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2XIPA - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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3,548 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,548
Reviews: 951
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 90
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:
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(Beer added by: mcallister on 04-28-2010)
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Photo of danmcg62
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%

A-Pours a clear golden orange color. A finger width head stays around for a little bit. Looks more like a regular IPA and not a DIPA.

S-A real smokey, woody smell to the beer. Strawberries and oranges some to mind. A real deep hop aroma as well. Interesting to say the least.

T-This hop taste is quite different than anything I've had before. Real intriguing taste. A tad spicy and citrusy taste.

M-A real thick and creamy feel in the mouth.

O-Overall this is a real interesting DIPA. Not overly drinkable so, you really need to take your time with this one. Decent stuff, but I think I would go for their IPA over this one.

danmcg62, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of mikehartigan
4.72/5  rDev +17.1%

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic pint.

A: Pale gold. Thick head. Very clear.

S: Hops are dominant. Pine, citrus, and a touch of floral. Not in your face like many DIPAs. A bit on the sweet side. I suspect this would be wonderful from a snifter (though it's not bad from a pint).

T: As in the aroma, hops take center stage. "Brewed with 4 varieties of hops & 3 types of malts", though the varieties are not listed. A very nice blend of traditional American hops - lots of citrus and pine - with just enough malty sweetness in the background to keep it from being one dimensional, as is the case with many DIPAs. It also lacks the over the top bitterness so common to the style. Personally, I find that refreshing.

M: medium body. Very nice finish as the hops and sweetness linger, but don't overstay their welcome.

O: While not quite as startling as many DIPAs, this is definitely no slouch (I might have named it 1.5XIPA). Plenty of hops without the bitterness that can be so tiring. The downside, such as it is, is that it's easy to keep drinking this. And at a very well hidden 8.2% ABV, this can be a problem. While Southern Tier brews a fine line of go-to beers, I've never really been blown away by any of them. 2XIPA is a notable exception. If you've got a craving for, say, DFH 90, this won't do it for you. But if you want to engage in conversation on non-beer topics while smugly enjoying your beer, this is an excellent choice.

mikehartigan, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of gabedivision
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured from a growler to a DFH globe glass.

Pours a hazy golden orange with a fluffy white head that turns to a thin white lace around the edge of the glass. Piny, and grapefruit citrus perfume come off first, then heavy sweet malts take over. The taste is almost the same but the citrus seems more pungent and the bitterness of the hops tops off the sweetness of the malts for a nice blend. 2xipa has a medium body to it that plays well in the mouth, sweet, bitter and hoppy as a DIPA should be. Overall this is a damn fine DIPA that is very reasonably priced.

gabedivision, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of socon67
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%

A - The pour is light orange. Kinda light for a DIPA.

S - Notes of pine and a hop medley. There is some citrus but less than most of this type.

T - A more subdued DIPA. All the goodies are here but it is less overpowering than I'm used to. For some, this is a good thing.

M - Surprisingly mellow and for a medium bodied DIPA Southern Tier made a very drinkable beer. Easy ot have a few.

O - Maybe not my go to DIPA but I admire that this is a solid beer.

socon67, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of Avantyawn
4/5  rDev -0.7%

12 ounce bottle into imperial pint glass

A: Very light golden color, Thick light head upon hearty pour

S: A balanced sweet scent of caramel malts and fruity hops. Very sweet smelling.

T: Fruity hops, caramel malts, balanced, but on the sweet side. Tasty, not ridiculous, but a good tasting beer with some fruity tendencies. Not overly bitter, almost tropical tasting.

M: Standard medium light unfiltered fare. Nothing exceptional or problematic. Slightly creamy sloshing around.

O: This beer is certainly tasty, it is on the sweet side for my taste, but I can't knock it for being potent and flavorful. With the bevy of strong American IPA's out there, this won't be a staple beer for me, but once in a while I'm sure I'll go for one. This is on the " its good but it should be good, not amazing, but good" sort of category for me. This is my first Southern Tier beer, and I am impressed, look forward to trying some more. Obviously, this is a well crafted beer.

Avantyawn, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of machostacos
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured from 12oz bottle into my favorite tulip glass. Not sure on the freshness of this one.

A: Bright golden orange. Very clear with a small cream-colored head that fizzles down to pretty much nothing. Spotty lacing.

S: Not much aroma here - I fear this may have been on the shelf for quite a while. What I do pick up is an astringent citrusy, floral, borderline medicinal resinous hop character with a metallic hint and a sting from the alcohol at the end. Underneath it all lies some real promise from a fresher sample - maybe some juicy mango and pineapple with some grapefruit and resin.

T: Tangy citrus hops with a sort of medicinal, tea-like quality, most likely due to an old batch. There's also a noticeable pepper/heat component from the alcohol. It's certainly got a lot of hops and a hefty malt backbone - sweet and full-bodied, with a dry bittersweet finish to battle with the crazy amount of hops in this thing. I'm sure this would be an outstanding DIPA if it were a little bit fresher, but right now it's only a shadow of what it could be. Even so, it's pretty tasty.

M: Very full bodied with sparkling carbonation. Chewy, oily, and slick. Dry finish with a subtle lingering sweetness. Very nice.

O: I hate to score this low as I'm pretty sure the 6-pack I picked up is pretty old, but I kept my optimism for a much higher-quality fresh product in mind during the review. Unfortunately I couldn't find a batch number or freshness date on any of the packaging for the life of me, so when I made the purchase I hoped it would be fresh. Alas, I'm simply basing this review on what is in the glass, so hopefully I'll find a fresher sample to try in the future and amend the score to more accurately reflect the quality A+ worthy brew I'm sure Southern Tier 2XIPA is in reality.

machostacos, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of jdhilt
4.03/5  rDev 0%

Pours a two-finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Crystal clear pale amber/orange color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is light grapefruit hops, flavor is grapefruit hops and caramel. Higher ABV is hidden. Nice DIPA. $2.49 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

jdhilt, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of burnheartsMKE
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%

Tapped with a nice amount of carbonation. Pale color.

Smelled quite fresh and lively with a tropical fruit-forward nose.

Superbly drinkable. I actually had to tell myself to slow down. Light mouthfeel gave way to a refreshing, modest yet expertly hopped flavor. Well-blanced with a solid malt backbone.

One of the better cask ales I've had.

burnheartsMKE, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of EkimGram
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Appearance: Pale golden yellow colour. Poured form a 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. Large, fluffy head that dissipates fairly quickly with visible lacing all around.

Smell: Hoppy and sweet aromas with a bit of spice, a bit of citrus.

Taste: Not as hoppy as I had expected but still hoppy. A nice moderately-citrus flavoured aftertaste.

Mouthefeel: Medium-bodied, moderately carbonated. A little silky, velvety, and a little sticky.

Drinkability: Goes down exceptionally easy. Barely any alcohol presence whatsoever, nothing really too overpowering. The taste is somewhat faint but nice.

EkimGram, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of rollercoaster375
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip.

A: Gorgeous coloring and clarity, quickly fading, small head.

S: Intense floral hops, mild citrus, a sweet malt background.

T: Hops! Grassy overtones, light citrus notes. Subtle malt sweetness, fading into some minor heat.

M: Nice, calm but present carbonation. Perfect thickness for the style, with a relatively dry/warm finish.

O: A good, drinkable DIPA with a nice, rather unique hop profile that's enjoyable. Would drink again, though not my preferred hop profile.

rollercoaster375, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of TheSignPost
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Yummy! I usually don't like the cloudy beers, but this one is good. Pours golden with little head, and a bit cloudy. Can't really see through it, but stop lookin' and drink up. Citrus & hops prevail.
A good offering with 2X of something. Whatever it is.... I like it.

TheSignPost, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of drinkiusmaximus
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

A-pours a hazy yellowish orange with a fingers width head that recedes quickly with spotty retention and little to lacing.

S-some floral and herbal hop nots hints of lemon and fairly subdued malts.

T-floral hoppiness with only a touch of balance of sweet malts.

M-medium bodied fairly carbonated which creates a slightly abrasive swallow and limits the lingerings of the hops.

D-not my favorite hop flavor profile. I prefer citrus. But overall not a bad offering. I wouldn't say no to one but wouldn't buy it first.


drinkiusmaximus, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of schmidtn
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%

I don't know much about the brewery, but they seem to have a nice price point for the product.
$10.99 for a 6 of double. Many seem to be at $12-$14 for a 6.

A clear dark golden color. Not quite copper. A thin but relatively dense foam atop the beverage. A nice lace is left behind.

Floral and sweet malt aroma, Smells balanced. Clean.

As for taste, the malt and hops hits about the same time leaving a bitter taste. Delicious.

Good carbonation and not a lot of "film" on the palette for a double. Again, nice.
Good price, good taste, good beer, goodness.

schmidtn, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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.


BuxMontBeerLover, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of BEERMILER12
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%

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

BEERMILER12, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of HOPPYKC
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%

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

HOPPYKC, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of Preismj
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

Preismj, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of Brianjames16
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%

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!

Brianjames16, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of Duhast500
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

Duhast500, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of rtepiak
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

rtepiak, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of rajendra82
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

rajendra82, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of Ryan011235
2.6/5  rDev -35.5%

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.

Ryan011235, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of BenZ
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

BenZ, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of Bendurgin
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

Bendurgin, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of dragonWhale
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

dragonWhale, Mar 27, 2011
2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,548 ratings.