XS Imperial India Pale Ale | Rogue Ales

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 MVassar
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enticing, warm, hazy, lemon-honey color. Sturdy head with stubborn lacing.

Nose is more and more forthcoming as it sits in the glass. Plenty of hops, grapefruit, and some subtle sweet malt.

Wonderfully intense hops, plenty of bitter citrus zest, and a touch of alcohol in the finish. Tons of flavor without being heavy. Well constructed.

What amazing balance. Oily, smooth, and full-bodied in the mouth, yet it has a crisp, bitter finish that cleanses the palate nicely. How do they do it?

Extremely easy to imbibe and enjoy. Provocative and profound, yet very accessible, and truly fun to drink.

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

Sampled through the kind efforts of jj21 and the Simply Beer BIF.

Poured in to a Duvel glass this is decidedly on the golden side of amber in color. A head tries to form but the alcohol just won't let it. Skimpy white head at first but it develops after you warm the glass a bit and swirl it around. As it warms this becomes near clear.

Smell is sweet and richly hopped without being one dimensional like a lot of the super IPA class beers. Grapefruit and rum and spice are the first things that jump out at me from the glass. Black pepper and cinnamon scents ride on the alcohol fumes. After a bit of warming pineapple and menthol scents show up out of the depths of the beer.

Taste is sweet mellow and citrus at the beginning and it STAYS mellow for the style. Lemon, grapefruit, wood, pineapple, and a trace of cinnamon pretty much describe this beer. Almost but not quite up to the complexities of the best of the style, pity that there isn't a 4.75 choice.

Mouthfeel is very good.

A hell of mild mannered MEGA IPA beer that is near the top but just not there yet. Probably #5 in its class behind Stones 10th Anniversary Ale. A damn tasty beer that only lacks some taste complexity to slug it out with Dreadnaught and Pliny The Younger for the best of the best.

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Photo of ecooper
3.59/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Sampled from a black ceramic bottle: pours a clear, pale amber color with a sticky, 2-finger head that settles into an off-white cap. Leaves plenty of lacing all the way down the glass.

S - Full of fruity aromas: grapefruit, cantaloupe, and oranges. Some sweet foral scents as well.

T - Wow! Not what I was expecting given the fruity aroma. Consists of a strong bitterness that I can't quite pinpoint- kind of tastes like your chewing on fresh tree bark. Afterward, the caramel malt flavor comes out until giving way to a strong alcohol presence.

M - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

D - The extreme bitterness and noticeable alcohol flavor make this a single serving brew for me.

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

Rogue- Imperial IPA

Big black ceramic bottle.

Appearance- Hazy orange/ brown with a frothy head.
Smell- Strong oily hops, grapefruit and a potpourri of strong floral scents.
Taste- Dry citric hops with sweet malt. Oily floral hops dominate in the tail end.
Mouthfeel- Big bitterness with a mild dry finish. Quite smooth.

Overall- A nice Thanksgiving day beer. Went well with the Tofurkey!

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

Large ceramic bottle with a flip top.

A: Pours a ver cloudy peachish yellow color. Nice frothy one finger white head has excellent retention and wonderful lacing.
S: Big pine and citrus hop aromas dominate the nose with a good background of maltyness. Oily and resiny.
T/M: Pine and citrus, mostly grapefruit bitterness with a hefty background of malt. Oily and resiny on the palate with a smoothness that goes down slowly. Chewy and slightly buttery as this beer oozes down the gullet. Nice grapefruit hangs on the back of the tastebuds. Decent level of bitterness and spicy abv that has a malty blanket over it. Good balance with a nice level of carbonation. Could possibly have been a bit more fresh.
D: Damn drinkable Imperial IPA. Thick and chewy with an excellent hop presence. I'd grab this again on tap if I could as the $12.99 price was a tad high, but no ones complaining here as it was damn tasty.

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Photo of peabody
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a nice clear light amber color with lots of thick white suds that leave great lacing around the Tulip glass.
Smell is subtle with hints of orange and lemon mixed with pineapple.
Not a lot of hoppy aromas here. .
Taste is a little bitter and dirty. The aftertaste is the best thing here.
The Mad Hatter and the Goose Island are competing for bragging rights against this one. Three Floyds still wins.
This is overpriced and underproduced.

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Photo of treedoctor5002
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really like the Rougue line up of beers and have been wanting to try this for a while.
Pours and extremely cloudy dark orange color. It's really thick with a ton of yeast and sediment floating around in there. I'm not sure if I've ever seen this much sediment in a beer.
Very sweet and syrupy, with a lot of bitterness and citrus flavors. This beer must be loaded with hops because the bitterness in the finish is quite intesense. Has a nice bitter/fruity smell to it. I'm slightly disappointed with this beer. I was expecting a little more complexity. Overall ok though.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled this from the 1pt.10oz.black porcelian bottle. A three way split into a tulip glass.The color was a mirky light golden color,like a belgium style ale.The head was a bit off white,with a soapy looking foamy head,diminishing to a coating on the top of the glass.
The aroma had an intense grapefruit smell with citrusy,piney hop notes as well. Carmelly, sweet,honey-like aromas present and complement the hop aromas very well.
The taste was carmelly,very citrusy,grapefruit tastes dominating the palate. A warming of alcohol followed by semi-sweet bitterness with a pleasing tartness to finish.
The mouthfeel was cloying,medium to thick body,silky.a pleasing prickley feeling on the tongue,yet clean and dry tasting
The drinkabilty was good for the style,an enjoyable beer leaving me craving more of this tastey nectar.

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

Slightly hazy, light caramel colour with a thin white head off the pour. Good retention with only a little lacing. Strong grapefruit aroma that's fairly juicy, no real harsh edge to the hops. Wow - grapefruit all over the flavour. Pronounced bitterness with some grapefruit pith flavour and a light sweetness throughout. There's also a hint of hop spice, particularly towards the end. Dry, almost puckering bitterness in the finish. Medium to full bodied with creamy carbonation and light warmth. This was pretty tasty, but didn't quite live up to expectations (which were pretty high going in, I must admit). I still enjoyed it quite a bit though. I just wish the bottles weren't so expensive.

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

I had this on tap at the Rogue Ale House in Newport, OR, so I guess its probably the best sample you can get. Other than a little bit of a light color, I would rate this among the best beers on the market right now.

I bought a bottle for my home-brew housemate and he declared it to be one of the best beers he has had in a while.

P.S. While on the tour at Rogue, the guide opened the special ingredients fridge and there were a lot of cucumbers. Yes, cucumbers. It'll be interesting to see what Rogue comes up with next.

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

A - A sweet ceramic 750ml bottle of Rogue XS. Pours a bubbly white rocky head that sticks to the glass the whole way down. Pours a clear straw copper hue. The head eventually dissolves into a nice lace.

S - Very floral, and abundance of hops instantly rush to the rush, hints of fruit, tartness, hop oils are very fragrant and give this beer a nice bouquet of scents.

T - The massive hop flavor is great and brings forth plenty fo notable characteristics. A very crisp taste with a nice bite. Citruis, fruit, tartness, very bitter but smooths out in the finish, the alcohol warms as the bottle gets to its end.

M - The hop oils give this beer a very oily nice mouthfeel that is also kinda silky in a way. While this beer is predominatly very bitter the finish does have a nice sweetness to it right after the bite.

D - This is a very easily drinkable beer that goes down smoothly. Its oily silky mouthfeel with its hoppy bitterness wakes the taste buds up but manages to still stay very pleasant. Overall this is defiantly one of the better Imperial IPA's out there. As this style is brewed by so many different brewers this one really sticks out among the rest. Definatly give this beer a shot if you have the chance.

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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 Buildscharacter
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this beer during the Rouge Night at Barcade here in Brooklyn, NY. It was served in a 10oz. glass, and upon first look, it didn't seem to be anything all that special.

Then when I looked alittle more at it, I realized how thick it was, and how nicely the lace sat on the surface.

Sniffing at my gloriously overfilled goblet, I was taken aback. I homebrew so I often smell hop pellets that are just saturated in oil, and that's what this beer smelled like....just pure hoppy goodness.

First sip...thick, overpowering, hop...LOTS of hop, twing of bitterness that is just a little too strong, and then mellow malt flavor. Amazing. I was VERY happy with this beer and I am proud to say that I had to fight my girlfriend for sips from the glass as we were sharing during the 20 Rouge beer sampling session.

Very good beer, and hopefully I'll see it in the bottle one day.

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Photo of Pooba001
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from black ceramic Rouge XS bottle. Love that bottle. Appearance is a clear pale amber, would be fine for a Pale Ale, acceptable for a IPA, but its a little light for a double IPA. Smell is unexpectedly funky, almost belgian yeast funky. There's light grain aroma, and surprisingly little hop, some resin, citrus, earth. Hmm.

Taste isn't very double IPA (like smell). Flowery and citrus hops are here, so is light grain and malt. Its a tasty beer, I like it, but I'm realizing if I were to grade this relative to an IPA it would get a good rating, but it doesn't seem like a double IPA to me. Feels like a rare let down from Rogue.

Mouthfeel is ok, lighter that I like. Drinkability is great for a double IPA, as long as I don't keep waiting for a healthy dose of hops, I could drink this until I'm inebriated.

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Photo of phisig137
3.3/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ceramic crock bottle pops open with a loud pop, and pours a light amber/golden color. Thin head with little retention falls, leaving behind no lace or foam.

Aroma is fairly restrained. Grassy hops, and a bit of malt. Not at all what I would expect from Rogue.

Flavor is a bit odd. Very flat hops, grassy and resinous, but not big in any way. Not a huge amount of flavor, and a malty body is backed by a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is full and slick. Drinkability is pretty good for the ABV.

I was really surprized by this one. Not at all what I expected from Rogue. The only way I can sum it up is "uninteresting". I feel that there are a LOT of better IIPA's out there, not to mention for 1/4 the price. At $15 for this crock, I'm pretty dissapointed, and I don't think I'll be buying this one again. Definitely the bottom of the barrel for the XS crock bottle lineup.

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

Appearance – The beer is a very nice looking mixture between peach and orange colors. The head is white and frothy. Lacing is left all over my glass as it goes down.

Smell – The first smell is amazingly strong of lemons, oranges, and lime….just a big citrus medley. There are plenty of floral hops and herbal aromas as well to compliment this. I smell something else that reminds me of pine trees as well. It is very fun to smell.

Taste – Full of hops and more hops…basically it’s hoppy. Grapefruit and orange are prevalent for citrus flavors and the bitterness is just right. Pine sap flavors arise with hints of bread malt flavor. Aftertaste is all bitter floral hops.

Mouthfeel – It’s prickly on the tongue a little but it’s not so bad. The body is dead on.

Drinkability – Great…this one has tons of hops and a 9.2 ABV yet it is still easy to down.

What a beer. Hopheads dream here as it’s full of hops….did I already mention that?


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Photo of horshack7
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours an orange copper color with about two fingers of head and nice head retention.

Aromas: Incredible hop scents with massive amounts of spices hints of nutmeg with dried fruit notes absolutley great.

Taste: Hops hops and more hops dried fruits spices and I did metnion hops wow what a brew.

Mouthfeel. Nicely crisp with a smooth finish and very drinkable oh yeah fasten your seatbelt.

Notes: My fellow BA's two words hop bomb wow fasten your seatbelt when you try this one. This one is a hophead's dream. Cheers.

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Photo of Dizzy
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange color with a creamy off white head, great retention. Aroma is a hops and malty sweetness. Flavor is hop bitterness, malt and alcohol. Overall, this is a very bitter beer, but there is a lot of alcohol and sweetness to balance it. The cost doesn't seem justified here, but this beer is worth trying.

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Photo of sloejams
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Despite the thick pricetag ($12.99 for a fancy ceramic bomber), I had to give this a try, at least once. I love IPAs and love Rogue. Had to do it.

It's hoppy, not the mega-sweet hop bombs I've come accustomed to. It's akin to Stoudt's Imperial IPA - the kind of meaty hop malt character. It's a flavor, I'm noticing more from East Coast hop monsters, even though this is from Oregon. Someone with better brewing knowledge could ID the type of hops better.

Overall it's a fine beer. The flipcap was put to good use, as the 22 oz. was a bit much for my one sitting. And the price was a bit much for a bomber. I'd love to try this on tap.

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Photo of loren01
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a cloudy yellow/orange color. Good head and lacing
S: Smells citrusy, good hoppy scent
T: Plenty of hops in this one, too bitter for my tastes but some may like this.
M: Moderate to heavy on the carbonation
D: Not bad, but a little too over the top with the hops for me.

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Photo of SethB2
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours like a good IPA should. Orangish and unfiltered with a very nice head and even better lacing. Good looking beer.

S - Huge grapefruit and tangerine oily hop profile that blends well with an underlying sweetness to make a great smell beer.

T - Big citris kick, followed by a bit of oily pine. Breaks into a very nice malt before finishing bitter again. Despite the big hops at the finish, there is no descenable dryness, which was a very pleasant surprise.

M - Top notch. Full and round, without being cloying or harsh at the finish.

D - For a beer that is 9+ abv, this goes down very easy.

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

Without a doubt one of the best double IPAs i have ever had. Full of citrus aroma and tons of hop flavor. however it is not so bitter that when it hits the back of your mouth you that you get that bitter face. THe only downside is the price, was able to get a 750ml for around 11 bucks. If you like Double definetly try it.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

tasted at the classic wines annual beer tasting earlier this year, i am reviewing this from my notes.
was served a light tan sample with organish hues, few bubbles for a head.
the aroma is malty with light hopsack
the flavor is spicy, hopsack, bitter, malty, alcohol.
i really was not very impressed (by rogue standards that is) by this beer and for as much as it cost it should have knockedmy socks off.

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Photo of mitchfor3
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Rogue Public House in SF.

Pours a pretty looking orange color with a little bit of haze. White head is sticky as hell, leaving all kinds of lace.

Smell...whoa!!!! Incredible - powerful malty sweetness with matched by equally powerful citric hop bitterness. Alcohol is there too.

This one will whip your taste buds butt, so save it for last in a tasting session. Tastes brilliant - so thick, and rich - in-your-face and complex at the same time. A delicious, delicious DIPA.

HIGHLY recommended. Seek this one out on tap because at $13/750ml it is on the pricey side.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a deep V chalice)

A- This beer has a glowing orange body with a creamy head that has a slight oatmeal hue to it. The show of a random tiny bubble of carbonation rises every once in and a while. There is a nice tiny lacing after each sip.

S- The smooth sweet malt blends with a bigger pine and grapefruit hop smell but overall the aroma is pretty clean/

T- This beer has a sweet malt flavor with an alcohol bite that changes to a bitter hop finish. The malt takes on notes of light caramel and toasted dry notes as it warms but the hops get bigger as the temperature increases. The notes of grapefruit hops have a faint hint of white grapes in them and then turn to a green bitterness in the finish. There is a bitterness that lingers after the sip but gives way to a sweetness of caramel malt eventually. There is a dry champagne dryness in the alcohol taste in the malt that goes away after a bit. I think it is blocked out by the hops.

M- The medium-light body has a alcohol bite and a dryness in the body that changes to a faint sweetness after the finish.

D- This beer is big but not overly bitter. It has a big sweetness and an alcohol bite to blend with the hops flavor and bitterness making it a good drinking beer.

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XS Imperial India Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 85.9% out of 100 with 1,252 ratings
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