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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 4/4/13 and poured into a shaker pint on 5/23/13. $2.19 bottle.

Appearance: Looks like a Miller Lite -- CRYSTAL clear yellow color. An aggressive pour gave me almost a fist full of white, fluffy and soapy head, but it ultimately went down to and stayed at about two. Ridiculously nice lacing.

Smell: Floral, spicy, earthy, delicious. Very West Coast-esque.

Taste/feel: Like the smell. Surprisingly, there's actually quite a bit of body to this. While I'd expect that from the style, this poured looking rather thin. A good bit of sweet, hoppy, resinous flavors on the front, and a super tasty bready flavor from the malt on the finish. There's also a slight grainy flavor during some sips that I'm not much used to in IIPAs, but I enjoy it. Well balanced, easy drinking, refreshing. Very "juicy" tasting, with just maybe a slight drying on the finish due to the bitterness. Excellent body, and perfect carbonation. One of the most easy-to-drink IIPAs that I've had... no alcohol in the aroma, taste, or feel. Tasty as all get out.

Smells great, tastes fantastic ... screams West Coast IIPA for me, and I think it tastes a bit like a sweeter Torpedo by Sierra Nevada, if I'm remembering that beer correctly. Mind is blown that this beer *only* has a 91 rating, because this is outstanding... everything about it is right. The appearance, the smell, the taste, the feel, and even the price, even though it's a bit more expensive than some other similar beers.


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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks angrybabboon. Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle. Bottling date is "02/21/13." Consumed on 05/19/13. Review is from my notes.

Pours a surprisingly golden yellow color with slight amber-ish tones, but in a way that would easily mistake someone of this being a pilsner or something. The head is good, in a way that rises about 2-3 fingers high, but it eventually settles down and leaves a ring behind. Not too many bubbles, although pretty mellowed out for a beer this high in ABV. Definitely a very different look for beers of this style - but its clear, down-to-earth appearance is definitely winning me over.

The aroma is not as hoppy as I expected it to be - but the lack of resinous oils from the hops should have been a first indicator of what I was getting myself into. Light graininess with a touch of sweetness, and then there's a bit of pine, some citrus, apricots, definitely a lot of cider, but otherwise super pleasant and not stinging on the nostrils at all. It's pretty impressive how well hidden the alcohol is here, and while this does smell at all what I'd expect a DIPA to typically be, it's not anything offensive either. Simply a tad underwhelming.

The flavor is similar, but luckily a little bit more of a desired hop-focused character seeps through on the palate. This is very similar to Arctic Panzer Wolf only far more toned down - by that, I mean that there's a far more present grainy, crisp, and refreshing flavor, some butterscotch from the malts, and traces of dried pine needles, oranges, pineapple, and a bit of grapefruit. Not very astringent or explosive, but rather more even leveled - the crisp sensation adds a bit of charm to otherwise tame hop profile, and makes this particularly easy to drink. Over the course of consumption, I began to enjoy this more based on its balanced nature - in a way, it's almost like a dry hopped pale, but it's more than that. The extra alcohol adds consistency to the body, and the golden pale grains make this refreshing in midst of any dryness from the hops. Very, very drinkable, actually - this is still thickened enough, semi-wet, and fruity and dried at the finish to hold interest throughout.

It is so refreshing to see a DIPA that brings forth any nuances from the grains and malts like this one does! The hops are without a doubt a bit more subtle than I expected them to be, but their presence makes itself known throughout, with the solid grain backbone soon following. It's not necessarily the most complex DIPA on the block, but it's undeniably easy going and perfect for even the most casual settings. Not my favorite in the style, but definitely one that I can commend for its original recipe that breaks the mold for once.

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2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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