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2XIPA - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,482
Reviews: 946
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 89
Gots: 339 | 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 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
Photo of loren01


3.48/5  rDev -13.9%

A: Pours a nice clear golden color, 1 finger width white head, decent lacing down the glass
S: Pineapple/orange/tangerine scents
T: Slight malt up frot with pineapple/citrusy flavors toward the end.
M: Medium bodied slightly dry mouthfeel
D: This is an enjoyable beer but not one of the better double IPA's i've had recently.

01-13-2011 01:24:42 | More by loren01
Photo of Duff27


3.65/5  rDev -9.7%

A- Very thin white head atop a light gold beer. Some streams of effervescence with a little lacing.

S- Citrus/grassy hops.

T- More citrus like the in the nose. Finishes with a nice hop bite with a touch of honey perhaps.

M- Thin to medium mouthfeel, adequate carbonation.

D/O- Low end of the spectrum of ABV makes this a very quaffable DIPA, if there is such a thing. Nothing that will tear into your palate...very drinkable for the style.

01-12-2011 03:53:15 | More by Duff27
Photo of mjw2808


3.58/5  rDev -11.4%

Pours a very nice clear golden amber with a 1 1/2 finger head thats white. The head stayed for a little but dissipated eventually and left a nice bit of lacing. The nose is of floral hops and citrus notes. As is the taste, except with a decent malt backbone. It has a clean mouthfeel and is pretty drinkable. Overall I see this as a decent double IPa. This is solid, but there are a lot of much better ones out there that arent hard to get. It was still a pleasure trying this beer, however.

01-11-2011 19:51:46 | More by mjw2808
Photo of slowbie

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Pours a deep orangish marigold color with a one finger head that disappears pretty quickly for a IIPA. Pretty good amount of lacing though.

Aromas are mainly of floral and grassy hops. A little bit of pine and American base malt breaks through as well. A swirl of the glass brings forth some really nice citrusy smells.

Pretty good hop flavors, but just doesn't have the bitterness I expect from a IIPA. I guess I either expect a lot of bitterness or a lot of hop flavors (or a combination of the two) from IIPAs, but this features hop flavors that seem better suited to back up an extreme bitterness. As far as the actual flavors go, it's a relatively mild bitterness up front, followed by grassy hops. Near the end you get a peek at the malts.

Good mouthfeel for a IIPA. Dry, crisp, and appropriate carbonation.

Almost too drinkable for an IIPA. I want to almost struggle through the hoppiness, but it's just not happening.

All in all a pretty good beer, but I won't go out of my way to get this one again. Too many great IIPAs around to spend my money on this one unfortunately.

01-11-2011 00:56:00 | More by slowbie
Photo of perrymarcus


3.88/5  rDev -4%

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a clear, bright golden yellow with a short-lived finger of white head that does yield some nice lacing.

nose is not as pungent as i remember but dominated by citric hoppiness with some floral/grassy qualities to it, maybe a touch of bready malt. something else, too, that i can't quite put my finger on, like... cardboard...? i don't know, weird. no bottled date so i can't be sure how fresh this one is - obviously a key component in an IPA/DIPA.

taste is good, with most of the hop characters pulling through with an added note of pine. definite malty presence. again though, not quite as flavorful and enjoyable as i recall when i last had it (last summer).

medium bodied, medium carbed mouthfeel with high drinkability. a very solid DIPA and a lot of bang for the buck, though i'm questioning the age. will be on the lookout to obtain a certified fresh serving and compare.

01-10-2011 02:32:33 | More by perrymarcus
Photo of heebes

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

12 oz bottle.

Pours clear pale golden with a bubbly white foamy head. Nose is a citrus bomb; grapefruit dominates. Taste is smooth and well balanced. Malts blend well making this full bodied, citrus hops on the sip and through the finish. Medium bodied,easy drinking DIPA. Probably one of the better malt profiles I've tasted. Not as hop forward as I thought.

01-09-2011 22:33:33 | More by heebes
Photo of brewskier


3.53/5  rDev -12.6%

Frothy eggshell colored head after a slow, steady middle pour is nonetheless fairly glossy and low to sink. Decent lacing. The beer is a fairly clear deep gold.

Lush hop aroma exudes tropical fruit including kiwi and pineapple. Sweet, but still hinting at the acidity in those fruits...or in this case, the alpha acids in the hops! Nice, and a bit different from the usual biting citrus.

The flavor, unfortunately, doesn't exactly shout double IPA. I wish I had just continued sniffing. It is much lighter than a DIPA should be, but does have that characteristic sweetness...too much so, in fact. It's a bit like drinking soda with lots of sugary malt twined with the tropical notes. The hops are there, but less assertive than even some pale ales, such as Dale's. A slight squeeze of lemon, is noticible, at least, and the sweetness does fall away into a more biscuity malt and then to an attempt at bitterness.

Pretty light mouthfeel for a double IPA, but still a little bit of stickiness. Could use a little more carbonation than the light effervescence present, in order to break up the sweetness.

Very drinkable for a double given its light nature...you can actually drink this pretty quickly. I was surprised to learn that it was over 8%. A nice change of pace, but the sweetness does hold it back a bit.

01-09-2011 02:40:19 | More by brewskier
Photo of basica


3.88/5  rDev -4%

A - Golden orange color pour into my snifter with a bit of foam that fizzes off quickly leaving no head except for a very thin ring around the glass; bubbling is pretty light as well (3.5)

S - Citrusy with some bready, biscuity notes, mild hop aromas with suggestions of pine and probably a hint of grapefruit; not a lot of aromas from the hops which would be what I would prefer and be expecting as well (3.5)

T - Slightly sweet and citrusy with notes of pine and grapefruits from the hops upfront; mild bitterness shows up in the middle lasting towards a slightly malty and piny finish (4)

M - Body leans towards thin and carbonation was moderate; goes down foamy smooth (4)

D - Very easy drinking DIPA but the flavors do not seem very pronounced; it's not very hoppy and fruitiness is slightly low as well. However, this bottle does not have a "best by" date, so I do not want to rest my case just yet. (4)

A few mentioned this to be like the Pliny or as the Pliny of the east coast; I am a tad skeptical or at least I've had better.
This is the second tasting in a vertical DIPA tasting with the Dogfish Head 90 minute Imperial IPA being before this one. Currently, the DFH IIPA ranks above this one.

01-08-2011 16:54:36 | More by basica
Photo of readbaron


3.85/5  rDev -4.7%

A - Clear and golden with a bit of foamy, white head.

S - Floral hops, orange citrus, some grass

T - Some hops, a good deal of roasted grain, and moderate grapefruit bitterness and orange. Fairly smooth tasting for a DIPA. It's good but not great, with a bit of an odd aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied with decent carbonation and a somewhat sticky mouthfeel.

D - I enjoyed this but don't see myself searching it out.

01-04-2011 05:28:50 | More by readbaron
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

Premiere Gourmet, good value price for a DIPA. More like a double pale- the bitterness is there but smooth and tame. Orange citrus aroma,and taste of orange citrus and tropical fruit, smooth mouthfeel, a bit creamy. Tangerine orange colour with lots of white lace.Carbonation right there.Had it again 10 months later and it is very nice bitterness.

01-03-2011 20:37:41 | More by Sammy
Photo of codewarrior

New York

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

12oz from a 6-pack, poured into an imperial pint.

Love this everyday double IPA out of Southern Tier, it's the kind of thing that makes me miss the East Coast.

L: Light hay colored with gobs and gobs of gorgeous head. Body is a touch anemic, but not bad.

S: Light crisp hops with a floral sweetness behind. Not at all in the vein of the hop-war style of DIPA. A little less huge than I'd like, but there is no freshness date on this bottle, so I'm not sure if this is really indicative of the beer at it's best.

T: A bit of hops with a floral dank sweetness right behind, long in the mouth but not overly-complex. Good simple kind of beer here.

F: Light and crisp.

D: Smooth drinking is an under-statement.

01-03-2011 18:04:52 | More by codewarrior
Photo of corby112


3.93/5  rDev -2.7%

Pours a clear golden yellow color with bright golden banana yellow hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy white head. Good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves sporadic rings and spots of lacing left behind.

Uber fresh, dank oily hop aroma with lots of sweet citrus and tropical fruit notes as well as some earthy pine and subtle graham cracker-y, biscuit malt. Hints of pineapple, grapefruit, mango and citrus peel with a slight grass presence in the nose.

On the lighter end of medium bodied with a bitter earthy pine hop blast up front that lingers throughout into a bitter yet sweet dry finish. Nicely balanced by sweet citrus and tropical fruit notes as well as by a slight malt backbone and subtle alcohol astringency. The citrus/tropical fruit presence is prominent with lots of pineapple, mango, grapefruit and lemon peel. The malt backbone is faint but provides nice balance with hints of graham cracker and biscuit. The high ABV is decently masked but there is still a bit of alcohol, especially toward the finish.

01-03-2011 04:31:38 | More by corby112
Photo of Bmoyer0301


3.65/5  rDev -9.7%


Poured into a standard pint glass. Comes off the tap a bright golden straw color with some hues of light amber. A very thin cloudy white head was patchy at best and seemed to fade awya quite quickly as I drank the beer. I held my glass up to the light and noticed that this is very very clear with not a drop of haze of yeast chunks floating around. On the swirl the viscosity appears to be light to a hair below medium.


Loads of bright citrus, some pine and lots of tropical fruits going on here. Bready biscuits and toasty notes all wrapped around something that comes off slightly like corn. No heat alcohol at all.


Very fresh! Simcoe hops goodness which leave you with a very piny initial taste. Some earthy notes, complimented by pineapples, peaches, lemons, white pepper, and just a tinge
of heat alcohol that accents the hops. The malts remind me of fresh baked croissants. Very dry long finish which is enjoyable.


Another work of art from southern tier, I know I am going to get burned at the steak for saying this but I think this is the East Coast Pliny. Solid beer when fresh and will be one of my go to's

01-02-2011 16:45:01 | More by Bmoyer0301
2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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