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

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Summer

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Added by Todd on 05-15-2004

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Photo of plaid75
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.57/5  rDev -7%
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

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Photo of wedge
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of tonytuffnuts
3.15/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of mcallister
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of tempest
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of bignick
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of Gritsak
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- bright, deep, golden color with a decent sized white head. retention is good and it laces down the glass.

S- lots of pine, citrus, grapefruit, orange peel... all very fresh and ripe smelling.

T- hops dominate the flavor. pine, citrus, grapefruit..there is a slight yeasty taste that also comes through.

M- light and very refreshing. carbonation is medium.

D- easy to drink but actually taste a little more potent then it is at 4.3% though.

overall- the store i got this advertised it as a "wheat IPA", so i had to give something like that a try. Even here it is listed as a pale wheat ale, but really tastes more like an IPA. no other american wheats have this intense of a hop presence, besides gumballhead of course. It would be interesting to compare this side by side with gumball to see how they size up to eachother. The actual beer is very refreshing and suprisingly strong flavored, which is not the typical for american wheats...seek this one out!

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Photo of jdhilt
3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Clearest wheat I have ever seen. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Mild hoppy nose. Starts hoppy/malty and stays that way right to the finish. Some lingering bitter, piney aftertaste. $1.45 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of banker
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into an imperial pint... dark gold color, nice head with good retention

citrusy hop smell fills the nose

taste is dominated by hops as expected but in a mild way, light body- has a very refreshing character, don't really get much of a wheat taste out of it, carbonation intensity is spot on

overall I'd say this is an excellent summertime session beer for hop fans, the refreshing character and light body partner really well with the hoppy goodness

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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of Litterbean
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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!

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Photo of LucaBrasi
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of rousee
4.81/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.62/5  rDev +20.3%
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!

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Photo of dragonbrew
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of NEhophead
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of scooter231
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 561 ratings.