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2XIPA | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of shambeano
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours golden, with about a centimeter of head that subsides pretty quick.

S- Hops straight up, citrusy, get a bit of lemon, orange peel, tiny touch of pine but the citrus dominates.

T- slight biscuit malt, but the hops take over quickly, the citrus lemoniness, and orange peel come through, as well as the pine closer to the finish. ends quite bitter. As it warms up the alcohol comes through. Good, but i was expecting more.

M- a little thick, not syrupy but it has a substantial amount of body. alright. bitter finish is longish.

D- not too bad, but i could not have more than one or two in an evening, the strength and feel just wouldnt allow it.

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

A: Nice golden pour with a small white head that doesn't stick around and nice lacing.

S: Citrus stands out to me. Obviously some hops, but I don't pick up a lot of piney or earthy scents.

T: Very smooth. The hops don't seem to have that "punch you in the face" effect I've become so familiar with. A lot of citrus and more malts than I expected.

MF: Much more light and creamy than the smell or look would give away. Carbonation ties the drink together nicely.

D: Alright for this strong an IPA. The lightness of the drink improves the drinkability.

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Photo of kzoobrew
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An unintentionally soft pour produces a middle of the road two finger white head. Very nice retention, a solid cap is left through out. A respectable amount of lacing coats the glass. The body is slightly hazed golden color.

Sweet candied citrus aroma radiates from the glass. The grapefruit scent is heavy up front but leads to a sweeter tangelo underneath. Subtle hints of floral and pine are noted but quickly submerged beneath the more dominate citrus. Soft pale malt aroma is muted, exactly what I expect for the style.

Sharp bitterness noted up front, combines pine and pith. The hop flavor does open up a bit mid palate exposing a sweeter citrus flavor. Pale malt is slightly toasted, maybe a bit biscuity. I am really digging the lack of caramel malt.

Medium bodied DIPA with a very dry finish. Moderate carbonation makes the beer light and prickly on the tongue.

Very solid DIPA which drinks more like an IPA. Reminds me a bit of Stone IPA or Two Hearted, though not quite as enjoyable. The characteristics are spot on for the style. A good alternative DIPA when my favorites are not around.

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Photo of gopens44
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - beautiful thick frothy head taking space above a perfectly golden brew. Crystal clear.

S - very vibrant floral presence with a rich hoppy malt smell

T - much like the nose, the taste is rich with hops and dandelion type floral happiness. A touch of sweetness in the background balances the bitter.

M - medium to well carbonated yet silky and pleasant. Little bit of aftertaste, but not overwhelming.

I would take this over 90 Minute (90 Minute is great, but this is a touch better). Very drinkable, and the high ABV is not an issue at all. You only notice the warmth a little while after drinking it.

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Plum Market in AA

Pours a brilliantly clear, bright golden color. There is a one-finger white head with light retention throughout. Big lemon and grapefruit hop aromas with a substantial danky component. Bitter citrus hops dominate the flavor with lemon and grapefruit notes taking the day. There's not a whole lot else going on here other than the clean citrus bitterness. Finish is quite dry with the alcohol being present but not overwhelming. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation on the palette. The finish is dry and the alcohol warming is moderate. Drinkability is pretty good for the 8%+ abv - the flavors are clean and enjoyable, but the bitterness and lack of complexity limit drinkability somewhat. Well worth picking up a bottle or two.

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Photo of ToddT
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden orange topped with a fluffy off white head. Head has good retention and leaves lots of spotty lace on the glass.

S- Candied citrus and grapefruit. Not much else going on in the aroma.

T- Sweet grapefruit right off of the bat, some notes of orange and lemon, but mostly dominated by the grapefruit. Finish is slightly bitter but still sweet, relatively clean finish for a DIPA.

M- Medium in body and carbonation. Mouth feel is relatively clean with minimal oily residue from the hops, but there is a build up a sweetness. On the palate.

D- An easy drinker for 8.2% ABV, but the sweetness started to get to me about halfway through the bottle.

Decent but not my favorite of the style.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a light, hazy honey yellow. Short lived white head that became film way too quickly. Good head retention but head quickly dies to film again. Spotty lacing all over the sides of the glass.

S-- Candied grapefruit and candied orange. No real pine smell to this at all. A good amount of citrus though.

T-- A whole lot of grapefruit. Just past ripeness to this. Missing pine again. Decent amount of sweetness to this as well.

M-- There is some pine in this. Finally. A fairly large pine and grapefruit finish. Just not all that fresh though. Lower carbonation and on the lighter side feel wise.

D-- Pretty early on I get the feeling this was not all that fresh.
Still pretty reasonable for what it is. Not going to rip it as will try again once Australia gets more of fresh stocks of this. Ticks a lot of boxes but nowhere near as good as PTE is.

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Photo of wgk
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lighter color than expected and a little cloudy, but not distractingly so.

Smells sweeter than it tastes. Nice hop aroma and lots of floral/sweet scent.

Smooth. Hoppy. Stands up proudly. Finishes strongly bitter but not too bitter.

This is an excellent, very drinkable IPA that will not disappoint you. Nice kick with the ABV well disguised by the great tastes and finish. Quality is obvious.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light golden color; a little lighter than expected. Medium white head.

Smells hoppy (citric, very grapefruit-like) with an underlying sweetness.

Taste has a prominent sweet malt base, almost sugary. Hops are very flavorful (citric) and also bring a decent bitterness, but are never harsh at any point. You can tell several varieties are used quite successfully. Moderate bitterness lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, full, and creamy. High ABV is well-blended/barely noticed.

Very tasty and drinkable beer that packs a punch. Nice.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.36/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz single bottle, I think I bought this at Yankee Spirits. Been in the fridge for a month or so. Into Newport Storm pint glass.

A- Nice pour- golden color with orangey highlights, 2 finger sticky head and moderate lacing.

S- Aromatics are very hoppy- floral and wet pine. A twinge of soapyness...

T- Bitter- wow. Nice hop assault. Sugar-coated hops with pine resin. Bit of a lingering sweetness. Bitterness fades as the beer goes on and more of the sweetness comes out. ST is a brewery that was built on an ancient indian sugar cane field, I swear- every beer of theirs must have a handful of sugar added in.

M- Good body, good carbonation, a little messy in the finish. The caramel malt doesn't blend 100% with the hop sweetness..

D- Fairly high, although don't think this one is one I will revisit- easy enough to drink but many other DIPAs I'd reach for before this one. The sweetness got to me by the end of the bottle.

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

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear pale orange body with a finger of pillowy white foam. Average retention and lacing. Quite light for a DIPA, so I'm hopeful that it will be a dry, purely hoppy experience. Nice.

S: Round, clean, balanced hoppiness: lots of citrus (both orange and grapefruit, maybe some lemon), as well as some floral, grassy notes. A touch of bready malt peeks through on the back side. Overall it's quite pleasant, but not especially memorable.

T: Follows the nose precisely - lots of citrus hops up front, backed up by resinous floral bitterness and just a hint of light sweetness. Smoothly bitter finish with an impressively clean aftertaste. Excellent DIPA, but not quite transcendent for the style.

M: Fairly light body with a moderate amount of rather sharp carbonation. Refreshing, but not as smooth as I might like.

D: Very clean, crisp, and refreshingly bitter. No caramel malts getting in the way of the hops attack, and not so much booze as to get overbearing halfway through. Great.

Notes: This is a great, straightforward dry DIPA. And it's affordable. While not in the top tier of the style, it's not far behind. Good stuff.


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Photo of drewd0g
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome all around. My local store gets ST stuff super fresh so as soon as i see the 2x i always grab some. Looks awesome, nice pale gold color. Smells terrific lots of hops and citrus. Tastes just as good as it smells. really complex and well rounded IPA. The bitterness is not overpowering in this one at all. Highly drinkable, i could definitely see myself putting away a few of these in one sitting.

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Photo of Buggabeer
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A. nice golden amber color. when poured from glass had a 1.5 finger head. After two drinks the head was thin film on top.

S. nice citrus smell (grapefruit) with a slight fresh dough smell and a hint of pine.

T. A very nice drink no overpowering pine taste. I can taste the bread dough with grapefruit and a nice hint of pine.

M. It has a nice carbination feel to it. Lighter than I would have anticapated.

D. Cheers mate lets have another and another.

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Photo of beergod1
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear Golden Straw color with a small frothy white head. Huge floral hops aroma, with some spice and sweetness, a hint of alcohol at the end. Taste is Grapefruit and sweet biscuity malts.
Smoothes out nicely as it warms. Like so Many 2IPA's out there, nothing different or amazing, but clearly a good one, I'll have to get a "Big" bottle next time.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.2/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - It pours a shockingly translucent golden straw hue, capped with a fizzy, short-lived head. If I had to wager what style it was based on looks alone, I would probably guess it to be Adjunct Lager, Malt Liquor, or California Common/Steam. Such an appearance is not what I expect or enjoy in a DIPA.

S - The aroma is decent, relying on a lemon-y, floral and slightly catty hop profile. Malt and/or alcohol are not apparent in the olfactory character.

T - It tastes pretty good, I must say, especially in recognition of the somewhat less-than-impressive look and smell. The malt is very light, so much so that I can't really discern any significant characteristics from it, only that it is pale to the point of invisibility. As for the hoppiness, well, that is all this brew has. Notes of lemon, cannabis, floral - jasmine and orange blossom - and a general earthy bitterness are the mainstay. These notes are not very sharp nor sublime, however, and thereby continues the march of ST 2XIPA toward outright banality.

M - IPA. Not even DIPA. Underwhelmed.

D - This beer could be thought of as the East Coast's version of Hop Stoopid. Take that FWIW.

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Photo of jlandis
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear straw golden in color with a thin white half-finger head. The bubbles are thick and close which looks very creamy.

S - Bright citrus and pine hops with nice malty sweetness. I love the east coast style, because they aren't afraid to use malt to back up those hops.

T - Bitter grapefruit and tangerine is the dominant hop flavor with a nice sweet malty backbone. Very simple and straightforward. The flavor is very clean which is important in this style. There is a bit of pine in the finish that really seals the deal nicely.

M - Medium body with decent carbonation. The finish is nice and dry.

This is a great offering from Souther Tier! Nice bitter hops with plenty of flavor. There isn't anything that really knocks my socks off and nothing that screams DIPA, but other than the alcohol it would be a pretty solid IPA. I wouldn't pass this one down if I had the chance to drink it again, but I probably wouldn't search it out.

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Photo of nickfl
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, gold-copper body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves decent lace.

S - A pungent aroma of pine and citrus hops with some bready malt in the background. Lots of grapefruit with a little bit of oak and dill.

T - Bready malt with notes of toffee and honey up front along with fruity hops. Hop flavors of grapefruit, orange, and pine dominate in the middle and transition to a more woody character towards the finish. The beer ends on a bitter note of pine and grapefruit with some aspirin harshness to the bitterness. Light malt sticks around to balance, but it is no match for the hops. The hops stick around for a lingering aftertaste where the malt dries out and the toast comes out, combining with the hops to create a light note of tobacco.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a well balanced finish for a beer of this strength.

D - This is a very good DIPA; the malt is present in sufficient strength to keep things balanced, but it knows its place and does not stray beyond that role. The hops are bright and pungent and manage to shine throughout the beer, but especially in the aroma. A nice blend of citrus and pine that works well as it becomes somewhat fruitier in the flavor. This is an unusually well made DIPA with a beautiful hop character; the bitterness could be a bit smoother, but that is really the only area that I can find significant room for improvement.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottled August 30, 2010.

Pours hazy gold with a pillowy white head that leaves some nice lacing and holds a light foamy cap and ring.

Citrus and floral aroma, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, melon, a bit of bag-o-weed, a touch of sweet malt. Good strength.

Flavor features more citrus hops, mostly oranges/tangerine, some grapefruit rind, somewhat resinous, a bit of pine and grass, mild malt sweetness in the middle and finishes with good, but not overpowering bitterness. Quite smooth. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel is oily and slick, medium bodied, medium carbonation.

This perfectly fits my preference for a DIPA....lower malt, lower ABV, let the hops shine. Good stuff! Would love to try a less than a month old sample someday.

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Photo of chrisgn
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

A- hazy golden color. Thick head with good retention and lacing.

S- sweetness of the malt and floral hop aromas.

T- Superior balance of sweet and hoppy. I could use a little more hops, but that is just my preference.

M- full bodied and good carbonation. Flavors nicely cover the palate and linger for a bit.

D- The balance of this beer makes it very drinkable. It drinks way better than the Unearthly IPA. ST's higher alcohol beers tend to be very sweet, but this beer hits a great balance at 8%. Beautiful balance of hops and malt.

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Photo of CalhounJohn
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very good IPA. I believe this is what a great IPA should be. There are many craft IPAs that are too far out there for me, but this one is unique, powerful, and solid, yet still nails every characteristic an IPA should possess. It led with a great aroma and has a deep, sustained body with a great flavor that lasts, but doesn't sour as some IPAs do.

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Photo of alexgash
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle.

Very clear, clean, deep golden body. Two fingers of thick, dense, very light beige head (almost white). Great lacing. Solid hop nose with notes of pine, citrus, and fresh pineapple. Powdered sugar malt base.

Light toasted grains up front. Cookie dough and fruit malt swell underneath ample hop bitterness. Hops start out resinous, herbal, and sticky. Citrus and pine notes come later, as bitterness swells. Malt becomes doughier and caramalier. Dries out a bit in the finish, though there is some lingering sugary malt. Medium-full body with a creamy feel. Very solid DIPA (and a great value).

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Photo of JizackFH
3.1/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a pretty decent DIPA. It had a nice pine and bitter hop taste. It was a decent color and smelled pretty hoppy. The taste was kind of average for a double IPA. It was good, but it didn't really stand out too much. the mouthfeel was smooth and medium bodied. These were very drinkable, but if I was in the mood for a double IPA i would probably be looking for something a little more extreme. Still a good brew though.

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Photo of StarshipPoopers
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review is taken from notes.

A - Great colour. Bright orange and hazy. Almost glows. Had great lacing and a foamy white head that dissipates quickly to a thin translucent film.

S - Pine and hop bitterness.

T - Good amount of bitterness in the taste that lasts throughout the drink. Hop flavours are pine and grapefruits, almost kind of syrupy tasting but good.

M - Very smooth.

D - Drinkability is great, I wouldn't get tired of this one.

Wish I had taken more thorough notes, but basically the 2xIPA was like an extra strong IPA. The hops seemed on par with a DIPA but the malts were lacking in comparison, which I enjoyed but might not be for everyone.

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Photo of beersensei305
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Active Review)- What a surpise... Golden in color, no haziness. Big foamy head. Strong smell, big hops and citrus scent with some pine. I am taken back by my first sip with the bitterness, I was not expecting this from a clear gold IPA. There is some honey in it at the end to smooth it out. A smooth and mellow double IPA, not really my cup of tea I like double IPAs that bite you back. Iverall very drinkable and not shabby but there are better ones.

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Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a slightly hazy pale straw yellow colour with a large soapy and frothy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing, and there is some spider web lacing. The head stuck around for several minutes before it was gone.

Smell - hops, citrus zest, pine, malts

Taste & Mouth - There isn't whole lot of carbonation, but it leaves the beer feeling nice and velvety. The most noticeable flavour is hops of course. But there is also lots of caramel sweet flavour and and citrus/pine notes. I'm not sure I can detect much more hops than the regular IPA version of this beer. It finishes with a very sweet and fairly bitter aftertaste.

Drink - A very nice drinkable IPA. Like I said before, I'm not sure I notice much of a difference from the regular IPA version, but it is a solid beer nonetheless. I couldn't notice the increased alcohol at all.

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2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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