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2XIPA - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,952
Reviews: 989
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 118
Gots: 623 | FT: 4
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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 nickshep7
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden base with a 2 fingers of white head that fades quirky to a nice thin layer of lace (poured vigorously). Smell is nice, but very sweet - sweet malts, honey, more honey, and touch of tropical fruits, mostly dried pinnaple. Sweet taste with nice mouthfeel. The honey dominates at first, but the hops come though on the mid palate. Overall a good brew when fresh at a great price point.

Photo of nc41
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really a surprise brew, I've had Unearthly and it's decent stuff. Nice and fruity, lots of citrus. fairly light for a DIPA, but I like that it's not over the top sweet. Never read a bio but it does taste like they use a little honey in this one. Really a very nice DIPA that won't dissappoint, and it's not really expensive. Really worth a shot.

Photo of wedge
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold with a thin, soapy white sheet on top. Sweet juicy tangerine and pineapple nose - lemon zest and peach. Sweet pale malt, sticky floral, juicy hops. Pear, grapefruit, and lemon with a certain herbalness and a touch of resinous pine. Oily, medium body. Fruity and zesty...solid.

Photo of edonovan0
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Transparent golden yellow, with a slight amber tinge. Head is big and fluffy. This has great retention. Could stare at that head all night. Not a true DIPA look, but still good. Doesn't have the huge hop aromas that other Southern Tier DIPA, and DIPA's in general have. Much more subtle,with a good malt presence. Smells really well balanced. Taste is the same. No huge hop kick, incredibly well balanced. You still get the hop bitterness, but not DIPA bitterness.

Really nice. Definitely the most balanced DIPA I've had in my short craft beer journey. Will definitely get this again.

Photo of Lemke10
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a single bottle of this from Woodman's in Menomonee Falls, WI for about $1.50 in early fall 2010.

Pours a nice clear amber/copper color with little froth on top that lingers on top. The scent does scream IPA but it does have a dryness to it with a slight hops scent. The taste is bold and full of flavor. Very crisp and the bitterness is perfect. Very slight hints of wheat and citrus. I was slightly afraid that this would be too bitter for me but it wasn't. May not be the best beer ever made, but it's definetly an "A" quality beer.

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

A- Pours a golden color with a one finger head that leaves good lacing.

S- Smell is nice with good hop characteristics including some citrus and grassy notes.

T- I got the hops right up front with some nice citrus, pine and grassy notes. It is balanced on the end with some sweetness from the malts.

M- The feel is light to medium and very refreshing.

O- This is a solid DIPA with really nice hop characteristics that is balanced nicely with some sweet malts.

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

Southern Tier 2XIPA, 64-oz growler filled at Whole Foods Bowery for $9.95

Appearance: Served in my Sierra snifter, 2XIPA pours clear and free-flowing like a pristine creek in a remote, barely explored forest, producing a snow-white and bubbly head that leaves some thick lacing. Color is an unctuous honey-amber, translucent and shiny like a multi-faceted diamond. This brew has the looks of a Belgian pale ale like Leffe.

Smell: There is pine and resin for sure, also honey and sugar and a nice overall sweetness that entices the senses. Citrus, pomelo, blended orange juice.

Taste: Follows nose, with more bright citrus and honeyed sweetness. Some caramel and a touch of malt. Just rightly hoppy, never overbearing or puckering.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, flavor and carbonation. This might come across as a little thin for a Double IPA, but I think 2XIPA is more of a “magnified” IPA. Dry, slightly sticky/oily and resiny finish. Very crisp, light in a good way, just so fresh and enjoyable!

Overall: When fresh, this DIPA is outrageous. But, as some reviewers have noticed, it does fade quickly. A growler won’t last long- it literally dies while sitting on the glass! Out of the bottle is very good too, though. Well balanced, delicious. Alcohol is not a problem at first, but it soon catches up and hits.

Photo of Reaper16
3.59/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served on-tap at Flying Saucer, Kansas City, MO, into a tulip glass

Pours a typical orangeish color that so many beers of this style are. It's a little bit lighter than that, I guess; some yellow shows up around the edges. Minimal white head, adequate lacing.

Nice nose; it isn't nearly as malty as I expected (given Southern Tier's other, malt-heavy, IIPAs). Oranges and nectarines scream up out of the glass. Pine resin and Pine-Sol bring up the rear. Maybe even some white grapes opening up as the beer warms. It's straightforward but intense.

The taste doesn't quite follow through on the intensity of the nose. Some light, clean malt flavors make for a flimsy skeleton as the hop bitterness does its own thing. Pine-Sol for days, oranges too. Lots and lots of top-end bitterness. While I am fine with the degree of bitterness here, I feel that it somewhat compromises the other flavors that could be here. 2xIPA seems to be going for tons of bitterness rather than a cohesive flavor profile. Still, this is above average for the style simply because it isn't malty.

The mouthfeel could use a little bit of work. I'm scoring it a 3.5 just because the carbonation level is on-point. The thickness of the body, especially on the finish, is not something I'm very fond of, however.

Overall, this is not the Pliny competitor that some think it is. It's a bit too one-note to compete in that realm. It tastes pretty good, but it wears thin quickly.

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

Golden and a nice yellow, very thick white head. High carbonation. I get grapefruit, pine,and little bit of a mustiness. The taste is full of grapefruit, mangoes, citrus, with a solid bitter end to it. Does it stand out from the pack? Not really. But this beer is an extremely drinakble and solid IPA. Reccomend.

Photo of beerandcycling88
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A pours an amber color with a white head that has decent retention

S the nose has aromas of pine, and sweet citrus.

T in this one you get some pine from the hops with a buttery flavor on the finish. Very well balanceed between hops and malt.

M carbonation is good, and has a solid body.

overall southern tier did well on this one creating a nice well balenced double ipa which does not overpower you with hops yet still has a nice hop profile. Possibly my new go to ipa.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at The Cask Republic in New Haven, Conn.

A: Deep, golden amber color under a thin veil of sudsy white foam. Retention is decent and clarity on this brew is fine; slight chilled haze.

S: Floral, citrusy and pine needle hops tingle in the aroma which is a little more rounded and fruity rather than an onslaught of hop resins. That said, still a bit skunky and delightfully hopped out.

T: Well-rounded, buttery biscuit flavor hits the palate first, leading into a juicy malt center showing hints of spiced, tropical fruits and grassy hops. The hops come on strong at first, with bitter tangerine rind and herbal, leafy flavors. Things balance out nicely, though, and the finish is bittersweet, fairly clean and without a trace of high alcohol.

M: Medium-full bodied, smooth and well-balanced. Not too sticky in the hop department which is a plus for a higher ABV DIPA.

O: A nicely balanced imperial IPA topping out just over 8% ABV. There's a lot to like in the malt bill on 2xIPA, especially if you like a bit of buttery diacetyl with your hops. Hops seem a bit stepped on in areas where you'd hope they'd punch your tongue, but there's something to be said for modesty and achieving a balance. Very good stuff, I'd surely pick up a bomber.

Photo of dejrrma
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow, and has about an inch of head. Great lacing. It smells sweet and tastes of citrus fruits with lots of intense hops coming through. It tastes hoppy, citrusy, and light. It has a nice caramel-like malt taste. The mouthfeel and carbonation are closer to that of an IPA, but great overall. Bitter at first, but it subsides gradually, making this a very drinkable beer. Dry finish. The above 8% ABV alcohol is hidden very well. Awesome beer at a great price (8.99 for a 6 pack).

Photo of jerskine
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: not quite as dark as most other DIPAs; quarter inch of foam when poured from a 12 oz bottle; lots of lacing and lots of microbubbles

S: bursts of floral scents and hops with a sweet cake-like scent

T: not quite the intense hop flavor that most DIPAs have; however, this beer is very well balanced and can be enjoyed by hop-head and normal beer enthusiast alike; it hits you first with some hoppy citrus and goes down with a malty, caramel aftertaste

M: nicely carbonated, goes down smooth, and doesn't really leave you with that sticky hop feeling that most other DIPAs leave

O: This beer is extremely well balanced. If you're a fan of hoppy beers but aren't one to usually go for DIPAs, give this one a try.

Photo of martincm
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Very pale for a Double with a thin head, but all of the bubbles are nice to look at.

S- Very fresh, similar to a fresh/wet hop smell.

T- More refreshing than other doubles, but lacking something that takes it over the top. But then again, this isn't supposed to be an over the top beer.

M- Nice and drinkable. I love all of the bubbly that this guy is packing.

O- For the price and the drinkability, this beer was solid. I could hammer this back, which could be bad....

Photo of dgilks
3.09/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hop hazed, pale golden colour with a moderate sized white head. Good head retention and nice lacing.

Where is the aroma? There is a bit of pine, some mild lemon notes and then lots of dry malt. For an IPA, yet alone a double IPA, this is a disappointment.

Malty in a clean yet subtly sweet way. Mild bitterness. Slightly tea like with a mild resinous hop character. Nothing like a hoppy beer should be. Not bad, but not at all as described.

Medium body with moderate to moderately-low carbonation. Smooth and silky. Delightful.

A beer with lots of promise. The appearance and mouthfeel are very, very good and the way the alcohol is hidden is impressive. All this needs is some hops - and lots of them.

Photo of teromous
3.08/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: It's crystal clear with a nice medium amber color. The head is pretty minimal and it looks pretty light on carbonation.

S: It has a bit of citrus and a little pine in the hop character. I can smell the malt a bit. It's a pretty mellow scent though, and really not what I expected from a 2XIPA...it should have 2x the scent!

T: It's pretty mellow. I honestly can't believe this is 8.2%abv...it's amazing how well they can hide it in this light bodied beer. The hop bitterness is pretty low...seems more in line with a standard IPA. There isn't much hop character other than standard bitterness.

M: The mouthfeel is played back a bit too much. This is probably the carbonation because it doesn't have enough *zing* to it. The bitterness is nice. Overall it's about average for an IPA...

O: Overall it's a good beer. I really like it as an IPA and I guess you could call it imperial by the alcohol volume. I would have liked more hop aroma and some non-bittering hop flavor. I didn't get the citrus hop flavor I smelled. I would drink it again, mostly because it's one of the few ST IPAs that I can get in a regular sized bottle...and it has a decent price tag. It's not my favorite of their IPAs though.

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

This beer has a lot of interesting qualities, combined in an unusual way. It's not as hop-forward as you expect from an IPA, certainly not as alcoholic as you expect from a *double* IPA, and the carbonation is also relatively low for the style, though delightfully silky. There's plenty of hops flavor to dig into, however. Piney, yes. Floral, definitely—like drinking hops infused rose pedals. It's also a tad buttery. As I said, unusual, but quite likable, and quite drinkable. Three left in the sixer, and they may just get finished tonight. ;)

Photo of Arknot
4.84/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is really an amazing beer!
But I wouldn’t call it a double IPA.
When I think double IPA, I think big and hoppy with a high abv and lots of flavor.
This beer has everything down just perfect, but its surprisingly not bitter.
Its pretty amazing how much hop flavor you get out of this beer. The citrus/pine/floral flavor is all over this beer, yet somehow its not very bitter. Its almost un-IPA like.
Flavor , texture, color, abv, and smell are all that of a nice strong IPA, but the taste is so easy going that it feels more like a strong pale ale. Even the 8.2 abv is perfectly hidden. The mouthfeel is perfectly smooth, and every sip leaves a dry only slightly bitter finish.

My only actual problem with this beer from an enjoyment standpoint is its lack of head.
I leaves great lacing, and a light cream on top of the beer the whole way through, but the head itself was very weak. Even a straight dump into a pint glass fails to foam off the rim.
Even with this beers identity problem and lack of strong head I still love it.
This beer goes down pretty quick, and I wouldn’t call it much of a sipper.
If you enjoy the true taste of American hops (even without the bitterness), and want a crisp, clean, extremely fresh tasting pale ale, I highly suggest you try Southern Tier 2XIPA.

Photo of OddNotion
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my DFH Signature Glass.

Appearance: Relatively gentle pour provides a transparent golden body with no real head. Lacing around the sides.

Smell: Citrusy and floral hops. Sweet malt. This smell can get quite addicting.

Taste: Oh so citrusy! The malt backbone is present but the hops really do take the front seat here. A little bit of booze is detectable, but it really is not overpowering. Not too bitter, though the bitterness is there.

Mouthfeel: To style, nice carbonation, light to medium body.

Overall: Very good beer. I enjoy this, though there are a few others for the price that I prefer. I would recommend it to others.

Photo of ReelBigwigFish
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

purchased 6 pack, no freshness date on bottle, poured into chalice glass:

a: Pale amber color, decent off white head that dissipated and left a film of foam on the surface, some patchy lacing on the sides. This beer is extremely clear looking; they must've really gotten into that irish moss for this one.

s: smells wonderful, perfectly hoppy in every way; floral, fruity, citrusy, herbal, piney, spicy. Followed by traces of bready malts, this beer says "I'm going to taste f**king delicious!"

t: sweet hoppy flavors hit the palette first, followed by a bitter dry hop flavor. The malt flavor is suppressed quite a bit by the hops, but a bready biscuity flavor lingers and holds on for dear life, hoping that it even be noticed. (I really got into that line, I know, ha)

m/o: mouthfeel is good, nothing making me say it's THE BEST, but it is damn drinkable for a dipa! These are my favorite imperials: the ones that are incredibly hoppy, but still maintain drinkability to the fullest extent, and aren't overly bitter. This beer truly was a surprise; I seem to have worked my way on the southern tier totem pole starting at the wrong point. I started with gemini ($9/22oz) and was somewhat disappointed for the price, then I got the oaked unearthly ($8/22oz) which was much better, in fact, great, but still so pricey. But lo and behold the southern tier 2xIPA for ($10.5/72oz) is my favorite! Do yourself a favor and buy this beer before splurging on a bomber, or maybe even the regular southern tier IPA.

Photo of engagechad
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single purchased from Wine and Beer Westpark in Glen Allen, VA - dfh snifter

Pours a yellow amber with perfect head and an awesome nose. big hop presence in the nose here. Great IPA and in my opinion the abv is low enough where you could have a few and it would feel great. I loved this beer and I would absolutely buy it again.

Photo of Dan3279
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My uncle brought over a growler of this double ipa for Easter and I was glad he did. I enjoyed the beer poured from the growler into a pint glass. There was a nice one inch head with a great hazy orange body.

You really notice the hops and the grapefruit in the aroma with a small hint of sweetness. The taste was excellent. It is a great balanced beer. The hops and grapefruit hit you first, definitely noticeable but not completely overpowering. The alcohol was balanced in and it didn't seem like it feel like a beer that was 8.2%.

The beer was very enjoyable and easy to drink, infact I finished mine off a little too fast and the growler was nearly empty before it got back into my hands for a second round. I will defiantly be on the look out for this one again and pick up a few if I run across it in the store.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Golden orange with brilliant clarity and a nice crop of off-white foam with moderate retention.

Aroma-Zesty fresh hop bouquet, with notes of pine, grapefruit, lemon, faint tropical fruit, and a light herbal quality. Underneath the hop barrage there are malt notes of bread and light caramel. Slight whiff of alcohol.

Flavor-Smooth with malty bread crust flavors up front, touched by notes of crackers and biscuits. Moderate piney/citrus/herbal green hop flavor steps in before being brushed aside by assertive hop bitterness, which rises to moderately high in the finish. Finish is quite dry as high hop bitterness and alcohol step in for a long lingering aftertaste with slight notes of pine.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate carbonation. Decent alcohol warmth. Hop attack leaves the tongue buzzing and a bit numb, but not unpleasantly so.

This is definitely a good dipa-the aroma and flavor weren't outstanding, but both were good, and the beer was exceptionally smooth. There's a slight hop character near the back end of the flavor that almost strikes me as vegetal/green olive, but I can't quite pin it down. I don't love that piece, but it's not wholly unpleasant, and it doesn't last for very long.

Photo of deadbody
4.76/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle. Nice caramel color, good head, but it receded quickly. smell was good and fruity. but I think the bottle wasn't super fresh. Couldn't find a date stamp, the fruit smell faded quickly. Good hop bite at the start, with a good heavy malt follow. Not hop bite at the end, I think it wasn't as fresh as could be, but since I like IPA's not too bitter I thought it was outstanding.

Mouthfeel was good, overall, I think this was outstanding and I'll likely be buying it again.

Photo of mattkoon
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

the 2xipa is fantastic. The smell is a great complex mash-up of itrus and piney florals. The taste is very crisp and biting. A rich floral and piney citrus flavor is promanant through out. If you like ipa's you won't be dissapointed. This is one of the better ones I've had.

2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,952 ratings.