Profiled by Maria Devan
Cheers you all and a Happy Easter to you and a Happy New Beer Sunday. Today I am drinking Southern Tier’s 2XONE. This is ST’s single varietal and that means they use only one type of hops and one type of malt in this beer. This year it’s equinox hops and I really like them. In fact I want to see these hops in saisons.
Pours orangey golden and with a slight haze. In the more shaded light it is a tangerine orange. It’s a very delicate color and it reminds me of candy or of an orange freeze pop. Fat creamy head of bone white foam that fell slowly and left lace.
Nose is sweet and soft. Then out peeks some floral herbal and fern. Earth and fruit. taste is dry soft tropical fruit that is juicy like nectar. Herbal like prickly leaves. Mouthfeel is deceptively light as there is a lovely biscuit malt in this that simply melts in your mouth. Finishes like some kind of exotic desert fruit. light as a feather, mysteriously dry, juicy thin nectar, bell pepper.
Welcome to the PGA beer rating system: one beer “Don’t bother.” Two: Eh, if someone gives it to you, drink. Three: very good, go ahead and seek it out, but be aware there is at least one problem. Four: seek it out. Five: pretty much “perfecto.”
Maria Devan lives in Ithaca, NY, atop a steep hill. Except when one time on St. Patty’s Day when leprechauns tried to slap skates on her and roll her down the hill, she only walks down it. She has been reviewing beer for many years, even with many homebrewers and other beer critics across the nation, on the web. She’s known as “The Girl Next Door” in her You Tubes. We are very lucky to have her here at PGA.