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

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2XONE - Mosaic (2014)2XONE - Mosaic (2014)

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
The malt and hop pairing will be changed yearly in this seasonal single varietal beer.
2014 - Mosaic hops and Special Pale Malt

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 99 | Ratings: 654
Photo of tastybeer
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very nice looking with a delightful sticky foamy white head. Shifty, stringy and patchy lace. Aroma is sweet and fruity all over. Citrus, melon, peach, lime, lemon, tropical fleshy fruits....Some bready malt underneath it all. Pleasant and happy. Taste is also sweet and fruity with some zesty bitterness working its way through. Tropical, a tiny bit coniferous, peach, sweet dried apricot, rock candy, sweet lemon and some hidden malt in the background. Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy, dry, and dully resinous. Drinkable but not many at a time due to its super sweet candy-like nature.

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Photo of wedge
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Solid gold with a huge, lumpy head and some beautiful chunky lacing. Smells super juicy and fruity...lots of mango, tangerine, pineapple, and apricot with some floral earthiness and a touch of sweet grain. Sugary fruit galore. Ripe, fruity sweet flavor; green oiliness, mint, spicy pine, not much from the malt. Pretty hefty and slick in the mouth, not the easiest beer to drink in great quantities, but satisfying. A little too sweet by the end of the glass. A bit of herbalness, but mostly deep fruity sweetness all over. Mosaic seems a little different with each beer I try.

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Photo of philbe311
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - A tad bit more than two fingers worth of crisp light khaki colored head with a bit of a rocky top comprised of medium-to-large sized chunky bubbles... Loaded with brisk carbonation that starts at a moderate pace towards the bottom of the glass and quickly increases speed by the time it reaches the top... A good numbers of carbonation bubbles also clings to the sides of the glass... The color is mostly a vibrant orangish amber with some faint pale gold undertones... Some lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - The distinctive mosaic hop varietal is at the forefront... Sweet citrus... Grapefruit... Assorted tropical fruits... This sits atop a light but sturdy malt foundation... Some white bread notes complimented by a subtle toffee sweetness... Simple, straight-forward and effective...

T - The citrusy hop presence is dialed back a bit on the palate... This is replaced by a mix of earthy and piney hop goodness... There are some faint floral notes as well... I was surprised a bit by the varied hop profiles as this is a single hopped offering... Bread crust... Some lightly burnt caramel notes... The finish also seems to have a light spicy rye kick about it...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Uber clean... Uber crisp... Even and consistent... There is a touch of dryness that permeates throughout... Light yet briskly carbonated...

D - Easy drinker... HIdes the 8.1% ABV exceedingly well... There is a certain pilsneresque charm about this Souther Tier offering... Not my favorite American Pale Ale, but a very respectable one none the less...

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Photo of scotorum
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 1/14/14.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Tree House snifter

a: Nearly clear dark gold with a lot of tiny things suspended. Finger thick white head receded to thin even surface foam and patchy lacing.

s: Pretty intense pine with citrus notes.

t: Smooth bready malt followed by a balancing hop bite. Bitterness lingers somewhat on the sides of the tongue. Light bready aftertaste.

m: Medium with great body. Almost silky smooth.

o: A very tasty one hop, with a great mouthfeel. Will be looking for a sixpack, except...so many great beers, so little time and money!

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-slightly hazy with a gold color and a large white head that lingered and leaves a lace
S-hops has a pine and grapefruit aroma and I get a watermelon like aroma that reminds me of a Jolly Rancher
T- hops was strong, but the malt comes though in also. Grapefruit was there, but it had no melon taste. The hops is strong at first and stays with you throughout the beer
M-high carbonation and lighter body
O- super beer by Southern Tier and cannot wait til the next one

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Photo of delta490
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured out a vibrant orangey amber with a big thick creamy white head. Great retention and some nice lacing. As you might expect from a "one hop, one malt" beer, the aroma is a little monochromatic, with some mild floral notes but not much in the way of malt tones. The flavor is also rather lacking in depth, with the hops again dominating. There's a nice weight on the palate and its got a smooth finish. Overall, there's a reason beer recipes use more than one malt and hop, at a minimum. They add depth. Yes it's well made (hence the score), but this isn't the middle ages. Use more stuff.

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Photo of chickenflea
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

OK, I love when brewers do this. It's the same reason I love single malt scotch: let's find out what things taste like at the very foundation. The malt was perfect for this ABV. Sturdier than a straight Pilsen malt. It did not need any specialty malts to stand up to the hops. The hops were also interesting. They might have been unsuitable for a less substantial IPA. But with this sturdy malt and the higher ABV, the hops worked well. The brighter side of the hops is fine. The citrus and mild pine are perfect. The other element of these hops is what make this beer interesting. Tropical fruit aroma and earthy taste. Not exactly what we associate with an IPA. But apart from the style definition, the beer works. I really enjoyed the idea behind this beer and the instantiation (to borrow a software term.) Nice work, Southern Tier.

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Photo of Ri0
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Hazy apricot orange with a full 2 finger off white head on an aggressive pour. Nice retention and some lacing.

S - Tropical hops seem to dominate with some melon, but I also pick up a unique ripe pear like scent. Minor sweet cracker malt aroma.

T - Again with tropical hop notes and some bitter grapefruit, I don't taste any pear flavor. Malts are sweet and light with a breadiness.

M - Clean, smooth and lighter body with awesome carbonation. The hops linger a bit.

O - This 2XOne is well put together even though it is a single hop and malt. I had many of the single hop/malt Xhop brews from Toppling Goliath and this reminds of those. I recommend this brew.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

On-tap 3/16/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains earthy hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong hops bitterness followed by some caramel and citrus sweetness. The malt character is on the thin side but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid hoppy beer to drink for a while.

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

Appearance: pours a crystal clear light orange color with a 2" head that falls to a spotty surface covering.

Smell: caramel, orange, and grapefruit are most notable.

Taste: follows the nose as caramel, orange, grapefruit, mango, and a touch of earthy bitterness create a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp and a touch dry late. Aftertaste is short lasting.

Overall: a beer that is easy to drink, refreshing, and full of flavor. Worthy of a try.

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

2XONE is a simple beer that pours simply enough. Lighter and brighter than most IPAs the color is more orange and capped with a bright white head of foam.

The nose tends to the simple as well but it is immensely fragrant. The citrus hops are bold and juicy with a pithy grapefruit and tangerines.

The flavor is for the most part all pithy juicy grapefruit and tangerines. The malt is subdued and may be more apparent as this ages. Fresh, this exudes a bitter pulpy hop taste.

Very easy to drink with little astringency or bitterness on the tongue.

One malt and one hop is a simple concept with simple results but those results are very tasty.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Southern Tier 2XONE

X marks the spot

Poured into pint glass

A: Outstanding. Yellowish copper I guess with floating sediment.

S: Not much to get excited about. Bready malts, sugar, caramel. Hops on the nose similar to other pale ales.

T: Sweet and tasty, not bad . . .very drinkable with a nice bitter finish

M: light bodied, ok.

O: A good American Pale Ale . . . Not great. Southern Tier knows how to brew solid beer and 2XONE is another solid beer. I probably won't revisit this one but I would love to see it canned and the abv dropped a tad.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a mostly clear orange color. Chunky pieces of detritus float around the body of the beer. Head is a finger-high layer of cream colored fluff. Thin strings of lace.

S-Mosaic hops on showcase here. Herbal yet tropical in its hoppiness. Also floral hoppiness as well. I get some apricot and mango hops as well as the obvious citrus. A pleasant, graham cracker maltiness does well in its balancing act with the hops. The hops aren't overly intense; they don't jump out of the glass. It's pretty attractive nonetheless.

T-The flavor is also more mellow than I was expecting. The hops are almost like fog that slowly envelopes my taste buds rather than a sudden hop-voltage shock of many other hop-forward beers. Herby/mint hops and a juicy apricot hop flavor pair with a thick bready maltiness. Gets more floral as it warms. It actually gets better all around with a raised temperature.

M-Softer carbonation. Fairly hearty body. Medium bitterness - it's not an enamel stripper. Sneakily hidden ABV.

O/D-I enjoyed this a bunch. I have been looking for 2XONE for a couple weeks now. Finally stumbled upon it. It's not as coercive as I was expecting. It's surprisingly balanced. A worthy sip, even though I was expecting a wee bit more.

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Photo of bound4er
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Light copper to straight amber appearance with a nice long lasting white head that leaves a ton of lacing.

S. Nice combination of bready malt and tropical hops on the nose. Pretty appealing nose.

T. Flavor profile carries over nicely from the nose - bready malt, citrus and pineapple. Lingers nicely with a bit of closing bitterness.

M. Typical pale ale / IPA mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation.

O. This is the best tasting beer I've had from ST. Easy to drink, clean with a nice flavor profile - what more is there to ask? Highly recommended.

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Photo of Wats47
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a six pack of this not knowing that it's was anything special. I got it home popped the first top and O Man! Southern Tier got it right once again. It smells sweet, taste amazing, and is so well balanced. I'm going to go get more before they're gone.

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Photo of blackcompg
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours 2 solid fingers of golden foaming head, body is a slightly hazy light golden orange, tons of effervescence, alot of particulates moving about, leaves some thick webbed lacing after each quaff.

Smell - Semi-sweet grapefruits, under-ripe pineapple, nice floral hops and some sweet malt and whiff of honey.

Taste - Wow, this starts with a huge rush of floral hops that just explode across the palate. Just behind this are some light citrus flavors of peach and papaya, then transitions to slightly bitter and dry florals with some citrus pith, and some peach pit. There is a light sweetness that tastes to me like natural comb honey that perfectly compliments the intense floral hops here.

Mouthfeel - Medium, carb is lighter side of medium and very smooth, allowing the floral and citrus flavors to assert themselves and create a fuller mouthfeel. Very drinkable, and alcohol at 8.1% is completely hidden.

Overall - I'm typically not a huge fan IPA's that are so "floral forward", but this beer does it perfectly with a really nice balance of tropical and honey sweetness flavors to compliment. I know that honey was not used in this beer, but I think you'll see what I mean when you taste this - a must try.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/15/14. Poured 3/12/14, into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: Sunset orange with a lot of yeast floating in the glass. Finger of a soapy head stays around awhile. A fair amount of lacing. Really good from the start.

Smell: Single hop variety? One type of malt? How is there so much depth in the aroma!? Quite sweet malty aroma compounded with a fresh pine and mango+pineapple sort of aroma. Makes you want to take a sip.

Taste/feel: Really good... that about says it. Masterfully crafted. It may be a touch sweet for some, but what would you expect from an 8% pale ale? Pine. Pineapple+mango/tropical flavors. Sugary sweetness from the malt. Maybe a trace of alcohol warmth at the end, but I don't pick up the flavor at all. The feel is about medium all-around in texture and carbonation. You may not guess this beer is 8% exactly, but you just get the feeling that it's a bit high.

2XONE is just a really nice beer that I feel would be a great choice for those who like hop flavor without much bitterness. There's a lot of sweetness in this beer that's just short of being cloying, in my opinion. There's just a lot to like about this beer and its hop profile. Throwing this one a 4/5 overall just because as much as I enjoy it, the sweetness may be a touch too much for my liking. Still awesome.

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

This beer has a thick resin flavor and feel. Emphasis on the latter as it's fairly pronounced. The resin and pine on this is pretty firm. Not much else showing through to me. Just that. Consistent bitter tone that grows and clings to your tongue. A nice beer. A bit heavy and too thick, but it works. As usual, ST is going for more a punch in the mouth than anything graceful.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark gold color with thin hop haze. Soapy lace left behind after a half-inch head expires.

Tropical fruit medley, sprite pine, minty hop, and tangy citrus are ripe in the nose. Married with a sturdy pale malt note of milled grain and cracked wheat, it's a very tempting pale ale nose. Lightly sweet.

Bitter citrus, pine, unripe mango, masticated hop leaf, and grapefruit. Crisp, yet rounded by a solid malt backbone. Still carries some sweetness. A lot of bitterness and a bit of alcohol steeped in.

Great body, maybe a little too much on the full side. Carbonation is nice. It's cut back a bit because of the body. Slight alcohol presence.

A great addition to the 2X series. Recommended.

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Photo of oberon
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dull light to medium golden with a thinner lacey white head atop.Aromas of sweet onions and mango with a bit of grass,good hop complexity from a single hop,Iam liking the Mosaic variety.The sweet onion is in full effect on the palate along with some grassy tones and tropical fruit,some caramel sugary sweetness is there standing up against the hops all the way.A few others have said this a heavy feeling beer and I tend to agree it's to me an Imperial Pale Ale if there is/was a style like that.A good beer to be had from one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden orange with a plump finger of off-white foam.

Orange, caramel, biscuity malt sweetness, slight tropical notes.

Citrus and tropical fruit with a nice caramel/toffee sweet malt backbone.

Light-medium bodied, medium carbonation, good balance.

Overall, a solid DIPA with refreshing citrus and tropical fruit notes and good balance.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Pale gold with 2+ fingers of fluffy, white head that nearly billow over the top of the glass. Excellent clarity up until the very end of the bottle which release some fresh yeasties. Still very clear with yeast suspended throughout the glass. Moderately carbonated with good head retention.

Peach, passion fruit, candied orange, tangerine, and papaya.

Peach, papaya, and honeydew melon. Touches of tangerine, passion fruit, and mango. Some light floral notes in there as well as a touch of mint. Honey, candy sugar, and touches of toasted bread make up the malt bill.

Medium bodied, juicy, and semi-dry with a modest bitterness.

I'm quite surprised how complex complex this is for only using (Special) Pale Malt and Mosaic hops. Very tasty and goes down easy for 8.1%.

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Photo of MasterfulIdiot
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a riedel tulip glass. The liquid is a semi-transparent golden amber, with a pretty thick creamy head that rises up and takes a while to fade and tons of little bubbles rising up through the liquid. Then there are sheets and sheets of lace going down the glass. Really nice.

Interestingly enough, the thing I get most from the smell is the malt. There's some nice grainy sweetness, but I can only detect a slight cat pee note from the hops. In a good way, of course.

Nice - tons of onion and garlic on the palate! Just a hint of citrus lying underneath as well. Well-complemented by the grainy malts.

Mouthfeel is also really well-done. Slightly thick for the style, but with super nice frothy carbonation that helps offset it.

Overall, it's a really solid single-hop ale - at first I thought I would only enjoy it for the novelty of trying just mosaic hops, but I'm really enjoying working my way through the six-pack. Of course, if you don't like the oniony, cat pee flavor then be warned, cause that's most of what this is.

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

Massive malt bills here. Crazy hop additions there. Exotic fruit, rare spices... everyone is working hard to make their beers stand out. But Southern Tier is standing out by doing the opposite. Selling the taste of Mosaic hops and 2-Row barley malt- this (SMASH) beer is simple yet captivating.

Its bright amber-gold pour casts the most modest of haze as the ale glows confidently in the glass. Shedding its foamy cloak, the beer builds a creamy lather that accompanies the session well, lacing with broken froth all along the glass.

Its bright and fruity aromas waft over the nose with high tropical, citrus and herbaceous character. Rich mangoes, apricots, papaya fuse seamlessly with tangy tangerine and lemon for a full-frontal fruity melange. The hops balance with a pleasant bouquet of fragrant grasses and herbs that hinge on cannabis and pine. Its malty support is softly of caramel, showing a pep of graham cracker through the fruit.

Its taste is a direct carry-over from scent. Its firm but light dry caramel backdrop is sweet enough to give the hoppy fruit impressions as sense of being ripe, plumb or even juicy. Its seemingly fructosse laden taste then shift highly fruity in the middle. All those tropical and citrus fruits are as much of fruit cocktail as it is of ale. Yet without the confusion of excessive ingredients, the beer's refined taste trails with echoes of citrus in a clean and refreshing finish.

Its elegance continues as the ale lays delicately on the tongue, pulling its weight from the surface with its confident carbonation. Its finish comes quick, malty-dry, and lightly warm. Despite its sassy alcohol content, the malt balances the heat even late. Leaving the palate together, notions of fruit play lightly in aftertaste.

There's a sense of dryness in the ale that I wish was further elevated. However, this ale is explained as an "Imperial" American Pale ale and not an IPA. This allows the Pale Ale balance to linger deeper on the palate that I'm accustomed to at this hop rate and alcohol content. Regartless this Single-Malt-And-Single-Hop (SMASH) Ale works nicely for all things hoppy and balanced.

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Photo of lochef81
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This apa pours a handsome amber hue with a frothy white head that lasts well longer than most and gives way to a nice film and lacing. There is a ton of sediment in this pour. If you are into crystal clear filtered beers, this is not for you. The aroma is very hoppy with tons of pine notes, a little citrus, tropical fruit, and grass. There is also a very nicely balanced underlying malt character. The ale is definitely medium bodied and coats the mouth quite well. The flavor is very fresh and hoppy. It seems much closer to an ipa than an apa. There is a ton of pine and a little citrus up front in this one. There is some malt but it is not as present in the mouth as it was on the nose. This is a damn good beer and Southern Tier continues to impress me. My only complaint is that if you are going to make a varietal ale celebrating just one malt and one hop strain, then advertise and promote what varieties those are. Print it on the bottle what varieties you are using. Other than that, great job.

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2XONE - Mosaic (2014) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 654 ratings