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2XIPA | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,212
Reviews:
1,077
Ratings:
4,595
pDev:
11.19%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
153
Gots:
1,173
Trade:
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Ratings: 4,595 |  Reviews: 1,077
Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Premiere Gourmet, good value price for a DIPA. More like a double pale- the bitterness is there but smooth and tame. Orange citrus aroma,and taste of orange citrus and tropical fruit, smooth mouthfeel, a bit creamy. Tangerine orange colour with lots of white lace.Carbonation right there.Had it again 10 months later and it is very nice bitterness.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: On the yellow side of golden. Clear with a single finger head. not too much lacing.

S: Grapefruit, some hops and earthy notes.

T: A nice amount of grapefruit in this one. The hops are weak but this one is very easy to drink because of it.

M: Smooth. Moderate carbonation and medium body.

D: Very drinkable DIPA but lacks any complexity in the taste or hop flavor.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of jaydoc
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jmpizzo for sending me this one!

Pours a clear light orange with a 1 inch puffy white head. Smell is of herbal and pine hops, some subdued malt, and a slight cooked vegetable aroma. Taste is of herbal/floral hops, muted malt flavors, and a cooked vegetable aftertaste. There is a slight hop astringency on the palate after each sip. This beer has a pretty good carbonation level with a smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good DIPA but nothing great. The cooked vegetable aromas and flavors seem to fade as the beer warms which is odd but the beer gets better in this regard.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a sweet ipa, in the waynes world sense, not the sugary sense. pour is real light for the style, clearish and golden to bronze in color. a medium one inch head, pure white, sits on top and slowly mellows. the nose is citrus all the way, grapefruit and lemon, but i am missing the malt id like to see. flavor thought just rocks, malt balances out intense bitter hops, mean and brutal and chewy, but also somehow light and pleasant. i like the finish, its bitter, but more fruit than hop essence, which i think is nice this time of year. really robust hop flavor, but it fades to fruit in that slow drama way. feel is good, enough bubbles and a lazy sort of medium body, its not so interesting on the tongue, but it holds its own. the alcohol is also oddly absent, it doesnt even come out when the beer warms up, just sort of stays away, which is scary and brilliant at the same time. one of southern tiers most drinkable big beers, i really support this, especially on tap in marcellus, new york. who woulda thought?

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Knapp85
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This IPA pours out a bit lighter than expected. It's got a bright yellow color with a very slight haze. The head is fluffy and white. The smell is very citrusy, specifically lemon comes to mind. The taste is very hoppy with a damn good pine flavor in there. The mouthfeel is lighter than the Unearthly. It's a very drinkable but highly flavorful IPA. Very good and worth trying.

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Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A double IPA from a good brewery that's only $8.99 a six pack? No way I'm not giving this a try.

Pours a light orange/amber, smallish head to it. Aroma is of citrusy hops. Medium bodied, tons of flavor here. Nice hoppiness but it's not overbearing, balanced VERY well. Compared to most imperial/double IPA's this is a smooth drinker. Way too drinkable for its 8.2% ABV. Highly recommended, won't let you down.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of grapefruit and pine resin hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has citrusy and piney tastes along with a moderate amount of hop bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The alcohol is relatively well masked from the taste so it isn't that difficult to drink considering its strength.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pungent blend of citrus fruits and herbal elements create the hop complexity that give the beer it's both raw and refined identity.

This IPA pours with a brilliantly clear lightly golden color that's very unusual for any IPA- likely filtered. A creamy-froathy head forms a blanket of foam and reduces to an even coat before holding firm and leaving rings of lace behind.

A plethera of hop aromas rise from the rim of the glass- most notably are obvious sharp citrusy grapefruit and orange zest, but are also pine resins and grassy/oniony/garlic-like notes that give a pungent but clean scent. Still, a rich floral or perfumy note reminds me of honeysuckle. Very subtle malty-sweet notes play in the peripheries but never really compete with the hop profile.

A short-lived malty sweet taste with citrusy balance quickly develops into a sharp flavor of citrus rinds, mild tropical fruits, fresh cut grasses and herbal flavors of garlic, onion, and resiny bitterness. All is supported by a caramel malt base that gives structure to the beer but without interfeering with the hop dominance. Alcohols are minty, and give an acetone-like taste can be a slight deterant.

Medium (not full) up front, the beer is not as robust as most maltier Impeial IPA's. Instead, the beer is crisper, cleaner, and more hop dominant than most because of the dry malt sweetness and high attenuation. There's no attempt for balance here, just a display of hop dominance across the board. This is generally what ordinary IPA's do, but at 7%abv. This one does it at 8.2%abv and does so very nicely.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with elegantly simple label art and branded pressure cap acquired at a local bottle shop and served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I've had very good beers from this brewery in the past and my good friend schlimenhaumer recommended this beer. 8.2% ABV confirmed. Identifies as a Double IPA; I'm reviewing it as such. "Brewed with 4 varieties of hops and 3 types of malts." I believe the cost was somewhere around $5-6.

Looking closely at the bottle, I find a bottle date I never saw before - 02/15/13; this is about 3.5 months old. According to Southern Tier's website, "The majority of our products, especially the hoppy styles, are intended to be consumed within six months for peak hop flavor and freshness." So per Southern Tier, this should be fine.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger head of beige to light khaki colour. Nice creaminess. Nice soft frothy complexion. Good thickness. No bubble show. Thin light lacing as the head recedes; unimpressive in this respect. Retention is pretty good - about four minutes. Not too shabby for 8.20%.

Body colour is a clear translucent vibrant yellow. No yeast particles are visible. Not as coppery as most Imperial IPAs I've seen.

Good appearance for the style overall. Looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Fresh clean malts balance the fragrant floral hops quite well. Lightly oily and nectary. The pale malts are evocative and crisp, reminiscent of a good pilsner actually. A bit of straw lends it a more refreshing aroma. Some sweeter caramalts enter in but don't come across as too sweet [insert obligatory Southern Tier sweetness joke here]. An even keeled aroma of above average strength. I love that no naked hop bitterness is detectable; it gives me hope the flavour profile will actually be balanced. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: It's got a nice caramel and lightly candied sweetness to it up front, but this grows problematic when the mouthfeel goes from smooth and wet up front to fizzy and coarse after the midpoint, drawing out the sweetness in an undesirable fashion. Hop character is varied, yet primarily floral. Light oily hops help lend needed multi-dimensional character on the climax, offering up something a bit different than the preceding flavours. The finish leaves you with a sweetness that lingers, which reduces the drinkability and my desire to take the next sip. Good carbonation. I'd prefer that it got coarse and dry on the finish to make the sweetness of the next sip more welcoming; that's a missed opportunity and one that would greatly improve the overall balance.

Speaking of balance, it's well executed in that regard. No naked hop bitterness comes through; it's pleasantly hoppy but not biting or rough on the palate. Fairly soft texture throughout keeps it approachable.

Not getting any alcohol heat here. Not at all boozy or hot. ABV isn't entirely unnoticeable, but it's quite well concealed.

What it lacks in complexity and subtlety it makes up for in drinkability and a pretty good balance. I like it, but there's definite room for improvement.

Good thickness. Good body.

Dr: A pretty drinkable imperial IPA for the ABV. I'd get it again, but the lack of complexity and the problematic sweetness do bring it down. A(nother) good but not great beer from Southern Tier. I wouldn't want more than a couple in any given night. It's more balanced than most of the imperial IPAs offered here on the West Coast, and that's a big plus for me.

B-

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Photo of dmorgan310
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
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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5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of zeff80
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Crystal clear and orange, this IPA had a small, off-white head of foam. It left sticky patches of lace all over the glass.

S - Simcoe!!! A pungent aroma with notes of grapefruit, tropical fruits and bubblegum. There is a mild burnt toast maltiness.

T - It tasted of grapefruit, bubblegum, burnt toast maltiness and had a sharp bitterness.

M - It was very crisp and sharp. A medium bodied ale with a snappy, dry finish

D - This is a great DIPA. It reminds me of of Bell's HopSlam - but it's not THAT great.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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