This week on The Blitzed Podcast we got #TappedIn to Southern Tier Brewing Company out of Lakewood, New York. Southern Tier makes some delicious beers and we talked about a bunch of them on the podcast. Dustin Hazer, their head brewer actually took time out of his hop shopping trip in Washington State to provide us an insight into their beers, most of which are available right now for your enjoyment.
While watching the usual dumpster fire that is Thursday Night Football, I’m going to try out a few of the beers that we didn’t talk about. Hopefully then you’ll not only try the beers that we pimped on the podcast, but you will also have three more to pound while watching football this weekend. If nothing else I’ll turn this into a drinking game for every time Kirk Cousins or Eli Manning throws an interception.
Phin & Matts from Southern Tier Brewing Company out of Lakewood, NY.
Served: Poured from a bottle into a pint glass at refrigerator temperature.
Appearance: Light amber in color and very clear with a fairly thick head probably about a half inch thick.
Smell: This beer is not the bread bomb that most ambers check in with, there is bit of biscuit and a bit of grass, but the Cascade aroma is clear and present and reminds me why it is the first hop I fell in love with.
Taste: We get some grapefruit and citrus but nothing over the top. This beer falls into the category of a pale ale and they call this beer extraordinary, so far it just tastes ordinary, but that isn’t always a bad thing.
Mouth feel: It is a little heavier than most pale ales, but it finishes fairly clean and it does refresh.
Overall: Another everyday favorite for me. This beer is easy drinking, not too big, not too sweet, and not too hoppy. Just quench my thirst goodness.
Iniquity from Southern Tier Brewing Company out of Lakewood, NY.
Served: Served on draft into a pint glass at Pizza Luce in Saint Paul, MN.
Appearance: Slightly opaque black with very thin tan ring and lacing.
Smell: I smell coffee and cocoa with a hint of pumpernickel, rye, and molasses or maybe black licorice?
Taste: The hops I taste that pull through the roasted malt are slightly spicy and zesty lemon or orange with a hint of pepper, but the roasted malt is the primary flavor coming through.
Mouth feel: Lighter bodied for a black colored beer, with a creamy finish and a mildly dry after taste.
Overall: One of the first “Black IPA’s” that I ever had to try. It doesn’t seem to take itself too seriously and that is probably why I like it so much. It has all the best elements of a dark beer and an IPA rolled into one.
2XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company out of Lakewood, NY.
Served: Served on draft into a snifter glass at Pizza Luce in Saint Paul, MN.
Appearance: Dark gold, borderline orange with a tight ring of white foam that dissipated almost instantly.
Smell: Citrusy and piney, but not over the top like some IPAs and Doubles. There is a hint of grapefruit rind that is very inviting.
Taste: Pineapple and orange citrus with a faint hint of caramel. The grapefruit I smelled earlier gave way to the more tropical citrus taste.
Mouth feel: Medium bodied with less viscosity then most double or imperial IPAs, probably one of the smoothest drinking doubles on the market.
Overall: Is there such a thing as a session double IPA? I know there isn’t but that is the impression this one gives off. I will say this at 8.2%, to quote Admiral Ackbar “It’s a Trap”. This just can’t possibly be that high, could it? Oh hell, pour me another one anyways. I’m glad I’m not ordering one for every touchdown that Larry Donnell scored tonight.