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: 1,065 | Ratings: 4,523
Photo of travduke
4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My salesman told me he though this tasted like a blend of SN Torpedo and ST Unearthly, that's right on.

Appearance: Golden bodied, nice two finger fluffy head that retains very well, leaving great lacing.

Aroma: Real citrusy. Grapefruit, pineapple, orange. Nice pine scent too, this is great.

Taste: Wow! I really didn't expect this to be this great. All the flavors the nose predicted. Top notch guys.

Feel/Drink: Nice crisp mouthfeel, drinkability is right on.

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Photo of dfillius
4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass

A: Moderate pour yields 1/2 finger of white head with fair retention. Clear golden straw is quite pale for the style and is lacking haze. Pretty though.

S: Citrus, apple cider, pine, slight mango edge, some bread. No off aromas; solid.

T: My first reaction: Mmmm. Fruity, clean, nice sweet bread - Pan de Sal. Tart mango in there. Citra hops? Very light and refreshing for a DIPA. Almost lager-like in it's cleanliness; pilsner-esque.

M: Clean, light, full, rich.

D: Very drinkable. I'd love another and will buy a sixer. Exceptional.

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Photo of jpmclaug
4.61/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass

A - Golden yellow body with a white head. Alot lighter looking than I was expecting.

S - A nice tropical, citrusy flavor with a hint of sweetness at the end. This one smells delicious. Only a handful of DIPA's smell as good as this one.

T - The flavor has a nice tropical/citrusy character with a solid malt backbone to back it up. Not much of a bitter side to this one but the hop flavor is there in full force. Honestly not that huge of DIPA however. Real easy to drink flavor.

M - light to medium body with a fair amount of carbonation. Really nice mouthfeel for the style.

D - Easy drinking, delicious brew. I wish I had picked up more of this when I had the chance. I'm not sure if the style for this is right however. It seems to me to be some where between an IPA and a DIPA but I guess the ABV defines it as a DIPA. None the less this is a great one and worth picking up if you ever see it. I would pick it up for sure if I saw it. Best brew from Southern Tier yet.

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Photo of Genuine
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into my Sam Adams Sensory glass. It poured a beautiful mid amber in color, and you can see right through it.

Smell - The aroma from this beer is wonderful. I first pick up that great grapefruit, pine, citrus. The nose is very crisp.

Taste - Exactly just like the nose...this beer definitely does not let you down. This is a very well balance DIPA, between the hops with a strong malt backbone, this beer has quickly become one of my favorite american DIPA's, right next to 90 Minute and Hop Stoopid. Very crisp and citrus/grapefruit flavors coming across my palate, this is a delicious beer.

Mouthfeel - medium and kind of sticky, it's delightful.

Overall - This is one hell of a DIPA, and I could certainly drink the hell out of it. I would never have known it's a 8.2% abv beer. Very Drinkable and I'll be buying more.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz.

Pours a clear honey gold, white lacing for a head.

Smells of honey and rich piney hops with some mild grassy malts underneath.

Flavor is of honey, maple, grapefruit, piney hops, and mix of lightly buttery and grassy malts.

Full body with mildly sudsy carbonation throughout.

A truly exceptional double IPA, if not the best then its up there. Anyone who is even moderately a fan of stronger IPAs and strong American ales owes it to themselves to try this. Probably my favorite in this family of ales ever.

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Photo of CaptMaelstrom
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a glass.

A: Bright gold, very transparent, head subsided quickly, sticky lacing remaining.

S: Light, refreshing, floral and lemony hop notes. A very slight malt note also comes through.

T: I'm not sure I can taste all 4 hop varieties. In fact, I might classify this as a IPA if I didn't know better. That being said, this beer is very good and very well balanced. There's just enough malt character to hold up the big florally bitter hop taste. Starts off more sweet, but as you sip and get the aftertaste, a clean bitterness overpowers the sweetness. I could drink this all day long.

M: Perfectly carbonated. Refreshing and sparky, slightly sticky, ever so slightly oily. I don't taste any of the 8.2% ABV either.

O: Great beer, if not really what I would describe a DIPA. I can't tell which hops they used, but they mingle together very well. Also, I believe they used just enough malt to really balance this beer out. Try this one.

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Photo of decadance
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - A wonderful gold with about half an inch of head which retains and laces throughout.

S - Bold hops with a funk smell of a citrus saison. It is inviting to say the least.

T - The smell does not betray the taste. It is hoppy from front to end, but with a nice citrus balance through out.

M - It is silky. One of my favorites on mouthfeel from this style.

D - I can't stop. The abv is hidden well and it does not obliterate the tastebuds like some hop bombs do. It makes you want more.

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Photo of HoosBrews
4.59/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle that was 10 days old in NC! I've had this one before, but never this fresh.

Appearance was golden and clear with mild carbonation.

The nose is much more intense than I remember. Maybe this one fades with age pretty quick, but right now it's big and citrusy. Reminds me of Avery DuganA in the nose.

Again, I'm amazing at the taste difference in a 10 day old 2X and a 3 month old 2X. Big chewy, grassy hops and a little honey.

Mouthfeel is lighter than I would have expected. There's still a chewy honey mouthfeel, but lower ABV helps out on the drinkability.

This is fantastic fresh. It's pretty rare to get something from out of state that was bottled on 5/31/11 and consumed 6/9/11, let alone a DIPA. Still good with a few months on it, but this is world class beer fresh.

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Photo of halo21
4.59/5  rDev +14.5%
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 DaveHack
4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into DFH signature

The beer is very nice looking. Decent head, with lots of spott lacing all down the glass.
The smell is just a bit off. I think it is the only thing keeping this from a 'perfect' beer. It is a little light on the nose. Slightly piney, but not much else.
An explosion of wonderful is the only way to describe this taste! Piney up front then bitter, with an oily resin as it goes down, I love that!
Feels good in the mouth, could be just a touch thicker, but that is a very minor detail. This beer is up there with the best of 'em. Given its awesome availability, it is an exception beer. Go forth and try this if you have not already.

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Photo of Heischman
4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer/Brewery - Southern Tier 2XIPA/Southern Tier
City/State- Lakewood, New York
STYLE – American Double / Imperial IPA
ABV – 8.2%
IBU – Unknown
DATE – 17 JUN 2011
SERVING TYPE – 12 ox Bottle
GLASSWARE – Short Pilsner
APPEARANCE – Clear yellow with a nice stream of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass, although there is not a very good head on the beer just a thin layer across the top
AROMA- I do not even need to bring the glass to my nose I can smell the hops already. Nice hop smell with a sweet grapefruit as well.
TASTE – Very mild in the beginning but a hit of grapefruit on the after note. No linger after taste though.
MOUTHFEEL – Very light on the tongue and a nice carbonation that linger for about 45 seconds after each sip.
CONCLUSION – I would have to say out of all the IPAs I have tried this week (It has been IPA week for me) this is by far me favorite. Not to hoppy but enough to let you know it is there.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.57/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a very nice blend of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong hops bitterness eases in and asserts itself. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, this is a very good 2IPA that is worth drinking for a whole evening.

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Photo of Wooderson_420
4.57/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The motto of Southern Tier stresses a passion for "vigorously" hopped beer, and one taste of this double IPA will really give you a feel for how sincerely they have stuck to it. The color and smell are as bold and emotive as anything you will taste from the IPA family, and the taste is everything you would expect given the quality of the appearance and the nose. Uncompromising and superb.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.57/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap and it was amazing. From the bottle twice. First time amazing second meh. Growler today to wash away the removal of the lath and plaster from our kitchen.

A: Really clear golden color. My only real gripe with this beer is that it is a little lighter than I like to see my DIPAs. That being said the appearance is similar to that of torpedo. Sticky lacing after the initial finger of white head.

S: Damn son. It is a cross between the elder and the best batches of Captain Lawrence DIPA. Citrus. Piney. Grapefruit. Sticky hop cones shoved in your nose by force.

T: All the hop taste you could hope for. Starts off sweet. Right into a touch of bitterness then it opens up into a bouquet of what hops can do when used right. Citrus. Piney. Grapefruit. A touch of lemon. Just a real winner.

M: Sticky mouthfeel. What does not make this Pliny is the lack of total dryness. It is well attenuated for sure but not Pliny. Carbonation is glorious.

D: This beer is amazing. Next to Pumpking this might be my new favorite ST beer. They were just sort of floating around putting out bigger and bigger stuff and this blew me away. A totally different animal than unearthly. Growler is on borrowed time.

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Photo of antlerwrestler19
4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass a clear golden yellow with a one finger head that dissipated quickly leaving little to no lacing - I was anticipating it to be a lot stickier and retain itself...oh well. The smell is excellent filled with sweet and citrusy tropical fruit aromas that mingle with a nice piny resinous tones - not getting a lost of malt backbone which is fine by me. The taste is basically a mirror image of the aroma - but so much more enjoyable! It's like biting into a hybrid fruit that has a mix of bitter grapefruit, mango, lemon and much more. All is followed by a hint of malty caramel that is very subtle. The mouthfeel is a bit syrupy and leaves the roof of my mouth and tongue sticky and wanting another drink. This beer is delicious, hands down. I expected more out of the appearance but I completely forgot about it's lack of outer beauty when I finally tasted it. Damn fine tasting citrusy hoppy beer.


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Photo of Tballz420
4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden colored brew, small white head. Sticky lace. Speaking of sticky, the nose is all sticky hops. Floral with some pine. Also speaking of sticky: the taste. Icky sticky ickies. A number of different hops are in there in high quantities. Bitter, floral, piney, citrusy. Fairly thin and wet mouth. A bit of spice from the alcohol as it warms a bit. Its one of those hop monsters, and its good

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden color, no real hop haze, and the head is modest but long-lasting.

Aroma is very much hop-forward and recalls west coast hops: prickly, vibrant, super-clean citrus rind. Malt appears only to prop up the hops, it's not very sweet but it bready and doughy, kind of like angel food cake batter before the sugar is added.

Although the nose doesn't give away the malt character, the flavor surely does. It's sweet, like caramel-flavored taffy, but never tastes saccharine or overdone. The hops burst through the malt anyway, offering tart citrus peel, mint and spruce. Super-clean, breezy, bright, vibrant. Expertly well-balanced, with alcohol hardly pushing through and only delivering a kind of gentle spiciness. Long bitter/spicy finish features spearmint and more citrus rind, with a flash of candy-like sweetness. Fantastic.

Feels like a beer of this type should...carbonated just enough, but yielding to a rounded medium body. A bit dry, yet the finish keeps on riding through.

This is a completely well-balanced, expertly-brewed, super-refreshing double IPA that never feels extreme in any direction, be it hops, malt or alcohol level. Another Southern Tier success...

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice hazy golden color. Pale white head that dissapates rapidly leaving a silky lacing behind.

S- Orange, grapefruit and lemon zest jump out. Piney hops notes pull forward when the glass is swirled. I was however expecting alot more hops on the nose.

T- Pink Grapefruit and bright hops... slighty bitter, slightly sweet. Really nice citrus aftertaste. Gets honey sweet with citrus pith, and pine notes. Carbonation really pops in your mouth!

M- Nice carbonation... tons of flavors drip off of different sides of your tongue! Bitter, sweet, honey, tangy, citrusy and hoppy! The flavors really hang in there!

D- This is a fantastic beer, and quickly becoming one of my favorite styles! I love almost everything from Southern Tier, and this is another excellent example!

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Photo of wgk
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lighter color than expected and a little cloudy, but not distractingly so.

Smells sweeter than it tastes. Nice hop aroma and lots of floral/sweet scent.

Smooth. Hoppy. Stands up proudly. Finishes strongly bitter but not too bitter.

This is an excellent, very drinkable IPA that will not disappoint you. Nice kick with the ABV well disguised by the great tastes and finish. Quality is obvious.

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Photo of Augustiner719
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter glass.

Appearance: nearly crystal clear, bright orange color with a beautiful white cap that is fluffy and leaves some nice lacing. Great collar on the glass that looks like honey combe.

Smell: Smells unreal. Its got a deep pinecone, sappy, piney resiny, sweet sugar like grapefruit aroma. Some hints of orange peel but for citrus its all grapefruit.

taste: full bodied and beautiful hops that leave a spicy, hop flavor on the palate. Big bold orange and grapefruit peel on the initial attack. midpalate is all malt, sweet biscuity, almost like a croissant breadyness. Finish is back to the bitter hops with a strong citrus kick.

Mouthfeel: Bone dry on the finish which i like. whta i dont like is the astrigenty mouthfeel while enjoying a sip. Leaves a minty, austere off flavor of plastic on the finish that i dont care for.

Drinkability: This is a very very solid DIPA. perfect match for pizza. dry finish like a nice dry chardonnay, and works well by itself or with food. seek out and enjoy!

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Photo of Jolivio
4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! 2XIPA has a good amount of fruity tones coming through initially, but then balancing themselves out as the beer goes down. The after-flavor is very nicely done, and not too powerful in the piney resin flavor profile, which is a plus for me. Definitely a recommend for someone that appreciates the "characteristic" IPA; nothing too drastic, but very friendly to most.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a crystal clear deep yellow color with a solid index finger sized white head that has excellant rention and lacing.
S-What interesting is that this is for sure a hop foward beer, but the first thing I notice is the grain bill seems to be very german, like pilsner and grains like this. Yet I digress. On to the hops, they are very bright in every sense of the word. Bright citrus, and floral notes comes along with fruity type hops that reminds me of New Zealand hops. The fruit reminds me of strawberry and blackberries. A very summertime IIPA indeed. I love it! The grains are very heyish and bready and bright grassy in the best sense of the word.
T-The flavor is no let down from the aroma. Very complex and bright with citrus, floral and fruity/berry-like hops and a intensely clean bitterness that lends itself well to the bready, grainy malt bill. When I say grainy it's not gritty, it's just a nice, slightly sweet, freshly crushed grain flavor.
M-The mouthfeel is very smooth and clean. A medium/full body that finishes just slightly on the dry side, but not too dry.
O-This is one of those beers you don't want to end. I wish I had a whole six pack of this beautiful interpretation of a IIPA. PLUS, At first, I had a 4.0 on the smell, taste, and mouthfeel, but as the beer warmed up it became so much more than average. It became one of the best IIPA's I've had. Thank you Southern Tier for holdin' it down!

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Photo of nickthegun12
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one of my favorite ipa's >>>and ive had many>>>the smell is what you typically want to smell out of an ipa>lots of cascade hops>>>>excellent beer

a-a light colored ipa
s-cascade hops!!!
t-more cascade hops
very drinkable

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Photo of stewart124
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden yellow with a half inch of fluffy white head. Plenty of visable carbonation.

The nose is quite aromatic. Pine and grapefruit come through huge with some tart granny smith apple.

The first sip is bigger bodied than I anticipated with a smooth mellow mouthfeel. A bold amount of hops tingle the tongue with just the right amount of bitterness. Lots of pine and more citrus on the palate. There is a bready note and character but this comes through just slightly. I pick up a touch of sweetness in the finish but otherwise if ends quite dry.

This is obviously a hop driven beer and I love the finish. It doesn't drink like a 9% beer at all. Another delicious beer from Southern tier.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Attractive gold colored body was clear, and the pour formed a one finder thick head in the pint glass. The smell was pine, hay, and rain soaked earth, and had a caramelized edginess when inhaled deeply. The taste was citric (grapefruit and tangerine) with a sugary sweetness. More of hop showcase, than an assault, the flavor turned peppery at the end of the sip, and stayed that way in the aftertaste. The beer felt sticky and coating in the mouth, and the alcohol warmth was not intrusive. A balanced, yet flavorful DIPA to keep in mind when the craving hits.

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2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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