2X Unfiltered IPA
Southern Tier Brewing Company

2X Unfiltered IPA2X Unfiltered IPA
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
ABV:
8.2%
Score:
88
Avg:
3.91 | pDev: 11.76%
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
88
From:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
88
Very Good
2X Unfiltered IPA2X Unfiltered IPA
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Photo of EMV
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
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: Hazy golden orange pour. 2 fingers of foamy white head... nice ring of lacing.

S: Grapefruit and pine... fresh citrus.

T/F: Light grains and caramel/honey followed by bitter citrus and resinous pine. Herbal/spicy hops. Zesty carbonation... sticky on the tongue. The finish is bitter spicy hops.

O: A very solid unfiltered DIPA. Past its best by but still damned good.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is pine, spices and malt/honey sweetness. The flavor is grapefruit, medium malt sweetness, mild fruit and a long and very bitter/spicy hop finish.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, cloudy orange with a finger and a half of white head. Fair head retention and lacing. Aroma is booze, biscuit, bready, earthy malts, and citrus hops. Flavor profile is booze, with biscuit, and bready malts, and citrus, orange hops. Mouth feel is fuzzy, and velvety with a medium-thick consistency. Overall, a flavorful beer, with rounded IPA qualities. Unfortunately, a little boozy as it warms.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.47/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

BOD 3/23/17. Pours light orange with waves of suspended particulate matter yielding an overall cloudy effect. Normal head volume, outstanding retention, quite outstanding lacing.

Nice, but light nose that is only good overall. Aromas are comprised of orange, grapefruit, zest and light biscuit malt. Alcohol is noted.

Very nice heavy medium body that has some heft to the texture. Short moments of oiliness, slickness and creaminess smooth the palate. The carbonation / body balance is world class. The middle is finely bubbled and rollicking as is the even more effervescent finish.

The flavor profile is only good. The flaw is the unmasking of the alcohol and the associated off flavor coupled with the resultant astringency. Alcohol content is 8.2%. It begins bitter black tea like, then shits to orange in the middle. The middle has just enough biscuit sweetness to let orange emerge but not enough to cover the ascending alcohol influence. Focus then flows to grapefruit and the zest provides a mild bitterness. Then alcohol gains control and dominates through the finish. The off flavor and astringency linger with a hint of orange. That nice alcohol burn is present at the back of the throat. The problem is, you know the burn is coming. When done at the master brewer level, the burn comes as a surprise - not telegraphed by alcohol off flavors and astringency.

This is a beer that went a 1% alcohol bridge too far.

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Photo of Spikester
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy radiant gold with three fingers of white head. Big amount of fine bubble lace.
Smell is fruity hops and white bread.
Taste is fruity bitter hops with a big amount of rich malts.
Mouthfeel is medium with strong carbonation. Finish is medium dry and bitter.
Overall a very good DIPA with plenty of turbidity.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a narrow pint glass: color is copper, gold edges, super dense looking, great haziness (for they sub style), head is off white to light tan with fine to small bubbles, some lacing on the glass.

Smell is more neutral than anticipated, at first - moderate grain then quick, biting bitterness with grapefruit/citrus rind, some herbal qualities as well.

Taste is a touch more malty than man dipas out there: pleasant grain maltiness with hint of biscuit, then strong bitterness, with grapefruit dominant, some herbs and earthy backing.

Mouthfeel is moderate with big lingering bitterness and a fairly sweet counterpart, but the bitterness wins. Stronger bitter, biting quality on the tongue than I remember from 2XIPA.

Overall, an excellent looking rendition of the unfiltered/NEIPA style, a touch maltier than other DIPAs, and a strong mouthfeel that goes with the look and flavor balance.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Hazy golden orange with a huge creamy white head. Near perfect retention and lacing.

S: Pine needles, yellow grapefruit, lemon, and orange peel; dankness, biscuit, honey, white peach, green grape, earth, and honeydew melon. Fairly muted, though.

T: Tons of lemon, orange and yellow grapefruit upfront--the flesh, pith, peel and oils equally. Then the malt backbone of lightly toasted biscuit and honey comes in, but it's not too sweet. There's some pineapple, peach, honeydew melon, and green grape floating around. Then the finish is earthy, dank, and grass--almost jarringly so--but then it just goes to dryness and a pop of citrusy bitterness.

F: Medium-bodied, but smooth and silky with pushing carbonation. Drinks dangerously easy for 8.2%.

O: Having never had their normal 2X DIPA, I have to say I really like this, and they should leave it unfiltered all the time.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been doing a number of brewery-oriented horizontals as a part of the ongoing eradication of The Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody & by some circumstance, I have a number of Southern Tier's beers to add to my list. I have been working in fits & starts on this horizontal, having been sidelined by a massive head cold & then by my acquisition of an SN Beer Camp Around the World 12-pack. I continue with my triumphal return with this beer.

From the bottle: "Cloudy, Hazy, Hoppy"; "Why the hell not?"

Ah, the elation when a bottled beer is marked as "Unfiltered" and/or "Hazy" and/or "Cloudy"! It gives me free rein to Pop! the cap & let fly with the hardest pour possible. I was careful to back off as the head began to rush up, but the formation of two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, tawny head made it all seem worthwhile. I must cop to an in-bottle agitation to ensure that any lees that may have settles were back in suspension. It worked! Color was a cloudy, much-more-than-hazy Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). It looked like it came fresh out of FV1 at the brewery. Bound up? This will help you get going again! Nose still held all of the aspects of grapefruit from rind to pith to pulp to seed to juice but also with a tropical fruitiness that I identified as pineapple. Interesting. Mouthfeel was downright creamy, not necessarily full, just creamy. The taste was less bitter than in the previous (unfiltered) 2X IPA, which was interesting. There was a light, offsetting sweetness of pineapple, just enough to cut the sharp bitterness of the still-intense grapefruit. It also had a bready, cake-like quality, like pineapple upside-down cake with grapefruit. It might not work IRL, but the flavors meshed nicely in this beer. Finish was dry, but not as biting. It was still unquestionably a big beer, but perhaps more accessible to the non-hophead.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This thicker unfiltered version of 2xIPA is very good. It has a lot going on in the stanky dirty department that is missing in the regular 2xIPA. I like it.

It pours a uniform cloudy with tons of lacing. The aroma is sweet, hoppy and funky. Fairly pungent.

The taste is rich and yeasty, hoppy, and malty (tastes like 9-10% but only 8.2). Not so much boozy but malty. The aftertaste is kind of boozy.

I wonder if I will be able to get any more of this. I want some, Recommended.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger, creamy, bright white head. Retention is below average and there are tons of sticky spots of lacing left all over the glass.

Smell is sweet malts, floral, grassy, grapefruit and perfume.

Taste is the same. The perfume flavor is very strong and slightly offputting. Seems very out of place.

Feel is light side of medium and smooth. Low carbonation. There is a touch of stickiness on the finish.

Overall an ok beer. With 2xSmash and Nu Skool being year round offerings from Southern Tier, I really can't see a reason to revisit this one.

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Photo of Skrumpy
2.84/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

This beer tastes like soap that is scented like jasmine tea. It looks fine, pale orange, mostly cloudy. Aroma is tropical fruit and citrus, mostly lemon. Decent. The flavor however is way off. Rather tart, with herbal and dank fruit essence. Reminds me of a saison more. I'm not ever drinking one again.

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Photo of tigg924
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy, light orange-yellow in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is big lemon, candied grapefruit, starfruit, and orange. Slightly bitter, juicy, medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation. Very much a tropical juice bomb. A very enjoyable IPA. Will have to pick up more of this. One of the better IPAs I have had from Southern Tier.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.6/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, bottled on 3/23/17. Pours very hazy orange gold with a big rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet floral bready malts with some fruit and ashy hops.

The flavor is sweet floral bready malt with sharp slightly harsh hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, I was expecting more fruit rather than floral malt with sharp bitterness and not much hop flavor.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

DOB: 4/18/17

A cloudy looking pale gold color with a very thick, white covering.

A dense, wheat malty aroma but mostly citrus based, tangy fruity and very earthy nose.

The feel is amazing with it's unfiltered heady full-ish mouthfeel. Very crisp and healthy, full of life!

The flavor is amazingly smooth and very earthy. Major wheat-like malt, super easy to drink with dense hop flavor. Mostly fruity-citrus and tangy effects. Really, very mellow and easy drinking for a big Imperial ipa.

Wowie.

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Photo of argock
3.27/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12 oz brown bottle into a clear glass tulip. DOB 03/23/17 on label.

A: Hazy white grapefruit juice appearance with voluminous 2-3 finger light beige head with decent retention and exceptional lacing with an aggressive pour.

S: Hop aroma is muddled and mostly herbal and lemon aromas. I smell as much malt as hops to be honest.

T: Flavor is not well-integrated and finishes with a grassy, slightly astringent tea-like flavor/feel. There is some pithy grapefruit bitterness but not a lot else. High bitterness, no yeast character but the tea-like flavor and astringency is off-putting.

M: Not puckeringly astringent but getting there. Body is pretty light for the style but the carbonation seems too high.

O: I won' be going back to this beer after this 6-pack is done -- tea-like astringency and not my idea of a good DIPA.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a very slightly hazy orange, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells surprisingly pretty nice, with lots of zesty pine, grapefruit peel, and some orange.

This is one of the better ST beers I've had lately. It's quite bold, and pretty juicy, with a very intense lingering bitterness on the finish. It's very bright, and very tasty, with candied grapefruit, tangerine, pine, and tons of bitter grassiness.

This is light bodied, with a good crisp feel to it, and a good level of carbonation.

It's nice to see that Southern Tier can still make a nice new beer.

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Photo of billysdad
4.94/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Best Brew I ever had.
I'm biased as I wanted this brewery to be good due to my son playing summer college ball there. My tastes were of dated beer - not good.
My local distro (a PA distro going through the throes of great change ... went from selling macro cases to singles from all over) pushed ballast point over this. Southern Tier introduced a fresh, mouth sparkling feel. What a great wake up call to what a brewer can do. Well done!

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Photo of BB1313
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 3/23/17. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy and cloudy bright orange color with a fluffy eggshell white head that slowly falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are citrus forward along with some malts. It's slightly floral as well. Lemon and grapefruit is there. The flavors basically follow the nose. It's all citrus. Lots of lemon and grapefruit leading the way. Some orange juice in the mix. Some fresh pine is there. Solid malt backbone, but it doesn't diminish the hops. Moderate bitterness with a mild warmth in the finish. Some tropical notes become noticeable in the finish as well. The unfiltered characteristics are noticeable. It's juicy and dry at the same time. Mouthfeel is nice. It's on the lighter side of full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's very fluffy and smooth. Dangerously drinkable.

This is a nice DIPA. It's clean and refreshing while remaining bold and flavorful. It has been awhile since I've had 2XIPA, so I'm not going to compare it to this unfiltered version.

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Photo of russpowell
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed straw color with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Mango, a little grapefruit pith,

T: Follows the nose, dryness a well up front, along with orange peel. A liitle earthy pine, some grapefruit peel, slight mango notes & dryness as this warms. Finishes bready, dry, with grapefruit & pine & just a little tangerine

MF: Fairly meaty, slight carbonation, great balance

Easy drinker, not a world beater, but very drnkable

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks inviting. Hazy with a nice off white head. Sweet Citric and pineapple scent. Flavor a bit muted, some citrus, pine and slight alcohol. Smooth and creamy
Mouthfeel. Decent enough brew but I was hoping for more out of the taste. Not as bold as I would have expected.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic pint.

Appearance
Extra hazy golden-orange. 1 finger of creamy white head.

Nose
Grapefruit juice, pine, candied orange, lemon, passion fruit, mango, honey, and candy sugar.

Taste
Grapefruit juice, candied orange, and slight lemon wedge. Passion fruit, mango, and peach. Pine sap and dank greens. Light candy sugar and honey maltiness.

Mouthfeel
Medium-plus bodied, silky, smooth, and juicy with a very light bitterness.

Overall
An excellent beer and at $10.99 / 6 pack who's complaining??

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Photo of IronLover
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Murky, orange/yellow in color. Poured with a short, dense, frothy, bright white foam with excellent retention. Medium over-ripe citrus and fresh, lightly sweet apple aromas. Medium light malt aroma. Medium bodied with soft, medium high carbonation and a creamy smooth feel. Pleasant boozy warmth through the middle. Medium high citrus, tangerine and ripe pineapple hop flavors followed by a medium spicy hop bitterness that lingers through the finish. Boozy heat grows underneath the hop flavors and medium light malt flavor to the end. Finished semi-dryly with a light, spicy hoppiness and boozy note along with ripe fruit notes. A well balanced DIPA with good hop character and pleasant feel.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky amber color. It isn't as turbid as some NE-style IPAs, but it certainly has that unfiltered quality to it. The head is two fingers high and white in shade. While very fluffy and soft in its texture, duration isn't the best (but the latter isn't bad). However, plenty of lacing sticks to the glass.

I should add this bottle is a week old. That means this one can be reviewed as fairly as possible - and that also means the aromatic hop profile pops as vividly as possible. Notes of tangerine, mango, and pineapple show up, and there's also a floral quantity to the hops. While very fresh-smelling, it's not the most intense aroma. Malts are limited to light table sugar and a touch of biscuit. All in all, I really like how it smells.

The taste is classic west-coast IPA. Malts appear on the palate initially with some sugar cookie, simple syrup, and biscuit. Citrus and tropical fruits appear around the middle with a zesty kick of lemon, mango, grapefruit, and pineapple. It finishes with a mild-to-moderate floral bitterness, growing a bit more assertive as more is consumed (never becoming overpowering). It's not the most complex - or even the most flavorful - though it still hits the spot.

I have mild reservations about the palate feel - it feels thick, but not creamy. Rather, it's firm and even a bit chalky. Not a great combination. Still, it's dry-finishing with a nice amount of carbonation, so it goes down fairly easy.

ST's take on an unfiltered IPA is solid...not quite exceptional, though. The unfiltered nature seems to overencumber the mouthfeel somewhat, but it has a good balance between sweet malts, fruity hops, and a gentle bitterness. The excellent price point ($10/6 pack!) makes many of its niggles more forgivable. I'd also consider getting this again (if ST makes it a second time, that is...)

3.45/5: It's not a stunner, but it's easygoing and a good introduction to unfiltered IPAs

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2X Unfiltered IPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 88 ratings