2XIPA | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Kadonny
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass.

A: An amber orange color with a one finger white head. Nice full glass lacing.

S: Nice nose of citrus and fresh grass smells coupled with some mint notes and some honey sweetness.

T: Wow, lots going on here. Fresh citrus flavors of grapefruit, pineapple and orange coupled with a massive fresh cut grass flavor. Some mint and scallion flavors creep in. These get mixed with the malt taste of honey and bready biscuit malts. Finish turns hoppy but smooth with sweetness and very little bitterness. Nice beer, different.

M: Full, creamy, resiny and some alcohol warmth.

D: For the abv, this beer is insanely drinkable, so much more so than Unearthly's massive sweetness.

Overall this is a winner from ST and I'm happy to finally find another one of their beers that I really like. I love Unearthly, but I can only drink a small quantity of it. Not so with this beer, these are very enjoyable and can be enjoyed to the point you can continue standing up. Great beer ST, finally a no gimmick beer that is just a solid drinker.

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

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear golden color with a white head that thinned to a cap but still left trails of sticky lacing.
S - super hoppy aroma, a nice mix of citrus and pine.
T - nice blend of bitter citrus hops and some 'sour patch kid' sweetness finishing dry and somewhat bitter.
F - medium bodied with a good carbonation feel (hop burps rock!).
D - at 8.2% abv it's quite easy to drink.

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2.82/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle to oversized wine glass. $3.50. The 2XIPA made a lot of noise on the boards here which prompted me to immediately seek this brew out. First beer of the day. Review from a backlog of notes.

A: Pours with 1 1/2 fingers of long lasting white head. Verrrry light sun-struck amber orange in color. The body is clear with visual carbonation akin to angrily swarming bees. A nice amount of lacing is deposited on the glass.

S & T: The nose is UNCOMMONLY weak. The flavor as well. While there is no problem with the flavor profile per se, the lack of intensity here is astounding and ratings suffer as a result. How could my palate possibly mistake a "DIPA" at 8.2% ABV for an APA at 5? Thanks to Southern Tier, I now know. Light malts of caramel and biscuit with a nice squeeze of grapefruit, orange and pineapple juice. A light sweetness dials back the bitterness on the palate.

M: Medium to medium-full body and as creamy as it gets. Visually, the carbonation seems relentless. On the tongue, however, it couldn't be any softer, which in my mind, is a huge detriment. Back to the pros: the flavor duration is very long and it finishes well: crisply, cleany, semi dry and moderately bitter.

D: The style applied to this brew is throwing me for a loop. This would be a top notch pale ale (if it were one) but it loses a huge amount of points when judged as a DIPA. In fact, I followed this brew with an APA (something I would never normally do, BUT was more impressed with by the way) and realized that Southern Tier made a silly typo: They simply forgot to put a "1/" in front of the "2XIPA".

Despite everything negative I've said so far, the drinkability is actually pretty high. In fact, I could drink about 450 of these things in one sitting. Clearly, the ABV is another misprint. Unfortunately, because of the cost, I won't even be buying a six pack. I guess I'll have to give this one another try next time I see it on draft.

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Photo of Keffa
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Hennepin glass.

A: Poured very, very bright golden yellow, surprising given the style. Nice 1 finger white head, a little bit of sticky, oily lace. Nice looking beer, but reminds me of an AML, which isn't so good.

S: Wow. Where to begin? Grapefruit, pine needles, orange, mango, pineapple, a very faint honey like sweetness, toast, pretzel, cracker. Jeez. This one has practically everything but the kitchen sink.

T: Again, wow. Grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, pine, bittering hops are fantastic in this one, assertive, yet mild enough that they don't become annoyingly bitter. Lightish body and alcohol is hidden well. This one rivals fresh Hopslam, and I don't know how old my bottle is. Fantastic.

M: Creamy, oily, and smooth. Nice carbonation. Pretty good for this style of beer, it remains light in body and keeps you from feeling really full.

D: Very nice. Easy to drink, and not only that, it's decent ABV.

This is a winner. One of my favorites so far. Fantastic beer, and almost dethrones Hopslam out of my Number 1 spot.

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

Appearance: Clear gold, ok head.

Smell: Citrus, malty sweetness.

Taste: Big citrus with a nice sweetness balance. Underlying riney bitterness.

Drinkability: Nice taste, nice price for a double IPA. Might have to pick this one up on occasion.

Grabbed a single to try of this beer and was impressed. Has the nice combination of sweetness and bitterness that I prefer in DIPAs. Not too bitter, but enough to feel it. Good stuff.

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Photo of tdawgydog
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good DIPA but lets get one thing clear it is no PTE.

A - Pours a nice golden crisp color decent head that remains throughout the life of the beer.

S - Umm... Hoppy, slight pine scent. Good strong smell, makes you desire more.

T - Strong hop and pine, it goes down a little sweet. Given the extreme lack of PTE here in NY, this is the 2nd best option.

D - Goes down smooth. This fills my DIPA void here in NY. Planning on keeping this in regular rotation in my beer fridge.

M - Very good body, good carbonation, a real pleasure to enjoy.

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Photo of halo21
4.59/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: I poured this golden straw yellow into my trusty Duvel tulip glass. It built a nice head that was half inch thick, dense, and white. It dissipated quickly but was brought back strong by a swirl of the glass.

Smell:Citrusy hops right up front; grapefruit zest and orange rind, with a bit of peach; there is a nice malt lingering in the background, with a slight toast to it.

Taste: Big hops; grapefruit and orange zest. This beer mirrors the bold smells, without any astringent flavors. The malt gives it some backbone, leaving you with a nice aftertaste of toasted malts and lingering fruitiness;specifically oranges.

Mouthfeel:Lower medium weight, with perfect carbonation. It was smooth and slightest bit creamy.

Drinkability:High for the style; this is one that would sneak up on you. VERY easy drinking, but comes in strong at 8.2%.

Notes: This is a very solid, great tasting, well executed beer. My biggest regret: I didn't start drinking this sooner.

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Photo of TCgoalie
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Notes from 7/3/10

A golden yellow brew with a twinge of red rests in my glass. There is some surface head with a good deal of bubbles floating to the surface. The lacing is superb.

Mild citrus hops with some skunkiness round out the smell. Lemon and orange are the dominant citrus notes.

The malts seem light and blend into a combination of hop flavors: lemon, grass, and pine. The aftertaste is bitter but not overpowering. Good balance.

The mouthfeel is very thin for 8%. It feels like a pilsner or pale but somehow packs a punch. I like it because it is different.

This drinks like a pale ale. Give me more.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

A dual recommendation from VDubb and my man Jeff, another entry in the ongoing Leaving Falls Church uber-bender. It pours a clear orange-ish golden straw topped by a half-finger of quickly-dying white foam. The nose comprises onion, celery, pine resin, ruby red grapefruit juice, a hint of straight alcohol, and a smattering of sweet caramel. Honestly, I'm not too big a fan of this smell. The taste is more about the pine and caramel, though a small hint o' leek makes its way in there too. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a mostly smooth feel. Overall, a decent DIPA, but the smell is a negative; beyond that, it's not too bad.

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Photo of Capicu1987
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours golden with lots of carbonation and a thin white head that remains with a little bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell: smells fresh and sweet, like grapefruit

Taste: tastes balanced with a bit of hoppiness
initially fruity and follows up with a hint of bitterness, no alcohol bite at the end, and no aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: feels light and smooth, goes down easy

Drinkability: very drinkable, however at 8.20% abv I wouldn't drink too many of these at once, it might sneak up on you

Very nice, paired with sharp cheddar cheese. I only picked up a bottle, i should've picked up 6.

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Photo of BeTheBall
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly hazy copper color with a one finger head, and featured some nice lacing down the glass. Smelled of pine and grass; hops! Taste was not bitter up front, but more citrus and sort of flowery, but the hops bitterness kicked in nicely in the finish. For me, the ideal IPA character of flavors. Nice job here. Mouthfeel was nice, typical of the style, and drinkability was fair to good, as the ABV may kick your behind before you realize it!

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Photo of birchstick
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a very faint copper / dark yellow without much head

S - smells of a mix of grapefruit and pine hops with some bready malts

T - Starts with loads of sweet, citrusy hops. There is also a nice bit of caramel and bready malt to help balance the hops. Nicely balanced, good DIPA.

M - Nice body with some good carbonation

D - This is a solid DIPA. Nothing too over the top with the hops, however it is still very bold. Very drinkable for a DIPA.

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Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours very light, almost like apple juice. Not too much of a head but leaves very nice lacing.

S - Not all that pungent for a DIPA, some citrusy hops but not much else.

T - Somewhat sweet. Bitter and hoppy up front, the taste is far different than the scent would reveal. Earthy and piney hops, not too much fruit here, but there is some.

M - Far lighter feeling than any DIPA I've ever tried. It seems that they just didn't want to make as rich and thick a beer as other brewers, and luckily the price is reflective of this.

D - Very drinkable and tasty beer. I like this amped up IPA for a nice price.

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Photo of Torps
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass..

Good all around dIPA. Definite citrusy, grapefruit-y hop aroma with a sweet breadiness from the malt. More of the sweet maltiness comes through than the bitter hops. It has an overall balanced taste profile but not at the level Cali dIPA's as far as punch and flavor, while maintaining said balance. I sort of feel this is a 1.5IPA as it doesn't have quite the fullness I'd expect. Bitterness on the back end isn't overwhelming and the carbonation is surely refreshing.
This is a fine dIPA at it's price point for sure and I wouldn't hesitate to grab a six pack to satisfy a hop fix!

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Photo of Dubber55
3.42/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Light yellow with some orange highlights. 2 fingers of white bubbles.

Smells mostly like pine, grapefruit, and floral hops.

Tastes mostly like pine, grapefruit, floral hops, and a little honey sweetness. The taste of this beer seems a bit fleeting. The finish is slightly dry and slightly bitter. Doesn't seem to be aggressively hopped. Not very complex either.

Mouthfeel is definitely on the lighter side. Seems a bit watery at times. Carbonation is medium.

The drinkability is pretty good. This beer is a bit watery, its not overly bitter or dry which makes it pretty easy to drink. This is an ok IIPA but, the flavor just doesnt pack enough punch for me.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

another one i was thrilled to be able to get ahold of as a nice extra. served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/20/2010.

really a pretty nice pour here, light golden amber, with loads of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass, very well done with tons of head that came up and over the top forming the nice lacing down the side of the glass.

light citrus starts it off, lots of pineapple and grapefruit coming off here. light though with hints of grass, nice touches of light malt mid palate. as you take the sip the first thing you notice is the light, crisp body and the clean, easy drinking nature, especially for the abv. it just drank soo clean. nice touches of grapefruit an crisp, dry hops bit the tongue and dry the palate out oerfectly. smooth, long finish ends it just where it needed to.

overall as solid as they get and just really very well done. would have no issue with doing this one again any day.

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Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a light copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of pale malts with large amounts of bright tropical fruit and citrus hop aromas. As it warms slight amounts of herbal hops waft out as well.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Crisp pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined shortly by large amounts of citrus and tropical fruit hop flavors. Midway through the sip the hop flavors turn toward the sweeter side of things just a bit, carrying through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this beer, although admittedly I shouldn't be as almost all of ST's big beers are top notch. A very good but not quite world class DIPA that's well worth a shot.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single poured into my duvel tulip.

A: pours clear orange yellow, with a finger and a half white head. the head fell to a chunky thin layer with a small amount of lacing.

S: not a powerful hop aroma, more a balanced malt sweetness with a light grapefruit/pine.

T: a obvious east-coaster, sweet malt, a bit of caramel, hops are weak for DIPA in my opinion, they don't wrap under the tongue, there is the hop citrus bitterness and a very light pine. i guess im more of a west-coast IPA guy.

M: lightly syrupy, carbonation is low.
D: not exactly what i was expecting, ive been impressed by southern tier's other offerings except this one. but it make a ok sipper.

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Photo of InsolublePancake
3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pure gold with a decent white head that quickly dissipates to a wisp that leaves a touch of lace on the glass.

S- Intense, resiny hoppiness with a candied orange peel backing and a hit of alcohol.

T- A touch of sweet orange and caramel malt segues into an aspirin-like bitterness. Finishes with a good dose of alcohol and some residual sweetness.

M- On the heavy side, almost syrupy, with just enough carbonation to balance it out a little.

D- Too rich and alcoholic to drink much of. I think I'll stop at one.

Not bad, but not great either. The hop character seems a bit muted and lacking in brightness. I'm not sure how fresh this is, although if it had a "best by" date, I missed it. I may get it again if I can verify beyond a shadow of a doubt that it's fresh. Otherwise, I'll probably pass on it again.

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Photo of stonelis
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a hazy golden color. Small white head. Light bodied, unusual for a double IPA, not as much hop character as a double IPA. Citrus, light pine. You would never guess this to be almost 8.5 percent. This is a very drinkable beer. Not your typical DOUBLE IPA but still very good.

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Photo of StephenRich
4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From upstate New York comes the Southern Tier 2XIPA; their Double IPA. Southern Tier was one of the breweries whose beers showed me that real flavor can exist in beer. Their line of Imperial Stouts, the Blackwater Series, has an astonishing range of flavors from Creme Brulee to Chocolate. But most impressively is that their core lineup of beers fit the styles so perfectly with magnificent flavors and character.

Southern Tier's Standard IPA has been available at the LCBO for several years now, and as such has been one of my go-to IPAs. This though is their Double IPA, the 2XIPA. It is up to 8.2% abv from 6.5, has richer and more soothing flavors, but is not aggressively more bitter. Its a masterful combination of sweet juicy malts and wide round fresh hop bitterness. The beer shows great earthy character and a smooth gentle mouthfeel. Everything about it is right, from the bite to the quench - it all works.

Normally a Double IPA would show big rich malty flavors and I would pour it close to the cellar temperature range, but I had a feeling that Southern Tier's version would still be a fresh IPA at heart. I knew it would be richer than the standard IPA, but I did not expect thick creamy caramel malts. I was envisioning crisply sweet pale malts and a wide zest of fresh hops. Thus, I poured the 355ml bottle cool around 8C (45) into a Southern Tier Tulip.

Almost as expected, the pour was smooth and golden raising an amber yellow beer with bright copper, rich orange and bronze shimmering from all angles. Into the light, beams of straw colored sun peered though showing a transparent beer with a deep range of color, and I expected, flavor as well. The head build up a pure white 1 and a bit inches above the beer with a steady grasp on the glass. Very impressive sight.

The nose was fresh and clean with the classic zest and earth flavors that got me hooked on the Southern Tier IPA in the first place. This time a big rush of grapefruit peel, lemons, fresh herbs, grass, fields and earth fill your nose and entice a very aromatic sense of fresh hops onto my palate. It was a mouthwatering smell, with hints of sweet pale malts showing brown sugar and candy.

A big splash of the 2XIPA on your palate is a quenching and delicious sensation. Right away I knew that supreme balance and sheer freshness is the key to the beer. The clean and crisp wave of hops ride over your tongue and initially bring an earthy bitter clean flavor with grapefruit and lemon grass. As the beer eases across your cheeks more fresh hop flavors evolve into pine, herbs, and hay fields. Like the nose, the hop flavors are very clean and very refreshing.

Sweet but mellow pale malts come in close after and show light sweetness in the way of fresh fruits and vanilla. Touches of brown sugar create a note of pears, apples, more citrus and light candy. I don't want to say that the malt flavor is light, because its very apparent, but it is bright, and very ripe. It is not thick or heavy on your palate. It whirls around your cheeks easily and opens up the freshness of the hops. Excellent work here.

The game changing player here is the hops though, but without the balancing malt the hops would fail. Everything comes together is a soothingly fresh, and very quenching beer. I enjoyed it on its own, and it left me with a lip smacking, juicy sensation of fresh and masterful India Pale Ale. I'm not sure how it is 8.2% abv, because it feels so magnificently light and elegant everywhere totally masking any hint of alcohol.

This beer is a dream with a huge variety of foods. Starting with appetizers, everything from bruschetta, grilled shrimp, and onion rings to garlic bread are going to be perfect. With your main, the 2XIPA will match and quench roast beef, turkey, pesto based pastas, cheesy dishes, and anything with a hist of spice with absolute ease. Even with dessert, cheesecakes and deep chocolate will be succulent with this earth-quenching IPA. First though, enjoy it alone.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright golden-orange color with two fingers of foamy white head.

There is not much in the way of a scent, really only faint hops.

The taste was dominated by dry bitter hops. There was a little citrus in the aftertaste.

Light bodied, smooth and crisp, perfect carb.

Though this was a drinkable beer, I thought it was lacking the flavor and aroma for an IPA.

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Photo of nickd717
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2xIPA for rating #1002. 12oz bottle shared by largadeer.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a small white head that leaves a ring and light foam.

Aroma is sweet malt and lots of really resinous hops, along with maybe a little citrus.

Flavor is a little sweet and somewhat bitter. Very resinous on the hops without too much else going on.

Average mouthfeel - good hop oils, medium body, and a little flatness.

Solid east coast DIPA, but not amazing overall.

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Photo of Brenden
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours out a clear pale golden color with plenty of activity evident as I drink it. A soft white head forms at just about one finger, retains pretty well, and leaves a continuously regenerating and sturdy foam the whole way. Moderate lacing is left on the glass.
The aroma is a balance of caramel malts and hops with a bit more sweetness than I'd expect and a particular marijuana-like note in the hops. A doughy aroma from the malts and more leafy characteristics also come through. A tinge of alcohol lingers.
A surprising malty sweetness is right up front on the tongue, segueing immediately to a very ripe grapefruit and pine hops bite. An alcoholic note comes and goes. There's lots of earthiness in this and each sip ends with a raw, leafy hops flavor in a dry finish.
The body is medium with a nice smoothness and an active carbonation making for a pretty lively mouthfeel.
This is a very tasty brew and one I'd pick up as a regular.

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Photo of adamette
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. single that I bought at the Willoughby Hills Heinen's as a single for $2. Looks like I could have picked it up for $1.84 at Save-On Beverage & Tobacco in Mentor like another BA did. I have got to remember to shop there first! Anyway poured into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. No observed "best by" date.

A Meringue like white head over a hazy dark yellow with brown hues body that light certainly passes through. Lacing on the inside of the glass is moderate. 3.5

S Strong citrus hops but a moderate amount of fruity sweetness to balance out the bitterness. The smell really reminds me of Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster Ale. Really a good smell. 4.5

T The taste follows right from the smell and that is a good thing because the smell was so good. Hops bitterness hits the back of my tongue first but then a nice strong fruity sweetness flows freely. There is a pineapple type of fruit taste that is not as prominent as the Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster Ale but it is pleasant none-the-less. I can imagine that most hop heads would really find a lot that they like in this beer. 4.5

M Bitter, citrus sweetness, syrupy thick this is a huge beer. That is to style but this version of the style carries it off really nicely. 4.5

D The style does not make for a highly drinkable beer but I finished this pint within about 5 minutes because it is so good. That bumps up the drinkability for me and I could see having 2 or 3 of these in an evening. 4.0

Notes: I really enjoyed this beer!

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2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4 out of 5 based on 4,515 ratings.
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