2XONE - Mosaic (2014)
Southern Tier Brewing Company

2XONE - Mosaic (2014)2XONE - Mosaic (2014)
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
ABV:
8.1%
Score:
91
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 9.09%
Reviews:
99
Ratings:
654
From:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  20
Gots
  84
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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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Reviews: 99 | Ratings: 654
Reviews by DrDemento456:
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3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Well I love their pale so a 2X pale ale sounds amazing! Found it at my local shop mixed and matched for $1.99, so much cheaper than bombers!

A - Well it's not a very pale ale almost IPA in color with more of an orange brown hue. Head is decent it is a 1/2 inch that doesn't fizz out fast. OK lacing.
S - The smell is actually quite mild nothing overpowered just a simple array of citrus hops, pale malts, and grains. On the plus side the high ABV isn't aggressive smelling either.
T - Well I took a few sips and I wasn't very impressed but in a way it is kind of like their regular pale, very bland with somewhat of a citrus hop base and balanced grains but this as an alcohol taste in the finish I can't enjoy. Not even sure why this has such a high rating it's not even as crisp as their "Live" beer.
M - After about half the glass the ABV burns the palate enough for you not to be bothered by the taste in the finish. It's not very heavy medium at best.

Overall I am not sure why I don't love this maybe I just expected a double Live which would be more like an IPA because of how floral hopped Live was. Disappointed just like Grand Arbor.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle (2014 vintage) into a pint glass

Appearance – 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 – 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 – 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 citrus’s 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 – 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 – 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.

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