2XIPA - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Hads: 4,205
Avg: 4
pDev: 23.5%
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of HoosBrews
4.59/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle that was 10 days old in NC! I've had this one before, but never this fresh.

Appearance was golden and clear with mild carbonation.

The nose is much more intense than I remember. Maybe this one fades with age pretty quick, but right now it's big and citrusy. Reminds me of Avery DuganA in the nose.

Again, I'm amazing at the taste difference in a 10 day old 2X and a 3 month old 2X. Big chewy, grassy hops and a little honey.

Mouthfeel is lighter than I would have expected. There's still a chewy honey mouthfeel, but lower ABV helps out on the drinkability.

This is fantastic fresh. It's pretty rare to get something from out of state that was bottled on 5/31/11 and consumed 6/9/11, let alone a DIPA. Still good with a few months on it, but this is world class beer fresh.

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Photo of halo21
4.59/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: I poured this golden straw yellow into my trusty Duvel tulip glass. It built a nice head that was half inch thick, dense, and white. It dissipated quickly but was brought back strong by a swirl of the glass.

Smell:Citrusy hops right up front; grapefruit zest and orange rind, with a bit of peach; there is a nice malt lingering in the background, with a slight toast to it.

Taste: Big hops; grapefruit and orange zest. This beer mirrors the bold smells, without any astringent flavors. The malt gives it some backbone, leaving you with a nice aftertaste of toasted malts and lingering fruitiness;specifically oranges.

Mouthfeel:Lower medium weight, with perfect carbonation. It was smooth and slightest bit creamy.

Drinkability:High for the style; this is one that would sneak up on you. VERY easy drinking, but comes in strong at 8.2%.

Notes: This is a very solid, great tasting, well executed beer. My biggest regret: I didn't start drinking this sooner.

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Photo of DaveHack
4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into DFH signature

The beer is very nice looking. Decent head, with lots of spott lacing all down the glass.
The smell is just a bit off. I think it is the only thing keeping this from a 'perfect' beer. It is a little light on the nose. Slightly piney, but not much else.
An explosion of wonderful is the only way to describe this taste! Piney up front then bitter, with an oily resin as it goes down, I love that!
Feels good in the mouth, could be just a touch thicker, but that is a very minor detail. This beer is up there with the best of 'em. Given its awesome availability, it is an exception beer. Go forth and try this if you have not already.

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Photo of Heischman
4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer/Brewery - Southern Tier 2XIPA/Southern Tier
City/State- Lakewood, New York
STYLE – American Double / Imperial IPA
ABV – 8.2%
IBU – Unknown
DATE – 17 JUN 2011
SERVING TYPE – 12 ox Bottle
GLASSWARE – Short Pilsner
APPEARANCE – Clear yellow with a nice stream of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass, although there is not a very good head on the beer just a thin layer across the top
AROMA- I do not even need to bring the glass to my nose I can smell the hops already. Nice hop smell with a sweet grapefruit as well.
TASTE – Very mild in the beginning but a hit of grapefruit on the after note. No linger after taste though.
MOUTHFEEL – Very light on the tongue and a nice carbonation that linger for about 45 seconds after each sip.
CONCLUSION – I would have to say out of all the IPAs I have tried this week (It has been IPA week for me) this is by far me favorite. Not to hoppy but enough to let you know it is there.

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

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

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a very nice blend of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong hops bitterness eases in and asserts itself. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, this is a very good 2IPA that is worth drinking for a whole evening.

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Photo of Wooderson_420
4.57/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The motto of Southern Tier stresses a passion for "vigorously" hopped beer, and one taste of this double IPA will really give you a feel for how sincerely they have stuck to it. The color and smell are as bold and emotive as anything you will taste from the IPA family, and the taste is everything you would expect given the quality of the appearance and the nose. Uncompromising and superb.

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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.

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Photo of antlerwrestler19
4.56/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass a clear golden yellow with a one finger head that dissipated quickly leaving little to no lacing - I was anticipating it to be a lot stickier and retain itself...oh well. The smell is excellent filled with sweet and citrusy tropical fruit aromas that mingle with a nice piny resinous tones - not getting a lost of malt backbone which is fine by me. The taste is basically a mirror image of the aroma - but so much more enjoyable! It's like biting into a hybrid fruit that has a mix of bitter grapefruit, mango, lemon and much more. All is followed by a hint of malty caramel that is very subtle. The mouthfeel is a bit syrupy and leaves the roof of my mouth and tongue sticky and wanting another drink. This beer is delicious, hands down. I expected more out of the appearance but I completely forgot about it's lack of outer beauty when I finally tasted it. Damn fine tasting citrusy hoppy beer.


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Photo of Tballz420
4.56/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden colored brew, small white head. Sticky lace. Speaking of sticky, the nose is all sticky hops. Floral with some pine. Also speaking of sticky: the taste. Icky sticky ickies. A number of different hops are in there in high quantities. Bitter, floral, piney, citrusy. Fairly thin and wet mouth. A bit of spice from the alcohol as it warms a bit. Its one of those hop monsters, and its good

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden color, no real hop haze, and the head is modest but long-lasting.

Aroma is very much hop-forward and recalls west coast hops: prickly, vibrant, super-clean citrus rind. Malt appears only to prop up the hops, it's not very sweet but it bready and doughy, kind of like angel food cake batter before the sugar is added.

Although the nose doesn't give away the malt character, the flavor surely does. It's sweet, like caramel-flavored taffy, but never tastes saccharine or overdone. The hops burst through the malt anyway, offering tart citrus peel, mint and spruce. Super-clean, breezy, bright, vibrant. Expertly well-balanced, with alcohol hardly pushing through and only delivering a kind of gentle spiciness. Long bitter/spicy finish features spearmint and more citrus rind, with a flash of candy-like sweetness. Fantastic.

Feels like a beer of this type should...carbonated just enough, but yielding to a rounded medium body. A bit dry, yet the finish keeps on riding through.

This is a completely well-balanced, expertly-brewed, super-refreshing double IPA that never feels extreme in any direction, be it hops, malt or alcohol level. Another Southern Tier success...

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice hazy golden color. Pale white head that dissapates rapidly leaving a silky lacing behind.

S- Orange, grapefruit and lemon zest jump out. Piney hops notes pull forward when the glass is swirled. I was however expecting alot more hops on the nose.

T- Pink Grapefruit and bright hops... slighty bitter, slightly sweet. Really nice citrus aftertaste. Gets honey sweet with citrus pith, and pine notes. Carbonation really pops in your mouth!

M- Nice carbonation... tons of flavors drip off of different sides of your tongue! Bitter, sweet, honey, tangy, citrusy and hoppy! The flavors really hang in there!

D- This is a fantastic beer, and quickly becoming one of my favorite styles! I love almost everything from Southern Tier, and this is another excellent example!

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Photo of wgk
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lighter color than expected and a little cloudy, but not distractingly so.

Smells sweeter than it tastes. Nice hop aroma and lots of floral/sweet scent.

Smooth. Hoppy. Stands up proudly. Finishes strongly bitter but not too bitter.

This is an excellent, very drinkable IPA that will not disappoint you. Nice kick with the ABV well disguised by the great tastes and finish. Quality is obvious.

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Photo of Augustiner719
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter glass.

Appearance: nearly crystal clear, bright orange color with a beautiful white cap that is fluffy and leaves some nice lacing. Great collar on the glass that looks like honey combe.

Smell: Smells unreal. Its got a deep pinecone, sappy, piney resiny, sweet sugar like grapefruit aroma. Some hints of orange peel but for citrus its all grapefruit.

taste: full bodied and beautiful hops that leave a spicy, hop flavor on the palate. Big bold orange and grapefruit peel on the initial attack. midpalate is all malt, sweet biscuity, almost like a croissant breadyness. Finish is back to the bitter hops with a strong citrus kick.

Mouthfeel: Bone dry on the finish which i like. whta i dont like is the astrigenty mouthfeel while enjoying a sip. Leaves a minty, austere off flavor of plastic on the finish that i dont care for.

Drinkability: This is a very very solid DIPA. perfect match for pizza. dry finish like a nice dry chardonnay, and works well by itself or with food. seek out and enjoy!

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Photo of hoplover82
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a crystal clear deep yellow color with a solid index finger sized white head that has excellant rention and lacing.
S-What interesting is that this is for sure a hop foward beer, but the first thing I notice is the grain bill seems to be very german, like pilsner and grains like this. Yet I digress. On to the hops, they are very bright in every sense of the word. Bright citrus, and floral notes comes along with fruity type hops that reminds me of New Zealand hops. The fruit reminds me of strawberry and blackberries. A very summertime IIPA indeed. I love it! The grains are very heyish and bready and bright grassy in the best sense of the word.
T-The flavor is no let down from the aroma. Very complex and bright with citrus, floral and fruity/berry-like hops and a intensely clean bitterness that lends itself well to the bready, grainy malt bill. When I say grainy it's not gritty, it's just a nice, slightly sweet, freshly crushed grain flavor.
M-The mouthfeel is very smooth and clean. A medium/full body that finishes just slightly on the dry side, but not too dry.
O-This is one of those beers you don't want to end. I wish I had a whole six pack of this beautiful interpretation of a IIPA. PLUS, At first, I had a 4.0 on the smell, taste, and mouthfeel, but as the beer warmed up it became so much more than average. It became one of the best IIPA's I've had. Thank you Southern Tier for holdin' it down!

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Photo of nickthegun12
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one of my favorite ipa's >>>and ive had many>>>the smell is what you typically want to smell out of an ipa>lots of cascade hops>>>>excellent beer

a-a light colored ipa
s-cascade hops!!!
t-more cascade hops
very drinkable

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Photo of stewart124
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden yellow with a half inch of fluffy white head. Plenty of visable carbonation.

The nose is quite aromatic. Pine and grapefruit come through huge with some tart granny smith apple.

The first sip is bigger bodied than I anticipated with a smooth mellow mouthfeel. A bold amount of hops tingle the tongue with just the right amount of bitterness. Lots of pine and more citrus on the palate. There is a bready note and character but this comes through just slightly. I pick up a touch of sweetness in the finish but otherwise if ends quite dry.

This is obviously a hop driven beer and I love the finish. It doesn't drink like a 9% beer at all. Another delicious beer from Southern tier.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Attractive gold colored body was clear, and the pour formed a one finder thick head in the pint glass. The smell was pine, hay, and rain soaked earth, and had a caramelized edginess when inhaled deeply. The taste was citric (grapefruit and tangerine) with a sugary sweetness. More of hop showcase, than an assault, the flavor turned peppery at the end of the sip, and stayed that way in the aftertaste. The beer felt sticky and coating in the mouth, and the alcohol warmth was not intrusive. A balanced, yet flavorful DIPA to keep in mind when the craving hits.

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

On tap at Quinn's. Seattle, WA.

A: Straw yellow with a hint of orange. Tiny head of foam with heavy lacing that does not dissipate.

S: Fantastic pine hop smell with some grapefruit and other citrus fruits.

T: Very strong pine flavor from the hops, but there is a nice secondary citrus taste in there as well. Nice sweet aftertaste with very little alcoholic flavor.

M: Nice medium carbonation. Very smooth.

O: Wonderful Imperial IPA that goes down smooth and hides it's ABV quite well.

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

A - dark golden, slightly amber colored beer with half an inch of frothy off-white foam which sticks around for awhile, leaving sticky lacing down the whole glass.

S - heavy on the fruity hops with melon, cantaloupe, pineapples. some alcohol heat and a mild caramel malt settles behind, but this is all about fruity and juicy hops. sniffed this as long as it was in my glass.

T - very tasty bright fresh pineapple, melon, orange flavors with a subtle grassy note. bitterness comes through in the second half by the way of more piney and grassy hops. malts are there as a base but dont steal an attention. quite yummy.

M - medium bodied and very creamy, oily and smooth going down. just a faint (but pleasant) alcohol burn at the swallow, with moderate carbonation.

D - what can I say, so far my surprise beer of the year, especially considering I'm not a huge fan of Southern Tier's other IPA's...this one drinks like the finest out of the west. cant complain about drinkability as I easily threw down 3 of these at happy hour. wonderful beer. need more.

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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.

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Photo of Stocean1
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured a one finger head into a tulip - quickly subsided to a fine creamy line around the glass that remained throughout - cloudy pale orange color - marmelade - patchy sticky lacing - fine bubbles

S - bursting with grapefruit - lemongrass - hops - sweet malt - spectacular

T - malt up front - the hops is not as bitter as I expected and is very well balanced - the grapefuit and lemon grows through to the aftertaste - cloves - the alcohol is deceiptfully well masked

M - good carbonation for the style and medium bodied - silky smooth for the style - there is little bitterness for the style - there is only a slight hops spiciness - a wee dry in the finish - the only appearance the 8.2 abv makes is in the warming sensation it provides in my throat and belly

O - first Southern Tier I have been really impressed with - this blows away their Gemini - I quite frankly would be hard pressed to change anything about this brew - I think I am finally starting to get the allure of the Imperial IPA -Why oh why did I just buy one!!!! I am buying 12 on pay day

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Photo of gopens44
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - beautiful thick frothy head taking space above a perfectly golden brew. Crystal clear.

S - very vibrant floral presence with a rich hoppy malt smell

T - much like the nose, the taste is rich with hops and dandelion type floral happiness. A touch of sweetness in the background balances the bitter.

M - medium to well carbonated yet silky and pleasant. Little bit of aftertaste, but not overwhelming.

I would take this over 90 Minute (90 Minute is great, but this is a touch better). Very drinkable, and the high ABV is not an issue at all. You only notice the warmth a little while after drinking it.

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

I poured this from the bottle in to my Duvel tulip. The hop aroma instantly blew back at me. I knew then this was going to taste great. The copper colored ale was topped with a frothy white head that stayed and stayed. The hops dominate the aroma as they should. There may be just a slight hint of a sweet honey in the way background. The taste is just as it smells. DELISH!!!! This is well balanced with malts but manages to keep the emphasis on hops. Great full bodied ipa with moderate carbonation on the tongue. I would suggest that you give this one a try. If your a hop lover I insist you try this. WORLD CLASS!!!

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Photo of brewdude1982
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was a 12 oz bottle poured into a goblet.

It pours a yellow amber great clarity and good carbonation with medium retention. It has average to above average clarity. It has an amazing aroma of sweet malts with citrus and pine hops on the back end. The taste is amazing balanced especially considering the alcohol content. The big malts are welcome and then the hops come in and perfectly balance this beer. Considering tht this was an ipa it has a good bodyband good carbonation. Southern tier makes some great IPAs. I love this brewery and I was not let down at all by this brew. I would highly recommend this beer to IPA fans or to just beer fans.

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

A- 4.5 Pours a very nice clear golden color with a one finger white head. One thin column of bubbles rises from the stem of the glass, and a wall of micro bubbles laces the edges smoothly. Sticky lacy remains stay throughout.

S- 4.5 Strong hops and a grapefruit citrus dominate the nose. There's a tinge of honey-like sweetness coming from the malts. The smell has my mouth puckering in anticipation.

T- 4.5 Mmm, this is just what I pictured from the aroma... I'm again getting grapefruit and a nice-but-not-overbearing hoppiness. It is mellowed out nicely by the malts as you take it down. Great tasting big IPA.

M- 4.5 This brew has almost a perfect feel to it; it is medium in body and has a great carbonation level that provides a nice smoothness. Just a bit of syrup to it on the finish keeps me from giving it a 5.

D- 4.5 A very nice offering all around. Hop heads: I don't consider myself one yet and I love it. It goes down very easily for its high ABV and is smooth and refreshing. I'd put it close to - if not on par - with Bell's Hopslam. Glad to have Southern Tier in KY now!

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2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,002 ratings.