Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
New England IPA
Ranked #2,718
Ranked #17,116
3.88 | pDev: 9.28%
May 23, 2023
Feb 24, 2022
Very Good
Notes: Southern Tier’s 2XHAZE is an absolute flavor bomb. Hazy golden orange, with a soft body and booming with tropical flavor, this Double IPA is smooth and beguiling. The supreme drinkability of 2X beers will have you in awe as you keep up with their daring 8.2% ABV. Now you too, have The 2X Factor.

2XHAZE is brewed to bold strength with an absurd amount of hops, three times a standard IPA, and then dry-hopped relentlessly on four different days. Now that’s the 2X Factor.
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2X Haze from Southern Tier Brewing. 12 fl oz bottle from mixed 12-pack Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA, 09/05/23. Reviewed 23/05/23 (Review 3110). Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Label stamped “BESTBY 04/25/23”. Stored on room temperature pallet at store, $12 (Including tax)/12 pack. Stored at 34 degrees at home. Served at 50.5 degrees F in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. The final temperature was 56.6 degrees F.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Pale Straw (SRM 2), hazy.
Body – Pale Gold (SRM 4), opaque. Under direct light, same. When rear lite, same. Some sediment remains in the bottle, so I guess I didn’t roll it enough.
Head: Average (Maximum 1.7 cm, aggressive center pour), white smoke, high density, quickly diminishing, reducing to a 0.5 mm crown and a thin partial cap.
Lacing – None.
Aroma – 3.75 – Tropical and citrus fruity. No malt, no yeast. No ethanol (8.2 % ABV as marked on the label).
Flavor – 3.75 – Begins slightly sweet with grapefruit and pineapple, maybe some guava in the background. No malt, no yeast. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl. No gastric warming. Ends dry with some cleaning solvent aftertastes.
Palate – 4 – Medium; watery; lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4 Not too bad for a month past outdate and a dollar a bottle.
May 23, 2023
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

May 08, 2023
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
12 oz can served in a Belgian snifter.

Appearance. Cloudy golden body with a short white head that dissipates too quickly.

Feel. Medium body with low carbonation.

Tropical fruit notes dominate with relatively prominent hints of orange and pineapple.
May 05, 2023
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Reviewed by The_Beer_Guru from New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I like this beer a lot. My new favorite hazy ipa from southern tier. The alcohol is there enough to taste it but not over boozy plus it’s not rich or thick. Nice medium body. Very tasty. I want rate this a 4.5 because it’s so tasty but it is just southern tier. Don’t hesitate buying this Justin.
Mar 14, 2023
Rated: 4.62 by MFJB

Mar 12, 2023
Rated: 3.96 by BuddyZ from Pennsylvania

Mar 11, 2023
Rated: 3.96 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

Mar 02, 2023
Rated: 4 by Samnem from Georgia

Jan 09, 2023
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Reviewed by whitro17 from Florida

4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Look - pale yellow, hazy, small head - not much lacing at the end of this review
Smell - bready, citrus, lemon, orange
Taste - juicy, orange, citrus pith, hoppy
Feel - prickly mouthfeel, well carbonated, juicy, hoppy, dry sticky finish
Overall - I'll agree with many that this is a very good brew that goes down easy. Got a 6 pack as a Christmas gift so gotta thank my brother in law for this one. He lost his wallet at the Parliament House once but that's a story for a different time. Tip this one back and enjoy while jamming to Flashlight by Parliament.
Dec 30, 2022
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Southern Tier Brewing Co. "2XHAZE"
19.2 fl. oz. can "BEST BY04/26/23 LKW22298072030FL" and sampled on 12/18/22
$3.99 @ 5 Points Beer, Montgomeryville, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: A very hazy golden-orange body is capped by a two finger wide head of white foam. The aroma is fruity with notes of grapefruit, apple, orange, and sweet berries over a sweetish and bready malt base. Surprisingly the head has already dropped quite a bit and there's not a whole lot of lacing left behind. I know that alcohol tends to kill head retention and lacing but this is only 8.2% ABV. I should also point out that I don't really get alcohol in the nose; there's a little bit but certainly no more than you'd expect from a strong beer. The flavor is fuller than the nose let's on and it's sweetish and bready with some minor oat flavor. I'm not finding any wheat but I wouldn't be surprised if there's some in there. The hops are at least partially Mosaic, and I love the sweet berry-like flavor that it has. There's some orange, peach, grapefruit, mango, and guava as well. Hell, I'm sure if you dig a little deeper there's even more than that. It's not the brightest aroma or flavor that I've had in a hazy DIPA but it's quite pleasant. Back to the alcohol, there's more in the flavor than the aroma, but again, it's not overt. It's actually needed to help dry it in the finish as there's not a whole lot of bitterness at all. It's harder for me to tell in a double IPA but I'm going to guess that this is less than 30 IBU which I consider to be the lower threshold depending on the amount of residual sugar. Still, it somehow works in the end. I think a second serving might be a bit much but I doubt that anyone's going to be plowing through these at 8.2%. In the mouth it's medium bodied and lightly dextrinous. A fine-bubbled and moderate carbonation lends a gentle caress to the tongue before it warms to become smoother. It's not the best 'heavy protein' DIPA I've come across but it's not bad, and with that said it's really only the lack of head retention and lacing that brings it down. A better balance and mouthfeel would be great as well but it is what it is.
Review #8,455
Dec 18, 2022
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Reviewed by ReverendSoup from Massachusetts

2.74/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
Hazy and straw gold in color. Short-lived 2-finger head with sad, sad lacing. Smells pineappley. It's fine. Tastes sweet and also pineappley. Some dry floral hops on the back end. Inoffensive. Heavier body and less carbonation than I'd prefer for this one. If it was light and bubbly it would better suit the flavor profile and make up for its failure to impress. As it stands, it's... fine. A bit of a drag to drink.
Dec 16, 2022
Rated: 4.33 by Brianito from Tennessee

Nov 23, 2022
Rated: 3.78 by FrancisM12 from New Jersey

Nov 13, 2022
Rated: 4.28 by stanale from Illinois

Nov 06, 2022
Rated: 3.85 by DrewTheBrew from Ohio

Oct 05, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts

Sep 21, 2022
Rated: 3.7 by FunkyPolak from New Jersey

Sep 17, 2022
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Best By: 12-6-22

A - Hazy medium orange color with thin lacing.

S - Light citrus and tropical on the nose.

T - Follows the nose with light tropical fruit and citrus. Some sweet grapefruit and citrus rind.

M - Medium body with light prickly carbonation.

O - An easy drinking middle of the road D-IPA.
Sep 03, 2022
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap at Southern Tier Brewing Company in Lakewood, NY.

This one pours a fairly hazy golden yellow color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like smooth orange-y hoppiness, some grassy and floral bitterness, a touch of malt, and pineapple.

This is definitely an improvement on the current state of ST 2XIPA, which has fallen off in recent years (or maybe my palate has moved on). It’s less malty than 2XIPA, with a nice floral bitterness, and citrusy and tropical hop sweetness. There’s still a touch of malt, but it’s reasonably supportive.

This is light bodied, with a crisp and clean finish, and a good drinkability.

This is definitely a blatant attempt to stay modern and relevant by Southern Tier, and it’s a reasonable success.
Sep 01, 2022
Rated: 3.85 by buzzy from Pennsylvania

Aug 08, 2022
Rated: 3.6 by strengthdoc from Connecticut

Aug 04, 2022
Rated: 3.78 by jak from North Carolina

Jul 25, 2022
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Reviewed by schoolboy from Ohio

3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
This is a style that usually is hard not to produce a winner, but this one is exceptional in that way - not a winner.

It pours a little thin but nice and hazy. The aroma is juicy hops, nice. The taste is slightly skunked. It has those juicy hazy IPA hops and malts, but it is slightly over the hill already. It said best by some date about six weeks from now but I think it may have been better six weeks ago. As it is, it is a disappointment.

Not recommended. Unless you can find them a lot fresher I would look elsewhere. And how would one know? If it ain't on the box, it must be old and if it's best buy, just leave it alone. It is a good value. I miss this brewer - we used to get lots of fresh stuff from them and they even opened a pub in Cleveland.
Jul 23, 2022
Rated: 4.32 by RBorsato from Virginia

Jul 22, 2022
Rated: 3.83 by howardnss from Pennsylvania

Jul 17, 2022
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Reviewed by Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours a pale hazy amber with a white head.

Smells fruity, herbal, dry floral, and earthy notes.

Dry floral and herbal hops giving way to spicy grain and dry sour fruit.
Jul 13, 2022
Rated: 3.52 by Danzifer from Ohio

Jul 07, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by JamesLeung from Florida

Jun 22, 2022
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Reviewed by russpowell from Arkansas

4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a very hazed straw/gold color with 2 fingers of fluffy pearl colored head. Below average head retention & lacing

S: Much tropical fruit, some white grape & tangerines

T: Grapefruit, green melon, dryness & lime up front. Passion fruit, guava & oranges was this warms, along with dryness& a little grapefruit. Finishes with a little pineapple, plenty of grapefruit & tangerine & just a touch of dryness

MF: Medium body, fairly firm carbonation, nice balance

Very drinkable in my wheelhouse Hazy DIPA
Jun 13, 2022
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Rated by b-ri11 from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
My favorite beer put out by Southern Tier. This beer has a good passion fruit and melon on the first sip with a smooth finish. Well done at 8.2%
Jun 04, 2022
Rated: 4 by BuxMontBeerLover from Pennsylvania

May 29, 2022
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Reviewed by RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2XHaze has a medium, egg-shell head, with a slightly-hazy, gold appearance, and minimal lacing. The aroma is of some odd smoke, as one gets with hazies, at times, and white bread. Fruit is also present (maybe). The flavor is of sweet, fruity, white bread with low bitterness. 2XHaze has a high-medium body and a semi-sweet finish.

May 26, 2022
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Reviewed by izraelc from New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a hazey gold. Light foam. Orange aroma. A light hop and somewhat fruity body. Medium bitterness. Strong orange flavor. Finishes crisp. Goes down quick. A solid hazey IPA.
May 22, 2022
Rated: 4.03 by ScottyB515 from Ohio

May 10, 2022
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Reviewed by DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
From a 12oz can dated best by 8/9/22 into a pint glass.

Pours a very hazy pale orangish yellow with about two fingers of white head. Ok retention, decent enough lacing.

Smell is all citrus. Oranges, tangerines, maybe a bit of grapefruit.

Taste is a little more dank. Citrus is in there, but also some pine and wet earth.

Little bit of and acidic hit in the mouthfeel. Highly carbonated. Medium-bodied.

This isn't bad, but it's nothing special. Folks must like it though. Saw it in 12 packs today. I'd stick with ST's IPA and DIPA before this.
May 07, 2022
Rated: 4.1 by cindiwindi1025 from Michigan

Apr 30, 2022
Rated: 3.91 by selekt0r

Apr 29, 2022
Rated: 3.96 by ssimpson89 from Illinois

Apr 24, 2022
2XHAZE from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 52 ratings