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2XIPA - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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3,382 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,382
Reviews: 943
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 85
Gots: 296 | 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 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
Photo of TheManiacalOne

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
Photo of Mitchster


4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$1.99 for a 12oz siingle @ Merchants. Brewed with 4 hops and 3 malts. 8.2% ABV per the website.

Pours out to a hazy pale straw gold, forming a tenacious white head with superior retention and wonderful lacing. Moderately carbonated. The aroma is quite nice with piney hops, grapefruit, and a touch of skunk. I definitely smell Centennial with that mango bite. Mouthfeel is pleasantly biting, as an IPA should be, with a smooth malt middle and medium-dense body. The taste opens with mango and grapefruit, a touch of skunk and pine, with honeydew up front followed by a nice pale malt middle and a pleasant husky note, followed by a medium bitterness which isn't too strong...smooth enough to not hamper it's drinkability, and a round, smooth finish. No perceptable off-flavors.

This is a very good IPA, but I don't know that I would call it a DIPA. Along the lines of Stone IPA or Centennial. I would surely buy this again if the price were right. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 01:17:45 | More by Mitchster
Photo of ADZA


3.13/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a light yellow hue with average carbonation that leaves behind a fast vanishing one finger head and hardly any lacing at all,the smell is abit of pine,some pineapple and citrus,the mouthfeel is very light bodied and averagely carbonated and has tastes of mango,pineapple,lychee,light toffee and finishes with a bitter lemon,pine finish and to be honest id probably would not revisit anytime soon as its not that interesting and not that true to the style i mean its easy enough to drink with its light body but thats it for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 04:34:25 | More by ADZA
Photo of ferb99


4.9/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an amazing Double IPA. It is super well-balanced with a bit of citrus flavor from the hops. The aroma may be the only thing slightly lacking, but it's by no means detrimental to the experience of drinking this beer. There's plenty of bitterness to rate the Double IPA moniker and it's all extremely well-balanced with the malt backbone. I really couldn't say whether this is an IPA dominated by malt or by hops because they both work so well together. No off-flavors of any kind. This is a world class Double IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2010 04:28:51 | More by ferb99
Photo of welldigger888

South Carolina

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

poured from growler into irish pint glass, a light golden straw color. White head that receded quickly leaving a nice lacing down glass.
Aromas seems weak considering the double ipa but i pick up some hoppy goodness!
I feel that I am getting a peppery grapefruit flavors.
Nice oily mouth with nice carbonation.
The abv was the only prob with drinkability!

Serving type: growler

12-27-2010 01:07:57 | More by welldigger888
Photo of thedoubler55

New Jersey

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

A- A nice clear amber base, with a slight head and bits of lacing around the glass as the head dissappears

S- Distinct hint of citrus hops with apricots and peaches at the tail end

T- Very bitter with first sip, as it warms up it gets better, very orangey taste and some hints of pineapple as well

M- Thick Mouthfeel

D-This is not a beer I would try again, I was expecting A lot from southern tier with this beer, it was kind of a let down as far as taste and drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2010 18:31:03 | More by thedoubler55
Photo of GehenHerzog

North Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured out of a growler (From Grapevine in Fort Mill, SC) into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

A- Light, Orange appearance. Small but dense, white head.

S- A very pleasant smelling beer that just invites you to drink it. I am smelling heavy citrus and slightly piny hops.

T- Extremely hoppy beer. Again strong citrus hops. The taste is very much like the smell.

M- The mouthfull is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Very fitting.

D- Definitely doesn't drink like an 8.2% alcohol beer. A very sessionable beer for a Double IPA.

Serving type: growler

12-24-2010 01:46:26 | More by GehenHerzog
Photo of longbongsilver


4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Seen Southern Tier around, happened to spot this and another one of theirs at a decent price at the store. Felt in a hoppy mood, so this is what came home. Break out the ol' Tin Mill mug & get acquainted...

Pours bright yellow, lots of carbonation & a firm inch and a half head. Scent is various citrus, particularly pineapple. Less up front in the nose than most Double IPAs, and the flavor cuts through without being primarily bitter. Goes down subtly oily, while the alcohol is so well hidden I could imagine it sneaking up on people.

Simplicity usually doesn't describe this style, but Southern Tier is working with a different interpretation here than most. I can get behind it as a regular.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 07:26:55 | More by longbongsilver
Photo of sprucetip


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

Clear golden yellow, not very active, fizzy white head falls fast. Not knowing better, I might assume it was something far less than it is.

Pine and grapefruit dominate the pleasant but not aggressive hop profile. Malty sweetness adds depth and balance. Light boozy notes are present as well.

Similar components as the nose, with modest bitterness. Smooth and well balanced.

Well carbonated, medium body and viscosity, modest warming, slight lingering bitterness.

Doesn't feel anything like it's size. Ding would cringe, at least, but it goes down easy enough to session. Not sure I want that in my DIPA. But it's and easy drinker that tastes good and is very well balanced. It's not super complex. I'd be happy to have made it, be happy to have it again, but I wouldn't seek it. Unlike other Southern Tier DIPA's, such as Unearthly. But it is priced in a more affordable lot than than the special ones too, so that is another factgor to consider.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 03:27:48 | More by sprucetip
Photo of zoso493

North Carolina

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Piraat tulip, this glass's maiden voyage.

Appearance: The cap practically flies of this brew when opened. This brew pours a banana yellow color with just a hint of deep amber. This is not a brazenly unfiltered DIPA like I might have been expecting, but rather resembles something of an imperial pilsner in color. I would definitely expect a DIPA to be a little more opaque than this. The beer is topped by a fairly thin one and a half finger head head that looks like it was generated entirely by the pour and which dissipates very quickly. Not such an impressive looking DIPA.

Smell: The nose helps make up for what this brew was lacking in looks. There is a nice scent of floral and citric hops that make themselves right away. There's a lot of orange-peel and grapefruit to the nose. I can also detect a solid malt backbone of sugar and caramel (the right kind of malt profile for a DIPA) that smells pretty delectable in its own right.

Taste: The hops are not quite so apparent in the taste as they were in the nose. Whether this is due to poor construction or a lack of freshness I cannot tell, as there is no dating on the bottle that I can see. The hops do still retain a very nice fruity profile in the taste, and the malts just seem to sugarcoat the hops. This is a nice DIPA, not an elite one, but a pretty enjoyable brew.

Mouthfeel: For a DIPA that is 8.2% in ABV, I'd like to see a little more body. I fear that this beer may be just a touch too highly carbonated, which is perhaps why the cap just shot of the bottle when I opened it. It is pretty crisp, though the hops cloy just enough, but it could use a little bit of chewy thickness to make this a more solid DIPA.

Drinkability: This a pretty refreshing beer, there's no doubting that. It is well-carbonated and the hops don't cling on your palate for too long. It is fairly high in ABV and though the alcohol is only minutely present I could still have a couple of these guys.

Overall, this is a pretty good DIPA, though it's lacking in a few important departments. Firstly, it really needs to be a more viscous brew, as it both looks and tastes very thin. Secondly, I would prefer it to be a bit more hop-forward in the taste. Despite these, it is still a pretty nice brew and I'm glad I got to try this, the first of (hopefully) many beers by Southern Tier.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 01:34:48 | More by zoso493
Photo of zeff80


4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Crystal clear and orange, this IPA had a small, off-white head of foam. It left sticky patches of lace all over the glass.

S - Simcoe!!! A pungent aroma with notes of grapefruit, tropical fruits and bubblegum. There is a mild burnt toast maltiness.

T - It tasted of grapefruit, bubblegum, burnt toast maltiness and had a sharp bitterness.

M - It was very crisp and sharp. A medium bodied ale with a snappy, dry finish

D - This is a great DIPA. It reminds me of of Bell's HopSlam - but it's not THAT great.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 03:51:04 | More by zeff80
Photo of pmlondrigan

New York

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

Very nice looking beer here. Crystal clear honey gold color with a puffy white two finger head. This one produces lots of lacing. Aroma is a little lacking for a double ipa, citrusy and tropical fruit hop aromas, light pine aroma. Pretty juicy taste, some pinapple and tropical fruit, nicely bitter with clean finish. Simple malt bill makes for a hop show case. What little malt flavor there is is biscuity. For sure you can't tell this is over 8% well hidden alcohol, really drinkable beer here.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 21:56:41 | More by pmlondrigan
Photo of prdstmnky


4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*review from notes Oct. 2010*

First pour from a 1L growler, a cloudy golden amber body and a nice 2 finger layer of white head on top leaving spotty lacing. Lots of great hop aromas with this DIPA - floral / citrus / pine are all represented in the nose. Very hoppy on the tongue, grapefruit and pine upfront, a touch of sweet malts in the middle, and a nice bitter finish. Since this DIPA is on the lower end of the ABV scale for the style, it seems they are less prevalent, which I really like. Medium body and carbonation, and very drinkable for the style.

I said that there may be less of a malt bill for this particular Imperial IPA, given the ABV %, however, this can quickly become quite the malt bomb. I like my DIPAs very fresh, but this seems to fade very quickly. I find freshness is paramount with this beer, and since they don't bottle date, that becomes quite difficult to determine when purchasing by the bottle. Ive had this beer in various stages - when it is fresh, whether on tap or from a bottle, it is a helluva beer (as this review represents).

Serving type: growler

12-19-2010 04:07:29 | More by prdstmnky
Photo of Pballa4lyfe


3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- poured a nice dark yellow, almost brownish orange

S- hops and piney smells

T- blah, this is where i was disappointed, usually an IPA fan, this was one of my least favorite...the hops and the piney taste were fine...until the Nyquil cough syrup taste kicked it...caught me by surprise and i did not enjoy it as much as i would have liked

M- good mouthfeel, low carbonation

D- drinkable, light

overall, decent beer, disappointed by the taste...i wouldn't get it again but was worth a try, obviously the rest of BA liked it but i did not

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 00:25:30 | More by Pballa4lyfe
Photo of TangTKE402

New York

4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Poured a clear, light-straw color with a frothy 1-finger head. Some lacing, but not much.

Smell is of the big-hop variety: Pine needles, orchids, some sweet citrus like blood orange, and a little grapefruit.

Taste is astounding: not the typical heavy brooding double IPA, this one is bright and cheery. It comes alive with some great balsam notes on the front, and it finishes with the taste of citrus (although not too bitter.) This beer has a well-balanced malt to it that gives it a sweeter taste than most IPAs, but it works wonders, lightening the whole beer. It's hoppy, a little bready, but all beer. There's a lot to drinking this one, and it surprises in its construction. There is a touch of alcohol in the aftertaste, but nothing to ruin it.

Mouthfeel is slightly chewy, full-bodied, yet it has an airy quality. A slight dryness on the aftertaste persists, but nothing tanniny.

Drinkability is high. For an Imperial IPA, this beer is refreshing, clean, very very tasty, and while it may be alcoholic, the 8.2% doesn't come through much at all. It's dangerously drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 22:37:25 | More by TangTKE402
Photo of NYbeerdude

New York

4.95/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very floral on the front and nose, smooth delicious warm rich caramel on the finish.

No soapy taste at all. No over bitterness - doesn't make you cringe. I can drink a six pack of these. One of the best India Pale Ale's I've ever tasted, and I've tasted quite a few.

The perfect IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 23:15:27 | More by NYbeerdude
2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,382 ratings.