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

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Photo of jimmah120
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

little 7oz shorty, bottled in 2010

Pours a hazy brown-gold, small film-like head with poor lacing. Smell is sweet biscuity malt with floral citrus hops, some alcohol also. Well balanced smell. The taste is like any aged DIPA- great. Bitter up front, with sweet malt being the next most prominent, then a series of hops: grapefruit, pine, and a lot of juicy citrus. Great tasting double. Only problem is the alcohol isn't very well hid, showing up in both the nose and the taste.

Great Imperial IPA, different than a lot of the others, but not something I'd seek out again because of the price point.

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Photo of BelgiumBill
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring the 7oz bottle into a narrow Ommegang tulip glass showed off a deeply hazed amber orange brew with a very thin off white head head that quickly faded to a thin ring with some large bubbles about. A swirl brought up some more foam and released piney floral and some tropical fruit butterscotch fragrances which were not overwhelming.

The liquid gave me flavors of piney floral eucalyptus, lavendar, and some ripe citrus like grapefruit following up in the back half.

The mouthfeel was very nice because of the great balance between all the flavors. It was no huge hop bomb to conceal all the floral and herbaceous flavors. Viscous and provided a nice coating in the mouth.

Overall, very good, but not huge which was ok with me. I picked it up on sale at Total Wine for $2.99 for the 7oz bottle.

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Photo of Mounty4Life
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big ceramic bottle I got at gateway grill....had dust on top so never usually a good sign with ipa
Odd for dipa, major bubbles and cloudy as my homebrew. Second glass had lots of sediment and yeast on bottom real earthy...small head with decent lacing
Grapefruit pine and big alcohol surge in finish
For high gravity ipa didn't have bite but great hop finish not soon to be forgotten
Goes down smoothly and give huge hop burst in finish Med. Bodied. With a little chewed ending for those willing to devour it all! If not for high price tag would love to enjoy more...

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Photo of Chaney
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 7oz. bottle of this stuff into a DFH Alehouse snifter that must have held about 30 ounces of beer. Talk about weird looking....

A: The appearance was an extremely murky, sludgy, gold color, which was obviously unfiltered. The head was almost solid white and stained the glass with stretched, stringy cotton as the brew was siphoned.

S: This smelled VERY much like Dreadnaught: Lots of grapefruit, but with a malt bill to match and almost exceed that. I got a bit of "POM" Lychee green tea scent in there as well.

T: Yep.... once again, this is about as close to Dreadnaught as I've ever tasted (or am I imagining things?). Quite a bit of booze in there, but in this case, I would describe it as candy-coated alcohol. Underneath the citrus, I got a distinct pomegranate flavor as well.

M: Thick, but without being syrupy at all. Because my snifter was so big, I had a lot of fun watching the liquid ooze across the glass like honey. Needless to say, the lacing was fairly substantial.

O: I really enjoyed this one and I'm genuinely conflicted about the serving size. Once one hand, because the bottles are so small, Rogue is able to bottle this world class brew and keep the cost low without putting much of a dent in my sobriety. Additionally, I remember that when this was sold in a ceramic bomber, the price was upwards of $20! On the other hand though, I enjoyed this so much that I wish I had more.

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Photo of ChBass
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a 7 oz. bottle at Goebel's in Wichita, KS. Was bottled in 2010.

Beer is a beautiful hazy golden, with lots of tiny bubbles swirling throughout. The head quickly dissipates. Good looking beer!

The nose is yeasty and sweet, like a fresh roll, with touches of citrus and bitterness from the hops. Great smell, but age has taken most of the hop aroma.

A 2-year old DIPA relies heavily on the malt and the leftover bitterness from the hops. The two are surprisingly balanced, even after all this time!

The mouthfeel is really good. Small bubbles stay in suspension, keeping the beer light and crisp.

Overall, this is a good beer, for a 2-year old DIPA. Honestly, once you've experienced what time does to hops, there's no need to age IPAs anymore. Follow the instructions from Pliny: http://bit.ly/xXv7OU

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Photo of tdm168
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at World of Beer at North Hills on 2/17/12

Poured into a small snifter. The color is bright orange with a soft white head that has little retention. The nose is very citrusy with notes of grapefruit and mango. The taste is lightly malty but the malt is quickly taken over by the hop character that is big and citrusy up front but finishes piny and very bitter. The bitterness lingers on the palate for a while. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp with just a little too much carbonation.

This was an alright DIPA. The malt was not big enough to balance the robust hop character. The hops were good though a little overly bitter and piny even for a hop head like me. I would like to see a little more balance here.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance- Served an orange -yellow color with a nice retaining head. Upon fading it gave way to a bit of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is piney and citrus hop heavy in the beginning. A bit of maltiness, with a somewhat sweet caramel aroma works its way in toward the middle of the nose. More bitter hop aromas then overwhelm the sweeter malt aroma toward the end and finish off the nose.

Taste – Bitter hops is the predominant and overarching flavor. A nice more piney and earthy heavy hop flavor hit the tongue up front and last throughout the taste experience. Some bready and caramel maltiness are present toward the middle of the taste. These again are shadowed by the overall piney hoppiness as well as some more citrus hoppiness which comes in toward the very end. Bitter; but a very nice flavor.

Mouthfeel – A middle to heavy body seem to coat the tongue with some creaminess. The slight creaminess and a moderate level of carbonation make it easy to drink.

Overall – A very nice example of a double IPA. Its bitter, strong and hoppy yet very easy to drink. A nice brew.

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

A: I like the bottle. A nice heavy ceramic bottle with a stopper top. Beer is a rich gold color with a fluffy white head that leaves circular laces down the glass. The legs on the beer are incredible...drops just stick to the sides of the glass.

S: Sweet malt with a very fragrant citrus, floral and pine hop aroma. There is a lot of depth to the hop aroma.

T: Very tasty. The sweet malt provides a great flavor for the hops to ride upon. The hop flavor in the beer is incredible....lots of citrus and pine flavors. There is also a nice floral and fruity sense to the beer. Not as bitter as I would have anticipated due to the sweet malt. There is a touch of booze flavor in the finish and a big boozy warmth.

M: A medium-heavy feel with a mellow carbonation. Adds to the drinkability of this beer.

O: It's an amazingly delicious and well crafted IPA. I was a little skeptical at first, but this beer went way beyond my expectations. I'm going back and picking up a few more of these. Definitely worth the high $ tag.

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Photo of Meerkey
2.79/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Not quite a finger of bubbly white head. Lots of bubbles. Cloudy orangey straw gold. Kind of like crystallized honey.

S: Really soapy hops. Which is sad.

T: Tons of drying hops. Also a little soapy. Really bitter and not much else. Sadly one dimensional.

M: Thin, semi flat, and honestly just not very good.

O: I love hops. And I like Rogue. But this is one dimensional and boring. It's just hops and nothing else. I'm disappointed.

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Photo of AgentMunky
2.86/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 7 ounce bottle into an Albemarle Ciderworks glass. This review will be brief, because I'm just not feeling it.

A: Very little head; great lacing. The beer is dark-yellow and opaque.

S: Soapy hops. Citrus peel and a hint of pine. But seriously, there's nothing else.

T: Completely one-dimensional and not very impressive. I mean, if you love hops -- and nothing but hops -- then fine, you might like it. But, comparatively, subpar. Citrus, pine, touch of malt that gets lost in the bitterness. This beer claims 75 IBU but I think that's lowballing it.

M: So astringent as to be...not unpleasant, but not a good beer. No body, super-light. Unsubstantial. Bah.

O: I don't want to give the wrong impression -- I'm a self-avowed hophead. This, however, is not my thing. (To be fair, I'm not a fan of Saaz or Golding, even though I like Cascade.) I genuinely don't think this is a very good beer. It's too monodimensional, too hoppy to be a "good beer." I love Rogue, but give this one a miss. NOT recommended. Will not have again.

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

Poured from a 7oz mini-bottle into a clear glass snifter. No freshness date. Purchaed at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.96.

A; orange-amber with soft 1/2-1 finger layer of small-bubbled head and scatter lacing.

S: Resin is the predominant smell with some onion and earthy aroms mixing in with light pine character. The maltiness is light caramel.

T: The flavor is intense and resiney with pine and bitter resin hitting slightly before with staunch malt backing, which is mostly pale and a little caramelly.

M: Good body and low carbonation which leaves a slick, coating feeling.

O: A good DIPA but not in the upper 25%. Glad this is only a 7oz bottle.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thin head but then I was making a tiny pour.

Nose is a bit citrusy with some hops, but not super strong-smelling.

Taste is hoppy, and it just gets leafier and more intense as the taste progresses.

Mouthfeel is frothy and big.

A decent IPA, not outstanding in any respect, but quite hoppy, and good for those who like that (I don't, but don't rate down).

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

XS Imperial India Pale Ale
Rogue Ales

Pours a light straw yellow, small soapy head recedes to a film covering the top. Aromas of lemon, grapefruit and honey. In the taste, lots of grapefruit, pine and a bit of a bite. Bitterness is substantial and even leaves the palette slightly dry. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall, a real tasty IPA and I'm glad I had it ontap instead of one of those poorly conceived 7 oz bottles.

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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 Jparker37
2.34/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served into a tulip glass, bottled in 2010

A - Pours a bright shade of orangish yellow, very hazy with a thick white head of small bubbles.

S - Bursting with a floral/citrus/pine smell. The citrus can almost be green apple like, maybe some orange peel. Somewhat of an alcoholic nose. Can be a little spicy with some fruity ester.

T - Bready and boozy right up front. Very off centered ipa. Rather unpleasant hop flavors with an alcohol warming throughout the whole taste. Has a bit of bitterness that I perceive to be quite astringent and unpleasant.

M - The beer is light to medium bodied. Carbonation is on the low side.

O - Overall I thought the smell was very complex but the flavor was not very appealing to me. A little on the flat side also. Didn't really enjoy it and was not worth the price.

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Photo of scootny
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maybe the bottle was too cold but the pour out of the 7 ouncer was not much too look at. Cloudy orange with golden hues and light syrupy streaks of lace. Thin head that fades to a light covering. Smell is on point though. Sweet malted breadiness and sugary caramel yeasty dough. Heavy pine adds to the sweet lovely aroma as do notes of tropical fruits and a touch of alcohol. I could sniff this all night. Taste follows the nose. Big malt and caramel front with a perfect balance of piney hops that end with a grapefruit flourish. Alcohol is dangerously well hidden. Finish is surprisingly clean with a crisp dryness that belies the huge amount of malt that is in the glass. Light hop oil bitterness leaving my mouth dry. Feel too is light crisp and dry with just the right amount of mild carbonation and a, (dare I say it) very refreshing drink experience. A superb beer overall and one that is easy to accidentally overindulge on as it goes down like a standard IPA with no warning at all. It seems both of the XS beer I have had drink like a session beer. Impressive.

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Photo of ChugginOil
3.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured @ The House Pub into a tulip.

Translucent amber in color with fluffy white head that adds up to about an inch. Sticky walls of lace remain throughout.

The nose yeilds notes of pine, some citrus and a bit of sweet malt.

The taste is quite hoppy and bitter as well. There is a presence of pine and some grapefruit. This tastes very clean and fresh. Refreahing comes to mind.

The mouthfeel is crisp, clean, and nicely carbonated.

Overall, pretty solid DIPA. Glad I tried it on tap opposed to a tiny bottle.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Beertopia in Omaha, NE.
Bottled in 2010.
Poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a 2cm head of off-white, very small bubbles. This recedes over a minute to a 0.3 cap atop the beer. Leaves good lacing: streaks and blotches. Body is a hazy golden-yellow color, a bit like marigold. Carbonation is visible through the sediment. Overall, quite pretty.

Aroma of pine-y and citrus rind-like hops, very sweet malt, and, if I inhale deeply, ethanol. The malt is too sweet, actually.

Tasting opens with some initial malt sweetness, which is then swallowed up by intense citrus, pine, and bitter hop flavors. Transition to peppery, sharp notes. Malt returns in a subdued form, tempered with noticeable levels of ethanol. Ethanol warmth is behind everything in this beer, really, when I pay attention. Finishes out with a slightly cloying combination of sweetness and hop bitterness.

Medium to medium-heavy bodied, carbonation vigorous enough and fitting for body size. Finish is very dry. Not sticky from the malts or residual sugars.

This was better than average, but the positive aspects of this beer don't compensate for the money a 7oz bottle of this costs. The ethanol isn't well-enough balanced to make this a must-have (my mouth doesn't water at the thought of tasting alcohol) and the pine and citrus combination is alright, but I'd prefer more citrus than pine.

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Photo of ckollias
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 7oz bottle out of a pint glass.

A: Hazy golden brew with a white 1-finger head that quickly dissipates and eventually ends in a hint of a lace.

S: Huge Aroma of hops. I can't smell anything else but the hops.

T: Very strong and boozy and dominated by hops.

M: Medium body and low carbonation.

O: Wow - a nice sipping IPA at 9.5% ABV. I enjoyed all 7ounces of this bad boy.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1/8" off-white head over cloudy amber liquid.

S: Citrus hops, some floral hops and honey.

T: Sweet malt and citrus hops up front which transitions to floral and pine hops. Leaves a pleasant aftertaste.

M: Medium to thick viscosity and a medium to high level of fine carbonation. Some drying at the end.

O: Easy drinking imperial IPA that has a nice taste profile.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.41/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2011-09-07 at The Fridge in Lancaster, PA

A - Almost-clear gold with 1/2-finger white head with light lacing.

S - Mild mango and apple. Little malt and no pine.

T - Hop forward. Bread and grapefruit rind. Mild spice. Not fruity. Lingering astringent bitterness.

M - Light body and light-medium carbonation. Mildly prickly. Not resinous.

O - Pretty good but there are better DIPAs out there.

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Photo of mkotsayfan
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 7 oz bottle into a pint glass.

The look is a mudded dark orange, with about a finger and a half of head. Smell is somewhat inviting, the usual hoppy smell you would expect from a DIPA. The malt really comes through in the smell as well.

Taste is balanced, with a protruding pine taste as well as some citrus. But it seems like something is missing...

Overall, it is a solid beer, but probabaly not something I will go out of my way to obtain again.

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

Poured from 7oz bottle into a small goblet style glass.

Appearance: hazy golden yellow with a residing thin fine white head.

Smells: a very well hopped and a nice bold barley nose. it smells quite flavorful with simple and nothing really out of the ordinary.

Tastes: a smooth full barley taste that balances great with the generous amount of hops they added to give this ale a full bodied bitter bite.

Mouthfeel: actually frothy and well carbonated when you drink it considering the head. It leaves a little bite, but you don't really taste any alcohol esters over the massive amount of ingredients they used.

Overall: I like this ale. I wish they bottled it in 12 oz bottles and ditch the 7oz bottle. besides that its a great brew and worth the money in my opinion, I am just willing to pay more to get more. A single worth picking up more than one when you come across it.

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

I remember buying 7 ounce bottles of this one back in the mid nineties (and stupidly overpaying even then). Seeing it on tap a couple weeks back at Hops & Pie, I took the opportunity to review it. Poured a hazy orange color with a beige head. Aromas of mango, pineapple and sweet malt. On the palate, this one is medium bodied, with flavors of mango, pineapple and sweet malt.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Rogue event at Novare Res.

The color is golden straw with decent head to start it dissipates to the glasses edge

The aroma is sweet malty and biscuit to start, the hops create a citrus and hints of alcohol.

The taste starts with a big malt and is heavy, what you might expect from an IIPA. The taste comes in as a little harsh from the alcohol. The hops come in and provide only hints of citrus and finish bitter.

I wonder how fresh this brew was, for an event i would hoping for a more fresh taste.

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XS Imperial India Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
4.12 out of 5 based on 1,250 ratings.
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