XS Imperial India Pale Ale
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XS Imperial India Pale AleXS Imperial India Pale Ale
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From:
Rogue Ales
 
Oregon, United States
Style:
Imperial IPA
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.12 | pDev: 11.41%
Reviews:
773
Ratings:
492
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Jul 27, 2020
Added:
Sep 18, 2001
Wants:
  118
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
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Ratings by bark:
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Reviewed by bark from Sweden

4.77/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
The colour is orange-yellow-amber; the liquid is a bit hazy. The finger thick head is beige and compact; it leaves some lacing.

The smell is hoppy... oh so hoppy! Citric notes; bitter oranges, oranges, grape fruits. Bitter flavours, of course, but also a fine sweet flavour of honey and brown sugar. A very mild earthy note and a touch of tobacco smoke. A demanding bouquet: Great stuff!

The taste is at fist a little sweet. Then it becomes very sweet and a little spicy. And then, the hops kick in. It is not as aggressively bitter as many other DIPAs, it is more focused on the citric hoppy flavours (I prefer both ways!). Sweet notes of honey and caramel. Then, the citric flavours emerge with notes of orange peels, grape fruits, bitter oranges and a touch of lemon peels. The aftertaste is bitter with sour hints of lemons, grape fruits and lemon peels. Some mild sweet notes too, as a touch of earthy yeast and a mild metallic note. The finish is very long: Bitter hoppy flavours and herbal notes.

Why not 5.0? Well, I would have liked some more potent bitterness.

The carbonation is mild, the bubbles small, and the liquid rich thick and smooth.

A very fine ale in all ways.
Jul 18, 2008
More User Ratings:
 
Rated: 4 by Samnem from Georgia

Jul 27, 2020
 
Rated: 5 by 2000SlowStang from Colorado

Nov 11, 2019
 
Rated: 4.06 by craigbelly from Iowa

Sep 13, 2019
 
Rated: 3.61 by Futbolmanby from Michigan

Sep 09, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.9%
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!
Sep 02, 2019
 
Rated: 3.54 by brandoneast from Texas

Aug 05, 2019
 
Rated: 4.6 by beerN3RD from Colorado

Mar 24, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Dec 10, 2018
 
Rated: 4.46 by zotzot from Vermont

Nov 06, 2018
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Reviewed by iguanodon from Utah

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
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.
Oct 24, 2018
 
Rated: 4.06 by dwiech from Texas

Sep 26, 2018
 
Rated: 3 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Jan 03, 2018
 
Rated: 3.83 by Walnut from Missouri

Sep 24, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by Casey_L from Texas

Jul 04, 2017
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Reviewed by stcules from Italy

3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
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...
Apr 10, 2017
 
Rated: 3.25 by sweemzander from Illinois

Dec 21, 2016
 
Rated: 4.06 by PugsandBeer from Florida

Sep 16, 2016
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Reviewed by Pete_Vatistas from New Hampshire

4.94/5  rDev +19.9%
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!
Aug 01, 2016
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.57/5  rDev -13.3%
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.
Aug 01, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by Shawnspl from Rhode Island

Jun 11, 2016
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Reviewed by kitch from Hong Kong

3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
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.
May 06, 2016
 
Rated: 2.75 by newbeeraday from Pennsylvania

Apr 21, 2016
 
Rated: 3.77 by Rizzy17 from Pennsylvania

Apr 11, 2016
 
Rated: 4.23 by Biggiekrock627 from Maryland

Apr 03, 2016
 
Rated: 4.09 by MrMustard2012 from Rhode Island

Apr 02, 2016
 
Rated: 4.81 by toadsmoto from Rhode Island

Apr 02, 2016
 
Rated: 3.93 by Jackalope1977 from Michigan

Mar 25, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by freewill35 from Indiana

Feb 01, 2016
 
Rated: 4.05 by Powers30 from Canada (NB)

Jan 09, 2016
 
Rated: 4.02 by unclekeith from Alaska

Dec 31, 2015
 
Rated: 3.55 by aaronyoung01 from New Mexico

Dec 28, 2015
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Rated by pizznaw from Delaware

5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I like this beer beer than any other I've tasted!
Dec 19, 2015
 
Rated: 3.75 by duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands

Dec 13, 2015
 
Rated: 4.5 by gregcordle from Ohio

Oct 12, 2015
 
Rated: 4.16 by timsoder from Utah

Sep 19, 2015
 
Rated: 3.97 by crownrl28 from Georgia

Sep 13, 2015
 
Rated: 3.52 by IPAchris from Pennsylvania

Sep 12, 2015
 
Rated: 3.52 by Mwinek

Aug 21, 2015
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
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.
Aug 16, 2015
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