Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,438
Reviews: 611
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.88%
Wants: 18
Gots: 92 | 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:
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(Beer added by: wailingwench on 10-29-2004)
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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.

Photo of JRed
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.

Photo of treehugger02010
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.

Photo of zdk9
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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of beerthulhu
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.

Photo of NoahSYGG
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.

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.

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.

Photo of Reagan1984
2.58/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured with an extraordinarily aggressive head that showed a great deal of reliance. There was a decent amount of lacing that remained.

The beer is a very light amber color with some visible carbonation. Also it's slightly hazy.

Aroma is malty sweet with a small off odor, something reminiscent of homebrew. The beer isn't spoiled; it's just a smell that I remember from the homebrew days

Taste is very malt like in character and also a bit grainy or raw. I also taste the same flavor that I had detected in the aroma earlier. I now swear this tastes like a "pretty good" homebrew effort, but one that shouldn't really be called extraordinary on a professional level. Slight astringent and/or medicinal quality to the flavor.

Mouth feel is fairly light and I don't find it very drinkable.

I will not be buying another of these.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brewers, when you use words like 'extrordinary' on your labels, you put yourself on a pedistal. This notion will be challenged with each and every sip from your customers. Needless to say, you have some extraordinarily large shoes to fill!

Phin & Matt's pours a rather ordinary light copper/golden color with active carbonation streams feuling a modest white head. Moderate with retention and lace, the beer looks a dissapointing normal.

Graham cracker, orange zest, and a touch of peppery ginger shape the nose with medium but balanced intensity. Though flaws are nil, the beer develops a very simplified scent. Nice, but nothing out of the ordinary.

The flavors of the beer closely mimic the aromas and is a testiment to the consistency of the beer from nose to finish. Citrus notes from hops give a crisp grapefruit and orange peel flavor and bitterness that rises everso slightly above a light caramel and malty/bready base. Light spicy yeast give a mild pepper or ginger 'snappy' character. Lighter than usual flavors give a grainy impression late. Again, simplified but not banal.

Early medium creaminess disipates as the carbonation falls, making for a quick transition to dryness late. The beer seems to end before it should, allowing for a watery notion to play with light graininess far after the finish, heading into aftertaste.

It turns out that there's really nothing extrordinary about this pale ale (except that the brewing company thinks that the beer is extraordinary). But as pale ales go, it compares well to Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale even if it's lighter in body and taste. Very sessionable without requiring much thought. Regrettably, the beer probably falls in the "forgettable" catagory.

Photo of argock
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of mhewes
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of erosier
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of clayrock81
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of generallee
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of Murchmac
4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

Photo of scottg
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of nasty15108
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of lpayette
4.13/5  rDev +17%
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.

Photo of NolateM
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of wiseguy142
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of papaglide
3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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