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2XIPA | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by mcallister on 04-28-2010

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Reviews: 1,034 | Ratings: 4,394
Photo of jrenihan
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Case is dated April 28, 2011, so I guess that is (or is close to) the bottling date. Frustrating that it takes the LCBO a month and half to get it into stores, but what can you do.

Pours a somewhat cloudy pale gold colour, with about two finger widths of white frothy head. Head dissipates quickly to a small remainder that sticks around.

Smell consists of pine, citrus (grapefruit) and some other light fruits around as well. Rather floral.

Taste is good, but not as intense as I would have expected from a DIPA. The grapefruit is strongly present, but the bitterness is only moderate. A distinct pine flavour is present. None of these flavours are as pronounced as would be expected. Further, the alcohol is incredibly well hidden. All of this is to say that it comes across almost as a regular IPA than a DIPA. Still, certainly enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is good- carbonation is moderate to high, but it works well. Beer is medium to full bodied, and feels very good.

Overall. for me, this is an enjoyable beer that was somewhat less exciting than I had hoped. Not as intense as a typical DIPA, but a good beer. The alcohol content is dangerous, as it would be very easy to drink a number of these in a row- it really does not come through.

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Photo of IPAescotch
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lager light color, mediocre head but some thick lacing

Fresh grass clippings and skunk (yes the dank kind). For a DIPA i feel like it is lacking malt character

The hops surely dominate, and carry the flavor from beggining to end. Thats all well and good, but i was expecting more extreme maltiness in this beer, but the malts have a bit part at best

Mouth feel is thin and dry.

highly drinkable for the abv. not wat i was going for at the time but still

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Photo of infi
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic pint.

Pours a hazy golden dark-orange color with a foamy white head and creating a good amount of sticky lacing throughout the glass. Generously carbonated, with the bubbles making themselves known with every swirl. The aromas depict a large amount of hops, particularly the earthy and piney types, with a hint of grapefruit. Not so much of a malt presence overall, regardless of what the label had indicated.

This IIPA begins with a nice pine bitterness that continues towards a smooth maltiness and then again, falls back on a sudden hop kick. The bitterness lingers for a while, but then quickly subsides into nothing. A basic flavor profile of a double IPA.

Mouthfeel is relatively medium-bodied with low-leveled carbonation. Drinkability is moderate- not too quick, yet not too slow either.

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Photo of godlessape
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a clear light amber with plenty of visible carbonation, and a half finger head that settles down within a few minutes to a bare skim.
The aroma comes with subtle herbal, floral and citrus notes, mixed with a slight brown sugary, caramel base accompanied with a hint of alcohol.
The taste follows the nose in every way. Nothing too sweet and nothing too bitter. This contains a subdued balance that I wasn't expecting from a DIPA.
The mouthfeel is thin to medium in carbonation.
Overall this is a decent brew that I hope to try out on tap some day.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

A: 4.25 - Slightly hazy bright gold with a three quarters inch head.
S: 3.25 - Very disappointing aroma, almost non-existent. I sniffed the bottle, put my nose right near the beer, all I get is a very faint sweet citrusness.
T: 3.75 - Fortunately, the flavor is better, with a fair amount of citrusy, floral hop flavor, though many double IPAs have far more. Bitterness is quite high. Malt is clean but adds a little sweetness.
M: 3.75 - Decent body, well-carbonated, with a spritzy feel.
O: 3.75 - Not bad per se, but there are many better examples with loads more flavor and smell.

Weighting (percentages): 20, 20, 40, 5, 15. Avg: 3.75

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Photo of theo871
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into perfect pint. No freshness date to be found (booo!)

A - pours a clear light golden color with a thin white head that leaves a healthy amount of lacing on the glass.

S - Fruity, floral, hints of pine. Smells pretty damn good.

T - Nice balance of sweetness and bitterness. A nice malt profile with a dry hop finish.

M - Light carbonation, lingering oils from the hops.

D - Unbelievably smooth for such a high ABV. While not a true Imperial IPA, there is a lot going on with the flavor profile of this beer. I suspect my bottle is on the old side, and would love to try a fresh bottle to compare.

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Photo of woemad
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane. “DOB 10/05/11” is stamped on the bottle.

Pours a golden color, with about a half inch or so of sudsy white foam at the top that left a surprising amount of lace on the sides of my glass.

Big citrusy hop nose to this beer.

Grapefruit-like bitterness at first, followed by a toasted malt flavor that is WAY in the background. Very dry, and not just at the finish.

Medium bodied, with a less resiny mouthfeel than most IPAs.

This is easily the least malty DIPA I’ve ever had. If in need of a hop fix, this will work well. Personally, I wouldn't mind a little more maltiness to give it more variation. Nevertheless, it’s a good antidote to something like Hopjuice where the malts practically overwhelm the hops.

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Photo of admiral
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

decent double IPA that hides a higher alcohol content well

aroma: malty citrus and slight chocolate

taste: citrus (mainly grapefruit), pine, orange peel, herbs, very slight tropical fruit and some light malt to balance it all.

enjoyable, solid, tasty beer that is easy to drink (especially considering the high abv) but a touch underwhelming

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Photo of barczar
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant golden with a frothy ivory head that slowly dissipates, leaving sticky lacing.

Resin, pine, mint, fresh cut grass, muted orange and grapefruit pith form the aroma. Light skunky notes and an almost cracker-like malt add complexity.

Flavor reveals a grassy, floral backbone, with underpinnings of grapefruit and tangerine underlying bready, crackery malt. The finish is moderately bitter. Hops rule the day, and are more earthy, resiny, and grassy than citrusy. A touch of caramel emerges as it warms.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and noted alcohol warmth.

Bittering hops prevail, a bit much for my tastes. Malt is only a support. The flavoring hops could be more complex, and I'd like more malt backbone for a dipa.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I would never buy this beer, either at a retail account or at a bar, but when it is offered for free, and the alternative is Coors Light, this beer will do.

Average on all fronts.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden-orange color from a 12 oz bottle. No freshness date on the label or bottle.
One finger foamy head that dissipates slowly to a thin film.
Hops, although dominant, blend very nicely with the malt in the aroma. Very good carbonation.
Taste is not as hoppy as I was expecting it to be. The malt flavor is more dominant, with the hops making the presence felt in the after taste. There is a slight bitter aftertaste, which is the only reminder of this being an double IPA.
Crisp and refreshing, and leaves behind some excellent lacing.
However, I was not as impressed by this DIPA, especially considering it is a double.
Drinkability, however is good, the alcohol is hidden very well.
Worth a try, but not a DIPA I would go looking for.

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Photo of BMoldy
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

A: Medium gold, very clear. Impressive 1" foamy white head. Great lacing.

S: Lots of fruity hops with tropical notes (pineapple, mango). Some minty/herbal stuff going on too. Good toasty/bready malts as well.

T: Sweet, but bitter enough. Relatively balanced, but more so malty/sweet. Some herbal and citrus hop flavors.

M: Not really feeling the mouthfeel on this one. Not carbonated enough, slightly too creamy/heavy. A little cloying almost.

O: This review is of the last beer in the six pack. I tried to like this one more, but it felt very out of whack in some ways. It was still fresh, but the flavors tasted a little muddled and true hop character seemed to be...dare I say? Lacking. Moreover, a lot of the delicious flavors in the smell did not translate over into the taste. Something must have been up, but I don't know if I'll be coming back to this any time soon...

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Photo of Michael-McManaman
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Very nice yellow/gold with an average head (about 1 cm). S: very floral maybe a hint of citrus but the hoppy scent just wasn't there for me. T: Quite bitter but not as bitter as I had hoped for when I picked up a "Double IPA" but still great flavor. M: above average carbonation and it goes down easily. OA: I liked this beer a lot actually as an IPA, it had great bitterness and a high ABV. But not a 2xIPA I recommend it and I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall a very good Double IPA. Nothing particularly noteworthy, but solid. Smooth and easy to drink which could permit that ABV to creep up on you. Thumbs up.

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Photo of philbe311
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A medium honey golden color... Full of moderate paced carbonation... No head to speak of, only a very modest lacing with the slightest of collars...

S - Equal parts mellow citrus, bready hops, and soap... A little bit of a grassy outdoor presence... Surprisingly weak and rather unimpressive given it's DIPA status...

T - A splendid blend of citrus and pine... A strong malty bread base with some hints of caramel...

M - Medium bodied... Smooth... Brisk carbonation... Consistent sip after sip...

D - Goes down very easy... Not very sessionable at 8.2% and actually packs quite the potent wallop... Tasty and enjoyable, a better than average DIPA that feels like it should have rated a tad bit higher...

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Photo of zac16125
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Southern Tier 2XIPA
12oz bottle poured into a snifter
DOB 1/13/12

A: Pours a translucent light amber, with an almost yellow hue, and 1/2 fingers of sea foam white colored head, which very quickly dissipates down to only a slight outer ring, and leaves some very slight lacing.  

S: Some citrusy hops, grapefruit and lemon zest, a pretty big alcohol presence, and you're all going to think I'm crazy but I swear there is an aroma of raw hamburger.  I'm trying to run through my mind what other aroma it could be, but I can't get past it.   It smells like a hamburger right before you put it on the grill (and no I'm not eating).  Maybe I need to see a psychiatrist.  Needless to say the aroma doesn't do much for me.  

T: A unique flavor profile.  Flavors of mango, a hint of banana, some piney bitterness on the backed. There is an earthy/floral presence as well. Leaves a nice lingering aftertaste, again of banana, but not like the Belgium yeast banana aftertaste, this is different.  Pretty good, but I'm not blown away.

M/D: Incredibly smooth, with a moderate to heavy body, coats the palate nicely, then quickly finishes dry, urging you to take the next sip.  Appropriately low carbonation, no hint of the ABV, and very easy to drink.  Perfect.  

O: This was an interesting brew for me.  I think Southern Tier is a great brewery, and DIPAs are my favorite style, but this one doesn't really do it for me.  I wouldn't turn it down if it were handed to be, don't I don't plan on buying this one again.

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Photo of circlenine
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into tulip glass 12/19/10.

A: Dark yellow/Pittsburgh gold color. Slowly poured the beer, resulting in a tiny head that quickly dissolved. No lacing on the inner walls of the glass.

S: Not as hoppy as many Double IPAs, but there is definitely a hint of citrus to it.

T: Nice flavor present, although there is no nothing dominant about it - hops dominate not, citrus dominates not... in fact, the more sips I take the less citrus and hops I actually taste.

M: Light to medium bodied with a carbonated mouth kick to it. Slight aftertaste, minimal compared to other DIPAs.

D: Relatively easy to drink.

Comments: It's a good DIPA for sure. For it's price point it's worth picking up a sixer to intersperse with your other brews on a given evening. Can't see myself drinking more than two or three in a sitting - more because of the taste than anything else.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy light gold with a thin white head, nice lacing lines the glass.

Definitely some citrusy hops up front fills my nose, but not as strong and complex as I was expecting. Some alcohol is noticeable as it warms up.

A slight maltyness on the palate at first along with a strong dash of citrusy hops, finishes nice and bitter. The alcohol is covered well, but that's about all I can say about it, not very complex at all, no depth.

Carbonated mouthfeel, somewhat drinkable. The only thing this beer has going for it is the hops, and it's not even as hoppy as I was hoping. Sad to say I'm somewhat underwhelmed by this after seeing all of the high reviews I was expecting something better. If this was just an IPA I can see, but as a DIPA it seems like there is something missing.

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Photo of inthebeeraisle
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A friend gave me this bottle tonight. A friend indeed. I don't really know if this is in our market right now or not.

12 oz. bottle, regular pint glass

A: This beer had a really filtered look. It looks lighter in body then it actually is & had little head retention. Low carbonation level, but certainly not flat.

S: A strong hop aroma. Almost like a piney smell mixed with some kind of melon. Pleasant yet in your face.

T: Big up front hop boom taste. A little smokey, and very dry finish. Seems like some big alpha acid hop variety in there. 4 types of hops the bottle says.

M: This is a thicker then you would expect an Imperial IPA to be. The beer is heavy, hoppy, and dry. 8.2% ABV according to the Southern Tier webpage.

D: I thought this beer was less sweet then other Imperial IPA's I have had so I enjoyed it, but it didn't blow my socks off. I still dig what Southern Tier does though.

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Plum Market in AA

Pours a brilliantly clear, bright golden color. There is a one-finger white head with light retention throughout. Big lemon and grapefruit hop aromas with a substantial danky component. Bitter citrus hops dominate the flavor with lemon and grapefruit notes taking the day. There's not a whole lot else going on here other than the clean citrus bitterness. Finish is quite dry with the alcohol being present but not overwhelming. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation on the palette. The finish is dry and the alcohol warming is moderate. Drinkability is pretty good for the 8%+ abv - the flavors are clean and enjoyable, but the bitterness and lack of complexity limit drinkability somewhat. Well worth picking up a bottle or two.

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Photo of gmshedd
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'd had this in a Southern Tier variety pack a few years back, and remembered it as drink-worthy. Recently bought a 6-pack and put one in the fridge after I got home, but didn't get to it until it was cold. Mistake! Better warm. Drinking one now that is at RT--much better!
Must say that I prefer the regular ST single IPA to this 2X, though. That can be enjoyed in multiples; the 2X is a one-at-a-timer (like most doubles, IMHO).

BTW editors, trying to force everyone's descriptions down the look, smell, taste, feel route makes for boring reading.

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Photo of Kaiser81
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra from 6daysbottomocean.

12 oz bottle poured into my snifter glass

A - Golden with about a half finger width of head. It doesn't leave much lacing on my glass, indicating there aren't a bunch of hop oils.

S - Good smell. Initial bit of tropical fruits, specifically sweet pineapple and nectarines. After that, it dies down and lots of sweet malts are leftover. I imagine this'll be a somewhat malt-dominated ipa.

T - Hey, guess what...there are malts! Sadly, another IPA that misses the mark a bit, in my opinion. There is some grapefruit bitterness, but not the smack in the mouth bitterness I like.

M - Slightly under medium body and kind of high on the carbonation side.

D - It's good, but not great. Plenty of options here in San Diego I'd go for. I'm happy to try it, but I'm glad for the alternative I have here.

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Photo of djmichaelk
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a perfect pint. Courtesy of TheSevenDuffs (thanks, Marcus!). No freshness date of any kind.

A - Hazy straw-yellow, with a thin one-finger head. Good retention, decent patchy lacing on the glass. Gentle swirling brings back a finger or two.

S - Pretty fruity and light at first, with some citrus, and a cotton-candy aroma lurking in the background somewhere. As it settles there's a firm maltiness that backs things up.

T - Not much of the fruit, but there's plenty of bitterness from the hops. The cotton-candy doesn't show at all in the flavor, but there is some sweetness from the malty backbone, and maybe some orange zest and some lemony notes. A hint of alcohol, but not much.

M - Fairly thick and sticky, especially as it warms. Nice full-bodied feel. Dry finish.

D - Alcohol is pretty well hidden, and the bitterness doesn't really get to you. I could probably go through a few of these without issue.

O - Well, this is certainly a nice beer. Not sure if I have a shiny new bottle, but I'm definitely having trouble understanding the comparisons to the heavy hitters in the style like Pliny and Hopslam -- it really just isn't in the same league.

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Photo of Grahamenstein
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a completely agreeable IPA. Despite being a high gravity beer, I would consider this a fine introductory IPA for someone used to more mild flavor profiles. Take out the sicky sweetness from Sierra Nevada and you've got ST2XIPA. There is a lot going on with this beer without being too agressive. This is one of the most well balanced pale ales I've ever found to be regularly available.

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Photo of thetomG
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a small white head.

Aroma isn't anything crazy or overpowering, but what is there is very nice and subtle with a bit of fruit and piney hop flavor - pretty much what you'd expect.

Flavor is quite bitter all the way through but with notes of fruit coming through just a tad. Overall though the main flavor is driven by the hops, which, depending on your taste could be a good or bad thing. I prefer DIPAs where the fruity flavors shine a bit more but for what this is its pretty good, and very drinkable. The bitterness is not overpowering by any means, and my palate doesn't seem to be getting too blown out by it. Feels light and lively as you drink due to a higher than average amount of carbonation.

A solid beer and something I'll drink again, but there are several others in the style that I prefer.

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2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,034 ratings.