2XIPA - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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2.5/5 rDev -38.1%
A-Translucent straw with a thick, billowy, bright white head. Some decent lacing is left on the glass.
S-While the nose isn't very strong it is complex. Notes of pine, citrus, and a hint of caramel malts. It is hoppy, but the malt backbone is detected as well.
T-Very mild for the style to say the least. I get some hop bitterness followed by some malts and some alcohol sweetness. There is nearly no flavor.
M-Thin for the style.
D-Easy drinking, but mostly due to the fact to there is almost no flavor.
Overall, this is one of the worst Double IPA's I have ever had. Its my first Southern Tier beer and I am really disappointed.
06-21-2011 23:02:55 | More by thegodfather2701
2.6/5 rDev -35.6%
Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 3/25/11
Golden amber color; perhaps on the light side for the style. It has nice clarity, though. A fury of swirling, rising bubbles gives way to a slanted cap of foam, hitting the two finger mark. The head dies down, leaving clumpy patches of bubbles and lace.
At first the aroma was heavy on spicy, zesty citrus hops, grapefruit, lemon and orange with some grassy and herbal notions to back it up. As it warms the spicy crackle is tamed and pine takes a more prominent stance. It kind of has that lemon pine-sol thing going on but shies from being harsh with solvency. Solid biscuit-like malt presence with hints of dough. Some hop oils and resins, too.
Wow, the aroma has lead to a total letdown in terms of flavor. The hops are downplayed in spiciness, intensity and resinous goodness. Smoothed-over earthy notions instead with piddly hints of pine and citrus. Lots of bready malt takes up the slack. Fairly low bitterness.
Medium bodied. Alcohol is appreciable and there is a prominent slickness, especially as it warms. The finish is bready, dead-hopped and gritty. The finish is fairly dry and thankfully it doesn't last too long.
I'm not very impressed and become less so as the glass wears on. Perhaps this is an older bottle? I hope so; it would be pretty dismal if this is how the beer is supposed to be. Though not undrinkable, I poured out the last quarter of the glass. I won't be looking for it again.
03-27-2011 19:10:57 | More by Ryan011235
2.6/5 rDev -35.6%
A: Burnt orange in color with two fingers of off white head with little retention. Thick sticky lacing all the way around the glass.
S: A strong smell of pine and sweet malt. Subtle notes of orange and pineapple.
T: Bitter hops up front followed by everything that was in the smell. Really sweet and malty. There is some sort of disconnect where the hoppiness and sweetness don't balance each other out and are like two separate entities in the beer.
M: Light carbonation in a light body for a DIPA. It doesn't really stick to the mouth at all either.
O: It is is probably the lightest DIPA I've had. Truthfully, I liked the idea of the light mouthfeel because it is unique for a DIPA. It wouldn't be all that bad except that it lacks the overall taste of a big DIPA. Besides the ABV, this actually tastes like it is somewhere between a pale ale and a single IPA that is really sweet. I'm not likely going to be drinking this one again.
10-01-2012 06:38:09 | More by mpedara429
2.78/5 rDev -31.2%
12 oz bottle poured into a stange
A - Wow, very light. Golden, clear with a small off-white head that quickly fades. Moderate lacing
S - Orange, grapefruit and pine. Heavy on the orange I might add. Almost pungent really
T - Meh....matches the nose. What hits me is pungent orange right from the get-go finishing with a resiny pine.
M - Very thin, especially for the style. Lot of carbonation
O - This one confuses me. Just wonder what they were going for with this one. Just doesn't float my boat.
05-28-2011 07:14:49 | More by mooselvlt
2.8/5 rDev -30.7%
A: Pours out a soft caramel body with a white head that rises to just above a finger.
S: The sun shines. A curtain gently blows. There is a soft breeze of pine, perhaps a touch of oranges from the grove.
T: The soft breeze gives way to a gentle rain shower, it tastes like the breeze. Then the breze pushes it along and afterwards there is the taste of crackers with no cheese. The sunny day has returned.
M: That gently shower was really light bodied, don’t you think?
O: For some reason, I really want to like Southern Tier beers. Maybe because my first experience was Gemini, which was spectacular. Everything since has let me down. This IPA feels like it has training wheels on it. Gemini was like a triathlete.
I also just looked at the bottle for reassurance when I went to review, this is a DIPA? Am I missing something?
02-14-2012 00:26:01 | More by phantomwyse
2.83/5 rDev -30%
12 oz bottle to oversized wine glass. $3.50. The 2XIPA made a lot of noise on the boards here which prompted me to immediately seek this brew out. First beer of the day. Review from a backlog of notes.
A: Pours with 1 1/2 fingers of long lasting white head. Verrrry light sun-struck amber orange in color. The body is clear with visual carbonation akin to angrily swarming bees. A nice amount of lacing is deposited on the glass.
S & T: The nose is UNCOMMONLY weak. The flavor as well. While there is no problem with the flavor profile per se, the lack of intensity here is astounding and ratings suffer as a result. How could my palate possibly mistake a "DIPA" at 8.2% ABV for an APA at 5? Thanks to Southern Tier, I now know. Light malts of caramel and biscuit with a nice squeeze of grapefruit, orange and pineapple juice. A light sweetness dials back the bitterness on the palate.
M: Medium to medium-full body and as creamy as it gets. Visually, the carbonation seems relentless. On the tongue, however, it couldn't be any softer, which in my mind, is a huge detriment. Back to the pros: the flavor duration is very long and it finishes well: crisply, cleany, semi dry and moderately bitter.
D: The style applied to this brew is throwing me for a loop. This would be a top notch pale ale (if it were one) but it loses a huge amount of points when judged as a DIPA. In fact, I followed this brew with an APA (something I would never normally do, BUT was more impressed with by the way) and realized that Southern Tier made a silly typo: They simply forgot to put a "1/" in front of the "2XIPA".
Despite everything negative I've said so far, the drinkability is actually pretty high. In fact, I could drink about 450 of these things in one sitting. Clearly, the ABV is another misprint. Unfortunately, because of the cost, I won't even be buying a six pack. I guess I'll have to give this one another try next time I see it on draft.
08-29-2010 15:21:28 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
2.85/5 rDev -29.5%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into DFH Chalice.
Appearance: My first thought is that this is way too light for a DIPA. The clear straw color is more commonly associated with Pilsners and Lagers. This is not consistant with what a DIPA (or IPA) should look like. The head is a very nice white that rises up close to three fingers and leaves sticky lacing throughout.
Smell: Well, all I get is hops. Strictly Cali here with grapefruit dominating and a slight pine in the background. Big citrusy floral smell that has me excited.
Taste: This thing is a total mess. Maybe the most unbalanced IPA I've ever had. The hops dominate with citrus playing a major role. There is absolutely no malt to speak of which leaves the feeling that one is drinking a hop tea. This reminds me of some IPA's that I've tried at local homebrew competitions, not an offering from a well respected brewery. Also I don't detect any of that ABV which leads me to think that this may not be the 8% it claims.
Mouthfeel: Light, light and light. The mouthfeel is pretty consistant with the color and the taste. There just isn't anything to it.
This is the first time that a BA score has ever let me down. This thing is way too unbalanced for me to enjoy or recommend.
02-04-2012 01:48:20 | More by PatDreadful
2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,462 ratings.