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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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1,259 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,259
Reviews: 544
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 54
Gots: 66 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 05-15-2004)
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Reviews by woodske1:
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3.85/5  rDev +1.6%

I am a fan of Wheat beers and this one ranks in my top ten. It isn't nearly as cloudy as most wheat beers, so that is a plus for me.

VERY drinkable. Some wheat beers fill you up to fast, but not this one. I always thought Southern Tier should push this one a bit harder but they never do.

Nice hoppy beer, a rarity in wheat beers.

03-02-2009 21:14:58 | More by woodske1
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +16.1%

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!

05-29-2005 21:10:18 | More by oberon
Photo of Mac19872


5/5  rDev +31.9%

11-17-2011 03:01:47 | More by Mac19872
Photo of Tiernan


3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

05-08-2013 06:07:12 | More by Tiernan
Photo of J2L

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

10-21-2012 22:08:52 | More by J2L
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

07-20-2013 23:23:54 | More by woodchipper
Photo of JMD71


3.7/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

06-22-2006 20:17:30 | More by JMD71
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

04-22-2013 22:41:47 | More by AshlandNacho
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

07-24-2014 19:17:41 | More by Akabufflaobilly
Photo of pengs68

New York

4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-11-2013 21:28:02 | More by pengs68
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New York

4/5  rDev +5.5%

07-04-2012 20:34:43 | More by csmartin6
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

11-21-2012 20:47:24 | More by heddar33
Photo of TTripp725


3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

06-05-2014 16:23:27 | More by TTripp725
Photo of generallee

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

10-06-2013 12:36:32 | More by generallee
Photo of funkyfritos


4/5  rDev +5.5%

08-09-2014 02:49:05 | More by funkyfritos
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Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

08-01-2014 15:12:40 | More by Doomcifer
Photo of Guden


4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

10-31-2012 23:58:17 | More by Guden
Photo of Jason


4.15/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

08-08-2004 22:24:06 | More by Jason
Photo of merlin48


3.65/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

08-08-2007 12:51:44 | More by merlin48
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New York

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

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

06-16-2009 06:18:13 | More by Billolick
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3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

01-27-2005 01:04:36 | More by warriorsoul
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4.47/5  rDev +17.9%

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.

07-05-2009 23:11:45 | More by charlieos
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3.65/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

06-10-2009 14:19:16 | More by tigg924
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New York

4/5  rDev +5.5%

05-12-2013 00:43:21 | More by JC333
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4.33/5  rDev +14.2%

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.

07-19-2004 02:12:52 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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