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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 wcintula

New York

3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of this for a buck fifty on a whim in a deli. Poured into a tumbler it was a hazy yellow body with a fluffy white head. Smells of hops and yeast. Very strong malt profile on this. Velvety feel to this one with good carbonation. Alcohol is barely noticeable. I was wondering what the ABV was on this for a bit. Could be dangerous.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 12:19:28 | More by wcintula
Photo of grittybrews


3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a brilliant tangerine-orange into a tulip with a finger of fluffy white head. Strong and slightly astringent hop aroma of pineapple, grapefruit, and pine.

Moderate carbonation and a resinous, thick mouthfeel. Mild caramel up front with a solid biscuit malt backbone and rather subdued floral and spicy hops. Mild alcohol presence on the finish, but it comes across as "watered down by a splash of vodka" rather than "warming" -- not particularly integrated.

Nice aroma, but ultimately this brew was a little underwhelming. Easy-drinking enough, though!

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 05:41:45 | More by grittybrews
Photo of BarrytheBear


3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into my Magic Chouffe tulip. Atta boy, Choufster!

Pale golden body lies beneath a two finger deep summit of bright white.

Nose leaves something to be desired. Not that it smells off, it's just there's no much there. Very mild and subdued: saltines and dough with a hop profile that must be on life support. Faint pineapple and tangerine assert themselves as the beer warms.

Very grainy, bitter, and fairly astringent. The pineapple is slightly more assertive here and the citrus emerges as the tangerine from the nose. I wish the focus here was more on the juicy hoppiness, but the grainy astrigency rules the stages. If the tables were to turn, this beer would have some real potential.

Mouthfeel is nice and supple with a soft carbonation. In no way a bruising experience, but that's not always a good thing. Southern Tier is not a brewery that I usually reach for and I'm not a huge fan of their beers in general, finding them often gimmicky or lacking in styles I typically enjoy. This double has real potential, but lacks the cohesion and pop I'd like to see.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 00:47:41 | More by BarrytheBear
Photo of russpowell


4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Was happy to find this sixers at MaaDoodles in Joplin, MO!

Pours an effervescent gold with 2 fingers of pearl colored head. Above average lacing & okay
head retention

S: Lemony notes, slight breadyness

T: Grapefruit, breadyness, lemons up front. Grapefruit lemons & slight pear notes as this warms, along with a whisper of pineapple, plus some dryness & leafy hops. Finishes with a touch of honey, plus grapefruit & lemons in abundance, & a touch of peppery & piney hops as well

MF: Medium bodied, soft carbonation, gets a bit chewier & warming as this warms

Drinks too easy, abv is well hidden & this could just as easily pass for a ballsy IPA. Very nice, will buy more in the future if still around. This would go great with some green chile or Thai red curry

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 03:20:26 | More by russpowell
Photo of jhammel01

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, straw yellow - gold. Soapy head that dissipates quickly but laces down the glass.

Scent seems a bit subdued. Strong hop ahroma but nothing over powering.

Very flavorful.Tons and tons of hop flavor, acidic pine, grapefruit, fresh earthy hops dominate (of course!) Followed by some biscuity, bready malt. Very well balanced for an IPA. Its not ALL hop bomb. Light mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation.

Pretty good. It's nothing spectacular but its well done for sure! I'd buy again.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 04:31:30 | More by jhammel01
Photo of BlackBearForge


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

Southern Tier 2XIPA pours a very pale golden copper with a small white head leaving minimal lacing.

The aroma is hoppy bright with citrus and pine leading the way.

The flavor is a nice blend of lightly toasted malts with a touch of caramel and bitter hops that come across more resinous than citrus except for a nice flavor of lightly sugared grapefruit. Warming blends the flavors and opens the beer up.

Mouthfeel is a generous medium full, smooth and just slightly creamy.

Southern Tiers flavor profiles aren't quite my favored for IPA styles but that won't prevent me from enjoying their beers!

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 00:24:01 | More by BlackBearForge
Photo of shand


4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic.

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear light amber color with about two fingers worth of head. Retention is poor, but lacing is amazing. Much more transparent and "light"-looking than is typical for the style.

Smell: Hops, grapefruit, pine, and biscuity malts. Not quite a hop-bomb, but still smells great. Not as strong as the usual DIPA aroma-wise.

Taste: Pretty reserved for the style. This is the archetypical hops/pine/grapefruit, followed up by biscuit malts. Nothing done poorly, nothing done exceptionally. Just a good brew that probably tastes closer to a normal IPA than a DIPA. Hell, Southern Tier's "Pale" just might be hoppier than this, unless my memory is deceiving me.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium bodied.

Drinkability: Hides it's ABV very well, this is extremely drinkable.

This isn't nearly as strong as any of the other DIPAs I've had flavor wise, but it's still an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 03:49:07 | More by shand
Photo of PittBeerGirl


3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into my snifter.

A- Body is a quite foggy golden yellow hue. Pours with a 1-2 finger soapy white head. Head fades to a thick collar and leaves traces of lacing behind in the glass. Cloudiness is thin and uniform.

S- Tropical fruit, herbal hops, grassy hops, and a hint of citrus.

T- Taste is somewhat mild upfront and offers mostly herbal hops as well as a hint of spicy hops and tropical fruits. The finish is mostly prickly hop bitterness with some tropical fruity flavors-what lingers is a moderate hop bitterness.

M- Medium carbonation and lightweight drinkable body.

D- This is yet another very atypical IPA from ST. Its light on the palate, fairly clean, herbal, tropical, and bitter. Interesting to experience The different variations but honestly- I prefer the classic grapefruit/pine IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 01:00:33 | More by PittBeerGirl
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep orange with white head on top. Aroma of hop resin, evergreen trees, and citrus notes. Tastes of citrus, orange rind, hop resin, bitterness rushes through and finishes dry. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. This is a better offering than their IPA but begs the question of why have these beers be so similar? This could be their IPA and scrap the other one. A very good DIPA all in all.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 20:33:11 | More by JRed
Photo of troutmask96


3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm a fan of big, dark, sticky hop-bombs, and as such Southern Tier's 2XIPA isn't my cup of joe. It pours almost lager-lite, and without much smell other than faint hops. I definitely pick up on the multilple-hop bouquet when I sip it, but this beer is more mellow than in-your-face. It's a nice enough sipper at 8.2 ABV, but not one of my favorite entries to the DIPA genre...

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 02:58:19 | More by troutmask96
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up as a single bottle in Totowa since I never had this before and I tend to like everything that Southern Tier produces. It's very hard to believe that this is an Imperial IPA since it was extremely balanced and easygoing for a beer of this style.

Poured light in appearance - not quite like a Pils but with a gold hue and just a bit less than perfectly clear. Decent head, good lacing, and just a hint of hoppy aroma. Some citrus here but nothing overpowering and the malty backbone has a bit of a biscuit-like taste to it. There's some "skunk" here but not as in unfresh. Rather, think more along the line of 420. It's here and brings out a bit of a darker tone to this. This finishes dry with an aftertaste that lead me to believe that it's German. Of course it isn't and it only adds to the well-craftedness of this beer!

It's not hard to down a few of these in one sitting but be forewarned, what others have said on here is true. I had no idea this was strong until I looked on here and saw that this is not even close to being a session beer. Plan on feeilng buzzed long after you finished the bottle and wondering how this could be so potent and so mellow at the same time. Thankfully, I don't have to ask Southern Tier to bottle a beer with those qualities since this is already right here.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 04:38:36 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of IronCitySteve


4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden orange. Provides a nice foam head with some spotty lacing.

S: Different hops scents, floral hops are the most prominant. There is also a honey sweet scent.

T: For a DIPA, the hops are quite present, but the honey sweet malt character really takes the bitterness out of it. It is still bitter, but more balanced.

M: A nice medium bodied beer that leaves a slightly bitter taste on the palate.

D: The booze is hidden in this beer and nicely balanced. Easy to drink despite the higher ABV.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 14:19:57 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of IPAescotch


3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lager light color, mediocre head but some thick lacing

Fresh grass clippings and skunk (yes the dank kind). For a DIPA i feel like it is lacking malt character

The hops surely dominate, and carry the flavor from beggining to end. Thats all well and good, but i was expecting more extreme maltiness in this beer, but the malts have a bit part at best

Mouth feel is thin and dry.

highly drinkable for the abv. not wat i was going for at the time but still

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 01:06:58 | More by IPAescotch
Photo of DoreenAndDave


4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is a clear golden amber with a light head. Aroma is complex and hoppy. Lots going on here. There are some grapefruit and pine notes, and some malty/bready scents as well. The taste is very nice. It starts off malty with a pleasantly bitter hoppy finish. As with the aroma, the taste is complex and multi-layered. Pine, citrus, bread, and maybe even banana. Mouthfeel is excellent, and it's definitely drinkable. Overall, and excellent beer. It's not the straight-up simple hop bomb like some double IPAs. It's plenty hoppy, but it's complex and well integrated.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 05:56:31 | More by DoreenAndDave
Photo of bnes09


4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Semi-transparent golden yellow ale. Thin white head leaves some lace lines.

Lots of spicy, minty and herbal hops in the aroma. Lets me know I'm in for a treat.

Assertive grapefruit, pine and orange hop bitterness sets the stage and follows through to the end. Mildly sweet and bready malt backbone smooth things out somewhat but are overpowered. Finish is fairly dry.

Medium to slightly full feel. Lots of spritzy bubbles bringing the flavor to the tastebuds.

Deceptively easy to drink. Can't taste the alcohol at all, its masked by the spicy hop character. Overall, it smells, tastes and feels pretty similar to a single IPA. Nonetheless, its still a solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 04:22:32 | More by bnes09
Photo of Lukecook

New Brunswick (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass

A- Clear bright straw color, 2 fingers of head, moderate lacing.

S- Floral hops with a mild sweetness.

T- Mildly bitter, citrus, and a slight bready sweetness.

M- Medium carbonation, medium body.

D- Really liked this beer, another great reccomendation from Hogans in Bangor.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 21:59:53 | More by Lukecook
Photo of Phelps


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

Looks: diffusive goldenrod. Silky strands float about in the liquid upon the pour. A frothy head of pure white sits atop but runs away fairly quickly, becoming a chunky top layer that leaves some nice jagged lacing.

Smells: lawn-scented. It's more grassy than citrusy, though there is lemon peel, honey, sweet strawberry and pineapple. Smells very fresh and very sweet.

Tastes: subdued. The hops seems to impart more bitterness than flavor here. A bit of orange peel, some pear, a little sweet pale malt, some lime, and grass again. Maybe I'm spoiled, but this seems more like an IPA than a double IPA. Pretty average.

Feels: medium-light in body, with a prickly medium-high carbonation that causes the beer to fizz up slightly as it moves about the mouth.

Drinks: like unfulfilled expectations. I've been extremely impressed with most of the Southern Tier beers I've been able to try. 2XIPA isn't bad by any means; the flavor just doesn't deliver the check the nose was writing.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 00:04:03 | More by Phelps
Photo of MADhombrewer


4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Straw colored with a big tight bubbled head. Great lacing as I take my gulps.

Smell- Grassy and piney hops with some malt thrown in to balance it out. Nice aroma. A faint citrus to it as well.

Taste - Not as much hop flavor as I was anticipating. Grassy is the first thing I think about. There is some nice bitterness to it ,though.

Mouthfeel - Good for an IPA. Not too thick and not to thin.

Drinkability- Does not seem as if it is over 8%. I would have 2 or 3 a night if I could. I will say that if this was available to me on a normal basis I would buy it often.

This was a good beer. A little more hops and I would be happier. I don't know how "old" this particular bottle is, but it is good for a regular IPA even though it is a double IPA. If that makes any sense.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 07:59:04 | More by MADhombrewer
Photo of EgadBananas


3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light-medium orange, good clarity, bright white 2 finger of head that dissipates to white chunkiness, leaving sporadic lacing.

Smell is very pleasant, with subtle bitterness, floral, piny hops, and touches of citrus, and citrus sweetness.

Taste is good, with initial citrus bits, moving to more stark bitterness and hints of sweetness. The finish lingers for a moment, but quickly passes.

Feel is mediumish in body, nice little amount of carbonation,and slightly slick.

Pretty good drinkability, and overall nice DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 04:55:57 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of BearsOnAcid


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

This one may not be fresh, at least I know it's not that old. But I've had it fresh so I'll adjust my score if need be.

Talk about gorgeous. Crystal clear copper tone with a fluffy white head and a web of lacing that stick everywhere. Definitely one of the best looking beers I've ever seen.

Nice orange, floral, and carmel aroma. Like a candied hop flower. A little bit of an herbal/grassy/tea smell too.

Taste is sweet and bitter. Grapefruit pith and tea with a hint of caramelized sugar. Not brutally bitter, overly sweet, or astringent. Feels moderate for a DIPA. Needs more bitterness and hop flavor.

Has a good mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 00:53:40 | More by BearsOnAcid
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a bright golden yellow color and a mostly clear consistency. There was an inch of bright white, foamy, long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: A big, sweet smell of hops, citrus, and malt. Very fragrant.

T: Tasted of hops, grapefruit, and malt for the most part. Borders on being thin. Not nearly as complex as some of its West Coast brethren. Goes off the rails a little here.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Despite some deficiencies, this is still a drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 13:14:29 | More by avalon07
Photo of dontcostnuthin


4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Taken from note - 9/14
I can understand why some people made pliny comparisons with this beer. Beer pours a tangerine color with a thin finger of dense head that lingers. Nice lacing is left after each sip. Nose is tropical, met with grapefruit and pineapple aromas. Upon drinking, this beer I would qualify as a 'west coast' style dipa. The hops are certainly left to shine as there isn't much sweetness or heavy malt flavors to counter balance the hops. 2XIPA has a dry chewy mouthfeel that lingers in the back corners of my mouth. Very drinkable beer, a dangerous one to boot, as it certainly doesnt taste like the listed 8.2% Highly recommended

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 01:25:07 | More by dontcostnuthin
Photo of Franz4


4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very creamy head that leaves lacing as it settles. Beer is a translucent golden color that looks great when held to the light.

S- Nose gives a slight hint of mint mixed with the floral hops.

T- Grapefruit, malt, mint very nicely balanced. Malt flavor is very difficult to describe, possibly a touch of toffee in there. Lots of different flavors happening.

M- So many complex flavors going on I had to concentrate on the mouthfeel. Seems to be light-medium bodied, carbonation isn't evident. The feel fits nicely with the taste.

D- A very nice DIPA, ABV is well hidden, flavor will have you coming back for more.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 23:52:06 | More by Franz4
Photo of bucklemyshoe


2.42/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle at 42* into a Stone IRS Tulip.

A: This pours an absolutely transluscent, glowing, orange color with some red tint and an inch of foamy but rather thin head that doesn't last long.

S: It has heavy floral and piney hop notes and some mild citrus as well.

T: It's overbearingly floral. It tastes as if rose petals were steeped in it for a month.

M: It feels soapy, oily, and is just atrocious.

D: This is really badly done. Drain pour.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 07:07:30 | More by bucklemyshoe
Photo of TheSarge


4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern Tier's 2XIPA pours nearly perfect with a good amount of bright white head, which thins to nice lacing and has a cleanly filtered golden body with absolutely no haze.

In the aroma it is very floral in nature, with some fleshy grapefruit fragrance.

Though totally hoppy in the nose, this brew is nicely balanced with malty tones upfront of toffee and caramel, and the palate is attacked in the middle to the end by citrus qualities of orange and grapefruit mixed together.

The feel is crisp, clean, and only a little syrupy... Not much warmth in the end.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 02:49:09 | More by TheSarge
2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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