Everyone's got their preferences & tastes but there's a really split opinions on what Southern Tier brews. Some get all excited with everything they make and seems there's just as many who completely rail them. Being that this is, save for a couple of sips of something different they make at a party one evening, the first Southern Tier I have tried I'm wondering if it's gonna be a Heaven or Hell situation with no middle ground.
Pours light and clear orange in color. Watching a lot of bubble rise to the surface after it's poured the head grows to about a fluffy half inch head then slowly melts away again leaving a healthy amount of lacing. The aromas are sorta muted but traces of honey, citrusy hops and caramel like malt characteristics can be found.
The hops are much, much more up front in the flavor. Very much grapefruit and pine notes hit the tongue and wake everything up on the tongue and down the throat. The first few sips there was a little too much of a spiky metallic jab in the back end. As it's adjusts a little more to the room temperature though it seems to mellow out and the honey sweetness come a little more to the front somewhat balancing out some of bite and hiding away some the 10% abv kick that we're way noticeable through the first third of this medium bodied and higher carbonated brew.
It wasn't quite Heaven but it's not close to Hell either. I'll try some other Southern Tier stuff down the road.