craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle. pours a deep golden with a nice 1 finger white creamy head - which falls down to a thin lacing. big grapefruit and orange hop nose. medium to full body with more citrus bitterness along with some sweet malt to back it up. clean piney bitter finish that sticks with you for a bit. nice IIPA.
cbfobes (2881) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 12oz bottle, pours a hazy orange with a fizzy white head, aroma is of citrus and floral hops with a nice touch of sweetness, the flavor is balanced with the malt and hops, decent.
demitriustown (1184) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - OCT 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle: Aroma has really pungent grapefruit, light grain note on the backend, almost like hop candy with a sweet overtone as well. Appearance is a clear golden with a big thick white head that lingers for quite a while. Taste has got a nice hop complexity, then it seems to mingle through other hop varieties. Like more of a piney, then a grapefruit. Very slight malt texture in the backing Overall I like it. Cheers!
GranvilleTim (1854) - Granville, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden pour with a white head. Aroma of fruity hops. Nice malty taste with plenty of hops to back it up. Very tasty. Nice hoppy aftertaste-little piney.
matthewjk (1069) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2013 Poured from 12oz bottle : Once again a solid offering from S.T. Aroma is off the charts as always with their IPAs. More citrus than pine comes through. Not overly bitter and quite drinkable. Recently tried their "regular" IPA and it is basically a comparable product.**Re-ratings**Since 10.2010, I have enjoyed the 2x many o’ times. It has become one of my favorite "to-go-to" beers in Southern’s lineup. Even better than I remember. Just on the sweet side, as I like all my ipa’s.
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottled August 30, 2010. Pours hazy gold with a pillowy white head that leaves some nice lacing and holds a light foamy cap and ring. Citrus and floral aroma, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, melon, a bit of bag-o-weed, a touch of sweet malt. Good strength. Flavor features more citrus hops, mostly oranges/tangerine, some grapefruit rind, somewhat resinous, a bit of pine and grass, mild malt sweetness in the middle and finishes with good, but not overpowering bitterness. Quite smooth. Dry finish. Mouthfeel is oily and slick, medium bodied, medium carbonation. This perfectly fits my preference for a DIPA....lower malt, lower ABV, let the hops shine. Good stuff! Would love to try a less than a month old sample someday.
Bov (11960) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 21, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
from erzbierschof.ch - slightly hazy golden-bronze colour with a little white foam left; a fresh flowery hoppy aroma with notes of caramel and quince; gently oily, full-bodied and with a moderate and subtle carbonation; a fair bitterness lasting long in a hoppy fruity and caramelish aftertaste
Elkas (213) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle from a private order. Dark amber with a pillowy white head. Lots of hops and sweetness in the aroma. Flavour is quite sweet, a lot of malt in here.
deyholla (9997) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Shane. Pours a clear amber gold with a white head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has a nice citrus hop note with some pine and dank backing with a slight grass backing. Flavor starts dank with growing citrus and pine and a bit of a sweet grain backing. Good but nothing special.
rollingwood (91) - Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lovely. This is another IPA success for Southern Tier. The the gold pour is topped by a white head that quickly falls to lace. Grapefruit and a general citrus nose dominate the aroma and allude to an intense hop presence. That hop presence and the sweet malt balance ST brings to the beer is part of what defines this beer. But here we have the insistance of a West Coast IPA without the sometimes abrasive intensity of the hop profile in some West Coast and Colorado brews. Here, like with Dogfish Head 90 minute and Great Divide Herculese, the hop intensity is mitigated by the malt spine, but the hops--and the careful blending of hops here in particular--is obviously a mark of their craft.