chickenflea (336) - 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. It’s the same reason I love single malt scotch. Let’s 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.
rajendra82 (953) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - SEP 13, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pale golden colored body was typical of an IPA, and obviously attractive. The smell was grapefruit, orange, and other citrus fruits as well as contained a note of pine. The taste was where this beer truly came into its own, as there was a considerable complexity due to an interplay of pine resin, grapefruit pith, bitter orange, and juniper flavors. There was an undertone of sweetness evoking brown sugar as well. The finish was bittersweet and felt very extended. The body was medium dense and the mouthfeel soft. Well crafted, yet approachable. I look forward to year to year variations as the ingredients change.
bkurtz (787) - PERU - SEP 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - Pours a hazy golden with an ample foamy head. Complex aromas of grapefruit, orange, pine and other citrus. Taste is also complex citrus (orange mainly), caramel, bread, and pine. Nice bitterness and finish. Great beer.
BOSSbrewer (1637) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Pours a crystal clear yellow. Aroma is malty and some bread biscuit. Flavor is malty with nice clean finish. Medium bodied. A nice beer and a feat with all the constraints. Nice beer.
kaser (2700) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange pour from 12oz bottle. Apricot peach happiness. Super fruity and IPA like. Really good
KyotoLefty (6450) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pale amber-orange, color, hazy, with a fine lacy head. Fresh fruity hop nose, grass, peach, orange. Sweet, fruity flavor, oranges, grapes, biscuits, a touch of metal, melon. Very tasty, just a bit too sweet.
dfinney23 (1672) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours slightly hazy gold with a finger of white head. Lots of pine resin with a bit of citrus.
Mora2000 (5695) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear golden pour with a white head. The aroma has some resinous pine notes as well as some orange and biscuit malt. The flavor is similar. The pine notes really stand out but there is not too much bitterness. There is a lot of biscuit malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
SPDickerman (954) - Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours hazy orange with a small light beige head. Smells lightly malty with a subtle hop note. Taste is sweet with some citrus and bitterness to balance out. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Southern Tier 2XONE finishes with a bitter tickle.
TheJester (1873) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
355 mL bottle. The commercial description is fairly accurate for the appearance and aroma. The flavour is overstated, however. The malt brings very little to the table, other than a fairly pleasing sweetness. This really doesn’t have the malt backbone to call this an ASA. The hopping is good - mostly tangerine, sweetened grapefruit, along with a touch of mango and pine. Enough bitterness to be an IPA, although perhaps not an IIPA. Alcohol is well hidden. Nice beer.
BucannonXC5 (855) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Paper hotel cup
From: Total Wine in Ballantyne (Charlotte), N.C.
Purchased: July 30, 2014
Consumed: Aug. 1, 2014
Misc.: Born on date of April 16, 2014
Poured a caramel, amber color with two fingers of off-white frothy head. Layered foamy lacing on the sides of the cup. Above average retention on the top.
Smelled wet Cascade hops, Centennial hops, caramel, earthy rye hops and floral hops.
Tasted similar to the nose. Earthy rye, wet Cascade, Centennial, lemon citrus and iced tea.
Light body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Earthy finish.
Decent IPA, but far from great.