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2XIPA - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,913
Reviews: 982
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 106
Gots: 583 | 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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Photo of Froggy52
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my second case of this beer and I'll continue to purchase as long as I can get a recent freshness date. This case was marked two weeks ago, and has outstanding taste and mouthfeel as long as your sample is fresh. It doesn't seem to hold up so well over time.

Citrus and caramel notes on the front end. Hop is muted but definitely there. Nice head and lacing if not served too cold. There is a smooth drinkability here which is lacking in some doubles. Amazing under-the-radar alcohol taste, almost hard to discern. A wonderful choice with strong cheese or after some yard work.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Rattle N Hum in New York, NY

A: Pours a dark golden yellow to light copper in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall dense off-white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit and pine/resin hops along with a very light note of sweet malts.

T: There is a very light amount of caramel malt sweetness with moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit and pine/resin hops - but the hop flavors are not very aggressive. Very light hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Easier to drink than a lot of other beers in the style, but the hop profile of this beer is not as aggressive as the other examples of the style. The alcohol is this beer is well hidden but I would probably classify it as more of a 1.5 IPA (not quite a double). Enjoyable but not a real special beer for the style (which is one of my favorites).

Photo of MisterE
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of BradenMK
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a 20oz mug, 2XIPA shared its yellow-gold color with all of the mainstream American lagers out there. However, it did drum up a good finger to finger and a half of white head (depending on pour) and had an above average amount of retention. Though not much in the way of quality lacing. About average I'd say.

Smell: This was nice. A bit of a sauteed onion character that quickly fades into grassy/herbal hops, and a strong resiny pine note. Sweet malts lurk at the edges of hop astringency and pop out more and more fiercely as the beer warms.

Taste: Follows the nose. You get what you paid for, what was advertized. The hop character dominates here a little more strongly than other double IPAs perhaps, but not overwhelmingly like it can with standard IPAs. The malt backbone may be a bit less pronounced here, but its sweetness helps to cut into the hop bitterness and combines deliciously with the resinous pine.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, maybe a little on the light side, but in a good way for the flavors presented. The light feel combined with the light malt only helps to give the malt that is there a better vehicle to keep up with the aggressive hops. Creamy without being sticky or chewy.

Overall: Compared to Sixpoint's Resin, Southern Tier's 2XIPA doesn't quite measure up. Resin has a much better smell and taste, but both have a comparable mouthfeel. That's not to say that 2XIPA isn't a great beer. On the other hand, Southern Tier's 2XIPA is much easier to drink - which is saying a lot, because even at 9.1% abv, Resin is an easy drinker. I could even call 2XIPA a sessionable beer, and at 8.2% abv that's quite an accomplishment. A very fine beer that I'm glad to have finally tried.

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Photo of Rizalini
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle, bottled on 08/01/12, and poured into a plastic cup...

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow color, with 1 finger of white head that dissipates rather quickly.

S - Earthy hop aroma. Pineapples and maybe a little hint of grapefruit as well

T/M - The taste reveals more of a bitter hop than a citrus hop. Nice caramel malt backbone. Very smooth and drinkable. Nice resinous aftertaste that I look for in a good IPA. Medium mouthfeel, good carbonation.

O - I don't think I've had a bad Southern Tier brew, and this is no exception. The more I sip this one, and let it warm up, the more I like it.

2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,913 ratings.