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2XIPA - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%


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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: mcallister on 04-28-2010)
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a globe. Bottling date of 6/18/13 puts it at about a month and a half old.

A: Bright yellow color. Great clarity. Foamy, bone white head retains very well. Lacing is foamy and ubiquitous.

S: Very juicy and tropical on the nose. Pineapple and starfruit, lemon, white grapefruit, and clementine. Mild, soft pine scent. Doughy and slightly honeyed malt.

T: Juicy at the start with a dominant pineapple and starfruit impression. Citrus rind bitterness creeps onto the palate and builds to a modest level. Lemon rind, pithy orange and white grapefruit. Lemon zest. Mandarin orange. Alcohol is well hidden, but a pear-like and tropical ester profile does set in toward the end. Doughy and sweetish honeyed malt base. Bone dry into the finish and dominated by a pithy bitter citrus flavor of lemon and white grapefruit.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied. The feel is a bit thin and light, but it has enough creaminess and substance to hold it together. Moderately strong carbonation. The dryness really plays up a potent, sandpapery hop astringency.

O: 2xIPA is mild in terms of bitterness, and it packs a lot of pleasant tropical hop flavors. A rather tame and easygoing DIPA. Good, but no real wow factor.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 00:53:17 | More by ryan1788a5
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier Brewing Company - 2XIPA, poured into a DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours a clear pale golden like a lighter cousin to Pliny. Bubbly and sports a good sized foamy head with good lacing and retention.

Smell - A pungent grapefruit/melon sour citrus hop aroma with a minimal sweet honey malt interference. Mouth watering and dry.

Taste - Malt sweet blends almost seamlessly with punchy pine bitter and citrus hops, then ends caramel malt. Smooth for a DIPA but that's not necessarily a bad thing, I did not take it as such.

Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel is sour bitter hop fruity and pine. This brew is warm and boozy but in a good way. Medium bodied and slightly oily.

Overall - Great brew, definitely found this fresh and thirst quenching. This was a great brew and definitely comes recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 22:05:38 | More by JMScowcroft
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patre_tim

China

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear filtered orange gold with only one or two rising bubbles- so almost no carbonation. Almost no head just a little fine yellowish foam that hangs around. Nice lacing.

S: Passion fruit, tropical fruit, alcohol, burnt caramel, crème brule, nail polish. Floral and fragrant.

T: Passion fruit, plaster scene, definite alcohol presence like nail polish. Floral, fragrant, a little tropical fruit, but mostly plaster scene, linseed oil.

M: Oily, somewhat syrupy, little fine bubbled carbonation.

O: I think this is probably old, based on the plaster scene and linseed oil presence in the taste. Love the bottle, have been really looking forward to this one. A little disappointed, but its still a great beer, most certainly would be better fresh.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 13:44:31 | More by patre_tim
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Roguer

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful white lacing, 1 1/2 fingers of snow-white head. Brew itself is a clear straw-like amber with tons of carbonation.

S - Honey malts, but a strong nose of citrus hops are the primary factor here. Southern Tier claims to use a bunch of different hops in each of their IPAs, and it shows in the aroma; I can pick up some citrus and some clear floral notes, but it's overall a big blend of hops.

T - A little pine, but this is mostly a pulpy, sweet citrus DIPA. Not particularly sour, but definitely not a citrus peel effect, either. Very well balanced with sweet malts.

M - Oily residue that is pleasant, the 8.2% ABV is completely hidden, and there is no sting whatsoever. However, there is a slight lingering aftertaste that is a little sub-par.

O - This is not a game-changing DIPA, but it's very, very good. It's on par with single IPAs like Flower Power and Jai Alai; in other words, it's a drinkable, every day IPA. I expect a little more from DIPAs, but this is still a very good brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 19:18:53 | More by Roguer
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dacrza1

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Date tasted: July 25, 2013 ... Glassware: La Fin du Monde snifter... Occasion: enjoying an evening of Strat, music and good beer....Appearance: slightly hazy, lightly golden body with cascading effervescence; head is snow white, snow deep and beautifully laced; quite an attractive ale out the box... Aroma: the bottle boasts four separate hops varieties--and the nostril is bombarded by harsh pine cone and soft department store perfume counter, almost lilac and lavender; secondary citrus and grapefruit sneak in... Palate: as expected, a full-bodied, full-on attack at the teeth with a bit of warmth at the end; second and third sips ease the intensity, but the warmth remains...Taste: as promised, a near-mad balance of hops and malts, with the bitterness being more palpable yet not as put-offish as some maltreated double IPAs...Overall: After a rabid camp discussion on the virtues of the double IPA, I made this part of a build-a-six and am not disappointed with the selection...not mentioned among the thirty or so we pleasantly recalled, this beer gets the taste buds titillated while bringing enough disguised alcohol to only need a few for the weeknight...recommended and part of the double IPA discussion for doing much well...

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 01:59:33 | More by dacrza1
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becktone

Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Eye: Initially pours with a nice head, but it quickly drops to a poor film and thick ring around the glass....could be my glass though. Very clear with what looks like very little carbonation. Color is golden with orange hues.

Nose: Nice big floral and citrusy hop aroma, strong. everything you could and should expect from a Double IPA. Malt supports the hop aroma. Pretty green hop aroma, fresh, nice.

Tongue: Hop bitterness from the get go, balanced out quite nicely by malt sweetness and finishing off with hop bitterness again. A nicely balanced beer. Some warming alcohol tones in the background, but not enough to get in the way of the beer's flavor or enough to give one a headache. Hops in this one are more floral as opposed to citrusy, but there are some grapefruit undertones as well. A well done IPA. Carbonation is higher than the appearance lets on, but is done well and is well within acceptable ranges. Body is medium and carbonation and hop bitterness on the back of the palate helps to lift the body making this beer more drinkable. Definitely one worth trying.

Drinkability: This one is good. I can definitely see myself coming back to this beer. Its a great choice and the price on it is right too. Its right in line with Two-Hearted and Centennial but is one that I like just a bit more...Although Two-Hearted will always have a place in my heart. If you see this it is definitely worth a try. You may just find a new favorite.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 01:13:55 | More by becktone
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gr0g

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold in color with high clarity. A head comprised of a couple fingers of foam leaves some eye-catching lacing in its wake. Good mix of grapefruit, citrus rind, and ripe pineapples notes in the aroma at first. It seems to die out fairly quickly, becoming mostly floral.

Very nice flavor balance: neither particularly dry nor sweet, and the malt backbone stays out of the way of the hops. Bitterness is moderate to high. Grapefruit notes plus a of bit resiny flavor from the hops. Slick, oily mouthfeel. Carbonation is fine and soft. Not a trace of alcohol heat.

A well-done DIPA that eschews big numbers for a nicely-balanced flavor profile. At only $10 a sixer, it's an excellent value, too.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 02:43:06 | More by gr0g
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Dave1999

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear pale amber with a white head. Looks like there is plenty of carbonation in there.

The smell is pine needles, musty, and a little citrus.

The taste is pine hops, bitter, finishes a little sweet.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily with medium carbonation. Coats you tongue in bitterness.

A very taste dipa, strong hop flavours with no trace of alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 01:47:17 | More by Dave1999
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DaveBlack

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Rich, golden color. Looks rather viscous. Good finger's width of head with lots of lacing and long retention.

S: Sweet, grainy backbone helps to sustain a hefty helping of piney hops. Like all double IPAs, it smells like hops, I don't know that there's a whole lot more to be said.

T: The beer tastes pretty much like the smell would lead one to believe. The hops Come through right from the start, with big, woody flavors. The middle gives the malts a chance to shine through with some toasted grain flavors. Finish is bitter and slightly woody.

M: Thick beer, shy of chewy but definitely hefty. Decent amount of carbonation lightens it up a bit.

O: A big beer, a well balanced beer. Not as hop-heavy as some DIPAs, it in fact straddles the line between IPA/DIPA. a solid offering from Southern teir.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 23:55:24 | More by DaveBlack
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JG-90

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is a translucent light golden straw color. Pours a large white head with with good retention and moderate lacing. Smell hits first with an incredible smell of pine. Also get grapefruit, orange, resin, and a bit of bread.

Taste starts with a ton of pine and some resin, followed by grapefruit, orange, and lemon. Has a piney, grapefruit, lemon, bready, slighty floral, crisp finish. Mouthfeel is definitely on the light side for a DIPA, with above average carbonation. Normally I would want a heavier body for a DIPA, but this lighter body helps keep the intense piney-ness from being overwhelming, also making it a surprising refreshing 8.2% beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 19:06:38 | More by JG-90
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DenverHopHead

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Southern Tier's 2XIPA pours golden in color with little head and not much lacing. The smell is pleasing, the taste is fantastic and the mouthfeel is subtle but good. I enjoyed this beer, but it was pricey. I'd have again, but only at a more reasonable price. From what I understand this is offered at $10 a sixer, but I haven't found it yet.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 17:40:53 | More by DenverHopHead
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utopiajane

New York

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours vivid gold with sparkling clarity and an inch of foam that fell to some downright chunky lacing. Not a big nose on this beer. Light citrus, faint grass and pale malt. Taste is crisp and so easy to drink. The hops come forward nicely with touches of lemon and grapefruit. The pale malt stands up just sweet, sturdy and strong. Hops and malt both sweeten up as the beer warms. Finishes with a long bitter aftertaste, and a dry malt presence that makes this a dapper DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 16:51:25 | More by utopiajane
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IPA4LIFE77

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I really enjoyed this beer. Anything that comes from Southern Tier is normally great. Though the regular IPA by ST is not as impressive. This is my very first review on here. I need to learn lingo. All I know is. If you like a great IPA, this one is a winner!

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 23:47:57 | More by IPA4LIFE77
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ZethOfTheNorth

Louisiana

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 4/23. $1.75 for the single.

A: Transparent and quite light for the style. Thin, unimpressive head, though it leaves behind nice lacing.

S: Lemon-lime, pine. Smells clean, sweet, and hoppy.

T: Very clean and straightforward early, then pine-dominated, and finally a citrus expansion late. Sweet. Very good.

M: A little less carbonation activity than I'd like.

O: DIPAs in an $11 6-pack are few and far between, and I can't think of another as quality as 2XIPA. Among the better bargain beers around, and along with Live, an expected staple this summer.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 13:16:09 | More by ZethOfTheNorth
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kojevergas

Texas

3.39/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with elegantly simple label art and branded pressure cap acquired at a local bottle shop and served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I've had very good beers from this brewery in the past and my good friend schlimenhaumer recommended this beer. 8.2% ABV confirmed. Identifies as a Double IPA; I'm reviewing it as such. "Brewed with 4 varieties of hops and 3 types of malts." I believe the cost was somewhere around $5-6.

Looking closely at the bottle, I find a bottle date I never saw before - 02/15/13; this is about 3.5 months old. According to Southern Tier's website, "The majority of our products, especially the hoppy styles, are intended to be consumed within six months for peak hop flavor and freshness." So per Southern Tier, this should be fine.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger head of beige to light khaki colour. Nice creaminess. Nice soft frothy complexion. Good thickness. No bubble show. Thin light lacing as the head recedes; unimpressive in this respect. Retention is pretty good - about four minutes. Not too shabby for 8.20%.

Body colour is a clear translucent vibrant yellow. No yeast particles are visible. Not as coppery as most Imperial IPAs I've seen.

Good appearance for the style overall. Looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Fresh clean malts balance the fragrant floral hops quite well. Lightly oily and nectary. The pale malts are evocative and crisp, reminiscent of a good pilsner actually. A bit of straw lends it a more refreshing aroma. Some sweeter caramalts enter in but don't come across as too sweet [insert obligatory Southern Tier sweetness joke here]. An even keeled aroma of above average strength. I love that no naked hop bitterness is detectable; it gives me hope the flavour profile will actually be balanced. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: It's got a nice caramel and lightly candied sweetness to it up front, but this grows problematic when the mouthfeel goes from smooth and wet up front to fizzy and coarse after the midpoint, drawing out the sweetness in an undesirable fashion. Hop character is varied, yet primarily floral. Light oily hops help lend needed multi-dimensional character on the climax, offering up something a bit different than the preceding flavours. The finish leaves you with a sweetness that lingers, which reduces the drinkability and my desire to take the next sip. Good carbonation. I'd prefer that it got coarse and dry on the finish to make the sweetness of the next sip more welcoming; that's a missed opportunity and one that would greatly improve the overall balance.

Speaking of balance, it's well executed in that regard. No naked hop bitterness comes through; it's pleasantly hoppy but not biting or rough on the palate. Fairly soft texture throughout keeps it approachable.

Not getting any alcohol heat here. Not at all boozy or hot. ABV isn't entirely unnoticeable, but it's quite well concealed.

What it lacks in complexity and subtlety it makes up for in drinkability and a pretty good balance. I like it, but there's definite room for improvement.

Good thickness. Good body.

Dr: A pretty drinkable imperial IPA for the ABV. I'd get it again, but the lack of complexity and the problematic sweetness do bring it down. A(nother) good but not great beer from Southern Tier. I wouldn't want more than a couple in any given night. It's more balanced than most of the imperial IPAs offered here on the West Coast, and that's a big plus for me.

B-

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 03:10:16 | More by kojevergas
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LI_PO12

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into Tulip (bottled on 1/31/2013)

Appearance- Gold, a little hazy, 1 finger white head

Aroma- Lots of pine, herbal notes, a little grassy, some citrus, nice light malt backbone, a little booze

Flavor- Bitter but balanced with a juicy sweetness, pine, herbal hops, maybe a little citrus, light malt, some alcohol

Mouthfeel- Medium full, smooth, a little alcohol warmth

Overall- This is a go to DIPA for me, This bottle is a little old and I have had this 1 week old and its awsome. Still very good now, an east coast DIPA for sure, and considering its price and availability its a great deal. There are way better doubles out there but as an affordable standard this is a great one.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 03:24:54 | More by LI_PO12
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, "DOB 3/7/13" stamped on the bottle
Pours golden with stunning clarity, and has a frothy, white head that holds good retention. Both citric and caramely malt on the nose with some tropical notes to boot. Nice meld of juicy tropical hops, citric grapefruit, pine, bready malt, caramel, and honey on the palate. Mouth-feel is medium-full with nice carbonation. Overall, a solid DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 03:31:40 | More by barnzy78
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Fusion_Pirate

Michigan

4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Purchased from a local beer/liquor ship in a six-pack. I gave their standard India Pale Ale a "3 out of 5" a while back, so I honestly don't have huge expectations for this one!

A: Poured carefully into a chilled weisen glass, Southern Tier 2XIPA yielded a half-finger of bone-white head which quickly dissipated. Pretty good lacing and retention thereof. The beer itself is a fairly translucent, pale amber color. Elegant-looking, but nothing that knocks me out at first glance.

S: Gorgeous. Rich pine needles, citrus notes, banana bread, and caramel maltiness all hit the nose in a strong, yet balanced fashion.

T: The taste almost matches the olfactory preview, which is saying a lot! A strong, hoppy bitter front end, with a generous, warm malt finish. Very balanced, although some of the definition is lost in translation from smell to taste.

M: This beer is very smooth on the tongue, especially for a DIPA- it actually offers a smoother drink than many standard IPAs I've had, which is a testament to the balance of flavors and the moderate carbonation level. Almost dangerously effortless! haha

O: Definitely a winner. While you can't judge a book by its cover, it's too bad that the appearance is so unremarkable, especially when the imbibation process is ultimately so righteous! All in all, Southern Tier's got the right idea with their take on the American DIPA. My advice: Skip their underwhelming standard IPA and go straight for the 2X!

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 23:31:56 | More by Fusion_Pirate
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Alextricity

Michigan

4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 4/4/13 and poured into a shaker pint on 5/23/13. $2.19 bottle.

Appearance: Looks like a Miller Lite -- CRYSTAL clear yellow color. An aggressive pour gave me almost a fist full of white, fluffy and soapy head, but it ultimately went down to and stayed at about two. Ridiculously nice lacing.

Smell: Floral, spicy, earthy, delicious. Very West Coast-esque.

Taste/feel: Like the smell. Surprisingly, there's actually quite a bit of body to this. While I'd expect that from the style, this poured looking rather thin. A good bit of sweet, hoppy, resinous flavors on the front, and a super tasty bready flavor from the malt on the finish. There's also a slight grainy flavor during some sips that I'm not much used to in IIPAs, but I enjoy it. Well balanced, easy drinking, refreshing. Very "juicy" tasting, with just maybe a slight drying on the finish due to the bitterness. Excellent body, and perfect carbonation. One of the most easy-to-drink IIPAs that I've had... no alcohol in the aroma, taste, or feel. Tasty as all get out.

Smells great, tastes fantastic ... screams West Coast IIPA for me, and I think it tastes a bit like a sweeter Torpedo by Sierra Nevada, if I'm remembering that beer correctly. Mind is blown that this beer *only* has a 91 rating, because this is outstanding... everything about it is right. The appearance, the smell, the taste, the feel, and even the price, even though it's a bit more expensive than some other similar beers.

TRY THIS BEER.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 20:58:44 | More by Alextricity
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magictacosinus

California

3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks angrybabboon. Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle. Bottling date is "02/21/13." Consumed on 05/19/13. Review is from my notes.

Pours a surprisingly golden yellow color with slight amber-ish tones, but in a way that would easily mistake someone of this being a pilsner or something. The head is good, in a way that rises about 2-3 fingers high, but it eventually settles down and leaves a ring behind. Not too many bubbles, although pretty mellowed out for a beer this high in ABV. Definitely a very different look for beers of this style - but its clear, down-to-earth appearance is definitely winning me over.

The aroma is not as hoppy as I expected it to be - but the lack of resinous oils from the hops should have been a first indicator of what I was getting myself into. Light graininess with a touch of sweetness, and then there's a bit of pine, some citrus, apricots, definitely a lot of cider, but otherwise super pleasant and not stinging on the nostrils at all. It's pretty impressive how well hidden the alcohol is here, and while this does smell at all what I'd expect a DIPA to typically be, it's not anything offensive either. Simply a tad underwhelming.

The flavor is similar, but luckily a little bit more of a desired hop-focused character seeps through on the palate. This is very similar to Arctic Panzer Wolf only far more toned down - by that, I mean that there's a far more present grainy, crisp, and refreshing flavor, some butterscotch from the malts, and traces of dried pine needles, oranges, pineapple, and a bit of grapefruit. Not very astringent or explosive, but rather more even leveled - the crisp sensation adds a bit of charm to otherwise tame hop profile, and makes this particularly easy to drink. Over the course of consumption, I began to enjoy this more based on its balanced nature - in a way, it's almost like a dry hopped pale, but it's more than that. The extra alcohol adds consistency to the body, and the golden pale grains make this refreshing in midst of any dryness from the hops. Very, very drinkable, actually - this is still thickened enough, semi-wet, and fruity and dried at the finish to hold interest throughout.

It is so refreshing to see a DIPA that brings forth any nuances from the grains and malts like this one does! The hops are without a doubt a bit more subtle than I expected them to be, but their presence makes itself known throughout, with the solid grain backbone soon following. It's not necessarily the most complex DIPA on the block, but it's undeniably easy going and perfect for even the most casual settings. Not my favorite in the style, but definitely one that I can commend for its original recipe that breaks the mold for once.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 06:35:03 | More by magictacosinus
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HerdNo1

West Virginia

4.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden color poured into a tulip glass. Most IPA's are more toward the amber side so this was a bit unexpected. A decent white head lingered and left fairly good laing

Aroma: Hops but not "knock your socks off" hops. Citrusy and pine notes dominate. There is just a touch of breadiness in the background but you have to really look for it.

Taste: Interesting intermingling of three things. The hops bitterness is both immediately apparent and it lingers at the end. At first, you don't find much malt sweetness but there is just a a bit and it fits in perfectly with what you got from the aroma. What is also going on in this beer is the alcohol. Unlike some DIPA's, the alcohol is not hidden in this beer and I think it serves to reduce what might be an otherwise undrinkable bitterness to a much more tolerable level.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light with medium carbonation but it lingers on the palate. I wouldn't say it has a sweet finish but it's definitely not dry.

Overall: This is a very nice DIPA. Too many are nothing but hops, hops, and more hops and so bitter they are simply intolerable. This has a nice intermingling of hops, a bit of malt, and some alcohol to compete with the hops. My only critique is that I would have liked a bit more hops on the nose.

BTW, if you pick up this beer, let it warm a bit. It is much more balanced and I find the malt asserting itself a bit more as the beer warms. I left it out of the fridge 30 minutes before I poured and it wouldn't have hurt to have left it out 10-15 more. Either it's getting better as it warms or I'm feeling the alcohol. :-)

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 01:09:09 | More by HerdNo1
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karengarys

Indiana

3.16/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours rich clear yellow-gold with fairly large bubbles, minimal head.

Smells a bit off to me, skunk like, at least cold out of the bottle. Born less than 4 months ago and not in the light, but some beers just come off odd to me, my smeller picks up odd things. As it warmed it smelled better, floral and citrus, perhaps grapefruit.

taste is mostly hoppy - pine, and lemon peel. It has some sweet syrupy backbone I do enjoy, maple like but not really, and it is real subtle.

Mouthfeel isn't bad, the syrupy heft is nice and the bubbles provide a decent mouthfeel.

Overall, this is great if you are looking for over the top pine and hop. I guess if you are reaching for a 2xIPA that is what you are looking for. I just thought the type of bitter was a bit too sharp, not quite the aggressiveness I would be looking for. The odd nose put me off, but I was able to drink through that.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 22:13:16 | More by karengarys
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heygeebee

Australia

3.09/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

From Jim's

Appearance - very light light for stlye - almost blonde/lagerish. Spotty lace.

Smell - Little. Bready malts. Slight hops.

Taste - Mango, Peach. Moderate hops. Little malt backbone.

Mouthfeel - lighty carbonated.

Overall - Strange beast, not a 2IPA or even close imho. Really lightweight, moderately hoppy, morwe like a Pale Ale than anything. Need a lot more than this for the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 07:40:13 | More by heygeebee
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- pours a bright, slightly hazy golden-yellow with a small white head that reduces to leave a thin layer

S- lemon-grass with some piney hops, slightly soapy with some floral notes, grainy malt with just a bit if alcohol

T- pretty good balance for a DIPA, piney and floral hop flavors with some grainy-yet-sweet hop notes. The alcohol comes through on the finish and is quite sweet at the end

M- medium body with slightly syrupy mouthfeel, medium carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel with a bit if alcohol warmth at the end

O- more balanced than a typical DIPA and quite easy to drink, ABV is hidden pretty well, worth a try!

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 01:13:50 | More by Treyliff
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johnnieoz

Texas

2.36/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

12oz bottle from six-pack, DOB 3-27-13

Coming from California, I feel fortunate to be enjoying great local TX brews as well as favorites from back home and others less available in the West from the East. For example, Firestone Walker & Ballast Point just arrived in TX ,and just yesterday I enjoyed a fresh Double Jack & some Pale 31, both bottled in March 2013. So you'd think, this newcomer would be comparable, but...

A: As others have noted, this beer looks like like a bad lager. Unfortunately, this is the best part of this bottling. Average.

S: I'm getting nothing here - aromas are comparable to Session Lager or Edison, ie diplomatically low key and certainly not DIPA caliber. Corn?

T: Bitter does not a DIPA maketh. There are hops in there somewhere - "4 varieties of hops & 3 types of malts" per the box, but which ones? - A mess...

M: Nothing wrong here, but the lack of balance nearly makes it a drain pour.

O: I hope I'm reviewing a badly kept or sub-par batch of this beer. I've enjoyed other Southern Tier ales - inc Unearthly & Pumking while based in DC - but this is just not a good tasting brew.

The un-icing on the cake is the fact that Firestone's Pale 31 (opened for comparison) was not only tastier but hoppier. StArnoldFan (another TX BA who review this bottling) offers a second, equally unfavorable opinion. Southern Tier, please advise.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 01:39:15 | More by johnnieoz
2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,053 ratings.