Southampton IPA - Southampton Publick House

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Southampton IPASouthampton IPA

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Reviews: 371
Hads: 486
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 5
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: slander on 02-01-2003

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Photo of JWeigt
1.76/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

A. Pretty good amberish/copper color, just what I would expect from an IPA.

S. Not a lot of aroma, but I noticed a bit of earthy smell and faint hop aroma

M. Good

T. This is where it all went wrong for me. This bottle is the only one I've had, but there were some definite defects in this brew. The taste upfront was okay, but the aftertaste was bitter, astringent, and medicinal to me. Kinda like when you leave an antibiotic on your tongue too long before you get that gulp of water. It tasted like maybe they used a hop with too high of an alpha acid content or maybe the sparge was too hot. I read lots of good reviews here so maybe it was just my bottle, but my sample was not drinkable, even though I paid $5 for it! Sorry Southampton IPA. (748 characters)

Photo of SteveO1231
2.23/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The brew pours a golden orange, kinda like iced tea, with a thin layer of cream colored foam on top. Little bits of lacing.

Aroma is very light and faint very little hop presence I get more caramel and and other specialty malt aromas.

Mouthfeel is thin and a bit watery.

The flavor of this beer is much like the mouthfeel, thin, watery and pretty much flavorless. Very light sweetness, water and then a spicy hop finish and an aspirin finish.

Pretty dumpy IPA.

Cheers! (474 characters)

Photo of paco1029384756
2.32/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with a small white head.

Scent of water, grain, and some earth. No hop presence and a very weak body make this one rather unpleasant.

Taste of grain, caramel, and a very faint hoppiness. Slightly better than the scent, but bland and unimpressive. I will not purchase this beer again.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with a small amount of carbonation. (382 characters)

Photo of Reaper16
2.53/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

served from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The definition of "above average" as far as the appearance goes. It pours a sightly hazy orange. Goodish sized head, goodish sized lacing. What would come to mind if I were to say the phrase "pretty decent looking beer?" Whatever comes to mind is probably a lot like Southampton IPA.

Is that hallertau I smell? Liberty? The hop aromas come through for sure, but they seem to be noble hops. I feel like I'm smelling Boston Lager. Light malt scents peek through, but I'm not getting much otherwise. Unimpressive.

Where is the malt? There is some light biscuit on the finish, but that's it. And its not like it tastes like hoppy goodness to make up for it. Southampton IPA tastes like hop water. I'm kind of confused as to why this is an IPA, frankly. Its kind of pilsnery on some mouthfuls, and a little like an ESB on others. Its light flavor would indicate pale ale, but its too bitter for that. Bittering finish, little hop flavor outside the bitterness, and no malt backbone. This is not a good tasting beer. Edit: as it warms, the malt finish becomes more and more sour. This isn't a skunked beer, just a bad one.

Thin in the mouth, carbonation levels seem alright. You could drink plenty of these, though. In fact, this is what I'd imagine a BMC produced IPA would be like in every way. Drinkable, flavorless, but still identifiable as an IPA. Sort of.

The back of the bottle claims that the beer aims for the balance between "hopped up West Coast" IPAs and more traditional European IPAs. What Southampton IPA really achieves, however, is boredom. (1,603 characters)

Photo of flyingspatula
2.58/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brown to copper color. No head. Smells hoppy, but not a great smell. Not agreat taste either. Reminds me alot of Sam Adams Latitude 48 IPA. Kind of malty for an IPA. Little to no citrusy flavor. Not too good. Won't buy again. Dogfish has nothing to worry about. (261 characters)

Photo of CHickman
2.61/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear gold with a creamy beige head that leaves great lacing. Smells of malt and hops up front, with some grains and caramel in the end. Looks good, but the smell is weak.

Tastes of sweet malt, grains, floral hops, caramel, yeast, bread, and something grainy/earthy like yeast. Medium mouthfeel that's on the creamy side with medium carbonation. Too malty for an IPA with a metal taste that ends with the crisp finish and borders on skunky.

Disappointing smell and taste, and not an enjoyable beer. The hop amount was weak for an IPA, so this missed the mark and would even be weak for a pale ale. This beer was decent at best.

Tasting Notes: I've tried this beer a number of times over the past few years, and had this both on tap and from a bottle and I am just not impressed. The Southampton website states that "the result is an American-style IPA with the Old World characteristics of a traditional European IPA." As a huge fan of IPA's and knowing the history, I understand the attempt and effort to create a traditional brew, but this was just not very flavorful. (1,080 characters)

Photo of naterock
2.62/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a Willi. Deep copper with a faint reddish hue. Thin head and medium lacing. very attractive.

Smell is grassy hops and a sour malt that really takes me by suprise not very pleasing.

taste is all to familiar when it comes to my experience with Southampton so far. Plastic and sour, Grassy hops but for the most part this IPa is thin and totally unpleasant.

mouth is just the right carbonation, but carbonation and viscosity don't relly matter when the beer is this bad. I won't buy this again. (506 characters)

Photo of indymike18
2.62/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle poured in tulip glass.

Picked up a 6 pack since this Hophead is always looking for the next great IPA....

Poured a nice strawberry orange with a 1/2" head you could lay a quarter on--but disappeared within a matter of a minute.

Nose: As soon as I took a whiff, I was disappointed. very citrusy, almost spice-like. Similar to a seasonal.

Mouth: Light bodied, slightly oily, fairly watery. No carbonation to speak.

Taste: Tastes more like an "English style ale or IPA", not much hop taste at all, and what is there is overpowered by the "rotten fruit" taste.

If you are used to big hitters such as Hops Infusion, 60 Minute, Kashmir, etc...don't waste your time with this one. (707 characters)

Photo of jessecarr
2.64/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I'm kinda mad, but I guess I'm just a bit gullible. I was looking for a fresh, semi-hopped-out IPA for a nice spring day. I didn't want to be stung, and I wanted something like Dale's Pale Ale, which is remarkably drinkable and satisfying.

This beer advertises itself in the copy on the label as a an attempt at going away from the West Coast style IPA and incorporating some of the old world method of maltier, softer hops. The beer ends up tasting like a sock. Maybe not a dirty sock, but a sock nonetheless. It really has a nice appearance and quarter-inch head, but that taste is such that not only am I not satisfied, but I can't even finish one easily. I'm staring at mine right now, and I will get it done, but c'mon--let's step this beer up! (751 characters)

Photo of joepais
2.65/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured orange copper less than a finger worth of head quickly goes to lace

Aromas of hops and some grasses fill your head

Palate is light and clean

Flavors of oranges and very light grapefruit light amount of hops

Not really a true American IPA a little light on the hops more like a subtle British IPA I think (330 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
2.66/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Transcribed from undated notes.

This was presented with a thick, foamy finger of ecru head with good retention. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Nose had a faintly hoppy presence, but it was more like an English IPA, rather than an in-your-face AmeriCAN IPA. Mouthfeel was medium with a light hop bite on the tongue. Finish had a slightly floral quality, but I just kept wishing for MORE! It seemed to me that it was a gutsy move for an AmeriCAN brewer to make this kind of IPA in a time when hops are king. It reminded me more of McEwan's IPA, which is not a bad thing, except that it is not an AmeriCAN-style IPA. Shrug. (646 characters)

Photo of Oxymoron
2.69/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

How come Southampton only has one h? Pours a darker orange color with a coppery hue. Good clarity A soft but limited head with not much on the retention or lacing. A bit dark for style.

The nose is limited. The malt notes come out more than the hops. Some grainy notes with a hint of caramel. A like toast as well. Some minor hop notes with a mix of herbal and citrus notes. Mostly clean with a light yeast note. Even as an East Coast IPA this is limited on the hops department.

The taste is similar although the hops come out a bit more versus the nose. More along the lines of a pale ale. Some citrus and earthy notes but a light herbal almost hibiscus flavor. Some hints of bitterness but very limited, and could use more to balance the finish. The malt comes on in the finish with a touch filmy caramel note. Some light yeast notes with a hint of butyric.

The body is between light and medium. Carbonation is light as well. Overall very limited IPA. (956 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
2.7/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours amber with a fluffy head. The aroma is malty and mild. The flavor is cheap malty, like a competent homebrew. There is some toffee and brown sugar, but really too mild. The finish is slightly bitter and hops are nondescript. The mouthfeel is thick. Competent but dull. (273 characters)

Photo of froggyfrog
2.71/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle served in a substantial glass pint.

A: Clear amber in color with a giant soapy white head. Lively carbonation.

S: Malty aroma with a strong noble-type hop presence. Some peppery spiciness.

T: Spicy hops and light caramel malt with a very light phenolic (plastic) flavor.

MF: Somewhat slick across the palate. No burn from either hops or alcohol.

D: Drinks like a lighter version of a brown ale. Filling.

Overall: The brewer promises more 'balance' on the label when compared to other IPA examples. But I feel that even for an English-style IPA this offering leans too heavily on the malt. The beer is brewed with English malts and the base malt makes a very strong contribution to the flavor profile. The beer is brewed with 'a blend of five hops' which I would assume are also largely of English-descent. The spiciness of the brew suggests Fuggles and/or Challenger hops. But the overall impression I get from this beer is that of a malty continental amber ale or lager.

Thanks to BrooHa for this extra in a recent trade. (1,042 characters)

Photo of bboven
2.71/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange-copper body, very very clear with a painfully thin head that unbelievably leaves tons of lacing.

The hops are present, but this aroma is dominated by malt. Out of balance, but not horribly so.

Very malty flavor as well. A little bit of dirt-flavored bitterness at th end is all that convinces me it's an IPA, but it's not a great example

A little thin in the mouthfeel, but nicely drying and the right level of carbonation for a bottled offering.

Nice beer to try, call it a pale ale and it might not get dinged so much. (531 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.72/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Standard pour yields a 1 finger fluffy white head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear reddish-orange. Lacing forms nice patterns with ok stick but a bit sparse in parts.

S: Not your traditional IPA scent. No citrus, no hoppiness, no resiny pine scent. Instead, there's an abundance of cane sugar, caramel, and nuttiness. Smells like a brown ale. Pleasant, but off.

T: Sharp, boozy hoppiness is very forward. Citrus is missing almost entirely from this one. Toffee, caramel, nuttiness are prominent. Hops pushed far into the background. Big malt profile upfront. Like the nose, this is more like a hoppy brown ale. Finishes abrasive piney hops that hang around a bit.

M: Light to medium bodied, coarse, carbonated, and watery in the mouth. Slightly grainy at points also with a much more robust feel than most IPAs. Finish is messy and hangs around. Oddly enough, its the only part of this beer that is appropriate for the style.

D: A beer with a confused identity, this is not bad by any means, but for those looking for an IPA, you'll probably be disappointed with this offering. Waay to malty and the nice, citrus, piney aroma and taste are noticeably missing. I'd reach for this one again... just not when I'm trying to fee my hop craving! (1,318 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
2.73/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle tried 18 Jan 2009.

Poured in shaker pint glass. Medium tight uniform white head. Lightly carbonated. Clear honey color. Strong aroma of citrus hops, floral and slightly plasticy. Starts quite floral and sweet at the beginning. Light bitterness. Somewhat pithy but without the citrus. Dry finish with some astringency. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Moderate alcohol.

Don't think it was a bad or out of date bottle, not getting all the love for this. (465 characters)

Photo of jcompton
2.76/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

appearance: pours a light amber color with low head retention

smell: very malty smell, more like an amber beer. not getting much hop on the nose

taste: starts with the malts with a very light transition to some hop bitterness, then it's gone. very thin

mouthfeel: the right amount of carbonation, but like i started above, it's very thin

drinkability: i could probably have a few of these in one sitting. This is not a bad beer, just a very weak representation of the style. (478 characters)

Photo of brewintheLou
2.84/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a golden orange that has a thick white puffy head. Head falls down to a thick creamy layer on top of the beer. Lacing trail all the way down the glass.

Smell is very bready. Caramel aroma as well.

First taste has the metalic taste coming off of the head. Like the smell the bready malt comes through in the flavor. Very mild dry hop taste on the back side of the beer. Mouthfeel is not bad with a little lighter than a medium feel. Beer is drinkable, although it has a pretty heavy malt for an IPA and maybe only about 3 or 4 would be the max in one setting. (566 characters)

Photo of akorsak
2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to jamal32 for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The IPA is a wooden color, dried tobacco in a glass. Despite the darker color, the ale is semi-translucent. A finger of head is leaving a thin band of lace.

S: The nose is grainy, caramel malts abound. I was expecting some hop oomph but instead got a touch of ringwood yeast.

T: Caramel malts and a bland hop profile drive the flavor. The graininess never gives up its hold, resulting in a disappointing ale that never really works.

M: An average IPA that never gets its sea legs about it.

D: Thanks but I'm sure that I can find something else in my fridge... (609 characters)

Photo of phantomwyse
2.94/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Decent copper tone, lively carbonation, two finger head bubbles down to patchy froth -- seems typical of Southampton brews.

S: Tinge of cold metal, light grains, corn meal, cream of wheat. Hopes come in at the end, mildly citric and piney.

T: As the bottle says, balanced -- but, in an odd way. Still slightly tinny, light malts and acidic citrus hops. Just there pine.

M: Medium/light bodied. Active carbonation, sort of slick then moves to dry.

D: Commendable enough.

I think I keep buying Southampton beers because I like the verbose write up on the side of the pack. It seems they got caught up in hating utlra-hoppy West Coast IPA's and so strongly desired a puritanical return to the concept of the IPA, we got this somewhat midland IPA. Really could use some more hopping, more a pale ale in my eyes. (815 characters)

Photo of wnh
2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a pale copper in color, clear, with a fizzy white head. A thin fizzy film is left across the surface as the head diminishes.

Nose is sweet malt with hints of peaty, earthy smoke. Reminds me, oddly, of Sam Adams Scotch Ale. I'm not getting much in the way of hops, though presumably hops are the source of the earthy notes.

Taste is sweet malt up front with hop bitterness close behind, but little to no hop flavor. Again, there are some earthy notes that perhaps come from hops, but that's about it. There's just not much going on here, and nothing really tells me this is an IPA. Quick, sweet finish.

Round on the palate and smooth, with a subtle carbonation. Drinkable enough, I suppose, but plenty forgettable. ABV aside, this would perhaps work as a session beer, if I wanted to drink without my beer grabbing my attention on every sip, but I can only imagine there are plenty of better options if that is my goal. (968 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks for sharing this, Drew.

A: The pour is a cloudy orange color with a minimal off-white head.

S: A very light aroma to the beer. Some sweet citrus notes and a bit of bread. That's about it.

T: The flavor is similarly bland. There's a mild bitterness along with some citrus peel in terms of the hops. Bready malts provide the bulk of the flavor, here.

M: The body medium with a low to medium carbonation.

D: This was more like a pale ale than an IPA, but not even a good one at that. (492 characters)

Photo of normZurawski
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks good. Decent, mildly hoppy aroma. Rough taste, edges hurt. Bitter finish with lasting bitter/sour aftertaste. These are the kind of hops I dislike. Even so, this is still a very not good beer, IMO. I think more than the hops throws this off. Almost acidic mouthfeel, not entirely pleasant. Nothing special in the drinkablity department. (342 characters)

Photo of Florida9
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I found this beer to be terribly underwhelming. Deep amber in color with a just a tiny surface coating of head and absolutely no lacing. Smell was predominantly sweet, caramel malt. Maybe a little hops, but not much. Flavor was the same - far maltier than hoppy, though there was some citrus pushing through. While I prefer my IPA's to be hopped up good, I am willing to concede that not every IPA is going to be hopped up crazy. But this one just didn't do it for me and I found it to be quite disappointing. The bottle mentions some blather about being "balanced," but I think "malt-centric" might be a better description. As for the drinkability, I ordered a FFF Pride n' Joy to help me wash this one down, so I am doubtful this beer and I will ever be crossing paths again. (777 characters)

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