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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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1,400 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,400
Reviews: 609
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 18
Gots: 78 | 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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Photo of bigalk
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bottle imported to Australia from IBS
poured very pale burnt orange colour somewhat hazey, poor head retention (age?).
strong citrusy/piney hop aroma, almost resiny/sappy.
flavours of crystal malt and american aroma hops
bit thin, but good APA overall.

bigalk, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an orangish color with a small white head. Nose is malts, hops, citrus. Taste is bready, citrus, nice malty backbone to it. Mouthfeel is sticky, light booze, sweet and coating. Reminds me of an English Pale on the mouthfeel. Very drinkable beer

barleywinefiend, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: somewhat light golden-orange hue with a touch of haze. Head is one finger of fluffy ivory foam. Not too bad.

Smell: a pleasing blend of citrus, floral and funky hops on top of a simple but solid malt base. I rather like it.

Taste: smooth, slightly biscuity malt flavor with a bite of citrus hops. The hops are a little less prevalent in the flavor than in the nose, but they are still quite nice. The overall effect is balanced and tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice level of carbonation. There's enough fizz to keep me interested.

Drinkability: this is actually quite a nice, refreshing, drinkable pale ale. Kudos.

flagmantho, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of moz9
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into shaker pint.

A: Surprisingly orange with a cloudy head and a very little amount of lace.

S: Very faint, hints of citrus, with a very think grassy tint. Almost unnoticeable.

T: Very light and pleasant. The hops are there--light and not overpowering at all.

M: Very light, also lightweight and pleasant.

D: Very drinkable--Does not feel like a 5.6% at all. I think this is a very sessionable beer. Not really a pale ale, but I would rather drink this than most pilsners and other beers.

moz9, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of Florida9
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy orange-yellow in color. Pours with a minimal surface coating of white head. Visibly active carbonation

S: Orange. Fruity. A little yeast. Ever so slightly sour, but not necessarily in a bad way.

T: Thin and watery. A bit of light cereal flavored malt that quickly gives way to a mild bitterness. Light yeast fruitiness.

M: Light with active carbonation.

D: I was surprised to see this one listed an APA - I would have never guessed it to be a pale ale. Light, vibrant, easily sessionable, but otherwise rather uninteresting. I suppose this one could be an everyday drinker, but I personally don't think I'll drink it ever again.

Florida9, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. No date or info.

A - A vigorous pour only released a one-finger, white head with low retention but some good webbing. The beer is a beautiful clear goldenrod color.

S - The hoppy aroma is different. Seems like a bit of noble variety with some American hops too. A little spiciness and a touch of honey with a faint fruity splash. The malts seem pilsner-like and somewhat biscuity. While the nose is unique, it's not all-together interesting.

T - The flavor has a light yeasty hint to the floral hop bouquet. Light honey-drizzled biscuit with a tiny kiss of white grape.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth with a light bitterness to the finish and a low carbonation spritz.

D - The weakest Southern Tier beer I've had to date, it doesn't showcase much but it's not bad, just bland. Nothing stands out.

BeerFMAndy, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of jkrich
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. This one poured a a clear, dark gold with a quickly receding white head; very little lacing.

Upon opening the bottle the aroma was slightly musty and earthy which dissipated to reveal some spicy, malty aromas. Poured into the glass, the aroma was faintly sweet and fruity.

The initial flavor is a balance of malts and subdued fruity hops. Allow this ale to warm slightly to enjoy all of the flavors. It is enjoyable it not a little bland.

Well carbonated and somewhat thin-bodied: the malty sweetness dominates on the palate with very little hop bite.

This is an enjoyable, tasty ale, but like most of the other viewers, it is not extraordinary. I nice evening ale to quaff. It does not drink like a 5.6 ABV ale.

jkrich, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a clear, pale golden colored beer with a thick white head that lingers for a good bit and leaves a nice web like lacing all over the glass

S-the nose is faint but on the point. A light pale malt up front, a touch of grain, floral and citrus hops towards the back, grapefruit and mango

T-lots of pale malts and grain in the taste, the hops fade to the back bringing a light citrusy sweetness with grapefruit and a touch of orange peel, these are accompanied by more grainy, phenol tastes. A light bitterness at the back.

M-very smooth and solid lighter medium body. Very clean on the palate, high level of carbonation bringing a crisp finish

D-easy drinker here, decent flavors albeit kind of faint. Definitely goes down smooth; but the bitterness and phenols at the finish detract from the overall drinkability

cpetrone84, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of ujsplace
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pub glass.

Bright orange with a big fluffy white head. Nice sticky lacing.

Mildly bitter hops, yeasty...

Tastes of herbal hops and has a bready flavor .

Crisp, easy going light mouthfeel

This is a nice drinkable brew. Would be popular in the summer time. Nothing too persuasive one way or the other, just a good solid brew.

ujsplace, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of magine
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a orange color with near whith head that is decent and leaves good lace. Head fades to a lacy island.

Brew smells of bisquit, floral hops. Has a subtle smell.

The brew tastes crisp, has a slight bisquit floral (earthy) taste. Brew finishes smooth, crisp. Has a easy drinking flavor and taste.

This would be a easy drinking brew that would be good to bring to a party. This brew would not offend anyone. This brew is a decent and drinkable, good - just not great.

magine, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of brownbeer
3/5  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.

brownbeer, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of Seanibus
2.68/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I find this beer disappointing - it is too light, slightly too cider-like to be satisfying to me.

Pours clear orangy with lively carbonation producing a short-lived head. The aroma is cidery and a little thin, though some citrusy hops peer out as the beer opens. The aroma is flowery and little citrusy, with a cider-like character. But the effect is weak and disappointing. The mouthfeel is thin. This would be a perfectly adequate beer for a hot day, but nothing to get the tongue excited.

Seanibus, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of Bighuge
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale, hazed deep sunny hue. Slow carbonation is noted. And an airy white head of decent size sits on top. Lace clings to the walls of the glass like it's holding on for dear life. The aroma is citric and grapefruity. Flavor is mellow without anything really making an impression. Soft malt qualities mixed with light citrus. Easy going mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Average all around.

Bighuge, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of ibbjamin
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paid $1.33 for a 12oz bottle from Festival Foods in Manitowoc, WI. Poured into a pint glass to review.

3/4 inch rocky head that is white in color. Transparent with good carbonation and a a yellowish hay color. Very minimal retention. Some mild lacing.

Pale, biscuity malts and leafy, citrusy hops in nice balance with one another.

Taste is somewhat mild, yet certainly very clean and refreshing. Citrusy hops and biscuity malts in nice balance.

Light to medium body with pleasant carbonation give to a crisp, clean finish.

Very drinkable and would be a fine accompaniment to an outdoor summer activity.

ibbjamin, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of HugePlume
2.55/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Nice brass hue. Average lacing and head. Many large bubbles that rise quickly.

S- Confusing and indistinct hop and malt flavors. Hard to pin down what your nose picks up at any one time. A synthetic orange dominates, with a weak malty essence also breaking through.

T- Taste is well rounded and pleasant. Indistinct fruitiness dominates. Carbonation distracts from other flavors.

M- Watery feel, with too much carbonation.

D- Again way too much carbonation, it distracts from the other average qualities of the ale.

HugePlume, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of animalchin
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear burnt orange. Head disappears pretty fast.

S - A lot of malt - almost a sort of batter-like deal going on.

T - A little grainy, plus that batter thing happening again - like dough of bread. Bitter malts with little hop.

M - A little fluff and foam, travels pretty easy.

D - Not bad. I've had better from Southern Tier, especially from this "Pack of Pales" I reviewed this weekend. It's certainly a creative and interesting take on an APA.

animalchin, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of skinny0ne
2.8/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

It pours with a thick and creamy head. Lots of lacing. The color is a very crisp amber. Perhaps a bit too fizzy. The aroma is weak with boiled hops. The brew is a bit too sweet with malt upfront. The hops peek in the middle and are a bit present in the finish. The hops get a bit better when the beer gets slightly warmer. Really, a very plain pale ale. Slightly too sweet for my tastes. But nothing off putting either. A decent session beer and a slight step up from a middling macrobrew.

skinny0ne, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of ADZA
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I seriously have to thank my favourite bottleshop once again for venturing out and finding new brews many thanks to adam,joel and bernie,this brew pours a light amber hue with average carbonation that leaves a fast vanishing half finger head and no lacing at all,the aroma is sweet boiled candy,passionfruit and some citrus aswell,it has a nice mouthfeel which is neither thick nor thin and easily slides down with tastes of passionfruit,boiled candy and a little hint of lime,overall i really like this brew and could drink it all night.

ADZA, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of mempath
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

nice pancake batter head lacing and foaming atop a deep straw sea of clarity. looks great so far.

smell is essentially what i expect from an APA, but this seems more florally sweet in a nice way, the usual citrus/grapefruitiness, but no sense of camphor that i get in alot of the powerful hopbombs.

the taste comes across much much lighter than expected, but it's rather refreshing. much more bready/biscuity. mouthfeel initially comes across with the carbonation, but flattens out a bit. a little bitter finish that i like, but would like some sustaining power. one of those here it is, now it's gone. not a bad thing at all, but something is missing. it's not a matter of subtlety...it's not dull at all. very drinkable. seems like a lesser ABV brew. a summer light APA for sure.

mempath, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of Mardukk
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with very limited white head with very little lacing.

A nice hop smell with a touch of malt.

The taste has the American Pale Ale taste down as citrus hops dominate. A hint of sweet malt attempts to help balance the hop dominated taste. Overall, the hop profile seems kind of rough and not well balanced.

The mouthfell is very thin, too thin, with medium carbonation. This is fairly drinkable due to the light body although the rough hop flavor detracts.

This is an average to below average American Pale Ale due to the thin body and weak malt profile...it just doesn't taste seem to be a very high quality ale.

Mardukk, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of Brenden
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes are from yesterday at Daddy-Oh's.

This ones a dark golden color with some deeper coppery hues. A soft white head pours out, settling to one finger, extremely thick and rocky. It settles further as I drink, but never completely fades. Thin but persistent rings are left progressively down the glass.
There's a bready malt up front with a whiff of hops. Also present is citrus and a zesty bitter rind aroma. It's not as strong as the flavor by any means.
I was pleasantly surprised by the fair abundance of hops that hit my tongue. Fortunately, the hops flavor is much more prevalent than the nose would lead me to believe. It's not especially complex but just enough, with a sturdy malt balance complemented by citrus, grains, and rind zest.
There's enough bite to keep this brew interesting enough, with a somewhat redeeming smoothness coming through at the end of the sip. Body is medium.
I could have a few of these at a time. Solid.

Brenden, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of cagocubs
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice darker gold with a fluffy white head. Head retains a while and leaves great lacing on the glass. Splotches of the head remain throughout.

S: Nice wheat, grain smell. Some sweetness and hops. Well balanced nose.

T: Good hops initially with some of the neutral wheat tastes afterwords.

M: Good mouth coating, light body, crisp, and good carbonation.

D: I will def. be seeking this out for a session.

cagocubs, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of jneiswender
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had a pint glass of this from the bottle.

A-thin white head, gold body.

S-grain smell and a floral hop aroma.

T-piney, nice cereal malt and floral hop balance


D-great tasting, sessionable beer. would have this again. Very easy drinking.

jneiswender, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of MTNboy
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There was not much for head what was there went away fast and left just a little island in the middle. It has a great full hop aroma. The taste is slightly bitter at first a little bit piney and beany. The body is thin with some great carbonation. It has a grassy and dark brass colored body.

MTNboy, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of BigMike
2.8/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

APPEARANCE: Poured into a tulip glass. A golden orange color. Clear with small bubbles. Head is pretty thin and white. About a half a pinkies worth. Stick pretty well to the glass.

SMELL: The nose is pretty faint. A touch of citrus and also some grainy aromas. I can't get much else out of it.

TASTE: I'm still looking for it. Hold on a sec...ok. I get a small amount of some bitterness from the hops and a small amount of caramel sweetness. I mean a real small amount. This beer has almost no distinguishing flavors at all.

MOUTHFEEL: Is average. It's pretty smooth and goes down easily.

DRINKABILITY: As far as being able to drink. It's not bad. I mean theres nothing notably wrong with this beer other then the fact that it has no smell or flavor. This is not something i would waste my time drinking again. It's called an extraordinary ale. Why?

BigMike, Jan 05, 2010
Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 1,400 ratings.