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2XIPA - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,002
Hads: 4,208
Avg: 4
pDev: 23.5%
Wants: 134
Gots: 898 | FT: 4
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: 1,002 | Hads: 4,208
Photo of admiral
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

decent double IPA that hides a higher alcohol content well

aroma: malty citrus and slight chocolate

taste: citrus (mainly grapefruit), pine, orange peel, herbs, very slight tropical fruit and some light malt to balance it all.

enjoyable, solid, tasty beer that is easy to drink (especially considering the high abv) but a touch underwhelming

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured clear amber to pale orange with the fine creamy head one expects from a nitro-tap. The head was shallow, white, and long lasting, depositing a fine coating of lace on a pint glass.

The aroma was rather muted for the style, but did contain grapefruit and mandarin orange, and some resin and herbal notes.

Flavor too was muted for a double anything, but especially an IPA. This said, the grapefruit and herbal aromas translated well. Bitterness was a major player, but still less than an American IPA, much less 2XIPA should be. Malt sweetness buoys the overall flavor profile.

A medium bodies and very smooth, which is no surprise given the delivery method. Carbonation is fine a ample enough to overcome the light astringency, and the alcohol is about as one would anticipate.

This is a fine beer to be sure, and an example of how style guidelines can fail to describe the experience. I enjoyed this with friends, with a duck ruben and hearty laughter, as a cold, driving rain washed the Geneva, NY streets outside.

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Photo of tmm313
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Slightly hazy, light amber color. Minimal head, but good lacing from ring.
S- Tropical fruit, some floral notes, grapefruit, pine, caramel, and fresh hop.
T- Fresh hops, tropical fruit, grapefruit, and pine over a pretty good malt backbone. Resinous aftertaste. As it warms, some earthy hop spices join the party.
M- Medium body that seems thick on the tongue, but light on the finish. Oily, resinous mouth coating. Drying. 4.5
O- I really enjoyed this beer. The more it warmed, the better it became. Nicely balanced and surprisingly complex.

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Photo of Hop-Droppen-Roll
3.26/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Boy, I've been looking forward to reviewing this beer for a while. Let's get to it.

This is a pleasant beer. It is nice, non-offensive, and tasty. It's not a double IPA. Since it is aggressively labeled and marketed as such, that's how she's getting reviewed - sorry.

2XIPA is a VERY good IPA. It is a POOR Double IPA. Allow me to amend that - it's an IPA; it's NOT a DIPA.

It smells like a good IPA, but the lacks maltiness, and could use more fruiness/piney-ness.

It tastes like a good IPA, but the lacks maltiness, and could use more fruiness/piney-ness.

That's about it. Now if I were to review this beer as an IPA - I'd say something about how the pleasant, almost tropical nose is followed very closely by a similar flavor profile - but I would still mention the way there's a big empty space where the bitter juiciness of a classic IPA should be. It's just missing something - brain and my nose and my belly are all for this brew but my tongue is like 'hey guys, c'mon, I want some!'

No dice, tongue.

Good beer. OK IPA. Poor DIPA. If this is a Double, Hop Drop and Roll by NoDa should be a Double, but they had the good sense to go with American IPA. Maybe I'm placing too much emphasis on labeling and marketing but, well, I'm not - certain expectations are sold along with the beer - I paid for a DIPA and received an IPA. But maybe that's just the Associates degree in design and subsequent career in marketing talking.

Full Disclosure - I've had only 3 DIPAs, but if fully 66.6% had that special malty something, and one does not, I'm going to assume that it's missing that special flavorful something which counts for quite a bit. Further disclosure: the only other Southern Tier beer I've had is Pumpking, so maybe my expectations were a tad high.

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Photo of ISmith87
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - 4 - golden/amber color, white 1 finger head --> thick film of bubbles.
S - 4.25 - grapefruit, citrus zest, fresh.
T - 4.5 - grapefruit, pine, citrus zest, some nice malt background
M - 4.25 - light-medium, alc covered, aftertaste grapefruit, malt, bread.
O - 4.25 - It's okay, I probably overrated this one a little bit because it's one of my favorite styles. I don't think it would stand up to RuinTen, HopSlam, etc.

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Photo of Omnium
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle > 2X IPA Glass

A - Clear yellow gold color with two fingers of soapy white head, minimal lacing
S - Huge dank pine, lots of orange marmalade, pineapple, huge grapefruit, some sour white grape, fresh cut grass, some biscuit dough.
T - Lots of sweet candy-like malt, big dank grass and pine, lots of grapefruit and lemon zest, a light grape quality on the end, cracker and biscuit malt on the finish.
M - For 8.2% you're not getting a whole lot from that, it does finish on the drier side, and is a little clingy, but considering the power of this beer, this is good.
O - This is one of my favorite reliable double IPA's of all time and is a testament to ST's brewing quality. This thing is packed with tons of flavor and aroma, and is available year round. Plus the abv is extremely well hidden in this beer.

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Photo of Marko84
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Well well, my first review. I've been privileged enough to try many beers, but in commitment to remembering them I feel it's important to keep some kind of record. Here goes.
Southern Tier 2x IPA
8.20% and who would have guessed? This beer is not bold. It is not ambitious. It is, however, among the most drinkable dIPAs I have encountered. Very light mouthfeel, bitter but not overwhelming. The greatest achievement of this beer is, in my mind, it's ability to hide it's alcohol content. It tastes good...it drinks easy..and that's where this brew excels. I wouldn't list this among my favorite IPAs, or even among my favorite beers. But if you are looking for a mild bark with a bite that'll set you straight, look no further.

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Photo of barczar
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant golden with a frothy ivory head that slowly dissipates, leaving sticky lacing.

Resin, pine, mint, fresh cut grass, muted orange and grapefruit pith form the aroma. Light skunky notes and an almost cracker-like malt add complexity.

Flavor reveals a grassy, floral backbone, with underpinnings of grapefruit and tangerine underlying bready, crackery malt. The finish is moderately bitter. Hops rule the day, and are more earthy, resiny, and grassy than citrusy. A touch of caramel emerges as it warms.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and noted alcohol warmth.

Bittering hops prevail, a bit much for my tastes. Malt is only a support. The flavoring hops could be more complex, and I'd like more malt backbone for a dipa.

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Photo of Tank880
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I am a big fan of IPAs. This one has a fantastic bouquet (better than most) and a nice taste without too much of a bite. Don't be fooled though, you are drinking a fully flavored beer. Frankly, this could be a beer you enjoy in the North Carolina beach heat (not a bunch but a few). The alcohol taste is there but Minimal. The finish is there and lasts as I expect and enjoy in an IPA.

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Photo of hopflyer
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 8/12/14. Consumed 11/22/14.

One of the first craft beers I had a few years back. Picked up a 6pk.

Pours light gold, half finger head which drops down to a thin ring. Slight haze.

Citrus in the nose composed of grapefruit and lemon. Not the strongest aroma.

taste is a small bit of the grapefruit and quickly balanced with bready malt. slight bitterness follows. Some of the lemon is detected but o think the sweet malts really are showcased a bit more here. A touch of sugary sweetness, almost maple syrup like sweetness.

Body is on the light side for a DIPA and finish is a bit dry. Medium carbonation. I like the feel more than the taste.

Extreme balance with this brew and the tastes go well together. Not packed with a whole lot of flavor though. Mouthfeel is the best part of this as its light and dry but not necessarily what a DIPA is supposed to be. regardless, its a nice beer no matter what style it belongs in.

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

Appearance: Clear, dark golden color with one finger of head that fades to a ring with some spotty lacing.

Aroma: Caramel malt with lots of citrus notes, mostly grapefruit rind.

Taste: Creamy malt sweetness quickly overwhelmed by a powerful blast of bitterness, which is pithy with some light citrus notes that perk it up. There's some soapiness on the back end with some more of the malt coming through leading to a lingering finish that is mildly nutty.

The Rest: Big body, bold hops, fantastic beer. I've liked just about every 2x beer Southern Tier had done, and this one is no different.

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Photo of Dost0ybrewski
2.4/5  rDev -40%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I'm clueless as to why this beer has an average BA score of 90+. As someone who solely drinks IPAs, I'm confident in saying it was the worst DIPA I have ever tasted. I don't really know how to explain my experience besides summarizing it: there is absolutely nothing special or intriguing about this beer. It's balanced to the point where it doesn't even taste like an IPA. Not hoppy. Not malty. Just bland. Watered down and underwhelming in every sense of the word.

I'm someone who believes it's blasphemous to pour out a "good" beer without finishing it. But this beer merited a pouring-down-the-drain. I made it halfway though the bottle before giving up (forgive me, beer gods).

OVERALL: There is nothing redeeming about this beer. Utter disappointment in my opinion.

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Photo of papat444
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear pale gold body, good showing of lacing. Dose of cedar in the aroma, zesty citrus as well with a bit of spices. More citrus than cedar in flavor though the latter does lurk around in there. Bit soapy which rubs off on texture. Good bitterness upfront, very creamy in the finish. I like it, not top tier but solid nonetheless.

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-gold with a little white head
S-strong hops with a little orange citus smell
T-much like the smell until the aftertaste then it shifts to the nice sweet malt flavor
M-medium-hight carbonation which causes it to smeem lighter in body
O-outstanding double IPA

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Photo of fps_dean
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This has became one of few beers that I buy fairly regularly on a year-round basis for quite some time now. This is a great balance between citrusy hops and sweet malts that many IPAs simply fail to achieve. It goes down smooth and it also compliments most food very nicely, including almost any spicy food.

It's a bit sweeter than their IPA, and while I do find their IPA to be very good, their DIPA is so much better.

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Photo of macd144
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a surprisingly good double IPA. It is not as big as a DIPA as I would have expected, but it is a really nicely balanced beer. Good citrus hop aroma with a malt backbone to give it a nice taste with a good mouthfeel. I would not call this a session beer but it sure was easy to drink. I could definitely enjoy a few of these.

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Photo of Biffster
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The aroma is toasty and bready but not caramelly - a substantial malt presence that does a fine job of standing up to the big citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, pine and spicy hop aroma. It is estery - floral, with a touch of melon and berry as well. There is no diacetyl and no phenols.

The appearance is a deep gold with a touch of amber, just shy of clear which is okay for the style, and it has a strong fluffy white head.

There is some dark bread and graham cracker maltiness at the sip, but the malt never really has a chance as soon as the hops set in. It has a bracing clean bitterness, not harsh at all, that takes over in the middle of the palate and lingers all the way through. It is sharp and clean but not harsh at the swallow, and a touch of malt lingers in the finish, mingling with the prickly spicy bitterness.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, not unlike a dry stout actually. The body is medium, and the carbonation is moderate to high, which helps to lay down the residual sweetness a bit.

This beer, surprisingly, is all about balance. There are so many sloppy double IPAs out there, with a harsh level of hops used to try to balance out a rough and under-attenuated base beer. This is a well designed and well executed beer. The malt profile is actually prominent with out being sweet, and the hop profile is substantial without being harsh.

Lots of DIPAs are sippers. This one is screaming for food, like spicy barbecue, pulled pork, steak, or almost any seasoned spicy meat dish.

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Photo of delta490
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- a clear, medium gold. About two fingers of creamy white head mostly dissipates, but a little bit lasts around the circumference, leaving significant lacing on the glass.

S- floral and resinous pine hops dominate

T-mostly piney hops, held up by a strong malt backbone

M- a little thinner than other DIPAs, but smooth on the palate.

O- a really good IPA, but not nearly as big as other DIPAs that are out now. But delicious and well made all the same.

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Photo of Beerlover
2.96/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

reviewed from notes.
smells of soapy hops in aroma but that doesn't come out in flavor thankfully, golden clear in color with a little bit of a copperish tinge. kind of an odd but somewhat balanced flavor, this ipa doesn't really do much for me. not overly hoppy but some bitterness. booziness pretty well masked though, otherwise meh.

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Photo of thickgirth
3.32/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

this really shouldn't be considered a double imo. just doesn't have that intensity or manliness you'd hope for in a nice double ipa. stone and founders have done much better with their doubles. not a bad beer tho. just... not perfect. southern tier has never been a favorite.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: Bright orange and crisp looking. The eggshell colored head is comprised of a variety of bubble sizes, but most are tiny, including thousands of tiny bubbles streaming up the sides of the glass. The tightly packed, small bubbles give the head an almost creamy look.

SMELL: Pine and grass aromas are strong here with a touch of citrus to round it out. This is all hops on the nose, malt need not apply.

TASTE: Hops still dominate the flavor here especially at the beginning of the sip and in the back side of the palate. The more harsh, grassy tones hit first and then slowly transition to pine, then a big dose of orange and finally into a caramel/honey malt flavor.

MOUTHFEEL: Even towards the end of this glass there are still tons of tiny bubbles darting around this beer and they provide quite a tickle for an otherwise not so carbonated beer. The body is light and basically, the feel here can be described as playful. Very nice.

OVERALL: Southern Tier doesn’t screw around. This is not a terribly complex DIPA, it’s just a good one. Really good. Can’t wait until they get out here to CO.

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Photo of dar482
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a golden amber. A clear light orange honey color with a one finger head.

The aroma has lots of sugary sweet orange, some tangerine, ruby grapefruit, some hops, and caramel sweet malt.

The flavor has sweet grapefruit at first, then some caramel to balance it, but very little. Then a hit of pine, and then finally the finish is a super bitter orange or grapefruit white pith. The bitterness is really pronounced on this.

The body is light medium.

This bottle was super fresh at 13 days old. Brew date was on bottom, under the label. It’s a really easy drinking, clean beer and more my style without much caramel sweetness.

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Photo of mnrider
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. Brown bottle. Has freshness date.

A: Pours a light, clear orange. Large white head with above average head retention.
Lacing is sticky and plentiful.

S: Fruity. Citrus. Hops. Light toasted malt aroma. The initial hop aroma is strong but not
overpowering. As the beer warms the strong smell slowly decreases.

T/M: Sharp citrus. Bitter hops. Some sweeter flavors are present with the nice balance
malts. The finish is dry/sweet and only slightly bitter. The mouthfeel is crisp and smooth

O: Definitely not a hop bomb, but still this double IPA has an overall great taste. The
drinkability is great as the higher ABV% is hidden well.


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

A - Light yellow-orange. I could care less about appearance, so unless it's really beautiful or really ugly, it will get the average of the other ratings. Who drinks a beer for appearance anyway?

S - Great hop smell. Fruit, pine, and a little spice.

T - Not as much fruit in the taste. Tastes much lighter than 8.2%. Good balance of hop flavor and bitterness. Not nearly as malty as Dogfish Head 60, which is probably why I like it more.

M - Very light for a DIPA, easy to drink.

O - Another phenomenal value in the IPA/DIPA category as I can get this for $9.99 a six pack. I first tried this together with Dogfish Head 60, Dogfish Head 90, and Southern Tier IPA. While it isn't as good as Dogfish Head 90, both of the Southern Teir IPAs were better than Dogfish Head 60 IMO.

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2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,002 ratings.