fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma:The malt aroma of this beer is very strong, with the hops taking second place. The hops smell mildly of citrus.
Appearance:Pale golden color, with great head retention and good lacing.
Taste:On the foretaste, there are hops, and a good amount, but not quite as much as I expect in a DIPA. They all do taste good though, and as foretaste gives way to the midtaste, the hop complexity makes itself known more, peaking in the midtaste. The aftertaste is just a ramping down of the same, but it lingers pleasantly on the tongue. The malt flavors are rather subtle through the whole experience.
Palate:Very smooth body, easy to drink. Nicely carbonated.
Overall:I was expecting the hops to be more in your face, as many American brewers are doing these days, but instead, southern tier went in for a deeply complex, thoughtful brew. It’s one of the more sessionable DIPAs out there, as much as any DIPA can be sessionable.
iheartcraftbr (2) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2010 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very solid DIPA from Southern Tier. Surprisingly west coast flavor from an east coast brewery.
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - JUN 27, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Southern Tier 2XIPA is a dense, crystal clear golden ale with a dense and frothy yellowish white head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a sweet, floral aroma with notes of hay and oranges. It smells great. It’s pretty full bodied; smooth and foamy in the mouth. The finish is quite clean and dry. It has a nice, bold bitterness of pine resin and juniper. A peppery rumble follows. The aftertaste is long and bitter and gets a little soapy. There’s nothing incredibly stand-out here, but it’s a big, bold beer with no apparent faults.
bhensonb (10938) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Half Time. Pours brite gold with a foamy 5 finger off-white head. Aroma of lots of floral and citrus hops. Medium body with foamy carbonation. Flavor is very floral. A little caramel. Finish is very florally bitter. Citrus in the finish, but not too much. Extremely pleasing.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Blind Pig Brewery. Pours golden amber with a white head. Floral hop aroma. Medium bodied with average carbonation, and slightly dry on the palate. Very pale malt backbone, with a sharp spicy and citrus rind bitterness. Dry and hoppy finish, with just a hint of medicinal notes. A bit overattenuated for my tastes, but decent.
sunevdj (3152) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - JUN 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Theis and Mette’s. Pours a clear golden with a white head. Dry with strong hoppy aromas of grapefruit. Also quite sweet with hints of residual sugars. Medium to full bodied. Medium carbonation. Long, very bitter finish.
faroeviking (10290) - FAROE ISLANDS - JUN 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fløska. Clear deep golden. Pleaant ripe fruity hoppy piney sweet aroma. Good mouthfeel.Pleasant fruity pine and peachy hoppy flavour. Citrus hoppy bitter finish, dry.
Pinball (10773) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
clear yellow, smooth white head.
powerfull flowery hoppy note, citrussy, nice.
flavor is hoppy, malty base, quite hoppy.
Plovmand (6364) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear golden with a small white head. Lots of peach, citrus, light spice and caramel. The flavour is spicy hoppy with notes of peach, passion fruit and caramel. Dry and citric finish.
Trev (1929) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
gold pour with a medium white head.
aroma is piney and lighter citrusy hop over caramel.
flavour is medium malt sweetness, some sticky alc, resiny hop, less citrus in the flavour and more floral tones in the finish.
I really enjoy their regular IPA much more.