As we get into the middle of this month I have found that I am pretty much down to stouts for the rest of the reviews. That is except for the IPA that I am going to go with today. I did not want this one hanging out there by itself at the end of the month after a string of strong, dark beers for a few weeks (there is your foreshadowing). That would have been a little sad for this IPA.
Now to continue on with this STBC February ‘11 . . .
Brewery: Southern Tier Brewing Co. (Lakewood, NY)
Style: American IPA
Tasting Notes: Stored in the fridge and served in a pint glass.
Aroma: Relatively low floral, citrusy hop aroma with some underlying malty sweetness and (I think) a bit of fruity character. – 8/12
Appearance: Golden amber in color (coppery really). Slight cream color head with small bubbles that has good retention and leaves a nice trail on the glass. Clear with rising bubbles visible. – 3/3
Flavor: Medium hop flavor initially (piney) with a low malty base that has a bit of a toasty characteristic. Nice bitterness from middle through to the finish. Moderately dry finish with some lingering bitterness. More bitterness than hop flavor overall. – 13/20
Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with a moderate (toward low) level of carbonation. Somewhat smooth until the dry(ish) finish – 3/5
Overall Impressions: The bitterness is probably the dominating characteristic, though it does build nicely on the palate as I drink more. Not my favorite STBC beer (that had to be the case for one or two), but I could certainly sit and drink a few at a sitting. Profile stays much the same as it warms. – 6/10
Overall: Very Good – 33/50