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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Reviews: 1,061 | Ratings: 4,510
Photo of cbak999
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great selection from Southern Tier. This might be one of the best breweries available to us in North FL.

A - Pours a crisp yellow color, with a quickly fading 1/4" head. There is some nice lacing on the glass.

S - I smell faint piney and earthy smells.

T - a hop forward beer with not too much sweetness. I like this in a IIPA.

M - Perfect carbonation gives this beer great mouthfeel.

D - WOW! A very drinkable 8.2% IIPA. This could be my go-to for this category. I really enjoy this, and I can get it pretty readily. I am loving Southern Tier.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a light clear wheaty golden with a nice one finger white head that quickly fades to some light laxing and a small rim of foam. Nose is fantastic! Fresh and floral but still fairly sweet and malty.

Taste is really pretty good! It's one of the most well balanced IIPAs I've ever had I think, it's got a very nice hoppiness to it but it's still very malty and rich. A bit of caramel and citrus make for a delightful beer. It's somewhat similar to Gemini but more well balanced I think. Mouthfeel is sharp and full, a good amount of carbonation, quite easy drinking.

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

Look: Cloudy golden amber color, one finger width o lacey head
Smell: Citrusy hops
Taste: Very nice citrusy hop taste, full hop flavor, but not overpowering, very balanced DIPA!
Feel: Smooth, nice aftertaste
Drink: Beyond drinkable, this is by far the best beer I have had from Southern Tier, very enjoyable, will definitely pick this one up again.

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

12oz. bottle served in a Duvel tulip. Poured a slightly hazy gold with two fingers of white head. Fragrant with citrus and piney hops. Also a fair amount of caramel malt in the aroma. Nice malt base with a good amount of hop bitterness. Not overly aggressive with the hops. Plenty of caramel malt to balance. Dry finish from hops, malt lingers a bit. Very drinkable despite the abv.

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Photo of Fieldzy27
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A-Pours a golden color with a tint of coper. white head with a decent amount of lace.

S-smells of sweet citrus hops and some other milds sweetness.

T-First on the pallet is hops followed by a nice balance of malt sweetness. Very balanced yet still intricate enough to keep things interesting. Tastes become more aparent as the beer warms

M-mouth feel is excellent and gets better as it warms as well. Carbonation is dead on.

D- This is a great offering from Southern Tier. Its a very drinkable double IPA with enough hops to itch the hop-head scratch but that the same time has enough malt to keep things in check. The abv is completely hidden as well which makes this drinkability dangerous.

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

pours a rather clear dark yellow color with minimal head and a white ring,some nice lacing... smell is hops ,citrus,pine,grapefruit,grass and malts all present and accounted 4...the taste is the same some nice pungent hops with tropical fruit notes some sweetness in the malts with grass and other citrus fruits..its a good tasting 2ipa..mouth feel is medium it has good flavor and is easy to drink for a 2ipa..this is however a 2nd tier 2ipa so many others better then thid one it is however great to try..i just wont buy it again not a knock for the quality of this brew its just that i have 2 many other better 2ipas to spend my $$ on..try it though

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Photo of cokes
3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear honey colored. A diffident bead feeds a low-slung, stained ivory head. It quickly slumps to a collar, but redeems itself a bit with filthy lacework.
Bready malts hit the nose, with some toastier notes of caramel glazed nuts. Hops arrive shortly thereafter, and bring pine tar, orange peel, and metallic bitterness. Some vapors of booze sneak in as well.
Toasty malts hit the tongue. And it lingers here in statis for a bit. It dekes towards a full malty, caramel/toffee/dark fruit/roasted nuts persona, then it spins back. Lightly sweet and bready it will remain, and it stays here through the middle, until the hops hit with pine resin, bitter florals, rusted tin, and orange zest. Booze shows up again on the finish. Not obnoxiously, but enough to let one know it's there.
Medium-full bodied, with a fleeting carbonation, that- once gone- makes it feel saggy and unkempt and unstructured.
The vague yet heavy maltiness and rusty hop aspect makes this seem less than fresh, actually it seems old, and it's not.
Simply put, it's not the worst thing in the world, but I don't like it very much, and I wouldn't buy it again. There is no pizzazz here.

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Photo of SuperNova777
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass

A:Pours a see thru golden yellow with a fingers worth of head with some awesome lacing down the side of the glass

S:Big hops aroma. Pine, grapefruit, and citrus all mixing into the nose with a slight hint of some sweet malts

T:As smell detects BIG HOPS that linger on as the brew goes down with a bite of bitter as well. Finishes nice and smooth with the hops and sweet malt coats the palate

M:Medium body with mild carbonation

D:Overall a very well done DIPA. Easy drinkability, extremely tasty, and all around nicely balanced. Another great point about this brew is that you can pick up a 6 pack for around $11, a steal for a real quality brew

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Photo of BeerPhan86
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Local distributor gave me a few of these to try. I've never been let down by a hoppy Southern Tier offering.

A - Pours a cloudy yellow gold. Minimal head but the little lacing that is present is quite sticky.

S - Grapefruit, grass, earthiness. Smells very sticky and sweet, This one smells heavily hopped and malted. Very floral and aromatic.

T - The hops creep up in this one. Initially very sweet but rides out to a nice slightly bitter and fruity finish. Very dry finish. I think the alcohol is well hidden on this one, something that seems to be hard to master in this style.

M - Sticky and oily with medium carbonation.

D - So hoppy it will ruin your tastebuds for the night. But a couple of these would be a real treat. This is dangerously sessionable for a double IPA.

Overall, very pleased. I would buy a six pack of this in a hot second. Right up my alley.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No date on bottle but box was dated mid-July 2010.

Appearance: Crystal-clear as all their IPA's are! Some thin white head that leaves lacing on my chalice as it recedes.

Nose: "Hop candy" aroma that all the S.T. IPA's have - grapefruit plus sticky sticky amber malt. A little corn note blows off quickly and is now gone. Sticky bud and pine sap come to mind. Smells like the regular IPA, but cranked up a notch (BAM!).

Palate: Alcohol and hop bitterness attack the palate right off the bat. Crunchy dried hop pellets, like fresh from the homebrew store, plus citrus and guava maybe? Some creamy carbonation and a bit of residual sugar keep it in the fold of S.T. IPA's.

Notes: I've been comparing S.T.'s IPA portfolio to DFH's IPA's: 60 Minute = IPA, 90 Min = 2XIPA, 120 Min = UnEarthly. A sticky bitter East Coast IPA. Better than the standard, not as good as UnEarthly.

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Photo of bound4er
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Two finger white head. Clear golden to very light orange appearance. Leaves heavy lacing.

S. Citrus hops battle it out with sweet malt. With some effort I pick up some resinous pine and hints of alcohol.

T. More of the same on the palate with sweet malt and citrus hops taking the leading roll. Finishes with a perfect amount of bitterness.

M. Well carbonated with a silky smooth medium body.

D. May be the most quaffable DIPA I've had mainly due to its balance and reasonable ABV. This stuff just seems to disappear within minutes of pouring. I haven't really found a Southern Tier beer that has impressed me until I tried 2XIPA. Well done and something to buy in quantity.

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Photo of dzni
4.64/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice golden color with a thin head on top. Poured into a snifter.
S - Wow! Nice grapefruit presence, maybe even some apricot. Maybe some floral coming from the hops.
T - Again, getting citrus from a grapefruit flavor, with a tiny bit of breadiness. The hops are not at all overpowering.
M - Has a creamy mouthfeel which perfectly balances the hops
D - I could drink this all day. This is an amazing beer that seems to have multiple layers of complexity, interesting nose/flavor (stone fruit?!), but everything in perfect balance. This is perhaps one of the finest IPAs I've ever had.

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Photo of inthebeeraisle
3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A friend gave me this bottle tonight. A friend indeed. I don't really know if this is in our market right now or not.

12 oz. bottle, regular pint glass

A: This beer had a really filtered look. It looks lighter in body then it actually is & had little head retention. Low carbonation level, but certainly not flat.

S: A strong hop aroma. Almost like a piney smell mixed with some kind of melon. Pleasant yet in your face.

T: Big up front hop boom taste. A little smokey, and very dry finish. Seems like some big alpha acid hop variety in there. 4 types of hops the bottle says.

M: This is a thicker then you would expect an Imperial IPA to be. The beer is heavy, hoppy, and dry. 8.2% ABV according to the Southern Tier webpage.

D: I thought this beer was less sweet then other Imperial IPA's I have had so I enjoyed it, but it didn't blow my socks off. I still dig what Southern Tier does though.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean yellow color with orange hints, with a white head. In the aroma, grapefruity citrus hops. In the taste, HOPS, mostly a grapefruity citrus but ending with a pine like hop. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine like hop aftertaste. Nice big hops, mix of grapefruit and pine. Hides the 8%, and quite nice.

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Photo of chickencoop
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After on about the 50th DIPA, most of these seem to fall into the same old same old, but this is a bit different. It is dominated on the front by the big sweet hop bomb/ honey falovors, but finishes clean and smooth. This has very little after taste that seems to cover the big boozy DIPA's, and just finished clean and smooth. Very drinkable, looking for more.

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Photo of Manoftyr
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Pours a light amber/gold into the glass, a very, very beautiful color I should say. A fluffy white head rises and slowly recedes back down leaving some very sticky lace, a solid ring and a wisp of fluff on the top. Looks good.

Aroma-Crisp, typical hoppy nose accompanied by some biscuity light malts, more so than I typical find in IPAs/DIPAs but, fortunately, I'm rather a fan of the more balanced DIPAs.

Taste-Follows the nose, same crisp, piney hoppiness followed by some lightly sweet biscuit malt; straightforward and yummy.

Mouthfeel-Could be a bit more plush, a bit thin for my liking.

Drinkability-Sure, I could knock back a sixer of these; it's on the drinkable side for sure.

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

A-Pours a clear golden amber color with less than an inch of head that rapidly disappears leaving minimal lacing about the glass.
S-Piney hops, piney hops, piney hops and then some nice sweet citrus aromas of grapefruit and orange.
T-The hops dominate the taste of this beer and while there is the usual bite it does not have a lingering bitterness, rather the afternotes are bready malts and an earthy grassy finish.
M-Chewy and medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
D-Very nice and pleasant for a DIPA. This is one where I'm glad I bought a 6'r and look forward to finishing them off.

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Photo of irishking1977
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dull golden hue with a moderate head that doesn't last long. Minimal lacing. Not bad. Not great looking either. Above average.

S: Did I get a bad sixer? Hops are certainly in the aroma, but I also get a vague scent of vomit. Bizarre.

T: Woah. Hops over load. I like IPA's, DIPA's and the like, but I wouldn't necessarily call myself a hop head. More inclined to enjoy Belgian ales. Anyhow, hops do dominate this one, though, there is a scant trace or malt trying to break though, although the hops smack it in the face and show the malt who is boss. Seems the hops are kind of all over the place, since it seems there is a varying degree of hops bitterness finish to this one. In other words, first there is your basic hops bitterness in the finish, followed by a bitter sweetness, followed by a bitter metallic finale. Probably because of the various hops used. Still, odd though.

M: Good carbonation, though I would have like this aspect better if the carbonation was rasied just a tick higher, and if there was some semblance of a hops oily residue. Otherwise, it's slightly watered down. Just slightly.

D: Not bad, but would not enter my top 10 of IPA's and DIPAs, thus, I probably won't have this again. If you're looking to get your palate demolished, this one is a sure bet. Just don't expect it to be great.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 7/22/10.

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is very hoppy with some pine, orange and dank notes. Very inviting. The flavor is mainly pine with some nice caramel malt notes. I also get some grassy and earthy hops and a tad bit of orange citrus as the beer warms. Medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This is not the best Double IPA I have ever had, but it is very good and a beer that everyone should try.

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Photo of kirkpjr
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Well this one had a ton of head from the start - at least 3 fingers that I had to let die down to finish the pour. Clear, pale golden color with orange hues. Head retains nicely with spotted lacing.

S: Piney and tropical hop scents. Not overpowering, but very noticeable. Also hints of bready malt.

T: Light and sweet. Strong pine flavors with a little citrus and lemon flavors to complement. Decent malt backbone here as well. Overall a nice, bitter DIPA.

M: Moderate to high carbonation and medium to light body. Feel like this one could use a little more body. And the hops did not stick as much as other DIPAs.

D: This one did not last long in my glass. Highly drinkable and very smooth. Enjoyable but not impressionable.

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Photo of Billolick
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle w/o freshness/bottling info to be ascertained. Pours lighter amber, clear, typical tan head, with staying power quite evident, goes to a tiny bubble film, low sheeting, collar and very fine strands of lace. Nose is nicely hopped up, citric and biting. Tasty DIPA, ample but not overwhelming hop crunch, I'm getting notes of citrus, pine, mint on the hoppy side, and biscuits and smooth malt on the sweat end. Balanced. Not really what I like in a DIPA. Dangerously drinkable. I'd like more aggression out of whoever determined the hop bill on this one. Tasty and obviously quality offering. Well worth trying.

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Photo of zoso1967
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer arrives at my table your standard IPA medium amber color with a very attractive and sticky looking head that leaves excellent lace on the sides of the glass. The aroma is wonderful. Pine, grapefruit and just enough malt sweetness to bring out the fruity notes. Exactly what I am looking for in a double. I take a sip and am immediately impressed. Plenty of bitter grapefruit, pine, citrus pith and lemon zest assault my tongue. There is a nice spice character in there as well that really brightens up the flavors. There seems to be a major bitter component going on here, but an ample amount of pale biscuity malt is there to hold it all up. Very balanced, yet still doing a great job of showcasing the hops. Medium bodied with a great, dry finish and ample carbonation. 2X goes down very easily, which is good news because it is not only delicious, but fairly affordable as well.

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Photo of thecarster1
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a snifter, nearly a finger of head, slight chill haze, rocky layer of lace with a ring around the glass, tawny orange coloring.

s- very floral, herbal, undertones of sweet caramel malt, some notes of tangerine, grapefruit, mango, very nice.

d- the mouth pretty much echos the nose, nice earthy hops, well bittered, lingering.

m- medium bodied.

d- good drinkability here, a solid dipa offering here from souther tier, i'd drink this again.

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Photo of dandrews74
4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This beer poured like a double IPA - thin due to the higher % alcohol. Most of the opaqueness was filtered out and it had an off-white head with average sustainability. It had a nice golden honey color and average carbonation.

Smell - This is where this beer hits a home run! Hops, hops and more hops. Citrus (grapefruit, lime/orange zest), with hints of earthy/grassy and floral undertones...this is what most IPA/2IPA beers strive to deliver. One of my favorites.

Taste - The beer's flavors are similar to the nose but with a touch of sweetness. Great balance for a all you hop lovers. A well balanced and a very delicious 2(X)IPA.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability - It drinks more like an IPA...Easier than most doubles. A bit thiner, and touch more carbonation than expected make this a very enjoyable beer. Would I buy again? I just bought a case!!!

Other - Serve in a tulip or snifter to really enjoy the hops aroma and serve at the temperature you prefer a pale ale or standard IPA (a few degrees cooler than a thicker, heartier 2IPA) for maximum enjoyment.

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Photo of Brad007
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mild golden color with a thick and fluffy head into my glass.

Aroma is full of floral hops with a hint of citrus, mainly grapefruit. Good way to start it off.

Taste is crisp with a strong dollop of grapefruit in the middle, only slightly balanced out by the malt. Not as strong as UnEarthly.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering grapefruit/grassy hops. Very nice hop profile here. Easy to drink fresh.

I certainly enjoy it. It may be a good introduction to ST's line of imperial IPAs (UnEarthly, Oak-Aged UnEarthly, Gemini) for someone who's never had them. Drink fresh as always for optimum hop flavor/aroma.

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2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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