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2XIPA - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
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3,554 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,554
Reviews: 952
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 91
Gots: 372 | 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 TheManiacalOne
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a very nice blend of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong hops bitterness eases in and asserts itself. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, this is a very good 2IPA that is worth drinking for a whole evening.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev -0.7%

RblWthACoz, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of nickfl
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

nickfl, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.2/5  rDev -20.6%

Wow, 2XIPA I think Rogue went with ISquared symbol PA early in the concept of DIPAs, I guess a simple 2XIPA is hoppy but not compared to the exponential version that Rogue claimed. I'm kidding this beer pours a pale golden crystal clear hue, what's going on here. big white head forms thick in my bulbous chalice. Fine even lacing is laced around the edges of the glass. Aroma is a bit onion/garlic inspired for me, a spicy vegetable green character. Yes sugar wraps around that hop character but what does that do for me. Again a nice sweetness but the hop flavors are onion/garlic vegetable tones what the hell is up with this hop fad. This is no OG Unearthly IPA, but it's a beer they're going to put out in 12 ounce bottles. Mouhtfeel is soft carbonated medium bodied sugary estered hops it makes hops taste like dessert too unbalanced especially when you're hops taste like garlic/green onions. WTF, I want a real DIPA from one of the east coast brewers let's see who is willing to deliver.

WVbeergeek, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

Kegatron, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of russpowell
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%

Was happy to find this sixers at MaaDoodles in Joplin, MO!

Pours an effervescent gold with 2 fingers of pearl colored head. Above average lacing & okay
head retention

S: Lemony notes, slight breadyness

T: Grapefruit, breadyness, lemons up front. Grapefruit lemons & slight pear notes as this warms, along with a whisper of pineapple, plus some dryness & leafy hops. Finishes with a touch of honey, plus grapefruit & lemons in abundance, & a touch of peppery & piney hops as well

MF: Medium bodied, soft carbonation, gets a bit chewier & warming as this warms

Drinks too easy, abv is well hidden & this could just as easily pass for a ballsy IPA. Very nice, will buy more in the future if still around. This would go great with some green chile or Thai red curry

russpowell, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of Slatetank
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%

I appreciated the chance to try this, thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing. Poured chilled from the 12oz into a tulip

A - A very clear golden with amber accented liquied and a thin white cap which drops to a ring w/ good clinging lace that holds

S - An arom of hops that has a strong piney aspect and mild acidic citrus note that lingers w/ slight grassy aroma accented by herbal notes and mild sweet odor w/ a pungent fruit ester

M - Well carbonated brew w/ a mild acidic and slight resinous hoppy feel w/ a dry spicy finish

T - The flavor has an apparent simcoe taste immediately w/ spicy pepper and herbs from the hops and funky cat piss-like acid in the hops. the flavor of simcoe gives the beer an acidity and spiciness w/ mild citrus afternote and mildly sweet malty flavor w/ light alcohol influence in the warming finish

D - A tasty brew, not the best in the style by any means, but flavorful and drinkable. Kind of one dimensional in the grand scheme so just above average form me - it could use more hop flavor other than spice to win me over

Slatetank, May 20, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%

Beer is yellow with a mild haze, some lacing on a thin head and low carbonation. Looks OK.

Aroma is sweet with mild piny hops and some malt.

Beer is thinner than expected, moderately bitter at the back, interesting overall. The hops are mostly piny but overall it is a bit too malty for my tastes. Overall just a decent, nothing too special here DIPA. Next...

drabmuh, May 24, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%

a sweet ipa, in the waynes world sense, not the sugary sense. pour is real light for the style, clearish and golden to bronze in color. a medium one inch head, pure white, sits on top and slowly mellows. the nose is citrus all the way, grapefruit and lemon, but i am missing the malt id like to see. flavor thought just rocks, malt balances out intense bitter hops, mean and brutal and chewy, but also somehow light and pleasant. i like the finish, its bitter, but more fruit than hop essence, which i think is nice this time of year. really robust hop flavor, but it fades to fruit in that slow drama way. feel is good, enough bubbles and a lazy sort of medium body, its not so interesting on the tongue, but it holds its own. the alcohol is also oddly absent, it doesnt even come out when the beer warms up, just sort of stays away, which is scary and brilliant at the same time. one of southern tiers most drinkable big beers, i really support this, especially on tap in marcellus, new york. who woulda thought?

StonedTrippin, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of jlindros
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%

Not usually a fan of Southern Tier as their beers are usually too sweet for me. But this one is a little different, much better IMO.

A large 2 finger fluffy and super white colored head rises up and fades slowly actually, leaving a slight lacing on the sides as it does. The beer is a crystal clear yellow golden nectar color.

The nose brings lots of hops, musty fresh wet hops, hop oils and resin, plenty of pine and some citrus, a little floral aroma as well. With all that is just a hint of sweet malts.

The taste is more of the same, with lots of fresh hops bombarding the taste buds. This time it starts with lots of herbal grassy hops, then transfers to some pine and just a little citrus, and some fresh musty wet resinous hops. The bitterness is nice and strong but not overbearing. It adds some light malts and sweetness, and just a touch of booze to balance the huge hop bitterness.

The mouth is medium bodied with decent carbonation.

It finishes pretty bitter, very bitter, with some astringency, and plenty of juicy hop remnants. More pine, citrus, herbal grass, and fresh musty hop resin help. There is a slight sweetness remaining from the malts, but it dries quite a bit with help from the bitterness.

jlindros, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of oline73
5/5  rDev +24.1%

oline73, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev -0.7%

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a very nice pale and bisquit malt scent along with a wonderful hop nose. The taste is good also. It has a smooth, bitter taste that boasts of pale malts and lots of hops. It's well balanced and easy drinking. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a well brewed DIPA. It's not as good as I would have expected, but it's pretty damn good.

WesWes, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%

Bottled 7/22/10.

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is very hoppy with some pine, orange and dank notes. Very inviting. The flavor is mainly pine with some nice caramel malt notes. I also get some grassy and earthy hops and a tad bit of orange citrus as the beer warms. Medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This is not the best Double IPA I have ever had, but it is very good and a beer that everyone should try.

Mora2000, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

mendvicdog, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of jwc215
4.71/5  rDev +16.9%

Pours deep golden with a rich white head that settles to a lasting cover. Lacing sticks.

The smell is exceptional - tropical and citric fruits - very hoppy.

The taste is hoppy - tropical and citric fruits. Bitter, but not harsh. Sweet grain balances the bitterness. There is a hint of alcohol, but it blends in well, adding a touch of pepper. It has a refreshing, long finish.

It hits full-bodied and has a nice creamy texture.

This is a great example of a Double IPA. Nice use of hops. Truly a pleasure to drink!

jwc215, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev -0.7%

DrunkinYogi, May 10, 2012
Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev 0%

Good three-finger head which settles slowly and leaves nice ring lace. After five minutes, there's a foam dome. Light gold color with a mild haze

Strong, appealing grapefruit hop aroma.

Pleasant malt start to the sip, but it quickly gives way to a strong, nearly extreme bitter hop bite. Peppery swallow and a long lasting finish. Rich body.

Overall, borderline excessive and somewhat two-dimensional but it is still quite tasty for a hop head.

smcolw, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

MarkyMOD, May 23, 2012
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of Gavage
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%

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.

Gavage, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of kojevergas
3.39/5  rDev -15.9%

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with elegantly simple label art and branded pressure cap acquired at a local bottle shop and served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I've had very good beers from this brewery in the past and my good friend schlimenhaumer recommended this beer. 8.2% ABV confirmed. Identifies as a Double IPA; I'm reviewing it as such. "Brewed with 4 varieties of hops and 3 types of malts." I believe the cost was somewhere around $5-6.

Looking closely at the bottle, I find a bottle date I never saw before - 02/15/13; this is about 3.5 months old. According to Southern Tier's website, "The majority of our products, especially the hoppy styles, are intended to be consumed within six months for peak hop flavor and freshness." So per Southern Tier, this should be fine.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger head of beige to light khaki colour. Nice creaminess. Nice soft frothy complexion. Good thickness. No bubble show. Thin light lacing as the head recedes; unimpressive in this respect. Retention is pretty good - about four minutes. Not too shabby for 8.20%.

Body colour is a clear translucent vibrant yellow. No yeast particles are visible. Not as coppery as most Imperial IPAs I've seen.

Good appearance for the style overall. Looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Fresh clean malts balance the fragrant floral hops quite well. Lightly oily and nectary. The pale malts are evocative and crisp, reminiscent of a good pilsner actually. A bit of straw lends it a more refreshing aroma. Some sweeter caramalts enter in but don't come across as too sweet [insert obligatory Southern Tier sweetness joke here]. An even keeled aroma of above average strength. I love that no naked hop bitterness is detectable; it gives me hope the flavour profile will actually be balanced. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: It's got a nice caramel and lightly candied sweetness to it up front, but this grows problematic when the mouthfeel goes from smooth and wet up front to fizzy and coarse after the midpoint, drawing out the sweetness in an undesirable fashion. Hop character is varied, yet primarily floral. Light oily hops help lend needed multi-dimensional character on the climax, offering up something a bit different than the preceding flavours. The finish leaves you with a sweetness that lingers, which reduces the drinkability and my desire to take the next sip. Good carbonation. I'd prefer that it got coarse and dry on the finish to make the sweetness of the next sip more welcoming; that's a missed opportunity and one that would greatly improve the overall balance.

Speaking of balance, it's well executed in that regard. No naked hop bitterness comes through; it's pleasantly hoppy but not biting or rough on the palate. Fairly soft texture throughout keeps it approachable.

Not getting any alcohol heat here. Not at all boozy or hot. ABV isn't entirely unnoticeable, but it's quite well concealed.

What it lacks in complexity and subtlety it makes up for in drinkability and a pretty good balance. I like it, but there's definite room for improvement.

Good thickness. Good body.

Dr: A pretty drinkable imperial IPA for the ABV. I'd get it again, but the lack of complexity and the problematic sweetness do bring it down. A(nother) good but not great beer from Southern Tier. I wouldn't want more than a couple in any given night. It's more balanced than most of the imperial IPAs offered here on the West Coast, and that's a big plus for me.

B-

kojevergas, May 30, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%

A double IPA from a good brewery that's only $8.99 a six pack? No way I'm not giving this a try.

Pours a light orange/amber, smallish head to it. Aroma is of citrusy hops. Medium bodied, tons of flavor here. Nice hoppiness but it's not overbearing, balanced VERY well. Compared to most imperial/double IPA's this is a smooth drinker. Way too drinkable for its 8.2% ABV. Highly recommended, won't let you down.

oriolesfan4, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -0.7%

InspectorBob, May 21, 2013
Photo of corby112
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%

Pours a clear golden yellow color with bright golden banana yellow hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy white head. Good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves sporadic rings and spots of lacing left behind.

Uber fresh, dank oily hop aroma with lots of sweet citrus and tropical fruit notes as well as some earthy pine and subtle graham cracker-y, biscuit malt. Hints of pineapple, grapefruit, mango and citrus peel with a slight grass presence in the nose.

On the lighter end of medium bodied with a bitter earthy pine hop blast up front that lingers throughout into a bitter yet sweet dry finish. Nicely balanced by sweet citrus and tropical fruit notes as well as by a slight malt backbone and subtle alcohol astringency. The citrus/tropical fruit presence is prominent with lots of pineapple, mango, grapefruit and lemon peel. The malt backbone is faint but provides nice balance with hints of graham cracker and biscuit. The high ABV is decently masked but there is still a bit of alcohol, especially toward the finish.

corby112, Jan 03, 2011
2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,554 ratings.