2XIPA - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 985
Hads: 4,140
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.5%
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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 Bierguy5
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. No abv or freshness date. Pours a clear golden color, with a nice fluffy white head. Pretty good head retention, some nice patches of lace.

Nice citrusy hop aroma bursting out of the glass. Some pine lays in the background as well. A lighter character malt in the nose as well. Maybe a whiff of alcohol, but not much.

A sturdy malt base, with a bit of residual sweetness. Hops come in quickly with a good dose of bitterness. Citrusy, pine and just a bit of a resiny, spicy character. Finishes dry, for some good balance.

Medium body, adequate carbonation. Alcohol is masked very well as this drinks way too easy. Very well made. (648 characters)

Photo of Pdiddey3d
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been anxiously awaiting this brew since I heard about its eminent arrival. Can southern tier surprise me by offering an exceptional, non Imperial series beer??? In short. YES!

A - Pours a very light golden color, translucent with some very active carbonation. Very thin eggshell white head.

S - Wow baby! Great aromas going on here. Major tropical fruit party. Mango, pineapple, apricot/peach, grapefruit. Some pine in there along with some mild malts and earthy undertones. Love the smell of this beer.

T - Somewhat like the smell but more grapefruit upfront than the mango/pineapple. The bitterness is much more subdued than I was expecting from a DIPA but it is nice. Very well balanced between the sweetness and hoppy bitterness. Very delicious.

M - Medium body. Mild carbonation. Very smooth with some slight bitterness hanging around in the afterglow.

D - VERY drinkable. You would have no clue of the ABV on this one as there is no trace of the booze it the taste. Great flavors and amazing aroma. Was a bit worried if they could pull off a signature DIPA that stacks up to some of the big boys I've tried but this is nice and very sessionable. Highly Recommended. (1,178 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a golden color with a 2" head that lasts a bit. Nice lacing paints the glass.

Smell: loads of floral hops, lemon and grapefruit citrus, and some fruitiness arrive late.

Taste: caramel, pears, golden apples, floral bitterness, grapefruit, and lemon zest make up a very nicely balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Long aftertaste as the flavors last.

Drinkability: this beer was extremely quaffable for the style. This beer was refreshing and very tasty. Everyone should try this one. (534 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally found this one, its a shame I didn't get my hands on it when it was fresher, but here we go...

A: pours lights for a DIPA, straw golden color, soapy white head, heavy lacing

S: nice tropical hop character with big notes of mango and grapefruit, some bready grains towards the end, very nice and refreshing smelling. I read that some were comparing this to PtE and I can see why the comparison was drawn. This is not as perfect as PtE, but has similar features when it comes to aroma

T: the front features the same tropical hops as the nose with more bitterness than the nose suggest. The malt profile seems pretty light and subtle but it highlights the hop character well. There is nothing harsh about this beer as far as the alcohol content or malt profile goes which is a huge plus for a DIPA. The finish is slightly dry, very refreshing.

MF: light body, crisp and refreshing

D: I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer. This is by far the best beer that Southern Tier puts in a 6pk, and it is leaps and bounds better than their regular IPA. The value is incredible at 8.99 per 6er. (1,101 characters)

Photo of 1fastz28
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a standard golden color with a medium head, at first glance it is hard to see that it is a double IPA, most have a huge head and a bit darker in color. Same with the lacing, it doesn't lace as much as other IPA's. Smell is a normal double IPA, has wonderful piney hop aroma that is hard to beat. Taste is wonderful, has a full hop flavor, lots of bitterness but not overpowering but close, a tangy after taste is present as well. Mouthfeel is full, robust and above average. Overall a very good IPA. (505 characters)

Photo of fostachild
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

slight cloudy, medium/light golden yellow. okay amount of foamy head.

smell was pleasant. very hoppy, sweet, fruit/citrus.

taste was awesome. piney, hoppy, sweet. just incredibly put together - very drinkable.

enjoyed it a lot - would highly recommend. glad i took the risk and bought a few of these! (303 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this the first time I saw it, $9.99 per sixer in Columbus. Southern Tier is one of the most solid breweries (except for oddities like Creme Brulee). Their IPA is great so it's inconceivable the DIPA wouldn't satisfy.

The beer is crystal clear, light straw color colored, with a few fingers of white head. The aroma is very nice, balanced as it can be while being strong on hops aromatics. There's some malty sweetness in the background, but it's appropriately taking the back seat.

The beer tastes really good. Not quite as abrasive and tasty as Pliny or other west coast treats, but then the east coast is about refinement. This is all about flavor, juicy resin and pine needles, tasty stuff. The bitterness in the aftertaste is moderated nicely by the sweet malts, no off flavors at all. Moderate carbonation with a light-like body. Very good as always from Southern Tier. (883 characters)

Photo of HopNelius
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served out of bottle and into a pint glass.
Appearance-amber color, two finger head not overly carbonated.
Smell-notes of grapefruit, malt, and pine coming through.
Taste-notes of grapefruit followed by pine and then feels like grapefruit again all along having a malt taste in there as well, incredibly balanced but with all the ingreidents of a great double ipa.
Mouthefeel-fantastic.
Overall-This is a great beer. It has a wide appeal. This is an everyday beer for me, affordable, tastes great and you can drink more a few of them without feeling like your tastebuds are ruined. (581 characters)

Photo of SawDog505
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a dark yellow, with a inch of sticky white head, that leaves plenty of lacing. Smell tangerine, pineapple, pine, and a little floral. Taste is all that, with a little grapefruit in the finish and the alcohol is well hidden. Nice body, not light or heavy. Perfect carbonation. This is a very nice beer. Thank you ST for adding the born on date 9/26/11, easily the freshest I have had of this beer and the taste shows. (453 characters)

Photo of wedge421
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Crystal clear with a very light orange body. About a fingers worth of head that dissipated quickly.

S- A huge hit of sweet floral citrus hops. A very fresh smelling beer. Up there with the best of the west coast IPA's. There is also a small amount of malt in there as well.

T-Bright, clean and very very refreshing. Lots of citrus and sweet fruits as well. Just enough bitterness to make it interesting but not overwhelming. A very drinkable beer.

D-This is a very very refreshing drinkable beer. Huge hop notes blended well with the sweet malt backbone a very good beer. (576 characters)

Photo of philippehb
4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Clear gold, 1 finger head, good retention and lacing. Looks good, pretty pale, nothing too exciting.

S- Grassy, Piney, citrusy, very inviting !

T- Spicy ! smooth and complex hop flavor !

M- Medium body, good carbonation.

D- I'll have another please ! Great stuff, very very enjoyable ! (292 characters)

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. (491 characters)

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. (1,058 characters)

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. (1,994 characters)

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 (1,066 characters)

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. (608 characters)

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!!! (619 characters)

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. (654 characters)

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! (1,091 characters)

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 (254 characters)

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. (698 characters)

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. (561 characters)

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! (1,428 characters)

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... (1,195 characters)

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! (776 characters)

2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 985 ratings.