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2XIPA | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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: 1,055 | Ratings: 4,472
Photo of SlamKing
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: clear, amber, very pretty

Smell: Light, hoppy, fruity

Pour: Not a large head, but some nice lacing

Feel: Moderate carbonation, nice crispness

Taste: A slight bit of malt to begin, then fades to a nice hoppy bitterness. A bit dank with some fruitiness. Very nice taste.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on September 20, 2015.

It pours a slightly cloudy amber-yellow tone with a full cream colored head that settles back.

The aroma has plenty of floral, pine, and tropical esters with a toasted malt under belly.

Medium body.

The taste flirts briefly with the toasted malts but then the pine, floral, and tropical sensations kick in and bring it to a bitter finale. Makes total sense that this one gets good ratings.

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Photo of gmshedd
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'd had this in a Southern Tier variety pack a few years back, and remembered it as drink-worthy. Recently bought a 6-pack and put one in the fridge after I got home, but didn't get to it until it was cold. Mistake! Better warm. Drinking one now that is at RT--much better!
Must say that I prefer the regular ST single IPA to this 2X, though. That can be enjoyed in multiples; the 2X is a one-at-a-timer (like most doubles, IMHO).

BTW editors, trying to force everyone's descriptions down the look, smell, taste, feel route makes for boring reading.

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Photo of mrcharlie
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Maybe this is not the most traditional flavored double IPA, but that is part of the reason I like it. It is a bit more citrus forward than most doubles that I've tried. To me it tastes like a normal IPA. I picked up a single just to try it because I'm not too big on dipa's. Very glad to try it and will purchase it again.

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Photo of chicagoish
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice golden amber pour. Not much of a head.
Pine, lemon, citrus and hoppy aroma. All that you'd expect
Real nice taste not far away from the aroma. Citrus, pine hoppy taste with a hint of malt.
Crisp, clean mouth feel, smooth and rich
Darn good DIPA!

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Photo of rodmanfor3
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I would never buy this beer, either at a retail account or at a bar, but when it is offered for free, and the alternative is Coors Light, this beer will do.

Average on all fronts.

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Photo of jeswasgui
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

To start out this is the first beer I've reviewed on BA not the first beer I've ever drank. I felt like trying some other beers ( particularly IPAs) was important in order to grade well. Also want to mention I used info on beers 101 to try and get the best and most accurate accounting of my experience wig this particular brew so here it goes:

This is the first double IPA I've tried. It has a rich Amber appearance and a moderate amount of foam when poured. I didn't get any stronger taste with this as in other IPAs. I would agree as in a previous review a bit better on the warm side. I also would say a fruitier taste too and better straight from the bottle. The feel and finish to it I think is the best thing. Overall I think it is a great beer from beginning to end.

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

Another solid offering from Southern Tier brewery. The beer is highly complex with a great hoppiness flavor. At 8.2% ABV it is very drinkable. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I feel like this DIPA could be anyone's go to.

Smell - A tad underwhelming to start. Really had to dig for the aroma. Got much better though as the beer warmed a little. Was getting a lot of this sweet candied orange aroma. Underlining citrus / underlining dankness.

Taste - Dank / grassy / citrus / orange / grapefruit. Very good tasting, well balanced, DIPA. Not to bitter and very enjoyable.

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Photo of JohnDon
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very solid and reliable IPA. Have had the beer multiple times in a bottle as well as on tap.

Very good double (imperial) IPA bitterness and hops.

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Photo of anthony23cippy
3.1/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a yellow hazy color with minimal head and fast dissipating lacing. Smell is nothing special at all, mild hops, not much of the Cs that provide the usual extreme citrus aroma in most 2IPAS, not appealing to me. Taste is mostly of malt, pretty bitter, but not much of any others coming through, a medicinal flavor actually not very well. Mouthfeel is typical of an IPA, slightly more carbonated. Overall nothing special escprixally not what u was hoping compared to some of their others I've had. 3/5

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max and Erma’s in Millcreek Mall
Aroma of pine and citrus, lasts
Head removed by bartender, remains are off white, creamy, diminishing to three mm ring and layer
Lacing good – complete rings and some curtaining
Body medium yellow, clear, effervescent
Flavor – starts and ends moderately bitter, no distinct hop flavor, some of malt backbone detectable; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of stevoj
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at PreFunk. First impression is pretty mild for IIPA, with the hop selection favoring the East Coast palate. Subtle, sneaks up on you. Unassuming pour, lazy carbonation, soft white head. Initial mild hoppy, malty nose. Hops kick in with some zip at first taste, numbs the tongue, lingering bittersweet. Smooth, slick and lots of late warmth. Nice

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Photo of GregHarold
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
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 BeerPredator
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears light golden with scant head. Smells have citrus and bready notes. Tastes exceptional; crisp and extremely drinkable. Very thin body with no alcohol taste or aroma except slightly at end of drink. Heavily recommend and will drink again.

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Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours out clear and golden; the head lays on an inch or so of foam and leaves a few strands behind

Smell: Caramel malt tones offset the bitter hops; an oniony/grassy edge to the hop profile

Taste: The hops kick in at the outset and are buttressed by the caramel malt flavors; through the middle both the sweetness of the malts and the oniony/grassy profile of the hops build; ultimately the bitterness dominates the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not a bad DIPA but a bit too sweet and I can't really get excited by the hop profile

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Photo of MUTINY
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into my Dogfish glass.

A: Pours a clear copper gold with 1" white head that recedes slowly. Retention & lacing are excellent.

S: Primarily malty pine notes. I get some lemon rind. Almost a salty toffee thing going on here, too.

T: Mostly balanced, maybe skewing a bit toward the malt side. A pretty big resinous/piney hop character jumps out in front. This is followed by a soft bready maltiness that carries all the way through the mid-palate. Finishes with a caramelly but bitter punch. ABV is masked quite well.

M: High-ish carb for the style. For all the malt aspects of the nose/palate, this brew has a grainy crispness about it.

O: I like it. The comparative effervescence & pine/lemon hop profile are really working for me here.

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Photo of Tilly
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden amber pour. Not much of a head.
Pine, lemon, citrus and hoppy aroma.
Real nice taste not far away from the aroma. Citrus, pine hoppy taste with a hint of malt.
Crisp, clean mouth feel with a old bitterness behind it.
A pretty good double IPA from ST.

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Photo of FrancisSmooth
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
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 TheBeerMaster1
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm thinking it's gonna be their flagship ipa x2. Instead, and although a great beer, but a much safer and fruitier take on an IPA that didn't have the hop kick I was hoping for.

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Photo of Phillip13
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer that is very well named great hop flavor a fine DIPA. It has a wonderful grapefruit citrus flavor with a pine and floral overtones. The bitter aftertaste is delightful. Southern Tier's best beer.

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

This beer pours a hazy bright gold with a nice white tall head.

Aromas carry hop resin and pine. Some maltiness comes through as well.

Flavor is huge lemon candy and sweetness, along with pine and floral tones. I also get some pepper, cream soda, and more hop dankness.

Mouth is pretty full and nice. Goes down smooth with a good amount of carb. Those intense hops provide that nice bite on the back end.

Lovely beer! Tastes bigger than it may seem. The sweet/bitter balance is great.

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Photo of MNJR
3.39/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chunky, thick beer with low carbonation. Juicy Fruit gum flavors, hoppy resinous aftertaste. A sipper. This beer would be improved by sharper carbonation and less chalky residue in your yap after drinking it.

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

Looks. Soft Amber color, not too heady.
Smell. Peachy, fresh, slightly beery.
Taste. Mild hops front to back. Nice fresh sense.
Mouthfeel. Soft, medium body, slightly puckery, a bit fuzzy, must be the peaches.
Overall. Nice solid beer; didn't do anything special for me, but I admit to being dark beer person.

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Photo of HoldMyHopsIII
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Light, golden with decent head that disappeared rather quickly

Smell: Slight citrus smell, but overall not much aroma

Taste: Very smooth beer but tastes slightly watered down and bland. Not quite strong enough for my liking

Feel: Goes down very smooth and well carbonated

Overall: Expected more bursting flavors coming from a beer with an 8.2% ABV. However, it is very easy to drink and I would recommend it as a casual summer IPA

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2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 4,472 ratings.
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