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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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4.01
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Photo of lstokes
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly light color with a breezy white head and a bitter nose. Damn! This is definitely a DIPA on the start--lovely floral aromatics and fruity citrus hops, lots of grapefruit minimal caramel malt base--but by the end the light mouthfeel and lack of finish is apparent. I really like how clean and easy drinking this is for a flavorful DIPA, but it could use a bit more oomph in the end.

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Photo of dontcostnuthin
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Taken from note - 9/14
I can understand why some people made pliny comparisons with this beer. Beer pours a tangerine color with a thin finger of dense head that lingers. Nice lacing is left after each sip. Nose is tropical, met with grapefruit and pineapple aromas. Upon drinking, this beer I would qualify as a 'west coast' style dipa. The hops are certainly left to shine as there isn't much sweetness or heavy malt flavors to counter balance the hops. 2XIPA has a dry chewy mouthfeel that lingers in the back corners of my mouth. Very drinkable beer, a dangerous one to boot, as it certainly doesnt taste like the listed 8.2% Highly recommended

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Photo of hosehead83
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Hazy gold in color, with a nice two-inch head of frothy foam
Aroma-Citrus, piney hop notes
Taste-Piney hops, tangerine, underlying malt sweetness, orange-rind bittering finish. Nicely balanced and easy drinking for a DIPA. Hardly any alchohol bite to speak of. Tasty.

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Photo of chickencoop
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After on about the 50th DIPA, most of these seem to fall into the same old same old, but this is a bit different. It is dominated on the front by the big sweet hop bomb/ honey falovors, but finishes clean and smooth. This has very little after taste that seems to cover the big boozy DIPA's, and just finished clean and smooth. Very drinkable, looking for more.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a light hazy dark orange, with 2 inches of head, and good lacing down the glass.

Smells strongly of citrus fruits, bitter grapefruit and leafy hops.

Similar- tons of hop flavors with low bitterness. Some floral hop tones, with a ton of orange, pineapple and grapefruit hop flavors, ending in grassy and piney hop flavors. Just a huge spectrum of hop flavors here. Slightly sweet malt flavor is washed aways by tons of hops.

Medium bodied, creamy, sticky mouthfeel up front then finishes dry. Very drinkable and well carbonated.

Southern Tier is known for their sweet stouts and pumpkin beers- but they also know to get some great hop flavor. Well recommended.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle poured into a room-temp pint glass.

A- A clean and clear deep true gold color. One-finger off-white head, mega rings of lace. Nice and bubbly.

S- Citrus hops right up, then a mix of maltiness and cut grass. Pleasatly pungent.

T-Bitterness is not a flavor but this beer is full of bitter citrus flavors. I can't always discern the citrus flavors, but lemon and grapefruit easily stand out here. There are malts, some sweets and some breadiness, too.

M- Medium body and good carbonation. Fresh and bitter at once. Resins.

O-Insanely drinkable at 8.2% abv. It almost misses the DIPA mark - in a good way

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Photo of mrcharlie
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Maybe this is not the most traditional flavored double IPA, but that is part of the reason I like it. It is a bit more citrus forward than most doubles that I've tried. To me it tastes like a normal IPA. I picked up a single just to try it because I'm not too big on dipa's. Very glad to try it and will purchase it again.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

super psyched to try southern tier's so called "best beer ever brewed"

poured from bottle into my Ithaca Tulip glass

A- pours a very light golden look with a decent off white head. The head is as white as snow. It resides just as fast. There is some good lacing on the side

S- nice! Grapefruit galore. Piney and floral hops are secondary to the fruit. There are some earthy tones that are still attached to the brew's scent. There is some bitter malt that is included in the beer as well. Not much alcohol is present which is strange for a southern tier brew. I do like the stage that is set from the smell

T- sweet tropical themes of grapefruit and citrus are the star of the show. The bitterness of the hops are there as well. The earthy and grass like hops enhance the bitterness... especially on the exit. This is delicious

M- medium bodied and crispy at the same time

D- Southern Tier was right about this one. This is a fantastic DIPA. The scent and taste create a dominating brew. The brew is very drinkable. I would have to say that the last time I enjoyed a DIPA this much... it was 90 min. Well done Southern Tier!

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Photo of hdofu
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good imperial ipa with low alcohol for the style, this beer is hoppy while not overly boozey like some of the imperial ipas I've had. Smell is heavily hoppy with a bit of herbal notes. the beer poured golden orangish with an off white head. It tastes as good as it smell with lots of hop and citrus flavors to cover the tongue. It has a suddsy feel to it. I find this an easy example of the style to drink.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a very hazy, almost creamy golden color, in which the carbonation is too hard to tell what is happening, but from the top of the glass, it looks rather mellow and lumbering. There isn't a huge head or anything....probably about a finger in thickness, and it clears off rather quickly, leaving behind only a ring around the glass.....lacing is modest as well....nothing special to look at other than that it's very cloudy...more than usual!

S- The aromas are quite different than I would expect....very yeasty/biscuit like, and citrus fruits galore, however, there is more than this....tropical aromas....hints of banana and perhaps even a slightly tart pineapple smell....the hop aromas are super smooth, piney and of fresh leaves and some underlying malt sweetness to balance out.

T- Highly citrus in flavor, with lemons, grapefruits, oranges being the primary fruits and this is surprisingly malt heavy! I cannot believe how differently smooth and creamy this is.....bread/yeast presence is duly noted! There is a dry grassy character about it as well, and the finish is full of well rounded hop cones/pine needles, that hit the palate with a real bang. Very nice overall!

M/O- Medium bodied, creamy tight carbonation and alcohol that is very well hidden, this one is probably one of the best IPA beers out there in my opinion....not my style of choice but I very much enjoyed drinking this beer....I could probably have more than one in a sitting and it is a nice compliment to some sea salt dark chocolate.....yet another great beer from this brewery...Southern Tier always produces what they say is in the bottle!

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Photo of Mateer
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: A 12 oz long neck bottle with their signature 2x on it and a hop green colored label. Simplistic at it's best!

Appearance: Golden, some sediment (I think that this is usually filtered and I'm not sure why I have sediment) color in a Pub glass. Good carbonation.

Nose: Hops whispering fruit. Nothing overwhelming, which is prefect.

Taste: Pine and pineapple up front and personal. A nice strong, dry bitterness follows to balance out the taste/malt.

Overall: A local NY favorite of mine. This beer is underrated in my opinion. It's a double IPA for anyone who appreciates the taste of well balanced hops with an honest amount of alcohol. I very good choice for the IPA lover. Cheers.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear golden orange, diminishing white head.
S: tropical fruit and citrus with some grassy/resiny notes. Honeyed doughy malts.
T: medium sweet and spicy full hop bitterness. Solid.
M: just over medium body. Decent carbonation.
O: reminds me of hopslam, but just a little less across the board.

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Photo of Krakistophales
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours golden colored with a finger of white head that recedes quickly into a halo.

S: Big floral hops, caramel malt, peach

T: First blast is of big floral hops, followed by some grapefruit, and finishing off with a touch of malt, though this beer is very hop forward.

M: Nice and sticky. Great carbonation, feels very resiny, like sucking on a hop cone.

O: A nice double IPA. Still hasn't broken my top 5, but if I made a top 10, this might be in it.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a hazy yellow with a half finger of sticky foam. Aroma is beautiful - grapefruit, citrus, love it.

Hops really shine here. Abundance of hoppy flavor, with a slick mouthfeel from the hop oils. Lingering bitterness is potent, but not overwhelming. Alcohol well hidden. More on the hoppy side than the sweet side - the way I prefer my IPAs. But there is still a nice malty sweetness that permeates through.

A finely crafted beer. Would get this again for sure. Certainly satisfies my hoppy craving.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store Pub. Pours a very slightly hazy golden with a scant head and pretty nice lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and beguilingly piney. The taste is similar- sweet malt base folowed by a pine slam. Not wxactly balanced, but the malt and pine play off one another nicely. Nice bitterness and very smooth in the mouth. Nice beer.

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Photo of Marty30
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this sixer fresh as hell at the brewery on sep.10 after fishing a muskie tourny!

A. Nice very typical DIIPA look dark orange body,with a 1 inch cream colored head. Good carbonation.

S. Love the smell of DIIPA's! Lots of tropical fruit and pine, more so on the pine. I have had this befor but wow this being so fresh it's like a differant beer.

T. Damn! it is like a differant beer. So good tons of fresh pine bitterness with a touch of grapefruit and pineapple. Balencing out slighty with some caramel malts.

M. Mouth is medium and creamy, with very good carbonation for the style. Dry hoppy finish.

Overall holy shit was this fresh. Very good I can't stop thinking about how differant this was from the couple times I have had it before. It was just above average before and fresh it is a A beer easily.

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Photo of biegaman
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This lightly hazed, golden straw coloured beer has a faded tint of mango to it. Its head, despite always remaining thick around the trim, appears as though its been buffed down using a nail file. But it's not the only thing that's been furbished: the glass is now garishly draped in a henna-like pattern of white lace. I'm ready to reel it in already.

The aroma is like this overbearing force that violently pushes your back up against the wall and then smacks you around. Here's the weird part: you like it. A whole wad of hops, four varieties of them to be precise, ever so opulent in their furnishing, all come across as one giant brazen, insolent batch of distilled pine serum and festered citrus fruit.

When this brewery puts their lens over something they really magnify it; this is like a re-sized version of their IPA that was blown-up, you guessed it, a full two sizes. It's twice the quotient of doughie, biscuity malt portioned with twice the amount of resiny, piny hoppiness. This time, there's also just the tiniest injection of alcohol on the finish.

I'm sure I'm not the only one thinking 'thank god this comes in 12oz bottles and is available year round!' Sure, a bomber would have been all well and good but I reckon this is the kind of beer you buy by the 2-4, the kind of gratifying everyday beer you just pull out of the fridge without needing any justification other than that you're thirsty.

It's certainly the type of beer that disappears fast; you'd be silly to try and trick yourself into thinking you'll have just one. Before you know it, it's all gone and you still want more. Normally that's a sign of a bad beer but in this case it's the sign of a good one. One very attractive, fragrant, flavourful, pleasure-bearing beer.

When I sat down to write this review I didn't know where to begin. Even the brewery's own brewmaster, Phin DeMink, declared this the best beer they've ever brewed. Although Southern Tier has made a great many of my favourite beers - including a bulk of my favourite hoppy pale ales and IPAs, of which there are too many to name because it's literally almost every one they brew - I'm not so sure I care to argue with him on that.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured a very clear light golden yellow, subtle amount of white head

S - a slight hint of oregano, earthy, bittering and floral hops present, bready/cereal like

T - initial bitterness turns into a very basil-type flavor, sweet malts balance out the bitterness and blend together to create a mellow earthy flavor

M - very flavorful and complex for an IPA, very rich and smooth. a little bitter on the cheeks but not bad (considering I already downed 3/4 of the pour)

O - this is a VERY good beer for a session. it's got all the IPA qualities, plenty of flavor, but is subtle enough to keep you wanting more.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not a big fan of Southern Tier and actually can say that I have not tasted a memorable beer from their archives. That being said, there was obvious trepidation do to label: "4 types of hops & 3 types of malts", which recalls unnamed brewery's "triple hops brewed" BS slogan.
12oz bottle from 6-pack poured into SA (Sam Adams) glass, clear gold elixir, white foam head that sustains throughout. Floral fruits and pears predominate. No pines. Smooth hop tingle without cloying bitter bite leaves smooth and satisfying hop resins.
This dipa is smooth with nice hop flavor but not heavy and well concealed abv (8.2% if believed). Could consume a few and then get hit with the alcohol.
Overall an up and comer.

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Photo of dougfur
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This is another great example of the difference between bottled beer and what you get on tap. In bottles, it's a decent DIPA, but nothing special. On tap, this is a a great summer-time ale. Very light in color, very refreshing, but nicely hoppy and very delicious. Also easy to get in the northeast and affordable. If you weren't impressed in the bottle, give it a try on tap!

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Photo of BeerZack
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden with persistent white head. Dank hoppy smells of spicy onion and pine resin. The flavor follows through pretty much the same with dank hops taking the leading role and the pale malt just supporting. Somewhat refreshing and drinkable when cold, but like drinking sticky hop resin as it warms. Pretty good either way.

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Photo of Axic10
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours light golden with two fingers of head that settled down to about half a finger while I sip on this.

Smell: Very West-Coast vibe to this nose. Piney hops, citrusy fruit, with a hint of the malts at the end. Picking up some grapefruit, mango and pineapple.

Taste: Bitterness all the way through, although the initial taste is more malty then bang! the hops hit you again followed by some more malt at the end. Sweetness from the malts, pineapple, grapefruit, mango. Very enjoyable taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth, crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: I think I found a new year round go to DIPA. Very affordable and enjoyable.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.33/5  rDev +8%
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 StarshipPoopers
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review is taken from notes.

A - Great colour. Bright orange and hazy. Almost glows. Had great lacing and a foamy white head that dissipates quickly to a thin translucent film.

S - Pine and hop bitterness.

T - Good amount of bitterness in the taste that lasts throughout the drink. Hop flavours are pine and grapefruits, almost kind of syrupy tasting but good.

M - Very smooth.

D - Drinkability is great, I wouldn't get tired of this one.

Wish I had taken more thorough notes, but basically the 2xIPA was like an extra strong IPA. The hops seemed on par with a DIPA but the malts were lacking in comparison, which I enjoyed but might not be for everyone.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle picked up in Port Huron; bottled March 6 2014. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a beautiful, clear golden-blonde colour with nice effervescence. A continuous swarm of bubbles lazily floats its way to the surface, reinforcing the half-inch of lumpy, frothy white head seated there. A nice-looking pale ale, with an enticing aroma that is typical of this style - lots of resiny pine, grapefruit and lemon citrus alongside milder notes of pineapple and caramel malts. Slightly floral; a nice bouquet, overall.

Full-flavoured and reasonably balanced for the style; this is a quality strong IPA if there ever was one. Doughy malts and caramel sweetness provide a backbone, upon which the hops capably strut their stuff. Their flavour is quite resiny and piney, with grapefruit pith, pineapple and a vaguely onion-like note coming through near the finish. Some lingering resiny bitterness in the finish, but not particularly long-lasted. Medium-bodied, perhaps a little on the viscous side of that category, with a smooth feel and restrained carbonation levels. The mouthfeel may just be the highlight of this beer for me; it's just unbelievably easy-drinking for how strong it is.

Final Grade: 4.33, an excellent A grade. Southern Tier's 2XIPA is one of the best 'lighter' examples of this style I have ever had the pleasure of trying. While I could see the hop profile rubbing some people the wrong way (onion/garlic is not something you really expect in a beer), in my eyes it blends quite nicely with the other hop notes and slight alcohol flavour. A fabulous beer that I hope to return to eventually, since it is not available in my home market.

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2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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