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2XIPA - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,012
Hads: 4,251
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 23.44%
Wants: 136
Gots: 936 | FT: 3
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: 1,012 | Hads: 4,251
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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Photo of fps_dean
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This has became one of few beers that I buy fairly regularly on a year-round basis for quite some time now. This is a great balance between citrusy hops and sweet malts that many IPAs simply fail to achieve. It goes down smooth and it also compliments most food very nicely, including almost any spicy food.

It's a bit sweeter than their IPA, and while I do find their IPA to be very good, their DIPA is so much better.

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

2XIPA pours a nice lingering off-white head from the bottle. Big round bubbles of carbonation swimming though the golden body. A lighter body than most west coast DIPAs I've tried. Monstrous amounts of lacing- thick bands of head line the circumference of the glass with each indulgent sip. By the end of the beer, the glass is like a work of art.

Superb aroma full of in-your-face fruity hops, grapefruit, citrus, berries.

Extremely fresh and fruity taste. Nice creamy texture at first when you dive through the head- that just does not dissipate at any point- followed by a crisp DIPA hoppy finish. A little bit of nice fruity malt bitterness lingers slightly on the sides of the mouth after each sip to balance things out.

The 8.20% ABV is devilishly well-hidden behind the mountains of hops and multitude of fruity tones contained within this beer. Overall, a very fine beer and outstanding east coast double IPA. I could drink these all night.

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

This is one of my favs. Very nice nose. Big booming pine and citrus hops. The aroma suggests complexity. With 4 hops and 3 malts, it shows in the aroma and tasted.

Tastes greats. Nice citrus and grapefruit flavors as well as the pine. Mouth feel is interesting. Sticky and oily from the hops. Nice malty backbone as well. Nice bitter finish as well. There just isn't any one thing that dominates this beer though. It's just well rounded with layers of complexity.

A well put together DIPA. I could sit and drink a 6-pack of these. At 8.2% though, I'd be hurtin... though it would be well worth it.

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Photo of surprenant1138
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a snifter a light golden/amber color with approximate 3/4pm creamy white head with sticky lacing. Aroma is of hops, flowers, fresh cut grass, some pine, some spices. Mouthfeel is fairly light, with fair carbonation. Taste is of all the aromas with slightly more spice. Excellent DIPA.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle picked up for about $9 a six pack on a recent trip up north. no freshness information on the bottles or packaging, which can be pretty scary with ipas. drank from my sierra nevada hop tulip glass.

A- this one pours out a hazy golden orange colored body with a finger of bright white head on top. the head lasts for a while and leaves behind solid rings of lacing. very nice.

S- the first thing i notice are loads of floral, pine, and cirtic (grapefruit) hops. more so than i was expecting. theres a small amount of a caramel malt backbone that tries (and fails) to add a balance to this.

T- the caramel malt makes a brief appearance at the start, but after that its all hops. lots of floral notes at first. theres also a healthy dose of pine and some grapefruit. west coast style all the way.

M- medium bodied. nicely bitter. lingering flavor.

D- much better than i was expecting and im left asking myself why this isnt distributed around here. cheaper than most six packs and in my opinion a higher quality than several other options. check this one out if you get the chance.

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Photo of VanStrokin
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great gold and copper color. Good foam when poured. The smell of the hops and the malts are very distinct. Great. The taste is very hoppy at first with that long lasting aftertaste. Very bubbling which quickly dissipates, leaving that good bitter taste on the tongue. Overall is a great IPA. Will be buying this again.

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Photo of Phillip13
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of mattkoon
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of PatLarsen
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of racer2k
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
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!

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Photo of lemonlime311
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of cheffu
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
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

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of Pdiddey3d
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,012 ratings.