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Name – Iniquity
Country – United States
Type – American Double IPA

Appearance – Pours a very deep black color that lets no light through.  There is a big tan head that leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell – The nose isn’t very strong but I pick up some citrus hops and a bit of roasted notes.

Taste – Very bold and complex flavor!  Roasted malts and a bit of chocolate up front followed by a pleasant smokey taste and some citrus hops.  The smoke flavor it not over powering at all and sits on your tongue for a little bit after finishing.

My first jump into Southern Tier since their arrival and man am I pleased.  I was expected a big bold black IPA but this was not that.  The roastedness and smoke characters in it really set it apart from others in this style.  I would love to have some pit made BBQ with this beer some time.

Don’t forget that I reviewed this at Dos Beerigos as well on their scale and it can be read here.

Overall Grade – A

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6 Comments

  • Reply Phil (Ferm)

    Good Beer. Had the Gemini last night and wasnt overly impressed with it. So far Southern Tier seems to be best on the darker beers.

    March 11, 2010 at 9:38 am
  • Reply Mike

    I still have Unearthly and Hoppe in my fridge. I’ll probably have them back to back and also try mixing them since Gemini is just a 50/50 of them.

    But I had their IPA and Phin & Matt’s at the Coffee District and really liked them.

    March 11, 2010 at 9:42 am
  • Reply Don

    I reviewed their unearthly and loved it. They have just been showing up in fits and starts here in Idaho, and I missed out on my chance to get their Ja-Vah and Chocolat. They were here and gone in an instant and now I’m kicking myself for not picking one up. The unearthly is special, and My understanding is that their Barrel Aged Unearthly is even better. Here is my review of the Unearthly. http://beerandwhiskeybros.com/2010/01/22/an-otherworldly-experience/

    Enjoy.

    March 11, 2010 at 10:51 am
  • Reply nate

    Almost picked this up for the cellar last week…I think I will now. So far, the black IPA’s haven’t done much for me…which only makes me want to find one that will!

    March 12, 2010 at 2:09 pm
  • Reply Jim

    This was my first Southern Tier beer as well, and it really made a great impression on me. I’ve moved on to their other offerings, and with the exception of their Xmas offering Krampus, every one has been a masterpiece of bold strokes and subtle nuances. These guys get it and aren’t afraid to take chances, most of which pay off with spectacular beers.

    March 12, 2010 at 2:23 pm
  • Reply Mike

    @Nate – I thought it was going to be like Stone’s Sublimely Self Righteous but it wasn’t. Not nearly as big on the hops.

    @Jim – Yeah it really is a great first impression.

    March 12, 2010 at 2:27 pm
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