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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 argock
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Hazy pale orange-yellow with foamy tall white head and above-average lacing.

S: Fruity and herbal hops dominate the nose but a fair amount of malt sweetness to back it up.

T: The herbal hops come to the forefront giving this beer a very woody flavor that I'll have to admit is not my favorite. I thought this tasted much like an herbed ale this flavor was so strong. There is definitely a lot of malt in this beer. The citrus hops lends an overly dry finish which is not a great combo with the woody herbal flavor.

M: The astringent, dry finish is not a great finish, but the smoothness of the front and middle are nice with the lightish carbonation.

D: Drinkable but not my favorite hops flavor.

argock, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of mhewes
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A : Pours a clear golden color with a good white head

S : Malty aroma with some earthy/piney hops

T : Pretty bitter up front with the piney hops. There's some malt in there. It has a soapy finish.

M : Slightly dry but good carbonation

D : I'd probably pass on this one again. It's ok but not great.

mhewes, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of erosier
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a nice darker amber color with a short and medium bodied tan colored head that falls pretty fast. There was nice lacing down the glass.
A: THe aroma is of sweet roasted malts and then a ton of hops. Mainly piney/earthy hops found in an IPA.
T: The taste was pretty good. It has a nice sweet malty base underneath alot of piney and a bit of citrisy hops.
M: It was very crisp and refreshing but perhaps too much so.
D: It was pretty drinkable but I think it would suit better for an IPA even though it was more malty than one.

erosier, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pale gold color presented itself with a mild head that died quickly. A hoppy smell with citric notes, but nothing spectacular. For a pale ale the thing that struck me most was the dryness from it - the hops lent itself in this category more towards an IPA. The taste is rather subdued, with some citric notes such as lemon juice and some possible caramel malts. A medium-bodied beer that goes down smooth, I just wouldn't bother having this over and over.

clayrock81, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of generallee
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It pours a beautiful golden amber color with a thin head that fades fast leaving just a few bubbles around the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma get a kick of citrus, floral and piney hops with undertones of sweet bready malts.

Taste/Mouth feel: Its flavor starts with sweet bready malts with a light toasted note. It soon builds up to a burst of fruity and piney hops with a decent bitterness that fades off into the finish. The palate is smooth and slightly oily with average carbonation and a medium body.

Notes: Overall it has a strong hop presence with an easy to drink, refreshing palate. Its good but I wouldn't call it extraordinary.

generallee, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of Murchmac
4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big ups to Beertruth for putting this in as an extra! Beer doesnt lie.

Pours a brilliant lemony orange pale. Like Jack White standing next to a 6 foot lemon. Nice head retention on it.

Smells lemony, candy fruity, hoppy, peppery. Love it. If this were cleaning detergent, i'd still drink it. Now I know why eagles drink anti freeze.

Tastes really weird. It doesnt taste like any style i've ever had. This is the bold taste I was looking for from the people that do choklat, pumking, etc.

Nice sweet lemon marmalade, lingering aftertaste.

There is a drink in greece made with citrus preserves you put in water, this is what it tastes like. Love it.

Murchmac, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of scottg
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear golden yellow color with lots of little bubbles climbing up the glass. There is a two finger white head with great retention and some solid lacing. Lots of different aromas: passion fruit, grapefruit, citrus, and some spices including black pepper. Tropical fruit flavors lead to a mix of grapefruit and orange hops with a sweet fruity finish. Medium carbonation, light body, there is a cleansing mouthfeel like drinking soda water. Interesting beer worth a try but nothing special.

scottg, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of nasty15108
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this one in a ST sampler. Poured form a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Slightly cloudy golden color with slight orange hues. Thick head of white foam that produced nice even lacing. Small amount of sediment.

S - Hoppy aroma of pine and grapefruit.

T - Citrus and pine up front, but not as much as the smell would have you believe. Finishes off slightly soapy.

MF&D - Good overall ale. I'd drink this one again.

nasty15108, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of lpayette
4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with an average sized head. Not much lacing, but a little. Aroma is nice with good hoppy notes, and a sufficient malt balance. Taste follows the same lines but has the addition of an occassional fruity note. Nice mouthfeel, and very drinkable.

This is a great example of an american pale ale and gives me even more confidence to say that southern tier is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries.

lpayette, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of NolateM
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Attractive gold color, with an oddly relentless foamy head. Had to pour part of it, wait a couple minutes, and pour the rest.

Aroma is slightly soapy, but with a nice herbal lemony crisp hop zing.

Rather mild body, crisp lemony hop flavor with a noticeable malt background. That slight soapy/chemically character in the aroma does come out a little bit, unfortunately, but still not too bad.

Very bubbly, goes down pretty easy. I'd disagree with the word 'extraordinary,' but it's decent. Not really anything I'd seek out though. There are much better pale ales.

NolateM, May 31, 2008
Photo of wiseguy142
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I put this one in the upper category of APA's since it's so full of flavor and fun to drink. Really strong hop flavor from the very first sip. Basic, gold, sort of boring color (it's unique enough of a beer to have maybe a little red/rye tinge to it.. that's what I would have done but I don't think that's what they're going for). A little astringent on the finish, sort of kills the all-out hop heaven you get to experience beforehand. Would buy again.

wiseguy142, May 26, 2008
Photo of papaglide
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

looks- dull copper with a quickly disappearing head.

smell- hoppy, citrusy, tart with minimal malt in the background

taste- hop and citrus overide the malty, biscuit-like body. The malt is present but it is definitely behind the scenes. Finishes crisp and dry with a hop feel but a maltiness on the tongue.

mouthfeel- slightly astringent, and dry

drinkability- typical for an APA. The (over?) use of hops puts the beer to a slight imbalance but it is standard for the style. This is a decent example although there are better out there. Could be an IPA.

papaglide, May 25, 2008
Photo of allergictomacros
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear gold with a moderate white head.

S - Hoppy, with resinous pine, pungent lemon/tangerine citrus.

T/M - Fairly sweet, and very citrusy. Lots of orange and tangerine in this, more so than pine or grapefruit. Malt body is solid as well, giving a nice balance. Slick mouthfeel and light carbonation. Fruitiness is apricots and peach.

D - Very drinkable, sessionable brew. Tasty, but still fairly light tasting. Sweet but not cloying. Very welll balanced.

allergictomacros, May 24, 2008
Photo of shbobdb
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Like everything I've had by Southern Tier, this is a solid beer.

But I will disclose that a buddy recently gave me a bunch of east coast APAs to try and I guess I'm just not in love with the style. I guess I want it to be either a pilsner or an IPA. And this one doesn't follow the Midwestern trend of making APAs IPAs with very few bittering hops (see: Burning River and Alpha King).

For what it is, though, it is good. A nice bready malt backbone accentuated by very mild carbonation and a nice earthy citrusy hop presence. There is also a nice contribution from the yeast. Not overbearing, but it adds a nice element that I can't quite put my finger on.

I can see why people would want this as a session beer. It has a nice degree of complexity but it remains low-key. A nice beer, but I think the dichotomy between the complexity it offers and the mildness it manifests is difficult. I tend to like my beers to go in one direction or the other. But that is a personal preference.

A good beer.

shbobdb, May 22, 2008
Photo of donteatpoop
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden-orange color with very little head. Surprisingly, the minimal head leaves quite a bit of lacing on the glass.

The scent of hops pretty much dominates the nose, traces of citrus hiding behind it.

The taste is initially hops with the citrus hitting the mouth in the end, and leaving the mouth with it's taste.

Good mouthfeel, nice carbonation level and a pleasant aftertaste with no hints of dryness left behind on the palate.

donteatpoop, May 15, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden orange color. Moderate head with little retention. Light lacing in the glass.

S - Smells very hoppy, of the citrusy, grapefruit variety.

T - A little unbalanced. Not much hop taste and a little too sweet.

M/D - Medium bodied and slighlty chewy. Not a bad beer, just not something I would go back to.

ckeegan04, May 11, 2008
Photo of russpowell
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

cheers to brianj555 for this one!

Pours honey gold with 3+ fingers of eggshell white head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Citrussy hops, honey malt & a bit of grassyness

T: Lemony & grapefruitty hops, & some biscuitty malt up front. Honey malt, & lemony hops as this warms. Finishes with a touch of grainyness & grapefruit

MF: Medium bodied, a bit sticky, moderate carbonation & great balance

Drinks easy, a solid APA

russpowell, May 11, 2008
Photo of animal69
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours an almost clear golden color w/ a decent white head which dissipates immediatly leaving little lacing in my nonic ; the subtle smell is predominately piney citrus w/ a hint of bread & nuts ; a slightly thin flavor, but a good one nontheless, more piney hop here w/ a mild bitterness and a crackerish malt backbone, some mineral in the finish tastes like an ESB; not really a dry beer, but has the feel of one, light-bodied w/ a decent level of co2 ; very drinkable, something i could easily drink all summer long...

animal69, May 09, 2008
Photo of Redwood21
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A:i like the hazy color but the head though large ans sticky, i sorta am not fond of (im picky) its not bad at all

S: orange peel, rindlike maybe even a twinge of lemon, all and all match earthy with citrus yielding to fruit

T:there is an immediate hit of citrus though more a medley than just orange, also a down right earthyness the hops or slight bitterness i would have liked for the style is not there, and its almost a little too sweet for my tastes

this is a good beer, a bit style confused maybe, but it is a solid beverage to enjoy

Redwood21, May 03, 2008
Photo of mrkrispy
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brought this back from my Jersey trip, and knew nothing about it.

Poured volcanically in to my glass, a nice pale orange-yellow. Head is big, and sticks around.

Huge malt aroma, slightly resinous hop. Yeasty (biscuits).

Taste is immediately identifiable as a Pale Ale. Big hop and very malty body, but faint bitterness. Subtle and lingering citrus taste that I can't quite identify...almost like lemon or orange zest. Yeast is definitely forward here. Very carbonated mouthfeel.

Kudos for the interesting citrus notes that I kept trying to place, but exceptional turned to boredom midway thru the glass.

mrkrispy, May 01, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

This pours a clear amber gold with a 2 finger head of foam. It turns slightly hazy when I poured the rest in my glass. Nice head retention and there;s some good lacing.

The smell is very malty with notes of caramel and biscuit. I have to really try to get any hop character from it but it's there...a little bit of orange citrus.

The taste is big on the biscuit with some roasted notes and some hoppy citrus by way of orange, pine, and a touch of grapefruit. Overall, the flavours are kind of unusual but they work pretty well together and I could see myself drinking more than 1 at a sitting.

Mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is lightish. A good APA here with the hops definitely playing second fiddle for me so it's almost more of an English PA to my tastes.

Bitterbill, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of missginsu
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I agree with what a few others have said here. It's a nice ale, but it's not really an *extraordinary* ale.

Pours a rich golden color with a vanishing head. The carbonation is very nice, giving this beer an appealing crispness. The scent is a bit herbal/floral, and the flavor is lightly hoppy with a rich, malty sweetness. I might even describe the texture as "meaty"... it's nice in the mouth.

This is probably one of my favorites in the Southern Tier line, and I'd happily drink it again, but I wouldn't go out of my way to find it.

missginsu, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of Metalmonk
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a coppery golden color with an inch-thick head that slowly halves, leaving thick lace on its way down. Looks par for the style.

Aroma is light but just hoppy enough to satisfy. Malts are candy-like/sugary, with lemony undertones. Some husky and straw-like elements. Leans on the more robust side, lacking the fruitiness that many pale ales have.

This is a toasty pale ale, the flavor being bready, biscuit/cracker-like, malt-centered but also with plenty of snap and crispness from the hops. Oily/resiny texture, the carbonation melds with the round creamy body so much that you notice its stickiness rather than the fizz of bubbles. This is an area Southern Tier always nails: their beers always feel great. They usually taste great too.

Let's be honest, this isn't actually an "extraordinary ale". There are lots of good, solid pale ales out there, and this is but one of them. So maybe the name is misleading, but there's not a damn thing wrong with it either. Obviously pretty high drinkability here.

Metalmonk, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of albern
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer starts out with lots of promise, but is a slight let down. The beer pours a goldeny honey color with a smallish head that rims the glass and dissipates. No retention that I can detect. This beer is light bodied and quite carbonated. The smell is piney hop notes, some berry like citrus. The taste begins with some piney hop notes, nice bready malts, and some orange hints. There is a sweetish berry flavor to this beer in the backbone that compromises what could be some nice resinous, estery hop flavors. The cloying sweetness detracts too much from the hoppy base this beer should have maintained. The finish has an ever so slight tartness or tang, not bad though. The mouthfeel is a bit watery, but fine, and there isn't much aftertaste. It's a good, drinkable beer but not a great APA

albern, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of hyland24
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Very slightly hazy orange yellow that left little to no head although it did leave white rings of lacing after each sip. The smell was a blend of citrus and hops. Candied orange with floral hop hints. Tasted decent with hoppy citrus flavors followed by a faint malty character. Decent carbonation with a slightly bready feel. Overall a decent beer though I felt the flavor fell a little flat. Worth trying but dont kill yourself trying to track this one down.

hyland24, Apr 25, 2008
Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 1,400 ratings.