2XONE (2014) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 641
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 22
Gots: 74 | FT: 0
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Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Morey on 02-02-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

The malt and hop pairing will be changed yearly in this seasonal single varietal beer.
2014 - Mosaic hops and Special Pale Malt
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Photo of oberon
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dull light to medium golden with a thinner lacey white head atop.Aromas of sweet onions and mango with a bit of grass,good hop complexity from a single hop,Iam liking the Mosaic variety.The sweet onion is in full effect on the palate along with some grassy tones and tropical fruit,some caramel sugary sweetness is there standing up against the hops all the way.A few others have said this a heavy feeling beer and I tend to agree it's to me an Imperial Pale Ale if there is/was a style like that.A good beer to be had from one of my favorite breweries.

Photo of MadScientist
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A dark golden beer with good clarity and a rocky off-white head. It pours with a finger of foam and has good head retention. A light dusting of sediment at the bootle noted.

S: An herbal and tropical fruit hops aroma with notes of fresh cut grass, pineapple and melon. There is a moderate malt sweetness to the nose and a light alcohol sweetness.

T: A medium-strong hops bitterness with a strong hops flavors of melon, pineapple, fresh herbs that are a bit more like rosemary thanks to the pine-like note along with a hint of earthy and pepper flavors. There is a moderate malt support bring a light sweetness but the balance is firmly bitter. The hops flavor lingers past the off-dry finish.

M: A medium bodied beer with medium-strong carbonation a slight warmth.

O: A great balance of tropical fruit flavors, bitterness and malt sweetness making for an enjoyable IPA.

Photo of lateralundertow
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a Southern Tier branded Pumpking goblet. Pours a slightly copper-orange with a white fluffy 1" head that lingers as it settles and clings to the glass as its consumed.
Immediately get lots of bright hop notes wafting from the glass that are very earthy yet still retaining some nice citrus and pine resin qualities.
The bittering malt used is uniquely present at first sip, very sweet to my palate then fading from sweet to bitter, as the mosaic hops flourish. Beer finishes quite dry and bitter.
Had to look up the abv on this one, surprisingly rang in at 8% and that caught me off guard. Doesnt taste like a higher abv pale ale. The balance of single hop and malt really play well with each other but I would lean toward this being a tad closer to the malty than hoppy.
The first bottle I poured had quite a bit of sediment that collected at the bottom of the glass. 2nd bottle I poured more gingerly and left the last oz or 2 in the bottle, as to not fill my glass with sediment.
Overall the beer was quite enjoyable all things considered. Im a fan of the mosiac hop its a $10 6-pack, 8%abv and very easy on the palate. I say this being not a huge fan of most Southern Tier brews as well. Well executed but has room for definite improvement.

Photo of generallee
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Appearance: It has a cloudy pale gold cold color with some visible carbonation leading up to an average just off white head. It’s head slowly fades to wispy thin film layer which makes some light and slick lacing. Smell: The aroma is full orange rind and orange marmalade jelly on sweet bread. Taste / Palate: The flavor is full of all the same orange rind and sweet bready notes I picked up in the aroma. It finishes with nice hop bitterness and it’s palate is right on for the style.

Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, Born on dating of 1-19-14

Pours near clear, glowing medium amber with a dull orange hue, medium khaki head, stays pretty well and leaves fine ringed and scattered lace.

Mostly malt on the nose. Tasty brew with a moderate hop snap with some pine, lime and lite gin notes shining through. Well done STBC, this is one you can enjoy all night and come back to over and over again.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Bottled on 1/16/2014 (~1 1/2 months old)

Pours a somewhat light glowing orange color, very clear other than a little bit of some fine sediment. Forms decent layer of white head, not the best retention, head nearly gone halfway through the glass. Some pretty good lacing is left however.

Initially aroma is metallic and missing some of the bigger hop aromas I got smelling from the bottle. As it warms there is a nice hop aroma that comes in, juicy fresh peach, definatly tropical fruit, some tangerine and grapefruit citrus as well with hints of lemon. Very green smelling. A slight hint of booze on the backend. Really no malt detectable.

The taste is much lighter than you would guess when considering the ABV. Similar to other hoppy southern tier beers I've had if not a touch above. Again very green, almost grassy, juicy peach, this nice sweet hopiness, lots of citrus, grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, some tropical fruits as well. Malt again is really nearly undetectable and absolutely zero alcohol. Finishes a bit on the dry end.

Its hard to believe this is 8.1% on the light side. Very refreshing and crisp. I was a bit confused why they would call this a pale ale, but now I can kind of see why, but this can definatly pass as an IPA as well.

A very well made beer. Don't know many breweries that are making SMASH beers so kudos to ST. This ones a winner. Hope to see different versions of this.

Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottled on 01/14/14.

Appearance: Pours an unfiltered and bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: A ripe and juicy hop forward aroma with good hints of citrus fruit and pine. Upfront citrus hops with hints of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, lemon, pineapple, apricot, and melon. Earthy and floral hop hints of grass and pine. Sweet malt backing with hints of caramel, grains, and cracker. Also some light hints of pepper. A very juicy tropical aroma. Pretty nice.

Taste: As good as the smell, a very juicy and tropical hop forward taste with lots of citrus. Upfront taste of citrus hops with notes of grapefruit, mango, orange peel, apricot, lemon, pineapple, tangerine, and melon. Earthy and floral hop notes as well. Some grass and spicy pine resin. Slight pepper like taste. Solid malt background with notes of sweet caramel, cracker, and grains. A very good tropical taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and fairly oily with a drying finish. Alcohol is masked nicely.

Overall: A really impressive new brew here. Has the tropical fruit taste of a good double IPA. One of the best new beers this year so far.

Photo of GOBLIN
3.64/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Southern Tier 2XONE

X marks the spot

Poured into pint glass

A: Outstanding. Yellowish copper I guess with floating sediment.

S: Not much to get excited about. Bready malts, sugar, caramel. Hops on the nose similar to other pale ales.

T: Sweet and tasty, not bad . . .very drinkable with a nice bitter finish

M: light bodied, ok.

O: A good American Pale Ale . . . Not great. Southern Tier knows how to brew solid beer and 2XONE is another solid beer. I probably won't revisit this one but I would love to see it canned and the abv dropped a tad.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into DFH footed pint glass; crystal clear golden orange with a fluffy off-white head that fades after a bit into a half-finger cap of foam with nice lacing around the edge.
Smells delicious; dank piney hops, some citrus rind and hints of fruit.
Taste is bitter piney and dank herbal hops over clear malt.
Mouthfeel is mostly thin, a bit sticky. Alcohol isn't noticeable for 8.1%.
Overall, this is a tasty beer. Very hoppy for a pale ale, but then again, it's nice to see one brand not putting "IPA" on every hoppy beer.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, this has some serious hop kick to it for a one hop and one malt kind of beer, let's break it down. Copper pale ale look fine white head forms nice sporadic lacing as it dwindles. Aromatics bring those garlic/vegetal, earthy onion notes to the table. The flavor seems to tame those big aggressive earthy/vegetable like hop flavors and meld with the mild caramel/biscuit malt expressions quite nicely so balance is the key my friends. Bitter sharp abrasive crushed aspirin, onion/garlic notes abound I'm still able to drink it and enjoy. Mouthfeeel is just slightly slick with hop oils not the most earth shattering 2X release from Southern Tier but dead on for what they are doing, one hop and one malt variety. If we could delete the 2XSteam beer it would be a perfect world, I still can't believe they released it!!! I could bathe in this on work days and use it as cologne on my days off, the mouthfeel is harsh with the astringent alpha acids but gains complexity and acceptance when the palate sensory buds actually start to savor the beer. Overall I'm in for more one off single hop single malt varietals from Southern Tier and other breweries.

Photo of chinchill
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

O: an excellent, bold APA

Photo of CloudStrife
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into the Southern Tier tulip. Bottled 01/14/14.

A: Pours a clear golden amber with an rocky white head on top. A lot of visible carbonation, big bubbles. Leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Fruity mango citrus mosaic hops right off the bat. Bit of malts make up the backend. Could use a bit more oomph in the aroma.

T: Real nice light flavor on this one with a focus on the mosaic. The malt backbone is toasty and gives it some depth. Lots of mango or tropical fruits coming from this hop. Booze comes through a bit on the tail end.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. A bit resinous from the abundance of hops in this one. Nice and warming. Alcohol is well hidden in the bitterness.

Overall the single hop, single malt is really working here. Mosaic is one of my favorite hops and this beer reaffirms that belief. Any hop head should pick this one up.

Photo of tastybeer
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very nice looking with a delightful sticky foamy white head. Shifty, stringy and patchy lace. Aroma is sweet and fruity all over. Citrus, melon, peach, lime, lemon, tropical fleshy fruits....Some bready malt underneath it all. Pleasant and happy. Taste is also sweet and fruity with some zesty bitterness working its way through. Tropical, a tiny bit coniferous, peach, sweet dried apricot, rock candy, sweet lemon and some hidden malt in the background. Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy, dry, and dully resinous. Drinkable but not many at a time due to its super sweet candy-like nature.

Photo of Roguer
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big snow-white head with excellent retention and fluffy lacing. Brew is a pale golden color, transparent, and a little dirty looking. Tons of tiny particulates, but almost no liveliness.

Floral and dank hops, maybe a bit of tropical fruit and honey, are the overwhelming scent, with some biscuity malt in the background. Despite being very hop-forward, the aroma is gentle.

Flavor follows the nose, with the focus being on hops with a floral character. Well-balanced with the malt profile, which mostly floats along in the background: bread and biscuit, and a touch of honey. A dank aspect to these hops comes in from the midpoint and lasts through the end, giving it a sickly sweetness.

Fairly light, and despite the appearance, very lively in the mouth with a decent sting. Very little trace of the relatively high ABV.

This is a very good APA/IPA, and it showcases a single hop variety quite well. That said, it's not my favorite hop, and I don't generally like super high ABV pale ales. I'd much rather they lowered the hop load and malt bill and clocked this in at around 5%.

Photo of Justdoit1234
4.87/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is the beer that turned me on to mosaic hops. Pretty much just a five in my book.RIP

Photo of misilanious
4.67/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served in Spiegelau IPA glass.
Nice copper/gold color. Little bit of head with decent lacing.
Smell is mango and pineapple, pale ale grains, slight pine.
Taste... Wow!!!! I do like me some moziac hops and this showcases them. Tropical fruit (mango, pineapple, papaya) slight pine, nice earthiness with a slightly lingering bitter/peppery finish that ends with more tropical notes. Grains tastes like a stronger two row pale ale malt. Mouthfeel is light to medium with a slight bit of slick to it, pretty juicy and not drying. I will grab this again, and will be grabbing this on tap (come on Vista Beverage).

Photo of Treyliff
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an imperial pint glass

A- pours a clear and pale golden color with a two-finger foamy white head that retains nicely after the pour, eventually leaving big patches of lace behind

S- classis Mosaic aromas of mango, earthy pine, tropical fruit, citrus rind and herbal notes. Lightly toasted cracker-like malt

T- tropical fruity hops meshes with notes of ripe mango, pineapple, tangerine and stone fruit, it's like a fruit cocktail. Malty sugary fructose-like sweetness gives a touch of caramel and continues sweet to the finish, leaving me wanting more, with lingers of pine, citrus and some herbal spicy notes

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy and biting mouthfeel and a smooth finish, alcohol is hidden quite well, leaving only a trace of warmth

O- quite impressive that they packed this much flavor into a brew with one hop and one malt. Classic mosaic flavors and aromas mix nicely with a thirst quenching malty sweetness that continues to the finish. One of the best pale ales I've had in a while

Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2XONE is a simple beer that pours simply enough. Lighter and brighter than most IPAs the color is more orange and capped with a bright white head of foam.

The nose tends to the simple as well but it is immensely fragrant. The citrus hops are bold and juicy with a pithy grapefruit and tangerines.

The flavor is for the most part all pithy juicy grapefruit and tangerines. The malt is subdued and may be more apparent as this ages. Fresh, this exudes a bitter pulpy hop taste.

Very easy to drink with little astringency or bitterness on the tongue.

One malt and one hop is a simple concept with simple results but those results are very tasty.

Photo of pjkelley82
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Was very Intrigued when I saw this since they are narrowing it down to one hop type and one malt type. An excellent way to narrow down what you do or don't like. Truth be told I had about half the glass before looking on here to see what malt and hop they used and believe it or not, once I knew, my tatse for it stayed the same. Ok.. here we go.

A- Golden, hazy orange in color. A nice set of bubbles initially but eventually slowed. About an inch and a third bone white colored head. Very pillowy. Died down after a few minutes and left a thin skin with a good amount (not great) lacing. Ring left throughout.

S- Orange, citrus, some caramel and bready malt.

T- orange zest, candied orange, pine, prickly hop bite midway, slight grapefruit zest, I taste lemon zest but who knows... slight caremel and bready malt.

M- slightly heavy and full, like the body of medicine with the feel of water. Perfectly carbonated, I never say that. Dry finish.

O-my god. A pretty damn good brew. The best quality is the mouthfeel but a damn good blend. Im okay with mosiac hops but they are far from my favorite varieties of hops. However, I feel southern tier nailed this one. There is no detection of alcohol which is dangerous, coupled with a smooth and easy drinking beer. Honestly the mouthfeel was very reminiscent of my favorite brew of all time "nelson"(not quite there but you get the jist.) Very good brew and I recommend.

Photo of philbe311
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - A tad bit more than two fingers worth of crisp light khaki colored head with a bit of a rocky top comprised of medium-to-large sized chunky bubbles... Loaded with brisk carbonation that starts at a moderate pace towards the bottom of the glass and quickly increases speed by the time it reaches the top... A good numbers of carbonation bubbles also clings to the sides of the glass... The color is mostly a vibrant orangish amber with some faint pale gold undertones... Some lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - The distinctive mosaic hop varietal is at the forefront... Sweet citrus... Grapefruit... Assorted tropical fruits... This sits atop a light but sturdy malt foundation... Some white bread notes complimented by a subtle toffee sweetness... Simple, straight-forward and effective...

T - The citrusy hop presence is dialed back a bit on the palate... This is replaced by a mix of earthy and piney hop goodness... There are some faint floral notes as well... I was surprised a bit by the varied hop profiles as this is a single hopped offering... Bread crust... Some lightly burnt caramel notes... The finish also seems to have a light spicy rye kick about it...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Uber clean... Uber crisp... Even and consistent... There is a touch of dryness that permeates throughout... Light yet briskly carbonated...

D - Easy drinker... HIdes the 8.1% ABV exceedingly well... There is a certain pilsneresque charm about this Souther Tier offering... Not my favorite American Pale Ale, but a very respectable one none the less...

Photo of RiverCityBeerGuy
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Tried this at Franklin Market in Richmond's Shockoe Bottom neighborhood. Pours a clear golden color with some visible carbonation and a nice headed that receded to a thin layer with some lacing.

The taste is a surprisingly light mix of resin and citrusy hops. I taste lemon that blends to sweet biscuit and then finishes with dry bitterness that lasts a while. Very silky mouthfeel.

Overall this is a very nice beer that delivers a punch without overpowering the mouth. I'll come find this again.

Photo of wedge
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Solid gold with a huge, lumpy head and some beautiful chunky lacing. Smells super juicy and fruity...lots of mango, tangerine, pineapple, and apricot with some floral earthiness and a touch of sweet grain. Sugary fruit galore. Ripe, fruity sweet flavor; green oiliness, mint, spicy pine, not much from the malt. Pretty hefty and slick in the mouth, not the easiest beer to drink in great quantities, but satisfying. A little too sweet by the end of the glass. A bit of herbalness, but mostly deep fruity sweetness all over. Mosaic seems a little different with each beer I try.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a healthy two-finger off-white head with great retention and lacing. Nice Mosaic tropical and citrus fruit hop aroma, light caramel malt, a little dank. Flavor is sweet caramel and bready malt, tropical and orange family citrus; finishes with citrus and grapefruit rind hops and lingering caramel malt. Medium bodied with some creaminess, nice mouthfeel. This is my kind of APA (I'd rate it as high as a IPA), caramel malty and nice juicy hops. Some folks like lots of hops with a light malt body and this isn't for them. I cannot think of a time when Southern Tier let me down. They tend to be a bit on the sweet side, but that works for me if there is good malt to support it, as with this ale. Really like it.

Photo of Immortale25
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. DOB 01/25/14

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before dropping to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Semi-citrusy, semi-grassy hop aroma plus a honey-like sweetness.

T- Good citrusy hop flavor that's moderately bitter. Sturdy malt backing makes for a nice balance. Now that I know this beer is 8.1% ABV, I do admit the alcohol is noticeable but, when I first had it and I thought it was just a standard pale ale, it's so smooth I would have never guessed it was that strong.

M- Slightly sharp from the hops. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- This is a great beer that blurs style lines. It's not quite bitter enough to be a double IPA, too strong to be a standard pale ale and not sweet enough to be a barleywine. So then what you're left with is to just call it an American Strong but it's not like any American Strong I've ever had so it's definitely unique, tasty, easy to drink, packs a punch and has a great price. It's not necessarily sessionable but gets the job done with relative ease. Another awesome offering from ST.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern Tier 2XONE 2014 inaugural edition has a medium, yellowish head, a gold-orange, bubbly appearance, with powdery suspended sediment, and lots of webbed lacing left behind. The aroma is of fairly intense hop resin and underlying white bread. Taste is of even more intense hop oil, but this is not harsh or particularly strong, just noticeable. Also, the white, sweet bread is picked up. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Southern Tier 2XONE 2014 finishes puckering, easy going, and warming in the body. Overall, I don’t think this is a particularly differentiated ale, but I still recommend it.


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2XONE (2014) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 641 ratings.