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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85
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1,301 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,301
Reviews: 545
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 58
Gots: 79 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Summer

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(Beer added by: Todd on 05-15-2004)
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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of rousee
4.83/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Perfect amber color. Not much of a head. No lace. Smell is magnificent as is the taste--this is NY's version of Gumballhead? I'll take the Munster(IN) cheese please.

Beautiful citrus-pine hops dominate the aroma. Maltiness is present throughout when tasting. An excellent beer. It is well-crafted. I would bet that they have an excellent water source nearby and that the brewer is pretty smart and tries some new thangs often.

The mouthfeel on this is very nice and velvetty. At 4.3% --how can you go wrong with a few of these. I do think this beer very much holds its own against a 3 F gumballhead. But NY is a lot easier for me than Indiana.

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 Machete824
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of LukeRfour
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of boralyl
4.68/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours one finger of frothy white head that fizzles away pretty quickly and leaves very little lacing. The beer is a clear golden straw color with a decent amount of visible carbonation.

S - A tiny bit of wheat malt combined with a nice helping of lemon and grassy hops.

M - Light-bodied with some very active carbonation. Crisp and light on the palette.

T - A nice hoppy opening. A combination of light citrus, lemon and grass. This is followed by a wheat bite in the finish along with some lingering sweetness. This beer remains light, but has that hops flavor to make it stand out from the other wheat beers out there.

A wheat beer that isn't as boring as most of the rest out there. It has a pleasant flavor and it's drink-ability is off the charts. It goes down like water on a hot day. This is in my top 3 favorite summer beers for sure. Since I can't get 3F Gumballhead in my area, I'll settle for this as my summer session beer.

Photo of madtappers
4.68/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Very clear yellow with a nice thick white head.

Has a terrific hop scent to the noise, some grassy hop notes, with a little grapefruit to it.

Very drinkable beer, would compare to a nice summer session beer with a bit more hops. Not an IPA by an means, but agood beer for a hop head having a summer BBQ.

Photo of oneeye
4.68/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

Sunshiny yellow with lots of carbonation.Nice little white head that leaves a little lacing.

S. Lemons,hops,and wheat.Earthy with a hint of alcohol.

T. Lemony hops upfront with slight bitterness.The malts come through with a touch of caramel.Lemony/orange sweetness with a wheat hop bitterness.

M. Good body,creamy smooth with a dry finish.

D. Hop Sun has too be one of the best session beers on a hot summer day.It's very refreshing with plenty of flavor.Easy to drink and after the first beer it has you coming back for more.

Photo of letsgopens
4.65/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Spring semester is over and it's clearly time to party. I believe I'll reach for a bottle of crisp, hoppy goodness. This is one of those beers I've had dozens of times but just never got around to reviewing. Its golden amber, clear body shines brightly in the afternoon sun and posses a flashy, eggshell-white head that holds well and leaves some soapy foam clinging to the glass. Tons of sparkling, rising bubbles climb upward from the base of the glass.

Monster hops in the nose accompanied by some mild cereal maltiness and light, toasty bread. A slight sweetness is floating around but for the most part its all citrusy, piney, resinous, hoplisciousness.

Crisp and bright with a substantial caramel, wheat, cereal flavor and mild, light colored clover honey. The rather understated grain allows for the hops to truly bare all their qualities: citrus, pine, grassy, and bitter. Well balanced and extremely tasty. Definitely big on flavor but not so boisterous as to overpower food.

Again very crisp and bright initially with a lighter to medium body and upbeat but fine textured carbonation. Definitely something I could drink quite a few of without spoiling a meal or getting to loaded. The combination of flavor, its bright/lighter nature, and a very modest ABV makes this brew probably my favorite summer session beer which just so happens to be from my favorite American Brewery at the moment. Don't just grab a few from the 6-pack shop, make sure to procure at least a case and get ready for summer in a bottle.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.63/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Almost a dirty and slightly cloudy golden in color; thin white head. Fresh citrus fruit and sweet hops on the nose. Crisp and oily hops noted up front; just a touch of wheat bread and underlying malts. Fresh bubble gum flavorings; unbelievably sweet, decent carbonation. Bordering on medium bodied. As it warms, and it’s tough, cause this is so smooth and slick, some bread dough offerings and lemon peel notes. One incredible quencher, and certainly something I can drink at any time. Superior!

Photo of kevman527
4.63/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I poured this into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Had a decent one finger fead with decent retention, golden blond color, and decent lacing.

Smell: Very prevalent hoppiness, with hints of coriander and citrus, as well being a little earthy.

Taste: Has a very noticable malty-yeasty taste, but it did not have as much hop in the taste as it did in the smell. Wheaty and citrusy.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, medium carbonation, goes down smooth.

Drinkability: I loved this beer, very refreshing. Wasn't sure what to expect before I tried it but, I loved the combination of the amount of hops and the wheat. Would drink a few of these in a sitting.

Photo of UnionMade
4.63/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer is a hazed gold, topped with a thick white froth. Good head retention, keeping throughout the glass, leaving trails of sticky lace.
The aroma is amazingly hoppy. Intense citrus skin and pine resin floats atop a bed of smoothened, dextrinous wheat maltiness. Very clean with only a soft brush of floral esters, the hops easily steal the scene. A soft IPA, perhaps.
The first sip starts out silky and smooth, lemon and dextrinous wheat right up front. The citrus flavor builds, a floral buzz on the edge of pure american hop feedback. The finish is all hops, the malt really only providing a silky smooth mouthfeel to carry the bitterness. Loads of pine, orange and grapefruit, finishing with an almost audible snap. Extremely crisp and dry. This is what I would consider the perfect blend of IPA and wheat beer. The crisp smoothness you want for warm weather, but with actual character and backbone. A nice low ABV to boot, so putting a couple back in the early afternoon won't ruin your day. Who'da thunk one of the best beers I've had all year would be an american wheat?
My first beer from Southern Tier. The only other beer I'd place in this category would perhaps be I'm so glad I got a couple bottles of each of their varieties at Half Time. Three Floyds' Gumballhead. India Wheat Ale. This stuff is delicious, probably immensely so in the summer heat. I'll be sure to try again next year.

Photo of Seanish
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hope this comes in sixes - I got mine in a mix pack

Smell - invitingly hoppy...

Appearance - quickly fading head leaves a behind a lighter gold shade expected from a summer beer

Taste and mouthfeel - Damn good. Rolls over smoothly with wheaty sweetness giving way to a nice hoppy finish.

Drinkability - With a lower abv and great taste I see no reason to drink a few of these. Do yourself a favor and pick up some.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.58/5  rDev +21.2%
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 Celt44
4.58/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is a light amber with a small but sustainable head that lasts throughout. Aroma is sweet and strong with a heavy fruit presence ....and hops of course. Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth. Strong hop taste is perfectly balanced with hints of grapefruit and citrus.

A Hop Sun experience is amplified during a hot, muggy summer day when a great thirst has overtaken your mouth, tongue, and throat. A great session beer with an ABV of 4.4% - give or take a tenth. A guy with a beer ball of this stuff on his back serves it cold in the stands at my local AA ballpark. A superb alternative to the macro-swill that normally monopolizes sport stadiums. Excellent choice this summer...

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.58/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale gold color with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is heavily loaded with wheat, hops & citrus.

T: A strong lemon flavor jumps out at the beginning and dominated the taste, but it doesn’t make the beer overly sweet. Flavors of wheat and hops follow. The hops presence is pretty heavy for the style, but just like the lemon flavor, it isn’t overdone. Despite it having a weak malt character (even that’s normal for the style), I found it to be a very well-balanced beer.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, I would prefer a little bit more of a kick, however, with an APWA I don’t typically expect one. If I were going to drink something light, this would be one of my first choices.

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