2XIPA | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American 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 yesyouam
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Southern Tier 2XIPA is a dense, crystal clear golden ale with a dense and frothy yellowish white head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a sweet, floral aroma with notes of hay and oranges. It smells great. It's pretty full bodied; smooth and foamy in the mouth. The finish is quite clean and dry. It has a nice, bold bitterness of pine resin and juniper. A peppery rumble follows. The aftertaste is long and bitter and gets a little soapy. There's nothing incredibly stand-out here, but it's a big, bold beer with no apparent faults.

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Photo of claminat420
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- poured a transparent golden color with a frothy white head. medium lacing.

S- just some piney and alil grapefruit hops. the way an ipa should smell!

T- for how hoppy it is it's actually not too bitter. the malt is there so slighty but more of a flavorful ipa than a bitter. the alcohol is undetected.

M- medium/light bodied. good carbonation.

D- i'm glad they didn't go shniebly and just put these out in 4 packs like other companies would do.

Overall- this might be my go-to-beer from now on. i don't know if it's just my taste buds being destroyed by all the other hoppy beers i love but i found the bitterness to be very low. if you're a hophead i highly suggest to give this one a try.

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Photo of jagoffyinzer
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a two finger head that reduces to a thin and bubbly layer. The color is pure gold and is extremely transparent.

S: I feel like I've almost snorted a line of hop pellets. Really complex aroma of hops. It's earthy, piny, spicy, and citric. All these aromas combine and just make for a heavenly odor. I hope Southern Tier makes an air freshener or colon of this because I could never be sick of it.

T: As to be expected it's a hop bomb. Up front is a grape fruit bitterness that mingles with some smaller notes of alcohol. It finishes with a piny undertone and some crystal malt. Everything blends together quiet nicely.

M: It's rather light and smooth and finishes on the dry side. You're left with a nice warming sensation from the alcohol.

D: Very drinkable and easy going but I don't feel I could pound these at a rate some other American Doubles I've tasted.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New Beer Friday! Okay...new beer week, heh. A big thanks to my brother-in-law Kevin for sending me this great beer. Cheers!

Appearance - Pours a brilliant clear orange into my SA Perfect Pint. About two fingers of somewhat tan colored head are achieved with a moderate pour, which rather quickly dissipate leaving decent lacing.

Smell - This has a great nose to it. Sappy, piney resin followed by somewhat moderately bitter hops, which gradually fades to an almost tropical citrus smell. I love tropical smelling IPA's and have high hopes the taste will be like the nose.

Taste - My hopes were half met. I definitely get much of the nose in the initial taste, however, there is also a heavier than expected (i.e. wanted) malt presence. Not as bitter as I thought it would be. The initial flavor wave is sticky pine resin and bitter hops, though not overly. This gives way to just a hint of citrus...most of the tropical scents I experienced in the nose are not present here, however, there is still a more "sweet" citrus taste rather than a biting bitter unripe grapefruit flavor which I feel is the "standard" for many citrusy DIPA's so that is a positive in my mind. Then, a rather heavy sweet caramel and biscuty malt backbone kicks in but finishes with a rather bitter dryness. I am picky with D/IPA's now after living in CA. I don't enjoy them sweet due to the malts, but rather due to the sweet tropical citrus flavors (rather than, as aforementioned, a bitter citrus bite). This can be seen in PtE, Sculpin, Nelson, Duet, and from the Midwest, The Oracle. These beers all stand out to me because of their wonderful balance (imo) and ability to showcase amazing tropical notes and flavors. All this now said, I can reflect on my current beer and realize despite a somewhat heavy malt backbone (not nearly as bad as say 90min which I just reviewed after giving it a second chance and that is not my style of DIPA) this is a very enjoyable and unexpected offering from ST. If I see this when I am back home this summer, I will pick up a six pack alongside some Two Hearted and Dreadnaught. Not a bad beer at all.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Drinkability - Very much so. I could easily session a six pack of these in a sitting, and be regretting it the next morning.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a crystal clear golden copper, with a rigid finger of bright-white foamy head. This sticks around with a rich 1/2 finger of rich froth, which just coats the sides of the glass with some creamy spotty lacing. The aroma is floral and piney up front and is just dripping with rich sweet tropical fruit notes. Mango and pineapple are fairly prominent here but some more bitter smelling grapefruit character is also coming out as well. The malts add some extra grainy sweetness to the nose but do a good job of giving this some added flavor while also taking a backseat and allowing those hops to shine. Man, this is just so bright and fresh in the nose. Awesome.

The taste is just full of rich hop flavor but never gets too bitter and aggressive. Resins, bitter grapefruit, citrus peel, and some spice all make an appearance here but are just beautifully balanced by that aforementioned sweet juicy fruit presence and the malts, which play more of a part here and add an almost honeyed biscuit character to this. Hops lash the finish of this (but not too severely) with spice and leftover sticky pine, while the overall profile is fairly dry throughout. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and is equal parts soft creaminess and oily slickness. That 8% ABV is nearly nonexistant (although some warmth does emerge but only after this has been sitting out at room temp for a good while) and coupled with that smooth feel really ramps the drinkibility of this up bigtime. This is one of the few DIPAs out there that I would actually call "refreshing".

You know, lately I had been growing weary of Southern Tier and their constant string of "big beer" releases but this really reaffirmed my belief that when these guys keep it simple and apply themselves to a style, they can really knock it out of the park. This is just an expertly crafted Double IPA and an absolute steal at only $9 for a six-pack. This is definitely the surprise of the summer so far for me.

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

Good three-finger head which settles slowly and leaves nice ring lace. After five minutes, there's a foam dome. Light gold color with a mild haze

Strong, appealing grapefruit hop aroma.

Pleasant malt start to the sip, but it quickly gives way to a strong, nearly extreme bitter hop bite. Peppery swallow and a long lasting finish. Rich body.

Overall, borderline excessive and somewhat two-dimensional but it is still quite tasty for a hop head.

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Photo of Axic10
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours light golden with two fingers of head that settled down to about half a finger while I sip on this.

Smell: Very West-Coast vibe to this nose. Piney hops, citrusy fruit, with a hint of the malts at the end. Picking up some grapefruit, mango and pineapple.

Taste: Bitterness all the way through, although the initial taste is more malty then bang! the hops hit you again followed by some more malt at the end. Sweetness from the malts, pineapple, grapefruit, mango. Very enjoyable taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth, crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: I think I found a new year round go to DIPA. Very affordable and enjoyable.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden color, no real hop haze, and the head is modest but long-lasting.

Aroma is very much hop-forward and recalls west coast hops: prickly, vibrant, super-clean citrus rind. Malt appears only to prop up the hops, it's not very sweet but it bready and doughy, kind of like angel food cake batter before the sugar is added.

Although the nose doesn't give away the malt character, the flavor surely does. It's sweet, like caramel-flavored taffy, but never tastes saccharine or overdone. The hops burst through the malt anyway, offering tart citrus peel, mint and spruce. Super-clean, breezy, bright, vibrant. Expertly well-balanced, with alcohol hardly pushing through and only delivering a kind of gentle spiciness. Long bitter/spicy finish features spearmint and more citrus rind, with a flash of candy-like sweetness. Fantastic.

Feels like a beer of this type should...carbonated just enough, but yielding to a rounded medium body. A bit dry, yet the finish keeps on riding through.

This is a completely well-balanced, expertly-brewed, super-refreshing double IPA that never feels extreme in any direction, be it hops, malt or alcohol level. Another Southern Tier success...

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Photo of therica
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another very nice offering by Southern Tier.

A= slightly hazy light gold-straw with modest head, nice lacing, no carbonation seen.

S= modest but very plentiful in hops delight with nice sweet malts, straight from the refrigerator but as it warms the scents become far more evident.

T= delicious, plain and simple. The 4 hops are evident and greatly enjoyable. The 3 malts are blended and chosen well. The entire offering is very well balanced and enjoyable. There's a nice hops bitterness but very balanced with the very delicious combination of sweet malts, resulting in a unique and highly worthy flavor. Light carbonation is just right and doesn't ruin the diversities of the flavors.

M= clean, with nice and flavorful bitters and enjoyable malts.

D= Until the cows come home and give milk the next morning. I'd love to find this on-tap. If you enjoy a modestly hoppy bitter beer that's well-balanced, you'll love this with most foods. Probably great with chicken, steak, fish, seafood, about everything.

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Photo of Tone
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden color. One and one half inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of floral hops, citrus hops, sweet malt, yeast, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean with an average carbonation level. Tastes of floral hops, slight alcohol, sweet malt, hint of citrus, and slight spice. Overall, good blend, body, and appearance.

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

draft into a tulip @ Capones.
Poured a golden amber with a one-finger white head which settle to a coating but staying around until I finished this. Lacing was lighter but present throughout as well. Nose was piney hops and citrus. Tasting revealed a well-balanced IPA - citrus (grapefruit, mango) predominated at the start, some sweetness of the malt in the middle, returning to citrus and a touch of dryness in the finish. This was not overly cloying nor sticky. Mouthfeel was light to medium but with healthy carbonation. At a little over 8%, I could do a few of these with no problem this summer.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It seems like the Southern Tier camp has been a bit quiet lately. Last year they seemed to have a new beer on the shelf every other week. Their new beer, 2XIPA, pours out a gold color, with about a half inch of white heading. The hops come through well enough in the smell, emitting sweet yet bitter complexities. Hops in the taste are smooth and almost sweet. Overall very clean tasting as well, which is unusual for this style. Mouthfeel is about medium, with the hops clearly dominating the malt. Drinking this is pretty damn easy too. I like what ST have done here. This is basically a by the book DIPA that would be a great introduction for people to this style. Nothing too daring, but the overall quality is there.

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Photo of thetomG
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a small white head.

Aroma isn't anything crazy or overpowering, but what is there is very nice and subtle with a bit of fruit and piney hop flavor - pretty much what you'd expect.

Flavor is quite bitter all the way through but with notes of fruit coming through just a tad. Overall though the main flavor is driven by the hops, which, depending on your taste could be a good or bad thing. I prefer DIPAs where the fruity flavors shine a bit more but for what this is its pretty good, and very drinkable. The bitterness is not overpowering by any means, and my palate doesn't seem to be getting too blown out by it. Feels light and lively as you drink due to a higher than average amount of carbonation.

A solid beer and something I'll drink again, but there are several others in the style that I prefer.

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Photo of Augustiner719
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter glass.

Appearance: nearly crystal clear, bright orange color with a beautiful white cap that is fluffy and leaves some nice lacing. Great collar on the glass that looks like honey combe.

Smell: Smells unreal. Its got a deep pinecone, sappy, piney resiny, sweet sugar like grapefruit aroma. Some hints of orange peel but for citrus its all grapefruit.

taste: full bodied and beautiful hops that leave a spicy, hop flavor on the palate. Big bold orange and grapefruit peel on the initial attack. midpalate is all malt, sweet biscuity, almost like a croissant breadyness. Finish is back to the bitter hops with a strong citrus kick.

Mouthfeel: Bone dry on the finish which i like. whta i dont like is the astrigenty mouthfeel while enjoying a sip. Leaves a minty, austere off flavor of plastic on the finish that i dont care for.

Drinkability: This is a very very solid DIPA. perfect match for pizza. dry finish like a nice dry chardonnay, and works well by itself or with food. seek out and enjoy!

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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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2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 4,651 ratings