2X Oak'd IPA Double India Pale Ale
Southern Tier Brewing Company

2X Oak'd IPA Double India Pale Ale2X Oak'd IPA Double India Pale Ale
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American Imperial IPA
3.83 | pDev: 9.4%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
2X Oak'd IPA Double India Pale Ale2X Oak'd IPA Double India Pale Ale
Notes: Aged on French oak chips, featuring Centennial, Chinook, and Cascade hops, four malts, plus a new ingredient – New York maple syrup. Roasted malts bring a deep amber hue that’s matched by drums of maple syrup, which are added to help boost fermentation & provide a clean, earthy component with a slight residual sweetness.The resulting beer full of citrus and pine up front, with a touch of maple sweetness in the finish.
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Photo of EMV
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Hazed golden copper pour. Fluffy white head leaves a great rim of lacing.

S: Sweet and oaky... slightly stale hops... caramel and pine.

T/F: Sweet caramel grains... earth and oak. Slight maple syrup presence. The hops come off a bit stale... but then again this has been aged and is also probably past its 'best by'. Earthy... pine... mild citrus. Mild bitterness but the sweetness wins through. Medium bodied... a bit sticky on the tongue.

O: An interesting brew... I'm not sure how I feel about aging IPA's in any fashion, and this kinda reaffirms my hesitance. Not bad and definitely interesting, but not one I'd seek out. Drinks almost like a mild barleywine. Glad I got to try it.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance was a ruddy burnt copper color with a finger’s worth of white foamy head that slid off at a decent pace. Light stringy lace. The aroma had some soft sweet pine, subtle earth, light floral, sweet wood/oak, and a touch of citrusy sweetness. The flavor leaned towards the sweet side of the combination of the blend of the aromatics. Sweet blend of wood, citrus and pine in the aftertaste, but it was an extremely faint. Finish was sticky sweet and dry. The palate was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt adequate. ABV felt as projected. Overall, decent DIPA at best.

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Photo of jopezu
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear, dark cognac-amber with a medium head that poofs. nose; citrus peel, pine, cascade hops, ethanol, & oak. taste; caramel malt, lime zest, oak, pine resin, & ethanol. this beer isn't very mellow or complex and is surprisingly hot for an 8.2%abv beer; ethanol is ever-present (very varnishy). medium carbonation & mouthfeel. this beer does get a little more fragrant and mellow after it warms some. there are plenty of better dipas out there.

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Photo of arizcards
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Black Canyon Brewing Supplies on 1-29-17 for $2.39. DOB 12/22/16. Cold stored since purchase.

Beer poured reddish with a decent white head.

Nose has hints of citrus and maple syrup sweetness.

Oak was prevalent with the initial sips. Light pine, citrus, and a light touch of maple melded very nicely together. Minimal bitterness in the finish.

Feel was medium bodied and smooth.

Overall this was an easy drinking enjoyable double IPA.

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Photo of Beejay
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium brown in color with a light tan head.

S: Grapefruit and pine with a nice caramel malt note, and oak rounding out the finish. Woodsy and resinous with maple syrup.

T: Maple syrup and oak come out first, followed up by a touch of pine hops, and the finish is caramel malt and more maple.

M: Medium thick, slightly syrupy, with moderate carbonation.

O: In general it's a pretty tasty beer, but drinks more like a barley wine, rather than a IIPA. S

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Photo of Wasatch
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a nice clean/clear golden dark yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is hoppy, malty, with some nice citrus notes, nice oakyness. The taste is hoppy, slightly sweet, malty, nice touch of citrus, oaky. Medium body, the finish is bitter/dry. Overall, another very tasty brew from ST. It's always a welcome/joy to drink a ST brew.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Southern Tier Brewing Co. "2X OAK'D IPA"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "DOB 12/21/16" and sampled on 03/20/17
$2.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Nice looking glass of beer. Clear dark copper colored body beneath a frothy head of yellowed off-white. Very good head retention. Aroma of caramel malt, soft pine, and light oak. The flavor follows. I was expecting more body and malt, and perhaps more hops. It's kind of minty and herbal, perhaps because of a combination between the hops and the wood. I was also expecting more oak, but what's there is adding a nice dryness. Impressive lacing, and the surface is still fully covered, although quite thinly. I'm picking up some fruitiness in the nose now, apple, pear, and berries. It's pleasant. And welcoming, but not bold, which I would think would be important in a "double India pale ale", even if it wasn't just hops. It's just a hint floral as well, or am I getting that because of alcohol? What's the strength here? 8.2% ABV, yep, that's a double or "Imperial" IPA. What else does the label say? It's "...brewed with Maple syrup & aged with oak chips". Well that makes sense, it's just oak, not Bourbon barrels or something; and a lot of double IPAs do come off as being very malty so I can see where the dryness of oak would help. As for the maple syrup, I don't think I'm finding it. It might be there along with the malt and oak but it doesn't stand out to me. So, unfortunately, it seems to have failed on two fronts: lack of hops, and missing a listed ingredient. At least the alcohol doesn't show though! But what we're left with isn't exactly exciting, is it? Nor does it scream IPA. I did just get some orange-like flavor though. Overall, meh, I could take it or leave it. I see it as more of an American strong ale than I do a double IPA.

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, maple, some malts. Taste is resin, citrus, oak, malts, alcohol becomes stronger as it warms. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of BFCarr
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours deep amber with a thin white head. Aroma is slightly floral with hints of hop. Taste is sweet with a little hop bitterness. You can feel the maple syrup more than you taste it. Feel is very nice, very smooth. Overall, not as hoppy as most DIPA's but a tasty brew to be sure.

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Photo of Squire
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep amber gold with ruby highlights, moderate cap that quickly dissipates, little lacing.

Aroma of caramel, toffeeish malt or, perhaps that's the maple, citrus, pine and a hint of oak.

Flavor is dryer than expected. Fairly heavy sweet malt is quickly overtaken and covered by piney hops. That remains the flavor to the finish when the maple and oak kick in both lingering in the aftertaste. Last sensation is hoppy, piney bitterness.

Texture is somehow thin and medium at the same time. Donno, that's a first for me.

Overall a disappointment. Like a showy muscled weightlifter who isn't very athletic. The elements are there, lotsa malt, hops, maple, oak, all of which manage to be present without coming together as a whole. Like a beer designed by committee. Oh well, taste is pretty decent and it goes well with a bacon cheeseburger.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

sweet ipa never really jives with me, but i am a huge maple syrup guy, so i am drawn to this one, not sure i have seen maple in an ipa before. pretty pour here, golden and rich, with a tall white head and fine clarity. it looks big but also delicate. there is an immediate clash in the nose between the citrusy hops and the sweetness here from the maple and the malts, which, using my nose alone, i decide already its too sugary. as much as these elements conflict in the smell, i remain highly intrigued. the flavor is good, all ipa up front, and a solid one, if a little generic, and then all the maple and malt in the finish, which seems to me more than is necessary, and less pure maple flavor than i wanted, but even with more of it, im not sure it would all the way work. the oak does basically nothing here except numb the freshness and potency of the hops, i could do without it. the maple finish is good, but then the hop bitterness comes back, so now we have a beer that is both sweet and bitter after the swallow, and i think its weird. the beer is well made, but is in many ways without a clear identity. as an ipa, its just alright, as a wood or maple beer, its also no better than average. together, its somewhat better than that, but really a rather confused beer, and half a bottle was plenty for me. i love what these guys are up to, but they cant all be smash hits. this will be somebodys new favorite beer, but it sure isnt mine...

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Photo of atr2605
3.27/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A-pours a clear amber color with an off white head with decent retention and lacing
S-oak, pine, resin, lemon, passionfruit, subtle orange
T-tons of pine and resin, not much citrus coming through in the flavor, oak in the finish with a bit of malt sweetness
M-medium bodied with average carbonation
O-not quite as balance as I would have hoped, and the oak was actually more subtle than I expected. Worth trying, but not sure I would seek it out

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Photo of secondtooth
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep and clean copper, with a very limited head and no lace. Hmm. Older bottle maybe? Nope — less than 60 days old.

Aroma: Almost sweet, with only a little hint of any hops.

Taste: Here the bitter hops make their debut, with an almost sweet caramel finish. Maybe the maple syrup? A hint of wood comes into the palate, as well, but it’s very subtle, as is the heavier ABV, which is almost unnoticeable.

Overall, a disappointing brew, with the disparate elements not seeming to blend so well.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an IPA glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber orange. Moderate amount of bubbles and a big two finger off white head that settles down into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A juicy and earthy hop driven aroma with a scent of citrus, grass, syrup, and oak. Citrus hop hints of grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine, and lemon. Earthy and floral hops with hints of grass and pine. Good scent of oak chips. Sweet hints of maple syrup. Malt scent of caramel, grains, and slight roast with some yeast. A pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and earthy hop forward taste with notes of citrus, grass, syrup, and oak. Citrus hop notes of grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, and lemon. Earthy hop notes of grass and pine resin. Pretty noticeable presence of oak chips. Sweet notes of maple syrup. Malt notes of caramel, grains, cracker, and roast along with yeast. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Juicy, oily, and fairly syrupy.

Overall: A pretty nice twist on a Double IPA. Nice hop flavors with a good touch of oak and maple syrup.

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Photo of Fee
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice double hopped beer. Beautiful color, pours with a nice head, but not a strong smell. Great hop flavor and good taste overall. A little boozy, it's a strong beer.

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Photo of DIM
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The oak, maple syrup, and hops all played very nicely off of one another. Lots of pine with subtle citrus rind and a nice lingering oaky-ness at the finish. The sweetness was subdued, leaving the wood and hops to shine.

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Photo of Bluecrow
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The bottle pour is clear, deep orange-amber with a 1.5 cm foam cap. There is oak, a bit of orange and some spruce-hop in the nose. The flavor has been a pleasant surprise. A rich malt base supports a hoppy tingle, with a soft oak presence and a hint of cherry and perhaps the maple sugar too. The finish is crisp and clean. I have enjoyed this very much.

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Photo of WesWes
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a beautiful golden/amber color with a 1/2" off-white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a well balanced scent of pale and carapils malts, french oak, and piney hops. It's malty with a mild bitterness and a smooth oak character. The taste is decent as well. It's a well brewed beer with loads of character, but it doesn't stand out and great in any one respect. It's a solid IPA with a touch of oak that smooths out the alcohol warmth and the bitterness of the hops. The mouthfeel is fine. It's a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer. It's flavorful and well done, but nothing too exciting to me.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On draft, 10oz glass.

Dark copper colored, clear. White head, good lacing. Not a huge hop aroma, more earthy aroma. Taste is fairly bitter, I do get a bit of the oak. Thinner bodied, sticky mouthfeel.

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Photo of utopiajane
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden amber. Very clear. No head to speak of but just a tan head to show up and then fall fast. Slight stream of bubbles coming up from the center of the glass and this one is very pretty.

Fruity sweet nose. spicy. I smell a little honey like malt, breaddy then rich fruit and spice. wood does not dominate but fills up the nose with it's airy sweetness.

Drinks very well. A bit sweet but goes to the finish with enough oomf so that you don't mind. Fruity, juicy and the hops stay on the palate fruity and herbal. Bitterness and alcohol both ting the finish for medium dry. The maple syrup is harder to detect on the nose but on the palate it is a mellow earthiness. It does not taste like sweet sugar and it's a nice surprise. Very rich but stayed in the background. I liked this more than I thought I would and I thought the oak and maple syrup were well done.

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Photo of CHickman
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

DOB 12/22/16, pours clear gold color with a 2 finger off white foamy head that faded very, very, slowly and left excellent foamy lacing coating the sides with rings as it went down.

Smells oaky with sweet toffee, caramel, toasted grains, light bourbon, piney hops, grapefruit and lots of fruity sweetness. Nice aroma but not as hoppy as I expected for a DIPA.

Tastes malty and sweet with a nice hoppy bitterness, oaky notes, bourbon, toasted grains, floral hops, orange peel, mild peppery spices and faint maple syrup. Really complex with mellow hops having a big impact, but still nice and malty that brings balance and a smooth feel as it slides down easy, covering up the ABV masterfully. Another enjoyable oak IPA from Southern Tier.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, an aged IPA from southern tier. These folks know how to keep the hops Alive too.

It is pretty deep yellow worth a fabulous, rich aroma. The taste is malty and pungent but not as hoppy as you might think. The after taste is a rich combo of barrel aged goodness, hops and malts.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This closes the book on yet another mini-horizontal as part of the Bottle Backlog eradication here at Chez Woody. This time, it was Southern Tier, to include a revisiting of one of theirs as part of TBT #3 in WBAYDN. Next up will be a LOT of Weyerbacher bottles.

From the bottle: "Limited"; "Ale Brewed with Maple Syrup & Aged with Oak Chips"; "Why the hell not?"

I Pop!ped the cap and commenced a moderate pour, resulting in a finger of dense, foamy, tawny head with very good retention, taking its time in falling. Color was a beautiful Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose seemed sweet for the style and I could have identified the maple syrup presence even had it not appeared on the label. It was an odd smelling beer, in total, with a woodiness and a pine sap quality to go along with the maple syrup. Mouthfeel was medium, kind of light for the style. The taste was immediately attention-getting! The pine of the hops combined really well with the woodiness of the oak chips to give it a sappy, woody flavor that was underlain by a syrupy sweetness, held in check by the hops and oak chips. Finish was dry, slightly fusel in its heat and it was intriguing that the syrup, which had been very sweet on the nose, seemed to have fermented nicely with the beer's other ingredients to become complimentary, rather than overt. I was very pleasantly surprised by this one.

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Photo of fitrock2112
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Clear amber hue with a finger of white head.

S - Pine, bitter hops on first sniff. A little sweetness coming through as well.

T - Typical IPA qualities, pine, bitter hops. Mid palate getting more dankness from the hops and slight sweetness from the syrup and chips. On the aftertaste more hops and pine with just a touch of sweetness.

M - Medium all the way.

O - A good IPA with muted syrup and oak chips flavors.

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Photo of lastmango
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark amber with a thin head that dissipated quickly. Faint floral aroma. Tastes of malt, very light oakiness, and a slight hop bitterness on the end. Thin body and light carbonation. An ok beer but not anything to write home about.

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2X Oak'd IPA Double India Pale Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 137 ratings