Well, as a primer to the upcoming International IPA Day, scheduled for August 4th, I thought it would be a good time to enjoy and review formally the last of Southern Tier 2XIPA that survived the trip from Atlanta to Texas. While the beer remained intact, the label has seen better days, as is evident in the posts image.
Poured out, the clear, straw colored ale forms a nice, sticky white head that slowly dissipates to a thin nickel’s width. As the beer is consumed a thin but persistent lacing clings to the side of the glass.
The nose is quite hoppy and full of pine notes, but is rounded by a nice warm malt backend.
Initial flavors of pine and grapefruit bitterness welcome the drinker, leaning to the more floral than citrus notes. A very slight caramel note can be detected, but just scarcely, but still brings a nice complexity to a well-crafted beer.