Friday, June 22, 2018

Southern Tier 2XIPA (2018 re-review to BJCP specs)

Fill date: 5/8/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 22A Double IPA

AROMA: Fairly strong floral/citrus aroma (especially lemon). Some pine presence and a touch of grass. Clean malty sweetness in the background, but no specialty character. No alcohol presence. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Clear, golden/amber hue (4-5 SRM). Moderate white froth retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: High bitterness throughout with fairly strong hop flavor to match. Palette is piney/resiny at first with a hefty malt component. Slight caramel flavor up front with a honey/lemon taste on the backend (likely due to the alcohol and hops, respectfully). A touch of tea-like astringency on the finish lingers briefly in the aftertaste. 15/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full body; medium-low carbonation. Texture is smooth, but a bit thick with a slight sticky sensation. Minor alcohol warmth at 8.2% ABV, albeit clean. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: A classic East Coast-style DIPA. Not as exciting as it once was, but to-spec for sure. 8/10

TOTAL SCORE: 39/50

NOTE: See my 2010 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2010/12/southern-tier-2xipa-chadz-beer-reviews.html

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