Southern Tier Brewing Company 2XIPA | Lakewood, NY
Because brewing a simple India Pale Ale isn't enough . . . it has to be a double IPA. Can you believe a bottle of beer is almost running $3? I'm not suggesting that these great craft brews aren't worth it, but yeah, I just bought one. The weather was starting to seriously get a bit chilly, and we were making the most amazing spicy fish dish with green Sichuan peppercorns and a chili paste. I had planned on expecting the extreme hoppiness of this kind of beer to combat the fiery dish, and it didn't disappoint.
Beautiful orange, slightly cloudy colour, with lots of floral, citrussy hop aromas. Full and bitter on the palate, long. This is a very well made beer. It isn't necessarily any more bitter or extreme in any way compared with some of the Ontario IPA's I've been drinking. It's more the quality of the hops used. If you like aromatic brews, this one's it. Nice. Although I'm ready for this hops trend to pass. Let's really see you put your balls on the table and put out a triple . . . no, a quadruple IPA.