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2XIPA - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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3,672 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,672
Reviews: 960
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 97
Gots: 425 | FT: 5
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 zrab11
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice straw yellow color with a small 1 finger head, nice lacing throughout

S- Has the aroma of pine, citrus, hops and some alcohol as well.

T-The first sip you get the piney hops up front followed by a sugary sweetness that i didn't catch in the nose then it finish's with a nice citrus hoppy flavor

M-Medium bodied with nie carbonation.Very smooth

D-Overall i was very impressed. I hadn't looked at reviews but after having creme brulee i wasn't thinking too higly of this company. But wow was i surprized how much i liked this DIPA.. ill def.pick this one up again and if u havent had it def. try it

zrab11, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of ngeunit1
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a rich copper-orange color with a finger of frothy off-white head atop. The head fades slowly down to a thick ring around the glass leaving behind lots of lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of strong citrus and grassy hops and some rich sweet lightly toasted caramel malts.

T - Starts off with a mix of grassy hop and bitterness with a nice balance of sweet caramel malt alongside. Through the middle, the hops transition to a more citrus hops with a bit more bitterness. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel flavor and some grapefruit hop and bitterness.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate lively carbonation. Feels smooth and crisp. The beer is fairly dry, especially at the finish which is very refreshing.

D - Very drinkable. The hop malt balance is very nice from start to end. The hop profile is also pretty solid.

ngeunit1, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of PDXHops
2.2/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Golden body topped with a bright white frothy head. Patches of soapy lacing.

No dating on the bottle, so conceivably it's older than ideal, but the hops in the nose certainly seem to be of the muted variety. Citric and earth notes are certainly there, but aren't particularly lively. Plenty of light sweet maltiness. Taste is disappointing. It's a smoothish and thickish beer with plenty of sweet pale malt, but a shortage of hop character. An odd hint of savory is almost as prominent as the muted earthy and citric hops. I might give this a try again sometime on tap, but no more undated bottles.

PDXHops, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of PatLarsen
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper hue. Carbonation can be seen rising to the top of this clear hued brew. This IPA has an excellent flora and fruit aroma. There is so much in the bouquet its hard to begin. I can imagine smelling ripe apricot and plum, add to that honey and daffodil and walnut and you get the idea that this is a complex concoction. While the fruity flowery aroma shows no sign of hops, the flavor sure does. Hops is the first flavor characteristic from this busy ale. Its followed by a sweet honey and beady malt. The fruit is not as noticeable a flavor, probably buried by triple variety of hops. Palate is sticky because of the sweetness associated to the taste. Most IPAs are overly grassy, this one is actually a bit heavy on the honey sweetened malt.

PatLarsen, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of Jenkster4
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice golden color that is fairly clear. Not too much on the head, just about a pinky.

S: You get some pine, citrus, and some mild caramel malts in there. Also get a little booze in this one.

T: This one is dangerously smooth. If I could could get this in stores near me it would easily be a session IPA for me. The bitterness is pleasant, and it's just a tasty little devil.

M: Goes down real smooth. WATCH OUT!

O: Liked this one a lot. For a DIPA, it's just really smooth and refreshing. Whenever I am somewhere that sells this I will be stacking up FO SHO!

Jenkster4, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of ritzkiss
3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from recent LCBO release, no date. Pours a slightly hazed light tangerine golden, almost no head.

Nose is tropical with some guava and papaya, hints of citrus and pine. Sweet malty backbone, hint of caramel and honey bread.

Tropical hopping, hints of floral, pine, moderate to heavy bitterness. Quite sweet in the middle, honey and caramel, quite a bit of heat in the finish which is distracting, hint of spiciness, low carbonation. Summary: heavy on the malt, loads of bitterness and alcohol. Not really my thing, not much finesse or depth here.

ritzkiss, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of IronLover
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a bottle with no freshness date. Deep yellow in color with a orange hue. Poured with a very brief fizzy white head that quickly reduced to a thin wispy cap. Grapefruit and citrus orange hop aromas mesh nicely with pine hop aromas with an underlying sweetness. Medium bodied and lightly resinous with even, refreshing carbonation. Citrus orange and grapefruit flavors in the beginning and through the middle with a light, bready, sweet maltiness beneath. What little maltiness there is, tapers toward the finish as pine hop bitterness is introduced right before a semi-dry ending. This is a solid DIPA. Great citrus and grapefruit flavors, abv isn’t too high, very refreshing, and very available. One of my favorites.

IronLover, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of cooch69
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty clear yellow with some copper and a small white head. Nose of leafy green hops and a nice citrus blast.

Taste is pretty light considering the Double IPA category. It's got the hoppiness of a DIPA but the body of an IPA. Definetly got a bit of a stand out spiciness in there that's almost cinnemony. Bitterness is lingering but not too much. Slightly sticky mouthfeel but once again not that heavy.

Refreshing summertime IPA but it will knock you on your ass quick enough.

cooch69, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of cindiwindi1025
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was looking at a bottle of this beer in Siciliano's beer store and a guy in the same aisle said GET IT, IT'S GOOOD. So I got it. And man am I glad I did. Thanks to you, random stranger, for encouraging the purchase.

A - straw color with a barely orange tint. Tiny head that laces the sides of the glass like soap and does not move. excellent.

s - PINE HOPS. BIG TIME. Smells like a DIPA should! Pine, pine, pine, along with grapefruity citrus. strong astringent smell at first

t - piney hops are so prevalent and make the taste of this beer exactly what a DIPA is about. there is a slight astringent taste from the alcohol, but it is nicely balanced by a smooth brown sugary sweetness that I have not found in any other DIPA. It leaves a lingering, mild sweet aftertaste that dances on the tongue with the hops and slight citrus. nice balance. this beer is VERY drinkable and would be very easy to down if not for the ABV which would down me at least

m - smooth....sticks and lingers

o - a total win win here. textbook DIPA....great taste, sticks with you, and great price. This will be a staple in my house

cindiwindi1025, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of jjboesen
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a Double IPA brewed with 4 kinds of hops and 3 types of malt; it bursts open in a frothy cascade that regaly sits atop a translucent light ambered body. Within, swims an active school of carbonation bubbles making their pilgrimage to the top of the froth where they will slowly become one.

The nose is at work on this one with sweet notes of cider and lemongrass that serve as a front for some charcoal subtleness. The palate, expecting an explosive hop bomb, gets, instead, some gentle ticklings of pine. Yet, do not be fooled by the craftily balanced body for the 2XIPA is a sneaky bastard that will grab you when you expect it the least.

This is a real tasty one that matches body and flavor equally. Go for it!

jjboesen, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of bryehn
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355 mL bottle, no dating, using an oversized wine glass.

Pours a hazy golden-orange colour with a moderate-sized soapy head that gets retained as a collar and leaves a bit of lacing.

Very smooth aroma. Well-balanced citrus with a grapefruit tartness and tangerine sweetness, as well as a buttery tone and thick, biscuit-y malt backing. Piney alcohol comes through after warming, but it's not intimidating.

Again, very smooth in taste, especially for the style. Syrupy, butterscotch sweetness at first. A maltiness takes on characteristics of dark rye. A bitter, almost sour grapefruit-like citrus kicks in at the end.

The collar sticks around forever, contributing to a fairly thick and creamy mouthfeel. ABV makes itself known in the finish with a warming sour bite before going dry on the back of the throat.

A bit of a palate thrasher. It's easy to drink a few, but I can really enjoy one or two to the fullest on any given day. It's a bit pricey, but something I'll definitely toss in my basket whenever I run into it. Great compliment to spicy foods and grilled summer fare.

bryehn, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of Roke87
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355mL bottle, chilled and poured into a Duvel tulip

Appearance- Pours a hazy golden yellowish colour with about a pinky finger of white head that quickly dissipates to a small ring around the glass leaving minimal to no lacing throughout till finish.

Smell- Not as strong of smells as I would have expected from a double IPA, but the usual resiny pine hop aromas are still all there mixed with a citrusy grapefruit smell on the nose as well, some mild biscuit malts balance the nose with an even milder caramel aroma as well.

Taste- Just like the aromas the taste comes through somewhat bitter from the resiny pine hops, still mixed with that usual citrusy grapefruit in there as well, balanced more on the palate with a much stronger presence from the biscuit malt, and a sweet caramel taste in the finish, I also get a mild touch of the alcohol on the palate as well.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with a tad below average carbonation, and lacking that intense hoppy bitterness that all the great DIPA’s have.

Overall- I am somewhat disappointed from this one, I was really expecting more from such a quality brewery that makes some of my favourite big bodied stouts. I mean the typical DIPA flavours were all there but they were not as intense or even as well balanced as a real world class DIPA should be, there is way too much bready malt dominating the palate, it almost takes over all the piney hop flavours. I mean don’t get me wrong I would definitely drink this one again but I think it deserves a bit lower of a score than it has hyped up on BA.

Roke87, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of crewfan16
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this brew plenty of times, but never got around to reviewing it. Poured from a bottle to a pint glass.

a-always seems a very light color for a DIPA. pours a nice golden huh with a 3/4" frothy white head that leaves some pretty white lacing down the side of the glass.

s-smells like a DIPA should. nice piney and bitter grapefruit and lots of biscuity malt. some caramel and sugar as well

t-not quite as hoppy as the nose, but the citrus bitterness is still there immediately. the malty backbone is there, but is a little muted compared to the nose as well. slightly on the sweet side for a DIPA, but i sort of expect that from a southern tier brew. A nice well balanced DIPA for sure.

m-slightly heavy and a little oily, but very drinkable. would prefer just a tad more carbonation, but it is still very tasty. high abv is not really detectable

picked up for $10 a six-pack, so its very good for the value. I typically like my DIPA with a more balanced malty backbone, so this one hits the spot. another delicious beer from southern tier.

crewfan16, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of ckollias
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Light golden ale with a frothy 2-finger white head after a violent pour, that leaves a nice trail down the side of the glass and quickly dissipates in a wispy lace.

S: Strong strong hoppy aroma dominates the nostrils. Mild citus smells of orange and tangerine with a decent malt scent.

T: Very hoppy ale (as the style requires). Slight hints of citrus and pine cross the palate.

M: Very strong and boozy. Medium body and carbonation

O: Decent imperial ipa – very hoppy and tasty. A nice sipping beer at 8.20% ABV. Not the best double ipa I’ve tasted but definitely one I would grab again.

ckollias, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of KarlHungus
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear orange color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into moderate lacing. The aroma is of pine, grapefruit, mandarin oranges, and hibiscus. The taste is of grapefruit, oranges, hints of lemon, hibiscus, and a whiff of pine. bitterness is present, but not over the top. The mouthfeel is full bodied with rather high carbonation that makes the body seem lighter. Overall, this is a good DIPA that I would happily drink again.

KarlHungus, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of cyrenaica
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle
8.2% ABV
Label is English/French bilingual <br>
I tried this beer on June 29, 2011 after purchasingn from one of my local LCBO outlets. The beer poured a slightly hazed yellow-gold colour with a thin white rocky head. The aroma was citrusy hops, some perfume, pine and bread. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with mild carbonation. The flavour is grapefruit, spices, and a little malt sweetness. A good enjoyable beer.

cyrenaica, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of chicagoabbot
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a snifter...thanks to Anthony at Nick's in Hammond for the recommendation...also where I get all my 3Fs...always in stock, unlike here in Chicago.

Appearance is a classic big IPA bright orange. A little light on the head but laces decently. Aroma isn't huge, but there is some malt complexity and plenty of hops. It's satisfactory but not mind blowing or anything. Taste is quite good, plenty of malt backbone and big bitterness up front. Mouthfeel is excellent. Very smooth, with nothing objectionable. Overall, I'd recommend trying it. It's a respectable DIPA and a decent value. Not sure why I've always avoided Southern Tier brews in the past...probably because it's made in NY (like many terrible beers such as Mendocino, ironically made on the opposite coast from its namesake).

chicagoabbot, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of MattyV
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy deep golden yellow, creamy white head. Nose is not too pungent, but still pleasant--sweet pineapple/tropical fruit and citrus. Decent sweet toasted malt backbone but seems to be lacking in bitterness. Still, alot of nice juicy, fruity hop flavour. Medium-bodied, crisp and refreshing. Highly drinkable, hides the alcohol level very well. Drinks much like a potent IPA, a great summer quaff.

MattyV, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of Kromes
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A clear golden color with a thick off white head and oily sheets of lace down the sides of the glass.

S: Big cascade, citrus and pine hop aroma. Very clean and fresh.

T: The hop hits up front with the citrus and pine that gives way to a bitterness and the toasted malt flavors.

M: Medium bodied and good carbonation. Oily.

O: A really good Double IPA. Clean and delicious, not too over the top.

Kromes, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - strangely yellow and hazy for the style. Small head quickly dissipates to a ring.

Smell - sweet and fruity hops dominate the nose with aromas of pineapple, grapefruit and pine. A little caramel malt lurks in the background.

Taste - Fruity upfront, echoing the pineapple and grapefruit of the aroma, with a deep malt sweetness backing it up. A touch of bitterness on the finish. Very hoppy without a lot of bitterness.

Overall this a very tasty beer, but a little less intense than you would expect from a double IPA.

, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle from the LCBO as part of the summer release.

Poured into my trusty Duvel tulip. A lovely marmalade orange brew, slightly opague, with thin soapy head that survives well and leaves some packets of lacing. Good looking brew.

Nose is pine and west coast hops - pineapple, mango, lemon and grapefruit, caramel and biscuit. Lots going on here, seems pretty balanced.

A flavorful, hoptacular strong IPA. Strong, but the taste of alcohol is well-masked. Really digging the tropical fruit flavors and malt character here. While still not the explosion of hops I was expecting, this is nevertheless a lovely brew.

Thin, a bit oily, mild carbonation.

I wasn't a huge fan of the Gemini blended IPA, so this was a real treat. At the price point I'll be back for more to keep over the summer. Great stuff, good to see Southern Tier back in the LCBO.

JohnnyBarman, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of thegodfather2701
2.5/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A-Translucent straw with a thick, billowy, bright white head. Some decent lacing is left on the glass.

S-While the nose isn't very strong it is complex. Notes of pine, citrus, and a hint of caramel malts. It is hoppy, but the malt backbone is detected as well.

T-Very mild for the style to say the least. I get some hop bitterness followed by some malts and some alcohol sweetness. There is nearly no flavor.

M-Thin for the style.

D-Easy drinking, but mostly due to the fact to there is almost no flavor.

Overall, this is one of the worst Double IPA's I have ever had. Its my first Southern Tier beer and I am really disappointed.

thegodfather2701, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of Digimaika2
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden colour with a 1-finger thick foam head. Nice blanket of creamy white bubbles left behind.

S: Pine, grapefruit, biscuity malts, some honey, and spices. Picking up a bit of alcohol. A great rich and varied smell.

T: Piney hops, rich biscuity malts, grapefruit, and a bit of a syrupy honey sweetness. As indicated from the smell, a rich and creamy taste that is quite well balanced. Alcohol is well hidden, with only a faint warming presence.

M: Creamy but still rather a light mouthfeel with above-average carbonation.

D: Could easily drink this again, and again. Alcohol is well hidden and makes for a deceptively easy drinking imperial IPA.

Digimaika2, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of tbeckett
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a one finger white head that fades to a a half finger quick. Slight chill haze on a blonde/light gold body with strong carbonation. Good rings of lacing and a film of retention.

S - Good piney/citrus mix with some crackery malt. Lot's of tropical fruit with a pine syrup note. Good resinous hop profile.

T - Citrus and pine. Pinesol. All sorts of fruits and that pine to compliment it. It's structured and not messy. Nice sweet cracker/biscuit malt up front is pushed out of the way properly and promptly.

M - Strong carbonation and a medium-full body. Fairly strong bitterness in the back. Finish kinda starts really aggressive then moves to a crisp, bitter kick. Good stuff.

O/D - This is a solid offering from ST. Very sturdy and smooth. I would never guess this is 8.2% as it drinks like a normal IPA. Good stuff.

tbeckett, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of GodOfBeer
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy light gold with a thin white head, nice lacing lines the glass.

Definitely some citrusy hops up front fills my nose, but not as strong and complex as I was expecting. Some alcohol is noticeable as it warms up.

A slight maltyness on the palate at first along with a strong dash of citrusy hops, finishes nice and bitter. The alcohol is covered well, but that's about all I can say about it, not very complex at all, no depth.

Carbonated mouthfeel, somewhat drinkable. The only thing this beer has going for it is the hops, and it's not even as hoppy as I was hoping. Sad to say I'm somewhat underwhelmed by this after seeing all of the high reviews I was expecting something better. If this was just an IPA I can see, but as a DIPA it seems like there is something missing.

GodOfBeer, Jun 17, 2011
2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,672 ratings.