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2XIPA - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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3,291 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,291
Reviews: 938
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 83
Gots: 252 | 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 Jeplacek


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

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

A- the color is light gold and produces a moderate sized head when poured semi-aggressively.

S- smells very floral with a lot of citrus. Just what I expected to smell from this beer.

T- you get hit with citrus right when it hits the mouth. The beer is a tad bit boozy but the grapefruit covers it well. Not too bitter which makes the beer easy to drink.

M- medium carbonated, not too much syrup

Overall a really impressive beer. This would be a good one to give someone just being introduced to IPAs. A lot of flavor, not too bitter and well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 00:04:50 | More by Jeplacek
Photo of iwantmorehops


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DOB 8/2/11 Hooray for bottling dates!

Pours a pretty clear golden with a decent head leaving some spotty lacing on my tapered pilsner glass as it recedes over a minute or two.

Great citrus, floral, and a touch of tropical fruit aromas. The smell is a little muted compared to some of the great double IPAs out there, but the mix of hops in this one result in a mostly citrus aroma and taste that I just love.

Its not overly bitter, a lot of citrus and malts sweetness balances everything nicely, but it still finishes dry and bitter like a sour fruit rind.

The mouthfeels a bit slick, no where near the syrupy unearthly though, its kind of at the perfect level in 2X, carbonation is moderate.

This beer goes down very easy for its abv. Overall I really like the stuff, also really glad they started dating the bottles, its on the lower rear of the bottle, this batch was super fresh so I got a case. I hope the dating works well for ST, though they already cant seem to keep up with demand for 2X in VT.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 19:20:25 | More by iwantmorehops
Photo of rarbring


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is slightly hazy golden amber, has a large firm off-white head that leaves little racing. Good lacing.

The smell is sweet, tropical fruits, melon, pine-apple and jelly bean fruit aromas.

Tasting initially sweet, toffee, brown bread, then lemon and grape-fruit accompanied by a tropical fruit salad, some herbal nuances and bitter grape-fruit peel.

Medium carbonation, slightly oily, a big body and a coarse dry finish.

A very well packaged hop soup, much to discover in it!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 08:31:53 | More by rarbring
Photo of Rijtjeshuis

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served in tulip.

look (3.5/5) - a deep gold color, which is a touch lighter than I'd expect for the style. Head was pretty good. It rose to about two fingers, fluffy, and white. Falls a touch fast, but leaves some nice lacing before reducing to a swirling film. Very cloudy, probably unfiltered.

smell (4/5) - obviously the hops dominate. Not hugely complex, you get citrus and pine with some dry hopping in there, but they work together very well. The malts are less sweet, I get some graininess and some breadcrust in there. Yeast has a bit of fruit in it and a little bit of a tart finish that comes out a bit like a BPA.

Flavour (4/5) - The hop flavor is a bit weaker than you'd usually get with an I/DIPA. Hops and malts very similar to those you get on the nose. The fruitiness from the yeast plays really well with the citrus-like hops. Finish is tart and crisp and only medium bitter.

Feel (4/5) - medium-light body, maybe a bit heavier for not being filtered - higher carbonation. Feels 'fluffy'.

Drink (4/5) - I don't think this is a great example of the style, to be honest. Yet the flavors, though not totally complex, play well together and make for an interesting brew that almost seems like an I/DIPA met a BPA.

I liked.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 00:09:49 | More by Rijtjeshuis
Photo of dmamiano

West Virginia

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

Enjoyed on my porch in a rain storm last evening.
Poured a slight hazy copper with a very nice head and sticky lacing.
DIPA's usually seem a bit hazy so no surprise there.
Big citrus hop nose that attacks immediately. Lemon/peppery perhaps with a malt backing that is pretty strong.
Taste was big...hoppy and malty balancing with a nice slick mouthfeel.
Very good beer

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 12:22:00 | More by dmamiano
Photo of richkrull


4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a bit of a darker golden color with a nice beige head on it.

Smell is nice and hoppy with some citrus and floral notes.

Taste is very very good. Really hoppy with a great finish.

Mouthfeel is light-medium. Very easy drinking beer.

Overall a really good tasting beer. I enjoyed it a lot and would definitely drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 02:59:04 | More by richkrull
Photo of Jules11788


3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy golden-yellow; small head with sticky lacing, good retention.

S: Strong floral/piney hops. Hops, hops, and more hops.

T: Floral, herby, with a nice bitter hop bite around the middle, finishes with more delicious hops that leave a pleasant lingering bitterness.

M: Medium thickness, no hint of booze, light carbonation

O: This is a really good DIPA. It's nothing that really made me say "Wow!" but it was still very delicious nonetheless. I got this in a trade, but it's good enough that I'd buy it if I saw it in the store. If you're a hop-head like me then I think you'll really enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 05:35:49 | More by Jules11788
Photo of Mosley1212


3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to JohnB87 for providing this one for me. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A--Looks very crisp and clear. There are slow rising carbonation bubbles throughout the drink. Beer poured with a 1" thick white foamy head, like sea foam that left good streaking down the side. The beer was a clear, pale orange color.

S--Big hop smell up front. Very oily hops. Then comes a floral malt and heavy caramel smell.

T--Not too much of the hops from the nose. I pick up way more of the malt backbone of the beer. As the beer warmed the overall taste seemed to become suppressed. This was a lot better fresh out of the fridge than after a while.

M--Medium bodied, light carbonation, and a slight watery taste.

O--This is a pretty good DIPA when it is had on tap, but coming from the bottle it was a bit of a disappointment. I'm going to chalk it up to possible having a bottle that was near its expiration, and not the beer itself.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 17:42:01 | More by Mosley1212
Photo of warnerry


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

No bottle date

A - Pours a clear straw with slowly rising carbonation and one finger of head that leaves some lacing behind.

S - Rather subtle aroma, with some floral notes and caramel malts coming through.

T - Decent hop bite, but a ton of malt comes through, mostly caramel. Hops are very floral. Some alcohol is apparent in the taste.

M - Medium mouthfeel, not too thick but definitely full.

O - A nicely balanced, easy to drink DIPA, but not something that really stands out.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 02:54:55 | More by warnerry
Photo of jpro

South Carolina

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

On-tap at Oak Barrel Tavern...

A: Served in an ST shaker pint... Golden, bubbly, with a small white head; no lace.

S: Citrus hops with some floral notes; mostly hops with not much malt. Good, though.

T: Big time citrus rind; orange and sweet tangerine; nice hoppy nectar.

M: Medium bodied and slightly higher carbonation; thirst quenching??

O: A very drinkable double IPA... The lower (than most) abv, helps as does the citrus sweetness. One of my new favorite double IPAs!

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2011 20:43:09 | More by jpro
Photo of Chickenhawk9932


3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice light golden glow with a white head.

Some bitter and sweet citrus (orange) a floral bouquet and a spicy meat (salami) - which smells muddled a little off.

Taste is definitely on. Sweet orange, bitter grapefruit, has malty sweetness towards the end. Flavor keeps popping as it dances around the mouth with a very nice feel - sweet, bitter, chewy, dry, sweet. A very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 12:31:36 | More by Chickenhawk9932
Photo of paxkey

Ontario (Canada)

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

cloudy yellow wth little head.

smells amazing. fruity, juicy, mango.

creamy mouthfeels with nice bitterness. balances out with a malty finish. no alcohol at all which is blowing my mind considering the abv.

at 8.3 this stuff hits and its delicious.

would definitely pick this up again. southern tier impresses me everytime i try a product that is new to me. great brewery

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 02:10:58 | More by paxkey
Photo of mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow-orange in colour. One-finger white head shows poor retention and lace. Mango and floral aromas are pleasant but not in-your-face. That tropical mango character is far more assertive in your mouth, followed by a long lingering bitterness. Not much malt character to the beer, aside from a slight bread-like note.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slick and resinous. Oily mouthfeel between sips. Pretty tasty DIPA, though lacking a bit in looks and aroma.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 16:09:17 | More by mintjellie
Photo of Vebbster17

New York

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First of all let me say that I judge beers based on what I like rather than the brewing style a beer is supposed to be. I love this beer because it is hoppy and fruity. For a Double IPA it is very sweet. But I find that so many Double IPA focus on the bitterness. I really love this beer because it tastes great and it is easy enough to drink that my girlfriend will share a few with me.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 19:22:18 | More by Vebbster17
Photo of blackcompg


3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

**I've recently raised my rating of this beer after many more recent tastings:

Poured from a 12oz bottle from a 6pak i recently purchased - poured into a 12oz beer glass. Like the plan label w/ the huge 2XIPA name in bold white, let's do this...

Appearance - Poured a good finger of brite white head, small n large bubbles. Color is a brite yellow-orange, nearly clear. Gentle small bubbles continually come up from the bottom of the glass. Head disipated to a broken cap in 2 minutes. Left a little lacing, but nothing major.

Smell - Nose from the bottle is a semi-sweet grapefruit. Nose from the glass is still semi-sweet grapefruit n citrus, sweetness is a bit more accentuated from the glass.

Taste - Mmmmm, starts out semi-sweet grapefruit and tangerine peel and a touch of honey, then grapefruit peel asserts itself with the malt sugar just beneath. After the swallow the grapefruit peel driews along with a bit of bitter citrus, and a little alcohol warmth. There is a slight lingering sweetness too, like little pockets of slight cane sugar in the corners of the mouth. Alcohol is pretty well hidden, and is felt mostly back in the throat after the swallow.

Mouthfeel - A little creamy, medium carb, finishes a little dry and fairly clean, slight pine and slight alcohol are long in the finish.

Overall - This really is a good DIPA, and is an excellent choice if you prefer more citrus hop flavors vs. pine. Definitely try it for yourself - it's relatively available, and is priced low for a DIPA (in fact, this is quickly becoming my goto beer based upon local price and availability).

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 01:29:38 | More by blackcompg
Photo of MDDMD


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

A-golden color with slight amber hint and off-white head slow to dissipate

S-slight pine and yeast arome with hiont of citrus

T-pine and citrus with nice hoppy flavor and a hint of sweetness

M-medium-bodied and smooth with moderate carbonation

O-a good double IPA that is very nicely priced

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 20:43:11 | More by MDDMD
Photo of armock

New York

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

Thanks to tgeorgf for hooking this bottle up in a trade.

A - Poured a golden color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is a nose full of piney hops

T - Like the smell starts off with piney hops with some citrus in the finish

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

O - This is a good DIPA the hops are very present but not overly done so I can still feel my tongue worth picking up if you ever see it around

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 23:39:25 | More by armock
Photo of fostachild

Ontario (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

slight cloudy, medium/light golden yellow. okay amount of foamy head.

smell was pleasant. very hoppy, sweet, fruit/citrus.

taste was awesome. piney, hoppy, sweet. just incredibly put together - very drinkable.

enjoyed it a lot - would highly recommend. glad i took the risk and bought a few of these!

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 01:18:29 | More by fostachild
Photo of distantmantra


4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Quinn's. Seattle, WA.

A: Straw yellow with a hint of orange. Tiny head of foam with heavy lacing that does not dissipate.

S: Fantastic pine hop smell with some grapefruit and other citrus fruits.

T: Very strong pine flavor from the hops, but there is a nice secondary citrus taste in there as well. Nice sweet aftertaste with very little alcoholic flavor.

M: Nice medium carbonation. Very smooth.

O: Wonderful Imperial IPA that goes down smooth and hides it's ABV quite well.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2011 04:57:23 | More by distantmantra
Photo of zrab11


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

A- Pours a nice straw yellow color with a small 1 finger head, nice lacing throughout

S- Has the aroma of pine, citrus, hops and some alcohol as well.

T-The first sip you get the piney hops up front followed by a sugary sweetness that i didn't catch in the nose then it finish's with a nice citrus hoppy flavor

M-Medium bodied with nie carbonation.Very smooth

D-Overall i was very impressed. I hadn't looked at reviews but after having creme brulee i wasn't thinking too higly of this company. But wow was i surprized how much i liked this DIPA.. ill def.pick this one up again and if u havent had it def. try it

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 12:15:56 | More by zrab11
Photo of ngeunit1


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

A - Pours a rich copper-orange color with a finger of frothy off-white head atop. The head fades slowly down to a thick ring around the glass leaving behind lots of lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of strong citrus and grassy hops and some rich sweet lightly toasted caramel malts.

T - Starts off with a mix of grassy hop and bitterness with a nice balance of sweet caramel malt alongside. Through the middle, the hops transition to a more citrus hops with a bit more bitterness. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel flavor and some grapefruit hop and bitterness.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate lively carbonation. Feels smooth and crisp. The beer is fairly dry, especially at the finish which is very refreshing.

D - Very drinkable. The hop malt balance is very nice from start to end. The hop profile is also pretty solid.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 04:21:15 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of PDXHops

South Carolina

2.2/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Golden body topped with a bright white frothy head. Patches of soapy lacing.

No dating on the bottle, so conceivably it's older than ideal, but the hops in the nose certainly seem to be of the muted variety. Citric and earth notes are certainly there, but aren't particularly lively. Plenty of light sweet maltiness. Taste is disappointing. It's a smoothish and thickish beer with plenty of sweet pale malt, but a shortage of hop character. An odd hint of savory is almost as prominent as the muted earthy and citric hops. I might give this a try again sometime on tap, but no more undated bottles.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 15:26:22 | More by PDXHops
Photo of PatLarsen

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper hue. Carbonation can be seen rising to the top of this clear hued brew. This IPA has an excellent flora and fruit aroma. There is so much in the bouquet its hard to begin. I can imagine smelling ripe apricot and plum, add to that honey and daffodil and walnut and you get the idea that this is a complex concoction. While the fruity flowery aroma shows no sign of hops, the flavor sure does. Hops is the first flavor characteristic from this busy ale. Its followed by a sweet honey and beady malt. The fruit is not as noticeable a flavor, probably buried by triple variety of hops. Palate is sticky because of the sweetness associated to the taste. Most IPAs are overly grassy, this one is actually a bit heavy on the honey sweetened malt.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 23:17:19 | More by PatLarsen
Photo of Jenkster4


4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice golden color that is fairly clear. Not too much on the head, just about a pinky.

S: You get some pine, citrus, and some mild caramel malts in there. Also get a little booze in this one.

T: This one is dangerously smooth. If I could could get this in stores near me it would easily be a session IPA for me. The bitterness is pleasant, and it's just a tasty little devil.

M: Goes down real smooth. WATCH OUT!

O: Liked this one a lot. For a DIPA, it's just really smooth and refreshing. Whenever I am somewhere that sells this I will be stacking up FO SHO!

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 18:56:22 | More by Jenkster4
Photo of ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from recent LCBO release, no date. Pours a slightly hazed light tangerine golden, almost no head.

Nose is tropical with some guava and papaya, hints of citrus and pine. Sweet malty backbone, hint of caramel and honey bread.

Tropical hopping, hints of floral, pine, moderate to heavy bitterness. Quite sweet in the middle, honey and caramel, quite a bit of heat in the finish which is distracting, hint of spiciness, low carbonation. Summary: heavy on the malt, loads of bitterness and alcohol. Not really my thing, not much finesse or depth here.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 23:09:38 | More by ritzkiss
2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,291 ratings.