2XIPA | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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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Added by mcallister on 04-28-2010

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 4/23. $1.75 for the single.

A: Transparent and quite light for the style. Thin, unimpressive head, though it leaves behind nice lacing.

S: Lemon-lime, pine. Smells clean, sweet, and hoppy.

T: Very clean and straightforward early, then pine-dominated, and finally a citrus expansion late. Sweet. Very good.

M: A little less carbonation activity than I'd like.

O: DIPAs in an $11 6-pack are few and far between, and I can't think of another as quality as 2XIPA. Among the better bargain beers around, and along with Live, an expected staple this summer.

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Photo of BigJim5021
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
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.


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Photo of TheDoak
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of LI_PO12
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into Tulip (bottled on 1/31/2013)

Appearance- Gold, a little hazy, 1 finger white head

Aroma- Lots of pine, herbal notes, a little grassy, some citrus, nice light malt backbone, a little booze

Flavor- Bitter but balanced with a juicy sweetness, pine, herbal hops, maybe a little citrus, light malt, some alcohol

Mouthfeel- Medium full, smooth, a little alcohol warmth

Overall- This is a go to DIPA for me, This bottle is a little old and I have had this 1 week old and its awsome. Still very good now, an east coast DIPA for sure, and considering its price and availability its a great deal. There are way better doubles out there but as an affordable standard this is a great one.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of barnzy78
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, "DOB 3/7/13" stamped on the bottle
Pours golden with stunning clarity, and has a frothy, white head that holds good retention. Both citric and caramely malt on the nose with some tropical notes to boot. Nice meld of juicy tropical hops, citric grapefruit, pine, bready malt, caramel, and honey on the palate. Mouth-feel is medium-full with nice carbonation. Overall, a solid DIPA.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Fusion_Pirate
4.66/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Purchased from a local beer/liquor ship in a six-pack. I gave their standard India Pale Ale a "3 out of 5" a while back, so I honestly don't have huge expectations for this one!

A: Poured carefully into a chilled weisen glass, Southern Tier 2XIPA yielded a half-finger of bone-white head which quickly dissipated. Pretty good lacing and retention thereof. The beer itself is a fairly translucent, pale amber color. Elegant-looking, but nothing that knocks me out at first glance.

S: Gorgeous. Rich pine needles, citrus notes, banana bread, and caramel maltiness all hit the nose in a strong, yet balanced fashion.

T: The taste almost matches the olfactory preview, which is saying a lot! A strong, hoppy bitter front end, with a generous, warm malt finish. Very balanced, although some of the definition is lost in translation from smell to taste.

M: This beer is very smooth on the tongue, especially for a DIPA- it actually offers a smoother drink than many standard IPAs I've had, which is a testament to the balance of flavors and the moderate carbonation level. Almost dangerously effortless! haha

O: Definitely a winner. While you can't judge a book by its cover, it's too bad that the appearance is so unremarkable, especially when the imbibation process is ultimately so righteous! All in all, Southern Tier's got the right idea with their take on the American DIPA. My advice: Skip their underwhelming standard IPA and go straight for the 2X!

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84.6% out of 100 with 4,576 ratings
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