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

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2X Oak'd IPA Double India Pale Ale2X Oak'd IPA Double India Pale Ale
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2X Oak'd IPA Double India Pale Ale2X Oak'd IPA Double India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by jzeilinger on 01-01-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 136 |  Reviews: 48
Reviews by goblue3509:
Photo of goblue3509
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of reitzbrewing
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MattyG85
4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
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 chinchill
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Taco Mac in Atlanta

This is a fine looking beer, with a clear dark amber colored body topped by a semi-durable tan head that leaves a partial coat of lacing on the glass.
It smells about equally malty and hoppy.

The flavor is more hoppy, with hints of pine, and rather woody, with more tha a hint of whisky. Boozy, but pleaasantly so, with a hint of toffee. Maple nearly MIA.
Mildly bitter thanks to some sweetness.

Smooth, medium body with medium carbonation.

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Photo of dhmxray
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DCHritz
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice beer from STier. I tried a couple of bottles and really had a nice surprise at how much I liked it. I hope they make more.

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Photo of tdm168
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of secondtooth
3.43/5  rDev -10%
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 NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Roguer
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Very weak head; a strong, turbulent pour produced perhaps a half finger. Body is transparent and a dark caramel color.

On the nose, you'd never guess this was a DIPA. Strong notes of caramel and brown sugar, along with lovely wood notes. Definitely a bit of pine and orange from the hops, but the strength of the malt bill really is front and center here - and that's not a bad thing, with the way it comes across.

Right up front, there's a much bigger hop presence, which blends with the wood in interesting ways. The most obvious contemporary is DFH Burton Baton, but this is quite different. There's an almost curry-like spice to the way earthy hops blend with wood; I'm not sure I've ever noticed this kind of profile in a beer before.

Along with the spice notes, there's plenty of pine, without much dank resin. Citrus notes are mostly confined to bitter peel, but the wood character really mellows it out. I wonder if the "four malts" include rye. The beer is actually quite bitter, in an aggressive but pleasant way - think Arrogant Bastard.

There's a flat woody note that comes on stronger half way, and carries it to the finish with a syrupy - but not quite cloying - sweetness.

Very crisp and lively; very drinkable, much more so than 8.2% should be.

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Photo of russpowell
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent copper with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Tropcial & bready notes, a little maple shows once warm

T: Follows the nose along with pine, a little maple sweetness up front. Piney & woody hops, dry maple sweetness, a little grapefruit as this warms. Finishes with maple sweetness/dryness, pineyness & a little grapefruit

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation, good balance

A fun take on the style, drinkable enough, worth a try

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Photo of glass_house
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with 2 fingers of pillowy khaki head that leaves substantial lacing.

The nose is interesting but a bit disjointed. A little sweet bready malt, a little pine, maybe some brown sugar and caramel. Citrus.

Taste is muddled. The description sounded intriguing, but it just didn't work for me. I don't get much pronounced maple, but there is a fair amount of bready sweetness. Oak notes are subtle but noticeable. Bitterness consists of both resinous pine and grapefruit. The whole is less than the sum of its parts.

Overall, I probably won't drink this again.

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Photo of mmorris15
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours an amber/light brown color.
S: Oak, caramel, citrus, pine, maple syrup.
T: Follows the aroma. The sweetness from the maple is well integrated and the oak provides a nice earthiness.
F: Slightly sticky, booze is well hidden.
O: Really complex and tasty beer. I was surprised by this one. Try it if you see it.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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 richj1970
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StevenMilligan
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
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 dflo32
4.49/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Segelstrom
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of philbe311
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Spikester
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear orange amber with one finger of bone color head. Rings of lace appear as the level drops.
Smell is sweet malts with a touch of oak.
Taste is sweet bready malts with a pleasant bitterness from the hops.
Mouthfeel is medium with just enough carbonation. Finish is dry and bitter.
Overall a good DIPA from Southern Tier Brewing.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a tight, white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of some caramel malt and oak along with some hops.

Tastes of the caramel malt layered with plenty of hops and a bit of oak and maple. Malts lead off with notes of caramel and toasted malt. Some oak comes next before a sweep of maple sweetness. This gives way to a bit of earthiness before some pine hops come through. Finishes with a bit of oak.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, the maple and oak make a nice addition to the 2X IPA.

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Photo of Beejay
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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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2X Oak'd IPA Double India Pale Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 136 ratings