Sunday, February 5, 2017

Southern Tier 2X Oak'd IPA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20ChadPolenz (1753) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2017

DOB: 12/22/2016

2015 BJCP Category: 33A Wood-Aged Beer (base style: 22A Double IPA)

AROMA: Strong hop presence of the dank/resin/variety (not fruity). Slight perfume or flower scent. General sweetness with vanilla/alcohol character, but not wood per se. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Copper hue; very clear body with CO2 visible. Moderate off-white foam retains and laces fairly well. 2/3

FLAVOR: Strong hop presence immediately in the form of both flavor and bitterness. Hops are dank and resiny; slight green tea taste. Malt base is solid and fairly sweet, but still yields to the hops. Difficult to distinguish the wood character other than a general earthy background note. Maple syrup only appears for a quick instant after the apex (used as a fermentable sugar rather than a flavoring ingredient anyway). Moderate spicy/floral hop flavor and bitterness on the finish. Well-balanced and enjoyable, but wood character is a bit too subtle. 14/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full body; medium carbonation. Doesn’t feel quite as big as 8.2%, but doesn’t feel overtly light, either. Little to no alcohol warmth or flavor. High drinkability; not a sipper. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Works fine as an East Coast-style DIPA with a bonus wood character. I want something more than just "fine", though. 7/10