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.

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Reviews: 99 | Ratings: 654
Photo of dogfishandi
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Bottled on 1/16/2014 (~1 1/2 months old)

Pours a somewhat light glowing orange color, very clear other than a little bit of some fine sediment. Forms decent layer of white head, not the best retention, head nearly gone halfway through the glass. Some pretty good lacing is left however.

Initially aroma is metallic and missing some of the bigger hop aromas I got smelling from the bottle. As it warms there is a nice hop aroma that comes in, juicy fresh peach, definatly tropical fruit, some tangerine and grapefruit citrus as well with hints of lemon. Very green smelling. A slight hint of booze on the backend. Really no malt detectable.

The taste is much lighter than you would guess when considering the ABV. Similar to other hoppy southern tier beers I've had if not a touch above. Again very green, almost grassy, juicy peach, this nice sweet hopiness, lots of citrus, grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, some tropical fruits as well. Malt again is really nearly undetectable and absolutely zero alcohol. Finishes a bit on the dry end.

Its hard to believe this is 8.1% on the light side. Very refreshing and crisp. I was a bit confused why they would call this a pale ale, but now I can kind of see why, but this can definatly pass as an IPA as well.

A very well made beer. Don't know many breweries that are making SMASH beers so kudos to ST. This ones a winner. Hope to see different versions of this.

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Photo of IronLover
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden yellow in color with an orangish hue. Poured with a dense, white foam with excellent retention that reduced to thick cap while leaving wet lacings on the glass. Slightly pungent citrus orange up front with biscuity sweet (pilsner?) malt beneath along with grassy notes. Medium bodied with rich, assertive carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Pungent, ripe, tropical hop flavors followed by light herbal hop bitterness and biscuity malt. Finished semi-dry with a light pine hop bitterness. Incredible complexity fir a SMASH ale. This was excellent.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A dark golden beer with good clarity and a rocky off-white head. It pours with a finger of foam and has good head retention. A light dusting of sediment at the bootle noted.

S: An herbal and tropical fruit hops aroma with notes of fresh cut grass, pineapple and melon. There is a moderate malt sweetness to the nose and a light alcohol sweetness.

T: A medium-strong hops bitterness with a strong hops flavors of melon, pineapple, fresh herbs that are a bit more like rosemary thanks to the pine-like note along with a hint of earthy and pepper flavors. There is a moderate malt support bring a light sweetness but the balance is firmly bitter. The hops flavor lingers past the off-dry finish.

M: A medium bodied beer with medium-strong carbonation a slight warmth.

O: A great balance of tropical fruit flavors, bitterness and malt sweetness making for an enjoyable IPA.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz

Pours a clear copper gold, quarter inch of fine off-white head retains as a sudsy film.

Smells of fresh grapefruit and hemp hops, with a bit of honey and citrus.

Tastes of honey, grapefruit hops, rich biscuity malt, and a bit of maple.

Medium to full body with light velvety carbonation on the roof of the mouth. Slight warmth going down.

Very nice flavorful ale, great aroma and body, very much worth having. Continues the trend of anything from Southern Tier with a 2X in the name being fantastic.

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Photo of barczar
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant deep golden with a huge frothy cream head that lingers. Wish it would dissipate so I could taste it!

Pine, resin, and tropical fruits of pineapple and mango form the aroma. There's a hint of sweet caramel malt.

Flavor reveals similar qualities, with a resiny backbone that's accompanied by muted pineapple. There's a substantial, filling toasted caramel base, but it's definitely dominates by hop flavoring. The bitter finish lingers, but is not overwhelming.

Body is a touch full, with moderate carbonation and substantial alcohol warmth.

Lets you know it's a big beer with all that alcohol heat. Good double ipa, though. There's enough malt to provide contrast, interesting hop flavoring, and not too much bitterness.

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

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is clear, orangey-amber with a half-finger whitish head. Lots of bubbles rising quickly portends active carbonation. Some floaties - though not many. Decent amount of lace left behind.

S: Juicy citrusy hops and earthy hops. Touch of spice. Not as strong as I expected, but pleasant for the style. As it warms it becomes a bit stronger, and more earthy.

T: First impression: given the high ABV (8.2% - which really brings this well beyond your standard APA territory), I was expecting this to drink more like an IPA. But it's definitely more of an APA, flavor-wise. Sweet caramel malt and toffee foundation, then the juicy hops. Quite a bit of earthiness too. Some citrus - grapefruit peel comes to mind, more in the lingering bitter aftertaste than early on. Heat from the ABV is felt in the belly after a couple sips, but not really noted on the palate. Lingering grassiness in the aftertaste.

M: Medium in heft; carbonation is gentle on the palate despite the active bubbles still rising nearly halfway down the glass. Starts to feel a little slick as I work my way down the glass, however.

O: Good stuff. A bit heavy given the high alcohol; if you're thinking of a lighter APA, this is not where you want to turn. But flavorful and interesting given the concept (i.e., one malt, one hop).

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Photo of Omnium
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle > 2X IPA Glass

A - Semi hazed gold with a finger of foamy white head, lots of yeast on the bottom, medium spotty lacing.
S - Crackery malt, a little spice, some pepper, grape, light grassy notes.
T - Cracker malt lays the foundation, a nice mild pine and grass, grapey, a little bubblegum.
M - Clean medium mouthfeel, well hidden ABV.
O - Very good, not outstanding on flavor, good display of mosaic's traits.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a very murky orange, heavy sediment settling to the bottom, finger of white head that leaves nice lacing

smell is deep tropical fruit, mango, papaya, some melon and berry notes, sweet orange, slight pine and herbal qualities are there, a little bit of bready malt comes through every once in a while

Taste is somewhat tropical, citrus, pine, herbal a little of everything... bready malt, a little alcohol in there aswell... a touch to much for the abv. The more I drink this the more I think it is just a little bland for a 8% beer...

Mouthfeel is medium full with a cutting carbonation, dry finish.

Decent beer, really was expecting more. I bought 2 6 picks because I was sure in my mind that I would love it... I will gladly drink the rest... just a little bland for a beer of this abv... Could have possibly lowered the malt bill and brought the gravity down to showcase the hop a little more.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottled on 01/14/14.

Appearance: Pours an unfiltered and bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: A ripe and juicy hop forward aroma with good hints of citrus fruit and pine. Upfront citrus hops with hints of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, lemon, pineapple, apricot, and melon. Earthy and floral hop hints of grass and pine. Sweet malt backing with hints of caramel, grains, and cracker. Also some light hints of pepper. A very juicy tropical aroma. Pretty nice.

Taste: As good as the smell, a very juicy and tropical hop forward taste with lots of citrus. Upfront taste of citrus hops with notes of grapefruit, mango, orange peel, apricot, lemon, pineapple, tangerine, and melon. Earthy and floral hop notes as well. Some grass and spicy pine resin. Slight pepper like taste. Solid malt background with notes of sweet caramel, cracker, and grains. A very good tropical taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and fairly oily with a drying finish. Alcohol is masked nicely.

Overall: A really impressive new brew here. Has the tropical fruit taste of a good double IPA. One of the best new beers this year so far.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into DFH footed pint glass; crystal clear golden orange with a fluffy off-white head that fades after a bit into a half-finger cap of foam with nice lacing around the edge.
Smells delicious; dank piney hops, some citrus rind and hints of fruit.
Taste is bitter piney and dank herbal hops over clear malt.
Mouthfeel is mostly thin, a bit sticky. Alcohol isn't noticeable for 8.1%.
Overall, this is a tasty beer. Very hoppy for a pale ale, but then again, it's nice to see one brand not putting "IPA" on every hoppy beer.

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Photo of qchic
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Translucent, rosy gold. Egg white head that settles to coat the surface. Some sediment. Smells sweet and citric, with a little pine. More pine in the flavor with a bit of mango. A bit muddled, and the alcohol doesn't go unnoticed. Fine carb gives it a creamy mouthfeel, at least.

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

Pours a light honey color, moderate head

Smells of fruity hops, sweet grapes

Tastes of mosaic hops, grapes, mango, pear with a decent malt backbone

Medium carbonation and body makes this easy drinking

Overall a great single malt and hop pale ale. I really like these mosaic hops and the fruit Flavors they bring to a beer.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Brassy golden color with good clarity. Half inch of creamy white head retains well. Lacing is small and spotty.

S: Mango, apricot, sugared white grapefruit, blood orange, pineapple, kiwi. Very tropical. Toasted grain and perhaps a slight suggestion of caramel from the malt.

T: Dank hop tastes all over the attack. Heady bud, resin, bitter, herbal, and oily. Sugary white grapefruit. Blood orange, passion fruit. Slightly vegetal, though not in a bad way. Minty. Stiff jab of alcohol toward the back. Toasty malt base. Modest oily bitterness in the finish, along with a sugary taste akin to snap peas.

M: Medium bodied, round and creamy. Modest carbonation has minimal impact, just a touch of scrubbing action. Hop astringencies are mild. Some numbing alcohol warmth.

O: Another good offering from Southern Tier. Mosaic is fast becoming the next darling hop strain these days, and it's showcased well here.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into skinny pint glass: color is gold, transparent, head is frothy, thick, off white, light tan with nice lacing and a lingering top.

Smell is all floral hops upfront, flavors swing from piney to citrusy with even a more tropical, mango fruitiness; malt is light toast.

Taste is just as great as the aroma, great hop front, big flavors, citrus, pine, tropical fruits; malt is more pronunouced than in the aroma, toast, biscuit are noted, touch of a caramel and clean pale malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is great on this brew, flavors pop on the tongue, some drying but not as much as many other brews as strong as this which is unique and plays with hop/malt balance.

Overall, a great beer, as usual from southern tier, great flavors, great balance.

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

On tap at NY Pizza. Pours an amber color with a half inch of head. Lots of lacing.The aroma is piney and floral hops. Some sweet orange as well. The taste is floral hops along with some juicy orange. Not as sweet as some of the other Southern Tier beers. Floral hop bitterness towards the end with a piney finish. Fair amount of warming alcohol. Oily mouthfeel. Overall, pretty good beer I'd grab again. I still prefer 2Xipa but this is a good choice as well.

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

12 oz bottle poured into mug. Good to see this new single hop experiment from ST. I hope they make it into some sort of single hop series. This is my first experience with an all-mosaic pale ale/double pale ale/imperial pale ale (IPA?)?? Well, whatever it is, it looks delicious.

A: Beautiful ruby-orange. Hints of yellow. Tons of carbonation. Light amount of sediment floating around. Not bothering me.

S: Nose erupts with heavy but not overpowering floral, citrus, sweet tropical fruits and a slight spice.

T: Wow. I can see why everyone is jumping on the mosaic bandwagon. Tons of citrus, tropical fruits, pine all explode from this single hop. The taste actually seems to get stronger over time after the sip. Zero alcohol presence.

M: Medium-bodied. High bitterness.

O: Very pleased with this delicious 2x seasonal from Southern Tier. They know hops. This beer helps show their diversity in the beers that they put out. Great beer for single-hop-single-malt. Highly recommend.

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

Big snow-white head with excellent retention and fluffy lacing. Brew is a pale golden color, transparent, and a little dirty looking. Tons of tiny particulates, but almost no liveliness.

Floral and dank hops, maybe a bit of tropical fruit and honey, are the overwhelming scent, with some biscuity malt in the background. Despite being very hop-forward, the aroma is gentle.

Flavor follows the nose, with the focus being on hops with a floral character. Well-balanced with the malt profile, which mostly floats along in the background: bread and biscuit, and a touch of honey. A dank aspect to these hops comes in from the midpoint and lasts through the end, giving it a sickly sweetness.

Fairly light, and despite the appearance, very lively in the mouth with a decent sting. Very little trace of the relatively high ABV.

This is a very good APA/IPA, and it showcases a single hop variety quite well. That said, it's not my favorite hop, and I don't generally like super high ABV pale ales. I'd much rather they lowered the hop load and malt bill and clocked this in at around 5%.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into the Southern Tier tulip. Bottled 01/14/14.

A: Pours a clear golden amber with an rocky white head on top. A lot of visible carbonation, big bubbles. Leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Fruity mango citrus mosaic hops right off the bat. Bit of malts make up the backend. Could use a bit more oomph in the aroma.

T: Real nice light flavor on this one with a focus on the mosaic. The malt backbone is toasty and gives it some depth. Lots of mango or tropical fruits coming from this hop. Booze comes through a bit on the tail end.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. A bit resinous from the abundance of hops in this one. Nice and warming. Alcohol is well hidden in the bitterness.

Overall the single hop, single malt is really working here. Mosaic is one of my favorite hops and this beer reaffirms that belief. Any hop head should pick this one up.

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Photo of misilanious
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served in Spiegelau IPA glass.
Nice copper/gold color. Little bit of head with decent lacing.
Smell is mango and pineapple, pale ale grains, slight pine.
Taste... Wow!!!! I do like me some moziac hops and this showcases them. Tropical fruit (mango, pineapple, papaya) slight pine, nice earthiness with a slightly lingering bitter/peppery finish that ends with more tropical notes. Grains tastes like a stronger two row pale ale malt. Mouthfeel is light to medium with a slight bit of slick to it, pretty juicy and not drying. I will grab this again, and will be grabbing this on tap (come on Vista Beverage).

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

Wow, this has some serious hop kick to it for a one hop and one malt kind of beer, let's break it down. Copper pale ale look fine white head forms nice sporadic lacing as it dwindles. Aromatics bring those garlic/vegetal, earthy onion notes to the table. The flavor seems to tame those big aggressive earthy/vegetable like hop flavors and meld with the mild caramel/biscuit malt expressions quite nicely so balance is the key my friends. Bitter sharp abrasive crushed aspirin, onion/garlic notes abound I'm still able to drink it and enjoy. Mouthfeeel is just slightly slick with hop oils not the most earth shattering 2X release from Southern Tier but dead on for what they are doing, one hop and one malt variety. If we could delete the 2XSteam beer it would be a perfect world, I still can't believe they released it!!! I could bathe in this on work days and use it as cologne on my days off, the mouthfeel is harsh with the astringent alpha acids but gains complexity and acceptance when the palate sensory buds actually start to savor the beer. Overall I'm in for more one off single hop single malt varietals from Southern Tier and other breweries.

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

I am a major fan of this brewery, so my observations are prejudiced. This brew looks great in the glass. It's clear, yellow and pretty, with almost no head. The aroma is a dirty pungent Mix.

The taste immediately impresses. It is unique and big and hoppy, but not overly over the top, like American styles can be. It is profoundly hoppy, but it does why you might want to try a single malt, single hop brew.

I think we might need a separate category for single varietals, and if there were one, this would score highly.

The only thing wrong with the after taste is that it eventually fades.

This is a very successful ale.

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Photo of BB1313
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 1/15/14. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a clear golden orange with a slight haze. There's also a very small amount of floaties/sediment noticeable. Fluffy eggshell white head that eventually fades leaving great lacing and retention. The aromas are pretty floral and tropical. Lots of peach. Lots of pineapple and mango. Some citrus. Some grapefruit. There's a subtle breadiness with a kiss of caramel malt. The aromas don't smack you in the face, but it simply smells good. The flavors are pretty clean and smooth. The bitterness isn't overwhelming. Lots of lime zest in the mix. More hints of fresh mango and pineapple. Some pine needles are there as well. The malts are there in the flavors, but seem to take a backseat. The flavors truly are balanced, but not in a malty way. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is wonderful. It's full-bodied, but feels light. There's active carbonation and it's pretty creamy and fluffy. This is a pretty refreshing beer.

This is an enjoyable offering from Southern Tier. Impressive flavors going on. It's a nice use of Mosaic hops. It's a pretty clean beer. Recommended.

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Photo of PottstownBeerGuy
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a delicious ale that absolutely hides its solid ABV punch at 8.1%. I definitely get pine and citrus notes with excellent mouth feel that cleanses the palate, but is also very bright and herbal. Pours a deep gold to light amber. Has a moderate to high bitterness but is not too astringent. The malt profile is very mild but balances the hop notes perfectly. I can definitely recommend this to any hop geek that wants to switch gears from their normal DIPA. I would describe it as a double pale ale even if they describe it as a single varietal ale. Another winner from Southern Tier!

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

Southern Tiers 2XONE series is all about exploring a single variety of hops and a single variety of malt. This one uses Mosaic hops and Special Pale Malt Only.

Pours like a golden beauty with a fat head of creamy white foam that adorns the glass and leaves rings and sticky patches. A fat ring and cap remain and the effervescence from the center of the glass doesn't stop. It has some sediment or yeast that falls out during the drink and sit on the bottom of the glass defiantly even though it appears clear at first.

The nose is wonderful but subtle. There is a sweet floral, a citrus zing and a tropical back notes. The malt is lightly breaddy and lightly nutty and it approaches a fruitiness but stops short. Pine is light and there is a graceful herbal that really gives the nose a bit of dash. As it warms it's even a bit minty.

Taste is light sweet and simple. That malt is flavorfull but not heavy. The citrus greets the palate first and really surprises you because it was shy on the nose. It's floral and tropical sweetness is resonant but not loud or bold. This beer has a light to almost medium body that is not slick or oily but that offers a touch of oil and bitter in the finish. The pine remains understated in the drink and the resin is soft and coats the throat for a gentle aftertaste of floral and a suggestion of green sweetness.

This was a fabulous beer that was not complex but that had plenty to offer in the way of nose and palate. Because it's so food friendly I would recommend that you try with everything from roasted chicken to peach praline pie. Would go really well with nuts and dishes that contain nuts like spinach with raisins and pine nuts. More!

Congrats to southern tier for a idea for a series that I intend to try each time as they explore different hop varieties singularly and showcase the skill of their brewers.

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