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2XIPA - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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1,002 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,002
Hads: 4,207
Avg: 4
pDev: 23.5%
Wants: 134
Gots: 896 | 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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Reviews: 1,002 | Hads: 4,207
Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%

Pours a bright gold with a thin head that trailed the glass. The smell was overloaded with hop scents of citrus and herb. The taste was a powerful punch of different hops that added grapefruit, lemon, as well as some pine flavors. I thought it was great and I think so would most hop heads. A clean finish made this one a great beer and I would highly recommend trying it if you haven't yet.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

Surprising excellence for a beer of so little fanfare. Definitely has my preferred flavor profile and ratio of bitter to sweet, though not my preferred hop character (the grapefruit-rind bitterness isn't ideal). Wife loves it.

Note to self: great beer for a party, if a little strong.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

2Xipa pours a nice big golden color with a big lacing head. There is a very big and bold hoppy and malty aroma. The taste is big, very malty, with big hop flavors coming through too. Nice body and flavors. Overall its a bit too malty, and the hop flavor has a strange fit.

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Photo of leantom
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been wanting to try this beer for a long time. Had it on tap. Here goes:

A: Just OK. While there is a very adequate head, while the beer leaves a ton of lacing, and while there's a lot of carbonation (and I mean a lot - beer was bubbling until complete consumption), the beer has a straw-yellow color that resembles an American adjunct lager.

S: Very mild for a DIPA. Has citrus and mango (indicating citra hops), but the malt is not apparent. Wish they would've upped the scents.

T: Much better than the smell. Tropical mango, grapefruit and citrus - the beer has a very floral presence. The only drawback is the lack of malt character, which is surprising given how alcoholic this beer is. In conclusion, while there are a lot of hops, the beer is somewhat lacking in the malt department.

M: Great carbonation. Very full-bodied despite appearance.

O: Great beer but some drawbacks. Only for hopheads.

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Photo of chriskocis
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Great every day beer. Easy drinking. Wonderful flavor. Drinks like a session I PA with the kick of a double.. I love this ale. I'm sitting at a bar with 20 taps, and this is my number 1 choice.

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Photo of Marisol820
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

It pours a dark hazy yellow with a smaller head. It has a light aroma of bitter citrus that you can really only smell when you put your nose to the glass. It is very bitter and hoppy. There are light floral and citrus flavors present.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

A: 4.25 - Slightly hazy bright gold with a three quarters inch head.
S: 3.25 - Very disappointing aroma, almost non-existent. I sniffed the bottle, put my nose right near the beer, all I get is a very faint sweet citrusness.
T: 3.75 - Fortunately, the flavor is better, with a fair amount of citrusy, floral hop flavor, though many double IPAs have far more. Bitterness is quite high. Malt is clean but adds a little sweetness.
M: 3.75 - Decent body, well-carbonated, with a spritzy feel.
O: 3.75 - Not bad per se, but there are many better examples with loads more flavor and smell.

Weighting (percentages): 20, 20, 40, 5, 15. Avg: 3.75

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Photo of Act25
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%

Raw, wonderful, DIPA.

Pours clear, laces and lasts well.
Aromatic, hoppy, resin, grassy, onion, pine. Flowery.
Not too sweet. Good body. Killer IPA.

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Photo of 57md
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%

Appearance is a hazy straw color with a half finger of head that quickly dissipated down to a film of foam on top of the liquid. The nose is mildly hoppy. The flavor is definitely hoppier than the nose – it’s the malt flavor that comes up a bit shy.

This is a reasonably well done effort.

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Photo of JeffONeal
4.8/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is the IPA that I compair all other IPA's too. Pours a nice pale golden color with hints of red. Nice head and great lacing. Wonderful florral smells. Starts with a nice breaddy grain front end then burst with great floral and fruit flavors followed by a perfect bitter finish.

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Photo of slym
2.88/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

While still better than the majority of mass-produces beer, this is a representation of the style I am not fond of. It's all hops with just a bit of malt sweetness before the hops take over.

Pine-y resins of hops comes through on the pour, with a pale wheat-straw colour giving up a decent-sized head that dissipated quickly, leaving very little lacing. The taste was as I described above - you get a malty sweetness on the tongue that quickly gives way to the 4 varieties of hops used in this brew. This BA cannot taste any hidden notes of fruits. Finish is very dry & bitter, and this lingers for quite a while on the palate. Mouthfeel is decent, a little thick & with good carbonation.

Overall, not a favourite of mine.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle picked up in Port Huron; bottled March 6 2014. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a beautiful, clear golden-blonde colour with nice effervescence. A continuous swarm of bubbles lazily floats its way to the surface, reinforcing the half-inch of lumpy, frothy white head seated there. A nice-looking pale ale, with an enticing aroma that is typical of this style - lots of resiny pine, grapefruit and lemon citrus alongside milder notes of pineapple and caramel malts. Slightly floral; a nice bouquet, overall.

Full-flavoured and reasonably balanced for the style; this is a quality strong IPA if there ever was one. Doughy malts and caramel sweetness provide a backbone, upon which the hops capably strut their stuff. Their flavour is quite resiny and piney, with grapefruit pith, pineapple and a vaguely onion-like note coming through near the finish. Some lingering resiny bitterness in the finish, but not particularly long-lasted. Medium-bodied, perhaps a little on the viscous side of that category, with a smooth feel and restrained carbonation levels. The mouthfeel may just be the highlight of this beer for me; it's just unbelievably easy-drinking for how strong it is.

Final Grade: 4.33, an excellent A grade. Southern Tier's 2XIPA is one of the best 'lighter' examples of this style I have ever had the pleasure of trying. While I could see the hop profile rubbing some people the wrong way (onion/garlic is not something you really expect in a beer), in my eyes it blends quite nicely with the other hop notes and slight alcohol flavour. A fabulous beer that I hope to return to eventually, since it is not available in my home market.

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Photo of droomyster
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy light copper body with a small white head with excellent retention. Laces the glass beautifully. Aromas are pleasantly floral and resinous with a distant whiff of pineapple. Just a had a KAPOW! This beer fires on all cylinders. So well rounded: initially sweet with caramel and a hint of cotton candy before a big orange peel and piney hops balance them out in the middle. A tangy pineapple and bitter orange zest linger long on the finish. Medium to full bodied, as befits a beer of such potency and strength of flavor. An outstanding double IPA.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear; copper; 1 finger egg shell head that receded quickly; beautiful lacing;

S: very restrained; a bit of tropical fruit if you search for it;

T: pine with tropical fruit; sweeter at mid-palate, then moderately bitter on finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: couldn't get any scent and that kept it from being outstanding; mice flavor; always happy to drink this;

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Photo of atr2605
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-pours a clear yellow color with a foamy white head with excellent retention
S-pine, grapefruit, peaches, oranges, faint malt in the background
T-resiny pine bitterness dominates with the citrus lingering in the background and mixes with the biscuity malt backbone
M-medium bodied with average carbonation
O-Very tasty and well balanced double IPA that packs a punch while remaining very drinkable. Great beer

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy yellow orange beer with short tight head that fades quickly to a film and extensive lacing.

S - Solid nose of pine, grapefruit citrus, floral notes, with a mild honeyed element, presumably from the malt.

T - Stronger honey couples with a hint of lemon and a certain medicinal element. Another IPA that reminds me of a honey lemon throat lozenge, not that that is a bad thing. This is a pretty delicious brew. Middle comes with some bitterness, and that runs through the close. At the end, the honey comes back, offering a touch of sweetness.

M - Mild carbonation means the bitterness and hop oils hang around. Not a sign of the serious alcohol, though, which is a significant accomplishment.

O - This is a solid double IPA, with bright flavors. An added benefit is this quite drinkable for a DIPA. I will pick this one up again, I suspect.

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Photo of Mjlarson84
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Solid, well balanced and not citrus-y. It does not seem to be a full imperial ipa though. It's not on the level with other imperials like dogfish head 90 min or Greenbush brother Benjamin. But it's $10 a six pack, not $12 for a four pack. Overall, 2XIPA is a good go to well hopped ipa.

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Photo of IPAGOD
1.85/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Cannot understand how this is a double IPA! On what standard?! It's more like an 8.2% lite beer than a double IPA. Where's the hops?? Light in color with a very light mouth feel. Light frothy head. Clarity indicates it's. Filtered IPA. THIS IS NOT GOOD. I'm stuck with a 5 gallon keg based upon a friends recommendation. Great.

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Photo of MacAuthur
1.7/5  rDev -57.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

If this beer were a glass of wine, it would be a White Zinfandel. It would be ordered by a girl in a leopard skin tight dress from New Jersey. Sorry to offend anyone but this is awful. I'm shocked it's getting high scores from so many people. Maybe since I have had a Real IPA, then this beer is very disappointing.

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Photo of Soren
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a pretty delicious double IPA, delicious grapefruit hops, but has very little foam when poured, hence is a bit too light for my taste. However, it does have a crisp finish. One of my favorite beers, but it would be perfect if it was a little fuller.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter.
Pours a surprisingly light amber with half an inch of head. Color was way light.
Smells very light as well, good malt sweetness with mild hop aromas in background.
Tastes like a mild west coast IPA. Not a ton of hop flavor, a lot of malt.
Mouthfeel was good.
Overall, it was good. No off flavors, but not what I'm looking for.

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Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A - Pours a clear golden straw color with 2 fingers of off white head.

S - This has a great tropical fruity smell of grapefruit and orange. Bitter grapefruit hops and sweet caramel malt are apparent.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, with grapefruit hops at the forefront. These are followed by orange and other citrus fruits and rounded off by a good caramel malty sweetness. The bitterness is moderate, which combined with the tropical sweetness makes for a well-balanced brew.

M - Thin-to-moderate body with moderate carbonation. I would have liked this to be a bit thicker but it was still a great beer. Feels a bit sticky and the alcohol is well hidden.

O - I was pleasantly surprised by this one. This is a great DIPA that has flown under my radar for a while, and I will certainly be getting this again.

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Photo of RobbDogg
3.27/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pretty average. Thin head that quickly disappears. Slightly cloudy straw color. Very little fruit or hop presence. A little malt, a little grain, and a little bitter. Maybe a little clove? Really not much going on for a beer getting a 4+ rating on BA. I expected much more. Next please.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.21/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 1-16-14, so there is that to consider.

Not really a lot going on here, my peeps. And when I say, "not a lot," I almost mean nothing at all. Woo Doggy. This sucker has decent reviews so Raul is assuming that this bad boi spoils quicker than a big stick in the sun. Minimal aroma, like walking down the citrus aisle at the .99 cent store - yeah, not much. Taste? Where? Been missing longer than Amelia Earhart...

Of course the main man would like to get his 2x on fresh, but as for now it's a pass.

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Photo of EdwardK77
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Ample head that quickly dissipated but left solid lacing. Clear yellow gold in in color. Nice effervescence continues, very lively.

S- I'm not sensing any overwhelming scents but what is there is pleasant.

T- I am rapidly plowing through the first glass from the growler, usually a good sign as far as taste is concerned. Definitely a conformist to the DIPA game plan but enjoyable because of it. No off notes, just another easy drinking DIPA.

M- Not getting the stickiness that I get from some DIPA's but it's smooth and straightforward.

O- I'm glad I picked this DIPA up, I'm blessed with a beverage store that rotates their growler taps and I'm trying to drink as many different beers as I can. This particular DIPA didn't launch past others I've tried but it held its own.

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2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,002 ratings.