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2XIPA - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 994
Hads: 4,169
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 134
Gots: 856 | 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: 994 | Hads: 4,169
Photo of garuda
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Mostly clear golden orange with a thin white head that has little retention, but good lacing.

S - Big pine hops up front, and some more citrusy, orange peel hops on the back.

T - Citrusy hops, sweet malt undertones, and resinous pine hops in the finish.

M - Medium body, maybe a little thin, but has ample carbonation, sticky mouthfeel, with a nice dry finish. Not very harsh at all from the hops, with little lingering pine bitterness.

D - Very drinkable, with the hops offering a lot of taste with very little harshness on the palate. Nice balance of sweet caramelly malts. (583 characters)

Photo of soupyman10
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a sixer of this cause of it's fairly reasonable price for a DIPA, and cause I've been pretty impressed with ST brews in the past. This was a solid DIPA, although nothing really too notable. Light, crisp, and highly hoppy - not what I'd call balanced, especially for an east coast DIPA. A lot of citrus fruit and floral hops. A tasty hop-bomb, and will definitely quench that hop-thirst, but not too much else.

$11/De Vino's/Six-pack (442 characters)

Photo of Bubba83
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Kegatron for sending me this bottle. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip at around 45 degrees. Kegatron tells me this is about 3 months old at this point.

About 1/2 inch of creamy bright white foam tops a sunrise yellow/orange body. Good retention and decent lacing. Looks fairly thin for a DIPA, and really light in color compared to most, but the color is beautiful...

Smells like mango, cherries, earth, and oranges. A bit of alcoholic aroma is apparent. There's a bit of a spice hit too, almost like a rye-spice hit, which seems odd. It doesn't smell that vibrant, probably because it's lost some of that by now.

Initially I taste a slight lemony/grapefruit/citrus kick with a little bit of sweet bready malt underneath. Flavor tends to go towards orange/mango and tropical twang after that, and then finishes up earthy and spicy, with quite a bit of alcoholic cherry heat.

As I suspected from swirling this around, it's a little on the thin side, but still has the right amount of carbonation and feels pretty slick. Quite dry on the finish, which is a good change of pace for a DIPA made on the east coast.

Definitely Southern Tier's interpretation of a west coast style DIPA. It hits that mark, and is quite tasty, however I'm used to drinking fresh west coast DIPAs, and this doesn't quite compare to most of them. It could just be that this bottle is 3 months old, but everything there was nice, the hop flavor just needed to be more vibrant and apparent for me. Nonetheless, very refreshing and enjoyable. (1,524 characters)

Photo of gunnerman
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass pours a yellow copper color with a fluffy head that leaves nice lace on the glass. Smell is of citrus notes with grapefuit outdoor fresh smell. Taste is spot on, but a little thin for a DIPA, I can taste a nice strong hop bitterness up front with a thin malt backbone. Very pleasant hop finish with a candy like sweetness toward the backend. Overall another nice offering from STB. (406 characters)

Photo of david18
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my draft review:

I'm not sure how many Double IPA's this brewery makes. it much be twenty or more. I like many, most, of Southern Tier beers. Inventive, unusual and well made. I had a sixteen ounce pour of this at Rattle and Hum in New York.

Light in color, very heavy head with a great hop aroma. Relatively light in alcohol for the style and for Southern Tier's other double ipas. I'll have this again.


Anyway, I was glad to see this in a bottle because an 8 percent ipa is actually hard to find and refreshing. Same opinion as above and I was glad to find it. (578 characters)

Photo of bearass
4.92/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

oh man this is the shit if you like hopslam and want to pay a lot less this is it

tastes like you went to the peppermint castle with the anthropomorphic garden shears and they were like here drink what i drink itll get you real drunk

smells like it would have you dancing with chipmunks underneath a butterscotch waterfall (324 characters)

Photo of ninner00
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my standard Brooklyn Lager pint glass.

A: Poured a very bright golden yellow. Nice one finger white head.
S: Grapefruit, pine, orange, mango, pineapple, and a slight sweetness.
T: Grapefruit, citrus, pine, and a touch of sweetness. The hops are not too bitter and the alcohol is hidden well. Really well balanced.
M: Creamy, and smooth. Nice carbonation.
D: Very nice. Easy to drink and the 8.2% never shows itself. Half way through, I wanted another one. (468 characters)

Photo of funkyaudio
4.72/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Murky golden pour with a nice and creamy white head. Very hoppy aroma. Medium bodied. Resinous hoppy flavor, pine and grapefruit. Spicy finish I wasn't expecting. Lingering hop bitterness. This is a pretty straight foward and tasty IPA. It took me a long time to find this beer but it was worth the wait (303 characters)

Photo of biggred1
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper with a creamy, pitted eggshell head and nice glass coverage. Sweet malt and dank, citric hops in the aroma. Orange peel and grapefruity hops with a spicy herbal quality balanced with rich caramely malt flavors. Medium bodied with crisp carbonation. An easy drinker for 8+% ABV. This could be my new go-to IPA. (316 characters)

Photo of DJED69
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very soild effort from Southern Tier. I enjoy their standard IPA and this is a step above in all respects. Pours a nice golden-copper color. Less orange than many IPA's. Head is a respectable one inch and lasts to the bottom of the glass. The nose is very nice---pine and some tropical fruit. Taste is bold and assertive---crisp, but full bodied. Hops dominate versus malt. This reminds me of a crossover with the best of East and West coast IPA's represented. Carbonation is just right. The finish is dry---as a good IPA should be. Scary that this is 8.2% abv---goes down easy. At $9.99 a 6-pack local---a real bargain. Recommended. (633 characters)

Photo of tr4nc3d
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12fl oz bottle poured into my pint glass

Appearance is a very light orange/golden color with a two and a half inch slightly off white head. Great head retention with about a quarter inch staying a top of the beer. Soapy scattered lacing is clinging all over the sides of my glass.

Huge nose orgasm of citrus aromas with the likes of mango, pineapple, tangerine and grapefruit. Pine needle aromas with floral aromatics are also present behind the citrus smell along wtih caramel and bread like malts.

Upfront sweet citrus taste with tangerines and slight grapefruit. Midway is a little bit of caramel along with some mango and grains with a little yeast like flavor. Following is a toasty bread like flavor with cracker malts. Finishing is a dry slightly bitter taste.

Mouthfeel is a tad thing for a DIPA with average carbonation.

Overall I was thrilled with the aroma as it was its best feature. Upon taste I was disappointed as the citrus aroma was not that present in the taste (984 characters)

Photo of foogerd
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- golden yellow large white head nice lacing
S- fresh citrus comes in first followed by piney hops nice malt backbone
T- thirst quenching piney citrusy hops drown you in a never ending wave followed by a slight spice real tasty
M- perfect carbonation and thickness
D- very fresh very tasty great DIPA solid showing nothing unique but no flaws. (345 characters)

Photo of BeerNinja007
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a couple 12oz singles of this at Hoosick Beverage in Troy NY. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

Semi-cloudy pale yellow brew gives a 1/2" of bubbly white head that soon settles to thick islands of large bubbles and leaves a respectable amount of white lace on the glass. Smell has a milky creaminess and a little diacetyl (?), but the main event is a fairly robust citrus and pine hop. Taste follows right from the smell. Body of melon, and whipped cream, bit of candi sugar sweetness and vanilla, with a moderate hoppy bite of lemon Pez candy and pine. Mouthfeel is thin and light, carbon a little fizzy but appropriate for giving a crisp feel. Finish is kinda dry with some lingering hop and spicy alcohol. (725 characters)

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

Not usually a fan of Southern Tier as their beers are usually too sweet for me. But this one is a little different, much better IMO.

A large 2 finger fluffy and super white colored head rises up and fades slowly actually, leaving a slight lacing on the sides as it does. The beer is a crystal clear yellow golden nectar color.

The nose brings lots of hops, musty fresh wet hops, hop oils and resin, plenty of pine and some citrus, a little floral aroma as well. With all that is just a hint of sweet malts.

The taste is more of the same, with lots of fresh hops bombarding the taste buds. This time it starts with lots of herbal grassy hops, then transfers to some pine and just a little citrus, and some fresh musty wet resinous hops. The bitterness is nice and strong but not overbearing. It adds some light malts and sweetness, and just a touch of booze to balance the huge hop bitterness.

The mouth is medium bodied with decent carbonation.

It finishes pretty bitter, very bitter, with some astringency, and plenty of juicy hop remnants. More pine, citrus, herbal grass, and fresh musty hop resin help. There is a slight sweetness remaining from the malts, but it dries quite a bit with help from the bitterness. (1,221 characters)

Photo of racer2k
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12oz bottle into my favorite pint glass

A - Beer pours a nice hazy golden color and creates a fairly small single finger white head that is quite sticky.

S - Incredible aroma profile with strong grapefruit, citrus, oranges, pineapple and a sweet fresh baked bread texture. Exceptional aroma profile with this beer!

T - Very nice hoppy citrus taste to this beer with the grapefruit flavor being very assertive. This is a fantastic tasting beer!

M - A nice full creamy, resiny, oily mouth feel with moderate carbonation that is fairly light in terms of body.

D- VERY drinkable offering but one that will catch up to you at 8.20% ABV. EXCELLENT BEER! This is one of the finest beers that I have tried in 2010! (720 characters)

Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this from bauermj in recent BIF. It pours honey gold with a sticky little white head. Lots of pineapple and grapefruit on the nose. The taste follows the nose, with a real bitter lingering finish. The beer has a sticky mouth feel and is full/medium in body. A solid overall DIPA. (285 characters)

Photo of robwestcott
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle a semi-transparent honey yellow to a sun king shaped pint glass leaving nice lace.

strong aroma of grapefruit and orange rind.

taste of grapefruit hops and more grapefruit hops. bitterness evident, but reasonably subtle.

substantial, smooth, bitter to the back of the tongue.

drinkable yes. (317 characters)

Photo of number1bum
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear honey golden color with about a finger and a half of white head. Keeps a thin but pretty full lace, with some thicker rings of stick left on the sides. Good webbing on the glass.

Smell consists of sticky pine, grapefruit rind, some sweet caramel and sweet orange. Nice hoppiness in this nose, although it doesn't exactly jump out of the glass and smack me around.

Taste is substantially hoppy and significantly bitter, but is very flavorful and drinkable for a DIPA. Lots of citrus, grapefruit in particular, although not as juicy as the nose; more bitter rind flavor. There is pine too, and caramel sweetness. In the finish there is a good deal of bitterness but also an odd flavor that makes me think of raw garlic. It throws off the finish for me, although not enough to dock it except on feel, where instead of a pleasant bitterness I'm left with a real bite.

Mouthfeel is on the plus side of a medium body, with good creaminess but the bite I compared to raw garlic detracts from the smoothness of the beer.

This is a nice DIPA, although there is just something about it that doesn't quite jive with my palate in the finish. I'm sticking with the comparison to raw garlic. It's very sharp and not terribly pleasant. It just takes away a bit from the feel and drinkablikty imo. Nevertheless, this is a solid DIPA and I love that it comes in reasonably priced 6 packs. That alone will get me to buy it again. (1,429 characters)

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

Consumed 9/4
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a slightly hazy, light copper color with a one finger of white head. Head recedes nicely leaving wispy spider webbed lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is somewhat fruity hops, pineapple, grapefruit, and bit of orange. Some mild malt notes find their way in as well.

T: Taste is quite juicy. A real pineapple, mango flavoring at the forfront that mixes in to a caramel malt sweetness. The hop bitterness and real bite come in during the finish with a healthy dose of grapefruit notes.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, somewhat creamy with a touch of a sticky finish.

D: Goes down easily, bit of a alcohol burn so a decent kick, nice representation of style. I generally prefer the bomber offerings from Southern Tier over the 6 packs, but this is a solid offering that I would get again. (849 characters)

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thrown in as an extra by wavers1 -- what a nice guy!

Appearance -- Pours a bright golden straw with one finger of sudsy white head that soon becomes a halo. Lacing is a bit thin, like spiderweb.

Smell -- Grapefruit, apricot, pine forest, melon sweetness, A bit of buttery diacetyl.

Taste -- Pine resin, grapefruit, apricot, clover field. Malt character is akin to bread with a dab of honey. Mild diacetyl present.

Mouthfeel -- Medium to medium-full in body, a bit viscous, with ample prickly carbonation. A bit heavy, but not too distracting.

Drinkability -- Quite good. Crisp, clean, refreshing. The honey sweetness and hop bitterness were well-balanced. If this weren't the *only* Southern Tier beer I can't get locally I'd strongly consider this a go-to beer. (767 characters)

Photo of RustyDiamond
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque golden pour with a slight tint of orange. Very nice looking pour into my SA beer glass. 2 fingers of white froth with some active bubbling. Aromas of coconut and citrus that took awhile to come up.

Big citrus on the nose. Pink grapefruit rind, chewy as hell. Big tart citric bitterness in the middle. There also is a very fragrant spice taste in the mid-back palate that I cannot pinpoint. Good underlying maltiness too- cashew, spicy rye bread, dry sourdough pretzel. Tons of chalky citrus tartness going on.

Resiny, dense mouthfeel. Finishes dry and palate coating. Pretty good drinkability although the "chalkiness" would keep me from having another one at the moment. Easily my favorite IPA from ST. (712 characters)

Photo of SamuelJackson45
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A nice golden yellow color nice head.

S- Fruity notes from the hops.

T- Bam.!!! Surprisingly very hoppy with a settle-nest of malt woven in the sip. Citrusy fruity notes all around.

M- Smooth very dry.

D- I got my hand on a fresh bottle and hoping that my review would change my mind but it was just a little bit more hoppy. But it not that much different then my so-call flat bottle. All in all I had single IPA much stronger "meaning the hops" then this. It is what it is. But this beer is a good beer don't get me wrong and well worth more drinks from me. It just didn't wow me. (588 characters)

Photo of Thur123
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a light yellow orange, bordering on gold, with about two fingers of white head. Moderate carbonation, nothing strange for the style. This beer is pretty clear compared to other IPAs. The smell is a healthy combination of herbal resinous hops and a sweet floral citrus like hops... with orange, lemon and pine taking the lead in the nose...as far as I can smell.

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The taste is good, not as big as most DIPAs but still very full and complex. Citrus hops with a bitter herbal edge over a balanced malt base, which does a lot to let the hops shine. Very well crafted and humble malts IMO. The mouth feel is average and a bit thin for something that calls itself a DIPA. Over this is good instead of 2Xipa its really more like 1.5Xipa. Good IPA for the price at least. (796 characters)

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Dale's Pale Ale pint glass. A residual thin layer of head is all I got from the pour, but it has lasted a few minutes so I'll give it credit for endurance. Color is a dark urine yellow with sparse fine carbonation bubbles. Aroma is of juicy citrus and pineapple. First taste impressions are that this DIPA is lacking that malt creamy-ness not uncommon in the style. Hops are well balanced, not too bitter and a nice clean flavor. For a 8.2% DIPA this has impressive poundability (8.5/10), almost too good in that department. (551 characters)

Photo of infi
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic pint.

Pours a hazy golden dark-orange color with a foamy white head and creating a good amount of sticky lacing throughout the glass. Generously carbonated, with the bubbles making themselves known with every swirl. The aromas depict a large amount of hops, particularly the earthy and piney types, with a hint of grapefruit. Not so much of a malt presence overall, regardless of what the label had indicated.

This IIPA begins with a nice pine bitterness that continues towards a smooth maltiness and then again, falls back on a sudden hop kick. The bitterness lingers for a while, but then quickly subsides into nothing. A basic flavor profile of a double IPA.

Mouthfeel is relatively medium-bodied with low-leveled carbonation. Drinkability is moderate- not too quick, yet not too slow either. (819 characters)

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