2XIPA - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by TangTKE402:
4.68/5 rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Poured a clear, light-straw color with a frothy 1-finger head. Some lacing, but not much.
Smell is of the big-hop variety: Pine needles, orchids, some sweet citrus like blood orange, and a little grapefruit.
Taste is astounding: not the typical heavy brooding double IPA, this one is bright and cheery. It comes alive with some great balsam notes on the front, and it finishes with the taste of citrus (although not too bitter.) This beer has a well-balanced malt to it that gives it a sweeter taste than most IPAs, but it works wonders, lightening the whole beer. It's hoppy, a little bready, but all beer. There's a lot to drinking this one, and it surprises in its construction. There is a touch of alcohol in the aftertaste, but nothing to ruin it.
Mouthfeel is slightly chewy, full-bodied, yet it has an airy quality. A slight dryness on the aftertaste persists, but nothing tanniny.
Drinkability is high. For an Imperial IPA, this beer is refreshing, clean, very very tasty, and while it may be alcoholic, the 8.2% doesn't come through much at all. It's dangerously drinkable.
Serving type: bottle
12-13-2010 22:37:25 | More by TangTKE402
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4.34/5 rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
12 oz. bottle picked up in Port Huron; bottled March 6 2014. Served slightly chilled.
Pours a beautiful, clear golden-blonde colour with nice effervescence. A continuous swarm of bubbles lazily floats its way to the surface, reinforcing the half-inch of lumpy, frothy white head seated there. A nice-looking pale ale, with an enticing aroma that is typical of this style - lots of resiny pine, grapefruit and lemon citrus alongside milder notes of pineapple and caramel malts. Slightly floral; a nice bouquet, overall.
Full-flavoured and reasonably balanced for the style; this is a quality strong IPA if there ever was one. Doughy malts and caramel sweetness provide a backbone, upon which the hops capably strut their stuff. Their flavour is quite resiny and piney, with grapefruit pith, pineapple and a vaguely onion-like note coming through near the finish. Some lingering resiny bitterness in the finish, but not particularly long-lasted. Medium-bodied, perhaps a little on the viscous side of that category, with a smooth feel and restrained carbonation levels. The mouthfeel may just be the highlight of this beer for me; it's just unbelievably easy-drinking for how strong it is.
Final Grade: 4.34, an excellent A grade. Southern Tier's 2XIPA is one of the best 'lighter' examples of this style I have ever had the pleasure of trying. While I could see the hop profile rubbing some people the wrong way (onion/garlic is not something you really expect in a beer), in my eyes it blends quite nicely with the other hop notes and slight alcohol flavour. A fabulous beer that I hope to return to eventually, since it is not available in my home market.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2014 18:25:40 | More by thehyperduck
4.18/5 rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a hazy light copper body with a small white head with excellent retention. Laces the glass beautifully. Aromas are pleasantly floral and resinous with a distant whiff of pineapple. Just a had a KAPOW! This beer fires on all cylinders. So well rounded: initially sweet with caramel and a hint of cotton candy before a big orange peel and piney hops balance them out in the middle. A tangy pineapple and bitter orange zest linger long on the finish. Medium to full bodied, as befits a beer of such potency and strength of flavor. An outstanding double IPA.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2014 12:27:56 | More by droomyster
2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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