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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Photo of liamt07
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the LCBO, no identifiable bottled on/best before date. Into a pint glass.

Poured a pale godlen orange, witha white head that fades to some bubbles which ultimately disappear. Leaves behind no retention or lace. Nose of citrus and some tropical fruits. Sweet caramel bill with notes of honey, some biscuit. Odd notes of some overripe banana (odd but not unwelcome) with more pineapple and passionfruit. Taste has nice malt notes with hints of vanilla, biscuit, pine and some tropical hop notes. Alcohol comes through in the midmouth, mildly sticky and chewy mouthfeel. Great feel and good weight. Exceptional drinkability and a hop profile I really dig. Freshness probably takes this down a notch or two, but I'm sure this hits the nail on the head when had on tap. Very nice.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
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 Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 7/22/10.

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is very hoppy with some pine, orange and dank notes. Very inviting. The flavor is mainly pine with some nice caramel malt notes. I also get some grassy and earthy hops and a tad bit of orange citrus as the beer warms. Medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This is not the best Double IPA I have ever had, but it is very good and a beer that everyone should try.

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

Southern Tier Brewing Company
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
ABV: 8.20 %

Had at a special firkin tapping for Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week.

LOOK: Golden color, little head or lace. Perfect clarity and some carbonation bubbles rising lazily to the surface.

SMELL: Solid nose of orange and grapefruit, pine, earthy herb, honey baked bread, citrus oil.

TASTE: Balanced strong IPA with more citrus rind flavor, red ripe grapefruit and pine. The bitterness is restrained and there is a balance of the sweet malts and alcohol. Still, quite hoppy which is the best feature of this brew.

FEEL: The firkin really lended a softness to the feel, with a mild to low carbonation, and more or less clean finish.

OVERALL: A real treat of a beer, and I was happy to try it at the special tapping. It is almost as good on tap and in the bottle, but I must say this cask was the best 2XIPA that I have ever tasted.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-Tap at Whole Foods in a pint glass. Glad to find this as is besides a oldish bottle.

Southern Tier 2XIPA pours out a bright golden yellow color but surprisingly not even a little foam on top, just some miniscule bubbles, so no lace. Pretty still beer but a nice shade to it.

Smells malty and screams East Coast. There is a small portion of grapefruit and other tropics but that sweet malt overshadows anything there. A small amount of alcohol though. For what it's worth there is no grassy scents.

And it goes to show that the east does not compare in this category. This is malt forward with some sweet bubblegum and sweet bready malt. Mixed in some tropics, grapefruit, slight orange. A bit of alc in the end and a lingering sweetness.

Not all that bitter, in fact it's not bitter at all. I need some bite here. A big medium body that lightly coats and stings on the end with the alc. I figured this would have some edge off the tap, naw pretty tame.

Glad I tried this off the tap than risking a bottle. It's far from my least favorite DIPA (stoudt's DIPA) but it's not in the same league as others. With so many choices in this category I can say Im starting to really notice the lacking ones here and there.

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Photo of biegaman
4.32/5  rDev +8%
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 flagmantho
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light, hazeless golden hue with plenty of effervescence and a nice 1-finger head of frothy white foam. Less orange than I normally expect from the style, but really quite nice.

Smell: sweet malt with a pretty strong citrusy, resiny aroma. Dank but nice.

Taste: big malt flavor with even bigger funky, dank, resiny and citrusy hops atop. Bitterness is pretty strong but surprisingly smooth. I really like this beer!

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a good level of carbonation and concomitant creaminess. Very nice.

Overall: I really like this beer. The flavor is outstanding, although for a DIPA that's not all that surprising.

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Photo of dar482
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a golden amber. A clear light orange honey color with a one finger head.

The aroma has lots of sugary sweet orange, some tangerine, ruby grapefruit, some hops, and caramel sweet malt.

The flavor has sweet grapefruit at first, then some caramel to balance it, but very little. Then a hit of pine, and then finally the finish is a super bitter orange or grapefruit white pith. The bitterness is really pronounced on this.

The body is light medium.

This bottle was super fresh at 13 days old. Brew date was on bottom, under the label. It’s a really easy drinking, clean beer and more my style without much caramel sweetness.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A solid if unexceptional example of the DIPA style. A light orange/golden colored beer that’s a bit hazy. Lacing and retention are good. Aroma is very much citrus-forward; bitterness is detected in the nose but only just-so; light sweetness.

Flavor packs a good deal of grapefruit, lemon, and pineapple punch, with strong bitterness and a very modest amount of sweetness and malt underneath, particularly for the style. Faintly herbal and grassy. Not super-nuanced but still fresh-tasting. Lightly creamy, medium body and carbonation, slight lingering bitter aftertaste.

Not bad but probably not one I will be running back to anytime soon. In a crowded DIPA field I’ll remember this beer as good but not a standout.

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Photo of John_M
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can this be possible? A double IPA from ST that is under 10%. Amazing. On tap at max's today.

The beer pours a golden amber color with fairly good head retention and not much lacing. Mouthfeel is all IPA goodness, with the beer showing considerable citrus and light dank earth. On the palate, this really tastes like a dialed down version of unearthly, gemini and the like. It's got that considerable malty sweetness, but the alcohol isn't nearly as punishing and/or cloying, which is something I appreciate. Still, this IPA is definitely on the sweet side, with enough bitterness in the finish to counter, but not truly balance, this East Coast style IPA. So the beer still has very much of a tropical fruit flavor profile, but with the tell tale IPA bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but is not at all heavy or tiring (unlike unearthly). Drinkability is good, with the (relatively) low alcohol actually allowing me to finish my glass of beer.

Still not a big fan of the ST DIPA style, but nevertheless, this is definitely a step in the right direction.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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 Georgiabeer
4.32/5  rDev +8%
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 Evil_Pidde
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep amber pour with a small off-white head that dissipates quickly inte decent lacings.

S: So American in smell; floral and bitter hops gives it loads of citric and piney notes; grapefruit, pineapple, lemon sezt and some ripe oranges. Sweet caramell malt (slightly roasted).

T: Lovely bitterness up front followed by the fruityness that is so typical of American hops; exotic citric fruits. The malt is sweet but a bit milder than I would have guessed.

M: The body is on the heavier side while the carbonation is on the milder side. Aftertaste holds nice bitterness, but doesn't stay that long.

O: A nice DIPA, but nothing exceptional.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark gold with solid one-finger head that dies slow. Standard DIPA smell of citric and grapefruit and some malty sweetness as well. A medium-bodied beer that is slightly chewey and biscuity and has some caramel sweetness. THe main thing is the hops and there are a boatload as they give off citric and grape and thanks to high carbonation this beer has a real dry backbite that is an easy finish. A very hoppy, very good beer.

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Photo of weeare138
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a semi transparent light gold with a small white cap that quickly fades into a gentle collar. Tiny streams of carbonation slowly rise to the top of the glass. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of biscuits, caramel, herbal hops, spices, berries, pine needles, and citrus.
Taste is of the aromas with spicy oak and vanilla cream flavors pulling through. A touch of white wine flavors are found in the there
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spritzy, spicy, and herbal. This would be the perfect compliment to spicy Chinese, or Thai food. Great deal on a case for his brew! That 8.2% is very wll hidden.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two-finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Crystal clear pale amber/orange color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is light grapefruit hops, flavor is grapefruit hops and caramel. Higher ABV is hidden. Nice DIPA. $2.49 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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

Purchased from the International Beer Shop in Perth, because I'd seen it as the feature bottled beer at Sydney's Local Taphouse, and couldn't justify the markup on it there.

Pours a gooey and thick hazed golden yellow colour, with a filmy head, which coalesced early on, but settles to nearly nothing. Lacing, however, is still fine and intricate, probably owing something at least to the heavy body, which allows only the finest amount of carbonation to form. Looks good.

Nose is fresh and hoppy, with a robust green bitter character on the nose, which I genuinely delineate from the West Coast IPA character. This is more direct, more pungent and less fruity—perhaps it's fair to say that this is more genuinely hoppy. Nice.

Palate is really beautifully balanced, with a robust vector of hops through the centre, which disintegrates and melds into the light clean malts to give a nuttiness through to the end. Some vegetative greenness throughout, which makes it taste a little like chewing on leaf stalks, but it's lovely and fresh and again well-balanced.

Feel is surprisingly light, but this may just be an artefect of the fresh hoppy notes that lift it.

A good beer, and a good IPA. While I'd say I still prefer the West Coast variety (probably for no better reason than that I am accustomed to it), this is probably the best example I've had from the East that still retains its distinctive character.

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Photo of corby112
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden yellow color with bright golden banana yellow hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy white head. Good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves sporadic rings and spots of lacing left behind.

Uber fresh, dank oily hop aroma with lots of sweet citrus and tropical fruit notes as well as some earthy pine and subtle graham cracker-y, biscuit malt. Hints of pineapple, grapefruit, mango and citrus peel with a slight grass presence in the nose.

On the lighter end of medium bodied with a bitter earthy pine hop blast up front that lingers throughout into a bitter yet sweet dry finish. Nicely balanced by sweet citrus and tropical fruit notes as well as by a slight malt backbone and subtle alcohol astringency. The citrus/tropical fruit presence is prominent with lots of pineapple, mango, grapefruit and lemon peel. The malt backbone is faint but provides nice balance with hints of graham cracker and biscuit. The high ABV is decently masked but there is still a bit of alcohol, especially toward the finish.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A brilliant water-based orange coloring has a fatigue carbonation factor within. The head is bready and thick, off white in color, and displayed a great retention time. Several thin whispy lashes are displayed on the glass for a lacing of moderate coverage.

S: Wet citrusy hops are detected early upon the pour at arms reach of sweet pine, sugary cereal grains, and some freshly sliced lemons coming on strong at first but quickly trails off. Perhaps a higher effervesce would of helped the aroma retention.

T: For the flavor, sweet sugar grains combine with freshly cut lemon with a balance of sweet pine juices. Grapefruit, fresh oranges are present initially as well. Was waiting for a blast of dry hops to move in but it never happened, the beer stayed modestly sweet with a wet hopping. The finish finds some sweet and flowery moments of citrus on the close but not as much as expected from a 2x label. A bit of dry flowery hops do manage to gently tease the tongue upon the swallow.

M: Despite the calm visual demeanor the mouthful feels fairly crisp. Warm sweet citrus and pine juices with a slick feel and a medium body rounds things out.

D: Decent drinkability. A bit sweeter then expected or desired from a 2x hop ipa. The sweetness factor is perhaps the limiting aspect here more so then the hops.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This particular beer is listed at 9% here on BA, consulting the Southern Tier website, they clock it in at 8.2%

A - Pours a crisp and clear medium orange color with alot of nice tiny bubble carbonation. Nice head retention even long after the pour.

S - Lots and lots of pine and grapefruit, a little hint of pineapple and orange, light malts appear far in the background. Alcohol presence is very, very faint. The citrus smell is a little pungent and smells wonderful.

T - The taste is bold, citric bitterness. Up front the sweet hop citrus hits the front of the tongue while the bold bitterness slams the back of the tongue. There's also a little bit of an earthy/grassy character in the flavor along with a little bit of spice. Underneath throughout is a sweet, light bready backbone to stabilize things. The alcohol presence is apparent at the very end with a slight warming in the throat.

M - Lively carbonation on the tongue, finishes semi-dry, and the citric bitterness lingers for several minutes after.

D - I haven't given many 5's in the drinkability category and this is one of them.

I've always loved Souther Tier's beers and this is a really good one a definitely worth checking out. I'll be stocking my beer fridge with more of these.

Southern Tier is calling it, "The best beer we've ever brewed". While I do like it, I'm not sure if I agree with that statement. Southern Tier brews some really fine stuff and while this one is exceptional, I don't think it surpasses the Gemini or Imperial Hop. I would love to try this one on tap since the bottles tend to kill some of the nuances. (not always, but often)

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another bottle courtesy of the great trader russpowell. Thanks Russ!

It pours a clear light gold with a 1 finger head of foam and plenty of sticky lacing. Deep into the session, the foam recedes big time as does the lacing.

Definitely a hop forward Double IPA...grapefruit and pine dominate big time. There's no sign of any malt..

Big pine and grapefruit in the taste with *some* malt sweetness just before the finish. No sign of the ample abv, even after the swallow; a great job of hiding the alcohol.

On the low end of medium bodied, lightish amount of carbonation, and very darn drinkable. This is a *very* enjoyable brew!

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

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a slightly hazy pale straw yellow colour with a large soapy and frothy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing, and there is some spider web lacing. The head stuck around for several minutes before it was gone.

Smell - hops, citrus zest, pine, malts

Taste & Mouth - There isn't whole lot of carbonation, but it leaves the beer feeling nice and velvety. The most noticeable flavour is hops of course. But there is also lots of caramel sweet flavour and and citrus/pine notes. I'm not sure I can detect much more hops than the regular IPA version of this beer. It finishes with a very sweet and fairly bitter aftertaste.

Drink - A very nice drinkable IPA. Like I said before, I'm not sure I notice much of a difference from the regular IPA version, but it is a solid beer nonetheless. I couldn't notice the increased alcohol at all.

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

A: Poured a golden yellow color with good carbonation and a nice white cap

S: Smell is citrus, some toasted notes, corn even?

T: Citrus, floral, caramel and some lightly toasted notes, sweet and even some corn

M: Thinner than I expected, nice crispness, light to medium body

D: Booze is light, body is thin but taste is average

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Photo of beertunes
3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in bubble pint glass. Poured a light golden straw color with about 3/4 inch of white head that had good retention and lacing.

The scent was a nice, mellow, balanced aroma with mostly pine hops upfront and a bit of graininess in the background. The taste was pretty similar, pine upfront with a citrusy finish and an underlying grain taste. This was a much more even an balanced version than most of the style.

The body was good, crisp and clean, not thick or sticky like a lot of examples. Drinkability was very good, the beer went down easily and I had a couple. Overall, a very nice brew. If you're looking for an ImpIPA that doesn't kill the palate, this is your beer.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A lighter double ipa, this one is mostly yellow. 1/2" white head. Not really the most smelly hop nose, I pick up a little bit but was pretty much underwhelmed. Simcoe?

Taste was ok malt wise and mouthfeel hiding the alcohol, but the hop quotient just seemed lacking in terms of flavor, the bitterness was there but not much else. Dry finish. Just one glaring ingredient here that doesn't pull its weight. Bottle dating would do wonders for a beer of this style.

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2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4 out of 5 based on 4,510 ratings.
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