2XIPA | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
stbcbeer.com

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 larryi86
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

A- Yellow with a white two finger head. Looks like a light beer not a double IPA.

S- Nice citrus hops, with a hint of pine, could be stronger.

T- Big bitter hoppy taste, with hints of citrus and pine.

M- Smooth and refreshing, but light for a double IPA.

D- This is a great double IPA. Goes down easy and is a very bitter, which I love. At about $11 a six pack it is my new go to double IPA, really hope that Southern Tier keeps brewing this and making it easily available.

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

12oz bottle at cellar temp poured into a pint glass. no freshness date listed. pours an ever so clear golden color with a nice 2 finger white head that faded to a nice 1/4 inch of creamy head that stuck around for awhile. pretty nice lace. has a pretty light color for a double IPA however.

not a huge aroma like you would expect from a double IPA, but its there. more apparent as it warms. some tropical fruity hops, some pineapple, maybe some pine, and even watermelon, but you kinda gotta dig deep. just a touch of a malt backbone as well as a tiny hint of alcohol.

the taste definatly satisfies me more than the aroma. has a really nice hop bitterness to it. a nice dose of tropical fruits, pineapple, and citrus, somewhat grapefruit like. some grassy pine hops come to play in the finish. mostly hop forward, but there is a touch of caramel malt sweetness that is apparent. finishs with a nice lingering bitterness.

medium body, a little bit of a resiny mouthfeel from the hops.

pretty good drinkability, i could session a few of these, but the abv will eventually catch up to you after too many. prolly not as good as unearthly but way more sessionable. reminds me in many ways as their pale ale that recently came out. dont know if ill really seek out again.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Poured a light golden yellow color. Not expecting this at all...very clear too! Two finger white head stays for a little bit leaving thicker streaking lacing on the glass.

S- Tons of fresh citrus hops in this. Some light malts in the background that come in small hints but this is very hop forward. The only downfall for the aroma is it has only one hop profile to it. Where is the piney earthy hops at??

T- Big hop kick in the front of this. Citrus hops explode onto the palate first. Some light malt backbone throughout the beer but you can't really taste it except in a quick flub by the hops. Some light pine backing into the ending of the beer. Very hop forward of a beer...looks like the east coast has been taking some notes.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. A little heavy sometimes on the palate during certain times while I was drinking. Citrus hops left resin all over the teeth and palate. Some light piney hops in the aftertaste with a light bready malt. Crisp flavors overall.

D- This was a easy drinker that I had a hard time putting down. The east coast looks like it is wanting to gain some DIPA justice that the west coast has been seeing for years. This beer is something that should be tried. It just might surprise you!

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Photo of cavedave
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a surprisingly-light straw color, topped by a fleeting one finger head, and then a lasting skim. A syrupy lace coats the glass. My senses arouse. Nice.

The smell is a light aroma, but telling. Citrus, neutral sweet, really nice pale malt, hints of pine, and that elusive bitterpith which often hides from the nose, to unleash in the mouth. Not a bright explosive aroma of some in this style, but to a hophead like me it says all that's needed.

What a flavor! It starts heavily floral and citrus, some clean neutral, slightly bready sweet, and then the bitter citrus and piney notes join the fun. They don't jump on the tongue, like some in this style, they slide on leisurely, gradually drying the finish to a spectacular one. This ain't the hop mugging of a Hopsickle (or Unearthly), this is balance where none should exist, and understatement leading to delicious climax. There are a lot of estery fruity undernotes adding complexity, and a morphing profile as it nears room temp.

Moouthfeel is perfect for this style. It is probably the key element for why this is so delicious. Just right viscosity and carb., I have the feeling every IIPA should mimic this.

Drinkability? Off the charts. Given a large enough supply, I could drink 2XIPA until mushrooms evolve to the dominant intelligent life form on this planet.

Impression: If Southern Tier doesn't make this a regular in their line up they are foolish. Spread this beer far and wide. Brew it and they will come.

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Photo of reefkeeper99
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- light golden and clear. Small white head that quickly fades.

S- Overwhelmingly citrus. Orange and grapefruit aromas. Some hops.

T- Sweet, citrusy, hops taste comes through in the end.

Mouthfeel- Light. Medium carbonation. Not very aggressive and taste does not linger.

D- Decent beer. Nothing special, but worth trying, especially if you like fruity beers.

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Photo of wedgie9
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tasted from a 12oz bottle. Pours amber orange with a thin white head that quickly recedes to lace. The nose has some malts, but it is mostly just hoppy with a bit of lemon. The hops aroma reminds me of marijuana. The flavors are just as one-dimensional with light malt flavor and strong hops. It is not as bitter as many double IPAs I have had, and I enjoy it for that. On the palate, the body is medium and slightly oily. The carbonation is average, and the finish is medium with hops bitterness. The alcohol is a little out of balance, but other than that this beer is quite nice.

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

Not bad, very servicable. Bottle started to foam over after opening. Poured with a nice foamy froth tan head and a bit of lace. Color is a hazy medium amber with a little hazy. Aroma is malty coffee cocoa a bit roast and on the milder side. Ditto flavor; Body is ok ditto carbonation. Finish is good; easy.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not a big fan of Southern Tier and actually can say that I have not tasted a memorable beer from their archives. That being said, there was obvious trepidation do to label: "4 types of hops & 3 types of malts", which recalls unnamed brewery's "triple hops brewed" BS slogan.
12oz bottle from 6-pack poured into SA (Sam Adams) glass, clear gold elixir, white foam head that sustains throughout. Floral fruits and pears predominate. No pines. Smooth hop tingle without cloying bitter bite leaves smooth and satisfying hop resins.
This dipa is smooth with nice hop flavor but not heavy and well concealed abv (8.2% if believed). Could consume a few and then get hit with the alcohol.
Overall an up and comer.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I appreciated the chance to try this, thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing. Poured chilled from the 12oz into a tulip

A - A very clear golden with amber accented liquied and a thin white cap which drops to a ring w/ good clinging lace that holds

S - An arom of hops that has a strong piney aspect and mild acidic citrus note that lingers w/ slight grassy aroma accented by herbal notes and mild sweet odor w/ a pungent fruit ester

M - Well carbonated brew w/ a mild acidic and slight resinous hoppy feel w/ a dry spicy finish

T - The flavor has an apparent simcoe taste immediately w/ spicy pepper and herbs from the hops and funky cat piss-like acid in the hops. the flavor of simcoe gives the beer an acidity and spiciness w/ mild citrus afternote and mildly sweet malty flavor w/ light alcohol influence in the warming finish

D - A tasty brew, not the best in the style by any means, but flavorful and drinkable. Kind of one dimensional in the grand scheme so just above average form me - it could use more hop flavor other than spice to win me over

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Photo of Tomdee74
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can't wait to try this. Southern Tier has proven to be very worthy with the Gemini, Pumking, Choklat,and Crem Brulee and I'm pretty sure this will be interesting! The reviews also have me excited.

A - Poured into a tulip glass i was surprised at the small head only about a half inch that dissipated quickly. pretty good lacing however i must say. It is a yellow very light tan color.. definitely a little lighter than other dipas out there..

S - Not an overpowering smell and i get the grapefruit, orange, mango fruity, tropical smell. it's not crazy, it's light, but it's there. a decent smell. very light and fruity..

T - Tastes a bit more fruity than piney i think.. i like this taste. it's very light i think. it's not heavy at all. the alcohol is very well hidden, i feel i could easily drink these on a summer day. so they are dangerous in that respect. hoppy but not a hop bomb by any means. Pretty easy for a dipa.

M - very light. refreshing, fruity. good carbonation. a bit sticky...

D - I have to say high as i drank this in about 2 minutes and i want another. it was super easy to drink. maybe a bit too easy. very light, refreshing, but too light for me for most nites.. i prefer a bit more body but this is very good and very drinkable.

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Photo of weeare138
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a semi transparent light gold with a small white cap that quickly fades into a gentle collar. Tiny streams of carbonation slowly rise to the top of the glass. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of biscuits, caramel, herbal hops, spices, berries, pine needles, and citrus.
Taste is of the aromas with spicy oak and vanilla cream flavors pulling through. A touch of white wine flavors are found in the there
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spritzy, spicy, and herbal. This would be the perfect compliment to spicy Chinese, or Thai food. Great deal on a case for his brew! That 8.2% is very wll hidden.

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

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Body is crystal clear -- almost oddly so -- darkish golden in color with a 1-finger white head that settles fast. Leaves some sticky lacing behind.

S: Citrusy grapefruit with some pine needles at first. Something earthy too. And apricot is there. From memory, it reminds me a bit of Saranac's Imperial IPA in the nose. Not as overwhelming or juicy as many DIPAs, but it's solid.

T: Hops dominate: grapefruit, pine and then some apricot. That part (the apricot) reminds me of Sculpin. Makes it seem a bit lighter and more refreshing as a result. Slight spice bite at the finish, and I can feel a bit of heat down the gulley. Malt is there underneath it all -- a tad bit of sweet caramel.

M - Medium bodied, decent smooth carbonation. Slightly sticky and resiny.

D - On the lighter side of DIPAs, this one drinks easily. Not as extreme or intense as others - in some ways reminds of Hop Stoopid in that regard.

Notes: so there we have it. Take a Saranac Imperial IPA or a Hop Stoopid and throw in a bit of Sculpin and you've got the idea. I like it.

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Photo of 2Stout4u
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer resembles Two Hearted in smell, but that's were the comparison ends. Don't get me wrong this is a good beer but for a double I expected more. I think Bells 2hearted is more complex and flavorful and it's just an IPA not a double. This beer does have an awsome creaminess to the mouthfeel. With that being said I will enjoy my sixer while on the patio but next time I'll go with something else for 10.99.

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Photo of Pdiddey3d
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been anxiously awaiting this brew since I heard about its eminent arrival. Can southern tier surprise me by offering an exceptional, non Imperial series beer??? In short. YES!

A - Pours a very light golden color, translucent with some very active carbonation. Very thin eggshell white head.

S - Wow baby! Great aromas going on here. Major tropical fruit party. Mango, pineapple, apricot/peach, grapefruit. Some pine in there along with some mild malts and earthy undertones. Love the smell of this beer.

T - Somewhat like the smell but more grapefruit upfront than the mango/pineapple. The bitterness is much more subdued than I was expecting from a DIPA but it is nice. Very well balanced between the sweetness and hoppy bitterness. Very delicious.

M - Medium body. Mild carbonation. Very smooth with some slight bitterness hanging around in the afterglow.

D - VERY drinkable. You would have no clue of the ABV on this one as there is no trace of the booze it the taste. Great flavors and amazing aroma. Was a bit worried if they could pull off a signature DIPA that stacks up to some of the big boys I've tried but this is nice and very sessionable. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

super psyched to try southern tier's so called "best beer ever brewed"

poured from bottle into my Ithaca Tulip glass

A- pours a very light golden look with a decent off white head. The head is as white as snow. It resides just as fast. There is some good lacing on the side

S- nice! Grapefruit galore. Piney and floral hops are secondary to the fruit. There are some earthy tones that are still attached to the brew's scent. There is some bitter malt that is included in the beer as well. Not much alcohol is present which is strange for a southern tier brew. I do like the stage that is set from the smell

T- sweet tropical themes of grapefruit and citrus are the star of the show. The bitterness of the hops are there as well. The earthy and grass like hops enhance the bitterness... especially on the exit. This is delicious

M- medium bodied and crispy at the same time

D- Southern Tier was right about this one. This is a fantastic DIPA. The scent and taste create a dominating brew. The brew is very drinkable. I would have to say that the last time I enjoyed a DIPA this much... it was 90 min. Well done Southern Tier!

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Photo of portia99
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received as an extra in a trade with richbrew. Thanks! Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a crystal clear golden color with a finger of bright white, foamy head with decent staying power. It slowly falls to a thick layer and leaves some sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Citrusy grapefruit with some pine up front. Some light sweet malt in the background, and just a touch earthy. Smells quite good, but the aroma is a bit on the low side for intensity. Complexity is also a bit lacking when compared with the best examples of the style, but it is still solid.

T - Grapefruit and pine at the forefront, rounded out with some nice pineapple and some apricot. Bitternes isn't as intense as I'd expect, but it is still strong in the flavor profile. This is a pretty balanced DIPA with near equal parts of hop flavor, bitterness, and balancing sweet malt. Malt component is sugary with a touch of light caramel.

M - Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Feels a bit sticky and resiny in the mouth. Carbonation is smooth and creamy, not really prickly at all.

D - Pretty easy drinking for a DIPA. Alcohol is not detectable, even at 8.2%. If a DIPA can be sessionable this is the one. Nice flavors but not as intense as many others - balance is such that you can tell its an imperial and not standard IPA, but still remains very quaffable. Nice entry level, first DIPA for the uninitiated.

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

Can this be possible? A double IPA from ST that is under 10%. Amazing. On tap at max's today.

The beer pours a golden amber color with fairly good head retention and not much lacing. Mouthfeel is all IPA goodness, with the beer showing considerable citrus and light dank earth. On the palate, this really tastes like a dialed down version of unearthly, gemini and the like. It's got that considerable malty sweetness, but the alcohol isn't nearly as punishing and/or cloying, which is something I appreciate. Still, this IPA is definitely on the sweet side, with enough bitterness in the finish to counter, but not truly balance, this East Coast style IPA. So the beer still has very much of a tropical fruit flavor profile, but with the tell tale IPA bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but is not at all heavy or tiring (unlike unearthly). Drinkability is good, with the (relatively) low alcohol actually allowing me to finish my glass of beer.

Still not a big fan of the ST DIPA style, but nevertheless, this is definitely a step in the right direction.

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Photo of mtbbaboon
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saw a sixer in the beer case and knew this was coming home with me. Poured a bottle into a 16oz Allagash chalice. Sort of a lighter color than what I'm used to seeing with a DIPA. Looks more golden than orange. It's relatively clear with no haze to speak of. Initial pour left an active, foamy head that settled into a light pool of suds rather quickly. Lots of pine and citrus in the nose. No doubt what style of beer this is from the aroma. Lots of grapefruit. I can tell from the aroma that the wife will like this one (she likes those grapefruity ipa's). Initial tastes packs a nice balance of grassiness and citrus. A noticeable combination of several hops. I can't really taste any alcohol here. A nice bitterness rounds out the taste. It doesn't pack that usual double IPA bite, but it's still quite tasty. One of the lighter DIPA mouthfeels I've experienced. Leaves virtually no stick behind and drinks easy. Quite an enjoyable beer to drink. Go buy some.

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Photo of Mit
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a-Nice golden colour with a minimal head.

s-Fairly malty for a double IPA. Nice spiceyness coming through from hops. I had a stuffed nose so....it may be off.

t-Wow...not super hoppy especially for a DIPA. Very full tasting with the malts and hops working well together. Still suprised at the balance and was expecting a hop bomb.

m-It's a pretty heavy beer and the mouth feel reflects that.

d-Deceptively drinkable. The 8% abv is very well done.

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

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. No bottled on date, but it just came out, so I imagine it must be fresh.

Appearance: Moderate pour yields a 2/3 inch, fluffy just off-white head that dissipates quickly leaving splotchy lacing. Pours a very attractive translucent golden amber. Spotty lacing.

Smell: From the bottle: some potent grapefruit and sweet tropical fruit hops. In the glass: more tropical fruit, some orange zest, and a faint lemon note. As the beer warms, the grapefruit note comes back and the smell stays big and inviting. Sugary and a little floral. More alcohol presence than I'm used to smelling in an IPA.

Taste: First sip: mild bitterness, then a big, airy and bready malt finish that arrives quickly and lasts a long time. There's some mild, sugary and hoppy notes in the aftertaste, kind of like dried pineapple. The next sip yields more grapefruit and hop bitterness up front, and the malt backbone yields a little to the hops but remains prominent.

This is somewhere between Avery Maharaja and Victory Hopdevil. I guess it's sort of like Sculpin Lite, you could say. It's not like 90min IPA; it has a very "east coast IPA" prominent malt backbone, but the dominant flavors are all west coast hoppiness. It's not complex like 90min, with its myriad sugary, floral, fruity, etc flavors, but more direct. Southern Tier advertises it as not being quite an imperial IPA, but not quite a regular IPA either (it's pretty alcoholic for not-quite-imperial, but whatever)... which is about what it tastes like.

The taste is good. From early on, the citrus hops and their bitterness stand up with the nice malt backbone. Very nice balance, and a decent amount of depth (it's mostly citrus hops, but some piny and floral notes pop up now and then).

Mouthfeel: Creamy, light carbonation, medium bodied. Slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: The alcohol isn't particularly well-masked, but the beer is definitely tasty and refreshing. I found myself drinking it pretty fast, which is telling.

Southern Tier states that this is the best beer they've ever brewed. Is it? I don't think so (I'd say their oak aged cuvee#1 holds that title), but it's definitely a good IPA. The "It's not IPA, it's not DIPA," waffling is maybe a little silly, but accurate. I can't see this cracking too many "top 5 IPA" lists, but it satisfies a hophead's need for a fix, and tastes good. It has to be noted that $10 for a 6 pack of this is a great deal; that's cheaper than a 4 pack of 90min IPA, and while the latter is a better beer, it's not that much of a better beer, and 2XIPA may deliver a bit more west coast style hop pleasure to boot. The store I got this from only had 2 6packs. I should have bought them both.

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Photo of korguy123
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a 12oz cooking supper for the Mrs.

A- Clear amber, half inch fluffy white head that holds onto the side of the glass for dear life. Carbonation dancing in my glass makes me happy!

S- Mandarin oranges, grapefruit, faint cherries. Not sure about the previous review but got no smell of soap from this beer.

T- Pine, oranges, lemmon zest bitter aftertaste at the back of my tongue.

M- Smooth, refreshing and juicy like biting into an orange slice.

D- I think I found my new favorite DIPA (for now lol) This goes down very well for a DIPA excellent on a hot summer day. Could drink this all day long.

When I first tried Southern Tier's IPA I thought they couldn't improve on it. Boy was I wrong. Another solid release from ST!

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Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single from Abe's. The beer appears a clear amber with a short white head. The aroma, frankly, comes off a bit soapy. The hops smell richly of perfume and fruit essence with pine. The flavor pulls in more spicy apricot and orange peel, but it all feels too light for a DIPA. It reminds me of how light ST Pale was, but that beer seemed to be more complex. I appreciate that this is more drinkable, but it could use a hint of malt and more variation in the hops.

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Photo of BB1313
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
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 +19.4%
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 +15.2%
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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2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 4,611 ratings