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

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BA SCORE
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1,437 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,437
Reviews: 611
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.88%
Wants: 18
Gots: 92 | 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 Braudog
4.28/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at KClinger’s Tavern Hanover PA. This beer presented itself in the image of a textbook amber beer with a thin sticky top. But it is well hopped ... oily, resiny, piney and extremely vicscuous! Excellent hoppy little ale with a solid underbody. (#2653, 1/14/07)

Photo of BeerTruth
4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

How can you not enjoy this beer? Pours a light copper color with mild citrus aromas. One of the most drinkable and delightful beers I have ever experienced. I was able to expose one of my "non-craft beer" drinking friends to this beer, and they loved it. This beer proves that it's the most extraordinary beer out there. One and all can enjoy this delicious brew. One of these days I plan on visiting Southern Tier and while there I will surely congratulate them on this fine ale.

Photo of Atron67
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- a clear golden hue, forms a off-(barely) white foam that leaves lacey traces on the glass, doesn't last very long
S- very clean floral (pine) hoppy aroma- as desired by an APA
T- clean crisp medium malt start leading to avery strong hop presence, no traces of phenols, diacetlys or esters
M-light body, smooth crisp, have had carbonation inconsistancies, but when properly carbonated is great
D- a great overall APA, hoppy deliciousness and what would be looked for in an alcohol and hop amplified IPA.

Photo of EPICAC
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

After wandering around Downtown Wine and Spirits in a state of indecisiveness for several minutes I decided to pick up a mixed six-pack from Southern Tier. I let this warm a bit and served it in my NERAX pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy golden-copper with a thick, sudsy off-white head that fades to a frothy film leaving patchy lace.

Smell: Light malts with some citrusy hop aromas. Not bad, but pretty average for the style.

Taste: Lightly sweet and toasty malts upfront. The center has notes of fruity citrus, which moves into a light hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, moderate carbonation, watery.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, it's light and probably pretty nice in warmer weather.

Overall: This is a so-so APA. There's nothing bad about it, but the flavors are just too subdued.

Photo of lehows
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a copper color with a thick white head with good lacing. Aromas are pleasantly hoppy with some mild malt in the background. Taste is hoppy but balanced by the malt flavor and semi-tangy sweetness. It isnt "extraordinary" but is certainly worth a go. I found this to be an all around good brew and something I would session most definitely.

Photo of auntfloyd
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Bought as part of a variety pack.

Pours a bright golden amber with two fingers of white head and excellent retention.

The nose is citrusy hops and slightly bready malt.

The taste is fairly sweet at first, with grassy and biscuity notes, and a citrus hop finish.

The mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability of this ale is high.

A nice pale ale with a nice Cascade Hop flavor. Definitely more hoppy than most APAs, but without losing balance. The APA for hopheads.

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

A- Golden/orange sort of apricot color, slight chill haze. 3/4 inch white moderately dense head fell to thin coat and ring in 30 seconds, some lacing was present

S-citrus hops and bready malts, not very complex but present.

T-citrus hops siding towards the grapefruit side. Bitterness is present but not intense, appropaite for an APA. Malt comes through in the middle and is followed by a lingering light bitterness. There is a mettalic taste from the middle to the end that stayed on the pallete for quite a long time.

M-Lighter body than expected, even got a little watery as it warmed up. cabonation was alittle fizzy also.

D- the drinkability of this one is defintiely there, I could certainly sessin this one if confronted with a 12-pack or as macro-alternative at a party.

Overall-Not a bad selection to try from JLMJL of the beer club. The mettalic taste and watery consistency hold this beer back from being really good. I would take Stoudt's APA or SNPA before this.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer ahs a crystal clear body with an apricot hue. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that rise in strands to the surface. There is a snow white head that is creamy with a few big bubbles pushing through, then it turns rocky but last and last.

S- This beer has a nice pine citrus hops note with a very smooth pale malt note and a hint of orange to it.

T- This beer has a great flavor of grapefruit hops and a pine flavor with a bit of pucker. There is a slight spicy note to the hops in the finish. The soft pale malt flavor comes through after a bit and it has some nice depth to it.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol in the finish.

D- This beer has a very nice hop complexity with a supporting flavor of soft malt with a nice subtlety.

Photo of Madmax99
4.65/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I absolutely love this beer. Slight taste of corriander, but hoppy. Not as hoppy as an IPA though. Very light foamy head that dissapears quickly. Very attractive copper color, that sets the tone for the beer. Pleasing drinkability, where you can drink a few and not feel full. Recommended for the beer drinker that likes slightly hoppy beer.

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

Bright amber body without much head but somecloudiness and floating sediment add a bit of character. Nose has some medium hops with floral tones but is pretty shallow.

Taste is broad shouldered and quenching but without real strong flavors. Piney hops and citrus make the rounds but don't really stay. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean but flavor just doesn't carry. Aftertaste, despite some hoppy bitterness, doesn't last.

There's nothing wrong with this beer, unless you're sampling it right after their infinitely tastier IPA as I am, which probably makes this seem weaker and plainer than it actually is. Drinkable, but lacking passion. Definitely go ith the IPA if given a choice.

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

pours bright translicent copper with goldish hues shining through with the light, the head in non-existant.
the aroma is malty with just a hint of grain and pleanty of carmelized malt, good spiciness from the hops.
the flavor is malty, carmelized malt, hopsack. peppery, hopspice, citrus.
good beer.

Photo of mjc410
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Strangely, this bottle has a big dent above the label. I've never seen anything like it. Anyway...

The pour into my Sam Smith pint raises a thin head with a sparse glass ring. The lacing is spotty and not much to speak of. As for the body, it's a very bright gold with hints of copper. Very attractive, except for the head. The nose is a very flowery, nutty, slightly citrusy scent. Reminds me of honey, too. The taste is sweet and biscuity, with just a bit of citrus bite to remind you of the hops. Has a pronounced bitterness that hits in the middle and carries throughout the lingering aftertaste. The body is very thin, and the carbonation is pretty mild. Overall, another ok beer, but nothing exciting.

Thanks to the McHugh family for this one!

Photo of Stimack
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brew pours to a dark golden color with a slight haze. Has a medium sized off white head that beaks down pretty quickly but does leave a thick layer of lacing down the side of the glass. It has a very enticing aroma, strong citrus hops and a solid biscuit like malt scent. The taste is very nice as well, notice the hops up front but also a very solid biscuit malt flavor, more noticeable than in the aroma. Also has a nice dry feel to it. This is a very good brew to me, has a lot of character both in its scent and taste. With its lower ABV, it is a good session brew for me. A very tasty flagship offering from Southern Tier.

Photo of EStreet20
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out a transparent gold, almost yellow, witha tiny white head.

S - A nice piny hop aroma, some tea-like smell as well.

T - Hop bitterness but not much else there rounding it out. A bit off balance with a bitterness that has nothing to back it up.

M - Thin and light bodied.

D - Looking for a quick hop fix in a lighter bodied beer, this is good, but not much of that balance I seek in an American pale.

Photo of TrickKnee
4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ONce again i have not been let down by the boys in New York. Poured a deep amber color with a decent amount of head. Had a great hop aroma, couldnt pick out what specific kinds definelty used more than one to get a really complex smell. Great taste, little piney but not to much. Would definetly want to try again.

Photo of plaid75
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium cloudy copper hue with a thin layer of bubbles. There was decent lacing.

The smell was upfront sweet orange hops. A subtle doughy grain as well.

The taste featured a delicately sweet orangy hop. There was a hint of wildflower honet as well. A very solid grain bill. Nice doughy finish.

The mouthfeel was of medium fullness.

Overall, a very quaffable APA. Just a good all around beer. Very solid.

Photo of williamherbert
4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly unexceptional golden color. Does not indicate the deliciousness that awaits, although the head is decent.

Strong and appealing hoppy aroma; not bitter or overpowering, very enticing.

Delicious smooth flavor. A nice amount of hops, but with a solid malty backing. Excellent balance; a perfect blend. Clearing the palate makes it even more enjoyable.

Slightly fizzy, but still smooth.

I could easily drink a full six pack of this. It has the perfect blend of hops and malt, and a very enjoyable, slightly sweet flavor. Well-balanced might be the best way to describe this beer.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz twist-off cap bottle into pint glass.

Appears semi-cloudy, golden amber, minimal white head dissipated to a scattered bit of covering. Moderately active.

Very hop dominated nose, sweet and green-like scents from the hops.

The taste is also doiminated by a non-bitter hop flavor. Malt is prevelant with a decent balance. Green, flowery hop is the dominator though.

Only mildly active, decent bite feels moderately lively.

Not a bad brew, easy enough to drink.

Photo of wcudwight
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to swedejay53 for my first Southern Tier Beer.
Pours a lemony orange tea color. With a thin head that holds for a while and then disappears. Little lacing.
Smells of buttery biscuits with a mild hop presence.
The hops are more noticable in the taste, but this is still a malt dominated APA. Not that, that's a bad thing. Biscuity body with a nice sweet caramel finish. The hops kind of linger in the back ground but never jump to the front of the line. Nice sweetness to this beer.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slick and good.
Overall a nice drinkable session ale, that's a nice change of pace from the average pale ale.

Photo of dansm
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Pours a nice clear amber with a slight white head.

S-Florar hops jumps out, with a little maltiness backing it up.

T-Slightly sweet malts lead into a nice citrus/floral hop flavor.

M-Medium to lght bodied, smooth going down, with a dry finish.

D-Nice and smooth with balanced flavors make this a fairly drinkable beer.

Photo of rousee
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pink-amber color with very little head. Smell is floral with some vinous quality. Almost smells like cream soda.
Taste is a strong maltiness followed by a pleasant hoppiness. A little sweet . Seems well balanced --also floral aspects are noticed too. Somewhat complex.
Chalky resinous mouthfeel but still not unpleasant.
As far as drinkability goes, nothing more than a little better than average.

Photo of chimaychimaynot
2.8/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On tap at Hop Devil Grill, NYC:

Pours an attractive, deep gold, nice white head. Aroma is enticing, brimming with fresh, citrusy hop notes. The flavor does not live up to the promising aroma, however - it tastes weak and anemic, with some citrusy hops, but not much malt to back them up. Reminiscent of vitamin c tablets crushed in water. Perhaps I was being suggestible, because I found the body to be thin with a faintly grainy, rough texture. Overall, a decent beer, but I was disappointed. I'd like to retry this to make sure I didn't get a bum keg.

Photo of ridedammit
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Found this when A and I took our first trip over to Ball Sq Wine and Beer.
I have enjoyed some of the other brews from Southern Tier and sinec this one
has a loud label design I decided to give it a go. It is darker than most
Pale Ale's I have tried, but I enjoyed the aroma coming from the glass. I was
disappointed that the sroma did not translate into a great taste and mouthfeel.
This is a very malty sweet beer, much more so that other Pale Ale's. It was
not bad, it just does not taste like a Pale Ale. Glad I tried it but I like some
of their other brews much more than this one.

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

Hazy-ish golden peach with meager white froth. Head has little staying power. Very mild citric aromas (lemon, grapefruit) and scents of turbinado laced with iron. Biscuit notes emerge in the flavor, unannounced as they are by the aroma, and are joined by some off-key bitterness that is at first grapefruit pith and then mostly dull, earthy and mineral. Medium carbonation, medium-light body, less-than-lively mouthfeel. "Pales" (no pun intended) in comparison to other offerings from Southern Tier. As I'm certain I'm not the first to proclaim, Phin and Matt developed a decidedly unextraordinary ale here. Decent but definitely not noteworthy.

Photo of SteveO1231
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle without a freshness date. Pours a clear golden copper. Thin white head, little carbonation. Aroma of caramel malts and spicy/floral hops, smells pretty damn good. Light bodied. Light malt sweetness with a nice spicy hop bite. Light pine dryness sticks to the palate. Very good pale, nice and hoppy, very refreshing.

Cheers!

Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 1,437 ratings.