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2XIPA - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,665
Reviews: 960
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 97
Gots: 418 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: mcallister on 04-28-2010)
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Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of these beers that’s always around, but I’ve never sat with one for a review.

About a finger and ½ of foamy sudsy bright white head. This does fade rather quickly, but then lots of lace lines the entire inside of the glass. The beer is a bright/clear brass color with just a scant amount of carbonation escaping.

Aroma is bright and filled with hop goodness. Grapefruit and lemon grass.

A classic DPA flavor as far as I’m concerned. Hop explosion, meaty malt backbone and a touch of heat and the presence of alcohol. Fresh tasting brew. There are plenty of citrus peel notes here, but there is also a sense of pine resin as well. Almost a touch of spice and then a moment of yeast. The mix of this is nice. I also taste a bit of apricot and pineapple here. I like the finish. It just works.

Medium bodied with a lightly fizzy carbonation.

Truth be told, I am not the biggest fan with the Southern Tier IPA line-up and this might be my favorite of the bunch. Well done folks.

Reagan1984, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of tuckermen
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just picked up a log of this beer this morning. Brought home tapped and allowed to settle for a little while. Appearance in tap lines looked very light (like a domestic light beer). However, when poured into a oversized wine glass had a very nice copper orange color. Had less head then most IPA's, but still poured a nice inch of medium consistancy white head.

Smell was a sweet citrusy scent with mild hops.

Taste was a quick sweet taste up front with longer notes of bitter and earthy.

Feel in mouth was somewhat sticky and earthy.

Overall, was pretty drinkable for a double IPA and the abv was very well hidden.

tuckermen, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of BigCheese
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, born in october, nice and fresh, hell yea.

A: Lighter than typical ipa, Yellow/straw, looks kinda like a pilsner, thing white head, minimal lacing but some.

S: All hops, Sweet Citrusy in smell.

T: Taste sweet citrus hops up front, then a lot more herbal/earthy hops, I got the taste of Marijuana actually, very bitter. Could use a dash of malts. Dont drink it too cold or you wont get the wonderful herbal/floral notes.

M: Quite oily, very good, alcohol is there but not unpleasant.

A good brew with excellent extraction of flavor from hops. Very hop forward and bitter, I would prefer a bit more malts to balance the flavor out. Great for a hop fix. More of a 1.5 IPA than a true Double. Would welcome this beer again but wont hurry back to buy it.

BigCheese, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of thadbme
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern Tier 2xIPA

A: Pours a nice honey color with a half finger of head. The head sits on the top with a small amount of carbonation. Beer is transparent and see through.

S: The hoppy smell is on top and overpowers the rest. It is a double IPA after all.

T: A good amount of bitterness to this but is smooth. Nothing really stands out about it in my mind.

M: Bitter, and smooth, medium carbonation.

O: Not a bad beer, but nothing really omygosh about it. I wouldn't mind drinking this at all for sure, but not something i'd consider world class.

thadbme, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of carolinahophead
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Becoming a big fan of this brewery.
It pours a golden color with little head. The pine and the citrus are present. I like the malt with hop combo in this beer . Its big in my book, a good medium mouthfeel and awesome finish. This being a dipa, you do get the alcohol and deep hop flavor. Southern Tier is up and coming. Could be a big hitter on the east coast. Watch out !

carolinahophead, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of paperbackfoster
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - A surprisingly clear, straw colored golden blonde. In a fantastic effect, the carbonation takes its time to coalesce up through the body and into a head. The head itself, though, is sudsy. It barely makes it up to a finger’s height before collapsing to a soapy sheet.

S - Pungent citrus and herbal hops dominate. A fresh grassy scent carries strong notes of basil and sage over a body of grapefruit and lemon zest. Orange and a touch of pineapple also come through. On the fruity side of hoppy.

T - Sour, bitter, pungent, nearly medicinal, but thoroughly enjoyable. Tangy resin and acidic hopping hit first. The body is a juicy mix of those odd fruit flavors, mango, pineapple, a bit of bitter grapefruit. Aside from some citrus notes, I never expect fruit to be so predominant in an IPA. Develops into a grassier taste, some pine. Finishes with the medicinal note I mentioned, a bittersweet tang.

M - On the thinner side, with mid to high carbonation. Supports the flavor well, though.

Overall - The pour alone clues you in that this one will be different than the average imperial IPA. And it is. Such fresh fruity flavors are rarely found in any IPA. I feel like this could be made into a chewing gum. The hops are present, but serving a very different purpose - we have shades of the average IPA, a bit of pine, a bit of a floral here and there in the herbal taste, plenty of bitter background. But overall, this is just a surprisingly fruity beer. A delicious one, to be sure. However, it’s a simple beer. I find that once I get over the surprise of the tropical citrus flavor, there’s really not a lot else to it. The beer is the same from start to finish. Fun, drinkable, tasty, but not a lot to pay attention to. I bet it makes a killer six pack, though.

paperbackfoster, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

933rd Review on BA
Bottle to Parra Tulip

Born on 9/6/11
Thanks to Mjtiernan for this one.

App- A very clear orange color with some yellow in center radiating outward. A fast receding one finger head and only a small amount of trace bubbles.

Smell- A good spicy nose on this beer with a nice deep citrus and a little pepper. Some malts on a bigger whiff. A little hop oil.

Taste- This seems to be a small DIPA with some good balance between spicy and sweet, citrus and malt. The citrus dampness opens the flavors and then the malts interject with some smooth rich notes. A good bit of spice comes last.

Mouth- A medium body with some bold notes. The carbonation wavers from medium to high with some good dancing bubbles. A good bit of malty spicy and some thick citrus notes.

Drink- I like this DIPA. It’s a good beer. It had a good balance and some nice bold assertive flavors. Nice to see a good little bottled beer.

FosterJM, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of tdm168
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pure gold with 1/4" inch of dense, foamy head that has pretty good retention. The nose is purely floral hop aromas. The taste is lightly malty with floral, mildly piny hops. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with decent carbonation.

This one's OK but in the end it's one dimensional and leaves me wanting something more.

tdm168, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of SebD
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice golden/orange colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderately and has little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of piney hops and some tropical and citrusy fruit notes with some slight caramely malts.

Taste: Mostly hops, nice piney, earthy and floral hops bring out some nice tropical fruit, grapefruit and citrusy notes witch add a nice sweetness to the beer. I also taste some light caramely malts witch blend nicely with the hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a low-medium carbonation with a nice hoppy balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas.

SebD, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of abeerlovr
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this served from a firkin poured into a standard pint glass. I saw the tapping of the firkin and this was the first pour. We knew of the tapping and got first in line :-)

A: nice clear golden yellow color, no head, not much carbonation due to this being served from a firkin...not hooked up to carbonation lines.

S: had a very mild citrus scent.

T: beautiful, does anyone call a beer beautiful. very well balanced for a double IPA; I expected over the top super hoppy, but his was not, the hop bitterness was more on the front of the mouth versus the back, smooth drink, not much on the way of carbonation.

M: refreshing, soft very soft carbonation.

Overall: I am glad I took the time out for a special tapping of a firkin. First time having this beer and I was impressed. I am not a big IPA drinker, but if more of them were as smooth as this one, I certainly could become a huge fan.

abeerlovr, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of jsprain1
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pale golden, clear, with a thin poorly retained head. No lacing.
S- Smell was initially grassy but as it warms it really unleashes a pine and citrus aromas.
T- This is one-dimensional but I love it. Pine with some citrus presence to it as well. Just a faint tropical fruit flavor.
M- Body is too light, but I suppose that's part of letting the hops shine. Carbonation is medium.
O- This beer is about one thing. Hops. If you want a hop fix go here. If you want something else, this won't supply it.

jsprain1, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a flute from a bottle.

Appearance: Semi-clear light amber, with a 1/4 inch white head...settles very quickly.

Smell: Caramel-hops if there is such a thing. Sweet smell but backed up with hints of pine and citrus skin (grapefruit-ish)

Taste: Pretty damn good...you definitely get more than what you pay for with the taste...when I described the smell it is backed up quite well with the taste. You get sweet-bitter hops backed up with incredible after taste. You take a sip and seriously it's not enough.

Mouth: Medium carbonation, sticky flavor which gets the best of you.

Overall: By far my favorite Southern Tier beer...it has only one problem. What do you do when you cant find any?

BlurryVisi0n, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of SawDog505
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a dark yellow, with a inch of sticky white head, that leaves plenty of lacing. Smell tangerine, pineapple, pine, and a little floral. Taste is all that, with a little grapefruit in the finish and the alcohol is well hidden. Nice body, not light or heavy. Perfect carbonation. This is a very nice beer. Thank you ST for adding the born on date 9/26/11, easily the freshest I have had of this beer and the taste shows.

SawDog505, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of TheBrewo
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We pour a beautiful golden-yellow colored brew. It holds a one and a half finger creamy white head. This retains well, making for insanely thick lacing, froth, and bubbles, to watch over the top of the beer. There is moderate carbonation, and whips of haze swirl throughout the glass. The nose bellows of hops. These are sticky, fruity, nectary, grapefruity, floral, and soapy all in one. Fantastic. There is additional sweetness of apricot, and the tartness of fermented strawberries. The malts are paler for the balance, and a twinge of booze works its way in on the far back. As we sip, chalky but pleasant malts mix with pale and dry grapefruit hops. These persist to the middle, where a sweetness of citrus flesh and clean pit fruit pick up. There is fresh cherry and nectarine, and these help amplify the hops even more, with a soft edge. The finish is clean, with wheaty malts and a bright citric hop, with continued fruity sweetness. The aftertaste breathes of musky malts, bitter, earthy, and floral hops, and an orange citrus independent from the hops. The body is light to medium, and the carbonation is medium. There is a slight drying quality, but overall the feel is nice and cooling, with refreshing slurp and smack to each sip. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, the best thing about this brew was the bright aroma, and how clean every element of this beer was. The booze is hidden well, and we find a remarkable balance between solid malts and bright hop varieties, of which there seem to be many. This beer is great for the style and incredibly drinkable.

TheBrewo, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of brown2cu
3.15/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Served a clear gold and is topped by a wispy head that soon dissipates into nothingness. No lacing whatsoever.

S: Hops are noticeable in the nose and that's pretty much it. Maybe a slight fruitiness. Nothing remarkable here.

T: Dull hops slight biscuity malt presence. Flat out average nothing exemplary.

MF: Very smooth perfect carbonation.

Nothing horrible but nothing I would ever go out of my way to buy as a bottle or drink on tap.

brown2cu, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of devinoconnor
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated about 70 days ago.

Pours a bright, thin orange with a 1.5" head from the bottle. Smell is alcoholy, citrusy and of course hoppy.

Taste was a bit of a letdown, but still very good. For a DIPA it's a little weak on hops, and the high ABV has created a yeasty undertone.

Worth trying as it is a good buy... Bought a 6 pack for $9.99 here in North Nj. Others would sell a DIPA like this in a 4 pack for the same price. Enjoy.

devinoconnor, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into Duclaw Mad Bishop Chalice.
I havent even tasted it yet and I am seriously impressed with it! Great color...opaque yellow/orange. No head, but great lacing on the glass. Smells crisp; slightly piney, floral, slight hops.
Very good flavour. Drinkable yet very hoppy, not overly hoppy, but its the predominant taste along with orangey citrus and wheat undertones. The orangey wheat flavour remains in the aftertaste making this very refreshing and very drinkable and a great session double IPA...well at 8.2% ABV, that would be a fun session.
Very very good DIPA. I would buy again and again.

DrinkSlurm, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of climax
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This, poured into a SA perfect pint, is a lighter than expected melted butter yellow. Sticky ornate lace is glued to the glass as the rocky head lazily fades.

At first whiff I forget it's 8.2%, because it is so easy to take in. Pithy citrus and grass caress the nostrils without a sharp bitterness. Secondary flavors of sweet bubblegum and buttery popcorn should make everybody happy.

Juicy orange and grapefruit announce themselves quickly before a glancing blow of cheek pinching lime flavor rushes in. It's more bitter than the aroma, but still pleasant and there's a fair amount of sweetness detectable start to finish. There are modest diacetyls and a vague flaky cracker backbone, otherwise the malt is very unobtrusive. It's all a very unoffensive tidy package that cleans up better than Ron Burgundy.

The body sits more on IPA more than a Double, yet it's got a fairly viscous body that's always smooth. The carbonation is nothing but an accessory, and for a beer of above 8% it's a breeze to throw back.

As far as overall bitterness goes, it's really not that high, because it doesn't come close to ripping the cheeks into a mess. However, the hop flavors are clean and pleasant, and the malt is well into the background. The alcohol is masked so well, and it's brutally easy to drink. This one is in a style of it's own.

climax, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of Holland
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated just over one month ago - still seems fresh.

A: golden amber color with a one inch head on a cold hard pour. Keeps its thin layer of head for the glass.

S: smelled at first of tropical floral hops, pineapple, etc. Then I smelled some hops that were more earthy, pine-like, and had some onion/garlic scent. Weird, but fine.

T: very good taste - this one is full of hops. The tropical fruity characters are harder to detect, but there. Pale and some heavier malt, but the bitter hops and earthiness and floral hops take over. Delicious blend.

M: very well carbonated, medium body, mouthfeel is crisp while drinking but heavy enough to coat and allow an aftertaste of malt and hops.

O: solid double IPA, though not much heavier than your bigger regular IPAs. The hops characteristics are much better than standard IPAs, so it's cool. At $3 per 12 oz bottle, not sure if it's a steal or a rip off...could go either way depending on how you look at it.

Holland, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of iDrinknewglarus
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light golden-orange. Totally clear, this DIPA looks more like a lager. White head that sticks around for a while, and leaves excellent lacing.

S: Like their regular IPA, this one does not seem to have a very pronounced aroma. I get sweet, honey-like malts mixed with some citrus and a touch of pine in the background.

T: This beer was bottled 70 days ago, and, unfortunately, it shows. The hops are faded (like in the aroma) and it has turned quite malty. It still is pleasantly bitter, but nothing over the top. It is just slightly dry and you can just barely taste the alcohol. The hoppiness is sweet citrus up front, and piney in the aftertaste.

M: Medium-light. Low carbonation. Would like this to be slightly thicker. Most IPA's have more body than this double.

I'm a bit disappointed with this one as I quite enjoyed their regular IPA. This is just more malty and alcoholic. I would definitely like to re-review this one with a fresh bottle as it does taste faded.

iDrinknewglarus, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of ryanonline
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amberish gold with some very interesting undertones of yellow and red. Lots of white in the thin and whispy head that dissipates in as moment and leaves thin streams of lacing behind.

Smells quite delicious lots of citrussy notes and some significant malt nose. Caramel and rye on a light note. Lots of grapefruit in the scent.

The citrus is even more prevalent in the taste, consisting of grapefruit and overrripe oranges with a touch of pine in the finish. The malts are very sweet, caramel and an extremely light touch of toffee.

The Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some very frothy carbonation and a dry finish.

Good drinkability with some heavy carbonation but not so overbearing on the pallete.

Tastes quite nice but finishes a bit full. Overall it is wonderful but heavy.yummmy.

ryanonline, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color with an inch of white head that recedes semi-quickly. Sticky lacing is left in the glass after sipping. Lots of pine and flowers on the nose. Sweet saltiness up front that lingers but is followed by a balancing hop presence. didn't like the initial first sip but its getting better as I drink it.

Lots of piney hops on the back end and some citrus sweetness in the middle. Both the malts and the hops linger leaving a lot of big tastes in your mouth.

Medium bodied and full of carbonation. Overall a nice double IPA. Nothing some slightly woody tastes under my tongue oddly enough.

Well balanced and a very easy drinker, but not one of my favorites.

jtierney89, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, light gold with a two finger head that fades slowly and leaves ok lacing.

The aroma is a bouquet of floral, grassy, honeysuckle, grapefruit, orange, and pine on top of a clean, toasted malt background.

Touch of mild caramel on toast with loads of citrus, floral and pine. Nice balance.

Medium bodied, dry finish

Easy to drink, crisp, refreshing. Great beer!

JayS2629, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of HopHeadRyan
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good DIPA...I would have it again...

A - Clear golden yellow; minimal head; low carb; but still manages some lacing

S - Exceptional! This is what I look for in an IPA or DIPA. Beautiful flowers, herbs, PINE, Cannabis, citrius...all of these great notes blended into a hugh pungent aroma. I bet it would be magnificant if fresh and on tap. I can also pick up a nice crisp biscuit/cracker smell that helps round it out.

T - It matches the aroma exactly. A slightly astringant start for only a moment. Nice bitter punch. Citrius and pine flavors. Sweet malty syrup to balance it out. Very well balanced for the abv.

M - A bit syrupy for my taste. A little more carbonation would help things here and would help to push that beautiful aroma out.

O - A very well executed DIPA. I would take this over many higher rated DIPAs. Very nice!

HopHeadRyan, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow....there is alot going on with the Southern Tier 2X IPA...sheesh! The appearance is a golden yellow, clear, with little carbonation and very little, mostly non-existent head...that looks white in color. The smell is complex hops and malt. I believe the hops include Semcoe for the body and slightly citrus notes....other is possibly East Kent Hops. The other two....could possibly be casscade and ???. One of the malts used is sweet....all blended together to mask the 8%+ ABV. The taste is well balanced....hops definitely power the beer, the malt is used to keep bitterness at bay and to help clean the pallate on the after taste. Overall it is a crazy beer, definitely worth trying. One per session would be enough though.

WoodBrew, Oct 05, 2011
2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,665 ratings.