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2XIPA - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 994
Hads: 4,172
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 134
Gots: 859 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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: 994 | Hads: 4,172
Photo of jeswasgui
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

To start out this is the first beer I've reviewed on BA not the first beer I've ever drank. I felt like trying some other beers ( particularly IPAs) was important in order to grade well. Also want to mention I used info on beers 101 to try and get the best and most accurate accounting of my experience wig this particular brew so here it goes:

This is the first double IPA I've tried. It has a rich Amber appearance and a moderate amount of foam when poured. I didn't get any stronger taste with this as in other IPAs. I would agree as in a previous review a bit better on the warm side. I also would say a fruitier taste too and better straight from the bottle. The feel and finish to it I think is the best thing. Overall I think it is a great beer from beginning to end. (775 characters)

Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I feel like this DIPA could be anyone's go to.

Smell - A tad underwhelming to start. Really had to dig for the aroma. Got much better though as the beer warmed a little. Was getting a lot of this sweet candied orange aroma. Underlining citrus / underlining dankness.

Taste - Dank / grassy / citrus / orange / grapefruit. Very good tasting, well balanced, DIPA. Not to bitter and very enjoyable. (398 characters)

Photo of JohnDon
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very solid and reliable IPA. Have had the beer multiple times in a bottle as well as on tap.

Very good double (imperial) IPA bitterness and hops. (150 characters)

Photo of anthony23cippy
3.1/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a yellow hazy color with minimal head and fast dissipating lacing. Smell is nothing special at all, mild hops, not much of the Cs that provide the usual extreme citrus aroma in most 2IPAS, not appealing to me. Taste is mostly of malt, pretty bitter, but not much of any others coming through, a medicinal flavor actually not very well. Mouthfeel is typical of an IPA, slightly more carbonated. Overall nothing special escprixally not what u was hoping compared to some of their others I've had. 3/5 (504 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max and Erma’s in Millcreek Mall
Aroma of pine and citrus, lasts
Head removed by bartender, remains are off white, creamy, diminishing to three mm ring and layer
Lacing good – complete rings and some curtaining
Body medium yellow, clear, effervescent
Flavor – starts and ends moderately bitter, no distinct hop flavor, some of malt backbone detectable; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4 (488 characters)

Photo of stevoj
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at PreFunk. First impression is pretty mild for IIPA, with the hop selection favoring the East Coast palate. Subtle, sneaks up on you. Unassuming pour, lazy carbonation, soft white head. Initial mild hoppy, malty nose. Hops kick in with some zip at first taste, numbs the tongue, lingering bittersweet. Smooth, slick and lots of late warmth. Nice (353 characters)

Photo of GregHarold
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours golden amber with not a ton of head. Lighter than expected body with a distinct but not overpowering hop flavor of grass, pine, citrus/lemon. A bit of bitterness comes in on the aftertaste. This is a crisp beer that I suspect most IPA fans would enjoy. This is one of the better beers I've had from Southern Tier, just behind Unearthly. (342 characters)

Photo of BeerPredator
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears light golden with scant head. Smells have citrus and bready notes. Tastes exceptional; crisp and extremely drinkable. Very thin body with no alcohol taste or aroma except slightly at end of drink. Heavily recommend and will drink again. (244 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours out clear and golden; the head lays on an inch or so of foam and leaves a few strands behind

Smell: Caramel malt tones offset the bitter hops; an oniony/grassy edge to the hop profile

Taste: The hops kick in at the outset and are buttressed by the caramel malt flavors; through the middle both the sweetness of the malts and the oniony/grassy profile of the hops build; ultimately the bitterness dominates the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not a bad DIPA but a bit too sweet and I can't really get excited by the hop profile (594 characters)

Photo of MUTINY
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into my Dogfish glass.

A: Pours a clear copper gold with 1" white head that recedes slowly. Retention & lacing are excellent.

S: Primarily malty pine notes. I get some lemon rind. Almost a salty toffee thing going on here, too.

T: Mostly balanced, maybe skewing a bit toward the malt side. A pretty big resinous/piney hop character jumps out in front. This is followed by a soft bready maltiness that carries all the way through the mid-palate. Finishes with a caramelly but bitter punch. ABV is masked quite well.

M: High-ish carb for the style. For all the malt aspects of the nose/palate, this brew has a grainy crispness about it.

O: I like it. The comparative effervescence & pine/lemon hop profile are really working for me here. (766 characters)

Photo of Tilly
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden amber pour. Not much of a head.
Pine, lemon, citrus and hoppy aroma.
Real nice taste not far away from the aroma. Citrus, pine hoppy taste with a hint of malt.
Crisp, clean mouth feel with a old bitterness behind it.
A pretty good double IPA from ST. (262 characters)

Photo of FrancisSmooth
4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer, balanced 2x ipa. Piney, some hops, goes down smooth. Can drink as a hot weather ipa thanks to the slight lemon rind hint.

Light for an 8.2, almost no bite at the end which may take away from a traditionalist looking for a very biting 2xipa. (254 characters)

Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm thinking it's gonna be their flagship ipa x2. Instead, and although a great beer, but a much safer and fruitier take on an IPA that didn't have the hop kick I was hoping for. (178 characters)

Photo of Phillip13
4.46/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer that is very well named great hop flavor a fine DIPA. It has a wonderful grapefruit citrus flavor with a pine and floral overtones. The bitter aftertaste is delightful. Southern Tier's best beer. (211 characters)

Photo of titty_mcbitty
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy bright gold with a nice white tall head.

Aromas carry hop resin and pine. Some maltiness comes through as well.

Flavor is huge lemon candy and sweetness, along with pine and floral tones. I also get some pepper, cream soda, and more hop dankness.

Mouth is pretty full and nice. Goes down smooth with a good amount of carb. Those intense hops provide that nice bite on the back end.

Lovely beer! Tastes bigger than it may seem. The sweet/bitter balance is great. (492 characters)

Photo of MNJR
3.39/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chunky, thick beer with low carbonation. Juicy Fruit gum flavors, hoppy resinous aftertaste. A sipper. This beer would be improved by sharper carbonation and less chalky residue in your yap after drinking it. (211 characters)

Photo of Oldejoe
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks. Soft Amber color, not too heady.
Smell. Peachy, fresh, slightly beery.
Taste. Mild hops front to back. Nice fresh sense.
Mouthfeel. Soft, medium body, slightly puckery, a bit fuzzy, must be the peaches.
Overall. Nice solid beer; didn't do anything special for me, but I admit to being dark beer person. (312 characters)

Photo of HoldMyHopsIII
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Light, golden with decent head that disappeared rather quickly

Smell: Slight citrus smell, but overall not much aroma

Taste: Very smooth beer but tastes slightly watered down and bland. Not quite strong enough for my liking

Feel: Goes down very smooth and well carbonated

Overall: Expected more bursting flavors coming from a beer with an 8.2% ABV. However, it is very easy to drink and I would recommend it as a casual summer IPA (442 characters)

Photo of Roby923
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had high expectations for this brew based on the reviews. Nice hop smell. Doesn't return on the taste. Lack of malt backbone here. Feels light and watered down. On tap at Dees PIT. (180 characters)

Photo of sprat1960
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Look: Light golden color; hazy unfiltered appearance. A small 1/2 finger creamy white head forms when poured that dies down quickly leaving a thin trace of foam on the surface of the beer. Lots of bubbles.

Smell: Mildly aroma of grass, citrus, malt and hops. Inviting.

Taste: Smooth slightly acidic citrus start with a nice mild hoppy finish.

Feel: Rich medium body, velvety feel with a very slight dry finish. Near perfect.

Overall: Very nice IPA. Nice body, not thin and commercial. Nice flavor; just hoppy enough to be very enjoyable without having a overly dry finish. Refreshing. I would gladly drink this beer again! (639 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An easy drinking big hoppy beer with citrusy hops oozing out of the bottle.
There is some haziness in the beer after my pour. the color is your basic golden amber.
The beige head that sits on top is pretty tall and dense. Very much carbonated so I don't think that head will fade too much.
The aroma is hoppy with some citrus notes even perhaps some floral and herbal.
It's balanced too i can smell the malts and they have an almost pilsner malt smell.
Drinks bitter up front sweet in the middle and bitter at the end.
There is a hoppy and malty balance here but subtle and not as bold as the nose.
A good tasting beer that flows easily over the palate, perhaps some mild gritt.
A good beer, go get one! (704 characters)

Photo of Coolcheech
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle, drank from a tulip.

A: Light amber pour with a lot of bubbles. One finger white head, with legs.

S: Very mild fruity smell, almost undistinguishable 30 seconds after pouring.

T: A very mild beer. You get some hoppy bitterness after drinking for a while. As soon as I sip it the tip of my tongue tingles and I can just notice some spice from the alcohol.

M: Light/Medium body.

D: For such a high alcohol beer and being a DIPA, I’d expect a lot stronger flavors. The hops and alcohol come on very soft. I do like this beer, though. At 8.2% and being this easy to drink this might be my new backyard beer. (637 characters)

Photo of -Hoptimus_Prime-
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great beer overall. I have to admit that the aftertaste, or, rather, the "afterbreath" is slightly unpleasant for some reason. After drinking most of a six-pack, the taste on my breath isn't the most enjoyable, and is worse after waking up in the morning. This might be just me, however, and I won't let it effect my rating of this otherwise great beer. If you haven't tried 2XIPA yet, put it on the "to do" list. (416 characters)

Photo of PatrickCT
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (316 characters)

Photo of Tilghman
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had two of these the other night at a local restaurant in Crownsville, MD, Lures. (They have a very nice selection of various beers on tap.) Really nice showing from this DIPA. Nice color, fresh taste and good finish that you’d expect from a very good quality IPA. Still may prefer my favorites, but this was a good one. Definitely recommend. (349 characters)

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