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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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1,272 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,272
Reviews: 544
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 54
Gots: 69 | 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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Photo of cvstrickland
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12-ounce bottle poured into a weizen glass yields a clear golden yellow-amber body with tons of floaties in suspension and streamers of active carbonation feeding a huge white head. The foam settles slowly and retains at a half-finger, leaving a couple of rolls of lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is zippy with a note of rich wheat swimming in cool, lemony citrus.

The taste of the drink is mellow and wheaty with a citrusy sting of bitter hops. The wheat flavor is a bit tangy and sweet with a toasty, husky note, lending support to a hoppy, juicy, lemony zing that pervades the drink. Happily, it does so in a manner that refreshes and delights.

Light-bodied but not at all watery, the drink is nicely carbonated and fairly quaffable.

My first beer from Southern Tier, thanks to Lum for the extra! Good dog!

cvstrickland, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of argock
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Yellow with darker honey highlights and a foamy but sticky slightly off-white head with average retention. Flares of lace down the glass.

S: Delicious, fresh-smelling beer with loads of lemon and orange aromas mixed with a light floral scent. Small component of tangy wheat is in there too.

T: It is a unique beer, but a little to husk-heavy for my taste. It is not unpleasant overall, but the initial lemongrass hops flavor is covered by a husky maltiness that needs a bit more sweetness. The wheaty tanginess is there and doesn't seem to blend very well with the citrus and floral hops tastes. The finish is medium-to-high dry and pretty bitter.

M: The body is light-to-medium with crisp carbonation that belies the care ST puts into their beers. The aftertaste, however, is an unpleasant musty taste, a by-product of the husk-wheat-lemon combination.

D: A good summer ale with a bit on incongruity in the flavors. It is definitely flavorful, but I'm just not sure the flavors blend well which leaves it with a demarcated flavor profile.

argock, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of Phillyduke
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. non-returnable poured into an Imperial Pint glass.

A: Clear, deep golden color with a one-finger head of sticky foam that clings to the sides of the glass in huge gobs and leaves a nice cap behind.

S: Citrus and floral hops dominate the nose, but there is a bit of underlying grassy sweetness as well.

T/M: Upfront mild hop oil flavor followed by a tangy wheat/lemon zest kick in the middle and finished off by a very pleasing hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and extremely crisp, made ever more so by the tingly carbonation and hop bite.

D/O: A phenomenal summer thirst-quencher. Not too heavy for those hot days, but enough taste and character to make you realize you drank something. An excellent warm-weather choice for hopheads. Perhaps my favorite seasonal of 2008.

Phillyduke, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - straw/gold pour, a nice thick covering of white foam leaves bubbly lacing behind as it maintains a thin cover.

Aroma - lightly sweet grain, crackery, with a fleeting touch of citrus, more coming out with some warming.

Taste - good wheaty opening, the grain shows off some good bready/biscuity character. The hops are orangy, a bit pithy/fleshy, very nice. Turns a little to the bitter side on the swallow, edging towards grapefruit on the finish. A little much for the style but the balance is great.

Mouthfeel - smooth beer for as light a body as this. Medium carbonation. Very refreshing.

Drinkability - a great summer beer. A little to the hoppy side for a wheat style but I will enjoy quenching my thirst with these.

brewdlyhooked13, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of Jmamay22
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a straw yellow with a tinge of orange rust. The head is egg shell colored and fizzes out to a thin whisper of a cap. The beer itself is crystal clear. I expected a slight haze from the wheat. Maybe it has been well filtered.

The beer's title clearing shows where its emphasis lies and it is in the hops. The scent is full hop citrus with an underlying honey wheat.

Taste is similar to its scent, but better defined. Begins as a more familiar wheat beer and grows into a lemon zest flavored hop bitterness. Extra bitter kick from the hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel is fairly full and creamy no doubt aided by the wheat. Hugely drinkable and a great summer beer to enjoy all day in the warm weather. I've gone through many over the past few months. Probably more than any other beer this past summer.

Jmamay22, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra in a trade. Perhaps from Beertruth? In any case it was a pleasant surprise. One of the tastier wheats I've had in a while. Pours a golden, apple juice-like color. Okay initial head that fades to a thin cap. Aromas of sweet malt, light sweet wheat, citrusy/earthy hops, some bitterness in the finish. Tastes clean and sweet and of Juicyfruit gum, clean wheat, and earthy and bitter hops at the end. Very vibrant flavors for the style. Very nice. Smooth and crisp in the mouth, this a great summer beer.

Georgiabeer, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of sstackho
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Six 12oz bottles for $10 from Bauer Wines in Boston. Pours a clear, pale yellow with a bit of head. The appearance may be pedestrian, but the aroma most certainly is not. Hops, hops, hops. Nice. First sip is a letdown compared to that nose. First taste is a metallic taste that is bitter but not hoppy. That metallic taste remains throughout the beer, and is a serious problem. So disappointing after that wonderful aroma.

sstackho, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of errantnight
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost as good as Gumballhead...

Thanks again to JKane101 for dropping this in extra-style.

Pours a lightly hazy straw yellow, with a creamy, thin-bubbled head with lasting power.

Aroma is a burst of amarillo (I think) lemony goodness. Gee, I wonder why they put "hop" in the title.

Taste is definitely hop forward, lemon and grapefruit aromas burst through, against a mild backdrop of light grain. Some bready suggestion of wheat... but this almost has more of a pale ale malt character. Balance is spot on... bitterness really only comes through as part of a dry finish, clean, and easy on the palate.

Medium to light bodied, similar carbonation.

A great drinking summer beer... as in my review for Sunshine Pils (also from Jkane)... why can't we get a nice, easy to drink, american wheat with a no-nonsense hop character here in SoCal? We're practically the kingdom of hops!

In any event, a fantastic substitute for Gumballhead, or perhaps replacement if its more reasonably priced (no idea).

Loving the Southern Tier.

errantnight, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of AlexJ
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale clear yellow with a fleeting head of bright white that falls quickly, leaving very light lace.

Aroma is light wheaten tang, cereal, grass, and lightly floral hops.

Flavor very similar, a burst of light wheat, citrus, fresh grassy fields, and a moderately bitter floral and herbal hop finish. Nice hoppy aftertaste follows.

Body quite light, average carbonation and great drinkability.

AlexJ, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of ffejherb
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into shaker pint glass on 8/8/08.

A - Golden/straw-colored body with a bit of haze and one-finger white head that was quick to diminish and leave only spotty lacing behind. Moderate amount of carbonation bubbles.

S - Aroma is light floral and grassy hops with a bready malt base that for some reason reminds me of honey crackers. Mild citrus and lemon notes are also present.

T - Drinks like a typical summer wheat ale, but with a slight hop kick with hints of floral, grassy and citrus notes. Bready, biscuity malt akin to crusty wheat bread with a mild toasted, grainy character.

M - Light body with lively carbonation and a mild syrupy texture. Finish is crisp and semi-dry with a mild hop bite.

D - Not as flavorful as the Uber Sun, but this lesser "Sun" still a pleasant hop presence and is highly quaffable, which makes it ideal for warm weather consumption.

ffejherb, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of maddogruss
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a glass mug.

A: Pours a clear, golden body with a white head with nice retention and lacing until the finish.

S: A slight, hop bitterness noted with some mellow, bittersweet malt undertones.

T: A slightly bitter taste at first with a sweeter, malty aftertaste. Hints of lemon zest, coriander, and some slight, hop earthiness were evident. A nice, well rounded beer with tastes that did well to compliment each other.

M: A light and crisp mouthfeel that seemed quite nice. Fairly refreshing and a very nice feel for a summer beer.

D: A very drinkable beer due ot an excellent combination of mouthfeel and taste. As noted above, this is definitely a top summer beer and highly recommended.

This was my first offering from Southern Tier and the brewery definitely intrigued me and I will be looking for more of what this place has to offer.

maddogruss, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of zdk9
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a pale yellow with an orange tinge. A finger of head is lightly foamy and leaves some nice lines of lacing.

S- Strong, some light orange and lemon, some vegetal notes.

T- A surprisingly strong bitterness. Some of the same vegetal taste as the smell. I wish there was a more clearly defined malt taste- the beer is kinda dry.

M- The bitterness lingers for quite a while.

D- The more I drink this beer the less I like it. There's just something unapealling about the taste that is starting to invade the smell as well.

zdk9, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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!)

NJpadreFan, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of Mdog
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear gold with a fast fading head.

Smell: Grassy.

Taste: Nice grassy flavor with a little sweetness and a lasting dryness. Hoppy and grassy but not as much bite as a pilsner.

Drinkability: Definitely poundable.

Other than looking like a cream soda, this is a good beer. Nicely hoppy but not over the top makes for a great summer thirst quencher. Too bad I haven't seen more of this in Minnesota.

Mdog, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of MMAJYK
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful and brilliant golden yellow. Totally clear with nice 1/8" head that sticks around for the duration.

S- Surprizingly, the first aroma from this beer is hops! Mixing well is the grassy (hay), sweet, and honey malt bill. Neither overpower one another making this beer very well balanced and adding depth.

T- Easy and light on the tongue with a neat little hop bite that is smoothed out by flavorful sweet malts. I taste light citrus and grain mixed with corn sugar sweetness.

M- Light in the mouth and high carbonation.

D- Oh so drinkable. Very good session beer that shows off a nice hop profile. I loved it! Too bad ST does not distribute to my area; I would pound this stuff in the summer.

MMAJYK, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of charlesw
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drink it fresh and you'll be in for a great drink! Light, crisp, very lightly sweet with a nice floral hop aroma.

I'd like to see a little more head to it and maybe a touch more opacity. And, sigh, the one I'm drinking right now isn't as good as the rest of the six pack was! Drat! This one is a little bitter with a zingy twist. That's not how the one I had last night was! Ah well. Still, good stuff.

charlesw, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of adamette
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Italian Fisherman in Bemus Point, NY on Lake Chautauqua.

A one finger head with yellow, cloudy body. Pleasing but nothing remarkable.

S Hops but not intense, smooth, grainy, woods.

T Hops but not overpowering. Very good balance between that and other ingredients. This beer delivers on its promise of a Summer Wheat Beer.

M Average, fine.

D Good. I can see having a few of these although I kept to my self suggested limit of one pint per night.

Notes: This was a pleasing experience of a micro brew simply delivering on what it suggests that it will. It is a great choice on a hot summer day (or night) and it is very drinkable.

adamette, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of dacrza1
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
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!

dacrza1, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of mike24
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: a fairly univiting pale yellow, similarly univiting head that dissipates very quickly

S: clove and hop

T: definitely more flavourful than the look would lead me to believe, hops are citrusy, but where this one wins is in the mouth feel, starting with a palate coating creaminess followed by a slightly fizzy, drying crisp finish.

D: exceptional, i could see myself sitting with a 6 pack on a dock somewhere

mike24, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of NoahSYGG
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very different beer. It has a nice up front piny hop taste. It also has the nice smoothness of a wheat beer. Served cold in a pint glass made the aroma excellent. The golden copper color is appealing. This is an easy beer to drink, and would love a 6er on a hot summer day.

NoahSYGG, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of lbkornlb14
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this beer, I thought at first it would be sub-par because Im not a fan of wheat beers, but I am a fan of Hops (HopHead). This beer had excellent aroma and flavoring hops, and none of that bittering hop taste youd expect from an IPA type. I got a 12 pack variety case of southern tier with my buddy NoahSYGG, we were very impressed with this brewery as a whole. Very good beer.

lbkornlb14, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of rkcrozier
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first attempt at reviewing a beer...

Appearance was golden, with a copper hue. Poured nicely with a head that lasted for at least the first few sips.

Taste - crisp and resfreshing, especially on a hot summer day

I was definitely impressed with this beer and would buy again, as well as trying other Souther Tier beers.

rkcrozier, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of Bighuge
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pale lemon yellow. Slight but bubbly dirty white head. Lace is minimal.

Aroma: Citrus, wheat, orange and sweet grapefruit.

Flavor: Definitely citric and hoppy. Even get some lingering bitterness from the citrus aspects of the hops. Wheat tanginess is present but subdued. Underlying biscuity maltiness. Nice flavor.

MF/Drinkability: Fairly bright and vibrant feel to this. Snappy carbonation and light-medium bodied. Hops add some quenching fruit like aspects. Overall, a nice summer drinker that I'll hit more often.

Bighuge, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of Buebie
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

12 oz brown bottle has no freshness date. The label is quirky, bright and bursting with excitement in its design.

Poured into a pils glass, golden yellow in color with great clarity. That well known wheat hazieness is not present.
1 Finger white head, some laceing and a thin layer of retention.

Smell is of very big grassy hop aroma with mild citruss notes, slight malt backbone, popcorn?

Taste upfront is a mild bitter hoppyness, some earthy grass hop flavor. Sweet corn like middle with a nice even blend of malt and hops.
Finishes dry with a semi sweet hop linger.

Watered down mouthfeel and some carbonation zing.
Very good summer beer and a wheat beer at that. Amusing bottle design and a damn refreshing brew.

Buebie, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of cokes
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear pale golden with an ashy white head that rises and falls with some haste.
Generally doughy and wheaty on the nose with a backing grassy and citric hoppiness.
Flavors follows much the same progression. Soft, doughy, wheat-focused malts manifest first. Then politely assertive grass and lime rind hops wipe up on the close.
It's a tautly constructed light body with enough carbonation to be supremely refreshing, showing good restraint by stopping short of being gassy or fizzy.
It's no flavor juggernaut, but it's not a snoozer either. It succeeds as a superb summer season sessioner.

cokes, Jul 18, 2008
Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,272 ratings.