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2XIPA - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,552
Reviews: 951
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 91
Gots: 370 | 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 waltersrj
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%

Pour: Deep, golden straw colored pour with a moderate, filmy, soapy white head.

Nose: Citrus hops (citra), mango juice, pineapple, pine, caramel and straw.

Taste: Similar to the smell with a pronounced pine resin at first, followed by caramel, citrus juices and more bitter straw/pine hops.

Mouthfeel: Inbetween oily and watery, this is a great balance for a DIPA mouthfeel.

Overall: Pretty well produced but not astounding or memorable. A good buy at 6 for $10 though.

waltersrj, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%

A - Pours a golden straw color with a foamy white head. Good lacing occurs with a small thin cloud of foam on top.

S - Some good malts and faint scents of pine & citrus. Not much else.

T - Very nice fruit, pine taste with a good mixture of hops. Some caramel sugars are in there as well. A really nice blend of those items that compliment each other very well.

M - Very pleasant carbonation with a little bitterness on the finish. Some of the sugar taste coats the tongue nicely for a 2nd taste of the brew after the first sip.

O - A very nice IPA. Glad I tried this one!! And I'm glad I have more.

brstls4drmrs, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of scotvega18
4.85/5  rDev +20.3%

12oz Bottle Poured into a Southern Tier Tulip

A - Perfectly clear golden color, bordering on light amber, A fingers worth of off-white head. Really nice looking beer.

S - Sunshine in a Glass! Floral and citrus characters, followed by some light sweetness. fresh and delicious smelling.

T - The citrus hits first, followed by a very smooth bitterness with some great floral characteristics in the finish. Classic finish with some perfect bitterness and is just amazing.

M - Perfect, carbonation helps to cleanse the palate and very, perhaps too drinkable.

Notes - This is 8.4%?!?!?! you would never know. This is session-worthy drink-ability and based on how much flavor is in this beer, I think it's time this beer gets recognition as a heavyweight of the style.

scotvega18, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of beertunes
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Served in bubble pint glass. Poured a light golden straw color with about 3/4 inch of white head that had good retention and lacing.

The scent was a nice, mellow, balanced aroma with mostly pine hops upfront and a bit of graininess in the background. The taste was pretty similar, pine upfront with a citrusy finish and an underlying grain taste. This was a much more even an balanced version than most of the style.

The body was good, crisp and clean, not thick or sticky like a lot of examples. Drinkability was very good, the beer went down easily and I had a couple. Overall, a very nice brew. If you're looking for an ImpIPA that doesn't kill the palate, this is your beer.

beertunes, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of rdilauro
4.15/5  rDev +3%

I do really like double IPA's. When I opened the bottle, I was a bit surprised not to get that much of a hoppy nose. It was pleasant but not overdone.
It poured a nice golden tan with a good head. I could taste the hops, but what I thought came out the most was the malt. Almost to the point where it was a bit sweet.
I did pick up a little orange clove flavor, just enough to make this brew very enjoyable.

rdilauro, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

This IPA pours out a bit lighter than expected. It's got a bright yellow color with a very slight haze. The head is fluffy and white. The smell is very citrusy, specifically lemon comes to mind. The taste is very hoppy with a damn good pine flavor in there. The mouthfeel is lighter than the Unearthly. It's a very drinkable but highly flavorful IPA. Very good and worth trying.

Knapp85, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of dfillius
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%

Poured into a pint glass

A: Moderate pour yields 1/2 finger of white head with fair retention. Clear golden straw is quite pale for the style and is lacking haze. Pretty though.

S: Citrus, apple cider, pine, slight mango edge, some bread. No off aromas; solid.

T: My first reaction: Mmmm. Fruity, clean, nice sweet bread - Pan de Sal. Tart mango in there. Citra hops? Very light and refreshing for a DIPA. Almost lager-like in it's cleanliness; pilsner-esque.

M: Clean, light, full, rich.

D: Very drinkable. I'd love another and will buy a sixer. Exceptional.

dfillius, May 30, 2011
Photo of mooselvlt
2.78/5  rDev -31%

12 oz bottle poured into a stange

A - Wow, very light. Golden, clear with a small off-white head that quickly fades. Moderate lacing

S - Orange, grapefruit and pine. Heavy on the orange I might add. Almost pungent really

T - Meh....matches the nose. What hits me is pungent orange right from the get-go finishing with a resiny pine.

M - Very thin, especially for the style. Lot of carbonation

O - This one confuses me. Just wonder what they were going for with this one. Just doesn't float my boat.

mooselvlt, May 28, 2011
Photo of BigDRS
3.08/5  rDev -23.6%

Live review.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The bottle has no visible freshness date.

Pours a very clear pale almost urine like yellow color. It gets about an inch worth of head, but it quickly dies down and leaves minimal lacing. A small amount of carbonation is visible.

The nose is quite underwhelming. A bit of citrus and some malt, but that's pretty much it. I was expecting a lot more out of this.

Taste is about as impressive as the nose. Not a lot of hop character comes through ... seeing as this beer is called 2XIPA I was expecting a kick. There is a slightly sweet quality that opens up as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel is mid to light bodied with a fairly bitter finish. Has a water-like quality and not a lot of chewy-ness. This scores some drinkability points, but it isn't what I expect from an imperial IPA.

This a really drinkable double IPA. If you had blindly put this beer down in front of me I would have guessed it was just a standard IPA ... there are many other options out there that are better examples of the style.

BigDRS, May 28, 2011
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%

Golden to slightly orange and clear, one finger head, thin and sparse lacing.

Smell is a bit subdued, but oranges, hops, resiny pine and a light sweetness come through on the aroma.

Taste is bold and full, with complex, heavily resiny hops flavors, lemon, orange and grapefruit citrus, and a little caramel malt to finish it off.

Feel is very slick and oily with hops resin. Body is medium with moderate carbonation. Relatively refreshing to drink.

Overall it's a good beer, but not great. Enjoyable though, and a fairly good value.

AlCaponeJunior, May 27, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.05/5  rDev -24.3%

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Out of the bottle she comes out like a shining gold. Gives a two finger simple soapy white head that settles slowly. Very clear pale amber color and slow rising carbonation from the bottom of tiny bubbles. Very crystal clear looking.

Bouquet is a mild sweetness but not much really going on and kind of, missing hop feel, malt, or anything big for a standard double imperial it seems. It feels like it has the character of a good standard citrus punch, but it feels like it has been taken down quite a notch or something. It has a hint of turbonado brown sugar sweetness.

Taste is, kind of underwhelming. A bit wet, muted wet grapefruit finish and minimal hop presence. Where is the bitterness or punch or grass or well, anything? I am not looking for a hop bomb but I would like to say something about the hops in this but I can't cause they hardly show up. Disappointing palate feel with a quick finishing and dissipating tastes that leaves and disappears quickly. It almost has a gassy light lager finish and feel with carbonation attached to it and a gamey aftertaste. It makes for easy drinking, but not for great savoring and flavor.

I don't get the angle on this at all for a double imperial. It seems like perhaps things were all set for go and then someone turned everything down by several notches. I'll pass on this one kind of disappointed to say the least.

smakawhat, May 27, 2011
Photo of Cresant
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Had this 12 oz. brown bottle in a Sam Adams glass No date on the bottle. The clear body was light gold. The tall frothy head was off white and left sticky rings of lace.

The smell was oranges nestled in a bed of pine cones.

The taste was like orange marmalade. The sweet malts were not too heavy and the hops were crispy/leafy/organic. Jolly Ranchers candy. Oily hops coat the mouth and linger on. There are enough caramel-like malts to keep it interesting. Very drinkable and well hidden alcohol. One of my favorite Southern Tier beers.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Solid carbonation.

Cresant, May 26, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Clear yellow gold, with a rich head. Large and finely-designed lacing. Impressive!

Aroma is instantly appealing -- citrus, flowers.

Taste is yummy, with a nice malt backbone to support the sweetly hoppy journey. I don't get much bitter with this one, as it's a balanced mix of the hops and malts. Beautiful, and one I'd love to revisit.

secondtooth, May 25, 2011
Photo of BeerLover99
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%

A: deep yellow, light orange, trace head, solid lacing

S: peach/mango, orange rind, pine, malt

T: mango, orange jam, malty pine, subtle slow bitter oily finish

M: medium body, big oily mouth

O: I wanted to love this, but thought it was good.
May have it again, but not a must have. slight sipper.
Not awful, but not a great Double IPA/Imperial IPA.


BeerLover99, May 25, 2011
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%

Really not all that different than their IPA (happen to like the 1XIPA better - more definition). Differences lie in the more concentrated malt foundation, mostly. Yeah, a little hoppier, too, but not nearly as much as I would have expected in a "2X" IPA.

The yellow-orange color (subtle haze) and big, frothy head/lace are a good sign from the outset, but it's a bit of a letdown past that (was this bottle old? i don't think it was).

Piney, citrus, sort of spicy hop aromas - alcohol spice in tandem? Moderately fruity malt character smothered underneath. Quite "standard" strong IPA scent for the most part.

Citrus-forward (orange) over mid-intensity malt flavor. Somewhat herbaceous. More malty than hoppy. A slow-rising alc warmth builds, but avoids burning. Not getting the 8.2%. It drinks pretty clean, but dull at the same time. The taste isn't necessarily dull, but it's certainly approaching/hinting-at white noise. Reminds me a little of a screwdriver (the drink).

2XIPA is just an IPA. It's alright, but it doesn't give you the impression they lost sleep over coming up with the recipe.

Bouleboubier, May 24, 2011
Photo of Dope
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%

A: Typical light amber that you would expect from an IPA but a little lighter than most double IPAs, surprisingly. Decent head that fades fast and leaves lots of lacing.

S: Kind of surprising, pretty subtle smell. I detect a bit of pine and some malt.

T: Pretty well balanced. This is a pretty decent sized beer but the malt backbone prevents the hops from being overpowering. Lingering bitter pine on the back end that lasts a surprisingly long time.

M: Decent heavy as you would expect a double IPA. Has that oily hop mouth coating feeling that you get from bigger IPAs. Not crisp at all, sticks around for a while.

O: Quite a nice double IPA, made better by the fact that it's easily accessible and is relatively inexpensive.

Dope, May 24, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%

Beer is yellow with a mild haze, some lacing on a thin head and low carbonation. Looks OK.

Aroma is sweet with mild piny hops and some malt.

Beer is thinner than expected, moderately bitter at the back, interesting overall. The hops are mostly piny but overall it is a bit too malty for my tastes. Overall just a decent, nothing too special here DIPA. Next...

drabmuh, May 24, 2011
Photo of beer2day
4.03/5  rDev 0%

Lightly hazy honey gold pour with frothy 2-finger paper white head. Very good retention, with a full 1/2 inch left towards the end of the glass. Long vertical strands of lace.

Floral hops with hints of lavender. Works, though. Getting more citrus as the glass warms.

Floral hops from end to end. Nice dry finish, with a bit of sweetness sneaking in. Biscuit malt contribution. Tends towards a Belgian IPA. Pretty substantial body with touches of cream. Thick and chewy.

Hides the abv really well. Not listed on the bottle and would not have guessed this topped 8%.

beer2day, May 22, 2011
Photo of Buggies
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%

This is one of my favs. Very nice nose. Big booming pine and citrus hops. The aroma suggests complexity. With 4 hops and 3 malts, it shows in the aroma and tasted.

Tastes greats. Nice citrus and grapefruit flavors as well as the pine. Mouth feel is interesting. Sticky and oily from the hops. Nice malty backbone as well. Nice bitter finish as well. There just isn't any one thing that dominates this beer though. It's just well rounded with layers of complexity.

A well put together DIPA. I could sit and drink a 6-pack of these. At 8.2% though, I'd be hurtin... though it would be well worth it.

Buggies, May 19, 2011
Photo of Sensaray
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%

Pours a full foamy light tan head with clear amber body. Kind of honey colored.

Fresh flowery sweet hop scent. A sense of sweet caramel maltiness. Some citrusy orange and lemon. Light pine notes. It smells good, it makes me want a taste. Light tropical fruit notes at times.

An initial bitterness is combated by a sweet light caramel malt note, overpowered at the right moment by a nice bitter dipa finish. Very drinkable dipa at a very right price. Resiny pine after the sweetness with a nice lemon orange citrus.

Smooth carbonation and medium bodied. Carries this beer well

Overall would get 6 packs of this on a regular basis. Good stuff.

Sensaray, May 19, 2011
Photo of Groomsy
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%

Had this on tap at Mellow Mushroom in Lexington, KY. Served in a pint glass and consumed on 16 May 2011. Review taken from notes and recent memory.

Appearance: The body was a burnt golden/slight orange, topped by a thin wispy head of bone-white foam. There was just a little bit of hop residue in suspension, and a medium amount of carbonation bubbles floated to the top of the glass. The beer left behind some occasional strings of lacing down the glass. Looks more like a regular IPA, but still nice.

Smell: First thing that leaped into my mind - mango. Tons of mango, like I'm walking through a mango field. There are some other tropical fruits in the mix too, notably grapefruit, pineapple, and a little bit of orange in there too. For a hoppy beer, this smells remarkably sweet, but not too sweet for its own good. There's a VERY subtle note of caramel malt and honey - as well as some pine resin - lingering behind all the fruit in this beer. Less brutal than other double IPA's I've had, but this smells amazing. I was vaguely reminded of Hawaiian Punch?

Taste: Fruit and citrus are what display the hops in a beautiful and mouthwatering sweetness. The tongue is dominated by flavors of mango, pineapple, orange, grapefruit, and who knows what other tropical fruits are in there. There's a small backbone of caramel malt sweetness to offset the fruity flavors of the hops, and the beers finishes on a bitter note of pine resin. A very solid DIPA, if a little sweeter than what I expected. Almost tastes more like a souped up pale ale, but still done very well. Low alcohol flavors, hidden very well by other flavors.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth in the mouth and medium-bodied, not as aggressive as other imperial IPA beers. Well-placed carbonation leaves some lingering flavors of warming alcohol and pine on the palate and creates a slight drying sensation.

Overall: A great IIPA, though much sweeter than I expected. It was nice to be able to try this on tap. I can't say I would drink this regularly, but it was a darn good beer and works very well in the IIPA style.

Groomsy, May 17, 2011
Photo of Stunner97
4/5  rDev -0.7%

appearance- pours and amber to almost dark orange color with good amount of small bubbles streaming up the glass, white head starts medium and fades to be pretty light white lacing

smell- very nice citrusy hop nose and nice malty lingering in there too, the hops do stand out and it is very nice nose

Taste- there is a little trace of malt on this beer but it is quickly bashed out of the picture by a strong lingering hop backbone and finish, finish is pretty long and lingering

Mouthfeel- medium to full bodied, the finish is creamy and rather smooth

Drinkability/overall- this beer was pretty solid overall, i rated it a rare 4 all across the board, all aspects were pretty solid and on point with nothing really jumping out as spectacular but all very solid and enjoyable y good, a beer i would try again for sure maybe not the best double ipa i have had but very good

Stunner97, May 16, 2011
Photo of DrinkHardly
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%

Bottom line, I love me some Southern Tier 2XIPA!!!

It's a crisp breath of fresh air for my quality IPA needs.
Call me crazy, but when I swish this brew around in my mouth, then swoosh some air over the top of it, it is comparable to smoking some damn good weed. It has a very "green" taste for sure!

I usually have a very short attention span, but when I sip on this beauty, I am able to focus on the flavor, and look forward to the next gulp immediately afterward. I enjoy this beer the most when I'm chilling SOLO, because when I'm in a social situation and I drink this one, I can only focus on how good this brew tastes, rather than engage in conversation. Southern Tier 2XIPA makes my girlfriend jealous!!!!

DrinkHardly, May 16, 2011
Photo of nickshep7
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours a pale golden base with a 2 fingers of white head that fades quirky to a nice thin layer of lace (poured vigorously). Smell is nice, but very sweet - sweet malts, honey, more honey, and touch of tropical fruits, mostly dried pinnaple. Sweet taste with nice mouthfeel. The honey dominates at first, but the hops come though on the mid palate. Overall a good brew when fresh at a great price point.

nickshep7, May 16, 2011
Photo of nc41
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%

Really a surprise brew, I've had Unearthly and it's decent stuff. Nice and fruity, lots of citrus. fairly light for a DIPA, but I like that it's not over the top sweet. Never read a bio but it does taste like they use a little honey in this one. Really a very nice DIPA that won't dissappoint, and it's not really expensive. Really worth a shot.

nc41, May 14, 2011
2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,552 ratings.