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2XIPA - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,957
Reviews: 991
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 117
Gots: 626 | 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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2.66/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Burnt orange in color with two fingers of off white head with little retention. Thick sticky lacing all the way around the glass.

S: A strong smell of pine and sweet malt. Subtle notes of orange and pineapple.

T: Bitter hops up front followed by everything that was in the smell. Really sweet and malty. There is some sort of disconnect where the hoppiness and sweetness don't balance each other out and are like two separate entities in the beer.

M: Light carbonation in a light body for a DIPA. It doesn't really stick to the mouth at all either.

O: It is is probably the lightest DIPA I've had. Truthfully, I liked the idea of the light mouthfeel because it is unique for a DIPA. It wouldn't be all that bad except that it lacks the overall taste of a big DIPA. Besides the ABV, this actually tastes like it is somewhere between a pale ale and a single IPA that is really sweet. I'm not likely going to be drinking this one again.

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3.47/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into Samuel Adam's Perfect Pint Glass
A- Pours a Slightly Hazy Golden/Yellow color,white one fingers width head, not a whole lot of lacing retention
S- Citrus, hops, a little malty sweetness, nothing spectacular
T- Similar to the nose, get some lemon and resinous pine too, nothing really jumps out
M- For a Double IPA, very crisp, dry and a little thin, but very drinkable for the style
It has the ABV of a Double IPA but reminded me more of a Single IPA, a nice beer decent price but nothing really wowed me other than the drinkability

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3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured with a one finger, thick off white head that shockingly dissipated really quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear amber color with very light carbonation. The body was a clear amber color with very light carbonation. The nose on this brew was strong and absolutely lovely, marked with strong grapefruit and a bit of booze. The taste wasn’t quite as nice. The strong grapefruit that was in the nose didn’t come through as much in the taste. There was a definite bitterness to it, but was quickly followed up by a metallic flavor and some malt that really wasn’t in balance with the brew. The body was on the medium side and carbonation was very low. The finish was long and I just couldn’t get the nasty metallic taste out of my mouth. I have to say, given the nose, this beer was a big disappointment. I could go on and on listing the other brews of this style that were better. I wouldn’t have this again.

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3.08/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out looking lighter than expected, gold to yellow in appearance, .5" head on it, white in color, lacing not spectacular, but adequate. Aroma, lays some Simcoe down, but really not aromatic, pungent or anything special. Couldn't even tell if it was dry hopped at all.

Taste, again, decent, hides alcohol well, but the hops didn't really lend much in the way of flavor, just some bitterness. I liked the minimal malt bill, didn't get in the way, and still the hops just didn't really lend anything to the flavor, just the bitterness.

It finishes kind of dry, but its really ho hum. Easy enough to drink, and no aspect of it fails, but for being a Southern Tier beer, I had way higher expectations. I have no idea how old the bottles were since it was acquired in a trade, so I would revisit, but ultimately, its not my fault the brewery doesn't bottle date.

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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.

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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).

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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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2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,957 ratings.