Southern Tier 2XOne

I was on the hunt for some new beers to review and went to Grateful Red in Clarendon. The salesperson recommended this one and since I usually like anything from Southern Tier, I didn’t hesitate. Apparently what they do is take one kind of malt and one kind of hops in making the beer. They use a different combination each year. This one uses mosaic hops and special pale malt. Mosaic is a relatively new strain of hops based on simcoe. It has lots of mango, citrus and pine flavor to it and a sharp bite to boot. The beer poured a copper color with a thick off-white head. The aroma was, not surprisingly strong hints of pine and citrus. I can’t say I detected mango, but it may have been there. The malt to hop balance leaned a little to the hoppy side. It tasted like a hoppy pale ale. I had it in the backyard while playing with the dog and having some chips on nice sunny day with a light breeze. This beer was a perfect accompaniment to that. I give it four out of five proper pints.

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