XS Imperial India Pale Ale
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XS Imperial India Pale AleXS Imperial India Pale Ale
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Style:
IPA - Imperial
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.15 | pDev: 11.33%
Reviews:
773
Ratings:
1,265
From:
Rogue Ales
 
Oregon, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  119
Gots
  97
SCORE
92
Outstanding
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.

20º PLATO
74 IBU
75 AA
13º Lovibond
Reviews: 773 | Ratings: 1,265 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Troyone:
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Troyone from California

4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a hazy almost nontransparent wheat color with lots of carb action and a three inch head that dissipates with lacing. Has some residual yeast (probably) at the bottom of the glass.

Lots of hops, a toasty caramel malt aroma with heavy herbal pine lemon lime hops and hints of bubble gum, white wine, honey, and vanilla.

Ahh, hoppy heaven taste, moderately sweet, lightly acidic and lightly bitter; has a cookie dough and toasted caramel malt taste, herbal pine and grapefruit lemon lime hops, and hints of bubblegum, white dessert wine, butterscotch, honey, and vanilla.

Medium to full body, slightly syrupy and creamy texture, lively soft almost fizzy carbonation, and a smooth lightly alcoholic finish.

Scarry, a session beer with 9.2%, very drinkable and my favorite - hoppy.

Feb 06, 2005
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edchicma from Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Moan and Dove. First, this is a very strong brew. Initially, I did not get too much in the aroma department, but as it warmed, the fruity hop essences wafted the nostrils quite nicely. Apppearance was a light amber with a very small head. Throughout each sip, I was smacked with over the top hops that started quite bitter and finished likewise. Any malt presence was overwhelmed by the hops. Mouthfeel was warming and very good for the style. Drinkability was fine, especially if you love hops...a definite sipper.

Aug 22, 2004
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

2.58/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper body with a smallish, fizzy white head.

Smell: Strong hop aroma that is mostly pine, but there's also some abused grapefruits in there as well.

Taste: From start to finish its a simple, straight-forward, yet gruelling bitterness. The finish, at best, can be described as abrasive.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: I'll admit it, I'm just not wild about this one whatsoever.

Jun 11, 2007
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gford217 from Georgia

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep hazy orange with a fluffy white two-finger head that lingers for a while leaving decent lacing. Citrus and floral hops dominate the smell with oranges, grapefruits and grassy notes as well. There is a hint of the sweet bready malts in the background. Fist taste is of the grapefruit before giving way to the bready malts which are more evident than in the smell. The pine comes out in the finish and leaves a nice hop bitterness into the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full for the style and sticky with hop juice. This a very good example of a DIPA and very drinkable for the style, despite the alcohol definitely showing up. Recommended for the hopheads out there.

Aug 23, 2008
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mettkea from Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Jul 14, 2012
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Hermthegerm from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Jan 14, 2013
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fattyre from Georgia

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium golden orange with a large bubbly, slightly creamy offwhite head. The mouthfeel is syrupy. The smell is slightly sweet malt with earthy, spicy hops. The taste is full rounded malt with a peppery alcohol and a nice citrusy hop finish. My favorite part of this beer is the mouthfeel which is the closest thing to cask conditioned I have had from a bottle to date. A very full rich and balanced IPA.

Mar 26, 2003
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hero27 from Minnesota

4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. "XS" bottle. Typical gorgeous Rogue etching.

Appearance: The bottle doesn't look too intimidating, but I have a feeling that it'll be quite menacing once the cap comes off.. Pours a beautiful cloudy copper/orange color. Reminds me of SNCA in appearance and aroma, actually. Pure white, pillowy head which leaves a great lacing.

Smell: Can't pick up much here..hint of biscuity malts and some.. oh hell, who am I trying to kid here.. The piney, grapefruit hop aromas literally seem to jump out of the bottle as soon as you crack this baby open. I have recently become quite the hop head, so I can now fully appreciate this beer. I've only smelled one beer stronger, that being the infamous Ruination IPA. While the hops are a bit more subtle than Stone's rendition, calling them "subtle" to begin with is almost laughable. Great complex citrus hop aroma..it just may change your sense of smell permanently.

Taste: Way more balanced than I expected it to be, actually. Comparing with Ruination, I definitely like this better. I dunno how much malt they had to put in, but it had to have been a lot. Alcohol warmth is almost masked completely by the complex hops and malts, but is present nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full bodied with a somewhat slick mouthfeel. I think you could hold this in your mouth all day and it would just grow in complexity...however, your taste buds would probably be waving a white flag to surrender after a few short minutes..

Drinkability: Drinkability is good for a double IPA such as this. But, in good nature, I have to take it down a notch due to the high alcohol, relatively high price, and sensory overload associated with this beer. Don't give a bottle to someone who is new to craft beers, that's for sure..unless you want to scare them, that is...which, in that case, go right ahead.

Simply outstanding IIPA.

Jan 25, 2005
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1759Girl from California

4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Did a tasting with some friends this weekend, avec beer log in hand...
We have been to Rogue several times, but somehow I had missed trying it!
Appearance> hazy, not too lively, no head. Looks pretty average for an American Double.
Smell>Intense smell of hops, like fresh ones just picked, if you have had the pleasure of smelling this hop harvest... citrus notes. very nice.
Taste> Wow. Not too complex, but just enough. Excellent hang!
Mouf> smooth, easy.
Drinkability> Apart from the percentage... I could drink this for days!

Aug 27, 2008
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Shrews629 from Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - A cloudy orange/peach color with a slightly off white colored head with average size and average retention. The beer poured with a significant "glug", which didn't lend itself to a very nice pour. Combination of large and small bubbles in the head. Pretty good lacing though.

Smell - An aggressive piny note. Grapefruit. A slight earthy undertone. More than what was expected. A bit resinous. A touch of caramel. A touch of the alcohol fragrance. Balanced well. Not as clean smelling as I thought it might be. More maltiness than what is typically found in an Imperial IPA.

Taste - More piny hops. Grapefruit is not profiled as much. It's there, but held back a bit. A slight alcohol taste. Something similar to a clear alcohol. Nice medium bitterness. A touch of caramel and a low level of toastiness. Balanced well.

Mouthfeel - Medium. Dry. Not as smooth as others, but still really nice. Crisp and snappy. A slight alcohol bite that leaves a nice, deep warmth. Nice carbonation. Copious amounts of flavor left behind.

This is a good beer. It's not quite as good as some of the other Rogue's I've had, but its still enjoyable. Very good in all aspects. It's worthy of contemplation, but I didn't forget to enjoy it. Farily drinkable and worth a try. Comes in a very cool looking bottle.

May 04, 2011
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oldedog from South Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.6%

Apr 28, 2013
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MJR from Missouri

4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Dec 29, 2002
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blitz134 from California

4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a beer, finally found these at Green's in Atlanta and I snatched up 3 bottles. The reviews on BA were too good to not pick up a few. I'll definately be back for more.

Appearance: Apricot in color. Light, frothy, white head. Murky looking with some large pieces of sediment slowly floating to the bottom.

Smell: Nice and fruity. I pick up some peach and tangerine aromas, definately inviting. I had high expectiations before I even tasted it. I can't help but purposely smell this one before every sip.

Taste: The bitter hop hit definately comes through on this one, just as expected. I'd be disappointed otherwise, the more the better right ;). The typical grapefruit flavors from the cascade hops are on the forefront of the taste, but they are toned down a bit with the other hop flavors. The hop blend is first rate, making this beer extremely easy on the pallete. The alcohol content doesn't show itself to me at all.

Mouthfeel: Nothing really stood out in this department, which is probably good. Flavor stayed around for a bit in the mouth and changed charcter after going down. Yet another dimension to this beer.

Drinkability: The masterful blend of hops makes this an easy to drink heavy hitting hoppy beer for those who are into that type of thing. I'm definately going back to get a few more of these.

Sep 28, 2004
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Onslow from Texas

3.52/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks Josh! .. lots of hops, nice nice level of bitters ... honey, pine, wood, lots of pine-coney gooddness ... hies the alcohol under the sheets .. not worth the $17 but would buy if in regular glass ...a solid IIPA ... ditch the ceramic rogue... again, thanks josh..

Jul 12, 2008
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up on a whim to fufill my "mix a 6" at Julio's. Bottled in 2010. Poured into my snifter at cellar temperature.

A - Poured a crystal clear golden colour with just a faint amount of particles suspended in the snifter. An incredibly miniscule head that rapidly faded leaving a white halo around the glass. Nothing out of the ordinary here.

S - Typical IPA aromas here. Nice piney resin and grapefruit bitterness. Not getting any of the other fruit notes people have mentioned. There is some nice malty sweetness on the nose as well.

T - Much like the nose there is some strong hop bitterness. Good pine and grapefruit qualities. There is just a hint of tropical fruits. I try to focus on it, longing for more, only to have it dart away from me.

M - Really, really good mouthfeel on this. Its the best quality for me. Its very crisp considering the ABV and its style. Nice dry finish too.

D - Its a good DIPA, yeah, but there are much much better ones out there. Still, nice to try something different for a change. Don't think I'd buy it again though.

Feb 10, 2011
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Proclarush from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

May 09, 2013
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hyuga from North Carolina

4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
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!

Sep 29, 2002
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Magery from Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Sep 02, 2012
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stevehagy from New York

4/5  rDev -3.6%

Sep 12, 2014
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grittybrews from Washington

4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy golden-orange into a tulip with a finger of quick-receding white head. Very nice aroma of juicy grapefruit, tangerine, pine, and lots of caramel.

Moderate carbonation and a creamy, somewhat light mouthfeel. Pine up front followed by sweet, somewhat wheaty caramel. Grapefruit and more astringent pine on the long finish.

Very nice overall -- even with a little boozy warmth, seven ounces go quickly. However, I could have used a little more complexity of flavor given the price point.

Jun 20, 2011
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outoffocus from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Aug 19, 2013
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Realale from Missouri

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep slightly hazy rusty tan. Very fine 1/3" sticky white head settles quickly to a thin cap, but stays.

Cascade dominates the nose with its grapefruit, but there is a hint of spice, and a bit of funk from the other hops. No malt.

Very thick in the mouth. Tons of rich Maris Otter goodness, on the slightly sweet side. Nicely integrated piney Cascade flavors, with a touch of the earthy spiciness promised by the nose. Thankfully avoids the stewed hop flavors that trouble my palate in other Rogue brews. Long, long, long, looooooong, lingering bitter finish. Nice bottle-conditioned mouthfeel adds softness, but plenty of carbonation to keep the beer from becoming too much. Its actually remarkably well-balanced for what it is.

Jul 01, 2003
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danielharper from Michigan

3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Strong Bros. Liquor Store, Fayetteville, TN. 750 mL ceramic bottle, consumed in one sitting.

This beer pours into my pint glass with a orange-yellow body and a thick white bubbled head. Leaves heavy lacing around the glass.

Aroma is composed of hops, hops, hops, with a touch of fruit (perhaps grapefruit) buried underneath. Slight floral notes as beer warms.

Flavor is solid, with crisp, refreshing hops at the front, fresh, pleasant, slightly floral fruit following to wash the beer down. Gives a very balanced (for the style) aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is foamy and thick (washing it around the mouth coats the palate with floral complexity nicely) but not so much as to affect refreshment or drinkability. Very nice.

Overall drinkability good, especially for a beer this hoppy with this much alcohol. I'll be buying these again.

Jan 29, 2006
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irishkyle21 from Canada

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a fair sized head, a little soap like. Drops to a thin collar, nice lacing. Has a deep golden color, very hazy.

Smells of citric piny hops, tropical fruits, some spice and a bit of earthiness.

Tastes of bitter grapefruity hops, floral, sweet pale malt. This is very different from most DIPA's I have had but its a welcomed change in the hop bill.

Dec 30, 2007
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DaPan from Canada

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Apr 13, 2013
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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 1265 ratings