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 GCBrewingCo
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass clear medium golden with an off-white head which fell slowly and lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity with grapefruit hop aroma that permeates the skull. Behind the citrus burst was a malty presence and some higher alcohol. The hops were also quite grassy.

The flavor was malty and well achieved with bittering following close behind the intial malt kick. The bittering slid into postion leaving one with the feeling of chewing on fresh hops. The hop flavor was grassy and citrusy. The maltiness was well achieved with a strong caramel presence despite a light color. Some alcohol was present in the flavor.

The finish was dry with lasting grassy and citrusy hop flavoring and bittering very long and pleasant into the aftertaste. The body was medium full and the carbonation was surprisingly low leaving more body sensation than would have a higher carbonation level. Alcohol warming after consumption was high and those grassy and citrusy hops lasted darn near forever. With a less apparent alcohol presence this beer would score higher in the drinkability department.

750 ml ceramic crock capped and flip top bottle. Thanks jimdkc and BIF20. 20 Plato, 75 IBU, 13 L on bottle. A beer for sharing.

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Photo of Jarod
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is an apricot color that when first poured has a slight chill haze to it, but as you get deeper into the bottle the beer starts to look like a snow globe that someone has shaken up. Decent carbonation. It produced a creamy buttermilk foam, full and sticky, that sat on the top for ½ the glass then slowly fell to a small film and ring on the edges. It left a delicate, and spotty, sticky lace on the sides the whole way to the last drop in the glass. The aromas were of saaz and cascade hops (flowers, citrus), fruit, pine trees (forest), bread grains, sweet malt, and some alcohol. Different aromas took the forefront as the beer warmed (very nice). The tastes were of the pine tree forest (first served), hops (floral, citrus), grains, malt (sweet), yeast, fruits, alcohol, and some spices in the last few sips. The after tastes were mostly of pine needles, hops and as it warmed the sweet malt became noticeable. Medium bodied. Somewhat bitter but pleasurable. This beer first caught me off guard, started off very sharp, then when it warmed slightly it mellowed soo much, not changing the effect of any flavors just became better then they started (which was really good). Big hoppy beer that was big on flavors and big on enjoyment.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have had this bottle in my cellar for well over a year? I always loved the Rogue monogrammed lables. Pours a reddish-tan color with a small head that doesn't last. The smell is sweet, malty hops. Tons of sediment in this one.

Taste is exactly what I expected. A huge malty backbone with tons of hops in the middle and end. I am amazed at how smooth is beer is. I would of had no idea this beer is over 10% ABV. Tons of floral notes as well as citrusy orange?

Simply delicious! I must get more and age it just like this one.

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Photo of MURF0320
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Taproom in downtown Portland
Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange with a creamy head that fades quickly but leaves nice lacing.
Aroma is wonderfully filled with hops...pine, citrus, and tropical fruits. Sweet malts are also represented well.
Great potent hop flavor on a sweet, bready malt backbone. Hops overcome the sweetness easily and makes this heavily bitter, like it should be :)
Very smooth texture finishes crisp and dry. Hops hang on your tongue waiting for more.
Extremely drinkable for a hophead, maybe not otherwise. I loved this one.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Last in a line of hoppy beers that were tasted over a Superbowl gathering. Pours a cloudy, bubbly peach-color with minimal head. Aroma is more floral and more alcoholic than Rogue's Brutal Bitter.

Big hoppy flavor, alcohol notes strong on this one, but not overbearingly so. Mouthfeel is syrupy thick (not a criticism), very crisp with a strong bite and bitter finish. Drinkability is hindered by the strength of this DBL IPA, it's very "in your face", yet it doesn't offer a great deal of complexity or refreshingness. Good overall brew, nevertheless.

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Photo of cbak999
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Kickbacks. Pours a deep orange with a small head that quicly disipates. No lacing on the glass. The alcohol is totally hidden in this wonderful IPA. Great smell!!! Lots of citrus hops smell and overall very earthy. This is great on draft and I will try it in the bottle. I Love it.

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Photo of sinistermadman
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First of all I am not even sure I am reviewing the right beer. It is Rogue, but it looks nothing like the picture on BA. This bottle is black ceramic with a clasp-type top and is labeled Imperial India Pale Ale, I2PA is no where to be found. Ingredients are listed on the label: 100% Floor malted maris otter pale malt; saaz; cascade and northwest golding hops; free range coastal water and top fermenting pacman yeast.

This brew pours a brilliant, but hazy amber color while emanating a burly pancake head. Foam subsides to leave a slight lacing.

Smell: Ripe fruit, mild citrus, yeast with a slightly floral nose.

Mouthfeel is slightly grainy and bready. This brew starts off semi-sweet for about 4 nanoseconds before the hops kick in. Malts are coupled well here to keep the bitterness in check. Slightly warming alcohol finish leaves a subtle leafy aftertaste.

In summary this is a damn fine pale, but the price tends to make you weep. Is it worth the cash? It is definitely debateable, but for me I'll stick with an Ayinger 4-pack anyday instead of one bottle of this stuff. No disrespect, but a little too pricy for me. Still a solid offering that is well worth a try. Cheers.

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Photo of Braz
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased a 10oz from Tacoma Boys.
Appearance: Chill hazed bronze. Little white head but think it may just be because of the temp.
Smell: Beautiful. Sweet and floral. More malty aroma than hoppy.
Taste: Heavy and thick. Balanced. Bittersweet. Could have more hop influence but so good I'm not complaining.
Mouthfeel: Great body. Pronounced carbonation. Creamy and velvety.
Overall: Very good. Wish I had a bigger bottle.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours murky gold, huge head, great retention and sticky lacing.

S - Sweet malt and citrus malts battling it out.

T - Taste follows smell, along with a chalking sort of feel with the hops. Great follow through begging for another sip.

M - Nobody wins - so everyone wins. The sweet VS malt is a beautiful neutral clean finish, with just a bit of a sour twang.

D - Deceptively drinkable.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this at the huge kickbacks dinner in Jacksonville, FL. I took some notes but mostly doing this from memory.
Appearance: golden amber body
Smell: intense hop aromas
Taste: loads of nice hop citrus flvaors and one of the winners of the night. great dipa

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Photo of BeerBelcher
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer; pungent and intensely hoppy, this beer is for those that seek out intense flavors.

Appearance was unremarkable; this beer was a nice golden color but a bit hazy with a soapy head. Aroma was great. It was obviously very hoppy with a lot of nice citrus notes, a sweet-sweat hoppy smell I really enjoy, and an intense pungency that reminded me of some stinky cheeses I've recently taken a liking to. Flavor was more citrus and an intense dry hoppiness balanced by a significant portion of maltiness.

This is a beer to reckoned with in a very pleasant way. I'd definitely highly recommend it.

I had this on-tap at Roman's Pub in Milwaukee.

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Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nice light golden amber color with a huge rocky white head about a inch high. Nice lacing on the glass..

Smell: Strong notes of oily piney hops. A little citrus and a little biscuit and bread aromas from the malts.

Taste: This beer explodes with hops up front. A little piney and little citrus, followed by a nice body of bread, biscuit, and caramel from the malts. This beer finishes with even more hops, some bitter some sweet, giving this beer an overall great hop profile. The end is also a little juicy with some grapefruit flavors as well.

Mouthfeel: What a great full body, nice balance with a nice crisp carbonation. Just feels great on the tongue.

Drinkability: Is this really 10% alcohol. My god this beer is so flavorful I can't believe it has that much alcohol.

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Photo of Schwarzbart
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy and apricot in color with debris floating throughout. The head poured finger high and settled down rather quickly, but a nice thick white creamy covering remained and provided excellent lacing. Smell had a strong grassy hop aroma with undertones of yeast. Taste was strong with hop flavor, spices and a slight grapefruit flavor. The hop taste was about twice as strong as the smell led on. Mouthfeel was creamy, chewy and had plenty of carbonation. Drinkability was very good considering the alcohol content was hardly even recognizable.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

very hazy orange/copper with a good tan head. nice oily hop aroma. piney with grapefruit backbone. toffee malt and a little spiceybrown sugar. a mild fruitiness shows up as it warms. yeasty breadiness as well. thats how a huge imperial IPA is supposed to smell. the taste is toffee, caramel and brown sugar maltiness, with oily piney hops, not a lot of grapefruit. surprisingamount of balance, but the hops are definitely dominant. the alcohol is only apparent as it's swallowed, with a good amount of warming. nice full but well carbonated body that is surprisinly dry. an excellent imp IPA, but maybe a bit too much to be able to drink more than a couple of.

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Photo of m1ked
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to d0ggnate for this taste.

A- Cloudy/hazy bright yellow-orangr brew with a weak head, no lacing. After a short time there is already a small deposit of residue on the bottom of my glass. Plenty of particles floating about, like a bunch of sea monkies.

S- Subdued pine, subtle citrus, some burnt brown sugar.

T- Smooth piney hops, small amount of citrus with a light malty sweetness. Candied hops? Enjoyable balance.

M- Syrupy, thick. Low carbonation.

D- Smooth, easy drinking. I enjoyed this guy, but not crazy about the pricetag...$18.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

And now for something completely different… This is not what I expected at all but I like it. 2IPA is one wicked brew. Served in a 7 oz glass at the public house in San Francisco. Body is light yellow-orange . Carbonation is minute, nearly invisible. Head is lacking but a thin, glass-clinging lace looks quite nice. Agitation of the glass creates an 1/8 inch of bubbles that lasts but a split second. Surprisingly absent in the aroma are pine sap or juniper berries, two things I’ve grown to expect in 2xIPAs. Instead I find a bountiful amount of tangerine rinds and touches of ruby red grapefruit juice. Mouthfeel is very interesting. This 2xIPA is wet on the palate. How odd. I expect dryness in a 2xIPA. Not so with this one. I actually find this rather thirst quenching and refreshing. It’s not bitter by the standards of the style. In fact I primarily taste sweet tangerine juice. Obviously this points to some heavy hopping but somehow it remains well balanced and very drinkable, perhaps even for non-hopheads. Exceptional buzz and great sweet citrus flavor. Should be served by the liter though. Seven ounces is just not enough.

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Photo of Jason
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Small 7oz brown twist bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Hazy orange amber in colour with a very sticky well retaining white lace.

Smell: Hints of citric, herbal and spicy hop. Quite estery with aromas of alcohol and very ripe fruit. A touch of grain also in the nose.

Taste: Very rich and balanced with a extremely smooth carbonation and mouthfeel. Ripe citric hop bitterness and flavour that goes a bit spicy towards the end. This is evened off by a big malty flavour of fruit, malt and grain. The finish is the remnants of the hop, residual sweetness and a warming alcohol.

Notes: Intense and not for the weak. This brew pushes the envelope for modern day IPAs ... top honour for brewing this awesome god water. The only problem is that 7 ozs is not enough! This brew was gauged at 74 IBUs yet it is perfectly balanced by a huge grain bill.

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Photo of DESTRO
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a beautiful hazy sunset with massive rocky off white head. as expected the aroma is huge on hops. lots of grapefruit and citrus, some sweetness as well, light alcohol notes too. taste is big, really big. sweeter and maltier than i had expected, caramel comes through and balances out the explosive hop character. juicy and bitter with a slight alcohol note that only adds to the experiance. intense but welcoming at the same time. full in the mouth with good carbonation, this is a big beer. this is awesome, huge hops, big malt, lots of alcohol and great balance all come together and make one sick ass beer. ill be back, no doubt.

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Photo of Brent
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

100% of the USDA recommended daily dose of hops. Overall, probably a better balance of hops and malt than other imperial IPA's (i.e. Dogfish Head 90 Min.) Beautiful orange brew with a fluffy white head. Lots of hops in the nose (what else would you expect?). Mildly sweet malt undercurrent carrying a slightly blunt wave of hops. Finishes with a clean, quinine bitterness. Very big and bold.

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Photo of StevieW
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich shiny copper color, hard pour yeiled a super charged beige head full of rich, oily, yummy hop bubbles. Smells was an awesome combination of resiny hop kick, citrus, pine and woody undertones. Supersmooth tasting IPA, nice warm tart citrus kick to begin, then NW Cascade hop tastes takes over. Mouth cringing bitterness shocks and soothes you at once. Very creamy smooth finsh. A delight from start to end. A really exceptional American IPA. Another winner from Rogue.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After a warning from fellow BA nomad I carefully decanted the 12oz. bottle leaving about 2-3 oz. of foggy, piss colored liquid in a tiny glass. More on this later.

The actual I2PA was an exceptionally clear amber with some bubbles that fizzed into the head which was very yellowish. Not a bit of lace to speak of. The smell was strong with elements of scotch, hop citrus and raisen and mellon soaked in brandy. The taste was loud and robust, my tongue giving in to the excellent hops and a some smoked malts in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was creamy and langourous rolling about my mouth leaving a pleasent whisky burning in my throat. .

The sediment, which I saved for comparison, made me appreciate the I2PA even more. It was cloudy and thick and smelled of three day old urine. Tasting it was an undertaking in itself. I can imagine that stomach acid has a similar taste. The aftertaste strongly resembled bile.

At roughly $4 for a 12oz. bottle one must be very careful to leave ALL the sediment out of the glass because it will ruin any taste that may have existed. But if cared for correctly this beer hold plethora of tastebud sensation. Thanks again to nomad for a bottle.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours out a hazy orange color with a large pillowy white head peaking out of the top of the glass. Great lacing stuck to the glass for the duration of this beers existence. Hops are jumping out of the glass with aroma that is just wonderful citric and earthy hops pretty much dominate the nose of this beer. The taste of hops really smack around your taste buds here, with bitter hops hitting you up front and eventually a slightly sweet malt comes through to give you some reprieve from the hops assault. Notes of caramel can also be detected as this warmed, but it is still all about the hops as it should be. Mouthfeel was good with a medium body, good carbonation and a bit of warmth from the alcohol. Drinkability is good as the alcohol and bitterness never really become overpowering, well maybe the alcohol after a few of these. Very flavorful and tasty offering from Rogue and one of my favorite beers of the style. Give it a shot if you are up for a good hop fix.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Whoa hops! Yes! The different kinds of hops in this killer brew make for an interesting and overpowering hop combination. I have had this beer in my fridge for more than a month and somehow abstained from drinking it. The time has come. I cracked the top off my 12 oz bottle and could smell the hops immediately. Pours a very cloudy orange/amber, with tiny pieces of sediment floating throughout. Thin, tight white head.

At first this beer seems rather one-dimensional: hops. As I drink though, I can smell and taste the citrus elements, and towards the end pick up the maltiness to balance out the killer hop presence. This has got a very warming alcohol presence to it as well...I wonder what the ABV is? Oh yeah, and this is a taste bud destroyer, which is great. You won't taste much after this, other than the hoppy burps which will continue shortly thereafter. Another rediculously great Rogue beer.

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Photo of Suds
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an amber-orange colored beer with slight haze and a lot of yeast suspended in the liquid. Very faint head that produces negligible lace. The aroma is simply fantastic: Hops and Hops and more Hops!! Smells like an bag of fresh cascade hops. It’s really marvelous. Slight alcohol in the smell as well. The taste is slightly malty up front. Very grassy and a little sticky-sweet in the fore and mid-tastes. From then on out, it’s all hops…bitter, biting, fresh, spicy, and slightly oily. It’s really something. There’s a nice alcohol warming as you get through a few sips as well. This is a hell of a beer!

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Photo of WillemB
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%

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