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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 hosehead83
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Hazy gold in color, with a nice two-inch head of frothy foam
Aroma-Citrus, piney hop notes
Taste-Piney hops, tangerine, underlying malt sweetness, orange-rind bittering finish. Nicely balanced and easy drinking for a DIPA. Hardly any alchohol bite to speak of. Tasty.

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Photo of shodrod
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light golden color with a very solid head that has excellent retention. The aroma is mostly that of hops, but something about it makes you think 'mellow hops'. The front has a lot of dry, bitter notes, while the finish has a wonderfully smooth, mellow finish. Honey and earthy notes round it out. Overall, pretty toned down for a double IPA but that just means you can drink more of it.

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Photo of BBP
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Semi-clear hop orange with good carbonation, but not much head.

S- Hop bitterness as soon as the bottle got near. I didn't even have to pour it. After it was poured some definite pine came out.

T- Bittersweet. A little bit syrupy. Far more hops in proportion to malt for a DIPA style. Malts are hard to notice; very much background. Seems to be fairly accurate in the name by calling it 2XIPA. Seems a bit different from the DIPA norm. Like a heavy IPA.

M- Fairly creamy, and mid to full bodied. Slightly more of a dry sticky finish then most.

D- Very sessionable at 8.1% especially for a beer of it's style. Brings a high amount of hops to the table and delivers in that regard, but lacks the malt character that I would expect from a DIPA. All in all, pretty good. I would enjoy having it again.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
4.64/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Pours a slightly hazy,golden yellow hue with a transient,one-finger,bone-white crown that left sticky waves of lacing.

S-Phenomenal!Juicy stone and citric fruits.Fresh,ripe nectarine,white peach,tangerine and apricot preserves upfront with caramel and biscuit notes to round it out.Easily the best smelling beer I've ever encountered. 2/17/11.Except for Hopslam.

T-Big fresh,fruit juice flavors of apricot nectar and blood orange with a perfect backing of caramel malt and some notes of Ritz cracker and subtle pine.Unbelievably balanced beer.Sweet and starchy malts paired perfectly with fresh,citric-hop bitterness and a slight pine tingle.

M-Medium bodied with pleasant hop-oiliness.Bright and smooth with a seamless unity of hop bite,farmer's market fruit juiciness and burnt sugar/toffee maltiness.

D-I'm not sure if I ever even put the pint glass down.This is a truly exceptional beer.I would've guessed an ABV around 6% if I didn't already know otherwise.This beer propelled itself into my top three with the quickness.Hats off to Southern Tier.

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Photo of theghost3
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent, deep golden/light orange with a 1/2-finger white head. No lacing.

The smell is slightly citrus with a slight herbal quality; not as piney or juicy citrus as I expected. The taste is some pine, bitter herbs and grassy hops; not balanced by any malts. Mouthfeel is very crisp, clean, medium/light-bodied.

This is drinkable, but the ABV makes it a slow-drinking beer. Goes well with cheddar or a sweet cracker.

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Photo of philbe311
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A medium honey golden color... Full of moderate paced carbonation... No head to speak of, only a very modest lacing with the slightest of collars...

S - Equal parts mellow citrus, bready hops, and soap... A little bit of a grassy outdoor presence... Surprisingly weak and rather unimpressive given it's DIPA status...

T - A splendid blend of citrus and pine... A strong malty bread base with some hints of caramel...

M - Medium bodied... Smooth... Brisk carbonation... Consistent sip after sip...

D - Goes down very easy... Not very sessionable at 8.2% and actually packs quite the potent wallop... Tasty and enjoyable, a better than average DIPA that feels like it should have rated a tad bit higher...

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

Poured into straight pint glass from 12 oz bottle, a few weeks old. Revised review based on fresh growler pour.

A - Pours a clear light gold with a very thin, wispy head. Almost no head at all after a few moments. Lacing is good.

S - A floral bouquet, as well as pine. Even some sweet citrus hop in the background. A great display of the various hop aromas. Some caramel malt sweetness

T - Sweetness and caramel malts up front with a nicely balanced (mostly piney, but with a hint of citrus) hop finish. The citrus comes out more as it warms, turning into a strong grapefruit flavor. Delicious.

F - Slippery with some decent carbonation and a medium body.

D - Extremely drinkable, alcohol is well hidden and the hops are not overbearing. One of the most drinkable double IPA I've had. I can have this every day. The body is a bit off, but it tastes brilliant.

O - Overall one of my favorite DIPAs, despite the score perhaps not being super high. Taste and drinkability combine to make this exceptional. This is a beer that, if I see it on your draft list, I will absolutely have at least one in the night.

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light yellow, golden tan, not much of a head

Smell - Nice hoppy citrus smell, some malts, nice orange smell

Taste - Nice hoppy double ipa from southern tier. Really its not that intense for a double ipa. Very drinkable, hop bite is mild to medium, not a crusher. Malts sweeten this beer up.

Mouthfeel - For a double ipa, wont wreck your palette or tounge. Malts are sweet enough to tickle your tounge. Really mild, is this really a double ipa?

Drinkabilty - Smooth and easy to drink. Im shocked really this is a double ipa. Ive drank ipa's that had more kick then this. But man its so smooth and tasty. Insane thats its over 8%, i swear its 5-6%, i could pound these, then end up in trouble, be careful, southern tier made a really nice beer that will hurt you if not careful.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out quite bright with a frothy, soap bubbly white head. Clear and pale gold, looks like an American Pale Wheat rather than a DIPA but it still works for me.

Biscuity sweet with touches of ripe pineapple, melon and even a bit of pine.

Taste is much like the smell, not tongue bracingly bitter but solidly fruity with the same kind of bready/biscuity sweetness mixing in with everything else.

I think this beer meets someone in between a regular IPA and a double, sort of like Torpedo. It feels much like a normal IPA without the sticky bittersweetness of its larger brothers, which is why I believe it is such a pleasure to drink. Definitely worth picking up a six pack of this if you see it.

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

12oz bottle into Duvel Green glass. Big thanks to SneezyAchew for sending me a few of these.

A: Pours a light golden-orange with a big thick sticky white head that slowly reduced into a bubbly film that left a sticky network of lace down the glass.
S: Big whiffs of candied grapefruit and pineapple hops. Surprisingly sweet smelling with hints of caramel malt.
T: Very juicy tasting. Tons of citrus juice and nectar. Grapefruit dominates. Finish has notes of biscuits and dough. Finish is sweet and herbal and the aftertaste is lightly bitter with notes of black tea.
M: Fairly clean and a touch oily. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Goes down slick.
D: A fabulous IPA but not quite a double. It lacks that over-the-top quality my favorite DIPA's have. However, categories aside, this is one heck of a hoppy beer and one that I could easily drink over and over again if available. Thanks a lot for this great brew Michael!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - 1.79 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed body hued halfway between yellow and gold and topped with a medium-sized, near white head.

Smell: Hops primarily on display with tropical fruits, extracted resins, and featuring lemon and tangerine, heavy on the pith, giving a dusting of finely-ground aspirin. Some understated biscuity malts underneath.

Taste: Pale malts, a bit biscuity and with a touch of waterlogged soda crackers. Minute sweetness. Floral, resinous hops, a dash of pineapple juice and with a snap of citric medicinal tones. Moderate bitterness. Unassuming taste of store-bought pie shells. Bitter, near dry, hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: It's decent, though not as personally rousing as some of their other hop-centric offerings.

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

A - pours a pale orange-gold with a small white head. This is much more pale than their regular IPA. Very attractive lacing on the glass.

S - great hop smells. Lots of grapefruit, lemon, and orange citrus smells plus some pine.

T - slightly sweet malt up front with caramel notes, followed by a lot of hop flavors, mainly citrus and pine. Good amount of bitterness in the middle. There's some decent fruitiness with some hints of tropical fruits (pineapple and a bit of papaya-like mustiness, surprisingly enough). Finish is actually less bitter than I expected, with a bit of booziness. It does leave a bit of lingering spiciness.

M - medium body and carbonation. Leaves a good amount of oiliness from the hops.

D - quite drinkable, though I like it when IPAs have a more dry finish. It's above average for the style, certainly.

Another solid offering from Southern Tier. It's hard to say whether I like this more than the regular IPA, because they're both great! If you're looking for a bigger beer go with this one, of course.

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Photo of nhindian
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a tall snifter.

Put this one in the fridge earlier today as I was looking forward to trying this after a long day of class and job interviews. I decided to crack it now even though I'm quite tired and am hoping the hops will help me sleep!

A - Due to the high alcohol content on this one I decided to go with a pretty aggressive pour. I was rewarded with a dark straw brew that grew about a 2-finger, foamy, white head. It stuck around for a little but for the most part was gone after a few minutes. Pretty great lacing with this one as well. Even after drinking half of the glass, remnants of lace are still clinging on from the head. Crystal clear with a few bubbles rising every now and then.

S - HUGE nose of pine and citrus in this one, which is to be expected for a double IPA, but the upfront-ness about it really surprised me. The hops were like a punch to the face and I'm almost wide awake now. Getting strong hints of orange and grapefruit especially. I feel like I'm in the middle of a forest after a light summer rain. Very refreshing.

T - This one is definitely a sipper. It took a few drinks for my palette to get used to the abusing bitterness from the combined hops and citrus but midway through I was enjoying it quite a bit. One of the most potent IPA's I've had so far. Orange notes interspersed throughout the pine makes this one quite tasty but the bitter aftertaste also detracts a bit.

M - Feels medium-bodied in the mouth and has ample carbonation to give the flavors a bit of a boost.

D - As mentioned before, this one is a bit of sipper. The smell and flavor are spot on, but the bitterness just wrecked my palette 3/4ths of the way through. Due to this and the high ABV, I'm not sure I could or would want to have more than one of these in a night.

Overall a pretty solid representation of the style, but the finish could be a bit smoother. I have 3 bottles left and am looking forward to them!

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Photo of Yesac
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- translucent pale orange color, small bright white head that fades to a thin layer.

S- Sweet citrus, lemon.. thats about it. meh.

T- Bitter citrus hop, sharp toasty malts, dry bitter (in a bad way) finish. Certainly not a double IPA tasting beer.

M- Medium body, slightly sticky dry finish, medium carbonation.

D- It's drinkable, but doesn't contain that piney pungent hop profile like the other double ipa's. It just doesn't stack up.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A brilliant water-based orange coloring has a fatigue carbonation factor within. The head is bready and thick, off white in color, and displayed a great retention time. Several thin whispy lashes are displayed on the glass for a lacing of moderate coverage.

S: Wet citrusy hops are detected early upon the pour at arms reach of sweet pine, sugary cereal grains, and some freshly sliced lemons coming on strong at first but quickly trails off. Perhaps a higher effervesce would of helped the aroma retention.

T: For the flavor, sweet sugar grains combine with freshly cut lemon with a balance of sweet pine juices. Grapefruit, fresh oranges are present initially as well. Was waiting for a blast of dry hops to move in but it never happened, the beer stayed modestly sweet with a wet hopping. The finish finds some sweet and flowery moments of citrus on the close but not as much as expected from a 2x label. A bit of dry flowery hops do manage to gently tease the tongue upon the swallow.

M: Despite the calm visual demeanor the mouthful feels fairly crisp. Warm sweet citrus and pine juices with a slick feel and a medium body rounds things out.

D: Decent drinkability. A bit sweeter then expected or desired from a 2x hop ipa. The sweetness factor is perhaps the limiting aspect here more so then the hops.

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Photo of zachariaIPA
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2XIPA pours a nice lingering off-white head from the bottle. Big round bubbles of carbonation swimming though the golden body. A lighter body than most west coast DIPAs I've tried. Monstrous amounts of lacing- thick bands of head line the circumference of the glass with each indulgent sip. By the end of the beer, the glass is like a work of art.

Superb aroma full of in-your-face fruity hops, grapefruit, citrus, berries.

Extremely fresh and fruity taste. Nice creamy texture at first when you dive through the head- that just does not dissipate at any point- followed by a crisp DIPA hoppy finish. A little bit of nice fruity malt bitterness lingers slightly on the sides of the mouth after each sip to balance things out.

The 8.20% ABV is devilishly well-hidden behind the mountains of hops and multitude of fruity tones contained within this beer. Overall, a very fine beer and outstanding east coast double IPA. I could drink these all night.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. No date or info.

A - Bright and clear golden yellow beer pours fourth with strong carbonation rushing upwards. A two-finger white head isn't retained all that fantastically but it leaves a curtain of thick lace in it's wake.

S - I'm greeted with a soft, crisp, and enticing hop bouquet rich with floral notes, a splash of lemon citrus, a pinch of resin and honey, and a subdued dry and bitter-smelling finish. Crystal malts back it up nicely. It's got a great aroma without being 'big'.

T - High alpha acid hops have a nice crisp flavor of floral and citrus notes with a resiny finish that transitions to honey-draped crystal malts. Great balance here. Just doesn't feel like a double though.

M - A nice grapefruit citrus bitterness scrubs the tongue clean with strong carbonation on the finish. A medium body with a crisp mouthfeel and lightly dry kick is nice. It's got the bitterness, just not teeth-meltingly so.

D - If there ever was a session DIPA, this would be it. It might be passable as a standard IPA though, but it's great either way you look at it. The smooth, crisp flavors really blend well giving it a nice and balanced finish. It's a great beer.

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

Aroma: Pleasant faint grapefruit rind and citrusy notes up front. Just a touch of caramel sweetness to offset the American hop character. More light citrus-like notes as the beer warms.

Appearance: Clear golden-rod pour with a rocky white head. No effervescence noted. Sticky lacing on the glass.

Flavor: Big citrus and grapefruit rind-like character up front. Lots of American hop character. Strongly balanced towards the floral, citrus-like American hops. There are some caramel-like and bready malt character that does provide a counterpoint but this is strongly hop forward. Finish is crisp and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, medium-high carbonation with a slightly oily character due to the hop presence. Just slight background hop astringency noted.

Overall impression: A big, bold, American hop forward beer. Easily drinkable with enough hop bitterness and alcohol dryness to make it approachable. Nicely done

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

Nice brew. Pour is a clear yellow, with a nice two finger white head that had nice retention and left a giid bit of lacing behind. Definitely a little pale for an ipa, leaving me wondering how much I'm going to enjoy this one. Smell answers that question for me. Delicious aroma. Tropical fruits, lemon, orange, and a bit of pine. Passion fruit, pineapple. Awesome.

Flavor is not quite as nice as the smeel, but still solid. The tropical fruit is a bit lighter, with pine kicked up a little bit. Nice light mouthfeel makes it extraordinarily drinkable.

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

Had on tap October 9, 2010 at Bobbique in Patchogue, NY. Served in a pint glass.

Look: slightly hazy, slightly orange with a decent egg shelled colored head and some lacing.

Smell: lots of floral and citrus hops.

Taste: follows the nose nicely. Lots of citrus hop flavors and some malt in the finish. I didn't taste the alcohol at all. Its not as intensely hopped as you would expect from a DIPA.

Feel: very crisp and refreshing. Medium bodied and just the right amount of carbonation.

Drink: very easy drinking. I could drink a few of these in a sitting!

Overall, its a solid beer. Aside from the ABV though it doesn't feel like a DIPA so you might be disappointed if you're craving something disgustingly bitter. Its still worth a try and I recommend you give it one.

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Photo of Beejay
3.16/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy dingy yellow with a full 2 fingers of white head.

S: Some residual sweetness, a bit of caramel, and some nice leafy hops. Notes of citrus and pine.

T: Leafy hops at first with a bit of a bitter kick. Some carmel sweetness in there as well as almost a very slight, but perceptible musty flavor.

M: Medium light in body, fairly high level of carbonation.

D: Not sure if this has been sitting on a shelf for a while or not, since I can't find a bottled on date. But in general I am not really impressed with this one.

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Photo of peacebone116
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Zoolzoo for the trade!

Poured from the 12-oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Honey/blonde color with a small retained 1-cm head.

N: Piny, peppery lemon notes waft up from the glass.

T/M: Piny spice spreads out on my tongue. the betterness remains on the tongue even as the alcohol "glow" recedes. There is a slight biscuit flavor present, hiding behind the hops. Very drinkable, but a little heavy. An excellent Imperial IPA.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$1.75 / ea.

A: Bright straw body topped with a big loose head of moderate retention that leaves behind a nice foamy lace and a thin creamy cover.

S: Light bready malt tending toward grapefruit citrus with a splash of pine. Very well balanced aroma.

T: Sweet caramel malt with hints of grapefruit. Again well balanced, but tending toward a sweet malt flavor.

M: Moderate body with medium carbonation. Smooth and rounded with a carbonic bite at the very end.

D: Very nice experience that goes down easy, goes well with a meal, and doesn't break the bank. Despite the sweetness, this is a nice session choice (even at such a high ABV). Drink slow.

O: Very good selection from Southern Tier. Near the top of what I have had from them to date.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear hay gold and fairly brightened at the edges with a duller center. Thin white crown of suds laps up to rest and stay in a solid skim and a thicker collar. Lots of thin sheeted lacing with some globby breakage and frosted-like patterns places itself with good stick across the glass.

Nice aroma of juicy citrus of peach and orange with a bit of floralness and fresh resin to it. Slightly sweetened underneath with caramel and paler lemony citrus juice and a touch of some biscuit malt.

Taste is a bit small for a Impy IPA. Far more toned down on taste then aroma. Beyond the tone of dulled hoppy citrus and sharpened malty crispness, theres an off soapy-like and medicinal bittering that isn't sitting well within the overall. Semi toasted too, that isn't fitting in with any balance. It actually seems to be dominating most of the flavor as it goes thru the first portion. This is the last bottle of a sixer and they all were the same. It rounds off somewhat as it warms as the malt does sweeten and flatten out the soapy discharge that escapes the first half of the glass. Meh. Reminds of Gemini, which I also don't favor very well.

Body is about medium with a decent surge of smoothness from malt across its length yet keeps a slight snap and crispness of dullish citrusy hops at the surface. Again, however, there's a certain offness that lingers thats a mix of soap, old baking soda, and medicinal/phenolic tainting its core and its overall drinkability for me.

I'll stick with Unearthly thank you very much. This 2XIPA from Southern Tier, one of my favorite breweries from out East, is nowhere near the top of the list of beers they brew. I did however really enjoy smelling this one. If that counts for anything...?

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Photo of Bbloom1989
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour: This beer is one of the prettiest beers I have seen. It pours a golden orange with a thick white head. The carbonation is ample and continues to billow up the glass after filling my glass. The lacing is thick on the sides of the glass and holds strong.

Smell: The smell I pick up is a sweet orange smell, followed up by a bitter hop nose. Pine and cedar are slightly in the background which show for delicate hopping in the late stages of the boil. I also pick up some hints of pear.

Taste: The taste is a counter balance from the nose of the beer. After a sweet smell, a bitter hop resin hits my palate. The bitterness lingers until the malty sweet orange taste returns. The malt backbone does a nice job of playing with the bitterness of the beer. Make it a nice tug of war with bitterness and sweetness.

Mouthfeel: It feels foamy and thick in my mouth with a slight fizzy carbonation left on my tounge. Very creamy.

Overall: This is a great beer. One of my favorite DIPA's on hand. I cant say my favorite just because I wish it might have been just a bit more bitter. Even though I gave it a high score, I still was left with a more hoppy profile. After all I did buy a DIPA.

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2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 4,482 ratings.
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