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 sendsilk
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is going to be a short review. I am boxing up 3 trades even as I write so I am a little busy.

This beer smells and looks great. hell, I don;t even drink IPA's or Double IPA's but I find myself gravitating towards them in the last several weeks. Ever since Hopslam came out and I got caught up in the hype. Anyway, since then I have had Hopslam, HopStoopid, Nugget Nectar (very nice), Pliny the Elder (even nicer), Gubna (not so nice), Terrapin Hopsecutioner (something like that) and various other offerings.

This beer did seriously come through. Hoppy, clean, crisp and God knows how long it sat on the shelf (it's my little hile in the wall shop that I go to for aged stouts). I would gladly pick up another of these because of their ready availability and this is some seriously good beer. Very ssssmmmmooottthhh with the hops even.

Come to think of it, Southern Tier has not ever let me down for any beer I have ever tried from them. I am a Stone and Cigar City fanatic and I may just be adding ST to the list.

If I had 5 more I would drink them right now. Get some of these, you will not be disappointed.

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Photo of chriskocis
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Great every day beer. Easy drinking. Wonderful flavor. Drinks like a session I PA with the kick of a double.. I love this ale. I'm sitting at a bar with 20 taps, and this is my number 1 choice.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle with no visible date, gold opaque color with a fantastic, soft, bubbly foam and cool lacing. Smell is very clean and straight citrus, with just a little spicy zest on top. Taste is directly proportionate; a sunshine-y citrus mouthful with a zesty, bitter, dry finish. Beer hides it alcohol well and gets danker as it warms a tad. Very medium bodied, hardy drink, going down a little more slowly perhaps than some of the same style I've recently tried. A little carbonated, and slightly pale or grainy tones come to light as you drink on. Extremely refreshing, easy to drink, balanced, and outstanding flavors. I'm impressed and I've been trying a lot of these types of beers lately. Very good job.

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Photo of GregHarold
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours golden amber with not a ton of head. Lighter than expected body with a distinct but not overpowering hop flavor of grass, pine, citrus/lemon. A bit of bitterness comes in on the aftertaste. This is a crisp beer that I suspect most IPA fans would enjoy. This is one of the better beers I've had from Southern Tier, just behind Unearthly.

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Photo of Adeeez
4.74/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So far my pick for a double IPA, Piney, and delicious. The smell is wonderful and the taste does not disappoint. This will stay with you long after that sip is gone. Great take on a great style. I would say yes to this one always, also amazing if you can find on tap.

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Photo of funkyaudio
4.72/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Murky golden pour with a nice and creamy white head. Very hoppy aroma. Medium bodied. Resinous hoppy flavor, pine and grapefruit. Spicy finish I wasn't expecting. Lingering hop bitterness. This is a pretty straight foward and tasty IPA. It took me a long time to find this beer but it was worth the wait

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Photo of jwc215
4.71/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours deep golden with a rich white head that settles to a lasting cover. Lacing sticks.

The smell is exceptional - tropical and citric fruits - very hoppy.

The taste is hoppy - tropical and citric fruits. Bitter, but not harsh. Sweet grain balances the bitterness. There is a hint of alcohol, but it blends in well, adding a touch of pepper. It has a refreshing, long finish.

It hits full-bodied and has a nice creamy texture.

This is a great example of a Double IPA. Nice use of hops. Truly a pleasure to drink!

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Photo of mikehartigan
4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic pint.

A: Pale gold. Thick head. Very clear.

S: Hops are dominant. Pine, citrus, and a touch of floral. Not in your face like many DIPAs. A bit on the sweet side. I suspect this would be wonderful from a snifter (though it's not bad from a pint).

T: As in the aroma, hops take center stage. "Brewed with 4 varieties of hops & 3 types of malts", though the varieties are not listed. A very nice blend of traditional American hops - lots of citrus and pine - with just enough malty sweetness in the background to keep it from being one dimensional, as is the case with many DIPAs. It also lacks the over the top bitterness so common to the style. Personally, I find that refreshing.

M: medium body. Very nice finish as the hops and sweetness linger, but don't overstay their welcome.

O: While not quite as startling as many DIPAs, this is definitely no slouch (I might have named it 1.5XIPA). Plenty of hops without the bitterness that can be so tiring. The downside, such as it is, is that it's easy to keep drinking this. And at a very well hidden 8.2% ABV, this can be a problem. While Southern Tier brews a fine line of go-to beers, I've never really been blown away by any of them. 2XIPA is a notable exception. If you've got a craving for, say, DFH 90, this won't do it for you. But if you want to engage in conversation on non-beer topics while smugly enjoying your beer, this is an excellent choice.

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Photo of drewd0g
4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of FrancisSmooth
4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer, balanced 2x ipa. Piney, some hops, goes down smooth. Can drink as a hot weather ipa thanks to the slight lemon rind hint.

Light for an 8.2, almost no bite at the end which may take away from a traditionalist looking for a very biting 2xipa.

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Photo of bad72amx
4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a one month old bottle, chilled but not cold. Poured a rich, complex brown. Nice, deep tan head with good retention and moderate lacing.

Smell is very nice. Hoppy, grainy, malty, and a hint of alcohol.

Exceptiotional taste. Earthy, malt, smoke, and woody flavors up front. Excellent hoppy overtones throughout. Faintly sharp alcohol presence. Ends in a smoked rye flavor.

Very good mouthfeel. Thick, rich and lightly carbonated leaving a light coating on the mouth.

The consumate IPA. For anyone who is a fan of IPA as I am, it will be very tough to match. The flavors, boldness, and look are definition for the genre.

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Photo of GehenHerzog
4.69/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured out of a growler (From Grapevine in Fort Mill, SC) into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

A- Light, Orange appearance. Small but dense, white head.

S- A very pleasant smelling beer that just invites you to drink it. I am smelling heavy citrus and slightly piny hops.

T- Extremely hoppy beer. Again strong citrus hops. The taste is very much like the smell.

M- The mouthfull is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Very fitting.

D- Definitely doesn't drink like an 8.2% alcohol beer. A very sessionable beer for a Double IPA.

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Photo of ordybill
4.68/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear golden color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is full of piney hops and citrus. The taste matches the aroma and is outstanding.

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Photo of Bito24
4.68/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Not a big IPA guy, but this is made about an hour from here. Wow! Had it in a bottle and bought a case as soon as I was finished. In bottles the 2X is great, but on tap is better. Found it on tap at a local biker bar and now I'm part of the breathern!! Again, I'm a lager guy, but this beer gives me faith in the younger beer drinking generation!!!!!

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Photo of Fusion_Pirate
4.66/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Purchased from a local beer/liquor ship in a six-pack. I gave their standard India Pale Ale a "3 out of 5" a while back, so I honestly don't have huge expectations for this one!

A: Poured carefully into a chilled weisen glass, Southern Tier 2XIPA yielded a half-finger of bone-white head which quickly dissipated. Pretty good lacing and retention thereof. The beer itself is a fairly translucent, pale amber color. Elegant-looking, but nothing that knocks me out at first glance.

S: Gorgeous. Rich pine needles, citrus notes, banana bread, and caramel maltiness all hit the nose in a strong, yet balanced fashion.

T: The taste almost matches the olfactory preview, which is saying a lot! A strong, hoppy bitter front end, with a generous, warm malt finish. Very balanced, although some of the definition is lost in translation from smell to taste.

M: This beer is very smooth on the tongue, especially for a DIPA- it actually offers a smoother drink than many standard IPAs I've had, which is a testament to the balance of flavors and the moderate carbonation level. Almost dangerously effortless! haha

O: Definitely a winner. While you can't judge a book by its cover, it's too bad that the appearance is so unremarkable, especially when the imbibation process is ultimately so righteous! All in all, Southern Tier's got the right idea with their take on the American DIPA. My advice: Skip their underwhelming standard IPA and go straight for the 2X!

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Photo of Earpe
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Again, an uneducated beer lingo guy...however I love my IPAs and my WeeHeavys. 2X is by far my favorite IPA. At first taste it has the floral, citrus, pine taste i love....however there is a nice bite that comes with that first sip that screams OMG THAT'S AWESOME.

The color pours a copper/amber, i could care less about lacing and head, as it is the taste that blows me away. The smell of this beer when uncapped is that of of a floral arrangement, and says bottoms up....the ABV content of this beer is great if your the 2 or 3 beer per sitting guys such as myself. 2X by far is the best IPA i have ever had the pleasure of pouring in my face....no matter how much I love 2X though, it still remains my second most favorite adult beverage.

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Photo of RyanWo
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice example of the DIPA style. Appearance was a ever so slightly hazey golden color with a nice tight cap of white foam. Aroma was grass, grapefruit, citrus, and pine. The body is perfect on this beer not too thick or thin just right for the style, medium light body. Taste is hop flavor, hop flavor, and hop flavor with mild bitterness, but not out of balance also no heat from the alcohol either. A great interpretation of the style.

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Photo of FeloniousDrunk
4.64/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Poured a clear, light-straw color with a frothy 1-finger head. Some lacing, but not much.

Smell is of the big-hop variety: Pine needles, orchids, some sweet citrus like blood orange, and a little grapefruit.

Taste is astounding: not the typical heavy brooding double IPA, this one is bright and cheery. It comes alive with some great balsam notes on the front, and it finishes with the taste of citrus (although not too bitter.) This beer has a well-balanced malt to it that gives it a sweeter taste than most IPAs, but it works wonders, lightening the whole beer. It's hoppy, a little bready, but all beer. There's a lot to drinking this one, and it surprises in its construction. There is a touch of alcohol in the aftertaste, but nothing to ruin it.

Mouthfeel is slightly chewy, full-bodied, yet it has an airy quality. A slight dryness on the aftertaste persists, but nothing tanniny.

Drinkability is high. For an Imperial IPA, this beer is refreshing, clean, very very tasty, and while it may be alcoholic, the 8.2% doesn't come through much at all. It's dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
4.64/5  rDev +16%
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 JohnnyHobo
4.64/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle this Double IPA pours clear orange with a small head. Dissipates and keeps light lacing.

The smell is amazing beautiful Hop presence with a smoothing light citrus smell.

With the first taste you get a carbonated hop rush with a citrus. Your Pilate is left with a aftershock of Hops but yet it is extremely smooth and easy to consume.

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Photo of short-and-stout
4.64/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer drinks like two at once. I taste the hops right away and finishes with a smooth malty flavor. Very little after taste for that initial IPA punch.

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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 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 NyBeerBro
4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Clear, light carbonation, good lacing and head retention.

Aroma - Nice Hops, floral, fruit, floral, sweet aroma's

Taste - Hops and pine are most prevalent

Feel/Palate/Texture- Carbonation, very dry, lingering, astringent, effervescent, clean, light.

Value- $6 for 12 oz. Draught.

Overall/Drinkability - Standard double; not sweet, so bitterness comes through.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite styles, one of my favorite breweries. The makings of a winner, and it does not disappoint. This is a candidate for best all around.

So often strong IPAs are too malty, too hoppy, etc. This one is perfect. Strong, but perfectly balanced. I think will need to go back and get lots more.

The malt is light colored and thus the nice, understated malt taste (despite the three varieties, per the label). The hops are strong and green from nose, all the way down. Alcohol is not anywhere to be tasted. This is just plain good.

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2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4 out of 5 based on 4,510 ratings.
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