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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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1,383 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,383
Reviews: 609
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 17
Gots: 70 | 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 SiphonKing


2.05/5  rDev -42.1%

The aroma of this beer was either oxidation or an intentional aroma produced by hops or yeast. The aroma was cardboardy, almost skunked. Either way, all of the bottles in this six-pack were not very pleasant. The body of the beer was thin and the presence of hops is negligable. I bought this beer expecting more based on some recommendations about this brewery. I can only hope that their other offerings are better than this one.

02-16-2008 02:20:57 | More by SiphonKing
Photo of Ig0r


4.1/5  rDev +15.8%

The pour gave a shallow head of small bubbles that dissipated quickly leaving some lacing. The color is a darkish straw that is completely clear with some carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass.

Smell has nothing particularly distinctive except for a bit of hop aroma. The feel is thin with a sharp, refreshing start, nothing much in between, and a strong hop finish that slowly tapers-off.

It's certainly not a bad beer, and has a decent balance, but it's not something that I would go out of my way to obtain.

02-14-2008 22:56:10 | More by Ig0r
Photo of jeffmonarch


3.03/5  rDev -14.4%

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Nice golden yellow with a little white head that disappears quickly.

S - Very light smell.

T - A little bitterness in the bite. It's ok but there's nothing extraordinary about it.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - Ok, not a great ale but not bad either.

02-14-2008 01:59:07 | More by jeffmonarch
Photo of Slynger


3.88/5  rDev +9.6%

Bright, clear, golden-apricot color equipped with a smallish white head.

Orange and lemon citrus fruits introduce the nose. A light amount of biscuit malts melds into the background, while earthy, floral hops round out a very pleasant nose.

Medium bodied and watery-butter smooth mouthfeel, but it could use some more fresh carbonation. The taste is somewhat flip-flopped from the aroma. Mild, toasted, biscuit hops hit upfront while light orange-lemon citrus rounds the edges of the tongue. Earthy, grassy hops bring a light and clean finish that lacks crispness due to under carbonation.

This is a good APA but far from extraordinary. The mouthfeel could use a little work, but otherwise it is very drinkable and enjoyable.

02-12-2008 04:26:04 | More by Slynger
Photo of scruffwhor


3.4/5  rDev -4%

Looks like a pilsnery pale ale with very little bubbles and a sparse had. The aroma is a little piney with some hard mineral dry malts. The taste is a little metallic,dry but sill pleasantly hoppy. Not as flavorful as expected. Prety light, refreshing, just pretty standard.

02-09-2008 22:58:07 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of ffejherb


4.03/5  rDev +13.8%

12oz. bottle into shaker pint glass on 2/8/08.

A - Clear golden amber body with creamy white head that quickly disolved into a thin, bubbly veil. Modest carbonation with very tiny bubbles.

S - Perdominantly citrus hops (grapefruit) with some caramel and bready malts and some very mild pine notes. Grapefruit stands out the most.

T - Starts off a bit on the sweet side with light caramel notes, then moves into a quick splash of juicy grapefruit, followed by a toasted bready malt finish. Some tangy orange sweetness at the very end.

M - Smooth texture quickly turns quite prickly on the tongue. Light body with a crisp, slightly bitter finish. Body is a bit thin and watery, but not too bad.

D - Pale ales are so easy to drink, and this one is no exception. Just a tad thin in the mouthfeel department, but solid flavor and aroma overall.

02-09-2008 01:30:21 | More by ffejherb
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +2.5%

It pours a notably clear gold with amberish highlights and ample carbonation. A couple fingers of fluffy white head sink gradually to frothy ponds. Prongs of lacing plug the inside of the glass.

The aroma is lightly sweet with malt, as well as a dash of caramel. The hops are distantly floral and vaguely citrus.

Upon tasting, the malt is out front with a berry sweetness that is well more obvious than an underlying nip of caramel. The hops seem more generic here, this time with a more melded floral/fruit pairing. A clip of biscuit runs through before the finish is softly bittered by a lingering crispness. It's not a stand-out, but it tastes clean and fresh.

Light bodied, it's got some substance and leaves at least a mild memory behind.

I think if you were to consider a beer for a typical, mainstream session APA, this one would be in the running. I mean, I might not consider it as extraordinary as they do, but neither can I solidly disrespect it. In fact, the sum of the parts yields a rather high drinkability quotient. So it's not as big, bold, or impressive as many other Southern Tier offerings. That's all right, because I'd feel at home with this most days.

02-08-2008 18:31:29 | More by Foxman
Photo of bluejacket74


3.23/5  rDev -8.8%

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy golden orange color with a large (about 3 inches) frothy white head. Head retention and lacing are very good. Aroma is mostly floral/citrusy hops, with a bit of grain and sweet malt in there too. Taste is the same as the aroma, more hops noticable than malt, but it's not a hop bomb either. Mouthfeel/body is light but with way, way too much carbonation. It almost seems like I'm drinking zippy little bubbles and not beer. Drinkability would be better if it wasn't for the high carbonation. I think if the carbonation was cut down a bit (maybe there was something slightly wrong with this batch), I would have enjoyed it a lot more. It tasted and smelled good, but the carbonation hurt this beer IMO. I'll try it again in the future and see how it is.

02-08-2008 01:18:38 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of Wasatch


4/5  rDev +13%

Thanks goes out to jwc215 and drseamus for this brew.

Poured into a pint glass (Surly) a hazy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger plus foamy white head, lots and lots of sticky lacing follows. The nose is slightly sweet, malty, hoppy, nice little tones of citrus, slight spicy, and some caramel. The taste is sweet, malty/hoppy, citrusy, some spice, and caramel. The finish is slightly sweet/dry. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty APA.

02-04-2008 01:00:22 | More by Wasatch
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.85/5  rDev +8.8%

Grainy with a smell of hops (flowery).

A light yellowish color. Very small white head with O.K. retention.

This is a good APA. A lighthoppy taste followed with grain.

Light feeling beer, and you could drink it all night because the taste is very mild and pretty good.

This is a really good beer for people who don't like beers. Bring it to a party, give it to your friends, maybe it will get them into beer.

02-01-2008 01:45:16 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of emerge077


3.93/5  rDev +11%

Pours a crystal clear golden tone with a sticky, soapy head that reduced itself quickly.

Initial floral hop aroma that blows off after a few minutes, laying bare the cereal grain smell of pale malt.

Flavor is redeeming, nice light citrusy hop bite, with lingering earthy herbal hops and a slight honeyish aftertaste long after it's gone. Hints of puffed wheat too, but not distracting in this pale ale. Moderate body, not thin, well balanced with ample carbonation. The glass disappeared in 5 minutes after the 1st sip, if that's any indication of being sessionable.

02-01-2008 00:07:03 | More by emerge077
Photo of BBeerL


3.98/5  rDev +12.4%

Phin & Matts makes a great session beer. It is wonderfully light, with still enough body there to let you know you are drinking a fine micro brew. This beer makes a great beer for parties. It is light for the Miller Lite crowd, but has a nice hop touch for people looking for something a little more serious. Also if it is availble to you, it is a cylinder to have in the kegerator

01-27-2008 06:59:14 | More by BBeerL
Photo of dickieb

Rhode Island

3.1/5  rDev -12.4%

pours a light amber in color, with 1 1/2 finger head, and average lacing. The smell is of grass floral hops and something i can only describe as plastic. The taste is much less offensive coming in with a grainy malt backbone and some grassy hops. A bit on the hoppy side for an APA but for me thats not a bad thing. The mouthfeel in drinkability are ok. Not as impressed as i am with some other things from southern tier, but not bad as long as i dont get my nose to deep into it.

01-16-2008 00:12:57 | More by dickieb
Photo of sleazo

New York

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

A_Pours a hazy amber/orange hue. The small head that there is recedes kind of quickly though the foam does provide some lacing. Average is the proper term here.

S_Unique pale ale aroma going on here. Strong leafy hop presence dominates but a sweet honey like malt sort of lingers in the back. There is some slight sournenss as well. I really like the way this smells.

T_Not quite as hoppy as the smell suggests. This seems to lean more on it's caramel malt base. Kind of has that malt syrup type quality.

M_A little syrupy and slightly flat. Meh

D_Phin and matt's extraordinary ale is a good description if you were to leave off the prefix. This is most definitely ordinary. Much better pale ales out there. Not so sure I should have bought the sixer. Oh well it is drinkable.

01-13-2008 22:11:49 | More by sleazo
Photo of stuckonhops


3.53/5  rDev -0.3%

A-- slightly hazy golden with a fluffy quickly receding head.. some nice lacing left..not amazing looking...just kind of average..

S--not and overpowering smell but citrusy hops smell very nice and seems to be the only thing breaking through to my nose...

T-- taste alost exactly like the smell...right upfront it is very sweet...but it immediatly turns to that cirutsy/sweet hops that you smell...

M-- very smooth...nice carbonation...full flavor but not full bodied...

D-- very easy drinking with this one so far into it....seems like it would make a GREAT session beer...could drink this baby all night...i WAS expecting a LOT more in taste and complexity...but i was not dissappointed...i will get this one again...would be great to have during partys with pizza and freinds and just hanging out when you wanna have a few in a row and not be smashed already..

01-13-2008 21:21:58 | More by stuckonhops
Photo of SilentSabre

North Dakota

2.93/5  rDev -17.2%

Didn't really get much out of this one. The pour was very yellow, and as such, much lighter than I was expecting. This looked almost like a macro, but not quite. Smell was very average with some noticeable sweet, citrusy hops, and a bit of malt, but little else. Taste, too, was very forgetable. A bit of sweetness up front, followed by very mild hop bitterness. Mouthfeel was a bit more carbonated than I was ready for. Overall, a very average APA that's easy to drink, but not very exciting. Ho-hum.

01-10-2008 22:43:07 | More by SilentSabre
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


3.6/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint Glass, the liquid is a semi cloudy gold with ok carbonation. The head is small white and leaves a little lace.

The smell is real nice big and hopy, mostly floral.

The taste follows but not quite as nice, a strange flower note on the front end and it could use some more malt. But fitting, is the Name "Extraordinary" so that said not too bad.

The mouthfeel is ok, nothing Extra out of the Ordinary.

The drinkability is ok, not a great brew but worth a try it is diferent. MK

01-03-2008 16:35:18 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.63/5  rDev +2.5%

Pours a clouded golden brown with a big off-white head off a very aggressive pour that falls rather quickly. Nose is a typical citrus hop. Flavor is smoothly and mildly sweet with an even and not overpowering hop presence. Feel is nice. Good level of bubble on the tongue with a nice liquid feel. Drinkable yes. For being labeled an extraordinary ale, I don't find this one as such. It is still pretty good though and worth trying. (and very quaffable)

12-31-2007 00:49:23 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Extraordinary? I don't know about that. I suppose that this was the brewery's first shot at a change in their nomenclature scheme of "Porter" and "IPA" and "Pilsner".
Not too shabby, though. I do suspect that this sample has a bit more age on it than is ideal but it was stored in the refrigerated section of the store. It pours a color that is more along the lines of a pilsner than a pale ale; slightly deep yellow gold but missing out on amber. The head and lacing are both generous.
Scents are alllmost really there. Some pretty good hop aromas with underlying malt sweetness... a bit more freshness or maybe tapped from a keg and this would be more thrilling.
Flavors are are in good balance. Some would probably prefer the volume to be turned up here but I could see this going over pretty well to those who aren't hopheads or beer geeks. Similar things are going on here as in Sam Adams Boston lager and Brooklyn lager but with more of a smoothness.
Pretty nice stuff. Would go well with most foods and satisfy a broad spectrum of moods.

12-19-2007 23:33:56 | More by ommegangpbr
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West Virginia

3.7/5  rDev +4.5%

Appears with chill haze golden copper color forms a vibrant white head pretty thick as it dwindles a collar of lacing forms. With each sip after the first even lacing forms thinly in speckled patterns. Aroma has a light pale biscuit malt component with citrus peel and very floral hops arising. Mellow but you can detect grain and hop here that's a step in the right direction for anybody's flagship beer, let's see how those carry out in the flavor. Hoppy in the floral and citrus burp sense not overly bitter I'm detecting moderate IBUs possibly around 35 on the hop bitterness. Mild sweetness with pale malts bringing out biscuit and cereal grains with a mineral water harshness in the finish. Texture is pretty light this is pale ale light in a good way really light body with some thinner resinous slickness, and carbonation that's dead on. Drinkability is pretty effortless a good tailgating craft beer much flavor but light texture and crispness makes it flow with ease. A really great tasting and refreshing beer from one of my favorite all time brewers.

11-10-2007 16:45:56 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.68/5  rDev +4%

Another quality beer from Southern Tier. This one I don't believe is quite as light refreshing as the Harvest Ale, but is still quite good.

Appearance is sort of a sparkling caramel color with great head formation which fades to a scummy protective coating. Aroma is light and refreshing and hoppy, with a touch of penetrating sharpness like you met get off fresh sweat or from bug repellant. This is a cutting yet fresh aroma. Flavor is light and hoppy and quite nice. Mouthfeel is very much on the light side, but is far from watery or boring.

Quite a nice beer. Recommended.

11-01-2007 19:07:04 | More by BeerBelcher
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West Virginia

2.95/5  rDev -16.7%

This beer is overcarbonated...poured a huge off white head into ap int glass. So much carbonation that a 12 ouncer wouldn't fit after the initial, not hard pour..
Medium golded color,clear and carbonated to the max.
Smells of hops. Citrus notes. Not much malt noticable .
Tastes of mild citrus. Not muck malt backing. Way too carbonated.
A little like hop water.
Very average at best.

10-26-2007 21:27:09 | More by dmamiano
Photo of dirtylou


3.83/5  rDev +8.2%

12oz single, Steve's on University

appearance: pours a clear bronze/copper shade, rather pale body, light frothy beige head with pretty decent lacing

smell: fresh clean and dry hops, fair malt structure, plenty of toasted grain

taste: pretty similar to sierra nevada pale to me...very well balanced (as opposed to the latest trend of hop-bomb apa's). toasted grain and malt presence is well pronounced and the hopping leaves a very dry finish - this would probably be pretty nice on tap

mouthfeel: finishes very dry, medium-light body

drinkability: pretty refreshing after a bruising soccer match

10-26-2007 04:19:26 | More by dirtylou
Photo of Brad007


3.83/5  rDev +8.2%

Pours a pale color with minimal head. Aroma is nice and hoppy upfront with the maltiness shining through as well. Taste is very nice and toasty upfront with a mild bitterness in the middle. A second taste confirms the toastiness and malt that shows through much more than the hops. Feels more like a well-balanced English IPA but for what it's worth, it's a very drinkable ale that I could kick back on a hot day.Highly sessionable.

10-21-2007 23:21:43 | More by Brad007
Photo of tpd975


4/5  rDev +13%

Another ST brew from BeerTruth.

A: Nice light golden yellow color with a big bubbly head.

S: Tons of hoppy piney citrus aroma with an underlying malty honey like sweetness.

T: Reminds me of tart orange juice with a hint of honey.

M: Light and airy.

D: Very.

Overall: I can't believe this beer don't get better reviews. Its not really over the top in any way. It is simply a great tasting beer that goes down easy. A good APA that if avaliable I would use as a session brew.

Thanks BeerTruth... Keep those ST gems coming!

10-06-2007 20:04:18 | More by tpd975
Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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