2XONE - Mosaic (2014) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

2XONE - Mosaic (2014)2XONE - Mosaic (2014)
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Reviews: 99 | Ratings: 654

American Imperial IPA | 8.10% ABV

Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Notes: 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
2XONE - Mosaic (2014)2XONE - Mosaic (2014)
Reviews: 99 | Ratings: 654
Photo of pjkelley82
3.99/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange tinted gold with two finger head that is billowy and slow to die and leaves some lace patches. Aroma is mostly citric hops but some tropical fruit, almost grapefruit, comes out and there is a hint of sweetness and sweet caramel in the nose. Smooth, yeast is noticeable, again a citric hop profile that is complemented with some tropical fruit like sweetness. Balance is kept with minimal caramel and bread malt base. Not bitter but a dry finish that complements a rather sweet-tinged hoppy ale and overall another strong beer from ST.

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A really nice beer with a unique taste that is surprisingly light in feel for a beer that weighs in at 8+abv. A light gold color with hints of orange. Nose has some obscure citrus scents - lichee? I don't know but the taste - for me - is citrusy yet hard to pin down. The mouthfeel is thin and crisp, and along with the citrus qualities, this makes this a refreshing though pretty big beer. It's not outstanding but this is one of those beers (like ST LIve) that I know I'll be craving on a hot summer day.

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Photo of metter98
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that gradually died down, leaving wispy patches of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of mango and citrus are present in the nose. The mango seems to become a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The overall taste very much follows the smell and has flavors of mango and orange citrus. The hops contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this beer to be quite tasty, especially considering it only used a single hop variety and a single malt variety.

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Photo of RiverCityBeerGuy
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

a- Slightly cloudy translucent orange with a one finger head that dissipates fairly quickly.

s - Mild malt, biscuit, touch of citrus.

t - Some tropical fruit, bread, and malt, and a tinge of alcohol heat.

M - Mouthfeel is above average, carbonation is spot on, but trends to the low side. Finishes dry.

O- I can see this being a solid summer time pale ale. At 8%, it is a good candidate for a six pack session split with another.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.46/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2014 - mosaic and special pale malt

A: honey colored; 1 finger pillowy, white head that lasted through the entire beer; bubbles rising constantly; moderate lacing;

S: piney; pleasant;

T: sweet fruit - apricots, ripe pineapple - through out, but not overwhelming; dries out in the moderately bitter finish;

M: a little thin; lightly carbonated; crisp; alcohol is noticeable, but not a lot considering it's 8.1%; refreshing;

O: surprisingly complex for a single varietal; very interesting;

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Photo of rangerred
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy dark gold with a thick off-white two finger head. Really amazing head retention with a solid ring all the way around.

The aroma explodes with tropical fruit. One of the best aromas I have experienced in awhile. A touch of mint along with light cracker.

The flavor carries over the tropical fruit from the aroma. Loads of mango, tangerine and pineapple it kind of reminds me of a hurricane drink. After the fruit fades some hints of alcohol sneak through along with a touch of cracker and biscuit. Bitterness is very high with some lingering sweetness and alcohol.

Overall, this is a really nicely done beer. Amazing that there is only one malt and one hop. I've discovered now that I really love the Mosaic hop. Great job.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
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

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Photo of Bone53
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter at around 45°F

Appearance: Clear golden color with a one finger off white head

Smell: Grapefruit, citrus, pine, with a undertone of pale malts

Taste: Bright fruits with slight toasty pale malts

Mouthfeel: Medium body yet smooth and crisp. Not too bitter

Overall: The "bright" fruits definitely showcase here, but id like a little more malt for balance which would make it less astringent. I've been enjoying mosaic hops lately, and Great Lakes Chillwave sets the bar for this hop variety in my opinion. This reminds me a lot of DirtWolf actually. Solid beer for sure.. recommended

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear copper gold pour with a small white head. Moderately strong citrus flavor upfront. Can also taste flavors of grass and pine. Finishes with a lingering grassy bitterness.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Version 2014

A - Golden yellow with some clarity and head. Lace left all over the glass.

S - Not getting much aroma, but I have allergies this time of year...

T - Nice well balanced hop between citrus and

M - Well carbonated and sizzles a bit.

O - The mosaic hops are awesome. Decently balanced and hidden boozy beer.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear gold in color, with a nice two-inch cap of white foam.
Aroma-Subtle herbal hop note
Taste-Toasted malt,tropical fruit, herbal hops. Very nice flavor, balance and drinkability for the strength. Dig them Mosaic hops.

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Photo of Glennlawless
2.73/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chilled Pint Glass.

S - I don't know if its me but I'm literally getting nothing from this...

A - beautiful golden and hazy with a frothy head...one inch...nice lacing already. Totally unfiltered too...you can see it.

T/M - almost has a belgian yeastiness to it. somewhat hoppy but balanced incredibly well. I will say that it isn't very flavorful though. Very creamy....and has a slight fruity element...On the bottle...1 hop...1 malt... in my opinion that idea bit them on the ass in the smell and taste department. and smell and taste with beer...is everything.

Overall, its a decent beer...kind of heavy and would only want one..maybe two of them...Ive had WAYYYY better offerings from southern tier...this isn't up there in my favorites though...One good thing about this DIPA though is that its over 8% and you would never know it....one of the more drinkable doubles I've had.... I'm not bashing this brewery in any way i love them and love a LOT of their beer...this just wasn't for me though. sure as shit gonna drink it though..haha. Cheers.

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Photo of drpimento
4.51/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sneaky good beer. Kind of reminds me of an old school regular IPA. Nice appearance; good hoppy aroma. Perfect body for this beer. Pretty good drinking beer. Could easily have another or so. Clean finish. Strength is hidden very well. Think I'll have another.

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Photo of T-34-85
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass.

A: medium amber color with a thin head.

S: Very present hop aroma with herbal notes. Smell of malt sweetness intermingled with the hop aroma.

T: Well balanced taste of hops and malt. Bold flavors, but not over the top on either front.

Overall: This is a unique IPA with solids hoppiness. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Suds
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brewery seems to always have outstanding brews. This is no exception. It is a hazy, dark golden color with a lot of haze an floaties, as well as a thick and solid head. Adjectives that describe the beer are: strong, fruity, perfumy, sweet, soft, brilliantly hoppy, and very, very engaging. The smell is of peaches, oranges, and other tropical fruit....some mild malt and herbal hops as well...but very fruity. The taste is sweet, but backed with a hugely powerful bitterness that provides great balance. This is a great beer.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.15/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of Scrapss
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Holy crap, this is one great brew!

A: Poured into the Classic cheater pint. Nice white two finger head on a relatively clear golden body that has no legs to speak of. Some residual wispy lacing remains after a good quaff.

S: Wow. Has that neo-hop nose of mosaic. Mango, tropical fruit and breadiness abound. Bitter pine is in the far background. Mildly acidic notes like grape must peek around the edges. Aliphatic hydrocarbons as it warms.

T: Follows nose and is juicy with apricot, pineapple & mangoes. I can't believe how complex a single hop brew can be. This has to be a result of wet and dry hopping and timing. Amazing notes from bitter and pine to juicy and tropical play and dance on the palate. Very mildly astringent.

M: Darn near perfect. Medium-full body. The carbonation is balanced and spritely and delivers the good with a dry finish and a malt presence with a puckery then sweet then dry finish. Never heavy!

O: I will tell anyone I know who likes neo-hops to try this. Amazing brew.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Photo of ThisWangsChung
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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Photo of redearth329
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served around 60 degrees in a weizen glass.

A - clear bronze, 1.5" coarse, sticky off-white head.

S - Subtle hops, hint of lemon.

T - Light, almost wheaty malts, herbal hops, not too bitter, but definitely an APA.

M - light-bodied with a finish that's... well, not creamy but more like 2% milk. Very light carbonation in line with >8% abv.

Overall, not too impressive, but a bit above average for an APA across the board. Still, I'm sticking with the 2XIPA from Southern Tier for now...

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

A - Pours copper with a two-finger white foamy head. Heavy amount of sticky lacing.

S - Piney hops and citrus (orange and grapefruit).

T - Follows the nose. Lots of citrus upfront, mostly grapefruit and orange. There is a good amount of caramel malts to balance out the flavor. The finish is piney bitter hops.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This is a very tasty Pale Ale. Lots of flavor and very easy to drink.

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Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
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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2XONE - Mosaic (2014) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 654 ratings