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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
86
very good

1,300 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,300
Reviews: 545
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 58
Gots: 79 | 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 beerphan
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle -> american pint
no date

Pours a bright golden ginger ale, 1/2 inch head is gone in 2 minutes. Heavy carbonation, the glass is lined with bubbles. Appears crisp and refreshing.

A pleasant light citrus/pine hop scent, with some coriander tones.

Crisp and refreshing hop flavored wheat. The hops are upfront and in your face, but not in an offending sort of way, just like hey yo, here we are, but we're subdued, dude. No bitterness, with the wheat aftertaste you'd expect.I think they really hit the spot here. I was ready to right this beer off on the pour, but i guess thats why we drink them. Very solid effort.

I very drinkable summer offering, not my first choice but i would be stoked to find a case of it at a random gathering.

Photo of bjohnson
4.53/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a golden amber color with a frothy two finger cream colored head. A lot going on in there--tons of bubbles. Good head retention. Nice looking lace on the glass.
S: Citrus hops dominate the nose with an influx of biscuity malt notes.
T/M: Good floral and fruit hop notes. I got some grapefruit, strawberry, and pear notes. Wheat malt is noticeable, but not overpowering. Carbonation is a tad overpowering. Smooth on the palate and creamy at the back of the mouth--hop bitterness stings away any creamyness at the front.
D: Great tasting and easy drinking makes this offering from Southern Tier a perfect summer ale. Southern Tier has put out some phenomenal brews and this falls right in line. Low abv=great summer session brew.

Photo of dansm
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Pours a light clear gold with a little white head.

S-Not very strong, a little sweet malts with a little stronger citrus like hop aroma.

T-Again, not very strong. Starts with a sweet bready taste, followed by a little stronger spice of the hops.

M-Nice and light, average amount of carbonation.

D-Fine drinking summer beer, nicely balanced flavor, goes down nice and smooth.

Photo of rarevos
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into weiss glass.

A: Light gold colored, pretty clear. Thick, fluffy head (2+ fingers worth) that had good staying power. Leaves sticky trails on the side of the glass as it recedes. Light carbonation.

S: Maybe there was a breeze that was blowing toward me and I didn't realize it, but I smelled the hops in this even as I was pouring it at arms' length. This is *not* your usual pale wheat ale. Up close it has the hoppy pine aroma of a mild IPA.

T: Not as hoppy as it smells, but there are hops here that provide good balance. Up front is a hint of breadiness. Hops toward the back for a nice bitterness, and the finish is very wheaty, almost like a whole wheat pita or something. The more you drink, the livlier the hops (or should that be "the more *it warms* the livelier the hops"?).

M: Very light and crisp.

D: Could probably drink a few of these. It's not really in the American pale wheat style, but it's different. The hoppiness pretty firmly moves it out of the "refresher" category, but I could see keeping these around for a cooler summer evening.

Photo of granger10
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a medium white head. Head maintains well and there's good signs of carbonation. Aroma is lemony along with a bit of kumquat in there. The smell is fairly weak though. Taste follows suit. Basically no malt to be found and the body is quite light. Good levels of carbonation keep the beer somewhat lively and offset the lack of malt a bit. Hop flavors are there but only intense because of the lack of other flavors. Citric qualities show themselves and a bit of apricot flavor. Really, really dry. This was an ok "summer beer" but nothing more.

Photo of orfeu
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Crystal-clear brass with sparse carbonation rising slowly to a thin, pristine-white head. Brazen spicy-floral-pine hop aromas -- Amarillo? Hallertauer like Big Red? -- with a deftly hidden candy sweetness lurking beneath. Immediate spicy Hallertauer attack, with a nearly sulfuric flavor and a light mineral finish. Some sweetish English muffin bready malt flavors arrive later on. Smooth and airy mouthfeel, light side of medium body. Supremely easy to drink and enough hop kick to keep it interesting; no middle-of-the-road, cloudy, unfiltered wheat beer here. Chalk up another hit for Southern Tier in my scorebook.

Photo of Franchise
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden raisin blonde color that leaves a thin white lace that disappears quickly. The aroma is citrus, hops, wheat, honey, musty grass dew. Very nice aroma different than your typical American wheat due to the big presence of hops. The taste mirrors the nose starting with a wheat twang, followed by a lemon citrus tartness backed by a hoppy bitterness I normally don't find in an American wheat beer but a pleasant surprise. This is good and different the finish is malty with again a sweetness of honey, that is backed up by a bitter bite that makes you want another sip.

Photo of mcowgill
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours clear golden color with nice creamy head that disappears quickly.

S - Interesting citrus hop aroma mixed with wheat malts. I can see why it is called Hop Sun.

T - Very crisp citrusy lemon flavor. I really like how this one tastes.

M - Crisp, carbonated mouthfeel.

D - This is one damn fine drinkable summer beer. Give me more!

Photo of ghostwalker
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Golden body with slightly reddish tinge. Solid finger of white head laces OK, but lower than expected.

Scent is tart piney hops. This is not your typical summer wheat.

An interesting flavor mix. Tart, tangy and zesty. Smooth up front in the mouth, it contains enough hops to treat the palate, but is certainly no "Hop Bomb". A curious flavor lull midway through each sip. Finish is tart and slightly bitter. Slight lemony citrus flavor. I like this, but would never have pegged it as a wheat brew.

Mouthfeel is zesty and taste bud tingling. Fairly high carbonation and even a hint of tooth-stripping quality.

Drinkability is really, really high. This is a summer brew designed to be quaffed outdoors on a hot day. I will buy this again.

Photo of mattcrill
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle inspection: No useful label information.

Aroma: Fresh lemon zest, slightly piney, very refreshing perfume-like aroma.

Appearance: Brilliantly clear golden pour. A thin and sudsy white head that develops. It doesn't linger long but quickly reforms with some agitation.

Flavor: Bittering grapefruit hop resins, followed by a bready base, and a touch of dryness on the finish. Nice presence of citrus hops but not heavy handed.

Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing.

Overall impression: Not nearly the funkiness I expect from an American Pale Wheat Ale which is a nice change. I can do without that. Punchy hops that keep this one interesting. Light enough for an enjoyable summer session. This one works for me. Another winner from Southern Tier. Recommended.

Photo of amstelcat
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't usually like American summer wheats but here goes...

A nice honey color in the glass with a fairly decent pure white head. What is this...citrusy hops on the nose? Can't be. American wheats are usually lackluster in this department. But to my surprise and delight as I sip, I get a nice mouthful of pleasing bitterness with the malt happy to follow in the background. Can and will drink lots of these as the opportunity exists.

Photo of Ego
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$8.99 for a 6'er at the new De Cicco's market in Ardsley ny

eyes...
1.5 fingers of messed up looking head, it looks thinned out in some strange way, it dissapates quickly, lacing is spotty, aside from the head it screams "pilsner" in the look, pale yellow in color.. honestly this isn't very impressive at all.

nose...
screw the look... this smells better than some IPAs. In a way I call southern tier "three floyd's north" cause they are in love with amarillo hops.. but you know what? I like that in certain styles.. this is citrusy and piney.. it gets the glands going. a hop lover's pale wheat if there ever was one (well.. there is.. gumballhead.. but I digress...)

taste etc...
pleasant carbonation, it hides the hop oils well.. in the sense that once you swallow a residue of mild flavor is left on your tongue. it is no hop bomb but a gentle drinking brew. it is light in the mouth but has lots of flavor. this has some real bitterness to it for a wheat. While Gumballhead really has a kick ass hop jolt, this is more subdued. This drinks "just" a touch heavier than a good pilsner... maybe not as refreshing as some wheat beers but a good one for hop heads. The wheat flavor is VERY subdued.. so I can't go huge on the scores for this. but nonetheless I am enjoying it.

verdict?
a tasty alternative in the summer, I wouldn't want to drink this all day, but it would be a nice beer to switch to @ a BBQ when you are eating, it has enough character to stand up to food but not enough to over power it... more interesting than most pilsners... it's a good option. honestly I would favor the Southern Tier pilsner over this.. same hop profile basically.

Photo of JMD71
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of Illinick
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Deep golden in color with a fizzy white head that dissipates to about a 1/4" and doesn't budge. Nice lacing.
S: Floral and citrus hops dominate the nose. A crisp hop smell in there too, although the nose seems a bit thin at points.
T: Follows nose with floral and citrus hops dominating the taste. Crisp hop and some oily hop flavors come through towards the end. Just straight forward floral and citrus hop taste.
MF: Thin and finishes semi dry and crisp.
Overall: A solid summer time offering, nothing too special here. A crisp palate pleaser. Worth a try.

Photo of plaid75
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy head. There was good retention and good sticky lacing.

The smell was dominated by citrusy and flowery hop. Hints of orange and yeast.

The taste was juicy orange. A nice subtle and refreshing dry orange flavor. A subtle wheaty chewiness detected as well.

The mouthfeel was crisp and carbonated. Very clean and refreshing.

I will definitely buy more of this beer. An excellent summer brew. I never had anything quite like it.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - this summer ale pours with a pale straw yellow color, a very thin lacey white head with no carbonation

S - wheaty-hoppy smell that was to be expected, with spicy aromas as well, like clove or coriander

T - full of hoppy goodness to the piney point, spiciness is slight, much less pronounced than in the aroma, still nice

M - very well balanced, spicy/hoppy, easy down, medium bodied

D - medium, might be too spicy for some

Photo of wedge
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Luminous blonde color with vigorous tiny-bubbled carbonation and a light, frothy white head sticking to the surface. Spotches of lacing here and there. Nicely balanced hoppy aroma - soft floral and citrus with a solid, slightly wheaty, maltiness. Fresh, clean hop profile: candied and faintly juicy leaving a little lemon on the palate. Light, crisp, and refreshing.

As said before, this is an excellent summer beer. A highly sessionable cookout weather thirst quencher.

Photo of tonytuffnuts
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from Kraig's Kegs.

Translucent deep gold body. White, frothy head retreats leaving a sticky lace on my glass.

Wonderfully simple smell with desirable hop lure. Hops at forefront with undertones of wheat. Citrus notes of lemon. Shy sweet-malt effrevescence.

Crisp wheat surfaces as the most powerful taste. Hops are faintly bitter but don't follow through as much as the smell forcasts. A little more than medium carbonation with relatively large bubbles. Hop Sun's a light bodied beer that sacrifices malt to maintain it's attraction as a summer brew.

This is a rather uncomplicated beer, very straight forward (something I don't expect from Southern Tier). No carefully engineered hop combination or malt. No spice. Still--as my friends point out--it's a good selection for those looking for a flavorful, yet modest brew. If you're looking to ease someone into hop-worshipdom but their taste-buds can't handle it yet, this beer's a good starting point. Not watered down, but light-bodied (there's a big difference), making it a good candidate for a hot summer's day.

Photo of tastybeer
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tangerine golden color, sparkling clear with moderate head. Not much retention and definitely does look refreshing. Aroma is a burst of very pleasant floral and orange hops, soft and full, and yummily tantalizing. Tastes of juicy fresh hops. Malts are sweet and pizza dough-like, and there's a nice wheat kick too. The light hop bitterness fits in well. Crisp, bright and uplifting. Mouth is juicy, smooth, and softly syrupy. Coats the mouth with pleasant. Goes down suprisingly fast too.

A great hot summer day beer. Nicely balanced, flavoful and soft.

Photo of Bierguy5
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Boston's. Golden, and crystal clear, with a very thick white pillow-like head. Good head retention. Fair amount of hop aroma, citrusy, maybe piney and grassy. Pretty pale malt, not any tartness for a pale wheat. Slight citrusy, bitter finish. Light in body, with appropriate carbonation. Good patches of lace left clinging to the sides of the glass. Very satisfying. This is a great example of a low ABV beer that is flavorful, and refreshing without being overwhelming. I may have to try this again.

Photo of nlmartin
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was purchased at Jungle Jims. The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a golden yellow coloration. The head of the beer was a fluffy white coloration. The head lasted a little while.

Smell: The beer has a very pleasing grapefruit and piney resin smell.

Taste: The beer has a nice grapefruit citrus and pine resin flavor. The beer has a good malty sweet back bone.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a light body. The beer is nicely carbonated. The beer is highly drinkable. I wouldnt hesitate to purchase this one again.

Photo of schoolboy
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is what a summer beer should be. Interesting, but light enough that if you wanted to drink a bunch, you could. But not really. It's stronger than you would think and will kick you in the butt if you drink them all. Share them!

I've really enjoyed a number of the ST things (Phin and Matts, and the tap stuff they sell at Holiday Valley Ski Resort, for instance). But this one is especially appropriate. I had a couple mixed with a couple WONDERFUL DogheadFish 90 Minutes and this is all I can type!

Ditto on the first nice day in Cleveland, 2011 (April 10). This beer works nicely, though I think some European wit's might work even better.

Photo of mcallister
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark golden hue. Very creamy thick white head.

Pink grapefruit, with some peach, and some pine aromas.

Very clean hop mouthfeel with a sweet malt backbone. Grapefruit, lemon, peach, forest.

Not an over the top pale ale but a very smooth easy drinking beer.

Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice summer beer with hops. Golden-orange body with fluffy white head, so-so retention. Smells of floral, earthy hops. Taste has a light wheat backbone, but most of the flavor is in the hops. Fruity at first, then earthy and then heavily floral. Tasted like a pale ale at first, a pretty interesting beer. Its a little too light-bodied. A little more malt could turn this from a very good beer to a great beer. Give it try.

Photo of bignick
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sunset in Allston 4/20/06. Served in a pint glass.

This is a very nice summer offering from Southern Tier. They have really left an impression on me since they entered the Boston market. This offering to me is the best summer beer I have tried this side of Three Floyds. As it warms, the hop bitterness becomes more and more pronounced and it really does a great job of surrounding the inside of the mouth without being overpowering. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but it is definitely very drinkable in the southern months.

Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,300 ratings.