Maybe the problem I have with beer reviews is that I tell myself I'm not good at beer reviews. I can't pick out the difference from grapefruit to that other normal citrus. Bubble gum and banana and cloves, or it is nutmeg? While I try to pretend I know my hops (or at least learning), I can't with any certainty declare this or that hop just by tasting a beer. How do the others do it? Or do they just state things with authority and hope that others will go along with the plan? Hmm. Perhaps a little of both.
Heavy Aroma. Not flowery or overly pleasant. It has a light golden color, with great clarity. A soft white head coats the top the whole way through. Mouthfeel is OK...a little thin.
I get bitterness, but it's not overwhelming. Decent flavor overall. I am looking for more of that hop sweet balance though, which can be found in some of my favorite Imperial IPAs. I would like more of a lingering finish too. More dry hops, more late addition quantities please.
It's not a bitter bomb, but that sweetness that I like so much in an Imperial IPA is lacking somewhat. I like the thought of stating 4 hops and 3 types of malt on the side of the bottle. But which hops? Which malts? Inquiring geek minds want to know.
There are a lot of Double or Imperial IPAs out there, and while some are terrific, others just don't have that magical special something about them. This is a good beer, but it is missing some of that magic.
I do really like the Southern Tier logo! Check out more from this brewery.