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Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by mcallister on 04-28-2010

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1,051
Ratings:
4,452
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
23.44%
 
 
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Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Rattle N Hum in New York, NY

A: Pours a dark golden yellow to light copper in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall dense off-white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit and pine/resin hops along with a very light note of sweet malts.

T: There is a very light amount of caramel malt sweetness with moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit and pine/resin hops - but the hop flavors are not very aggressive. Very light hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Easier to drink than a lot of other beers in the style, but the hop profile of this beer is not as aggressive as the other examples of the style. The alcohol is this beer is well hidden but I would probably classify it as more of a 1.5 IPA (not quite a double). Enjoyable but not a real special beer for the style (which is one of my favorites).

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

Good three-finger head which settles slowly and leaves nice ring lace. After five minutes, there's a foam dome. Light gold color with a mild haze

Strong, appealing grapefruit hop aroma.

Pleasant malt start to the sip, but it quickly gives way to a strong, nearly extreme bitter hop bite. Peppery swallow and a long lasting finish. Rich body.

Overall, borderline excessive and somewhat two-dimensional but it is still quite tasty for a hop head.

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Photo of billab914
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip. Poured a golden amber color with a moderate sized bright white head to it. The head faded to a thin covering, but left some excellent lacing while doing so.

The aroma has a nice floral, citrusy hoppiness to it. It has a bit of that juicy, tropical flavor that I really like in DIPA's. The hoppy aromas are very nice in it. A bit of toasty malt comes through as well in the nose.

The taste has a nice mix of fruity, tropical, juicy, hoppiness and a more bitter, pine, resin hoppiness. A little alcohol is present in the finish but not too bad. A little bit of bready and toasty malt comes through the hoppiness. The finish also has a bitter, dry hoppiness that lingers.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate to slightly above average carbonation. Drinkability is good, it has some very nice hoppy flavors to it. I really enjoyed the 6 pack of this I bought and will be buying more. Very welcome addition to ST's 6 pack lineup, and a very solid beer overall.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a clear golden color with a small white head on top, very little retention with minimal lacing on the sides.

S: Decent aroma, some light pine and floral hops. There is a bit of caramel and biscuit malt underneath. Faint alcohol.

T: Not overly hoppy for a DIPA, some caramel a faint floral hops. Not a lot going on here really.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: An average double IPA. Probably won't seek it out again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.23/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wow, 2XIPA I think Rogue went with ISquared symbol PA early in the concept of DIPAs, I guess a simple 2XIPA is hoppy but not compared to the exponential version that Rogue claimed. I'm kidding this beer pours a pale golden crystal clear hue, what's going on here. big white head forms thick in my bulbous chalice. Fine even lacing is laced around the edges of the glass. Aroma is a bit onion/garlic inspired for me, a spicy vegetable green character. Yes sugar wraps around that hop character but what does that do for me. Again a nice sweetness but the hop flavors are onion/garlic vegetable tones what the hell is up with this hop fad. This is no OG Unearthly IPA, but it's a beer they're going to put out in 12 ounce bottles. Mouhtfeel is soft carbonated medium bodied sugary estered hops it makes hops taste like dessert too unbalanced especially when you're hops taste like garlic/green onions. WTF, I want a real DIPA from one of the east coast brewers let's see who is willing to deliver.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2XIPA appears light orange and mostly clear with an inch of white frothy head that leaves a few spots of lacing. The aroma is of alcohol and hops with hints of citrus fruit. The beer tastes very good, but the alcohol presence is a bit too forward, detracting from the pleasant citrus and hop flavors, slightly decreasing the overall drinkability and enjoyment. Overall, a good beer and worth a try.

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Photo of jwc215
4.71/5  rDev +17.5%
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 johnnnniee
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at New England Tap house Grille.
Comes to the table a slightly hazy light golden color with a smallish off white head that persists. Smells of hops, yeah no shit right? Pine and citrus with a bit of grapefruit and resin, light bready caramel malt provides a hint of balance. The flavor is fruity hops with lots of citrus and pine and a bit of caramel to round it all out. Solid but smooth hop bitterness. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick resinous mouthfeel. Nice smooth flavorful IPA, I really enjoyed this.

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Photo of tdm168
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pure gold with 1/4" inch of dense, foamy head that has pretty good retention. The nose is purely floral hop aromas. The taste is lightly malty with floral, mildly piny hops. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with decent carbonation.

This one's OK but in the end it's one dimensional and leaves me wanting something more.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.06/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Out of the bottle she comes out like a shining gold. Gives a two finger simple soapy white head that settles slowly. Very clear pale amber color and slow rising carbonation from the bottom of tiny bubbles. Very crystal clear looking.

Bouquet is a mild sweetness but not much really going on and kind of, missing hop feel, malt, or anything big for a standard double imperial it seems. It feels like it has the character of a good standard citrus punch, but it feels like it has been taken down quite a notch or something. It has a hint of turbonado brown sugar sweetness.

Taste is, kind of underwhelming. A bit wet, muted wet grapefruit finish and minimal hop presence. Where is the bitterness or punch or grass or well, anything? I am not looking for a hop bomb but I would like to say something about the hops in this but I can't cause they hardly show up. Disappointing palate feel with a quick finishing and dissipating tastes that leaves and disappears quickly. It almost has a gassy light lager finish and feel with carbonation attached to it and a gamey aftertaste. It makes for easy drinking, but not for great savoring and flavor.

I don't get the angle on this at all for a double imperial. It seems like perhaps things were all set for go and then someone turned everything down by several notches. I'll pass on this one kind of disappointed to say the least.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is yellow with a mild haze, some lacing on a thin head and low carbonation. Looks OK.

Aroma is sweet with mild piny hops and some malt.

Beer is thinner than expected, moderately bitter at the back, interesting overall. The hops are mostly piny but overall it is a bit too malty for my tastes. Overall just a decent, nothing too special here DIPA. Next...

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, light honey-yellow coloring with a light, filmy, bubbly white head. The nose is rich in cedar and pine, with some subtle grapefruit highlights. The flavor is resiny, with peppery hops on a tart, light, grapefruit sweet backbone. Surprisingly light, with a crisp body. The aftertaste is slightly filmy, with a resiny and tart blending to it. Slightly lingering finish, with a bitter, resiny end. Decent brew.

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Photo of Billolick
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle w/o freshness/bottling info to be ascertained. Pours lighter amber, clear, typical tan head, with staying power quite evident, goes to a tiny bubble film, low sheeting, collar and very fine strands of lace. Nose is nicely hopped up, citric and biting. Tasty DIPA, ample but not overwhelming hop crunch, I'm getting notes of citrus, pine, mint on the hoppy side, and biscuits and smooth malt on the sweat end. Balanced. Not really what I like in a DIPA. Dangerously drinkable. I'd like more aggression out of whoever determined the hop bill on this one. Tasty and obviously quality offering. Well worth trying.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.77/5  rDev -6%
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 vfgccp
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Apple juice with a thin white head. Nice lace.

S - Mango, apple, dry Riesling.

T - White grapefruit, white grapes, brown sugar, lightly toasted white bread.

M - Very light body - it's walking a tightrope over watery without quite falling in. Sweet, lightly syrupy finish.

D - Fantastic for the 8%

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Light yellow in colour with a hint of amber. Only very slightly cloudy. Some thick foamy white head. Very light in colour for a DIPA.

S - Citrus hops up front - mostly grapefruit. Some earthy/pine notes too. Also notes of sweet caramel malts.

T - Bitter grapefruit hops up front that settle down and offer some hints of pine. There is semi-sweet bready malt backbone. The finish is bitter piney hops. A very nice DIPA.

M - Medium body. Lightly carbonated.

D - An excellent DIPA and one that I will look for again.

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Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single from Abe's. The beer appears a clear amber with a short white head. The aroma, frankly, comes off a bit soapy. The hops smell richly of perfume and fruit essence with pine. The flavor pulls in more spicy apricot and orange peel, but it all feels too light for a DIPA. It reminds me of how light ST Pale was, but that beer seemed to be more complex. I appreciate that this is more drinkable, but it could use a hint of malt and more variation in the hops.

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

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a very nice pale and bisquit malt scent along with a wonderful hop nose. The taste is good also. It has a smooth, bitter taste that boasts of pale malts and lots of hops. It's well balanced and easy drinking. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a well brewed DIPA. It's not as good as I would have expected, but it's pretty damn good.

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

Pours a clear, golden color. One and one half inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of floral hops, citrus hops, sweet malt, yeast, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean with an average carbonation level. Tastes of floral hops, slight alcohol, sweet malt, hint of citrus, and slight spice. Overall, good blend, body, and appearance.

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Photo of Gavage
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a golden color with a 2" head that lasts a bit. Nice lacing paints the glass.

Smell: loads of floral hops, lemon and grapefruit citrus, and some fruitiness arrive late.

Taste: caramel, pears, golden apples, floral bitterness, grapefruit, and lemon zest make up a very nicely balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Long aftertaste as the flavors last.

Drinkability: this beer was extremely quaffable for the style. This beer was refreshing and very tasty. Everyone should try this one.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 7/22/10.

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is very hoppy with some pine, orange and dank notes. Very inviting. The flavor is mainly pine with some nice caramel malt notes. I also get some grassy and earthy hops and a tad bit of orange citrus as the beer warms. Medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This is not the best Double IPA I have ever had, but it is very good and a beer that everyone should try.

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Photo of Duff27
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Very thin white head atop a light gold beer. Some streams of effervescence with a little lacing.

S- Citrus/grassy hops.

T- More citrus like the in the nose. Finishes with a nice hop bite with a touch of honey perhaps.

M- Thin to medium mouthfeel, adequate carbonation.

D/O- Low end of the spectrum of ABV makes this a very quaffable DIPA, if there is such a thing. Nothing that will tear into your palate...very drinkable for the style.

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Photo of liamt07
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the LCBO, no identifiable bottled on/best before date. Into a pint glass.

Poured a pale godlen orange, witha white head that fades to some bubbles which ultimately disappear. Leaves behind no retention or lace. Nose of citrus and some tropical fruits. Sweet caramel bill with notes of honey, some biscuit. Odd notes of some overripe banana (odd but not unwelcome) with more pineapple and passionfruit. Taste has nice malt notes with hints of vanilla, biscuit, pine and some tropical hop notes. Alcohol comes through in the midmouth, mildly sticky and chewy mouthfeel. Great feel and good weight. Exceptional drinkability and a hop profile I really dig. Freshness probably takes this down a notch or two, but I'm sure this hits the nail on the head when had on tap. Very nice.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium orange-yellow amber. Thin persistant head that leaves light lacing. Light aroma of floral hops and light malt. Nice sweet and caramel malt with floral and not too herbal hops. The typical grapefruit part of the flavor is closer to an orange citrus flavor. Malt body has a sweet fruit or nectar component. Not as hop forward as other DIPAs, but makes up for it with a quite different and pleasant malt backbone. Enjoyable and a definate repeat IPA.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.2/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-Tap at Whole Foods in a pint glass. Glad to find this as is besides a oldish bottle.

Southern Tier 2XIPA pours out a bright golden yellow color but surprisingly not even a little foam on top, just some miniscule bubbles, so no lace. Pretty still beer but a nice shade to it.

Smells malty and screams East Coast. There is a small portion of grapefruit and other tropics but that sweet malt overshadows anything there. A small amount of alcohol though. For what it's worth there is no grassy scents.

And it goes to show that the east does not compare in this category. This is malt forward with some sweet bubblegum and sweet bready malt. Mixed in some tropics, grapefruit, slight orange. A bit of alc in the end and a lingering sweetness.

Not all that bitter, in fact it's not bitter at all. I need some bite here. A big medium body that lightly coats and stings on the end with the alc. I figured this would have some edge off the tap, naw pretty tame.

Glad I tried this off the tap than risking a bottle. It's far from my least favorite DIPA (stoudt's DIPA) but it's not in the same league as others. With so many choices in this category I can say Im starting to really notice the lacking ones here and there.

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