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2XIPA - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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1,011 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,011
Hads: 4,248
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 23.44%
Wants: 135
Gots: 931 | FT: 3
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: 1,011 | Hads: 4,248
Photo of Groceryboi
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had a lot of DIPA and this one is middle of the road. Very drinkable, as it warms it gets slightly better. It has a great piney taste, that is a attribute that I look for in all DIPA & IPA's. With a 8.2% ABV it doesn't have that strong taste as you would think for a higher alcohol content.

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Photo of John87
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Poured into a small tulip glass. Light Orange/brown color. Not as cloudy- more transparent then I expected. Not much of a head. lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of Grapefruit, alcohol, leather, juniper

T - Somewhat bitter upfront. Piney, minimally sweet. tastes of alcohol, and grapefruit. Not too much on the back end. Aftertaste is strong.

M - Light feel, Foams up easily as it hits the tongue. Dry.

Overall - Not my favorite IPA, but it definitely does its job whenever I'm looking for a good, bitter IPA. I think it could use a bit more hop flavor instead of the straight bitterness that plagues most IPA's I've tried. A Bit to dry for me as well; it could use a bigger malt backing.
Overall, I think it is still better than most.

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Photo of phishsihq
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a clear, orange-golden color with a thin, eggshell head settling atop the brew. Big simcoe hop aromas burst from the glass. Grapefruit, orange, and tropical fruit aromatics join slight pine resin notes and a touch toasted bread. Caramel and lightly toasted malt flavors are quickly subdued by big flavors of tropical fruit, grapefruit, lemon zest, and a touch of pepper. Very well balanced, this beer is medium-light in body with a slightly lower than expected amount of carbonation. Extremely drinkable, this beer seems to come off more as a double Pale Ale than a double Indian Pale Ale.

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Photo of illpass78
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a light, clear gold with a puffy white head. Head recedes slowly from an inch to a quarter inch to a white film. Lacing is heavy and carbonation more than average. Looks deceptively like a straight lager or pilsner.

Aroma: Kablamo. This is going to be bitter. Lots of floral and citrus aromas in the nose. Surprisingly little booziness considering the ABV. Some lemon and grapefruit is noticeable. Lots and lots of hops dominate the aroma.

Taste: Tastes more bitter than it smells. Lots and lots of hop bite. The complexity is right there - grapefruit dominates, but orange, lemon and grassiness are very present. It's a well executed IPA and the flavors will appeal to fans of the style. I'd call it a sipper - the hop strength is too much to session this one. Alcohol is surprisingly muted.

Mouthfeel: Good body. Drinkable but not watery. The remaining foam is pleasant on the palate as it warms.

Overall: If you like big IPAs, I feel like you've had this. If you haven't, seek it. Maybe not a beer for the casual drinker, but a must-have for IPA fans. Also a good companion for a good meal. I had this with BBQ tempeh, French fries and Brussels sprouts and it fit the bill.

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Photo of THE-DUDE
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am not sure this is really a Double IPA. The alcohol content suggests that it is but it does't have the full body of most DIPAs. It is very hoppy of course, but as it warms I taste a grassy flavor and pine. It finishes with carmel malty hues. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Johnny_Muir
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce into pint glass. WOW!!! My new favorite IPA. Big, bold, fruity, hoppy, balanced, amazing. Like a gesyer of deliciousness exploding on my palette. Mouthfeel increases the flavor as you swallow (thats what she said). Drink this beer with passion and joy because thats what Southern Tier put into this Double IPA. Cheers!

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Photo of mikeg67
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours deep golden with short lived white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of citrusy and piney hops, biscuit malt and oranges. Body is full and tangy. Citrusy, piney hops dominate the flavor with pale malt and ripe fruit provide support. Finish is long and bitter. Very nice brew. Goes down easily despite high alcohol.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

BOD 12/19/13. Golden pour with a very nice head and lacing that lasts. Nice nose of citrus hops (grapefruit, orange and tangerine) against a slightly sweet background. Medium bodied with a slick mouthfeel. Well carbonated so that it supports the body. The flavor profile is a well balanced blend of hop flavor, bitterness and malt sweetness. It starts with some grapefruit and pine, then the bitterness and finishes slightly sweet. The alcohol is almost completely hidden. The finish is between crisp and smooth with a lingering bitterness and tartness. An outstanding IPA, but not quite as good as Founder's Harvest, NoDa Hop Drop or Lagunita Sucks. It is, however, more complex than they.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz.

Pours a clear honey gold, white lacing for a head.

Smells of honey and rich piney hops with some mild grassy malts underneath.

Flavor is of honey, maple, grapefruit, piney hops, and mix of lightly buttery and grassy malts.

Full body with mildly sudsy carbonation throughout.

A truly exceptional double IPA, if not the best then its up there. Anyone who is even moderately a fan of stronger IPAs and strong American ales owes it to themselves to try this. Probably my favorite in this family of ales ever.

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Photo of admiral
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
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 -9.7%
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 +4.5%
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 -18.7%
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 +8.2%
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 +1.7%
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 -4.7%
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 -6.5%
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 +6.2%
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 -3%
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 +2.2%
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 -40.1%
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 -5.5%
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 +8.5%
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%
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 -3.7%
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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2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,011 ratings.