2XIPA | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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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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Photo of nickthegun12
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
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%
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 +2.7%
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 +3.5%
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 -0.2%
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 +2.2%
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 +2.7%
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 +2.2%
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%
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 -7.5%
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 -5.2%
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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Photo of david18
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my draft review:

I'm not sure how many Double IPA's this brewery makes. it much be twenty or more. I like many, most, of Southern Tier beers. Inventive, unusual and well made. I had a sixteen ounce pour of this at Rattle and Hum in New York.

Light in color, very heavy head with a great hop aroma. Relatively light in alcohol for the style and for Southern Tier's other double ipas. I'll have this again.


Anyway, I was glad to see this in a bottle because an 8 percent ipa is actually hard to find and refreshing. Same opinion as above and I was glad to find it.

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Photo of bearass
4.92/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

oh man this is the shit if you like hopslam and want to pay a lot less this is it

tastes like you went to the peppermint castle with the anthropomorphic garden shears and they were like here drink what i drink itll get you real drunk

smells like it would have you dancing with chipmunks underneath a butterscotch waterfall

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Photo of ninner00
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my standard Brooklyn Lager pint glass.

A: Poured a very bright golden yellow. Nice one finger white head.
S: Grapefruit, pine, orange, mango, pineapple, and a slight sweetness.
T: Grapefruit, citrus, pine, and a touch of sweetness. The hops are not too bitter and the alcohol is hidden well. Really well balanced.
M: Creamy, and smooth. Nice carbonation.
D: Very nice. Easy to drink and the 8.2% never shows itself. Half way through, I wanted another one.

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Photo of funkyaudio
4.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Murky golden pour with a nice and creamy white head. Very hoppy aroma. Medium bodied. Resinous hoppy flavor, pine and grapefruit. Spicy finish I wasn't expecting. Lingering hop bitterness. This is a pretty straight foward and tasty IPA. It took me a long time to find this beer but it was worth the wait

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Photo of biggred1
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper with a creamy, pitted eggshell head and nice glass coverage. Sweet malt and dank, citric hops in the aroma. Orange peel and grapefruity hops with a spicy herbal quality balanced with rich caramely malt flavors. Medium bodied with crisp carbonation. An easy drinker for 8+% ABV. This could be my new go-to IPA.

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Photo of DJED69
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very soild effort from Southern Tier. I enjoy their standard IPA and this is a step above in all respects. Pours a nice golden-copper color. Less orange than many IPA's. Head is a respectable one inch and lasts to the bottom of the glass. The nose is very nice---pine and some tropical fruit. Taste is bold and assertive---crisp, but full bodied. Hops dominate versus malt. This reminds me of a crossover with the best of East and West coast IPA's represented. Carbonation is just right. The finish is dry---as a good IPA should be. Scary that this is 8.2% abv---goes down easy. At $9.99 a 6-pack local---a real bargain. Recommended.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12fl oz bottle poured into my pint glass

Appearance is a very light orange/golden color with a two and a half inch slightly off white head. Great head retention with about a quarter inch staying a top of the beer. Soapy scattered lacing is clinging all over the sides of my glass.

Huge nose orgasm of citrus aromas with the likes of mango, pineapple, tangerine and grapefruit. Pine needle aromas with floral aromatics are also present behind the citrus smell along wtih caramel and bread like malts.

Upfront sweet citrus taste with tangerines and slight grapefruit. Midway is a little bit of caramel along with some mango and grains with a little yeast like flavor. Following is a toasty bread like flavor with cracker malts. Finishing is a dry slightly bitter taste.

Mouthfeel is a tad thing for a DIPA with average carbonation.

Overall I was thrilled with the aroma as it was its best feature. Upon taste I was disappointed as the citrus aroma was not that present in the taste

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Photo of foogerd
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- golden yellow large white head nice lacing
S- fresh citrus comes in first followed by piney hops nice malt backbone
T- thirst quenching piney citrusy hops drown you in a never ending wave followed by a slight spice real tasty
M- perfect carbonation and thickness
D- very fresh very tasty great DIPA solid showing nothing unique but no flaws.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a couple 12oz singles of this at Hoosick Beverage in Troy NY. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

Semi-cloudy pale yellow brew gives a 1/2" of bubbly white head that soon settles to thick islands of large bubbles and leaves a respectable amount of white lace on the glass. Smell has a milky creaminess and a little diacetyl (?), but the main event is a fairly robust citrus and pine hop. Taste follows right from the smell. Body of melon, and whipped cream, bit of candi sugar sweetness and vanilla, with a moderate hoppy bite of lemon Pez candy and pine. Mouthfeel is thin and light, carbon a little fizzy but appropriate for giving a crisp feel. Finish is kinda dry with some lingering hop and spicy alcohol.

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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not usually a fan of Southern Tier as their beers are usually too sweet for me. But this one is a little different, much better IMO.

A large 2 finger fluffy and super white colored head rises up and fades slowly actually, leaving a slight lacing on the sides as it does. The beer is a crystal clear yellow golden nectar color.

The nose brings lots of hops, musty fresh wet hops, hop oils and resin, plenty of pine and some citrus, a little floral aroma as well. With all that is just a hint of sweet malts.

The taste is more of the same, with lots of fresh hops bombarding the taste buds. This time it starts with lots of herbal grassy hops, then transfers to some pine and just a little citrus, and some fresh musty wet resinous hops. The bitterness is nice and strong but not overbearing. It adds some light malts and sweetness, and just a touch of booze to balance the huge hop bitterness.

The mouth is medium bodied with decent carbonation.

It finishes pretty bitter, very bitter, with some astringency, and plenty of juicy hop remnants. More pine, citrus, herbal grass, and fresh musty hop resin help. There is a slight sweetness remaining from the malts, but it dries quite a bit with help from the bitterness.

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Photo of racer2k
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12oz bottle into my favorite pint glass

A - Beer pours a nice hazy golden color and creates a fairly small single finger white head that is quite sticky.

S - Incredible aroma profile with strong grapefruit, citrus, oranges, pineapple and a sweet fresh baked bread texture. Exceptional aroma profile with this beer!

T - Very nice hoppy citrus taste to this beer with the grapefruit flavor being very assertive. This is a fantastic tasting beer!

M - A nice full creamy, resiny, oily mouth feel with moderate carbonation that is fairly light in terms of body.

D- VERY drinkable offering but one that will catch up to you at 8.20% ABV. EXCELLENT BEER! This is one of the finest beers that I have tried in 2010!

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Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this from bauermj in recent BIF. It pours honey gold with a sticky little white head. Lots of pineapple and grapefruit on the nose. The taste follows the nose, with a real bitter lingering finish. The beer has a sticky mouth feel and is full/medium in body. A solid overall DIPA.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle a semi-transparent honey yellow to a sun king shaped pint glass leaving nice lace.

strong aroma of grapefruit and orange rind.

taste of grapefruit hops and more grapefruit hops. bitterness evident, but reasonably subtle.

substantial, smooth, bitter to the back of the tongue.

drinkable yes.

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Photo of number1bum
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear honey golden color with about a finger and a half of white head. Keeps a thin but pretty full lace, with some thicker rings of stick left on the sides. Good webbing on the glass.

Smell consists of sticky pine, grapefruit rind, some sweet caramel and sweet orange. Nice hoppiness in this nose, although it doesn't exactly jump out of the glass and smack me around.

Taste is substantially hoppy and significantly bitter, but is very flavorful and drinkable for a DIPA. Lots of citrus, grapefruit in particular, although not as juicy as the nose; more bitter rind flavor. There is pine too, and caramel sweetness. In the finish there is a good deal of bitterness but also an odd flavor that makes me think of raw garlic. It throws off the finish for me, although not enough to dock it except on feel, where instead of a pleasant bitterness I'm left with a real bite.

Mouthfeel is on the plus side of a medium body, with good creaminess but the bite I compared to raw garlic detracts from the smoothness of the beer.

This is a nice DIPA, although there is just something about it that doesn't quite jive with my palate in the finish. I'm sticking with the comparison to raw garlic. It's very sharp and not terribly pleasant. It just takes away a bit from the feel and drinkablikty imo. Nevertheless, this is a solid DIPA and I love that it comes in reasonably priced 6 packs. That alone will get me to buy it again.

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