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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 Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Sammy, Nov 06, 2005
Photo of Litterbean
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw yellow, slightly hazy. The head is quite large and lumpy, but it goes away quickly leaving several protein rich chunks. Clean smelling hoppy aroma, with a bit of a roasted grain smell. Tastes hoppy at first, but at the same time very malty and sweet. A smooth clean taste with the right amount of carbonation. Chocolatey/coffee sweetness in the end with a wheatness to it. Finishes clean, and easy to drink. A winner.

Litterbean, Oct 14, 2005
Photo of Frozensoul327
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice brew from Southern Tier. Poured out to a golden color with a nice quarter inch head and minute traces of lace around the glass. Medium low carbonation. Aromas of sweet cereal, floral notes, and hops. Unique and inviting. Taste was refreshing and satisfying; flavors of hops and smooth malts were abundant, with hints of caramel and earth. Very nice. Mouthfeel was refreshing and medium bodied. A good level of drinkability, this would be an ideal beer for after a long summer afternoon of gardening and cutting the grass. Recommended. Special thanks to rousee for the sample.

Frozensoul327, Oct 04, 2005
Photo of tavernjef
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautifully clear dark lemony gold color with slow active carbonation within. Small cap of dull white froth on top. Lace is adequately strewn about in patchy rings.

Aroma is of lemon pie and and bread crusts. Tends to keep a good tone of pale wheat grainyness as the lemon continues as the main nose grabber and also floats a very light herbal grassyness in there too.

Taste is about the same, perhaps a bit more jump on the tongue then in the nose. Big edged grassyness upfront, kinda sharp, stays clean and crisp, as it tenders up a bit and cruises right into a very solid wheat grain and light husked touch. Mid leveled taster with a bolder notion of pale maltyness making a firm stay across the palate. A light lean of lemon peels towards the finish as it stays wet with a bit of creamy wheat return very late.

Feel is light to medium in body with a very clean and slippery presense in its carbonation. Actually quite slick and quick to go down. Tries to fancy up more in the front then in the back. Most of the action of flavor and herbal bitterness happens quickly then levels off nearly as quick leaving creamy wheat, light lemon nuances, and a twist of herbal hops. Quite an easy goin' treat.

Thanks to Shaughn256 for the supply!

tavernjef, Sep 19, 2005
Photo of LucaBrasi
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with virtually no head. The smell is of citrus, pine and hops. The taste clean clear with a citrus feel that finishes with the slight hoppy bite. The mouthfeel is clean, smooth, lightly carbonated. It was good, really good and because of the lower ABV it makes it a highly drinkable beer. Could knock back a few of these on any hot summer day.

LucaBrasi, Sep 12, 2005
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.

rousee, Sep 07, 2005
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!

GeoffRizzo, Sep 03, 2005
Photo of dragonbrew
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Never had this beer, but I've heard so many great things about it, I figured I'd better give it a try.

Poured a dark golden color almost merging into amber in color, which I considered dark for a wheat beer. Head retention was very solid, nice lacing and it stuck around on the edges of glass for the entire beer tasting.

The aroma of hops was obvious as expected and since smell and taste go so well together it was even still very prevalent after swallowing. For instance, the first breath of air after swallowing brought that heavy hop scent right back into the olfactory senses for another go around.

Mouthfeel was slightly above average as sometimes it seems that summer style beer can be somewhat weak in texture, this was not like that.

I'm not a hop chaser personally and I know that is not a popular sentiment these days, but I would consider this a great choice for those who do enjoy such beers. I would certainly give this beer another go.

dragonbrew, Sep 01, 2005
Photo of NEhophead
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foamy white head that settles to a gelatanous-like thin sheet. Patches of condensed lace with good strength. Glowing light auburn in color.

Bright citrus and pine hop aromatics; light malted oat and wheat backbone to the tart hop character.

Citric lemon, lime, and pine flavors. The wheat flavors are clean tasting and subtle, behind the tart hops. There's a touch of sweetness before a light citric-bitter quality. Lemon and lime in the aftertaste.

Light bodied; buttery and creamy on the palate which is a bit odd for the style, but still quite pleasant.

Flavorful and quite interesting for the style; a hybrid of a wheat and lightly hopped IPA. Wonderfully drinkable for the summer heat, with more flavor than your typical wheat.

NEhophead, Aug 30, 2005
Photo of scooter231
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bugger was darned interesting and complex. Really had to think for the right words to describe. Pours a pale goldenish/orange color with huge white head. Smell is way way way pungent and sour. Eye watering hoppyness that just doesn't quit- you're almost afraid to take a sip- almost. Still, the boldness of it intrigued me, regardless of eye watering.

Taste really reminded me of an alcoholic cider I had in Finland a few times. Very, very similar. Sour, citrus, pungent and hoppy, yet sweet in the background. Bubbly and smooth but too watery for my taste. Still, light and easy to drink. Very, very cidery. Refreshing, and a lot of fun to review. This guy's got character.

scooter231, Aug 23, 2005
Photo of ommegangpbr
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Hop Devil Grill in NYC.
This wasn't my favorite brew in the world but for the style it is way noteworthy; it stands way out there, buck naked dancin in the streets.
Practically an IPA, or a double IPA in a pale wheat ale.
Poured a hazy, pale orange into a pint glass.
The smell is something one is unlikely to forget... it's a love it or hate it affair but it has more impact for the style than I've ever encountered, and am ever likely to encounter for the style. Vaporized, floral/herbal hoppyness in the aroma. It attacks your nose. You may need to sneeze.
The taste is way hoppy too, in an almost ciderlike way. Hoppy apple soda, maybe? with a wheaty texture.
Very interesting all around.
Loads of character... big beer experience in something that's quite low in alcohol.
This bugger is worth a go.

ommegangpbr, Aug 22, 2005
Photo of semihobo
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Ah I love these Southern Tier pure black bottle caps.

Nice looking brew, inbetween clear and hazy. Tiny bubbles, not a tall head but one with longevity that left a centered pile of lacing.

Aroma is of hops, but not very piney or citruslike. Some spices and grainy wheat smell. Not overpowering. For the summer, the smell is just right.

Some wheat at the beginning but this taste is all hops. So much for the small amount of hops in the smell, this is definitely pale ale. The aftertaste is the best, with the other flavors more discernable and less dominated by the hops. A nice wheat taste lingers. This is more a seasonal for ale/hops fans rather than those who like delicate wheats.

Very crisp mouthfeel, well carbonated. Goes very well with the hops bite, that this is more carbonated than a lot in its style.

Not so drinkable -- I get a little flare in my nostrils from the hops, and the heavy hopping and carbonation limits the extent to which this can quench. Didn't have it on a hot day outside, but I don't think this beer's place is as a refreshing drink. Again, it's a twist on ales, not a twist on summer wheats. I think the carbonation would get to me after a few of these.

Another solid offering from Southern Tier. Not that complex or groundbreaking, but nice to see a good twist on a summer ale.

semihobo, Aug 16, 2005
Photo of riversider76
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden color.Creamy white head,with good lacing. The kind of beer you can just sit back and enjoy. Smooth,refresing taste. Light, but full flavor.Nice hop kick. It goes down very easy on a hot summer's day. Southern tier has a winner here. Try one or two if you get a chance!!

riversider76, Aug 09, 2005
Photo of kbnooshay
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmm. 12oz bottle. Nice white head and pours a nice dark gold color. Nice lacing. This smells like other southern tier offerings; PIney, floral hoppy and citrusy. The taste is so nice. Similar to other souther tier beers but milder. This is milder than their "mild" IPA but still great hoppage with a good maltiness to balance it out. Therefore we have a ncie refreshing beer this time around. THe mouthfeel is moderate, but crisp and a little bitey. Surprisingly low abv with this beer but thats allright. Incredibly drinkable and flavorful.

kbnooshay, Aug 02, 2005
Photo of Naes
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is crystal clear copper color. The head is generously frothy and white with abundant lacing.

Aroma is a bit of citrus and floral hops. It smells more like an IPA rather than a wheat beer.

The flavor is also of citrus, followed by the hops then the yeasty and wheat accents come in to play. This is quite a complex flavor for a wheat beer.

Mouth feel is light bodied with very little carbonation and is very easy to consume.

This beer is great for a hot day and still has a decent amount of flavor.

Naes, Jul 22, 2005
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light hazy peach hues with a frothy sudsy pillowy beige head cap. Some lattice lace left in the glass.

Light fruity aromas of apricot and some citrous lemons and vanilla malts.

First swigs: Juicy orange and dusty dry flavors. Wheat is muted but the hops take the front seat. Some orange juice and cider notes. Slightly spiced coriander notes. Clean finish with a lingering sweetness.

Light body. Shushy soft carbonation.

Last swigs: Tasty sweet citrous dust cutter. Wheat is overtaken by the Tang orange like hop flavors.

Beer is good. Happy Summer beering.

blitheringidiot, Jul 18, 2005
Photo of JackStraw22
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap and Collegetown Bagels. Pours with a golden body and a crisp white head. The head retention wasn't very good in the glass, but excellent in the pitcher it came in. Wonderfully hoppy nose but not very complex. Crisp and refreshing, a really clean bitterness. Very citrusy and hoppy taste, and a clean sweetness. Incredibally drinkable, great summer beer.

JackStraw22, Jul 01, 2005
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

light peachy orange, clear with draft-pour style thin head. palealeish in all its glory. fruity hop smell is very light, transcends normal citrus smell to a sort of pineapple. solid wheat profile provides a uniform basic bitterness, complexity and crisp texture. hops prolong the bitter and linger just enough to be the last flavor left on the palate. cute little bubble gum finish cuts off just prior. drinkable like crazy with flavor complexity to keep us beer nerds happy. that orangey pineapple flavor makes nice burps. why cant this be the world's bud?

goodbyeohio, Jun 18, 2005
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...

Celt44, Jun 17, 2005
Photo of oberon
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

oberon, May 29, 2005
Photo of CRJMellor
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with some amber tints. Big white head forms and manages to leave some lace on the weizen glass
Aroma has some bread and butter tones with a touch of honey and some definitive pine and citrus notes. Bread crumbs come to mind.
Flavor has some light caramel, a lot of wheat and bread and a nice citrusy note. Well balanced and not cloying.
Mouthfeel is lighter bodied as style would dictate but still manages to deliver a well balanced refreshing taste. Citrus notes are subtle and welcome.
Drinkability is excellent, refreshing and tasty with some definitive tastes, unlike some many lighter beers that just losse all flavor when trying to brew lighter fare. Another soild effort from the folks at ST.

CRJMellor, May 21, 2005
Photo of yeagerbm
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Prostman for the trade.
This is an obvious Americanized wheat beer, as its meant to be. The appearance is a dark gold with a fine white head. The aroma is hoppy and floral, with a comparable hop intensity to many APA's. The flavor is very crisp from the wheat with the citrusy kick of the hops. This is highly drinkable and thirst quenching, a sort of blend of SNPA and SN Wheat but really its own creation.

yeagerbm, May 13, 2005
Photo of wailingwench
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Eye Candy: See through Pilsner. Small white head that stuck @ untill the finish.

The Nose Knows: Grassy wheat, wet dough, light hop, sweet malt.

Tongueland: Typical clean ST taste. Grassy wheat, dough-like, sweet fruit, sweet malts, touch of hop to balance, and dry yeast finish. A perfect summer session.Very dimensional.

wailingwench, May 12, 2005
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

NeroFiddled, May 09, 2005
Photo of whartontallboy
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yellow-orange pour with a one-finger white head that remains for most of the time it took to drink it. Wow, I wasn't expecting this much of a hop aroma. Very strong bitter piney hops with some strong orange scents in there as well. Extremely juicy hop flavor with a lot of pine and bitterness thrown in there as well. The hops really dominate the flavor, and it's kind of hard to tell this one is a wheat beer and not an IPA until the wheat kind of slides in on the finish and lingers in the aftertaste. I really, really like this one's strong hoppiness on the wheat backbone. Probably the best summer brew I've had this early in the young season. Well done.

whartontallboy, Apr 30, 2005
Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,272 ratings.