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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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1,436 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,436
Reviews: 611
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 18
Gots: 90 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wailingwench on 10-29-2004)
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4.73/5  rDev +34%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I absolutely love this beer.

I have been drinking it for a couple of years at this point and every time I go and look at the craft brew aisle, I find myself coming back to this for a large variety of occasions.

This is a beer you can drink two after work and you could even drink it all day outside and not get bored or sick of it. The ratings speak for themselves. It has an excellent neutral pale taste to it. Phin and Matt's is a beer I can recommend to my friends who don't like insane hops but really like a good flavored sweet malt mixed with a smooth flavorfully hoppy aftertaste. This really shines with the push towards mainstream IPAs for a larger crowd over the past few years.

The ABV is a bit high to really pound them back to back though. Still, a good all-around choice and a generally excellent beer. Good work, Southern Tier.

Photo of Rudgers73
4.72/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My favorite APA by far.

It pours a golden color with very active carbonation. The head is a little off-white and is incredibly thick and retentive. The smell is a nice grassy hop. A little bit of pine as well. Very fresh. The taste is out of this world. I have never had such a clean, crisp, and smooth APA. The hops are up front, grassy and floral then there is a very quick pale malt burst that has a sort of nutty character. Slightly soapy taste in the head. It ends with a tongue-tingling fizz then the flavor quickly fads until the next sip. Perfect summer beer. I could drink this stuff all day.

Photo of Madmax99
4.65/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I absolutely love this beer. Slight taste of corriander, but hoppy. Not as hoppy as an IPA though. Very light foamy head that dissapears quickly. Very attractive copper color, that sets the tone for the beer. Pleasing drinkability, where you can drink a few and not feel full. Recommended for the beer drinker that likes slightly hoppy beer.

Photo of mwa423
4.63/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear orange, thin head that dies down to a solid lacing.

S - Fantastic smell of hops and citrus fruit on the nose.

T - Great balance of hops and fruit notes. Very impressive, one of the best tasting APA's I have ever had!

M - Very clean feeling and smooth, just slides down the throat

D - I could easily kill six of these and want one more!

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.58/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

@ le spigot, west hartford

beautiful and crystalline pour.. light amber orange with floaty islands on top.

light hopped fresh scent. mild malt, sweet and spicy.

taste is tangerine & grapefruity hops surrounded by more berry and earthy sweetnesses. tea leaves are brought to mind. light overall, super drinkable and puts the IPA to shame, especially when tasted side-to-side. carbonation tingles my mouth and the finish is mildly bitter for some variety against the summer tone. adds substance and aftertaste which quickly dissipates to encourage further sippage. about as close to an A+ for summer as you can get.

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4.56/5  rDev +29.2%

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4.55/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" white head over the golden brew. Head, what there is, lasts pretty well, and lacing is average to good. Aroma is piney hop leaves. Taste starts with sweet pale malt, then carries through into an unexpectedly well-balanced hops character for the style, with a crisp pine shot at the close. Mouthfeel is excellent, and drinkability is even better. Check this one out, especially for this warm weather we got going on right now.

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4.55/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a slightly hazy, pale golden color and a foamy white head. The nose is of citrusy hops and lightly toasted, caramel malt. Nice upfront citrusy, earthy hops initially and has an extremely smooth finish. Very well balanced; the lightly toasted caramel notes complement hop flavor nicely. The mouthfeel is a little on the watery side with just the right amount of carbonation to make this a very easy beer to drink. Between the excellent taste, overall smoothness and drinkability I would have to say that this does qualify as an extraordinary ale.

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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

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4.5/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a mug.

Appearance: Here comes my normal "Southern Tier beers always look great!" opening. This is a great looking beer! Two fingers of cloudy head that quickly dissipate. Beer is a straw color, and lacing, as always. is great.

Smell: Bready malts dominate the nose, with just a bit of citrus and hops. Not bad.

Taste: This is really delicious. It's a great lighter beer. There's nothing wrong with a light beer in my opinion, and this is a great example of a style that's easy to drink and still tastes great. Sweet malts dominate the taste, but they're nicely balanced by the citrus and floral hops. It's just a good tasting beer that I love to drink. Simple as that.

Mouthfeel: Just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: This is chuggable, straight up. Very drinkable.

This isn't a Southern Tier for the extreme brew lovers. This shows a lighter side of Southern Tier that buyers of their imperial bombers might not even see. It's awesome that they're good at both sides of the spectrum. Highly recommended to those who don't always want their beers to be "extreme".

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