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

Poured a hazy golden orange color. Small foamy off white head. Noticeable carbonation and some suspended particles. Not much lace but coated the glass all the way down. Smells of hops...duh!
Citrusy/floral with some grassiness and a soapy nuance. Sweet malt and some fruit(apricot,peaches) were also there.
Big sweet malt backbone. Tangy fruit in the middle and an aggresive hop bitterness in the finish that lingered for quite a while.
The hops flavors were citrus, floral, earth, pepper and resin. Had that soapy aftertaste that I don't care for too much. Noticeable alcohol. A bit unbalanced.
Full bodied with a viscous oily mouthfeel and a nice amount of carbonation. There was a pepper burn in the back of the throat. Lots of good things here, but just enough off things to hurt the drinkibility.

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Photo of mschofield
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-amber with a white film, laces in thin webs.
(A bit darker from the bottle and cloudier, also poured with a tan two finger head.)
Strong hops in the aroma, citrus, spicy lemon, cedar, earthy, apple, some sweet light malt.
In the taste the citrus (grapefruit) hop stands out above the rest, a bit of toast but it cannot stand up to the hops.
Medium-full, smooth and bitter, oily, and it will warm you up.

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

This poured to a bright orange, but it sure is solid! The head and lace are minimal but present.

The taste is almost floral yet very bitter. All things considered, it's still very well balanced. This is a very well done, even if it's a bit extreme. I'm really suprised by the alcohol content; this beer tastes potent but it hides its percentage very well. The mouthfeel is outright luxurious.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Pop The Cap get-together in Raleigh.

Like your favorite book or movie, this one is always nice to re-visit. I've forgotten just how much I love this beer. The cloudy orange color and the head, the excellent nose of spicy, fruity, pine-cone hops. Flavor is so wonderful. Well-balanced, with the ABV kicking in at the end to let you know what you're dealing with. Huge mouthfeel. Dinkability? Hell yeah! Which explains why I had quite a few glasses of this last night. I could drink this anytime.

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

Brew came in a 12 oz brown bottle and has some nice information on the side, plato, IBU, Lovibond and apparent attenuation.

Poured to a to a hazy orange color with what looked like a lot of suspension of sediment (maybe I am crazy?) in the brew? Had a nice fluffy two finger head off-white/tan head that broke down slowly and lead to very nice lacing through out the entire brew.

The aromas of this brew are very nice, can definitely notice the strong essence of hops containing Floral, Citrus, and Spicy notes. Also as this brew warms you can notice more and more a punchy alcohol aroma.

This brew is good! Nice tasting brew with a medium carbonation that is smooth, a very nice mouthfeel. This beer is on the bitter side to say the least, very citrus in taste with some spice. Can also notice a very nice malt flavor that seemed to keep in check the hop flavors even though they were still pronounced! As the brew warmed I was able to notice more and more of a alcohol taste that goes along with what I experienced with the aromas of this brew!

This is one heck of a brew! Very strong with great balance, an incredible experience. Could drink a few of these in one setting but I know I would be in big trouble! Can’t wait to try this one on tap!

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Photo of waughbrew
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was shocked at how much I liked this on draft considering that I found it almost undrinkable a year ago out of a bottle. Perhaps it has improved or the bottle was not in good shape.

Looks great, a glowing gold with a large creamy head with huge retention and lacing. Smell is of powerful American hop pellets, some crushed aspirin, a bunch of light fruits, and some sweetness. Taste follows through in similar fashion, but a big bitterness balances this beer surprisingly well considering the amount of malt that goes into it. Feel is heavy but nice. Great!

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Photo of granger10
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It poured a glowing orange color with a creamy white head. Smell was very citric and bitter. The flavor was extremely hoppy. Cascade hop taste which was extremely bitter. Lots and lots of grapefruit. But where is the body? Very thin and no backbone to this beer. It needs something else, maybe some malt? Just too over the edge without a counterpart. It still was good, just not quite the level I had hoped for such a touted beer.

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Photo of scottum
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in too small a glass at Anam Cara in Brookline.

Yummy! So this is the beer that began the Imperial IPA madness... wow. Nice and huge hoppy, but a very well balanced huge hoppy which makes mouth oh so happy hoppy. Mouthfeel is wonderful and I wish the glass never ended, but alas.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.77/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew is a cloudy redish/brown color, with a small, bubbly cream-colored head topping it off. It smells like a grown-room, major hop presence. The taste is very oily, massive dose of hops, but they are not overbearing. The alcohol is well integrated within the beer, but noticeable. A very smooth beer, especially when you take into consideration the alcohol content. A must try.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.17/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Rather clear deep golden apperance with a thin white head. Aroma is very intense, filled with grapefruit flavors together with flowery cascade, citrus and heavy malt. Huge intensity in mouth with ton of grapefruit once again. Tart maple hints and warming alcohol (I wouldn't guess 10.3% as it was indicated though) grassy flowery finish. Very bitter feeling attacking form the first sip. My cold is doing much better, thanks Rogue! Thin-medium body. An extreme example, but you already know that. Cheers The_Beer_God!

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Photo of 99bottles
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at KClinger's over the Christmas break. I thought I had lost my notes, but they resurfaced and so, I'm going to try to piece them into a review. I recall this was served in a mini pilsner glass, probably 10 or 12 ounces, and after 2 or 3 of them I can see why. This beer is a gorgeous orange color, with a bright white head that sticks, but eventually fades. I imagine it retains better when taken from a bottle. Anyway, the smell is HUGE. Strong pine smell, some sourness, and even alcohol. In the smell. The first taste is awesome. The big hop blend sticks out and is obviously the focal point of the brew. Grapefruit or some other really citric taste from the incredible hop prescence. There is a real slick feel to the beer itself, and rich malt is discernible while the beer is held in the mouth. Swallow and take a breath, and it disappears as the hops bubble out into a smooth a lengthy aftertaste. This is really good stuff. I think Imperial IPAs might be my new favorite style, but I need to try the other contenders before I can really say. I really liked this, I wish it was more available. Oh, and watch out if you have a good supply on hand. The alcohol is there, and it will roll right over you. Awesome beer.

$17 for a growler, and worth every penny. I love this beer.

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Photo of ark57
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It is a beautiful cloudy orange-copper and thin head. The aroma has a lot of hop character with herbal and minty notes and some grainy sweetness. The bitterness is up front, which I like, but I never get much of the malt. I find the body too thin for the amount of hops. I realize that it is supposedly to be skewed towards bitterness, but I do not find it to be as enjoyable as say 3F Dreadnaught. The hop profile and flavor are great, I just wish there was a little more body (and it doesn't need to be much) to stand up to the extreme bitterness.

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Photo of jonnylieberman
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Hops. You smell this beer and you smell hops. Nothing else. Just hops.

The taste is basically hops. There is a small malt presence, which is nuts considering how much malt is in the beer (20 plato). Hops, hops, hops and hops. Oh, and grapefruit. This guy really tastes of grapefruit. Rind, even. Makes you want to gleek. Actually, it tastes better as it warms. the malt breaks through a little bit.

Mouthfeel is the real treat, just about perfect. medium-heavy.

Um, if you like sitting around eating raw hops, this is your beer. For me, one is plenty good. Very interesting brew, just not quaffable in any quantity.

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Photo of Billolick
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, Pours a brilliant, slightly hazy orange. With very tight, tiny bubbles and nice lacing going on. Oh yeah -this is the good stuff! Hoppy, alcohol note nose. Crisp and clear on the palate, Maris otter malt, gives it that "biscuityness" that Garrett Oliver loves to note in fine beers. Some sweetness acknowledged , but then a crunching, astringent blast of citrus, and piney hops. A LONG smooth finsh. This is strong stuff, but the brewing was done well and this is one well worth seeking out.

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Photo of stirgy
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer looks mediocre enough in the glass – Golden orange, hazy and dull, thinning head with a fair amount of bubbles sticking to the side of the glass. The aroma is a pretty intense experience. There’s an array of things detectable here - sweet orange cordial, Tripel Sec, alcohol spice, apple, pear, sweet ripe grapefruit and something like a pile of wet musty leaves on a wet lawn. I like it.

As for the taste – BOOM! An unexpected power punch of syrupy tangy malts and a shocking bitterness. The first sip actually gave me the “whiskey shutter”, Brrr… It’s almost like an ultra strong and bitter iced green tea. The intense malts and strong hops team up well together.

The mouthfeel is full bodied and fruity, and finishes with a grapefruit rind bitterness. Becomes softer as it warms, pleasantly warming and delicious. A powerfully assertive ale to say the least with an almost eye watering intensity. It was worth seeing the face my girlfriend made when I gave her a sip and told her “It’s sweet, you might like this….”

This might just be the Incredible Hulk of ales. Where’s that Dreadnaught?

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a rich amber color with a thin but lasting eggshell white head. Quick lacing. The aroma is of course very hoppy, along with some citrus and pine. The body is rich and a little oily at first with a burst of hops that mellows out nicely as the glass progresses. The woody hops flavor never becomes overpowering. There is also a light malt presence here and there. The finish is nicely dry and crisp, making this an enjoyable Imperial IPA from start to finish.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - moderate pour into a Belgian glass gets only a thin orange-tinted covering of suds. Cloudy dark orange beer with noticeable sediment within. Neat orange tones go well with the orange demon guy on the Maudite glass.

Aroma - fruit, floral, citrus, all indicators that significant hop levels lie straight ahead. Diminishes somewhat after the pour, glad I got a good sniff up front.

Taste - there may well be malt in the ingredient list, but I find precious little evidence of them with my taste buds. It's all hops. In fact, there are several layers of hop presence. First, that fruit loopy kind of orange-lemon taste, a little like the Two Hearted ale, but that is replaced by carbonation and hop bitterness right away. The raw bitterness clears and re-emerges as a mellow grapefruit rind bite in the aftertaste. That intensifies to a dry, very bitter ending with some citrusy vapors coming out as the beer warms. Rogue obviously intends for the I2PA beer reviews to center on the hops, so why be difficult? Lots of fun to taste and drink.

Mouthfeel - some oiliness, but stays bubbly and light enough in the mouth to keep the bitter hop flavor focused.

Drinkability - this is high quality stuff and one of the best IPA's I've had in quite a while. The abv is certainly up there, but it doesn't matter as I'm drinking these at home, so I'll have as many as time allows.

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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 CortexBomb
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a lovely deep gold colour with plenty of head and carbonation. Smell was a strong waft of hops, as expected for the style, and quite welcome.

The exceptional hoppiness carried over to the flavour, with some definite citrus tones which decided to hang around long after each sip along with a fair amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thick for an IPA, I guess that's where it gains the 'double' at :-) while the drinkability on this is great for such a high alcohol content, like others I was shocked at the flavour given the number!

A fine IPA from the folks at Rogue, and a welcome sight in my hand most any day.

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

I'm reading my notes off of a coaster so they are curving a bit. All right. This IPA had an orange/gold color. There was a big creamy head and good lace. The aroma had a nice hop bouquet and was pretty citrusy (grapefruit). It had a big fresh grapefruit taste with some malty sweetness. There was a good hop bite. The finish was bitter, dry and a little astringent. This is an intense beer but it is by no means overpowering and this is from someone who is not a great fan of IPAs. This beer is loaded with good hop flavors and a decent alcohol content. All you need is one (all right maybe two) and you are going to be a bit mellow with a lot of good aftertastes to reflect on.

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a beer that I have been craving for months and months, and finally arrived at my local. I suffered a bit of sticker shock when I realized that the going price for this beer is about $4 for a 12-ounce bottle. Even as a broke college student, you have to splurge occasionally.

This beer pours out an inconspicious copper-amber, with a healthy head that needed coaxing from a strong pour. I was quite surprised by the nose of the beer, for among the strong medicinal hop odor, there was an amazing amount of rich and malty tones. I figured that this beer would be exemplary in its lop-sidedness. Foreshadowing.

This beer is shocking hoppy. Unlike some high-gravity IPAs, there is no sickly sweetness associated with the hop-fuhrer (i'm looking at you, DFH 120!). I am amazed by the hop selection, pairing saaz up with cascade - a salad bowl of flavors that go together well, but refuse to blend together. This beer is absolutely bitter - don't let its only "relatively" high IBUs fool you.

The hops call you into this beer like a refreshing body of water. Looking at the surface, you expect the water to be warm and shallow. Once you are in, you realize that the water is violent and the pool is deep. This beers' bitterness leaves you with a hop mustache - you'll smell the hops on your lips for awhile. Watch out - I had no idea of ABV before drinking this beer and I was flailing around like a freshman sorority sister!

A must have, especially when you realize this beer is aged before you even get it.

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Photo of jackndan
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I Dub P A from Rogue, from a twelve ounce bottle: smells wonderful, very floral hops dominate the smell. Orange colored beer, with a thin skim of a head on top. There are substantial sediments in the brew. The taste is very mush floral/fruity hops, not bitter at all, almost sweet. The taste and aroma make a fine combination, leaving an overall fine beer. The color is orange and the dominant taste is orange as well. Nice clean finish. Fairly nice.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
3.57/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel Tulip. Color was a very hazy and glowing orange ruby, like a fruit nectar. The head was negligable. The beer had an excellent complex of citrus hop notes, with an underlying sweet banana-like maltiness. I did not detect any alcohol at this point. The taste however, seemed off in balance and rhthym. A rather unpleasant alcohol-like bitterness hit at the back and sides of the tounge right off. The bitterness wasn't strong, as I do enjoy high IBU beer, but rather it was just not right for some reason. Nothing tasty lingered on the palate after a taste, just that same off bitterness. Another problem was the lack of proper maltiness...a balancing feature that is more pronounced with other imperial IPAs. The malt is there, but doesn't express itself enough. The mouthfeel was also not as smooth and full enough for an imperial IPA, and felt flat though it appeared to be carbonated to some extent. The drinkability suffered for the above reasons. Not a bad beer, but overall a rather disappointing imperial IPA.

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Photo of Crosling
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I Have been wanting to sample this for awhile now and finally found it in Boulder. One of my favorite silk screen bottles that any brewery offers. That blue is just cool as hell!

Pours with a hazy orange glow and a moderate sized white head that faded slowly but laced up pretty well. Sediment on the bottle of the glass looks subtle and appetizing.

Smells nice with lots of sharp citrus notes, some juicy ripe plums and quite the alarming scent of alcohol. This smells really nice even after an hour of just sitting in the glass.

Very complex and flavorful. This really is an excellent IPA. It has such a vast array of diverse flavors and they blend so well together. Pretty malty but the hops seem to balance with each phase of the sip. Has a lot of grapefruit with pine and other sweet ripe fruits. Very bitter as well especially on the finish. Immensely flavorful. There is something near the finish in this beer that just satisfies me. I can't really describe it but it tastes really good.

As for this being above 10%, you would never know! I was stunned when I found out as the alcohol is hidden very well.

Rogue has yet to disappoint.

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Photo of twilight
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled 12 oz. bottle in an imperial pint glass. The beer poured an amber orange-ish color into the glass with a rapidly dissipating head. It sure looked pretty, but a bit naked without a head. The aroma had hints of hops, but was also pleasantly and slightly sour.

Unfortunately, it was not the beer I had expected it to be. It is sweet and malty, with a complex but sadly subtle hop flavor. Again, the taste was ever so slightly sour, but not in the 'beer gone bad' way. More along the lines of the sensory experience sourness. A slightly hoppy aftertaste, but not particularly strong.

It took me a while to finish this beer, as it is quite heavy, but still dangerously drinkable. Thankfully, the heaviness keeps one from overindulging.

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XS Imperial India Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
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