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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 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 phishgator
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the first Double IPA that I ever had. And it still stands the test of time. The aroma can be savoured for hours and the brew can only get better as it warms. Alcohol is present and after one, its felt. Big bodied, so it takes from the mouthfeel. The bitterness is pushing the envelope! The hops are the center piece to this puzzle! This is my favorite Double IPA.

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Photo of mynie
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark orange from a 12 ounce bottle with a nice, tight head. Normally when I say a beer is "orange" I mean it's just a shade of yellow bordering on orange--but this bad boy is blood red orange.

Smells of incredibly harsh hops along with incredibly harsh pacman yeast. It's like one of them Magic Eye puzzles, only for the nose. The more you smell, the more things seems to pop out of nowhere. Bread. The icing on a birthday cake. Yeast. Grapefruit. Fantastic.

Malt upfront, hops in the middle and back. Yeast all throughout. The malt is yeasty, of course, with distinct nodes of bread and biscuit. The hops are alternate sour and bitter, grapefruint and orange rhind. Wonderful.

Wow wow wow wow wow. It's like the best part of all my favorite Rogues has been condensed into its powdered form--a shot right into your veins that fucks you up for days. Freebasing is more intense.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark orange in colour with minimal carbonation. The aroma is hoppy, mainly herbal/grassy with only a hint of orange/grapefruit. There’s also a bit of an alcohol note to it as well. Big mouth-coating malty flavor’s dominate. It’s quite bread like, with a nice strong hop presence. The hops are there and are powerful, but still retain a nice mellow balance. A very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of kpantz
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Executive Summary: A great, great IIPA, but not all I had hoped for. Still like DFH 90 a little better.

Poured a pretty, hazy orange with a thin head that refused to completely quit. Nose was citrus with a good hop aroma to balance it.

Taste: This was where my excitement waned a bit. First sip was very, very pleasing. Sweet to start, and a good hop character all around. Noticed the alcohol taste more and more as I worked my way through each ounce, especially as the beer warmed up in the glass. My suggestion - if you're not in the mood for that alcohol flavor, keep this puppy cool.

Mouthfeel: Terrific. Medium thickness with an ideal carbonation level for this style.

Drinkability: Meh. Not a session brew. Then again, most sessions with IIPAs are pretty short, anyway!

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Photo of ypsifly
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a painted, undated 12oz into a tulip.

Hazy orange with lots of carbonation that supports a tall white head that doesn't die and clings tenaciously to the glas as it goes down.

The smell is grapefruit/hops, sweet malts and a whiff of alcohol. Strong smelling overall.

The taste is a quick, but rich, note of the malts into a serious dose of hops. This one is for serious hopheads. The dry/bitter aspects of the taste are almost too much, but its a fun "once in a while sipper". Almost stout like in the mouthfeel.

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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 baiser
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, peachy colour, with a whitish head. Explosion of hop aromas, full of fruit and zestiness. Taste was sweet, bitter, fruity and tremendously complex. It does a number on your palate. Some herbal and tea-like qualities. Alcohol is very deceptive. Not my favourite double IPA, but a solid one at that.

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Photo of BigPapaLager
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A rogue ceramic treat. Poured an amber that was notable. I don't know the age of the beer I had, but it was on sale. There was little carbonation but a great warming came into me on a chilly night. I would love to try this beer fresh. I wish Rogue was a little closer to CT.

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Photo of Boto
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught: This one pours a somewhat orangish color, with an off-white head. There is a huge hit of hops when you take a sniff of this one. Pretty much both pine and grapefruit aromas. The taste is right up there with other Imperial IPA’s, except it struck me as being a bit harsher than some of the others, specifically Hop Wallop.

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

Cloudy gold/orange pour with a medium frothy head. Leaves a bit of sticky lace in my snifter.

Smell is bitter and strongly of hops. The Cascades really pull through fairly distinctly. Very herbal as well.

Taste is immensely hoppy with a real biting bitterness and a huge malt structure to back it up. I feel it's a little on the sweet side to go with the strong hops, but it's not too off. A real fruitiness pulls through, and the whole thing comes off as very fresh-tasting and hoppy.

Mouthfeel is just about right for a double IPA, not too syrupy, but still thick enough to get your attention. Not my favorite of the style, but pretty great.

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Photo of MarkBlackout
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. This is one of the first over-the-top IPAs I tried and has remained my favorite. Sadly they are retiring the more affordable 12oz XS brews, but I managed to pick up one for this review (and will likely go back for more). Rogue Imperial Pale Ale has substantial hop and malt character, though the hops clearly come out on top. This shit is big. I'll leave it to others to relate its nuances, but suffice to say this is one of my favorites of all time. All hail rogue.

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

Presentation: 750ml [1 Pint, 10 fl.oz.] black straight-sided black colored pseudo-Earthenware bottle which is actually a screen printed and painted ceramic botle. Supplied with a brass colored crown cap for shipment and a reusable black plastic flip top with a red washer for later...but I didn't need that!! Has an imposing appearance. The word ‘ROGUE’ runs top to bottom in a dark gunmetal gray with the letters ‘XS’ above in a lighter silver color. Imperial India Pale Ale is written in small red text.

One interesting point to note is that the reverse of the bottle has the following specs. Of 20° Plato, 53 IBU, 75AA and 13° Lovibond, whilst the Rogue Website has completely different ones, namely the same 20° Plato, 75AA and 13° Lovibond BUT….75 IBU’s !!!! …..interesting. Listed on the Website as 9.5% in the 750ml Silkscreened Ceramic Bottle, nice to see it available in more than the old “wimpy” 12oz glass bottles at last.

Appearance: Soft orange body, listed as unfiltered but dispensed perfectly clear with an ever so light looking chill haze. Immensely fine carbonation is well dissolved but a quick swirl reveals a strong conditioning and reinstates the dirty white head to a firm ¼” thick covering. Light lacing slides down the glass yet leaves some smattered patterning. Looks good.

Nose: Lots of hoppy aromas, juicy and fresh this one packs a serious hoppy forearm. Its all here, citrus zest, piney oils, hoppy bouquets, coniferous forests…..super silly hoppy nose.

Taste: I think this is by far the best part of Rogues I2PA. All of the variations of hop character possible seem to effortlessly merged together to form a highly synergistic. Sharp hop entrance soon balances out with some orange zest in the middle and a lively bitterness in the ending. I think the 9 months of aging really lends a mature well-rounded balance. Superb.

Mouthfeel: The malt is there, but like the steel re-bar in reinforced concrete it performs its task effortlessly yet adds an immense supporting strength, yet always seems to remain totally unseen. Dry and bitter with a creamy feel at times. Clean, yet decidedly powerful.

Drinkability: Lusciously hoppy and fruity, doesn’t suffer from the oily feel so many I-IPA’s do, it remains balanced and damn quaffable.

Overall: A solid brew and a great example of the style. A tad pricey but you pays for the quality here for sure. A great brew but given the price this is still a once-in-a-while purchase for me. A supreme I-IPA and a definitive example of the style.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The first sip was a kick in the chops. Pours a very pale gold in color with hardly any head to speak of. Nose was of Christmas trees and citrus. The taste is a burst of alcohol. However, after I adapted to it I noticed the yeast and malts were very nicely balanced. Also, included were strong citrus and plenty of spice. Love the Pacman yeast. Gotta learn how to culture the stuff for my home brew. Mouthfeel is not as carbonated as I expected. A bit below the norm I thinl. However it finished very crisp and full of flavor.

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Photo of BeerFink
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy golden honey color with a huge helping of aromatic white frothy head. The rocky head sticks around like a mofo on this one. The color is a little light for a IIPA, but the head makes up for it. Nose contains some really nice floral esters, along with some citrous. Taste is crisp and clean. Citrous hops are very prickly on the tongue, backed by some bready, slightly toasty malts. Clean hops really come through on this one. Some of the IIPAs go over the top, where the hops become spicy and salty. This ale stays true to what makes me a hophead. Slightly dry and bitter to the last, a dream come true for hopheads. Alcohol is very well hidden, but comes through as a warming in the belly. Mouthfeel is pretty full, not too far one way or the other. Definitely one hell of an IPA if you are a fan of the style.

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

Pours a creamy copper with a white head that is a bit foamy and leaves some nice lacing down the sides of the glass. I can tell this is one thick beer.

Smell: HOPS! then fruity bready greatness.

Enters the mouth with a smooth malt fruit presence, citrusy lemony hop bite and a fruity finish once again. Malt and hops are well blended and the alcohol character is strong but smooth. Finishes fruity once again.

Medium to heavy bodied, thick big delicious beer... Drinkable despite its bigness.
I'm buzzed after 3 sips!

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Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one-finger cream head that fades quickly leaving a some lace. Cloudy amber color. Strong hoppy nose with some sweetness. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Starts and finishes with a strong hop, malty and sweet flavor. Slight bitter aftertaste. This is an IPA that is in your face - not bad. Pricey - $3.45 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.

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

Pours a cloudy copper color with a small white head that sticks all over the glass. Aroma is mild, but funky, with definite fruit overtones blending with some citrus from the hops. The taste is an all-out hop assault: bitter, piney, and with a nice citrus note on top. As the hops fade, you can make out a bit more of the fruit in the nose as well as some maltiness, all of which is backed by a pleasant alcohol warmth. The finish is more of the hops bitterness with a just a hint of fruit and caramel that fades in fairly short order. Mouthfeel is good, although I might prefer a little less carbonation and a little more body for the style. A great sipping beer (incredible with spicy food), and enough to satisfy any hophead.

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Photo of loganmule
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is mid amber, and as one would expect from an unfiltered brew, cloudy, with free floating sediment residue.

The beer poured out with very little head that quickly dissipated, a surprise in view of the carbonation level...maybe a bit too chilled and alcohol content at work.

Smell was very good. Caramel, very mild citrus, but sweet and well balanced.

I'm still trying to get my hands around the taste. It followed a mouthfeel that was not unduly thick, and quite fizzy from all the carbonation. There's a nicely balanced sweetness offfsetting the hops, and although there is the typical dry bitter finish of an imperial IPA, it didn't linger or offend.

Very drinkable in my opinion. As I'm sitting here finishing my only bottle, I'm wishing I had another to open. Lovers of IPA's will certainly enjoy this one.

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Photo of SupaCelt
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A viscous, orange, highly carbonated and vastly clouded Imperial Pale Ale. The whopper head rose up in nuclear fashion, dribbling over the edge. This was from a low powered poor. A bit overzealous with the head. After the glass was filled up midway with foam, the head retention was good. It took five minutes to recede to a drinkable height! The glass was spackled by decent lacing with beached chunks of crud from the unfiltered heartiness imbedded in the shit. There is a copious amount of funk floating around getting pelted with rising bubbles from the super grandiose carbonation armada. This looks like a meal. Watch the head! Looks really fabulous.

Smells of sweetness. Grapefruit citric scent, fruity fructose sweetness as well. Smells a bit singed and piney. Bitterness and alcohol can be sensed. Malt jumps out in open mouthed sniffing. Smells good and dry.

The taste is super dry and bitter. Has a nearly gin-like finish due to the combination of huge hopping and alcohol content. This is a bitter ass beer. Mouthfeel is full and fizzy and bittering. I had to chew the last swallow. I can't really say this had a balance between anything because it was all hops. It ain't supposed to be. The most malt I taste is in my belches. I do like the bitter and dry aspects. These are what I expected. And I like the warm and fuzzies this throws off. This is quite a character.

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

12 Fl. OZ.
Unfiltered and Unfined
100% Floor Malted Maris Otter Pale Malt; Cascade, Saaz & Kent Golding Hops. Free Range Coastal Water and Top Fermenting Pacman Yeast, No Chemicals, Preservatives or Additives.

75 AA 13 L

Glancing through the bottle, there’s a reasonable fog of sediment on the bottom.

Appearance – cloudy orange yellow; particulates roam about; head is marginal; reasonable lace; at the big abv, I expect this

Smell – spicy; a fruity combination that I have never smelled before; honey; some caramel and grain; the scent makes my mouth water; much sweeter than the taste

Taste – what a solid interwoven hop and malt experience; honey; spicy

Mouthfeel – snappy zing from the hops; carbonation dances on the palette from start to finish; crisp, lightly stinging afterfeel; dry end

Drinkability – sit back and relish; there’s no need to rush; what a beautiful smell/taste combo

This is one hell of a brew. Pow! This is the real deal.

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Photo of budsboy
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, light amber with a thin but sticky white head.

Piney, citrussy hoppy aroma as you would expect, but there's a hint of bread-like maltiness there too.

Interesting malt flavor comes through at first, surprising me a bit. I expected hops on top of hops with a hops bite on both ends. And there is a powerful citrus hop flavor, big and round. But there's more to it than that. An almost smoky flavor accompanies the carmel malt that exists just below the hop surface.

Smooooth and wonderful in the mouth. Inviting and full.

Good stuff, easy to drink. Probably not for the hop hater, but anybody else ... go buy some.

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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 scottbrew4u
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love the Rogue painted bottles and this was another good example. Once out of the bottle, this beer had a nice looking white head and the smell of american hops was crisp and inviting.
The clarity was brilliant and the color was pale amber. Flavor had more to it than I expected. Of course refreshing hop bitterness and citrus flavors sting the tongue at first but as I noticed the more I tasted the more the malt porfile stood out. It proved to be in better balance than most imperial IPA's and the lightly toasted malt flavors were quite welcomed by my taste buds.
Overall a refreshing and warming beer to be enjoyed by the hop lover or non-hop head both.

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

from wheatland distributors, lancaster, pa

rich orange-amber with poofy, sudsy head that descends with some rings around the glass. purdy
grassy and piney hop aromas (i recognize the ek goldings from my last homebrew) with citrus and some saaz spiciness on the tongue. not overpowering, but dominant. there's some great malt sweetness—toffee or something—that lingers behind the hops

so good. not the overbearing hop experience of ruination, but enough to please any hophead

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XS Imperial India Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 1,253 ratings
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