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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mcallister on 04-28-2010

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1,058
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4,482
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
23.44%
 
 
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Reviews: 1,058 | Ratings: 4,482
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 DavidS333
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Southern Tier 2xIPA is an American Double/Imperial type of brew. Its froth is light on a scale of light/med/thick. Its color is like a sort of darker rose champagne, and is really beautiful, it looks sort of surreal when you look at it in a clear glass, sort of "holographic" almost. It looks like a yellow beer with a red tint, very cool. Its smell is also unique, its one of the only sort of froth-less beers I've had recently that smells almost like bubblegum. Its really a unique and curiosity invoking smell. The body is surprisingly light given the lack of froth. And is closer to light, but between light and medium on a light/medium/thick scale.

This is really a sort of ambrosial Double IPA. Its a strong beer, but it doesn't have a lingering alcohol bite. Instead of a hop shell I would describe this beer as having a sort of thin beta hop acid shell, surrounding a full and rich hop tinged flavor. The aftertaste is stronger in the middle of the tongue in regards to hoppyness, and overall it is a very light and drinkable American Double/Imperial.

This American Double/Imperial is perhaps somewhat uniquely flavored by the malt varieties that are added to the beer. It is really quite unique and refreshing, and if one is looking for the muscle-relaxing qualities of an American Double/Imperial but for a more floral/malty take on said tradition I would suggest to you that you try this beer.

This is a great Double/Imperial in that it stakes its own claim and stands by it. It is a unique beer in this category and stands its ground in this space, proving to the drinker that different can still be very good.

Overall this beer is the sort of beach-sunset of Imperial Doubles and its drinking is definitely a pleasing experience.

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Photo of Dave97
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poor - From a 12oz bottle - Very nice poor. Gorgeous looking beer. 3 finger billowy head, sticky, that settles down to a very nice half finger top. Nice lacing.

Appearance - 14k gold. Tons of sediment and very hazy. No carbonation.

Nose - Tropical, Pine, Resin.

Mouthfeel - Medium full.

Taste - too over the top for me... to bitter/sour, too full, too much.

I'm not a fan of DIPA's.

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Photo of SlamKing
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: clear, amber, very pretty

Smell: Light, hoppy, fruity

Pour: Not a large head, but some nice lacing

Feel: Moderate carbonation, nice crispness

Taste: A slight bit of malt to begin, then fades to a nice hoppy bitterness. A bit dank with some fruitiness. Very nice taste.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on September 20, 2015.

It pours a slightly cloudy amber-yellow tone with a full cream colored head that settles back.

The aroma has plenty of floral, pine, and tropical esters with a toasted malt under belly.

Medium body.

The taste flirts briefly with the toasted malts but then the pine, floral, and tropical sensations kick in and bring it to a bitter finale. Makes total sense that this one gets good ratings.

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Photo of gmshedd
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'd had this in a Southern Tier variety pack a few years back, and remembered it as drink-worthy. Recently bought a 6-pack and put one in the fridge after I got home, but didn't get to it until it was cold. Mistake! Better warm. Drinking one now that is at RT--much better!
Must say that I prefer the regular ST single IPA to this 2X, though. That can be enjoyed in multiples; the 2X is a one-at-a-timer (like most doubles, IMHO).

BTW editors, trying to force everyone's descriptions down the look, smell, taste, feel route makes for boring reading.

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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 chicagoish
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice golden amber pour. Not much of a head.
Pine, lemon, citrus and hoppy aroma. All that you'd expect
Real nice taste not far away from the aroma. Citrus, pine hoppy taste with a hint of malt.
Crisp, clean mouth feel, smooth and rich
Darn good 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 jeswasgui
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

To start out this is the first beer I've reviewed on BA not the first beer I've ever drank. I felt like trying some other beers ( particularly IPAs) was important in order to grade well. Also want to mention I used info on beers 101 to try and get the best and most accurate accounting of my experience wig this particular brew so here it goes:

This is the first double IPA I've tried. It has a rich Amber appearance and a moderate amount of foam when poured. I didn't get any stronger taste with this as in other IPAs. I would agree as in a previous review a bit better on the warm side. I also would say a fruitier taste too and better straight from the bottle. The feel and finish to it I think is the best thing. Overall I think it is a great beer from beginning to end.

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Photo of Barracudas
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Another solid offering from Southern Tier brewery. The beer is highly complex with a great hoppiness flavor. At 8.2% ABV it is very drinkable. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I feel like this DIPA could be anyone's go to.

Smell - A tad underwhelming to start. Really had to dig for the aroma. Got much better though as the beer warmed a little. Was getting a lot of this sweet candied orange aroma. Underlining citrus / underlining dankness.

Taste - Dank / grassy / citrus / orange / grapefruit. Very good tasting, well balanced, DIPA. Not to bitter and very enjoyable.

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Photo of JohnDon
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very solid and reliable IPA. Have had the beer multiple times in a bottle as well as on tap.

Very good double (imperial) IPA bitterness and hops.

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Photo of anthony23cippy
3.1/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a yellow hazy color with minimal head and fast dissipating lacing. Smell is nothing special at all, mild hops, not much of the Cs that provide the usual extreme citrus aroma in most 2IPAS, not appealing to me. Taste is mostly of malt, pretty bitter, but not much of any others coming through, a medicinal flavor actually not very well. Mouthfeel is typical of an IPA, slightly more carbonated. Overall nothing special escprixally not what u was hoping compared to some of their others I've had. 3/5

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max and Erma’s in Millcreek Mall
Aroma of pine and citrus, lasts
Head removed by bartender, remains are off white, creamy, diminishing to three mm ring and layer
Lacing good – complete rings and some curtaining
Body medium yellow, clear, effervescent
Flavor – starts and ends moderately bitter, no distinct hop flavor, some of malt backbone detectable; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of stevoj
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at PreFunk. First impression is pretty mild for IIPA, with the hop selection favoring the East Coast palate. Subtle, sneaks up on you. Unassuming pour, lazy carbonation, soft white head. Initial mild hoppy, malty nose. Hops kick in with some zip at first taste, numbs the tongue, lingering bittersweet. Smooth, slick and lots of late warmth. Nice

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Photo of GregHarold
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours golden amber with not a ton of head. Lighter than expected body with a distinct but not overpowering hop flavor of grass, pine, citrus/lemon. A bit of bitterness comes in on the aftertaste. This is a crisp beer that I suspect most IPA fans would enjoy. This is one of the better beers I've had from Southern Tier, just behind Unearthly.

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Photo of BeerPredator
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears light golden with scant head. Smells have citrus and bready notes. Tastes exceptional; crisp and extremely drinkable. Very thin body with no alcohol taste or aroma except slightly at end of drink. Heavily recommend and will drink again.

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Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours out clear and golden; the head lays on an inch or so of foam and leaves a few strands behind

Smell: Caramel malt tones offset the bitter hops; an oniony/grassy edge to the hop profile

Taste: The hops kick in at the outset and are buttressed by the caramel malt flavors; through the middle both the sweetness of the malts and the oniony/grassy profile of the hops build; ultimately the bitterness dominates the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not a bad DIPA but a bit too sweet and I can't really get excited by the hop profile

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Photo of MUTINY
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into my Dogfish glass.

A: Pours a clear copper gold with 1" white head that recedes slowly. Retention & lacing are excellent.

S: Primarily malty pine notes. I get some lemon rind. Almost a salty toffee thing going on here, too.

T: Mostly balanced, maybe skewing a bit toward the malt side. A pretty big resinous/piney hop character jumps out in front. This is followed by a soft bready maltiness that carries all the way through the mid-palate. Finishes with a caramelly but bitter punch. ABV is masked quite well.

M: High-ish carb for the style. For all the malt aspects of the nose/palate, this brew has a grainy crispness about it.

O: I like it. The comparative effervescence & pine/lemon hop profile are really working for me here.

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Photo of Tilly
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden amber pour. Not much of a head.
Pine, lemon, citrus and hoppy aroma.
Real nice taste not far away from the aroma. Citrus, pine hoppy taste with a hint of malt.
Crisp, clean mouth feel with a old bitterness behind it.
A pretty good double IPA from ST.

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Photo of FrancisSmooth
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer, balanced 2x ipa. Piney, some hops, goes down smooth. Can drink as a hot weather ipa thanks to the slight lemon rind hint.

Light for an 8.2, almost no bite at the end which may take away from a traditionalist looking for a very biting 2xipa.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm thinking it's gonna be their flagship ipa x2. Instead, and although a great beer, but a much safer and fruitier take on an IPA that didn't have the hop kick I was hoping for.

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Photo of Phillip13
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer that is very well named great hop flavor a fine DIPA. It has a wonderful grapefruit citrus flavor with a pine and floral overtones. The bitter aftertaste is delightful. Southern Tier's best beer.

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

This beer pours a hazy bright gold with a nice white tall head.

Aromas carry hop resin and pine. Some maltiness comes through as well.

Flavor is huge lemon candy and sweetness, along with pine and floral tones. I also get some pepper, cream soda, and more hop dankness.

Mouth is pretty full and nice. Goes down smooth with a good amount of carb. Those intense hops provide that nice bite on the back end.

Lovely beer! Tastes bigger than it may seem. The sweet/bitter balance is great.

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2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 4,482 ratings.
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