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2XIPA - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,347 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,347
Reviews: 942
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 85
Gots: 277 | 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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da_beers

Florida

3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - pours a light straw. Similar in looks to Pliny IMO. Looks very simple, 1.5 fingers of white head. Good lacing coming down.

S - Good balance of malts and hops on the nose. Has a nice citrus note in there as well. Great earthy quality to it.

T - Very smooth for 8.2%. Hops roll across palate with almost no bite to it. This double is maltier than hoppy for sure. Sweetness from malts is great, has a slight warming quality.

M - Light/Med body. Nothing remarkable here. Good drinkability, low carbonation but not a bad thing.

O - Good beer. I need to re-review this, because this has been in bottle for 3 months (didn't notice until I poured and started reviewing. Knew it was off tasting as far as the hops to malt ratio. I have a feeling that most of the review will be changing.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 03:13:58 | More by da_beers
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dogfishandi

New York

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at cellar temp poured into a pint glass. no freshness date listed. pours an ever so clear golden color with a nice 2 finger white head that faded to a nice 1/4 inch of creamy head that stuck around for awhile. pretty nice lace. has a pretty light color for a double IPA however.

not a huge aroma like you would expect from a double IPA, but its there. more apparent as it warms. some tropical fruity hops, some pineapple, maybe some pine, and even watermelon, but you kinda gotta dig deep. just a touch of a malt backbone as well as a tiny hint of alcohol.

the taste definatly satisfies me more than the aroma. has a really nice hop bitterness to it. a nice dose of tropical fruits, pineapple, and citrus, somewhat grapefruit like. some grassy pine hops come to play in the finish. mostly hop forward, but there is a touch of caramel malt sweetness that is apparent. finishs with a nice lingering bitterness.

medium body, a little bit of a resiny mouthfeel from the hops.

pretty good drinkability, i could session a few of these, but the abv will eventually catch up to you after too many. prolly not as good as unearthly but way more sessionable. reminds me in many ways as their pale ale that recently came out. dont know if ill really seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 23:39:15 | More by dogfishandi
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BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

Appearance: clear with golden hue, minimal head

Aroma: grassy hops leap out of the glass

Taste & Mouthfeel: very bitter hops as expected; clean mouthfeel and somewhat astringent; there is an underlying sweetness is nice - the hops flavour isn't overwhelming and allows it to come through

Overall: not too much to compare it to at the time I drank it, but was very clean and true to the name so I did enjoy it a lot

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 19:26:02 | More by BGDrock
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r0nyn

New York

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with fellow BA infi. Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is a pale orange that's very transparent and clear. A good pour yields a smallish-sized head that leaves a lot of sticky lacing. Not too much carbonation rolling around in there either. Smell is full of hops and citrus and grapefruit with a tinge of maltiness at the end.

Starts off with a hoppy bitter bite, as expected. Transitions into a surprisingly malty backbone, which I wasn't expecting. The hops reappear on the back end along with some citrus and grapefruit. The bitterness lingers into the aftertaste, but it isn't terribly overwhelming. There's a happy medium between malts and bitterness. Mouthfeel is actually pretty creamy and it goes down rather smooth.

Of all the IPAs I've sampled, this is the first one that I'd actually consider revisiting. There's a bitter bite, but one that I can actually tolerate, thanks to the malt balance. Not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 06:49:38 | More by r0nyn
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - fully cloudy golden orange, one thumb of head left a fully consistent ring of lacing
S - aromas of earthiness and toasty malt, light fruitiness, but generally very subtle
T - this is very interesting an almost confusing... hop notes are earthy, light resin and citrus, big biscuity malt presence, a sweet & sour mandarin flavour, hard to put my finger on this but it definitely tastes like another
M - medium body, starts juicy and just a hint of hop bitterness
O - such an enigma of flavour, it's all over the map, very easy drinking with no trace of the high octane, its almost a style of its own, I would drink this on the regular if it was available

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 05:07:29 | More by joemcgrath27
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basica

Singapore

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden orange color pour into my snifter with a bit of foam that fizzes off quickly leaving no head except for a very thin ring around the glass; bubbling is pretty light as well (3.5)

S - Citrusy with some bready, biscuity notes, mild hop aromas with suggestions of pine and probably a hint of grapefruit; not a lot of aromas from the hops which would be what I would prefer and be expecting as well (3.5)

T - Slightly sweet and citrusy with notes of pine and grapefruits from the hops upfront; mild bitterness shows up in the middle lasting towards a slightly malty and piny finish (4)

M - Body leans towards thin and carbonation was moderate; goes down foamy smooth (4)

D - Very easy drinking DIPA but the flavors do not seem very pronounced; it's not very hoppy and fruitiness is slightly low as well. However, this bottle does not have a "best by" date, so I do not want to rest my case just yet. (4)

A few mentioned this to be like the Pliny or as the Pliny of the east coast; I am a tad skeptical or at least I've had better.
This is the second tasting in a vertical DIPA tasting with the Dogfish Head 90 minute Imperial IPA being before this one. Currently, the DFH IIPA ranks above this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 16:54:36 | More by basica
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daniellebelle

New York

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer after my brother, who is my go to beer expert, recommended Southern Tier's IPA. The bar I went to only had the 2x, so I gave it a try. It was absolutely delicious. Satisfied my craving for a crisp, cool, refreshing IPA. Didn't leave that filmy bitter taste some IPAs can leave behind. Delicious, not overly hoppy.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 00:53:12 | More by daniellebelle
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Roke87

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355mL bottle, chilled and poured into a Duvel tulip

Appearance- Pours a hazy golden yellowish colour with about a pinky finger of white head that quickly dissipates to a small ring around the glass leaving minimal to no lacing throughout till finish.

Smell- Not as strong of smells as I would have expected from a double IPA, but the usual resiny pine hop aromas are still all there mixed with a citrusy grapefruit smell on the nose as well, some mild biscuit malts balance the nose with an even milder caramel aroma as well.

Taste- Just like the aromas the taste comes through somewhat bitter from the resiny pine hops, still mixed with that usual citrusy grapefruit in there as well, balanced more on the palate with a much stronger presence from the biscuit malt, and a sweet caramel taste in the finish, I also get a mild touch of the alcohol on the palate as well.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with a tad below average carbonation, and lacking that intense hoppy bitterness that all the great DIPA’s have.

Overall- I am somewhat disappointed from this one, I was really expecting more from such a quality brewery that makes some of my favourite big bodied stouts. I mean the typical DIPA flavours were all there but they were not as intense or even as well balanced as a real world class DIPA should be, there is way too much bready malt dominating the palate, it almost takes over all the piney hop flavours. I mean don’t get me wrong I would definitely drink this one again but I think it deserves a bit lower of a score than it has hyped up on BA.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 06:33:16 | More by Roke87
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NODAK

Tennessee

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first, the aroma was quite full of pine....as it settled down, more of a caramel sweetness came out and dominated the aroma.

Starts off quite bitter, with a good hoppy kick to initiate the beer....this gives way to a good balance of sweet caramel and spiciness that lasts over the body of the beer...ending with another bitter hit to finish the beer out. Not excessively sweet though, this beer does lean more to the hops than it does the malt in my opinion.

Reminds me a lot of their standard IPA, just with a greater dose of hops and more sweetness on the body. Solid beer, perhaps not a class of the style, but drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 03:06:48 | More by NODAK
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a clear, bright golden yellow with a short-lived finger of white head that does yield some nice lacing.

nose is not as aromatic as i remember but dominated by citric hoppiness with some floral/grassy qualities to it, bready malts. something else, too, that i can't quite put my finger on, like... cardboard...? i don't know, weird. no bottled date so i can't be sure how fresh this one is - obviously a key component in an IPA/DIPA. taste is good, with most of the hop characters pulling through with an added note of pine. definite malty presence. again though, not quite as flavorful and enjoyable as i recall when last i had it (last summer).

medium bodied, medium carbed mouthfeel with high drinkability. a very solid DIPA and a lot of bang for the buck, though i'm questioning the age here. will be on the lookout to obtain a certified fresh serving and compare - as previously mentioned i definitely remember this being better.

originally reviewed: 01-10-2011

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 22:34:12 | More by BostonHops
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zachary37

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite beers on the market. Delicious double IPA pours a golden yellow. Smells of hops and citrus. Tastes pop, hoppy citrus caramel flavor. Very smooth to the mouth. Overall a really good beer that I would tell anyone to drink. I would also try southern tiers 422 pale ale. Very good beer from a good brewery.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 18:41:50 | More by zachary37
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a bright golden yellow color and a mostly clear consistency. There was an inch of bright white, foamy, long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: A big, sweet smell of hops, citrus, and malt. Very fragrant.

T: Tasted of hops, grapefruit, and malt for the most part. Borders on being thin. Not nearly as complex as some of its West Coast brethren. Goes off the rails a little here.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Despite some deficiencies, this is still a drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 13:14:29 | More by avalon07
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sprucetip

Alaska

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden yellow, not very active, fizzy white head falls fast. Not knowing better, I might assume it was something far less than it is.

Pine and grapefruit dominate the pleasant but not aggressive hop profile. Malty sweetness adds depth and balance. Light boozy notes are present as well.

Similar components as the nose, with modest bitterness. Smooth and well balanced.

Well carbonated, medium body and viscosity, modest warming, slight lingering bitterness.

Doesn't feel anything like it's size. Ding would cringe, at least, but it goes down easy enough to session. Not sure I want that in my DIPA. But it's and easy drinker that tastes good and is very well balanced. It's not super complex. I'd be happy to have made it, be happy to have it again, but I wouldn't seek it. Unlike other Southern Tier DIPA's, such as Unearthly. But it is priced in a more affordable lot than than the special ones too, so that is another factgor to consider.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 03:27:48 | More by sprucetip
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russwbeck

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice golden pour with a small white head that doesn't stick around and nice lacing.

S: Citrus stands out to me. Obviously some hops, but I don't pick up a lot of piney or earthy scents.

T: Very smooth. The hops don't seem to have that "punch you in the face" effect I've become so familiar with. A lot of citrus and more malts than I expected.

MF: Much more light and creamy than the smell or look would give away. Carbonation ties the drink together nicely.

D: Alright for this strong an IPA. The lightness of the drink improves the drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 02:28:12 | More by russwbeck
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JToad

Indiana

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Guinness Imperial Pint glass. Beautiful clear golden. No haziness whatsoever. Minimal off white lacing, with a small head.

Smells like fresh grapefruit. Not very potent, but floral and pleasant. If anything, I thought it should have a bigger hop profile.

Smoothe bitterness upfront, malty backbone on the finish. Very well balanced. Crisp and clean, for a DIPA, this is very refreshing.

I really liked this DIPA. Not a hop bomb, but still a great brew that I will def. seek out again. I would love to try this on tap.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 15:25:10 | More by JToad
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wheatyweiss

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a chalice.

Pours a medium straw to light honey with a nice rocky head that dies to a thick cap and laces nicely.

Aroma opens with phenolic hops, resinous and piny. Thin malt aroma follows, along with an earthy mineral rider.

Flavor opens with slightly sweet malt. Malt is sweet and as a slightly toasty taste, possibly over attenuated. Hops come next and they are nice amarillo earthy flavors with a nice piny bite. Malt comes ack to the front, roasty and full bodied there is a burnt toasty flavor to it. Hops finish a bit floral but more danky and earthy than anything else.

Mouthfeel is medium to thick and the carbonation is prickly and balances the sweetness well.

A god big IPA, but the hops are a bit one dimensional, the malt although over roasted in flavor is what saves this one from being a sweet bomb.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 01:03:49 | More by wheatyweiss
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perrymarcus

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a clear, bright golden yellow with a short-lived finger of white head that does yield some nice lacing.

nose is not as pungent as i remember but dominated by citric hoppiness with some floral/grassy qualities to it, maybe a touch of bready malt. something else, too, that i can't quite put my finger on, like... cardboard...? i don't know, weird. no bottled date so i can't be sure how fresh this one is - obviously a key component in an IPA/DIPA.

taste is good, with most of the hop characters pulling through with an added note of pine. definite malty presence. again though, not quite as flavorful and enjoyable as i recall when i last had it (last summer).

medium bodied, medium carbed mouthfeel with high drinkability. a very solid DIPA and a lot of bang for the buck, though i'm questioning the age. will be on the lookout to obtain a certified fresh serving and compare.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 02:32:33 | More by perrymarcus
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andrewjraab

Michigan

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Clear and pale yellow color with 3 fingers of crisp white head.

S. big resin hop smell hits me first followed by citrus rush.

T. Pale hop flavor up front followed by some sweetness and closes with a big and dry hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very palatable for a DIPA.

O. this is an easy drinking smooth as hell DIPA and definitely a must try.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 01:46:06 | More by andrewjraab
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macd144

New York

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a surprisingly good double IPA. It is not as big as a DIPA as I would have expected, but it is a really nicely balanced beer. Good citrus hop aroma with a malt backbone to give it a nice taste with a good mouthfeel. I would not call this a session beer but it sure was easy to drink. I could definitely enjoy a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 01:05:46 | More by macd144
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a sweet ipa, in the waynes world sense, not the sugary sense. pour is real light for the style, clearish and golden to bronze in color. a medium one inch head, pure white, sits on top and slowly mellows. the nose is citrus all the way, grapefruit and lemon, but i am missing the malt id like to see. flavor thought just rocks, malt balances out intense bitter hops, mean and brutal and chewy, but also somehow light and pleasant. i like the finish, its bitter, but more fruit than hop essence, which i think is nice this time of year. really robust hop flavor, but it fades to fruit in that slow drama way. feel is good, enough bubbles and a lazy sort of medium body, its not so interesting on the tongue, but it holds its own. the alcohol is also oddly absent, it doesnt even come out when the beer warms up, just sort of stays away, which is scary and brilliant at the same time. one of southern tiers most drinkable big beers, i really support this, especially on tap in marcellus, new york. who woulda thought?

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2012 07:27:38 | More by StonedTrippin
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: deep yellow, light orange, trace head, solid lacing

S: peach/mango, orange rind, pine, malt

T: mango, orange jam, malty pine, subtle slow bitter oily finish

M: medium body, big oily mouth

O: I wanted to love this, but thought it was good.
May have it again, but not a must have. slight sipper.
Not awful, but not a great Double IPA/Imperial IPA.

GOOD, NOT A MUST HAVE!

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 21:42:57 | More by BeerLover99
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jizfiasco

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Was expecting a very sweet DIPA from this one as on the package it says well balanced 3 malts 4 hops or something like that. It pours a very golden crisp and clear looks like a belgian IPA. Leaves a very pretty white head and laces well down the glass. Smell is floral and a bit medicinal with a little smoke and a little soap. Taste is rather different but hoppy though not hoppy as hell or a least not enough to be a DIPA. The uniqueness of the brew fades as it warms and gets a little less complex. The alcohol becomes more pronounced and noticable and the medicine taste mixes with the floral and resin not in a bad way - rather pleasant. Mouth feel is a bit sticky and mildly oily. Had this with some extra sharp cheddar and really was great. Would buy this brew again to try with a meal.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 06:01:16 | More by jizfiasco
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into tulip. reviewing side-by-side with southern tier 2XIPA. DOB 02/17/12.

A: clear. more of a bright, rich golden color than anything orange. head is super frothy, bright white, and starts with about a 3-finger head. retention is good as is the coating lacing.

S: certainly a sharp, acidic citrus note on the nose. piney. both bitter and sweet orange peel. rich hop aromas are very inviting.

T: there is a definitive maltyness behind all this bitterness. minor vanilla notes. sweet monkey bread. even with the grain, the hop flavor is still the main showcase. oranges, clementines. finish lingers with fresh orange juice.

M: carbonation is mild/average on a very medium, almost full, body.

D: similar to the IPA from these guys, the hop character isnt a slap in your face. pleasant for sure, but not what i would expect from a DIPA. if you really want hoppy from southern tier i would recommend their unearthly. and if you can get it, definitely their gemini.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 01:07:45 | More by Jimmys
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Scotchboy

Idaho

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Breforia, born on 1/12/12, poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Very clear pale color, high carbonation, fluffy one finger head, decent lace.

S: Fruits and sweeter malt, light grainy breadyness, hints of honey, bitter, light sweeter fruits, dried pineapple and some pine needles.

T: Follows the nose, malts and citric hops, bitter orange, piney dry finish, biscuity dry malt presence, relatively clean hop finish.

MF: Light to medium body, refreshing.

O: Not my favorite flavor profile, and the hops don't shine as much as I would like. Still decent.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 15:44:27 | More by Scotchboy
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ThePaintedGrey

Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle poured into imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a clear, pristine gold... Odd, I thought I was drinking an DIPA? This doesn't even look like a regular IPA... The only thing that sets this apart from fizzy, gold adult soda is the two-finger fluffy head that eventually dissipates to a creamy cap that leaves respectable lacing. Even with the lacing, I can't get over the BMC look of this DIPA.

S: Oh, thank the Heavens this definitely isn't an AAL. Hops galore! Lots of grapefruit and orange zest, with a bit of pineapple around the edges. Some really earthy pine resin and grass add another bitter element. Very weak malt tries to peak through, but is ultimately dominated by the hops as well as a little bit of metallic booze.

T: Hop flavors are extremely fresh. Big bursts of juicy grapefruit, orange peel, there's another flavor going on here that I almost want to identify as passionfruit, but I'm not quite sure. It's very faint. Slightly sweet caramel malt presence is mild and doesn't really offer much, but it's still there. A good hint of balance, I suppose. Finish is mostly a strong pine flavor with a lingering weird alcohol aftertaste—kind of like diluted rubbing alcohol. It's truly a shame. The flavors of 2XIPA are wonderful up until the aftertaste...

M: Not quite as full as most DIPAs. This one drinks more like a regular IPA in that it's crisp, smooth, not too creamy, and it's extremely refreshing. I would have enjoyed a fuller body like those boasted by the maltier DIPAs, but this is too good to honestly complain about.

O: Southern Tier 2XIPA is a very good beer in its own right, but with it being a DIPA, I can't ignore the fact that it tastes and feels more like an extremely good IPA. Like I said, not a bad brew and it will certainly appeal to any hophead, but if you're looking for an outstanding DIPA, look elsewhere. This one's merely just quite good.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 01:50:54 | More by ThePaintedGrey
2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,347 ratings.