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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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1,316 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,316
Reviews: 547
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 64
Gots: 93 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 05-15-2004

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Ratings: 1,316 | Reviews: 547
Photo of madmanjf
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, I'm glad it's summer .... last year, due to problems with the distribution from southern tier, I couldn't get this beer. This year I'm happy to say it's back in the Mid Hudson Valley area.

To date, I have not had a similar style. It's a cross between a crisp wheat ale (without spice) and an IPA.

The intial taste is that of the IPA, but the finish is like a wheat ale.

I'd vote for this to be an all-year-round brew!

Photo of Applesauce1
3.21/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I got this on-tap at Kennedy's Pub in Lewis Center, OH.

Appearance: yellow; transparent; thin white head that went away pretty quick
Smell: some hops, thats about it
Taste: light hop flavor, a very watered down beer; I couldnt taste any wheat flavors
Mouthfeel: light bodied
Drinkability: could do a few in a night

I wasn't too impressed with this beer. I thought it'd be a nice, wheat beer texture with some of that sweetness you usually get, but I don't what this beer is trying to do.

Photo of Grundle20
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours crystal clear and straw in color with very only a minor white film for a head. Lacing makes rings down the glass as it is drank.

As the name would imply there's a good hop presence here. There's some underlying sweetness with pineapple notes. Overall the scent is crisp and refreshing and very much a summer kind of smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
The beer drinks light and crisp with some up front piney hop bitterness. There's some dry wheat character after the initial hop rush we leads in to a clean finish with just a touch of bitter hop aftertaste.

It's a summer release and I definitely see why. The beer goes down incredibly easy and it's actually refreshing. At under 5% ABV you could throw these back for hours out in the sun.

Bottom Line:
It's pale, it's wheat, and it's hops. I didn't really know what I was buying when I picked this up but I'll have to be snagging some more of this for some beach days. This would also be a great beer to introduce somebody to craft brew.

Photo of JayQue
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy (filtered) golden color with a thin medium sized white head. The head disappears quick to a thin covering on the top of the glass but leaves an average amount of lacing. The smell is the best part, very pronounced citrus (lemon), hint of wheat beer astringency and wheat malts. The taste doesn't match up to the smell but it is still a nice drink. Very smooth, citrus / wheat malt flavor with a hint of bitternesss. Mouthfeel is rich enough and there is no annoying sweetness or aftertaste. Drinkability is good. Smooth drink, crisp and refreshing with a low abv. Would be a good summertime session beer.

Photo of xav33
2.16/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Southern Tier Hop Sun
12 oz bottle
Brewed circa summer 06, consumed 03/07
Moderate pour in a weizen glass

Poured a hazy amber with a large quickly diminishing bubbly white head with fair lacing.

Smelt of sour oranges, lemons, and coriander.

Taste was upfront moderate bitter sweet and strong sour orange candy followed by a strong bitter grassy hops and sour lemon rinds on an average length finish.

Palate was light bodied, watery to dry, effervescent and moderately astringent.

Overall, why so sour? Age and lager yeast could have been a factor. I will try again when fresh.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in trade from sinstaineddemon. Dispensed from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Somewhat hazy but mostly clear yellow beverage with a super sized, tight head. Took me two pours to get this baby in. Lots of lacing and perfect retention, as the head stays through the entire consumption.

Aroma is wonderfully fruity and hoppy. I detect more of a pale ale characteristic than a wheat characteristic, which is fine by me. Piney. Smells like a fresh bag of pellet hops.

Simply delicious. So light and crisp and clean and smooth.Tons of hop flavor with absolutely minimal amounts of bitterness. Must be late boil additions. This was a great brew. Pretty original in my opinion and very delicious. This could be a beer for everyone as it isnt too bitter but eases one in to the hop flavor and characteristics. Thanks again to sinstaineddemon for this beaut.

Photo of brandtr3
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a clear gold with almost no head. It is hard not to immediately notice the lemon and hop aroma. The citrus flavor is nothing too extraordinary for a summer wheat seasonal, but the hoppy finish sets this beer apart from others. The flavors transition well without any one dominating. There was nothing about this beer that I didn’t enjoy.

Photo of BeerTruth
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer wasn't what I expected. It pours a bright golden hue with a small foamy head. Smell is very zesty/fruity and quite refreshing which fits this summer beer perfectly. For a wheat beer, hops are very present, with wonderful hints of wheat and barley. Probably one of my favorite brews to sip on a hot summer day.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.57/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

Photo of daliandragon
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an ultra clear golden with little head and moderate visible carbonation. Nose is mostly piney hops with a touch of fresh citrus and very pleasant.

Taste is balanced and layered with hops but overall bitterness is low. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for a hop dominated beer and wheat flavors are pretty thin on the ground across the board. To me this is more like a light pale ale if such a thing exists but it is tasty and interesting, just a little lacking in body.

Photo of foureyedgeek
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is called, on the bottle, a Summer Wheat Beer, but there's a chance of snow tonight, so let's think of it as a farewell to summer...

Pours a clear straw color, typical of the American wheats. Short rising head, decent carbonation, that fades quickly but carries some decent lacing through to the end of the drink.

Smells of citrus, mostly lemon I think with a strong (for a wheat beer at least) hop presence as well.

Tastes light and crisp with the flavors somewhat akin to a raspberry lemonade, if that where put towards a beer, but balanced nicely with the hop flavors that peak in the finish,

A little light in the mouth and quite drinkable, I wish I had tried this when the weather was more atune to the style, I could see this going well with a lazy summer evening around the barbecue.

Photo of nouseforotacon
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Hefe glass, sampled this one before trying out Bell's Oberon, reviews taken from completely seperate notes.

Light golden/amber body, transparent, with a puffy, cappucino-like foam, short and steady.

Soapy, fragrant aroma. Sticky and sweet malts enveloped in citrus fruits. Banana/clove presence is strong, lightly peppery. Wonderful aroma for this style.

Banana peel flavor with an assertive hop profile. Very watery mouthfeel, too clean and pure, strong grapefruit with very little clove and not much of a spice presence otherwise. Taste is OK, but a bit bland and mouthfeel is much too watery/clean for my tastes.

Great looking and smelling American Hefe, but... a bit boring in taste/mouthfeel. Sorry. Easy drinking on a warm summer day, for sure.

Photo of RedChrome
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium golden colored clear body. A fluffy white head of half an inch stayed a while. Tons of small carbonation bubbles. Lacing clumps down glass.

A nice lemon aroma was very pleasent on the nose. A decent hops finish to the first scent. Also has a very light pineapple secondary scent. A light crisp scent is a nice fit for this style beer.

Same crispness in the flavor as was noted in the smell. A main flavor of light wheat is finished with a citrus and hops blend that makes this one bite on the tongue. Citrus taste hangs on the mouth as a light aftertaste.

Decent body. Nothing to thick, but not watery either. A decent burst of carbonation.

A nice offering from a good brewery. This one would go great with hot dogs off the grill on a summer afternoon with friends. Try is as a nice, decent priced choice for your cookout, and not be disappointed.

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

Thanks to swedejay53 for the bottle. My third Southern Tier sample from him.
Pours a clear, bright golden color with a thick 2 finger frothy head. Lot's of carbonation.
The aroma is what I woud imagine a grapefruit breakfest biscuit would be. I like it.
This beer plays the flavors of a wheat beer and a pale ale perfectly. Nice mixture of dough and floral and grapefruit hops. I've never had a wheat beer quite like this. A little harsh bitterness at the end, but that doesn't detract from the beer much.
The mouthfeel is good, but I deducted a half pt for the high carbonation.
Over all a very unique and delicious wheat beer that I recommend.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Odds and Ends Tasting on 8/16/06: Hazy dark gold color with a medium thin and fluffy off-white head, with thin patches of lacing. Nice aroma of hops, malt and wheat. Light-bodied with a soft mouthfeel. Hops and wheat flavors dominate, with some citrus in the background. The finish is mostly bitter but still retains the wheaty character. Pretty enjoyable overall.

Photo of jmz62565
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a light golden honey with a very large white foamy head. The smell is very strong with citrus hops, this is more like a mild IPA than a wheat beer. The taste,like the smell, is all hops. Grapefruit or tangerine dominate this beer making this very crisp and refreshing. The m/f is light and the flavors mix well. This is a great hoppy summer beer. however there is no way this is a wheat beer. I really liked this,but let's call an IPA an IPA.

Photo of beerphan
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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
4.52/5  rDev +19.6%
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
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
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
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
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
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
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
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
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
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
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
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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