I poured a 12oz bottle into an official Southern Tier goblet. It was bottled on 1/17/14 and cost $3.15 ($0.26 per ounce).
Appearance: Beautiful orange hue. Clear with carbonation visible (until
the yeast is added and murks it all up). Pours to a small, white, foamy
head which retains and laces fairly well.
Smell: Pungent spicy/herbal hops, plus some “cat pee” scent and a touch of citrus.
Taste: Southern Tier 2XONE is a daring beer as it’s only brewed with one
malt and one hop, yet the the finished product is a tasty and fairly
complex brew. Difficult to categorize as far as style, though it’s
probably best described as an imperial pale ale (but not an IPA, per
The Mosaic hops are the primary flavor component here. There’s a
continuous one-two punch of spice and herbs from beginning to end. Notes
of cannabis, garlic, onion, and earthy/rustic notes are all found in
the palette here. Bitterness is strong, but not out of control. The
malty backbone provides a perfect balance of sweetness with some caramel
or honey flavors, though the beer is not particularly sweet. A little
cleaner tasting sans yeast.
Drinkability: Weighing in at 8.1% ABV, Southern Tier 2XONE is pretty
hefty to be sure. Yet, it is basically a pale ale and does drink like
one despite the big body. The palette is strong, but not intense. The
actual mouthfeel is medium with a consistent crispness. A hint of
alcohol warmth on the finish and some residual starch-like dryness
lingers, but otherwise it’s quite refreshing while in the mouth.