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2XIPA - Southern Tier Brewing Company


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Ratings: 3060
Reviews: 927
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mcallister on 04-28-2010)
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Photo of morimech


4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with barely one finger of head that fell away rather quickly to a thin skim of suds. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass. I am blaming the lack of head and carbonation to the growler fill and the temperature I am pouring the beer at. No penalty giving.

I really dig this aroma. Unconventional as American DIPAs go. Very herbal and tea-like. Something exotic like jasmine or saffron reminds me of southwestern Asia as well as grass and hay. No sign of alcohol.

There is a sweeter malt base that lays a nice foundation for the hops. Bitterness does not get extreme so it is a fairly balanced DIPA. Tea-like hops with some nice spices. Grassy and herbal throughout. Alcohol adds a little warmth but otherwise is not tasted.

On the low side of carbonation and it feels a little lifeless. Again I blame the growler fill. I am sure that if I had a bottle example, or fresh on-tap, it would be of satisfactory condition and make the flavors really pop. The heft of the body seems appropriate for the style.

For a beer I have passed on so many times over the years, I am finally glad I gave it a go. I wish more American brewers would go the direction that Southern Tier chose in this beer.

Serving type: growler

05-06-2012 19:46:27 | More by morimech
Photo of DoubleSimcoe

New York

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern Tier 2XIPA, 64-oz growler filled at Whole Foods Bowery for $9.95

Appearance: Served in my Sierra snifter, 2XIPA pours clear and free-flowing like a pristine creek in a remote, barely explored forest, producing a snow-white and bubbly head that leaves some thick lacing. Color is an unctuous honey-amber, translucent and shiny like a multi-faceted diamond. This brew has the looks of a Belgian pale ale like Leffe.

Smell: There is pine and resin for sure, also honey and sugar and a nice overall sweetness that entices the senses. Citrus, pomelo, blended orange juice.

Taste: Follows nose, with more bright citrus and honeyed sweetness. Some caramel and a touch of malt. Just rightly hoppy, never overbearing or puckering.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, flavor and carbonation. This might come across as a little thin for a Double IPA, but I think 2XIPA is more of a “magnified” IPA. Dry, slightly sticky/oily and resiny finish. Very crisp, light in a good way, just so fresh and enjoyable!

Overall: When fresh, this DIPA is outrageous. But, as some reviewers have noticed, it does fade quickly. A growler won’t last long- it literally dies while sitting on the glass! Out of the bottle is very good too, though. Well balanced, delicious. Alcohol is not a problem at first, but it soon catches up and hits.

Serving type: growler

05-10-2011 22:23:26 | More by DoubleSimcoe
Photo of Dan3279


4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My uncle brought over a growler of this double ipa for Easter and I was glad he did. I enjoyed the beer poured from the growler into a pint glass. There was a nice one inch head with a great hazy orange body.

You really notice the hops and the grapefruit in the aroma with a small hint of sweetness. The taste was excellent. It is a great balanced beer. The hops and grapefruit hit you first, definitely noticeable but not completely overpowering. The alcohol was balanced in and it didn't seem like it feel like a beer that was 8.2%.

The beer was very enjoyable and easy to drink, infact I finished mine off a little too fast and the growler was nearly empty before it got back into my hands for a second round. I will defiantly be on the look out for this one again and pick up a few if I run across it in the store.

Serving type: growler

04-25-2011 01:34:44 | More by Dan3279
Photo of gabedivision

New York

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler to a DFH globe glass.

Pours a hazy golden orange with a fluffy white head that turns to a thin white lace around the edge of the glass. Piny, and grapefruit citrus perfume come off first, then heavy sweet malts take over. The taste is almost the same but the citrus seems more pungent and the bitterness of the hops tops off the sweetness of the malts for a nice blend. 2xipa has a medium body to it that plays well in the mouth, sweet, bitter and hoppy as a DIPA should be. Overall this is a damn fine DIPA that is very reasonably priced.

Serving type: growler

04-13-2011 02:03:33 | More by gabedivision
Photo of barleywinefiend


3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a golden yellow color with good carbonation and a nice white cap

S: Smell is citrus, some toasted notes, corn even?

T: Citrus, floral, caramel and some lightly toasted notes, sweet and even some corn

M: Thinner than I expected, nice crispness, light to medium body

D: Booze is light, body is thin but taste is average

Serving type: growler

03-13-2011 03:27:47 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of dellert2332


5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the top 1% of beers in the world (or at least beers available along the east coast US). Alcohol content and flavor just right. Enough to make you feel good but not too strong to make it unenjoyable. Good session beer for those who enjoy a hoppier draft. I suggest getting it straight from the brewery, great experience and made by people who truly love their beer.

Serving type: growler

02-02-2011 02:58:02 | More by dellert2332
Photo of welldigger888

South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from growler into irish pint glass, a light golden straw color. White head that receded quickly leaving a nice lacing down glass.
Aromas seems weak considering the double ipa but i pick up some hoppy goodness!
I feel that I am getting a peppery grapefruit flavors.
Nice oily mouth with nice carbonation.
The abv was the only prob with drinkability!

Serving type: growler

12-27-2010 01:07:57 | More by welldigger888
Photo of GehenHerzog

North Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured out of a growler (From Grapevine in Fort Mill, SC) into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

A- Light, Orange appearance. Small but dense, white head.

S- A very pleasant smelling beer that just invites you to drink it. I am smelling heavy citrus and slightly piny hops.

T- Extremely hoppy beer. Again strong citrus hops. The taste is very much like the smell.

M- The mouthfull is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Very fitting.

D- Definitely doesn't drink like an 8.2% alcohol beer. A very sessionable beer for a Double IPA.

Serving type: growler

12-24-2010 01:46:26 | More by GehenHerzog
Photo of prdstmnky


4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*review from notes Oct. 2010*

First pour from a 1L growler, a cloudy golden amber body and a nice 2 finger layer of white head on top leaving spotty lacing. Lots of great hop aromas with this DIPA - floral / citrus / pine are all represented in the nose. Very hoppy on the tongue, grapefruit and pine upfront, a touch of sweet malts in the middle, and a nice bitter finish. Since this DIPA is on the lower end of the ABV scale for the style, it seems they are less prevalent, which I really like. Medium body and carbonation, and very drinkable for the style.

I said that there may be less of a malt bill for this particular Imperial IPA, given the ABV %, however, this can quickly become quite the malt bomb. I like my DIPAs very fresh, but this seems to fade very quickly. I find freshness is paramount with this beer, and since they don't bottle date, that becomes quite difficult to determine when purchasing by the bottle. Ive had this beer in various stages - when it is fresh, whether on tap or from a bottle, it is a helluva beer (as this review represents).

Serving type: growler

12-19-2010 04:07:29 | More by prdstmnky
Photo of greenmonstah

New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into straight pint glass from 12 oz bottle, a few weeks old. Revised review based on fresh growler pour.

A - Pours a clear light gold with a very thin, wispy head. Almost no head at all after a few moments. Lacing is good.

S - A floral bouquet, as well as pine. Even some sweet citrus hop in the background. A great display of the various hop aromas. Some caramel malt sweetness

T - Sweetness and caramel malts up front with a nicely balanced (mostly piney, but with a hint of citrus) hop finish. The citrus comes out more as it warms, turning into a strong grapefruit flavor. Delicious.

F - Slippery with some decent carbonation and a medium body.

D - Extremely drinkable, alcohol is well hidden and the hops are not overbearing. One of the most drinkable double IPA I've had. I can have this every day. The body is a bit off, but it tastes brilliant.

O - Overall one of my favorite DIPAs, despite the score perhaps not being super high. Taste and drinkability combine to make this exceptional. This is a beer that, if I see it on your draft list, I will absolutely have at least one in the night.

Serving type: growler

10-15-2010 19:31:26 | More by greenmonstah
Photo of Manoftyr

New York

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: growler

08-07-2010 00:17:17 | More by Manoftyr
Photo of wedge421


4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Crystal clear with a very light orange body. About a fingers worth of head that dissipated quickly.

S- A huge hit of sweet floral citrus hops. A very fresh smelling beer. Up there with the best of the west coast IPA's. There is also a small amount of malt in there as well.

T-Bright, clean and very very refreshing. Lots of citrus and sweet fruits as well. Just enough bitterness to make it interesting but not overwhelming. A very drinkable beer.

D-This is a very very refreshing drinkable beer. Huge hop notes blended well with the sweet malt backbone a very good beer.

Serving type: growler

07-16-2010 21:42:55 | More by wedge421
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap and it was amazing. From the bottle twice. First time amazing second meh. Growler today to wash away the removal of the lath and plaster from our kitchen.

A: Really clear golden color. My only real gripe with this beer is that it is a little lighter than I like to see my DIPAs. That being said the appearance is similar to that of torpedo. Sticky lacing after the initial finger of white head.

S: Damn son. It is a cross between the elder and the best batches of Captain Lawrence DIPA. Citrus. Piney. Grapefruit. Sticky hop cones shoved in your nose by force.

T: All the hop taste you could hope for. Starts off sweet. Right into a touch of bitterness then it opens up into a bouquet of what hops can do when used right. Citrus. Piney. Grapefruit. A touch of lemon. Just a real winner.

M: Sticky mouthfeel. What does not make this Pliny is the lack of total dryness. It is well attenuated for sure but not Pliny. Carbonation is glorious.

D: This beer is amazing. Next to Pumpking this might be my new favorite ST beer. They were just sort of floating around putting out bigger and bigger stuff and this blew me away. A totally different animal than unearthly. Growler is on borrowed time.

Serving type: growler

06-27-2010 23:37:57 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of bryanbullock

District of Columbia

3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour a extremely light golden hue with solid effervescence and bubbling carbonation. The light color was worrisome that it would lack flavor. Strong aroma of pine and bitter floral hops. Taste was better than the appearance indicated, smooth with good carbonation. Tastes of caramel and malt with balanced hops. This was a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 22:40:37 | More by bryanbullock
Photo of VanStrokin

New York

4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great gold and copper color. Good foam when poured. The smell of the hops and the malts are very distinct. Great. The taste is very hoppy at first with that long lasting aftertaste. Very bubbling which quickly dissipates, leaving that good bitter taste on the tongue. Overall is a great IPA. Will be buying this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 23:28:23 | More by VanStrokin
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 exposd


1.95/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

By just looking at this beer poured in a glass it looks more like a light domestic than an DIPA and it definitely doesn't taste like a x2 either. The only real taste that stands out to me is the taste of alcohol... This brew leaves me searching for more depth in flavor and that's for sure where it's lacking. Glad I only have one 12oz. bottle and not a 6 pack to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 05:06:11 | More by exposd
Photo of ThePaintedGrey


3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle poured into imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a clear, pristine gold... Odd, I thought I was drinking an DIPA? This doesn't even look like a regular IPA... The only thing that sets this apart from fizzy, gold adult soda is the two-finger fluffy head that eventually dissipates to a creamy cap that leaves respectable lacing. Even with the lacing, I can't get over the BMC look of this DIPA.

S: Oh, thank the Heavens this definitely isn't an AAL. Hops galore! Lots of grapefruit and orange zest, with a bit of pineapple around the edges. Some really earthy pine resin and grass add another bitter element. Very weak malt tries to peak through, but is ultimately dominated by the hops as well as a little bit of metallic booze.

T: Hop flavors are extremely fresh. Big bursts of juicy grapefruit, orange peel, there's another flavor going on here that I almost want to identify as passionfruit, but I'm not quite sure. It's very faint. Slightly sweet caramel malt presence is mild and doesn't really offer much, but it's still there. A good hint of balance, I suppose. Finish is mostly a strong pine flavor with a lingering weird alcohol aftertaste—kind of like diluted rubbing alcohol. It's truly a shame. The flavors of 2XIPA are wonderful up until the aftertaste...

M: Not quite as full as most DIPAs. This one drinks more like a regular IPA in that it's crisp, smooth, not too creamy, and it's extremely refreshing. I would have enjoyed a fuller body like those boasted by the maltier DIPAs, but this is too good to honestly complain about.

O: Southern Tier 2XIPA is a very good beer in its own right, but with it being a DIPA, I can't ignore the fact that it tastes and feels more like an extremely good IPA. Like I said, not a bad brew and it will certainly appeal to any hophead, but if you're looking for an outstanding DIPA, look elsewhere. This one's merely just quite good.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 01:50:54 | More by ThePaintedGrey
Photo of TheSixthRing


4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a semi-clear golden orange with an off-white finger width head. Fair retention results in a thin layer of surface suds. Leaves a fair bit of lacing around the glass with good stick.

Smell - The nose is mostly hoppy, hitting on floral character with light earth and citrus notes.

Taste - Follows the nose. Floral hoppiness with touches of earth and spice. Light malty backbone which consists of bread and slight caramel character. A fair touch of ruby red grapefruit bittersweetness hits near the finish, giving this a really nice aftertaste. Wish the flavors were more pronounced, but delicious as is.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with lively carbonation. Goes down with a great silky smoothness. The highlight of this beer.

Overall - Pretty light for a DIPA, but smooth, drinkable and balanced all the same. A beer that comes across better than the sum of its parts. Would be sessionable if not for the deceptively high ABV. A definite winner, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 03:30:56 | More by TheSixthRing
Photo of Jay_Ulreich


3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-For a DIPA I always expect them to be darker and have more head... but lately they never do. Looks like a lighter beer.... Always strikes me as weird.
S- Smells pretty good, really hoppy, earthy and citrus, reminds me of Unearthly. Actually, I havent had that in awhile... You sure this isnt that? :)
T- Hmmm this is very tasty and I like it alot. Its kinda sweet, but thats okay. Smooth and easy drinking. I detect a bit ofg alcohol. Hops are a lil bit bitter, more earthy and flowery, citrus is in there somewhere.
M- Nice, its a bit thicker than Id hink considering the light color, I like it.
Overall, this is a pretty good DIPA for only 9 bucks a 6er. Id buy it again. I wouldnt search it out though.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 04:58:25 | More by Jay_Ulreich
Photo of deltatauhobbit


4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean looking golden yellow with about a finger of head, what head there is fades slowly basically leaving a cap on top, no lacing on the glass though.

Smell has a very flowery aroma, picking up citrus and pine and a strong presence of sweet malt, touches of other light fruit as well, even picking up an almost apricot aroma.

Taste starts out with a strong piney front, quickly fades to the sweet malt backing which also quickly leaves and finishes with a semi-bitter finish, citrus and light fruit flavors linger about, carbonation is medium to medium-high with an appropriate body.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 01:59:28 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of Jennz906


3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

my first review:
APPEARANCE - A Nice Gold, or a dense urine color, pretty pale with a head about 1cm maybe lower. I'd say average.
SMELL- I'm not very knowledgeable in the smells but I'd say possibly a piney and floral smell.
TASTE- Bitter, with a burst an Strong after taste, but it's hard to say due to the 3 different malts and 4 hops.
MOUTHFEEL- Highly Carbonated, but not too strong with an easy feel.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 05:02:37 | More by Jennz906
Photo of Michael-McManaman


3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Very nice yellow/gold with an average head (about 1 cm). S: very floral maybe a hint of citrus but the hoppy scent just wasn't there for me. T: Quite bitter but not as bitter as I had hoped for when I picked up a "Double IPA" but still great flavor. M: above average carbonation and it goes down easily. OA: I liked this beer a lot actually as an IPA, it had great bitterness and a high ABV. But not a 2xIPA I recommend it and I really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 04:15:52 | More by Michael-McManaman
Photo of BurdockBoy


3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: yellow/amber
S: mild hops and malt.
T: a very good for an IPA, but pretty weak for a DIPA. Still, I felt the 8.2%. Nice citrus grapefruit taste with a pleasant aftertaste.
M: not too dry not too moist.
OA: again, more of an IPA. Very drinkable. A nice summery beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 03:25:17 | More by BurdockBoy
Photo of Bone53


3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap into a pint glass.

Appearance: See through light golden color with a small white head. Looks more like a lager or pilsner than a DIPA

Smell: Cirtus hops with bready malt, and both seem stale compared to other DIPA's I've had.

Taste: Citrus hops, grapefruit, and a touch of malt. I enjoy the floral aftertaste. I get the 8.2% as well

Mouthfeel: Quite smooth, although its moderately bitter. Drinkable for a double

Overall: It's drinkable and the aromas and flavors are there but they don't seem as fresh or pronounced as I prefer in a DIPA. Decent enough

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 19:55:39 | More by Bone53
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2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,060 ratings.