2XIPA | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 1,064 | Ratings: 4,516
Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice brew. Pour is a clear yellow, with a nice two finger white head that had nice retention and left a giid bit of lacing behind. Definitely a little pale for an ipa, leaving me wondering how much I'm going to enjoy this one. Smell answers that question for me. Delicious aroma. Tropical fruits, lemon, orange, and a bit of pine. Passion fruit, pineapple. Awesome.

Flavor is not quite as nice as the smeel, but still solid. The tropical fruit is a bit lighter, with pine kicked up a little bit. Nice light mouthfeel makes it extraordinarily drinkable.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap October 9, 2010 at Bobbique in Patchogue, NY. Served in a pint glass.

Look: slightly hazy, slightly orange with a decent egg shelled colored head and some lacing.

Smell: lots of floral and citrus hops.

Taste: follows the nose nicely. Lots of citrus hop flavors and some malt in the finish. I didn't taste the alcohol at all. Its not as intensely hopped as you would expect from a DIPA.

Feel: very crisp and refreshing. Medium bodied and just the right amount of carbonation.

Drink: very easy drinking. I could drink a few of these in a sitting!

Overall, its a solid beer. Aside from the ABV though it doesn't feel like a DIPA so you might be disappointed if you're craving something disgustingly bitter. Its still worth a try and I recommend you give it one.

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Photo of Beejay
3.16/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy dingy yellow with a full 2 fingers of white head.

S: Some residual sweetness, a bit of caramel, and some nice leafy hops. Notes of citrus and pine.

T: Leafy hops at first with a bit of a bitter kick. Some carmel sweetness in there as well as almost a very slight, but perceptible musty flavor.

M: Medium light in body, fairly high level of carbonation.

D: Not sure if this has been sitting on a shelf for a while or not, since I can't find a bottled on date. But in general I am not really impressed with this one.

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Photo of peacebone116
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Zoolzoo for the trade!

Poured from the 12-oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Honey/blonde color with a small retained 1-cm head.

N: Piny, peppery lemon notes waft up from the glass.

T/M: Piny spice spreads out on my tongue. the betterness remains on the tongue even as the alcohol "glow" recedes. There is a slight biscuit flavor present, hiding behind the hops. Very drinkable, but a little heavy. An excellent Imperial IPA.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$1.75 / ea.

A: Bright straw body topped with a big loose head of moderate retention that leaves behind a nice foamy lace and a thin creamy cover.

S: Light bready malt tending toward grapefruit citrus with a splash of pine. Very well balanced aroma.

T: Sweet caramel malt with hints of grapefruit. Again well balanced, but tending toward a sweet malt flavor.

M: Moderate body with medium carbonation. Smooth and rounded with a carbonic bite at the very end.

D: Very nice experience that goes down easy, goes well with a meal, and doesn't break the bank. Despite the sweetness, this is a nice session choice (even at such a high ABV). Drink slow.

O: Very good selection from Southern Tier. Near the top of what I have had from them to date.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear hay gold and fairly brightened at the edges with a duller center. Thin white crown of suds laps up to rest and stay in a solid skim and a thicker collar. Lots of thin sheeted lacing with some globby breakage and frosted-like patterns places itself with good stick across the glass.

Nice aroma of juicy citrus of peach and orange with a bit of floralness and fresh resin to it. Slightly sweetened underneath with caramel and paler lemony citrus juice and a touch of some biscuit malt.

Taste is a bit small for a Impy IPA. Far more toned down on taste then aroma. Beyond the tone of dulled hoppy citrus and sharpened malty crispness, theres an off soapy-like and medicinal bittering that isn't sitting well within the overall. Semi toasted too, that isn't fitting in with any balance. It actually seems to be dominating most of the flavor as it goes thru the first portion. This is the last bottle of a sixer and they all were the same. It rounds off somewhat as it warms as the malt does sweeten and flatten out the soapy discharge that escapes the first half of the glass. Meh. Reminds of Gemini, which I also don't favor very well.

Body is about medium with a decent surge of smoothness from malt across its length yet keeps a slight snap and crispness of dullish citrusy hops at the surface. Again, however, there's a certain offness that lingers thats a mix of soap, old baking soda, and medicinal/phenolic tainting its core and its overall drinkability for me.

I'll stick with Unearthly thank you very much. This 2XIPA from Southern Tier, one of my favorite breweries from out East, is nowhere near the top of the list of beers they brew. I did however really enjoy smelling this one. If that counts for anything...?

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Photo of Bbloom1989
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour: This beer is one of the prettiest beers I have seen. It pours a golden orange with a thick white head. The carbonation is ample and continues to billow up the glass after filling my glass. The lacing is thick on the sides of the glass and holds strong.

Smell: The smell I pick up is a sweet orange smell, followed up by a bitter hop nose. Pine and cedar are slightly in the background which show for delicate hopping in the late stages of the boil. I also pick up some hints of pear.

Taste: The taste is a counter balance from the nose of the beer. After a sweet smell, a bitter hop resin hits my palate. The bitterness lingers until the malty sweet orange taste returns. The malt backbone does a nice job of playing with the bitterness of the beer. Make it a nice tug of war with bitterness and sweetness.

Mouthfeel: It feels foamy and thick in my mouth with a slight fizzy carbonation left on my tounge. Very creamy.

Overall: This is a great beer. One of my favorite DIPA's on hand. I cant say my favorite just because I wish it might have been just a bit more bitter. Even though I gave it a high score, I still was left with a more hoppy profile. After all I did buy a DIPA.

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

Reviewed from my notes. The beer has a golden orange color and a white foam head. Within the liquid I can see a a few clumps of bubbles clinging to the sides of my glass, as well as a lot of rising streams of carbonation. After a short while, this tapers off to just a few bubbles making their way upward. The aroma features some warm pine hops and some malt in the back. The flavor has a good hop presence that is better but not excessive. Before the hops kick in, I can taste some pale malts. Hop oils and warm alcohol are on display in the finish and linger on. It's a full bodied beer with plenty of carbonation and bitter flavors to feel on my tongue. There is some coating, but it isn't very sticky. It is very drinkable though, considering the style. I could handle a 12oz bottle or two of this in an evening. I wouldn't want much more than that, but I certainly wouldn't be opposed to another pair the next day, after my pallet recovered.

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Photo of Rguardian989
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker cup

Appearance and Smell - golden to very light amber with a white head. smells citruy. grapfruit mangoes etc.

Taste and mouth - definitely uses citra hops. tastes just like a citra single hop ipa that i recently homebrewed. very tastey nice and balanced. not mindblowing like a maharaja though.

drink - i really like this beer and keep wanting to go back for more. good job ST

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Photo of nrbw23
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a tiny bit hazy orangey yellow with a white head. The head is small but it still throws tons of lacing.

S- Smells of pine. There is a little bit of honey and citrus sweetness.

T- Taste is quite piney, a little bit of honey and orange zest. Malts come around and give a fruity and bread toast flavor. Also seems to be some sort of metallic taste to this one.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

D- Easy to drink, but nothing to write home about. The metallic taste turns me off.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz poured into shaker. From notes

A - golden clear, yellow. Fizzy white head with minor lacing

S - Piney hops, resin, background lemon

T - Citric fruits, mainly grapefruit, Citra hops and a bit of sweet malt hiding in the back.

M - Fairly carbonated, resiny and lighter than expected.

D - Very drinkable and well balanced. good beer

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.39/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's last Saturday.

Pours a light gold bordering on yellow. Nice white head in the tulip and large amounts of lacing as it makes its way down. Promising start but the nose is a big letdown. With a name like 2XIPA, I'm expecting something big and bold. This brings a bit of citrus and grass, but nothing over the top. Taste is the same, although the bitterness levels are pretty high. Not much malt and very little actual hop flavor apart from the bitterness; not sire what they were going for here. Mouthfeel is dry and slightly alcoholic. Good drinkability as I like me some resin with my lunch, but nothig spectacular.

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

appearance: quite light for DIPA, clear with some bubbles. Slight head and lacing.
smell: Stronger on the malt relative to the hops. Both present and pleasant if not especially outstanding.
taste: As the nose advertises.
mouthfeel: Medium body.
drinkability: Enjoy this as another good, not great brew.
3rd in my Southern Tier experience. A nice addition. My first 2 were outstanding (Mokah and Unearthly).

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Three Penny Taproom and found it pretty good. Girlfriend thought it terrific and brought a bottle back.

A- Crystal clear yellow gold. Good two fingers of nice dense white head.

S- Great creamy peach and mango with some grapefuit zing in the back. Pretty sweet. Good be a bit stronger.

T- Hops lend a bitter hoppiness and a little bit of boiled vegetable but nothing too bad. Sugar cane water. Just enough alcohol to stay in the Double IPA context, the rest is well hidden.

M- Full. Medium carbonation which works very well. Pretty dry but still sticky.

D- Very good. My kind of DIPA: Fruity, lively. Three things
bring the drinkablity down: How sweet, bitter and boozy it is. But those three things are part of what makes it taste great.

Very good beer. I could drink this often.

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Photo of nickthegun12
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one of my favorite ipa's >>>and ive had many>>>the smell is what you typically want to smell out of an ipa>lots of cascade hops>>>>excellent beer

a-a light colored ipa
s-cascade hops!!!
t-more cascade hops
very drinkable

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Photo of jwinship83
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle picked up for about $9 a six pack on a recent trip up north. no freshness information on the bottles or packaging, which can be pretty scary with ipas. drank from my sierra nevada hop tulip glass.

A- this one pours out a hazy golden orange colored body with a finger of bright white head on top. the head lasts for a while and leaves behind solid rings of lacing. very nice.

S- the first thing i notice are loads of floral, pine, and cirtic (grapefruit) hops. more so than i was expecting. theres a small amount of a caramel malt backbone that tries (and fails) to add a balance to this.

T- the caramel malt makes a brief appearance at the start, but after that its all hops. lots of floral notes at first. theres also a healthy dose of pine and some grapefruit. west coast style all the way.

M- medium bodied. nicely bitter. lingering flavor.

D- much better than i was expecting and im left asking myself why this isnt distributed around here. cheaper than most six packs and in my opinion a higher quality than several other options. check this one out if you get the chance.

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Photo of Patchmaster
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow with a decent head.
S - Very citrusy with orange and pineapple standing out. This is what I love about a really crisp DIPA. If only they could capture the smell in the beer to the taste. One of the better smelling beers I've had in a long time.
T - Not to complex very pleasant finish
M - Medium side of carbonation. More then I prefer to have.
D - Not the best DIPA, but a nice drinker.

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Photo of kylehayworth
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It purs a semi-hazy golden yellow color, with hints of orange/yellow. The head was a nice tan color which formed rather nice and left a good mess behinf it.

S: Lots of citrusy hops in the nose. Orange, tangerine, grapefruit and pineapple. It also has a decent bready smell to round it out.

T: Lots of resiny bitterness, with a backdrop of the citrus hops that were in the nose. It has a nice crisp pallet, that slowly fades into a bittering tingle. I think the malt profile helps keep it in check, as well as a bit of honey or honeysuckle. There is definately a sweetness to it.

M/D: Medium/Moderate body, a little over carbonated. However, still pretty well balanced. I could have a few of these. All around a really good beer.

I remember seeing the threads about "better then pliny..." If so I will be underwhelmed with pliny if I try it considering all the praise it gets.

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

golden IPA. surprisingly light.
strong hoppy smell. grapefruity
"It tatse like it smells! delicious."
nice bitterness. citrusy, crisp, good stuff.


I am absolutely astounded to view the ABV of this beer. completely hidded. I was wondering why they called it a double IPA. I did seem to catch a hefty buzz yesterday so that makes sense now.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle served in my ST tulip. Pours a translucent orange-gold with a loose, one inch, sudsy, white head. Nose expresses sweet grapefruit on a malty backbone, with a suggestion of medicinal/earthy hops at the back. Taste consistent with nose; however, not as sweet as initially anticipated, although it offers a fairly nice balance between sweet and bitter. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a lively carbonation and a fairly crisp finish. There's also a little oiliness to the texture; however, the carbonation disperses the character a bit. As far as DIPAs go, this one is pretty easy drinking and well-balanced, albeit a bit light for the style, which also serves to enhance the drinkability.

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Photo of thain709
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A bright, golden kissed, copper body...a creamy, two finger, white head which showed decent retention...good lacing

S - A big, West Coast nose...with lots of citrus (grapefruit, mango, orange)...malt provides a strong backbone

T - The taste is a little subdued from the nose...upon first sip your mouth is filled with all the citrus flavors and I think this is going to be a great beer...after following sips the citrus really subsided and the malt takes over more...don't get me wrong the hops are still there...they are sweet upfront and finish bitter...the malt is a nice balance

M - Medium bodied...the carbonation was spot on...no alcohol...dry

D - I enjoyed this IIPA from Southern Tier and I'm happy to see they put one in 12 oz. bottles...this is an affordable IIPA that isn't bad to have around

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Photo of garuda
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Mostly clear golden orange with a thin white head that has little retention, but good lacing.

S - Big pine hops up front, and some more citrusy, orange peel hops on the back.

T - Citrusy hops, sweet malt undertones, and resinous pine hops in the finish.

M - Medium body, maybe a little thin, but has ample carbonation, sticky mouthfeel, with a nice dry finish. Not very harsh at all from the hops, with little lingering pine bitterness.

D - Very drinkable, with the hops offering a lot of taste with very little harshness on the palate. Nice balance of sweet caramelly malts.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a sixer of this cause of it's fairly reasonable price for a DIPA, and cause I've been pretty impressed with ST brews in the past. This was a solid DIPA, although nothing really too notable. Light, crisp, and highly hoppy - not what I'd call balanced, especially for an east coast DIPA. A lot of citrus fruit and floral hops. A tasty hop-bomb, and will definitely quench that hop-thirst, but not too much else.

$11/De Vino's/Six-pack

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Photo of Bubba83
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Kegatron for sending me this bottle. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip at around 45 degrees. Kegatron tells me this is about 3 months old at this point.

About 1/2 inch of creamy bright white foam tops a sunrise yellow/orange body. Good retention and decent lacing. Looks fairly thin for a DIPA, and really light in color compared to most, but the color is beautiful...

Smells like mango, cherries, earth, and oranges. A bit of alcoholic aroma is apparent. There's a bit of a spice hit too, almost like a rye-spice hit, which seems odd. It doesn't smell that vibrant, probably because it's lost some of that by now.

Initially I taste a slight lemony/grapefruit/citrus kick with a little bit of sweet bready malt underneath. Flavor tends to go towards orange/mango and tropical twang after that, and then finishes up earthy and spicy, with quite a bit of alcoholic cherry heat.

As I suspected from swirling this around, it's a little on the thin side, but still has the right amount of carbonation and feels pretty slick. Quite dry on the finish, which is a good change of pace for a DIPA made on the east coast.

Definitely Southern Tier's interpretation of a west coast style DIPA. It hits that mark, and is quite tasty, however I'm used to drinking fresh west coast DIPAs, and this doesn't quite compare to most of them. It could just be that this bottle is 3 months old, but everything there was nice, the hop flavor just needed to be more vibrant and apparent for me. Nonetheless, very refreshing and enjoyable.

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

Poured into a pint glass pours a yellow copper color with a fluffy head that leaves nice lace on the glass. Smell is of citrus notes with grapefuit outdoor fresh smell. Taste is spot on, but a little thin for a DIPA, I can taste a nice strong hop bitterness up front with a thin malt backbone. Very pleasant hop finish with a candy like sweetness toward the backend. Overall another nice offering from STB.

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2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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