In a blind tasting by BJCP trained experts, this beer rated


Southern Tier Brewing Company Tangier Session IPA

Aroma: “Smooth, bright citrus that’s not clearly tangerine but borders on orange with lemon and a citrus hops aroma with pithy grapefruit around the edges. Floral spice, slight Juicy Fruit gum, fruity esters, and a bready, light soft malt.”

Flavor: “Light and crisp, with a balance of bitter from the hops and citrus. Wonderfully dry, with pithy citrus flavors—the orange and grapefruit rind are well-matched with the resinous piney hops. Moderately high esters, with a splash of malt right before the swallow pops the hops back into focus, with a bitterness that coats the tongue and encourages another sip.”

Overall: “The hops bitterness, the citrus, and the light malt are in balance, even if the tangerine is understated. The fruit is just enough to heighten the underlying base, without being distracting. The carbonation is a bit low, but overall, the beer is pretty refreshing.”