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2XIPA - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 995
Hads: 4,175
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 134
Gots: 862 | FT: 5
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

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Beer added by: mcallister on 04-28-2010

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Reviews: 995 | Hads: 4,175
Photo of Phillip13
4.46/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer that is very well named great hop flavor a fine DIPA. It has a wonderful grapefruit citrus flavor with a pine and floral overtones. The bitter aftertaste is delightful. Southern Tier's best beer. (211 characters)

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.46/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with white head in new DFH IPA glass.

Great lemon, grapefruit and pine notes.

Taste is grapefruit, pine and sweet malts. Nice bitterness lingers on the palate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Overall this is an excellent DIPA. (262 characters)

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.46/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier Brewing Company - 2XIPA, poured into a DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours a clear pale golden like a lighter cousin to Pliny. Bubbly and sports a good sized foamy head with good lacing and retention.

Smell - A pungent grapefruit/melon sour citrus hop aroma with a minimal sweet honey malt interference. Mouth watering and dry.

Taste - Malt sweet blends almost seamlessly with punchy pine bitter and citrus hops, then ends caramel malt. Smooth for a DIPA but that's not necessarily a bad thing, I did not take it as such.

Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel is sour bitter hop fruity and pine. This brew is warm and boozy but in a good way. Medium bodied and slightly oily.

Overall - Great brew, definitely found this fresh and thirst quenching. This was a great brew and definitely comes recommended. (808 characters)

Photo of mattkoon
4.46/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

the 2xipa is fantastic. The smell is a great complex mash-up of itrus and piney florals. The taste is very crisp and biting. A rich floral and piney citrus flavor is promanant through out. If you like ipa's you won't be dissapointed. This is one of the better ones I've had. (274 characters)

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

Clear copper hue. Carbonation can be seen rising to the top of this clear hued brew. This IPA has an excellent flora and fruit aroma. There is so much in the bouquet its hard to begin. I can imagine smelling ripe apricot and plum, add to that honey and daffodil and walnut and you get the idea that this is a complex concoction. While the fruity flowery aroma shows no sign of hops, the flavor sure does. Hops is the first flavor characteristic from this busy ale. Its followed by a sweet honey and beady malt. The fruit is not as noticeable a flavor, probably buried by triple variety of hops. Palate is sticky because of the sweetness associated to the taste. Most IPAs are overly grassy, this one is actually a bit heavy on the honey sweetened malt. (752 characters)

Photo of racer2k
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12oz bottle into my favorite pint glass

A - Beer pours a nice hazy golden color and creates a fairly small single finger white head that is quite sticky.

S - Incredible aroma profile with strong grapefruit, citrus, oranges, pineapple and a sweet fresh baked bread texture. Exceptional aroma profile with this beer!

T - Very nice hoppy citrus taste to this beer with the grapefruit flavor being very assertive. This is a fantastic tasting beer!

M - A nice full creamy, resiny, oily mouth feel with moderate carbonation that is fairly light in terms of body.

D- VERY drinkable offering but one that will catch up to you at 8.20% ABV. EXCELLENT BEER! This is one of the finest beers that I have tried in 2010! (720 characters)

Photo of lemonlime311
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is dynamite and all together excellent IPA. The smell is just right with notes of grapefruit,pine, and a whole host of hoppy goodness. Super crisp taste great long lasting after taste. I have been experimenting with other Double IPA and this one so far in definitely the winner. Even at $10.99 a 6pk this beer is a bargain. (333 characters)

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

Nice Cloudy golden colour, medium carbonation. full finger of head that slowly diminishes to a nice lace. Light floral and citrus hop sent, taste citrus and grassy with a bitter Grapefruit finish. Very smooth and soft with medium carbonation. Overall a great IPA (262 characters)

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.
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 BeerPredator
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears light golden with scant head. Smells have citrus and bready notes. Tastes exceptional; crisp and extremely drinkable. Very thin body with no alcohol taste or aroma except slightly at end of drink. Heavily recommend and will drink again. (244 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)

2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 995 ratings.