2XIPA - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,848
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 104
Gots: 528 | FT: 5
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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 yourchoice
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- honey/golden color with a very white, thick head. Very nice lacing.
S- Tangerine...what an awesome aroma to pick up on the nose. Some pine as well.
T- Orange, or tangerine with a crisp hop presence. Very nice.
M- Somewhat neutral on the palate. While hoppy, as can be expected, a maltiness is there, which is pleasing.
O- A very good beer...A wonderful example of a DIPA.

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a chalice.

Pours a medium straw to light honey with a nice rocky head that dies to a thick cap and laces nicely.

Aroma opens with phenolic hops, resinous and piny. Thin malt aroma follows, along with an earthy mineral rider.

Flavor opens with slightly sweet malt. Malt is sweet and as a slightly toasty taste, possibly over attenuated. Hops come next and they are nice amarillo earthy flavors with a nice piny bite. Malt comes ack to the front, roasty and full bodied there is a burnt toasty flavor to it. Hops finish a bit floral but more danky and earthy than anything else.

Mouthfeel is medium to thick and the carbonation is prickly and balances the sweetness well.

A god big IPA, but the hops are a bit one dimensional, the malt although over roasted in flavor is what saves this one from being a sweet bomb.

Photo of murraydwertman
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - medium golden amber color with a thin white head that laces and stays
s - light hop and alcohol
t - this is a very balanced beer. it hides its alcohol content extremely well. Tasting it blind, it does have some of the thicker maltier flavors associated with a double, but is more pleasant on the finish and not overly sweet. This is a new go- to-IPA falling somewhere in between a Dogfish 60 and 90.
m - moderate carbonation and buttery body that rolls on the tongue
d - certainly a second could be on order

Photo of theo871
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into perfect pint. No freshness date to be found (booo!)

A - pours a clear light golden color with a thin white head that leaves a healthy amount of lacing on the glass.

S - Fruity, floral, hints of pine. Smells pretty damn good.

T - Nice balance of sweetness and bitterness. A nice malt profile with a dry hop finish.

M - Light carbonation, lingering oils from the hops.

D - Unbelievably smooth for such a high ABV. While not a true Imperial IPA, there is a lot going on with the flavor profile of this beer. I suspect my bottle is on the old side, and would love to try a fresh bottle to compare.

Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of grapefruit and pine resin hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has citrusy and piney tastes along with a moderate amount of hop bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The alcohol is relatively well masked from the taste so it isn't that difficult to drink considering its strength.

Photo of mindlucent2007
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Photo of daledeee
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Janderson91
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of dellert2332
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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

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.

Photo of chilly460
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Neecee513
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of mbusster88
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Thickfreakness
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of RyanWo
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of dlmccabe1
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of 9InchNails
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of kalkavekkian
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of ms11781
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of clickpush
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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).

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

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.

2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,848 ratings.