Paradox Of The Powerful
Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.03 | pDev: 5.46%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
28
From:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  0
Gots
  7
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Notes: DIPA with Citra/Simcoe Hop Dust, and Whole Flower Mosaic hops.
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 28 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Southern Tier Brewing Company "Paradox Of The Powerful"
ONE PINT can. The ink-jet date coding is illegible.
$4.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: It's poured a very hazy gold and orange body beneath a fluffy head of off-white foam. The aroma displays bready malt, citrusy and berry-like hops, and a woodsy earthiness and spice. It's not the boldest of aromas but it gets the job done. As usual, the aroma indicates what will follow in the flavor, and I'm finding additional notes of soft apricot, blueberry, mango, passionfruit, light herbs and spice, and subtle pine. It's a complicated but supple blend that easily combines with the sweetish and bready malt to become almost 'one' if you don't look closely. Looking back, the head has dropped but still maintains a solid surface covering, and the lacing is quite good. In the mouth it's medium-full in body and creamy smooth with a fine-bubbled, median carbonation.
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Photo of Vetbidder
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden look with a white head. Citric and sweet peaches on the nose. The deep nose is really nice. Pop of sweet fruit mix, I get the peaches with very mild bitterness. Ok carbonation and a mediumish feel. Quite decent.

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Photo of atr2605
3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a clear yellow color with a white head with average retention
S-pine, pineapple, citrus, peach
T-pineapple, citrus, lemon, resiny pine in the finish
M-medium bodied wth average carbonation
O-solid dipa, but the flavor was a bit ,used compared to the aroma. Worth trying

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Photo of zeff80
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can. Poured out a cloudy, hazy, golden orange color with a good-sized, tan head of foam. It smelled of citrus, pineapple and sweet caramel. Sweet caramel and tropical fruit flavors. Seems like there's extra sweetness from the hop dust.

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Photo of Act25
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can at my ferry bistro.
A) Pours a clear dark gold body with a dense finger of lacing and lasting head.
S) Bright juicy orange, pine resin, white pepper, grapefruit marmalade over cracker malt.
T) Almost too much citrus juice, bright, tangy, and fading in interest as being one (orangey) uni-dimension.
F) Finishes crisp, clean, alcohol well hidden.
O) Super bright citrusy DIPA

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$ 4.00 (Including tax)/16 oz can ($ 0.25/oz) from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. Reviewed 11/27/18.
“DOB 10/29/2018” on bottom of can. Stored upside down (Can says “Best when inverted before opening”) at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.25.
Body – Medium yellow, hazy, translucent.
Head – Large (Maximum 6.5 cm, aggressive center pour), off-white, dense, good retention, slooowly diminishing to a 6 mm cap and leaving four irregular rings of tiny to small bubbles.
Lacing – Excellent. As the level drops, bands of tiny to small bubbles form, connected by thin columns.
First pour – Light yellow, clear.
Aroma – 4.25 – Massive burst of citrus as the can opens; this rapidly fades to barely detectable.
Flavor – 3 - Begins moderately bitter with surprisingly little flavor, mostly earthy and dank. Where’s the citra hop flavor? The earthy bitterness has a long hang-time. No alcohol, no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 – Medium, almost creamy, lively carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 3.5 - Looks good, smells great, tastes – not so good. Guess I’m just not a fan of dank, earthy flavors, particularly when my nose tells me to expect tasty citrus. The nose and appearance cause me to rate this higher than the taste justifies.

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Photo of rudzud
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a can of this at Julio's.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip an almost crystal clear dark gold hue with a one finger head that faded slowly to leave light lacing and a thin wispy blanket.

S - Aromas of light juicy oranges, peppercorns, grapefruit, pine, and a decent amount of crackery malts.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Fair amount of sweeter valencia oranges, decent grapefruit pith, some nice lighter cracker malts. Flashes of sweet papaya, alcohol hidden quite nicely.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, crisp, clean, alcohol hidden well.

O - Overall this was a surprisingly solid beer. The earthy pine mosaic was surprisingly muted on the taste, which was nice as it allowed the citra and simcoe to shine.

Serving Type: Can

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

The sixth in their "Science is the Art" series... Pours a medium gold color and close to clear under a coupla fingers of ivory foam... Brewed with Citra and Simcoe "hop dust" and whole flower Mosaic hops, this beer unsurprisingly presents an array of floral and fruity impressions, ranging from the tropical to the citric, and gets a little aeration by way of pine currents... Up front, the fruits and flowers seem light and clean, but a honeyed sweetness creeps and weighs it down a bit toward the finish...The body is light-medium-feeling and smooth, with a little bit of sticky shellac on the finish... 10/28/18 canning...

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Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 10/31/2018. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy medium golden/amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big red grapefruit, mandarin orange, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, blueberry, gooseberry, citrus peel/zest, light peppercorn, pine, cracker, biscuit dough, light honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge red grapefruit, mandarin orange, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, blueberry, gooseberry, citrus peel/zest, light peppercorn, pine, cracker, biscuit dough, light honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of red grapefruit, mandarin orange, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, blueberry, gooseberry, citrus peel/zest, light peppercorn, pine, cracker, biscuit dough, light honey, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and no astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy/sticky, and lightly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.5%. Overall this is a fantastic DIPA. All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV with the modestely bitter/drying finish, not aggressive. Amazing Citra, Simcoe, Mosaic profile. Extremely juicy, vibrant, and fairly dank/earthy hop complexity; great bready malt backbone, not overly sweet/heavy from lingering dryness. A highly enjoyable offering. Best of the series I've had.

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Paradox Of The Powerful from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 28 ratings