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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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1,332 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,332
Reviews: 608
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 14
Gots: 53 | 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 Winter


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

Pours a clear golden amber in color with a thin light khaki head. Aroma has citrus and piney hops, combined with a nice biscuity malt presence. Aroma isn't overwhelming and I really had to stick my nose into the glass to dig for it. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with some nice carbonation. Flavor has a nice citrusy hop bitterness upfront. Toasted malt follows with a lot of sharp piney hops midway. Hops dominate and make this a really juicy beer. Malt flavor hides behind it in the background. The flavor seems to thin out a little in the finish.

This was fairly decent. I think it would pair well with spicy foods to cut the heat and still remain very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2007 04:26:48 | More by Winter
Photo of Sigmund


3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl. oz bottle, thanks to BA richgo6.
Clear deep golden coloured beer, decent head.
Lovely aroma of Cascade and Styrian Goldings hops.
The flavour is also very hoppy, a tad too sweet, there is a hint of orange marmelade, and some less pleasant "raw" alcoholic notes.
Not a bad beer though.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2007 22:04:25 | More by Sigmund
Photo of

3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Crystal clear, light gold color. Medium sized, creamy, white colored head. Lacing, but no legs.

Sweet & hoppy. Sugared grapefruit and pine. Biscuity.

Bitter over sweet initially, but gets more sweet fairly quickly. Finishes nicely balanced. Crackery middle. Sweet is fruit like, apples and grapes. Hop character is grassy with a lemon flavor in the aftertaste. Seems to be some spice in here as well, clove?

Light to medium body. Medium carbonation. Refreshing.

Overall, I like this beer a lot. Fairly easy to drink, nice mix of flavors and well balanced. Enjoyable all around. Became more complex as it warmed.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2007 19:04:33 | More by
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a very thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a nice blend of caramelized malt, hops and citrus.

T: The taste starts out very malty and sweet, with flavors of citrus and caramel, then a decent bite of hops bitterness comes in to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and a little hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not very filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very good beer to stick with for an evening unless you’re looking for something stronger. Otherwise, the beer is quite satisfying if you want something sessionable but with a lot of substance.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2007 15:15:04 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of genog


4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a bubbly white head that leaves small bubbles along the top. Smell is earthy, piney hops, absolutely delicious for a Pale Ale. Taste is a smooth malt and earthy hops balance. Nice carbonation on this one makes this border on a session versus too filling for more than 2. I have loved everything from southern tier, very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2007 21:44:33 | More by genog
Photo of tgbljb


4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear golden color with moderate white puffy head,
Smell is significane for hops with a light malt background.
Taste is supreb. The hops dominate but the malt blends in perfect proportions.
Dry at the ending, which causes a beckoning for another taste.
Pertfect beer. n easy drinker. Very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2007 18:42:04 | More by tgbljb
Photo of tempest


3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Funny, I had a Rogue American Amber last night and this reminds me a lot of a lighter version. The key here is there's a significant yeast character than blends with the caramel malt (the Pacman yeast for Rogue and whatever ST uses). The light malt body is surrounded by a tangy, but not strong, citrus hops note that lends a decent bitterness. Overall, the malt and overall flavor profile are a bit lacking. The hops aren't that distinguishable or complex, but this still makes for a decent session brew. Not bad, but definitely not great.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2007 03:44:58 | More by tempest
Photo of BMoney575


4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 8-18-07

Pours a clear amber/orange color with a fizzy head that bubbles away.

Smell is all clean, grassy hops, with a little malt backing.

Taste is much like the smell, with the earthy malt flavor much more evident.

Mouthfeel is spot on for the style, thick enough to give the hops a good kick, but with enough carbonation to keep it light.

Drinkability is great, tastes good and feels good.

Overall, a great session beer. Very easy on the palate but very tasty. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2007 18:28:53 | More by BMoney575
Photo of david131


4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A great golden and clear ale. An impressive head forms and retains itself for the whole glass. Leaves some excellent lacing.

S- Sweet, hoppy, crisp, clean. A little bready. A good example of the style.

T- Same as the aroma, with an emphasis on the crispiness. I'm kind of digging this.

M- A good amount of carbonation, clean. I'll say it again- crisp.

D- A very good session beer, I could see myself getting this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2007 02:36:41 | More by david131
Photo of Lnedrive14


3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Why are their big beers so extraordinary, but their normal brews so mediocre??

That's exactly what this is - completely and totally mediocre. I could drink a few without batting an eye; neither in a good way, nor a bad. Pours a light gold, with little head. I found the color to be a bit watery looking. Taste has mild sweetness and a decently strong hop sense. Mouthfeel is pleasant and simple. drinkability is high - actually was a good experience on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2007 21:08:36 | More by Lnedrive14
Photo of Atlas1


3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another new beer (new to me, that is) from the Southern Tier BC. Let's hope this "Extraordinary Ale" is as good as their IPA was.

Pours a very pale copper color with a one-finger white head. Some lace exists as the beer recedes, otherwise there is little to comment on here. The nose is light and airy, with very pleasant fruit notes. Lots of lemon and peach maybe mixed in with strawberry and orange. Light herbal scents. Sweet malt esthers. Not a bad aroma, but a bit fruitier than most pale ales I tend to gravitate toward. The taste is sweet up front, then mellows out for a moment before finishing with a spicy, bitter kick. The whole thing is a bit underwhelming, in my opnion, but I do like the hoppiness that it finishes with. Mouthfeel is smooth, but a bit watery.

The spicy hops that are noticeable in the finish, in my opinion, save this beer from a watery grave. Without them this is a bland, conservative ale. Certainly nothing "extraordinary" about it. While it probably won't find its way into my current beer rotation, it might appeal to fans of lighter, sweeter pale ales.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2007 17:30:42 | More by Atlas1
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3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clean copper color with a white head. Aromas of a dry maltiness and a small hop presence. The taste, well it is clean and refreshing, but not much to say, although it is good. A nice body, and no aftertaste. Session-ish, and a good palate clensor. All I can say it is just a good ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2007 16:47:46 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden orange color with an average with head that left so lacing on the side of the glass. The smell is rather faint for an APA, some real light citris hop. The taste is a bit odd. I am picking up some apricot flavors, a slight metallic taste, a quick citris hop taste and pale malt. The feel is light but not watery, crisp and well carbonated, balanced finish. A different take on the APA, with the apricot flavor sticking out for me. Good but not in the same class with Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2007 03:31:31 | More by Gmann
Photo of jcipa88


3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my 2nd 6-mix pack with the S.T.E.Ale, so officially my 4th P&M Ale. Color is right on the golden amber with great steady head forming at the top of the pint glass. The sent is a little better then light, with superb mouthfeel and a tangy sense around the back of the tongue. Well - this is something of "being different" - a multi-6 coming out of NY. The guys at Southern Tier are making some noise. I had an IPA on tap at the Sunset Grill Cantina, which was awesome, and I'm sure more will follow.

Getting back to the Extraordinary Ale - it definitely a pleasant/tasty brew to have more than twice, so if it comes in an all "6-pak", pick it up and enjoy it over some grilled food. All I want to know is what happen to the characters on the bottle from the website? - oh well!

Enjoy and keep it clean!

Jeff Cabral

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2007 02:28:00 | More by jcipa88
Photo of Durge


3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice golden brown color but weak in head/lace category. Has an interesting smell of sweet malt, fruit nougat, a bit flowery. Tastes of sweet bread blended with a citrus highlight. Mildly carbonated and kind of watery. The flavor is sweet but has enough hops feel to keep it on the good side of the scale. Needs a little more body to really make this more desirable. Certainly worth a try and I would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2007 21:50:22 | More by Durge
Photo of ohoove


3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a light amber color pour into a glass that never had much of a head from the get go. first hit was a slight piney and bitterness, again slight. the bitterness from the first hit seemed to dissipate as the drink went on. resembled a bully lager in terms of taste and smell more than a pale ale, in a good way, this is not a slam. would definetely recommend this for a picnic or all night affair. although not extraordinary , still a solid offering from Southern Tier ,who seldom disappoints. would buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2007 21:31:15 | More by ohoove
Photo of mrocco


3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden to light amber color. Nice 1" head initially from a not-so-aggressive pour. Slight lacing. Head fades fairly quickly to a patchy thin white layer.

S: Nice, but faint hop aroma (pine and citrus). Also has a nice, lightly sweet malt smell.

T: Very good taste. Hops and malt are nicely balanced, leaning a little to the hoppy side

M: Mouthfeel is average. Nothing to write home about.

D: Very drinkable. No off tastes. Liked it a lot. Would definitely buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2007 01:47:13 | More by mrocco
Photo of WillieMoe


3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours out a beautiful amber color, with a slighly fizzy head if that makes sense?

Smell: A subtly sweet smell, with not much of a hoppy scent.

Taste: This is an extremely flavorful P.A., with just a hint of fruit flavor. It goes down smooth, which is what makes this such a drinkable P.A.

Mouthfeel: Feels great! Southern Tier is a top tier brewery and this is one of it's best offerings, especially if you're a big fan of the Pale Ales,like myself.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2007 15:57:42 | More by WillieMoe
Photo of Gatch


4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this at a very warm temperature, almost room temperature, and it was still very good.

A - A light copper/amber color w/ a fizzy, carbonated head. I could hear the bubbles popping, which I had never heard before.
S - A very malty-sweet smell. Not a dry smell like other PA's.
T - Different from other Pale Ale's in that it was sweet but still had a dry, flavorful finish. A little grainy, but some caramel and fruity flavors came through.
M/D - Very smooth yet crisp enough to make you want another sip. It's a warm, humid summer night and the beer is warm, but it still shined. The sweetness sticks to the palate and the drinkability is great like most Pale Ale's. I liked this beer a lot more than I anticipated and I would recommend it to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2007 04:01:48 | More by Gatch
Photo of scott


4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5


Hazy golden accented pale amber with very mild visual carbonation. Little head.
Citric notes tickle the nose. Very inviting. This guy is begging for a pull. It does deliver. An interesting blend of malt and semi-bitter hop that is wholly refreshing, and it ends very dry. Light in the mouth, somewhat sharp on the tongue, and damn easy to drink.
Highly recommended.
Normally, I never judge a book by its cover, but they should re-think the packaging. It doesn't sell the product well at all, and even though I really like it, I don't pay attention to it on the shelf.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2007 23:09:22 | More by scott
Photo of jwc215


3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazed amber with a thin white head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

The smell is citric, resiny, some graininess in the back.

The taste is of citric fruitiness and piney resin with a balancing sweet doughy character that stays even. Nice, but mild, and taste doesn't really stick around too long. Rather abrupt finish.

Smooth with decent carbonation. Fairly dry. Light to medium bodied. Easy to drink. A decent well-balanced pale ale, though not "Extraordinary" IMO.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2007 03:10:45 | More by jwc215
Photo of sullysbeer


3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma: Huge grapefruit hop aroma, sweet tarts and spicy.

Appearance: Very clear golden color, white head retention that just covers the surface then collects to the edges.

Flavor: Sweet maltiness up front then follows with a grassy hop flavor and finishes with a delicate bitterness that doesn't linger then gets sweet. Hints of grapefruit and mangos.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body. Sharp CO2 on the tongue.

Overall Impression: Awesome ordinary bitter style beer. Balanced to perfection. Has that delicious bitter bite that doesn't linger, which is great. This is a great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2007 01:18:46 | More by sullysbeer
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Perhaps the name should change from Extraordinary to Extra Ordinary because I found this one to be nothing special.

Hazy orange with a thin and low beige head that dissipates quickly.

Faint smell of doughey, somewhat toasted malt.

Muted flavor of bready malt, and some hop brightness that is too low to classify.

Even mouthfeel, a bit watery, but some tingles in the finish.

Pretty average, all around.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2007 11:18:48 | More by far333
Photo of cichief


3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on draft at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Poured a deep gold with a nice white head.

S- Slight scent of hops and a slight sweet malt scent.

T- Somewhat malty sweet, with a dry, flowery finish.

M- Slight medium-thin body, with an average carbonation overall.

D- A decent malty ale, with a dryish aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2007 02:20:15 | More by cichief
Photo of TuckerCarlson


3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, light orange with a finger of head that dissipates quickly. Mild to moderate lacing.

Very nice aroma of citrus.

Flavor is mild but enjoyable. Very smooth and balanced, with no one flavor dominating over the others. A nice touch of hop bitterness at the end makes it a solid representative of the style (of those I've tried). I wouldn't mind a little more citrus flavor up front, but I'm hoping that's what I'll get when I try their IPA.

A little on the fizzy side for me, but it doesn't take away from the overall experience.

This isn't quite to the level of Dale's as far as I'm concerned, but it's a good beer. I would definitely give this to someone who is transitioning out of American macros and into the good stuff. A good addition to the Southern Tier variety pack that I probably wouldn't have tried otherwise.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2007 23:50:49 | More by TuckerCarlson
Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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