Posts Tagged ‘Southern Tier Brewing Company’

Mokah by Southern Tier Brewing Company

I’m a biking fool lately…thoroughly addicted I am to the trail, my bike (Salsa El Maricahi), the sounds of nature, and the solitude.  Oh yeah…the speed one can get going down inclines is quite thrilling also.  I happened on a hawk or possibly an owl in my riding today that had an unfortunate victim (rabbit?) in its talons as it flew skyward.  Another 16 miles at my favorite place to ride, Six Mile Run Reservoir, made me a happy camper.

Beer #316 is Mokah by Southern Tier Brewing Company.  I have been looking forward to this American Double Stout or Imperial Stout brewed in Lakewood, New York for quite some time.  The ABV clocks in at a heavy 11.2%.

Mokah poured black with a very thin brown head.  The nose was fantastic…chocolate and coffee and cocoa.  It smelled like hot chocolate or more like a mocha coffee drink…yum!  It tasted exactly like it smelled with the coffee and the chocolate mixing together very nicely.  There was a bit of vanilla mingling in with some nice roasted malty flavors.  It reminded me of how I like my mocha coffee drinks, not overly sweet with a nice bitter cocoa/chocolate flavor.  It had an excellent aftertaste of cocoa powder…damn good.  It had a heavier body but not really thick.  It was quite smooth and creamy with lower amount of carbonation.  I thought the alcohol was hidden fairly well for such a high ABV brew.

I loved this…it was quite delicious!  Coffee and chocolate lovers should seek this out.  This is by far my favorite Southern Tier brew I have had so far!

Rating: A+

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Porter by Southern Tier Brewing Company

I was out of beer, so to the local beer store I went.  I picked up beer #283 just by what it said on the label…brewed with 2 varieties of hops and 5 types of malts.  It also mentioned in very small letters…ale in tx.  Wonder what that means?  I also picked up a bag of habanero kettle chips.  Sounds good to me!

The beer I picked up is Porter by Southern Tier Brewing Company from Lakewood, New York.  Their version of an American Porter has an ABV of 5.2%.  Lets get drinking!

It had a very dark brown color…for all I know it could have been black.  There was only the tiniest of heads in the form of a tan ring.  The nose was disappointing, it really didn’t have much of an aroma at all.  There was a very faint chocolate smell…and that was about it.  The taste was a bit better with a roasted malt flavor and a bit of semi-sweet chocolate.  It had a slight hoppy herbal thing going on at the very end  There was no aftertaste whatsoever.  It had a light but not quite watery body, very low carbonation, and was quite creamy and smooth.  It went down really easy.

I was disappointed.  I was expecting so much more from this, mostly in the way of a nice coffee like flavor which it did not have.  I would also have liked a bit of a bitter bite…oh well…I can dream.  That being said it wasn’t horrible…just maybe a tad bit below average.  The best American Porter I have had, and this didn’t come close, was Robust Porter by Smuttynose Brewing Company, drink that instead of this.  Oh yeah…the habanero chips were excellent…nice and hot!

Rating: C

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2XIPA by Southern Tier Brewing Company

I really can’t believe that summer is at its unofficial end.  It seems like only yesterday it was Memorial Day.  It truly is amazing how fast time flies the older you get.

Beer #280 is 2XIPA by Southern Tier Brewing Company from Lakewood, New York.  As the name suggests, this is an American Double IPA or Imperial IPA.  The ABV of this beer, which is brewed with four types of hops and three types of malts according to the label, is 8.2%.

The color was odd to me, I was expecting something along the lines of a orange amber but this poured a golden yellow.  A big fat fail was the head…I wanted the tiny white head here to be massive…it wasn’t.  The nose was quite yummy though, with grapefruit and pine (pine being the bigger of the aromas), a tad bit earthy and nice and malty sweetness.  I took a sip, the sweetness of the caramel malts kicked off first.  The hops then kicked  in about mid drink with a nice grapefruit like flavor.  The back end is more hops with pine being the most noticeable flavor.  It wasn’t all that bitter.  It wasn’t quite as thick as I would have liked body wise…it had a medium feel to it.  The carbonation was on the low side which made it quite smooth.  The alcohol was hidden nicely here.

The was a very nice DIPA that I would easily drink again…and again…and again.

Rating: B+

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Hopsun by Southern Tier Brewing Company

Lots going on today as I am getting the house ready for the hurricane so this will be short and sweet.  I did find some time for a 14 mile bike ride on some nice twisty, rooty, and rocky singletrack in Pennsylvania (Nockamixon State Park) also…again…priorities.

Beer #271 is Hopsun by Southern Tier Brewing Company from Lakewood, New York.  This American Pale Wheat Ale has an ABV of 5.10%.

It poured with a hazy dark golden color with a decent foamy white head.  The nose was wheat, grains, and lemon.  The taste was heavy in wheat as it should be but also had a nice mixture of lemon and pine flavors from the hops.  The bitterness on the back end was on the low side of this light bodied brew.  There was moderate amounts of carbonation in the crisp, refreshing beer.  This was highly drinkable and would be quite the session beer.

I enjoyed this quite a bit and think this would be a great beer on a hot, humid summer day as it was quite refreshing and pretty tasty.

Rating: B+

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Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale by Southern Tier Brewing Company

Well, it is that time of the year again…yard work.  Time for mowing and clipping and weeding and so on and so forth.  Yard work is a necessary evil in my life but one thing I always look forward to after all that work is sitting on my front porch or back yard deck and enjoying a nice beer.  That is exactly what I did tonight…mow, sweat, pop open a bottle, pull out my laptop on my front porch, and blog.

Beer #143 is Phin & Matt’s Extraordinary Ale by Southern Tier Brewing Company.  Strangley enough, Southern Tier is not from the south but from Lakewood, New York.  They brew this American Pale Ale with an ABV of 5.4%

It poured a light golden amber color with a very nice frothy white head.  The nose was very light…mostly it consisted of a very faint citrus aroma.  The taste followed the nose…very light flavors of pine and a bit of toast like bready malts.  It finished slightly bitter.  It had a medium body and a ton of carbonation.  It was super easy to drink this.

This was an OK beer…nothing horrible here and nothing mind blowing.  I would have liked this more if the flavors and aroma were more pronounced but alas…they weren’t.

Rating: C

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