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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
85
very good

1,261 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,261
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -9%

Nice grapefruit, a C hop aroma, good initial foam in pour. Some creaminess wheat nice on palate. Decent hop bitterness,lemon and spice, above average carbonation. Balanced with malt, Drying finish. an above average brew, the paradigm of this brewery.

11-06-2005 04:02:46 | More by Sammy
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-14-2011 20:47:13 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

A: Pours a pale and slightly-cloudy gold with hints of apricot. Nice white head and a bit of lacing as it goes down.

S: Some nice, subdued sweetness comes through in the initial whiff. This is followed up with a good dose and lemon pith and citrus hops.

T: A nice wheat base with some definite citrus notes from the hops coming through. Fairly simple, but quite well done.

M: Light bodied and a little bit dry. Very crisp.

D: Very drinkable. Although not nearly as good as Gumballhead, definitely the best I've found anywhere around DC.

05-06-2010 21:57:39 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.18/5  rDev +10.3%

A: It poured clear golden yellow in color with a thin white head that quickly diminished into lacy patterns of bubbles. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of floral and citrusy hops in the nose, along with notes of wheat.
T: Flavors of pale malts and wheat are very well balanced with citrusy flavors from the hops. There is a little bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied and crisp on the palate, but not watered down.
D: The beer is very refreshing, thirst quenching and easy to drink. It's a sessionable beer for a hot summer day.

06-18-2010 19:20:29 | More by metter98
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.15/5  rDev +9.5%

It's getting a little late in the year to be drinking a summer wheat, but I figure this bottle won't last until warm weather rolls around again. It's a bright sunny day, 'hop sunny' you might say, and if I use my imagination, I can pretend that summertime is still holding out, refusing to go gently into that good autumn (apologies to Dylan Thomas).

Yeast-filled bright gold with lemon sunshine highlights. The polished ivory crown is as stiff and as sticky as any in recent memory and leaves scattershot lace in polymorphous blobs on the upper reaches of the glass. Lovely nose, as bright and as sunny as they come. It smells like someone just grated a few dozen lemons and an orange or two.

I'm happy to report that the flavor follows the nose. Even though there's little in the way of malt flavor, it is a mite wheaty. The dominant flavor is a tangy, hoppy, lemon zestiness. The body is smack dab light, yet manages to avoid feeling overly thin or watery. I usually like at least a light-medium body, even on 'summer beer', but I just can't fault this one because the flavor doesn't care and the beer is so incredibly drinkable.

Hop Sun is my first Southern Tier beer and I'm impressed. It's tough to make a summer wheat stand out, but this beer is as radiant as Old Sol on a July afternoon. In fact, I'd love to have a few cases at the start of every summer. Thanks to HappyHourHero for the first of many bottles from New York State.

10-31-2004 20:04:15 | More by BuckeyeNation
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

08-06-2014 05:49:21 | More by zestar
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

05-29-2014 23:15:42 | More by acurtis
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +5.5%

A light IPA with a wheaty finish, this is the ideal flavor to usher in warmer weather.

Hop Sun pours with a thinly clear straw color. Carrying an airy froathy white head that, while showing moderate retention, laces fairly well. Despite the wheat use, the filtration strips the associated haze and allows the carbonation streams to shine.

Medium hop intensity of grapefruit, orange peel, and herbal lemon grass governs the scent that stands above a slight bready, wheaty base. Very appetizing and zesty, the nose gives the impression of lightness and sprite.

Citrusy hop flavor also take comman of taste with white grapefruit, orange peel and pith, with a light lemon zest spiciness. Clean and crisp bitterness assists with refreshing impressions late, lessening just a bit in finish to allow for a strong wheaty aftertaste to return in memory. Quite simplified in taste, the beer relies on freshness, crispness, and cleanliness over complexity- and does so beautifully.

Light to start and light to finish, the well attenuated wheaty body has a cracker-like dryness with a dry crispness that controls the beer well before the finish. While shying away from astringency, the beer's crisp bitterness makes it the refreshing beverage that dictates its success

Like Three Floyds Gumballhead, Hop Sun has a crisp cracker-like wheaty taste that only shows it's maltiness in finish and aftertaste. It's all about the hops. It also reminds me a bit of Abita's Purple Haze, just better with the base beer and a focus on hops rather than the fruit.

04-02-2011 17:14:38 | More by BEERchitect
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured a very bright golden yellow, huge white billowing head, decent retention. Nice side glass lace, good cloudy appearence, lots of carbonation. Very light, lots of yeast with a touch of some lemon maybe, light in aromas, not in overall strength of smell. Very very nice, light palate with a bigtime yeast presence. Lots of grain with a hint of lemon or some other kind of bitter hops, great flavors. One of the best haefe flavor profiles I have tasted. Crisp, clean. very nice carbonation. Great overall feel. Superb, could drink this all night long. Was great when first cold, even better as it warmed up.

05-02-2011 01:23:12 | More by mikesgroove
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.5%

04-11-2013 22:38:53 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.5%

04-13-2013 02:35:43 | More by Texasfan549
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

04-22-2014 01:41:36 | More by ygtbsm94
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

A: thin head on a cloudy pale golden body.

S: mostly wheat and pale malts with lemon, pine and bready notes.

T: This one was hoppier than expected with a slight bitter finish. Backbone of pale malts and breads.

M: light body and high carbonation.

Overall: the slight bitter finish hurts the drinkablity for beers of this genre. Well balanced flavor however overall.

05-09-2012 00:24:01 | More by kylehay2004
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

16 ounce pint - $5.50 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Set down upon the bar top a crystal clear, yellow body with a thin, though long-lasting coating of white foam.

Smell: A sniff reveals a pop of lemon-scented citrus oil in the fore with some lesser, lighter notes of barley and pine trailing behind.

Taste: Placid barley and soft wheat, lightly sweet. Hops are predominately of the citric nature, with tastes of lemon juice and ruby red grapefruit juice, as well as that light pine carrying over from the nose. Finishes crisp with a light bitterness and a little bit of lemon enduring into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Hop Sun brings a bit more energy and liveliness to the typically bland, snooze-inducing APWA style. It's got the relative lightness of wheat ale, but a bright hop character to keep your tongue from falling asleep.

05-11-2010 14:04:02 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-23-2014 03:32:03 | More by jaydoc
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

The HopSun was actually something that I like quite a bit. The pour of the beer was a cloudy yellowish orange color with a fluffy white head on it. The smell of the beer had a great mix of citrus and a gentle aroma of fresh wheat. The nose was very well balanced here. The taste reflected the same way, it was a nice wheat sweetness very mild upfront with a nice hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is mostly like any other wheat ale out there. It's bright and lively, also very refreshing for the summer season. Good stuff!

05-31-2011 17:58:45 | More by Knapp85
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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
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -13.5%

Served in a Devil's Backbone weizen glass.

This one was a half-recommendation from my man down at Whole Foods. It pours a clear pale straw topped by a thick mass of white froth. The nose comprises coriander, wheat, light vague citrus, and a dash of cardamom. The taste tones the spices down a bit, and a good amount of orange-peel bitterness is introduced in lieu thereof. The body is quite light, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly crisp finish. Overall, a very plain, uninteresting brew, but rather highly drinkable and, for those who stick to seasonal drinking schedules, a very nice summer beer.

08-24-2010 01:24:20 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

4.19/5  rDev +10.6%

A - Poured out a very clear, bubbly golden-yellow color with a small, bubbly, white head. The head held on for awhile then dissipated to left some soapy residue.

S - It smelled of citrus and orange peel. It had a nice grassy aroma with notes of wheat and yeast.

T - Surprise! A wheat beer with noticeable hop character. Nice bitter hop kick with a smooth wheat flavor. Some citrus and yeast flavors, too.

M - It was very crisp and sharp with a fizzy mouthfeel. A light to medium bodied beer.

D - This is a great american pale wheat ale. Its hop character defies conventional wisdom.

05-24-2009 19:05:14 | More by zeff80
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

11-27-2011 21:56:57 | More by JAHMUR
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%

A combination of citrusy hops and wheat-based malt greets you in the nose of this delightful summer ale. It's deep gold body is slightly hazy beneath an average-sized head of bright white froth that, unfortunately, slips easily away. It does maintain a thin surface covering, however, and leaves sheets of tiny spots and splashes of lace that cling throughout the glass. It's crisp and slick across the palate with a light-medium body and very fine-bubbled carbonation. The flavor delivers the hops that the nose promises, along with a solid backbone of bitterness that leads it to a dry and citrusy finish. Clean, crisp and refreshing... worth trying!

05-09-2005 21:08:46 | More by NeroFiddled
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SocalKicks

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

07-29-2014 17:00:14 | More by SocalKicks
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +5%

Pours a slightly clouded gold. No head. Nose is light citrus aromas. Kind of like fresh air really. A bit hoppy. Flavor is tangy with bright citrus. Nice and light. Pretty crisp. I am starting to think that I might just not like this style at all. Too light. Not enough there. Just doesn't seem like it is for me. Overall this one is good. Feel has a nice bubble to it and a good liquid feel. Drinkable, sure. Light and crisp and it is well made. (it's just not my cup of tea)

12-31-2007 08:48:07 | More by RblWthACoz
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.58/5  rDev +20.8%

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.

01-28-2007 00:59:35 | More by TheManiacalOne
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nickfl

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

05-10-2013 04:47:40 | More by nickfl
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Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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