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2XIPA - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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3,350 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,350
Reviews: 942
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 85
Gots: 280 | FT: 6
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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bsp77

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Hazy, light gold with decent stark white head and a touch of lacing.

Smell: Tart grapefruit, floral/spicy hops, tea and doughy bread. A little mild, and very English, other than the grapefruit.

Taste: Nice, grapefruity hops over a ramped up malt body of bread, tea and caramel. Finish is just somewhat bitter, and actually more floral and spicy than truly bitter.

Feel: Fairly light body for the style, but pretty oily as well. Carbonation is subdued. Finish is dry, as expected regardless of whether I am treating this as a Double IPA or some kind of ramped up English Ale. Crisp and refreshing. Odd for an over 8% beer.

Overall: This is not really what I think of as DIPA. This is simply too English and malty, but with some grapefruity American hops thrown in for good measure. So I would consider this more of a American-style Double ESB, which isn't a style. The name 2XIPA is simply misleading. That's a lot of blathering just to say that this was not what I expected. However, it's very tasty and unique, which is more important than style distinctions.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 22:55:09 | More by bsp77
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Aschap

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1%

05-09-2012 02:39:53 | More by Aschap
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baysider15

California

4/5  rDev -1%

05-07-2012 16:48:45 | More by baysider15
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Maximusmaximus

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

05-07-2012 03:15:02 | More by Maximusmaximus
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jfclark


3.13/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour from 12 oz bottle.

A: Light golden color, fairly clear. marginal head

S: powerful hops, candy smell

T: hops noticeable at first, then strong alcohol favor

M: carbonation not strong.

Overall not my favorite - though after i purchased the bottle, i noticed it was about 10 months old, so not the freshest bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 22:29:25 | More by jfclark
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morimech

Minnesota

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
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griffey123

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

05-06-2012 14:29:50 | More by griffey123
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elec

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

05-06-2012 02:46:44 | More by elec
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tastybeer

North Carolina

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

A: Brassy, light orange color and clear. Head is off the bat an inch high, and fades to a nice plump looking 1/8" layer. Lace is spotty and shifts around as I drink.

S: Dank citrus sprinkled with bright floral notes and some tea-like musky scents.

T: Taste is like juicy freshly squeezed oranges in beer form... Flavors are peppery orange zest, blood orange, and more orange, perhaps candied. Pretty basic IPA. Very tasty in its simplicity. Bitter hops are there in this beer, but act as more of a sidekick to the abundant flavor/aroma hops.

M: Slightly viscous/lightly syrupy, smooth, a tad resinous in texture. Medium body.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 20:53:59 | More by tastybeer
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InfernalPotato

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

05-05-2012 20:07:32 | More by InfernalPotato
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sevenarts

New York

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale, clear golden orange. Nice white head that leaves behind a bit of lacing.

S: Lots of piney hops dominate the smell, along with hints of citrus and malts underneath.

T/M: A wonderful progression of hoppy flavors: up front are a lot of citrus and tropical fruit flavors, with some underlying sweetness from the malts, and this is followed by a big bitter hit of pine that fills the mouth. The piney hops linger in the aftertaste. Really delicious.

O: A fantastic DIPA with a ton of flavor and a really great balance of different hops.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 15:46:18 | More by sevenarts
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Wordslinger

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

05-05-2012 07:33:36 | More by Wordslinger
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wertschy

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

05-04-2012 21:41:09 | More by wertschy
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Marko_D


5/5  rDev +23.8%

05-04-2012 15:08:41 | More by Marko_D
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matthageman

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1%

05-04-2012 02:56:33 | More by matthageman
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vonnegut21

New York

4/5  rDev -1%

05-03-2012 22:46:39 | More by vonnegut21
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Dave128

Kentucky

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

Enjoyed on tap at mellow mushroom in Lexington, KY.

A - brought to me in a 10 oz goblet with almost no head so I can't really judge that. Color is a clear light golden hue. Lacing is superb.

S - Citrusy hops. The nose is all hops. A portly piney as well.

T - As with the nose, the hops do all the talking. Very juicy up front with citrus and tropical fruit flavors. It continues with a nice piney resin flavor that finishes bitter but not dry.

M - medium bodied with light carbonation.

O - A great regularly available DIPA. I will search for this one more. You know its a good beer when you relish the butler afterward.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2012 20:57:09 | More by Dave128
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Ablackbrew

New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

05-02-2012 04:31:29 | More by Ablackbrew
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antoines15

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

05-01-2012 01:17:54 | More by antoines15
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bamadog

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to reviewing this one. Review is from notes taken on 4/30/2012 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a light, straw color with just a hint of a golden hue, definitely lighter in color than most other DIPAs that I've had; starts with a decent 1 and 1/2 finger head that is rocky and white; body holds amazing clarity, and shows strong carbonation bubbling up throughout;

Smell: Lots of lemon zest, some grapefruit; touch of a grainy malt backing. Not a ton to say about it -- it smells really good and I'm ready to drink it!

Taste: A well-crafted beer from a brewery that does good things with their larger format beers; plenty of the bitter hoppiness and it has a strong lemony flavor to it, with a touch of grapefruit as well; not a palate wrecker, but really fits the style well; there's actually a pretty solid malt backing that has just a touch of sweetness that finds its way through the hops; bit of an alcoholic vapor on the back end.

Mouthfeel: For some reason, I thought that it would be a tad lighter on the palate, but its body holds up -- just shy of what I would consider medium weight, the body is sticky and leaves a thick coating over the whole mouth; carbonation is plenty strong and allows the body to come across as lively without being sharp; belly is left a little warm from the alcohol.

Overall: Glad I picked up a six pack instead of just getting a single. With the warmer days of the the tail end of spring and summer approaching, it's going to be a great thirst quencher in the coming days.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 01:16:30 | More by bamadog
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2XIPA
Southern Tier Brewing Company
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
ABV: 8.20 %

Had at a special firkin tapping for Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week.

LOOK: Golden color, little head or lace. Perfect clarity and some carbonation bubbles rising lazily to the surface.

SMELL: Solid nose of orange and grapefruit, pine, earthy herb, honey baked bread, citrus oil.

TASTE: Balanced strong IPA with more citrus rind flavor, red ripe grapefruit and pine. The bitterness is restrained and there is a balance of the sweet malts and alcohol. Still, quite hoppy which is the best feature of this brew.

FEEL: The firkin really lended a softness to the feel, with a mild to low carbonation, and more or less clean finish.

OVERALL: A real treat of a beer, and I was happy to try it at the special tapping. It is almost as good on tap and in the bottle, but I must say this cask was the best 2XIPA that I have ever tasted.

Serving type: cask

04-29-2012 22:32:25 | More by Stinkypuss
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scotthatch123


4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

04-29-2012 15:46:02 | More by scotthatch123
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oneturbucfan

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

04-29-2012 00:35:44 | More by oneturbucfan
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gungoat

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

04-28-2012 19:51:08 | More by gungoat
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PSU79

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

04-28-2012 00:01:49 | More by PSU79
2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,350 ratings.