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2XIPA - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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3,492 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,492
Reviews: 948
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 89
Gots: 347 | FT: 6
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 null


3.8/5  rDev -5.9%

12oz bottle from an eight-week-old 6pk. Poured into 300mL Brasserie D'Achouffe tulip.
A- Surprisingly light blonde/golden hue, crystal clear without a trace of haze or floaties. Couldn't coax much head, but still ended up with some statistically significant lacing.
S- The usual citrus notes from american (D)IPAs along with a slightly sweet, honey-like aroma. Bits of sweet tea.
T- Tart citrus. Very drinkable. Hints of honey/sweet tea with a very light semi-sweet malty/bready backbone. finish is a tad bitter with some nice citrus-honey and floral notes.
M- Surprisingly light. Clean finish. Not a lot of depth or complexity relative to some other DIPAs. Fine carbonation, bit of oily coating up front while still feeling crisp. Very smooth.
O- Disturbingly refreshing and easy-drinking for an american DIPA. The relatively light body and clean/crisp finish makes it feel more like an amped up brit IPA.

06-19-2012 05:46:34 | More by null
Photo of jhammel01

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%

Pours a clear, straw yellow - gold. Soapy head that dissipates quickly but laces down the glass.

Scent seems a bit subdued. Strong hop ahroma but nothing over powering.

Very flavorful.Tons and tons of hop flavor, acidic pine, grapefruit, fresh earthy hops dominate (of course!) Followed by some biscuity, bready malt. Very well balanced for an IPA. Its not ALL hop bomb. Light mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation.

Pretty good. It's nothing spectacular but its well done for sure! I'd buy again.

12-03-2010 04:31:30 | More by jhammel01
Photo of number1bum


3.8/5  rDev -5.9%

Pours a clear honey golden color with about a finger and a half of white head. Keeps a thin but pretty full lace, with some thicker rings of stick left on the sides. Good webbing on the glass.

Smell consists of sticky pine, grapefruit rind, some sweet caramel and sweet orange. Nice hoppiness in this nose, although it doesn't exactly jump out of the glass and smack me around.

Taste is substantially hoppy and significantly bitter, but is very flavorful and drinkable for a DIPA. Lots of citrus, grapefruit in particular, although not as juicy as the nose; more bitter rind flavor. There is pine too, and caramel sweetness. In the finish there is a good deal of bitterness but also an odd flavor that makes me think of raw garlic. It throws off the finish for me, although not enough to dock it except on feel, where instead of a pleasant bitterness I'm left with a real bite.

Mouthfeel is on the plus side of a medium body, with good creaminess but the bite I compared to raw garlic detracts from the smoothness of the beer.

This is a nice DIPA, although there is just something about it that doesn't quite jive with my palate in the finish. I'm sticking with the comparison to raw garlic. It's very sharp and not terribly pleasant. It just takes away a bit from the feel and drinkablikty imo. Nevertheless, this is a solid DIPA and I love that it comes in reasonably priced 6 packs. That alone will get me to buy it again.

09-10-2010 00:40:54 | More by number1bum
Photo of rollercoaster375


3.8/5  rDev -5.9%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip.

A: Gorgeous coloring and clarity, quickly fading, small head.

S: Intense floral hops, mild citrus, a sweet malt background.

T: Hops! Grassy overtones, light citrus notes. Subtle malt sweetness, fading into some minor heat.

M: Nice, calm but present carbonation. Perfect thickness for the style, with a relatively dry/warm finish.

O: A good, drinkable DIPA with a nice, rather unique hop profile that's enjoyable. Would drink again, though not my preferred hop profile.

04-07-2011 03:53:52 | More by rollercoaster375
Photo of DaveBlack


3.8/5  rDev -5.9%

A: Rich, golden color. Looks rather viscous. Good finger's width of head with lots of lacing and long retention.

S: Sweet, grainy backbone helps to sustain a hefty helping of piney hops. Like all double IPAs, it smells like hops, I don't know that there's a whole lot more to be said.

T: The beer tastes pretty much like the smell would lead one to believe. The hops Come through right from the start, with big, woody flavors. The middle gives the malts a chance to shine through with some toasted grain flavors. Finish is bitter and slightly woody.

M: Thick beer, shy of chewy but definitely hefty. Decent amount of carbonation lightens it up a bit.

O: A big beer, a well balanced beer. Not as hop-heavy as some DIPAs, it in fact straddles the line between IPA/DIPA. a solid offering from Southern teir.

06-25-2013 23:55:24 | More by DaveBlack
Photo of barleywinefiend


3.8/5  rDev -5.9%

A: Poured a golden yellow color with good carbonation and a nice white cap

S: Smell is citrus, some toasted notes, corn even?

T: Citrus, floral, caramel and some lightly toasted notes, sweet and even some corn

M: Thinner than I expected, nice crispness, light to medium body

D: Booze is light, body is thin but taste is average

03-13-2011 03:27:47 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of beersensei305


3.8/5  rDev -5.9%

(Active Review)- What a surpise... Golden in color, no haziness. Big foamy head. Strong smell, big hops and citrus scent with some pine. I am taken back by my first sip with the bitterness, I was not expecting this from a clear gold IPA. There is some honey in it at the end to smooth it out. A smooth and mellow double IPA, not really my cup of tea I like double IPAs that bite you back. Iverall very drinkable and not shabby but there are better ones.

10-19-2010 00:32:16 | More by beersensei305
Photo of ThisWangsChung


3.8/5  rDev -5.9%

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a light golden amber color with impressive clarity and vibrance. The head is a two finger off white color with mediocre retention and good lacing.

S: A smell of piny/floral hops, some onion, a little malt...but there's something off here. It smells slightly stale, though it's nothing horrible.

T: I knew this had hints of onion and garlic! Is my mind playing tricks on me, or does this feature Summit hops? I can definitely taste them here, along with the opening crisp floral/piny/citric bite. There's solid bitterness throughout, but it's kept in check by its doughy malt notes. As it warms up, a slight touch of alcohol enters the palate. Not much complexity, but balanced and shockingly easy to drink. Tastes much better than it smells, too.

M: Somewhat heavy on the tongue with high carbonation - a strange combination in an IPA that actually works for what this is trying to accomplish. The astringent bitterness also gives the tongue a nice tingling sensation.

O: I really can't complain about getting a solid DIPA for $10 a 6 pack. Even though this might be an older bottle, it still ended up being really good. This one will be on my radar in the future.

04-22-2012 20:25:10 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of tlazaroff


3.8/5  rDev -5.9%

On the nose I get some nice citrus lime, orange, papaya, and a touch of pine sap.

Golden yellow in color and perfectly clear with a nice crisp white head that unfortunately falls into the beer rather quickly, but leave some pretty lacing in it's wake.

2xIPA is biscuity with layers of juicy hop profiles on top of it. Lime, tangerine, and tamarind are all flavors I pick up here. It has body on the lighter side of medium and medium carbonation to match. Bitterness is firm, but not overbearing and long lasting as well. Quite tasty, this is a nice staple year-round to have.

09-09-2012 23:15:46 | More by tlazaroff
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%

A - Pale gold, moderate head, big rings of lacing.

S - Big citrus pith nose of grapefruit, pomelo, tangerine and lemon. Slight white pepper and hints of caramel.

T - A little sweet, but powerfully balanced by grapefruit pith flavor. Aftertaste is a moderate medicinal and pithy bitterness.

M - A little drying and harsh.

D - The flavor isn't incredible and the mouthfeel is kind of rough, but I enjoy this a lot anyway. Will almost certainly have again. This is one of the finest Southern Tier offerings I've had yet.

03-03-2012 02:29:40 | More by mrasskicktastic
Photo of ms11781


3.81/5  rDev -5.7%

Reviewed on 11/06/2010. 16oz poured into a pint glass at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth, MA.

Pours a clear, golden orange color with a minimal head (typical for the establishment).

Nose is extremely hoppy, yet balanced at the same time. Fruity, citrus and grapefruit stand out, along with some floral hops. A nice malt sweetness balances out the good dose of hops.

Taste follows the nose with a bit of piny hops and some bitterness that weren't in the nose. Grapefruit, citrus and lemon notes are matched with a caramel malt backbone. Finishes a bit dry with a piny bitterness that lingers a bit, but not too long.

Lively carbonation goes with a medium body to produce a nice crisp mouthfeel. Very clean with a slight lingering bitterness.

This beer is highly drinkable. It's the first time I've had an 8.2% ABV DIPA served in a 16oz pint (I suspect it was an honest mistake but the bartender, I didn't realize the ABV was so high until the review right now or I would have spoken up) and it left me wanting more. Had the draft list not been so good that night I definitely would have opted for another.

01-18-2011 16:33:15 | More by ms11781
Photo of marvin213

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%

A thick,two-finger white ceiling lies over a very pilsner-looking, straw-colored ale. Only the thick lacing residue clues you into the big-boy company we're supposed to be keeping. Its body is surprisingly light.

Smell is solid: solid hop additions to a strong malt backbone. Its malty foundation reminds me of 90min, but the nose is hoppier than that.

It's good--I never would've disputed that. It represents perfectly, however, the oversaturated hop market in craft beers these days. This showed up at my local Harris Teeter, and I was glad to see it! Still, I can get Two-Hearted there. I get Sweetwater IPA at the local Wal-Mart. This is a malty version of one of those. It's good, but lacks hop appeal of the near-perfect Two Hearted selections and ratios. Had this beer beat 90Min down here, we'd be watching Southern Tier on Discovery Channel. Though good--even among those peers, it's nothing better than what's already around locally. It's mouthfeel falls short of both the aforementioned beers (Two Hearted citrusness and 90Min's malt profile are simply better), but I suppose it's a worthwhile hop rep. A IIPA rep...? I smell an acquittal!

08-21-2011 20:41:17 | More by marvin213
Photo of mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%

Yellow-orange in colour. One-finger white head shows poor retention and lace. Mango and floral aromas are pleasant but not in-your-face. That tropical mango character is far more assertive in your mouth, followed by a long lingering bitterness. Not much malt character to the beer, aside from a slight bread-like note.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slick and resinous. Oily mouthfeel between sips. Pretty tasty DIPA, though lacking a bit in looks and aroma.

07-29-2011 16:09:17 | More by mintjellie
Photo of tempest


3.83/5  rDev -5.2%

Picked up a single from Abe's. The beer appears a clear amber with a short white head. The aroma, frankly, comes off a bit soapy. The hops smell richly of perfume and fruit essence with pine. The flavor pulls in more spicy apricot and orange peel, but it all feels too light for a DIPA. It reminds me of how light ST Pale was, but that beer seemed to be more complex. I appreciate that this is more drinkable, but it could use a hint of malt and more variation in the hops.

05-12-2010 01:49:39 | More by tempest
Photo of TheHopHeadGirl

District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%

On rate beer its a 97. @ 8.2%etoh it you will fill it. I found IBU listed @ 55 or unknown. Its a pretty good hoppy beer. Compared to the green flash palate wrecker...it did wreck my palate making me find this beer just good. @ pizza paridisio @ dupont circle it goes for $7 a glass.

05-15-2012 19:43:12 | More by TheHopHeadGirl
Photo of NittanyBeerFan


3.83/5  rDev -5.2%

Thanks to victory4me for including this one as an extra in our latest in-person swap.

Pours a clear and clean crisp amber capped by a nice 1-finger head. The texture is coarse, but it hangs around impressively. Rings stack up along the back of the glass as I sip, giving a nice striped look above the remaining beer.

The aroma is incredibly floral (which I am a big sucker for). There is a touch of bitterness. Accompanying the floral hoppiness is a biscuity malt aroma. The palate is similar, though the hop bitterness is somewhat muted as the body comes through a bit sweet. The malt and hops are a bit too balanced for my taste in double IPAs, though I would consider this a very enjoyable IPA from a flavor standpoint.

The feel is great from a carbonation perspective, but I don't really get that sticky resinous hoppiness that I am looking for. I would say that 2XIPA is a good beer, though it falls a bit short for the DIPA style

07-28-2010 00:22:00 | More by NittanyBeerFan
Photo of SometimesIfart


3.83/5  rDev -5.2%

Beers like these really show the fact that a lot of people rate appearance simply based on the name and popularity. I'm not one of those people.

A - Looks like a cheap beer. Very light, see through gold with a one finger white head. Loads of carbonation bubbles can be seen. Left no lacing.

S - Pine, Marijuana, Hop resin. Smells like a this One Goes To 11!

T - Doesn't live up to the nose. Grapefruit, Lots of pine, slight resin, ever so slight orange. A bit watery as well.

M - Light to medium bodied with medium to heavy carbonation.

O - Overall this was a good IPA that could have been much better without the watery aftertaste. Would fair exceptionally with Italian food.

12-11-2012 23:09:30 | More by SometimesIfart
Photo of yeahnatenelson


3.83/5  rDev -5.2%

Thrown in as an extra by wavers1 -- what a nice guy!

Appearance -- Pours a bright golden straw with one finger of sudsy white head that soon becomes a halo. Lacing is a bit thin, like spiderweb.

Smell -- Grapefruit, apricot, pine forest, melon sweetness, A bit of buttery diacetyl.

Taste -- Pine resin, grapefruit, apricot, clover field. Malt character is akin to bread with a dab of honey. Mild diacetyl present.

Mouthfeel -- Medium to medium-full in body, a bit viscous, with ample prickly carbonation. A bit heavy, but not too distracting.

Drinkability -- Quite good. Crisp, clean, refreshing. The honey sweetness and hop bitterness were well-balanced. If this weren't the *only* Southern Tier beer I can't get locally I'd strongly consider this a go-to beer.

09-08-2010 23:01:42 | More by yeahnatenelson
Photo of grittybrews


3.83/5  rDev -5.2%

Poured a brilliant tangerine-orange into a tulip with a finger of fluffy white head. Strong and slightly astringent hop aroma of pineapple, grapefruit, and pine.

Moderate carbonation and a resinous, thick mouthfeel. Mild caramel up front with a solid biscuit malt backbone and rather subdued floral and spicy hops. Mild alcohol presence on the finish, but it comes across as "watered down by a splash of vodka" rather than "warming" -- not particularly integrated.

Nice aroma, but ultimately this brew was a little underwhelming. Easy-drinking enough, though!

12-06-2010 05:41:45 | More by grittybrews
Photo of welldigger888

South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%

poured from growler into irish pint glass, a light golden straw color. White head that receded quickly leaving a nice lacing down glass.
Aromas seems weak considering the double ipa but i pick up some hoppy goodness!
I feel that I am getting a peppery grapefruit flavors.
Nice oily mouth with nice carbonation.
The abv was the only prob with drinkability!

12-27-2010 01:07:57 | More by welldigger888
Photo of jman892


3.83/5  rDev -5.2%

A - Pours a golden yellow with a small, white head. Not much lacing

S - A mix of citrus and flowery hops, kind of an earthy aroma. Somewhat restrained.

T - There is a malt sweetness to this, not nearly as bitter as I anticipated. Taste is citrus, like an orange rind, with the balanced sweetness

M - Smooth and refreshing. Moderate carbonation

O - A good DIPA, not really overwhelming in any area, somewhat muted, but definitely drinkable

08-11-2011 18:30:30 | More by jman892
Photo of HamdenHector


3.83/5  rDev -5.2%

A: clear; copper; 1 finger egg shell head that receded quickly; beautiful lacing;

S: very restrained; a bit of tropical fruit if you search for it;

T: pine with tropical fruit; sweeter at mid-palate, then moderately bitter on finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: couldn't get any scent and that kept it from being outstanding; mice flavor; always happy to drink this;

07-15-2014 15:34:35 | More by HamdenHector
Photo of JPlo


3.84/5  rDev -5%

Appearance: Gold color, clear. Head is rocky, lasting with great lacing.

Feel: Smooth, delicate carbination, medium bodied. Slight above ave finish length, slightly wet.

Taste/aroma: Hops are mainly herbal with hits of citrus and piney. slight grainy malt. Taste of alcohol.

Notes: Taste strong of alcohol. Hop bitterness not overpowering for a DIPA. Clean herbal flavors, with others as mild compliments. Not complex but very pure and clean with what flavors it has.

02-04-2013 19:01:25 | More by JPlo
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New York

3.84/5  rDev -5%

08-18-2014 23:30:05 | More by stevehagy
Photo of jmich24


3.85/5  rDev -4.7%

Poured into a Duvel Tulip

A: Clear gold color with very slight orange hue. One finger off white head. Sticky lacing.
S: Lots of lemon peel. Touch of orange
T: Nice bitter start mellows near the finish. Citrus and lemon peel again.
M: Medium mouthfeel. Finishes wet and slight bitter on the tounge.
D: Good drinkability even though the ABV is rather high.

12-30-2010 01:01:54 | More by jmich24
2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,492 ratings.