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 Rock_Glenn
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper with less head than the other southern tier ipa's. Smells a tad bland compared to others, but good of pine and citrus. The malt flavor is delicious and blends with the hops overtones. The body reminds me of whiskey, in a good way, though it makes it hard to pound a sixer of this in a sitting.

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Photo of NyBeerBro
4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
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 dgmirelli
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

potent strong and very prominent alcohol taste as a double, most prefer this flavor profile and I am not there yet, but if you are this can be a consideration, most doubles to me follow this profile and the smoother doubles (better) are in legendary status and not readily in rotation. alcohol masks most citrus notes and this is solid for a one or two beer evening.

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Photo of jmkiser
2.82/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

My first review! Take this with a grain of salt as I'm a guy who likes wheat beers, so this may just be too strong for me to enjoy.

L: Golden, clear, fluffy one finger head, minimal lacing

S: Hoppity hop

T: Overbearing bitterness that overwhelms light hints of good flavor that I can't even put a name on what I'm tasting... piney? woody?

F: Medium on the light side, good carbonation

O: High expectations with the pour and smell, but the first taste kicked me in the mouth in a not good way. This may just be my own bias as I don't know what a well done extremely bitter beer is compared to a not good one. If I was to guess, though, this is one of the good ones. I couldn't finish it, though, because the bitterness was too strong. This will probably be the best score I could give a beer that I can't finish, though.

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Photo of Gmann
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pretty toasted grain color with a short white head. No lacing.

The aroma is of citrus and pine, perhaps a touch of onion. Multi grain bread.

The taste is of grapefruit rind, grass, pepper and light pine. Slightly toasted multi grain bread. Some honey and a touch of minerals.

Well bodied. Good balance between sweet and bitter. Well done. Abv is in check.

On the line between strong IPA and a double. Hop flavor good but not great but the beer has great balance.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a nice fluffy off white head that sticks around for quite a while and leaves sticky webs of lacing in its wake. Smell is pine, resin, citrus and some tropical fruit along with sweet and bready malts. Taste is the same. To say that it's well balanced is not quite right, because the hops are definitely the star, but there is definitely a solid malt base that keeps them in check. Feel is medium bodied and very smooth. Overall this beer is very good. It is the first time I've had it since the recipe change. Although it is not much different from the original, it seems more a bit more cleaned up with more pronounced hop flavors. Very nice.

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Photo of stephens101
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes 9/24/15

Pale orange in color. Plenty of light fruits in the aroma before notes of caramel and citrus take over. Tastes fruity, spicy and plenty of piney hoppiness of course. A bit syrupy in the finish. A bit of gum. Medium in body.

Drinks like an IPA, but a really flavorful and complex one. If that makes any sense?

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Photo of Gajo74
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoying one at the pier I outdoor cafe by the Hudson River on a warm night. Most pleasant!
Pours a clear golden with a modest creamy head. The lace is frothy and sticks to the glass. (OK..it's actually a plastic cup)
Pleasant fruity notes of mango and pineapple, along with some citrus zest.
Behind the citrusy and slightly spicy hops flavor, there is a sweet caramel malt backbone that provides a great balance. Medium bodied and full at the same time, yet, so drinkable.
Overall, a solid and tasty DIPA that drinks like an IPA.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the color and clarity of apple juice, but with a medium sized white head. Head retention is modest, with good lacing left behind. Resin, pine, and dank hop notes make up a sticky IPA aroma. Resin, dank, and pine hop notes formulate a sticky thick IPA. Mouth feel is a bit sticky, with a medium consistency. Overall, it's a tasty beverage. The hops seem to be kept in balance for pleasant sipping.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of ordybill
4.68/5  rDev +16.7%
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 PhilsPils
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nicked from my daughter's fridge in D.C. and poured into a red Solo "chalice" (helping her move and all the glasses were packed!). Pours a beautiful reddish gold with a nice, full off-white head. First taste hits all the hops notes...pine, citrus, grapefruit. Plenty of bitterness but certainly enough malt to make it a reasonably balanced beer. I would call this better than most DIPAs I have had. Later we picked up some Labatt's Blue as a lawnmower/furniture moving quaff and the previous beer made the Blue seem even more insipid than usual. Glad to see this beer here in Texas now.

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Photo of jmd1978
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
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 Grindelvasdrum
3.77/5  rDev -6%
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 btest2
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been drinking this more when I go out and it is served. The color is a nice bright gold with decent carbonation. It has a very nice hoppy smell and for whatever reason the taste makes it go down easy. Feel is good with a clean crisp finish. Overall a easy to drink IPA with a bit higher than average ABV due to the 2X.

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Photo of fscottkey
2.94/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: [4.25] Beer is almost totally transparent with a slight chill haze. It has a golden straw color and forms 1 finger of white head. The bottle lists the ABV at 8.2% and there is a date of birth (01/21/16).

S: [3.25] Getting more malt notes than hop notes initially. Caramel, toffee then lemon pith and peaches.

T: [2.50] Assertive hop bitterness up front. This is a hop bomb. My sense of taste is having trouble picking out notes due to the blaring bitterness up front. I am getting lemon rind, and lots of spicy hop notes. There is almost no malt backing it up.

M: [3.00] The carbonation is relatively low and the body is above medium. Lots of bitterness on the finish.

O: [3.00] Not my favorite IPA. I waited a long time for this one and got it pretty fresh. The brew seems out of balance to me. Way too much on the hops and bitter and no malts to balance it out. This is not my favorite DIPA or Southern Tier beer (by a lot).

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Photo of NastyNorseman
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden hoppy brew that is on the lighter side. This drink is refreshing and its citrusy, floral notes make this a great warm weather brew in my opinion.

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Photo of Kinger22
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light Amber pour with small head. A smell of hops with hints of citrus follows. A bitter hoppiness for taste, but subtle for a double IPA. For a double IPA it's rather light and drinkable, but still filling.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
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 Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE - Light, clear, carbonation, lacing, head retention.

AROMA/SCENT - Hops, floral, fruit, floral, sweet.

TASTE - Hops, bitter, bread, pine.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Carbonation, very dry, lingering, astringent, effervescent, clean, light.

VALUE - $8 for $16 oz. Good deal.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Simple, straightforward double; not sweet, so bitterness comes through.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1/20....pours bright light gold, some white foam on top. Light ring of foam. Little apple pine nose with citrus. Strong but mellow bitter, folded into a sweet malt. Lemon citrus pops. Real mellow for a high powered IPA.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Draft in tulip glass. Pours a slightly hazy light amber with an eggshell white head. Initial impression is citrus and pine, nicely balanced by slight malt sweetness. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Slightly sticky. Alcohol well disguised. Very tasty!

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Photo of PCole
3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle dated 10/1/15 poured into a tulip on 2/8/16

Look: Dark-straw colored and transparent. Poured a half-finger of off-yellow head that dissipated fairly quickly. Sparse lacing. Easily roused to a large, fluffy head with agitation.

Smell: Smells like hay and fresh-cut grass. Very earthy. A bit of spice too. Some citrus upon warming

Taste: Hoppy but not really bitter. Pine and resin, but not aggressively so. Fairly substantial malt for balance. Nothing noteworthy; all pretty standard.

Feel: Moderate carbonation. Feels pretty full and frothy. Refreshing finish, not dry or crisp.

Overall: Probably one of the least noteworthy beers I've had recently. Not bad by any means, but I feel like I've had this beer many times before, just with different names. There's better stuff out there that's just as accessible.

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Photo of short-and-stout
4.64/5  rDev +15.7%
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 arizcards
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Craft Beer Hop Stop on Veterans Day for $1.99. DOB is 10/1/15.

Beer poured golden with a nice white head that is leaving lacing and has some nice hang time.

Nose has hints of citrus flowers.

Taste is citrusy, piney, and fresh. Very light for a 8.2% beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and refreshing.

Overall this is a very nice beer at a reasonable price. I am definitely having this in the future!

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Photo of Sleepy_Conscience
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Golden, very clear. Faint reddish hue, although if you don't look too carefully it could easily be mistaken for a Big Beer pilsner.

Smell/Taste: Floral grapefruit. Classic DIPA flavor. Smooth. Hoppy but not very bitter.

Feel: Liquid

Overall: Very solid, if standard, double IPA. Distinct floral, fruity notes. Smooth. Has that grapefruit verging on mango flavor all my favorite IPAs have. Reminds of my all around favorite DIPA, Great Lakes Chillwave.

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2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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