The 2XIPA is exactly the style it should be... a Double IPA. It's not super strong at 8.2%, but that's enough to pass into the DIPA range. It is one of their yearly offerings, not to be confused with the Unearthly, the yearly Imperial IPA they offer in bombers. Why do they call one a Double IPA and one an Imperial IPA? I'm not really sure, most people use those terms interchangeably, but not Southern Tier!
They describe this 2XIPA as "feverishly hoppy with a malty backbone and higher-than-standard alcohol content. Citrusy hops tease the senses with aromatics and lingering bitterness, while just the right balance of malts disguises 2XIPA's extra gravity." Let's see how accurate that is!
Reviewers: Eric Ducote (BR Beer Scene), Brenton Day (The Ale Runner.com), and Dustin Davis.
Serving: 12 ounce bottle.
Appearance: Everyone noted the clear aspect of this one, and it was more golden in color than expected. It looked a lot like the Hop Sun, not really a good thing considering the two styles.
Aroma: Hoppy, but nothing stood out to me. Brenton picked up pine and citrus.
Taste: "Hoppy but with balance," was Dustin's comment. I didn't find as much balance honestly, more just hoppy.
Mouthfeel: Brenton said it had a "pungent and strong finish without being excessively bitter."
Overall: I didn't enjoy this as much as my co-reviewers, but it's still a decent DIPA. Brenton was the biggest fan of the group, but we all gave it above average scores.
Overall Rating: 65
My Rating: 56