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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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BA SCORE
80
good

1,407 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 1,407
Reviews: 610
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 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

M-medium

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
Photo of Augustiner719
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a SA perfect pint

Appearance: Again, this beer is on the flat side with very little head yielded from an agressive pour. Light brown/orange in color.

Smell: Smells nice and hoppy. Fresh citrus hops come through with mild pine in the background.

Taste: Nice malty backbone to balance out the hops. Tastes flat as the regular series of southern tier has been with me. Nice piney citrusy hopys. Finishes clean.

Mouthfeel: Pretty flat imo. Needs more carbonation. Nice weight on this beer. Not as fresh as i would like it.

Drinkability: A solid effort. Nothing spectacular. More hops than your regular APA. Very similar to their IPA with just a touch more carbonation so i like this one better.

Augustiner719, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of cudmud
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer has a weak straw color, is very light on head, and has a steady stream of bubbles. Overall, the appearance is more like a lagar than an ale.

Smell: This brew has a pleasant hop aroma, but I don't detect any malt or yeast.

Taste: This beer is hilighted by the hops in the flavor. As with the smell, hops are all I detect with the flavor.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This beer feels good in the mouth. The carbonation is correct for the style. Drinkability is good; you could drink a few of these while watching sports on T.V.

cudmud, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of adamette
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle that I bought at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor for $1.66 as a single a few weeks ago into my Dark Horse Brewing Company pint glass. This review is a long time coming since I have had so many other Southern Tier beers and even visited the brewery.

A Really basic looking yellow brown translucent body under a one inch creamy head that dissipated down to a thin layer within 2 minutes. 3.0

S Minimal hops, minimal sweetness and a swipe of barley husks. The smell lacks interest for me. 2.5

T My nose leads me in the right directions here. The minimal hops and barley husks are there but replacing the whisp of sweetness is a kind of dank, damp basement funk of bitterness. It is not a strong bitterness but just kind of hangs out there. This is a rather forgettable APA. 3.0

M Thin, true to the style and boring. 3.0

D Good, which is also true to the style but this is rather forgettable. 4.0

adamette, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of almychristopher
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

this beer pours a nice clear golden color with a billowy off white head that's clinging to the sides of the glass nicely. there's a nice bit of citrus hop in the nose as well as some sweetness from the malt. the taste follows with a goodly bit of sweet malt up front and the promised hop bite at the end. a very smooth drink, highly drinkable.

almychristopher, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of mralphabet
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz poured into pint glass

A: Pours a light amber color clear with less than a fingers worth of head that dissipated quickly nice lacing.

S: I'm getting citrus hops and maybe a little malt but mainly hops...

T: The Citrus hops hits right up front then fade a little... there is just a hint of malts.... Not a lot. Pretty straight forward Simple not over bearing Pale Ale.

M: Pretty light bodied but smooth, not overly carbonated.

D: This is a pretty mild pale ale, good session beer.

I'm not a Hop lover and this one hits the mark for me.... the hops are there but don't over power everything.... Worth a shot... go give it a try.

mralphabet, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 8/27/2009. Bottle. Pours a clear light orange with a small ring of white head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, crystal malt. dark fruits and raisin. Flavor is very similar with sweet, grainy malt, some dark fruits. Ok, drinkable, but boring.

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of beer2day
3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours gold with very faint orange hues. Good 2-finger head with excellent body. Laces well and good head retention.

Nose presents some very weak citrus and that's about it. A little bread body backs up the citrus, though.

Hits very tart and slightly dry. Grows sweeter mid pallate, but finishes dry. There is a fizziness present that is just a bit annoying and some slight clove presence in the finish that I'm not anticipating.

Feel is alright, but not creamy enough for the style. The fizzy quality just puts me off.

Easy enough to drink, but really not worth the effort.

beer2day, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of millah
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at Beer Geek Christmas tonight -- woo-hoo! Christmas early! This poured an orangish-amber (work with me here...color-blind) with a nice white head. Head dissipated fairly quickly but nice lacing throughout the drink. Light citrusy smell followed by a nice balance between malt and hops. Good carbonation, maybe a little on the watery side. Overall, a nice beer with a good balance of malt and hops.

millah, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of billab914
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My mom Picked up a Southern Tier mix pack of pales for me for when I came home for the Thanksgiving holiday. This is the first of four beers I will be reviewing out of that pack.

Poured into my Southern Tier tulip glass. Poured a light amber orange color. Poured with a nice white foamy head that quickly disappeared into a small ring around the edge of the glass. Very nice lacing on the glass as I drank this one.

Aroma is slightly citrusy and hoppy with a little malt. Taste is moderately hoppy and tangy. A little maltiness and some bitterness at the end.

Drinkability is very good, this is something I could see myself substituting for any macro beer when drinking more then a few with macro drinkers. Nothing over the top with taste but enjoyable and drinkable.

billab914, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of brewdoc75
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this after the standard ST Pale.

A: A shade lighter than the standard ST Pale. Orange w/ yellow hues. Good carbonation. Strong white head that lingers at a 1/2 inch.

S: Not a ton of aroma. I get some faint grapefruit notes w/ a hint of peach. Slightly grassy. Mild sweetness.

T: Reasonable flavors, with fruity, mildly citrusy hops. Tangeine is the most prominent citrus component. Malts are light and honey-sweet. No significant caramel character here. Bitterness is light with a hint of grapefruit.

M: Light bodied. Slightly watery at times. Finishes a bit sticky.

D: A pretty average to slightly above average pale. Not nearly as good as the standard ST Pale. Not one I'll seek out, but I wouldn't turn it away.

brewdoc75, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - translucent golden wheat in color, with a smallish white head that recedes rather quickly

S - Malts and some citrus, nothing too special

T - Sweet malts are the backbone of this beers flavor, with some hops as well. A little orange and lemon in the mix too.

M - Average, what can I say? It's properly carbonated.

D - I would drink this again, and its very sessionable. However, even ST has better offerings than this.

NYCWheatFanSC, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of josefnewsong
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this straight from the bottle without appropriate glassware which is odd for me...I've come to realize that any beer that touts the words "extraordinary" or "divine" in the title or anything of the sort tend to be anything but. This was good, but not great. Kind of watery and not hoppy enough for me as far as pale ales go. Still it was crisp and fairly drinkable.

josefnewsong, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of Lambstrong
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale golden color. Not much of a head. Small beads of lacing.

Aroma: Slight grainy aroma. Picked up on some citrus notes.

Taste: Nicely balanced between roasted malts and hops. One doesn't overwhelm the other. I was surprised I didn't pick up on those traits in the aroma. Grapefruit notes. I really liked the way this beer came together.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated. Feels light on the tongue.

Lambstrong, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of zeff80
4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out a clear, orange/copper color with a small, bubbly head of tan foam. The head left sudsy trails of lace.

S - It smelled very floral and of citrus, mostly orange peel. Some caramel in the nose, too.

T - It has a nice spicy bite from the hops with a sharp citrus bite. It had a nice roasted malt flavor with sweet caramel.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light-bodied ale.

D - This is a great APA, tasty and sessionable. This could be a staple in your fridge.

zeff80, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of deaconoflove
3.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

ap. Pours a nice golden color with some amber tones. A huge frothy off-white head that lingers a while. Nice lacing also.
sm. Strong citris/hops/lemon smell. Pretty tangy.
ta. Immediate hint of caramel that quickly was overtaken by tart, tart, tart lemon.
mf. clean and sharp, needs a little mellowing.
dr. An okay brew, but something in the smell and taste is off-putting to me.

deaconoflove, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of Tone
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper/golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of hops, slight citrus, slight pine, and sweet malt background. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, slight pine, citrus (lemon), sweet malt, and slight caramel. Overall, a really good blend, but only average mouth feel.

Tone, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of rowew
2.15/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, nice looking label. No date or ABV I could find.

Appearance: Slight haze and golden color, thin head but nice retention.

Smell: Slight sour note, and not in an appealing way. Some bready malt, and just a hint of floral hops.

Taste: I'm starting to think this may have been an old bottle, but without a date who can tell - so I'm reviewing it anyways. There is definitely a sour note to this - and it overpowers whatever flavors may be in there.

Overall impression: This beer is either past its prime, or just not good. Its still mildly drinkable, but there is an unpleasant sour note that takes away from whatever base flavors this beer has.

rowew, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light hazy amber color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light bitter hops with a subtle citrus undertones and medium caramel malt base. Taste is more bitter in terms of aroma then actual taste with a medium caramel malt base. Body is full with good carbonation. A good session ale though more hops presence could have benefited this beer.

Phyl21ca, Oct 07, 2009
Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 1,407 ratings.