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2XIPA - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,899
Reviews: 979
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 106
Gots: 573 | 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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Photo of facundoCNB
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured a very clear light golden yellow, subtle amount of white head

S - a slight hint of oregano, earthy, bittering and floral hops present, bready/cereal like

T - initial bitterness turns into a very basil-type flavor, sweet malts balance out the bitterness and blend together to create a mellow earthy flavor

M - very flavorful and complex for an IPA, very rich and smooth. a little bitter on the cheeks but not bad (considering I already downed 3/4 of the pour)

O - this is a VERY good beer for a session. it's got all the IPA qualities, plenty of flavor, but is subtle enough to keep you wanting more.

Photo of CaptCleveland
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not a big fan of Southern Tier and actually can say that I have not tasted a memorable beer from their archives. That being said, there was obvious trepidation do to label: "4 types of hops & 3 types of malts", which recalls unnamed brewery's "triple hops brewed" BS slogan.
12oz bottle from 6-pack poured into SA (Sam Adams) glass, clear gold elixir, white foam head that sustains throughout. Floral fruits and pears predominate. No pines. Smooth hop tingle without cloying bitter bite leaves smooth and satisfying hop resins.
This dipa is smooth with nice hop flavor but not heavy and well concealed abv (8.2% if believed). Could consume a few and then get hit with the alcohol.
Overall an up and comer.

Photo of dougfur
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This is another great example of the difference between bottled beer and what you get on tap. In bottles, it's a decent DIPA, but nothing special. On tap, this is a a great summer-time ale. Very light in color, very refreshing, but nicely hoppy and very delicious. Also easy to get in the northeast and affordable. If you weren't impressed in the bottle, give it a try on tap!

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a light hazy dark orange, with 2 inches of head, and good lacing down the glass.

Smells strongly of citrus fruits, bitter grapefruit and leafy hops.

Similar- tons of hop flavors with low bitterness. Some floral hop tones, with a ton of orange, pineapple and grapefruit hop flavors, ending in grassy and piney hop flavors. Just a huge spectrum of hop flavors here. Slightly sweet malt flavor is washed aways by tons of hops.

Medium bodied, creamy, sticky mouthfeel up front then finishes dry. Very drinkable and well carbonated.

Southern Tier is known for their sweet stouts and pumpkin beers- but they also know to get some great hop flavor. Well recommended.

Photo of ironmc43
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NiceTaps
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle poured into a room-temp pint glass.

A- A clean and clear deep true gold color. One-finger off-white head, mega rings of lace. Nice and bubbly.

S- Citrus hops right up, then a mix of maltiness and cut grass. Pleasatly pungent.

T-Bitterness is not a flavor but this beer is full of bitter citrus flavors. I can't always discern the citrus flavors, but lemon and grapefruit easily stand out here. There are malts, some sweets and some breadiness, too.

M- Medium body and good carbonation. Fresh and bitter at once. Resins.

O-Insanely drinkable at 8.2% abv. It almost misses the DIPA mark - in a good way

Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, gold in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: pine hops with a touch of caramel

Taste: predominantly pine hops, some earth, caramel,and citrus hops

Mouthfeel: light bodied, medium carbonation, slightly bitter with a small sweet backbone

Drinkability: Another nice and piney, slightly complex IPA. Very well mixed in terms of hop combination. Easily the best ST beer you can get in a sixer. Really enjoyed this one and look forward to getting some more.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of cferg88
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Brent
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A solid entry in the double IPA category for Southern Tier. Nice balance of hops bittering and sweetness. There is a touch of citrus, leaning toward grapefruit, in the hops, but the flavor is not particularly pronounced. There is also just a bit of a rawness in the hops, hinting of fresh hop cone and oil. The finish is just the barest bit rough around the edges, but in a fresh way. Nicely done.

Photo of Soren
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a pretty delicious double IPA, delicious grapefruit hops, but has very little foam when poured, hence is a bit too light for my taste. However, it does have a crisp finish. One of my favorite beers, but it would be perfect if it was a little fuller.

Photo of aubuc1
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with no discernable date poured into a goblet.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a nice white sticky looking head.

Smell is citrus and sweet pine.

Taste is very good orangey, biscuity, and lightly bitter. The hops have more of a citrus affect than bittering. Very interesting.

Mouthfeel is good, but a very well crafted beer that is very drinkable.

Photo of Kendo
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Body is crystal clear -- almost oddly so -- darkish golden in color with a 1-finger white head that settles fast. Leaves some sticky lacing behind.

S: Citrusy grapefruit with some pine needles at first. Something earthy too. And apricot is there. From memory, it reminds me a bit of Saranac's Imperial IPA in the nose. Not as overwhelming or juicy as many DIPAs, but it's solid.

T: Hops dominate: grapefruit, pine and then some apricot. That part (the apricot) reminds me of Sculpin. Makes it seem a bit lighter and more refreshing as a result. Slight spice bite at the finish, and I can feel a bit of heat down the gulley. Malt is there underneath it all -- a tad bit of sweet caramel.

M - Medium bodied, decent smooth carbonation. Slightly sticky and resiny.

D - On the lighter side of DIPAs, this one drinks easily. Not as extreme or intense as others - in some ways reminds of Hop Stoopid in that regard.

Notes: so there we have it. Take a Saranac Imperial IPA or a Hop Stoopid and throw in a bit of Sculpin and you've got the idea. I like it.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of drpimento
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not bad, very servicable. Bottle started to foam over after opening. Poured with a nice foamy froth tan head and a bit of lace. Color is a hazy medium amber with a little hazy. Aroma is malty coffee cocoa a bit roast and on the milder side. Ditto flavor; Body is ok ditto carbonation. Finish is good; easy.

Photo of bound4er
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Two finger white head. Clear golden to very light orange appearance. Leaves heavy lacing.

S. Citrus hops battle it out with sweet malt. With some effort I pick up some resinous pine and hints of alcohol.

T. More of the same on the palate with sweet malt and citrus hops taking the leading roll. Finishes with a perfect amount of bitterness.

M. Well carbonated with a silky smooth medium body.

D. May be the most quaffable DIPA I've had mainly due to its balance and reasonable ABV. This stuff just seems to disappear within minutes of pouring. I haven't really found a Southern Tier beer that has impressed me until I tried 2XIPA. Well done and something to buy in quantity.

Photo of mwa423
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a perfectly clear light golden with a finger and a half of head which left an excellent lacing down the glass.

S - Pine, grapefruit, pineapple, and the tiniest steely bite. There is a hint of malt in the aroma that I am guessing will really come out as the beer warms up.

T - Exceedingly smooth, the hops rush over the tongue in the reverse order of the aroma, steely bitterness, then grapefruit and pineapple. The aftertaste is a nice harsh hop bite and a bit of heat from the alcohol

M/D - Mouthfeel is light and quite pleasant with only a bit of heat off the alcohol. This is a very nice and well balanced IIPA that I hope will become a year around release. This is a great challenger to those who say the best hoppy beers come from the west coast.

Photo of lstokes
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly light color with a breezy white head and a bitter nose. Damn! This is definitely a DIPA on the start--lovely floral aromatics and fruity citrus hops, lots of grapefruit minimal caramel malt base--but by the end the light mouthfeel and lack of finish is apparent. I really like how clean and easy drinking this is for a flavorful DIPA, but it could use a bit more oomph in the end.

Photo of dontcostnuthin
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Taken from note - 9/14
I can understand why some people made pliny comparisons with this beer. Beer pours a tangerine color with a thin finger of dense head that lingers. Nice lacing is left after each sip. Nose is tropical, met with grapefruit and pineapple aromas. Upon drinking, this beer I would qualify as a 'west coast' style dipa. The hops are certainly left to shine as there isn't much sweetness or heavy malt flavors to counter balance the hops. 2XIPA has a dry chewy mouthfeel that lingers in the back corners of my mouth. Very drinkable beer, a dangerous one to boot, as it certainly doesnt taste like the listed 8.2% Highly recommended

Photo of hosehead83
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Hazy gold in color, with a nice two-inch head of frothy foam
Aroma-Citrus, piney hop notes
Taste-Piney hops, tangerine, underlying malt sweetness, orange-rind bittering finish. Nicely balanced and easy drinking for a DIPA. Hardly any alchohol bite to speak of. Tasty.

Photo of WoostaBia
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of chickencoop
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After on about the 50th DIPA, most of these seem to fall into the same old same old, but this is a bit different. It is dominated on the front by the big sweet hop bomb/ honey falovors, but finishes clean and smooth. This has very little after taste that seems to cover the big boozy DIPA's, and just finished clean and smooth. Very drinkable, looking for more.

Photo of omokoro
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale golden color with not much head. Lots of small bubbles of carbonation. There is a good amount of malt sweetness and a fair amount of citrus on the nose. This is a very crisp beer, I taste notes of pear and grapefruit. There is a lot of carbonation, quite refreshing. Overall this is a very drinkable beer, not overly hopped. I would love to try this beer on draught.

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A - Pours a clear golden straw color with 2 fingers of off white head.

S - This has a great tropical fruity smell of grapefruit and orange. Bitter grapefruit hops and sweet caramel malt are apparent.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, with grapefruit hops at the forefront. These are followed by orange and other citrus fruits and rounded off by a good caramel malty sweetness. The bitterness is moderate, which combined with the tropical sweetness makes for a well-balanced brew.

M - Thin-to-moderate body with moderate carbonation. I would have liked this to be a bit thicker but it was still a great beer. Feels a bit sticky and the alcohol is well hidden.

O - I was pleasantly surprised by this one. This is a great DIPA that has flown under my radar for a while, and I will certainly be getting this again.

Photo of PatrickKellyCT
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,899 ratings.