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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by mcallister on 04-28-2010

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1,051
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4,449
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4.01
pDev:
23.44%
 
 
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Photo of Grindelvasdrum
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into glass stein.
A-Pleasant gold, clear, very little head, decent lacing
S-Faint citrus peel, pine
T-Medium bitter fades quick leading to a bit of sweet malt,
with obvious citrus peel notes

M-Great carbonation, crisp & refreshing
O-Pretty good IPA

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Photo of Jeffo
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this at De Molen in Bodegraven.

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium-looking, bright, white head with good retention. Orange peel in color, perfectly clear, with zero carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a wisp and ring, leaving some clingy lacing. A splotchy wisp remains until the end and leaves some dots of lace down the glass.

SMELL: Big nose jumps out of the glass. Pale malts and touches of lemon. Lots of citrus and grapefruit hops, with some floral elements as well. Alcohol notes show through too. Big and enticing for sure.

TASTE: Pale malts and lots of citrus and grapefruit flavors. Some floral notes as well, and lots of bitter hops at the swallow. Bold but shorter citrusy, grapefruit and bitter aftertaste is in and out. Some spicy booze after the swallow as well, but this one is more about the citrus and hop flavors.

PALATE: Medium body and light on the palate. Medium carbonation, not overly creamy or smooth, but goes down fine and finishes slightly dry. Too light and not creamy enough, but not off-putting, cloying, or rough either.

OVERALL: A pretty good DIPA, with lots of citrus and hop forward flavors. Unfortunately the palate didn't really support everything that was going on; a bigger, fuller palate would give the flavors more of a platform to perform on. Other than that, however, this is a solid offering from a solid brewery. One worth checking out.

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Photo of birchstick
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a very faint copper / dark yellow without much head

S - smells of a mix of grapefruit and pine hops with some bready malts

T - Starts with loads of sweet, citrusy hops. There is also a nice bit of caramel and bready malt to help balance the hops. Nicely balanced, good DIPA.

M - Nice body with some good carbonation

D - This is a solid DIPA. Nothing too over the top with the hops, however it is still very bold. Very drinkable for a DIPA.

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Rich, golden color. Looks rather viscous. Good finger's width of head with lots of lacing and long retention.

S: Sweet, grainy backbone helps to sustain a hefty helping of piney hops. Like all double IPAs, it smells like hops, I don't know that there's a whole lot more to be said.

T: The beer tastes pretty much like the smell would lead one to believe. The hops Come through right from the start, with big, woody flavors. The middle gives the malts a chance to shine through with some toasted grain flavors. Finish is bitter and slightly woody.

M: Thick beer, shy of chewy but definitely hefty. Decent amount of carbonation lightens it up a bit.

O: A big beer, a well balanced beer. Not as hop-heavy as some DIPAs, it in fact straddles the line between IPA/DIPA. a solid offering from Southern teir.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into my snifter.

A- Body is a quite foggy golden yellow hue. Pours with a 1-2 finger soapy white head. Head fades to a thick collar and leaves traces of lacing behind in the glass. Cloudiness is thin and uniform.

S- Tropical fruit, herbal hops, grassy hops, and a hint of citrus.

T- Taste is somewhat mild upfront and offers mostly herbal hops as well as a hint of spicy hops and tropical fruits. The finish is mostly prickly hop bitterness with some tropical fruity flavors-what lingers is a moderate hop bitterness.

M- Medium carbonation and lightweight drinkable body.

D- This is yet another very atypical IPA from ST. Its light on the palate, fairly clean, herbal, tropical, and bitter. Interesting to experience The different variations but honestly- I prefer the classic grapefruit/pine IPAs.

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Photo of jmd1978
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden color with little head. Nose of slight citrus, pine, and a bit bready. Taste lemon, pine, tangerine, with a little grapefruit and malt. Clean finish but still lingers on the palate. Not as hippy as I thought being a double IPA but quite pleasant for what it is. Good with spicy food.

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Photo of jhammel01
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, straw yellow - gold. Soapy head that dissipates quickly but laces down the glass.

Scent seems a bit subdued. Strong hop ahroma but nothing over powering.

Very flavorful.Tons and tons of hop flavor, acidic pine, grapefruit, fresh earthy hops dominate (of course!) Followed by some biscuity, bready malt. Very well balanced for an IPA. Its not ALL hop bomb. Light mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation.

Pretty good. It's nothing spectacular but its well done for sure! I'd buy again.

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Photo of CampbellKe11
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Nice color, nice and golden.

S: Had a good smell to it, but I felt that it was weak. Could just be me, but that was my experience.

T: Taste's good, except I had a hard time distinguishing flavors because I felt that there was not a lot of taste to it compared to other 2XIPA's I have had. I guess maybe a weak flavor would be a more appropriate term to use. Again, this is just to my palate.

M: Clean finish, goes down smooth.

D: Very drinkable, could probably kill a sixer without much issue even at its higher ABV

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Photo of acevenom
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a glass mug. The beer pours golden with a minimal white head and lots of visible tiny bubbles rising in the beer. There's a light aroma of hops. There's citrus and pine with some bready malt in the background. The taste absolutely follows the nose. The citrus and piney hops are forward with some sweetness and breadiness from the malt. It's very straightforward. The alcohol is also there in the flavor. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth and a bit sweet on the finish. This is a very good beer.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a light golden amber color with impressive clarity and vibrance. The head is a two finger off white color with mediocre retention and good lacing.

S: A smell of piny/floral hops, some onion, a little malt...but there's something off here. It smells slightly stale, though it's nothing horrible.

T: I knew this had hints of onion and garlic! Is my mind playing tricks on me, or does this feature Summit hops? I can definitely taste them here, along with the opening crisp floral/piny/citric bite. There's solid bitterness throughout, but it's kept in check by its doughy malt notes. As it warms up, a slight touch of alcohol enters the palate. Not much complexity, but balanced and shockingly easy to drink. Tastes much better than it smells, too.

M: Somewhat heavy on the tongue with high carbonation - a strange combination in an IPA that actually works for what this is trying to accomplish. The astringent bitterness also gives the tongue a nice tingling sensation.

O: I really can't complain about getting a solid DIPA for $10 a 6 pack. Even though this might be an older bottle, it still ended up being really good. This one will be on my radar in the future.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the nose I get some nice citrus lime, orange, papaya, and a touch of pine sap.

Golden yellow in color and perfectly clear with a nice crisp white head that unfortunately falls into the beer rather quickly, but leave some pretty lacing in it's wake.

2xIPA is biscuity with layers of juicy hop profiles on top of it. Lime, tangerine, and tamarind are all flavors I pick up here. It has body on the lighter side of medium and medium carbonation to match. Bitterness is firm, but not overbearing and long lasting as well. Quite tasty, this is a nice staple year-round to have.

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Photo of Marisol820
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

It pours a dark hazy yellow with a smaller head. It has a light aroma of bitter citrus that you can really only smell when you put your nose to the glass. It is very bitter and hoppy. There are light floral and citrus flavors present.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A pretty good hop head DIPA. Very hop forward with little malt backbone to offset. Really nice bitter finish, watch out for that ABV though!

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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Photo of BeerFiend2002
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into draft glass.

A- Slightly dark gold body with a frothy one and a half finger, egshell-colored head. Left some, but not a whole lot of lacing.

S- Smells great. Juicy citrusy and grapefruit notes, piney notes, with some of the sweet malt noticeable.

T- Piney with some grapefruit in there. There is a toasty malt in there as well. It finishes bitter. Not bad, but wasnt blown away.

M- Has a wet, juicy kind of feel to it. To me, its a medium-bodied brew with a thinner mouthfeel than I expected.

O- A little disappointed in this one after the nose this beer had on it. This is the only Southern Tier beer I've had that let me down. Im still a huge fan of their work, but this one could use some tinkering. As long as they are still brewing Pumking, Choklat, and Oat...I will be a customer of their's for the forseeable future.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Case is dated April 28, 2011, so I guess that is (or is close to) the bottling date. Frustrating that it takes the LCBO a month and half to get it into stores, but what can you do.

Pours a somewhat cloudy pale gold colour, with about two finger widths of white frothy head. Head dissipates quickly to a small remainder that sticks around.

Smell consists of pine, citrus (grapefruit) and some other light fruits around as well. Rather floral.

Taste is good, but not as intense as I would have expected from a DIPA. The grapefruit is strongly present, but the bitterness is only moderate. A distinct pine flavour is present. None of these flavours are as pronounced as would be expected. Further, the alcohol is incredibly well hidden. All of this is to say that it comes across almost as a regular IPA than a DIPA. Still, certainly enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is good- carbonation is moderate to high, but it works well. Beer is medium to full bodied, and feels very good.

Overall. for me, this is an enjoyable beer that was somewhat less exciting than I had hoped. Not as intense as a typical DIPA, but a good beer. The alcohol content is dangerous, as it would be very easy to drink a number of these in a row- it really does not come through.

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Photo of IPAescotch
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lager light color, mediocre head but some thick lacing

Fresh grass clippings and skunk (yes the dank kind). For a DIPA i feel like it is lacking malt character

The hops surely dominate, and carry the flavor from beggining to end. Thats all well and good, but i was expecting more extreme maltiness in this beer, but the malts have a bit part at best

Mouth feel is thin and dry.

highly drinkable for the abv. not wat i was going for at the time but still

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Photo of infi
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic pint.

Pours a hazy golden dark-orange color with a foamy white head and creating a good amount of sticky lacing throughout the glass. Generously carbonated, with the bubbles making themselves known with every swirl. The aromas depict a large amount of hops, particularly the earthy and piney types, with a hint of grapefruit. Not so much of a malt presence overall, regardless of what the label had indicated.

This IIPA begins with a nice pine bitterness that continues towards a smooth maltiness and then again, falls back on a sudden hop kick. The bitterness lingers for a while, but then quickly subsides into nothing. A basic flavor profile of a double IPA.

Mouthfeel is relatively medium-bodied with low-leveled carbonation. Drinkability is moderate- not too quick, yet not too slow either.

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Photo of godlessape
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a clear light amber with plenty of visible carbonation, and a half finger head that settles down within a few minutes to a bare skim.
The aroma comes with subtle herbal, floral and citrus notes, mixed with a slight brown sugary, caramel base accompanied with a hint of alcohol.
The taste follows the nose in every way. Nothing too sweet and nothing too bitter. This contains a subdued balance that I wasn't expecting from a DIPA.
The mouthfeel is thin to medium in carbonation.
Overall this is a decent brew that I hope to try out on tap some day.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

A: 4.25 - Slightly hazy bright gold with a three quarters inch head.
S: 3.25 - Very disappointing aroma, almost non-existent. I sniffed the bottle, put my nose right near the beer, all I get is a very faint sweet citrusness.
T: 3.75 - Fortunately, the flavor is better, with a fair amount of citrusy, floral hop flavor, though many double IPAs have far more. Bitterness is quite high. Malt is clean but adds a little sweetness.
M: 3.75 - Decent body, well-carbonated, with a spritzy feel.
O: 3.75 - Not bad per se, but there are many better examples with loads more flavor and smell.

Weighting (percentages): 20, 20, 40, 5, 15. Avg: 3.75

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Photo of theo871
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into perfect pint. No freshness date to be found (booo!)

A - pours a clear light golden color with a thin white head that leaves a healthy amount of lacing on the glass.

S - Fruity, floral, hints of pine. Smells pretty damn good.

T - Nice balance of sweetness and bitterness. A nice malt profile with a dry hop finish.

M - Light carbonation, lingering oils from the hops.

D - Unbelievably smooth for such a high ABV. While not a true Imperial IPA, there is a lot going on with the flavor profile of this beer. I suspect my bottle is on the old side, and would love to try a fresh bottle to compare.

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Photo of woemad
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane. “DOB 10/05/11” is stamped on the bottle.

Pours a golden color, with about a half inch or so of sudsy white foam at the top that left a surprising amount of lace on the sides of my glass.

Big citrusy hop nose to this beer.

Grapefruit-like bitterness at first, followed by a toasted malt flavor that is WAY in the background. Very dry, and not just at the finish.

Medium bodied, with a less resiny mouthfeel than most IPAs.

This is easily the least malty DIPA I’ve ever had. If in need of a hop fix, this will work well. Personally, I wouldn't mind a little more maltiness to give it more variation. Nevertheless, it’s a good antidote to something like Hopjuice where the malts practically overwhelm the hops.

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Photo of admiral
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

decent double IPA that hides a higher alcohol content well

aroma: malty citrus and slight chocolate

taste: citrus (mainly grapefruit), pine, orange peel, herbs, very slight tropical fruit and some light malt to balance it all.

enjoyable, solid, tasty beer that is easy to drink (especially considering the high abv) but a touch underwhelming

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Photo of barczar
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant golden with a frothy ivory head that slowly dissipates, leaving sticky lacing.

Resin, pine, mint, fresh cut grass, muted orange and grapefruit pith form the aroma. Light skunky notes and an almost cracker-like malt add complexity.

Flavor reveals a grassy, floral backbone, with underpinnings of grapefruit and tangerine underlying bready, crackery malt. The finish is moderately bitter. Hops rule the day, and are more earthy, resiny, and grassy than citrusy. A touch of caramel emerges as it warms.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and noted alcohol warmth.

Bittering hops prevail, a bit much for my tastes. Malt is only a support. The flavoring hops could be more complex, and I'd like more malt backbone for a dipa.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I would never buy this beer, either at a retail account or at a bar, but when it is offered for free, and the alternative is Coors Light, this beer will do.

Average on all fronts.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden-orange color from a 12 oz bottle. No freshness date on the label or bottle.
One finger foamy head that dissipates slowly to a thin film.
Hops, although dominant, blend very nicely with the malt in the aroma. Very good carbonation.
Taste is not as hoppy as I was expecting it to be. The malt flavor is more dominant, with the hops making the presence felt in the after taste. There is a slight bitter aftertaste, which is the only reminder of this being an double IPA.
Crisp and refreshing, and leaves behind some excellent lacing.
However, I was not as impressed by this DIPA, especially considering it is a double.
Drinkability, however is good, the alcohol is hidden very well.
Worth a try, but not a DIPA I would go looking for.

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