Tier’s “Iniquity” was a fantastic imperial Black IPA that I first
reviewed back in 2012. I haven’t had it much since then, which is weird
considering how much I enjoyed it. Unfortunately, it was retired; but
now it seems to be resurrected in the form of 2XIBA, which is a slightly
smaller brew of the same niche style (how the recipes compare - only a
brewer could say I’m sure). This may not be world class, but it is very
good for the style.
I poured a 12oz bottle into my Southern Tier Choklat snifter. It was bottled on 7/14/15 and cost $3.15 ($0.26 per ounce).
Appearance: Dark blackish/brown hue; not completely opaque but still
pretty dark. Pours to a one figer, white, foamy head which laces and
retains fairly well.
Smell: Strong hop presence of citrus, pine, and flowers. A very clean, bright aroma.
Taste: I’ve always thought of the Black IPA as one of the best styles
since it’s the best of both worlds: the hops of an IPA and the maltiness
of a stout. The thing is, both of these flavor components should be
prominent and yet balanced off each other. In the case of this brew the
hops definitely overwhelm the malts. That’s okay because I really enjoy
the taste: sticky resin and pine sensation up front with a lovely orange
juice flavor on the finish. A bit of a coffee flavor on the aftertaste,
though not much in the way of roasted malt or other traditional stout
flavors. The beer is pretty bitter; probably 60-80 IBUs; with a bit a
sharp edge to it as it goes down. I’d be interested to try this in a few
months after the hops have mellowed to see if it actually becomes more
Drinkability: The original Iniquity was a beast at 9% ABV, but 2XIBA is
“only” 8% ABV. You’d never know it, though, as there is zero alcohol
presence in the taste or delivery. No warming sensation, either. The
mouthfeel is not quite as intense as brews of the weight tend to be;
more of a medium body with a noticeable thin, calmness to the mouthfeel.
Hops linger momentarily, but are quite tolerable. I wish the malts
lingered as well.