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2XIPA - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,303
Reviews: 938
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 83
Gots: 259 | 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:
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(Beer added by: mcallister on 04-28-2010)
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Photo of Kinsman


4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Crisp and clean looking golden colored body. A small but good looking creamy white head tops things off.

Aroma has a good bit of citrus and piney hop notes alongside a slight malty sweetness. Similar profile in the taste with a good hoppy grapefruit upfront and a strong malt backbone. Not as hop forward as some DIPAs but still plenty of hops to go around.

Mouthfeel and smooth and creamy with a medium body feel . Overall, nothing too fancy here but a solid enjoyable DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 18:29:13 | More by Kinsman
Photo of Marty30


4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this sixer fresh as hell at the brewery on sep.10 after fishing a muskie tourny!

A. Nice very typical DIIPA look dark orange body,with a 1 inch cream colored head. Good carbonation.

S. Love the smell of DIIPA's! Lots of tropical fruit and pine, more so on the pine. I have had this befor but wow this being so fresh it's like a differant beer.

T. Damn! it is like a differant beer. So good tons of fresh pine bitterness with a touch of grapefruit and pineapple. Balencing out slighty with some caramel malts.

M. Mouth is medium and creamy, with very good carbonation for the style. Dry hoppy finish.

Overall holy shit was this fresh. Very good I can't stop thinking about how differant this was from the couple times I have had it before. It was just above average before and fresh it is a A beer easily.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 15:54:52 | More by Marty30
Photo of haywire77


3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle dated 8/25/11

Brew poured a gorgeous golden honey with about 3/4" of pearly white head that faded to a modest cap in about 5 minutes. Great lacing.

Grapefruit, lemon zest, and mango hop on the nose, but it smells like it has a solid sweet malt profile also. I guess I should drink some and find out.

Taste is average to me. Almost exactly what I smelled, but more sweet malts than I imagined. Light pine hops right away that fade to a sickly sweet malt after. I didn't get any alcohol heat at first, but as I make my way through it, it it definitely there.

Mouthfeel is good. Decent carbonation that dances on the tongue and a syrupy consistency to the body. The finish is pine hops and bitter like it should be.

Overall this is a solid offering from ST, but not one of the better DIPAs that I have had. One would probably be my limit on this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 11:45:34 | More by haywire77
Photo of CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy gold. Nice big head settles to a good ring.

Really grassy nose with just a touch of orange. Nice, but not at all what I was expecting.

Surprising leading role for grassier hops, but eventually they're overtaken by pineapple and orange flavours. Light malt streaks through the middle and rounds everything up pretty well.

Carbonation is fine, nice and drinkable.

This is oddly restrained for an IIPA. Hops are held back a bit, and the malt really steals the show in the finish. A good brew, but if you're in search of a hop bomb, look elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 17:52:04 | More by CanuckRover
Photo of Evil_Pidde


3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep amber pour with a small off-white head that dissipates quickly inte decent lacings.

S: So American in smell; floral and bitter hops gives it loads of citric and piney notes; grapefruit, pineapple, lemon sezt and some ripe oranges. Sweet caramell malt (slightly roasted).

T: Lovely bitterness up front followed by the fruityness that is so typical of American hops; exotic citric fruits. The malt is sweet but a bit milder than I would have guessed.

M: The body is on the heavier side while the carbonation is on the milder side. Aftertaste holds nice bitterness, but doesn't stay that long.

O: A nice DIPA, but nothing exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 18:03:07 | More by Evil_Pidde
Photo of NODAK


3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first, the aroma was quite full of pine....as it settled down, more of a caramel sweetness came out and dominated the aroma.

Starts off quite bitter, with a good hoppy kick to initiate the beer....this gives way to a good balance of sweet caramel and spiciness that lasts over the body of the beer...ending with another bitter hit to finish the beer out. Not excessively sweet though, this beer does lean more to the hops than it does the malt in my opinion.

Reminds me a lot of their standard IPA, just with a greater dose of hops and more sweetness on the body. Solid beer, perhaps not a class of the style, but drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 03:06:48 | More by NODAK
Photo of Humulus85


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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. It produced a nice looking one-finger head that dissipated rather quickly with a bit of lacing. Nice honey-gold color; It's very clear and vibrant.

Smells of hops. There's a rather complex hop character to the nose, but not much malt.

This is a quality tasting DIPA. Wonderful clean piney hops upfront, followed by a fruity hop middle (pineapple comes to mind), and a nice dry finish. There is a lack of complexity in the malt however. You can tell it's there, but for "3 types of malt", it could be more pronounced.

This is very smooth for a DIPA with this much hop character. It wasn't too thick like some I've had.

Overall this is really solid brew. Could use a bit more depth in the malt department, but the clean, layered hop flavors more than make up for it. No need to get too caught up in style when a beer is this tasty. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 04:20:15 | More by Humulus85
Photo of DaveHack


4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into DFH signature

The beer is very nice looking. Decent head, with lots of spott lacing all down the glass.
The smell is just a bit off. I think it is the only thing keeping this from a 'perfect' beer. It is a little light on the nose. Slightly piney, but not much else.
An explosion of wonderful is the only way to describe this taste! Piney up front then bitter, with an oily resin as it goes down, I love that!
Feels good in the mouth, could be just a touch thicker, but that is a very minor detail. This beer is up there with the best of 'em. Given its awesome availability, it is an exception beer. Go forth and try this if you have not already.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 23:20:22 | More by DaveHack
Photo of bogus564

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz, poured into a pint glass.

It's the first big football weekend, both college and pro, and what's better than knocking down some craft beers and watching people knock the snot out of each other? A Millionaire Matchmaker marathon? I think not.

A: It looks like an IPA should; amber like a traffic light, with a 3 cm wheat-colored head that dissolves quickly into lace. It shows promise.

S: This beer boasts four types of hops and three types of malts; you can certainly smell them. It's nice, in that it's a citrus hop scent that eminates from this brew. The malt smell is subtle, and reminds one of caramel.

T: And now, the money shot, as it were - very nice. Grapefruit up front, caramel next, neither overpowers the other, maybe a slight hint of pepper late to the party. I like it.

M: I'll say jolly good. It's light in body, the carbonation is well done, it washes over the palate nicely, and there's a nice dry finish.

O: Israel touts itself as 'The Holy Land', while we brag about being the 'Home of the Whopper', which is what I had with this beer. Good call on my part; a very good dance partner for an IPA. This was a damn good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 21:01:05 | More by bogus564
Photo of psuKinger


3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a very light shade of golden yellow with a lively white head of moderate size on top. No shades of "orange" to be found.

S: Pine and grapefruit both come in on the nose, at a moderately low intensity. 4.0.

T: Taste follows the nose. Their is more pine and bitterness here than I remembered. A remarkable balance of bitterness for an East Coaster. A touch of grapefruit (and maybe even a hint of pineapple on the citrus-spectrum) is much appreciated.

It's not huge. It's not punchy. But this is honestly a pretty pleasant IPA. A tad too sweet for my liking, but not by very much at all. Still worthy of "good" marks.

M: Light at first, but finishes thick and sticky, with hop oils coating the tongue.

D: As I worked through the bottle, the sweetness became more of a problem for it. This is a good beer, but I think it falls short of being something I would want multiple of in the same sitting.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 03:37:59 | More by psuKinger
Photo of mjgooner13

New York

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a staw/gold macro color, nice foamy white head with decent lacing as slowly fades. Not the best looking beer i've seen...

S- huge citrus in the nose - mostly orange, hops as well, a nice smelling ipa

T- hops come first followed by large pine notes and small hints of the malt which are then cancelled out by the nice bitter finish. Can't
wait to take my next sip

M- carbonation is good, lighter side of medium, real easy drinking beer. Some good dryness left in the mouth...even at 8.2 abv it feels like a beer i could session...watch out!

O- not a "great" dipa, but certainly very good. Has a good nose and some depth in flavor while continuing to remain hoppy and bitter (which is how i like it), carbonation and mouthfeel are good and since it is fairly local i can get them fresh which makes it all the better.Certainly a brew that I would buy in a 6 pack "B+"

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 20:03:38 | More by mjgooner13
Photo of lstokes


4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly light color with a breezy white head and a bitter nose. Damn! This is definitely a DIPA on the start--lovely floral aromatics and fruity citrus hops, lots of grapefruit minimal caramel malt base--but by the end the light mouthfeel and lack of finish is apparent. I really like how clean and easy drinking this is for a flavorful DIPA, but it could use a bit more oomph in the end.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 03:38:40 | More by lstokes
Photo of busterthecat


3.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle dated 8/12/11 into a SA perfect pint glass.

A- Pours a gold hue from bottle and sits a transparent bright brass in glass. A paper white head forms before quickly reducing to a ring with some filmy bubbles.

S= Bright hops (grapefruit) with a slight light caramel behind. Clean and fresh. Simple.

T- Bold crisp hops upfront that leads into a large bitterness citrus rind with spicy hops. Watery pineapple and an odd slightly off note in the mid. Some alc burn? Malt bill is very thin and similar to peppered water crackers. Kinda watery as it warms.

M- Light- Medium bodied for the style. Pretty crisp. Stays wet through taste. Some alc burn detected on palate, perhaps since body so light? Bitterness does linger on palate pretty well.

O- A clean simple DIPA, but nothing special. Pretty light and watery for the style. Easy to drink. Closer to an IPA then a DIPA in every way.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 00:39:22 | More by busterthecat
Photo of liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the LCBO, no identifiable bottled on/best before date. Into a pint glass.

Poured a pale godlen orange, witha white head that fades to some bubbles which ultimately disappear. Leaves behind no retention or lace. Nose of citrus and some tropical fruits. Sweet caramel bill with notes of honey, some biscuit. Odd notes of some overripe banana (odd but not unwelcome) with more pineapple and passionfruit. Taste has nice malt notes with hints of vanilla, biscuit, pine and some tropical hop notes. Alcohol comes through in the midmouth, mildly sticky and chewy mouthfeel. Great feel and good weight. Exceptional drinkability and a hop profile I really dig. Freshness probably takes this down a notch or two, but I'm sure this hits the nail on the head when had on tap. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 17:49:54 | More by liamt07
Photo of nitro0292

New York

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BOD of 6/20/11. Pours a very clear, bright, goldenrod color. Easy pour produced just less than an inch of head. Head collapsed fairly quick, but beautiful lacing all the way down.

Smells of citrus hops, balanced by malt sweetness of lighter malts.
Not overpowering hops, but definitely present.

Taste is fairly light, with sweetness, some fruit and citrus. Remind me of a heavier Bitter American and Sweet Action. Some residual sweetness, but fairly dry. For comparison purposes, not nearly as dry as Hop Wallop or Hop Stoopid, buy much dryer than Unearthly.

Mouthfeel is moderate heavy with low carbonation. Viscosity lets you know this is a DIPA.

Overall, one of the better DIPAs I've had, especially from the East coast. Readily available too. I prefer Hop Wallop to this, but is still a very good beer and is more balanced.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 01:57:30 | More by nitro0292
Photo of david131


3.1/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear dark yellow liquid with a thin and creamy bone white head that leaves some nice lacing. Not much carbonated activity going on.

S- Pine, citrus rind, and caramel. A bit simple and a touch boozy.

T- Pine, mint, citrus, and caramel. Simple.

M- A bit oily and smooth with a drying and numbing finish. A bit thin.

O- A fairly average double IPA with a surprisingly apparent alcohol content for the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 03:53:00 | More by david131
Photo of jadpsu


4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not a huge hoppy beer fan, but at the same time if they don't go too overboard on the hops, I can find some that I do really appreciate.
AROMA: Lots of Hops, a little citrus but definitely tangy, citrus hops that dominate but do not overpower.
TASTE: Nice! while not am I.P.A. lover I sometimes find IPA's that I not only like but "really" like. This would be one of those.
Citrus taste leads, a great IPA with a summer time slant.
Finishes with a dry hope but malts are present.
I liked it, might be my highest rated IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 03:09:38 | More by jadpsu
Photo of znichols


3.23/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- a deep gold beer. Clear with a small white head that quickly dissapears into the beer but leaves a little bit to cling to the side of the glass.

S- slightly muted for a double ipa, I feel like. I get light, honey malt with lemony hop aroma. Could be a little more "there".

T- pungent hops hit the tongue right away. Sweet malt quickly follows then finishes with a grainy, cereal flavor.

M- lighter bodied with carbonation on the heavier side. Enjoyable and effervescent.

O- I would call this a more aggresive ipa. The majority of true double ipa's have a significant amount of flavor, this one lacks the punch. It has a very clean, citrusy NW hop and light malt flavor, but is prob not what id reach for if I wanted a palate bomb ipa. Enjoyable but not one of my fav's.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2011 03:08:45 | More by znichols
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

120z bottle poured into a snifter

A golden body sits underneath a firm two fingers of foam. Good retention and sheets of lacing.

Floral aroma with lemon peel and grapefruit. There is a slight breadiness that holds down the back end. Hops are the showcase here.

Grapefruit and lemons with a malty breadiness underneath. Floral qualities and some other fruits come through as this warms a bit. Pears and pineapple mainly. A good balance with a nice bouquet of hops.

Sticky, resiny feel with a medium body. Smooth and creamy, although it does have some chewy moments.

I like this dipa. A large array of hop qualities and a moderate bitterness that builds and lingers nicely. This will satisfy any hop craving.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 20:25:44 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks TheSevenDuffs! Undated 355 mL brown bottle poured into a Duvel snifter. Served out of the fridge, warmed over time...

A: Just a hint darker than straw with a minimum amount of hop haze, though I can't see through it... Even finishing my our hard though the white head comes out all macro-lager-like, disappearing quickly and leaving only the lightest touches of lacing. Disappointing start.
S: A solid nose, though not over the top hoppy. Alcoholic and vinous. Earthy and light grapuefruit hops come through with it, although it did not develop more character with temperature.
T: Really? I am disappointed massively here. A fruityiness comes across the palate with an alcoholic warmness finishing. Bread from the malt... Where are the hop flavours and biting bitterness? I feel like I've gotten more punch from some IPAs. Gravely disapointing. Not bad, but better than average? Not a hope.
M: Slight bitterness that lingers momentarily. Carbonation that is a touch too light with a beer that finishes fairly dry. Not much character to the body.
O: Wow, logging on today to review I wasn't expecting an 'A-' overall... Not strong enough (except in ABV) to be considered a DIPA from what I have had. East Coast DIPA perhaps? ;)

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 19:44:23 | More by kjyost
Photo of BMoldy

New York

3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

A: Medium gold, very clear. Impressive 1" foamy white head. Great lacing.

S: Lots of fruity hops with tropical notes (pineapple, mango). Some minty/herbal stuff going on too. Good toasty/bready malts as well.

T: Sweet, but bitter enough. Relatively balanced, but more so malty/sweet. Some herbal and citrus hop flavors.

M: Not really feeling the mouthfeel on this one. Not carbonated enough, slightly too creamy/heavy. A little cloying almost.

O: This review is of the last beer in the six pack. I tried to like this one more, but it felt very out of whack in some ways. It was still fresh, but the flavors tasted a little muddled and true hop character seemed to be...dare I say? Lacking. Moreover, a lot of the delicious flavors in the smell did not translate over into the taste. Something must have been up, but I don't know if I'll be coming back to this any time soon...

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 00:31:48 | More by BMoldy
Photo of mostpoetsdo

Rhode Island

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

On tap at The Mews, notorious for dirty tap lines.

A: Very bright amber, with a cloudy-haze. Thick white head, okay lacing.

S: Yeast, citrus, pine, and a dose of honey.

T: Citrus hops are present, but as big of a punch as I'd hoped. It's rather dulled, more "earthy" than I expected. It was fantastic from the bottle, this is a bit of a let down. Has the great bread-like yeast taste I love from Southern Tier. Mostly hop forward, but a delicate balance done well.

M: Medium to full body, a lot of carbonation, nice smoothness.

O/D: It's a solid DIPA, but I had it at The Mews in Wakefield, RI, a place where they do a poor job keeping the tap lines clean, and can often impact a beer negatively. Hopefully I'll get to try this somewhere else to edit the review.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2011 04:37:11 | More by mostpoetsdo
Photo of hoplover82


4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a crystal clear deep yellow color with a solid index finger sized white head that has excellant rention and lacing.
S-What interesting is that this is for sure a hop foward beer, but the first thing I notice is the grain bill seems to be very german, like pilsner and grains like this. Yet I digress. On to the hops, they are very bright in every sense of the word. Bright citrus, and floral notes comes along with fruity type hops that reminds me of New Zealand hops. The fruit reminds me of strawberry and blackberries. A very summertime IIPA indeed. I love it! The grains are very heyish and bready and bright grassy in the best sense of the word.
T-The flavor is no let down from the aroma. Very complex and bright with citrus, floral and fruity/berry-like hops and a intensely clean bitterness that lends itself well to the bready, grainy malt bill. When I say grainy it's not gritty, it's just a nice, slightly sweet, freshly crushed grain flavor.
M-The mouthfeel is very smooth and clean. A medium/full body that finishes just slightly on the dry side, but not too dry.
O-This is one of those beers you don't want to end. I wish I had a whole six pack of this beautiful interpretation of a IIPA. PLUS, At first, I had a 4.0 on the smell, taste, and mouthfeel, but as the beer warmed up it became so much more than average. It became one of the best IIPA's I've had. Thank you Southern Tier for holdin' it down!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 02:22:41 | More by hoplover82
Photo of aficionado

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8/12/11 - Fresh to death

Clear golden light body. Clarity is superb, but it has a thin white head that dissipates within seconds. Little to no lacing. Lazy carb bubbles.

Smells inviting, but certainly not wowing. I would like more citrus and robust pine resin. Smells very clean and sexy, yet very bland and one-dimensional. I'm yearning for more of that extreme aroma that I get from Green Flash Imperial IPA.

Sweet pale grain and caramel, bitter lemon and fresh hops, pineapple highlights, and weak pine notes. The nail polish remover / chemical solvent taste is off putting and a tell tale sign of a brewery that doesn't know how to hide alcohol content in their pale beers. Too sweet/rich for a hop-centered beer and the bitterness is not smooth enough to be among the greatest DIPAs.

Mouthfeel is obstructed by the alcohol presence. It's thin, but mouthfeel is not what you think of when you taste this beer. What you think of is... "Damn, this could've tasted much better". More of a crisp dryness and more toasty grains would've made this beer better.

In conclusion, 2XIPA needs a more substantial dryhop regimen. And I'm comparing this to a non-IPA: Lagunitas A Little Sumpin' Sumpin', which shits all over this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 23:58:37 | More by aficionado
Photo of TheGordianKnot


3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 6.23... Poured into nonic pint

A- Very pretty, clear golden yellow color with a huge white, fluffy head. Decent lacing up top, but no residual lacing on the rest of the glass while the level gets lower.

S- Has a malty, sweet backbone that is setting up a nice hoppy nose. Fruity- oranges and tangerines almost exclusively.

T/M- Actually a bit more spice and pine in the flavor. Still a nice helping of tangerines, but not a fruit bomb. Malt still has strong presence here and the alcohol comes through a little too much. Medium body, moderate carbonation- fairly average per style.

O- Of my 6pk I've gone through so far, this has been my least enjoyed one; maybe because I'm being more analytical by reviewing? It is a great DIPA to just grab and enjoy, but as I review this I'm finding more flaws... Still a good example of the style- especially with great availability.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 14:28:40 | More by TheGordianKnot
2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,303 ratings.