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2XIPA - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,565
Reviews: 953
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 91
Gots: 375 | 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 jrenihan
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Case is dated April 28, 2011, so I guess that is (or is close to) the bottling date. Frustrating that it takes the LCBO a month and half to get it into stores, but what can you do.

Pours a somewhat cloudy pale gold colour, with about two finger widths of white frothy head. Head dissipates quickly to a small remainder that sticks around.

Smell consists of pine, citrus (grapefruit) and some other light fruits around as well. Rather floral.

Taste is good, but not as intense as I would have expected from a DIPA. The grapefruit is strongly present, but the bitterness is only moderate. A distinct pine flavour is present. None of these flavours are as pronounced as would be expected. Further, the alcohol is incredibly well hidden. All of this is to say that it comes across almost as a regular IPA than a DIPA. Still, certainly enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is good- carbonation is moderate to high, but it works well. Beer is medium to full bodied, and feels very good.

Overall. for me, this is an enjoyable beer that was somewhat less exciting than I had hoped. Not as intense as a typical DIPA, but a good beer. The alcohol content is dangerous, as it would be very easy to drink a number of these in a row- it really does not come through.

jrenihan, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of circlenine
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into tulip glass 12/19/10.

A: Dark yellow/Pittsburgh gold color. Slowly poured the beer, resulting in a tiny head that quickly dissolved. No lacing on the inner walls of the glass.

S: Not as hoppy as many Double IPAs, but there is definitely a hint of citrus to it.

T: Nice flavor present, although there is no nothing dominant about it - hops dominate not, citrus dominates not... in fact, the more sips I take the less citrus and hops I actually taste.

M: Light to medium bodied with a carbonated mouth kick to it. Slight aftertaste, minimal compared to other DIPAs.

D: Relatively easy to drink.

Comments: It's a good DIPA for sure. For it's price point it's worth picking up a sixer to intersperse with your other brews on a given evening. Can't see myself drinking more than two or three in a sitting - more because of the taste than anything else.

circlenine, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of Viggo
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at my boy Lackeys place.

Pours a clear yellowish golden, nice and bright, thick and tight white head forms, slowly settles to a thin ring around the glass, some lace spots stick, looks nice.

Smell is solid, some caramel sweetness, a touch of biscuit, big floral hops, a touch of grapefruit and pineapple, light pine, some alcohol, light orange peel, nice balance.

Taste is similar, sweet and malty up front, caramel, biscuit, nicely hopped, big floral, some grapefruit and pine, light pineapple and a touch resiny, solid bitter finish, well balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, a bit of warmth going down. Nothing fancy but a solid DIPA. Thanks Mike!

Viggo, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of IPAescotch
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lager light color, mediocre head but some thick lacing

Fresh grass clippings and skunk (yes the dank kind). For a DIPA i feel like it is lacking malt character

The hops surely dominate, and carry the flavor from beggining to end. Thats all well and good, but i was expecting more extreme maltiness in this beer, but the malts have a bit part at best

Mouth feel is thin and dry.

highly drinkable for the abv. not wat i was going for at the time but still

IPAescotch, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of infi
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic pint.

Pours a hazy golden dark-orange color with a foamy white head and creating a good amount of sticky lacing throughout the glass. Generously carbonated, with the bubbles making themselves known with every swirl. The aromas depict a large amount of hops, particularly the earthy and piney types, with a hint of grapefruit. Not so much of a malt presence overall, regardless of what the label had indicated.

This IIPA begins with a nice pine bitterness that continues towards a smooth maltiness and then again, falls back on a sudden hop kick. The bitterness lingers for a while, but then quickly subsides into nothing. A basic flavor profile of a double IPA.

Mouthfeel is relatively medium-bodied with low-leveled carbonation. Drinkability is moderate- not too quick, yet not too slow either.

infi, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of carolinahophead
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Becoming a big fan of this brewery.
It pours a golden color with little head. The pine and the citrus are present. I like the malt with hop combo in this beer . Its big in my book, a good medium mouthfeel and awesome finish. This being a dipa, you do get the alcohol and deep hop flavor. Southern Tier is up and coming. Could be a big hitter on the east coast. Watch out !

carolinahophead, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of MattyV
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy deep golden yellow, creamy white head. Nose is not too pungent, but still pleasant--sweet pineapple/tropical fruit and citrus. Decent sweet toasted malt backbone but seems to be lacking in bitterness. Still, alot of nice juicy, fruity hop flavour. Medium-bodied, crisp and refreshing. Highly drinkable, hides the alcohol level very well. Drinks much like a potent IPA, a great summer quaff.

MattyV, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of Jeffo
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this at De Molen in Bodegraven.

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium-looking, bright, white head with good retention. Orange peel in color, perfectly clear, with zero carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a wisp and ring, leaving some clingy lacing. A splotchy wisp remains until the end and leaves some dots of lace down the glass.

SMELL: Big nose jumps out of the glass. Pale malts and touches of lemon. Lots of citrus and grapefruit hops, with some floral elements as well. Alcohol notes show through too. Big and enticing for sure.

TASTE: Pale malts and lots of citrus and grapefruit flavors. Some floral notes as well, and lots of bitter hops at the swallow. Bold but shorter citrusy, grapefruit and bitter aftertaste is in and out. Some spicy booze after the swallow as well, but this one is more about the citrus and hop flavors.

PALATE: Medium body and light on the palate. Medium carbonation, not overly creamy or smooth, but goes down fine and finishes slightly dry. Too light and not creamy enough, but not off-putting, cloying, or rough either.

OVERALL: A pretty good DIPA, with lots of citrus and hop forward flavors. Unfortunately the palate didn't really support everything that was going on; a bigger, fuller palate would give the flavors more of a platform to perform on. Other than that, however, this is a solid offering from a solid brewery. One worth checking out.

Jeffo, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of tavernjef
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear hay gold and fairly brightened at the edges with a duller center. Thin white crown of suds laps up to rest and stay in a solid skim and a thicker collar. Lots of thin sheeted lacing with some globby breakage and frosted-like patterns places itself with good stick across the glass.

Nice aroma of juicy citrus of peach and orange with a bit of floralness and fresh resin to it. Slightly sweetened underneath with caramel and paler lemony citrus juice and a touch of some biscuit malt.

Taste is a bit small for a Impy IPA. Far more toned down on taste then aroma. Beyond the tone of dulled hoppy citrus and sharpened malty crispness, theres an off soapy-like and medicinal bittering that isn't sitting well within the overall. Semi toasted too, that isn't fitting in with any balance. It actually seems to be dominating most of the flavor as it goes thru the first portion. This is the last bottle of a sixer and they all were the same. It rounds off somewhat as it warms as the malt does sweeten and flatten out the soapy discharge that escapes the first half of the glass. Meh. Reminds of Gemini, which I also don't favor very well.

Body is about medium with a decent surge of smoothness from malt across its length yet keeps a slight snap and crispness of dullish citrusy hops at the surface. Again, however, there's a certain offness that lingers thats a mix of soap, old baking soda, and medicinal/phenolic tainting its core and its overall drinkability for me.

I'll stick with Unearthly thank you very much. This 2XIPA from Southern Tier, one of my favorite breweries from out East, is nowhere near the top of the list of beers they brew. I did however really enjoy smelling this one. If that counts for anything...?

tavernjef, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of nrbw23
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a tiny bit hazy orangey yellow with a white head. The head is small but it still throws tons of lacing.

S- Smells of pine. There is a little bit of honey and citrus sweetness.

T- Taste is quite piney, a little bit of honey and orange zest. Malts come around and give a fruity and bread toast flavor. Also seems to be some sort of metallic taste to this one.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

D- Easy to drink, but nothing to write home about. The metallic taste turns me off.

nrbw23, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of argock
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.95.

A: Peachy-amber with nearly white 1-finger head with decent retention and a lot of lacing around the glass.

S: Initialy pungent aromas of citrus, tropical fruit, and pine are most apparent, but, with warming, this fades a great deal to a strong resin with a solvent-alcohol note. Maltiness is mostly pale with a touch of caramel and biscuit.

T: The flavor is initially very hoppy with citrus and tropical fruit flavors, but the overall bitterness and solvent alcohol qualities really put a dent in the pleasant initial hoppiness. The alcohol borders on astrigent. The maltiness doesn't really stand up very well to the other components and really lays down and allows some of the not-so-good qualities come through more than they should.

M: The feel is not heavy but clean and crisp. Body is not more than medium, and many IPAs are more coating than this brew. Carbonation is medium as well which adds to the crisp, clean character.

D: Not a bad beer, but this one doesn't really add up as well as it should -- the first impression is very favorable, but the less solid qualities put a damper on the brew. I think aiming for a more balanced, malty DIPA wold be a good direction for this beer with a bigger dose of malts, especially those that provide caramel flavors.

argock, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of wcintula
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of this for a buck fifty on a whim in a deli. Poured into a tumbler it was a hazy yellow body with a fluffy white head. Smells of hops and yeast. Very strong malt profile on this. Velvety feel to this one with good carbonation. Alcohol is barely noticeable. I was wondering what the ABV was on this for a bit. Could be dangerous.

wcintula, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of Florida9
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear flat gold in color. Pours with a fizzy 1/4" of head that reduces quickly to a surface coating and around the ring of the glass.

S: Light blend of citrus (grapefruit and a little lemon) with some light sweet perfumed floral on the end.

T: A bit of caramel malt on the beginning. Grainy. Then a mild to moderate grapefruit bitterness. Short finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium with lower carbonation levels.

D: Being on the lighter side for a DIPA with the low amounts of malt, hops, and bitterness makes this for a very easily drinkable a beer. While there may not be a whole lot of character, it is surely is an easy drinker.

Florida9, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep amber pour with a small off-white head that dissipates quickly inte decent lacings.

S: So American in smell; floral and bitter hops gives it loads of citric and piney notes; grapefruit, pineapple, lemon sezt and some ripe oranges. Sweet caramell malt (slightly roasted).

T: Lovely bitterness up front followed by the fruityness that is so typical of American hops; exotic citric fruits. The malt is sweet but a bit milder than I would have guessed.

M: The body is on the heavier side while the carbonation is on the milder side. Aftertaste holds nice bitterness, but doesn't stay that long.

O: A nice DIPA, but nothing exceptional.

Evil_Pidde, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of papat444
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear pale gold body, good showing of lacing. Dose of cedar in the aroma, zesty citrus as well with a bit of spices. More citrus than cedar in flavor though the latter does lurk around in there. Bit soapy which rubs off on texture. Good bitterness upfront, very creamy in the finish. I like it, not top tier but solid nonetheless.

papat444, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of acevenom
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a glass mug. The beer pours golden with a minimal white head and lots of visible tiny bubbles rising in the beer. There's a light aroma of hops. There's citrus and pine with some bready malt in the background. The taste absolutely follows the nose. The citrus and piney hops are forward with some sweetness and breadiness from the malt. It's very straightforward. The alcohol is also there in the flavor. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth and a bit sweet on the finish. This is a very good beer.

acevenom, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of ehammond1
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Giant Eagle
Columbus, OH

Lightly hazed golden, amber, and light copper collor with a pillowy, thick, and dense off-white head that leaves sticky sheets of lace all the way down the glass. Gorgeous.

Well balanced but strong aroma: citrus hop aromas, sticky pine resin, sweet caramel, and some muted bready, biscuit malt character as well.

Flavor follows the aroma, and for the most part is very well balanced. The tropical fruit and pine flavors play nicely with the sweet, caramel malts. There's a a touch of alcohol harshness near the end of the swallow, though this beer does a fairly good job of hiding it's ABV.

Medium to full bodied with ample carbonation.

A really good Midwest IPA. I won't be trading my Sculpin or Pliny for this anytime soon, but while visiting the region, this is a fine substitute.

ehammond1, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow....there is alot going on with the Southern Tier 2X IPA...sheesh! The appearance is a golden yellow, clear, with little carbonation and very little, mostly non-existent head...that looks white in color. The smell is complex hops and malt. I believe the hops include Semcoe for the body and slightly citrus notes....other is possibly East Kent Hops. The other two....could possibly be casscade and ???. One of the malts used is sweet....all blended together to mask the 8%+ ABV. The taste is well balanced....hops definitely power the beer, the malt is used to keep bitterness at bay and to help clean the pallate on the after taste. Overall it is a crazy beer, definitely worth trying. One per session would be enough though.

WoodBrew, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of Thur123
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a light yellow orange, bordering on gold, with about two fingers of white head. Moderate carbonation, nothing strange for the style. This beer is pretty clear compared to other IPAs. The smell is a healthy combination of herbal resinous hops and a sweet floral citrus like hops... with orange, lemon and pine taking the lead in the nose...as far as I can smell.

Glug glug glug

The taste is good, not as big as most DIPAs but still very full and complex. Citrus hops with a bitter herbal edge over a balanced malt base, which does a lot to let the hops shine. Very well crafted and humble malts IMO. The mouth feel is average and a bit thin for something that calls itself a DIPA. Over this is good instead of 2Xipa its really more like 1.5Xipa. Good IPA for the price at least.

Thur123, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of wedgie9
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tasted from a 12oz bottle. Pours amber orange with a thin white head that quickly recedes to lace. The nose has some malts, but it is mostly just hoppy with a bit of lemon. The hops aroma reminds me of marijuana. The flavors are just as one-dimensional with light malt flavor and strong hops. It is not as bitter as many double IPAs I have had, and I enjoy it for that. On the palate, the body is medium and slightly oily. The carbonation is average, and the finish is medium with hops bitterness. The alcohol is a little out of balance, but other than that this beer is quite nice.

wedgie9, May 21, 2010
Photo of psuKinger
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a very light shade of golden yellow with a lively white head of moderate size on top. No shades of "orange" to be found.

S: Pine and grapefruit both come in on the nose, at a moderately low intensity. 4.0.

T: Taste follows the nose. Their is more pine and bitterness here than I remembered. A remarkable balance of bitterness for an East Coaster. A touch of grapefruit (and maybe even a hint of pineapple on the citrus-spectrum) is much appreciated.

It's not huge. It's not punchy. But this is honestly a pretty pleasant IPA. A tad too sweet for my liking, but not by very much at all. Still worthy of "good" marks.

M: Light at first, but finishes thick and sticky, with hop oils coating the tongue.

D: As I worked through the bottle, the sweetness became more of a problem for it. This is a good beer, but I think it falls short of being something I would want multiple of in the same sitting.

psuKinger, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of ryantaussig
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful golden straw color with a sturdy one to two finger head. Good lacing.

S: Hop aroma all over the nose. There's a certain amount of sweetness in there as well. Unroasted malts in the background. Surprising lack of alcohol aroma despite being a double.

T: Definite presence of hop bitterness, but not as much as I had expected. I predicted getting my tongue bombarded with bitterness, but the flavor is well balance. The hops are clearly the star player, but the malt sweetness plays off it well. Almost no alcohol flavor.

M: The body and finish of the beer are excellent. It's a nice medium body with a good medium to dry finish, which is great for a double. The carbonation though, is extremely low and has an adverse effect on the feel.

O: Pretty much average on this one. The flavors won't burn you out quickly, and the low carbonation means it isn't overly filling, but I do foresee the pallet wanting something different after a few.

ryantaussig, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of nhindian
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a tall snifter.

Put this one in the fridge earlier today as I was looking forward to trying this after a long day of class and job interviews. I decided to crack it now even though I'm quite tired and am hoping the hops will help me sleep!

A - Due to the high alcohol content on this one I decided to go with a pretty aggressive pour. I was rewarded with a dark straw brew that grew about a 2-finger, foamy, white head. It stuck around for a little but for the most part was gone after a few minutes. Pretty great lacing with this one as well. Even after drinking half of the glass, remnants of lace are still clinging on from the head. Crystal clear with a few bubbles rising every now and then.

S - HUGE nose of pine and citrus in this one, which is to be expected for a double IPA, but the upfront-ness about it really surprised me. The hops were like a punch to the face and I'm almost wide awake now. Getting strong hints of orange and grapefruit especially. I feel like I'm in the middle of a forest after a light summer rain. Very refreshing.

T - This one is definitely a sipper. It took a few drinks for my palette to get used to the abusing bitterness from the combined hops and citrus but midway through I was enjoying it quite a bit. One of the most potent IPA's I've had so far. Orange notes interspersed throughout the pine makes this one quite tasty but the bitter aftertaste also detracts a bit.

M - Feels medium-bodied in the mouth and has ample carbonation to give the flavors a bit of a boost.

D - As mentioned before, this one is a bit of sipper. The smell and flavor are spot on, but the bitterness just wrecked my palette 3/4ths of the way through. Due to this and the high ABV, I'm not sure I could or would want to have more than one of these in a night.

Overall a pretty solid representation of the style, but the finish could be a bit smoother. I have 3 bottles left and am looking forward to them!

nhindian, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of reefkeeper99
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- light golden and clear. Small white head that quickly fades.

S- Overwhelmingly citrus. Orange and grapefruit aromas. Some hops.

T- Sweet, citrusy, hops taste comes through in the end.

Mouthfeel- Light. Medium carbonation. Not very aggressive and taste does not linger.

D- Decent beer. Nothing special, but worth trying, especially if you like fruity beers.

reefkeeper99, May 21, 2010
Photo of null
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

null, Jun 19, 2012
2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,565 ratings.