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2XIPA | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by mcallister on 04-28-2010

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Reviews: 1,034 | Ratings: 4,394
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean yellow color with orange hints, with a white head. In the aroma, grapefruity citrus hops. In the taste, HOPS, mostly a grapefruity citrus but ending with a pine like hop. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine like hop aftertaste. Nice big hops, mix of grapefruit and pine. Hides the 8%, and quite nice.

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Photo of FLHopHead
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Cloudy golden amber color, one finger width o lacey head
Smell: Citrusy hops
Taste: Very nice citrusy hop taste, full hop flavor, but not overpowering, very balanced DIPA!
Feel: Smooth, nice aftertaste
Drink: Beyond drinkable, this is by far the best beer I have had from Southern Tier, very enjoyable, will definitely pick this one up again.

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Photo of claminat420
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- poured a transparent golden color with a frothy white head. medium lacing.

S- just some piney and alil grapefruit hops. the way an ipa should smell!

T- for how hoppy it is it's actually not too bitter. the malt is there so slighty but more of a flavorful ipa than a bitter. the alcohol is undetected.

M- medium/light bodied. good carbonation.

D- i'm glad they didn't go shniebly and just put these out in 4 packs like other companies would do.

Overall- this might be my go-to-beer from now on. i don't know if it's just my taste buds being destroyed by all the other hoppy beers i love but i found the bitterness to be very low. if you're a hophead i highly suggest to give this one a try.

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Photo of bryehn
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355 mL bottle, no dating, using an oversized wine glass.

Pours a hazy golden-orange colour with a moderate-sized soapy head that gets retained as a collar and leaves a bit of lacing.

Very smooth aroma. Well-balanced citrus with a grapefruit tartness and tangerine sweetness, as well as a buttery tone and thick, biscuit-y malt backing. Piney alcohol comes through after warming, but it's not intimidating.

Again, very smooth in taste, especially for the style. Syrupy, butterscotch sweetness at first. A maltiness takes on characteristics of dark rye. A bitter, almost sour grapefruit-like citrus kicks in at the end.

The collar sticks around forever, contributing to a fairly thick and creamy mouthfeel. ABV makes itself known in the finish with a warming sour bite before going dry on the back of the throat.

A bit of a palate thrasher. It's easy to drink a few, but I can really enjoy one or two to the fullest on any given day. It's a bit pricey, but something I'll definitely toss in my basket whenever I run into it. Great compliment to spicy foods and grilled summer fare.

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Photo of Kakaraht
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A delicious deep amber color with a thick creamy head.

S: Citrus up front, mostly grapefruit, but with hints of orange and lemon zest. Malt follows the hop note with its heavy caramel sweetness, quite an enticing smell.

T: This is a delicious beer the bitterness from the hops is just perfect, not too strong but just enough to leave that tart finish. The grapefruit flavor mingles with the spicy malt character. The flavor smooths out as the beer warms allowing the malt to overpower some of the hoppiness.

M: Smooth and heavy body, finishes a little on the thin side though. Bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue.

D: Overall this IPA was just what I needed after so many over the top IPA's that focus on bitterness and loose sight of the hop flavor. This is definitely a beer a will buy again, and again probably.

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Photo of rodney45
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Fawn or earth yellow. Very clear with a navajo, or off white colored head that lingers only for a few minutes.

S: Very distinct hop aroma( apricot, peach and pineapple). Fleeting alcohol esters. Roasted malt as well.

T: Floral notes out front, with hints of citrus, white peach, cherry and mango. Secondary flavor is an assertive malt flavor, somewhat a mix between pale, and munich malts. Other notes of honey, lemon, pineapple and grapefruit. Dry finish with hints of vanilla.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very bitter and slightly sweet at times. Little alcohol taste noticed.

O: This was a great DIPA, one of the best ive tried in a while. Balance is what makes this beer great. Its not overwhelming in any one sense besides bitterness. Great floral mix with intense grapefruit and vanilla as well.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear straw, some small white lace, leaves to ponds of film. Some cling lace.

S - Fruity patooty. More than citrus, goes on to more lush fatty fruits. Tropical. Of course, huge hope presence.

T - Nice malt center that you don't get in West Coast, mingled with some citrus but mostly tropical fruits, bittered nicely at the end.

M - Good carb, like the fruit bitter combo, fair balance.

D - For the ABV, great session.

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Photo of Brad007
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mild golden color with a thick and fluffy head into my glass.

Aroma is full of floral hops with a hint of citrus, mainly grapefruit. Good way to start it off.

Taste is crisp with a strong dollop of grapefruit in the middle, only slightly balanced out by the malt. Not as strong as UnEarthly.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering grapefruit/grassy hops. Very nice hop profile here. Easy to drink fresh.

I certainly enjoy it. It may be a good introduction to ST's line of imperial IPAs (UnEarthly, Oak-Aged UnEarthly, Gemini) for someone who's never had them. Drink fresh as always for optimum hop flavor/aroma.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Apple juice with a thin white head. Nice lace.

S - Mango, apple, dry Riesling.

T - White grapefruit, white grapes, brown sugar, lightly toasted white bread.

M - Very light body - it's walking a tightrope over watery without quite falling in. Sweet, lightly syrupy finish.

D - Fantastic for the 8%

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Photo of CalhounJohn
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very good IPA. I believe this is what a great IPA should be. There are many craft IPAs that are too far out there for me, but this one is unique, powerful, and solid, yet still nails every characteristic an IPA should possess. It led with a great aroma and has a deep, sustained body with a great flavor that lasts, but doesn't sour as some IPAs do.

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Photo of ArrogantBastage
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a glass

A: Pours a very bright gold color with a thick, dense white head. Head lingers for a long time with heavy lacing in the glass.

S: Intensely hoppy with some sweet malt in the background.

T: Bright with intense citrus and a little spice. Balanced with some sweet malt but not overpowered by it. Some alcohol present in finish. Lingering hops after the finish

M: Surprisingly light with a great carbonation level. Slightly sticky too.

D: This is a very enjoyable beer.Easy to have a few back to back.

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Photo of sevenarts
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale, clear golden orange. Nice white head that leaves behind a bit of lacing.

S: Lots of piney hops dominate the smell, along with hints of citrus and malts underneath.

T/M: A wonderful progression of hoppy flavors: up front are a lot of citrus and tropical fruit flavors, with some underlying sweetness from the malts, and this is followed by a big bitter hit of pine that fills the mouth. The piney hops linger in the aftertaste. Really delicious.

O: A fantastic DIPA with a ton of flavor and a really great balance of different hops.

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Photo of SuperNova777
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass

A:Pours a see thru golden yellow with a fingers worth of head with some awesome lacing down the side of the glass

S:Big hops aroma. Pine, grapefruit, and citrus all mixing into the nose with a slight hint of some sweet malts

T:As smell detects BIG HOPS that linger on as the brew goes down with a bite of bitter as well. Finishes nice and smooth with the hops and sweet malt coats the palate

M:Medium body with mild carbonation

D:Overall a very well done DIPA. Easy drinkability, extremely tasty, and all around nicely balanced. Another great point about this brew is that you can pick up a 6 pack for around $11, a steal for a real quality brew

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Photo of uustal
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden yellow with a white dead. A bit different for a DIPA. Good head retention and lacing. Mostly pine aroma, a bit of tropical citrus as well. Flavor starts off with some big pine and floral hops which quickly defer to some mellower grapefruit and tropical fruit hops. Beer ends with a slight caramel malt and a smoother aftertaste than expected. A bit creamy and drinkable for a DIPA

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Photo of BulletToothJake
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a case of this to try and was so impressed that I got a sixtol of it for my kegerator when I was done with the case. After the sixtol was done, I grabbed another case so I would have some on hand while I moved on to some other brews.

Clean, crisp, strong.

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Photo of EvoRich
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Southern Tier makes some of my favorite stouts. Have yet to try their IPA until right now. As I write this review is THE first time I'm trying it. Dogfish Head is usually my go-to for IPA's.

Look: Golden yellow, not clear. Has a hazy look to it. About one finger of fluffy head. Leaves good lacing as the beer is drank.

Smell: Flowers, grassy, sweet citrus, hops. Pretty standard for an IPA.

Taste: Grapefruit, somewhat lemony. Definitely has a hoppy finish, but it's not overpowering. I like it that way. One of the better IPA's I've had. This is how I want an IPA to taste.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light-medium bodied. Easy drinking. I'm already half way through the glass in a matter of minutes.

Overall: I'm not really an IPA kind of guy. I like some, but I've had a lot of highly regarded IPA's that I absolutely hated. I don't review them because I feel in order to review a beer, I need to get through a full glass. And some IPA's, I just can't. They taste like I'm drinking soap. But the 2XIPA isn't that way. It has a nice sweet blend to ease the bitter hops. It rivals DFH 90 minute. I would definitely drink more 2XIPA, and may go down as one of the great IPA's, as far as I'm concerned.

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Photo of Jenkster4
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice golden color that is fairly clear. Not too much on the head, just about a pinky.

S: You get some pine, citrus, and some mild caramel malts in there. Also get a little booze in this one.

T: This one is dangerously smooth. If I could could get this in stores near me it would easily be a session IPA for me. The bitterness is pleasant, and it's just a tasty little devil.

M: Goes down real smooth. WATCH OUT!

O: Liked this one a lot. For a DIPA, it's just really smooth and refreshing. Whenever I am somewhere that sells this I will be stacking up FO SHO!

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE - Light, clear, carbonation, lacing, head retention.

AROMA/SCENT - Hops, floral, fruit, floral, sweet.

TASTE - Hops, bitter, bread, pine.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Carbonation, very dry, lingering, astringent, effervescent, clean, light.

VALUE - $8 for $16 oz. Good deal.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Simple, straightforward double; not sweet, so bitterness comes through.

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Photo of HerdNo1
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden color poured into a tulip glass. Most IPA's are more toward the amber side so this was a bit unexpected. A decent white head lingered and left fairly good laing

Aroma: Hops but not "knock your socks off" hops. Citrusy and pine notes dominate. There is just a touch of breadiness in the background but you have to really look for it.

Taste: Interesting intermingling of three things. The hops bitterness is both immediately apparent and it lingers at the end. At first, you don't find much malt sweetness but there is just a a bit and it fits in perfectly with what you got from the aroma. What is also going on in this beer is the alcohol. Unlike some DIPA's, the alcohol is not hidden in this beer and I think it serves to reduce what might be an otherwise undrinkable bitterness to a much more tolerable level.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light with medium carbonation but it lingers on the palate. I wouldn't say it has a sweet finish but it's definitely not dry.

Overall: This is a very nice DIPA. Too many are nothing but hops, hops, and more hops and so bitter they are simply intolerable. This has a nice intermingling of hops, a bit of malt, and some alcohol to compete with the hops. My only critique is that I would have liked a bit more hops on the nose.

BTW, if you pick up this beer, let it warm a bit. It is much more balanced and I find the malt asserting itself a bit more as the beer warms. I left it out of the fridge 30 minutes before I poured and it wouldn't have hurt to have left it out 10-15 more. Either it's getting better as it warms or I'm feeling the alcohol. :-)

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Photo of maximumbeer
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Taste is amazing; Sweet and full of citrus. Randomly bought due to higher %. Loved every drop. One of the best beers I've ever tasted. Smell is nothing great. Looks are good. Strong and sedated at the same time. Great for sipping with good friends. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Johnny_Muir
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce into pint glass. WOW!!! My new favorite IPA. Big, bold, fruity, hoppy, balanced, amazing. Like a gesyer of deliciousness exploding on my palette. Mouthfeel increases the flavor as you swallow (thats what she said). Drink this beer with passion and joy because thats what Southern Tier put into this Double IPA. Cheers!

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Photo of jrbuch
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had both in tulip and pint glass.

A: This is a well filtered beer, copper and clear. The malt bill becomes apparent from this appearance and is a strong predictor of taste.

S: Great American hops, citrus, fruity, and sweet.

T: Very well balanced, very citrusy, with full flavor. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. A very clean American yeast. This could be more bitter but is well placed within the market to showcase some late hop additions.

M: Malt is to style with good carbonation.

I would suggest all IPA lovers to try this beer.

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Photo of nickfl
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, gold-copper body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves decent lace.

S - A pungent aroma of pine and citrus hops with some bready malt in the background. Lots of grapefruit with a little bit of oak and dill.

T - Bready malt with notes of toffee and honey up front along with fruity hops. Hop flavors of grapefruit, orange, and pine dominate in the middle and transition to a more woody character towards the finish. The beer ends on a bitter note of pine and grapefruit with some aspirin harshness to the bitterness. Light malt sticks around to balance, but it is no match for the hops. The hops stick around for a lingering aftertaste where the malt dries out and the toast comes out, combining with the hops to create a light note of tobacco.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a well balanced finish for a beer of this strength.

D - This is a very good DIPA; the malt is present in sufficient strength to keep things balanced, but it knows its place and does not stray beyond that role. The hops are bright and pungent and manage to shine throughout the beer, but especially in the aroma. A nice blend of citrus and pine that works well as it becomes somewhat fruitier in the flavor. This is an unusually well made DIPA with a beautiful hop character; the bitterness could be a bit smoother, but that is really the only area that I can find significant room for improvement.

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Photo of HopHeadRyan
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good DIPA...I would have it again...

A - Clear golden yellow; minimal head; low carb; but still manages some lacing

S - Exceptional! This is what I look for in an IPA or DIPA. Beautiful flowers, herbs, PINE, Cannabis, citrius...all of these great notes blended into a hugh pungent aroma. I bet it would be magnificant if fresh and on tap. I can also pick up a nice crisp biscuit/cracker smell that helps round it out.

T - It matches the aroma exactly. A slightly astringant start for only a moment. Nice bitter punch. Citrius and pine flavors. Sweet malty syrup to balance it out. Very well balanced for the abv.

M - A bit syrupy for my taste. A little more carbonation would help things here and would help to push that beautiful aroma out.

O - A very well executed DIPA. I would take this over many higher rated DIPAs. Very nice!

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Photo of jman42
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A = Beautiful clear gold color. Great head. Good lacing. Starting off promising.

S = Awesome flowery hop bouquet. Smells like I took some freshly picked hops from the garden and crushed them between my fingers. Even more promising.

T = Prevailing hops taste. Exactly what I was hoping for in a 2x IPA.

M = Crisp and clean. Slightly oily in a good way.

O = I like this beer a lot. Went down great with some steaks on the grill. Will come back to this one again and again.

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2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,034 ratings.