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2XIPA - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,897
Reviews: 979
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 106
Gots: 572 | FT: 4
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

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Beer added by: mcallister on 04-28-2010

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of hopsolutely
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Southern Tier has one of the best IPA's on the continent - in my opinion - so perhaps my expectations were too high for their 2x. Unfortunately there's no date on the bottle, so I can't tell whether the lack of hop aroma and flavour is because of age or if it's the way it's intended to be.

A clear and iridescent yellow, until the sediment at the bottom of the bottle muddies the proverbial waters, with a pale yellow lacing. Pleasantly sweet, malty and well balanced taste, but missing the "hop kick" for which I'd hoped. Likewise the aroma is more subtle than expected and the finish is less bitter.

A very easy drinking DIPA - but not what I'd expected. That's probably more my fault than Soutehrn Tier's...

Photo of HopDiggityDawg
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - It is light golden color, no kidding it looks like a domestic. Thin head, nice lacing
Smell - A good sign of things to come, citrus, grapefruit.
taste - citrus, pine, very, very nice balance. Hops hit up front but they don't overstep their boundaries.
mouthfeel - light, refreshing, awesome
overall a very good DIPA that comes in a 12 oz bottle, although I wish I had several bombers of it right now. Try this beer if you get a chance!

Photo of Durge
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another quality brew discovered at Mikro in Hamden, CT. It shows a clear yellow amber color with a modest white head and decent lacing. The aroma offers a pleasant lemon-pine idea with a bit of apricot wheat in there perhaps. The flavor says big pine and citrus hops with some banana oak. Bright and reasonably drinkable for the style. Slightly cloying, medium plus bodied with modest carbonation. A quality brew with good hop satisfaction.

Photo of DAllspaw
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip. Looks the part, nice bright orange color and head typical of most IIPA. Smell is grapefruit and a bit more orange than typical, not unlike Racer 5.

Taste is what I expected from the style, again getting more orange than typical. Alcohol finish has a slight solvent note to it which keeps me from rating much higher.

Photo of vfgccp
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Apple juice with a thin white head. Nice lace.

S - Mango, apple, dry Riesling.

T - White grapefruit, white grapes, brown sugar, lightly toasted white bread.

M - Very light body - it's walking a tightrope over watery without quite falling in. Sweet, lightly syrupy finish.

D - Fantastic for the 8%

Photo of KYBrewgrass
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- 4.5 Pours a very nice clear golden color with a one finger white head. One thin column of bubbles rises from the stem of the glass, and a wall of micro bubbles laces the edges smoothly. Sticky lacy remains stay throughout.

S- 4.5 Strong hops and a grapefruit citrus dominate the nose. There's a tinge of honey-like sweetness coming from the malts. The smell has my mouth puckering in anticipation.

T- 4.5 Mmm, this is just what I pictured from the aroma... I'm again getting grapefruit and a nice-but-not-overbearing hoppiness. It is mellowed out nicely by the malts as you take it down. Great tasting big IPA.

M- 4.5 This brew has almost a perfect feel to it; it is medium in body and has a great carbonation level that provides a nice smoothness. Just a bit of syrup to it on the finish keeps me from giving it a 5.

D- 4.5 A very nice offering all around. Hop heads: I don't consider myself one yet and I love it. It goes down very easily for its high ABV and is smooth and refreshing. I'd put it close to - if not on par - with Bell's Hopslam. Glad to have Southern Tier in KY now!

Photo of alexkeil
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brillantly clear straw to golden color with a fizzy white head that does last around the edges. The aroma is almost completely citrus and grassy hops. The bitterness is not as high as you would think with such a hoppy aroma; I would say there is a medium bitterness that lasts to the finish which is dry. There is a light alcohol flavor which is blended well with hop flavor and a balanced malt backbone. The mouthfeel is medium-light with medium-high carbonation. There is only a light alcohol warmth with very little astringency. Overall a good example of the American IPA style and a beer that has that textbook Southern Tier hop profile.

Photo of IchabodcraneIpa
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at latitude 42

The color of this one was a bright clear amber color with a nice inch and a half of foam head on top.

The aroma of this IPA was a huge nose of grapefruit and pine.

The taste was very similar to the nose with a huge grapefruit and hop bitterness that is balanced well by the malt backbone that makes itself known after the bitter hops hit your palate.

The mouthfeel of this one was more syrupy and dry.

Overall this one is pretty damn good to me and it was the first in a night of great beer. Very balanced hop flavor on this one, would definitely pick it up again.

Photo of Genuine
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into my Sam Adams Sensory glass. It poured a beautiful mid amber in color, and you can see right through it.

Smell - The aroma from this beer is wonderful. I first pick up that great grapefruit, pine, citrus. The nose is very crisp.

Taste - Exactly just like the nose...this beer definitely does not let you down. This is a very well balance DIPA, between the hops with a strong malt backbone, this beer has quickly become one of my favorite american DIPA's, right next to 90 Minute and Hop Stoopid. Very crisp and citrus/grapefruit flavors coming across my palate, this is a delicious beer.

Mouthfeel - medium and kind of sticky, it's delightful.

Overall - This is one hell of a DIPA, and I could certainly drink the hell out of it. I would never have known it's a 8.2% abv beer. Very Drinkable and I'll be buying more.

Photo of gskitt
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, orange and gold, not the thickest head nice lacing. Smells of flowers! Sweet flowers and pine resins. Some pineapple. Very pleasant tasting. Sweet upfront, moves into a mellow hoppiness at the end. Very pleasant mouthfeel and despite the 8%, this is a very easy drinking beer. I'm impressed.

Photo of edfish
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouerd into a perfect pint glass. Had a nice 1" head with good lacing quickley dissipating to a thin head.
Smell- citrus pine, with a bit of sweetness. smells very good!
Taste- has that great citrus/pine taste with a bit of burnt coffee/malt finishing dry.
Mouthfeel is semi full rich hoppyness with that light coffee malt. very good and complex.
A great Imperial IPA, unique in complexity, love the lacing! And no alchol taste...all flavor!

Photo of nopucophop
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from the bottle in to my Duvel tulip. The hop aroma instantly blew back at me. I knew then this was going to taste great. The copper colored ale was topped with a frothy white head that stayed and stayed. The hops dominate the aroma as they should. There may be just a slight hint of a sweet honey in the way background. The taste is just as it smells. DELISH!!!! This is well balanced with malts but manages to keep the emphasis on hops. Great full bodied ipa with moderate carbonation on the tongue. I would suggest that you give this one a try. If your a hop lover I insist you try this. WORLD CLASS!!!

Photo of argock
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.95.

A: Peachy-amber with nearly white 1-finger head with decent retention and a lot of lacing around the glass.

S: Initialy pungent aromas of citrus, tropical fruit, and pine are most apparent, but, with warming, this fades a great deal to a strong resin with a solvent-alcohol note. Maltiness is mostly pale with a touch of caramel and biscuit.

T: The flavor is initially very hoppy with citrus and tropical fruit flavors, but the overall bitterness and solvent alcohol qualities really put a dent in the pleasant initial hoppiness. The alcohol borders on astrigent. The maltiness doesn't really stand up very well to the other components and really lays down and allows some of the not-so-good qualities come through more than they should.

M: The feel is not heavy but clean and crisp. Body is not more than medium, and many IPAs are more coating than this brew. Carbonation is medium as well which adds to the crisp, clean character.

D: Not a bad beer, but this one doesn't really add up as well as it should -- the first impression is very favorable, but the less solid qualities put a damper on the brew. I think aiming for a more balanced, malty DIPA wold be a good direction for this beer with a bigger dose of malts, especially those that provide caramel flavors.

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: floral, citrus, malts, hops

taste: hops, sweet malts, bitter dry finish

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body, crisp

drinkability: a very nice IPA from these guys. I enjoy everything southern tier is doing up in new york.


Photo of sirdillon
3.05/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass, not dated as far as I can tell.

Appearance - Very clear light orange/yellow, small one finger white head that dissipates partially rather quickly. I like my ipas hazy. 3/5

Smell - Reminds me a bit of HOTD Blue Dot. Mostly citrus and pineapple, with a good amount of sweetness. Not getting any pine. 4/5

Taste- Some hops and somewhat lightly toasted malt flavors coming out in the beginning, finishing with straight up hop bitterness and astringency. There's some pine in the taste.

Mouthfeel- Carbonation is right on I'd say, and it's a good consistency, but it's very drying and astringent. Not exactly refreshing.

Drinkability- The ABV is undetectable, but the astringency is a bit annoying. 2.5/5

Photo of n2185
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a yellow-gold with two fingers of white head which recedes into a thin film with decent lacing.

S: Smells of pineapple and grapefruit up front followed by some malty sweetness and a touch of pine.

T: Some grapefruit up front followed by a blast of grassy hops. There is a bit of an herbal character there as well, and the finish has some resiny pine to it. The beer is a bit bitter as well, though not extremely so.

M: Medium body and carbonation, though there is a slight oily quality to it and the bitterness lingers around a bit too long.

D: Goes down pretty smoothly, though the lingering bitterness hurts it. Overall, definitely the best and hoppiest beer Southern Tier makes, far better than their Unearthly beers. And for $9-10 for a sixer, it's a great deal and outstrips many more expensive representations.

Photo of AdamBear
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-very golden with a good off white head. has a good lacing that stays

S-mmm smells like nice sweet hops! wow i'm excited to taste this. I pick up some fresh grass notes as well. its a fairly strong scent

T-well the taste is more of a let down. it comes in with sweet bitter malts but there's a large lack of hops. there's some honey in there as well. the after-taste is mostly just bitter with some grassy hops. its really not a great IPA in my opinion. to explain the lack of hops, it could've been an older bottle, but with no bottling dates, i'll never know.

M-good medium carbonation with a dry and bitter finish

D-although i'm not a huge fan, it is definitely an easy drinker. it certainly does not fill my hops quota though. i'm sure i'll have some again some time.

Photo of addmorehops
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I feel late to the party on this one and I want to call Hugh Sisson at Clipper City to let him know ST is brewing a Loose Cannon. He probably knows and is flattered. This is a great hophead's addition to the ST lineup. Body is friendly, not "unearthly" with nice ramping of flavor, malt pushed back thanks, light honey sweetness, solid hop finish.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a golden yellow color with good carbonation and a nice white cap

S: Smell is citrus, some toasted notes, corn even?

T: Citrus, floral, caramel and some lightly toasted notes, sweet and even some corn

M: Thinner than I expected, nice crispness, light to medium body

D: Booze is light, body is thin but taste is average

Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright orange with minimal carbonation and head.

S - Lots of citrus, grapefruit and orange peel. Nice bit of pine and flower mixed in there as well. A very good smelling beer.

T - Good blend of pine and fruit. That grapefruit scent comes right through in the taste, also a good amount of floral. Not much to balance out the hops in this, but not strange for a DIPA.

M - Not a lot of carbonation to speak of. Mouthfeel is light, but decent.

D - I found it very drinkable for how high the ABV, goes down very smooth. Not exceptional, but solid.

Photo of mtstatebeer
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, served in a tulip glass. Pours a crystal clear golden color with a good, foamy, off-white head, good lacing. Aroma is pale malts, grass, pine, and citrus. Flavor is caramel, orange and grapefruit, resin and pine, and wood. Mouthfeel is medium, with a bitter and slightly dry finish. Good beer, very nice balance.

Photo of sweetwaterman
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(6 pack purchased ~Feb 2011)

Appearance: clear amber, moderate head that persists a good while

Smell: very hoppy, tart citrus, limes, lemongrass, not overpowering

Taste: hops, bright lemon-lime, no real malt notes, moderate finish of hop resin.

Mouthfeel: Clean, non-viscous

Drinkability: Quite refreshing and not overpowering for a Double IPA.

Recommended. An excellent non-extreme DIPA in my opinion.

Photo of ItsTheLimit
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Southern Tier pint glass, just because I could.

A.) This pours a pale golden color, slight hop haze, nothing too impressive. Decent sized white head that dies out pretty fast. Some lacing sticks around on the top of the glass.

S.) Pretty awesome smell. Lots of hops up front and some nice citrus apparent too. No trace of the alcohol, despite it's 8.2% ABV.

T.) Wow, surprisingly balanced, especially because I don't generally consider IPAs and DIPAs to be Southern Tier's strongest style. Sweet, but not syrupy and a nice hop bitterness, too. Hides the alcohol well and finishes leaving me ready for another sip.

M.) This is well-crafted, medium bodied DIPA. Very solid, and refreshing.

D.) Though I've had more complex and well... better, beers in the style, this is a good beer and very easy to drink. It's better than most of it's competition in the same price point and superior to some that are considerably more expensive.

I ended up liking this beer a lot more than I thought I would. Give it a shot if you see it.

Photo of aubuc1
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with no discernable date poured into a goblet.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a nice white sticky looking head.

Smell is citrus and sweet pine.

Taste is very good orangey, biscuity, and lightly bitter. The hops have more of a citrus affect than bittering. Very interesting.

Mouthfeel is good, but a very well crafted beer that is very drinkable.

2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,897 ratings.