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2XIPA - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,347
Reviews: 942
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 85
Gots: 277 | 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 TriGuy20


3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap into tulip glass.

A: Light gold with very good clarity and a nice two finger white head. The lace sticks to the glass slightly; I would have expected more from the initial head.

S: Grapefruit/ Pine/ Orange/ Spice

T: The grapefruit hits you up front with an orange rind finishing you off and a slight alcohol edge.

MF: This beer displays a solid mouth feel with a medium finish.

D: This goes down fairly easily, however, I was not compelled to drink more than one.


A solid DIPA, however, I would probably seek others out first.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2011 01:30:31 | More by TriGuy20
Photo of dpodratsky3

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: light golden color, no real amber hues which is surprising for a IIPA, I'm guessing that means no real caramel flavors, head is nice, very light and fluffy, once the air settles out of the frothy head it is a thin dense foam, pure white

S: actually has a slightly sweet caramel aroma, hops obviously dominate here, mostly resiny

T: T: that same caramel is there, but very very light, all hops again, a combination of fruity and floral with a resiny finish, a very nice combination, that sweetness is enough to please the tastebuds, but doesn't get in the way like some IIPA, I can just enjoy the hops

M: very pleasant, slightly dry, nicely carbonated, crisp mouthfeel

D: very high, the hops are very nice and even at the slightly higher abv it is pleasant to drink

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 03:30:16 | More by dpodratsky3
Photo of loren01


3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice clear golden color, 1 finger width white head, decent lacing down the glass
S: Pineapple/orange/tangerine scents
T: Slight malt up frot with pineapple/citrusy flavors toward the end.
M: Medium bodied slightly dry mouthfeel
D: This is an enjoyable beer but not one of the better double IPA's i've had recently.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 01:24:42 | More by loren01
Photo of Duff27


3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Very thin white head atop a light gold beer. Some streams of effervescence with a little lacing.

S- Citrus/grassy hops.

T- More citrus like the in the nose. Finishes with a nice hop bite with a touch of honey perhaps.

M- Thin to medium mouthfeel, adequate carbonation.

D/O- Low end of the spectrum of ABV makes this a very quaffable DIPA, if there is such a thing. Nothing that will tear into your palate...very drinkable for the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 03:53:15 | More by Duff27
Photo of mjw2808


3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice clear golden amber with a 1 1/2 finger head thats white. The head stayed for a little but dissipated eventually and left a nice bit of lacing. The nose is of floral hops and citrus notes. As is the taste, except with a decent malt backbone. It has a clean mouthfeel and is pretty drinkable. Overall I see this as a decent double IPa. This is solid, but there are a lot of much better ones out there that arent hard to get. It was still a pleasure trying this beer, however.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 19:51:46 | More by mjw2808
Photo of slowbie

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep orangish marigold color with a one finger head that disappears pretty quickly for a IIPA. Pretty good amount of lacing though.

Aromas are mainly of floral and grassy hops. A little bit of pine and American base malt breaks through as well. A swirl of the glass brings forth some really nice citrusy smells.

Pretty good hop flavors, but just doesn't have the bitterness I expect from a IIPA. I guess I either expect a lot of bitterness or a lot of hop flavors (or a combination of the two) from IIPAs, but this features hop flavors that seem better suited to back up an extreme bitterness. As far as the actual flavors go, it's a relatively mild bitterness up front, followed by grassy hops. Near the end you get a peek at the malts.

Good mouthfeel for a IIPA. Dry, crisp, and appropriate carbonation.

Almost too drinkable for an IIPA. I want to almost struggle through the hoppiness, but it's just not happening.

All in all a pretty good beer, but I won't go out of my way to get this one again. Too many great IIPAs around to spend my money on this one unfortunately.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 00:56:00 | More by slowbie
Photo of perrymarcus


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

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a clear, bright golden yellow with a short-lived finger of white head that does yield some nice lacing.

nose is not as pungent as i remember but dominated by citric hoppiness with some floral/grassy qualities to it, maybe a touch of bready malt. something else, too, that i can't quite put my finger on, like... cardboard...? i don't know, weird. no bottled date so i can't be sure how fresh this one is - obviously a key component in an IPA/DIPA.

taste is good, with most of the hop characters pulling through with an added note of pine. definite malty presence. again though, not quite as flavorful and enjoyable as i recall when i last had it (last summer).

medium bodied, medium carbed mouthfeel with high drinkability. a very solid DIPA and a lot of bang for the buck, though i'm questioning the age. will be on the lookout to obtain a certified fresh serving and compare.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 02:32:33 | More by perrymarcus
Photo of heebes

Ontario (Canada)

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

12 oz bottle.

Pours clear pale golden with a bubbly white foamy head. Nose is a citrus bomb; grapefruit dominates. Taste is smooth and well balanced. Malts blend well making this full bodied, citrus hops on the sip and through the finish. Medium bodied,easy drinking DIPA. Probably one of the better malt profiles I've tasted. Not as hop forward as I thought.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 22:33:33 | More by heebes
Photo of brewskier


3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Frothy eggshell colored head after a slow, steady middle pour is nonetheless fairly glossy and low to sink. Decent lacing. The beer is a fairly clear deep gold.

Lush hop aroma exudes tropical fruit including kiwi and pineapple. Sweet, but still hinting at the acidity in those fruits...or in this case, the alpha acids in the hops! Nice, and a bit different from the usual biting citrus.

The flavor, unfortunately, doesn't exactly shout double IPA. I wish I had just continued sniffing. It is much lighter than a DIPA should be, but does have that characteristic sweetness...too much so, in fact. It's a bit like drinking soda with lots of sugary malt twined with the tropical notes. The hops are there, but less assertive than even some pale ales, such as Dale's. A slight squeeze of lemon, is noticible, at least, and the sweetness does fall away into a more biscuity malt and then to an attempt at bitterness.

Pretty light mouthfeel for a double IPA, but still a little bit of stickiness. Could use a little more carbonation than the light effervescence present, in order to break up the sweetness.

Very drinkable for a double given its light nature...you can actually drink this pretty quickly. I was surprised to learn that it was over 8%. A nice change of pace, but the sweetness does hold it back a bit.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 02:40:19 | More by brewskier
Photo of basica


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

A - Golden orange color pour into my snifter with a bit of foam that fizzes off quickly leaving no head except for a very thin ring around the glass; bubbling is pretty light as well (3.5)

S - Citrusy with some bready, biscuity notes, mild hop aromas with suggestions of pine and probably a hint of grapefruit; not a lot of aromas from the hops which would be what I would prefer and be expecting as well (3.5)

T - Slightly sweet and citrusy with notes of pine and grapefruits from the hops upfront; mild bitterness shows up in the middle lasting towards a slightly malty and piny finish (4)

M - Body leans towards thin and carbonation was moderate; goes down foamy smooth (4)

D - Very easy drinking DIPA but the flavors do not seem very pronounced; it's not very hoppy and fruitiness is slightly low as well. However, this bottle does not have a "best by" date, so I do not want to rest my case just yet. (4)

A few mentioned this to be like the Pliny or as the Pliny of the east coast; I am a tad skeptical or at least I've had better.
This is the second tasting in a vertical DIPA tasting with the Dogfish Head 90 minute Imperial IPA being before this one. Currently, the DFH IIPA ranks above this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 16:54:36 | More by basica
Photo of readbaron


3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear and golden with a bit of foamy, white head.

S - Floral hops, orange citrus, some grass

T - Some hops, a good deal of roasted grain, and moderate grapefruit bitterness and orange. Fairly smooth tasting for a DIPA. It's good but not great, with a bit of an odd aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied with decent carbonation and a somewhat sticky mouthfeel.

D - I enjoyed this but don't see myself searching it out.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 05:28:50 | More by readbaron
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

Premiere Gourmet, good value price for a DIPA. More like a double pale- the bitterness is there but smooth and tame. Orange citrus aroma,and taste of orange citrus and tropical fruit, smooth mouthfeel, a bit creamy. Tangerine orange colour with lots of white lace.Carbonation right there.Had it again 10 months later and it is very nice bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 20:37:41 | More by Sammy
Photo of codewarrior

New York

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz from a 6-pack, poured into an imperial pint.

Love this everyday double IPA out of Southern Tier, it's the kind of thing that makes me miss the East Coast.

L: Light hay colored with gobs and gobs of gorgeous head. Body is a touch anemic, but not bad.

S: Light crisp hops with a floral sweetness behind. Not at all in the vein of the hop-war style of DIPA. A little less huge than I'd like, but there is no freshness date on this bottle, so I'm not sure if this is really indicative of the beer at it's best.

T: A bit of hops with a floral dank sweetness right behind, long in the mouth but not overly-complex. Good simple kind of beer here.

F: Light and crisp.

D: Smooth drinking is an under-statement.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 18:04:52 | More by codewarrior
Photo of corby112


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

Pours a clear golden yellow color with bright golden banana yellow hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy white head. Good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves sporadic rings and spots of lacing left behind.

Uber fresh, dank oily hop aroma with lots of sweet citrus and tropical fruit notes as well as some earthy pine and subtle graham cracker-y, biscuit malt. Hints of pineapple, grapefruit, mango and citrus peel with a slight grass presence in the nose.

On the lighter end of medium bodied with a bitter earthy pine hop blast up front that lingers throughout into a bitter yet sweet dry finish. Nicely balanced by sweet citrus and tropical fruit notes as well as by a slight malt backbone and subtle alcohol astringency. The citrus/tropical fruit presence is prominent with lots of pineapple, mango, grapefruit and lemon peel. The malt backbone is faint but provides nice balance with hints of graham cracker and biscuit. The high ABV is decently masked but there is still a bit of alcohol, especially toward the finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 04:31:38 | More by corby112
Photo of Bmoyer0301


3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Poured into a standard pint glass. Comes off the tap a bright golden straw color with some hues of light amber. A very thin cloudy white head was patchy at best and seemed to fade awya quite quickly as I drank the beer. I held my glass up to the light and noticed that this is very very clear with not a drop of haze of yeast chunks floating around. On the swirl the viscosity appears to be light to a hair below medium.


Loads of bright citrus, some pine and lots of tropical fruits going on here. Bready biscuits and toasty notes all wrapped around something that comes off slightly like corn. No heat alcohol at all.


Very fresh! Simcoe hops goodness which leave you with a very piny initial taste. Some earthy notes, complimented by pineapples, peaches, lemons, white pepper, and just a tinge
of heat alcohol that accents the hops. The malts remind me of fresh baked croissants. Very dry long finish which is enjoyable.


Another work of art from southern tier, I know I am going to get burned at the steak for saying this but I think this is the East Coast Pliny. Solid beer when fresh and will be one of my go to's

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2011 16:45:01 | More by Bmoyer0301
Photo of Bitterbill


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

Another bottle courtesy of the great trader russpowell. Thanks Russ!

It pours a clear light gold with a 1 finger head of foam and plenty of sticky lacing. Deep into the session, the foam recedes big time as does the lacing.

Definitely a hop forward Double IPA...grapefruit and pine dominate big time. There's no sign of any malt..

Big pine and grapefruit in the taste with *some* malt sweetness just before the finish. No sign of the ample abv, even after the swallow; a great job of hiding the alcohol.

On the low end of medium bodied, lightish amount of carbonation, and very darn drinkable. This is a *very* enjoyable brew!

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 17:16:49 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of dfclav

New Jersey

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

Poured into a snifter 

A - pours a nice clover honey gold color with a small head with pretty decent lacing.

S - pine, malt, hops, some grapefruit and lemon peel. They blend together really nicely with subtle floral notes.

T - refreshing citrus with an aggressive hop and malt presence. The alcohol is hidden pretty well but you can pick it out. Finish is dry and leaves you wanting more. As it warms it sweetens up quite a bit.

M - crisp, good twang from the hops but a little too much carbonation for the style.

D - very drinkable, you can have more than one before it burns your palate out, but I don't think it'd be a good session beer. I think it would go great with spicy foods so it is worth picking up.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 02:34:04 | More by dfclav
Photo of joecast


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

Pours a very large white frothy head. Leaves a nice lace as it settles. Low carbonation. Light clear golden color. Nothing earth shattering, but nothing out of spec either.

Aroma is an intoxicating mix of resiny hops and concentrated malts. hard to pick out any single identifiable hop character cause it seems so packed together they all meld into one.

Taste packs some serious bitterness. Double IPA all the way here. This beer has one purpose and it does not deviate. Strong hop bitterness and flavor is backed up by huge malt presence in the finish. Once that fades, the hops are still there bashing your taste buds.

An impressive beer. However for me it's strength is also it's weakness. The bitterness becomes a bit too much to take after a while. Or maybe I'm just getting old?

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 10:08:52 | More by joecast
Photo of CrazyDavros


3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours crystal clear amber with a large lasting head and nice lacing.
Nose shows lots of resin and pine along with a load of crystal malt and some cookie-dough character.
Flavours are completely dominated by grass and resinous, piny hops. A full on assault of pine really. Not much noticeable malt, the alcohol provides a kick though.
Body seems a bit weak.
Not much complexity, just solid pine, but nice nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 07:59:40 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of tbrown4


4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. -> DFH signature

A - Slightly cloudy (likely due to temp?), straw/light gold color. Thin off white head. Sticky lacing.

S - Crisp & sweet. Light citrus. Grassy and floral.

T - Sharp hop front, mellowed out sweetness quickly settles in. Light sweet orangy citrus, slight pine. No alcohol notes, dangerous.

M - Nice bodied, not too thin or too viscous.

D - I'd come back for seconds and thirds on this one, and I'd likely be feeling great about it. This is a very nice and light DIPA. Great alternative from my usuals in this style DFH 90min, it's big brother Un*earthly or Heavy Seas Big DIPA. I've been a long time fan of Southern Tier, but I rarely get the small bottle packs. Up until now their regular beers have been unimpressive. Thankful that my sister-in-law brought this over for Christmas.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 03:54:21 | More by tbrown4
Photo of jmich24


3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel Tulip

A: Clear gold color with very slight orange hue. One finger off white head. Sticky lacing.
S: Lots of lemon peel. Touch of orange
T: Nice bitter start mellows near the finish. Citrus and lemon peel again.
M: Medium mouthfeel. Finishes wet and slight bitter on the tounge.
D: Good drinkability even though the ABV is rather high.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 01:01:54 | More by jmich24
Photo of circlenine


3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into tulip glass 12/19/10.

A: Dark yellow/Pittsburgh gold color. Slowly poured the beer, resulting in a tiny head that quickly dissolved. No lacing on the inner walls of the glass.

S: Not as hoppy as many Double IPAs, but there is definitely a hint of citrus to it.

T: Nice flavor present, although there is no nothing dominant about it - hops dominate not, citrus dominates not... in fact, the more sips I take the less citrus and hops I actually taste.

M: Light to medium bodied with a carbonated mouth kick to it. Slight aftertaste, minimal compared to other DIPAs.

D: Relatively easy to drink.

Comments: It's a good DIPA for sure. For it's price point it's worth picking up a sixer to intersperse with your other brews on a given evening. Can't see myself drinking more than two or three in a sitting - more because of the taste than anything else.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 20:39:17 | More by circlenine
Photo of Tucquan


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

Had this on 2010-12-28 at Al's of Hampden in Enola, PA

A - Clear straw with a short, white head.

S - Floral hops, citrus, grassy

T - Sweet mildly-roasted grain, moderate grapefruit bitterness and orange. Partially dries out but there's a lingering sour/bitter flavor that was decent but not great.

M - Medium body and high carbonation with a mouthfeel like drinking a can of sparkling cream soda.

D - I enjoyed this brew but the aftertaste and very high carbonation cause me to knock off a few points.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2010 13:12:06 | More by Tucquan
Photo of oglmcdgl


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

On tap at the monkey well I guess you gota give nj one thing.

A- comes to me with a small cap of bright white head that settles quickly to leave a few spots of lace and a good skin on top. Crystal clear golden orange in color.

S- sweet citrus and tropical fruits with a dry scone like malt sent.

T- hop forward with lots of citrus and some mango and papaya. Malts and light and sweet with some honey and toasted italian bread. Bitterness is light but it does just enough up against the light sweetness. Super clean finish.

M- a step or so less then medium in body and a mid level carb.

D- I love this ipa. Crisp and clean with all the things ya look for in a brew. Is it the best in show, no but its up there.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2010 04:06:08 | More by oglmcdgl
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Rhode Island

4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a very nice blend of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong hops bitterness eases in and asserts itself. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, this is a very good 2IPA that is worth drinking for a whole evening.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 03:54:09 | More by TheManiacalOne
2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,347 ratings.