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2XIPA - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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3,382 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,382
Reviews: 943
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 85
Gots: 296 | 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 fear025


3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma:The malt aroma of this beer is very strong, with the hops taking second place. The hops smell mildly of citrus.

Appearance:Pale golden color, with great head retention and good lacing.

Taste:On the foretaste, there are hops, and a good amount, but not quite as much as I expect in a DIPA. They all do taste good though, and as foretaste gives way to the midtaste, the hop complexity makes itself known more, peaking in the midtaste. The aftertaste is just a ramping down of the same, but it lingers pleasantly on the tongue. The malt flavors are rather subtle through the whole experience.

Mouthfeel:Very smooth body, easy to drink. Nicely carbonated.

Drinkability:I was expecting the hops to be more in your face, as many American brewers are doing these days, but instead, southern tier went in for a deeply complex, thoughtful brew. It's one of the more sessionable DIPAs out there, as much as any DIPA can be sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 00:12:27 | More by fear025
Photo of MeisterBurger

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orangy yellow with a bubbly head. Laces well.

Smells fruity with mango and apricot and pine with a light tough of caramel.

Taste is bitter and fruity, dry, slight chalkiness. Bitterness is piney orange peel and pineapple and herbal. Malt is bready with a hint of caramel. Not overly complex but it gets the job done and is easy drinking.

Mouthfeel is full yet crisp.

More like a 1.2XIPA. Certainly a more flavourful beer than their regular IPA but not a DIPA in the style I prefer--not enough depth or malt sweetness. But it's a good beer in its own right.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 22:05:16 | More by MeisterBurger
Photo of rtepiak


3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a tad brisk as it is about as much bitter and clove honey sweet. Rather middle of the tongue citrus. Clear with some sharp sticky head. Nose is orange, clementine citrus. Sweetness. A lean carbonation. And a somewhat syrupy balance with a somewhat bitter pine.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 03:57:43 | More by rtepiak
Photo of readbaron


3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear and golden with a bit of foamy, white head.

S - Floral hops, orange citrus, some grass

T - Some hops, a good deal of roasted grain, and moderate grapefruit bitterness and orange. Fairly smooth tasting for a DIPA. It's good but not great, with a bit of an odd aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied with decent carbonation and a somewhat sticky mouthfeel.

D - I enjoyed this but don't see myself searching it out.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 05:28:50 | More by readbaron
Photo of chcfan


3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I heard some good things about this one, so I figured I'd give it a shot. I believe it's a summer seasonal, but could be wrong on that. Either way, I'm fairly confident it's fresh because of where I bought it and the crisp, clean hop flavors.

2XIPA is a very good DIPA, but it's just a step or two below great. It has an aroma that's mostly grapefruit and a skosh of pine. I like it when you can smell a DIPA from the other side of the room, and this doesn't quite have enough of that punch for me. That's the only knock I have for it. It has just the right amount of bitterness and the overall flavor of a "west coast IPA" if such a thing exists.

Definitely a strong effort from Southern Tier. I will gladly finish off the sixer and give it a try if I see it on draft.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 01:39:05 | More by chcfan
Photo of Pencible


3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy light gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like orange and citrus hops, with some sweet light caramel and a little bready yeast.
T: It tasted like bitter citrus hops with sweet honey and light caramel, and a bit of bread yeast. It had a clean and bitter aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a nice IPA with a good scent and taste and body. It had a smooth finish, so it was easy to drink. But nothing really made this beer unique or special. Enjoyable but forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 18:51:29 | More by Pencible
Photo of Brianjames16

New York

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice hazy orange color with a two finger width white fluffy head. Some thin lacing sticks around on the glass. A lot of bubbles in this one.

S- Big IPA aroma! Grapefruit bitterness, earthy and piny with a slight malt background. Very pleasing smells in this one.

T- Citrus and and malt hit first with a grapefruit bitterness in the finish. Very clean and balanced flavors. Malts and hops hang around for a nice after taste.

M- Very refreshing light body finishes with a crisp dryness. Great full flavors that don't go way over the top.

O- Overall a very good double IPA. Very drinkable and interesting. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 00:29:58 | More by Brianjames16
Photo of FanofHefe


3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into tulip. Good presentation; fluffy white one-finger head and clear golden color. Head fades fairly quickly but leaves some decent lacing.

Sharp IPA aroma of pine/grapefruit notes. Only a slight hint of malt and no real notice of alcohol.

Tasty flavor of the hops, similar to the aroma with a strong grapefruit and piney taste. Slightly noticeable tropical-type flavors like mango, but not too sweet.

The hop bitterness lingers, but I prefer a little more malt balance in a DIPA. Alcohol not too present. Solid offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 01:22:36 | More by FanofHefe
Photo of Marko84

New York

3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Well well, my first review. I've been privileged enough to try many beers, but in commitment to remembering them I feel it's important to keep some kind of record. Here goes.
Southern Tier 2x IPA
8.20% and who would have guessed? This beer is not bold. It is not ambitious. It is, however, among the most drinkable dIPAs I have encountered. Very light mouthfeel, bitter but not overwhelming. The greatest achievement of this beer is, in my mind, it's ability to hide it's alcohol content. It tastes good...it drinks easy..and that's where this brew excels. I wouldn't list this among my favorite IPAs, or even among my favorite beers. But if you are looking for a mild bark with a bite that'll set you straight, look no further.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 04:43:21 | More by Marko84
Photo of ryan1788a5


3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a globe. Bottling date of 6/18/13 puts it at about a month and a half old.

A: Bright yellow color. Great clarity. Foamy, bone white head retains very well. Lacing is foamy and ubiquitous.

S: Very juicy and tropical on the nose. Pineapple and starfruit, lemon, white grapefruit, and clementine. Mild, soft pine scent. Doughy and slightly honeyed malt.

T: Juicy at the start with a dominant pineapple and starfruit impression. Citrus rind bitterness creeps onto the palate and builds to a modest level. Lemon rind, pithy orange and white grapefruit. Lemon zest. Mandarin orange. Alcohol is well hidden, but a pear-like and tropical ester profile does set in toward the end. Doughy and sweetish honeyed malt base. Bone dry into the finish and dominated by a pithy bitter citrus flavor of lemon and white grapefruit.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied. The feel is a bit thin and light, but it has enough creaminess and substance to hold it together. Moderately strong carbonation. The dryness really plays up a potent, sandpapery hop astringency.

O: 2xIPA is mild in terms of bitterness, and it packs a lot of pleasant tropical hop flavors. A rather tame and easygoing DIPA. Good, but no real wow factor.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 00:53:17 | More by ryan1788a5
Photo of BoldRulerVT


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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter.
Pours a surprisingly light amber with half an inch of head. Color was way light.
Smells very light as well, good malt sweetness with mild hop aromas in background.
Tastes like a mild west coast IPA. Not a ton of hop flavor, a lot of malt.
Mouthfeel was good.
Overall, it was good. No off flavors, but not what I'm looking for.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2014 11:56:55 | More by BoldRulerVT
Photo of da_beers


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
Photo of 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
Photo of 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
Photo of 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
Photo of 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
Photo of basica


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
Photo of 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
Photo of 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
Photo of NODAK


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
Photo of BostonHops


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
Photo of zachary37


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
Photo of 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
Photo of sprucetip


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
Photo of russwbeck


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
2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,382 ratings.