chickenflea (346) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
OK, I love when brewers do this. Itís the same reason I love single malt scotch. Letís find out want things taste like at the very foundation. The malt was perfect for this ABV. Sturdier than a straight Pilsen malt. It did not need any specialty malts to stand up to the hops. The hops were also interesting. They might have been unsuitable for a less substantial IPA. But with this sturdy malt and the higher ABV, the hops worked well. The brighter side of the hops is fine. The citrus and mild pine are perfect. The other element of these hops is what make this beer interesting. Tropical fruit aroma and earthy taste. Not exactly what we associate with an IPA. But apart from the style definition, the beer works. I really enjoyed the idea behind this beer and the instantiation (to borrow a software term.) Nice work, Southern Tier.
Frank (3015) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
This beer is pretty good at boosting the mindís eye but really it doesnít taste anything spectacular. It is an orange brew, mostly clear and w/ a small, white head. This has a very mild nose and is kind of bland overall. it is clean and nice and fruity but it simply doesnít sock you in the face like youíd want from a strong hoppy beer like this. It is just as much about a simple sweet honey malts as it hops but neither aspect really shines. It gets a bit sweet and heavy as it warms but not to the point where it really cloys too badly. Still, this is a twelve ounce bottle of beer than I am starting to get sick of halfway through. I have had worse thing in this life but donít suspect Iíll be having this again.
obguthr (4074) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2014
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Orange peel, tea, pencil shavings, and celery nose, surprising complexity from a single varietal. Cloudy amber, with wisps of fine sediment, medium yellow head. Tea and orange peel, definitely vegetal. Medium body, moderate carbonation
chinchill (2128) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2014 12oz bottle. Clear amber body with a very good head. Ample sticky lacing.
This drinks like a malty IPA. A bit more malt load than average for an APA, I think, and definitely more hoppy. The Mosaic hops are an exellent choice for a single hop ale: they are relatively complex and work well, especialy in terms of flavor, on theri own.
Medium body with crisp carbonation.
onanalancaster (20) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
TattooJack (159) - Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bought a six pack liked the last four more than the first two. I keep saying the worst mistake I make is to read other reviews and expect to taste the same favors. Iím not sure if my taste buds have been burned away from years of abuse, but I donít taste pineapple or any other of the magical flavors people get from beer like this. Donít get me wrong itís good beer but tropical fruit, black pepper, herbal mint, and bread?! Why would anyone even want such a combination.
Panzuriel (1358) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2xone is a hazy honey yellow brew with a firm head of small white bubbles. Very active carbonation. Nose is very hop forward. The hop scent is some what evergreen but not overpowering. Taste is dry and slow developing. the hops really come out on the back end. there is also a bit of a natural clover honey flavor as well. Body is silky but lively. a very nice beer.
starewich (147) - - NOV 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper color. Full body, accentuated by what tastes like a heavy dose of some kind of herb but which may be just a good combination of malt and hops.
zizzybalubba (1498) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle from Total Wine, Chesapeake, VA. Deep orange pour with a foamy almost white head. Tropical fruit aroma with some sweet malt noted as it sits. Taste offers bitter grapefruit, wet grass, Earth, and a sturdy malt backbone to "balance" the overall flavor. A good beer.
phikus (80) - syracuse, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
The malt was good on this one but I did not care for the hop they used. I thought it was too spicy and somewhat astringent over its tropical flavors. Font know why they call it strong ale this is totally a double ipa
Darkmagus82 (1816) - - OCT 14, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 4-10-14-
Poured from bottle (2014 vintage) into a pint glass
Appearance Ė The beer pours a golden amber color with a one finger of white colored foam and some particulates seen floating within. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell Ė The aroma of the beer is strongest of a grainy and bready aroma mixed with some lighter tropical fruit smells of a tangerine, pineapple, and mango nature. Along with these smells are some lighter earthy and pine aromas as well, creating a somewhat subtle, but pleasant aroma overall.
Taste Ė The taste begins a rather crisp bready taste mixed with some sweeter fruit flavors of a tangerine and mango nature. The fruit flavors lose ground throughout the taste drying out the flavor profile more toward the end. With the fading of the sweet, so too comes a crisping of the malt flavors with the bready flavors getting more cracker like in nature. From the start of the flavor there is a nice pine and light citrus hop taste present. The grapefruit citrus loses ground as the taste advances with the pine growing slightly stronger at the citrusís expense. Along with these hop flavor transitions, a light earthy and grassy hop flavor join the tongue at the end of the taste, leaving a nice somewhat drier, but rather easy drinking and crisply hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel Ė The body of the beer is on the just thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. While a slightly higher carbonation may have been just a tad bit better for the crisp nature of the beer, the slightly thicker body did do a nice job of accentuating the hop and light fruit flavors of the brew and made for a very nice drinker.
Overall Ė I am really impressed by the complex flavor/smell profile that Southertier could get from a single hop and a single malt. This was a nice brew with lots of flavor and a real enjoy to drink.