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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
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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 farrago
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hits you with a solid two finger head of cream white, extremely loosely knit and dimpled surface, not much stick to the lacing. Rich golden color, transparent with a faint gauziness, not much going on bubble-wise. Pine and pungent pink grapefruit, tangerine citrus drive the nose, as floral as herbaceous, spreads broadly rather than penetrate, any pepperiness ably met by peach, nectarine scents, overall comes across as too subdued for a DIPA. Medium-bodied, a little more verve here and willingness to "get after it." Flowery, the sweet tangerine, pink grapefruit, lime citrus teases out more apricot, peach, pear than in the nose. In spite of this sweetness, and lower grassiness, the carbonation strongly swirls, enough to power it at least through the mid-palate. Manages to turn texturally drier at the finish while also piling on coconut and pine sweetness. Totally inoffensive, yet, just a quaffer. (907 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.49/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of the few things I miss about living in western NY was a steady supply of ST beers in my fridge.Poured into a nonic a clear full golden with a clingy egg shell colored one finger white head.Aromas seemed to be more malt driven than hop like I expected,caramel and sweetish cooky dough mainly with a noticeable leafy hop presence but its really muted in my opinion.Flavors have a bit mre hop presence but nowhere near what I would have expected,leafy and herbal with a bit of overripe citrus fruit,a full caramel sweetish malt base thruought.Its ok but it lacks some hop character,not quite what I was expecting here. (621 characters)

Photo of goblue3509
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a half finger head which is a little frothy and stays around for a little while. There is a little amount of lacing present. The aroma is strong and bold, big smell of pine, earthy, and citrus hops with resin also in there. There is also a little breadiness present. The taste is of a caramel and bread malt backbone with a nice piney and earthy hop overtone with hints of citrus. The taste is big and chewy, very good, nice bitterness and great balance. The mouthfeel is moderate carbonation. Overall this is a very drinkable DIPA. There is a great balance of flavor to keep you interested and the aroma is fantastic. The balance of the bitterness makes it so that you can enjoy beer after beer. (728 characters)

Photo of dasenebler
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a sparklingly clear gold, with a nice, but modest white head. Good lacing and retention.

The aroma is excellent. There is a lot of tropical fruit-- pineapple, apricot are what I get-- but also an underlying earthy, herbal hoppiness.

The flavor is not bracingly bitter, but quite hoppy and resiny. Somewhat juicy, though less tropical and fruity than the nose. I get more earthy and grassy hop flavors. There is a nice biscuity, bready maltiness that tries to sneak into the background, but provides needed balance. Much more hoppy and less sweet than most Southern Tier beers I've sampled, and I like that. The aftertaste is actually quite bitter, and, though clean for the style, somewhat muddy and vegetal. The mouthfeel was very nice: creamy and resiny, with medium carbonation.

This is a really good Double IPA, and one of the few Southern Tier brews I'd buy again. (880 characters)

Photo of decadance
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - A wonderful gold with about half an inch of head which retains and laces throughout.

S - Bold hops with a funk smell of a citrus saison. It is inviting to say the least.

T - The smell does not betray the taste. It is hoppy from front to end, but with a nice citrus balance through out.

M - It is silky. One of my favorites on mouthfeel from this style.

D - I can't stop. The abv is hidden well and it does not obliterate the tastebuds like some hop bombs do. It makes you want more. (490 characters)

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

Pours a nice golden color and smells absolutely wonderful, mango pineapple, booze and a hint of resin. Taste is somewhat mellow in comparison to other virtual bottles of pine sol that make up this category but up front is resin citrus and light caramel with bitterness at the back. Mouthfeel was a bit lacking, not that well carbonated with a slightly oily feel. Drinkability is awesome, the alcohol is hidden so well. Might buy this again, not sure (449 characters)

Photo of jampics2
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Southern Tier coming through with a HUGE new entry into the market. Seriously, this beer is the heat. The funk. The shiz with a Z. Best new East Coast DIPA in a long time.

12oz bottle into my snifter. I can already smell it. The golden translucent body has a touch of orange highlights. Head falls quickly to a ring, white froth sticks around. Nice touch of lace considering the style and ABV.

Smell is HUGE hoppiness. Citrus funk. Lots of pine, grapefruit, simcoe cat piss, and just amazing depth of hops.

So, I've heard desparate (or optimistic) East Coasters make some crazy comparisons lately, and, as someone well versed in the nectar of the West, I must say with a heavy heart that the comparisons are unfounded. But this is a great beer, I'm not saying anything else, but it's not in Russian River territory. Look, it's just not quite the finesse of Elder. But the flavors are in the ballpark. And Younger? Forgetabout it. Not even close kids, mostly due to the ABV being just 2/3 of younger's. That's like Screech from Saved by the Bell getting in the ring with Tyson.

What we do have is a nice caramel sweetness just north of water. Perfect carb. Nice hoppy bitterness that matches the pine and citrus of the nose. I know, I'm mixing mouthfeel and taste together, so what, I'm loving this beer. A hair short of legendary, but I'd put this head to head VS Double Trouble and Hopslam any day.

Overall, I'm impressed. This is a great beer from Southern Tier, hoppy copper and clear, one of the best so far this year, and go get one - ya hear? (1,555 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was told this is as closest you will to to Pliny The Elder without being the actual brew.

A - Pours a lighter copper than expected with a nice layering of fluffy lacing head.

S - Mostly strong hop on the nose with kind of bready malt base. Smells great!

T - Starts off bitter with the hops then flows toward a grapefruit and citrus hops sweetness ending off with a bitterness that is masked with a malty base that works beautifully. I loved it.

M - Medium bodied that doesn't feel like a double IPA at all.

D - Man I need to search my distributors for a case of this stuff. It's affordable, high in ABV without being too overbearing, and is well balanced. One of the best IPA's ever. (690 characters)

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

Pours a mostly clear copper color with a head of moderate size, sheets of sticky lacing. Scent is predominately grapefruit with some notes of pine, tangerine, plus earthy and spicy hops. Nutty, toasted bread scents from the malt. Taste is of grapefruit, with the other hop flavors as noted in the scent, a fair bit of alcohol and only moderate bitterness, the backbone is of a toasted bread like malt and is pretty prevalent on the finnish. Medium body, oily without much lingering aftertastes. A decent dIPA that is not as aggressive as many in the style with a somewhat unique toasty malt flavor. (598 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip. Poured a golden amber color with a moderate sized bright white head to it. The head faded to a thin covering, but left some excellent lacing while doing so.

The aroma has a nice floral, citrusy hoppiness to it. It has a bit of that juicy, tropical flavor that I really like in DIPA's. The hoppy aromas are very nice in it. A bit of toasty malt comes through as well in the nose.

The taste has a nice mix of fruity, tropical, juicy, hoppiness and a more bitter, pine, resin hoppiness. A little alcohol is present in the finish but not too bad. A little bit of bready and toasty malt comes through the hoppiness. The finish also has a bitter, dry hoppiness that lingers.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate to slightly above average carbonation. Drinkability is good, it has some very nice hoppy flavors to it. I really enjoyed the 6 pack of this I bought and will be buying more. Very welcome addition to ST's 6 pack lineup, and a very solid beer overall. (1,023 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 6/21/10.

A - Clear golden, light amber-toned liquid with slow-rising bubbles of carbonation and a fluffy dollop of creamy white foam on top that transformed into a thick web of lace all around the glass.

S - Citrusy hops with some adjacent pine and resin notes here and there, as well as a fairly potent waft of alcohol. Sweet caramel and toffee notes balance the assertive hop nose. Strong, pungent and hop-forward.

T - Alcohol is apparent but doesn't seem to cross the line outside of DIPA territory. Hops dominate the initial flavor, although a toasted grainy malt character emerges in the backend to balance the finish nicely, although a resiny hop bite and slight alcohol sting accompany the grainy finish.

M - Medium bodied with a sticky, oily mouthfeel and plenty of alcohol warmth on the palate, although it never gets too warm. Bitterness lingers for a bit.

D - Very nice attempt at a West Coast DIPA with lots of citrus flavor. I typically feel that Southern Tier's small bottle releases are mediocre to good, but this one was excellent (even though I had it on tap). Good stuff! (1,123 characters)

Photo of zoolzoo
3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Burnt copper, one finger white head.

S: Bitter, resiny piney... there are some hops in this glass. Yet, some big malt is apparent.

T: Initial hop bite is sticky and resinous. Not exactly a blast of fruit juice or a walk through a pine forest, more or less generically bitter. It just sort of drops off into honey drizzled dinner roll and grains. The finish is dry and semi-hot.

M: "Medium" for a DIPA

D: Not terrible, but suffers from a somewhat apparent ABV, and a high level of sweetness mid palate. (509 characters)

Photo of UDbeernut
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap into a pint glass

A: amber gold in color, nice 1/2" foamy head with good retention

S: sweet caramel malt backbone with nice piney hop aroma slightly floral and citrus

T: and over flow of pine and citrus hops but not overly bitter. Nice balance from slight caramel malt

M&D: butter mouth mixed with slightly cutting hops. Very drinkable for such abv.

Good in summer heat, I suspect it will be better in fall and spring. (430 characters)

Photo of squaremile
2.95/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a darker clear yellow with a head that circles the glass. Nose is citrus and hop pellets, somewhat toned down for a double. Could benefit from some dry hopping. Flavor profile is similar to the pale, with powdery lemon zest, and pine, followed by more citrus flavors like white grapefruit and orange, and finishing with a lasting bitterness. Drinkability is somewhat low here just because the lack of complexity. Just not into it. (436 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A= Happy to see this in MN. The pour is a nice bright shallow orange color that is completely translucent with a small finger high head on it that holds some pretty decent retention and spotty lacing.

S= Yummy bright citrus hops. A good amount of pine in it as well. The bouquet actually reminds me of Furious a little bit. There is a decent amount of tropical fruit aroma to it as well.

T= The taste is not as powerful as Furious but still very nice. A little more subtle in taste and bitterness letting come of the sweet malt to shine through a little more. There is some nice tropical fruit again with a little pine and little citrus peel. The finish is light in the bitterness department.

M= The only major flaw with this beer. It sort of has a watery mouth on it.

D= Pretty nice IPA. Not as pungent or powerful as Furious but a similar bouquet and taste. Very nice and worth a shot if you don't live in an area with a World Class IPA. (943 characters)

Photo of fear025
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma:The malt aroma of this beer is very strong, with the hops taking second place. The hops smell mildly of citrus.

Appearance:Pale golden color, with great head retention and good lacing.

Taste:On the foretaste, there are hops, and a good amount, but not quite as much as I expect in a DIPA. They all do taste good though, and as foretaste gives way to the midtaste, the hop complexity makes itself known more, peaking in the midtaste. The aftertaste is just a ramping down of the same, but it lingers pleasantly on the tongue. The malt flavors are rather subtle through the whole experience.

Mouthfeel:Very smooth body, easy to drink. Nicely carbonated.

Drinkability:I was expecting the hops to be more in your face, as many American brewers are doing these days, but instead, southern tier went in for a deeply complex, thoughtful brew. It's one of the more sessionable DIPAs out there, as much as any DIPA can be sessionable. (935 characters)

Photo of aerozeppl
4.57/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap and it was amazing. From the bottle twice. First time amazing second meh. Growler today to wash away the removal of the lath and plaster from our kitchen.

A: Really clear golden color. My only real gripe with this beer is that it is a little lighter than I like to see my DIPAs. That being said the appearance is similar to that of torpedo. Sticky lacing after the initial finger of white head.

S: Damn son. It is a cross between the elder and the best batches of Captain Lawrence DIPA. Citrus. Piney. Grapefruit. Sticky hop cones shoved in your nose by force.

T: All the hop taste you could hope for. Starts off sweet. Right into a touch of bitterness then it opens up into a bouquet of what hops can do when used right. Citrus. Piney. Grapefruit. A touch of lemon. Just a real winner.

M: Sticky mouthfeel. What does not make this Pliny is the lack of total dryness. It is well attenuated for sure but not Pliny. Carbonation is glorious.

D: This beer is amazing. Next to Pumpking this might be my new favorite ST beer. They were just sort of floating around putting out bigger and bigger stuff and this blew me away. A totally different animal than unearthly. Growler is on borrowed time. (1,212 characters)

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

Southern Tier 2XIPA is a dense, crystal clear golden ale with a dense and frothy yellowish white head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a sweet, floral aroma with notes of hay and oranges. It smells great. It's pretty full bodied; smooth and foamy in the mouth. The finish is quite clean and dry. It has a nice, bold bitterness of pine resin and juniper. A peppery rumble follows. The aftertaste is long and bitter and gets a little soapy. There's nothing incredibly stand-out here, but it's a big, bold beer with no apparent faults. (549 characters)

Photo of claminat420
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- poured a transparent golden color with a frothy white head. medium lacing.

S- just some piney and alil grapefruit hops. the way an ipa should smell!

T- for how hoppy it is it's actually not too bitter. the malt is there so slighty but more of a flavorful ipa than a bitter. the alcohol is undetected.

M- medium/light bodied. good carbonation.

D- i'm glad they didn't go shniebly and just put these out in 4 packs like other companies would do.

Overall- this might be my go-to-beer from now on. i don't know if it's just my taste buds being destroyed by all the other hoppy beers i love but i found the bitterness to be very low. if you're a hophead i highly suggest to give this one a try. (697 characters)

Photo of jagoffyinzer
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a two finger head that reduces to a thin and bubbly layer. The color is pure gold and is extremely transparent.

S: I feel like I've almost snorted a line of hop pellets. Really complex aroma of hops. It's earthy, piny, spicy, and citric. All these aromas combine and just make for a heavenly odor. I hope Southern Tier makes an air freshener or colon of this because I could never be sick of it.

T: As to be expected it's a hop bomb. Up front is a grape fruit bitterness that mingles with some smaller notes of alcohol. It finishes with a piny undertone and some crystal malt. Everything blends together quiet nicely.

M: It's rather light and smooth and finishes on the dry side. You're left with a nice warming sensation from the alcohol.

D: Very drinkable and easy going but I don't feel I could pound these at a rate some other American Doubles I've tasted. (874 characters)

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

New Beer Friday! Okay...new beer week, heh. A big thanks to my brother-in-law Kevin for sending me this great beer. Cheers!

Appearance - Pours a brilliant clear orange into my SA Perfect Pint. About two fingers of somewhat tan colored head are achieved with a moderate pour, which rather quickly dissipate leaving decent lacing.

Smell - This has a great nose to it. Sappy, piney resin followed by somewhat moderately bitter hops, which gradually fades to an almost tropical citrus smell. I love tropical smelling IPA's and have high hopes the taste will be like the nose.

Taste - My hopes were half met. I definitely get much of the nose in the initial taste, however, there is also a heavier than expected (i.e. wanted) malt presence. Not as bitter as I thought it would be. The initial flavor wave is sticky pine resin and bitter hops, though not overly. This gives way to just a hint of citrus...most of the tropical scents I experienced in the nose are not present here, however, there is still a more "sweet" citrus taste rather than a biting bitter unripe grapefruit flavor which I feel is the "standard" for many citrusy DIPA's so that is a positive in my mind. Then, a rather heavy sweet caramel and biscuty malt backbone kicks in but finishes with a rather bitter dryness. I am picky with D/IPA's now after living in CA. I don't enjoy them sweet due to the malts, but rather due to the sweet tropical citrus flavors (rather than, as aforementioned, a bitter citrus bite). This can be seen in PtE, Sculpin, Nelson, Duet, and from the Midwest, The Oracle. These beers all stand out to me because of their wonderful balance (imo) and ability to showcase amazing tropical notes and flavors. All this now said, I can reflect on my current beer and realize despite a somewhat heavy malt backbone (not nearly as bad as say 90min which I just reviewed after giving it a second chance and that is not my style of DIPA) this is a very enjoyable and unexpected offering from ST. If I see this when I am back home this summer, I will pick up a six pack alongside some Two Hearted and Dreadnaught. Not a bad beer at all.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Drinkability - Very much so. I could easily session a six pack of these in a sitting, and be regretting it the next morning. (2,293 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a crystal clear golden copper, with a rigid finger of bright-white foamy head. This sticks around with a rich 1/2 finger of rich froth, which just coats the sides of the glass with some creamy spotty lacing. The aroma is floral and piney up front and is just dripping with rich sweet tropical fruit notes. Mango and pineapple are fairly prominent here but some more bitter smelling grapefruit character is also coming out as well. The malts add some extra grainy sweetness to the nose but do a good job of giving this some added flavor while also taking a backseat and allowing those hops to shine. Man, this is just so bright and fresh in the nose. Awesome.

The taste is just full of rich hop flavor but never gets too bitter and aggressive. Resins, bitter grapefruit, citrus peel, and some spice all make an appearance here but are just beautifully balanced by that aforementioned sweet juicy fruit presence and the malts, which play more of a part here and add an almost honeyed biscuit character to this. Hops lash the finish of this (but not too severely) with spice and leftover sticky pine, while the overall profile is fairly dry throughout. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and is equal parts soft creaminess and oily slickness. That 8% ABV is nearly nonexistant (although some warmth does emerge but only after this has been sitting out at room temp for a good while) and coupled with that smooth feel really ramps the drinkibility of this up bigtime. This is one of the few DIPAs out there that I would actually call "refreshing".

You know, lately I had been growing weary of Southern Tier and their constant string of "big beer" releases but this really reaffirmed my belief that when these guys keep it simple and apply themselves to a style, they can really knock it out of the park. This is just an expertly crafted Double IPA and an absolute steal at only $9 for a six-pack. This is definitely the surprise of the summer so far for me. (1,994 characters)

Photo of Josephkeene
4.64/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle this Double IPA pours clear orange with a small head. Dissipates and keeps light lacing.

The smell is amazing beautiful Hop presence with a smoothing light citrus smell.

With the first taste you get a carbonated hop rush with a citrus. Your Pilate is left with a aftershock of Hops but yet it is extremely smooth and easy to consume. (356 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good three-finger head which settles slowly and leaves nice ring lace. After five minutes, there's a foam dome. Light gold color with a mild haze

Strong, appealing grapefruit hop aroma.

Pleasant malt start to the sip, but it quickly gives way to a strong, nearly extreme bitter hop bite. Peppery swallow and a long lasting finish. Rich body.

Overall, borderline excessive and somewhat two-dimensional but it is still quite tasty for a hop head. (448 characters)

Photo of Axic10
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours light golden with two fingers of head that settled down to about half a finger while I sip on this.

Smell: Very West-Coast vibe to this nose. Piney hops, citrusy fruit, with a hint of the malts at the end. Picking up some grapefruit, mango and pineapple.

Taste: Bitterness all the way through, although the initial taste is more malty then bang! the hops hit you again followed by some more malt at the end. Sweetness from the malts, pineapple, grapefruit, mango. Very enjoyable taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth, crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: I think I found a new year round go to DIPA. Very affordable and enjoyable. (712 characters)

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