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2XIPA - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,007
Reviews: 1,004
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
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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 ckollias
4.07/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of cyrenaica
3.41/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Photo of chicagoabbot
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
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).

Photo of MattyV
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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.

Photo of
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of thegodfather2701
2.6/5  rDev -35.5%
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.

Photo of Digimaika2
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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.

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of Heischman
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer/Brewery - Southern Tier 2XIPA/Southern Tier
City/State- Lakewood, New York
STYLE – American Double / Imperial IPA
ABV – 8.2%
IBU – Unknown
DATE – 17 JUN 2011
SERVING TYPE – 12 ox Bottle
GLASSWARE – Short Pilsner
APPEARANCE – Clear yellow with a nice stream of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass, although there is not a very good head on the beer just a thin layer across the top
AROMA- I do not even need to bring the glass to my nose I can smell the hops already. Nice hop smell with a sweet grapefruit as well.
TASTE – Very mild in the beginning but a hit of grapefruit on the after note. No linger after taste though.
MOUTHFEEL – Very light on the tongue and a nice carbonation that linger for about 45 seconds after each sip.
CONCLUSION – I would have to say out of all the IPAs I have tried this week (It has been IPA week for me) this is by far me favorite. Not to hoppy but enough to let you know it is there.

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

355 ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy light orange with one finger of eggshell head which does not retain; minimal lacing.

S: Smells of citrus, pine, a bit of tropical fruit; not a huge nose but quite nice.

T: Not one of the more palate shredding DIPAs but I find this really well balanced: the malts and hops really complement each other.

M: Light for a DIPA: I'd say medium body. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel with suitable carbonation.

D: Drinkability is scarily high; alcohol is nowhere to be found.

Photo of Swedes21
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - straw coloured hazy beer, unable to see through it. very nice white head, dissipates quickly to some nice island foam. there is a little lacing. some real good carbonation levels.

Smell - I got pine, hops, malts, caramel and some nice citrus tones. very well balanced and all good smells, nothing too overbearing.

Taste - oh wow, talk about an awesome tasting beer. the hops and pine take charge followed by some nice malts. the citrus kicks in and finishes with a nice caramel taste. this is an amazing tasting beer.

Mouthfeel - take the taste, add a little enhancement to each flavour and you got the mouthfeel, very filling, good levels, awesome.

Overall - I truly enjoyed this beer and even happier i picked it up in my own backyard. thanks to the lcbo summer collection, this beer will now be stocked on my shelf all summer long (i hope!)!

Photo of Stocean1
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured a one finger head into a tulip - quickly subsided to a fine creamy line around the glass that remained throughout - cloudy pale orange color - marmelade - patchy sticky lacing - fine bubbles

S - bursting with grapefruit - lemongrass - hops - sweet malt - spectacular

T - malt up front - the hops is not as bitter as I expected and is very well balanced - the grapefuit and lemon grows through to the aftertaste - cloves - the alcohol is deceiptfully well masked

M - good carbonation for the style and medium bodied - silky smooth for the style - there is little bitterness for the style - there is only a slight hops spiciness - a wee dry in the finish - the only appearance the 8.2 abv makes is in the warming sensation it provides in my throat and belly

O - first Southern Tier I have been really impressed with - this blows away their Gemini - I quite frankly would be hard pressed to change anything about this brew - I think I am finally starting to get the allure of the Imperial IPA -Why oh why did I just buy one!!!! I am buying 12 on pay day

Photo of WeedKing4
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy slightly clear yellow with a decent amount of head in the sam adams perfect pint glass. Tastes slightly citrusy with a lemony grass like finish. A little suprised by the lemon or grass like finish to it. I expected something similiar to a west coast hop bomb ipa like all the hype this beer got when it came out last summer. For 8.2%, it drinks down very well and its easy to put back. I Just expected a little more from the overall flavour. Not bad though.

Photo of peensteen
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy pale blonde colour, minimal white head , not much retention and not much lace. Smell is hoppy, citrus, mango and light grapefruit, a nice soft malty presence, fairly clean and complex nose. Taste is bursting with citrus and hops, mango and grapefruit battle it out on the palate, really well balanced, lush malt, faint alcohol notes are there, some white grape in the finish and aftertaste, nice subtle bitterness. Mouthfeel has tons of hop oil, tame carbonation, medium to full body, good feel. Great stuff here tasty DIPA that really showcases the hop profile, this is nice and hoppy without having to be over the top bitter, lovely balance. I would welcome this anytime.

Photo of cheffu
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice Cloudy golden colour, medium carbonation. full finger of head that slowly diminishes to a nice lace. Light floral and citrus hop sent, taste citrus and grassy with a bitter Grapefruit finish. Very smooth and soft with medium carbonation. Overall a great IPA

Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance-Golden yellow with a 1 finger off white head. Decent lacing.

Smell-Very floral, some piney hops. Light citrus, grapefruit and lemon. Pretty subtle though, but I like where its goin.

Taste-Not what I was expecting. Very lightly hopped. I get alot of floral notes along with some light grapefruit bitterness and lemon.

Mouthfeel-Smooth and refreshing. Like I said, very subtle flavors so it's easy to drink and feels good drinking. ABV not detectable.

Overall-Not aggressive for a IIPA, but still a good, drinkable beer.

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

Case is dated April 28, 2011, so I guess that is (or is close to) the bottling date. Frustrating that it takes the LCBO a month and half to get it into stores, but what can you do.

Pours a somewhat cloudy pale gold colour, with about two finger widths of white frothy head. Head dissipates quickly to a small remainder that sticks around.

Smell consists of pine, citrus (grapefruit) and some other light fruits around as well. Rather floral.

Taste is good, but not as intense as I would have expected from a DIPA. The grapefruit is strongly present, but the bitterness is only moderate. A distinct pine flavour is present. None of these flavours are as pronounced as would be expected. Further, the alcohol is incredibly well hidden. All of this is to say that it comes across almost as a regular IPA than a DIPA. Still, certainly enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is good- carbonation is moderate to high, but it works well. Beer is medium to full bodied, and feels very good.

Overall. for me, this is an enjoyable beer that was somewhat less exciting than I had hoped. Not as intense as a typical DIPA, but a good beer. The alcohol content is dangerous, as it would be very easy to drink a number of these in a row- it really does not come through.

Photo of surprenant1138
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a snifter a light golden/amber color with approximate 3/4pm creamy white head with sticky lacing. Aroma is of hops, flowers, fresh cut grass, some pine, some spices. Mouthfeel is fairly light, with fair carbonation. Taste is of all the aromas with slightly more spice. Excellent DIPA.

Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.03/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden yellow, slightly hazy.

Citrus and breads with some slight sweet caramel notes. Underwhelming considering the name of the beer.

Again, not what I was expecting, especially considering the other offerings for this brewery. Orange and lemon peel citrus with toast and cereal flavors. Decent bitterness with little balancing malts. Caramel and molasses hide in the background, while the beer takes on a near medicinal flavor. Hints of wheat linger about. Maybe I just got a bad bottle, but this just tasted like an average IPA with more hops.

A bit flat, though not distractingly so.

Really surprised by this one. It wasn't really that bad, but I just was expecting more I guess. Southern Tier still ranks as one of my favorite breweries though.

Photo of aleckpa
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Bell's tulip glass 06/11/11.

A- Light gold color with carbonation streaming from the bottom. I got about a finger's head because I didn't pour it aggressively. It died down shortly after. It is a very clear beer, you can see right through it. Overall great color.

S- I smell a lot of citrusy hops. Like orange, pineapple, mango. It smells fresh, crisp, and clean.

T- It tastes similar to how it smells. It's bitter up front, but by the middle the sweetness of the flavors cleans your palate and it's very good. Nothing is overpowering, and the flavors are balanced perfectly. Tastes bittersweet with orange, pineapple, and mango.

M- Crisp, clean. Good body.

O- I thought this was a well crafted DIPA. It's very drinkable, and you can't taste any alcohol, so be careful! It's also affordable, and that's good for a DIPA. I'd buy this again and again.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store Pub. Pours a very slightly hazy golden with a scant head and pretty nice lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and beguilingly piney. The taste is similar- sweet malt base folowed by a pine slam. Not wxactly balanced, but the malt and pine play off one another nicely. Nice bitterness and very smooth in the mouth. Nice beer.

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2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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