2XIPA | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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

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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1,061
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4,510
Avg:
4
pDev:
11.25%
 
 
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Reviews: 1,061 | Ratings: 4,510
Photo of ppvora
3.27/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a chilled 12 oz. bottle into an ale glass.
Looks: Dark yellow, a bit of copper tinge to it, 1 finger of head which dissipates pretty quickly.
Aroma: Ripe fruit, pine, hops.
Taste: Hops all the way, some malt in the background, some biscuit. Hoppy flavor is straight and narrow, not much complexity here.
Mouthfeel: Hoppy bitterness in the back, not in a bad way.
Overall: A good IPA. Not clear why Southern Tier merged with Victory Brewing. I would've thought that their beers would complement each other, but this one is easily bettered by Victory's Hop Devil.

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Photo of Salt-n-Beer
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a bottle that was a month and a half old. Pours a nice amber color with a small head. Not much hops on the nose which is surprising somewhat. Some soap on the nose. Taste is not very bitter and overall balanced.

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Photo of Buck89
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. A crystal-clear golden color with a 2-finger white head. Nice tracks in the glass. Some citrus on the nose, mainly orange and pineapple, but also prominent sweet malt and pine. The taste is big with lots of resin, pine, orange, and a clean aggressive aspirin-like bitterness on the finish. Medium-bodied.

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Photo of surfcaster
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid DIPA in the classic "east coast" style with hop forward beer but well balanced by strong malt backbone. Easy drinker and ETOH well hidden. Slightly resinous mouthfeel.

Solid brew.

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Photo of Vetbidder
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not getting a lot of complexity from the nose of this beer. IPA citrus and slight malt background. Decent run through of flavors here. Initial sweetness , citrus burst , flavor fight with the malt towards the end. Good beer. Great 8.2 % beer here.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Almost 100% transparent golden blonde color, with a stable frothy 2 finger head. Roughly 5% haze.

Conflicting aromas of both bright citrus, and then stale dry toffee malts. Sweet corn. Some almost Belgian-like spicy yeast happening here too. Like a Belgian Pale Ale.

Some pretty huge toffee malt going on here, with fresh citrus and onion. It finishes off with some pine and peppermint. A lot of sickly sweet junk going on in here too.

Feel is resinous, sticky, plummy....again with the Belgian qualities.

Overall, yeah a bit too over the top for me, but I can see how hop heads would enjoy this. Lots to ponder here from the toffee to the citrus to the peppermint.

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Photo of Jolivio
4.54/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! 2XIPA has a good amount of fruity tones coming through initially, but then balancing themselves out as the beer goes down. The after-flavor is very nicely done, and not too powerful in the piney resin flavor profile, which is a plus for me. Definitely a recommend for someone that appreciates the "characteristic" IPA; nothing too drastic, but very friendly to most.

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Photo of Dukies222001
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 16 oz can into pint glass. Lighter than expected appearance with nice head. Nothing special about the smell typical IPA. Could taste the citrus hops coming through but not enough. Liked the feel best of this brew had a velvety finish that stayed on your toungue. Slightly above average DIPA for me. Nothing special

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Photo of j_d_b
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can into tulip. head is composed of large bubble cells that quickly dissipate.

basically completely transparent, golden orange/dark yellow

smell is sort of earthy hop and malt. clean smell. not citrusy

sticky mouthfeel. medium/low carbonation overall, with very small bubbles that are not too numerous but if you swallow fast you can feel the light carbonation, which is nice. feel is the best part of this beer

pretty strong malt for an DIPA brings in some caramely sweetness. sticky hop taste without strong citrus. not an extremely complex flavor, and more malt than I expected or wanted.

not super drinkable and not exciting enough of a flavor to make up for that, but good for the resinous, more malty style DIPA that it is.

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Photo of wexmary
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like an ordinary blonde beer, a commonplace lager. No big deal. But appearance is nothing for a beer. Wonderful floral bouquet. Taste starts with citrus while pine is in background. But that taste lasts a long time. I love double and imperial IPAs and this is simply one of the very best. Stay away if you do not want a big, albeit not too complex IPA.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2XIPA | Southern Tier Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a snifter, this brew's head is two fingers thick and off-white, with sheen lacing, and a clear medium-light amber body.

Smells like a nice, pungent haymaker of citrus and pine hops.

I taste a decently bitter profile with mid-palate citrus sweetness that stays til the end; all while being supported and balanced by a malt foundation akin to Townhouse crackers.

The mouthfeel here is medium with mild carbonation.

Overall, I'll rate 2XIPA | Southern Tier Brewing Company with a 4.5. I kind of was expecting a little more to the flavor, but this is still a very good DIPA nonetheless.

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Photo of donspublic
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip from tap, 1/2 inch cream colored head. Dark golden/amberish in the glass, crystal clear to look at. Smells of caramel and pineapple. Taste caramel sweetness on the front then the mango and pineapple show up, nice sweet finish and great mouthfeel.

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Photo of Bito24
4.68/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Not a big IPA guy, but this is made about an hour from here. Wow! Had it in a bottle and bought a case as soon as I was finished. In bottles the 2X is great, but on tap is better. Found it on tap at a local biker bar and now I'm part of the breathern!! Again, I'm a lager guy, but this beer gives me faith in the younger beer drinking generation!!!!!

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mostly clear, gold beer with a billowy white head that fades quickly but leaves the glass covered in lacing. The aroma is orange, pine, sweet malt and bread. The taste is mildly sweet with a great citrus taste and a nice piney and pithy bitterness at the end. The bitterness is aggressive but doesn't overpower the beer. Really nice DIPA that balances the sweet and bitter and hides the booze well.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden color with a modestly sized head. A delightful amount of visible carbonation as well.

Smells of citrusy hops, I get a bunch of lemon in particular. Quite sweet overall.

This is a deliciously subtle IPA. There is not a lot of bitterness to contrast the sweet citrus, but what is here is straightforward, drinkable, and most excellent. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light, with a very satisfying degree of carbonation.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Southern Tier is a brewery that continues to impress me with their offerings and quality - though I'm not an IPA-guy by any stretch I do appreciate when I come across one of very good quality.

Out of the glass it pours a clear amber color, very bright and very clean, good head and very good lacing down the glass. The mouthfeel was for the most part okay, but smooth nonetheless. The smell that touched my nose was very citrusy with a sweetness of something I couldn't put my finger on. The taste was absolutely the same - great plus in my book - sweet, citrusy and all around good considering it was a "times two" IPA. Overall, this was a surprisingly great beer from a brewer that has yet to disappoint.

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Photo of Apellonious
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can canned 5/31/16 poured into a tulip. Had this a few times before, never got around to reviewing it. First DIPA in a while (is a couple weeks considered a while?). It pours a clear orange with a half finger white head. The smell is of orange citrus, dark fruit, and malt/dough notes. The taste follows suit, with some back end grassy bitterness and some tangerine flavors. The mouthfeel is medium heavy, with the carbonation medium trending toward medium low. Definitely a well made 2XIPA, but I am unsure where it sits in this crowded field.

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

Appearance:
Bright golden-amber color, hazy. Lots of bubbles streaming. Thick frothy head.

Aroma:
Lots of citrus, bitter orange, resiny, piney, fruity, sweet bready malts.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Hop forward, citrus, bitter orange, pineapple, piney, resiny. Sweet malt backbone, a little honey. Finish is very crisp and bitter. Medium bodied, crisp, refreshing, a little oily, highly drinkable.

Overall:
Well made Double IPA.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A lighter double ipa, this one is mostly yellow. 1/2" white head. Not really the most smelly hop nose, I pick up a little bit but was pretty much underwhelmed. Simcoe?

Taste was ok malt wise and mouthfeel hiding the alcohol, but the hop quotient just seemed lacking in terms of flavor, the bitterness was there but not much else. Dry finish. Just one glaring ingredient here that doesn't pull its weight. Bottle dating would do wonders for a beer of this style.

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Photo of psycHOPathy
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden/deep orange body, quarter in head in spite of hard pour
Rich grainy citrus, especially mango, apricot, orange. Definitely a malted/candied sweetness pervading the fruits. Floral smells too
Sweet floral taste up front, the hops follow and they're bittersweet, earthy. Boozy aftertaste
Feels a little flat, syrupy. Bottle 2/23/16 and poured 7/16/16 so maybe that's why
Not a very balance DIPA: it's boozy, and weirdly like malty sweet flowers in a way that reminds me of a less well executed version of that one claw beer. Maybe just because the bottle's age

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper with less head than the other southern tier ipa's. Smells a tad bland compared to others, but good of pine and citrus. The malt flavor is delicious and blends with the hops overtones. The body reminds me of whiskey, in a good way, though it makes it hard to pound a sixer of this in a sitting.

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Photo of NyBeerBro
4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Clear, light carbonation, good lacing and head retention.

Aroma - Nice Hops, floral, fruit, floral, sweet aroma's

Taste - Hops and pine are most prevalent

Feel/Palate/Texture- Carbonation, very dry, lingering, astringent, effervescent, clean, light.

Value- $6 for 12 oz. Draught.

Overall/Drinkability - Standard double; not sweet, so bitterness comes through.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

potent strong and very prominent alcohol taste as a double, most prefer this flavor profile and I am not there yet, but if you are this can be a consideration, most doubles to me follow this profile and the smoother doubles (better) are in legendary status and not readily in rotation. alcohol masks most citrus notes and this is solid for a one or two beer evening.

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Photo of jmkiser
2.82/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

My first review! Take this with a grain of salt as I'm a guy who likes wheat beers, so this may just be too strong for me to enjoy.

L: Golden, clear, fluffy one finger head, minimal lacing

S: Hoppity hop

T: Overbearing bitterness that overwhelms light hints of good flavor that I can't even put a name on what I'm tasting... piney? woody?

F: Medium on the light side, good carbonation

O: High expectations with the pour and smell, but the first taste kicked me in the mouth in a not good way. This may just be my own bias as I don't know what a well done extremely bitter beer is compared to a not good one. If I was to guess, though, this is one of the good ones. I couldn't finish it, though, because the bitterness was too strong. This will probably be the best score I could give a beer that I can't finish, though.

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Photo of Gmann
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pretty toasted grain color with a short white head. No lacing.

The aroma is of citrus and pine, perhaps a touch of onion. Multi grain bread.

The taste is of grapefruit rind, grass, pepper and light pine. Slightly toasted multi grain bread. Some honey and a touch of minerals.

Well bodied. Good balance between sweet and bitter. Well done. Abv is in check.

On the line between strong IPA and a double. Hop flavor good but not great but the beer has great balance.

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