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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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Added by mcallister on 04-28-2010

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Photo of BB1313
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into pint glass, pours a tinted golden color you can see through, no haze. Nice white head w/ decent lacing. The taste is very bitter, sensing tones of grapefruit and resin. Lots of pine. Very sharp. The hops are very pungent w/ this beer being pretty fresh. I wish it was a little sweeter.

As a DIPA, this beer falls short of Hopslam, Dreadnaught, etc. If you look at it as an IPA it is above average. Nonetheless, it is a nice edition to Southern Tier, especially at $9.99 a sixer. Recommended to anyone that likes a hop delight.

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Photo of Damian
4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank on-tap at Plan B Burger Bar, Glastonbury, CT
Served in a goblet

The beer poured a crystal clear, yellow-amber color. I simply have never seen such clarity on a beer of this style. The liquid was capped by a creamy, bright white, one-finger head that left rings of lacing all down the glass.

The aroma was sheer perfection. Super complex and hoppy, yet very balanced. Notes of peaches and apricots dominated. Tropical fruits, including mango, pineapple and passion fruit, were also quite apparent. Citrus fruits were noticeable as well.

The taste was nearly as impressive as the nose. Hoppy and quite interesting with a menagerie of fruity hop flavors and a stiff, yet unobtrusive, bready malt backbone. Citrus notes were quite apparent. Ruby red grapefruit came through strong. Orange peel was also noticeable. Tropical fruits flavors were detectible. The finish was semi-dry. Once again, citrus fruits came through loud and clear.

The mouthfeel was super creamy and smooth. A soft, pillowy liquid blanketed my tongue and never let up. The carbonation was very fine and mild, and it worked perfectly for this beer.

Drinkability was simply off the charts. The 8.5% ABV was barely perceivable. This beer was a sheer joy to sip and savor.

This was unquestionably one of the best examples of a double IPA I have sampled. Southern Tier has been putting out many excellent releases but, in my opinion, this is definitely their finest to date. If you are a fan of balanced double IPA's, you simply must give this one a try.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite styles, one of my favorite breweries. The makings of a winner, and it does not disappoint. This is a candidate for best all around.

So often strong IPAs are too malty, too hoppy, etc. This one is perfect. Strong, but perfectly balanced. I think will need to go back and get lots more.

The malt is light colored and thus the nice, understated malt taste (despite the three varieties, per the label). The hops are strong and green from nose, all the way down. Alcohol is not anywhere to be tasted. This is just plain good.

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Photo of shirfan
3.31/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light orange in color with a thin but sticky head.

Aroma: A hint of tangerine and orange rind that you have to work for. I was expecting more.

Taste: Big letdown. Where hops shine in the standard IPA, they're just there in the 2X. Maybe more malt and higher ABV obscure things a bit, but on the tongue this seems more like a pale ale than a big, ass-kicking, name-taking DIPA. There is a twinge of alcohol kick in the aftertaste, not "hot" by any means, but just enough to indicate that this isn't a pounder.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth. Drinkability is dangerous for the ABV, a feat S.Tier always manages to pull off.

Overall, I expected this to go head to head with Torpedo. No contest, Torpedo is the better beer. I love Unearthly, I love Southern Tier IPA, but somehow 2X missed the mark. Not worth the extra cash.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12 ounce bottle picked up at the Beer Stop for around $2 - what a deal for a DIPA. Uncapped and poured into my standard shaker glass. 2X appears a clear golden yellow color with about a finger or so of off white foam. Nose and flavors consist of white grapefruit juice and peel, lemon, resinous pine needles, a bit of sticky weed, some alcohol heat, bread, grass, sweet malt. Medium to full bodied with adequate carbonation and a clean bitter finish. Really drinkable. I had to pace myself to finish this review. Pick it up if ya see it.

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Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange color with a thin off-white head in a tulip. The head shrinks down to a ring around the glass and leaves some lace.

Big and bold hop presence. Citrus and pine with a honey sweetness. Reminiscent of Hopslam if I dare say.

I would have to do a side by side, but this tastes pretty close to a 4-5 month old Hopslam. There is a nice crisp hop bite that consists of pine and citrus. The hops are backed up solidly by malt sweetness that is very honey like. Some astringent alcohol is noticed as well. The taste is very balanced.

Smooth and soft carbonation in a medium bodied beer. The finish is dry and clean.

A solid DIPA that rings in under $10/sixer. Two of these would be all I could handle in a row, but a good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this the first time I saw it, $9.99 per sixer in Columbus. Southern Tier is one of the most solid breweries (except for oddities like Creme Brulee). Their IPA is great so it's inconceivable the DIPA wouldn't satisfy.

The beer is crystal clear, light straw color colored, with a few fingers of white head. The aroma is very nice, balanced as it can be while being strong on hops aromatics. There's some malty sweetness in the background, but it's appropriately taking the back seat.

The beer tastes really good. Not quite as abrasive and tasty as Pliny or other west coast treats, but then the east coast is about refinement. This is all about flavor, juicy resin and pine needles, tasty stuff. The bitterness in the aftertaste is moderated nicely by the sweet malts, no off flavors at all. Moderate carbonation with a light-like body. Very good as always from Southern Tier.

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Photo of Morey
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This newby pours pale yellow with a touch of orange. Nice white head that has settled to a fairly thin lace after a few minutes. Pretty good head retention.

Aroma is on the mellow side for a DIPA, but the hops are definitely the front runners with some mild malty tones in the background.

Taste is somewhat dry and citrusy compared to their other DIPA's, although there is an underlying sweetness. No shortage of hop flavor on this East Coast Ipa though. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is medium. The carbonation hop combo on this double will make non-hopheads pucker up.

I could drink a few of these no problem.

Morey's Bottom Line: A nice addition to an already impressive line-up for ST. Not as malty and sweet as Gemini or Unearthly.

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Photo of travduke
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My salesman told me he though this tasted like a blend of SN Torpedo and ST Unearthly, that's right on.

Appearance: Golden bodied, nice two finger fluffy head that retains very well, leaving great lacing.

Aroma: Real citrusy. Grapefruit, pineapple, orange. Nice pine scent too, this is great.

Taste: Wow! I really didn't expect this to be this great. All the flavors the nose predicted. Top notch guys.

Feel/Drink: Nice crisp mouthfeel, drinkability is right on.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 Bierguy5
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. No abv or freshness date. Pours a clear golden color, with a nice fluffy white head. Pretty good head retention, some nice patches of lace.

Nice citrusy hop aroma bursting out of the glass. Some pine lays in the background as well. A lighter character malt in the nose as well. Maybe a whiff of alcohol, but not much.

A sturdy malt base, with a bit of residual sweetness. Hops come in quickly with a good dose of bitterness. Citrusy, pine and just a bit of a resiny, spicy character. Finishes dry, for some good balance.

Medium body, adequate carbonation. Alcohol is masked very well as this drinks way too easy. Very well made.

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Photo of stewart124
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden yellow with a half inch of fluffy white head. Plenty of visable carbonation.

The nose is quite aromatic. Pine and grapefruit come through huge with some tart granny smith apple.

The first sip is bigger bodied than I anticipated with a smooth mellow mouthfeel. A bold amount of hops tingle the tongue with just the right amount of bitterness. Lots of pine and more citrus on the palate. There is a bready note and character but this comes through just slightly. I pick up a touch of sweetness in the finish but otherwise if ends quite dry.

This is obviously a hop driven beer and I love the finish. It doesn't drink like a 9% beer at all. Another delicious beer from Southern tier.

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Photo of chaz01
3.51/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A couple of sample pours at a local beer tasting event.

A: Light golden color, thin head leaves some lacing. Lots of tiny bubbles rising from the bottom or the glass.

S: Some citrus & grapefruit aromas, but also kind of musky odor that I didn't find pleasant.

T: Grapefruit along with grass and hay notes, some malt sweetness to balance the hops.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated. Grassy hoppy finish lingers in your mouth for a long time.

D: Citrus and grapefruit flavors that I normally expect in a big IPA were mellowed out somewhat providing a somewhat unique hop profile. Still overall an enjoyable beer -- would pair nicely with a chicken or seafood entree.

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3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Although I was told this beer to be "flying off the shelf", I can not understand why. A golden coloured poured into a large pilsener glass, this is more of a hop vegetable experience, to be kind. Which makes me wonder: do the next generation of beer seekers believe that this is what flavor is all about?
Then there is the price, At $12.80 a six pack (tax included) , I can think of many other offerings worth forking over that kind of dough. Strangely, 2XIPA caused an allergic reaction I did not know I had. It caused me to sneeze without any control.

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2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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