Southampton IPA - Southampton Publick House
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4/5 rDev +10.5%
XXII Reserve series
Head starts as two fingers of pureed off-white cream. Breaking down quiickly. Body is a crystal clear light-orange with light random carbonation streams.
Nose is light and citrusy. Nice but not assertive.
Big malty caramelly foundation, big enough that the hops are going to have serious work just to get this to even, but they are up to the task. The hops follow that big malty tidal wave by repelling down the sides of the mouth and harnessing that malt with layers of juicy bitter grapefruit and tangerine goodness. Nice slow hoppy but not too hoppy fadeaway. An East Coast IPA, between an English and a West Coaster.
Good middle of the road mouthfeel. Fine drinkability.
This is not a super-hopped multiple IPA, but another fine beer slowly spreading from Southampton.
03-02-2006 23:16:51 | More by RonfromJersey
3.53/5 rDev -2.5%
Appearence: Pours an attractive orangish amber with a solid, massive white head that lasts the whole beer. Perfectly clear with nice carbonation.
Smell: Smells excellently hopped with floral and pine notes throughout. A nice malt background balances everything out neatly.
Taste and Mouthfeel: The aggressiveness of the hops in the nose is completely gone. It's a suprisingly malty beer with quiet, almost subtle hop notes until the finish, which is decently bitter. It's a little too balanced, and is bordering along the lanes of a standard pale ale. The mouthfeel is a little thin.
Drinkability and Overall: This is a pretty decent beer, and tastes nice, but it just doesn't seem as agressively hoppy as most American IPAs. Too balanced. But, styles aside, this is a good tasting, easy drinking brew I definitly wouldn't mind having more of.
02-27-2006 01:54:18 | More by santoslhalper
4.25/5 rDev +17.4%
Quite nice amber gold color with a bit of haziness and a tight dense cream head. Excellent rentention throughout but I should mention I'm drinking this fast. Juicy and wholesome. Piney and citric hops hit the nose with an all around doughy biscuit sense. Very pleasant IPA. Taste holds the same qualities. Great mouthfeel and one of the most drinkable beers ever.
Every sip makes your mouth water for more.
02-23-2006 00:38:40 | More by tastybeer
4.15/5 rDev +14.6%
Hazy golden orange with a modest creamy looking head that shrinks to a fine topping. Citrus hop aroma over bready malts. Solid juicy hop flavor initially - orange rind, grapefruit, floral - followed by a solid maltiness for support. Medium-full body, a little sweet in the finish, with a full but not too strong bitterness.
This is a well-rounded IPA. I like it.
02-23-2006 00:33:04 | More by wedge
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
3.78/5 rDev +4.4%
This beer pours a cloudy orange color with a small head that falls fast and really doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is all US hops. Almost no trace of malt can be found that isn't masked by the hop aroma. The flavor is much the same. Lots and lots of hop flavors hide the malt background, but you can tell it is there. Lots of citrus. The body is moderate and the drinkability is good, but I would like to see a more obvious caramel malt backing.
02-20-2006 16:24:44 | More by clvand0
3.98/5 rDev +9.9%
Pours a light orange/peachy color with a very minimal head that leaves light whisps over top. Clarity is just okay, as it is slightly hazy. Nose is solid caramel base with a solid citrusy and lightly earthy hop hanging behind it. I'd like a touch more brilliance in the hopping. Flavor is more hop centered. Very solid citrusy hops are dominant, with light earthy hop notes and a solid caramel backbone. Very tasty. Feel is moderate with a moderate to full carbonation. The carbonation helps break up the feel, keeping it lighter feeling. This is a solid IPA. It disappears from the glass really fast. This is easily a session IPA.
02-20-2006 02:00:04 | More by kmpitz2
3.63/5 rDev +0.3%
Pours a light copper hue with a moderate 1/2" head, which quickly subsides to a thin cap. Appears to be a signicant amount of carbonation in this one.
Lots of lemon zest coming from the hops... a solid amount of yeasty aroma as well. A solid malt backbone in the aroma finishes off this well balanced, if understated smell.
More grass than lemon in the flavour, although some citrus is apparent. Well balanced, yet not very complex. Very subdued, and fairly boring.
The mouthfeel is simply too carbonated for me. The attack of the bubbles on the tongue acts to destroy the flavour in this case. While the density of the liquid is spot on for the style, the carbonation ruins it for me.
Simply too carbonated for me to want to drink more than one of these... while the flavour is not terrible by any means, it is a bit on the boring side... I was disappointed considering this was the first brew of their I have tried... oh well... I will certainly give them another chance, though not likely with this brew.
02-16-2006 00:43:35 | More by nickss
4/5 rDev +10.5%
Pours a bronzy color with golden highlights and a slightly singed white head with large carbonation bubbles.
Aroma of sudued grapefruit and orange zest with just a hint of a peach ?
Flavor of sugary caramel really dominates the front palate and then slides into a mild but sustained herbal and fruity hop bite.
Mouthfeel is moderate with the initially sweet shots covered by a lingering but relatively mild and lengthy hop bittering.
Drinkability is very solid. Understated compared to more extreme versions of the style but very well crafted as you would expect from S'Hampton and just a very pleasant drinking beer.
02-12-2006 16:20:26 | More by CRJMellor
3.93/5 rDev +8.6%
Served from a 22oz. bomber in a pint glass at just above fridge temperature.
A - Pours a slightly hazed, vibrant light golden color with orange and amber highlights. Tons of action during the pour as the beer swirls and foams beneath the surface. Given all that activity, I was expecting better than the 1/2 finger head that arose. The head however does hang together, retreating from its inital height only after a few minutes. Lacing is nicely clinging and sticky.
S - The first thing that came to mind when I put my nose to the glass was white pine -- like sticking my face in a Christmas wreath. This is of course balanced by the usual citrusy notes, but in lesser amounts. Medium bodied malts are also evident, entwined with the other scents. Crisp and fresh. Smells chilly, if that makes any sense.
T - I was initally expecting nothing but sweetness up front (which is what most brewers seem to do to counter the bitterness). Instead, I got a lighter, more refined sweetness that lurked in the shadows. The middle brings in a floral, soapy hoppiness that gets your taste buds just right. The finish is very dry and the Northwest hops leave their bitter grip on your throat after the swallow. A very fresh and refreshing IPA.
M - Tingly carbonation gives an interesting numbing sensation to the tip of the tongue, which subsides before the swallow. Grows to a slightly overdone foam in the mouth, sliding down the throat smoothly and with authority. Good, but could benefit from more tame carbonation.
D - This is a really nice AIPA. Very refreshing without being overly sweet. Well rounded and well crafted.
02-07-2006 01:27:51 | More by EPseja
4.65/5 rDev +28.5%
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.
02-04-2006 20:37:21 | More by Franchise
4/5 rDev +10.5%
A clean dark amber bee. Has a nice creamy off white head and a little bit of lace. There is a sweet malt note up front with some light grain sweetness thrown in and then the big piney hop character kicks in. The hops bitterness jumps all over your tongue at first. Then the nice sweet malt note slides into the middle. All finishing off with a nice piney hop ending.
01-31-2006 23:46:37 | More by ybnorml
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
4/5 rDev +10.5%
Golden/amber. Very little head, but it's uniform and looks creamy.
Sweet malt aroma. Orange citrus. The hops are not jumping out at me.
Sweet smooth malt. Although the bottle says there are 5 hop varieties in this, it's not a hop bomb. The hops are well balanced with the malt. There is some kind of a candy flavor I can't quite figure out. Very dry finish.
This is a pretty good IPA. I could probably session with this.
01-30-2006 01:29:26 | More by johnniemarg
4.38/5 rDev +21%
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.
01-24-2006 17:26:53 | More by Foxman
4.08/5 rDev +12.7%
This is a good IPA, one of the better-balanced examples of the type that I've had. Appearance is an appetizing orangey gold, with an appealing, but not overdone, head. Citrusy Cascade hops dominate the nose. The taste is very well balanced between hop flavor and bitterness, without an overdose of acidity. Not as sweet as, say, the Dogfish Head 90 Minute, but well-balanced nonetheless. Highly recommended, especially for the price, which is lower than its peers (such as Dogfish 90).
01-19-2006 03:26:14 | More by geexploitation
4.13/5 rDev +14.1%
22 ounce bomber poured into a nonic pint glass.
A - Pours a nice golden (think iced tea) color with a frothty two fingered white head. Lacing coats the glass as it slowly, and I mean slowly, begins to dissipate.
S - A nice aromatic hoppy smell. A bit of a faint tea smell and some floral hints in there. Some sweet malt is detected in the background.
T - A nice bitterness with the tea flavors combined with a piny flavor on the tongue. The sweetness peaks out for a bit but is beat back by some nice bitterness. Nicely done overall.
M - A nice coated tongue feeling from the hops on this one as well a little dancing carbonation. A good feel.
D - A nice IPA to sip on. Not the best but definitely no complaints. Probably a good one to bridge the gap between big time hopheads and those just getting into the style.
01-18-2006 02:31:46 | More by EStreet20
4.45/5 rDev +22.9%
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.
01-13-2006 19:17:25 | More by Gavage
3.93/5 rDev +8.6%
Looking forward to a positive IPA experience from a brewer that is always solid but I haven't quite seen the magic that other BA's aquaint with the east coast operation.
This IPA pours a bright orange cider color with a big creamy head that holds its ground even after several minutes. Body is cloudy and active. Hop flavor in the nose is pronounced but still milder than I was hoping for.
Taste is strong hops with a metallic tinge and deep woody finish. Lots of flavor, almost too harsh initially before mellowing. Having Northwest US hops (Cascades?) as oppossed to European gives this IPA an edge somewhat lacking in the odor. Mouthfeel is bold but smooth enough considering the abundance of hops.
This is a good IPA, with much of the aggressiveness of the West coast examples that grab the headlines. Very respectable but still looking for that breakout performance from Southampton.
01-11-2006 23:49:27 | More by daliandragon
3.68/5 rDev +1.7%
A- Pours a somewhat gold\ copper color with an off white head that leaves mild lacing down the sides of the glass
S- Floral hops in the nose and sweet malts
T- Wasn't overyly impressed with the taste but this probably is just me. Malty but more of the hop taste.
M- Nice crisp mouthfeel with a medium body
D- Good session beer. Not one of my personal favorites but not to say i won't try again
01-10-2006 14:33:16 | More by thetachibro
4.1/5 rDev +13.3%
Light copper ...minimal head, some lacing. Very nice aroma...citrus hops, almost a fruity note..inviting. Mainly hops throughout...fruity notes kick toward finish. Light bitterness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is balanced...a tad oily but dry enough on the finish. Having this with pizaa...a good combination. No problem quaffing this offering. Very refreshing...would defintely have another.
01-08-2006 22:16:55 | More by edchicma
4/5 rDev +10.5%
Nice to see the Southampton products in our area finally and was looking to try this one for a little while. Body is a very clear orange amber with a tall off white head that left decent lacing around the glass. A nice mix of bitter grapefruit hops with sweet caramel malt fills the aroma. Quite balanced with an edge to the hops. Flavor was a similar balance of sweet malts with a bitter citric hoppiness. Some caramel and grassy hops were in there as well. Finishes lightly bitter but doesnt quite stick with you. Pretty clean well balanced and tasty IPA overall. Usually I like mine a bit more in your face and hoppy but this did it for me. Body was about medium and pretty smooth. Easy drinking and satisfying stuff. I can definitely see having a session this but wouldnt grab this for a hop fix.
01-05-2006 17:42:57 | More by meathookjones
4.38/5 rDev +21%
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!
01-04-2006 00:25:36 | More by GCBrewingCo
3.28/5 rDev -9.4%
Had this beer with some excellent NJ pizza and the two worked well together. As for the beer, it appeared more rust-like in color (sort of orange) with loads of white foam that didn't go anywhere. Some nice lacing was left behind in my cup. Aromas of hops, grapefruit, and oranges seemed to come out nicely. The taste was not as hoppy or fruity as the aromas would have suggested. More mild in flavor and texture than might be expected for this style. The drinkability took a hit due to the sustained astringent taste I developed after a few sips that just didn't go away. A decent IPA, but there are much better examples out there than this. I'd like to try some more brews from this brewery to compare, but it's hard to get in DC.
01-02-2006 22:16:40 | More by jaluria
4.45/5 rDev +22.9%
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.
12-31-2005 18:03:53 | More by AlexJ
Southampton IPA from Southampton Publick House
82 out of 100 based on 478 ratings.