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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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1,429 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,429
Reviews: 611
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.88%
Wants: 19
Gots: 86 | 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:
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(Beer added by: wailingwench on 10-29-2004)
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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.

Madmax99, Dec 25, 2006
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.

daliandragon, Dec 23, 2006
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.

plaztikjezuz, Nov 12, 2006
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!

mjc410, Oct 25, 2006
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.

Stimack, Oct 21, 2006
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.

EStreet20, Oct 07, 2006
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.

TrickKnee, Oct 05, 2006
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.

plaid75, Sep 26, 2006
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.

williamherbert, Sep 24, 2006
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.

GratefulBeerGuy, Aug 29, 2006
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.

wcudwight, Aug 29, 2006
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.

dansm, Aug 28, 2006
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.

rousee, Aug 26, 2006
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.

chimaychimaynot, Aug 24, 2006
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.

ridedammit, Aug 20, 2006
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.

orfeu, Aug 20, 2006
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.


SteveO1231, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of rarevos
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden color. Very slight head, little lacing. No sticky trails.

S: Hoppy up front, and is mellowed somewhat by a flowery aroma. Hint of grapefruit.

T: Starts off hoppy, but there's no real malt at all. A hint of citrus toward the middle before returning to a hoppy finish that ultimately tails off into a perfumy conclusion.

M: Light-bodied, dry finish.

D: Decent session beer, really. I wouldn't call it extraordinary, but it's a satisfying APA. I always found APAs really boring, but a few recent ones have gotten me to change my mind a bit. A nice beer.

rarevos, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of AlexJ
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale amber pour with a bubbly head of white that leaves a bit of lace, before dying to a thin ring.

Aroma is crisp malts and a hint of toffee with nice citrus and sweet floral hop notes.

Flavor very similar, clean malts notes and a nice bite of citrus, floral, and grassy hops. Easy going and balanced.

Body is between light and medium, with plenty of carbonation and a crisp mouthfeel and clean texture. Very easy to drink.

AlexJ, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of MattBrooks
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Okay, I was about ready to write these guys off. I'd tried a couple of their brews and was less than impressed...then I tried Phin & Matt's and my opinion of the brewery has been changed. This ale is rich, but smooth and easy on the finish. Classic APA tastes and aromas, however not quite as big as some of the others I've had. The mouthfeel was a little light, but with the easy finish I could see pounding down a sixer of these no problem.

MattBrooks, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of Gaisgeil
3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not too impressed with this one overall, an interesting hop profile at least, but aside from that it's a fairly weak and thin affair. Pours a fairly clear gold in color with a fizzy white head that lacked retention. Nose has got some decent American hop aroma but not much else. Taste is lacking much malt, slightly herbal quality with appreciable bitterness. Mouthfeel is watery, thin. I can't say this was a favorite, but still well made nontheless.


Gaisgeil, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of BeerRun13
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear light golden color. A small white head quickly fades to an almost non existen ring and gives off no lace.
Aroma suggests a nice play of malt and piney hops.
Very nice taste. Refreshing and nice. Malty, but a bit more hop forward wtih citrus and piney hops.
Light bodied and a bit dry. Again this one is very refreshing.
I can drink a truckload of these... especially on a hot Summer day.

BeerRun13, Jul 26, 2006
Photo of Mitchster
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$1.79 for a 12oz bottle at Merchants in Dearborn. Pours out to a slightly chill-hazed orange-peach, forming a nice-size soapy white head with very good retention and adequate lacing. Carbonation is medium. Twist-off bottle. The aroma is very fragrant with freshly picked citric and skunky hops, with some cannibis pungency going on as well. There are are toast and grain husk in there with a clean ferment. Mouthfeel is smoother than anticipated (despite what the assertive hop nose would imply) with a very nice finish and aftertaste and a medium body. Taste begins with pungent piney hops, followed by toasted grain husk, like chewing on Crystal malt, some apple and rotting orange in the middle. Bitterness is the only off-putting thing about this: it's mild and easy to drink, but it has a pronounced vegetable, squash-like bitterness that tends to annoy throughout the glass and doesn't appear until the finish. Freshly cut green woods in the finish as well.

A very respectable APA, and among the best of those I've had. Easy to drink and I could imagine this stuff is amazing on tap. Reccomended!

Mitchster, Jul 26, 2006
Photo of ypsifly
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Undated 12oz purchased at Merchant's in Dearborn and poured into a pint glass.

Clear brass with a smallish head of white that shows good retention and leaves wispy lace.

Slight aromas of caramel malt, grassy hops that have a suggestion of citrus. Kind of cracker like but weak overall.

The taste leans more on the hops than the malts. Dry and a bit grassy with lingering dryness.

The mouth is dry with some sharp carbonation. Very drinkable, yet not very "extraordinary".

ypsifly, Jul 21, 2006
Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden color, with a dense one finger head. Good retention and spiderweb lacing. Hoppy nose like cascade, with faint toasted malt aromas. Sweet toasted munich malt upfront, followed by floral and citrus hop flavor. Tame acidity in the aftertaste, and a hint of spicy saaz. The malt is indistinct but the hop flavor is showcased to provide a good balance. Light-medium body and even carbonation counteract a mild slickness that would otherwise compliment this style. Finishes semi-dry with a lingering noble hop spice and cascade fruitness. A nice american pale, but probably not worth seeking out.

PBRstreetgang, Jul 16, 2006
Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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