2XIPA - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 985
Hads: 4,138
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 132
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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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Reviews: 985 | Hads: 4,138
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)

Photo of Jennz906
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
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.
OVERALL- (432 characters)

Photo of david18
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my draft review:

I'm not sure how many Double IPA's this brewery makes. it much be twenty or more. I like many, most, of Southern Tier beers. Inventive, unusual and well made. I had a sixteen ounce pour of this at Rattle and Hum in New York.

Light in color, very heavy head with a great hop aroma. Relatively light in alcohol for the style and for Southern Tier's other double ipas. I'll have this again.


Anyway, I was glad to see this in a bottle because an 8 percent ipa is actually hard to find and refreshing. Same opinion as above and I was glad to find it. (578 characters)

Photo of klikger
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into SA perfect pint glass

A - Extremely light for a hoppy beer...seriously? Very nice white head & excellent lacing.

S - Fresh, citrusy hops and honey

T - Honey and butterscotch lead into a very tasty combo of floral hops and grapefruit bitterness. The sweetness from the former sticks around throughout & dominates the finish.

M - Medium-bodied, contrary to the color; even syrupy at times. Good amount of carbonation.

D - Too sweet for sessions, but one bottle went down pretty easily. (513 characters)

Photo of mtstatebeer
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, served in a tulip glass. Pours a crystal clear golden color with a good, foamy, off-white head, good lacing. Aroma is pale malts, grass, pine, and citrus. Flavor is caramel, orange and grapefruit, resin and pine, and wood. Mouthfeel is medium, with a bitter and slightly dry finish. Good beer, very nice balance. (327 characters)

Photo of timwatson31
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not my favorite beer. I saw another reviewer say this beer is cheap, I need to send him money to buy me beer because any Southern Tier 6 pack is 12.99 in DE. Underwhelmed by this beer, too one note for me. (205 characters)

Photo of danmcg62
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear golden orange color. A finger width head stays around for a little bit. Looks more like a regular IPA and not a DIPA.

S-A real smokey, woody smell to the beer. Strawberries and oranges some to mind. A real deep hop aroma as well. Interesting to say the least.

T-This hop taste is quite different than anything I've had before. Real intriguing taste. A tad spicy and citrusy taste.

M-A real thick and creamy feel in the mouth.

O-Overall this is a real interesting DIPA. Not overly drinkable so, you really need to take your time with this one. Decent stuff, but I think I would go for their IPA over this one. (628 characters)

Photo of Mosley1212
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to JohnB87 for providing this one for me. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A--Looks very crisp and clear. There are slow rising carbonation bubbles throughout the drink. Beer poured with a 1" thick white foamy head, like sea foam that left good streaking down the side. The beer was a clear, pale orange color.

S--Big hop smell up front. Very oily hops. Then comes a floral malt and heavy caramel smell.

T--Not too much of the hops from the nose. I pick up way more of the malt backbone of the beer. As the beer warmed the overall taste seemed to become suppressed. This was a lot better fresh out of the fridge than after a while.

M--Medium bodied, light carbonation, and a slight watery taste.

O--This is a pretty good DIPA when it is had on tap, but coming from the bottle it was a bit of a disappointment. I'm going to chalk it up to possible having a bottle that was near its expiration, and not the beer itself. (944 characters)

2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 985 ratings.