2XIPA
Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #2,018
ABV:
8.2%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,163
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 11.14%
Reviews:
1,119
Ratings:
4,767
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Southern Tier Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
90
Outstanding
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wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Kind of hazy gold with big soapy head. Smells like a double, decent malt with moderate citrus and piney, corn nuts. Flavor follows, a bit soapy. Not crazy bitter.

Oct 12, 2020
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daliandragon from Maryland

4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a real solid DIPA that I know I have had many times before but never reviewed, somehow. Time to remedy that I guess. This is a fairly mellow specimen in that it doesn't crush you with hops or booze, but still delivers the goods. Real nice, oily finish that adds character.

Sep 28, 2020
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed, bright orange/gold appearance with a small, off white head and light lacing. Hoppy aroma with prominent notes of resin and citrus. Soft fruit and sweet malts provide the backbone of the flavor, but the hop profile noted in the aroma reappears in the aftertaste and gives the finish a nice balance.

Sep 11, 2020
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maddogruss from New Jersey

4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured this out from a can.
A: pours a hazy, gold body with a thick white head with excellent retention and lacing.
S: dank, earthy hop notes with some floral undertones.
T: excellent earthy hop notes with some sweet alcohol notes; subtle sweet lemongrass malt in the aftertaste.
M: medium bodied and smooth.
O: well balanced DIPA; excellent tasting and drinking beer.

May 16, 2020
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An excellent example of a double IPA. As balanced as a beer with an ABV exceeding 8% can be. There is a slight booziness here, but it's a pleasant one. There are plenty of other DIPAs that taste like boilermakers.

May 08, 2020
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Bluecrow from New York

3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-amber can pour with with a slight haze and a 2 cm foam cap. The aroma is slight with malt and spruce notes. The flavor is largely resin and grapefruit. There is a slight sweet aspect and low to moderate hop bitterness. There is no notable alcohol heat. -quite good

May 01, 2020
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Danzifer from Ohio

3.51/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Medium poured into a snifter from 12oz bottle. Small head about 1cm, gradually fades leaving a thin layer on top. Amber with enough haze to obstruct seeing clearly through. Smells of citrus and candy. Tastes of pine, citrus and sugar. Quite bitter, fairly hoppy of which I'm guessing is hop juice instead of whole. Leaves the palette wet and has a sort of thick quality about the viscosity. I don't know why it's rated "outstanding" on here. I've had about 100 IPA's that were better. It's okay at best.

Mar 05, 2020
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light orange color with minimal head. Scent is of pine, citrus and sweet fruit. Taste starts more sweet, with pine and citrus kicking in at the midpoint. Medium-ish mouthfeel leading to a sweet/bitter aftertaste

Feb 28, 2020
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Ageloff from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Lucy's, Ramada Inn. Just outstanding and a wonderful consolation prize for being assigned a project site in Baldwinsville NY. FML. Will hunt down for retail tomorrow. My Massachusetts peeps will pay homage.

Jan 29, 2020
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mikeinportc from New York

4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 11/25/19 , from an Overpack'd 15pk. Wish it was a little fresher, but this is what's generally available, so fair enough. Let warm to 50F before pouring.

Deep amber-ish gold, with two-finger coarse off-white hed, that quickly dissipates to a 1/4" ring, and single-layer coverage across the whole surface. Slight spotty lacing.

Smell is typical old-school DIPA : smooth, rounded pine , dried citrus rind, with some floral and honey notes.

Taste is moderately bitter grapefruit and pine , tempered with a slightly sweet honey-on-toasted-cornbread-crust finish. A little pine and tang linger on the tongue, after finish.

Feel medium, with very fine sharp carbonation tingle late, that lingers a bit. Leaves a light syrup ycoating .

Overall, not something I'd want all of the time, but enjoyable when I do have it. Having had this numerous times, I can say with some confidence that it's more citrusy when younger , then ages to something leaning more to the piney side, as it is now. Good either way.

Jan 27, 2020
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yuenglingfan101 from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber colored beer with some white colored head. An excellent IPA.moderatly hoppy but not overalls hoppy. Smells hoppy but do not get too fooled it’s over hoppiness

Dec 07, 2019
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DrBeergood from Ohio

2/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

L: Brownish tan, sort of a caramel burnt orange, with a big malt base.

S: Not a very strong aroma. I've really got to bury my nose in the glass.

T: I don't like the taste. It's oily and resinous. That's about it. Somehow, with this many hops, it is not herbal. It is earthy at best.

F: Approachable (due to the distinct lack of fresh ingredients)

O: I don't know what Southern Tier expects to make happen with bland malts and hop pellets.

Oct 14, 2019
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Iski100 from Massachusetts

3.17/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a tulip glass from a can which was part of a mix pack. Unfortunately the can was date stamped over 2 months from the day I purchased. This is why I try to avoid buying mix packs but we had a group of people coming over and I hadn't had a lot of Southern Tier. If ST reads this you really shouldn't be putting hoppy DIPAs in mix packs that sit on supermarket and big box stores shelves. If affects the quality as well as your reputation.

So while I sure If I had this fresh on tap my experiences would be different but I have to go by what I drank and frankly it was pretty underwhelming. I expect way better from a DIPA. It was off tasting with no distinguishable aroma. Way too bitter than other DIPAs. I will be avoiding this going forward however I do enjoy other ST ales.

Oct 02, 2019
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Profundobaso from New York

4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - poured into a 12 oz tulip glass. Lemon golden in color, cloudy, with a moderate one-and-a-half finger head and good lacing.
Smell - dominated by citrus, complemented with a nice floral note. almost smells like freshly squeezed orange juice with a nice hoppy twist.
Taste - surprisingly clean. the citrus flavors come through, though with much more hoppiness than detected in the smell. bitterness of hops linger for quite some time, leaving a long and complex finish.
Feel - medium bodied, above average carbonation, and a strong brew at 8.2% ABV. Alcohol is very well masked, especially at low temperatures, making this beer very easy to drink.
Overall - a rock solid DIPA that is easy to drink, refreshing, and complex enough to be interesting.

Sep 23, 2019
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CuddlyREDRUM from Wisconsin

4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really good beer, tasty. Nothing too special but it is nice never having to worry about enjoying a beer before opening it. I never have to worry about opening or buying a 2XIPA. Cheers.

Aug 27, 2019
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours almost clear light yellow with a thick white cap. Good retention and great lacing. Aroma is citrus and pine. Flavor is sweet up front, a touch of honey, a tad malty, some citrus and then bam here come the hops. Nice bitter finish. Feel is on the light side of medium bodied. Overall a nice beer once you get by the first sip which is a bit harsh.

Aug 21, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) can into a custom taster pint glass; canned on 06/26/19.
A: Pours a hazy, caramel amber color with a one finger, off-white head, cap retention, and soapy lacing.
S: Aromas of caramel, lemon, and pine.
T: Semisweet. Flavors definitely follow the nose, leaning more on the caramel. Solid bitterness balanced with flavors and sweetness.
M: Medium bodied with excellent carbonation. A touch boozy, actually.
O: A very drinkable and approachable, if strong, AIIPA.

Jul 18, 2019
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce can, canned on 5/6/19. Thanks to my friend Denis for this! Served in a DFH Spiegelau IPA glass, the beer pours a mostly clear gold color with about an inch and a half off-white head that stuck around a while. There's also a lot of lacing. The brew smells like citrusy (grapefruit, lemon peel) hops, pine hops and bready malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of an earthy and a green apple flavor. I think it tastes hoppier than it smells, with the citrusy/grapefruit flavor being strongest to me. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with a moderate amount of carbonation. I liked this, certainly worth a try if you've never had it before.

Jul 18, 2019
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JediMasterLenin from District of Columbia

4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can into an IPA glass

Look: Pours a clear amber color with a big, off-white rocky head (Pretty good retention too.) Plenty of beautiful lacing on the way down that sticks to the glass.
Smell: Citrus and apple. Hops upon hops!
Taste: The hops dominate the palate, earthy and dry with some sweet malt on the finish.
Feel: Medium bodied with a sticky, resiny finish.
Overall: My kind of DIPA. Resiny, dry and bitter. I didn't factor cost into the review but it's also super affordable, which is nice.

Jun 14, 2019
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Thales42 from Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: A cloudy gold color. Almost a light tan. .5cm of head.
A: Crisp with striking hops. There is a faint smell of lemon and orange coming off of it.
T: Wow, hops hops and lots of hops. The hops are very heavy and easily the dominant flavor. Even the aftertaste is hops. Once the hop flavor starts to slide away a little, there are flavors of malt, caramel, and a breadiness. The bitterness hangs around for a good long while.
F: It is definitely astringent and bitter from the hops. You can definitely feel the astringency on your gums. The bitterness coats your mouth, but the other flavors do not.
O: It is an IPA, definitely an IPA and nobody will ever mistake it for anything else. I enjoy it, but I don't think I could drink more than one in a row... the bitterness can be overpowering. I think I'd like it more if additional flavors beyond just that of malt and caramel were expressed once the bitterness fades.

May 25, 2019
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EMH73 from New York

3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep amber with a dense one inch white head that left very nice lacing. Smells of citrus, grains and some sweet malts. Tastes of tart green apples, grapefruit, grapefruit pith, grains, balancing sweet malts, earthy notes and some oak. Medium bodied and carbonation, dry finish with a lingering bitterness.

May 08, 2019
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprised I haven't reviewed this yet since I've been drinking it for at least 8 years.

12 oz. Can DOB: 2/28/19
Opened on 4/17/19

Clear golden & Amber color. High rising white sea foam cap. Dense and thick coverage. Nice lace.

Sweet caramel and oak malty aroma is classic 2xipa. The hops are seriously aronatic with mostly red/tropical fruitiness and musk laden herbs.

The flavor is all hop attack: bitter dry earthiness, high alpha style lupilin acids...then it's boozy, roasted caramel malt, and more dry bitterness in the finish.

A staple of the ole West Coast DIPA.

Apr 18, 2019
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2XIPA brewed by Southern Tier Brewing Company, with an ABV of 8.20% This American Imperial IPA pours out of a 12oz glass bottle into a pint beer glass. This brew pour has a nice deep golden amber color, with a nice thick white head. There is also a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with hop bitterness, mixed with lots of earthy grains and malts. Now for the taste, it is Bold with flavors. You first pick up a ton of hop bitterness, but then it smooths out with the earthy grains and malts. There is a nice mild sweetness to this brew as well. So far this is a nice put together IPA. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. The body of 2XIPA is a solid medium. I can't get over how smooth this brew goes down. It is really hard to pick up on the 8.20% ABV in this brew. This brew would go nice with dinner or a cool day. The mouth feel is Bold, Rich, Hoppy, Clean, Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I'm going to give 2XIPA a solid 4 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Southern Tier Brewing Company, did a super nice job with American Imperial IPA.

Apr 05, 2019
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good_to_sea from Pennsylvania

3.42/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Thin, cream-colored head. Golden brown.
Smell: Some apple, some citrus hop aroma, but not too much.
Taste: The malt comes through as a bit of noodle/spaghetti flavor. Fairly dry. Some lingering, slightly harsh, slightly smoky bitterness.
Feel: Medium-bodied.
Overall: Not a terrible double IPA, but not something I would seek out. It does taste better as it warms up.

Mar 01, 2019
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Greywulfken from New York

3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11/21/18 of a beer I know I've had before - probably 6-7 years ago, but somehow never reviewed...?

Medium gold and clear-bodied under a finger or two of head in a nonic pint... A throwback to the pre-NEIPA craze, the beer has a relatively balanced profile between pine-like resinousness and soft citrus fruit tones... Moderately bitter, mildly sweet, with subdued carbonation; leaves a light, vaguely fruity shellac on the finish...

Probably ignored more often than not these days with such a vast market for IPAs and hazy beers, this is a decent if unremarkable beer, easily accessible and reasonably priced...

Jan 02, 2019
2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 4767 ratings