2XIPA | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of bound4er
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
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 +15.7%
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 -7.2%
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 +10.2%
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 +7.2%
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%
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 -0.2%
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 -15.7%
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 +4.7%
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 -1.5%
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 +3.5%
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 +10.2%
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 -0.2%
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%
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 +10.2%
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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Photo of uustal
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden yellow with a white dead. A bit different for a DIPA. Good head retention and lacing. Mostly pine aroma, a bit of tropical citrus as well. Flavor starts off with some big pine and floral hops which quickly defer to some mellower grapefruit and tropical fruit hops. Beer ends with a slight caramel malt and a smoother aftertaste than expected. A bit creamy and drinkable for a DIPA

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Photo of 7ways
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Looks great, pours clear orange gold with a 3/4" white head. Leaves a generous amount of lace that I destroy with my constant OCD swirling.
Smells like... OMFG, smells like an honest to god west coast IPA, just minus the pine. Exactly what the East Coast needs, IMO. Pineapple, white raisin(?), oranges. Slight grapefruit, maybe just because I expect it.
Taste mirrors smell pretty well, except for my west coast statement. Bitterness is quite low, only really showing up on the finish and diminishing in the aftertaste, allowing the other flavors to really shine. Malt compliment is not overwhelming and honey-ish.
Mild carbonation that suits it well. Body is tricky. It's full enough on the palate, but it also has a light characteristic that makes me feel like I'm just swallowing air. Chuggability is high (not that I would).

This is my new go-to IPA. It is right there with Two Hearted: some days it seems world class, some days it's just that thing to drink for a while. Either way, it's always what belongs in the fridge.
If you dumped a bottle each of Hopslam and Plinny into a snifter, the result would be 2XIPA.

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Photo of Gavage
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a golden color with a 2" head that lasts a bit. Nice lacing paints the glass.

Smell: loads of floral hops, lemon and grapefruit citrus, and some fruitiness arrive late.

Taste: caramel, pears, golden apples, floral bitterness, grapefruit, and lemon zest make up a very nicely balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Long aftertaste as the flavors last.

Drinkability: this beer was extremely quaffable for the style. This beer was refreshing and very tasty. Everyone should try this one.

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Photo of Chico1985
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Sierra Grille, been wanting to try this.

Poured hazy golden orange with a 2-finger or so white head. Retains pretty well, ends up a cap and leaves some lacing.

Nice fruity IPA smell. Citrus, lemon, some tropical notes, floral hops with a nice malt backbone.

Taste doesn't quite match up to the smell (how many times has this happened in IPAs..) but it is good. The citrus is still there, the rest is replaced mostly with piny hops, the malt and hops are balanced nicely. Alcohol is well-hidden.

A surprisingly balanced offer from Southern Tier. A tasty easy-drinking double ipa.

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Photo of sjverla
4.77/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Nose: Citrus. Bright and clean like the first day of school. Anchored by a quickly disappearing earthiness.

Appearance: Crystal clear pale gold. About an inch of head, but I poured it slowly, pausing to check bouquet variations. However, the head lingered respectably, and laced nicely.

Taste: Complex. Roasty, malty sweetness first off. Countered with strong hopping. Rich and smoky, approaching umami as it washes towards the throat. Flavors continue to oscillate from bitter, to piney/resiny, to sweetness as it fades. Noticeable carbonation on the tip of the tongue that dissipates quickly.

Overall: Great beer. Complex and balanced.

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Photo of SeasonalBrew
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A: Pours a golden straw color with a thin white head.. did I just pour a Bud Light into my glass?! What saves this is the ample amount of lacing. I'm a sucker for lacing.

S: Nice and floral with a ton of hops and citrus. Has a nice malty backbone. I'm managing to pick all this up with a stuffy nose, so I'd say the scent is solid.

T: I would say the taste is top tier with the other DIPAs I have tried. Hop and citrus forward, not much maltiness to it.

M: Medium to light bodied. Not very strong carbonation.

D: Definitely enjoyable for the abv. Will definitely pick up again.

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Photo of Natural510
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, no dating

Pours a lighter golden color, slightly hazy, with small amount of head and a sturdy ring of lacing.

Excellent aroma, with the expected citric-grapefruit overtone, but dominated by a wonderful jasmine-floral perfume, and even a hint of bubble gum.

Flavor mimics the scent, with a honeysuckle-floral quality meeting sweet citrus. Sweet, dry, residually bitter goodness. Alcohol is in no way hot or dominating in the flavor.

Lighter than others of the DIPA style, but that only adds to the drinkability factor for me.

Very tasty offering from Southern Tier (aren't they all?). I haven't had Unearthly in a while to make a comparison, but as a stand-alone DIPA, this one is worth seeking out.

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Photo of begforme4484
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm surprised this beer doesn't have a ridiculous ABV being from Southern Tier.

Pours a very light golden/amber color. Decent amount of a white head that recedes quick with mild lacing at the edges.

Smell? Hops! Citrus! Hops! There is a sweet aroma in there that doesn't smell like malts. Honey mayhaps? Definitely a doughy backbone. Very stringent hop smell.

Tastes makes me hoppy! Very sharp citrus hop flavor bites your tongue in the beginning. A light sweetness from the doughy malts tries to make its way forward, but the bitter hop finish puts that to rest.

Mouthfeel is somewhat sticky in the aftertaste. Clean and medium carbonation while sipping.

Drinkability is a good. For a DIPA, it's very approachable. Definitely a session beer.

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

A: Light golden yellow in color with a somewhat orange tone to it. Nice white head that dissipated pretty quickly and marvelous lacing to back it all up.

S: Hoppy all the way. More towards the citrus side of things. Best part of the beer in my opinion.

T: Get a hit of the hops in front followed be a nice display of malt to try to round it off, but only gets touch the velvet rope as its a hop party inside tonight.

M: Medium in body, ABV hidden well given the circumstance, and is perfectly carbonated.

D: I lied, this is the beers best quality. I can see why it comes in sixers instead of foursomes. Sessionable without question. Could probably get you in a lot of trouble doing so but in the right situation would be worth it. A must try.

Highly Recommended to all.

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

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a very nice pale and bisquit malt scent along with a wonderful hop nose. The taste is good also. It has a smooth, bitter taste that boasts of pale malts and lots of hops. It's well balanced and easy drinking. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a well brewed DIPA. It's not as good as I would have expected, but it's pretty damn good.

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2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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