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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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1,307 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,307
Reviews: 545
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 63
Gots: 89 | 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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Photo of ThomasMetal75
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Light yellow with an effervescent body. Looked somewhat like champagne. Had one finger head. Head receded a little, but stuck around till the end.

S- WOW! Floral hops were present, but were not overpowering at all. The beer is dry-hopped, and the nose could tell that right away. Also had an earthy (maybe musty) malt/wheat aroma was well.

T- A light foral taste is first. Next you get a malty, biscuty taste. The wheat flavor is a very refreshing quality in the beer. It lightens the hop bitterness just right. There is bitterness detected when you swallow the beer. It's a very light bitterness from the hops. In a way the hop bitterness coats the back of the throat in almost a velvety way. EXCELLENT SUMMER FLAVORS!

M- Soft and mild feel. It's extremely refreshing. It's not overly carbonated like a light lager; it's just right.

I don't think I'd had a summer beer that tasty since I've been drinking beer! I like how it was a light beer, but still was very flavorful. Even if you're not a hop fan, this beer will be good! The hops are present in the taste, but the bitterness is so mild. The mouthfeel with the taste of the wheat and malt plays so well overall in the beer. A+ for Southern Tier. Can we get this year-round please?!?!?

Photo of ridgeline23
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of psuKinger
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 3/26/2012 (a little over 1 month old), poured into a standard nonic.

A: Pours a light golden color, incredibly translucent, with a bone white head on top. You can see through this beer and make out specific details on things on the other side of the glass.

S: Pine, citrus, and lemon zest, with maybe a touch of biscuits underneath.

T: Taste follows the nose. The pine grabs me at first, with citrus and lemon zest underneath and shouting from the background. Biscuit and bready flavors, likely from the wheat in the grain bill, arrive about half way through the flavor profile but never come to the forefront.

This is a hop-forward wheat beer, and an example of a time I wish I could score a 4.25 instead of a 4.0 or a 4.5.

M: Light and lively, great carbonation, and a good dry finish, with plenty of hop residue left behind on the tongue.

D/O: Very enjoyable. Light, refreshing, and well balanced. Next summer, I want a keg of this instead of Oberon.

Photo of Localdrinklax
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of dgeebs07
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of kayrex
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of waffles
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of ummswimmin
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this as part of the tap takeover at Cloverleaf tonight. They made a great showing with a significant amount of options. When you look at the tap handles, it is very telling how many great beers that ST has put out.

I had this beer after the Oak Aged Pumking. That beer had a pretty high ABV, and I couldn't handle the high ABV's for two beers in a row.

That being said, this is a very good summer beer on it's own. This is a very light, wheat beer. The coloring is a pale yellow with minimal inclusions. The head and carbonation are very light.

I like the smell and taste of this beer. It is refreshing and simple. I think this would make for a great one to drink on a warm summer evening.

Photo of timwardjr
4.5/5  rDev +19%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of jnikkel
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Milkysunshine
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of jeanphony
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of sleuthdog
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Celtics76
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass.

It's early April and this is my first summer beer of the year. Given the name I'm not surprised with the strong, citrusy hop flavor. This is definitely not your run of the mill summer ale. Very little carbonation and easy to drink, which is generally what I look for with a summer seasonal.

Definitely interested in trying this one again.

Photo of slim24
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of mtlasley
3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of bowlerjoe2
3.25/5  rDev -14%

3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle.Shaker glass.Enjoyed on jul´11.Bright golden color.White foam. Close,dense with fairly good retention crown.Floral,bready & yeasty aromas.Crisp hoppy & bready flavor.Undelying citric notes,smooth peppery touch. Mildy malts leave hoppy hints in mouth.Slightly buttery,mildy citric palate. Medium body,medium carbonation.Malty finish,hops on the aftertaste.

Photo of jk3
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,307 ratings.