Southern Tier Brewing Co. – 2XIPA

Southern Tier Brewing Co., Lakewood, NY

2XIPA- Double India Pale Ale, $1.99 for a 12 oz. bottle.

“Brewed with 4 varieties of hops and 3 types of malt.”

A recent purchase right off the shelf, this was recommended by someone who simply heard it was good… Sometimes, that’s good enough for me!

First off, this had an excellent first impression. I poured it into my glass and it was gorgeous! Crystal clear and golden honey-colored with a moderate amount of carbonation. The off-white head was thick and foamy. It really looked good. It was so clear and golden; it reminded me of a different style of beer.

The aroma is strong in hops. Nice, fruity types with just a hint of pine. Great aroma.

It tastes very balanced, which can be uncommon for a double IPA because they usually have tons of hops that tip the balance of flavor. There are also some bready-malt flavors that are interspersed with the fruity and bitter hops. There is just a bit of alcohol bite.

Incidentally, it’s a bit mellower than other double IPAs I’ve had. They often have a stronger alcohol kick. All the extra ingredients used to make an IPA a “Double”, gives the yeast a lot more food to eat, resulting in more alcohol. The 2XIPA still has a good amount of alcohol. The bottle isn’t labeled, but I’d guess it’s around 7 to 7.5% ABV.

The mouth feel is average, similar to the feel of a Lager type of beer.

Overall, it’s a nice, inexpensive and easy to drink Double IPA that isn’t harsh.

Let’s give it a B+.

Published in: on August 5, 2010 at 9:04 pm  Leave a Comment  

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