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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2001

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Photo of 49degrees
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In addition to tackling the Imperial Stout on a recent visit to Rogue’s newest brewery in Issaquah, Washington, I also has the opportunity to enjoy a glass of their Imperial India Pale Ale (AKA “I2PA”). Like their Stout, the I2PA is an exceptional offering that really satisfied this self-described hophead.

While this brew is extremely hoppy, it is considerably more refined in nature compared to some of the new “smack your face” bitter brews like Stone’s “Ruination” and the Dogfish Head “90 Minute IPA” it does dish up a rather abundant smack to the palette that’s sure to keep you wide awake while you enjoy every last drop.

For those who have enjoyed this brew from the bottle in the past, I was informed that they have recently upgraded their servings from the old 7oz bottles to a standard 12oz bottle. The Imperial Stout has also received this upgraded serving size.

On tap, the I2PA is a sight for sore eye and a real joy for the palette. It pours a deep golden color complete with a modest white foaming head and produces considerable glass lacing during the drink.

This ale delivers a hearty hop punch on the palette but with a very unique smelling citrus hit and an almost medicinal shot of alcohol in the overall aroma. Although there is a medicinal like alcohol shot on the most the alcohol doesn’t overwhelm the palette while drinking, despite being informed that this brew “carries enough alcohol to keep you warm at night.” {Note, there is no official abv listing for the I2PA)

This too is a very robust India Pale Ale complete with a hearty citrus hit, intense bitterness, and a nice sweet aftertaste that seems to blend exceptionally well with the inherent malt factor from its two-row Pipkin Pale malt. Thankfully this one also uses the popular Cascade and Northwest Golding hops which help send it over the edge (flavor wise).

If you’re a hophead or someone just looking for a unique high hopped beer experience, don’t miss the chance to try the I2PA.

[ STATS:>> SERVING: 10 oz. glass / ABV: unlisted / PRICE: $4.50 USD ]

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

Wonderful! Easily one of the best, if not THE BEST, IPA that I have ever had the pleasure to taste! This beer pours out a beautiful hazy orange colour, with many suspended yeasties. This beer smells of hops and grapefruit! It tastes like more of the same...much hops, and fruit tones, with a nice bready malt backbone as well. The mouthfeel on this beer was incredibly crisp and snappy which lends to its high drinkability factor.
Rogues XS line of beers is awesome...i'm so glad that they now come in 12oz bottles instead of a nip. Maybe one day they will come in a bomber or even a magnum!!!

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Photo of Quaffer
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A very hazy, copper colored beer. I spaced off for a second while pouring and unleashed a ton of sediment into my glass, so that didn't help the clarity. The head was a cream color and disappeared quickly. The lace was minimal.

Smell: This beer smelled good, with a crisp hoppy aroma combined with roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: I prefer fuller, smoother beers, but this one wasn't bad considering that it is an IPA.

Taste: A good refreshing hops flavor that is balanced very well with the malt. A much better balance than the brewery's Brutal Bitter. A little bit of that citrus twang on the finish, but it is not overwhelming.

Overall, this is a good beer, but it doesn't stand out as being spectacular.

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Photo of Bunnyhop
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A slightly hazy, medium golden-orange English Style Imperial Pale Ale with a large, bubbly, sligtly creamy, off-white head. The smell is malty and earthy along with hops. The taste is most definitely grapefruit with pepper, followed by malt, with a lingering citrus bitter finish. The body is syrupy in my mouth. I thought I had tasted grapefruit in beers before but this beer HAS grapefruit to savor in its flavor.

(source; PremierGourmet; Buffalo, NY)

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

On tap at Fathead's.

Deep copper beer was presented with a thin tan head. Bubble gum and sweet malt in the aroma with a touch of hops. Strong hop bitterness in the flavor atop a huge malt base. Very nice sweetness followed by intense grapefruit from the hops in the finish. Solid mouthfeel and decent drinkability, but I seemed to "nurse" this beer for a while. Maybe it was the girl behind the bar. Who knows? Whatever the case, this was a very good beer that just didn't go down as quick as I expected it too. Never the less, I will enjoy this one again.

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

Cloudy light amber with a nice head that shrunk to a thin layer. Lacing was solid from mid glass on down. Very earthy, piney aroma, a blast of bitter hops hits you and some noticable achohol. A good piney hoppy taste and thick full mouthfeel. Pretty potent brew. Another fine offering from Rogue.

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Photo of pheurton
4.69/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a very cloudy orange-tan with a fine billowing off white head. this brew is obviously un-filtered. aroma is all hops -- big citrusy pnw hops. the body is very full and smooth. the malts do a better than average job of holding up against the onslaught of hops. this affords for a very balanced and tasty ipa. the hops provide a good deal of bitterness, but are flavorful above all. quite a feather in rogue's cap, which is saying alot. definitely in the top three ipa's of all i've ever tried.

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

I kind of knew what to expect when I tried this, considering the style and the brewery. HOPS! (did I say HOPS!) What an aroma! One of the best smelling beers I've ever had. Upon first taste, hops. As I drank on, I noticed some nice fruity tones (mango, peach?) and then hops! When I finished this, my mouth was coated with HOPS! It seems, looking at the B.A. "top 50", that hoppy micro brews are quite popular. With that in mind, I can see why this beer (along with the other Rogue offerings - and I LOVE Shakespeare stout!) is rated so high. But, overall, I would prefer a Liberty Ale over this, as the hops kind of overwhelm the flavor (not that I don't occasionally love a super-hoppy beer!) I'm glad I tried it, and will again, but I certainly don't see this as one of the 10 best beers in the world.

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

A particulate-filled bright orange with a very organic looking head that boils down to a film after a minute or so.

Smells strongly of pine resin and big, big hops.

Taste is exactly what I dream of in an IPA: starts with an explosive sweet pucker, tastes strongly bitter and of grapefruit and pine. Aftertaste lingers exceptionally long but isn't offensive in the least.

A hop lovers' delight....strong and unapologetic, deliciously bitter yet flavorful.

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

12oz bottle

Pour is a clear amber, with chunky bits of yeast circulating throughout, small white-ish head that slims out to a light soapy foam quickly. Aroma is strong on the pine and citrus. On the tongue, it is all hops, strikingly bitter, pine, citrus and some spice assault the palate with unrelenting force. Finish is quite long, it never seems to end.

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Photo of aracauna
3.18/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I tasted this beer on tap from a growler a friend provided me: The head is creamier and longer lasting than the same beer in the bottle. The mouthfeel is less watery and more creamy but the flavor is harsher, a little too harsh and lacked the slight juiciness. The harshness made this beer on tap much less drinkable than the bottled version.

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

Hazy copper-amber color, has a frothy clingy white head that last, hoppy aroma of pine trees and grapfruits. Hops hops and more hops hit your tongue, riesiny piney citrusy flavors, enough malts to balance this great IPA, full body with a full and creamy mouthfeel, untill the hops attack your tongue in the finish.

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

Wow, 75 IBU's, but still drinkable! Pours a hazy, rustic yellow with a big head. Holds fairly well, with excellent lacing through the bottom of the glass. Aroma of hops, and more hops, but the first sip puts to rest any hesitation. This is one great beer. Excellent mouthfeel, creamy, and smooth. The first swallow reveals spices, with just a hint of alcohol in the background. Finishes dry and crisp, cascades abound, but not too thick. Well done. Worth it's rank.

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

The aroma is citric and fruity, really a lovely hop boquet which develops quite interestingly as the beer sits. Appearance is orangeish with a slight chill-haze and a finger-thick bubbly head. I was taken aback at how smooth this beer is in the mouth. The big citric hop flavors are there, but the blend of hops Rogue has chosen provides for a delightfuly complex hop presence throughout the entire drink. Citric up front, some floral notes in the middle, and a good but not at all overpowering bitterness to the finish. Medium bodied, with a crisp, fresh feel and flavor. Not "XS"ive in the least!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Undated 12 oz bottle - (but it must be fresh as it was only recently received at the ID distributor)! Even carefully poured I get a fairly cloudy peachy-amber body, but the everlasting frothy off-white head makes up for it! It keeps a constant 1/4" head throughout the glass and even leaves some spotty lace! The aroma suckers you into believing that you're in for a standard brew with just a hint of floral and earthy hops; but right off the bat, the first sip tells you that this is a full-throttle IPA with flavors of dried summer fruit, earthy, grassy and lightly citrusy hops, a touch of alcohol and a brooding bitterness! Ballsy! Fortunately, the carbonation has been kept to a manageable level where the perceived bitterness is more in-balance with the malt flavors. The body is medium and it's nicely creamy in the mouth. The underlying maltiness is soft, bready, and lightly honey-ish... very reminiscent of Young's SLA. Of course, there are far more hops in this one. And if the hops don't get you... the strength will! This is one of - if not THE - first Imperial IPA and it deserves recognition as such. Some newer versions of the style have taken it further, but they've lost the drinkability that this retains. Well done and highly enjoyable. Well worth seeking out.

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Photo of MJR
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an amber-peach color with a semi-cloudy body. A light-tan head starts medium-sized, then shrinks down to a thin cap.

Smell: Honestly, I'm not picking up much in it's aroma. A faint hop smell, and that's about it...

Taste: I didn't know that to expect after the lackluster aroma, but the tide really took a turn for the better after my first sip!

This brew has a very stiff, bitter hop flavor that starts strong and doesn't let up until long after you swallow. There's a slight flavor that I can only describe as 'medicinal' towards the end. Interesting... Underneath the massive hop flavor, the grains are trying hard to be noticed, and they come across as slighty bready and fruity. Perhaps a touch of caramel is hidden in there too.

Mouthfeel: Medium thickness with a crisp, dry mouthfeel that packs one-helluza zing! Lots of carbonation in this brew.

Drinkability: Fairly high. The extremely high hopping rate might prevent this beer geek from downing these all night, but it would be great for getting the appetite going. One of the better APAs available.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.69/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A little liquid refreshment while watching Hannibal....

As I poured this I had a huge whiff of hops! Bam!!! Talk about kicking-it up a notch! This is one great aroma! Huge floral cascade-like nose; I love it! Appearance is a medium-copper colored bier, with a mid-level of cloudiness present, and with a short, thin, fine head. Lacing is decent, to say the least. Body is more than medium, and the suds flows verrry nicely over the tongue! There's a superb foundation of toasty malt at the start, and the hops once again take over! And what a way to be dominated! The hop taste is so fresh and sharp! The hops just seem to linger and linger on the palate, too! I'm reminded a bit of HopDevil, but a steroid-pumped version!! This is A-1! Prosit!!

overall: 4.55
appearance: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 5


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Photo of ZAP
4.92/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Harvest orange in color with a bubbly head....complext hop aroma....grapefruit...floral at some points and also sweet...in the mouth it is more balanced than I anticipated. The hops are definitely this beer's calling card, but it is not obscenely unbalanced. A real solid malt load makes this drinkable...The grapefruit/citrus hops dominate the flavor profile and it finishes on a dry, tangy note. Very good..bordering on special...

Re-rate 12/24/02....I bumbed the numbers up a little..I forgot I had rated this...incredible nose of citrus and fresh floral hops..GREAT hoppy IPA that has the malt load to balance the terrific hopping..one of the best IPA's available..

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Photo of marc77
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy light copper in hue, with sparse aggregates of yeast. Slowly settling off white head leaves loose lace. Pungent, grapefruity, dry hopped cascade hits the nose as first, then is ceded by mellower floral and round orange notes. The combination of Cascade and EKG lends a similar hop nose similar to that of the all Centennial Two Hearted Ale. Light caramel malt adds a mild sweetness to the aroma. Fruity esters are mild, but add a hint of ripe, bright fruit. Caramel sweetness upfront in flavor is immediately offset by assertive, but clean hop bitterness that lingers pleasantly through the finish. Hop flavor is lightly citric, and somewhat tangerine like in nature. Full in body, with a smooth, almost rich mouthfeel for style that contrasts the bold hop profile. Although malt nuances are overshadowed by hops, pseudosweet residual dextrins and trace toastiness is perceived. Finishes with a long bittersweet hop / caramel combination. Palate coating, mellow alcohol heatiness emerges late, letting you know this is no ordinary IPA. I2PA is a delicious brew.. Although obviously well hopped, malt provided a more than sufficient foundation. Delicious.

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

Deep copper color, with a persistant head. Aroma is quite fruity and spicy with some sweet floral notes as well. Flavor is a balancing act of malt sweetness and spicy hops... with a heatly dose of bitterness to round things out... very well balanced, with nothing out of proportion. Medium bodied with a prickly mouthfeel. Very well done by Rogue!

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Photo of budgood1
4.9/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

this is a hop monster. spine tingling in nature. i'm surprised that the federal government hasn't outlawed the use of this amount of hops in a beer, citing it as "mind altering". on to the review...

pours out an extremely cloudy deep bronze color. the dark flakes of yeast and other sediment being quite numerable. the aroma consists of sinus tingling hops...the most obvious the "fruit rind" cascades, but with an underlying spiciness adding much depth. tastes overwhelmingly of the hop load at first, giving way to a surprising creamy, toffee and caramel malt flavor, finishing with a large, spicy hop bitterness that surpises me in it's gentleness considering the magnitude of hops in this ale. the amount, and variety of hops used are quite evident and were somewhat expected. the overall body and drinkability pleasantly surprised me. and the unknown ABV is sneaking up on me.

a tremendous brew in all respects. an IPA worthy of it's high regard. i only have one, and i want another.

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Photo of inebrius
4.86/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A staggering nose of hops on the vine segues into a mondo flavor that is huge and perfectly balanced. I must admit, I was expecting a hop monster with I2PA. And the hops are there, undoubtedly, but damn what a silky malt back to rival them! Grapefruit and sugar, Spruce trees and Maple syrup. A rainbow of flavors. This is a formidable brew that compels contemplation, and should be available when the mood requires. The only drawback: a fluid yeast that clouds the works. Rogue maintains its sheer craftmanship with this brew.

¡Que qualidad!

Cheers to Billy Stout for the sample!

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Photo of doho95fu
4.88/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer rules. I had not heard much about this beer and hadn't seen any reviews when I picked up a couple of bottles. This is just a great IPA. The color is a deep orange with a good thick head. The smell is a little malty but the taste is all fruity hops. The ABV must be high because it warms you right up. Great mouthfeel, very drinkable - just a great beer.

This is one of those beers I will always look for.

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Photo of freed
4.74/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Those Humulus hounds at Rouge have brewed another excellent bitter. Only had a pint of this; the pub wouldn't sell it by the pitcher. Its always nice to find a beer that has enough hop & flavor to make up for all the shit beer you drank in college. I swear, my memory of those beers has increased by at least 10 IBU.

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

Nurse, hook me up with an I.V. of this stat. A wonderful beer. A balanced act of malt and hops that give this beer a high drinkability factor. Tastes of pine/spruce come through along with the hop bite most IPA's have, but it is subdued to the point where it teases you into thinking the hops will be strong, then settles into a easy swallow.

Can this brewery make a bad beer? I don't think so. Very, very, very good beer.

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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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