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 bongobeer
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

* Reviewed from notes taken on 11/11/14

Gold, straw colored, not much head and mild hop, citrus smell. Taste was OK, not much going on? Not as good as DFH 90 minute, but easy drinking like a session IPA, 8.20 % ABV? A good solid DIPA.

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Photo of Florida9
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear flat gold in color. Pours with a fizzy 1/4" of head that reduces quickly to a surface coating and around the ring of the glass.

S: Light blend of citrus (grapefruit and a little lemon) with some light sweet perfumed floral on the end.

T: A bit of caramel malt on the beginning. Grainy. Then a mild to moderate grapefruit bitterness. Short finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium with lower carbonation levels.

D: Being on the lighter side for a DIPA with the low amounts of malt, hops, and bitterness makes this for a very easily drinkable a beer. While there may not be a whole lot of character, it is surely is an easy drinker.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow....there is alot going on with the Southern Tier 2X IPA...sheesh! The appearance is a golden yellow, clear, with little carbonation and very little, mostly non-existent head...that looks white in color. The smell is complex hops and malt. I believe the hops include Semcoe for the body and slightly citrus notes....other is possibly East Kent Hops. The other two....could possibly be casscade and ???. One of the malts used is sweet....all blended together to mask the 8%+ ABV. The taste is well balanced....hops definitely power the beer, the malt is used to keep bitterness at bay and to help clean the pallate on the after taste. Overall it is a crazy beer, definitely worth trying. One per session would be enough though.

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

Clear gold with a thin, soapy white sheet on top. Sweet juicy tangerine and pineapple nose - lemon zest and peach. Sweet pale malt, sticky floral, juicy hops. Pear, grapefruit, and lemon with a certain herbalness and a touch of resinous pine. Oily, medium body. Fruity and zesty...solid.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Time to get this IPA craving out of my system before winter comes along and there aren’t as many fresh ones to be found. And why not get my fix while also exploring a brewery that I’m not very familiar with? Two birds with one stone. So here it is: Southern Tier’s 2XIPA. And it’s fresh, to boot.

Brewed about a month-and-a-half before the date of this tasting (“DOB 06/27/11”).

A: This one’s a looker: a nice, pale golden shine from the body catches light as I pour. A good three fingers of white bubbliness form soon after. Retention’s ok, and the lacing is well above average; I love how the strings of foam wrap all the way around the glass. It looks a little watery, but not enough to be discomforting.

S: The fruit in this nose is awesome. Peach, orange, and grapefruit come crashing through via the hops, and a sticky, cherry/bubblegum sweetness rolls out underneath with the malts. The hops come off as mostly sweet and aromatic, actually, with only a hint of piney bitterness. Slight grains finish it out.

T: Wow; where’d all the hops go? The most prominent tastes I’m getting are malts, malts, and malts; dark chewy caramel ones, especially. After that, there’s a sad hit of stale, skunky grains – totally turns me off when I taste it. Sometimes I get by without that flavor being too much of a bummer, and when that happens, this comes off as a smoothly-sweet sipper. For the most part, though, I do like the malt profile. The hops, however, are just barely apparent, even in the aftertaste; it's as if an extract was used instead of the real thing. It’s an odd flavor profile: tasty malts, bad malts, and dim hops.

M: Pretty low carbonation; it comes off watery at times. I think I can see what the brewers were getting at, though – the rich maltiness of the palate needs a velvety smooth presence on the tongue to be most at home. That smoothness comes across every so often, but it’s mostly overshadowed by the more common feelings of thinness.

O: Don’t get me wrong; this is a good DIPA. There are a lot of great ideas here, especially when you think about how malt-forward it is. It just could have been so much better. At any rate, if I find it on tap somewhere, I’ll be sure to try it. Apparently, the bottled beer I tried pales in comparison to the draft version. That’s great – I know of a few beers that are nothing more than decent in bottles, but really prove themselves in the taproom. Updates to come...

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Photo of dpnelson1978
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$1.75 / ea.

A: Bright straw body topped with a big loose head of moderate retention that leaves behind a nice foamy lace and a thin creamy cover.

S: Light bready malt tending toward grapefruit citrus with a splash of pine. Very well balanced aroma.

T: Sweet caramel malt with hints of grapefruit. Again well balanced, but tending toward a sweet malt flavor.

M: Moderate body with medium carbonation. Smooth and rounded with a carbonic bite at the very end.

D: Very nice experience that goes down easy, goes well with a meal, and doesn't break the bank. Despite the sweetness, this is a nice session choice (even at such a high ABV). Drink slow.

O: Very good selection from Southern Tier. Near the top of what I have had from them to date.

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Photo of reefkeeper99
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- light golden and clear. Small white head that quickly fades.

S- Overwhelmingly citrus. Orange and grapefruit aromas. Some hops.

T- Sweet, citrusy, hops taste comes through in the end.

Mouthfeel- Light. Medium carbonation. Not very aggressive and taste does not linger.

D- Decent beer. Nothing special, but worth trying, especially if you like fruity beers.

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

From a 12oz bottle to a tulip glass, it pours a clear golden orange, with no haze. A big foamy head settles to a sparse quarter inch, lacing the glass as it dissipates. Some leafy hop and orange rind in the nose, gives way to a malty aroma. Lots of bready caramel malt flavor. Earthy garden taste. Bitter dry finish, with lingering malty sugars. This medium bodied double has a slick oily mouthfeel. Drinkable, but not sessionable at 8.2% even though the ABV is pretty well hidden.

I was looking for a hop fix, and didn't find it here, but still a clean, well made beer. Not sure how this qualifies as a DIPA outside of the alcohol content.

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Photo of null
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from an eight-week-old 6pk. Poured into 300mL Brasserie D'Achouffe tulip.
A- Surprisingly light blonde/golden hue, crystal clear without a trace of haze or floaties. Couldn't coax much head, but still ended up with some statistically significant lacing.
S- The usual citrus notes from american (D)IPAs along with a slightly sweet, honey-like aroma. Bits of sweet tea.
T- Tart citrus. Very drinkable. Hints of honey/sweet tea with a very light semi-sweet malty/bready backbone. finish is a tad bitter with some nice citrus-honey and floral notes.
M- Surprisingly light. Clean finish. Not a lot of depth or complexity relative to some other DIPAs. Fine carbonation, bit of oily coating up front while still feeling crisp. Very smooth.
O- Disturbingly refreshing and easy-drinking for an american DIPA. The relatively light body and clean/crisp finish makes it feel more like an amped up brit IPA.

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Photo of Grindelvasdrum
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into glass stein.
A-Pleasant gold, clear, very little head, decent lacing
S-Faint citrus peel, pine
T-Medium bitter fades quick leading to a bit of sweet malt,
with obvious citrus peel notes

M-Great carbonation, crisp & refreshing
O-Pretty good IPA

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Photo of Jeffo
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this at De Molen in Bodegraven.

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium-looking, bright, white head with good retention. Orange peel in color, perfectly clear, with zero carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a wisp and ring, leaving some clingy lacing. A splotchy wisp remains until the end and leaves some dots of lace down the glass.

SMELL: Big nose jumps out of the glass. Pale malts and touches of lemon. Lots of citrus and grapefruit hops, with some floral elements as well. Alcohol notes show through too. Big and enticing for sure.

TASTE: Pale malts and lots of citrus and grapefruit flavors. Some floral notes as well, and lots of bitter hops at the swallow. Bold but shorter citrusy, grapefruit and bitter aftertaste is in and out. Some spicy booze after the swallow as well, but this one is more about the citrus and hop flavors.

PALATE: Medium body and light on the palate. Medium carbonation, not overly creamy or smooth, but goes down fine and finishes slightly dry. Too light and not creamy enough, but not off-putting, cloying, or rough either.

OVERALL: A pretty good DIPA, with lots of citrus and hop forward flavors. Unfortunately the palate didn't really support everything that was going on; a bigger, fuller palate would give the flavors more of a platform to perform on. Other than that, however, this is a solid offering from a solid brewery. One worth checking out.

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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 DaveBlack
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Rich, golden color. Looks rather viscous. Good finger's width of head with lots of lacing and long retention.

S: Sweet, grainy backbone helps to sustain a hefty helping of piney hops. Like all double IPAs, it smells like hops, I don't know that there's a whole lot more to be said.

T: The beer tastes pretty much like the smell would lead one to believe. The hops Come through right from the start, with big, woody flavors. The middle gives the malts a chance to shine through with some toasted grain flavors. Finish is bitter and slightly woody.

M: Thick beer, shy of chewy but definitely hefty. Decent amount of carbonation lightens it up a bit.

O: A big beer, a well balanced beer. Not as hop-heavy as some DIPAs, it in fact straddles the line between IPA/DIPA. a solid offering from Southern teir.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into my snifter.

A- Body is a quite foggy golden yellow hue. Pours with a 1-2 finger soapy white head. Head fades to a thick collar and leaves traces of lacing behind in the glass. Cloudiness is thin and uniform.

S- Tropical fruit, herbal hops, grassy hops, and a hint of citrus.

T- Taste is somewhat mild upfront and offers mostly herbal hops as well as a hint of spicy hops and tropical fruits. The finish is mostly prickly hop bitterness with some tropical fruity flavors-what lingers is a moderate hop bitterness.

M- Medium carbonation and lightweight drinkable body.

D- This is yet another very atypical IPA from ST. Its light on the palate, fairly clean, herbal, tropical, and bitter. Interesting to experience The different variations but honestly- I prefer the classic grapefruit/pine IPAs.

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Photo of jmd1978
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden color with little head. Nose of slight citrus, pine, and a bit bready. Taste lemon, pine, tangerine, with a little grapefruit and malt. Clean finish but still lingers on the palate. Not as hippy as I thought being a double IPA but quite pleasant for what it is. Good with spicy food.

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Photo of jhammel01
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, straw yellow - gold. Soapy head that dissipates quickly but laces down the glass.

Scent seems a bit subdued. Strong hop ahroma but nothing over powering.

Very flavorful.Tons and tons of hop flavor, acidic pine, grapefruit, fresh earthy hops dominate (of course!) Followed by some biscuity, bready malt. Very well balanced for an IPA. Its not ALL hop bomb. Light mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation.

Pretty good. It's nothing spectacular but its well done for sure! I'd buy again.

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Photo of CampbellKe11
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Nice color, nice and golden.

S: Had a good smell to it, but I felt that it was weak. Could just be me, but that was my experience.

T: Taste's good, except I had a hard time distinguishing flavors because I felt that there was not a lot of taste to it compared to other 2XIPA's I have had. I guess maybe a weak flavor would be a more appropriate term to use. Again, this is just to my palate.

M: Clean finish, goes down smooth.

D: Very drinkable, could probably kill a sixer without much issue even at its higher ABV

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Photo of acevenom
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a glass mug. The beer pours golden with a minimal white head and lots of visible tiny bubbles rising in the beer. There's a light aroma of hops. There's citrus and pine with some bready malt in the background. The taste absolutely follows the nose. The citrus and piney hops are forward with some sweetness and breadiness from the malt. It's very straightforward. The alcohol is also there in the flavor. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth and a bit sweet on the finish. This is a very good beer.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a light golden amber color with impressive clarity and vibrance. The head is a two finger off white color with mediocre retention and good lacing.

S: A smell of piny/floral hops, some onion, a little malt...but there's something off here. It smells slightly stale, though it's nothing horrible.

T: I knew this had hints of onion and garlic! Is my mind playing tricks on me, or does this feature Summit hops? I can definitely taste them here, along with the opening crisp floral/piny/citric bite. There's solid bitterness throughout, but it's kept in check by its doughy malt notes. As it warms up, a slight touch of alcohol enters the palate. Not much complexity, but balanced and shockingly easy to drink. Tastes much better than it smells, too.

M: Somewhat heavy on the tongue with high carbonation - a strange combination in an IPA that actually works for what this is trying to accomplish. The astringent bitterness also gives the tongue a nice tingling sensation.

O: I really can't complain about getting a solid DIPA for $10 a 6 pack. Even though this might be an older bottle, it still ended up being really good. This one will be on my radar in the future.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the nose I get some nice citrus lime, orange, papaya, and a touch of pine sap.

Golden yellow in color and perfectly clear with a nice crisp white head that unfortunately falls into the beer rather quickly, but leave some pretty lacing in it's wake.

2xIPA is biscuity with layers of juicy hop profiles on top of it. Lime, tangerine, and tamarind are all flavors I pick up here. It has body on the lighter side of medium and medium carbonation to match. Bitterness is firm, but not overbearing and long lasting as well. Quite tasty, this is a nice staple year-round to have.

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Photo of Marisol820
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

It pours a dark hazy yellow with a smaller head. It has a light aroma of bitter citrus that you can really only smell when you put your nose to the glass. It is very bitter and hoppy. There are light floral and citrus flavors present.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A pretty good hop head DIPA. Very hop forward with little malt backbone to offset. Really nice bitter finish, watch out for that ABV though!

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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Photo of BeerFiend2002
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into draft glass.

A- Slightly dark gold body with a frothy one and a half finger, egshell-colored head. Left some, but not a whole lot of lacing.

S- Smells great. Juicy citrusy and grapefruit notes, piney notes, with some of the sweet malt noticeable.

T- Piney with some grapefruit in there. There is a toasty malt in there as well. It finishes bitter. Not bad, but wasnt blown away.

M- Has a wet, juicy kind of feel to it. To me, its a medium-bodied brew with a thinner mouthfeel than I expected.

O- A little disappointed in this one after the nose this beer had on it. This is the only Southern Tier beer I've had that let me down. Im still a huge fan of their work, but this one could use some tinkering. As long as they are still brewing Pumking, Choklat, and Oat...I will be a customer of their's for the forseeable future.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Case is dated April 28, 2011, so I guess that is (or is close to) the bottling date. Frustrating that it takes the LCBO a month and half to get it into stores, but what can you do.

Pours a somewhat cloudy pale gold colour, with about two finger widths of white frothy head. Head dissipates quickly to a small remainder that sticks around.

Smell consists of pine, citrus (grapefruit) and some other light fruits around as well. Rather floral.

Taste is good, but not as intense as I would have expected from a DIPA. The grapefruit is strongly present, but the bitterness is only moderate. A distinct pine flavour is present. None of these flavours are as pronounced as would be expected. Further, the alcohol is incredibly well hidden. All of this is to say that it comes across almost as a regular IPA than a DIPA. Still, certainly enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is good- carbonation is moderate to high, but it works well. Beer is medium to full bodied, and feels very good.

Overall. for me, this is an enjoyable beer that was somewhat less exciting than I had hoped. Not as intense as a typical DIPA, but a good beer. The alcohol content is dangerous, as it would be very easy to drink a number of these in a row- it really does not come through.

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Photo of IPAescotch
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lager light color, mediocre head but some thick lacing

Fresh grass clippings and skunk (yes the dank kind). For a DIPA i feel like it is lacking malt character

The hops surely dominate, and carry the flavor from beggining to end. Thats all well and good, but i was expecting more extreme maltiness in this beer, but the malts have a bit part at best

Mouth feel is thin and dry.

highly drinkable for the abv. not wat i was going for at the time but still

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