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2XIPA - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,470
Reviews: 946
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 88
Gots: 336 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mcallister on 04-28-2010)
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Photo of beerandcycling88


4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A pours an amber color with a white head that has decent retention

S the nose has aromas of pine, and sweet citrus.

T in this one you get some pine from the hops with a buttery flavor on the finish. Very well balanceed between hops and malt.

M carbonation is good, and has a solid body.

overall southern tier did well on this one creating a nice well balenced double ipa which does not overpower you with hops yet still has a nice hop profile. Possibly my new go to ipa.

05-08-2011 23:47:09 | More by beerandcycling88
Photo of Gambrinus1184


4.2/5  rDev +4%

Served on-tap at The Cask Republic in New Haven, Conn.

A: Deep, golden amber color under a thin veil of sudsy white foam. Retention is decent and clarity on this brew is fine; slight chilled haze.

S: Floral, citrusy and pine needle hops tingle in the aroma which is a little more rounded and fruity rather than an onslaught of hop resins. That said, still a bit skunky and delightfully hopped out.

T: Well-rounded, buttery biscuit flavor hits the palate first, leading into a juicy malt center showing hints of spiced, tropical fruits and grassy hops. The hops come on strong at first, with bitter tangerine rind and herbal, leafy flavors. Things balance out nicely, though, and the finish is bittersweet, fairly clean and without a trace of high alcohol.

M: Medium-full bodied, smooth and well-balanced. Not too sticky in the hop department which is a plus for a higher ABV DIPA.

O: A nicely balanced imperial IPA topping out just over 8% ABV. There's a lot to like in the malt bill on 2xIPA, especially if you like a bit of buttery diacetyl with your hops. Hops seem a bit stepped on in areas where you'd hope they'd punch your tongue, but there's something to be said for modesty and achieving a balance. Very good stuff, I'd surely pick up a bomber.

05-06-2011 00:43:00 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of dejrrma


3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

Pours a pale yellow, and has about an inch of head. Great lacing. It smells sweet and tastes of citrus fruits with lots of intense hops coming through. It tastes hoppy, citrusy, and light. It has a nice caramel-like malt taste. The mouthfeel and carbonation are closer to that of an IPA, but great overall. Bitter at first, but it subsides gradually, making this a very drinkable beer. Dry finish. The above 8% ABV alcohol is hidden very well. Awesome beer at a great price (8.99 for a 6 pack).

05-01-2011 03:25:08 | More by dejrrma
Photo of jerskine


4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

A: not quite as dark as most other DIPAs; quarter inch of foam when poured from a 12 oz bottle; lots of lacing and lots of microbubbles

S: bursts of floral scents and hops with a sweet cake-like scent

T: not quite the intense hop flavor that most DIPAs have; however, this beer is very well balanced and can be enjoyed by hop-head and normal beer enthusiast alike; it hits you first with some hoppy citrus and goes down with a malty, caramel aftertaste

M: nicely carbonated, goes down smooth, and doesn't really leave you with that sticky hop feeling that most other DIPAs leave

O: This beer is extremely well balanced. If you're a fan of hoppy beers but aren't one to usually go for DIPAs, give this one a try.

05-01-2011 03:03:32 | More by jerskine
Photo of martincm

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

A- Very pale for a Double with a thin head, but all of the bubbles are nice to look at.

S- Very fresh, similar to a fresh/wet hop smell.

T- More refreshing than other doubles, but lacking something that takes it over the top. But then again, this isn't supposed to be an over the top beer.

M- Nice and drinkable. I love all of the bubbly that this guy is packing.

O- For the price and the drinkability, this beer was solid. I could hammer this back, which could be bad....

05-01-2011 01:49:36 | More by martincm
Photo of dgilks


3.05/5  rDev -24.5%

Hop hazed, pale golden colour with a moderate sized white head. Good head retention and nice lacing.

Where is the aroma? There is a bit of pine, some mild lemon notes and then lots of dry malt. For an IPA, yet alone a double IPA, this is a disappointment.

Malty in a clean yet subtly sweet way. Mild bitterness. Slightly tea like with a mild resinous hop character. Nothing like a hoppy beer should be. Not bad, but not at all as described.

Medium body with moderate to moderately-low carbonation. Smooth and silky. Delightful.

A beer with lots of promise. The appearance and mouthfeel are very, very good and the way the alcohol is hidden is impressive. All this needs is some hops - and lots of them.

04-30-2011 09:14:59 | More by dgilks
Photo of teromous


3.1/5  rDev -23.3%

A: It's crystal clear with a nice medium amber color. The head is pretty minimal and it looks pretty light on carbonation.

S: It has a bit of citrus and a little pine in the hop character. I can smell the malt a bit. It's a pretty mellow scent though, and really not what I expected from a 2XIPA...it should have 2x the scent!

T: It's pretty mellow. I honestly can't believe this is 8.2%abv...it's amazing how well they can hide it in this light bodied beer. The hop bitterness is pretty low...seems more in line with a standard IPA. There isn't much hop character other than standard bitterness.

M: The mouthfeel is played back a bit too much. This is probably the carbonation because it doesn't have enough *zing* to it. The bitterness is nice. Overall it's about average for an IPA...

O: Overall it's a good beer. I really like it as an IPA and I guess you could call it imperial by the alcohol volume. I would have liked more hop aroma and some non-bittering hop flavor. I didn't get the citrus hop flavor I smelled. I would drink it again, mostly because it's one of the few ST IPAs that I can get in a regular sized bottle...and it has a decent price tag. It's not my favorite of their IPAs though.

04-30-2011 00:32:50 | More by teromous
Photo of gregalobeer


4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

This beer has a lot of interesting qualities, combined in an unusual way. It's not as hop-forward as you expect from an IPA, certainly not as alcoholic as you expect from a *double* IPA, and the carbonation is also relatively low for the style, though delightfully silky. There's plenty of hops flavor to dig into, however. Piney, yes. Floral, definitely—like drinking hops infused rose pedals. It's also a tad buttery. As I said, unusual, but quite likable, and quite drinkable. Three left in the sixer, and they may just get finished tonight. ;)

04-30-2011 00:07:50 | More by gregalobeer
Photo of Arknot


4.85/5  rDev +20%

This is really an amazing beer!
But I wouldn’t call it a double IPA.
When I think double IPA, I think big and hoppy with a high abv and lots of flavor.
This beer has everything down just perfect, but its surprisingly not bitter.
Its pretty amazing how much hop flavor you get out of this beer. The citrus/pine/floral flavor is all over this beer, yet somehow its not very bitter. Its almost un-IPA like.
Flavor , texture, color, abv, and smell are all that of a nice strong IPA, but the taste is so easy going that it feels more like a strong pale ale. Even the 8.2 abv is perfectly hidden. The mouthfeel is perfectly smooth, and every sip leaves a dry only slightly bitter finish.

My only actual problem with this beer from an enjoyment standpoint is its lack of head.
I leaves great lacing, and a light cream on top of the beer the whole way through, but the head itself was very weak. Even a straight dump into a pint glass fails to foam off the rim.
Even with this beers identity problem and lack of strong head I still love it.
This beer goes down pretty quick, and I wouldn’t call it much of a sipper.
If you enjoy the true taste of American hops (even without the bitterness), and want a crisp, clean, extremely fresh tasting pale ale, I highly suggest you try Southern Tier 2XIPA.

04-28-2011 01:41:23 | More by Arknot
Photo of OddNotion

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured into my DFH Signature Glass.

Appearance: Relatively gentle pour provides a transparent golden body with no real head. Lacing around the sides.

Smell: Citrusy and floral hops. Sweet malt. This smell can get quite addicting.

Taste: Oh so citrusy! The malt backbone is present but the hops really do take the front seat here. A little bit of booze is detectable, but it really is not overpowering. Not too bitter, though the bitterness is there.

Mouthfeel: To style, nice carbonation, light to medium body.

Overall: Very good beer. I enjoy this, though there are a few others for the price that I prefer. I would recommend it to others.

04-27-2011 04:31:27 | More by OddNotion
Photo of ReelBigwigFish

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%

purchased 6 pack, no freshness date on bottle, poured into chalice glass:

a: Pale amber color, decent off white head that dissipated and left a film of foam on the surface, some patchy lacing on the sides. This beer is extremely clear looking; they must've really gotten into that irish moss for this one.

s: smells wonderful, perfectly hoppy in every way; floral, fruity, citrusy, herbal, piney, spicy. Followed by traces of bready malts, this beer says "I'm going to taste f**king delicious!"

t: sweet hoppy flavors hit the palette first, followed by a bitter dry hop flavor. The malt flavor is suppressed quite a bit by the hops, but a bready biscuity flavor lingers and holds on for dear life, hoping that it even be noticed. (I really got into that line, I know, ha)

m/o: mouthfeel is good, nothing making me say it's THE BEST, but it is damn drinkable for a dipa! These are my favorite imperials: the ones that are incredibly hoppy, but still maintain drinkability to the fullest extent, and aren't overly bitter. This beer truly was a surprise; I seem to have worked my way on the southern tier totem pole starting at the wrong point. I started with gemini ($9/22oz) and was somewhat disappointed for the price, then I got the oaked unearthly ($8/22oz) which was much better, in fact, great, but still so pricey. But lo and behold the southern tier 2xIPA for ($10.5/72oz) is my favorite! Do yourself a favor and buy this beer before splurging on a bomber, or maybe even the regular southern tier IPA.

04-27-2011 03:10:47 | More by ReelBigwigFish
Photo of engagechad


4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

Single purchased from Wine and Beer Westpark in Glen Allen, VA - dfh snifter

Pours a yellow amber with perfect head and an awesome nose. big hop presence in the nose here. Great IPA and in my opinion the abv is low enough where you could have a few and it would feel great. I loved this beer and I would absolutely buy it again.

04-26-2011 15:57:34 | More by engagechad
Photo of Dan3279


4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

My uncle brought over a growler of this double ipa for Easter and I was glad he did. I enjoyed the beer poured from the growler into a pint glass. There was a nice one inch head with a great hazy orange body.

You really notice the hops and the grapefruit in the aroma with a small hint of sweetness. The taste was excellent. It is a great balanced beer. The hops and grapefruit hit you first, definitely noticeable but not completely overpowering. The alcohol was balanced in and it didn't seem like it feel like a beer that was 8.2%.

The beer was very enjoyable and easy to drink, infact I finished mine off a little too fast and the growler was nearly empty before it got back into my hands for a second round. I will defiantly be on the look out for this one again and pick up a few if I run across it in the store.

04-25-2011 01:34:44 | More by Dan3279
Photo of plfahey


4.03/5  rDev -0.2%

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Golden orange with brilliant clarity and a nice crop of off-white foam with moderate retention.

Aroma-Zesty fresh hop bouquet, with notes of pine, grapefruit, lemon, faint tropical fruit, and a light herbal quality. Underneath the hop barrage there are malt notes of bread and light caramel. Slight whiff of alcohol.

Flavor-Smooth with malty bread crust flavors up front, touched by notes of crackers and biscuits. Moderate piney/citrus/herbal green hop flavor steps in before being brushed aside by assertive hop bitterness, which rises to moderately high in the finish. Finish is quite dry as high hop bitterness and alcohol step in for a long lingering aftertaste with slight notes of pine.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate carbonation. Decent alcohol warmth. Hop attack leaves the tongue buzzing and a bit numb, but not unpleasantly so.

This is definitely a good dipa-the aroma and flavor weren't outstanding, but both were good, and the beer was exceptionally smooth. There's a slight hop character near the back end of the flavor that almost strikes me as vegetal/green olive, but I can't quite pin it down. I don't love that piece, but it's not wholly unpleasant, and it doesn't last for very long.

04-21-2011 04:32:57 | More by plfahey
Photo of deadbody


4.8/5  rDev +18.8%

Poured from a bottle. Nice caramel color, good head, but it receded quickly. smell was good and fruity. but I think the bottle wasn't super fresh. Couldn't find a date stamp, the fruit smell faded quickly. Good hop bite at the start, with a good heavy malt follow. Not hop bite at the end, I think it wasn't as fresh as could be, but since I like IPA's not too bitter I thought it was outstanding.

Mouthfeel was good, overall, I think this was outstanding and I'll likely be buying it again.

04-21-2011 00:21:26 | More by deadbody
Photo of mattkoon

South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +10.1%

the 2xipa is fantastic. The smell is a great complex mash-up of itrus and piney florals. The taste is very crisp and biting. A rich floral and piney citrus flavor is promanant through out. If you like ipa's you won't be dissapointed. This is one of the better ones I've had.

04-20-2011 21:29:19 | More by mattkoon
Photo of JohnnyChicago


4.03/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Delirium Tremens tulip.

A: Pours a VERY clear honey colour with a soft white head that fades slowly.

S: Light grapefruit hops and a bit of pine resin.

T: Malt actually hits first, with a sweet, honey-like taste. Hops come in eventually and lend a lot of pine flavours with just a hint of grapefruit.

D: Tastes a little boozy because of the sweetness, but its balance is still pretty good for the size.

Overall: Like all of ST's brews, its a bit sweet and malt-forward. However, its a good example of an East Coast DIPA. Solid drinkability, readily accessible and remarkably cheap. At $9.99 a sixer, it may be one of the only DIPAs that beats Hop Stoopid in the price department.

04-20-2011 15:09:21 | More by JohnnyChicago
Photo of lacqueredmouse


4/5  rDev -1%

Purchased from the International Beer Shop in Perth, because I'd seen it as the feature bottled beer at Sydney's Local Taphouse, and couldn't justify the markup on it there.

Pours a gooey and thick hazed golden yellow colour, with a filmy head, which coalesced early on, but settles to nearly nothing. Lacing, however, is still fine and intricate, probably owing something at least to the heavy body, which allows only the finest amount of carbonation to form. Looks good.

Nose is fresh and hoppy, with a robust green bitter character on the nose, which I genuinely delineate from the West Coast IPA character. This is more direct, more pungent and less fruity—perhaps it's fair to say that this is more genuinely hoppy. Nice.

Palate is really beautifully balanced, with a robust vector of hops through the centre, which disintegrates and melds into the light clean malts to give a nuttiness through to the end. Some vegetative greenness throughout, which makes it taste a little like chewing on leaf stalks, but it's lovely and fresh and again well-balanced.

Feel is surprisingly light, but this may just be an artefect of the fresh hoppy notes that lift it.

A good beer, and a good IPA. While I'd say I still prefer the West Coast variety (probably for no better reason than that I am accustomed to it), this is probably the best example I've had from the East that still retains its distinctive character.

04-19-2011 10:01:34 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of chugalug06


3.95/5  rDev -2.2%

A - A very nice clear yellow-orange color. Great head and head retention. White foamy head. Laces well and leaves behind frothy white remnants.

S - Very smooth scent for a DIPA. Hops are balanced wonderfully. Very fruity and tropical; pineapple, orange, grapefruit, and lemon.

T - Wow, great use of hops, malt, and yeast. Mild sugar bomb... A mild banana taste with hints of spice. Slight burn at the back end of the brew, not quite bitter, but rather acidic. Not quite as smooth as I'd like for an ideal DIPA, but nice and relaxed nonetheless.

M - Great bubbles treat your tongue with a surprise, well balanced. However, there's a slight burn in the back in my throat which is why I marked it down a bit.

D - Strong drinkability, not easy to put down fast.

I would recommend this brew. A very nice sipping DIPA for a overcast day. Thanks for shipping Kevin!

04-19-2011 00:47:49 | More by chugalug06
Photo of ggilman


3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

From a 12oz bottle to a tulip glass, it pours a clear golden orange, with no haze. A big foamy head settles to a sparse quarter inch, lacing the glass as it dissipates. Some leafy hop and orange rind in the nose, gives way to a malty aroma. Lots of bready caramel malt flavor. Earthy garden taste. Bitter dry finish, with lingering malty sugars. This medium bodied double has a slick oily mouthfeel. Drinkable, but not sessionable at 8.2% even though the ABV is pretty well hidden.

I was looking for a hop fix, and didn't find it here, but still a clean, well made beer. Not sure how this qualifies as a DIPA outside of the alcohol content.

04-17-2011 21:47:21 | More by ggilman
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.35/5  rDev -17.1%

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Decent retention with some lace rings. Color is a clear golden orange.

Aroma: Pine and floral hops. A bit of onion flavors. Bready malts. Pretty fresh.

Taste: A little more fruit flavors here. Still pine and floral hops. Onion flavors as well. Not to strong though. Bready malts. Not overly hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Pretty bitter. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends pretty dry.

Overall, this is a decent ipa, but nothing I would go out of my way for. Average and somewhat drinkable.

04-17-2011 03:51:47 | More by mothman
Photo of jizfiasco

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -4%

Was expecting a very sweet DIPA from this one as on the package it says well balanced 3 malts 4 hops or something like that. It pours a very golden crisp and clear looks like a belgian IPA. Leaves a very pretty white head and laces well down the glass. Smell is floral and a bit medicinal with a little smoke and a little soap. Taste is rather different but hoppy though not hoppy as hell or a least not enough to be a DIPA. The uniqueness of the brew fades as it warms and gets a little less complex. The alcohol becomes more pronounced and noticable and the medicine taste mixes with the floral and resin not in a bad way - rather pleasant. Mouth feel is a bit sticky and mildly oily. Had this with some extra sharp cheddar and really was great. Would buy this brew again to try with a meal.

04-16-2011 06:01:16 | More by jizfiasco
Photo of danmcg62


3.6/5  rDev -10.9%

A-Pours a clear golden orange color. A finger width head stays around for a little bit. Looks more like a regular IPA and not a DIPA.

S-A real smokey, woody smell to the beer. Strawberries and oranges some to mind. A real deep hop aroma as well. Interesting to say the least.

T-This hop taste is quite different than anything I've had before. Real intriguing taste. A tad spicy and citrusy taste.

M-A real thick and creamy feel in the mouth.

O-Overall this is a real interesting DIPA. Not overly drinkable so, you really need to take your time with this one. Decent stuff, but I think I would go for their IPA over this one.

04-16-2011 02:53:18 | More by danmcg62
Photo of mikehartigan


4.72/5  rDev +16.8%

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic pint.

A: Pale gold. Thick head. Very clear.

S: Hops are dominant. Pine, citrus, and a touch of floral. Not in your face like many DIPAs. A bit on the sweet side. I suspect this would be wonderful from a snifter (though it's not bad from a pint).

T: As in the aroma, hops take center stage. "Brewed with 4 varieties of hops & 3 types of malts", though the varieties are not listed. A very nice blend of traditional American hops - lots of citrus and pine - with just enough malty sweetness in the background to keep it from being one dimensional, as is the case with many DIPAs. It also lacks the over the top bitterness so common to the style. Personally, I find that refreshing.

M: medium body. Very nice finish as the hops and sweetness linger, but don't overstay their welcome.

O: While not quite as startling as many DIPAs, this is definitely no slouch (I might have named it 1.5XIPA). Plenty of hops without the bitterness that can be so tiring. The downside, such as it is, is that it's easy to keep drinking this. And at a very well hidden 8.2% ABV, this can be a problem. While Southern Tier brews a fine line of go-to beers, I've never really been blown away by any of them. 2XIPA is a notable exception. If you've got a craving for, say, DFH 90, this won't do it for you. But if you want to engage in conversation on non-beer topics while smugly enjoying your beer, this is an excellent choice.

04-14-2011 13:17:10 | More by mikehartigan
Photo of gabedivision

New York

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured from a growler to a DFH globe glass.

Pours a hazy golden orange with a fluffy white head that turns to a thin white lace around the edge of the glass. Piny, and grapefruit citrus perfume come off first, then heavy sweet malts take over. The taste is almost the same but the citrus seems more pungent and the bitterness of the hops tops off the sweetness of the malts for a nice blend. 2xipa has a medium body to it that plays well in the mouth, sweet, bitter and hoppy as a DIPA should be. Overall this is a damn fine DIPA that is very reasonably priced.

04-13-2011 02:03:33 | More by gabedivision
2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,470 ratings.