2XIPA - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,112
Reviews: 1,028
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 132
Gots: 799 | FT: 4
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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 thehyperduck
4.33/5  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: 4.33, 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.

Photo of PhageLab
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a goblet!

A - Golden amber brew with a nice 2 finger head. Nice retention and lacing. Beautiful.

S - Grapefruits mostly, with some more flowery hop notes shining through.

T - I'm pretty sure my pupils dilated every time I took a sip. Remarkable. Floral and bitter with some citrus and sweetness. Balanced enough to enjoy, but nothing gets in the way of the hops here.

M - Medium bodied with a mild carbonation level. Slightly oily feel with a nice bitter aftertaste.

D - I told the bartender that this was (Expletive Deleted) delicious, and he agreed wholeheartedly. One of the best Double IPAs I've ever encountered.

Photo of jadpsu
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not a huge hoppy beer fan, but at the same time if they don't go too overboard on the hops, I can find some that I do really appreciate.
AROMA: Lots of Hops, a little citrus but definitely tangy, citrus hops that dominate but do not overpower.
TASTE: Nice! while not am I.P.A. lover I sometimes find IPA's that I not only like but "really" like. This would be one of those.
Citrus taste leads, a great IPA with a summer time slant.
Finishes with a dry hope but malts are present.
I liked it, might be my highest rated IPA.

Photo of cavedave
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a surprisingly-light straw color, topped by a fleeting one finger head, and then a lasting skim. A syrupy lace coats the glass. My senses arouse. Nice.

The smell is a light aroma, but telling. Citrus, neutral sweet, really nice pale malt, hints of pine, and that elusive bitterpith which often hides from the nose, to unleash in the mouth. Not a bright explosive aroma of some in this style, but to a hophead like me it says all that's needed.

What a flavor! It starts heavily floral and citrus, some clean neutral, slightly bready sweet, and then the bitter citrus and piney notes join the fun. They don't jump on the tongue, like some in this style, they slide on leisurely, gradually drying the finish to a spectacular one. This ain't the hop mugging of a Hopsickle (or Unearthly), this is balance where none should exist, and understatement leading to delicious climax. There are a lot of estery fruity undernotes adding complexity, and a morphing profile as it nears room temp.

Moouthfeel is perfect for this style. It is probably the key element for why this is so delicious. Just right viscosity and carb., I have the feeling every IIPA should mimic this.

Drinkability? Off the charts. Given a large enough supply, I could drink 2XIPA until mushrooms evolve to the dominant intelligent life form on this planet.

Impression: If Southern Tier doesn't make this a regular in their line up they are foolish. Spread this beer far and wide. Brew it and they will come.

Photo of dacrza1
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Date tasted: July 25, 2013 ... Glassware: La Fin du Monde snifter... Occasion: enjoying an evening of Strat, music and good beer....Appearance: slightly hazy, lightly golden body with cascading effervescence; head is snow white, snow deep and beautifully laced; quite an attractive ale out the box... Aroma: the bottle boasts four separate hops varieties--and the nostril is bombarded by harsh pine cone and soft department store perfume counter, almost lilac and lavender; secondary citrus and grapefruit sneak in... Palate: as expected, a full-bodied, full-on attack at the teeth with a bit of warmth at the end; second and third sips ease the intensity, but the warmth remains...Taste: as promised, a near-mad balance of hops and malts, with the bitterness being more palpable yet not as put-offish as some maltreated double IPAs...Overall: After a rabid camp discussion on the virtues of the double IPA, I made this part of a build-a-six and am not disappointed with the selection...not mentioned among the thirty or so we pleasantly recalled, this beer gets the taste buds titillated while bringing enough disguised alcohol to only need a few for the weeknight...recommended and part of the double IPA discussion for doing much well...

Photo of ISmith87
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - 4 - golden/amber color, white 1 finger head --> thick film of bubbles.
S - 4.25 - grapefruit, citrus zest, fresh.
T - 4.5 - grapefruit, pine, citrus zest, some nice malt background
M - 4.25 - light-medium, alc covered, aftertaste grapefruit, malt, bread.
O - 4.25 - It's okay, I probably overrated this one a little bit because it's one of my favorite styles. I don't think it would stand up to RuinTen, HopSlam, etc.

Photo of ch196h
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - A nice light golden caramel
S - Hop forward and sweet malt
T - A nice balanced hop blend that does a wonderful job hiding the high alcohol content
F - Medium mouth feel that balances well with the aroma and hop bite
O - A darned good double IPA. Many times these stronger IPA's are hard to drink, this one is smooth and easy.

Photo of GiantMidget
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought in a variety 6 pack at Wegmans, surprised to see it as an option, as I've been looking to try this and Unearthly for quite a while.

Poured into a beer mug, this is unbelievably clearly golden which I wasn't expecting!
I thought it would have a little haziness to it, but it's bold gold.
1 finger head with straight line lacing.
Scent of citrus and dry grass almost like a mowed lawn.

The hop kick is evident immediately, with slight lemon/citrus blends, maybe additional malt covering the ABV which is high but untraceable.
Strong mouthfeel with pretty good carbonation.

I could see myself sitting on the deck on a hot summer day and pouring several of these back, it's so smooth and enjoyable.

Haven't had a bad beer yet from Southern Tier.

Photo of larryi86
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

A- Yellow with a white two finger head. Looks like a light beer not a double IPA.

S- Nice citrus hops, with a hint of pine, could be stronger.

T- Big bitter hoppy taste, with hints of citrus and pine.

M- Smooth and refreshing, but light for a double IPA.

D- This is a great double IPA. Goes down easy and is a very bitter, which I love. At about $11 a six pack it is my new go to double IPA, really hope that Southern Tier keeps brewing this and making it easily available.

Photo of Spock_Savage
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A great double IPA, maybe a little too much accent on the malts.

Photo of adamette
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. single that I bought at the Willoughby Hills Heinen's as a single for $2. Looks like I could have picked it up for $1.84 at Save-On Beverage & Tobacco in Mentor like another BA did. I have got to remember to shop there first! Anyway poured into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. No observed "best by" date.

A Meringue like white head over a hazy dark yellow with brown hues body that light certainly passes through. Lacing on the inside of the glass is moderate. 3.5

S Strong citrus hops but a moderate amount of fruity sweetness to balance out the bitterness. The smell really reminds me of Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster Ale. Really a good smell. 4.5

T The taste follows right from the smell and that is a good thing because the smell was so good. Hops bitterness hits the back of my tongue first but then a nice strong fruity sweetness flows freely. There is a pineapple type of fruit taste that is not as prominent as the Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster Ale but it is pleasant none-the-less. I can imagine that most hop heads would really find a lot that they like in this beer. 4.5

M Bitter, citrus sweetness, syrupy thick this is a huge beer. That is to style but this version of the style carries it off really nicely. 4.5

D The style does not make for a highly drinkable beer but I finished this pint within about 5 minutes because it is so good. That bumps up the drinkability for me and I could see having 2 or 3 of these in an evening. 4.0

Notes: I really enjoyed this beer!

Photo of Swedes21
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - straw coloured hazy beer, unable to see through it. very nice white head, dissipates quickly to some nice island foam. there is a little lacing. some real good carbonation levels.

Smell - I got pine, hops, malts, caramel and some nice citrus tones. very well balanced and all good smells, nothing too overbearing.

Taste - oh wow, talk about an awesome tasting beer. the hops and pine take charge followed by some nice malts. the citrus kicks in and finishes with a nice caramel taste. this is an amazing tasting beer.

Mouthfeel - take the taste, add a little enhancement to each flavour and you got the mouthfeel, very filling, good levels, awesome.

Overall - I truly enjoyed this beer and even happier i picked it up in my own backyard. thanks to the lcbo summer collection, this beer will now be stocked on my shelf all summer long (i hope!)!

Photo of Dave128
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at mellow mushroom in Lexington, KY.

A - brought to me in a 10 oz goblet with almost no head so I can't really judge that. Color is a clear light golden hue. Lacing is superb.

S - Citrusy hops. The nose is all hops. A portly piney as well.

T - As with the nose, the hops do all the talking. Very juicy up front with citrus and tropical fruit flavors. It continues with a nice piney resin flavor that finishes bitter but not dry.

M - medium bodied with light carbonation.

O - A great regularly available DIPA. I will search for this one more. You know its a good beer when you relish the butler afterward.

Photo of musicforairports
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Firkin at The Ruck in Troy, NY.

Very clear straw color, maybe a bit golden, with a small head that leaves some lacing. No bubbles.

Smells like a clean assortment of tropical fruit flavors, but not overwhelmingly so, with some sweeter, bready malt behind it.

Taste is lots of hop notes, largely tropical and with a bitter, citrus-peel quality. Definitely fresh. No malt.

Mouthfeel is light and clean and not very carbonated. Easy to drink.

Love this one. 2XIPA is once of the best East Coast IPAs when fresh, and I'm glad I found it on cask.

Photo of Avryle
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pliny the Elder, meet your East Coast rival.

Let's just say that I'm very impressed with Southern Tier's latest offering of hoppy goodness. Bottle poured into pint glass.

A- Yellowy-orange. A bit on the pale side- wish it were a little orange-r in color. Good clarity. Fluffy, 1" thick milkshake head that leaves great lacing.

S- Sweet citrus, pineapple and pine nose. A bit subdued for what's to come in the...

T- Citrus hop & lingering bitterness well balanced out by a brief sweet sticky maltiness that makes an appearance but does not overwhelm or destroy the delicious, delicious hoppiness.

M- Sticky & solid medium body. Mild carbonation. Very smooth drinking.

D- Damn good though these'll quickly put you on your a**.

Photo of PatrickCT
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a: One finger wispy head over a honey gold body.

s: Hoppy. Grassy.

t: Hops up front but not overwhelming. A nice caramel malty follows. The alcohol is well concealed.

mf: Medium bodied and balanced. Slight hoppy bite.

o: Smooth and easy to drink. An absolute pleasure, actually.

Photo of dirtyskunk
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Akkurat in Stockholm.

Dark clear honey colored ambery gold. Two finger head rising over the edge of the glass with good retention and some spotty lacing. Looks amazing.

Flowery, fruity hop nose. Apples and honey. Didn't get that much out of it but I'm a tad congested.

Follows the nose, but lots more complexity going on here. Very floral, some apple/pear/plum fruitiness, then some citrus and pine like hop resin. Clean bitterness in the back, doesn't slam you right away. Malts are negligent. Dry and even backdrop for the complex hop flavors.

Slick, creamy and near perfect mouthfeel. Not heavy on the carbonation, I could down this but I'm forcing myself to savor it. Very dangerously drinkable. Coats the mouth and really allows the complexity of the hops to shine.

Tried this across the pond, so it can't be too fresh but it's still great. A very sweet, floral and fruity DIPA. Not as bitter as most, but that's ok. Definitely hop dominated with lots of flavor. ABV is totally hidden. Fantastic IPA, right up my alley with the flavor profile.

Photo of a0lbudman
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-gold with a little white head
S-strong hops with a little orange citus smell
T-much like the smell until the aftertaste then it shifts to the nice sweet malt flavor
M-medium-hight carbonation which causes it to smeem lighter in body
O-outstanding double IPA

Photo of cpetrone84
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft from Fathead's.

A-pours a slightly haze light orangish amber with a tiny bit of pure white head.

S-the nose is quite hoppy with little malt, but present. lightly toasted malt, tons of pine with notes of citrus hops, grapefruits and tangerine.

T-the taste is bigger than the nose, lightly toasted malt makes a small presence, the pine is strong with a light citrus hop flavor in the back with tastes of grapefruits and tangerine. the finish is moderately bitter lingering for a moment.

M-smooth and syrupy with a medium body and a good carbonation, slick on the back of the throat and slightly dry.

D-this is tasty, hop bomb with a great feel and nice finish. clean and tasty!

Photo of jpro
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Oak Barrel Tavern...

A: Served in an ST shaker pint... Golden, bubbly, with a small white head; no lace.

S: Citrus hops with some floral notes; mostly hops with not much malt. Good, though.

T: Big time citrus rind; orange and sweet tangerine; nice hoppy nectar.

M: Medium bodied and slightly higher carbonation; thirst quenching??

O: A very drinkable double IPA... The lower (than most) abv, helps as does the citrus sweetness. One of my new favorite double IPAs!

Photo of SerialTicker
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 4/4/13 and poured into a shaker pint on 5/23/13. $2.19 bottle.

Appearance: Looks like a Miller Lite -- CRYSTAL clear yellow color. An aggressive pour gave me almost a fist full of white, fluffy and soapy head, but it ultimately went down to and stayed at about two. Ridiculously nice lacing.

Smell: Floral, spicy, earthy, delicious. Very West Coast-esque.

Taste/feel: Like the smell. Surprisingly, there's actually quite a bit of body to this. While I'd expect that from the style, this poured looking rather thin. A good bit of sweet, hoppy, resinous flavors on the front, and a super tasty bready flavor from the malt on the finish. There's also a slight grainy flavor during some sips that I'm not much used to in IIPAs, but I enjoy it. Well balanced, easy drinking, refreshing. Very "juicy" tasting, with just maybe a slight drying on the finish due to the bitterness. Excellent body, and perfect carbonation. One of the most easy-to-drink IIPAs that I've had... no alcohol in the aroma, taste, or feel. Tasty as all get out.

Smells great, tastes fantastic ... screams West Coast IIPA for me, and I think it tastes a bit like a sweeter Torpedo by Sierra Nevada, if I'm remembering that beer correctly. Mind is blown that this beer *only* has a 91 rating, because this is outstanding... everything about it is right. The appearance, the smell, the taste, the feel, and even the price, even though it's a bit more expensive than some other similar beers.


Photo of cbak999
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great selection from Southern Tier. This might be one of the best breweries available to us in North FL.

A - Pours a crisp yellow color, with a quickly fading 1/4" head. There is some nice lacing on the glass.

S - I smell faint piney and earthy smells.

T - a hop forward beer with not too much sweetness. I like this in a IIPA.

M - Perfect carbonation gives this beer great mouthfeel.

D - WOW! A very drinkable 8.2% IIPA. This could be my go-to for this category. I really enjoy this, and I can get it pretty readily. I am loving Southern Tier.

Photo of jjboesen
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a Double IPA brewed with 4 kinds of hops and 3 types of malt; it bursts open in a frothy cascade that regaly sits atop a translucent light ambered body. Within, swims an active school of carbonation bubbles making their pilgrimage to the top of the froth where they will slowly become one.

The nose is at work on this one with sweet notes of cider and lemongrass that serve as a front for some charcoal subtleness. The palate, expecting an explosive hop bomb, gets, instead, some gentle ticklings of pine. Yet, do not be fooled by the craftily balanced body for the 2XIPA is a sneaky bastard that will grab you when you expect it the least.

This is a real tasty one that matches body and flavor equally. Go for it!

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

They were out of Irish Red style beers on St. Patty's day. Hops are green, right?

Bright gold. Impressive rocky white head believes timid foam that doesn't even make it to mid glass. DOB 2/10/12.

Aroma is herbal wet grass springtime hop. Smells lupin-tastic.

Bright grass and citrus hops burst upon the palette. Peppery. Mild, but appropriate bitter. Light, supportive biscuity malt character.

One of my favorite IPAs. Really a double pale ale rather than a DIPA. If you come expecting sweet malt dripping with citrus you'll be disappointed. If you're looking for a lawnmower porch sipper you'll be contented.

Photo of Kuaff
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cellarish temperature in my tulip.

Pretty appearance. Bright, light golden orange with fine sediment interspersed throughout an otherwise clear liquid.

The aroma is a somewhat floral, fruity perfume of mango, grapefruit, nectarines, and honey. Smells sweet!

Citrus fully asserts itself in the flavor, transitioning to more of an astringent citrus RIND with resiny pine bitterness, and wrapping up with a mix of the lingering bitterness and bread in the finish.

Feels prickly on the palate. Medium-full.

True to its title, I would say this delivers about two times what the average similarly-priced IPA does.

2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,112 ratings.