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2XIPA - Southern Tier Brewing Company


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Ratings: 3043
Reviews: 926
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%

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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: mcallister on 04-28-2010)
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Photo of sorryifyoudont

South Carolina

4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Wonderful golden/light amber pour with a nice frothy head. Smell is hoppy but not super strong. Taste confused me at first, being an imperial ipa I expected a strong spicy hop taste but it was a very smooth finish almost a malty presence. Southern tier never disappoints and every should give this beer a chance.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2014 00:00:46 | More by sorryifyoudont
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at New England Tap house Grille.
Comes to the table a slightly hazy light golden color with a smallish off white head that persists. Smells of hops, yeah no shit right? Pine and citrus with a bit of grapefruit and resin, light bready caramel malt provides a hint of balance. The flavor is fruity hops with lots of citrus and pine and a bit of caramel to round it all out. Solid but smooth hop bitterness. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick resinous mouthfeel. Nice smooth flavorful IPA, I really enjoyed this.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2013 01:58:16 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of dougfur

New York

4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This is another great example of the difference between bottled beer and what you get on tap. In bottles, it's a decent DIPA, but nothing special. On tap, this is a a great summer-time ale. Very light in color, very refreshing, but nicely hoppy and very delicious. Also easy to get in the northeast and affordable. If you weren't impressed in the bottle, give it a try on tap!

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2013 16:37:00 | More by dougfur
Photo of Docrock


3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in 16 oz pint glass

A- golden yellow in color with a 1/2" head that had decent stability. lacing was average.

S- for the hop character there is hardly any strong aroma. picking up a bit of vanilla and grassiness but much lighter than anticipated.

T- hops much more evident than on the nose, but pretty well balanced with the malt. after a few sips though you. Know you are drinking a IIPA.

M-nicely balanced and pretty drinkable. decent hop profile and carbonation is about right.

O - nice example of a IIPA. not in the top tier but enjoyable none the less.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2012 04:30:20 | More by Docrock
Photo of Hopdaemon39

New York

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at whole foodscolumbus circle. Pours a clear golden orange color with 1.5 fingers head, mild retention very nice lacing.

Smell is typical for an IPA- floral and pine hops dominate, with a hint of lemon. No malt to be detected. Nice, but nothing amazing.

Taste is very nice- light grain flavor up front, closely followed by hop bitterness,floral then earthy pine hops, finishes dry. Good bitterness- not a malt bomb like other DIPAs.

Mouthfeel is very nice- medium light body, moderate to full carbonation, a decent dose of resin. This is a very nice beer for the style and the price. Nothing crazy but very solid and drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2012 18:40:46 | More by Hopdaemon39
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a sweet ipa, in the waynes world sense, not the sugary sense. pour is real light for the style, clearish and golden to bronze in color. a medium one inch head, pure white, sits on top and slowly mellows. the nose is citrus all the way, grapefruit and lemon, but i am missing the malt id like to see. flavor thought just rocks, malt balances out intense bitter hops, mean and brutal and chewy, but also somehow light and pleasant. i like the finish, its bitter, but more fruit than hop essence, which i think is nice this time of year. really robust hop flavor, but it fades to fruit in that slow drama way. feel is good, enough bubbles and a lazy sort of medium body, its not so interesting on the tongue, but it holds its own. the alcohol is also oddly absent, it doesnt even come out when the beer warms up, just sort of stays away, which is scary and brilliant at the same time. one of southern tiers most drinkable big beers, i really support this, especially on tap in marcellus, new york. who woulda thought?

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2012 07:27:38 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Rattle N Hum in New York, NY

A: Pours a dark golden yellow to light copper in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall dense off-white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit and pine/resin hops along with a very light note of sweet malts.

T: There is a very light amount of caramel malt sweetness with moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit and pine/resin hops - but the hop flavors are not very aggressive. Very light hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Easier to drink than a lot of other beers in the style, but the hop profile of this beer is not as aggressive as the other examples of the style. The alcohol is this beer is well hidden but I would probably classify it as more of a 1.5 IPA (not quite a double). Enjoyable but not a real special beer for the style (which is one of my favorites).

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2012 02:28:15 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of BulletToothJake


4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a case of this to try and was so impressed that I got a sixtol of it for my kegerator when I was done with the case. After the sixtol was done, I grabbed another case so I would have some on hand while I moved on to some other brews.

Clean, crisp, strong.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2012 15:56:56 | More by BulletToothJake
Photo of NickLigz

New York

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Pint Glass.

A: Nice dark gold, Pale honey color with about a 2 1/2 finger head, and mildly cloudy.

S: Clean Citus Aroma with floral hints.

T: In my opinion one of the easiest double's to drink. Very smooth, clean, and refreshing. Big tastes of Orange. Slightly grassy. Would not believe it was 8.2%ABV if it didn't say so on the label. This stuff can really creep up on ya if you're not careful!

M: The bubbles in this brew play such a big part releasing all the citrus & floral notes.

O: Southern Tier does it every time. This is probably my favorite brew from the guys at southern. I'll claim every now and then i've found a new "best i.p.a" until of course I go back and have another southern tier x2 IPA. Truly one of my favorites.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2012 23:31:43 | More by NickLigz
Photo of estlinska


3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2012 00:05:30 | More by estlinska
Photo of claytri


4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a light yellow with a good white head. The aroma is a bit of malt and a nice bit of hops with just a hint of floral. The tasste is light malt with a thorough covering of hops. The feel is light and dry. They did a very nice job of blending the malt and hops. You can appreciate both tastes.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2012 00:22:41 | More by claytri
Photo of TheHopHeadGirl

District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On rate beer its a 97. @ 8.2%etoh it you will fill it. I found IBU listed @ 55 or unknown. Its a pretty good hoppy beer. Compared to the green flash palate wrecker...it did wreck my palate making me find this beer just good. @ pizza paridisio @ dupont circle it goes for $7 a glass.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2012 19:43:12 | More by TheHopHeadGirl
Photo of Dave128


4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2012 20:57:09 | More by Dave128
Photo of Wooderson_420

New York

4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The motto of Southern Tier stresses a passion for "vigorously" hopped beer, and one taste of this double IPA will really give you a feel for how sincerely they have stuck to it. The color and smell are as bold and emotive as anything you will taste from the IPA family, and the taste is everything you would expect given the quality of the appearance and the nose. Uncompromising and superb.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2012 00:50:57 | More by Wooderson_420
Photo of dorianmarley


3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is translucent yellow-gold with very little head and some lacing.

Nose is a fresh aroma of hops.

Taste is very fresh hops with light caramel & berries. There is a slight hop bite and a nutty finish.

Mouthfeel is very drinkable and smooth. There is only a mild tinge of hop bite, and the large amount of alcohol is virtually imperceptible.

Overall, it is one of the more drinkable double IPA's I have tried.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2012 03:06:45 | More by dorianmarley
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, light honey-yellow coloring with a light, filmy, bubbly white head. The nose is rich in cedar and pine, with some subtle grapefruit highlights. The flavor is resiny, with peppery hops on a tart, light, grapefruit sweet backbone. Surprisingly light, with a crisp body. The aftertaste is slightly filmy, with a resiny and tart blending to it. Slightly lingering finish, with a bitter, resiny end. Decent brew.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2012 23:40:40 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of BrianGaynor

4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoying on tap as I type this.

Appearance: golden orange with a small white head.

Smell: citrusy hops with hints of alcohol. Surprisingly mild

Taste: great double IPA taste. Strong citrus flavor with an alcoholic kick

Mouthfeel: little bit of retainment that is typical of a double IPA. Strong alcoholic kick for 8.2%

Overall: I love double IPAs and this one is no exception. Would not hesitate to get again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2012 17:17:22 | More by BrianGaynor
Photo of dirtyskunk


4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2012 18:43:25 | More by dirtyskunk
Photo of Treebs


4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft at the Yardhouse in Glenview. Served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden straw color with light peach hues in the body. A one finger, bone colored head forms on the pour a slowly subsides to a thin sheet and a thicker collar leaving cascades of lace down the glass.

S: Bright, sweet fruits with a very subtle oatmeal malt body. There is a touch of vine and grass as well.

T: Vibrant citrus fruits, mainly oranges and grapefruit with sweet berry notes as well. This is balanced by a very minimal malt body that really lets the hops shine through. There is a little herbal note on the backend.

M: Very clean and light bodied with a semi-sweet and mild bitterness on the finish. Lively carbonation.

O: I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I was expecting an extremely hop forward DIPA leaning towards the bitter side, and what I got was a very balanced and light drinking beer. I will revist this beer again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2011 16:06:15 | More by Treebs
Photo of AleWatcher


3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Taphouse Grille in Plainfield.
Never had this beer on tap, but was really impressed by the fresh bottles I had a while back...

So this isn't as good as I remember-- it is sweeter than I eer imagined. I always remembered that this beer was dry and bitter with a ton of hoppy flavor and bitterness... But this has a surprisingly large amount of sweetness up front, and even on the finish. It isn't really a malty sweetness either-- the malt seems like crystal and pale malt but the sweetness is running too high for those malts... It's as though this beer was dosed with honey or something.
Nice bright bitterness, but the residual sugar clings hard.
Feels medium-full with a lower level of carbonation.

Overall, this wasn't bad, but not as impressed as the first time I had this one from a bottle back 20 months ago.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2011 20:45:39 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of hippityhops85


4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll start this by saying I've always been a fan of this beer. If only the alcohol content was toned down a bit, I'd session this a lot.

Poured from draft into a 13oz tulip.

Pours a brilliantly-clear tangerine with an excellent white head that leaves really great lacing on the glass. It's definitely fresh and the glasswear is clean. Me likey.

The nose has lots of grapefruit, pine, mango, tangerines. A super nice hoppy, yet balanced, bouquet.

The taste follows suit with a great range of hop profiles. Initially I get a lot of the citrus and tropical fruits which then meld into a really fresh pine flavor. A really "west coasty" IPA from NY. The end finishes with a malty sweetness which adds a bit of depth to the brew.

The beer is medium bodied with active carbonation. Not super creamy but just what I would want from this beer.

I'll usually order this when I see it on draft because it is consistently good. It doesn't claim to be anything it's not. Hat's off to Southern Tier for this brew. Probably my favorite they have produced.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2011 14:06:33 | More by hippityhops85
Photo of tuckermen


4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just picked up a log of this beer this morning. Brought home tapped and allowed to settle for a little while. Appearance in tap lines looked very light (like a domestic light beer). However, when poured into a oversized wine glass had a very nice copper orange color. Had less head then most IPA's, but still poured a nice inch of medium consistancy white head.

Smell was a sweet citrusy scent with mild hops.

Taste was a quick sweet taste up front with longer notes of bitter and earthy.

Feel in mouth was somewhat sticky and earthy.

Overall, was pretty drinkable for a double IPA and the abv was very well hidden.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2011 19:22:54 | More by tuckermen
Photo of brown2cu


3.15/5  rDev -22%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Served a clear gold and is topped by a wispy head that soon dissipates into nothingness. No lacing whatsoever.

S: Hops are noticeable in the nose and that's pretty much it. Maybe a slight fruitiness. Nothing remarkable here.

T: Dull hops slight biscuity malt presence. Flat out average nothing exemplary.

MF: Very smooth perfect carbonation.

Nothing horrible but nothing I would ever go out of my way to buy as a bottle or drink on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2011 00:43:53 | More by brown2cu
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This IPA comes out of the tap a clear appetizing amber with a decent white head. Hoppy aroma has an underpinning of orange. Hoppy flavor has firm orange undertone that is more sweet than sour. Texture has above-average body and is smooth and fairly fizzy.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2011 01:00:17 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of znichols


3.23/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- a deep gold beer. Clear with a small white head that quickly dissapears into the beer but leaves a little bit to cling to the side of the glass.

S- slightly muted for a double ipa, I feel like. I get light, honey malt with lemony hop aroma. Could be a little more "there".

T- pungent hops hit the tongue right away. Sweet malt quickly follows then finishes with a grainy, cereal flavor.

M- lighter bodied with carbonation on the heavier side. Enjoyable and effervescent.

O- I would call this a more aggresive ipa. The majority of true double ipa's have a significant amount of flavor, this one lacks the punch. It has a very clean, citrusy NW hop and light malt flavor, but is prob not what id reach for if I wanted a palate bomb ipa. Enjoyable but not one of my fav's.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2011 03:08:45 | More by znichols
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2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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