2XONE - Mosaic (2014)
Southern Tier Brewing Company

2XONE - Mosaic (2014)2XONE - Mosaic (2014)
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IPA - Imperial
4.07 | pDev: 9.09%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
2XONE - Mosaic (2014)2XONE - Mosaic (2014)
Notes: 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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hopsputin from New Jersey

4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A: a hazy burnt orange color with some lovely caramel notes. Not much head, only a thin white foam

S: ripe mango, blood orange, orange zest, sticky caramel, lemongrass, sweet malts, fresh dough, light pineapple

T: sweet tropical fruits upfront- mango, passionfruit, papaya, pineapple. Those are followed by a big malt sweetness and some nice light toffee notes. Behind that is some light bitterness: a citrusy bitterness that works nicely with the malts

M: on the fuller side of medium. Light carbonation

O: really impressed with this. This has great tropical fruit notes, and excellent use of malts. It's on the sweeter side for the style, which I absolutely love. If you like the tropical fruit flavors, you will love this. They take the stage over bitterness

Jul 21, 2015
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BuccoFan from District of Columbia

3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Initial pour produces a sort of uneven head, but it eventually settles with a nice ring that laces nicely. Body is solid, too. Malty in the aroma and taste. The issue for me is that it is not too strong in either the aroma or taste department. Again, the body is solid, so I would be very content with this if my other options were limited. But all things being otherwise equal, the taste of this is too bland.

Jul 21, 2015
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TeamMathis from West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy honey appearance. Floral, honey biscuit smell. And warming floral taste. I really love this brew. I hope it isn't retired, because my store just got it in last week. It really is delicious.

Apr 29, 2015
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generallee from Virginia

4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Apr 17, 2015
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scbeerman from South Carolina

3.39/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Wasn't very impressed by this one. Poured amber with a little cloudiness, some generic hop aromas of vague citrus and pine but nothing stood out. Definite alcohol in the nose. Taste was....meh. Boozy, some bread from the malt, little bit of hop flavor and an odd metallic taste in the back of the throat. Felt a little too thick - almost like a heavy red ale. Overall, there's nothing like a good DIPA and this was nothing like a good DIPA. More of an American Strong Ale. Interesting concept but it fell short here. Would not recommend.

Apr 13, 2015
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Chicowdy from Florida

2.84/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reeked of whiskey when I opened it. Unfortunately, boozy taste dominated the flavor. I like the concept of the single hop but I think this brew needed a variety of hops to offset the boozy overtones. Would not drink again.

Dec 24, 2014
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this from the 12oz in a goblet chilled.

This is a beautiful beer, golden sunrise shade with mild haze and thick white cap with bead that is fine and lots of lace sticks. The smell has a mildly malt oriented aroma with floral scent of hops with slight yeast ester adding fruity odor with malt adding a bready smell. The feel has a fruity tangy and moderately carbonated quality with slightly bitter and earthy texture with mostly dry finish.

Taste of green hoppiness with light citrus quality and rind-like flavor with a subtle peppery spice with a mild yeast flavor and supplementary malt adding a mild sweet taste with slight spiciness mid palate with slight tropical fruit aspect from the hops in the dry finish. Overall I liked this -good, but not really that great -I imagine it could be better fresh or on tap, but this is not a great example of the style even though overall enjoyment is better than average.

Dec 08, 2014
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
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

Nov 26, 2014
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damndirtyape from Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, DOB 03/13/14. Poured into a Libby globe porter glass.

Appearance: Golden amber with a definite haze to it (appears to be some chill haze). Nicely dense off-white head with lots of persistent lacing.

Smell: Mango, lemon, pine. Nicely hoppy in an aromatic way.

Taste: Nicely balance hops and sweet malt. Mango and citrus up front, then a sweet malt middle, followed by a pine finish. The malt sweetness has some bread-like quality to it, but there is also some caramelized flavor in there as well mixed in with the pine at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, a bit sticky underneath, and as I drink more, the hop oils begin to build up on my teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: A nice showcase of a single hop and a single malt. I rather enjoyed this beer and I wonder if it would have been even better had I bought it a few months ago when first released. The flavors have held up nicely with time; the higher ABV probably helps with that. Not massively bitter - very drinkable and I think I'd be in trouble if I had another as the alcohol is well hidden. Good beer!

Oct 30, 2014
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yarnbomb from Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Drinking from an aged keg of this, and it's surprisingly good when poured in a wide glass. I'd call it a baby barleywine. All the hops are gone, but what's left is very good.

Oct 11, 2014
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rajendra82 from Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

Sep 14, 2014
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dbell23 from Tennessee

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

I really like this beer. It's the first time in a while that I have drunk this much of one beer. Usually I'm an equal opportunity drinker, drinking a wide variety. Not in this case. I've had this 2 or 3 times a week for a few weeks.

Poured into a pint glass. Dark golden within nice two finger creamy head. Really nice looking. Smell is slightly hoppy with a nice malt sweetness. Taste follow smell with a slightly hoppy start, citrus malt middle and creamy smooth slightly sweet finish with a nice slight citrus hop aftertaste. Really tasty beer. Mouthfeel is great. Good carbonation with smooth finish.

Overall, this is a really good beer. Great taste, great abv, decent price point, and just plain enjoyable. Look forward to trying even more brews from this brewery.

Sep 14, 2014
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bubseymour from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Pours a nice orange semi translucent color with decent head. Very malty and floral smell. No pine or citrus hops in this one. Taste is very solid. Malty and sweet with some resinous hop qualities. Smooth and easy to drink with no bitterness in the finish. Overall I think this is a solid beer and I'd like to try again. I still am confused how APA is this is classified as an APA but at 8.1% level. I guess because its so malt forward.

Aug 29, 2014
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dougfur from New York

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

This beer was a pleasant surprise, even though I already like Southern Tier's 2xipa. It pours a darker, ambery color, with a modest head. A great nose of hops, not over the top, but delicious. Definitely some tropical fruitiness in the smell, along with the classics. The taste follows suit nicely and it's notably non-bitter, and non-boozy, despite the 8%abv. Great finish, very refreshing. It won't knock your socks off, but a very solid beer!

Aug 16, 2014
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cambabeer from New York

4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I liked this beer quite a bit. It was sweeter than I thought it would be, however. The malt character broke through the hops more powerfully than I expected and the alcohol taste was very present. For a pale ale like this, I was surprised that for me most of the bitterness came from the alcohol and toasted malt, rather than from the hops. They were there, for sure, and added great character, but more in the nose than in the middle. Good drinking (had it at the proof bar/brewery in Tallahassee)

Aug 14, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

awesome mosaic driven imperial pale here. this series has been great, and this brew may be my favorite of the lot. pale in color, surprisingly so, with a tall white head and an incredible nose of fresh dripping mosaic, unmistakable for anyone who knows this varietal at all. slight floral spice with all the tropical lushness of the hop. the flavor is all hops, the malt, while fresh and obviously providing plenty of fermentables, adds very little in terms of flavor. a mellow crackery profile is all, before the vibrant mosaic with its pineapple and orange citrus characteristics comes in, leaving an almost honey sweetness in there with the bitterness. just over 8% abv is a great level for this beer, it mandates a ton of hops, and with mosaic being so intense, its a cool way to feature them. also in a pale instead of an ipa, its made by not requiring much bitterness, so its sort of an open field for the mosaic, all late kettle, and just beautifully juicy. nice carbonation and pretty full in body, dry enough to be refreshing, big enough to be satisfying in four seasons. one of the better built beers for the mosaic hop I have seen, really tasty stuff.

Aug 13, 2014
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stewart124 from Ohio

4.61/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Golden in color with a huge white head. Beautiful. Loving the lacing as this goes down.

Nose is subtle. Blueberry, pear and light citrus.

Whoa this is delicious. Smooth with a medium body and just a hint of background bitterness initially and the bitterness grows with the aftertaste. Pleasing fruity esters with some notes of alcohol but at 8.1% it has to be hard to hide.

The blueberry pops from the mosaic hops and there is a nice bready/biscuity character from the malt. Subtle hints if vanilla find there way into the aftertaste with a lingering bitterness that begs for another sip. This might be my first single malt single hop beer and it is a pleasure. I could drink this all night.

Aug 13, 2014
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Paper hotel cup
From: Total Wine in Ballantyne (Charlotte), N.C.
Price: $1.99
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.

Aug 10, 2014
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Pencible from Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

DOB 01/15/14, reviewed 07/09/14

A: This poured a cloudy gold with some light tan head.
S: It smelled like candied oranges and grapefruit, with some wild honey and lager yeast.
T: It tasted like grapefruit and pineapple, with some candied oranges and wild honey. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with lots of carbonation. Fizzy body.
D: This was an interesting IPA. The scent wasn't that great, but the flavor was. The body wasn't that great, but the finish was. Maybe it was better fresher, but now it's just a blend of partly good and partly bad.

Aug 09, 2014
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep gold color bordering on orange. White-ish soapy head leaves plenty of lace. Aroma is full of hop, with floral, citrus, and root notes. In the taste, also pine and wood to go along with some citrus and near spiciness. Alcohol is toned down but noticeable. Toasted malt and big bitterness, some citrus, earth and pine sticking around in the flavor. Medium bodied, medium high carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty good beer from Southern Tier that is best consumed fresh as possible. This version was apparently the new version with Mosaic hops.

Aug 04, 2014
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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.


Jul 22, 2014
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.15/5  rDev +2%
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.

Jul 10, 2014
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tillmac62 from South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

BOD 1/16/14. Pours a clear light amber (golden) with a very nice head. Sediment from the bottom is present on the final pour. Excellent lacing with normal retention. Nose of Mosaic hops (citrus, pine and light spice) over a biscuit sweetness. Medium bodied, slick and almost creamy, coupled with normal carbonation yielding a bit of effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is a blend of hop flavor, biscuit and alcohol. It begins with classic Mosaic notes over biscuit which transitions to a moderate bitterness. The finish is smooth and leaves you with an alcohol note. Overall it is quite nice and would be outstanding if the alcohol were better constrained.

Jun 30, 2014
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silverking from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- it pours a hazy honey gold with a fair amount of sediment and a small amount of slow rising bubbles. Thin off white head with great retention and well defined rings of lacing.

S- woah, citrus, spice, vanilla. Sounds strange, smells amazing. Lots of grapefruit and an underlying earthy spice to round it out.

T- see aroma. Lots of bright, but not bitter, citrus. Some spice, and caramel. Really good.

M- the carbonation is light, which leads to a fuller feeling IPA. Creamy. Warming finish.

O- wow. Southern Tier hit it out of the park.

Jun 26, 2014
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lateralundertow from New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Jun 20, 2014
2XONE - Mosaic (2014) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 654 ratings