Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Phin & Matt's Extraordinary AlePhin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale

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Ratings: 1,451
Reviews: 613
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.88%
Wants: 21
Gots: 113 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: wailingwench on 10-29-2004

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Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden with a white one finger head that is gone pretty quickly not leaving much lace behind,evergreen pine aromas here and quite heavy at that with an underlying caramel sweetness but the pine is main attraction.If you like a well balanced pale ale then this is your thing,a dose of citric hops hits up front but the firm caramel/biscuit backbone of this beer melds extremely well with the hops just making this beer not only well balanced and flavorful but very quaffable.I really enjoyed this brew I would say its "extraordinary".

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.35/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy orange with a bubbly beige head.

Aroma: Super juicy with tons of oranges especially. Toast and bread backbone.

Taste/mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth, astringent, with a mint like biting/bitter finish. Tremendous orange flavor. Juicy as can be. Some other citrus, tangerine and a little grapefruit, over toast and biscuits. Delightful juicy body.

Drinkability: Outstanding. This is a sessionable beer indeed. Just wonderful.

Photo of MadScientist
4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pale golden beer with excellent, bright clarity and a white head of about one finger of compact foam.

Strong hops aromas of fresh pine and citrus are dominate the aroma. There is a faint malt aroma of toast and biscuits in the background with very little else, clean with no diacetyl.

Flavors are a balance of hops and malt flavors, the hops are again piney and citrusy with a clean malt character with maybe a touch of biscuit. It has a medium bitterness and a medium high American hops flavors that linger into a dry finish. There is a slight grassiness to the hops character as well.

Medium body and moderately high carbonation. No astringency. it has the nice softness and effervescence that make it very lively on the palate.

A moderately hop beer with enough restraint on the bitterness to make for a very approchable and refreshing beer. Hop heads won't be wowed but they won't be disappointed either. Overall it has a good balance of flavors and is a good representation of the pale ale style.

Photo of brownbeer
2.99/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This bottle poured with a lot of foam, old bottle perhaps. Yeah, it's way over-conditioned, the head looks like mousse.

Aroma and taste of fresh grain and cascade hops. It's over priced and under qualified. I'll pass on this and have a Sierra Pale instead. Thanks.

Photo of NathanBunn20
4.44/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow this surprised me. A - rich golden color. S - hoppy, I'm still undecided about IPA's so I'm hesitant. T - smooth malt flavor with hints of hop notes. Bites at the end but pleasurable. M - Thick but goes down fast. O - 3 hops instead of 2 with the farmers tan, yet a touch more subtle. Makes up for it with a dry end, it surprised me how good it tasted.

Photo of JMD71
4.07/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light gold, orangey color. Very small head when poured. Minimal carbonation, Light penetrating gives a golden hue.

Aroma: Very promounced American hop profile. Malt balance evident. Hop aroma citrusy & piney without coming across as too bitter.

Taste: Citrusy hop flavor. Not bitter due to the malt balance. Good overall balance in this APA.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied & crisp. Very nice when cold. Very smooth in the mouth on its way down.

Drinkability: I found this very drinkable, fresh tasting & clean on the palette. Makes this enjoyable for a few....

Comments: I liked this APA. I would recommend it to all. Very tasty & full flavored without being overly bitter. Only detraction is that I find many of Southern Tier's beers to have the same hop flavor. They should mix up the hop bill...

Photo of TuckerCarlson
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, light orange with a finger of head that dissipates quickly. Mild to moderate lacing.

Very nice aroma of citrus.

Flavor is mild but enjoyable. Very smooth and balanced, with no one flavor dominating over the others. A nice touch of hop bitterness at the end makes it a solid representative of the style (of those I've tried). I wouldn't mind a little more citrus flavor up front, but I'm hoping that's what I'll get when I try their IPA.

A little on the fizzy side for me, but it doesn't take away from the overall experience.

This isn't quite to the level of Dale's as far as I'm concerned, but it's a good beer. I would definitely give this to someone who is transitioning out of American macros and into the good stuff. A good addition to the Southern Tier variety pack that I probably wouldn't have tried otherwise.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A golden color with a small white head and a fair amount of lacing. Sweet malt aroma, lemon/citrus, flowers. I thought the malt came through more in the taste, tasting like a brioche, with a little lemon, and some late hops. Pretty balanced. I imagine this would be a good session beer.

Photo of generallee
3.89/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It pours a beautiful golden amber color with a thin head that fades fast leaving just a few bubbles around the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma get a kick of citrus, floral and piney hops with undertones of sweet bready malts.

Taste/Mouth feel: Its flavor starts with sweet bready malts with a light toasted note. It soon builds up to a burst of fruity and piney hops with a decent bitterness that fades off into the finish. The palate is smooth and slightly oily with average carbonation and a medium body.

Notes: Overall it has a strong hop presence with an easy to drink, refreshing palate. Its good but I wouldn't call it extraordinary.

Photo of renegadeburger
4.53/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow for a pale ale this one really knocked my socks off when i poured it into a glass the head was basically levitating right out the glass it stayed there the whole time too

the smell was fantastic it smelled pine trees in the forest with some grapefruit as well and even some lemon how did they do that?

taste was perfect balance i had the malt in there but also the hops balancing in the end if they would have added any more hops it would have been too much but you know what they got the perfect amount in there really nice balance all the way

good mouthfeel overall i think this is super quaffable i will definitely buy this again i am loving the pale ale style and these guys definitely have it right on i will seek out more of their beers for sure

Photo of Jason
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

A- Hazed orangey beige with a thin white lacing.

S- Hint of orange zest, toasty ... almost doughy maltiness.

T&M- Smooth with a slightly slick mouth feel, medium body. Full hop flavor with a kiss of bitterness, light toasted malt ... tad grainy. Old Dobule Mint Gum? Hint of fruitiness in the middle with bursts of hop flavor. Finishes semi-dry.

D- Not half bad but nothing I'd go out of my way for, an easy drinking pale with an American hop flare. Certainly worth a try though.

Photo of merlin48
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of woodychandler. The pour produces a slightly hazed, apricot body with a small eggshell hued head that eventually falls into a cap, with extensive patchy lacing.

Pungent bouquet, with citrusy grapefruit and tangerine and an odd note of fresh peppermint leaf. Some pine cone aromas also come forth, and blend well with a caramel malt accent.

Mouthfeel has a sturdy medium body with a pleasant hops zing on the tongue. A velvety feel develops as it warms.

Grapefruit and orange notes lead an assertive hops profile that features some pine bitterness that becomes more assertive as the glass is emptied. Solid caramel tasting, malt backbone provides excellent balance. Very tasty, overall, with a citrusy hop finish that is not overly bitter.

One of the better American APA's I've sampled, but it could very well be called an IPA. This one would be a staple in my fridge if it were available in my region. Many thanks to my fellow BA for supplying this magnificent ale.

Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness information. Pours light honey/ almond and clear. Head is tightly packed and off white. This one leaves well developed, fine lacing. Nose is brightly of grapefruit. Tasty pale ale, meaty, citrusy hops up front, overlaid on a well made bed of malts. Balance, flavor, smooth mouthfeel. Nicely crafted creation from STBC. Go get some.

Photo of warriorsoul
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to shippos for this one of many...
Pours a real attractive orange with a half finger of bright white head that disappears within a minute, but leaves a thin, hazy cloud on top. Lacing is thin and almost disappears entirely.
Burst of oranges hit me first...a real sweet fruity treat for the nose.
The taste is less than I was expecting, but that is not necessarily a bad thing...I am glad to see this one is not overrun by the hops.
It is not sweet, but it is a tad thin...the carmelized malts are what stay w/ me throughout the pint. The taste is slightly bitter and the finish is quite dry. A fairly drinkable brew...real glad I had the chance to try this beer...Southern Tier keeps impressing me with their offerings.

Photo of tigg924
2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, high carbonation, gold, and clear

Smell: smells like a hop bomb--with grapefruit..small small trace of malts

Taste: way more balanced than the smell. some grapefruit, malts, a biter of sweet fruit--almost like a dry white wine

Mouthfeel: light, mix of sweet and bitter, smooth

Drinkability: There just is not a lot of taste going on here. It is way light for what I have sampled in the style. I might have it again, but will not reach for it.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.32/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

served into a nonic glass from a long neck brown bottle with a twist-off cap.

Cloudy,golden amber color. 2" fluffy, white, pillowy, head.,Very good retention with spotty lacing.Lots of small particles floating around.

Very hoppy nose,lots of citrus, perfumy also grassy/leafy.Sweet,candy like carmell malt aromas also nutty.A very clean and pleasing aroma.

A very hoppy citrus taste.with some grapefruityness.Grassy/leafy. Sugary carmell maltiness. Finishes with a clean,pleasing bittersweetness.A bit thin on the malt,enjoyed the hoppiness so much it didn't matter to me.

Medium body,creamy has a light feel to it.Extremely drinkable the lack of malt makes it a bit light,the great hoppy tastes makes it hard to stop drinking. Would be a good summer beer,very sessionable. Get it a try if you like hoppy beers.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.09/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead Snifter.

Pours a clear and light amber with a small white head. Nose is really fruity and bright, light sweetness as well, almost reminds me of sculpin.

Taste is a bit maltier than expected but this is an APA not an IPA, very creamy and thick, a bit chewy as well. The hops aren't as up front on the palate as on the nose, there is a light tropical fruit flavor on the finish. There is a nice caramel flavor that lingers for a bit as well.

Very tasty - for a beer that doesn't list its style I'm really impressed!

Photo of Kraken
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 5/24/09

Poured from a standard 12 oz bottle into a Floreffe Chalice. Firm pour yields a 1/8 inch head of white head that fizzles out quickly. Some spotty lace. Color is a perfectly clear copper amber.

Nose- Notes of vanilla, followed by an immediate and very floral bouquet of hops. Serious orange and lemon citrus. Some spicy notes of pine. Hints of caramel. Very nice.

Palate- Very enjoyable. Some notes of caramel, very mild hop profile. Plenty of orange, and tangerine. Nice bitterness in the finish. Very tasty and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel- Very active, dry

Drinkability- great. Easy to drink, and moderately interesting.

Photo of jondeelee
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Phin & Matt's has a decent nose, bearing a good grapefruit and pine hop aroma, as well as some light grain and sugar notes from the malts. The nose comes across as quite clean and subtle, as a good ale should.

On the tongue, the beer presents itself in a bright, citrus and hop package, grapefruit playing lightly on the tastebuds, with orange and apricot swaying in the background. A nice layer of Grape Nuts, or perhaps biscuit-like malts swirls just below, bringing faint touches of brown sugar. The aftertaste is dominated by hops, though small hints of sugar peek through. In subsequent sips, many of the brew's more subtle flavors are overwhelmed by hops, and so it seems that the recipe could have used a few more pounds of malt to raise the sugars by a few notches. Mouthfeel is light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, Phin & Matt's is a good ale, but tends to lose flavor as the sugars get dominated by bitterness. If the entire bottle tasted like the first mouthful, this one would be gold.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at cellar temp poured into a pint glass. no freshness date.

pours a clear golden kinda light copper color. nice two fingers of white head with average retention. some really nice sticky lace.

aroma is that of bready, biscuity malts and pellet hops.

the bready biscuity malts carryover to the taste. also has the pellet hop flavors, similar to that before you throw the hops in brew kettle. has some citrus and a hint of pine. has somewhat of a balance between the malts and hops.

light body, good carbonation for the style. leaves a little bit of a lingering bitterness from the hops.

really good drinkability, really easy drinking. nice for the summer months on the beach and what not(as i just finished a sixer of these the other day on the beach and it couldnt have been more of a perfect beer). i would recommend this, but ST's pale is a much better pale ale. phin and matts is more towards the malty side whereas pale is more hoppy.

Photo of far333
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Perhaps the name should change from Extraordinary to Extra Ordinary because I found this one to be nothing special.

Hazy orange with a thin and low beige head that dissipates quickly.

Faint smell of doughey, somewhat toasted malt.

Muted flavor of bready malt, and some hop brightness that is too low to classify.

Even mouthfeel, a bit watery, but some tingles in the finish.

Pretty average, all around.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle; clear and golden witha thin white head that fades to a nice ring of foam. Smell isn't much; light bready malts with some slight hops in the background. Taste is clean malts, with just a twang of hop flavor to finish it off crisply. Nothing complex here, but a tasty and drinkable pale.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.06/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A normal average beer from ST. Yellow pour, pushes the orange envelope, clarity, looks like macro at times. Aroma, didn't really do anything for me.

Taste, like the aroma, seemed to be largely devoid of hops. With a name like extraordinary, I found this to be extremely pedestrian and average all around. Light hops, light, light, light everything, tasted like a "good" light beer, which is pretty much unacceptable for an apa, much less one made by the awesome ST. Pretty bland. I can get bland without spending this much for it.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears with chill haze golden copper color forms a vibrant white head pretty thick as it dwindles a collar of lacing forms. With each sip after the first even lacing forms thinly in speckled patterns. Aroma has a light pale biscuit malt component with citrus peel and very floral hops arising. Mellow but you can detect grain and hop here that's a step in the right direction for anybody's flagship beer, let's see how those carry out in the flavor. Hoppy in the floral and citrus burp sense not overly bitter I'm detecting moderate IBUs possibly around 35 on the hop bitterness. Mild sweetness with pale malts bringing out biscuit and cereal grains with a mineral water harshness in the finish. Texture is pretty light this is pale ale light in a good way really light body with some thinner resinous slickness, and carbonation that's dead on. Drinkability is pretty effortless a good tailgating craft beer much flavor but light texture and crispness makes it flow with ease. A really great tasting and refreshing beer from one of my favorite all time brewers.

Photo of glid02
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Closed for Business in Charleston, SC.

Pours a light copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of pale malts with good amounts of citrus and lighter amounts of leafy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Fairly robust pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by citrus hop flavors. Midway through the sip the flavor profile makes a bitter turn with help from leafy hops. The bitterness maintains it's level through to the ending.

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

Drinakbility is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I am simply whelmed by this beer, with no real feelings one way or another. I also found that the tap version was slightly hoppier than the bottle I had but not by much. Worth a shot if you see it around.

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Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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