XS Imperial India Pale Ale | Rogue Ales

769 Reviews
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 hankthetank97
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Great golden. Just hazy enough to present character. Deep golden/orange colors.

S: Deep piney smells persist between citrus hints

T: The hops flavor rushes in to start but is quickly offset by a malty finish that keeps this DIPA well-balanced. Hoppy notes are not sacrificed but are complimented by malt charactersitics

M: Silky, pleasing fell.

O: Well balanced ale. Drinkable yet holds up to a critical palate,

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- copper color, nice size head, nice lacing

Smell- very nice hop aroma

Taste- very hoppy, but also well balanced for a DIPA, slightly bitter

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was very good! Definitely one to drink again!

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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 vette2006c5r
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

XS Imperial India Pale Ale pours a hazy, cloudy golden color with a small lacing head. There is a nice floral aroma, but well balanced with some malt aromas mixing in. The taste has a bold floral flavor, but is well balanced with a nice malty backbone. Easy to drink, long lasting flavor, and good flavors. Overall a nice balanced IPA.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.33/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy burnt orange color with a thin white head. Looks decent enough.

S: Big malty smell with a lot of herbal and peppery hops lingering. Some citrus, especially overripe grapefruit in there as well.

T: Tons of malt. Has a touch of caramel and some breadiness that weighs down the taste. Some baby aspirin and hop resin on the finish. When it's really cold, it's pretty good, but as this puppy warms, it gets a lot lot worse. Wouldn't do it again.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.37/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

7oz Bottle from the Potsdam NY IGA for 6$ or so - 2010 edition

Appearance - Hazy copper colour with a small size fizzy off-white coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there isn't much lacing. The head lasted for only a minute.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is almost no carbonation and I can taste caramel and malts mixed with hops. There is also some faint grapefruit and oranges mixed with some pineapple. It ends with a malty slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall – Not sure why this bottle was still around at the store, it doesn't seem to have aged very well. Still drinkable, but I'm sure the fresh version is much much better.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap at 1702 in Tucson into glass. Pous a clear/golden with thick head. Look is very wimpy.
Nice hop aromas, some bready malts, but mostly high apha hops
Taste is very bitter pungent hop, bready malt, and more hops...
its way too bitter to be ejoyable for me.
Its a good IPA, just not amazing. Way to bitter, way over malted, but they seem to balance each other out...in a very hop forward way. Did i mention bitter hops?

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Photo of PrivateEquity
4.61/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - All Imperial IPA's should look like this. Very enticing cloudy golden orange. Lacing leaves a little to desire (this is different than other reviewers)

S - Nice malty bready, floral nose. Spicy hops.

T - Packed with flavor. Solid hop balance with a strong malt base. Alcohol bite is definitely there off the back end.

M - Thick and tasty for an imperial IPA. Borders on syrupy but in a good way.

O - Top notch IPA. Very few like it. It is intense and for those who love a challenging beer.

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

For my 900th review; a rare treat courtesy of joemcgrath27... Props for the hook-up and cheers to many years of successful beer trading to come.

A - Pours a slightly hazy bright orange with a copper hue, thumb of soapy head with solid retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Sweet pine, earthy cedar and sugary lemon drops, hints of musty caramel and burnt sugar.

T - A solid dose of earthy pine and cedar, the bitterness is tamed by hints of sweet lemon and a faint cotton candy flavour. The musty caramel comes through on the finish with a lingering sour citrus rind bitterness.

M - Medium bodied, goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - A great selection for my 900th review. This is definitely a top notch example of a DIPA, offering up the true citrus and earthy hop notes, while taming the bitterness to create a perfectly balanced ale. The ABV is dangerously hidden, and is pretty much undetectable. A worthy brew for any hop head and well worth seeking out.

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

Had this on tap at ROGUE Ales Publick House in San Francisco. This beer is an apricot color that when first poured has a slight chill haze to it, but as you get deeper into the bottle the beer starts to look like a snow globe that someone has shaken up. Decent carbonation. It produced a creamy buttermilk foam, full and sticky, that sat on the top for ½ the glass then slowly fell to a small film and ring on the edges. It left a delicate, and spotty, sticky lace on the sides the whole way to the last drop in the glass.

The aromas were of saaz and cascade hops (flowers, citrus), fruit, pine trees (forest), bread grains, sweet malt, and some alcohol. Different aromas took the forefront as the beer warmed (very nice). The tastes were of the pine tree forest (first served), hops (floral, citrus), grains, malt (sweet), yeast, fruits, alcohol, and some spices in the last few sips. The after tastes were mostly of pine needles, hops and as it warmed the sweet malt became noticeable. Medium bodied. Somewhat bitter but pleasurable.

This beer first caught me off guard, started off very sharp, then when it warmed slightly it mellowed soo much, not changing the effect of any flavors just became better then they started (which was really good). Big hoppy beer that was big on flavors and big on enjoyment.

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Photo of turnerk3
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper, amber hue with a moderate snowy white head. The retention is fair, but not as much as expected considering the ABV.

S: A strong piney, resin aroma floods the nostrils. The resin aspect acts to mask the alcohol smell.

T: This is a very unique DIPA taste. Much more piney hop flavor rather than the common citrusy taste. There is a subtle grapefruit presence, but it merely adds to the complexity of the beer.

M: The carbonation is perfect and does well to deliver the flavors nicely throughout the palate. The resin characteristic delivers a slight sticky feel that is nicely balanced with a smooth finish that has almost no alcohol burn.

O: An exquisite brew by Rogue. It may not have the typical citrus punch that most DIPAs, but it does well to provide an interesting interpretation while maintaining true to the style.

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Photo of BierStein711
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draught in a snifer

Two finger head, moderate carbonation

Light amber in color

Smells of grapefruit, floral hops, and no trace of the high abv whatsoever

Taste: apricot, grapefruit, floral hops, hemp, and finally a crisp alcohol bite at the finish

Mouthfeel: Perfect!

Overall, get yourself this beer on draught. This is how ale should be.

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Photo of peensteen
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy amber colour, one finge of off white head, some lace there as well. Smell is huge with hops, pine and citrus, lots of dank hops, sweet caramel malts, tangerine and an bit of grapefruit. Taste is full of malts and hop, caramel sweetness, piney and citrus, bitter throughout, concetrated pine with lots of fruity hops as well, light booze, super solid. Oily and slick mouthfeel, light carbonation, medium-full body. Such a solid IIPA, at first I was on the fence but this won me over quickly, drinks way too fast for 9.5%, I would welcome this again any time gladly.

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Photo of TheRealBigC
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fortunate enough to find this one on tap, as those bottles get way too pricey and often not worth it. The beer pours a somewhat hazy amber color with a slightly sticky head (not bad for a 9.5%). Big hops on the nose, obviously. Nothing otherworldly, but good. I found the taste to be a little out of balance, being hop heavy in a way that was just slightly unpleasant. Sips were extremely pungent and the other factors we all love about IPA's didn't come through as strong as I wish they would. Some (or as it appears on this site, many) will still love this beer, but I don't see myself reaching for this one over my current favorites.

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Photo of zac16125
1.53/5  rDev -62.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Rogue XS Imperial IPA
7oz bottle poured into snifter
bottled in 2010

Picked up for me about a week ago at a Total Wine in South FL, by my girlfriend, who was intrigued by the small bottle.  Not really sure whats up with this one.  Bottled in 2010, it surely hasn't sat on the shelf of a major retail liquor store for over 2 years?  Who knows. Anyways, onto the review.

Pours a very hazy light bronze with under 1/2 a fingers width of light tan colored head, which dissipates down to a thin film almost immediately. Aroma is citrusy, yet astringent.  Like overripe peaches that have gone bad,  or rotting apples.  Some caramel malts and sugary sweetness.   Taste is rather appalling with some caramel, burnt toast, a strange burnt bitterness on the backend.  Carbonation is for the most part killed, rather flat.  

This was off from the get go.  My first ever drain pour.   I will try this again sometime, fresh, as this has to have been affected by age and who knows what else.  

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Photo of cvm4
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cool growler... Will probably throw it away. How about a cheaper made bottle?

A - Pours a cloudy or murky golden amber with an eggshell white head.

S - Grapefruit, pine and floral scents. Has a bit of boozyness to the nose.

T - Orange rind & pine starts in off. Turns malty and sweet then finishes floral with a good hop bite.

M - Medium body along with medium carbonation. Not syrupy or cloying at all.

O - It feels so wrong to say this I've had a lot if crappy Rogue beers but this one is good! A great beer from a rightly so underrated brewery.

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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 TrappistJohnMD
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into nonic glass. Beautiful tangerine color with white head that lingers well.

Smell is tangerine and very floral. Very inviting smell

Taste is heavy with grapefruit hoppiness and some sweet malt up front. Toffee, honey and a hint of caramel are present as well. Good bitterness in the finish that is not overpowering at all.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall this is an excellent IPA. Cool ceramic bottle too. Will definitely buy this again.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml ceramic capped swinging pop top poured into tulip 28/6/12

A hazy golden orange with a few tiny streams of bubbles that feed a solid two finger cream colored head that retains well and leaves some random patches of lace

S pine, grapefruit, pineapple, lime rind, a little booze and some guava and toffee, not exactly what I was expecting from the hops used but it works very well for me, just a little metallic grass but you gotta look for it

T slightly spicy with lots of rind of all sorts, booze is still there but reasonable for 9.5%, everything I smell is still there but toned down a little except for the citric rind that's almost over the top

T fairly full and just enough carbonation to give it some life, a little grit left behind and not much heat all things considered

O pretty solid stuff and I love the hop overkill, there's some caramel and sweetness from the malt but its overwhelmed. pretty easy to drink for the strength and I like the hop harshness in the mouth

I'm glad I tried it but its a very expensive bottle at 20$, I may not drink it again until my next tax return

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Photo of MacQ32
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a nice soft cloudy golden orange color with a solid finger+ of near white head, very good retention and lacing. Slow but steady carbonation 10 minutes after the pour.

S - Oh man, deliciously citrusy notes, lots of sweeter tropical/pineapple/mango type aromas. Honestly cant get past that, a little caramel sweetness comes through but mostly just magical citric and tropical goodness.

T - Has a pretty fantastical juicy sweet taste, more mango/pineapple/passion fruit than grapefruit/orange although all of those flavors are present. Sounds boring but this is super delicious, kind of reminds me of hopslam.

M - Medium bodied or so, quite drinkable for a 9.5er for sure. Appropriate carbonation, really enjoying this.

O - As you can see, I'm a fan. Kind of kicking myself for not trying this before, although it does come at a hefty price tag (I tihnk I paid ~16 for this) but it does come with a sweet resealable bottle which are expensive on their own and definitely handy for bottling homebrews. Reminds me a lot of hop slam

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Celebratory brew for writing level 3 of the CFA exam, had to do it up in style!
A - clear golden orange with steady carbonation rising from the bottom, tall head with large bubbles retained very nicely, leaving random blobs of lacing
S - an enticing mix of perfumes, oily resin, mild citrus, and a solid grainy background
T - hop city with florals, perfumes, herbals, and mild grapefruit rind, all big and all fighting for their place in the sun, backed up with crisp pale malt compliments
M - light and crisp with a bitterness that is big yet mild for what it is, finishes clean and dry
O - this beer has everything a hop head could ask for, its huge but goes down like a brew half its size, the hop mix is on point, one of the best DIPA's i've tried to date

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

Appearance - Poured from a baby 7 oz. bottle. Cloudy, burnt orange with a white, 1/2 finger head. Retention was poor, but leaves a nice, sticky lace.

Smell - Big tropical aromas, sweet and tangy pineapple and mango, backed by floral notes. Wonderful smelling brew.

Taste - Floral, spicy and tropical hop bitterness, backed behind an odd malt backbone... a woody, earthy, almost wheat like quality with the malts. Shockingly strange at first, but grows on you sip by sip. Not as bitter as one might expect from a 2IPA, but a wonderfully balanced one. A pleasant orange rind bitterness lingers on the palate well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, slightly syrupy. A touch undercarbonated.

Overall - An interesting 2IPA. Not as hoppy as some the of newer 2IPA's that have hit the market over the last 4-5 years, but it's done well to hold it's own.

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

Big swingtop poured into a snifter.

A- Super hazy bright orange, a one finger of a massively bubbled head, it looks like large soap bubbles, unlike any other beer I have seen.

S- Smell is extremely sweet and has a monster hop profile. The hops are very citrusy and piney. Flavors like fresh aprcots, pineapple and mangoes. Slight alcohol and breaddy hop profile.

T- A truly impressive hop presence. There is a lot of powerful citrus notes like pineapple and mangoes as well as a bunch of pine needles. This beer has the west coeast IPA taste and feel I was expecting. A brutal bitterness to this one, 74 IBU's is hard to believe. Aftertaste is bitter, dry and citrusy. A slight malt flavor but this one is all about the hops.

M- Bitter and dry are the two words best used here. Slight warming but no alcohol taste. Hoppy burps. Not to hard to throw back.

O- This beer deserves its rating but is a stretch for me considering its over the top price point. Would love to have again but wont likely spend 14$ on another bottle. Regardless, a must have for any IIPA fans.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden with a big white fluffy head. Aroma of big pine, some light bready malts. Flavor follows with something that mostly focuses on the pine bitter, some grassiness, and more piney effervescent bitter. Mouthfeel is slick but with plenty of carbonation and a bit of prickle on the tongue. Overall this was a decent enough DIPA, but a little one dimensional. Not a bad beer at all.

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

Review from notes. Had on tap at Fins.

A: The beer was a rather clear orange color with a nice white head on top, about 1/2 finger in height, rather thick with good retention. Thin lacing.

S: Orange rind, orange, lemon zest, pineapple and some pine dominate the aroma. There is a little bit of grainy and bready malt to balance things slightly.

T: Rather bitter with plenty of pine and citrus fruits, similar to the aroma. The pine is greater on the flavor profile and the fruits take a back seat, compared to the aroma.

M: Medium to full bodied, a little slick. Very bitter finish.

O: A pretty good IIPA, glad I tried it on tap because the bottle price isn't really worth it IMO.

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XS Imperial India Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
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