2XIPA - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,113
Reviews: 1,028
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 132
Gots: 800 | FT: 4
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Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: mcallister on 04-28-2010

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy yellow orange beer with short tight head that fades quickly to a film and extensive lacing.

S - Solid nose of pine, grapefruit citrus, floral notes, with a mild honeyed element, presumably from the malt.

T - Stronger honey couples with a hint of lemon and a certain medicinal element. Another IPA that reminds me of a honey lemon throat lozenge, not that that is a bad thing. This is a pretty delicious brew. Middle comes with some bitterness, and that runs through the close. At the end, the honey comes back, offering a touch of sweetness.

M - Mild carbonation means the bitterness and hop oils hang around. Not a sign of the serious alcohol, though, which is a significant accomplishment.

O - This is a solid double IPA, with bright flavors. An added benefit is this quite drinkable for a DIPA. I will pick this one up again, I suspect.

Photo of oberon
3.49/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of the few things I miss about living in western NY was a steady supply of ST beers in my fridge.Poured into a nonic a clear full golden with a clingy egg shell colored one finger white head.Aromas seemed to be more malt driven than hop like I expected,caramel and sweetish cooky dough mainly with a noticeable leafy hop presence but its really muted in my opinion.Flavors have a bit mre hop presence but nowhere near what I would have expected,leafy and herbal with a bit of overripe citrus fruit,a full caramel sweetish malt base thruought.Its ok but it lacks some hop character,not quite what I was expecting here.

Photo of ExtraStout
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz pour into a pint glass

A: Clear golden pour with lots of active carbonation. Leaves a fizzy white 1 finger head which lasts, for the most part, throughout the glass. Got some lacing mid glass

S: Pretty big grapefruit nose along with pine. Seems like this will have a decent malt presence as well

T: Just like the nose. Malt indeed adds a nice balance to this. Just the slightest hint of alcohol in the finish. Bitterness throughout

M: Light to medium bodied. Hops attack the palate incredibly fast. Good carbonation

D: Very good DIPA. Alcohol catches up to me after one though, so not sure how many I'd drink in one sitting. Super hoppy but well balanced.

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served in tulip.

look (3.5/5) - a deep gold color, which is a touch lighter than I'd expect for the style. Head was pretty good. It rose to about two fingers, fluffy, and white. Falls a touch fast, but leaves some nice lacing before reducing to a swirling film. Very cloudy, probably unfiltered.

smell (4/5) - obviously the hops dominate. Not hugely complex, you get citrus and pine with some dry hopping in there, but they work together very well. The malts are less sweet, I get some graininess and some breadcrust in there. Yeast has a bit of fruit in it and a little bit of a tart finish that comes out a bit like a BPA.

Flavour (4/5) - The hop flavor is a bit weaker than you'd usually get with an I/DIPA. Hops and malts very similar to those you get on the nose. The fruitiness from the yeast plays really well with the citrus-like hops. Finish is tart and crisp and only medium bitter.

Feel (4/5) - medium-light body, maybe a bit heavier for not being filtered - higher carbonation. Feels 'fluffy'.

Drink (4/5) - I don't think this is a great example of the style, to be honest. Yet the flavors, though not totally complex, play well together and make for an interesting brew that almost seems like an I/DIPA met a BPA.

I liked.

Photo of MadScientist
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: This pours pale gold in color with excellent clarity along with an off-white head with a good retention.

s: The smell is dominated by moderately-high hops aromas of pine and citrus, lemon and grapefruit. There is some malt toasty aroma and slight sweetness and a hint of alcohol.

t: There is a medium hop flavor that mostly grapefruit, lemon along with pine and a moderately-high bitterness. There is a little support from a malt sweetness that keeps the hops in check giving it a moderately bitter balance. The slight malt flavors coming through are bread and toffee-like. The bitterness lingers past the moderately dry finish.

m: A smooth medium-bodies beer with a moderate level of carbonation. There is a slight alcohol warming, but not enough to remind me that it checks in at 8.2% ABV.

o: This is a great IPA with just enough restraint to let me throw back a few pint in a sitting. The hops aroma is good but a little more aromatic hops would have me moving this from a great beer to and outstanding beer.

Photo of tbryan5
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to griffeyb for sending me this one.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

It pours a hazy almost amber color with a medium head that dissipates quickly leaving a nice amount of splotchy lacing. The bread and malts hit your nose up front and then the hops come through nicely after. It is not quite as hoppy as I expected since it is a IIPA but still damn good. A medium amount of carbonation with this guy. Overall, I really enjoyed this brew. If I could get it near me I would definitely pick up more.

Photo of steelerguy
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear golden color, with moderate carbonation, nice head that fades to a sticky covering leaving lacing on the side.

S - Floral and some citrus hops. A bit of sweetness from the hops and malt.

T - Complex hop flavor, some floral hops come though but mostly citrus with a bit of pine. There is a lot of hop flavor going on here, but not overwhelmingly so. Ends with a good deal of bitterness, but almost more like a AIPA rather than AIIPA.

M - Pretty light body considering it is an IIPA, but keep it clean and pretty refreshing for a larger beer.

D - Drinks more like an IPA with lots of hop flavor, this beer will not bowl you over and it is easy to have more than one.

Photo of Marisol820
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

It pours a dark hazy yellow with a smaller head. It has a light aroma of bitter citrus that you can really only smell when you put your nose to the glass. It is very bitter and hoppy. There are light floral and citrus flavors present.

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

6pack purchased at Tully's.
In a tulip glass the beer was a golden color with a medium-sized white head. A good deal of lace.
Nice aroma. Citrus, floral, and plenty of sweet malt.
More came through in the taste. Grapefruit and piney hops that kept building. Background of sweet bread.
Nice baalance. Alcohol not noticeable.
Good beer.

Photo of warnerry
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottle date

A - Pours a clear straw with slowly rising carbonation and one finger of head that leaves some lacing behind.

S - Rather subtle aroma, with some floral notes and caramel malts coming through.

T - Decent hop bite, but a ton of malt comes through, mostly caramel. Hops are very floral. Some alcohol is apparent in the taste.

M - Medium mouthfeel, not too thick but definitely full.

O - A nicely balanced, easy to drink DIPA, but not something that really stands out.

Photo of marvin213
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thick,two-finger white ceiling lies over a very pilsner-looking, straw-colored ale. Only the thick lacing residue clues you into the big-boy company we're supposed to be keeping. Its body is surprisingly light.

Smell is solid: solid hop additions to a strong malt backbone. Its malty foundation reminds me of 90min, but the nose is hoppier than that.

It's good--I never would've disputed that. It represents perfectly, however, the oversaturated hop market in craft beers these days. This showed up at my local Harris Teeter, and I was glad to see it! Still, I can get Two-Hearted there. I get Sweetwater IPA at the local Wal-Mart. This is a malty version of one of those. It's good, but lacks hop appeal of the near-perfect Two Hearted selections and ratios. Had this beer beat 90Min down here, we'd be watching Southern Tier on Discovery Channel. Though good--even among those peers, it's nothing better than what's already around locally. It's mouthfeel falls short of both the aforementioned beers (Two Hearted citrusness and 90Min's malt profile are simply better), but I suppose it's a worthwhile hop rep. A IIPA rep...? I smell an acquittal!

Photo of Billolick
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle w/o freshness/bottling info to be ascertained. Pours lighter amber, clear, typical tan head, with staying power quite evident, goes to a tiny bubble film, low sheeting, collar and very fine strands of lace. Nose is nicely hopped up, citric and biting. Tasty DIPA, ample but not overwhelming hop crunch, I'm getting notes of citrus, pine, mint on the hoppy side, and biscuits and smooth malt on the sweat end. Balanced. Not really what I like in a DIPA. Dangerously drinkable. I'd like more aggression out of whoever determined the hop bill on this one. Tasty and obviously quality offering. Well worth trying.

Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, gold in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: pine hops with a touch of caramel

Taste: predominantly pine hops, some earth, caramel,and citrus hops

Mouthfeel: light bodied, medium carbonation, slightly bitter with a small sweet backbone

Drinkability: Another nice and piney, slightly complex IPA. Very well mixed in terms of hop combination. Easily the best ST beer you can get in a sixer. Really enjoyed this one and look forward to getting some more.

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 7/22/10.

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is very hoppy with some pine, orange and dank notes. Very inviting. The flavor is mainly pine with some nice caramel malt notes. I also get some grassy and earthy hops and a tad bit of orange citrus as the beer warms. Medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This is not the best Double IPA I have ever had, but it is very good and a beer that everyone should try.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle from the LCBO as part of the summer release.

Poured into my trusty Duvel tulip. A lovely marmalade orange brew, slightly opague, with thin soapy head that survives well and leaves some packets of lacing. Good looking brew.

Nose is pine and west coast hops - pineapple, mango, lemon and grapefruit, caramel and biscuit. Lots going on here, seems pretty balanced.

A flavorful, hoptacular strong IPA. Strong, but the taste of alcohol is well-masked. Really digging the tropical fruit flavors and malt character here. While still not the explosion of hops I was expecting, this is nevertheless a lovely brew.

Thin, a bit oily, mild carbonation.

I wasn't a huge fan of the Gemini blended IPA, so this was a real treat. At the price point I'll be back for more to keep over the summer. Great stuff, good to see Southern Tier back in the LCBO.

Photo of MrKasbeer
3.06/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smooth and hoppy without a big bite.

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden amber color, thin white head very little lacing.

Smell: Citrus, hops, and pine notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Strong bitter pine taste with a good hint of hops and citrus.

Overall: Good IPA. Would buy this one again.

Photo of bsp77
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Hazy, light gold with decent stark white head and a touch of lacing.

Smell: Tart grapefruit, floral/spicy hops, tea and doughy bread. A little mild, and very English, other than the grapefruit.

Taste: Nice, grapefruity hops over a ramped up malt body of bread, tea and caramel. Finish is just somewhat bitter, and actually more floral and spicy than truly bitter.

Feel: Fairly light body for the style, but pretty oily as well. Carbonation is subdued. Finish is dry, as expected regardless of whether I am treating this as a Double IPA or some kind of ramped up English Ale. Crisp and refreshing. Odd for an over 8% beer.

Overall: This is not really what I think of as DIPA. This is simply too English and malty, but with some grapefruity American hops thrown in for good measure. So I would consider this more of a American-style Double ESB, which isn't a style. The name 2XIPA is simply misleading. That's a lot of blathering just to say that this was not what I expected. However, it's very tasty and unique, which is more important than style distinctions.

Photo of Swedes21
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - straw coloured hazy beer, unable to see through it. very nice white head, dissipates quickly to some nice island foam. there is a little lacing. some real good carbonation levels.

Smell - I got pine, hops, malts, caramel and some nice citrus tones. very well balanced and all good smells, nothing too overbearing.

Taste - oh wow, talk about an awesome tasting beer. the hops and pine take charge followed by some nice malts. the citrus kicks in and finishes with a nice caramel taste. this is an amazing tasting beer.

Mouthfeel - take the taste, add a little enhancement to each flavour and you got the mouthfeel, very filling, good levels, awesome.

Overall - I truly enjoyed this beer and even happier i picked it up in my own backyard. thanks to the lcbo summer collection, this beer will now be stocked on my shelf all summer long (i hope!)!

Photo of kingcrowing
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a light clear wheaty golden with a nice one finger white head that quickly fades to some light laxing and a small rim of foam. Nose is fantastic! Fresh and floral but still fairly sweet and malty.

Taste is really pretty good! It's one of the most well balanced IIPAs I've ever had I think, it's got a very nice hoppiness to it but it's still very malty and rich. A bit of caramel and citrus make for a delightful beer. It's somewhat similar to Gemini but more well balanced I think. Mouthfeel is sharp and full, a good amount of carbonation, quite easy drinking.

Photo of Jennz906
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

my first review:
APPEARANCE - A Nice Gold, or a dense urine color, pretty pale with a head about 1cm maybe lower. I'd say average.
SMELL- I'm not very knowledgeable in the smells but I'd say possibly a piney and floral smell.
TASTE- Bitter, with a burst an Strong after taste, but it's hard to say due to the 3 different malts and 4 hops.
MOUTHFEEL- Highly Carbonated, but not too strong with an easy feel.

Photo of hotpauko
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Disclaimer: I am a hophead and this is my session IPA. I will always want to try differ beers and differ styles but if this is on tap, hard for me to avoid. Today, wanted it,walked to a couple (local in walking distance) bars to get it on tap. : ). I consider this a "1.5" IPA. It's not quite a double but def not a single. More of a crisp, clean IPA, no real malt, but nothing on the citrussy side, more of a lemony, organic taste. No real sweetness or floral flavor like a Racer 5 or 2 hearted, just straight hops with a touch of slight fruit bite. Settles smoothly on the tongue and even after taste. I could drink these all night, although at my age and # of kids! that won't happen any time soon. LOL. Becoming a big fan of Southern Tier.

Photo of dellert2332
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the top 1% of beers in the world (or at least beers available along the east coast US). Alcohol content and flavor just right. Enough to make you feel good but not too strong to make it unenjoyable. Good session beer for those who enjoy a hoppier draft. I suggest getting it straight from the brewery, great experience and made by people who truly love their beer.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at cellar temp poured into a pint glass. no freshness date listed. pours an ever so clear golden color with a nice 2 finger white head that faded to a nice 1/4 inch of creamy head that stuck around for awhile. pretty nice lace. has a pretty light color for a double IPA however.

not a huge aroma like you would expect from a double IPA, but its there. more apparent as it warms. some tropical fruity hops, some pineapple, maybe some pine, and even watermelon, but you kinda gotta dig deep. just a touch of a malt backbone as well as a tiny hint of alcohol.

the taste definatly satisfies me more than the aroma. has a really nice hop bitterness to it. a nice dose of tropical fruits, pineapple, and citrus, somewhat grapefruit like. some grassy pine hops come to play in the finish. mostly hop forward, but there is a touch of caramel malt sweetness that is apparent. finishs with a nice lingering bitterness.

medium body, a little bit of a resiny mouthfeel from the hops.

pretty good drinkability, i could session a few of these, but the abv will eventually catch up to you after too many. prolly not as good as unearthly but way more sessionable. reminds me in many ways as their pale ale that recently came out. dont know if ill really seek out again.

Photo of ehammond1
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Giant Eagle
Columbus, OH

Lightly hazed golden, amber, and light copper collor with a pillowy, thick, and dense off-white head that leaves sticky sheets of lace all the way down the glass. Gorgeous.

Well balanced but strong aroma: citrus hop aromas, sticky pine resin, sweet caramel, and some muted bready, biscuit malt character as well.

Flavor follows the aroma, and for the most part is very well balanced. The tropical fruit and pine flavors play nicely with the sweet, caramel malts. There's a a touch of alcohol harshness near the end of the swallow, though this beer does a fairly good job of hiding it's ABV.

Medium to full bodied with ample carbonation.

A really good Midwest IPA. I won't be trading my Sculpin or Pliny for this anytime soon, but while visiting the region, this is a fine substitute.

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2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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