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RATINGS: 1232   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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Not quite an imperial, but certainly not a standard India pale ale. Our double IPA is a hop lovers dream. Citrusy and clean with an incredible finish.


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1220) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2010
Craft beer drinkers tend to think of bigger beers as being mostly for special occasions, but why not everyday drinking? That seems to be the logic behind Southern Tierís 2XIPA, a cleverly-named double India Pale Ale. Although it would seem to be a hefty beer considering its name and the fact itís 8.3% ABV, it drinks like something half its size.

APPEARANCE AND AROMA

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tumbler. This is one of the clearest double IPAs Iíve ever seen. A fairly bright flame color with a little hop haze. It produces a decent-sized, white, foamy head that leaves plenty of lacing and sticks around ítil the end.

The aroma is one of the best things about this beer. Itís much in the style of a West Coast brew with peach, tangerine, grapefruit and other citrusy notes. Plus thereís a strong floral scent often found in beers from the east, with something of a sweet perfume-like smell too. Itís very enticing just from the nose alone.

TASTE

Although the aroma and potency would lead you to believe 2XIPA is going to be a hop monster, one swig indicates it is much more of a friendly brew. The fruit juice-like aroma carries over to the palate with notes of citrus and liquid flowers. The taste is immediately bitter and hoppy as youíd expect from a beer of this style, but without excess energy. It finishes with a tea leaf-like flavor which is earthy and grassy, but surprisingly sweet.

Thereís a candy-like tartness to be found here as well. Southern Tier did a great job in deliberately balancing this brew with three types of malts to give it more body. Of course, the four varieties of hops used are still the star of the show giving the beer an underlying state of bitterness from start to finish. Thereís a dry sensation that accompanies it, but not to the point of being obnoxious. Itís surprising this beer isnít more robust than it actually is, but itís still tasty and enjoyable.

DRINKABILITY

Whatís probably most impressive about Southern Tier 2XIPA is just how palatable it is. The mouthfeel is perfectly medium: not syrupy thick; not watery thin. And while the palate has definite energy, it is not very intense in the mouth and leaves only a minor drying sensation. In fact, I might even say this is rather refreshing for a double IPA when drank cold.

The fact this weighs in at 8.3% ABV makes it dangerously drinkable. Itís the kind of beer you can drink very quickly and in large quantities before the alcohol makes its presence known. A great beer to have with dinner or even to "session" a couple bottles over a little while.

FINAL THOUGHTS

While not the best double IPA out there, Southern Tier 2XIPA is one of the best values on the craft beer market. It drinks like a much smaller beer than it is and is sold in six-packs (instead of four-packs) for only about $10. Itís a great introductory beer for those looking to get into bigger and bolder styles without being hit with a hop sledgehammer.

NOTE: Watch the video version of this review at:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARSwogrNzGY

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dEnk (3901) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2010
Draft @ Beer temple. Aroma is big hops, lotís of blue cheese, some earth, hint of spices, subtle malt. Flavour is deep spicy bitterness, some blue cheese. Strong but not very sweet malt note.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
troyc (2473) - Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2010
[Tap] Pours a light amber color with a large pillow of white head. Nice hoppy aroma, with citrus and some grass being the primary notes. The taste is strongly hoppy, with astringent bitterness and dry finish. Some alcohol and mild malts come out after the initial hop punch. The mouthfeel and palate are just about as expected. Itís a decent IIPA, but could have had a better balance.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7416) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2010
Bottle at the Cadís "Letís íave Yer Glasses Please" tasting. Only brief notes because I was convinced Iíd rated this before. Quite pale colour. Fair amount of hops in evidence but not as intense as I was expecting from a DIPA - perhaps some bottle age has caused a drop-off. Decent enough but a bit underwhelming. Iím sure I have some better notes somewhere and have enjoyed this more in the past.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ekstedt (5565) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 7, 2010
Bottle (35 cl) at Bishops Arms, Jšrntorget, Sweden. Clear golden, medium white head. Citrusy hop aroma with some pine needles. Medium bitterness. Ok.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marthinus (276) - DENMARK - DEC 6, 2010
White blond head. Golden clear colored body. Aroma citrus hoppy, malty. Nice balanced with smooth palate. sweet-flavored. Nive round hoppy taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (14107) - HÝjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2010
Bottle from Havnens Vin og Tobak. Huge head with excellent duration. Color is golden. Aroma and taste are rich hops, perfume, flowers and citrus.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ndon (857) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2010
Pours a pale gold with a small off white head. Aroma is dominated by pine and caramel, with a hint of citrus . Detected some tropical fruits in the flavour, as well as sweet caramel and pine. Quite thick mouthfeel with low carbonation. Bitter on the finish, and some heat from the alcohol. Nice

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bvc (1160) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2010
Draft. Pours a clear bright medium gold with ample foamy white head and plenty of sticky lacing. Nose is pretty straight forward and hop dominate with sweet pineapple citrus and very faint ícrackeryí malt. Not quite a sweet up front, still mostly pineapple notes and some light soap. Very one dimensional and lacking any real complexity. Some dry paper notes on the end as well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HighlanderOne (1019) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2010 Poured from bottle. Nice, grapefruit hop and ocean in aroma. Golden ale color, thin white head. Great grapefruit / pine hop flavor, with pancake notes. Canít believe this is 8.2%. Very well done.


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