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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

558 Reviews
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Reviews: 558
Hads: 1,397
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 6.98%
Wants: 76
Gots: 148 | 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

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 558 | Hads: 1,397
Reviews by wiseguy142:
Photo of wiseguy142
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hopped up wheat beer? I like how Southern Tier thinks.

Pours a light golden yellow with an average sticky white head. Decent amount of bubbles rising up from the surface. For some reason I've taken to drinking beer out of red win glasses lately (don't need a lecture on proper glassware) and it looks pretty tasty in here. Nothing too outrageous about the appearance but everything looks good and appetizing.

Aroma = pure cascade and crystal malt. Some mineraly notes like if you were smelling mineral water.

Taste differs a bit from the aroma nicely. More juicy flavor from the hops (centennial/amarillo?). Clashes a bit with the light feel of the beer.. I think I'd rather have it more piney and cascadey. Some cereal flavor from the wheat which is nice.

Nice frothy mouthfeel. The head really comes out in the taste like a nice German pilsner. A light beer with full hop flavor and low bitterness makes for really great drinkability.

There's nothing average about this beer. It excells in basically everything it does: all the categories above, ingenuity, brewing practice. I feel like I'd like to drink this in a beer garden in Germany, even though it's very far from classic German styles. (1,204 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of beaulabauve
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Extraordinarily balanced. A beer that actually makes me want more. Would be amazing to drink on a hot summer's day. (118 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.39/5  rDev +13.4%
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! (487 characters)

Photo of mojohawk21
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of Mac19872
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of J2L
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of woodchipper
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of JMD71
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (973 characters)

Photo of AshlandNacho
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Akabufflaobilly
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of pengs68
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of csmartin6
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of heddar33
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of TTripp725
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of funkyfritos
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Doomcifer
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Guden
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (538 characters)

Photo of kaiyote
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jason
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (534 characters)

Photo of merlin48
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (468 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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 (520 characters)

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