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2XIPA - Southern Tier Brewing Company

Not Rated.
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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

3,835 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,835
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 103
Gots: 511 | FT: 5
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mcallister on 04-28-2010)
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Photo of Dost0ybrewski
2.35/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I'm clueless as to why this beer has an average BA score of 90+. As someone who solely drinks IPAs, I'm confident in saying it was the worst DIPA I have ever tasted. I don't really know how to explain my experience besides summarizing it: there is absolutely nothing special or intriguing about this beer. It's balanced to the point where it doesn't even taste like an IPA. Not hoppy. Not malty. Just bland. Watered down and underwhelming in every sense of the word.

I'm someone who believes it's blasphemous to pour out a "good" beer without finishing it. But this beer merited a pouring-down-the-drain. I made it halfway though the bottle before giving up (forgive me, beer gods).

OVERALL: There is nothing redeeming about this beer. Utter disappointment in my opinion.

Photo of johnnieoz
2.36/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

12oz bottle from six-pack, DOB 3-27-13

Coming from California, I feel fortunate to be enjoying great local TX brews as well as favorites from back home and others less available in the West from the East. For example, Firestone Walker & Ballast Point just arrived in TX ,and just yesterday I enjoyed a fresh Double Jack & some Pale 31, both bottled in March 2013. So you'd think, this newcomer would be comparable, but...

A: As others have noted, this beer looks like like a bad lager. Unfortunately, this is the best part of this bottling. Average.

S: I'm getting nothing here - aromas are comparable to Session Lager or Edison, ie diplomatically low key and certainly not DIPA caliber. Corn?

T: Bitter does not a DIPA maketh. There are hops in there somewhere - "4 varieties of hops & 3 types of malts" per the box, but which ones? - A mess...

M: Nothing wrong here, but the lack of balance nearly makes it a drain pour.

O: I hope I'm reviewing a badly kept or sub-par batch of this beer. I've enjoyed other Southern Tier ales - inc Unearthly & Pumking while based in DC - but this is just not a good tasting brew.

The un-icing on the cake is the fact that Firestone's Pale 31 (opened for comparison) was not only tastier but hoppier. StArnoldFan (another TX BA who review this bottling) offers a second, equally unfavorable opinion. Southern Tier, please advise.

Photo of troysoy2
2.4/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle, 11/21/11 DOB. Poured into a pint glass, it's quite a nice looking beer. Rich amber color, with plenty of bubbles. A finger of bubbly, white head leaves some nice, patchy lacing

The smell is very resiny and thick. There's just the slightest hint of an odd stale bread and metal odor. I want to like it, but the smell is a bit off in my opinion.

Surprisingly balanced flavor between piney hops and light biscuity malt. The mouthfeel is quite light and crisp. Not nearly as thick or smooth as I may have expected. The metalic, herbal, and honestly kind've stale smell finds its way into the front of the taste, and quite prevalently, I might add. The alcohol is well hidden -- nearly undetectable.

I'm not so sure I like this one... maybe this particular mix of hops just isn't my cup of tea. And yeah, it's somewhere between a regular IPA and an Imperial IPA, just as promised. Sadly, it just leaves me wanting something more. Not my favorite Southern Tier offering.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
2.42/5  rDev -40%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle at 42* into a Stone IRS Tulip.

A: This pours an absolutely transluscent, glowing, orange color with some red tint and an inch of foamy but rather thin head that doesn't last long.

S: It has heavy floral and piney hop notes and some mild citrus as well.

T: It's overbearingly floral. It tastes as if rose petals were steeped in it for a month.

M: It feels soapy, oily, and is just atrocious.

D: This is really badly done. Drain pour.

Photo of SuomiHobbit
2.5/5  rDev -38%

Photo of laynerjohnson
2.5/5  rDev -38%

Photo of mwbrady12
2.5/5  rDev -38%

Photo of thegodfather2701
2.5/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of slvenhuizen
2.5/5  rDev -38%

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2.5/5  rDev -38%

Photo of tylerthetiger
2.5/5  rDev -38%

Photo of xchgr
2.5/5  rDev -38%

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2.5/5  rDev -38%

Photo of KWolf
2.5/5  rDev -38%

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2.5/5  rDev -38%

Photo of Ryan011235
2.6/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of mpedara429
2.6/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

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2.75/5  rDev -31.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.8%

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2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 3,835 ratings.