XS Imperial India Pale Ale | Rogue Ales

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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 Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cloudy orange, lovely lace and residue. Enticing spice and grapefruit hop along with grainy. Sparkles the tongue. British and American What 10.3%? Alcohol kicks in brutal finish. Malt allows it to be drinkable. Had on tap two years later and not as good, a bit metallic.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky honey orange with a 1/2 inch foamy orange-beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, honey, and malt. Taste is exactly the same with a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This IPA pours out as a murky orange color. The head and lacing are white and sticky. The smell of the beer is hoppy and has some nice malts in the faint background. The taste is very piney and has a nice smooth citrusy taste. Mouthfeel stings at first and mellows out after the swallow. Overall its a pretty killer IPA for sure. Well worth the try if you come across it.

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Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of carbonation along with some particles visible floating in suspension. It poured with a thin off white head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus hops in the nose with grapefruit standing out in particular.
T: There are some hints of sweetness in the initial taste but these are quickly followed by bitter and grapefruit flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is dryness and warming from the alcohol in the finish.
O: The beer is surprisingly drinkable considering its strength. It definitely tastes like a strong beer but the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

Note: 2010 vintage

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good beer. Bold hop flavors and strong sweetness. Citrus, pine, and earthy aromas and flavors... yea, a lot like most other very good I2PA's. What's the separater? For this beer, it's the balance. The beer is delicately proportioned to allow a hearty alcohol content to merge seamlessly with the hop drying and intensity. The citrus hop flavors and feel swirl nicely around the firm malt base allowing complexity and variety to emerge without letting the strength of the beer to get out of hand. Full and rich textures fall short of heavy. Quite easy to drink and less offensive than a lot of IPA's. Good job Rogue... I expect nothing else.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this 750ml black ceramic bomber back in the summer as a birthday present to myself, given its rather extravagant price tag in these parts - $21.00. Tonight, in celebration of the Americans' Repeal Day, I pulled it out from its hiding spot behind the milk and ketchup in the fridge.

Poured vigorously into a pint glass, this beer appears a slightly hazy medium copper-amber hue, with a healthy three fingers of puffy, weakly foamy, and yet solid dirty white head, which didn't take long to melt away, leaving some patchy ocean swell lace around the glass.

It smells quite amazing - all concentrated orange and grapefruit citrus, sticky pine resin, tropical fruit and perfumed florals, with a heady caramel/toffee sweetness - if I stuck my nose deep into the glass for long enough. The taste is equally big and in my face, not as hoppy as proffered in the aroma, but a perfect amount of edgy citrus and pine hop bitterness for this avowed hophead, the still sturdy bready caramel malt holding its ground, not overpowering, nor allowing the hops to run amok, rather, balance is the operative word here. Oh, except for the booze, which becomes a bit more evident as it warms, and starts to fuck with my own inner-ear balance.

The carbonation is a pleasant exhibition of lovely frothiness, the body medium-heavy in weight for the style, and actually kind of smooth, what with everything else swirling about my mouth right now. It finishes off-dry, verging on sweet, as the alcohol comes 'round full bore, aiding the flagging malt in the good fight against the lingering zippy hops.

The first pint that I consumed as I was making dinner snuck up on me fairly quickly - that 9.5% ABV listed on the Darth Vader bottle wasn't just for kicks. I saved the remainder for drinking whilst viewing 'Weeds' - the physical similarities between dried hops and uh, 'weed', amuses me to no end. I could drink this nectar until I couldn't drink no more - probably sooner rather than later, given its strength and silly retail price - truly a beer to be sampled for the bored and/or IPA-inclined.

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Photo of brentk56
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

7 oz bottle (no date stamp)

Note - the ingredients are very different from the ones listed (Crystal 40, Chocolate and proprietary Rogue malts; Alluvial and Williamette Hops)

Appearance: Pours a cloudy burnt orange color, the cap building from the base up (like a stout on nitro) and then settling into a pancake on top of the liquid; leaves a few strands of lacing behind

Smell: Stone fruit and caramel with a piney tone

Taste: Caramel, stone fruit and a hint of chocolate, up front, with building earthy and piney hop flavors in the middle; every one of the 58 IBUs is discernable, after the swallow, though the fruity caramel and and chocolate malt flavors return to balance out the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation; a little flabby on the tongue

Overall: I generally dislike Imperial Reds, but I found the malt flavors on this one very complex and well balanced by the hops Rogue selected to pair with them; expensive (at $5 for 7 oz) but worth a try

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Photo of largadeer
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this by the bottle and on tap many times, and it's one of my favorite IPAs. Murky yellow/orange-colored, opaque, great head retention. Extremely aromatic; hops, pine, and citrus dominate the nose. The flavor is incredibly hoppy with just enough malt to strike a balance, and a pleasant citrusy undertone. Crisp mouthfeel with just a touch of oiliness.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Daalamar: Poured a deep and cloudy brown color ale with a small foamy head that disappeared quite quickly. Aromas of citrus hops is quite powerful and dominate most of the aroma. Taste is a mix between sweet malt and a load of hops that provide a citrus and quiet extreme bitter finish. Body is way above average and I love the fact that this is unfiltered. Great IIPA that I wouldn’t mind cellaring a few of those.

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Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, orange color with a two-finger, off-white head that left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of citrus and pine. There was also a burnt toast maltiness.

T - It tasted very bittersweet. Citrus and roasted malt flavors were balanced and quite nice.

M - It was very crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer but fairly easy-drinking despite its high ABV.

D - It is tasty but considering the price I'd rather grab a Great Divide Hercules DIPA (just to name one).

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New, smaller bottle picked up at Total Wine in Alexandria. Served in a tulip.

Pours brings forth a moderately-hazed light orange beer with a single-finger white head with pretty good retention. Some spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Nose is a bit laid back with a mild tangerine and tropical character along with a bit of sweet malt. The taste adds a bit more hop bite with a front-end bitterness followed by some fruity character and a bit of malty sweetness. The finish is slightly alcoholic. Moderate level of bitterness for the style; fairly-full body. Drinks fairly well, though it's not anything too special. I will say that I love the small bottles and I'd love to see more breweries go to this for stronger, yet widely-available, offerings.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in 2010. Pours hazy and cloudy orange amber color with a small dense khaki head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap. Some spotty lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big pine, orange zest, grapefruit, floral, herbal, caramel, and honey like sweetness; with a bit of booze. Pretty nice aromas here with good strength. Taste of big orange rind, pine, grapefruit, caramel, spiciness, herbal, and a bit of honey. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pine, spices, orange, and caramel on the finish for a while. Good balance of flavors; with pretty smooth drinking, but it is still a sipper at 9.5%. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a warming on the finish present. Overall this is a damn nice DIPA despite not being a fresh bottle. Nice and citrusy flavor profile. I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of nickfl
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Two finger white head with very good retention and excellent lace on a hazy orange body.

S - Hoppy grapefruit aroma with significant malt backing it up.

T - Strong citrus and floral hop flavors up front. Noticeable alcohol sweetness and warmth helps to balance the hops. Moderate malt with some fruity yeast notes and a bit of caramel and roast malt flavor in the middle. The finish is dry and bitter with some woodiness and a hint of tobacco.

M - Thick, chewy body with moderate carbonation. Somewhat astringent.

D - Reasonably drinkable with a nice, strong hop character. The yeast fruitiness adds a nice depth to the flavor, though the malt is a bit dark for the style.

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Photo of oberon
3.38/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well had to give this a try all though I am not a hop head have heard some nice things about this brew.Pours a deep burnt orange color with a light head that leaves some nice patchy spots.Very grassy aroma with a little caramel tone.Taste is a little over the top for my taste hop wise very resiny and herbal tasting with some residual sweetness,lightly alcoholic.Now this is a very well made beer here but Iam not a huge fan of this style.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Undated 12 oz bottle - (but it must be fresh as it was only recently received at the ID distributor)! Even carefully poured I get a fairly cloudy peachy-amber body, but the everlasting frothy off-white head makes up for it! It keeps a constant 1/4" head throughout the glass and even leaves some spotty lace! The aroma suckers you into believing that you're in for a standard brew with just a hint of floral and earthy hops; but right off the bat, the first sip tells you that this is a full-throttle IPA with flavors of dried summer fruit, earthy, grassy and lightly citrusy hops, a touch of alcohol and a brooding bitterness! Ballsy! Fortunately, the carbonation has been kept to a manageable level where the perceived bitterness is more in-balance with the malt flavors. The body is medium and it's nicely creamy in the mouth. The underlying maltiness is soft, bready, and lightly honey-ish... very reminiscent of Young's SLA. Of course, there are far more hops in this one. And if the hops don't get you... the strength will! This is one of - if not THE - first Imperial IPA and it deserves recognition as such. Some newer versions of the style have taken it further, but they've lost the drinkability that this retains. Well done and highly enjoyable. Well worth seeking out.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.97/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-tap 5/15/08 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a reddish amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of strong floral hops and citrus fruits, along with some caramelized malts.

T: The taste is very well-balanced between pleasantly intense flavors of hops bitterness, fruity citrus sweetness and a hearty malt character. There's no trace of the 9.20% ABV. The after-taste is hoppy and sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Very tasty and flavorful, goes down way too easily, not too filling, strong kick, excellent representation of style, this is excellent beer to drink for as long as you are able. Once I tried this beer, I didn't want to drink anything else for the rest of the night.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.58/5  rDev -37.4%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The silk-screened label displays a mustachioed, pith helmet-wearing member of the East India Company during the British Raj, as if to remind us of the origins of this robust variation of the greatest of all beer styles, India Pale Ale (so sayeth me). I've noticed that in addition to Kent Goldings hops, I2PA contains Saaz and Cascade. Perhaps that's to honor the little known London to Munich to Portland to Bombay trade route.

Perfectly clear, resplendent, tangerine peel orange. The occasional speck-like bubble rises in slow motion to an orange-tinted, cream colored head. The pitting foam is creamydense and is leaving a solid circumferential sheet of minutely speckled lace on the pint glass. A beautiful, classic look.

The wonderfully citrusy, tropical fruity nose is spritzing estery hop goodness into the immediate atmosphere. There's also a brassy, grounded, I-mean-business component to the aroma that lets me know that I'm dealing with a DIPA. Not much actual malt though... thank goodness. I had little doubt before popping the cap that I was gonna like this one; now any trace of doubt is all but extinguished.

Yowza! The malt structure is more than solid. Hell, it's constructed with steel I-beams. Big flavor on a big body. The beer is modestly sweet with an uncompromisingly full body that is lightened a little by a greater than expected amount of carbonation. A firm headbutt of bitter hoppiness is kept in check by malt and incompletely masked alcohol. I can't say that I appreciate Saaz per se, but there is a floral note to the hoppiness that must be due to the Bavarian stowaway.

Rogue Imperial Pale Ale is a little too malty and a little light on over-the-top hoppiness for me. It is, however, a full-throttle, unapologetic DIPA that wears its heart on its sleeve. I could make a few suggestions (chuck the Saaz overboard), but on second thought, it's fine the way it is. A distinctive version and a very good one.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Had on tap at Fins.

A: The beer was a rather clear orange color with a nice white head on top, about 1/2 finger in height, rather thick with good retention. Thin lacing.

S: Orange rind, orange, lemon zest, pineapple and some pine dominate the aroma. There is a little bit of grainy and bready malt to balance things slightly.

T: Rather bitter with plenty of pine and citrus fruits, similar to the aroma. The pine is greater on the flavor profile and the fruits take a back seat, compared to the aroma.

M: Medium to full bodied, a little slick. Very bitter finish.

O: A pretty good IIPA, glad I tried it on tap because the bottle price isn't really worth it IMO.

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Photo of russpowell
4.61/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightlty hazy deep bronze with a 1 finger deep off white head from the beautiful black ceramic swing top bottle. A slight oily viscosity (sp) look is there,

S: Grapefruit hops & breadyness, very nice!

T: Intense grapefruitty hops & piney hops up front, followed a nice doughy bready/malt presence. A little warming alcohol creeps in as it warms. Finishes hoppy, warming & slightlty malty

MF: Low carbonation, medium-bodied & almost oily from all the hops!

Pretty drinkable for the the abv & crazy hops profile, that just begs you to drink more. Still a overpriced by a few bucks IMO, one of the better offerings from this brewery that I've had so far. Some day I must visit Oregon!

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another new one on tap at Barley's this weekend. Poured a hazy burnt orange with a nice off white head. Some good lacing. Smell was hop heaven. Deep citrus and opiney hops, lots of orange and pineapple tones. The taste was a bit harsh, strong. Lots of hot alcohol present, as it warmed it calmed down some. Smooth, not slimy feel, with decent carbonation. Overall this was a nice imperial IPA and was pretty good on tap. Very strong which cuts down on the drinkability a bit, but otherwise a very fine ale.

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Photo of smcolw
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange amber with a touch of cloudiness. Two finger long-lasting beige head. The lace is spotty but sticky.

Clean floral hop aromas. Fresh! Reminds me of the smells in a brew shop.

Hoppity do da. Nice dry aftertaste with a strong lingering hop bitter bite. The malt is creamy and "round". Light cream like richness, with a low level of carbonation. Goes down real smooth...I cannot detect any high alcohol levels (despite the 9.2% abv)...could be dangerous.

Excellent IPA. While I question the price ($15.95 for 750ml) value relationship, this is still a superior IPA. I will likely buy another bottle, so the price can't be that high. ;-)

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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 womencantsail
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A very cloudy golden color with a fluffy white head and lots of lacing.

S: Pine on top of pine and citrus on top of citrus. A bit of malt in there somewhere (somehow). This is what an IIPA should smell like.

T: More citrus than I would have expected from the nose, but still plenty of pine and resin in there. A bit of malt rounds it out.

M: Great body, nice carbonation on this which I'm not all that used to with this style, but it's very pleasant.

D: You wouldn't think this beer wouldn't be all that drinkable given the ABV and the pure amount of hoppiness, but it's fantastic. My only problem is that this beer is $15-16 a pop.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a very orangy copper. I2PA is unfiltered and therefire hazy. Head is large and thick, with an excellent retention. The aroma is mostly of strong citrusy hops with a light underlying malt character. Taste is also dominated by citrusy hops, though not as bitter as I thought a double IPA would be, maybe the beer has sat for a while and mellowed out some. The hop flavor is joined by a sizable dark maltiness. Very flavorful throughout with the hops taking centerstage, however this seemed a little light in bitterness for a double IPA. This is something I could easily drink and drink often.

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