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2XIPA - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 994
Hads: 4,172
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 134
Gots: 859 | FT: 5
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: 994 | Hads: 4,172
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. (152 characters)

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. (294 characters)

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. (282 characters)

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. (725 characters)

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. (1,661 characters)

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. (560 characters)

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; (385 characters)

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 (410 characters)

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. (861 characters)

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. (287 characters)

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. (335 characters)

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. (315 characters)

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. (257 characters)

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. (365 characters)

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. (870 characters)

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. (286 characters)

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. (506 characters)

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. (784 characters)

Photo of Foyle
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a 3" fluffy white head that recedes slowly with significant lacing. Color is deep golden and mostly clear, but there is a tiny bit of sediment present. Carbonation is heavy.
Aroma: heavy citrus presence -- orange, tangerine, and grapefruit. There is also some mild malt sweetness.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied and sticky with a mostly dry finish.
Flavor: echoes the aroma. The citrus hops are powerful throughout the taste but there is some pleasant malt sweetness in the middle and finish. (506 characters)

Photo of EvoRich
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Southern Tier makes some of my favorite stouts. Have yet to try their IPA until right now. As I write this review is THE first time I'm trying it. Dogfish Head is usually my go-to for IPA's.

Look: Golden yellow, not clear. Has a hazy look to it. About one finger of fluffy head. Leaves good lacing as the beer is drank.

Smell: Flowers, grassy, sweet citrus, hops. Pretty standard for an IPA.

Taste: Grapefruit, somewhat lemony. Definitely has a hoppy finish, but it's not overpowering. I like it that way. One of the better IPA's I've had. This is how I want an IPA to taste.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light-medium bodied. Easy drinking. I'm already half way through the glass in a matter of minutes.

Overall: I'm not really an IPA kind of guy. I like some, but I've had a lot of highly regarded IPA's that I absolutely hated. I don't review them because I feel in order to review a beer, I need to get through a full glass. And some IPA's, I just can't. They taste like I'm drinking soap. But the 2XIPA isn't that way. It has a nice sweet blend to ease the bitter hops. It rivals DFH 90 minute. I would definitely drink more 2XIPA, and may go down as one of the great IPA's, as far as I'm concerned. (1,201 characters)

Photo of bryanbullock
3.66/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour a extremely light golden hue with solid effervescence and bubbling carbonation. The light color was worrisome that it would lack flavor. Strong aroma of pine and bitter floral hops. Taste was better than the appearance indicated, smooth with good carbonation. Tastes of caramel and malt with balanced hops. This was a good beer. (333 characters)

Photo of VanStrokin
4.46/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great gold and copper color. Good foam when poured. The smell of the hops and the malts are very distinct. Great. The taste is very hoppy at first with that long lasting aftertaste. Very bubbling which quickly dissipates, leaving that good bitter taste on the tongue. Overall is a great IPA. Will be buying this again. (318 characters)

Photo of sorryifyoudont
4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Wonderful golden/light amber pour with a nice frothy head. Smell is hoppy but not super strong. Taste confused me at first, being an imperial ipa I expected a strong spicy hop taste but it was a very smooth finish almost a malty presence. Southern tier never disappoints and every should give this beer a chance. (312 characters)

Photo of exposd
1.9/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

By just looking at this beer poured in a glass it looks more like a light domestic than an DIPA and it definitely doesn't taste like a x2 either. The only real taste that stands out to me is the taste of alcohol... This brew leaves me searching for more depth in flavor and that's for sure where it's lacking. Glad I only have one 12oz. bottle and not a 6 pack to drink. (370 characters)

Photo of ThePaintedGrey
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle poured into imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a clear, pristine gold... Odd, I thought I was drinking an DIPA? This doesn't even look like a regular IPA... The only thing that sets this apart from fizzy, gold adult soda is the two-finger fluffy head that eventually dissipates to a creamy cap that leaves respectable lacing. Even with the lacing, I can't get over the BMC look of this DIPA.

S: Oh, thank the Heavens this definitely isn't an AAL. Hops galore! Lots of grapefruit and orange zest, with a bit of pineapple around the edges. Some really earthy pine resin and grass add another bitter element. Very weak malt tries to peak through, but is ultimately dominated by the hops as well as a little bit of metallic booze.

T: Hop flavors are extremely fresh. Big bursts of juicy grapefruit, orange peel, there's another flavor going on here that I almost want to identify as passionfruit, but I'm not quite sure. It's very faint. Slightly sweet caramel malt presence is mild and doesn't really offer much, but it's still there. A good hint of balance, I suppose. Finish is mostly a strong pine flavor with a lingering weird alcohol aftertaste—kind of like diluted rubbing alcohol. It's truly a shame. The flavors of 2XIPA are wonderful up until the aftertaste...

M: Not quite as full as most DIPAs. This one drinks more like a regular IPA in that it's crisp, smooth, not too creamy, and it's extremely refreshing. I would have enjoyed a fuller body like those boasted by the maltier DIPAs, but this is too good to honestly complain about.

O: Southern Tier 2XIPA is a very good beer in its own right, but with it being a DIPA, I can't ignore the fact that it tastes and feels more like an extremely good IPA. Like I said, not a bad brew and it will certainly appeal to any hophead, but if you're looking for an outstanding DIPA, look elsewhere. This one's merely just quite good. (1,897 characters)

2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 994 ratings.