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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 thagr81us
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Pours a golden yellow with a one finger white head that subsides quickly to minimal. Maintains decent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of wheat and citrus. The flavor was of a subtle wheat, with an aftertaste of citrus with slight hops. It was light on a palate with low carbonation. Overall it was a nice smooth brew for hot summer days that would make an awesome lawnmower brew. However I don't think I would be able to drink a large amount. It was not bad, but it also wasn't great..

thagr81us, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of ruckus232
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a wheat glass

Appearance: Well besides the fact that this beer had so much carbonation that it pretty much exploded when I opened it it actually looks really good. It is a semi cloudy light orange dark yellow color with really large white head that really sticks to the glass.

Smell: For a wheat beer I was surprised at the citrus hop smell present. It is a good smell but not what I expected (even with a name like Hop Sun).

Taste: The taste was a little bit disappointing because the smell was so good. It has a sweet wheat flavor but is very watered down in taste.

ruckus232, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of udubdawg
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark gold, brilliantly clear and bright, topped with an inch of off-white airy foam.

Aroma: Wheat is right up front here. Sweet malt and ample hops are right behind. Sort of citric but there's a floral, almost herbal quality I can't put my finger, er, nose on. No alcohol or diacetyl noted.

Hops are more up front in the flavor than the nose, citrus and floral; less wheat too though there is no shortage thereof. There is ample sweet malt behind and I bet if allowed to age I wouldn't like this beer much at all. Bitterness is medium, high for the style, and right up my alley. It isn't quite clean, and the sort of minerally finish grates at me a bit.

Carbonation is only medium and as such a tad low for the style. The body is medium low, and very drinkable, and overall the beer is close to greatness. however that finishing minerally, almost metallic flavor lowers the score just a bit.

udubdawg, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of Gyle41386
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Golden yellow pour. Maybe a finger of white foam quickly disappears. Light lacing.

Equal parts citric hops and tart wheat in the nose. The combination almost makes it smell soapy.

Flavor follows. It's funny, it's not really hoppy or citric. The flavors must all cancel each other out, or something. Just a pretty boring beer.

Light bodied. The carbonation offers little resistance. Disappointing, given my high opinion of Southern Tier.

Gyle41386, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of aasher
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: clearer than I thought, not cloudy at all, sunlight golden in color with medium white head

Smell: doesn't smell very yeasty at all, not typical of a pale wheat, offers slight hoppiness in the aroma

Taste: pretty bland for the most part, not very yeasty, very slight hoppiness at the end of the taste, pretty light

Mouthfeel: nothing special, moderate carbonation, very light bodied

Drinkability: pretty average, doesn't impress in any one area, lacks true flavor

I was disappointed by this one and wouldn't recommend it.

aasher, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of StJamesGate
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Terrapin, Rhinebeck, NY.

Pours shining yellow with a thin white head. Nose is expected wheat and lemon with a bit of hops resin. Madeleine malts with a hint of white pepper, followed by Tang hops that jump to orange hard candy sweetness to finish. Chalky linger. Medium falling back to light, and fizzy.

Summery hop hit that underplays the wheat.

StJamesGate, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of IronLover
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy deep yellow. Not much head. The typical wheat malt aromas but with a distinct freshness. The grapefruit aromas are very delicate almost like a breathe of fresh air. The wheat and hop flavors join almost immediately creating a very unique flavor. Very fresh citrus and grapefruit flavors. Nice light body in this summer ale, finishes very clean and is incredibly refreshing. An excellent ale for a hot summer day bbq.

IronLover, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of ZeroSignal
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with no freshness date

A - Clear and bright with a golden straw tone, pours with a half finger of frothy white head with minimal retention

S - Mainly citric hop in the nose, lemon zest and orange

T&M - Very crisp with a nice carbonated "zing". A little lighter in overall flavor profile; hop bitterness for sure, but nothing overpowering. Citrus flavors dance on the palette; lemon, lime, and orange. The malt presence is nicely balanced with the hop bitterness.

D - Incredibly easy to take a few of these down. I found this beer to be equally enjoyable sitting on my deck after work or working on my PC. A great summer offering from ST; it may be replacing SA Summer as my "staple" summer beer.

ZeroSignal, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of mlazzaro
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I am pleased to see that Southern Tier has moved away from twist off caps on their six packs.

good carbonation,

I'd say it's extremely clear for a wheat. I have come to expect a natural haze in wheat beers, due to their protein content I believe. This appears as clear as a lager or a blonde.

nothing incredibly aromatic going on,

nice slight but noticeable bitterness

This is a really nice transition beer for people getting into the craft beers world. I could see this being very accessible to many peoples palates. Nice light beer for BBQs and the beach. Nothing too fancy, nothing too incredibly off.

Also this beer tastes far better cold. Drinking a warmer beer I get notes of apple and not as nice a tongue feel.

mlazzaro, May 30, 2010
Photo of clayrock81
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clearish gold color that left lace all down the glass. A hoppy, citric smell along with lemon zest. An easy, mild beer to drink that contains some spicy citric hops and a little bit of sweetness all tucked in nice and neat. Nothing extraordinary about this beer but a great session beer to have in warm times.

clayrock81, May 30, 2010
Photo of bundy462
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Crystal clear, golden. Not much of a foam of lacing.

S: Floral hops and citrus, very appealing.

T: Very crisp and refreshing. Floral hops with citrus overtones on top of the wheat body. Slight bitterness lingers after each drink.

M: Medium to light bodied, went down easy.

O: Very good. Possibly the best Summer seasonal that I've had.

bundy462, May 29, 2010
Photo of pasdachuri
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep gold with a foamy white cap about two fingers tall

Sweet citrus hops dominate the nose with a touch of honey

Tastes of citrus hops, lemon, and orange peel up front followed by wheat malt. Not bad, but nothing too extraordinary

Crisp, refreshing, medium body that is nicely carbonated

A good summer beer, but just a little light on flavor for me

pasdachuri, May 28, 2010
Photo of John_M
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a solid gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, but is very light. There's some noticeble lemon and considerable wheat, but not much else. Flavor profile replicates the nose almost exactly in this light, thirst quenching beer.

Nothing special or profound going on here, but this is a clean, flavorful, easy to appreciate American wheat style beer.

John_M, May 28, 2010
Photo of bceagles39
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle at home on May 25, 2010.

Pours gold with a very thin white head. Not much lacing. Only the slightest cloudiness, essentially transparent. Unexpected.

Smells citrusy and clean.

Lemon and other citrus tastes. Citrusy hops, not very bitter. Not a lot of wheat character. Sweetness on the finish.

Light bodied, very refreshing but a little too much prickly fizz. However, I am starting to ask "where's the wheat?"

bceagles39, May 25, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pale white yellow with a bleach white head. The head stays small but dense for the entire glass. It leaves small spots of lacing. The beer is hazy but there is lots of effervescence that is still visible.

S- Weak nose. Mostly wheat, spice, and flowery hops.

T- More snappy wheat, flowery hops, some orange and coriander.

M- Light, dry and crisp.

D- I didn treally like this beer. This style is really not a very good style most of the time. That said, this is a drinkable beer for what it is.

MbpBugeye, May 23, 2010
Photo of cdizinno
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep, clear golden yellow with nice white head that dies quickly, but continues to carbonate like a nice belgian ale.

S: Floral and citrus hops. Nice mildly sweet malt and yeast as well.

T&M: Closer to medium body with mild hop oil flavor up front. Slightly crisp with hop bitterness in the middle. Fades with some sweetness. Fluffy carbonation, floral hops balanced with malt throughout.

Very good drinkability. Has to be one of the best summer seasonals I've tried. Quality is there and it comes off like a mild belgian ale.

cdizinno, May 23, 2010
Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Leon's in Decatur, GA.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of citrus and slightly herbal hops with good amounts of wheat twang.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth wheat flavors kick things off with good amounts of citrus hops coming in shortly thereafter. Midway through the sip the citrus flavors turn a bit lighter with mild amounts of orange and lemon peel. The ending is crisp.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was a big fan of this beer - a hopped-up wheat. Worth a shot, especially in hotter weather.

glid02, May 20, 2010
Photo of Cyberkedi
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty clear golden amber with a fine-bubbled cream white head. Hoppy, almost evergreen aroma has a hint of citrus to it. Lively, hoppy flavor has tones of evergreen and citrus, the latter mainly grapefruit. Tingly, fizzy texture leaves a nice buzz in the mouth.

Cyberkedi, May 16, 2010
Photo of silentjay
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a clear straw color with barely a one-finger white head that leaves as quickly as it appeared, but does leave a bit of lacing on the glass.

aroma is hoppy: floral and lemony. plenty of wheat backs that up with a lot of sweetness as well.

taste is at first of lemon and a bit of spice. wheat kicks in and sweetens things up a bit before the hops again surface a bit more bitter than when they first arrived, but not overpowering.

mouthfeel is light, prickly carbonation with some lingering hop bitterness after the swallow.

drinks well, as a summer beer should. too hoppy for many lighter beer drinkers, I would assume, but too light for hop lovers. Not enough sugary sweetness for wheat beer drinkers, but too much for pale ale drinkers. falls in between, but successfully creates its own identity that is pleasurable in its own way.

silentjay, May 15, 2010
Photo of babaracas
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear gold with thin white head, couple spots of lace. Smell: lemon, grassy, spicy. Taste: spicy, a bit grassy, lemon citrus, on a pale malt backdrop. Mouthfeel: wheat finally makes some appearance, as the feel is a little prickly and fluffy. Summer wheat beer? Whatever. There's really nothing wheat going on in this. Reminds me of a mid-grade hoppy pils like SN Noble Pils.

babaracas, May 13, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce pint - $5.50 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Set down upon the bar top a crystal clear, yellow body with a thin, though long-lasting coating of white foam.

Smell: A sniff reveals a pop of lemon-scented citrus oil in the fore with some lesser, lighter notes of barley and pine trailing behind.

Taste: Placid barley and soft wheat, lightly sweet. Hops are predominately of the citric nature, with tastes of lemon juice and ruby red grapefruit juice, as well as that light pine carrying over from the nose. Finishes crisp with a light bitterness and a little bit of lemon enduring into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Hop Sun brings a bit more energy and liveliness to the typically bland, snooze-inducing APWA style. It's got the relative lightness of wheat ale, but a bright hop character to keep your tongue from falling asleep.

ChainGangGuy, May 11, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a pale and slightly-cloudy gold with hints of apricot. Nice white head and a bit of lacing as it goes down.

S: Some nice, subdued sweetness comes through in the initial whiff. This is followed up with a good dose and lemon pith and citrus hops.

T: A nice wheat base with some definite citrus notes from the hops coming through. Fairly simple, but quite well done.

M: Light bodied and a little bit dry. Very crisp.

D: Very drinkable. Although not nearly as good as Gumballhead, definitely the best I've found anywhere around DC.

Thorpe429, May 06, 2010
Photo of number1bum
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a perfectly clear light golden color with one finger of white head. Keeps a very thin lace and doesn't really leave any stick.

The smell bursts at the nose with big citrusy hop notes. Definitely one of the hoppiest aromas of any summer beer I've had. You would think this was a pale ale or perhaps even an IPA (although it's not quite THAT strong). There's some grain and wheat too. It's fresh and inviting.

Taste isn't quite as hoppy as the nose, but there is still plenty of zesty and fruity citrus flavor. There's more malt character than in the nose, with some biscuity flavor as well as some cracked wheat. The hop bitterness is low, which adds to the drinkability and refreshing nature of the beer.

This one is light bodied but not quite as crisp as I think I'd like it to be. I think it could use a tad more carbonation, which would have helped the head retention as well. Still, it's clean and refreshing.

This is one of the best summer ales out there in my opinion. Put this next to some of the great PA pilseners in my fridge and I am a happy man on a hot summer day.

number1bum, May 05, 2010
Photo of avalon07
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow-brown color and a clear consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. OK lacing.

S: A slightly faint aroma of wheat, lemon, and malt.

T: Tasted of lemon, wheat, a little bit of hops, and a malty backbone. A bit on the thin side, but that's how the style is sometimes.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: Not a bad beer, and drinkable, but not particularly memorable.

avalon07, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of Lolli1315
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very pale golden yellow that is easily seen through. Little head that disappears rather quickly with decent lacing.

M- Malty sweetness first noticeable smell followed quickly by a lemon citrus zest that dominates the rest of the profile. Finishes with a small return to the sweetness and wheat malt.

T- An immediate lemon tang with hints of orange. Sweet malt backbone makes this enjoyable on a hot summer day. Finishes with a sugar sweetness and then fades into a small lemon rind aftertaste. Small hop presence on the backend of the beer.

M- Very light, thin, crisp mouthfeel that makes this an adequate summer session beer.

D- Smooth, crisp, and easy to drink for anyone.

Notes: Overall a nice American Pale Wheat. I think this would be a better beer to drink when finishing mowing the lawn or another activity. Taste isn't as bold as one would like, but a lot of American Pale Wheats tend to slip into this. Such is life.

Lolli1315, Apr 27, 2010
Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,272 ratings.