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2XIPA - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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1,012 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,012
Hads: 4,249
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 23.44%
Wants: 135
Gots: 933 | FT: 3
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: 1,012 | Hads: 4,249
Photo of Brad007
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mild golden color with a thick and fluffy head into my glass.

Aroma is full of floral hops with a hint of citrus, mainly grapefruit. Good way to start it off.

Taste is crisp with a strong dollop of grapefruit in the middle, only slightly balanced out by the malt. Not as strong as UnEarthly.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering grapefruit/grassy hops. Very nice hop profile here. Easy to drink fresh.

I certainly enjoy it. It may be a good introduction to ST's line of imperial IPAs (UnEarthly, Oak-Aged UnEarthly, Gemini) for someone who's never had them. Drink fresh as always for optimum hop flavor/aroma.

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Photo of uustal
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden yellow with a white dead. A bit different for a DIPA. Good head retention and lacing. Mostly pine aroma, a bit of tropical citrus as well. Flavor starts off with some big pine and floral hops which quickly defer to some mellower grapefruit and tropical fruit hops. Beer ends with a slight caramel malt and a smoother aftertaste than expected. A bit creamy and drinkable for a DIPA

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Photo of 7ways
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Looks great, pours clear orange gold with a 3/4" white head. Leaves a generous amount of lace that I destroy with my constant OCD swirling.
Smells like... OMFG, smells like an honest to god west coast IPA, just minus the pine. Exactly what the East Coast needs, IMO. Pineapple, white raisin(?), oranges. Slight grapefruit, maybe just because I expect it.
Taste mirrors smell pretty well, except for my west coast statement. Bitterness is quite low, only really showing up on the finish and diminishing in the aftertaste, allowing the other flavors to really shine. Malt compliment is not overwhelming and honey-ish.
Mild carbonation that suits it well. Body is tricky. It's full enough on the palate, but it also has a light characteristic that makes me feel like I'm just swallowing air. Chuggability is high (not that I would).

This is my new go-to IPA. It is right there with Two Hearted: some days it seems world class, some days it's just that thing to drink for a while. Either way, it's always what belongs in the fridge.
If you dumped a bottle each of Hopslam and Plinny into a snifter, the result would be 2XIPA.

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Photo of Gavage
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a golden color with a 2" head that lasts a bit. Nice lacing paints the glass.

Smell: loads of floral hops, lemon and grapefruit citrus, and some fruitiness arrive late.

Taste: caramel, pears, golden apples, floral bitterness, grapefruit, and lemon zest make up a very nicely balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Long aftertaste as the flavors last.

Drinkability: this beer was extremely quaffable for the style. This beer was refreshing and very tasty. Everyone should try this one.

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Photo of Chico1985
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Sierra Grille, been wanting to try this.

Poured hazy golden orange with a 2-finger or so white head. Retains pretty well, ends up a cap and leaves some lacing.

Nice fruity IPA smell. Citrus, lemon, some tropical notes, floral hops with a nice malt backbone.

Taste doesn't quite match up to the smell (how many times has this happened in IPAs..) but it is good. The citrus is still there, the rest is replaced mostly with piny hops, the malt and hops are balanced nicely. Alcohol is well-hidden.

A surprisingly balanced offer from Southern Tier. A tasty easy-drinking double ipa.

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Photo of sjverla
4.77/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Nose: Citrus. Bright and clean like the first day of school. Anchored by a quickly disappearing earthiness.

Appearance: Crystal clear pale gold. About an inch of head, but I poured it slowly, pausing to check bouquet variations. However, the head lingered respectably, and laced nicely.

Taste: Complex. Roasty, malty sweetness first off. Countered with strong hopping. Rich and smoky, approaching umami as it washes towards the throat. Flavors continue to oscillate from bitter, to piney/resiny, to sweetness as it fades. Noticeable carbonation on the tip of the tongue that dissipates quickly.

Overall: Great beer. Complex and balanced.

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Photo of SeasonalBrew
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A: Pours a golden straw color with a thin white head.. did I just pour a Bud Light into my glass?! What saves this is the ample amount of lacing. I'm a sucker for lacing.

S: Nice and floral with a ton of hops and citrus. Has a nice malty backbone. I'm managing to pick all this up with a stuffy nose, so I'd say the scent is solid.

T: I would say the taste is top tier with the other DIPAs I have tried. Hop and citrus forward, not much maltiness to it.

M: Medium to light bodied. Not very strong carbonation.

D: Definitely enjoyable for the abv. Will definitely pick up again.

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Photo of Natural510
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, no dating

Pours a lighter golden color, slightly hazy, with small amount of head and a sturdy ring of lacing.

Excellent aroma, with the expected citric-grapefruit overtone, but dominated by a wonderful jasmine-floral perfume, and even a hint of bubble gum.

Flavor mimics the scent, with a honeysuckle-floral quality meeting sweet citrus. Sweet, dry, residually bitter goodness. Alcohol is in no way hot or dominating in the flavor.

Lighter than others of the DIPA style, but that only adds to the drinkability factor for me.

Very tasty offering from Southern Tier (aren't they all?). I haven't had Unearthly in a while to make a comparison, but as a stand-alone DIPA, this one is worth seeking out.

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Photo of begforme4484
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm surprised this beer doesn't have a ridiculous ABV being from Southern Tier.

Pours a very light golden/amber color. Decent amount of a white head that recedes quick with mild lacing at the edges.

Smell? Hops! Citrus! Hops! There is a sweet aroma in there that doesn't smell like malts. Honey mayhaps? Definitely a doughy backbone. Very stringent hop smell.

Tastes makes me hoppy! Very sharp citrus hop flavor bites your tongue in the beginning. A light sweetness from the doughy malts tries to make its way forward, but the bitter hop finish puts that to rest.

Mouthfeel is somewhat sticky in the aftertaste. Clean and medium carbonation while sipping.

Drinkability is a good. For a DIPA, it's very approachable. Definitely a session beer.

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Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light golden yellow in color with a somewhat orange tone to it. Nice white head that dissipated pretty quickly and marvelous lacing to back it all up.

S: Hoppy all the way. More towards the citrus side of things. Best part of the beer in my opinion.

T: Get a hit of the hops in front followed be a nice display of malt to try to round it off, but only gets touch the velvet rope as its a hop party inside tonight.

M: Medium in body, ABV hidden well given the circumstance, and is perfectly carbonated.

D: I lied, this is the beers best quality. I can see why it comes in sixers instead of foursomes. Sessionable without question. Could probably get you in a lot of trouble doing so but in the right situation would be worth it. A must try.

Highly Recommended to all.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a very nice pale and bisquit malt scent along with a wonderful hop nose. The taste is good also. It has a smooth, bitter taste that boasts of pale malts and lots of hops. It's well balanced and easy drinking. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a well brewed DIPA. It's not as good as I would have expected, but it's pretty damn good.

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Photo of klikger
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into SA perfect pint glass

A - Extremely light for a hoppy beer...seriously? Very nice white head & excellent lacing.

S - Fresh, citrusy hops and honey

T - Honey and butterscotch lead into a very tasty combo of floral hops and grapefruit bitterness. The sweetness from the former sticks around throughout & dominates the finish.

M - Medium-bodied, contrary to the color; even syrupy at times. Good amount of carbonation.

D - Too sweet for sessions, but one bottle went down pretty easily.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to victory4me for including this one as an extra in our latest in-person swap.

Pours a clear and clean crisp amber capped by a nice 1-finger head. The texture is coarse, but it hangs around impressively. Rings stack up along the back of the glass as I sip, giving a nice striped look above the remaining beer.

The aroma is incredibly floral (which I am a big sucker for). There is a touch of bitterness. Accompanying the floral hoppiness is a biscuity malt aroma. The palate is similar, though the hop bitterness is somewhat muted as the body comes through a bit sweet. The malt and hops are a bit too balanced for my taste in double IPAs, though I would consider this a very enjoyable IPA from a flavor standpoint.

The feel is great from a carbonation perspective, but I don't really get that sticky resinous hoppiness that I am looking for. I would say that 2XIPA is a good beer, though it falls a bit short for the DIPA style

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Photo of Florida9
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear flat gold in color. Pours with a fizzy 1/4" of head that reduces quickly to a surface coating and around the ring of the glass.

S: Light blend of citrus (grapefruit and a little lemon) with some light sweet perfumed floral on the end.

T: A bit of caramel malt on the beginning. Grainy. Then a mild to moderate grapefruit bitterness. Short finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium with lower carbonation levels.

D: Being on the lighter side for a DIPA with the low amounts of malt, hops, and bitterness makes this for a very easily drinkable a beer. While there may not be a whole lot of character, it is surely is an easy drinker.

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Photo of philippehb
4.49/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Clear gold, 1 finger head, good retention and lacing. Looks good, pretty pale, nothing too exciting.

S- Grassy, Piney, citrusy, very inviting !

T- Spicy ! smooth and complex hop flavor !

M- Medium body, good carbonation.

D- I'll have another please ! Great stuff, very very enjoyable !

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Photo of Vonerichs
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear straw-orange color with a soapy white head. Light spotty lacing.

Citrus and floral hops in the nose. There is a light grainy malt.

The first hops that I taste are a light floral perfume. Grapefruit is blended in. Biscuit malt.

Mouthfeel is thin, but crisp. Only slightly bitter.

Lighter abv for a DIPA and light body both lend to a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Lerxst
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear gold with a one finger white head that has fair retention but leaves some nice lacing.

S-Citrus and pine hops lead with a hint of malt floating in the back. Not terribly complex, but very pleasant.

T-A slightly sweet breadiness hits first but this is quickly assaulted and done away with by the attacking citrus hop army who are determined to give this one a hoppy finish. Its also a bit grassy and floral with a hint of spiciness.

M-Medium body, crisp carb bite, a bit oily but still finishes clean.

D-This is a DIPA that could be a great session beer.

A nice job from ST. Its not "world class" but it is a solid DIPA that I will certainly drink again.

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Photo of berpwillie
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a transparent copper yellow with average white fluffy head that recedes at a moderate rate. spare lacing and very lively carbonation. strong fruity citrus grapfruit smell. nose is very fresh and crisp. harsh piney grass taste with bread malt hints. taste wasn't too pleasing following that fantastic smell. light body, average flavor duration, and a moderate bitter finish.

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Photo of kwjd
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light yellow-orange with a nice white head. Fairly light colour for a double IPA. Smells strongly of citrus hops. Taste has lots of bitterness and citrus hop flavour. Some bready malt too, but the hops are the king in the beer. This is a hop bomb for an east coast IPA, which is great. Spot on carbonation. Quite easy to finish this bottle off and I wish I had more than one. I need another trip to Buffalo to buy more!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


A-Really light for a DIPA. Not a memorable head. Appearence is less than super.

S-The smell redeems this brew. Citrus hops, sweet hops. Little bit of malt. Me likey.

T-Yup Yup Yup. Tastes pretty. Grapefuit hops. Fruity and citrusy. The malt takes a backseat to the exceptional hop flavor.

M- Crisp. Light on the tongue yet still nice and sticky.

D-8.2% and it drinks like a 5%. Drink a sixer of these and you'll be feeling real nice. Bare minimum alcohol taste. Yessir.

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Photo of GarrettMD
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the 5th beer in the Blind Beers BIF. I reviewed this beer without knowing what I was drinking, here are my notes before finding out what it was.

A - Pours a slightly hazy yellow with very little head, though the head does stay around quite a while. Lots and lots of carbonation.

S - Smell, much like a few other of these blind beers, smells like an IPA, so I should probably assume it isn't an IPA. Lots of citrus hops, slight light malt character coming through as well. Not much else going on. Very good mix of citrus and pine hops though.

T - Not the taste I was expecting. Citrus hops are still there, just not as much as the smell suggests. There's also a little alcohol. Malt is more pronounced than the nose. Could this actually be an IPA? I don't taste anything too out of the ordinary here, definitely tastes like an IPA, or a DIPA.

M - Medium to light bodied, lots and lots of carbonation, slight alcohol burn. Finish is dry and bitter. Leaves a slightly oily feel.

D - Pretty good drinkability, I would put this somewhere between 7-8% though that could be off due to the hops affecting my palette. I'm really enjoying this beer, would definitely buy it. Tastes a bit like Southern Tier's Unearthly, though I know this isn't it since that is only in 22 oz. bombers.

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Photo of KAP1356
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass...

A - Completely clear golden yellow color with about a one finger slightly off-white head that slowly fades to a nice , sticky lacing.

S - Sweet citrus hops right up front. Some slight pine is present as well. There's a malt presence there but nothing close to the power the hops have over the nose.

T - Very clean, refreshing and citrus taste. The pine comes out a bit as well, as does the malt. The malt is much more present in the taste than it was in the smell.

M - Moderate carbonation with some pretty sticky hop oils that linger in the mouth for quite a bit. Very crisp beer.

D - Very refreshing and an easy drinking brew. Very clean and a great hop filled DIPA.

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Photo of wedge421
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Crystal clear with a very light orange body. About a fingers worth of head that dissipated quickly.

S- A huge hit of sweet floral citrus hops. A very fresh smelling beer. Up there with the best of the west coast IPA's. There is also a small amount of malt in there as well.

T-Bright, clean and very very refreshing. Lots of citrus and sweet fruits as well. Just enough bitterness to make it interesting but not overwhelming. A very drinkable beer.

D-This is a very very refreshing drinkable beer. Huge hop notes blended well with the sweet malt backbone a very good beer.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.2/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-Tap at Whole Foods in a pint glass. Glad to find this as is besides a oldish bottle.

Southern Tier 2XIPA pours out a bright golden yellow color but surprisingly not even a little foam on top, just some miniscule bubbles, so no lace. Pretty still beer but a nice shade to it.

Smells malty and screams East Coast. There is a small portion of grapefruit and other tropics but that sweet malt overshadows anything there. A small amount of alcohol though. For what it's worth there is no grassy scents.

And it goes to show that the east does not compare in this category. This is malt forward with some sweet bubblegum and sweet bready malt. Mixed in some tropics, grapefruit, slight orange. A bit of alc in the end and a lingering sweetness.

Not all that bitter, in fact it's not bitter at all. I need some bite here. A big medium body that lightly coats and stings on the end with the alc. I figured this would have some edge off the tap, naw pretty tame.

Glad I tried this off the tap than risking a bottle. It's far from my least favorite DIPA (stoudt's DIPA) but it's not in the same league as others. With so many choices in this category I can say Im starting to really notice the lacking ones here and there.

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Photo of btorsdog
4.8/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Definetly a fan of this one, although 1.5xIPA is probably a better(more correct) name. Solid golden straw in color and poured a beautiful 2 finger solid foamy head with great sticky intricate lacing.

Smell was smooth for a lack of a better term with mild hints of hops and maltiness. The taste was similar with a well rounded balanced taste of hops and malts, sweet almost honey-like at the end with an ever so so faint alchhol twinge at the back of the tounge. SWEEET!

Mouthfeel was right where it should be and this is one very drinkable(POUNDABLE) brew. Good stuff Maynard!

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2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,012 ratings.