XS Imperial India Pale Ale | Rogue Ales

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XS Imperial India Pale AleXS Imperial India Pale Ale
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XS Imperial India Pale AleXS Imperial India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American 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 kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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 Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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 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 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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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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 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 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 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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Photo of paulish
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vfgccp
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A – Rich, auburn orange. Almost like a 1:3 mix of ice tea and orange Gatorade. Firm white head holds up with nice retention and lace.

S – Soft orange, lemon, nectarine, and fresh bread. Light booze on the back end. Residual impression of yellow raisins.

T – Boozy with a harsh lemon and herbal bitterness up front. Light, almost wart-like sweetness with hazelnuts mid profile. Rolling, bitter lemon pith note through the finish.

M – Medium body with nice carbonation. Bright bitterness throughout. Net-sweet finish.

O – Rogue balances the alcohol in this DIPA with an aggressive level of bitterness. If you like bright, alpha-hop bombs this brew is for you.

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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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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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