Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Southern Tier 2XONE

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1081) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 15, 2014
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 se).

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. 
Grade: 8/10

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