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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 chinchill
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

20 oz pint from tap
Brewer says this is "Not quite an imperial, but certainly not a standard India pale ale."

A - Clear, golden amber. Creamy, off-white head; coats sides of glass and has good retention

S - Weedy/herbal but clean and fresh hops. Hops. More hops.

T - somewhat complex with barley malt (?) evident. Intense hop shot with piney/orange/grapefruit hop finish that includes some maltiness.

M - smooth; good carbonation

D - too hoppy and bitter for high volume consumption, but then this is a beer to be savored slowly.
For hop lovers only. Like drinking the essence of fresh hops, magically made palatable.

(Lightly revised after June 2013 revisit). (669 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.71/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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! (517 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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... (361 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Rattle N Hum in New York, NY

A: Pours a dark golden yellow to light copper in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall dense off-white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit and pine/resin hops along with a very light note of sweet malts.

T: There is a very light amount of caramel malt sweetness with moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit and pine/resin hops - but the hop flavors are not very aggressive. Very light hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Easier to drink than a lot of other beers in the style, but the hop profile of this beer is not as aggressive as the other examples of the style. The alcohol is this beer is well hidden but I would probably classify it as more of a 1.5 IPA (not quite a double). Enjoyable but not a real special beer for the style (which is one of my favorites). (1,087 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Decent retention with some lace rings. Color is a clear golden orange.

Aroma: Pine and floral hops. A bit of onion flavors. Bready malts. Pretty fresh.

Taste: A little more fruit flavors here. Still pine and floral hops. Onion flavors as well. Not to strong though. Bready malts. Not overly hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Pretty bitter. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends pretty dry.

Overall, this is a decent ipa, but nothing I would go out of my way for. Average and somewhat drinkable. (532 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.3/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a clear golden color with a small white head on top, very little retention with minimal lacing on the sides.

S: Decent aroma, some light pine and floral hops. There is a bit of caramel and biscuit malt underneath. Faint alcohol.

T: Not overly hoppy for a DIPA, some caramel a faint floral hops. Not a lot going on here really.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: An average double IPA. Probably won't seek it out again. (447 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (500 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (467 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2XIPA appears light orange and mostly clear with an inch of white frothy head that leaves a few spots of lacing. The aroma is of alcohol and hops with hints of citrus fruit. The beer tastes very good, but the alcohol presence is a bit too forward, detracting from the pleasant citrus and hop flavors, slightly decreasing the overall drinkability and enjoyment. Overall, a good beer and worth a try. (398 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pure gold with 1/4" inch of dense, foamy head that has pretty good retention. The nose is purely floral hop aromas. The taste is lightly malty with floral, mildly piny hops. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with decent carbonation.

This one's OK but in the end it's one dimensional and leaves me wanting something more. (335 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 BARFLYB
3.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-Tap at Whole Foods in a pint glass. Glad to find this as is besides a oldish bottle.

Southern Tier 2XIPA pours out a bright golden yellow color but surprisingly not even a little foam on top, just some miniscule bubbles, so no lace. Pretty still beer but a nice shade to it.

Smells malty and screams East Coast. There is a small portion of grapefruit and other tropics but that sweet malt overshadows anything there. A small amount of alcohol though. For what it's worth there is no grassy scents.

And it goes to show that the east does not compare in this category. This is malt forward with some sweet bubblegum and sweet bready malt. Mixed in some tropics, grapefruit, slight orange. A bit of alc in the end and a lingering sweetness.

Not all that bitter, in fact it's not bitter at all. I need some bite here. A big medium body that lightly coats and stings on the end with the alc. I figured this would have some edge off the tap, naw pretty tame.

Glad I tried this off the tap than risking a bottle. It's far from my least favorite DIPA (stoudt's DIPA) but it's not in the same league as others. With so many choices in this category I can say Im starting to really notice the lacking ones here and there. (1,220 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip. Poured a golden amber color with a moderate sized bright white head to it. The head faded to a thin covering, but left some excellent lacing while doing so.

The aroma has a nice floral, citrusy hoppiness to it. It has a bit of that juicy, tropical flavor that I really like in DIPA's. The hoppy aromas are very nice in it. A bit of toasty malt comes through as well in the nose.

The taste has a nice mix of fruity, tropical, juicy, hoppiness and a more bitter, pine, resin hoppiness. A little alcohol is present in the finish but not too bad. A little bit of bready and toasty malt comes through the hoppiness. The finish also has a bitter, dry hoppiness that lingers.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate to slightly above average carbonation. Drinkability is good, it has some very nice hoppy flavors to it. I really enjoyed the 6 pack of this I bought and will be buying more. Very welcome addition to ST's 6 pack lineup, and a very solid beer overall. (1,023 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle w/o freshness/bottling info to be ascertained. Pours lighter amber, clear, typical tan head, with staying power quite evident, goes to a tiny bubble film, low sheeting, collar and very fine strands of lace. Nose is nicely hopped up, citric and biting. Tasty DIPA, ample but not overwhelming hop crunch, I'm getting notes of citrus, pine, mint on the hoppy side, and biscuits and smooth malt on the sweat end. Balanced. Not really what I like in a DIPA. Dangerously drinkable. I'd like more aggression out of whoever determined the hop bill on this one. Tasty and obviously quality offering. Well worth trying. (625 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.06/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Out of the bottle she comes out like a shining gold. Gives a two finger simple soapy white head that settles slowly. Very clear pale amber color and slow rising carbonation from the bottom of tiny bubbles. Very crystal clear looking.

Bouquet is a mild sweetness but not much really going on and kind of, missing hop feel, malt, or anything big for a standard double imperial it seems. It feels like it has the character of a good standard citrus punch, but it feels like it has been taken down quite a notch or something. It has a hint of turbonado brown sugar sweetness.

Taste is, kind of underwhelming. A bit wet, muted wet grapefruit finish and minimal hop presence. Where is the bitterness or punch or grass or well, anything? I am not looking for a hop bomb but I would like to say something about the hops in this but I can't cause they hardly show up. Disappointing palate feel with a quick finishing and dissipating tastes that leaves and disappears quickly. It almost has a gassy light lager finish and feel with carbonation attached to it and a gamey aftertaste. It makes for easy drinking, but not for great savoring and flavor.

I don't get the angle on this at all for a double imperial. It seems like perhaps things were all set for go and then someone turned everything down by several notches. I'll pass on this one kind of disappointed to say the least. (1,421 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single from Abe's. The beer appears a clear amber with a short white head. The aroma, frankly, comes off a bit soapy. The hops smell richly of perfume and fruit essence with pine. The flavor pulls in more spicy apricot and orange peel, but it all feels too light for a DIPA. It reminds me of how light ST Pale was, but that beer seemed to be more complex. I appreciate that this is more drinkable, but it could use a hint of malt and more variation in the hops. (473 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2XIPA
Southern Tier Brewing Company
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
ABV: 8.20 %

Had at a special firkin tapping for Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week.

LOOK: Golden color, little head or lace. Perfect clarity and some carbonation bubbles rising lazily to the surface.

SMELL: Solid nose of orange and grapefruit, pine, earthy herb, honey baked bread, citrus oil.

TASTE: Balanced strong IPA with more citrus rind flavor, red ripe grapefruit and pine. The bitterness is restrained and there is a balance of the sweet malts and alcohol. Still, quite hoppy which is the best feature of this brew.

FEEL: The firkin really lended a softness to the feel, with a mild to low carbonation, and more or less clean finish.

OVERALL: A real treat of a beer, and I was happy to try it at the special tapping. It is almost as good on tap and in the bottle, but I must say this cask was the best 2XIPA that I have ever tasted. (913 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store Pub. Pours a very slightly hazy golden with a scant head and pretty nice lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and beguilingly piney. The taste is similar- sweet malt base folowed by a pine slam. Not wxactly balanced, but the malt and pine play off one another nicely. Nice bitterness and very smooth in the mouth. Nice beer. (349 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at New England Tap house Grille.
Comes to the table a slightly hazy light golden color with a smallish off white head that persists. Smells of hops, yeah no shit right? Pine and citrus with a bit of grapefruit and resin, light bready caramel malt provides a hint of balance. The flavor is fruity hops with lots of citrus and pine and a bit of caramel to round it all out. Solid but smooth hop bitterness. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick resinous mouthfeel. Nice smooth flavorful IPA, I really enjoyed this. (542 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (1,070 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a semi transparent light gold with a small white cap that quickly fades into a gentle collar. Tiny streams of carbonation slowly rise to the top of the glass. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of biscuits, caramel, herbal hops, spices, berries, pine needles, and citrus.
Taste is of the aromas with spicy oak and vanilla cream flavors pulling through. A touch of white wine flavors are found in the there
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spritzy, spicy, and herbal. This would be the perfect compliment to spicy Chinese, or Thai food. Great deal on a case for his brew! That 8.2% is very wll hidden. (628 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, light honey-yellow coloring with a light, filmy, bubbly white head. The nose is rich in cedar and pine, with some subtle grapefruit highlights. The flavor is resiny, with peppery hops on a tart, light, grapefruit sweet backbone. Surprisingly light, with a crisp body. The aftertaste is slightly filmy, with a resiny and tart blending to it. Slightly lingering finish, with a bitter, resiny end. Decent brew. (473 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from the International Beer Shop in Perth, because I'd seen it as the feature bottled beer at Sydney's Local Taphouse, and couldn't justify the markup on it there.

Pours a gooey and thick hazed golden yellow colour, with a filmy head, which coalesced early on, but settles to nearly nothing. Lacing, however, is still fine and intricate, probably owing something at least to the heavy body, which allows only the finest amount of carbonation to form. Looks good.

Nose is fresh and hoppy, with a robust green bitter character on the nose, which I genuinely delineate from the West Coast IPA character. This is more direct, more pungent and less fruity—perhaps it's fair to say that this is more genuinely hoppy. Nice.

Palate is really beautifully balanced, with a robust vector of hops through the centre, which disintegrates and melds into the light clean malts to give a nuttiness through to the end. Some vegetative greenness throughout, which makes it taste a little like chewing on leaf stalks, but it's lovely and fresh and again well-balanced.

Feel is surprisingly light, but this may just be an artefect of the fresh hoppy notes that lift it.

A good beer, and a good IPA. While I'd say I still prefer the West Coast variety (probably for no better reason than that I am accustomed to it), this is probably the best example I've had from the East that still retains its distinctive character. (1,415 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can this be possible? A double IPA from ST that is under 10%. Amazing. On tap at max's today.

The beer pours a golden amber color with fairly good head retention and not much lacing. Mouthfeel is all IPA goodness, with the beer showing considerable citrus and light dank earth. On the palate, this really tastes like a dialed down version of unearthly, gemini and the like. It's got that considerable malty sweetness, but the alcohol isn't nearly as punishing and/or cloying, which is something I appreciate. Still, this IPA is definitely on the sweet side, with enough bitterness in the finish to counter, but not truly balance, this East Coast style IPA. So the beer still has very much of a tropical fruit flavor profile, but with the tell tale IPA bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but is not at all heavy or tiring (unlike unearthly). Drinkability is good, with the (relatively) low alcohol actually allowing me to finish my glass of beer.

Still not a big fan of the ST DIPA style, but nevertheless, this is definitely a step in the right direction. (1,065 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a golden yellow color with good carbonation and a nice white cap

S: Smell is citrus, some toasted notes, corn even?

T: Citrus, floral, caramel and some lightly toasted notes, sweet and even some corn

M: Thinner than I expected, nice crispness, light to medium body

D: Booze is light, body is thin but taste is average (331 characters)

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