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2XIPA - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 994
Hads: 4,173
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.5%
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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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Photo of StephenRich
4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From upstate New York comes the Southern Tier 2XIPA; their Double IPA. Southern Tier was one of the breweries whose beers showed me that real flavor can exist in beer. Their line of Imperial Stouts, the Blackwater Series, has an astonishing range of flavors from Creme Brulee to Chocolate. But most impressively is that their core lineup of beers fit the styles so perfectly with magnificent flavors and character.

Southern Tier's Standard IPA has been available at the LCBO for several years now, and as such has been one of my go-to IPAs. This though is their Double IPA, the 2XIPA. It is up to 8.2% abv from 6.5, has richer and more soothing flavors, but is not aggressively more bitter. Its a masterful combination of sweet juicy malts and wide round fresh hop bitterness. The beer shows great earthy character and a smooth gentle mouthfeel. Everything about it is right, from the bite to the quench - it all works.

Normally a Double IPA would show big rich malty flavors and I would pour it close to the cellar temperature range, but I had a feeling that Southern Tier's version would still be a fresh IPA at heart. I knew it would be richer than the standard IPA, but I did not expect thick creamy caramel malts. I was envisioning crisply sweet pale malts and a wide zest of fresh hops. Thus, I poured the 355ml bottle cool around 8C (45) into a Southern Tier Tulip.

Almost as expected, the pour was smooth and golden raising an amber yellow beer with bright copper, rich orange and bronze shimmering from all angles. Into the light, beams of straw colored sun peered though showing a transparent beer with a deep range of color, and I expected, flavor as well. The head build up a pure white 1 and a bit inches above the beer with a steady grasp on the glass. Very impressive sight.

The nose was fresh and clean with the classic zest and earth flavors that got me hooked on the Southern Tier IPA in the first place. This time a big rush of grapefruit peel, lemons, fresh herbs, grass, fields and earth fill your nose and entice a very aromatic sense of fresh hops onto my palate. It was a mouthwatering smell, with hints of sweet pale malts showing brown sugar and candy.

A big splash of the 2XIPA on your palate is a quenching and delicious sensation. Right away I knew that supreme balance and sheer freshness is the key to the beer. The clean and crisp wave of hops ride over your tongue and initially bring an earthy bitter clean flavor with grapefruit and lemon grass. As the beer eases across your cheeks more fresh hop flavors evolve into pine, herbs, and hay fields. Like the nose, the hop flavors are very clean and very refreshing.

Sweet but mellow pale malts come in close after and show light sweetness in the way of fresh fruits and vanilla. Touches of brown sugar create a note of pears, apples, more citrus and light candy. I don't want to say that the malt flavor is light, because its very apparent, but it is bright, and very ripe. It is not thick or heavy on your palate. It whirls around your cheeks easily and opens up the freshness of the hops. Excellent work here.

The game changing player here is the hops though, but without the balancing malt the hops would fail. Everything comes together is a soothingly fresh, and very quenching beer. I enjoyed it on its own, and it left me with a lip smacking, juicy sensation of fresh and masterful India Pale Ale. I'm not sure how it is 8.2% abv, because it feels so magnificently light and elegant everywhere totally masking any hint of alcohol.

This beer is a dream with a huge variety of foods. Starting with appetizers, everything from bruschetta, grilled shrimp, and onion rings to garlic bread are going to be perfect. With your main, the 2XIPA will match and quench roast beef, turkey, pesto based pastas, cheesy dishes, and anything with a hist of spice with absolute ease. Even with dessert, cheesecakes and deep chocolate will be succulent with this earth-quenching IPA. First though, enjoy it alone. (3,991 characters)

Photo of BeerCon5
3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright golden-orange color with two fingers of foamy white head.

There is not much in the way of a scent, really only faint hops.

The taste was dominated by dry bitter hops. There was a little citrus in the aftertaste.

Light bodied, smooth and crisp, perfect carb.

Though this was a drinkable beer, I thought it was lacking the flavor and aroma for an IPA. (368 characters)

Photo of nickd717
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2xIPA for rating #1002. 12oz bottle shared by largadeer.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a small white head that leaves a ring and light foam.

Aroma is sweet malt and lots of really resinous hops, along with maybe a little citrus.

Flavor is a little sweet and somewhat bitter. Very resinous on the hops without too much else going on.

Average mouthfeel - good hop oils, medium body, and a little flatness.

Solid east coast DIPA, but not amazing overall. (466 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours out a clear pale golden color with plenty of activity evident as I drink it. A soft white head forms at just about one finger, retains pretty well, and leaves a continuously regenerating and sturdy foam the whole way. Moderate lacing is left on the glass.
The aroma is a balance of caramel malts and hops with a bit more sweetness than I'd expect and a particular marijuana-like note in the hops. A doughy aroma from the malts and more leafy characteristics also come through. A tinge of alcohol lingers.
A surprising malty sweetness is right up front on the tongue, segueing immediately to a very ripe grapefruit and pine hops bite. An alcoholic note comes and goes. There's lots of earthiness in this and each sip ends with a raw, leafy hops flavor in a dry finish.
The body is medium with a nice smoothness and an active carbonation making for a pretty lively mouthfeel.
This is a very tasty brew and one I'd pick up as a regular. (949 characters)

Photo of adamette
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
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! (1,519 characters)

Photo of Gehrig
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear light amber body with two fingers of bone-white foam; lots of lacing. Hefty floral smell, with citrus to spare and plenty of pine. Lemon and spice protrude in the smell and taste more than the rest of the ingredients, though it's a bit maltier than I expected--toasted and nutty, with lots of caramel. It's good, but I was hoping for more of a hop-bomb than 2X provides. It seems as though the malt tamps down the hops a bit, or perhaps it's just not as laden with some of the C-hops that I enjoy so much. In particular, it lacks a strong resiny component, tasting at times almost...clean, like a ramped-up Pilsener. Regardless, it's a good, enjoyable DIPA that might leave hop lovers a bit disappointed.

Worth a try, but not quite the hop explosion I had anticipated. Good stuff, but a bit lower on my DIPA and, for that matter, Southern Tier scale than other representatives of the style and ST's other magnificent bombers. (932 characters)

Photo of cooncat
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Save-On in Mentor, OH. as a single for $1.84.

Poured into my S.A. glass at fridge temp. A moderate pour produces a golden lemon hued beer, with about a finger's worth of white head, which dissipates slowly to a thin cap, which lingers. Some nice lacing develops. The beer is crystal clear, kind of unexpected in a DIPA, as usually there are hop proteins adding a little turbidity .. but not this brew.

Nose is heavy hop dominant (of course), with citrus and spruce playing 1st chair. Off in the corner, a small voice is speaking in tones of caramel, but they are hard to hear.

Taste is very much citrus rinds and spruce, and in your face. Bitter enough to sate the hop head, but not astringent. There's a little bready malt behind the hop onslaught, but its not making any progress trying to move to the fore. I'd put the carbonation level a about 2 volumes or just under .. enough to be refreshing, but not enough to be bitey or detract from the mouthfeel, which I'd put at medium. I've had "bigger and badder" DIPAs (put Un*Earthly in that category), but this is quite nice. Because its not over the top in any way, I could probably reach out for 2 or 3 of these in an evening session easily.

I first had this brew at Southern Tier's facility while on a tour with my local homebrew club. We were able to sample this before it hit the market. We had it right from the fermentor while on tour .. talk about fresh. This bottled sample tastes every bit as good as that which I had at Southern Tier's facility. Nice job on this one guys ... highly recommended to all hop heads and lovers of good craft beer.

Na Zdravje! (1,634 characters)

Photo of Juggernaut929
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My Rating: A-

This beer is quite good actually, I was rather suprised to that it wasn't as over-the-top as most of Southern Tier's brews. Thats not always being a bad thing, I find ST makes a lot of really big beers, and this beer, which being a double IPA is big, but not a full course meal in a glass. I found this to be crystal clear, good taste and mouth feel, and quite refreshing.

Head retention is low, but keeps a nice bit of froth on the top, looks suitable to the taste. Its big on the bittering hops and lighter on the aroma, but that is to be expected with a double IPA. Overall I'm impressed with this one, totally wouldn't have guessed the 8.2% ABV if i were blinded.

Overall I gave this a A- because its not the best Double IPA i've had, but it stands out quite nicely, and I will very much enjoy the rest of this glass.

Cheers (847 characters)

Photo of cbak999
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (559 characters)

Photo of kingcrowing
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a light clear wheaty golden with a nice one finger white head that quickly fades to some light laxing and a small rim of foam. Nose is fantastic! Fresh and floral but still fairly sweet and malty.

Taste is really pretty good! It's one of the most well balanced IIPAs I've ever had I think, it's got a very nice hoppiness to it but it's still very malty and rich. A bit of caramel and citrus make for a delightful beer. It's somewhat similar to Gemini but more well balanced I think. Mouthfeel is sharp and full, a good amount of carbonation, quite easy drinking. (609 characters)

Photo of FLHopHead
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Cloudy golden amber color, one finger width o lacey head
Smell: Citrusy hops
Taste: Very nice citrusy hop taste, full hop flavor, but not overpowering, very balanced DIPA!
Feel: Smooth, nice aftertaste
Drink: Beyond drinkable, this is by far the best beer I have had from Southern Tier, very enjoyable, will definitely pick this one up again. (350 characters)

Photo of homebrewhawk
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle served in a Duvel tulip. Poured a slightly hazy gold with two fingers of white head. Fragrant with citrus and piney hops. Also a fair amount of caramel malt in the aroma. Nice malt base with a good amount of hop bitterness. Not overly aggressive with the hops. Plenty of caramel malt to balance. Dry finish from hops, malt lingers a bit. Very drinkable despite the abv. (382 characters)

Photo of Fieldzy27
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A-Pours a golden color with a tint of coper. white head with a decent amount of lace.

S-smells of sweet citrus hops and some other milds sweetness.

T-First on the pallet is hops followed by a nice balance of malt sweetness. Very balanced yet still intricate enough to keep things interesting. Tastes become more aparent as the beer warms

M-mouth feel is excellent and gets better as it warms as well. Carbonation is dead on.

D- This is a great offering from Southern Tier. Its a very drinkable double IPA with enough hops to itch the hop-head scratch but that the same time has enough malt to keep things in check. The abv is completely hidden as well which makes this drinkability dangerous. (734 characters)

Photo of gatornation
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a rather clear dark yellow color with minimal head and a white ring,some nice lacing... smell is hops ,citrus,pine,grapefruit,grass and malts all present and accounted 4...the taste is the same some nice pungent hops with tropical fruit notes some sweetness in the malts with grass and other citrus fruits..its a good tasting 2ipa..mouth feel is medium it has good flavor and is easy to drink for a 2ipa..this is however a 2nd tier 2ipa so many others better then thid one it is however great to try..i just wont buy it again not a knock for the quality of this brew its just that i have 2 many other better 2ipas to spend my $$ on..try it though (652 characters)

Photo of cokes
3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear honey colored. A diffident bead feeds a low-slung, stained ivory head. It quickly slumps to a collar, but redeems itself a bit with filthy lacework.
Bready malts hit the nose, with some toastier notes of caramel glazed nuts. Hops arrive shortly thereafter, and bring pine tar, orange peel, and metallic bitterness. Some vapors of booze sneak in as well.
Toasty malts hit the tongue. And it lingers here in statis for a bit. It dekes towards a full malty, caramel/toffee/dark fruit/roasted nuts persona, then it spins back. Lightly sweet and bready it will remain, and it stays here through the middle, until the hops hit with pine resin, bitter florals, rusted tin, and orange zest. Booze shows up again on the finish. Not obnoxiously, but enough to let one know it's there.
Medium-full bodied, with a fleeting carbonation, that- once gone- makes it feel saggy and unkempt and unstructured.
The vague yet heavy maltiness and rusty hop aspect makes this seem less than fresh, actually it seems old, and it's not.
Simply put, it's not the worst thing in the world, but I don't like it very much, and I wouldn't buy it again. There is no pizzazz here. (1,155 characters)

Photo of SuperNova777
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass

A:Pours a see thru golden yellow with a fingers worth of head with some awesome lacing down the side of the glass

S:Big hops aroma. Pine, grapefruit, and citrus all mixing into the nose with a slight hint of some sweet malts

T:As smell detects BIG HOPS that linger on as the brew goes down with a bite of bitter as well. Finishes nice and smooth with the hops and sweet malt coats the palate

M:Medium body with mild carbonation

D:Overall a very well done DIPA. Easy drinkability, extremely tasty, and all around nicely balanced. Another great point about this brew is that you can pick up a 6 pack for around $11, a steal for a real quality brew (695 characters)

Photo of BeerPhan86
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Local distributor gave me a few of these to try. I've never been let down by a hoppy Southern Tier offering.

A - Pours a cloudy yellow gold. Minimal head but the little lacing that is present is quite sticky.

S - Grapefruit, grass, earthiness. Smells very sticky and sweet, This one smells heavily hopped and malted. Very floral and aromatic.

T - The hops creep up in this one. Initially very sweet but rides out to a nice slightly bitter and fruity finish. Very dry finish. I think the alcohol is well hidden on this one, something that seems to be hard to master in this style.

M - Sticky and oily with medium carbonation.

D - So hoppy it will ruin your tastebuds for the night. But a couple of these would be a real treat. This is dangerously sessionable for a double IPA.

Overall, very pleased. I would buy a six pack of this in a hot second. Right up my alley. (874 characters)

Photo of SFLpunk
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No date on bottle but box was dated mid-July 2010.

Appearance: Crystal-clear as all their IPA's are! Some thin white head that leaves lacing on my chalice as it recedes.

Nose: "Hop candy" aroma that all the S.T. IPA's have - grapefruit plus sticky sticky amber malt. A little corn note blows off quickly and is now gone. Sticky bud and pine sap come to mind. Smells like the regular IPA, but cranked up a notch (BAM!).

Palate: Alcohol and hop bitterness attack the palate right off the bat. Crunchy dried hop pellets, like fresh from the homebrew store, plus citrus and guava maybe? Some creamy carbonation and a bit of residual sugar keep it in the fold of S.T. IPA's.

Notes: I've been comparing S.T.'s IPA portfolio to DFH's IPA's: 60 Minute = IPA, 90 Min = 2XIPA, 120 Min = UnEarthly. A sticky bitter East Coast IPA. Better than the standard, not as good as UnEarthly. (908 characters)

Photo of bound4er
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Two finger white head. Clear golden to very light orange appearance. Leaves heavy lacing.

S. Citrus hops battle it out with sweet malt. With some effort I pick up some resinous pine and hints of alcohol.

T. More of the same on the palate with sweet malt and citrus hops taking the leading roll. Finishes with a perfect amount of bitterness.

M. Well carbonated with a silky smooth medium body.

D. May be the most quaffable DIPA I've had mainly due to its balance and reasonable ABV. This stuff just seems to disappear within minutes of pouring. I haven't really found a Southern Tier beer that has impressed me until I tried 2XIPA. Well done and something to buy in quantity. (683 characters)

Photo of dzni
4.64/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice golden color with a thin head on top. Poured into a snifter.
S - Wow! Nice grapefruit presence, maybe even some apricot. Maybe some floral coming from the hops.
T - Again, getting citrus from a grapefruit flavor, with a tiny bit of breadiness. The hops are not at all overpowering.
M - Has a creamy mouthfeel which perfectly balances the hops
D - I could drink this all day. This is an amazing beer that seems to have multiple layers of complexity, interesting nose/flavor (stone fruit?!), but everything in perfect balance. This is perhaps one of the finest IPAs I've ever had. (587 characters)

Photo of inthebeeraisle
3.72/5  rDev -7%
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. (903 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean yellow color with orange hints, with a white head. In the aroma, grapefruity citrus hops. In the taste, HOPS, mostly a grapefruity citrus but ending with a pine like hop. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine like hop aftertaste. Nice big hops, mix of grapefruit and pine. Hides the 8%, and quite nice. (332 characters)

Photo of chickencoop
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After on about the 50th DIPA, most of these seem to fall into the same old same old, but this is a bit different. It is dominated on the front by the big sweet hop bomb/ honey falovors, but finishes clean and smooth. This has very little after taste that seems to cover the big boozy DIPA's, and just finished clean and smooth. Very drinkable, looking for more. (361 characters)

Photo of Manoftyr
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Pours a light amber/gold into the glass, a very, very beautiful color I should say. A fluffy white head rises and slowly recedes back down leaving some very sticky lace, a solid ring and a wisp of fluff on the top. Looks good.

Aroma-Crisp, typical hoppy nose accompanied by some biscuity light malts, more so than I typical find in IPAs/DIPAs but, fortunately, I'm rather a fan of the more balanced DIPAs.

Taste-Follows the nose, same crisp, piney hoppiness followed by some lightly sweet biscuit malt; straightforward and yummy.

Mouthfeel-Could be a bit more plush, a bit thin for my liking.

Drinkability-Sure, I could knock back a sixer of these; it's on the drinkable side for sure. (700 characters)

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

A-Pours a clear golden amber color with less than an inch of head that rapidly disappears leaving minimal lacing about the glass.
S-Piney hops, piney hops, piney hops and then some nice sweet citrus aromas of grapefruit and orange.
T-The hops dominate the taste of this beer and while there is the usual bite it does not have a lingering bitterness, rather the afternotes are bready malts and an earthy grassy finish.
M-Chewy and medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
D-Very nice and pleasant for a DIPA. This is one where I'm glad I bought a 6'r and look forward to finishing them off. (589 characters)

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