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 ryan1788a5
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a globe. Bottling date of 6/18/13 puts it at about a month and a half old.

A: Bright yellow color. Great clarity. Foamy, bone white head retains very well. Lacing is foamy and ubiquitous.

S: Very juicy and tropical on the nose. Pineapple and starfruit, lemon, white grapefruit, and clementine. Mild, soft pine scent. Doughy and slightly honeyed malt.

T: Juicy at the start with a dominant pineapple and starfruit impression. Citrus rind bitterness creeps onto the palate and builds to a modest level. Lemon rind, pithy orange and white grapefruit. Lemon zest. Mandarin orange. Alcohol is well hidden, but a pear-like and tropical ester profile does set in toward the end. Doughy and sweetish honeyed malt base. Bone dry into the finish and dominated by a pithy bitter citrus flavor of lemon and white grapefruit.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied. The feel is a bit thin and light, but it has enough creaminess and substance to hold it together. Moderately strong carbonation. Stiff astringency.

O: 2xIPA is mild in terms of bitterness, and it packs a lot of pleasant tropical hop flavors. A rather tame and easygoing DIPA. Good and easily drinkable, but no real wow factor.

Edit: As of January 2016, Southern Tier has cranked up the simcoe dry hopping by 150%. The difference is quite noticeable. More of a tangelo/grapefruit nose, significantly more bitter, and with more pine, grapefruit, and sticky bud in taste. Good stuff all around. The original score of 3.86 has been amended to reflect the changes.

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

Southern Tier Brewing Company - 2XIPA, poured into a DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours a clear pale golden like a lighter cousin to Pliny. Bubbly and sports a good sized foamy head with good lacing and retention.

Smell - A pungent grapefruit/melon sour citrus hop aroma with a minimal sweet honey malt interference. Mouth watering and dry.

Taste - Malt sweet blends almost seamlessly with punchy pine bitter and citrus hops, then ends caramel malt. Smooth for a DIPA but that's not necessarily a bad thing, I did not take it as such.

Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel is sour bitter hop fruity and pine. This brew is warm and boozy but in a good way. Medium bodied and slightly oily.

Overall - Great brew, definitely found this fresh and thirst quenching. This was a great brew and definitely comes recommended.

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Photo of JasonTaverner
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of WallingBrew
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of ShanePB
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Newenglandcraftbrew
2.25/5  rDev -43.9%

Photo of Sazz9
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Los1324
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Cookierachas
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of tpgraham
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of jonaspb
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of mwbrady12
2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

Photo of Vlaminck
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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

A: Clear filtered orange gold with only one or two rising bubbles- so almost no carbonation. Almost no head just a little fine yellowish foam that hangs around. Nice lacing.

S: Passion fruit, tropical fruit, alcohol, burnt caramel, crème brule, nail polish. Floral and fragrant.

T: Passion fruit, plaster scene, definite alcohol presence like nail polish. Floral, fragrant, a little tropical fruit, but mostly plaster scene, linseed oil.

M: Oily, somewhat syrupy, little fine bubbled carbonation.

O: I think this is probably old, based on the plaster scene and linseed oil presence in the taste. Love the bottle, have been really looking forward to this one. A little disappointed, but its still a great beer, most certainly would be better fresh.

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Photo of westcott
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of bscalt
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of msinger1002
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Roguer
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful white lacing, 1 1/2 fingers of snow-white head. Brew itself is a clear straw-like amber with tons of carbonation.

S - Honey malts, but a strong nose of citrus hops are the primary factor here. Southern Tier claims to use a bunch of different hops in each of their IPAs, and it shows in the aroma; I can pick up some citrus and some clear floral notes, but it's overall a big blend of hops.

T - A little pine, but this is mostly a pulpy, sweet citrus DIPA. Not particularly sour, but definitely not a citrus peel effect, either. Very well balanced with sweet malts.

M - Oily residue that is pleasant, the 8.2% ABV is completely hidden, and there is no sting whatsoever. However, there is a slight lingering aftertaste that is a little sub-par.

O - This is not a game-changing DIPA, but it's very, very good. It's on par with single IPAs like Flower Power and Jai Alai; in other words, it's a drinkable, every day IPA. I expect a little more from DIPAs, but this is still a very good brew.

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Photo of LukeWork
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of Eaglefan344
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of atomicskier1889
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of dacrza1
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Date tasted: July 25, 2013 ... Glassware: La Fin du Monde snifter... Occasion: enjoying an evening of Strat, music and good beer....Appearance: slightly hazy, lightly golden body with cascading effervescence; head is snow white, snow deep and beautifully laced; quite an attractive ale out the box... Aroma: the bottle boasts four separate hops varieties--and the nostril is bombarded by harsh pine cone and soft department store perfume counter, almost lilac and lavender; secondary citrus and grapefruit sneak in... Palate: as expected, a full-bodied, full-on attack at the teeth with a bit of warmth at the end; second and third sips ease the intensity, but the warmth remains...Taste: as promised, a near-mad balance of hops and malts, with the bitterness being more palpable yet not as put-offish as some maltreated double IPAs...Overall: After a rabid camp discussion on the virtues of the double IPA, I made this part of a build-a-six and am not disappointed with the selection...not mentioned among the thirty or so we pleasantly recalled, this beer gets the taste buds titillated while bringing enough disguised alcohol to only need a few for the weeknight...recommended and part of the double IPA discussion for doing much well...

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Photo of dren74
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of djgustafson
4.25/5  rDev +6%

2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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