2XIPA - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by nhindian:
3.8/5 rDev -5.9%
12oz bottle poured into a tall snifter.
Put this one in the fridge earlier today as I was looking forward to trying this after a long day of class and job interviews. I decided to crack it now even though I'm quite tired and am hoping the hops will help me sleep!
A - Due to the high alcohol content on this one I decided to go with a pretty aggressive pour. I was rewarded with a dark straw brew that grew about a 2-finger, foamy, white head. It stuck around for a little but for the most part was gone after a few minutes. Pretty great lacing with this one as well. Even after drinking half of the glass, remnants of lace are still clinging on from the head. Crystal clear with a few bubbles rising every now and then.
S - HUGE nose of pine and citrus in this one, which is to be expected for a double IPA, but the upfront-ness about it really surprised me. The hops were like a punch to the face and I'm almost wide awake now. Getting strong hints of orange and grapefruit especially. I feel like I'm in the middle of a forest after a light summer rain. Very refreshing.
T - This one is definitely a sipper. It took a few drinks for my palette to get used to the abusing bitterness from the combined hops and citrus but midway through I was enjoying it quite a bit. One of the most potent IPA's I've had so far. Orange notes interspersed throughout the pine makes this one quite tasty but the bitter aftertaste also detracts a bit.
M - Feels medium-bodied in the mouth and has ample carbonation to give the flavors a bit of a boost.
D - As mentioned before, this one is a bit of sipper. The smell and flavor are spot on, but the bitterness just wrecked my palette 3/4ths of the way through. Due to this and the high ABV, I'm not sure I could or would want to have more than one of these in a night.
Overall a pretty solid representation of the style, but the finish could be a bit smoother. I have 3 bottles left and am looking forward to them!
10-12-2010 02:53:14 | More by nhindian
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3.5/5 rDev -13.4%
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.
07-04-2010 00:29:38 | More by oberon
4.15/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
02-20-2011 20:26:45 | More by ExtraStout
3.98/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
08-08-2011 00:09:49 | More by Rijtjeshuis
4.28/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
07-23-2012 23:42:12 | More by MadScientist
4.39/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
04-07-2013 17:19:30 | More by tbryan5
4/5 rDev -1%
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.
02-14-2011 01:14:30 | More by steelerguy
4.22/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
12-08-2010 15:25:01 | More by lordofthewiens
2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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