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2XIPA - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,020
Hads: 4,322
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 23.44%
Wants: 138
Gots: 987 | FT: 3
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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

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 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 r0nyn
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with fellow BA infi. Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is a pale orange that's very transparent and clear. A good pour yields a smallish-sized head that leaves a lot of sticky lacing. Not too much carbonation rolling around in there either. Smell is full of hops and citrus and grapefruit with a tinge of maltiness at the end.

Starts off with a hoppy bitter bite, as expected. Transitions into a surprisingly malty backbone, which I wasn't expecting. The hops reappear on the back end along with some citrus and grapefruit. The bitterness lingers into the aftertaste, but it isn't terribly overwhelming. There's a happy medium between malts and bitterness. Mouthfeel is actually pretty creamy and it goes down rather smooth.

Of all the IPAs I've sampled, this is the first one that I'd actually consider revisiting. There's a bitter bite, but one that I can actually tolerate, thanks to the malt balance. Not bad at all.

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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 PicoPapa
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no Date Stamp. Pours a light yellowish orange. Not much head but some lacing. The aroma is of dank hops and pine. This is one refreshing Imperial IPA. The taste is hoppy but not too too bitter. Some citrus and pine also. Man I love this beer. A pretty easy drinking beer for an Imperial.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm excited. Seeing six packs of Southern Tier is always a good thing to me, and I like what Southern Tier does with hops.
The color on this one is more of a golden color than a deep amber of many IPAs; slight tints of orange and amber within a golden body.
The scent has me excited as well. Nose grabbing, top note citrus hops and lots of them. The flavor is quite like the aroma but doesn't quite deliver on what the aroma seems to promise. The sweetness is a high pitched sweetness that every so often goes a little shrill, but over all I enjoy it. Along with the lemon notes I love, there's a bitter orange peel flavor that is the source of some of those notes I don't always dig, but still want to go back to.
Carbonation makes for a very refreshing drinking experience and there is a lightness to found in here that one might not expect from something that's 8.2% strong.
At times I think this might be Southern Tier's ode, or attempt, at Pliny the Elder. I do find some similarities between the two. If they can figure out that sharp, sweet, bitter flavor that I find distracting this beer would be super duper top notch. As it stands, for a six pack of double IPA I'm very happy with my purchase.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass.

A: An amber orange color with a one finger white head. Nice full glass lacing.

S: Nice nose of citrus and fresh grass smells coupled with some mint notes and some honey sweetness.

T: Wow, lots going on here. Fresh citrus flavors of grapefruit, pineapple and orange coupled with a massive fresh cut grass flavor. Some mint and scallion flavors creep in. These get mixed with the malt taste of honey and bready biscuit malts. Finish turns hoppy but smooth with sweetness and very little bitterness. Nice beer, different.

M: Full, creamy, resiny and some alcohol warmth.

D: For the abv, this beer is insanely drinkable, so much more so than Unearthly's massive sweetness.

Overall this is a winner from ST and I'm happy to finally find another one of their beers that I really like. I love Unearthly, but I can only drink a small quantity of it. Not so with this beer, these are very enjoyable and can be enjoyed to the point you can continue standing up. Great beer ST, finally a no gimmick beer that is just a solid drinker.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear golden color with a white head that thinned to a cap but still left trails of sticky lacing.
S - super hoppy aroma, a nice mix of citrus and pine.
T - nice blend of bitter citrus hops and some 'sour patch kid' sweetness finishing dry and somewhat bitter.
F - medium bodied with a good carbonation feel (hop burps rock!).
D - at 8.2% abv it's quite easy to drink.

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2.82/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle to oversized wine glass. $3.50. The 2XIPA made a lot of noise on the boards here which prompted me to immediately seek this brew out. First beer of the day. Review from a backlog of notes.

A: Pours with 1 1/2 fingers of long lasting white head. Verrrry light sun-struck amber orange in color. The body is clear with visual carbonation akin to angrily swarming bees. A nice amount of lacing is deposited on the glass.

S & T: The nose is UNCOMMONLY weak. The flavor as well. While there is no problem with the flavor profile per se, the lack of intensity here is astounding and ratings suffer as a result. How could my palate possibly mistake a "DIPA" at 8.2% ABV for an APA at 5? Thanks to Southern Tier, I now know. Light malts of caramel and biscuit with a nice squeeze of grapefruit, orange and pineapple juice. A light sweetness dials back the bitterness on the palate.

M: Medium to medium-full body and as creamy as it gets. Visually, the carbonation seems relentless. On the tongue, however, it couldn't be any softer, which in my mind, is a huge detriment. Back to the pros: the flavor duration is very long and it finishes well: crisply, cleany, semi dry and moderately bitter.

D: The style applied to this brew is throwing me for a loop. This would be a top notch pale ale (if it were one) but it loses a huge amount of points when judged as a DIPA. In fact, I followed this brew with an APA (something I would never normally do, BUT was more impressed with by the way) and realized that Southern Tier made a silly typo: They simply forgot to put a "1/" in front of the "2XIPA".

Despite everything negative I've said so far, the drinkability is actually pretty high. In fact, I could drink about 450 of these things in one sitting. Clearly, the ABV is another misprint. Unfortunately, because of the cost, I won't even be buying a six pack. I guess I'll have to give this one another try next time I see it on draft.

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Photo of Keffa
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Hennepin glass.

A: Poured very, very bright golden yellow, surprising given the style. Nice 1 finger white head, a little bit of sticky, oily lace. Nice looking beer, but reminds me of an AML, which isn't so good.

S: Wow. Where to begin? Grapefruit, pine needles, orange, mango, pineapple, a very faint honey like sweetness, toast, pretzel, cracker. Jeez. This one has practically everything but the kitchen sink.

T: Again, wow. Grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, pine, bittering hops are fantastic in this one, assertive, yet mild enough that they don't become annoyingly bitter. Lightish body and alcohol is hidden well. This one rivals fresh Hopslam, and I don't know how old my bottle is. Fantastic.

M: Creamy, oily, and smooth. Nice carbonation. Pretty good for this style of beer, it remains light in body and keeps you from feeling really full.

D: Very nice. Easy to drink, and not only that, it's decent ABV.

This is a winner. One of my favorites so far. Fantastic beer, and almost dethrones Hopslam out of my Number 1 spot.

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Photo of Mdog
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear gold, ok head.

Smell: Citrus, malty sweetness.

Taste: Big citrus with a nice sweetness balance. Underlying riney bitterness.

Drinkability: Nice taste, nice price for a double IPA. Might have to pick this one up on occasion.

Grabbed a single to try of this beer and was impressed. Has the nice combination of sweetness and bitterness that I prefer in DIPAs. Not too bitter, but enough to feel it. Good stuff.

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Photo of tdawgydog
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good DIPA but lets get one thing clear it is no PTE.

A - Pours a nice golden crisp color decent head that remains throughout the life of the beer.

S - Umm... Hoppy, slight pine scent. Good strong smell, makes you desire more.

T - Strong hop and pine, it goes down a little sweet. Given the extreme lack of PTE here in NY, this is the 2nd best option.

D - Goes down smooth. This fills my DIPA void here in NY. Planning on keeping this in regular rotation in my beer fridge.

M - Very good body, good carbonation, a real pleasure to enjoy.

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Photo of halo21
4.59/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: I poured this golden straw yellow into my trusty Duvel tulip glass. It built a nice head that was half inch thick, dense, and white. It dissipated quickly but was brought back strong by a swirl of the glass.

Smell:Citrusy hops right up front; grapefruit zest and orange rind, with a bit of peach; there is a nice malt lingering in the background, with a slight toast to it.

Taste: Big hops; grapefruit and orange zest. This beer mirrors the bold smells, without any astringent flavors. The malt gives it some backbone, leaving you with a nice aftertaste of toasted malts and lingering fruitiness;specifically oranges.

Mouthfeel:Lower medium weight, with perfect carbonation. It was smooth and slightest bit creamy.

Drinkability:High for the style; this is one that would sneak up on you. VERY easy drinking, but comes in strong at 8.2%.

Notes: This is a very solid, great tasting, well executed beer. My biggest regret: I didn't start drinking this sooner.

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Photo of TCgoalie
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Notes from 7/3/10

A golden yellow brew with a twinge of red rests in my glass. There is some surface head with a good deal of bubbles floating to the surface. The lacing is superb.

Mild citrus hops with some skunkiness round out the smell. Lemon and orange are the dominant citrus notes.

The malts seem light and blend into a combination of hop flavors: lemon, grass, and pine. The aftertaste is bitter but not overpowering. Good balance.

The mouthfeel is very thin for 8%. It feels like a pilsner or pale but somehow packs a punch. I like it because it is different.

This drinks like a pale ale. Give me more.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

A dual recommendation from VDubb and my man Jeff, another entry in the ongoing Leaving Falls Church uber-bender. It pours a clear orange-ish golden straw topped by a half-finger of quickly-dying white foam. The nose comprises onion, celery, pine resin, ruby red grapefruit juice, a hint of straight alcohol, and a smattering of sweet caramel. Honestly, I'm not too big a fan of this smell. The taste is more about the pine and caramel, though a small hint o' leek makes its way in there too. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a mostly smooth feel. Overall, a decent DIPA, but the smell is a negative; beyond that, it's not too bad.

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Photo of Capicu1987
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours golden with lots of carbonation and a thin white head that remains with a little bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell: smells fresh and sweet, like grapefruit

Taste: tastes balanced with a bit of hoppiness
initially fruity and follows up with a hint of bitterness, no alcohol bite at the end, and no aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: feels light and smooth, goes down easy

Drinkability: very drinkable, however at 8.20% abv I wouldn't drink too many of these at once, it might sneak up on you

Very nice, paired with sharp cheddar cheese. I only picked up a bottle, i should've picked up 6.

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Photo of BeTheBall
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly hazy copper color with a one finger head, and featured some nice lacing down the glass. Smelled of pine and grass; hops! Taste was not bitter up front, but more citrus and sort of flowery, but the hops bitterness kicked in nicely in the finish. For me, the ideal IPA character of flavors. Nice job here. Mouthfeel was nice, typical of the style, and drinkability was fair to good, as the ABV may kick your behind before you realize it!

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Photo of birchstick
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a very faint copper / dark yellow without much head

S - smells of a mix of grapefruit and pine hops with some bready malts

T - Starts with loads of sweet, citrusy hops. There is also a nice bit of caramel and bready malt to help balance the hops. Nicely balanced, good DIPA.

M - Nice body with some good carbonation

D - This is a solid DIPA. Nothing too over the top with the hops, however it is still very bold. Very drinkable for a DIPA.

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Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours very light, almost like apple juice. Not too much of a head but leaves very nice lacing.

S - Not all that pungent for a DIPA, some citrusy hops but not much else.

T - Somewhat sweet. Bitter and hoppy up front, the taste is far different than the scent would reveal. Earthy and piney hops, not too much fruit here, but there is some.

M - Far lighter feeling than any DIPA I've ever tried. It seems that they just didn't want to make as rich and thick a beer as other brewers, and luckily the price is reflective of this.

D - Very drinkable and tasty beer. I like this amped up IPA for a nice price.

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Photo of Torps
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass..

Good all around dIPA. Definite citrusy, grapefruit-y hop aroma with a sweet breadiness from the malt. More of the sweet maltiness comes through than the bitter hops. It has an overall balanced taste profile but not at the level Cali dIPA's as far as punch and flavor, while maintaining said balance. I sort of feel this is a 1.5IPA as it doesn't have quite the fullness I'd expect. Bitterness on the back end isn't overwhelming and the carbonation is surely refreshing.
This is a fine dIPA at it's price point for sure and I wouldn't hesitate to grab a six pack to satisfy a hop fix!

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Photo of Dubber55
3.42/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Light yellow with some orange highlights. 2 fingers of white bubbles.

Smells mostly like pine, grapefruit, and floral hops.

Tastes mostly like pine, grapefruit, floral hops, and a little honey sweetness. The taste of this beer seems a bit fleeting. The finish is slightly dry and slightly bitter. Doesn't seem to be aggressively hopped. Not very complex either.

Mouthfeel is definitely on the lighter side. Seems a bit watery at times. Carbonation is medium.

The drinkability is pretty good. This beer is a bit watery, its not overly bitter or dry which makes it pretty easy to drink. This is an ok IIPA but, the flavor just doesnt pack enough punch for me.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

another one i was thrilled to be able to get ahold of as a nice extra. served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/20/2010.

really a pretty nice pour here, light golden amber, with loads of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass, very well done with tons of head that came up and over the top forming the nice lacing down the side of the glass.

light citrus starts it off, lots of pineapple and grapefruit coming off here. light though with hints of grass, nice touches of light malt mid palate. as you take the sip the first thing you notice is the light, crisp body and the clean, easy drinking nature, especially for the abv. it just drank soo clean. nice touches of grapefruit an crisp, dry hops bit the tongue and dry the palate out oerfectly. smooth, long finish ends it just where it needed to.

overall as solid as they get and just really very well done. would have no issue with doing this one again any day.

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Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a light copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of pale malts with large amounts of bright tropical fruit and citrus hop aromas. As it warms slight amounts of herbal hops waft out as well.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Crisp pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined shortly by large amounts of citrus and tropical fruit hop flavors. Midway through the sip the hop flavors turn toward the sweeter side of things just a bit, carrying through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this beer, although admittedly I shouldn't be as almost all of ST's big beers are top notch. A very good but not quite world class DIPA that's well worth a shot.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single poured into my duvel tulip.

A: pours clear orange yellow, with a finger and a half white head. the head fell to a chunky thin layer with a small amount of lacing.

S: not a powerful hop aroma, more a balanced malt sweetness with a light grapefruit/pine.

T: a obvious east-coaster, sweet malt, a bit of caramel, hops are weak for DIPA in my opinion, they don't wrap under the tongue, there is the hop citrus bitterness and a very light pine. i guess im more of a west-coast IPA guy.

M: lightly syrupy, carbonation is low.
D: not exactly what i was expecting, ive been impressed by southern tier's other offerings except this one. but it make a ok sipper.

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Photo of vtfan77
3.23/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pure gold with a decent white head that quickly dissipates to a wisp that leaves a touch of lace on the glass.

S- Intense, resiny hoppiness with a candied orange peel backing and a hit of alcohol.

T- A touch of sweet orange and caramel malt segues into an aspirin-like bitterness. Finishes with a good dose of alcohol and some residual sweetness.

M- On the heavy side, almost syrupy, with just enough carbonation to balance it out a little.

D- Too rich and alcoholic to drink much of. I think I'll stop at one.

Not bad, but not great either. The hop character seems a bit muted and lacking in brightness. I'm not sure how fresh this is, although if it had a "best by" date, I missed it. I may get it again if I can verify beyond a shadow of a doubt that it's fresh. Otherwise, I'll probably pass on it again.

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2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,020 ratings.