Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer)Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer)

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1,379 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,379
Reviews: 562
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 71
Gots: 137 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 05-15-2004

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Ratings: 1,379 | Reviews: 562
Reviews by Treyliff:
Photo of Treyliff
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a clear pale straw color with a small foamy white head that retains nicely, leaving behind some nice lacing

S- crisp wheat with some toasted malt, fruity hops with berry notes, herbal notes with some lemon grass, slightly bready finish

T- citrusy hop flavor up front with an emphasis on lemon, clean toasty malt with slight sweet bready flavors, crisp wheat on the finish with an herbal hop linger

M- medium body with moderate spritzy carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crop dry finish

O- simply profiled, yet well balanced and drinkable. A worthy option for those hp summer days

More User Reviews:
Photo of beaulabauve
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

Extraordinarily balanced. A beer that actually makes me want more. Would be amazing to drink on a hot summer's day.

Photo of oberon
4.39/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out clear light golden with a thinner white head leaving no lace behind,great aromas a real zesty/citrusy hop jumps out ya wich is unexpected but welcome along with a little buttery note that lingers softly.Alot of subtle but very refined nuances to this beer a dry wheaty malt backbone holds up well to a healthy dose of citrusy hop I mean its nearly perfect finishing pretty dry and buttery.Compares very well with Three Ffloyds G-Head man I like these hoppy American wheat ales!

Photo of JMD71
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a light golden color with a small head. Almost transparent. Little carbonation evident. Light penetrates glass all the way through.

Aroma: Hops are front & center! They are the overpowering ingredient in the aroma. Slight malt profile detected. Citrus fruits, pine needles, etc.

Taste: Bitter hops mainly evident. I'm not tasting any wheat profile. Grapefruit flavors from hops plays a large part in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp & clean. Very smooth all the way down.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable. Could have a few in a row. The clean finish lends towards being able to handle a few. Doesn't leave an aftertaste.

Comments: I liked this beer BUT I didn't think of it as really a wheat beer as I generally think of wheat beers. This was closer to an APA or IPA than a summer wheat. Too hoppy for a wheat beer. Again, Southern Tier seems to use the same hop bill so it does come off as tasting similar to their other offerings.

Photo of Guden
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy copper with just a hint of a white head that fades quickly to a few bubbles.

S- Not a whole lot, a little bit of honey and citrus.

T- A pleasant mixture of citrusy hops, sweet malt and wheat, and a refreshingly bitter finish. Hop Sun is a pretty apt name, it's a little like drinking liquid sunshine.

M- Creamy but moderately thin with a low carbonation. Works well with the sweet and hoppy balance.

O- A really nice beer. I haven't cared much for ST in the past but this one hits the spot, even a few months after its peak.

Photo of Jason
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Firm white froth that sticks all of the glass, deep golden hue with a stunning clarity.

Smell: Floral and citric hops every where, soft yet laid on thick. Quick whiff of malt as well.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Semi-crisp moderate body, lots of mild hop oil flavor up front. Vaguely sharp hop bitterness plays with the crispness of the wheat and sweetness of the barely.

Drinkability & Notes: This has to be one of the best summer seasonals I have had to date.

Photo of merlin48
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a chill hazed medium pale yellow body with small white head that leaves a few flecks of lace. Aroma is unremarkable, with some wheat malt and faint lemony citrus. Mouthfeel is refreshing, with a light body and zesty carbonation. Taste is understated. Wheat malt and a tame earthy hop bitterness. The carbonation and mouthfeel hold things together to produce a pretty decent summer lawnmower beer. Otherwise, an average example of a pedestrian style.

Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a growler obtained fom good ole DeCiccios in Ardsley, NY. Pours lighter goldeny amber, near white head and tehn leaving expansive zones of lace on the glass. Lemon and fresh hop notes in the nose. Ahh summer time and the time is right for zesty, refeshing summer wheat beer, this one continues on what the sniff has started, more citrus, more fresh hop bite. It all adds up to an assertive take on the style, full of flavor, zest, citrus, hop character and summery goodness. More quality brew from NY state's own ST

Photo of warriorsoul
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to shirfan for this second offering from Southern Tier.
I know it is the middle of winter and I have 36 inches of snow on my lawn, but I decided to play a trick on my brain and have a wheat beer.
Pours a nice golden copper w/ 1/2 a finger of bright white head.
Foam clings to the glass beautifully....nice hint of hops calling me to this beer.
Well...I'm not tasting the hops I was expecting, but we'll see what happens when it warms up a bit...nope, still quite mild.
Hint of lemons and oranges w/ a mild tea flavor. It is a real nice wheat beer w/ enough flavor to keep me wanting more.
The mouthfeel is enjoyable...perfectly carbonated for its style.
I feel this is one brew that is just what it says it is...and that's a good thing...no surprises.

Photo of charlieos
4.46/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very good balance between wheat and hops. Probably leans more towards the hoppy side. Lots of flavor given the abv, would make a great session beer. As someone who finds most summer beers too weak, I think this is an extremely solid beer.

Definitely a good buy, would appeal to non beer people decently well.

Photo of tigg924
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: small carbonation, 1/4 inch head, clear, gold

Smell: orange, hops, and grapefruit

Taste: malt, wheat, lime, orange, with a hoppy finish

Mouthfeel: smooth, sweet, light, medium carbonation with a slightly bitter finish

Drinkability: With a low ABV this is exceptionally drinkable. I could really session this in the summer. A pleasant surprise as the hops are not as biting in the taste as they are on the nose. A great lawnmower beer.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear and bright golden in color. Decent streams of carbonation march ever upwards towards the top of the glass. Head is thick, glistening white in color and does a nice job of lacing. Aromas have a nice level of hops in them that is balanced by a yeasty/doughy sweetness. Flavor is also well-balanced. Nothing out of place. It all meshes well and slides across the palate with ease. Up front is citrus hops, middle is wheat-like, end is a sweet wheatness that really makes this a thirst-quencher. Massively drinkable and well worth seeking out. Another very solid offering from Southern Tier.

Notes: Huge thanks to Schoolteacher for suggesting I pick some up while visiting the Empire State.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.57/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought a case to drink while on vacation at the Outer Banks had this 2 years ago remember it being tasty and drinkable. Served into a nonic glass from a 12oz. brown bottle with twist-off cap.

Hazy,golden amber color wiht a generous very creamy head,good retention slowly falling to a thick coating. Not a lot of carbination or lacing.

Good moderate aromas floral/citrus with a sweet honeyied carmell malt nose. Pleasing and inviting.

Very clean taste with sweet honeyied maltiness like the aroma would suggest. Tangy,juicy citrus tastes execellent balance throughout. Has some bready crisp wheat tastes also. Dry,astrigent becoming mouthwatering. Medium body,creaminess makes it feel light.

Great summer beer,more of a pale ale than wheat,pleasing taste with a light mouthfeel makes for a great summer driniking beer. Can't wait to drink more next summer. Get some if you still can one of my top choices for summer drinking.

Photo of Kraken
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Consumed 7/27/09

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16oz Budweiser glass. Firm pour fails to reward me with much more then a hint of white head. Spotty lace. Color is a perfectly clear golden straw amber.

Nose- Mildly sweet nose. Grassy, some pine and citric hops.

Palate- Very thin summer quencher. Sonthing that would taste great after cleaning the pool or cutting the grass. Hint of faintly citric hops in the finish. Body is a bit thin with a touch of malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Active.

Drinkability- Somewhat bland and immemorable

Photo of dogfishandi
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into my sam adams perfect pint glass.

pours a pale golden yellow color with a small fizzy white head that faded rather quickly to a thin ring. just a touch of lace.

crisp clean aroma. mostly grapefruit citrus and lemon citrus hops. just an ever so hint of pale malts detectable.

again, the grapefruit and lemon citrus hops are at the forefront. pale, grainy malts provide a little bit of a balance, but it remains a hop forward beer. a touch of wheat detectable. finishs with a super crisp citrus hop bitterness that lingers for a little bit.

light body, a touch watery at times, but appropriate for the style. good feeling carbonation. very crisp and refreshing.

drinkability is outstanding, i think i found my new favorite summer brew. so clean. goes down really easy and quite quickly. i think a hoppy, yet light pale wheat makes for an outstanding session brew. great abv to session as well.

went down really easy while playing a couple holes of disc golf yesterday. ill definatly be picking this up again, maybe even a case. southern tier makes some really great sessionals. old man winter, harvest ale, and now hopsun. highly recommended in my book!

Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Appearance: Bright and clear straw golden yellow with a lot of bubbles. Big three finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing.

Smell: Strong aroma of citrus and floral hops with a background of wheat and bready malts. Good hints of lemon and orange and maybe a little honey. Hops smell pretty strong for a summer wheat ale. Smells a lot like a pale ale.

Taste: Bright kick of citrus and floral hops up front followed by a bready base of wheat and caramel malts. Some orange, lemon, and a little pine. Mildly bitter and sweet. By far the most hop driven summer ale I've had. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very crisp and smooth.

Overall: This really impressed me. This brew does a great job upping the hop flavors while still maintaining a light wheat body. Probably the best summer ale I've tasted so far.

Photo of alexkeil
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is confusing because its labeled as a summer wheat beer, but it smells like a pilsner, it looks like a pilsner...walks like a duck, talks like a duck. It pours a brillantly clear straw color with a disipating white fizzy head, very effervesent. The initial aroma is grassy hops but the longer it sits the more malt comes through. The mouthfeel is medium light, medium-high carbonation and high astringency. The flavor is of grassy hops with a medium bitterness. There is a solid malt backbone that quickly takes over with less wheat character than I expected. It finishes nice and dry and is more tolerant to warming up than your average big brewery pilsner. I know that American Wheats can be more aggressively hopped than the European versions, I'm just not getting enough wheat to consider it a wheat. Very refreshing though with high drinkability...your perfect grilling, horseshoes, after mowing the lawn, cleaning out the garage type of beer.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looked the part, golden and yellow color, a little more professional, cleaner looking than a lot of wheat beers (I guess that's part of the difference between hefe and pale wheat, no?).

Aroma, slight lemon fizz, and the wheat itself. Taste was a little underwhelming, I was expecting something like a Sumpin x2 hop feel to it, based on Southern Tier's ipas. It was a great beer to start a long day with (1st beer for Nevada @ Cal tailgate that lasted 7 hours).

This is definitely on the more mild side. Wasn't bad in any way, I just thought for some reason this would cater to hopheads. I'd drink it first beer of the day anytime though.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden light amber nice white head leaves a full coating of lace on my mug, not bad at all. Aroma: A deep piney hop nose very nice mild citrus edge, noticeable bready wheat profile nice. Taste: High bitterness prodcues regular hop burps, light malt and wheat sweetness flavors of the hops over shadows but it's not unbalanced not overly bitter really nice summer wheat. Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied evenly carbonated lawnmower brew with a nice hop flavor. Drinkability: Refreshing and hoppy not very much like the typical American wheat ale, I like it.

Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Leon's in Decatur, GA.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of citrus and slightly herbal hops with good amounts of wheat twang.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth wheat flavors kick things off with good amounts of citrus hops coming in shortly thereafter. Midway through the sip the citrus flavors turn a bit lighter with mild amounts of orange and lemon peel. The ending is crisp.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was a big fan of this beer - a hopped-up wheat. Worth a shot, especially in hotter weather.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a golden yellow body with just a touch of haze and a bubble antique white had that fades to a film and is supported by strands of bubbles.

S- The dry woody green hops are light in the nose with some barley hints in the finish.

T- The dry carbonic acid taste blends with some cracker malt and a chalky hops flavor that leads to some herbal spice hops that trail off into a hop bitterness. There is a corn note that comes through as the beer opens.

M- The light mouthfeel has a tight scrubbing fizz in the finish.

O- The dry crisp beer has some nice flavors but there very soft and get buried under the fizz a bit.

Photo of richkrull
2.93/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I think I may have been expecting too much from this beer or something. I had heard it was good and picked it up as part of a build your own 6 pack. When I got home and tried it, it was more bitter than I was expecting. Not a lot of wheat flavor. Not a bad beer, I'll give it another shot sometime.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. DOB 03/18/13.

A: Pours a clear golden amber with a 1.5 finger dense white head. Not a ton of visible carbonation. Some rings of lacing from when I sipped.

S: Has a decent amount of hop that you notice right up front. Wheat going on in the background along with some pale malts. A solid earthy/grassy character.

T: Balanced blend going on here. Hops are controlled but flavorful with wheat really rounding this out nicely. Aftertaste is a bit more on the malt side with a lingering breadiness.

M: Medium to full body with ample carbonation. Crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. Easy drinking.

Overall its a tasty summertime brew. Perfect for the warm weather. Not a bad intro for those moving from wheat beers to pale ales.

Photo of dacrza1
4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tremendously friendly esthers pair with hay and dry grassy hops--alluring! Golden, pilsner-esque smoothly effervescent body... white head settles into hazy 1/8-inch line--dark for a hefe? Yet an ale? Smooth, ticklish and bubbly on the tongue; soft aftertaste with a light-to-medium body... fruity yeasts meet metallic, dry pilsner malts in a mix that softens and cools hot evenings... complex and satisfying... the brew leaves a gentle hop/malt combination, pleasant enough to present flowers to the nostrils but memorable in its ability to touch all bases in the brewing process--dissecting this would be almost as rewarding as drinking!

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern Tier- Hop Sun

Thanks to charlesw for this 1.

A- Bright clea yellow with a good moderate size foamy whit ehead.
S- Huge fresh green hops and sweet lemony wheat.
T- Big sweet crisp lemon and wheat with a huge dose of fresh budding hops.
M- Crisp with a big creamy/ floral body and finish.

Overall- Delicious! What a good hoppy summer beer thats not to overpowering. Big flavors and easy to gulp down. I love this 1 on tap and in bottle its just as good!
(Thanks Charles!)

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Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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