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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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Ratings: 1,444
Reviews: 611
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.88%
Wants: 21
Gots: 99 | FT: 1
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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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Ratings: 1,444 | Reviews: 611
Photo of buschbeer
2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured into a pint glass to one finger of eggshell head. It is a deep golden color. The aroma is yeast, caramel, and hops. The taste is yeast, caramel, and almost imperceptible hops. I was really hoping for a balanced APA. This not an immpressive attempt from a company that makes some tremendous beer.

Photo of hosehead83
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass.
Coppery-gold in color, with a moderate head of white foam
Aroma-Honeydew melon, bread
Taste-melon, biscuit, subtle hop bite. Creamy, nicely balanced. Nothing over-the-top here, just a nice, easy drinking, well-balanced pale ale.

Photo of claminat420
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had this at the winking lizard down in cleveland. wrote my review with the waitress's pen.

A- poured a slight copper color which was slightly transparent. solid white head with medium lacing.

S- sweet biscuity malt. light on the caramel side with a slight floral hop pressence.

T- just how it smells but alil more coming at ya.

M- light/medium bodied. good carbonation.

D- could knock out a 6 no problem.

Overall- this is one amazing stock brews. for being an ipa fan and not usually caring for apa's i thought this brew was pretty good. really clean. a good one to have on hand for the hop or malt lovers. really good for people getting into the realm of craft brews.

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

Had this one several times, the first time I've had it, I absolutely loved it. However I've had it a couple of other times since and haven't been as impressed. To only be fare I waited to review this when I was really in the mood for a nice Pale Ale Poured this one into a Sam Adams Perfect pint. Golden orange in color with a creamy white head that fades away about half way through and some pretty good lacing to it. The smell is good, mainly citrus hops, with some floral and herbal aromas as well, some slight pale malts. The taste is on par with the smell. Some toasted pale malts. I really like the taste too. Caramel and toasted pale malts. Citrus hops dominate the rest of the flavor, it's very well balanced. The mouthfeel is very good, lighter in body and a good carbonation feel. A little complex because it feels prett clean, but as it warms a bit there is almost a buttery tone to it which makes it seem like a more hopped English Pale Ale, in my opinion. Very drinkable, could easily be had year round. A solid well-done brew balanced brew. If they were a bit cheaper and more excessable in my area, could easily be a stand by.

Photo of Brabander
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer for more than nine months in my fridge so the time was there to drink this one.

Poured in my Struise glass the beer looks very nice, a big firm white head and a goldenyellow fluid with some carbonation. That's what i like!

The head disappears after a while leaving a little heap of foam in the glass.

I smelled apricot and other fruits. Pleasant smell. The taste was a bit too hoppy for me but not bad at all.

I drank this one with pleasure.

Photo of sjverla
4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose: It's pleasantly hoppy with hints of alcohol.

Appearance: Balanced gold. Forms a moderate head that doesn't last too long.

Taste: Malty and roasty on top. Hops on the sides. Strong, balanced finish. Pleasantly sweet. The feel is crisp and carbonated and refreshing.

Overall: Great summer beer, but balanced enough to carry itself into mid-late fall. It's assertive and flavorful, but not too much.

Photo of philbe311
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A -Two plus fingers of billowing light airy batter-like slightly off white head with a rocky top... Excellent retention... A hazy golden orange color with a distinctive glow... Loaded with small bubbled carbonation throughout, most of which moves at a very quick pace...

S - Interesting aroma... Tangerine... Canned peaches... A strong assertive malty base comprised of caramel and crackers... A really really pleasant aroma that is quite unique, especially by American Pale Ale standards...

T - Not nearly as complex as I expected after the great aroma... A thin layer of pale malts to start... Some diacytel... A slightly piney slightly bitter hop finish lingers...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... The foam touches the lips to start... Fairly standard carbonation... Slightly lush... Quite smooth...

D - A really solid American Pale Ale... A little more in the flavor profile would make this a terrific offering, but unfortunately it falls a tad short... However, this one delivers in all other facets and I would gladly drink again... Quite quaffable and sessionable...

Photo of Spica66
2.71/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle during Southern Tier tasting at Pat's Liquors in Porter, IN on 7/23/10.

A: Amber-brown color, good carbonation.

S: Malt, a little citrus maybe (stretching). Nothing special here.

T: Bland. No strong flavors from anything. Just o.k.

M: It is smooth with a dry finish.

D: 5% and no big hops make this easy to drink.

This beer seemed like it didn't know what it wanted to be. If you like pale ale from Sierra Nevada, Three Floyds, or Bell's, don't bother buying this.

Photo of matjack85
4.29/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a 6 pack of these at the Springbrook Liquor store in Bloomingdale, IL for $11.99. Surprised to see them here as this store has had virtually zero craft beers available in the past. 12oz brown bottles with no freshness date to be found.

The beer poured a hazy pale orange color and made a 1 finger fizzy white head that dissipated to just a thin white ring in under 3O seconds. A moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass after each sip.

Orangy, citrusy hop aroma with some sweet malt hiding underneath the hops.

Not that complex a beer to be calling itself extraordinary, but it does have a nice citrus hop flavor balanced with some sweet malts, and it leaves behind a slightly bitter orange peel aftertaste in the finish. A pretty simple but very tasty pale ale. I liked it.

A little oily from the orange peel. but still pretty smooth and crisp with fairly high carbonation that works well here.

Very drinkable and very enjoyable. I just wouldn't go so far as to call it extraordinary.

Photo of curasowa
3.16/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a golden yellow color with 1 finger of head that fades with chunky lacing. A nice citrus hop aroma greets the nose with a lot of malt in the background. The malt has a toasted, caramel aroma. The front comes in with decent amount of malt character, but not as much as I expected from the aroma. The middle is prickly with carbonation before going out with some slightly harsh bitterness. The finish is lingering, body is pretty creamy and drinkability is Ok. A decent beer.

Photo of elgiacomo
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottled approx April 20, 2010.

Pours clear golden with a two finger white head, leaves some nice lacing and holds a good cap. L

ightly citrusy and hoppy aroma, some sweet bready malt, biscuits, yeast, mild overall on the nose.

Flavor is biscuits, grain, bread, muted earthy, citrus, and floral hops, clean with a bit of bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy, medium carbonation.

OK pale ale, reminds me more of a cream ale. Refreshing and nice for the summertime.

Photo of mash4077
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

A- Pours a very translucent dark pumpkin color, with less than a finger of white head that dissipates very quickly.

S- Hops peek out just a bit with the majority of the smell being a light citrus, almost orange.

T- The citrus hits first with a pinch, followed by a very restrained honey/molasses taste, bordering on a warm amber or sap flavor. The hops come out in the aftertaste, but are more "nice" than interesting.

M- Light, but certainly a bit creamy.

D- Very drinkable, I'll probably buy a sixer soon.

Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Shipyard Pumpkinhead pint glass.

A: Hazy, buttery golden orange with a minimal, lacey head. Lots of cloud for a beer of this style. Looks delicious.

S: Light citrus hop presence with notes of honey and salted butter. Smells sweet and inviting. Very light caramel malt in the nose.

T: Unfortunately, falls a little short of the smell, but that's not saying too much bad here since I think this is probably the best smelling APA I've ever put my nose in. Very carbonated front with a significant piney hop bite. Lots of rich malt in the finish, which is pretty short and that makes me happy.

D: Highly drinkable on a summer night. Definitely a step up from anything "macro."

Value: Pricey. I paid $8.99 for a sixer. I'm no cheapskate, but I think this beer would be more fairly priced at around $6.99 per sixer...maybe it is up in New York.

Photo of uustal
3.39/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice light amber with a bit of orange shining through with a bright white thick head that laces through completion. Aroma is faint. Hints of citrus and bread. A lot of breadiness and a toasty flavor to start. Semi-sweet malt. A little citrus hops are next before a subtle caramel malt and the slightest hints of dark fruit. Finishes with some pine/grassy hops.

Photo of bgildea
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice murky light amber color. Little to no head that faded quickly.

S: Nice sweet aroma.

T: Decent taste, a slight background of hops and slight taste of citrus.

M: Thin beer, but I wasn't expecting much chew.

D: It's a drinkable beer. Not amazing.

Overall: Overall the beer was a decent light citrusy ale. Not really my style but I thought it was decent. I much prefer their Creme Brulee (A+) or Porter (A).

Photo of MrDanno96
3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep golden color with bright gold hues when held to light. A nice finger of creamy white head crowns the brew.

S: The nose is a little subdued. Some citrusy hops and caramel malts mainly. A little Pinesol too.

T: A pretty malty pale ale. A good dose of sweet malt meets the palate a the beginning of each sip: bread-like grain, some sweet caramel, maybe a little molasses. Bitter hops do come through in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied - perhaps a touch too watery at times. Crisp carbonation.

D: A decent pale ale, but nothing extraordinary. It's not something I'll actively seek out again.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange amber with a thin head that fades to a ring with some light lacing. Smells somewhat waxy and grainy, with a meaty backbone of herbal hops. That same grainy waxiness is in the taste along with enough malt to balance. In fact, the malt tastes oddly like a malted shake, but without the sweetness and the effect is that the beer tastes more dry than sweet. Not bad, actually. Stiff and a bit too thick in the mouth for a pale ale, but I found this decent enough for my tastes.

Photo of MikeBrandman
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly monochromatic brown with hints of amber in there near the edges. Head is white and about a finger and a half deep with fairly good lacing. The body is a dull haze with little visible carbonation. This beer looks okay, but not too friendly.

S - Smell is interesting. Reminds me of Lagunita's Brown Shugga with the dark fruits and malt sweetness. Very little hop character in the nose and no alcohol detected.

T - APA? Really? I'm going with EPA. Very sweet though there is a little hop bitterness in the middle of there. Dark fruit in there a bit. A little roasted as well. Very interesting pale ale.

MF - Very light and watery. Wish the taste was a little more crisp. A bit of a bite would have been great here.

D - Good drinkability because of the light body and complex taste.

Photo of AJacob81
4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Clark St. Ale House.

A - Crystal clear golden amber. A 1.5 finger head, tightly packed, forms and is retained well.

S - Orange peel, and a bright floral bouquet. Faint, clovery notes I assume from the hops. The aroma asserts itself nicely, and this is a great-smelling beer.

T - Mild, flavorful citrus fruits and airy fresh-baked bread. Hops are subtle, but provide a great balance.

M - Thin body appropriate for the style, supported by active, lively carbonation. More bubbly than most APA's I've had, but very pleasant.

D - This is challenging Alpha King for my fav session beer. Extremely drinkable, at least on tap.

Photo of mlazzaro
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle out of mix 12 pack. (Thanks Joe)

good carbonation; nice sound and pour.
a good looking white head over a light, clear copper colored ale.

yeasty smell with light notes of citrusie-lemonie hops.

Mouthfeel is really impressive. Very gradual on the tongue and extraordinarily balanced. As a homebrewer, I find this to be the shining quality of this beer. Very nice job.

suiting bitterness, and subtle carbonic bite at the end.

good head retention as well.

Good Beer. Very drinkable and worth trying.

Photo of stimulus
3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle.

A: Pale golden with minimal white head.

S: Bready with a hop finish.

T: Malt and bread while quite a bit of hops follow.

M: Well carbonated and smooth.

D: Definitely would be a good session beer because it is smooth and easy-drinking.

Photo of Duhast500
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass

The color of this beer is a clear orange/gold with about two fingers of foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is pretty earthy and makes me think of the outdoors. Some nice floral hops do come out a bit and there is a bit of a malt flavor as well.

The taste is a bit more earthy flavor with some bitterness from the hops and a nice malty finish.

The feel of this beer is medium and is a nice easy drinking beer. It goes down well and would pair well with a few different food choices.

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 Shaw
3.06/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice light amber in color with a pretty white head.

A light, hoppy aroma with notes of biscuit.

The biscuit flavors carry over into the taste. There's a bit of grassy hop flavors, too. Fairly mild flavors overall.

Light body that's a bit on the watery side.

There's nothing extraordinary about this ale. My second Southern Tier and I'm not seeing what everyone is raving about. Sorry.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This ale comes out of the tap a nice clear coppery amber with a decent head. Aroma is nicely malty although not too strong. Rich, malty flavor has an undertone of spices, mainly cloves and a bit of cinnamon. Texture is pleasingly smooth and somewhat lively.

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