XS Imperial India Pale Ale | Rogue Ales

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XS Imperial India Pale AleXS Imperial India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
rogue.com

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.

20º PLATO
74 IBU
75 AA
13º Lovibond

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2001

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

Awesome, awesome bottle!

A - pours a hazy golden amber with a nice white head which dissipated into a really nice lacing

S - did somebody say DIPA? Massive hop assault. Citrus, orange, grapefruit, and floral hops fill the nose. There's some sweet malt going on as well. Nice

T - initial taste is crazy bitter as you'd imagine, but it's really nice. Orange and grapefruit fill the palate followed by an amazing resiny pine flavor. The bitter explodes in the aftertaste as well. Awesome, simply awesome

M - medium bodied with light carbonation. Quite nice and smooth

D - wow, this has been sitting in my fridge for a bit because I forgot I had it and assumed it was a bottle of Old Crustacean I was gonna drink later. What a surprise! Awesome DIPA from Rogue. Total hop bomb, which I'm a big fan of. Great DIPA, and awesome packaging. Totally resealed my bottle to savor later, which I'm looking forward to. Highly recommended, and would totally buy again, though the price is intense. Still, if you haven't tried this yet do so!

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with lots of orange highlights. Some tiny visible carbonation. Head is off white and fairly aggressive and creamy. It did fade back into the beer fairly quickly. Nice spiderweb lacing left on the glass.

Aroma was sweet and fruity. Very nice.

Taste is nice. An initial burst of bitterness that gives way to some nice over ripe fruit tones. Over Ripe pineapple comes to mind here. A nice sweetness in the background and the slightest of bread notes. This all gives way to a hop lingering finish that is medium in strength. Not too over powering.

I like the mouth feel as it's assertive and thick but still balanced.

Pretty damn drinkable. I like it.

Make sure you drink it at the proper temp!!!!

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

On tap at Tyler's, Durham, NC, enjoyed between the two sessions of the World Beer Festival. Served in a Rogue-logoed goblet - damn fine glass, heavy, fits the hand well. Gotta get me one of those.

Appearance: A gentle golden body that only had a faint ring of pure white lace around the top by the time it came out to me. Minimal, faint carbonation bubbles up quickly through the body. Looks very crisp and clear.

Aroma: A nice array of hops and little else - there's almost no malt of which to speak. Hop notes are comprised mainly of lighter notes - there're a lot of floral qualities, some citrus with light grapefruit and orange zest dominating, and a nice helping of herbal leafyness, basil, mint.

Taste: Very bitter, much more so than many IIPAs. Tons of herbal, piney hop notes. Lots of simple sweetness, too, almost honey-like in places, but with a fair amount of roast shining through as well. It's initially very raw and coarse, but this gradually fades as the beer warms and the flavors have a chance to meld (either that or the 9.2% is catching up to me).

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, milky and smooth, pretty thick without looking like it would be, pretty oily and we all saw that one coming, and a nice fluffy mouthfeel from all those hop proteins.

Drinkability: A surprisingly good IIPA, very Rogue-like, and one I'm very glad I got a chance to try on tap, 'cause I know I'd never have been able to force myself to cough up the cash for those damn ceramic bottles (still haven't tried the Rogue RIS as a result of this). Alcohol's up there, but not prohibitively so and not ridiculously so for the style. Worth trying more than once I'd say. Cheers!

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Photo of bonbini26
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap @ the blind tiger

Appearance - Beautiful, cloudy orange in color with a lingering, monster head
Smell - There's a big, giant complex hop bouquet to this one. Every hop aroma imaginable is in this nose.

Taste - This is a hop lover's dream. The flavorful combination of various hop tastes comes out super-sized. I don't know what else to say about this one. From start to finish, it is awesome.The malt backbone is just enough to get noticed and smooth things out. The finish is again all hops with a slight orange sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Very dry and on the bigger side of medium-bodied. The alcohol sting is very slight but there if you look for it. The malt backbone makes this one creamy and smooth.

Drinkability - went down so easy and wanted to keep drinking it all day, a must have for a hophead. Had it once before from the bottle and comparing it, having it on tap blew the bottle away. One of my favorite DIPA's with the right amount of hops and bitterness

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Photo of erikm25
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy golden orange. A little on the lighter side of this type of color. The head is relatively full with a coppered cream coloring. Impressive and cascading sheet of lace all around the glass.

S: Strong smell of floral hops, grapefruit, and a slight citrus aroma. The alcohol was present but still nicely shaded by pine and sweetness. Even a bit of bready characteristic that made this more full in the nose.

T: Great IPA taste. Big and hoppy with a taste of yeast that allows everything to balance out very well. There are tastes of spiced herbs and wood soaked caramel. Full and dry but in the end the bitter finish is overcome by the high ABV.

M: The alcohol is present in the mouth. Carbonation is soft. Overall this was not quite thin but still less then medium bodied.

D: Overall this is a quality DIPA. Not sure where it would fall on my list for this type but it would not be in my top 3. I didn't realize the $15.99 price tag until I was at the register. Because of the price and beautiful ceramic bottle I was expecting to be floored. While not floored, I enjoyed it and it snuck up nicely.

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Photo of baggio
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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A: Fizzy yellow/orange with a lovely white head.

S: Orange, Fruit (peach), Honey, Sweet malts.

T: Citric notes, Caramel, Honey, Pine, Lemon peel, Spices.

M: Starts out quite sweet but then hops kicks in after a little while balancing this whole thing to perfection. Medium carbonation.

This is the best beer i've tried from Roque as of yet. The smell is a little bit better than the actual taste but it's a close draw. If it weren't for the insane price of this i'd drink it more often. Beautiful.

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

Rich, creamy white head. Nosings of tangerine, sweet light malt and a suggestion of Dulce de Leche. Deceaving because the palate is blasted with dry hoppy-goodness. Here comes the pine needles (yellow pine), the blood orange bitters, and a damn fine finish. Great IPA, diverging slightly from "West Coast," just enough to be unique, but well within the style. FFO Stone Ruination IPA.

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Photo of ironlung
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy Orange 1/4" head quickly dissapates leaving a nice "lingerie" lacing down my dead guy ale pint glass.

S: MALT!! Very little hops come through on the nose.Other reviewers were correct, you can smell this beer from across the room!

T: WOW!!! Very well balanced for the style, Oily hops are prominant giving way to a nice malt backing. Over all sure to satisify any "hophead" (such as myself)

M: Little hop devils dance on your tounge (no offence victory), nicely done double. Drinks like any of the best singles. Does'nt leave my mouth all sticky like some other Imperials (i.e. Dorado)

D: Well @ 9.2 its up to you! (poet and I did'ent know it) I'll be finishing this growler tonite though!!!

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

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter. I've had this one laying around for over 3 years...finally decided to crack it open and see what it has to offer.
A: Pours a cloudy and slightly dark orange color with thin white head that quickly dissipates. Not tremendous, but typical for style.
S: The floral hops literally burst forth...can smell this one across the room. Some caramel malt and butterscotch notes.
T: Soft caramel with bitter floral hops. Not as complex as I was hoping. Pacman yeast starts to come through the further you get into this one...I realize this is their trademark, but I wish they'd not use this all the time.
M: Soft on the tongue with a bitter hop finish.
D: ABV fairly well hidden. There are better examples of this style out there. Will be interesting to try this one fresh and see the difference. I'm guessing it will be brighter with stronger hop presence. A decent beer, but not sure it's worth the price (you do get a nice bottle though ;) ).

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Photo of 1759Girl
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Did a tasting with some friends this weekend, avec beer log in hand...
We have been to Rogue several times, but somehow I had missed trying it!
Appearance> hazy, not too lively, no head. Looks pretty average for an American Double.
Smell>Intense smell of hops, like fresh ones just picked, if you have had the pleasure of smelling this hop harvest... citrus notes. very nice.
Taste> Wow. Not too complex, but just enough. Excellent hang!
Mouf> smooth, easy.
Drinkability> Apart from the percentage... I could drink this for days!

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Photo of pinotboy007
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased for $14.99 at Total Wine, Chantilly, VA. Not sure why this can't be in cans.

A - Beautiful, crystal clear copper/orange with a dense white head. Splendid head retention and lacing.

S - Citrus notes, hops, and caramel.

T - Delicious! A modest citrus bite with a long lasting hop bitterness, peat, leather and caramel. Beautiful finish that is incredibly appealing and complex.

M - Soft, silky, resiny feel with great carbonation in support like a tapestry. Wow.

D: Split this with my wife and a friend and we all loved swirling it down. Great stuff!

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Photo of gford217
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep hazy orange with a fluffy white two-finger head that lingers for a while leaving decent lacing. Citrus and floral hops dominate the smell with oranges, grapefruits and grassy notes as well. There is a hint of the sweet bready malts in the background. Fist taste is of the grapefruit before giving way to the bready malts which are more evident than in the smell. The pine comes out in the finish and leaves a nice hop bitterness into the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full for the style and sticky with hop juice. This a very good example of a DIPA and very drinkable for the style, despite the alcohol definitely showing up. Recommended for the hopheads out there.

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

25.4oz bottle split with 2 friends a couple of weeks back. Review from notes.

A: Hazy orange with a dense white head. Good retention and lacing

S: Floral and citrus notes - orange and tangerine. Sharp bitterness with citrus and caramel sweetness

T: Starts off pretty bitter - sharp,citrus bite with a long lasting hop bitterness and glavor. Mild caramel sweetness. Dry on the finish

M: Great resiny feel, pleasing bitterness and nice, dry finish

D: That went down easy!

Notes: The bottled version is *completely* different from what I had on tap at the Rogue Alehouse in SF. That one was just incredibly dry with *no* sweetness

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

26 oz ceramic bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a slightly hazy copper with a rocky off-white head. Good head retention and moderate lacing.

S - Lots of hops in the aroma. Grapefruit and pine dominates.

T - Naturally, the hops dominate. The citrus flavors come out the strongest with some pine coming through as well. The malt backbone adds some breadiness to it.

M - Medium-bodied, lingering citrus aftertaste from the hops. Carbonation is just about right.

D - A very easy to drink IPA. The high ABV sneaks up on you quick though.

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

The I2PA came in the crazy ceramic bottle with the flip top cap. Opening it gave a slight bit of ecstasy as the hop aroma invaded the nasal cavities. It was a hazy orange with a massive 2-3 finger foam head with washing machine sudsy lacing.

The smell was sweet dark hoppy dankness. It was real piney and grassy. The taste was malty then hoppy then sweet. It was a complex me. In the mouth it was well carbonated and semi chewy. Overall it was very pricey but good. Maybe a once in a while thing or expensed on a Friday business lunch.

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Photo of stephens101
2.78/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

If I had to break a bottle over someones head in a bar fight, this is the one I would reach for. Let's see if this bad looking sob packs a wallop. Pours a hazy copper with virtually no head, but a bunch of big bubbles instead. Very weird, and I have to wonder if there's something wrong here. Smells sweet, hoppy and bready. Taste is more subdued than expected with a nice blend of the hops and some sweetness though. A bit of chalk and yeast lingers around the end. Overall a bit dull, like there's something missing. I'm a big Rogue fan, and was looking for a grand experience here, but I just can't get excited about this one.

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Photo of chuckd123
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried one of these last night out of the ceramic looking bomber bottle. Poured into a snifter glass and head was easily 3 fingers. Died down pretty quick but left a good 1/4" for the duration, and lacing was pretty thick and long lasting.

Smelled of fruity, floral hops, with malt in the background. Alcohol smell surprisingly hidden, not at all overpowering.

Taste is very good, at first sip you notice how nicely blended all the ingredients are. Nothing hits you as the dominant flavor. Hops are there and very present, but balanced by a malt flavor in the background. Tastes more like a regular IPA vs a double.

Very drinkable, I could easily enjoy several of these in one sitting. Given the abv, that's impressive.

Excellent example of the double IPA style.

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Photo of timmah427
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been waiting to try this one for a while.

Cool bottle. Pours a light, hazy copper color with 3 fingers of head. Decent head retention, and it leaves plenty of lacing. Good balance with plenty of hops and a nice malty background. Not as extreme as most IIPAs, but a very solid IPA nonetheless. Very drinkable. I feel like Rogue was a little too cautious with this one, and I'm not sure I would buy it again, considering the price. However, I don't regret trying this one, and I would call it "great" if they just called it a plain IPA.

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Photo of Norse23
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The bottle is very sharp. That said, I'd rather not pay for it. Just give me a brown glass bottle and knock down the price.
I think this is a great beer. As good as any IPA out there. It has good hoppiness to it without being over-the-top. For a DIPA, this is very smooth and very drinkable.
As much as I like it, this is probably a "try it once" beer because of the price. There are just too many other good IPA's out there.

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Photo of rxdrewthejew
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue brews and I haven't gotten along all that well, so I figured I'd see what they did with my favorite style. Interesting presentation with the ceramic sorta mini-growler. Poured into my nonic.

A: Bottle encourages a somewhat rough pour, but a good looking brew is revealed. Yellow on the edges of the cup deepening to a nice orange/amber and plenty hazy, with little floaties throughout. Rocky white 2-3 finger head with good retention and fantastic lacing.

S: Big malty front with estery sweetness. Not a huge hope nose revealed in the smell. I detect some pine and floral hints in the back, but really this smells like a malt-dominant brew.

T: Not as sweet in the beginning as the smell suggests, thank goodness. Very nice malt backbone, somewhat sweet but not too much. Hops are mostly pine and resin, and seem somewhat subdued. This may be more due to the balance of the beer though.

MF: Somewhat thin body but enough fizziness to make up for it. Strong warming in the finish, and really the end of the flavor is a bit of alcohol sweetness. Very easy to glug.

D: Pretty subdued IIPA. It's hop dominant, to be sure, but everything seems a little too cautious. My feeling is that a really good IIPA almost has to be a bit over the top, and this one isn't. The balance is really nice, and it's quite easy to drink. But doesn't rate with the big guns.

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Photo of YankChef
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into american pint glass

Appearance: Very pale and golden in color and slightly hazy, not terribly aggressive carbonation and a fluffy white head.

Aroma: Pretty much... hops. and hops. and more hops, citrusy and even some mild fruit aroma.

Taste: First sensation is hops, there is almost no sweetness going on it goes right to rich flavorful hops, however the bitterness is certainly not overwhelming. As you drink it the malt becomes more present to make this a damn enjoyable beer.

Overall: For the price this is a get it once to experience it beer. One of the first IIPA's ever made and is kind of a cult classic. It really reminds me of hop wallop, in a blind tasting I could mix them up and for 10 bucks a 6 pack compared to 15 bucks for a spectacle.... get hop wallop.

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

The colour is orange-yellow-amber; the liquid is a bit hazy. The finger thick head is beige and compact; it leaves some lacing.

The smell is hoppy... oh so hoppy! Citric notes; bitter oranges, oranges, grape fruits. Bitter flavours, of course, but also a fine sweet flavour of honey and brown sugar. A very mild earthy note and a touch of tobacco smoke. A demanding bouquet: Great stuff!

The taste is at fist a little sweet. Then it becomes very sweet and a little spicy. And then, the hops kick in. It is not as aggressively bitter as many other DIPAs, it is more focused on the citric hoppy flavours (I prefer both ways!). Sweet notes of honey and caramel. Then, the citric flavours emerge with notes of orange peels, grape fruits, bitter oranges and a touch of lemon peels. The aftertaste is bitter with sour hints of lemons, grape fruits and lemon peels. Some mild sweet notes too, as a touch of earthy yeast and a mild metallic note. The finish is very long: Bitter hoppy flavours and herbal notes.

Why not 5.0? Well, I would have liked some more potent bitterness.

The carbonation is mild, the bubbles small, and the liquid rich thick and smooth.

A very fine ale in all ways.

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Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, orange color with a two-finger, off-white head that left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of citrus and pine. There was also a burnt toast maltiness.

T - It tasted very bittersweet. Citrus and roasted malt flavors were balanced and quite nice.

M - It was very crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer but fairly easy-drinking despite its high ABV.

D - It is tasty but considering the price I'd rather grab a Great Divide Hercules DIPA (just to name one).

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Photo of atsprings
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Tyler's in Apex, served in a Rogue XS chalice a nice light tan with a decent head that diminishes to a ring but leaves decent lacing. Aroma is a great amount of citrus hops and sweet malts not far behind. The taste presents a somewhat surprising balance, sure the hops are in the forefront as expected, but the malts are not far behind. The beer is on the heavy side of medium, but lighter and smoother than you'd expect at that strength. This is certainly an enjoyable beer, but the price tag of the bottled version certainly affects the drinkability somewhat.

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Photo of Onslow
3.52/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks Josh! .. lots of hops, nice nice level of bitters ... honey, pine, wood, lots of pine-coney gooddness ... hies the alcohol under the sheets .. not worth the $17 but would buy if in regular glass ...a solid IIPA ... ditch the ceramic rogue... again, thanks josh..

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XS Imperial India Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 1,254 ratings
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