Southampton IPA - Southampton Publick House
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4.43/5 rDev +22.4%
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.
12-31-2005 03:45:34 | More by pentathlete
4.13/5 rDev +14.1%
Draught @ CambridgeHouse: Nice to see this on one of the guest taps. This beer pours a fairly clear, slightly orangish darker amber color. There was a fair amount of an off-white head, with a bit of lacing. The aroma was good, without being overpowering. The hops were definitely well balanced. This showed in the taste also. The hops were very evident, but not in your face. A good malt backbone to the beer. Very nice.
12-28-2005 00:16:56 | More by Boto
4.22/5 rDev +16.6%
Nice amber color. Off white head of large bubbles that dissipate fairly quickly. Aroma is absolutely great. I am a hophead and I could feel the hops the moment the first drop hit the bottom of the glass. Wonderful aromatic hops. Flowers and grapefruit. The taste is definitely bitter. Hop flavor is balanced by similarly strong malt character. And I am not sure whether I like it. Seems too sweet for an IPA. Although I must disclose that I am drinking this beer at slightly higher temperature than I should've, so the malt character is a bit more distinctive. Regardless of my hesitation, this is a very nice brew. Very drinkable medium-body IPA. Bonus points: I find the label to be very attractive (especially considering that labels on Southampton's regular offerings are very plain).
12-24-2005 06:05:24 | More by ikats
3.63/5 rDev +0.3%
Pours a bubbly, frothy, clear golden color. Maybe a two finger head that left a heavy and sticky lace as it dissipated. The Southampton has a light, clean, lemony redolence, tempered with pine and buttressed with a undercurrent of butterscotch. The taste is slightly metallic at first, but it is charmingly transformed to a bright hoppy finish. The tart aftertaste is quite noticeable, and the buttery tone I got in the nose never emerged in the taste. Good, but not up there with the top of the IPA line.
12-19-2005 22:20:14 | More by longpondbeerman
4.1/5 rDev +13.3%
Poured a medium copper color with moderate off-white puffy head. Smell is big-time hops with strong citrus and pine notes to be found. Truly enjoyable. Taste follows throught with the hoppiness, with lemon and other citrus flavors found. A light maltiness does a good job of balancing. Finish is nice and bitter and is agood ending for this beer. Great easy drinking beer.
12-18-2005 22:39:06 | More by tgbljb
4.08/5 rDev +12.7%
The Southampton IPA pours from the bomber a wonderful deep amber orange with a quarter inch of bubbly off white head on top. Steady active carbonation. Hops hit my nose during the pour and under further examination I get a wonderful mixture of densly piney, citric herbal hops. Underneath the hops lies a bready, sweet caramel maltiness. Quite a nicely balanced aroma here.
First sip brings a nice piney, citrusy, herbal earthy hop flavor met by a caramel biscuity sweet malt profile underneath. Fruity and not overly bitter at all...nice balance with sugar coated fresh green hoppy goodness throughout. Finishes clean with a lingering biscuity hop flavor. A tasty IPA that fufills my craving for some hoppy goodness.
Mouthfeel is smooth, a touch creamy with a medium body. Goes down extremely easy and is equally flavorful and refreshing. At 6.5% this could easily be a session IPA. A couple bombers would probably be perfect. Another nicely crafted brew from Southampton.
12-17-2005 19:16:28 | More by orbitalr0x
4.53/5 rDev +25.1%
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.
12-08-2005 04:20:01 | More by scooter231
4.15/5 rDev +14.6%
A - Deep gold, two finger white head, moderate lacing.
S - Floral, tropical kiwi like aromas.
T - Juicy hops quickly balanced with biscuity malt. Finishes with a citrus bite.
M - Lite mouthfeel, sparkly carbonation lasts and lasts.
D - Immensly drinkable, if not for the 6.5%, this could be a session beer for me. Food pairing wise, a very versatile IPA.
12-05-2005 15:00:25 | More by MarineHokie
3.95/5 rDev +9.1%
This brew pours an orange/brown with a tall frothy white head.
Its aroma is of hops and citrus.
The flavor is has a solid malt base but is dominated by the hops. There is a slight grapefruit flavor with a nice piney bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is a bit light and mildly carbonated.
Not a bad IPA at all.
12-03-2005 08:12:27 | More by Naes
3.9/5 rDev +7.7%
This pours a amber color with a huge 3 finger head.The one problem with this beer is the lack of aroma.There is a small scent of hops and yeast,but not much.The taste is very good with a strong hop flavor.This is very hoppy.The m/f is medium and well balanced.This is a very good IPA and I will pick this up again.
11-28-2005 23:08:27 | More by jmz62565
District of Columbia
3.68/5 rDev +1.7%
Appearance 22 oz bottle from Half Time. Poured into my mug it is bright orange/amber with a thick white head. The head stays for most of the drink and the lacing is nice.
Smell Defiantly west coast IPA inspired, lots of citrus/pine/catty hops with a subtle toasted malt background. It is missing the real knock down power, but it is still a solid IPA smell.
Taste Reminds me of Stone IPA, lots of grassy citrus hops and only a faint sweet malt base. The malt has a somewhat biscuit quality that is unusual in American IPAs. Mild bitterness for an IPA, or maybe Ive just been drinking a lot of doubles. Well balanced for the style, but I could use some variety and strength in the hop flavor.
Mouthfeel It has a medium body with strong carbonation.
Drinkability and Notes Because of the lower than expected bitterness this is an easy and enjoyable beer to drink, but thats not what I am really looking for in an IPA. Southampton makes a good attempt with this, but they fall a bit short in my opinion in three words, needs more hops.
11-27-2005 22:48:35 | More by OldSock
3.5/5 rDev -3.3%
Foamy off white head that lingers for a few moments. Some condensed lace with decent strength. Light pale auburn in color with shades of straw.
Semi-sweet caramel malt aroma. The aromatics from the hop profile are primarily floral with a touch of lemon. An underlying musty wheat.
An oily yet coarse hop character. Grapefruit, apple; but the sour quality is very understated. A burst of pine and even clove. A bright peach flavor followed by a distinct mustiness. A mellow bitterness prior to a floral aftertaste.
Medium bodied; filmy and musty on the palate. A bit coarse.
Light for an IPA; some good flavor compliments, but ultimately lacking some substance. A bit disappointing as I have really enjoyed my first few encounters with Southampton.
11-19-2005 19:58:58 | More by NEhophead
District of Columbia
4.2/5 rDev +16%
On-tap at McGrady's.
Solid pale ale. Pale golden color, minimal head. Great hoppiness in smell and taste. Hints of citrus. Really clean and crisp taste without bitterness. Medium carbonation. Balanced for the style, may not be for huge hop heads. Very simple and enjoyable.
11-16-2005 18:58:24 | More by akajimmyd
4.2/5 rDev +16%
Dull copper. Carbonation slowly rises in small quantities. Thin off white head leaves adequate lace. The aroma isn't bashing me on the head with a sledgehammer, but it's just plainass good. Lots of hop attributes that I enjoy sniffing...citrus, rind-like properites, pungency, cannabis, lemonpeel and an underying cinamon bread like maltiness. It's got quite a bit in common with the "Bitter Woman" regarding the nose. Very clean flavor profile. Bitterness is apparant, yet held in check. It's clean, not abrasive. Hop flavors are quite nice. The juicy citric lemony tones appeal. The resiny hop tones appeal. And the bong-like smokiness appeals as well. The malting is sufficient. Nice rounded body. About medium-full or so. This would be a staple in my fridge if I lived close enough.
11-16-2005 04:36:02 | More by Bighuge
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
4.13/5 rDev +14.1%
glad to finally be getting more southie stuff here in jersey other than the "secret lager"...
full finger of frothy white head, light copper tone, very clean and clear looking, some bubbles rising from the depths. the head dissapates at a swift pace but clings to the glass sides like me and spanish women. nice looking glass o beer.
hops dipped in liquid caramel, slight butterscotch, nothing overpowering but good.
nice burst of carbonation on the tongue, a bitter twinge covered by the malt, the mouth feel is definitely amplified by the way the carbonation is set up in this one, very good, the balance on this one of all the key elements and flavors is spot on. not too hoppy, not too malty, not too heavy... damn balanced.
not one to bowl you over but so damn solid in all categories except maybe the nose.. good stuff for your gut, period !
11-13-2005 04:41:42 | More by Ego
3.73/5 rDev +3%
thanks to tomdecapolis...
Contract brewed by Mendocino.
Appears a light orange with a small white head and little lacing
I don't see a whole lot of carbonation coming up.
Smell is of citrusy hops with a mild bit of malt.
Taste is of the same stepped up a notch.
Mouthfeel is slightly spicy and citrusy. Perhaps a bit more malt and sugar is needed to balance her out.
Drinkability is ok for this. I would drink it again.
11-04-2005 01:27:33 | More by weeare138
4.25/5 rDev +17.4%
Crytal clear washed out apricot color. A foamy, soapy looking low head barely rises up even witha vigorous pour. Settles quickly, leaving a few oily looking large bubbles rising up the sides of the glass. Aroma is light, but noticeably citrusy with some flowery side notes and sweet malt. Flavor is immediately bright and fresh citrus hops, intially sweet and tangeriney, turning to bitter orange peel as it rolls across the tongue, finishing piney and bitter. The hops dominate, but some caramel malt and spice does come through. Mouthfeel is a little watery upfront, but becomes fuller toward the middle, and leaves a carbonation tingle in the finish. Very enjoyable beer.
10-24-2005 22:10:21 | More by far333
District of Columbia
4.13/5 rDev +14.1%
made the trip from OH (OK...not just for the beer) and bought it at the source
nice amber color, though the head didn't stick around. it was of a sudsy nature before it dissipated
the balance is tipped towards the hoppy end, but not excessively; it's definitely an american IPA, but there is some balance to be found. there's a huge resinous pine bitterness that follows a delicate citrus flavorcomplemented by an even more delicate caramel
the nose is quite piney and the mouthfeel it very nice, actually. not viscous at all, but thick enough to do better than just slide down my gullet
10-11-2005 03:36:25 | More by bruachan
4/5 rDev +10.5%
I bought this as a single at Peconic Beverage in Southampton. I drank it in a goblet.
Poured a slightly hazy light orange with a one finger head of cream colored foam. The head drops to islands and a ring, with decent enough lacing on the glass.
Aroma is gentle citrus/piney hops, very clean, and soft caramel toffee malt. Nothing overdone here. Notes of grapefruit and pine needles.
First flavor is caramel malt, not real sweet, and then a strong hop bitterness jolt, followed by piney/citrusy hops. This is a very well balanced IPA, with the hops ruling, but only by a hair. Aftertaste is very long, piney/citrusy and bitter.
Mouthfeel is smooth, pretty full bodied, with a soft to medium carbonation. There is a little heat from alcohol in the finish.
This is actually pretty mellow for an IPA, but it's delicious, nonetheless. It's not over hopped, not too hot, not too sweet. A very well made IPA, and one you should seek out.
10-10-2005 18:37:54 | More by jakester
4.53/5 rDev +25.1%
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%.
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.
10-01-2005 02:41:20 | More by ommegangpbr
4.45/5 rDev +22.9%
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.
08-23-2005 00:08:00 | More by HappyHourHero
4.22/5 rDev +16.6%
Had this one on-tap at Barcade in Brooklyn.
Phenomenal beer, one of the best from Southampton. My sample poured a hazy orange color.
The aroma was enticing, a minimal ester profile, but with a nice additon of aroma hops as a treat.
Notably West-Coast hops! Fruity, but not too much citrus. An amazing balance of flavor hops in the finish.
A medium-bodied beer, I enjoyed this one. I think I'll have another.
04-09-2005 20:40:17 | More by Sixpoint
4.28/5 rDev +18.2%
On-Cask @ David Copperfields Cask Fest. Glowing orange with a nice frothy head of big bubbled foam that dies quickly, since this is a cask offering. The aromas are lovely. Like a bushel of fresh hops has been cut and plopped into the cask of brew. There is also a unique maltiness detectable somewhere in the aroma of this brew as well, but make no mistakes. The one is all about the hops. The taste is good. It's a unique and interesting twist on the style. Whilst classified as a left coast, or west coast style IPA, this reminds me more of a pumped up UK IPA, on steroids. This beer starts floral and hoppy on the palate, but later a complex maltiness and interesting hard water saltiness begin to integrate into this beer. This lends a very interesting complexity to this IPA. The mouthfeel is great, we all know how good the lucious bubbles of carbonation hit every taste bud, when a cask brew is brewed up and served right. The drinkability, is also very stellar. Another great cask beer from SPH. Recommended.
03-03-2005 16:19:16 | More by francisweizen
3.9/5 rDev +7.7%
Poured out a fuzzy yellow gold with a fairly thin head. Faint piney resin nose hiding behind a grapefruit. Dry, bitter but not too harsh, definitely packs a punch though. Pretty smooth, but still nailed me with cottonmouth action at the finish. Still quite drinkable, especially if you're into the bitter stuff, but keep a glass of water handy, it's drinkable like good lemonade - refreshing going down, but as soon as you're finished you're still thirsty. Also noted that it gave me a wacky Pine-sol smelling belch.
09-21-2004 01:53:47 | More by PopeJonPaul
Southampton IPA from Southampton Publick House
82 out of 100 based on 478 ratings.