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2XIPA - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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3,485 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,485
Reviews: 946
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 89
Gots: 340 | 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 BuxMontBeerLover


4/5  rDev -1%

Purchased a 6pk at Wegmans in Warrington, PA
Purchase price: 10.99/6pk

Enjoyed in a DFH Signature Glass

A - Pours a light honey color. Translucent. Pours with a frothy one-finger head that fades to a light skim on top of the beer. Good amount of lacing left on the side of the glass.

S - A combination of citrusy, grapefruit aromas mixed with a nice hop smell.

T - A rather dry but very flavorful DIPA. A good balance between the bitterness of the hops and the malt backbone. The flavors are intermingled with citrus, pine and a good amount of sweetness. The aftertaste is slightly bitter. The alcohol is dangerously disguised.

M - A good amount of carbonation. A rather dry finish that begs for you to take another sip.

O - A really nice example of a DIPA. I enjoyed this beer quite a bit and look forward to enjoying the remaining beers in the 6pk. My first experience with Southern Tier and I was impressed. Recommended.


04-01-2011 20:56:58 | More by BuxMontBeerLover
Photo of BEERMILER12


4.05/5  rDev +0.2%

A: Pours a golden yellow with a tiny head that fades quickly

S: Nice grassy hops shine in the aroma, with citrus notes as well. Maybe a little pine too, but way in the back. Pretty much all I'm getting are hops!

T: Again, earthy/grassy hops come through by far the most, with a little orange/grapefruit. Alcohol is well hidden and barely noticed

M: Fairly light body with medium carbonation. Not syrupy or sugary at all, which makes it my first ST beer to not be like this

D/O: A very quaffable DIPA, and one that should appeal to many. Since the alcohol is well hidden, it can definitely hit you hard if you aren't expecting it

03-31-2011 15:27:34 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of HOPPYKC


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

Poured this brew into a pint glass.

this was right out of the bottle sorry to say. Late night drink and I wasn't too worried about the glassware. Nice dark gold color and showed a lot of carbonation. nice hop punch. Full of avid and resin. Nice pine like aroma. Huge in the mouth tons of flavor and a bite for sure. Transparent and no sediment. Smooth. Dry. Good hiding of alcohol. Good for style. Leave me wanting a little bit more. Not up with odells new release myrcenary. But still great

03-31-2011 05:59:16 | More by HOPPYKC
Photo of Preismj


4.05/5  rDev +0.2%

a: Light amber color...tremendous amount of head on a light pour. Dissipates slowly and leaves thick lacing sticking to the glass as it goes.

s: sends a shockwave of floral, earthy hops to the nose. Potent and almost overbearing. Followed by a citrus. Sweet and sour scent of grapefruit, orange wafting up the nostrils.

t: the bitterness of the hops lasts throughout the taste. The malty sweetness is gathered right at the beginning of the taste. It is fleeting, though for the brief moment I sense it I welcome it. Quickly the beer turns to a grapefruit and a lemony orange flavor which makes me pucker slightly. I taste the malt again after the citrus and I can feel my palette dry out completely and I'm left with the bitter aftertaste of pine and earthy tones.

m: full bodied and well carbonated. This is where I thought the beer really stood out. The feeling in the mouth is tremendous and I attribute the sense I get as my palette dries out to the substantial amount of hops used to create this beer. Sticky upon entrance, fills the mouth as it fizzes and quickly leaves you dry and ready for another sip...tremendous.

o: a good IPA. the extreme bitterness it leaves me with is a bit much, though the complexity of the taste and the actual 'stages' it goes though as I take a sip make me happy to be drinking it. I gladly will accept another one from my fridge shortly.

03-31-2011 01:10:17 | More by Preismj
Photo of Brianjames16

New York

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%

A- Pours a nice hazy orange color with a two finger width white fluffy head. Some thin lacing sticks around on the glass. A lot of bubbles in this one.

S- Big IPA aroma! Grapefruit bitterness, earthy and piny with a slight malt background. Very pleasing smells in this one.

T- Citrus and and malt hit first with a grapefruit bitterness in the finish. Very clean and balanced flavors. Malts and hops hang around for a nice after taste.

M- Very refreshing light body finishes with a crisp dryness. Great full flavors that don't go way over the top.

O- Overall a very good double IPA. Very drinkable and interesting. Cheers!

03-30-2011 00:29:58 | More by Brianjames16
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Harpoon 100 Barrel Series tulip glass.

The color is a somewhat cloudy orange with gold highlights and two fingers of foamy white head and some thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is bitter hops with a light fruity flavor that is slow coming out in the nose. A little bit of lemon and some earthy hops come out in the aroma and tease me to take a sip.

The taste is hoppy at first with some nice bitterness that has a wisp of sweet malt flavor. There is some slight tangerine and lemons with some light earthy hops that get bitter again as they go down.

The feel of this beer is medium to slightly heavy with a good feel to it. It goes down easy but does have a bit of a bigger feel to it.

03-29-2011 04:22:01 | More by Duhast500
Photo of rtepiak


3.85/5  rDev -4.7%

a tad brisk as it is about as much bitter and clove honey sweet. Rather middle of the tongue citrus. Clear with some sharp sticky head. Nose is orange, clementine citrus. Sweetness. A lean carbonation. And a somewhat syrupy balance with a somewhat bitter pine.

03-29-2011 03:57:43 | More by rtepiak
Photo of rajendra82


4.53/5  rDev +12.1%

Attractive gold colored body was clear, and the pour formed a one finder thick head in the pint glass. The smell was pine, hay, and rain soaked earth, and had a caramelized edginess when inhaled deeply. The taste was citric (grapefruit and tangerine) with a sugary sweetness. More of hop showcase, than an assault, the flavor turned peppery at the end of the sip, and stayed that way in the aftertaste. The beer felt sticky and coating in the mouth, and the alcohol warmth was not intrusive. A balanced, yet flavorful DIPA to keep in mind when the craving hits.

03-28-2011 03:28:04 | More by rajendra82
Photo of Ryan011235


2.6/5  rDev -35.6%

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 3/25/11

Golden amber color; perhaps on the light side for the style. It has nice clarity, though. A fury of swirling, rising bubbles gives way to a slanted cap of foam, hitting the two finger mark. The head dies down, leaving clumpy patches of bubbles and lace.

At first the aroma was heavy on spicy, zesty citrus hops, grapefruit, lemon and orange with some grassy and herbal notions to back it up. As it warms the spicy crackle is tamed and pine takes a more prominent stance. It kind of has that lemon pine-sol thing going on but shies from being harsh with solvency. Solid biscuit-like malt presence with hints of dough. Some hop oils and resins, too.

Wow, the aroma has lead to a total letdown in terms of flavor. The hops are downplayed in spiciness, intensity and resinous goodness. Smoothed-over earthy notions instead with piddly hints of pine and citrus. Lots of bready malt takes up the slack. Fairly low bitterness.

Medium bodied. Alcohol is appreciable and there is a prominent slickness, especially as it warms. The finish is bready, dead-hopped and gritty. The finish is fairly dry and thankfully it doesn't last too long.

I'm not very impressed and become less so as the glass wears on. Perhaps this is an older bottle? I hope so; it would be pretty dismal if this is how the beer is supposed to be. Though not undrinkable, I poured out the last quarter of the glass. I won't be looking for it again.

03-27-2011 19:10:57 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of BenZ


4.05/5  rDev +0.2%

This beer looks like a pilsener! Aroma is very, very nice - fruity/floral, not piney hops. Taste is more bitter than the vast majority of DIPAs, but the hops flavor is terrific. Mouthfeel is too watery and the alcohol comes out too much. Basically, this is an extremely hop-centered beer. That is just fine, but the low body, dryness, and alcohol heat don't really balance the hops. It needs malt (it's rare for me to say this!). Terrific value.

03-27-2011 03:54:21 | More by BenZ
Photo of Bendurgin


3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

I was jonesin' some hops today so I snagged this up as single at Tully's. Hop(e) it satisfies! Poured into a tulip. This one is a clear golden with about two fingers of fluffy white head. This leaves nice sticky lacing.

It's like smelling a pine tree. Mostly piney hops with a trace aroma of grapefruit and a caramel malt backbone. Nice balance on this between hops and malt; it has a nice piney hop character with a good caramel malt flavor to back it up. It finishes nice a dry. Pretty good flavor, but I think this a little one dimentional on the pallet, although nothing bad.

A little heavier than I would like on the body, but it's got good carbonation and nothing's really a deal breaker here. Overall, just another solid offering from Southern Tier. More of these will be enjoyed I'm sure.

03-27-2011 03:12:31 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of dragonWhale

New York

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%

something between gold and orange, pretty. citrus is big and juicy. i want to bite into the glass. it's pretty bitter with the citrus and a bit of floral. some malt sweetness definitely evident, unlike the booze which is not really noticeable. the first one was tasty, the one the next night was even better. This beer is growing on me quickly.

03-27-2011 00:49:28 | More by dragonWhale
Photo of hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -10.9%

Southern Tier has one of the best IPA's on the continent - in my opinion - so perhaps my expectations were too high for their 2x. Unfortunately there's no date on the bottle, so I can't tell whether the lack of hop aroma and flavour is because of age or if it's the way it's intended to be.

A clear and iridescent yellow, until the sediment at the bottom of the bottle muddies the proverbial waters, with a pale yellow lacing. Pleasantly sweet, malty and well balanced taste, but missing the "hop kick" for which I'd hoped. Likewise the aroma is more subtle than expected and the finish is less bitter.

A very easy drinking DIPA - but not what I'd expected. That's probably more my fault than Soutehrn Tier's...

03-26-2011 01:56:29 | More by hopsolutely
Photo of HopDiggityDawg

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +1%

Appearance - It is light golden color, no kidding it looks like a domestic. Thin head, nice lacing
Smell - A good sign of things to come, citrus, grapefruit.
taste - citrus, pine, very, very nice balance. Hops hit up front but they don't overstep their boundaries.
mouthfeel - light, refreshing, awesome
overall a very good DIPA that comes in a 12 oz bottle, although I wish I had several bombers of it right now. Try this beer if you get a chance!

03-26-2011 01:42:58 | More by HopDiggityDawg
Photo of Durge


4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

Yet another quality brew discovered at Mikro in Hamden, CT. It shows a clear yellow amber color with a modest white head and decent lacing. The aroma offers a pleasant lemon-pine idea with a bit of apricot wheat in there perhaps. The flavor says big pine and citrus hops with some banana oak. Bright and reasonably drinkable for the style. Slightly cloying, medium plus bodied with modest carbonation. A quality brew with good hop satisfaction.

03-22-2011 01:10:35 | More by Durge
Photo of DAllspaw


3.68/5  rDev -8.9%

Poured into tulip. Looks the part, nice bright orange color and head typical of most IIPA. Smell is grapefruit and a bit more orange than typical, not unlike Racer 5.

Taste is what I expected from the style, again getting more orange than typical. Alcohol finish has a slight solvent note to it which keeps me from rating much higher.

03-20-2011 21:50:51 | More by DAllspaw
Photo of vfgccp

New York

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%

A - Apple juice with a thin white head. Nice lace.

S - Mango, apple, dry Riesling.

T - White grapefruit, white grapes, brown sugar, lightly toasted white bread.

M - Very light body - it's walking a tightrope over watery without quite falling in. Sweet, lightly syrupy finish.

D - Fantastic for the 8%

03-20-2011 18:42:35 | More by vfgccp
Photo of KYBrewgrass


4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

A- 4.5 Pours a very nice clear golden color with a one finger white head. One thin column of bubbles rises from the stem of the glass, and a wall of micro bubbles laces the edges smoothly. Sticky lacy remains stay throughout.

S- 4.5 Strong hops and a grapefruit citrus dominate the nose. There's a tinge of honey-like sweetness coming from the malts. The smell has my mouth puckering in anticipation.

T- 4.5 Mmm, this is just what I pictured from the aroma... I'm again getting grapefruit and a nice-but-not-overbearing hoppiness. It is mellowed out nicely by the malts as you take it down. Great tasting big IPA.

M- 4.5 This brew has almost a perfect feel to it; it is medium in body and has a great carbonation level that provides a nice smoothness. Just a bit of syrup to it on the finish keeps me from giving it a 5.

D- 4.5 A very nice offering all around. Hop heads: I don't consider myself one yet and I love it. It goes down very easily for its high ABV and is smooth and refreshing. I'd put it close to - if not on par - with Bell's Hopslam. Glad to have Southern Tier in KY now!

03-20-2011 16:25:59 | More by KYBrewgrass
Photo of alexkeil

New York

4.2/5  rDev +4%

Pours a brillantly clear straw to golden color with a fizzy white head that does last around the edges. The aroma is almost completely citrus and grassy hops. The bitterness is not as high as you would think with such a hoppy aroma; I would say there is a medium bitterness that lasts to the finish which is dry. There is a light alcohol flavor which is blended well with hop flavor and a balanced malt backbone. The mouthfeel is medium-light with medium-high carbonation. There is only a light alcohol warmth with very little astringency. Overall a good example of the American IPA style and a beer that has that textbook Southern Tier hop profile.

03-19-2011 23:08:57 | More by alexkeil
Photo of IchabodcraneIpa


4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

Had on tap at latitude 42

The color of this one was a bright clear amber color with a nice inch and a half of foam head on top.

The aroma of this IPA was a huge nose of grapefruit and pine.

The taste was very similar to the nose with a huge grapefruit and hop bitterness that is balanced well by the malt backbone that makes itself known after the bitter hops hit your palate.

The mouthfeel of this one was more syrupy and dry.

Overall this one is pretty damn good to me and it was the first in a night of great beer. Very balanced hop flavor on this one, would definitely pick it up again.

03-19-2011 20:25:47 | More by IchabodcraneIpa
Photo of Genuine


4.6/5  rDev +13.9%

Poured from the bottle into my Sam Adams Sensory glass. It poured a beautiful mid amber in color, and you can see right through it.

Smell - The aroma from this beer is wonderful. I first pick up that great grapefruit, pine, citrus. The nose is very crisp.

Taste - Exactly just like the nose...this beer definitely does not let you down. This is a very well balance DIPA, between the hops with a strong malt backbone, this beer has quickly become one of my favorite american DIPA's, right next to 90 Minute and Hop Stoopid. Very crisp and citrus/grapefruit flavors coming across my palate, this is a delicious beer.

Mouthfeel - medium and kind of sticky, it's delightful.

Overall - This is one hell of a DIPA, and I could certainly drink the hell out of it. I would never have known it's a 8.2% abv beer. Very Drinkable and I'll be buying more.

03-19-2011 01:40:52 | More by Genuine
Photo of gskitt

New York

4.2/5  rDev +4%

Pours a cloudy, orange and gold, not the thickest head nice lacing. Smells of flowers! Sweet flowers and pine resins. Some pineapple. Very pleasant tasting. Sweet upfront, moves into a mellow hoppiness at the end. Very pleasant mouthfeel and despite the 8%, this is a very easy drinking beer. I'm impressed.

03-18-2011 23:49:56 | More by gskitt
Photo of edfish


4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

Pouerd into a perfect pint glass. Had a nice 1" head with good lacing quickley dissipating to a thin head.
Smell- citrus pine, with a bit of sweetness. smells very good!
Taste- has that great citrus/pine taste with a bit of burnt coffee/malt finishing dry.
Mouthfeel is semi full rich hoppyness with that light coffee malt. very good and complex.
A great Imperial IPA, unique in complexity, love the lacing! And no alchol taste...all flavor!

03-18-2011 23:39:29 | More by edfish
Photo of nopucophop

New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

I poured this from the bottle in to my Duvel tulip. The hop aroma instantly blew back at me. I knew then this was going to taste great. The copper colored ale was topped with a frothy white head that stayed and stayed. The hops dominate the aroma as they should. There may be just a slight hint of a sweet honey in the way background. The taste is just as it smells. DELISH!!!! This is well balanced with malts but manages to keep the emphasis on hops. Great full bodied ipa with moderate carbonation on the tongue. I would suggest that you give this one a try. If your a hop lover I insist you try this. WORLD CLASS!!!

03-17-2011 00:18:29 | More by nopucophop
Photo of argock


3.78/5  rDev -6.4%

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.95.

A: Peachy-amber with nearly white 1-finger head with decent retention and a lot of lacing around the glass.

S: Initialy pungent aromas of citrus, tropical fruit, and pine are most apparent, but, with warming, this fades a great deal to a strong resin with a solvent-alcohol note. Maltiness is mostly pale with a touch of caramel and biscuit.

T: The flavor is initially very hoppy with citrus and tropical fruit flavors, but the overall bitterness and solvent alcohol qualities really put a dent in the pleasant initial hoppiness. The alcohol borders on astrigent. The maltiness doesn't really stand up very well to the other components and really lays down and allows some of the not-so-good qualities come through more than they should.

M: The feel is not heavy but clean and crisp. Body is not more than medium, and many IPAs are more coating than this brew. Carbonation is medium as well which adds to the crisp, clean character.

D: Not a bad beer, but this one doesn't really add up as well as it should -- the first impression is very favorable, but the less solid qualities put a damper on the brew. I think aiming for a more balanced, malty DIPA wold be a good direction for this beer with a bigger dose of malts, especially those that provide caramel flavors.

03-16-2011 04:08:28 | More by argock
2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,485 ratings.