, but it is a "more for more" transaction - meaning it is worth the extra money.

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Photo of JooJooEyeballs
4.86/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I wish this beer wasn't so expensive (perhaps cheaper bottling process would reduce the price) because I would drink it more often. Order it if you ever find it on draft.

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Photo of FLima
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy amber color with a one finger bordering thick head with low to medium retention. No floating particles.
Nice, but light aroma of toasted and caramel malts, pine, tangerine and grapefruit. Not extraordinary, but not sure how old it is once it was bought in the US.
Nevertheless, its flavor is boldly hoppy with notes of grapefruit, pine, spices, tea leaves, dank herbal, floral and earthy hops, Rogue yeast, nectarines, wood and slightly toasted malts. Lots of bittering hops should have contributed to its 95 IBUs. Quite dry aftertaste with a long lasting, but not harsh bitterness.
Medium bordering full body with low carbonation. Alcohol of 9.5% abv is incredibly well hidden.
Nice DIPA, which is not overly sweet, boldly hoppy (95 IBUs) but still not aggressive. Flavor is quite pleasant with a good hop complexity (but without much depth) and nice balance. I easily drank the 750ml bottle, but carbonation could have been a tad stronger.
I would like to try it very fresh.

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Photo of stouts4me
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a growler on the way out of Portland, bring it on the plane !

Light orange, clear IPA. Nice 1/2 inch white foamy head poured into my 10 barrel medium side snifter.

Mild bite from the IPA, nice mild grapefruit, hoppy flavor, very pleasant to drunk, even though it is over 9 %.

Mouthfeel seems 'bout right, a little malty goodness when you 'foam' it up in your mouth.

I would drink this every time at the airport, a nice find there , will probably add it in the cart now, from time to time. Drink it !

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Photo of Paincane
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Opaque copper color with off-white head and excellent lacing.
S: Bread floral, citrus and pine aromas.
T: Balances nicely between biscuity malt flavors and piney hop notes.
M: Clean and refreshing big brew with dry finish.
O: Big flavorful Imperial IPA that is well-balanced.

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Photo of MartzMimic
3.13/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours the color of a torched penny. The white head leaves quickly. A fair amount of lacing. It smells of malt, bread and caramel. Those all carry over to the taste, but are overwhelmed by tree sap. The hops add a lot of lingering bitterness. Medium, oily mouth. This is a pretty complex beer and I can see why many like it, but the malts are too predominant for me.

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Photo of BWED
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml ceramic bottle poured into a Rogue tumbler

A- Dark orange-brown, with haziness. Creamy off white head has good retention. Some lacing.

S- Biscuit and caramel background. Earthy and citrusy hop notes.

T- Grapefruit rind. Biscuit and caramel hold up from the nose.

M- Medium body. Pretty easy to drink for such a big beer. Bitter finish, of course.

O- This is good, but a lot of dull bitter hop character. I'm more of a juicy, citrusy kinda guy.

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Photo of Edward-Nipplebrew
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A Valentines present in a re-sealable mini-growler. High alcohol content at 9.5% and that's a bit too strong for me, but it's tasty and I'd rate it as a solid IPA. I'd certainly get one on tap if I saw it again, but I'd probably not buy a case. Very enjoyable though. JH

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Photo of mooseo
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into tulip.

A - Hazy orange brown with a large frothy white head.

S - Tropical fruit, earthy, pine needle, caramel malt.

T - Citrus, spicy hops up front. There is a strong sweet caramel malt backbone. Finishes somewhat bitter with grapefruit, bready malt and grain. Slight alcohol bite.

M - Medium-full body, smooth, a bit sticky. High carbonation, warming alcohol.

O - A fine double IPA. Great balance, flavor, and drinkability. One of the best beers from Rogue.

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Photo of kpowledge
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from hinge-top 750 mL bottle a pint glass

A: Bronze to copper in color, a half-finger of white head. Medium visible carbonation.

S: Caramel Malt, Hops, Pine, Honey, and light citrus, peach, apricot.

T: Caramel, Fruit including apricot, up front, building earthy and piney hop flavors in the middle. Well balanced for a Imperial IPA.

M: Medium body, balanced carbonation. The ABU is noticeable but overwhelming.

O: Good beer

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of thecheapies
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color with decent clarity. Hardly any head on the beer. Looks a little thick. I got a full 16oz pour. Last time I had this, it was a 9oz bottle.

Orange and grapefruit hops with nectary thickness. Not too sweet in the nose, even though there's a strong caramel malt presence. As is there a booziness. Almost muffin-y in the malts. Pretty big.

Candied orange, apricot, grapefruit, peach, pine, caramel malt syrup. Good hoppiness, not too sweet, either. Carries through with a happy vibe. Drinks decently for a big ass beer, too. Medium body and light carbonation with some spiciness. Must be the booze, incarnate.

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Photo of roger617
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap poured into snifter.

A: 4.0 pours bright gold with 1 finger of white foamy head.
S: 3.75 for a IIPA I expect more hop aroma. There is a good balance of hop and malt, but doesn't fit into what I've come to expect for the style.
T: 3.75 similar to smell, there is a great hop and malt balance. Lingering bitter taste as expected which is very fitting to the style.
M: 4.0 this is thick, silky smooth. Carbed perfectly for the style.
O: 3.75 as I put a higher value on taste and smell, this one falls just short of the 4 rating. I thoroughly enjoy this beer, and would have again. For the style, it doesn't call into my top 5 however. To improve, I would have to get more hop aroma and lingering taste of hops.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The foam is a clean white that stays for a bit. The beer itself is a slightly opaque brownish gold.

A strong piney smell with caramel malty smell.

The beer has a strong piney hop taste that is later balanced by the almost equally as strong caramel malts taste.

Biting carbonation and thick bodied and leaves the mouth somewhat dry.

A pretty good DIPA and worth getting again. Although, I wouldn't trust the closing mechanism to keep the beer carbonated.

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Photo of leaddog
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Beer Revolution.

Appearance- Pours a clear copper with a finger width of creamy head.

Smell- Pleasant piney hops, caramalts, and tropical fruits.

Taste- Hit right away with the piney hops and then goes to the caramalts and tropical fruits.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a moderate bitterness.

Overall- A well crafted Imperial IPA by Rogue. I enjoyed the bitterness and pine resin from the hops. This one would agree with all the hop heads out there.

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XS Imperial India Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 1264 ratings