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 Jenkster4
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice golden color that is fairly clear. Not too much on the head, just about a pinky.

S: You get some pine, citrus, and some mild caramel malts in there. Also get a little booze in this one.

T: This one is dangerously smooth. If I could could get this in stores near me it would easily be a session IPA for me. The bitterness is pleasant, and it's just a tasty little devil.

M: Goes down real smooth. WATCH OUT!

O: Liked this one a lot. For a DIPA, it's just really smooth and refreshing. Whenever I am somewhere that sells this I will be stacking up FO SHO!

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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served in tulip.

look (3.5/5) - a deep gold color, which is a touch lighter than I'd expect for the style. Head was pretty good. It rose to about two fingers, fluffy, and white. Falls a touch fast, but leaves some nice lacing before reducing to a swirling film. Very cloudy, probably unfiltered.

smell (4/5) - obviously the hops dominate. Not hugely complex, you get citrus and pine with some dry hopping in there, but they work together very well. The malts are less sweet, I get some graininess and some breadcrust in there. Yeast has a bit of fruit in it and a little bit of a tart finish that comes out a bit like a BPA.

Flavour (4/5) - The hop flavor is a bit weaker than you'd usually get with an I/DIPA. Hops and malts very similar to those you get on the nose. The fruitiness from the yeast plays really well with the citrus-like hops. Finish is tart and crisp and only medium bitter.

Feel (4/5) - medium-light body, maybe a bit heavier for not being filtered - higher carbonation. Feels 'fluffy'.

Drink (4/5) - I don't think this is a great example of the style, to be honest. Yet the flavors, though not totally complex, play well together and make for an interesting brew that almost seems like an I/DIPA met a BPA.

I liked.

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Photo of Tomdee74
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can't wait to try this. Southern Tier has proven to be very worthy with the Gemini, Pumking, Choklat,and Crem Brulee and I'm pretty sure this will be interesting! The reviews also have me excited.

A - Poured into a tulip glass i was surprised at the small head only about a half inch that dissipated quickly. pretty good lacing however i must say. It is a yellow very light tan color.. definitely a little lighter than other dipas out there..

S - Not an overpowering smell and i get the grapefruit, orange, mango fruity, tropical smell. it's not crazy, it's light, but it's there. a decent smell. very light and fruity..

T - Tastes a bit more fruity than piney i think.. i like this taste. it's very light i think. it's not heavy at all. the alcohol is very well hidden, i feel i could easily drink these on a summer day. so they are dangerous in that respect. hoppy but not a hop bomb by any means. Pretty easy for a dipa.

M - very light. refreshing, fruity. good carbonation. a bit sticky...

D - I have to say high as i drank this in about 2 minutes and i want another. it was super easy to drink. maybe a bit too easy. very light, refreshing, but too light for me for most nites.. i prefer a bit more body but this is very good and very drinkable.

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Photo of Kakaraht
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A delicious deep amber color with a thick creamy head.

S: Citrus up front, mostly grapefruit, but with hints of orange and lemon zest. Malt follows the hop note with its heavy caramel sweetness, quite an enticing smell.

T: This is a delicious beer the bitterness from the hops is just perfect, not too strong but just enough to leave that tart finish. The grapefruit flavor mingles with the spicy malt character. The flavor smooths out as the beer warms allowing the malt to overpower some of the hoppiness.

M: Smooth and heavy body, finishes a little on the thin side though. Bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue.

D: Overall this IPA was just what I needed after so many over the top IPA's that focus on bitterness and loose sight of the hop flavor. This is definitely a beer a will buy again, and again probably.

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Photo of HopDiggityDawg
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - It is light golden color, no kidding it looks like a domestic. Thin head, nice lacing
Smell - A good sign of things to come, citrus, grapefruit.
taste - citrus, pine, very, very nice balance. Hops hit up front but they don't overstep their boundaries.
mouthfeel - light, refreshing, awesome
overall a very good DIPA that comes in a 12 oz bottle, although I wish I had several bombers of it right now. Try this beer if you get a chance!

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Photo of Dubber55
3.42/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Light yellow with some orange highlights. 2 fingers of white bubbles.

Smells mostly like pine, grapefruit, and floral hops.

Tastes mostly like pine, grapefruit, floral hops, and a little honey sweetness. The taste of this beer seems a bit fleeting. The finish is slightly dry and slightly bitter. Doesn't seem to be aggressively hopped. Not very complex either.

Mouthfeel is definitely on the lighter side. Seems a bit watery at times. Carbonation is medium.

The drinkability is pretty good. This beer is a bit watery, its not overly bitter or dry which makes it pretty easy to drink. This is an ok IIPA but, the flavor just doesnt pack enough punch for me.

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Photo of Fieldzy27
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A-Pours a golden color with a tint of coper. white head with a decent amount of lace.

S-smells of sweet citrus hops and some other milds sweetness.

T-First on the pallet is hops followed by a nice balance of malt sweetness. Very balanced yet still intricate enough to keep things interesting. Tastes become more aparent as the beer warms

M-mouth feel is excellent and gets better as it warms as well. Carbonation is dead on.

D- This is a great offering from Southern Tier. Its a very drinkable double IPA with enough hops to itch the hop-head scratch but that the same time has enough malt to keep things in check. The abv is completely hidden as well which makes this drinkability dangerous.

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Photo of btorsdog
4.8/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Definetly a fan of this one, although 1.5xIPA is probably a better(more correct) name. Solid golden straw in color and poured a beautiful 2 finger solid foamy head with great sticky intricate lacing.

Smell was smooth for a lack of a better term with mild hints of hops and maltiness. The taste was similar with a well rounded balanced taste of hops and malts, sweet almost honey-like at the end with an ever so so faint alchhol twinge at the back of the tounge. SWEEET!

Mouthfeel was right where it should be and this is one very drinkable(POUNDABLE) brew. Good stuff Maynard!

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Photo of ryantaussig
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful golden straw color with a sturdy one to two finger head. Good lacing.

S: Hop aroma all over the nose. There's a certain amount of sweetness in there as well. Unroasted malts in the background. Surprising lack of alcohol aroma despite being a double.

T: Definite presence of hop bitterness, but not as much as I had expected. I predicted getting my tongue bombarded with bitterness, but the flavor is well balance. The hops are clearly the star player, but the malt sweetness plays off it well. Almost no alcohol flavor.

M: The body and finish of the beer are excellent. It's a nice medium body with a good medium to dry finish, which is great for a double. The carbonation though, is extremely low and has an adverse effect on the feel.

O: Pretty much average on this one. The flavors won't burn you out quickly, and the low carbonation means it isn't overly filling, but I do foresee the pallet wanting something different after a few.

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

A - candy orange, white head

S - Citrus, has a very clean smell, orange peel

T - Malt and hop bitterness are upfront, following citrus then smoothing out with a creamy finish.

M - Smooth, perfect carbonation

Overall this is one of my favorite IPA's. Perfectly balanced leaning more towards the hop bill then the malt, but that is how I like it!

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

A-Pours a clear golden amber color with less than an inch of head that rapidly disappears leaving minimal lacing about the glass.
S-Piney hops, piney hops, piney hops and then some nice sweet citrus aromas of grapefruit and orange.
T-The hops dominate the taste of this beer and while there is the usual bite it does not have a lingering bitterness, rather the afternotes are bready malts and an earthy grassy finish.
M-Chewy and medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
D-Very nice and pleasant for a DIPA. This is one where I'm glad I bought a 6'r and look forward to finishing them off.

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

A - pours a pale orange-gold with a small white head. This is much more pale than their regular IPA. Very attractive lacing on the glass.

S - great hop smells. Lots of grapefruit, lemon, and orange citrus smells plus some pine.

T - slightly sweet malt up front with caramel notes, followed by a lot of hop flavors, mainly citrus and pine. Good amount of bitterness in the middle. There's some decent fruitiness with some hints of tropical fruits (pineapple and a bit of papaya-like mustiness, surprisingly enough). Finish is actually less bitter than I expected, with a bit of booziness. It does leave a bit of lingering spiciness.

M - medium body and carbonation. Leaves a good amount of oiliness from the hops.

D - quite drinkable, though I like it when IPAs have a more dry finish. It's above average for the style, certainly.

Another solid offering from Southern Tier. It's hard to say whether I like this more than the regular IPA, because they're both great! If you're looking for a bigger beer go with this one, of course.

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Photo of KYBrewgrass
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- 4.5 Pours a very nice clear golden color with a one finger white head. One thin column of bubbles rises from the stem of the glass, and a wall of micro bubbles laces the edges smoothly. Sticky lacy remains stay throughout.

S- 4.5 Strong hops and a grapefruit citrus dominate the nose. There's a tinge of honey-like sweetness coming from the malts. The smell has my mouth puckering in anticipation.

T- 4.5 Mmm, this is just what I pictured from the aroma... I'm again getting grapefruit and a nice-but-not-overbearing hoppiness. It is mellowed out nicely by the malts as you take it down. Great tasting big IPA.

M- 4.5 This brew has almost a perfect feel to it; it is medium in body and has a great carbonation level that provides a nice smoothness. Just a bit of syrup to it on the finish keeps me from giving it a 5.

D- 4.5 A very nice offering all around. Hop heads: I don't consider myself one yet and I love it. It goes down very easily for its high ABV and is smooth and refreshing. I'd put it close to - if not on par - with Bell's Hopslam. Glad to have Southern Tier in KY now!

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Photo of thebeerdoctor
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Although I was told this beer to be "flying off the shelf", I can not understand why. A golden coloured poured into a large pilsener glass, this is more of a hop vegetable experience, to be kind. Which makes me wonder: do the next generation of beer seekers believe that this is what flavor is all about?
Then there is the price, At $12.80 a six pack (tax included) , I can think of many other offerings worth forking over that kind of dough. Strangely, 2XIPA caused an allergic reaction I did not know I had. It caused me to sneeze without any control.

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Photo of IPAescotch
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
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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Photo of GoldHorde
2.9/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Before I wrote this review - I double checked the other reviews to make sure I was rating the same beer. My review here is NOT so much about the performance of this beer as the perceptions of the other reviewers. I am convinced the others who rated this beer do NOT know what a Double IPA is OR perhaps they have not had a good/great one. I am willing to be ravaged here - if you slay me wrong.

After all, it was labeled as a 2X-IPA. Maybe it spoiled in the bottle BUT this beer falls CLEARLY into the Belgian Ale category. It's sour notes have no place in the IPA category - everything about it screams "Belgian Ale!". As I did take a Silver Medal in competition against 400+ others in the Belgian Ale style - I should be allowed a sharp opinion here.

I would give this beer a MUCH HIGHER rating if it were listed as a Belgian Ale. However, I purchased it because I am a hophead - preferring strong snorts of IPA's and 2xIPA's.

AROMA: Sour musk.
HEAD: One finger fading.
FLAVOR: Sour malt and heavy malty aftertaste

Absolutely nothing wrong with this beer - if you are after a great Belgian Ale.

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Photo of stonelis
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a hazy golden color. Small white head. Light bodied, unusual for a double IPA, not as much hop character as a double IPA. Citrus, light pine. You would never guess this to be almost 8.5 percent. This is a very drinkable beer. Not your typical DOUBLE IPA but still very good.

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Photo of StarshipPoopers
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review is taken from notes.

A - Great colour. Bright orange and hazy. Almost glows. Had great lacing and a foamy white head that dissipates quickly to a thin translucent film.

S - Pine and hop bitterness.

T - Good amount of bitterness in the taste that lasts throughout the drink. Hop flavours are pine and grapefruits, almost kind of syrupy tasting but good.

M - Very smooth.

D - Drinkability is great, I wouldn't get tired of this one.

Wish I had taken more thorough notes, but basically the 2xIPA was like an extra strong IPA. The hops seemed on par with a DIPA but the malts were lacking in comparison, which I enjoyed but might not be for everyone.

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Photo of haines710
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Have had bottled in the past but latest purchase at local grocery was pint can. Same price as 12 oz bottle so seemed like 4 oz for free!!

Poured hazy light Amber into a pint glass. I smell apricot. Taste is a little bitter and less fruity. I like this double IPA.

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

A - Light yellow-orange. I could care less about appearance, so unless it's really beautiful or really ugly, it will get the average of the other ratings. Who drinks a beer for appearance anyway?

S - Great hop smell. Fruit, pine, and a little spice.

T - Not as much fruit in the taste. Tastes much lighter than 8.2%. Good balance of hop flavor and bitterness. Not nearly as malty as Dogfish Head 60, which is probably why I like it more.

M - Very light for a DIPA, easy to drink.

O - Another phenomenal value in the IPA/DIPA category as I can get this for $9.99 a six pack. I first tried this together with Dogfish Head 60, Dogfish Head 90, and Southern Tier IPA. While it isn't as good as Dogfish Head 90, both of the Southern Teir IPAs were better than Dogfish Head 60 IMO.

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

A: Pours a light golden-orange. Totally clear, this DIPA looks more like a lager. White head that sticks around for a while, and leaves excellent lacing.

S: Like their regular IPA, this one does not seem to have a very pronounced aroma. I get sweet, honey-like malts mixed with some citrus and a touch of pine in the background.

T: This beer was bottled 70 days ago, and, unfortunately, it shows. The hops are faded (like in the aroma) and it has turned quite malty. It still is pleasantly bitter, but nothing over the top. It is just slightly dry and you can just barely taste the alcohol. The hoppiness is sweet citrus up front, and piney in the aftertaste.

M: Medium-light. Low carbonation. Would like this to be slightly thicker. Most IPA's have more body than this double.

I'm a bit disappointed with this one as I quite enjoyed their regular IPA. This is just more malty and alcoholic. I would definitely like to re-review this one with a fresh bottle as it does taste faded.

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

Bottles recently arrived at my local LCBO.

Pours apricot-coloured, a little on the lighter side, with a head that quickly dissipates to a thin film. Active carbonation is evident.

On the nose the beer is fresh and full with floral hops, definite mango notes, grapefruit, and a bit of sweet breadiness. Very bright and just a bit "piney."

The taste is lightly malty sweet and clean right off the bat but then reveals its core elements of big, punchy, citrus and floral-dominated hoppy character. More orange here than on the nose. Herbal notes on the finish that come through more as the beer lingers.

Mouthfeel is crisp with carbonation through each sip but stays sticky and lingering long after - a bit too soapy for my taste.

As for drink-ability - it has a pretty pronounced ABV but the flavours and carbonation do well to hide it.

Overall, it's quite refreshing while still packing a wallop of well-rounded hop flavours. The aroma is particularly impressive.

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Photo of misinformed
3.32/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 bottle with no date poured in to a pint glass.
A- Light orange liquid that poured with a 2 finger, medium bubbled head. Steady columns of carbonation. Head settled down to around 1/4 finger.

S- Citrus hops right when I popped the cap off. Some floral notes. Light malt notes when it warmed.

T- Very muddled and messy when first opened probably due to the temperature. Citrusy hops and light floral hops followed by toasted malts then hops. Acidic, spicy, bitter. After it warmed up a bit the flavor profile became more balanced, but I was surprised at the amount of malt flavor for a double IPA.

M- Light, smooth. Maybe a faint stickiness, but really not oily or sticky at all. Very hot at first, but that faded after awhile although the alcohol was still present.

D- It grew on me through the course of a glass, but I don't think I would drink it again. On the weaker side and a surprising amount of malt for a double IPA. I tried Captain Lawrence's Captain's Reserve IPA recently for the first time and the 2xIPA doesn't even hold a candle to the Captain's Reserve which I think is a much better example of a double IPA. A good beer, but not a great double IPA.

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Photo of jman42
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A = Beautiful clear gold color. Great head. Good lacing. Starting off promising.

S = Awesome flowery hop bouquet. Smells like I took some freshly picked hops from the garden and crushed them between my fingers. Even more promising.

T = Prevailing hops taste. Exactly what I was hoping for in a 2x IPA.

M = Crisp and clean. Slightly oily in a good way.

O = I like this beer a lot. Went down great with some steaks on the grill. Will come back to this one again and again.

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