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Southampton IPA - Southampton Publick House

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Southampton IPASouthampton IPA

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82
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485 Ratings
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Ratings: 485
Reviews: 371
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: slander on 02-01-2003)
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Photo of rab53
5/5  rDev +38.5%

rab53, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of GreenWBush
4.78/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a pretty beer; peach with eternal head, a foam cap that meringues perkily.

Nose is somewhat petite but alluring. A dusting of English yeast – pepper, spice - floats over the smoothly floral and citrusy tones.

The taste is pure nectarine/apricot/peach hoppiness that leans heavy towards floral elements. Approachable. Integrated. A polite, lovely beer that demands attention, like a transmogrified, better behaved Ivy-League version of Celebration.

Endlessly drinkable. Perfect in any application. This would surely lead to headaches of overindulgence or quiet moments on hills under trees.

GreenWBush, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of Franchise
4.65/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This IPA pours a dark dirty blonde, with a frothy tan lace. The body is clear and clean everything I expect from an IPA. The nose is fantastic, floural hop aroma, sweet honey, raw dough, some fruity herbs accent this brew. The taste is so nice, it starts with a syrup thickness mouthfeel. The sweetness from the malt brings out a caramel flavor, and the herbs are floural reminding me of summer. The hop bitterness in the brew is perfectly balanced with a creamy sweetness, and a bready aspect on the palate. Fantastic IPA the I will def try again.

Franchise, Feb 04, 2006
Photo of TheBungyo
4.65/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pour was golden with a small pure white head. Lots of lacing all the way down. Nose is at first lemony, then full of pine and grapefruit, followed by a mysterious caramel and slight sweetness. I really like the way this tastes. This is one of my favorite IPA's. If I could buy this whenever I certainly would.

TheBungyo, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of JustIPAs
4.58/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I just visited the brewery in Southampton, NY and I have to say that the beer surprised me. They refer to it as a California IPA, which is dead-on! My first impressions were of Stone IPA & Victory Hop Devil (minus the gritty texture - which I love). The nose is hoppy (to be expected) with minimal malt! It leaves a nice finish, that is strong, but not overbearing!

I would say that this is an exceptional brew. Unfortunately a seasonal that is running near its end! Highly recommended!

JustIPAs, Aug 31, 2004
Photo of scooter231
4.53/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Gorgeous copper, orange, honey color, with big poofy head and beaaautiful lacing. Extremely clear, small bubbles throughout. Beautiful.

Smells great- citrusy, rich, earthy... appealing, just not as deep as I'd like. Still, very pleasurable. Taste is right on the money- hoppy and deep. Citrus rind, sooo much hops- just tons of simple, clean flavor.

Mouthfeel is smooth and clean, not too heavy, not too light, just extremely drinkable. I could have... well, several of these. It's just overall very good and tasty- a good IPA.

scooter231, Dec 08, 2005
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4.53/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased at the Beverage Depot in Flushing, NY.
XXII reserve in a 22 ounce bottle... I'm guessing this is the "left coast" model cause it says "5 varieties of northwest hops" are used.
Though the bottle says it's 6.5% instead of 6.2%.
Anyhow
I have been very impressed with these contract brewed brews.
I cant say how they translate from the brewery renditions but they have been lovely so far.
This is an excellent IPA.
One of the prettiest of the style I have yet to encounter pouring a deep, gold honey color.
Hopheads will have nothing to complain about here.
Very, very smooth drinking making this the most drinkable IPA I've come across so far. One might say exceptionally well balanced.
The only aspect where this is not an over achiever is in the odor... it's good but not as enchanting or striking as other quality IPAs out there.
Still
great stuff.

ommegangpbr, Oct 01, 2005
Photo of erosier
4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice amber-red-orange color with a medium sized and medium bodied white colored head that fades a bit slowly and laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet malts, nice floral, citrusy, and earthy hops.
T: Very nice malt base under a big but not too potent band of floral, citrusy, and earthy hops. Mixed very well for a nice taste.
M: Very nice bittersweet with the right amount of carbonation, very refreshing feeling.
D: Very drinkable IPA that makes this a nice session ale.

erosier, Jan 27, 2009
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4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Semi dulled peachy browned honey color. Very dense and large capping of thickly frothy and clothy foam sits on top which keeps a finger high intensity the whole glass through. Very impressive. Sticky shelves of lacing have the appeal of scattered/tattered sheets. An awesome eye of an ale!

Softly pine sided aroma; clean, round, and woody. Notes of wet wood, green fresh hops, and some dullish old lemon and grapefruit.

Taste is nice balanced and favorable towards a more malty side then big on the hops. The malt backing is dead on yummy and complex as hell with a nice tone intertwining a nice mix of crystal, pale, biscuit, and caramel malts. Soft on the tongue up front, fluffy back end of hop texture adding nice bittering pinches of grapefruit and orange. The hoppyness is leafy and fresh with a very clean nature and easy going bite that screams drink me!

Solid medium body, nice texture and tone and change about its character. Kinda quite and subtle, soft and supple, with a nice flavor profile that sticks with you. The malts in the back are quite amazing to me.

Well done IPA here! It's no hop bomb monster. It's subtle play and soft alluring complexity is damn solid and very nice to behold.

Big thanks to JoeyBeerBelly for the Southy hook up!

tavernjef, Nov 14, 2007
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4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy straw orange color with a nice two finger white head that leaves ample lacing as it retreats.

Smell is dominated by English malt, biscuity and grainy. Hops are there but subtle, a nice balance of both spicy and citrus hops.

Spicy hops and bitterness hit the tongue first followed by the sweet malt profile. The malty sweetness makes my mouth water just as the citrus hop profile hits and has me drooling. My taste buds jump from spicy to sweet to citrus and back again, fantastic balance. Ends dry. This is an ultimate session beer for me.

Good medium to full body with perfect carbonation.

Overall, I fell in love with this one on first sip. Took a visit to the publik house on my way out to Montauk and instantly bought a case for the weekend. I proceeded to drink the whole case that weekend and went back on Sunday for another one. I could drink this every day and it wouldn't disappoint. Can't find anything wrong with this one. Cheers!!

Lenny2884, Aug 20, 2008
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4.45/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a thin 1/2" head. Head falls quickly to a surface foam. No real significant lacing.

Smell: tons of twangy citrus and pine.

Taste: this beer is a well balanced combo between caramel maltiness, grapefruit, and piney bitterness. The bitterness is quite strong.

Mouthfeel: crisp at the start and finish. The finish is long on the citrus and bitterness.

Drinkability: my tastebuds were happy, and this is just a simple well done IPA that anyone who enjoys the style can drink all day.

Gavage, Jan 13, 2006
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4.45/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a thick, dense, yellow tinged bright-white head that faded slowly leaving a thick coat of lace. Barely hazy golden colored beer with a few strings of bubbles rising gently from the edges of the glass. Solid piney hop aroma mix with a bit of fresh spring flowers. Candied flowers, piney hops, and stick of bubblegum on top of nice toasted malt base. The hops are more juicy then chewy, and the touch of bitterness in the finish doesn't detract from the beers refreshing quality. Mouthfeel is a nice balance of smooth and watery. Incredibly drinkable! Lot's of hops with a nice malt base create a great balance. So tasty, I can't put this one down. It's a good thing this beer is 6% and I only have one growler.

HappyHourHero, Aug 23, 2005
Photo of AlexJ
4.45/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bright, amber orange pour with a clingy khaki head that lasts forever and plasters my pint glass with sticky lace.

Aroma is sweet honeyish malts with generous orange and tangerine citrus and green, pine cone hops and hints of ripe fruit.

Flavor has a chewy honey/caramel malt start that is quickly engulfed by bittersweet tangerine and grapefruit, oozing resinous pine, delicate fruit, bubblegum, and cedar. The hop notes go from sweet and fruity to searingly bitter in the finish, I love it.

Body is perfectly medium, sticky, chewy, and silky smooth. Amazing drinkability, a top-notch IPA all the way around.

AlexJ, Dec 31, 2005
Photo of oberon
4.43/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My first Southhapton beer and oh man was it a doozy,poured a deep golden with some burnt orange hue with a nice tight white head.Very fruity estery aromas orange and lemon rinde with a touch of pine underneath,this is THE smoothest IPA I have had not bitter but the hop flavors are awesome citrusy big time but enough of a slightly sweet backbone to make it somewhat complex,the finish of this beer was incredible.A great east coast IPA I wish I could have more,this is what craft beer is all about.

oberon, Nov 14, 2005
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4.43/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear, gold with a few columns of lazy carbonation and a inch of sticky foam. The nose is citrus sweet with a touch of resinous hops. Everything seems poised for perfection here. Taste is smooth sweet malts and a near perfect hit of bitterness. The type of bitterness makes this an IPA over an APA. It has the IPA kick, but it is more of a child's poke on the shins vs, say, a Ruination's kick in the balls. Mouthfeel is medium and satisfying. The lightness of the hop hit makes this one of the most drinkable IPAs I've ever had. Most IPAs I respect and many I enjoy, but few do I think of as primary choices. This is a fabulous beer to introduce your friends to the pleasures of hops without scaring them off. This will be on my regular buy list.

pentathlete, Dec 31, 2005
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4.4/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yellow orange clear color with a large off white head that forms some nice lace on the glass. Smell is just the way I like it, hoppy with some malt. Taste is very good. Some nice maltyness to start off with that gives way to solid hops, with not one variety to dominate. Very well balanced. Good mouthfeel, fills the mouth with flavor and the carbination goes good on the tongue. A very drinkable IPA, highly recomended.

gosurfobx, Jul 19, 2006
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4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on cask at the Blind Tiger NYC, whooha, although not from the Pacific NW, this creation went great with the oysters at the BT for their P. N.W. oyster fest. Creamy and cloudy, white puffy head, soft on the tongue, low carbonation provides that great mouthfeel. Nice jolt of hops, very tasty IPA, anouther quality brew from SH. As with all their brews, seek and enjoy.

Billolick, May 13, 2004
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4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A nice light, clear, golden orange fills the glass and is topped with a head of white foam that melts to a beautiful lace.

Aromas are definitely citrus and pine hops but not harsh at all. A bit of sweet malt hides itself behind the hops and lets your senses pick it up only occassionally.
There is also a hint of soap aroma which I think is only because of the kind of hops used. Not really unpleasant, but there none the less.

Taste is a nice bright balance combination of sweet, light, amber malt and soft citrus and pine hops.

Mouthfeel is substantial for a single IPA and aftertaste is very clean and bright as it dries on the palette leaving you with a bit of the hop bitterness to make you yearn for another sip.

I have to classify this as very drinkable since I have downed an entire growler this afternoon.

Very, VERY drinkable IPA.

IntriqKen, Nov 18, 2007
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4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

20oz pour at Press 195, Bayside, NY.

Looks nicely dark hazy amber, foamy head leaves lots of intricate lacing.

Aroma hidden by being served too cold, but as it warms, a nice spectrum of fresh hop aromas waft forth--citrus, floral, tocuh of pine.

Flavor is quite excellently balanced, soft malts work well with nicely aggressive hop bitterness which lingers in the finish. Mouthfeel very well done here, creamy carbonation is very nice.

Fresh, lively and delicious, an excellent local IPA.

kenito799, Oct 29, 2008
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4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a growler of the IPA when visting the Publick House. Opened it up about 5 days later while on a ski trip to VT.

It poured a golden color with a decent head and some pretty good lacing.

The smell was light and fresh, not too dramatic.

The taste was more intense than the smell. It had grapefruit, apple and hints of pear with a sweet aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was clean and fresh.

I will without a doubt be drinking this in the future.

KATE12, Mar 23, 2007
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4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first Southampton IPA I had and man was this delicious. This tasted more like a double IPA! It was creamy, smooth, big, hopful, balanced, AMAZING!!!

Drank out of a bottle my friend brought me on a trip out here. Poured into a pint glass, pours a beautiful cloudy orange. some carbonation, and white lace .

Smells of malts, citrus, pine, everything a great IPA should smell.

As I said, this tastes Amazing. Much better than most west coast IPA's ive had.

Leaves you wanting more. Get it if you can.

Murchmac, Nov 26, 2007
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4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a misty golden amber, like lemony iced tea. A few fingers of off-white head remains softly aloft for a time before becoming a varied terrain of froth. A mountainscape of lacing treks across the inside of the glass.

The aroma is populated by biscuit malt and a slight general fruitiness, along with a mellow butterscotch air. Floral hops waft, capable but subdued.

Upon sipping, toasted malt and a flash of berry make a dash forward before any real sweetness is overtaken by a hoppy mix of citrus floral essence and piney resin, though in a very settled semblance of a hop profile. A doughy yeast tanginess blinks on, and then off, to allow a long dry finish of comfy hop bitterness. It's a pleasant departure from over-the-top hopping, wonderfully blended and a stylistic mainstay.

A bit north of light bodied, it has a creamy but slippery feel in the mouth, with a hoppy lingering glow.

It's certainly got the hops, but it's not JUST about the hops. It's like a taste of Britain come to Long Island, if Britain hopped their IPA's just a bit more than usual. the crisp fresh presence grants the drinker a special glimpse into history. It's a joy to drink, and there are no regrets at the bottle of any bottle, no matter how many there might be. This is a real reason to be thankful for Southampton having made its way to my neighborhood.

Foxman, Jan 24, 2006
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4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright bronze color with a big fluffy white head. Slightly hazy. Whole lot of stringy lace going on around the edges of the glass. Slight floral aroma in the nose rises above a light malt presence.

Extremely well balanced. Not a crazily hopped IPA at all but rather a nice hop presence with a slight floral and citrus zest bitterness balanced up against a malt base that holds up well. The lemon peel flavor kind of lingers well into the finish. Nice full body that clings nicely but is not cloying. Just a bit dry but not overly. Excellent drinking beer.

MuddyFeet, May 14, 2006
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4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass very slightly hazy golden amber (copper) with an almost yellow head which rose tall and fell slowly to coat the glass.

The aroma was fruity with a nice citrus aroma and a strong nutty character. The aroma also contained a nice caramel malt aroma with a fruity and floral punch.

The flavor was bittered nicely with a subtle citrus character that was piney and resinous, but not a phelm stripper, more subtle and refined. The bittering and flavor hops were well balanced with a nice malty backbone of caramel. Bittering still took the balance prize but the flavors were well done.

The finish was dry with a lasting caramel malt impression just overshadowed by the resinous hop presence. The body was just above medium and well done.

In this age of over the topness, this well achieved and well balanced beer was a welcomed surprize.

22 ounce bottle. Thanks dmeadows and OneBoxBIF!

GCBrewingCo, Jan 04, 2006
Photo of mmmbeer
4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date, but it tells me this is brewed using domestic malts and 5 varieties of Pacific Northwest hops. It pours a crystal-clear, bright golden-orange with good amount of carbonation and an inch of off-white head that tries to lace but I keep swirling it away. The aroma is kinda weak at first, where I detected green/leafy hops, fruity (apricot?) and buttery malts, with pine, grapefruit, and mango hops making an appearance toward the end. There is a big hop presence on the palate, with pine, grapefruit, mango, orange, apricot, leafy/resiny/soapy? hop oils that coat well, along with a backbone of buttery/caramel malts and a medium bitterness. The body starts medium but becomes thicker without losing its carbonation and leaves a fairly long finish. Overall a well balanced IPA from a brewery I've been wanting to get to know better.

mmmbeer, May 21, 2006
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Southampton IPA from Southampton Publick House
82 out of 100 based on 485 ratings.