XS Imperial India Pale Ale | Rogue Ales

1,252 Ratings
XS Imperial India Pale AleXS Imperial India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2001

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Photo of Giantspace
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Snapps
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of tom10101
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of dfillius
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured vigorously into a pint glass.
A: Cloudy - dark and stratified. Super dark upper half and light golden lower half. Very yeasty.
S: Peach smell, astringent, passion fruit notes
T: Upon first sip I thought it was very well balanced and not very imperially hoppy at all. I noticed a florally bitter taste, with some pine taste coming through. As I continued to drink, the beer got considerably more bitter and finished as a strong example of a double IPA!
M: Dry and bitter, exactly what i expect from a DIPA
D: I could maybe have another.

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Photo of HossMcGraw
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was approaching this one with a little trepidation, because I thought it would be ridiculously bitter and unbalanced. Fortunately, neither was true. Pours the color of honey with no head and no lacing, which in all fairness, may be the fault of the glass. Aroma is a mouthwatering combo of grapefruit, lemon, and honey. The taste is initially sweet,and then the hops come in and assault the taste buds. Not so much as to overpower the sweetness however. Mouthfeel is rough which seems suitable, and the drinkability, slightly above average. Overall, very similar to Ruination but a little more balanced, and less intense.

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Photo of Hop_God
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dewey0603
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this and couldn't wait to get home.Mine came in the fancy ceramic bottle,it's a nice look.This pours a orange amber color with a gigantic creamy foamy head.The smell is a very strong citrus and cascade hop smell.The scent is almost exactly like grapefruit.The taste is a citrus blast ending with a very bitter hop aftertaste.This is very good,but be warned it's VERY BITTER.The mouthfeel is light and crisp,but there's a big difference from the intial sip to the aftertaste.It's not as smooth as I would like.This is a real treat,and tough to find,but worth the wait.Not a perfect beer,but a beer that's worth savoring.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange with a huge head. Fruit and pine hop aroma. Flavor is extremely bitter. It burns the tongue. Slightly fruity with a big hop flavor. Malt is not completely dominated, but it's in the background. Mouthfeel is full. Drinkable, but certainly a slow sipper. It takes a minute to get used to the intense hop bitterness, but it is worth getting used to.

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Photo of necoadam
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Now I know why they call it an Imperial Pale Ale. Nice malts balance out this brew. Pouired out a dark cloudy orange color with little carbonation shown in this beer. Smell consisted of hops, pine, herbal, and citric notes also in there. Taste consisted of hops and more hops. But what I loved about this brew is that the malts balanced it out perfectly. The sweetness in the middle I thought was going to be overpowering, but the malts balanced out the sweetness and the hops. Aftertaste was mostly citric notes. Could of used just a little more carbonation, but that's just a minor complaint. A very good IPA.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

7 ounce bottle, if this isnt the same beer, beermail me. Poured into a Sam adams perfect pint glass. Beer is yellow and really hazy with a big off white head of large bubble that leaves a little lacing on the glass. Carbonation low.

Beer smell like earthy hops and piny hops. A little weak.

Beer is dry at the finish, medium bodied, very hoppy, lots of late bitterness, minimal malt backbone but its there. Tastes decent enough. Mild forward sweetness very mild, chewy piny midpalate giving way to a really dry finish. Its a decent beer, much better than I expected.

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Photo of crownrl28
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of goz
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Pour is a clear amber, with chunky bits of yeast circulating throughout, small white-ish head that slims out to a light soapy foam quickly. Aroma is strong on the pine and citrus. On the tongue, it is all hops, strikingly bitter, pine, citrus and some spice assault the palate with unrelenting force. Finish is quite long, it never seems to end.

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Photo of BradBLR
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer out of the new ceramic bottle and I was very suprised. The beer poured a very light yellow color, much light than any IPA I've had, let alone a DIPA. Had a nice white head that lasted about a third of the glass with very little lacing. The smell was a light scent of hops with a slight amount of malt.

The taste a a very hoppy taste, but as citrusy as I was expecting. Very little malt balance, but not so mush that it was unpleasant to drink. Great hop after taste, like the oils of hops were on your tongue. Mouthfeel was really smooth and carbonation was really good.

A really nice beer from Rogue and the ceramic bottle was COOL! A little pricey, but if you want the bottle it's worth a try.

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Photo of BelgiumBill
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring the 7oz bottle into a narrow Ommegang tulip glass showed off a deeply hazed amber orange brew with a very thin off white head head that quickly faded to a thin ring with some large bubbles about. A swirl brought up some more foam and released piney floral and some tropical fruit butterscotch fragrances which were not overwhelming.

The liquid gave me flavors of piney floral eucalyptus, lavendar, and some ripe citrus like grapefruit following up in the back half.

The mouthfeel was very nice because of the great balance between all the flavors. It was no huge hop bomb to conceal all the floral and herbaceous flavors. Viscous and provided a nice coating in the mouth.

Overall, very good, but not huge which was ok with me. I picked it up on sale at Total Wine for $2.99 for the 7oz bottle.

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Photo of avalon07
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a 7 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Had a light orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a thin, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: A sweet, fragrant aroma of citrus, grassy hops and some malt.

T: Tasted of grassy hops, malt, and some lemon. Not an overly complex flavor, but still nice to drink.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A solid, easy to to drink beer. Drinkable.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: orange with a small-medium head

S: mostly piney and floral hops

T: bold pine hops are well balanced by the sweetness of the malts and a subtle floral/citrus accenting hop taste

M: medium body with a subtle aftertaste.. pretty solid through out

O: a nice dipa... nice and balanced.. excellent choice

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the beer I finished with at Anam Cara yesterday...uh, probably good that I stopped here. It's a big beer, and I couldn't have any more than what I did. Color was a medium brewed tea, I got a ton of cut grass aroma off of it, very pleasant and a nice change. I thought the taste was 100% grassy hops. The mouthfeel is pretty thick with this one, so it was nice to have the grassy, almost slight acidity of the hops to sort of cut through. I did think the mouthfeel was also a bit course, not sure what that was a product of. Good, but only one at a time for this beer.

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Photo of beerbutcher
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

no born on date, may be a little old judging by the stock in the shop. 12 oz bottle poured into allagash tulip.

appearance- copper color with one finger head leaving beautiful lacing. loses points for lack of clarity.

aroma- incredibly big aromas of vanilla and kettle caramel with soft yeastiness, hops add light background citrus/pine aromas. slightly spicy with phenols

taste- creamy and sweet across mid-palate with warming alcohol and significant hop presence. not overwhelmingly hoppy as the malt is very rich for the style but i like it a lot. the residual yeast in this unfiltered offering is a blessing as it rounds out the curves a bit. can't get over the caramel. hops are firm and backed by a splash of brandy-like alcohol on the finish.

mouthfeel- overall very exciting to drink. the texture is creamy but finishes drying despite significant sweetness. prickly hops and glowing alcohol bring it into harmony.

drinkability- this stuff is delicious. some delightful bock like characteristics in the malt with beautiful hop additions. aroma hops may have faded over time leaving behind little in the nose but it is really no disappointment of a drink. wonderfully round and integrated.

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Photo of Japerrault
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orange with a thin white head.

S: Nice spicey caramel, grapefruit.

T: Sweet caramel malt up front, spicey hops and grapefruit flavors significant throughout, Medium bitterness in the finish.

M: Nice, medium/full bodied ale appropriate carbonation.

D: Fairly smooth for an imperial ipa with High hops levels and higher alcohol content.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

XS Imperial India Pale Ale pours a hazy, cloudy golden color with a small lacing head. There is a nice floral aroma, but well balanced with some malt aromas mixing in. The taste has a bold floral flavor, but is well balanced with a nice malty backbone. Easy to drink, long lasting flavor, and good flavors. Overall a nice balanced IPA.

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Photo of jdense
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rogue SFO 4.3.10 poured into chalice.

Less than a finger white head, extremely quick dissipation, minimal lacing. Orangish amber cloudy body, no visible carbonation. Smell is big citrusy, piney hop hit, a bit sweet. Taste is quite hoppy, mango, grapefruit, caramel malt, some breadiness in dry not overly bitter finish, pretty well balanced. Medium mouthfeel, not much effervescence. Drinkability is pretty high ABV well hidden. Tasty, but a bit too expensive for everyday drinking.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a deep V chalice)

A- This beer has a glowing orange body with a creamy head that has a slight oatmeal hue to it. The show of a random tiny bubble of carbonation rises every once in and a while. There is a nice tiny lacing after each sip.

S- The smooth sweet malt blends with a bigger pine and grapefruit hop smell but overall the aroma is pretty clean/

T- This beer has a sweet malt flavor with an alcohol bite that changes to a bitter hop finish. The malt takes on notes of light caramel and toasted dry notes as it warms but the hops get bigger as the temperature increases. The notes of grapefruit hops have a faint hint of white grapes in them and then turn to a green bitterness in the finish. There is a bitterness that lingers after the sip but gives way to a sweetness of caramel malt eventually. There is a dry champagne dryness in the alcohol taste in the malt that goes away after a bit. I think it is blocked out by the hops.

M- The medium-light body has a alcohol bite and a dryness in the body that changes to a faint sweetness after the finish.

D- This beer is big but not overly bitter. It has a big sweetness and an alcohol bite to blend with the hops flavor and bitterness making it a good drinking beer.

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Photo of Beardo
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Will_Edgar
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of xoqx
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This beer arrived in a tall, branded pilsner style glass and was yellow-orange with a offwhite, two finger head exhibiting good retention and heavy lacing. The head was positively above the top of the glass and still held together without dripping over the side. Impressive carbonation showed off the whole time.

Smell - Spicy, dry-hopped, flora smells abound.

Taste - This beer tastes outstandingly hoppy with pine and hop oil tastes throughout. There are herbal and honey hints that appear before a long, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is chewy, coarse, nicely-carbonated, and rich.

Drinkability - With the nearly 10% alcohol, it’s a bit tough to put too many of these away. Very enjoyable, if not super drinkable.

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XS Imperial India Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
4.12 out of 5 based on 1,252 ratings.
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