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2XIPA - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,470
Reviews: 946
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 88
Gots: 336 | 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 mindlucent2007


3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Pours a clear, rich, golden color with a generous inch head that reduces to a ring with good retention. Pint glass coated heavily.

Scents of lemon and grapefruit, almost piney

Very citrusy, tangy and sour notes, a lot of hops working together/fighting in this double IPA with passive malts in the background.

Moderate feel - a little thick, medium carbonation

It goes down easy although I sense the moderate abv. in this brew, and the hops really battle it out creating an overall fierce taste. This is an all around good IPA by Southern Tier, but something was missing for me.

02-08-2011 05:06:56 | More by mindlucent2007
Photo of ism

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

Pale yellow body with a very white and dense 2-finger head. Excellent retention and consistent lacing.

Sweet citrus orange in the nose, a bit of orange peel, just a hint of mild earthiness in pine resin.

Medium body with active carbonation, slight buttery texture.

Very balanced palate. The malt is there, but not all that sweet, contrasted with the citrus bitterness in a fair dance. Pine resin fully emerges in the finish.

Alcohol is hidden very well and lends well to a session. Not a hop explosion but I am impressed with the restraint in which flavour equilibrium is created.

02-05-2011 23:34:18 | More by ism
Photo of samyoung


4.05/5  rDev +0.2%

Picked up a single at Seeley Market (http://www.yelp.com/biz/seeley-market-brooklyn) around the corner. Nice selection.

A - Pale amber; a bit underwhelming for a D-IPA.
S - Nice hoppy smell
T - Not too bitter, sweetness with with a good hop finish.
M - A little thin; seems like it should be a little more thick as the other D-IPAs that I have enjoyed.
D - Very drinkable; I wanted another right away.

02-05-2011 23:01:16 | More by samyoung
Photo of daledeee


4.03/5  rDev -0.2%

A single bottle I thought I would sample. 12 oz.

This beer poured a pale cloudy yellow with a nice foamy head and great lacing.

Nose is hoppy, biscuits and a little malt.

Taste is bitter, citrus oil and is a rather sweet version. I am not a hop expert but this one has a pleasant slightly different blend.

Mouth feel is rightly carbonated and oily to the finish. I like it.

Drinkability is really good as well. Not overly warming and fresh.

02-04-2011 22:54:52 | More by daledeee
Photo of Janderson91


4.08/5  rDev +1%

I've had this beer a few times before, very enjoyable, thought it was time for a review.

A - Pours a crystal clear light golden color with a one finger white head. Leaves great lacing around the sides.

S - The nose is sweet with some floral hops. Smell is good but I'd like some more dry-hopped smell for a double IPA.

T - Beer is very balanced. It's not a malty sweetness though, it's almost candylike. Decently bitter in the beginning, sweet candy through the middle with a nice bitter aftertaste.

M - Mouthfeel is similar to a single IPA, a little thin.

D - Drinkability is high as the alcohol is very well hidden.

Not quite as good as Unearthly but still worth a look for the price.

02-03-2011 05:08:52 | More by Janderson91
Photo of dellert2332


5/5  rDev +23.8%

One of the top 1% of beers in the world (or at least beers available along the east coast US). Alcohol content and flavor just right. Enough to make you feel good but not too strong to make it unenjoyable. Good session beer for those who enjoy a hoppier draft. I suggest getting it straight from the brewery, great experience and made by people who truly love their beer.

02-02-2011 02:58:02 | More by dellert2332
Photo of hdofu


4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

A good imperial ipa with low alcohol for the style, this beer is hoppy while not overly boozey like some of the imperial ipas I've had. Smell is heavily hoppy with a bit of herbal notes. the beer poured golden orangish with an off white head. It tastes as good as it smell with lots of hop and citrus flavors to cover the tongue. It has a suddsy feel to it. I find this an easy example of the style to drink.

01-31-2011 06:03:00 | More by hdofu
Photo of chilly460


4.18/5  rDev +3.5%

A - Golden orange color with a bit of foam that dissipates quickly. Decent lacing to the bottom of the glass.

S - Citrusy with some bready notes, hops are piney and citrus together, some lemon note.

T - Definite citrus and pine hops up front, they're very well balanced with neither overpowering, the pine hits first. Citrus is grapefruit and lemon. Malts are slightly caramel flavored, and balance the beer nicely. Not a big "hop bomb" type of beer.

M - Found this a little thin and carbonated, but not bad. Would like more body.

D - I've been drinking many of the hopped up DIPAs lately, it's nice to go back to a beer that attempts some balance and does it well. Great drinkability for a DIPA, and could easily be a "session" beer if not for ABV.

01-30-2011 17:36:27 | More by chilly460
Photo of oriolesfan4


4.43/5  rDev +9.7%

A double IPA from a good brewery that's only $8.99 a six pack? No way I'm not giving this a try.

Pours a light orange/amber, smallish head to it. Aroma is of citrusy hops. Medium bodied, tons of flavor here. Nice hoppiness but it's not overbearing, balanced VERY well. Compared to most imperial/double IPA's this is a smooth drinker. Way too drinkable for its 8.2% ABV. Highly recommended, won't let you down.

01-29-2011 19:53:20 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of Neecee513

New York

4.4/5  rDev +8.9%

Poured bottle into pint glass.

A: Gold, slightly cloudy, min head, lacing

S: Citrus/hoppy aroma, hints of fruit and pine

T: Aroma would imply substantial bitterness, but hoppy bitterness is balanced with soft malt background

M: Moderate carbonation and body, smooth

D: Very enjoyable with balanced hops and malts. Not overtly bitter, but rather smooth and crisp all around.

01-27-2011 00:55:41 | More by Neecee513
Photo of mbusster88

New York

4.08/5  rDev +1%

Poured from 12oz bottle with no date.

A: Pours golden bright and slightly hazy. Great white head of three fingers lasts really well. Get a good amount of carbonation off the bottom of the glass.

S: I really get a pine resin aroma in the nose. A good amount of hop profile but not an overwhelmingly fresh nose.

T/M: Still get the sticky resin and pine profile in the taste. Not an overly bitter beer, but still very hop forward. A good amount of malt makes its way into the mouth, maybe not the freshest of bottles. Great body is a bit thicker than I expected.

D: Good beer with a different approach than I thought. Good pine notes and hop profile make this a beer to try. However, I would not run out and get this one all the time.

01-26-2011 01:40:56 | More by mbusster88
Photo of Thickfreakness

New York

4.6/5  rDev +13.9%

A- Nice hazy golden color. Pale white head that dissapates rapidly leaving a silky lacing behind.

S- Orange, grapefruit and lemon zest jump out. Piney hops notes pull forward when the glass is swirled. I was however expecting alot more hops on the nose.

T- Pink Grapefruit and bright hops... slighty bitter, slightly sweet. Really nice citrus aftertaste. Gets honey sweet with citrus pith, and pine notes. Carbonation really pops in your mouth!

M- Nice carbonation... tons of flavors drip off of different sides of your tongue! Bitter, sweet, honey, tangy, citrusy and hoppy! The flavors really hang in there!

D- This is a fantastic beer, and quickly becoming one of my favorite styles! I love almost everything from Southern Tier, and this is another excellent example!

01-25-2011 22:48:27 | More by Thickfreakness
Photo of RyanWo


4.68/5  rDev +15.8%

A very nice example of the DIPA style. Appearance was a ever so slightly hazey golden color with a nice tight cap of white foam. Aroma was grass, grapefruit, citrus, and pine. The body is perfect on this beer not too thick or thin just right for the style, medium light body. Taste is hop flavor, hop flavor, and hop flavor with mild bitterness, but not out of balance also no heat from the alcohol either. A great interpretation of the style.

01-24-2011 13:25:25 | More by RyanWo
Photo of dlmccabe1


4.28/5  rDev +5.9%

Straw color right out of the tap which is lighter than I would have anticipated for a 2xipa. The hop aromas hit you right off the bat with a lot of grapefruit and citrus wafting around.

It's a really interesting beer that focuses on hop aroma and flavor more than bitterness. I don't find it bitter at all but I think it has lots of other hop characteristics.

Not a huge malt bill here, but it still remains a well balanced beer. Easy to drink and perfect for warm weather days. I could probably knock back a few in a sitting before moving away from the citrusy-ness of this DIPA.

01-24-2011 04:22:23 | More by dlmccabe1
Photo of 9InchNails

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -7.7%

Very light in color, maybe straw yellow. Held up to the light long enough I could go blind. White head settling down. Seems to be leaving lace on the glass. Looks okay.

Piney smell, also some citrus hops. Not much of a malt smell. It smells okay for an IPA.

Bitterness upfront and subtle towards the end. Tastes good. Pine and citrus hops combining into one flavor in the beginning then malt helps take away the bitterness at the end.

Carbonation somewhat bites the tongue. Leaves the mouth feeling dry. Thin body trying to approach medium. Feels okay.

Drink ability is okay. I could have another. Easy drinking. But they're so many better IPA's I'd get bored after two.

01-21-2011 09:18:06 | More by 9InchNails
Photo of kalkavekkian


4.38/5  rDev +8.4%

A- poured out a bottle into a weizen glass a llight golden yellow with a good creamy head and sticky lacing that hangs on.
S- smelled of very strong floral hops even from a couple of feet away.
T- taste was the same as the smell with the floral hops the dominant factor. Lingers nicely on the palate. Very tasty indeed and the abv isn't that noticeable for as high as it is.
M- light to medium mouthfeel with bit of an oily finish.
D- very easy to drink and that could possibly get me into trouble! :) one of the better dipa,s I have had.

01-21-2011 01:52:38 | More by kalkavekkian
Photo of ms11781


3.81/5  rDev -5.7%

Reviewed on 11/06/2010. 16oz poured into a pint glass at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth, MA.

Pours a clear, golden orange color with a minimal head (typical for the establishment).

Nose is extremely hoppy, yet balanced at the same time. Fruity, citrus and grapefruit stand out, along with some floral hops. A nice malt sweetness balances out the good dose of hops.

Taste follows the nose with a bit of piny hops and some bitterness that weren't in the nose. Grapefruit, citrus and lemon notes are matched with a caramel malt backbone. Finishes a bit dry with a piny bitterness that lingers a bit, but not too long.

Lively carbonation goes with a medium body to produce a nice crisp mouthfeel. Very clean with a slight lingering bitterness.

This beer is highly drinkable. It's the first time I've had an 8.2% ABV DIPA served in a 16oz pint (I suspect it was an honest mistake but the bartender, I didn't realize the ABV was so high until the review right now or I would have spoken up) and it left me wanting more. Had the draft list not been so good that night I definitely would have opted for another.

01-18-2011 16:33:15 | More by ms11781
Photo of clickpush


3.65/5  rDev -9.7%

Pours golden yellow to pint glass. Crystal clear, very few bubbles. Small cap of lace. Smells hoppy (duh)... Piney, resinous, grassy, lemons. Flavors are similar. Lots of lemon flavors and some malty, reaidual sugar to balance the IBU. lemon drop candies? Nice, tasty, well balanced IPA. Mouthfeel is confusing... Somewhere between creamy and sparkly.

01-17-2011 22:18:37 | More by clickpush
Photo of stonermouse


4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Pours a light golden color. The head is modest and constantly replenishes.

Nice aroma. Potent yet generic hops.

Flavor is superb. Nice, grassy taste with a good shot of citrus. Dry for every sip, and dry on the back end. The malts add a bit of sweetness, but the hops rule the day.

Mouthfeel is quite nice. A little sticky, but perfect for the flavor profile.

Drinkability is high. This could be a go-to beer, with a decent price point and nice, relatively mellow flavor (for a DIPA).

01-16-2011 21:43:57 | More by stonermouse
Photo of Kakaraht

British Columbia (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%

A: A delicious deep amber color with a thick creamy head.

S: Citrus up front, mostly grapefruit, but with hints of orange and lemon zest. Malt follows the hop note with its heavy caramel sweetness, quite an enticing smell.

T: This is a delicious beer the bitterness from the hops is just perfect, not too strong but just enough to leave that tart finish. The grapefruit flavor mingles with the spicy malt character. The flavor smooths out as the beer warms allowing the malt to overpower some of the hoppiness.

M: Smooth and heavy body, finishes a little on the thin side though. Bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue.

D: Overall this IPA was just what I needed after so many over the top IPA's that focus on bitterness and loose sight of the hop flavor. This is definitely a beer a will buy again, and again probably.

01-16-2011 21:22:14 | More by Kakaraht
Photo of PhageLab


4.35/5  rDev +7.7%

Served in a goblet!

A - Golden amber brew with a nice 2 finger head. Nice retention and lacing. Beautiful.

S - Grapefruits mostly, with some more flowery hop notes shining through.

T - I'm pretty sure my pupils dilated every time I took a sip. Remarkable. Floral and bitter with some citrus and sweetness. Balanced enough to enjoy, but nothing gets in the way of the hops here.

M - Medium bodied with a mild carbonation level. Slightly oily feel with a nice bitter aftertaste.

D - I told the bartender that this was (Expletive Deleted) delicious, and he agreed wholeheartedly. One of the best Double IPAs I've ever encountered.

01-16-2011 15:01:14 | More by PhageLab
Photo of CHickman

New York

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

Pours clear gold color with a 1 finger foamy/creamy off white head that faded very slowly; left great lacing that clings to the glass, leaving rings and foam sliding down.

Smells of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, citrus hops, flowers, faint floral hops, sweet malt, caramel, light spices, hay and some grains; pretty hoppy up front and throughout, with a lot of citrus and floral notes that level out with malt sweetness at the end. The nose is really nice and fragrant.

Taste starts with big hops which mix grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, citrus hops, piney hops, flowers, floral hops, coriander, sweet malt, caramel, spices like pepper and cinnamon, hay, biscuit, grass and some grains. The alcohol peeks through and there seem to be other fruity tastes like mango or pineapple in the mix, as this brew is tart rather than bitter. The malt sweetness calms the massive hop blast that starts both the aroma and taste and adds nice balance. This beer levels out after the initial hop shock and actually goes down quite well. There is some heat, but the spices are mild.

Mouthfeel was smooth and oily slick with a medium body, mild carbonation and a slight pucker in the finish that was on the tart side.

High drinkability for a DIPA, this went down a lot easier than I expected and while it didn't blow me away, I thought that this was still a very good beer. Bonus points for being so easy to drink.

01-16-2011 05:46:45 | More by CHickman
Photo of Fish113d


3.55/5  rDev -12.1%

Pours a very hazy (looks like a lava lamp suprisingly) golden color with a 2 finger thick pillowy white head on top sticks to the glass.

Fairly grainy aroma with lots of grapefruit and a hint of biscuits. Earthy floral hop tones also. Nothing overly exciting or NEW, but solid on the nose.

Sipping reveals a surprise in my mouth. It's not as bitter and piney as I was anticipating, but more a mouth of sweet grapefruit along with orange rind and some earthy flavors comes through. Smoother finish with a bit of the alcohol and cane sugar coming through. The finish is a bit "thin" for a double IPA for my liking but this is decent. I wasn't expecting the alcohol to be quite as apparent as it was also.

Overall, a fairly easy brew to drink. I should have chilled this one a bit more than what it was, since it was in a cooler and sat out on my counter for a few hours. Cooler than room temp, but not quite cold.

01-14-2011 01:34:31 | More by Fish113d
Photo of TriGuy20


3.55/5  rDev -12.1%

Poured from tap into tulip glass.

A: Light gold with very good clarity and a nice two finger white head. The lace sticks to the glass slightly; I would have expected more from the initial head.

S: Grapefruit/ Pine/ Orange/ Spice

T: The grapefruit hits you up front with an orange rind finishing you off and a slight alcohol edge.

MF: This beer displays a solid mouth feel with a medium finish.

D: This goes down fairly easily, however, I was not compelled to drink more than one.


A solid DIPA, however, I would probably seek others out first.

01-14-2011 01:30:31 | More by TriGuy20
Photo of dpodratsky3

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: light golden color, no real amber hues which is surprising for a IIPA, I'm guessing that means no real caramel flavors, head is nice, very light and fluffy, once the air settles out of the frothy head it is a thin dense foam, pure white

S: actually has a slightly sweet caramel aroma, hops obviously dominate here, mostly resiny

T: T: that same caramel is there, but very very light, all hops again, a combination of fruity and floral with a resiny finish, a very nice combination, that sweetness is enough to please the tastebuds, but doesn't get in the way like some IIPA, I can just enjoy the hops

M: very pleasant, slightly dry, nicely carbonated, crisp mouthfeel

D: very high, the hops are very nice and even at the slightly higher abv it is pleasant to drink

01-13-2011 03:30:16 | More by dpodratsky3
2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,470 ratings.