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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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1,352 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,352
Reviews: 608
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.88%
Wants: 15
Gots: 58 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up recently just for the sake of giving it a shot and reviewing it on here. It's been a while since I had an APA (for some reason, I don't consider the Brooklyn Pennant '55 to be one of these!) and since I've never had something from Southern Tier that I didn't like, this was next up on my "to do" list. No, this isn't a Sierra Nevada or a Three Floyd's, but for a simple, textbook example of the style, one would be hard-pressed to find a beer more appropriate than this!

The pour was decent, but nothing memorable. A nice deep golden hue, an alright head, and no lacing to be found whatsoever. Carbonation is light, along with the mouthfeel, and the taste of this is easily charactertized by the nearly-dry hops, grapefruit, tangerine, and a bit of pine. This isn't bold like Stone or floral and buttery like Sierra Nevada...not that there's anything wrong with that! Instead, the body is light, the moutfeel is medium, and the slight grass and straw notes that are underneath the more pronounced flavors give this a nice drinkability without being too hoppy, complex, or watery.

Even though it's a tad above 5% ABV, this is a very good session beer and would hit the spot on a nice summer day when a light (but not so light as to be disposable) beer is called for. I could easily see myself kicking back with a few of these and come lime chips, but since it's the heart of fall now, I'll consider this a less-than-extraordinary-but-still-solid American Pale Ale that is worth a try for those unaccustomed to this style.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 08:32:36 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of Rudgers73

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2008 21:57:46 | More by Rudgers73
Photo of JayQue


3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice enough session beer but pretty ordinary for an "Extraordinary" Ale. Pours a clear, dark gold color with a hint of reddish or orange. Small, bubble white head that fades to a covering of the glass. Leaves a delicate, ladder like lacing on the glass.

Smell is fairly mild but there is a hint of floral hops. Taste is pretty good. Sweet malts and floral hops...overall balanced, mild and smooth. Mouthfeel seems a bit thin at first but the flavor accumulates on the tongue and makes the beer seem richer.

Drinkability is pretty good. This would be a nice change of pace in pitchers for a session. Not a great beer but nice and light with a mild but distinctive taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2008 23:06:24 | More by JayQue
Photo of BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark yellow-golden color with a very wisp head that quickly disappeared. Sweetness from the malt is present in the aroma along with a hoppy background and a hint of sweet fruit. Medium on the palate. The flavor is malt graininess with some round bitterness throughout. This is an average brew and that's that.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2008 22:57:02 | More by BeardedBoffin
Photo of kmeves


3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear golden with minimal carbonation and almost no head Some sediment found in glass. Aroma is unmistakingly Cascade hops sweet caramel malts. Flavor is citrus and pine backed by light fruity sweetness. Thin texture, abrupt bitter finish. Overall a nice smaller APA.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2008 17:41:11 | More by kmeves
Photo of oriolesfan4


4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A nice solid brew from Souther Tier here. For a pale ale it is quite hoppy but the best part of it is its drinkability. A great taste, light bodied, and a low enough ABV to not make you half in the bag. An easy drinker from a great brewery. I would definitely have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 21:33:41 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of Pencible


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

This poured a clear gold with off-white head. It smelled like copper and lemon hops balanced with light barley malt. It tasted like wet caramel malt, with bitter copper and floral hops. It was watery with some carbonation, and had a brief bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a very clean beer with good flavors, although they were a bit generic. It was very drinkable, but I fail to see what makes this an "extraordinary" ale. To me, it was quite ordinary.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 19:24:17 | More by Pencible
Photo of brantadid

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pale yellow color with a huge, and I mean huge, fluffy white head. Excellent head retention. Tons of sticky lacing. Coated the entire inside of the glass.

Great nose. Lots of pine and citrus rind in the smell. Hints of grapefruit.

Really nice taste. Great hop profile in the taste. The flavor is muted but its all there. Pine, citrus rind, grapefruit. Flavor really follows the smell.

Mouthfeel is light and fizzy. Fairly high carbonation really lightens this beer.

This is one really drinkable beer. I love it.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 01:30:16 | More by brantadid
Photo of asabreed

New York

3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Appearance: Nice hazy golden color, good carbonation, and nice sheets of lacing, with the head never really leaving and always staying above the body.

Smell: Doughy and bready malts with heady fruitiness, some apples, strawberries, cherries, and some buttery biscuits and diacetyl, along with mild citrus hops. Balanced and pretty nice.

Taste: Initial hop bite, without a lot of the flavor, unfortunately. Though the malt steps it up a little bit with the doughy and fruity flavors; it's just that the initial hop bite lets you think those flavors will be around for a while, so it's a little deceiving. That said, there's a nice finish with malt and hop flavors and again, a big fruit presence.

Mouthfeel: Fairly lighter to medium-bodied with decent smoothness and balanced carbonation.

Drinkability: A solid brew, and one that's easily sessionable. The complexity's lacing, the balanced is good, and it's tasty overall. I'm glad I got a six-pack. There are better examples out there, but this is a more mild sessionable version I would say, and I did enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 22:39:00 | More by asabreed
Photo of CrellMoset


3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: We got a gusher! Well, not literally, but even a mild pour made this one gush forth and overflow the glass. A crazy ... seven-finger head? ... white and bubbly and uneven leaves huge swaths of sticky, three dimensional lacing. The body itself is pale gold, slightly hazy, with active and fast carbonation.

Aroma: Pale, steely malts and light citrus and floral hop notes.

Taste: Citrus zest, some floral and mint notes, and a mild hop bitterness, with some decent doughy, bready maltiness.

Mouthfeel: That same big bubbly, uneven, in your face mouthfeel. Maybe the bottle's bad ...

Drinkability: An average pale ale from an above average brewery that I don't mind supporting. Alcohol's manageable, of course, and the hop presence is nice, but I wouldn't mind a little more out of this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 00:10:45 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - a slightly hazed golden pour, a thin cover of white lays down a solid blanket of lace all around the glass.

Aroma - a bit of doughy grain, a bit of citrus and soap, a little on the light side in general.

Taste - good robust grain start, reminiscent of rye. A mild hop presence, light fruitiness and bitterness. Ends on the floral side with late drying bitterness that is increasingly herbal with warming.

Mouthfeel - an element of smoothness is key here, it makes the beer disappear without delay. Medium crispness on the carbonation.

Drinkability - a good beer to pair with barbecue or a quality mett. Extraordinary? Of course not. A worthy session APA?? By all means.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 05:42:13 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

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

Golden body with a large sticky white head. Very impressive appearance! Pine and citrus nose. Citrus and floral hops in the flavour, along with some light malt. It reminds me a little of Anchor Liberty. Medium-light body with an aggressive carbonation providing a crisp mouthfeel. Extremely good drinkability - the crispness and nice hopping make for a refreshing beer, which would be perfect on a hot day.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2008 13:12:45 | More by bobsy
Photo of Proteus93


3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A clean, light golden pour... cap popped off with a "fshhhh" though it didn't become a gusher. Very heady... a full five fingers of rolling, sudsy white head with a very calm pour. Had to leave the bottle (over half full) to allow the foaminess to drop. I like a good head, but not quite this much!

S: Pale malts, a little breadiness, and a bit of citrus - mild orange peel / grapefruit.

T: A toasted malt flavour, which comes across about even with the subtly citrusy hops. A little bit of a breadiness on the finish.

M + D: That carbonation that made the glass tough to fill makes the beer a little tough to drink. Carbonation is a bit intense and overdone, making the body feel a little more foamy and seemingly lacking substance (though I know that's not the case). If this could be overcome, it would be far more pleasant. I'd be willing to give it another shot to see what another bottle was like, though.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 00:44:33 | More by Proteus93
Photo of techdiver


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

Pours a hazy orange with two finger head that dissipates quickly with little lacing.

Citrus hops nose.

Balanced taste, smooth and creamy. Not bad, but it's no Alpha King.

Mouthfeel is good, nice carbonation giving a crisp refreshing feel.

Good drinkability, goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 18:25:21 | More by techdiver
Photo of thekevlarkid


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

Poured out of the bottle into my glass with a one finger, nearly-white head that sadly displayed poor retention. Laces beautifully though! The color was a gorgeous true gold. Great aromas of citrus zest, some maltiness and fresh green hops. The beer was very smooth on my palate and had a nice liveliness on my tongue. Flavors of citric hops, honey, caramel malts and a hoppy finish. Needs a little more malt balance, especially at the end. Medium carbonation. Good example of an American Ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 18:32:05 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

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

Golden amber looks with a thin head, quite appetizing. Aroma of hops with a hint of orange peel and spice, also quite attractive. A sip of this will have you wondering if you misread the label, an interesting touch of cloves, lemon zest, orange peel in between spurts of hop bitterness. It's definitely a unique APA worth trying and with its smooth, medium body it is easily enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 18:01:39 | More by JRed
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2.63/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I got this in a the Southern Tier Variety Case from Bryn Mawr Beverage in Bryn Mawr, PA and poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: A huge white head on top of a very cloudy goldish body. The lacing was good and the retention was fine but the carbonation was very extreme.
Smell: A stale malt aroma with hints of earthy hops.
Taste: Its hard to get past the carbonation, but once you can then there are orange esters and earthy hops.
Mouthfeel: Bubbly.
Drinkability: Not awesome.
Don't drink and review.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 21:32:26 | More by treehugger02010
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3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a light yellow-orange color. A full finger of head, which looks lightly bubbly like slightly whipped eggwhites.

S- A very pugent brew which is great, and something that I normally am missing. There is a good amount of sweet orange (I did eat an orange earlier, but I'm pretty sure this is all coming from the beer). And then some nice biscuity malt to compliment.

T- The taste falls a little flat. The hops don't come through nearly as nicely, and while the light malt is present, it isn't as strong either.

M- Bittering nicely, but too light and airy for my taste.

D- I quite enjoyed the aroma of this one, but the taste left something to be desired. All told I'd have this one again, but not at all living up to the other ST brews I've had.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 02:14:42 | More by zdk9
Photo of beveritt


3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an elongated pint glass. Label is a mix a varying red, white, and blue color panels with stars. No visible freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with just over 1 finger of nearly white head. This settles slowly,leaving behind sticky, white lacing. The beer itself is a pale gold and perfectly clear.

Smell: Mild citrusy hops blend with a semi sweet malt. A slight adjunct-like vegetal smell.

Taste: Mouth-filling semi-sweet caramel malt with just the right amount of hop bite. A littl ebit bicsuity. Most of the hops are spicy, with a fairly mellow bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level with an excellent body.

Drinkability: My first try from Southern Tier and I am very impressed. An excellent blend of malt and hops, with nothing too over the top. Not sure of ABV, but seems like a great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 01:14:50 | More by beveritt
Photo of MMAJYK


3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Straw yellow with golden hues. Head is minimal to nothing. Transparent.

S- Honey, grassy notes, and nice hop aroma.

T- Mildly husky, honey malt is a nice compliment to the bittering hop. Has a slight funny aftertaste that is metallic.

M- Thin in the mouth and medium to high carbonation.

D- Pretty drinkable. The aftertaste throws me off a little, but otherwise not a bad session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2008 00:13:04 | More by MMAJYK
Photo of billybob


3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

light amber in color with about a one finger head with a hard pour with rings of lace and sheets between the rings.

nice smell all you would expect from a good pale ale.

bready malt with more of a pine taste than citrus leaving a oily after taste.

your average pale ale nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 01:00:54 | More by billybob
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a medium amber-oange with a slight fluffy white head. Visible carbonation was moderate.

S: The nose brought forth a huge grassy aroma, with some dried grapefruit, floral hopping and lightly toasted caramel.

T: There was some citrus hopping, lightly sweet toasted caramel, and some spicy hoppiness (styrian). A decent flavor but overall lacks complexity. Hoppy with some citrus, pine, and floral notes leaving a nice big lingering hop fade.

M: Average mouthful, medium body.

D: Decent drinkability, drinks like a pale though flavor may get tiresome if drinking a six pack at a time.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2008 22:55:25 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of NoahSYGG

New York

3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer as part of a 12 pack sampler. It is a nice orangey color. Smell has big hop notes along with caramel malt. Had a semi heavy mouthfeel. Taste has a lot of hop bitter, with some malt finish. I thought this was an average to slightly above average beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 20:23:07 | More by NoahSYGG
Photo of ph2001


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

12oz bottle in pint glass

smells malthy and hoppy, and a little sweet like strawberries. there is no head and it is a golden apple juice color.

tastes just like it smells, malty, hoppy, a little sweet. it finishes with some breadiness and a little spice. nice carbonation in mouthfeel. very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 15:46:20 | More by ph2001
Photo of AltBock


3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with a simple paper label of red stars, blue stars, and a cartoon picture of Phin & Matt in the lower right hand corner. The only other things on the label is the barcode and US Government warning. Like every other Southern Tier bottle, this one doesn't have a date either.

When poured into a Stoudt's pint glass, this Southern Tier beer is a clear and bright tangerine orange. On top of this beer was a good 1/2 head of white foam. This head of foam quickly fizzled down to a small white bubbly film and bubbly spots of lace.

The aroma was very odd. This aroma contained sweet and toasted malts, apple juice, and roasted nuts drenched in caramel. If it's swirled around, the apple juice will become more potent. I like apple juice, but not the smell of it in my beer.

At least the taste was nowhere close to being apple juice like the aroma was. The taste was crispy and slightly hoppy with bitter floral hops, toasted malts, and some subtle juicy fruits here and there. It was nice little well balance APA taste. Not too hoppy and not too malty.

The mouthfeel was light to medium bodied with a crispy aftertaste of dried floral hops and some toasted malts.

At the end I was happy to find out that the apple juice was isolated to the aroma. If it wasn't, then this beer would have been a disaster. It's not really an extraordinary Ale, but it is a rather decent sessionable one from Sothern Tier.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2008 16:33:13 | More by AltBock
Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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