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2XIPA - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,020
Hads: 4,324
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 23.44%
Wants: 140
Gots: 988 | FT: 3
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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

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: 1,020 | Hads: 4,324
Photo of biegaman
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This lightly hazed, golden straw coloured beer has a faded tint of mango to it. Its head, despite always remaining thick around the trim, appears as though its been buffed down using a nail file. But it's not the only thing that's been furbished: the glass is now garishly draped in a henna-like pattern of white lace. I'm ready to reel it in already.

The aroma is like this overbearing force that violently pushes your back up against the wall and then smacks you around. Here's the weird part: you like it. A whole wad of hops, four varieties of them to be precise, ever so opulent in their furnishing, all come across as one giant brazen, insolent batch of distilled pine serum and festered citrus fruit.

When this brewery puts their lens over something they really magnify it; this is like a re-sized version of their IPA that was blown-up, you guessed it, a full two sizes. It's twice the quotient of doughie, biscuity malt portioned with twice the amount of resiny, piny hoppiness. This time, there's also just the tiniest injection of alcohol on the finish.

I'm sure I'm not the only one thinking 'thank god this comes in 12oz bottles and is available year round!' Sure, a bomber would have been all well and good but I reckon this is the kind of beer you buy by the 2-4, the kind of gratifying everyday beer you just pull out of the fridge without needing any justification other than that you're thirsty.

It's certainly the type of beer that disappears fast; you'd be silly to try and trick yourself into thinking you'll have just one. Before you know it, it's all gone and you still want more. Normally that's a sign of a bad beer but in this case it's the sign of a good one. One very attractive, fragrant, flavourful, pleasure-bearing beer.

When I sat down to write this review I didn't know where to begin. Even the brewery's own brewmaster, Phin DeMink, declared this the best beer they've ever brewed. Although Southern Tier has made a great many of my favourite beers - including a bulk of my favourite hoppy pale ales and IPAs, of which there are too many to name because it's literally almost every one they brew - I'm not so sure I care to argue with him on that.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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

Pours a clear, golden color. One and one half inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of floral hops, citrus hops, sweet malt, yeast, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean with an average carbonation level. Tastes of floral hops, slight alcohol, sweet malt, hint of citrus, and slight spice. Overall, good blend, body, and appearance.

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Photo of weeare138
4.17/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of John_M
3.97/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium orange-yellow amber. Thin persistant head that leaves light lacing. Light aroma of floral hops and light malt. Nice sweet and caramel malt with floral and not too herbal hops. The typical grapefruit part of the flavor is closer to an orange citrus flavor. Malt body has a sweet fruit or nectar component. Not as hop forward as other DIPAs, but makes up for it with a quite different and pleasant malt backbone. Enjoyable and a definate repeat IPA.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep amber pour with a small off-white head that dissipates quickly inte decent lacings.

S: So American in smell; floral and bitter hops gives it loads of citric and piney notes; grapefruit, pineapple, lemon sezt and some ripe oranges. Sweet caramell malt (slightly roasted).

T: Lovely bitterness up front followed by the fruityness that is so typical of American hops; exotic citric fruits. The malt is sweet but a bit milder than I would have guessed.

M: The body is on the heavier side while the carbonation is on the milder side. Aftertaste holds nice bitterness, but doesn't stay that long.

O: A nice DIPA, but nothing exceptional.

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Photo of aasher
3.13/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: orangish bordering amber, pretty clear, slight white foam

Smell: pretty average, not overly hoppy compared to other DIPAs, not sweet or anything

Taste: bland flavor for a DIPA in my opinion, not impressively hoppy, pretty run of the mill

Mouthfeel: more watery than I expected, light bodied, moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: not the most drinkable of DIPAs, didn't really have good flavor or smell that great, is pretty watery as well

I was disappointed with this one, it was atypical of Southern Tier.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two-finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Crystal clear pale amber/orange color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is light grapefruit hops, flavor is grapefruit hops and caramel. Higher ABV is hidden. Nice DIPA. $2.49 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
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

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Photo of corby112
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light, hazeless golden hue with plenty of effervescence and a nice 1-finger head of frothy white foam. Less orange than I normally expect from the style, but really quite nice.

Smell: sweet malt with a pretty strong citrusy, resiny aroma. Dank but nice.

Taste: big malt flavor with even bigger funky, dank, resiny and citrusy hops atop. Bitterness is pretty strong but surprisingly smooth. I really like this beer!

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a good level of carbonation and concomitant creaminess. Very nice.

Overall: I really like this beer. The flavor is outstanding, although for a DIPA that's not all that surprising.

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

A solid if unexceptional example of the DIPA style. A light orange/golden colored beer that’s a bit hazy. Lacing and retention are good. Aroma is very much citrus-forward; bitterness is detected in the nose but only just-so; light sweetness.

Flavor packs a good deal of grapefruit, lemon, and pineapple punch, with strong bitterness and a very modest amount of sweetness and malt underneath, particularly for the style. Faintly herbal and grassy. Not super-nuanced but still fresh-tasting. Lightly creamy, medium body and carbonation, slight lingering bitter aftertaste.

Not bad but probably not one I will be running back to anytime soon. In a crowded DIPA field I’ll remember this beer as good but not a standout.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A brilliant water-based orange coloring has a fatigue carbonation factor within. The head is bready and thick, off white in color, and displayed a great retention time. Several thin whispy lashes are displayed on the glass for a lacing of moderate coverage.

S: Wet citrusy hops are detected early upon the pour at arms reach of sweet pine, sugary cereal grains, and some freshly sliced lemons coming on strong at first but quickly trails off. Perhaps a higher effervesce would of helped the aroma retention.

T: For the flavor, sweet sugar grains combine with freshly cut lemon with a balance of sweet pine juices. Grapefruit, fresh oranges are present initially as well. Was waiting for a blast of dry hops to move in but it never happened, the beer stayed modestly sweet with a wet hopping. The finish finds some sweet and flowery moments of citrus on the close but not as much as expected from a 2x label. A bit of dry flowery hops do manage to gently tease the tongue upon the swallow.

M: Despite the calm visual demeanor the mouthful feels fairly crisp. Warm sweet citrus and pine juices with a slick feel and a medium body rounds things out.

D: Decent drinkability. A bit sweeter then expected or desired from a 2x hop ipa. The sweetness factor is perhaps the limiting aspect here more so then the hops.

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Photo of beertunes
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in bubble pint glass. Poured a light golden straw color with about 3/4 inch of white head that had good retention and lacing.

The scent was a nice, mellow, balanced aroma with mostly pine hops upfront and a bit of graininess in the background. The taste was pretty similar, pine upfront with a citrusy finish and an underlying grain taste. This was a much more even an balanced version than most of the style.

The body was good, crisp and clean, not thick or sticky like a lot of examples. Drinkability was very good, the beer went down easily and I had a couple. Overall, a very nice brew. If you're looking for an ImpIPA that doesn't kill the palate, this is your beer.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on September 20, 2015.

It pours a slightly cloudy amber-yellow tone with a full cream colored head that settles back.

The aroma has plenty of floral, pine, and tropical esters with a toasted malt under belly.

Medium body.

The taste flirts briefly with the toasted malts but then the pine, floral, and tropical sensations kick in and bring it to a bitter finale. Makes total sense that this one gets good ratings.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another bottle courtesy of the great trader russpowell. Thanks Russ!

It pours a clear light gold with a 1 finger head of foam and plenty of sticky lacing. Deep into the session, the foam recedes big time as does the lacing.

Definitely a hop forward Double IPA...grapefruit and pine dominate big time. There's no sign of any malt..

Big pine and grapefruit in the taste with *some* malt sweetness just before the finish. No sign of the ample abv, even after the swallow; a great job of hiding the alcohol.

On the low end of medium bodied, lightish amount of carbonation, and very darn drinkable. This is a *very* enjoyable brew!

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

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a slightly hazy pale straw yellow colour with a large soapy and frothy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing, and there is some spider web lacing. The head stuck around for several minutes before it was gone.

Smell - hops, citrus zest, pine, malts

Taste & Mouth - There isn't whole lot of carbonation, but it leaves the beer feeling nice and velvety. The most noticeable flavour is hops of course. But there is also lots of caramel sweet flavour and and citrus/pine notes. I'm not sure I can detect much more hops than the regular IPA version of this beer. It finishes with a very sweet and fairly bitter aftertaste.

Drink - A very nice drinkable IPA. Like I said before, I'm not sure I notice much of a difference from the regular IPA version, but it is a solid beer nonetheless. I couldn't notice the increased alcohol at all.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark gold with solid one-finger head that dies slow. Standard DIPA smell of citric and grapefruit and some malty sweetness as well. A medium-bodied beer that is slightly chewey and biscuity and has some caramel sweetness. THe main thing is the hops and there are a boatload as they give off citric and grape and thanks to high carbonation this beer has a real dry backbite that is an easy finish. A very hoppy, very good beer.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a light hazy dark orange, with 2 inches of head, and good lacing down the glass.

Smells strongly of citrus fruits, bitter grapefruit and leafy hops.

Similar- tons of hop flavors with low bitterness. Some floral hop tones, with a ton of orange, pineapple and grapefruit hop flavors, ending in grassy and piney hop flavors. Just a huge spectrum of hop flavors here. Slightly sweet malt flavor is washed aways by tons of hops.

Medium bodied, creamy, sticky mouthfeel up front then finishes dry. Very drinkable and well carbonated.

Southern Tier is known for their sweet stouts and pumpkin beers- but they also know to get some great hop flavor. Well recommended.

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Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at my boy Lackeys place.

Pours a clear yellowish golden, nice and bright, thick and tight white head forms, slowly settles to a thin ring around the glass, some lace spots stick, looks nice.

Smell is solid, some caramel sweetness, a touch of biscuit, big floral hops, a touch of grapefruit and pineapple, light pine, some alcohol, light orange peel, nice balance.

Taste is similar, sweet and malty up front, caramel, biscuit, nicely hopped, big floral, some grapefruit and pine, light pineapple and a touch resiny, solid bitter finish, well balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, a bit of warmth going down. Nothing fancy but a solid DIPA. Thanks Mike!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden body with a thin off white head. Fresh bouquet of hop flowers on the nose. Great blend of pine and citrus. Crisp and refreshing flavor. Active carbonation brings the bright citrus out to the forefront. The caramel malt base is sufficient for the style and sturdy enough to provide a decent backbone. Quite clean overall, including the bitterness. Solid DIPA.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.08/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out looking lighter than expected, gold to yellow in appearance, .5" head on it, white in color, lacing not spectacular, but adequate. Aroma, lays some Simcoe down, but really not aromatic, pungent or anything special. Couldn't even tell if it was dry hopped at all.

Taste, again, decent, hides alcohol well, but the hops didn't really lend much in the way of flavor, just some bitterness. I liked the minimal malt bill, didn't get in the way, and still the hops just didn't really lend anything to the flavor, just the bitterness.

It finishes kind of dry, but its really ho hum. Easy enough to drink, and no aspect of it fails, but for being a Southern Tier beer, I had way higher expectations. I have no idea how old the bottles were since it was acquired in a trade, so I would revisit, but ultimately, its not my fault the brewery doesn't bottle date.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was told this is as closest you will to to Pliny The Elder without being the actual brew.

A - Pours a lighter copper than expected with a nice layering of fluffy lacing head.

S - Mostly strong hop on the nose with kind of bready malt base. Smells great!

T - Starts off bitter with the hops then flows toward a grapefruit and citrus hops sweetness ending off with a bitterness that is masked with a malty base that works beautifully. I loved it.

M - Medium bodied that doesn't feel like a double IPA at all.

D - Man I need to search my distributors for a case of this stuff. It's affordable, high in ABV without being too overbearing, and is well balanced. One of the best IPA's ever.

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2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,020 ratings.