Southampton IPA - Southampton Publick House
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4.08/5 rDev +12.7%
Smooth and balanced. A great mix of hops including C-hops. Very tasty with a significant and not overdonbe amount of citrus. One of the best Southampton I have had. One of the best IPAs I have had as of late. A clear winner in my weekend IPA playoffs. Good medium plus mouthfeel, nice on the tongue, and I could drink this all month.
09-10-2006 01:50:39 | More by Sammy
3.98/5 rDev +9.9%
Reviewed from notes.
Pours a copper color with a slight head and some good lacing. The nose brings some light floral and citrus hops and maybe a touch of pine. The flavor draws back a bit with mild hop flavors and some pale malt backing it up. A bit of dough. Good body with nice bitterness and carbonation levels. Drinkability is fairly high and is another solid year-round offering from them.
10-26-2010 01:50:24 | More by Thorpe429
3.9/5 rDev +7.7%
A: The beer is clear pale amber in color and poured with a finger high white head that never quite disappeared. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are light aromas of floral hops and caramel malts in the nose along with some notes of citrus fruits.
T: The overall taste is moderately bitter from the hops and has notes of sweet caramel malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate; there is a moderate amount of carbonation and the finish has a slight amount of dryness.
D: The beer is very drinkable because there's a good balance between the hops and malts, which doesn't make it overly bitter, and is an interesting hybrid between an American and English IPA. I would consider pairing this beer with food because the flavors aren't that strong.
07-18-2010 23:45:07 | More by metter98
3.6/5 rDev -0.6%
Crystalline pumpkin with butter rum colored edges. Numerous streams of fine bubbles can be seen plinking into the underside of a pillowy crown that is somewhere between eggshell and ecru in hue. Small splotches of sea foam lace do a decent job of glass decoration.
The nose contains a modest amount of caramel malt and a hop profile that is both English (herbal-earthy) and American (citrus fruit); just as Mr. Markowski intended when he used Centennial, Cascade, Vanguard, East Kent Goldings and Fuggles. Balanced India pale ales (read: not hoppy enough) might be acceptable in some alternative universe, but not in mine.
When thought of an English IPA, which is what it most closely resembles, Southampton IPA is actually pretty decent beer. No way it qualifies as an American IPA, except for the fact that it was brewed in America by an American. If all you hopheads keep your expectations on the low end, all will be well.
The caramel component of the flavor profile is still on the modest side. In other words, not as prominent as in SN Celebration Ale or Alpha King. There isn't a ton of sweetness, which makes what bitterness is present more noticeable. The flavor profile consists of steely caramel, tea leaves, spruce, cedar and an underlying rasp of grapefruit peel that is becoming more assertive as the beer gains a few degrees.
The mouthfeel is a little too light for the style. It's hard to appreciate any creaminess and the bubbles don't create enough volume. Not bad, but not up to snuff compared with the best versions.
I'm on the fence about Southampton India Pale Ale. In the final reckoning, it doesn't really hit the English IPA bull's eye either. This is one of those times when I'm not jealous of those who have easy access. One bottle, while enjoyable, is plenty.
07-11-2009 13:08:54 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.58/5 rDev -1.1%
Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a modest head that retains better than expected and manages to leave quite a few shards of lace
Smell: Surprisingly malty, but there is some pine in there, too
Taste: The malt base from the aroma is reflected in the palate as it takes some time for the bitterness to supercede the caramel; the bitterness pushes in an earthy, but piney direction after the swallow, though the malt remains underneath to the bitter end
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: Not really crazy about the flavor profile for an IPA; a bit more English than American
07-27-2008 19:00:48 | More by brentk56
3.63/5 rDev +0.3%
Bottle courtesy of Moejuck: Poured a deep orangey color ale with large foamy head with good retention. Aroma of piney and citrus hops is dominating and very enjoyable. Taste is a mix between some piney hops with some citrus and bitter characteristics as well as a good light toffee malt base. Full body with some adequate carbonation. This beer doesnt break any new ground but is very satisfying and refreshing.
05-04-2007 14:50:25 | More by Phyl21ca
4.22/5 rDev +16.6%
This beer exemplifies what I like most about American IPA's. A strong hop flavor, aroma, bitterness, and texture that explodes out of the bottle then follows up with sweet malt and alcohol backup. Orange to copper color with a typical retention and lacing. Grapefruity, oranges, lemons, apples, and pine come through in the aroma and continues deep into the finish. The body never tries to compete with the hop character. Sweet enough to tolerate, but not enough to complicate the true hop character. Very clean and crisp. The perfect summertime refresher. Thanks Kmpitz2
02-20-2006 21:36:00 | More by BEERchitect
3.9/5 rDev +7.7%
We are coming down to the wire here as far as reviews leading up to number 500. Taken me a year to get there, which really seems kinda short when you think about it, I mean that is an average of almost two a day. But anyway, so tonight we have the Southhampton IPA. Now I really had thought I reviewed this one already, as I know that I had one a few months back, however apparently I never got around to typing that one up, so I will tonight. This is a great brewery they have going there and being my favorite style I knew I was in for a treat. Had to have this one with dinner and was thrilled to do so, without further rambling....
A - Poured a very nice, good orange amber with a huge sticky off white head. Great retention here as it literally hung around for a good long time, in fact it never really did totally fade, but rather just kinda of settled until it reach a point that was about one inch or so and stayed there. Great visible carbonation present as well. Good clinging side glass lace. This one looked like an IPA should look.
S - Light, lots of floral hops, orange blossom, tangerine, nothing incredibly bitter was picked up. It was more of a lighter sweeter hop aroma. A touch of sugar was also present. As it warmed I detected what came accross as a bit of a yeasty character. Some light fruit, maybe some peach or apple were also evident way in the back. A very nice mixture and a good light profile here.
T - Very nice, light and sessionable IPA. It was not overly bitter and astringent, rather it was quite light with a more delicate floral taste to it. A nice light, and subtle spiceness was mixed in. Good malted back as well. This was very well balanced with nothing really coming off as too overpowering in any way. Just a good solid approach to it. Nice dry finish, but not overly bitter, this again was a very light IPA, but not in a detrimental way, just a good quality ale.
M - Very nicely carbonated and alive would be the best way to put it. This one was full of carbonaition and it really gave it a light feel and made it go down very very smooth. Had a tocuh of a dryness. Nowehere near slick or watered down, and too thick was not even an option here.
D - Fantastic. This was a seperb session ale. I could have had this one all night it was just perfect blend of consistency and low abv, with a nice but not overpowering flavor profile. Really a treat here.
Overall I was very pleased with this one. It had a good body and life to it, and was just a good all around performed. It is not gonna knock anyone's socks off, but it was definatly a strong performer and one to get your hands on if you can. Will definatly be seeking this one out and making sure that I can get my hands on a few next time I see them around.
09-06-2007 00:08:51 | More by mikesgroove
2.98/5 rDev -17.7%
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.
12-11-2010 21:19:37 | More by womencantsail
3.33/5 rDev -8%
Acquired as a single 12oz. bottle at Sam's Blue Light in Durham, NC.
Appearance: Pours a clear, dark orange body with a full, frothy white head.
Smell: Beyond some malts, it's a predominately fruity aroma of oranges, peaches, and grapefruit.
Taste: Light, crackery maltiness provides very little sweetness. A shot of moderate bitterness followed by the fruity hop flavors. Bitter, dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: A little more hoppy than I'd like it, but that's the way of the IPA, isn't it?
02-10-2008 00:16:35 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.43/5 rDev +22.4%
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.
11-14-2005 02:23:46 | More by oberon
3.93/5 rDev +8.6%
A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a thick, foamy, small, off-white head. It left minimal trails of lace.
S - It smelled of citrus, some grapefruit and light caramel malt.
T - It tasted of orange peel, faintly of grapefruit with a strong burnt toast malt backbone.
M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium bodied IPA.
D - This is a pretty good IPA. I certainly buy some more.
04-19-2009 14:44:15 | More by zeff80
3.38/5 rDev -6.6%
Had this on-tap at the Southampton Publick House.
Pours a light orange amber with a white head. Nose is very hoppy with pine characters going on. Flavor seems, well, bland. And I have to say it doesn't seem that clean either. There is a lot of carbonation and the liquid feel is pretty thick too. IMO this is not that great of an IPA. I remembered having this on bottle and not being overly impressed. I am wondering if this was a bad sample.
01-01-2008 02:01:42 | More by RblWthACoz
3.73/5 rDev +3%
Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass.
A: The beer is an orange/amber color with a foamy white head that fades quickly and leaves a little bit of lace on the glass.
S: The strong aroma of hops greets you right away as you inhale and is then followed up by a citrusy malt smell.
T: Strong, bitter burst of hops hits you first with a bit of a metallic taste to it. As the hops start to fade, you get a taste of citrus malt sweetness. Then the hops return and leave you with a bitter after-taste.
M: Crisp, with a medium body, medium-to-high carbonation.
D: This one didn’t go down quite as easy as other American IPA’s that I’ve had, but still tasty. I also found it a little bit filling. This is a good beer, but within the style there are others that I’d prefer.
05-28-2006 03:37:57 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.45/5 rDev -4.7%
A - Pours with a fluffy white head that hangs on for a while before settling and leaving nice lace in its wake. The body is hazy and dark golden in color.
S - Not too much going on here. A little hop aroma, spicy and citrus notes, but quite subdued. Not much else.
T - Hoppy and bitter, some citrus and spice backed by weak malt. Finishes with a lingering bitterness and piney hops.
M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.
D - Not bad overall, but lacking in hop character. Unfortunately, this seems to be one of those IPAs that focuses more on bitterness than hop character; and like all such beers it suffers from harshness and a lack of depth that hurt its drinkability.
12-26-2008 00:34:48 | More by nickfl
4/5 rDev +10.5%
Flowing at Mad Mex about a week ago, this brew appears copper toned amber light off white head and lace is ample all around my pint glass. Aromatics give off moderate grapefruit and herbal with hints of light toasted caramel malts overall smell is somewhat muted doesn't explode for my senses. Taste is comprised of fluffy citrus/pine/herbal tasting hop profile slight sweetness with some biscuit malt notes pretty balanced in the realm of today's extremely hopped brews moderate bitterness great hop flavor though. Mouthfeel is medium bodied even creamy carbonation very smooth on the palate. Drinkability is very effortless with this elusively kegged beer from Southampton, I could definitely enjoy a few of these brews.
08-23-2006 12:54:34 | More by WVbeergeek
3.45/5 rDev -4.7%
Thanks to jwc215 for this one, Cheers Joe!
Pours a a chill-hazed honey amber with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Above average lacing & head retention
S: Faint citrus
T: Citrus, leafy & earthy hops up front, with some breadyness in the background. More leafy hops, honey malt, & a touch of grapefruit as this warms. Finishes a bit dry, leafy & with some apricots & pear
MF: Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation & good balance
Drinks pretty easy, this skews almost English, to me as IPAs go, but nice to session on. I did expect more from this brewery's IPA to be honest
08-06-2008 03:31:14 | More by russpowell
3.8/5 rDev +5%
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a clear golden orange with a finger of off-white foamy head. Retains nicely into a creamy layer that yields big sticky hop lacing. It took a little while for the aroma to come out but it eventually did with a mix of floral hops, citrus character, and sweet malt.
The taste is similar to the aroma but more assertive with pleasant tingling hop bitterness up front that is well balanced by citrus notes and sweet caramel malts. The mouthfeel has a medium feel with tingling carbonation and a dry finish.
This a sturdy IPA with well balanced flavors and a decent drinkibility. I'm not sure if I would call it a go to IPA or anything but it will get the job done for you if your craving something easy drinking with good flavor.
04-11-2008 00:51:44 | More by Kegatron
3.55/5 rDev -1.9%
Got this as an extra from a DLD trade with a Ratebeer-ian. Served in my Surly pint glass. This version says 6.1% ABV and was (contract?) brewed in Wilkes-Barre, PA.
A - Two fingers of orange-tinged foam that dissipates at a leisurely pace and leaves minimal lacing but a nice dense cap. Slightly hazed golden orange color with a few streams of tiny bubbles.
S - Lots of balance here, with some citrus and pine hoppiness mixed with a fairly strong malt presence with plenty of bread and toffee. There's also a faint medicinal note to it. This is much more English IPA to me, and if it were labeled as such I'd bump it up a half point. Not the most potent brew, either.
T - Hop bitterness, with earthy and floral notes, mixed with some bready malt and a hint of spice. The taste has way more in the way of noble hops than anything west coast. Again, I'm suffering from serious style confusion - this has more in common with an imperial pilsener like Sam Adams (but with ale yeast instead). There isn't a lot of sweetness (either from citrus hoppiness or caramel maltiness) in the taste at all.
M - Medium - a little on the thin side, with a little too much carbonation for my liking as there's a lot of burn on my upper lip and half a glass has me feeling a touch bloaty. There's some nice residual oily hop resin.
D - This is just not the IPA for me - carbonation and bitterness are too high, and the flavor is too bready without enough sweetness.
Not impressed with this Southampton offering - hoping their their other brews are more interesting.
04-30-2009 19:35:23 | More by MasterSki
4.08/5 rDev +12.7%
Cloudy amber/orange coloration, fine, creamy-toned head, has a long stay. Very nice.
Loud hop presence in the nose, ...amarillos?, centennials?...wheatever, it's a beautiful blend...very citric, tropical, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, slivers of pine, a side hit of peach...
Soft but sassy in the mouth, mellow play on the palate, but not missing a beat with hoppy flavor. Medium bodied, juicy, but quiet, shortish finish. Tasty, though.
My kind of everyday IPA. Stronger than I'd expect, from the flavor...the booze outstrips the body by a pace or two...not that big a deal, but a minor flaw.
This will go great with my Maraka Hoola. (Ethiopian lamb stew)
01-31-2006 02:23:20 | More by feloniousmonk
Southampton IPA from Southampton Publick House
82 out of 100 based on 478 ratings.