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2XIPA - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 994
Hads: 4,171
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 134
Gots: 857 | FT: 5
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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 Slatetank
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I appreciated the chance to try this, thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing. Poured chilled from the 12oz into a tulip

A - A very clear golden with amber accented liquied and a thin white cap which drops to a ring w/ good clinging lace that holds

S - An arom of hops that has a strong piney aspect and mild acidic citrus note that lingers w/ slight grassy aroma accented by herbal notes and mild sweet odor w/ a pungent fruit ester

M - Well carbonated brew w/ a mild acidic and slight resinous hoppy feel w/ a dry spicy finish

T - The flavor has an apparent simcoe taste immediately w/ spicy pepper and herbs from the hops and funky cat piss-like acid in the hops. the flavor of simcoe gives the beer an acidity and spiciness w/ mild citrus afternote and mildly sweet malty flavor w/ light alcohol influence in the warming finish

D - A tasty brew, not the best in the style by any means, but flavorful and drinkable. Kind of one dimensional in the grand scheme so just above average form me - it could use more hop flavor other than spice to win me over (1,059 characters)

Photo of EkimGram
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale golden yellow colour. Poured form a 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. Large, fluffy head that dissipates fairly quickly with visible lacing all around.

Smell: Hoppy and sweet aromas with a bit of spice, a bit of citrus.

Taste: Not as hoppy as I had expected but still hoppy. A nice moderately-citrus flavoured aftertaste.

Mouthefeel: Medium-bodied, moderately carbonated. A little silky, velvety, and a little sticky.

Drinkability: Goes down exceptionally easy. Barely any alcohol presence whatsoever, nothing really too overpowering. The taste is somewhat faint but nice. (598 characters)

Photo of ColdWaffles
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

Appearance: Golden color with a nice white head. Head dies pretty quickly, sadly. Leaves a nice lacing though.

Smell: "Light" smells, very grassy and floral. Nice.

Taste: Hoppy first, gives a little citrus on the end. Definitely not the best I've had for the style. Hides its alcohol tremendously though. Almost non-evident. Pretty standard overall. Finishes a little sweet.

Mouthfeel: Relatively light with a fair amount of carbonation. Very easily drinkable. If I wouldn't get trashed, I could easily knock back quite a few of these.

This isn't the best DIPA, but it's not bad at all. (641 characters)

Photo of 9InchNails
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very light in color, maybe straw yellow. Held up to the light long enough I could go blind. White head settling down. Seems to be leaving lace on the glass. Looks okay.

Piney smell, also some citrus hops. Not much of a malt smell. It smells okay for an IPA.

Bitterness upfront and subtle towards the end. Tastes good. Pine and citrus hops combining into one flavor in the beginning then malt helps take away the bitterness at the end.

Carbonation somewhat bites the tongue. Leaves the mouth feeling dry. Thin body trying to approach medium. Feels okay.

Drink ability is okay. I could have another. Easy drinking. But they're so many better IPA's I'd get bored after two. (677 characters)

Photo of Mit
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a-Nice golden colour with a minimal head.

s-Fairly malty for a double IPA. Nice spiceyness coming through from hops. I had a stuffed nose so....it may be off.

t-Wow...not super hoppy especially for a DIPA. Very full tasting with the malts and hops working well together. Still suprised at the balance and was expecting a hop bomb.

m-It's a pretty heavy beer and the mouth feel reflects that.

d-Deceptively drinkable. The 8% abv is very well done. (450 characters)

Photo of TTAmod
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Clear and gold liquid with a thick, rocky, well-sustained white head. Nice lacing. Looks good.

S: Smells...well...really hoppy. Mostly grapefruit.

T: Well balanced. Nice smack of grapefruit hops with a strong malt backbone. Bit of juniper, marijuana, and pine spiciness on the way out.

M: Medium, slick, pretty much good for an IPA

O: Bit of step-down overall from the Unearthly. It's a great beer, but the DIPA field is quite competitive. There are definitely better, more assertive DIPAs out there, but this one nails the balance quite well, if that's what you're into. (618 characters)

Photo of bpfishback
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle with no date code. I feel like this may have been an older bottle having had their pale ale which has a great hop aroma. But with no date code I might as well review it as fresh.

A: Golden yellow, exceptionally clear. Fluffy dense head at first but low retention, it does leave nice lacing in the glass.

S: Sort of lacking in hop aroma. Some hops but not enough for a double ipa. The southern tier pale ale has better hop aroma. See top comment.

T: Has a nice hop oil taste. Resin and pine. Finishes bitter. I am amazed this uses three types of malt as I think there is something missing maltwise, it's good but unbalanced.I love unbalanced ipas but this one isn't right.

M: Well attenuated. Added body from the hop oils.

D: Fairly drinkable due to its low finishing gravity. The alcohol is well hidden in this beer just like on the label. It's a good beer but it I think to some point drinkability suffers due to a lack of malt character. (964 characters)

Photo of Mjlarson84
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Solid, well balanced and not citrus-y. It does not seem to be a full imperial ipa though. It's not on the level with other imperials like dogfish head 90 min or Greenbush brother Benjamin. But it's $10 a six pack, not $12 for a four pack. Overall, 2XIPA is a good go to well hopped ipa. (287 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into my Magic Chouffe tulip. Atta boy, Choufster!

Pale golden body lies beneath a two finger deep summit of bright white.

Nose leaves something to be desired. Not that it smells off, it's just there's no much there. Very mild and subdued: saltines and dough with a hop profile that must be on life support. Faint pineapple and tangerine assert themselves as the beer warms.

Very grainy, bitter, and fairly astringent. The pineapple is slightly more assertive here and the citrus emerges as the tangerine from the nose. I wish the focus here was more on the juicy hoppiness, but the grainy astrigency rules the stages. If the tables were to turn, this beer would have some real potential.

Mouthfeel is nice and supple with a soft carbonation. In no way a bruising experience, but that's not always a good thing. Southern Tier is not a brewery that I usually reach for and I'm not a huge fan of their beers in general, finding them often gimmicky or lacking in styles I typically enjoy. This double has real potential, but lacks the cohesion and pop I'd like to see. (1,081 characters)

Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance-Golden yellow with a 1 finger off white head. Decent lacing.

Smell-Very floral, some piney hops. Light citrus, grapefruit and lemon. Pretty subtle though, but I like where its goin.

Taste-Not what I was expecting. Very lightly hopped. I get alot of floral notes along with some light grapefruit bitterness and lemon.

Mouthfeel-Smooth and refreshing. Like I said, very subtle flavors so it's easy to drink and feels good drinking. ABV not detectable.

Overall-Not aggressive for a IIPA, but still a good, drinkable beer. (533 characters)

Photo of Buggabeer
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A. nice golden amber color. when poured from glass had a 1.5 finger head. After two drinks the head was thin film on top.

S. nice citrus smell (grapefruit) with a slight fresh dough smell and a hint of pine.

T. A very nice drink no overpowering pine taste. I can taste the bread dough with grapefruit and a nice hint of pine.

M. It has a nice carbination feel to it. Lighter than I would have anticapated.

D. Cheers mate lets have another and another. (455 characters)

Photo of Duff27
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Very thin white head atop a light gold beer. Some streams of effervescence with a little lacing.

S- Citrus/grassy hops.

T- More citrus like the in the nose. Finishes with a nice hop bite with a touch of honey perhaps.

M- Thin to medium mouthfeel, adequate carbonation.

D/O- Low end of the spectrum of ABV makes this a very quaffable DIPA, if there is such a thing. Nothing that will tear into your palate...very drinkable for the style. (443 characters)

Photo of Bmoyer0301
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Poured into a standard pint glass. Comes off the tap a bright golden straw color with some hues of light amber. A very thin cloudy white head was patchy at best and seemed to fade awya quite quickly as I drank the beer. I held my glass up to the light and noticed that this is very very clear with not a drop of haze of yeast chunks floating around. On the swirl the viscosity appears to be light to a hair below medium.


Loads of bright citrus, some pine and lots of tropical fruits going on here. Bready biscuits and toasty notes all wrapped around something that comes off slightly like corn. No heat alcohol at all.


Very fresh! Simcoe hops goodness which leave you with a very piny initial taste. Some earthy notes, complimented by pineapples, peaches, lemons, white pepper, and just a tinge
of heat alcohol that accents the hops. The malts remind me of fresh baked croissants. Very dry long finish which is enjoyable.


Another work of art from southern tier, I know I am going to get burned at the steak for saying this but I think this is the East Coast Pliny. Solid beer when fresh and will be one of my go to's (1,163 characters)

Photo of bryanbullock
3.66/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour a extremely light golden hue with solid effervescence and bubbling carbonation. The light color was worrisome that it would lack flavor. Strong aroma of pine and bitter floral hops. Taste was better than the appearance indicated, smooth with good carbonation. Tastes of caramel and malt with balanced hops. This was a good beer. (333 characters)

Photo of zimm421
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Appears a very clear orange to amber color with a thin white head. Leaves some lacing, but nothing impressive.

Smells lightly of hops, grapefruit and pine as well as some malts. Taste is similar, hops up front, with a slight hint of malts in the middle, followed by bitterness. There is an alcohol hint in the aftertaste as well.

Mouthfeel is actually fairly light bodied, not what I was expecting at all. Some good carbonation. Fairly drinkable, but the alcohol in the taste makes it difficult to get down after one or two. (569 characters)

Photo of crossovert
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. No best by date but I think it's pretty fresh.

Pours a clear gold with hints of peach and a soapy white head. I like the lacing that it leaves as well.

The smell has a distinct tropical tone. A good smell but it doesn't always translate in the taste. It smells a bit like HopSlam as well.

The taste is decent. It has a decent amount of acidic tropical tomato but also some citrus, raw hop cone, and a slight bitterness. It is a sweeter ipa.

This is an okay attempt, but not one of my more well-likes DIPAs. (524 characters)

Photo of J23hc
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sixer for under ten bucks. First try, poured into tulip. Clear orange/gold, small white head. Lots of hops on the nose, pungent almost musky scent, with lots of tangerine and clementine. Very light crisp feel, bitter hops and booziness resembling champagne. A solid brew but not so distinct (290 characters)

Photo of thedoubler55
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A nice clear amber base, with a slight head and bits of lacing around the glass as the head dissappears

S- Distinct hint of citrus hops with apricots and peaches at the tail end

T- Very bitter with first sip, as it warms up it gets better, very orangey taste and some hints of pineapple as well

M- Thick Mouthfeel

D-This is not a beer I would try again, I was expecting A lot from southern tier with this beer, it was kind of a let down as far as taste and drinkability. (478 characters)

Photo of estlinska
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a 16oz pint, draft. Taken from notes. Golden orange in color with a tall head of bone colored foam that leaves decent lacing on the glass. Very citrusy on the nose with some grassiness. Tastes big of grapefruit oil and orange peel. Malt is very subdued. Mouthfeel is that of lots of carbonation and a slightly harsh bitter finish. Overall a fair example of a DIPA. It lacks somewhat on the malt balance, but I'd drink it again. (437 characters)

Photo of Phelps
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks: diffusive goldenrod. Silky strands float about in the liquid upon the pour. A frothy head of pure white sits atop but runs away fairly quickly, becoming a chunky top layer that leaves some nice jagged lacing.

Smells: lawn-scented. It's more grassy than citrusy, though there is lemon peel, honey, sweet strawberry and pineapple. Smells very fresh and very sweet.

Tastes: subdued. The hops seems to impart more bitterness than flavor here. A bit of orange peel, some pear, a little sweet pale malt, some lime, and grass again. Maybe I'm spoiled, but this seems more like an IPA than a double IPA. Pretty average.

Feels: medium-light in body, with a prickly medium-high carbonation that causes the beer to fizz up slightly as it moves about the mouth.

Drinks: like unfulfilled expectations. I've been extremely impressed with most of the Southern Tier beers I've been able to try. 2XIPA isn't bad by any means; the flavor just doesn't deliver the check the nose was writing. (987 characters)

Photo of BlackBearForge
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern Tier 2XIPA pours a very pale golden copper with a small white head leaving minimal lacing.

The aroma is hoppy bright with citrus and pine leading the way.

The flavor is a nice blend of lightly toasted malts with a touch of caramel and bitter hops that come across more resinous than citrus except for a nice flavor of lightly sugared grapefruit. Warming blends the flavors and opens the beer up.

Mouthfeel is a generous medium full, smooth and just slightly creamy.

Southern Tiers flavor profiles aren't quite my favored for IPA styles but that won't prevent me from enjoying their beers! (601 characters)

Photo of ToddT
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden orange topped with a fluffy off white head. Head has good retention and leaves lots of spotty lace on the glass.

S- Candied citrus and grapefruit. Not much else going on in the aroma.

T- Sweet grapefruit right off of the bat, some notes of orange and lemon, but mostly dominated by the grapefruit. Finish is slightly bitter but still sweet, relatively clean finish for a DIPA.

M- Medium in body and carbonation. Mouth feel is relatively clean with minimal oily residue from the hops, but there is a build up a sweetness. On the palate.

D- An easy drinker for 8.2% ABV, but the sweetness started to get to me about halfway through the bottle.

Decent but not my favorite of the style. (697 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2010-12-28 at Al's of Hampden in Enola, PA

A - Clear straw with a short, white head.

S - Floral hops, citrus, grassy

T - Sweet mildly-roasted grain, moderate grapefruit bitterness and orange. Partially dries out but there's a lingering sour/bitter flavor that was decent but not great.

M - Medium body and high carbonation with a mouthfeel like drinking a can of sparkling cream soda.

D - I enjoyed this brew but the aftertaste and very high carbonation cause me to knock off a few points. (507 characters)

Photo of brewskier
3.64/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Frothy eggshell colored head after a slow, steady middle pour is nonetheless fairly glossy and low to sink. Decent lacing. The beer is a fairly clear deep gold.

Lush hop aroma exudes tropical fruit including kiwi and pineapple. Sweet, but still hinting at the acidity in those fruits...or in this case, the alpha acids in the hops! Nice, and a bit different from the usual biting citrus.

The flavor, unfortunately, doesn't exactly shout double IPA. I wish I had just continued sniffing. It is much lighter than a DIPA should be, but does have that characteristic sweetness...too much so, in fact. It's a bit like drinking soda with lots of sugary malt twined with the tropical notes. The hops are there, but less assertive than even some pale ales, such as Dale's. A slight squeeze of lemon, is noticible, at least, and the sweetness does fall away into a more biscuity malt and then to an attempt at bitterness.

Pretty light mouthfeel for a double IPA, but still a little bit of stickiness. Could use a little more carbonation than the light effervescence present, in order to break up the sweetness.

Very drinkable for a double given its light nature...you can actually drink this pretty quickly. I was surprised to learn that it was over 8%. A nice change of pace, but the sweetness does hold it back a bit. (1,314 characters)

Photo of Wildcatz69
3.64/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

D.o.b 10/24/12
Poured into a pint glass from bottle.
The look was much lighter than expected, golden.
Smell is floral hops fruity notes.
Taste is very hop-driven and high on malt, you can feel this double Ipa more in the back of mouth and throat.
With a high alcohol content, this d.I.p.a. Is tasty and you can normally purchase this at a decent bar or grocery for fair price. (376 characters)

2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 994 ratings.