2XONE - Equinox (2015)
Southern Tier Brewing Company

2XONE - Equinox (2015)2XONE - Equinox (2015)
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
ABV:
8.1%
Score:
88
Avg:
3.87 | pDev: 8.79%
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
117
From:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  3
Gots
  31
SCORE
88
Very Good
2XONE - Equinox (2015)2XONE - Equinox (2015)
Notes: We challenged ourselves to do something radical with this 2X Seasonal offering, simplifying to the most basic ingredients: one variety of hop and one type of malt. Yes, a single varietal double India Pale Ale. And since it is a seasonal beer, we change the pairing each year for a truly singular experience. The 2015 version uses Equinox hops and Superior Pale malt.
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Photo of weaselface89
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L-hazy and a pale orange color. Not much head but it does have some nice lacing.
S- fruity and pleasant smelling but nothing to knock your socks off.
T- follows the smell with the same fruit flavor that I can't put my finger on. Alittle maltyness.
F- medium carbonation with a slick oily consistency.
O- not bad but I get the feeling equinox isn't the hop of my dreams if you catch my drift.also no date on the bottle so that loses points. Who knows how old this thing is? I don't. The good news is it was on sale at the store for $4.99 a six pack so who can complain about that. I hope they continue this series with another Hop next year.

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Photo of HoppyBeerisHappyBeer
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured hazy amber orange. S: earthy, fruit nose T: taste was eh at first but better as it goes, malty with bitter fruit end. F: light syrup smooth. O: there are a few 6ers around but not for long. Dated 3/17/15 on bottom of bottle.

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Photo of matcris
2.97/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

LOOKS: Slightly hazy orange-amber. Half a finger of off white head. Didn't stick around more than a few minutes leaves a small layer of foam on top of beer. Slight bit of lacing down the glass. A small amount of tiny bubbles streaming up the glass.
AROMA: So, this has a very familiar DIPA aroma to it for me. Some call it cat pee, I call it ammonia like or astringent. Once I get past that sort of harshness, I can smell some Stone fruit and pineapple. I really perceive no malt in the nose.
TASTE: The taste is smoother than I was expecting. I do get some malty sweetness that almost seems like a light caramel quality, but it's very light. There is some mild bitterness up front and then you get that bit of sweetness. No lingering bitterness to this beer.
MOUTHFEEL: Good balance of carbonation. Medium body, not overly dry or sticky either.
OVERALL: I would much prefer a Green Flash West Coast IPA to this, same abv, none of that harshness, especially in the aroma. The taste is a bit better than the aroma. Definitely an above average beer, but I would not go back for more. Just not my cup of tea.
Edit: Should point out that I picked this up in a mix six pack and this beer is 9 months old. Still hoppy, not the hop flavors or aromas that I dig.

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours pale gold, light white head, plenty of carbonation bubbles. Superb lacing.
S- Pine hops, grapefruit, it's actually sort of soapy. Reminds me of a fruity foaming hand soap.
T- A mix of fruits dominate, pear, melon, cactus? There is tickle of hops, but the are highly subdued and hidden behind the complex fruit presence. I'm also getting a soapy vibe in the taste as well.
M- Highly carbonated, oily slick like most DIPAs seem to be, body is on the heavier side, but it's crisp and bubbly, so it's really not as heavy as most DIPAs
O- I'm pretty disappointed with this beer. Southern Tier is usually pretty spot on when it comes to brewing styles, but this one may have been an experiment gone awry. I like their IPA and their 2XIPA, but this DIPA offering seems to fall short of both of them. It packs the same punch, but the hop presence is severely lacking, and the soapy quality hovering above this beer really brought my enjoyment down. I'm glad I only bought a single bottle. There are way better DIPAs out there.

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Photo of 57md
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper with a touch less than a finger of head. The nose has an earthy hoppiness. The body is quite full for the style and the flavor is well balanced with the same earthy notes as the nose.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Undated bottle at 42 degrees into snifter
Aroma very faint, herbal
Head small (< two cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to irregular one to five mm ring and a few frothy islands
Lacing fair – narrow complete rings with tiny to medium bubbles
Body medium orange, slight haze
Flavor oddly herbal and medicinal; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, oily, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.5

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Photo of SINKTIPS_N_SUDS
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a decent double IPA. It doesn't have any extreme complexity or depth, which isn't a surprise, due to its single ingredient status. But it has a decent hop flavor and isn't too bitter.

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Photo of BigGold
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First had 2XONE poured from 12-oz. bottle into tulip. Gimmick? Not. Experiment? Maybe. But in any event this beer is a very tasty proof of concept.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.75 A: Mildly murky medium orange color. Two fingers of frothy/pillowy head. Retention is very good and a finger of spotty lacing is left.

3.5 S: Floral hops with peachy fruitiness. A bit grassy, a touch of nondescript spice, and bready yeast.

3.75 T: Mild bitterness. Big peachiness again with mango and guava citrus. Peppery spiciness, bready and biscuit malts.

3.75 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Rich viscosity with just a touch of chewiness. Super smooth.

3.75 D: I rather like this. It's a sophisticated, mellow beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 8/9/2015 at Natty Greene’s Tavern, in North Attleboro, MA served in a tulip glass.

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

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

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

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

O: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving healthy lacing on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of green peppers are present in the nose.
T: The taste has a complex mix of green peppers, limes, and mangos along with a moderate amount of associated hop bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: For a single hop beer, this has lots of complex aromas and flavors from the hops.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of fscottkey
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: [4.25] Pours with a nice 1 finger of fluffy white head. The head has small to medium bubbles. The head sticks around for a while. The beer itself is an amber to orange color. The bottle lists the ABV (8.1%) and a born on date which was hard to find (04/06/15). Bonus the label says this uses Equinox Hops.

S: [3.50] Caramel. Biscuity breadiness. yellow raisins.

T: [3.50] Sweet up front. There is mild caramel and bready flavor.

M: [3.75] The mouthfeel is nice. It is definitely not watery. It has decent body and a finish that is refreshing.

O: [3.75] For a DIPA this is not overly bitter. There is NO sense that this is 8.1%. I could basically chug this beer. This is definitely not an in your face West Coast style IPA. It is mild in the nose, taste and mouthfeel (in a good way). I would easily drink this again.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good ipa with attention specifically given to the hops. The malt and other supporting elements really don't factor into the taste or smell, instead overpowered by pine, stone fruit, melon, and orange. Robustly hoppy.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale copper with a one finger off white head. Aroma is huge citrus and mango. Taste is citrus, mango, lime, slight vegetal qualities, and biscuity. Mouthfeel is thin to medium and could be more substantial. Overall, a pretty good iipa and an interesting take on the SMaSH idea with equinox hops.

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Photo of pat61
4.49/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours gold with a slight chill haze under a 1” cream colored foam collar that hugs the sside of the glass.
S: Tropical fruit, floral, citrus and herbal aromas flow from the glass.
T: Citrus, papaya, melon, herbal and floral flavors are supported by light malts and precede a big bitter finish. Hop flavors and aromas are medium high. Malt flavors are medium to medium low. Nothing is harsh or overstated.
F: Creamy, slightly above medium body and just below medium on the body.
O: A big double IPA featuring tropical fruit flavors.

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 3/16/2015. Pours slightly hazy deep golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange peel, mango, melon, light pepper, herbal, light honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of citrus/tropical/earthy hops and moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange peel, mango, melon, pepper, pine, herbal, light honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange peel, mango, melon, pepper, pine, light honey, bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/earthy hops and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately crisp/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice single hopped DIPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/earthy hops and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of BodiesLexus
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Props to all the reviewers who noted bubblegum. I love having my blind taste notes (mostly nose here, not much bubblegum in taste for me, but it stood out in the nose) affirmed by others. A bit of grainy harshness and prickly finish made this not my favorite, but it has a substantial body, which I like for the style.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on May 13, 2015.

The pour is a slightly cloudy golden tone with a big white head that slowly fizzles down to a ring.

Aroma of bread, tropical citrus, pepper, but overall clean.

The body is medium to heavy. It feels like it has a lot of texture.

The taste is an array of likable characteristics including toasted bread, citrus, grapefruit, herb, and mild bitterness at the end.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper/orange color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin ring of lace

S: Lots of citrus and fruit peel up front, along with some stone/tropical fruits and hints of floral and pine. Some maltiness also comes through, but the equinox hops definitely rule over the superior pale malt

T: Follows the nose. Nice and citrusy with notes of tropical fruits, pine, and a bit of bready maltiness. Moderately bitter throughout. Finishes with lingering tropical notes and bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Lightly slick

O: A nice DIPA that highlights equinox very well. The pale malt really lets the hops shine and show off both the nose and taste. Definitely worth giving a try

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Photo of PGD120
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint
appearance: medium golden color, good clarity 1 finger white head

aroma: grapefruit and citrus, some pine, bubblegum, frsh cut grass

taste: pretty much matches the aroma, but also is pretty herbal. at first you get the grapefruit and slight pine and then it finishes off with an herbal taste. little bit boozy

mouthfeel: medium bodied, light for its abv

overall: pretty tasty and unique. first time having a beer with just equinox but im enjoying it

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Photo of Czarkazm
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 4/6/2015. Golden honey pour, crystal clear body with bright white head. Citrus bubblegum on the nose, grapefruit, herbal spice, some crisp cucumber maybe? Aroma is clean and mild. Light malts contribute to a well balanced, yet hop forward beer. Taste of grapefruit, some pine, fruit candy juiciness in the front and finishes fairly dry with a pleasant, minimally bitter aftertaste. Enjoyed last year's mosaic version more.

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Photo of Kevuas
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2xOne poured a light gold with a spirited one-finger white head. The aroma includes honey, pine, bubblegum, and bread. The taste of 2xOne is floral, lemon, grapefruit, and green pepper. The flavors do give way to a slight alcohol feel at higher temperatures, but at lower temperatures the alcohol is masked extremely well. The mouthfeel of 2xOne is average and the carbonation is fine.


Overall, 2xOne is not as traditionally hoppy as one would expect. By that I mean that there is no overwhelming bitterness. Instead, 2xOne is flavorful in different ways. I've never used "green pepper" as a descriptor on a beer before, but there is definitely a fresh and crop-like spice to 2X. I've noticed a similar flavor with Mosaic but Equinox is definitely more "resiny". At 8.1% you may only need 2 x 1 = 2 of these beers before you realize just how intoxicating yet smooth 2xOne really is. Therefore, 2xOne gets high marks for drinkability. But by no means is this single varietal lacking in flavors.


I'm hoping that this seasonal series by Southern Tier Brewing Company continues the trend of pairing a unique malt and hop in 2016. 2xOne is a very good beer produced with a popular trending hop.

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Photo of Stignacious
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Honey and herbal tones, not as impressive as last year's offering, but it's definitely interesting; and having not had an equinox-hopped brew before, I'm glad to have tried it

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Photo of justintcoons
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Appearance
Light gold with 1 finger of white head. Excellent clarity with light carbonation.

Nose
Candied papaya, wintergreen, and Juicy Fruit gum.

Taste
Wintergreen, mint, Juicy Fruit gum, and earthy pine. Candied papaya, honey, and honeydew melon. Finishes with earthy florals, pine needle, and hints of onion.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, juicy, and semi-dry with a medium-light bitterness.

Overall
Very mint forward with some mixed fruits and earthy tones thrown in there. A nice display of the Equinox hops.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Speigelau glass

A: light gold with a bubbly head that disappears quickly. fairly good clarity

S: some honey, pine, a little resin

T: floral herbal very little pine

M: medium feel a little light

O: it's just ok, it doesn't have a distinct feel of taste that is polarizing one way or another just an ok beer

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2XONE - Equinox (2015) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 117 ratings