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2XIPA - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,998
Reviews: 1,002
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 119
Gots: 664 | FT: 5
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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Ratings: 3,998 | Reviews: 1,002
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear light goldish yellow with a 1 finger white head. A little bit of visible carbonation but not much. Head dissipates fairly quickly leaving a ring around the glass. Leaves some lacing.

S: Real nice citrus aroma, grapefruit and lemon. Sweet malt characteristics in the background. Little bit of alcohol but the main focus is hops.

T: A real nice floral and citrus hop. A light malt backing makes this real drinkable. I like how the focus is on the hop which lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Light on the palate with mild carbonation. Has a smooth finish. Easy going for the abv.

Overall a very tasty and highly drinkable beer. Will continue to get again and again. Great addition to the new super pack. Giving it a high overall because I'd rate taste and smell 4.25.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: This pours pale gold in color with excellent clarity along with an off-white head with a good retention.

s: The smell is dominated by moderately-high hops aromas of pine and citrus, lemon and grapefruit. There is some malt toasty aroma and slight sweetness and a hint of alcohol.

t: There is a medium hop flavor that mostly grapefruit, lemon along with pine and a moderately-high bitterness. There is a little support from a malt sweetness that keeps the hops in check giving it a moderately bitter balance. The slight malt flavors coming through are bread and toffee-like. The bitterness lingers past the moderately dry finish.

m: A smooth medium-bodies beer with a moderate level of carbonation. There is a slight alcohol warming, but not enough to remind me that it checks in at 8.2% ABV.

o: This is a great IPA with just enough restraint to let me throw back a few pint in a sitting. The hops aroma is good but a little more aromatic hops would have me moving this from a great beer to and outstanding beer.

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I can't even bring myself to write a typical staccato review, like i usually do for others beers. From the get-go this beer had me anxious and with high expectations, mainly due to the legendary reputation this brewery coins to all it's beers, the thought of having a 'crème de la crème' Double American IPA (which doesn't come often where I'm from), even the professional and deliciously artisan labeling played a part.

The nose despite being relatively tame is one of the most complex and elegant I've had the pleasure of experiencing, suggesting a caramel, toffeeish malt backbone with a nutty character reminiscent of a rich English Brown Ale aswell as showing fragrant and exuberant flowery, evergreen / piney, citrus and orange notes.

Amazingly though, the taste follows up on the A+ nose. The taste is really something else, it's watch maker work right here. It's deep, rich, complex and astoundingly balanced. It really gives you the feeling that something like this took equal parts of inspiration and hard work and planing:

Beautiful tropical fruit, pine, evergreen, flowers, vegetable, not overly bitter; Heavy but not syrupy, and very refreshing.

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I can not for the life of me recall a beer in which the alcohol played such a factor on equilibrium, rather than being just one more layer or something that doesn't get in the way. It's really hard to put into words but nonetheless it could not, in my opinion, fit more perfectly.

The best IPA I've had to date but could use a bit more intensity in the bittering, aroma and taste.

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2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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