2XIPA - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by climax:
4.22/5 rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
This, poured into a SA perfect pint, is a lighter than expected melted butter yellow. Sticky ornate lace is glued to the glass as the rocky head lazily fades.
At first whiff I forget it's 8.2%, because it is so easy to take in. Pithy citrus and grass caress the nostrils without a sharp bitterness. Secondary flavors of sweet bubblegum and buttery popcorn should make everybody happy.
Juicy orange and grapefruit announce themselves quickly before a glancing blow of cheek pinching lime flavor rushes in. It's more bitter than the aroma, but still pleasant and there's a fair amount of sweetness detectable start to finish. There are modest diacetyls and a vague flaky cracker backbone, otherwise the malt is very unobtrusive. It's all a very unoffensive tidy package that cleans up better than Ron Burgundy.
The body sits more on IPA more than a Double, yet it's got a fairly viscous body that's always smooth. The carbonation is nothing but an accessory, and for a beer of above 8% it's a breeze to throw back.
As far as overall bitterness goes, it's really not that high, because it doesn't come close to ripping the cheeks into a mess. However, the hop flavors are clean and pleasant, and the malt is well into the background. The alcohol is masked so well, and it's brutally easy to drink. This one is in a style of it's own.
Serving type: bottle
10-25-2011 01:57:20 | More by climax
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2.85/5 rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
While still better than the majority of mass-produces beer, this is a representation of the style I am not fond of. It's all hops with just a bit of malt sweetness before the hops take over.
Pine-y resins of hops comes through on the pour, with a pale wheat-straw colour giving up a decent-sized head that dissipated quickly, leaving very little lacing. The taste was as I described above - you get a malty sweetness on the tongue that quickly gives way to the 4 varieties of hops used in this brew. This BA cannot taste any hidden notes of fruits. Finish is very dry & bitter, and this lingers for quite a while on the palate. Mouthfeel is decent, a little thick & with good carbonation.
Overall, not a favourite of mine.
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2014 03:51:29 | More by slym
2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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