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 Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to cavedave for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden dark yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is hoppy, malty, with some nice citrus notes. The taste is hoppy, slightly sweet, malty, nice touch of citrus. Medium body, the finish is bitter/dry. Drinkable, another very tasty brew from ST. It's always a welcome/joy with a ST brew.

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Photo of silentjay
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours lighter than i expected. a pale straw to copper color thats bubbly but clear. a decent off-white head stays a while and leaves chunks on the glass.

aroma has lots of pine, grass, and tropical fruit. bitter and acidic grapefruit-type citrus, rather than a sweet orange aroma. very fragrant, very nice.

taste is very hop-forward with a little more bitter citrus than piney or grassy hops. oily hops give way momentarily to rush of sweet dough-like malt. a bit of pine comes through on the finish and lingers a bit along with the bitter citrus. Would like a bit more pine in there. alcohol is noticeable, but does not detract much.

very resiny, oily and sticky feel in the mouth on a light-medium bodied brew. A bit too much carbonation for my liking, but it does work to add a tingle to the tongue that accentuates the bitterness a bit.

Goes down well. You have to like hops, though, which is not a problem for me. The aroma was great, the taste fell a bit short of what was promised by the nose, and bit too oily and too highly carbonated as I swallow. However, this is a good beer that many hopheads will like and one I may pick up again, but it does not supplant my favorite DIPAs nor does it stack up to many of my favorite IPAs either.

edit: this one has grown on me with its consistency, availability and cost. I raised its drinkability a half point as I have been downing these recently.

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Photo of JToad
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Guinness Imperial Pint glass. Beautiful clear golden. No haziness whatsoever. Minimal off white lacing, with a small head.

Smells like fresh grapefruit. Not very potent, but floral and pleasant. If anything, I thought it should have a bigger hop profile.

Smoothe bitterness upfront, malty backbone on the finish. Very well balanced. Crisp and clean, for a DIPA, this is very refreshing.

I really liked this DIPA. Not a hop bomb, but still a great brew that I will def. seek out again. I would love to try this on tap.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Could it really be? A Southern Tier big beer whose ABV is significantly less than 10%? Color me intrigued. I grabbed a single at State Line to find out.

Pouring a clear light orange, this beer is capped with a dense off-white head with rather good retention and nice eggshell-like lacing.

Despite being low in alcohol, this does have a noticeable malt presence. Caramel and juicy citrus are quite prominent, with orange, grapefruit and a little stale malt. Surprisingly, alcohol is noticeable too. A touch of cookie dough too? The palate opens with a blend of hops and alcohol, with there being a pronounced piney, moderately grapefruit like bitterness, along with some moderate tangerine flavors. The balance leans towards bittering hops on this one, and that does help balance the simple but noticeable malt character that has sugar and a little dough. However, there still does appear to be a flavor that I can only describe as a stale malt flavor. Drying and bitter on the finish, this beer coats the palate with a resiny character. Medium light in body, the carbonation is a touch high but not outrageously so. All told, a solid beer, albeit one that I might not reach for too often.

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Photo of prg1976
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color. Decent head, lots of lacing and retention.

Smells piney, citrusy. Very hop-forward.

Tastes super hoppy. Not a lot of malts in there. Definitely bitter, kindof dries out your mouth.

Mouthfeel suffers a bit from the bitterness, but it's not too overpowering.

Drinkability is good, there is a bit of an alcohol aftertaste that kindof lingers a bit.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours a beautiful clear gold with a one finger straight white head that laces beautifully. Not at all what I expected from a DIPA, but it looks awesome.

S- lovely scent of fruity hops with a slight tinge of pine in there. Smells absolutely fantastic, and its making me a little too thirsty...

T- this is where the beer somehow shines even more. Mostly the hops you're used to, that grapefruity citrus kind of backbone, and there is a slight kick of piney bitterness at the end...not too much, not too little, but juuust right. Perfect balance of flavors.

M- beer has a really good feel. Its not thick and syrupy like you may expect from something with "imperial" in the name, but its got some good body to it. Not very thin at all...near perfection.

D- really drinkable. The hops don't beat the hell out of your taste buds and make you want to stop drinking. They just keep inviting you for more! This is the best DIPA I've ever had...sure, I haven't had nearly as many as a lot of people, or sampled some of the better ones, but this is AWESOME.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2xIPA pours a brilliant tangerine in my Duvel tulip. A 2 finger white cap forms, and it isn't going anywhere. When it finally does recede it absolutely coats the side of the glass with lacing, well done Southern Tier. The nose is a total citrus bomb, almost pure grapefruit. The beer's flavor is totally hop dominated, citrus notes make a return, and there's some noticeable pine flavor as well. A bready malt presence is appreciable, but just barely as a backdrop to showcase the hops. The beer's body is unsurprisingly thin given the low residual sweetness, but this doesn't work to the beer's detriment. Carbonation is slightly high to further accent the hops, average for the style. No real alcohol presence, and a relatively clean hop flavor render this brew pretty drinkable.

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

Poured a nice light orange/yellow with a thick and bubbly light tan head, great carbonation throughout.

The smell is very big, with a great, spicy and hoppy at the same time along with a bit of bready caramel malt.

The flavor was very mild after the big nose. Very balanced with a strong biscuit grain base and nice light citrus hop finish. Some pepper notes and a bit of light pineapple sneak through as well.

The mouthfeel is very resiny and sticky.

Nice drinking mild IIPA, could be dangerous.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brilliantly clear golden-range with a dense creamy head.

Aroma is grapefruit and resinous pine. Rich and fruity, with lemon apricot and pineapple notes. Caramel malt has a presence, but takes a back seat to the generous hops.

Taste is much smoother than the nose lead me to expect. The citrus hop still comes on strong with a spicy bite. However, the malt has a much stronger presence than in the nose. Plenty of camel malt sweetness and biscuit to balance the hops. Tangerine and pineapple fruit sweetness meets leafy tobacco. Finishes with more resinous pine that lingers.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and smooth. Hop oil slickness coats the tongue.

Very flavorful fruit quality enhances drinkability. Hops lack the abrasively bitter aspect of some DIPA's. This is due to the strong biscuit malt backbone that offers balance. High ABV is very well concealed. A rich and flavorful DIPA that maintains subtle undertones. Recommended.

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Photo of biegaman
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
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 WanderingFool
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2XIPA pours a crystal clear golden color with a small, creamy white head on top. As the foam dissolves some lines and patches of lace cling to the glass. Rising upward from the bottom are several streams of tiny bubbles.

The aroma is loaded with citrus. Lots of grapefruit and lemon peel with a touch of pine, plus a little bit of yeasty funk mixed in.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is dry on the palate with a little creaminess in the body. Carbonation is moderate. The flavor is like the aroma and loaded with citrus hops. Grapefruit, lemon and pine flavors are balanced out with some sweet malt notes. It finishes bitter with some alcohol mixed in. Once gone the bitter grapefruit hop flavor lingers on the palate.

This is a beer that has a terrific appearance, nice aroma and descent flavor. I thought the body was a little thin for a DIPA, however I could see myself drinking a couple of these without getting hammered.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this brew on tap. A nice deep copper color with a golden head about 2 inches tall. The smell was strong, heavy hops almost even sticky. Very hop forward flavor. More citrus than pine notes. Enough pine though to make it sticky. Very tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz. bottle into a nonic.

A- Golden/light orange and clear. ~2 fingers of white head, which fades gradually to a thin, incomplete cap.

S- Pine, grapefruit/citrus hopiness. Solid malty sweetness provides a nice balance.

T- Solid pine and grapefruit bitterness, solid malt backbone....well balanced, solid brew.

M- Moderate carbonation, with a medium-light feel.

D- Good. A very well balanced DIPA that goes down easy for it's moderately high ABV.

Future outlook: Very solid "balanced" DIPA....I'll be happy to have again.

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Photo of stimulus
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden with a white head.

S: Smells hoppy and sweet.

T: Like the smell, it has a malty sweet initial taste with a very hoppy finish.

M: Smooth with good carbonation.

D: Not bad for a year round double ipa, and reasonably priced in six packs. Not the most flavorful of dipa's but a quite drinkable and a good deal for the style.

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Photo of aasher
3.13/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: orangish bordering amber, pretty clear, slight white foam

Smell: pretty average, not overly hoppy compared to other DIPAs, not sweet or anything

Taste: bland flavor for a DIPA in my opinion, not impressively hoppy, pretty run of the mill

Mouthfeel: more watery than I expected, light bodied, moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: not the most drinkable of DIPAs, didn't really have good flavor or smell that great, is pretty watery as well

I was disappointed with this one, it was atypical of Southern Tier.

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Photo of zimm421
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Appears a very clear orange to amber color with a thin white head. Leaves some lacing, but nothing impressive.

Smells lightly of hops, grapefruit and pine as well as some malts. Taste is similar, hops up front, with a slight hint of malts in the middle, followed by bitterness. There is an alcohol hint in the aftertaste as well.

Mouthfeel is actually fairly light bodied, not what I was expecting at all. Some good carbonation. Fairly drinkable, but the alcohol in the taste makes it difficult to get down after one or two.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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 far333
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear orangey straw yellow with a frothy head of beige foam that settles to a cap that lingers long.

Bright aroma of fresh citrus, notes of pine.

Tasty and hoppy flavors upfront, lots of tangerine and orange rind, morphing to grapefruit and sappy pine. Understated honied malt rides beneath, pretty balanced but the hops do take over.

Full and round mouthfeel, satisfying. Very tasty, could drink a bunch of these.

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Photo of prototypic
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2XIPA is an attractive gold color. It's very clear, and has a faint orange hue when held to light. A soft vanilla colored head covers the top. It stands about a finger and a half tall, but falls to a surface covering quickly. Lacing was sticky and moderate.

The nose is alright. It kicks off with a bit of a sweet, caramel malty scent. There's a hint of toasted malt, as well. Not my favorite things. Hops are certainly notable. They're citrusy sweet and contribute scents of grapefruit and orange to the mix. It smells pretty well balanced to me. Neither the hops nor the malty notes seem to overpower the other. Alcohol is noticeable, but doesn't smell overbearing. Not bad.

The flavor's a little better than the nose. Enough to trigger a score bump. It does have a caramel and pale malt base. It's definitely sweet and sugary, but ultimately holds things together pretty well. The hop flavor is pretty good. Grapefruit and orange flavors are present. Tastes like there's a bit of a floral element as well. There's not much hop bitterness though. That seems to be eaten up by the wealth of malt. It tastes pretty good overall. It's definitely well balanced for a DIPA. Alcohol is a little stronger in flavor than it should be, but not by much. It finishes sweet and fruity.

2XIPA has an impressive feel. The body is medium and is very smooth and creamy. This is easily its strongest feature. Drinkability is good. The flavor is good overall, and it goes down easy for an 8.2% beer. I'm good with a single bottle though.

Southern Tier did a credible job with 2XIPA. It's a solid release. Personally, I believe it plays it a little too safe. It's very balanced and nothing about it leaps out at me. I like it, but don't quite love it. I'd like more hop bitterness. That could probably be accomplished with a little less malt in the mix. A tad less alcohol in flavor wouldn't hurt either. All in all, if you're into balanced, safe DIPAs, this one's for you.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden colored brew, small white head. Sticky lace. Speaking of sticky, the nose is all sticky hops. Floral with some pine. Also speaking of sticky: the taste. Icky sticky ickies. A number of different hops are in there in high quantities. Bitter, floral, piney, citrusy. Fairly thin and wet mouth. A bit of spice from the alcohol as it warms a bit. Its one of those hop monsters, and its good

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Photo of Avryle
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pliny the Elder, meet your East Coast rival.

Let's just say that I'm very impressed with Southern Tier's latest offering of hoppy goodness. Bottle poured into pint glass.

A- Yellowy-orange. A bit on the pale side- wish it were a little orange-r in color. Good clarity. Fluffy, 1" thick milkshake head that leaves great lacing.

S- Sweet citrus, pineapple and pine nose. A bit subdued for what's to come in the...

T- Citrus hop & lingering bitterness well balanced out by a brief sweet sticky maltiness that makes an appearance but does not overwhelm or destroy the delicious, delicious hoppiness.

M- Sticky & solid medium body. Mild carbonation. Very smooth drinking.

D- Damn good though these'll quickly put you on your a**.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm kinda' surprised I'm this early in the game for reviewing this beer, considering how far away we are from New York.
Anyways. Poured into SN "pint" glass.
Rather quiet upon opening and follows with a smallish head - lesss than one inch.
Fresh citrus hop aroma with a bit of sweetness, a bit of grass, some orange. Nice.
Very clear goldish amber and white head that leaves some creamy lacing.
First impression is I like the malt flavor and the taste of the bitterness - both are a little unique. The dryness and finish are moderate in intensity and length. Drink starts off really light and soft with mild malt taste with light sweetness. The intensity grows fast as moves to middle with mix of hop flavors with growing bitterness. The hop flavors aren't as distinctive as in the aroma, but the contain less citrus and more pine. The intensity is big enough for my mind to desire some food to cut it some.
The body seems bigger with the intensity and boldness. Super fine carbonation and a decent smoothness for style. Only a slight pick-up of alcohol in time.
Drinks typical for style. Well balanced for style. I like it a bit more that most of the others on this recent foray.

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Photo of ritter57
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle

A - Deep clear golden color. Nice thick lacing.

S - Big citrus lasting aroma.

T - Very pleasant. Well balanced throughout the taste but definitely off center to the big-hoppy side of the spectrum.

M - Not much malt or sweetness but still smooth and lingering. Very "West Coast" but different in a good way.

D - All kinds of character in this beer. Refreshing and smooth. An easy drinker and a good one to try again.

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Photo of Brez07
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz pour into a pint glass

A: Clear golden pour with lots of active carbonation. Leaves a fizzy white 1 finger head which lasts, for the most part, throughout the glass. Got some lacing mid glass

S: Pretty big grapefruit nose along with pine. Seems like this will have a decent malt presence as well

T: Just like the nose. Malt indeed adds a nice balance to this. Just the slightest hint of alcohol in the finish. Bitterness throughout

M: Light to medium bodied. Hops attack the palate incredibly fast. Good carbonation

D: Very good DIPA. Alcohol catches up to me after one though, so not sure how many I'd drink in one sitting. Super hoppy but well balanced

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Photo of Bighuge
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden body with a thin off white head. Fresh bouquet of hop flowers on the nose. Great blend of pine and citrus. Crisp and refreshing flavor. Active carbonation brings the bright citrus out to the forefront. The caramel malt base is sufficient for the style and sturdy enough to provide a decent backbone. Quite clean overall, including the bitterness. Solid DIPA.

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2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 4,637 ratings