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
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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 ThisWangsChung:
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3.37/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with bits of sediment floating around. There's one and a half fingers of off-white colored head, and it looks very frothy in the glass. Retention is quite good.

S: This is very much bringing the Mosaic hops, albeit leaning towards the more woodsy and herbaceous qualities instead of the fruity, tropical ones. Thankfully, it's not very oniony. Malts are fairly prevalent, but it doesn't seem to be the freshest bottle. Still a-okay by my book.

T: It starts off fruity, and even a bit juicy. Apricots and pineapples, mainly. Just a touch of malt sweetness finishes it off in unison with some more herbal hop notes. No real depth to be found; still, this utilizes its few notes well.

M: On one hand, I like how jaw-droppingly crisp this one is - hard to believe this is 8.1%. On the other hand, it kind of isn't: a touch of alcohol comes through on the finish, along with an astringent bite. Some sweetness lingers past half the bottle, but it never quite kills the drinkability. Carbonation is decently zesty.

O: Not bad at all. This is drinking nicely right now, but I can't help but feel this would have been much better fresh. I'm pretty intrigued as to how this series will unfold in the upcoming years.

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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