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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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1,395 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,395
Reviews: 609
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 17
Gots: 77 | 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 JasonCoop
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear amber color with decent white lacy foam. looks good.

smells sweet and citrusy. grapefruit and lemon peel.

taste - hoppy and fruity up front. aggressively hopped for the style, but not over the top. grapefruit is the primary flavor with some breadiness and subtle malt taste mixed in. odd twinge on the finish that i can't put my finger on. decent but nothing 'extraordinary'.

mouthfeel is about right. medium/light. drinkability is pretty good. all in all a pretty middle of the road APA. decent.

JasonCoop, Apr 03, 2006
Photo of Franchise
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden blonde with a clear bubbly body that leaves a 1in off-white head. The aroma is strong hops, lemon, honey, and a chalky sweet tarts feel. The taste is balanced, starts floural hoppy, with a slight herbal tea sweetness. There is a lemon honey presence that has a natural "honeycomb" taste. The floural hop presence is great, very different and the finishes is smooth with a soft creamy feel on the throat.

Franchise, Mar 27, 2006
Photo of GnomeKing
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All fours. (Moses Malone would love this brew.) This is a straightforward version of the style--well-made, but not a standout
in any way. The color is light to medium gold. The lacing is ample but not abundant. The hops are prominent but not bold...get the picture?

Traditional and well-made aren't insults. I like this beer, and I think you will too. Just set your expectations. For anyone new to the style, this would be a good starting point.

GnomeKing, Mar 27, 2006
Photo of Hautacam
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice gold ...almost no head.
Smells faintly of floral hops.
Tastes pretty good...slightly sweet, nice balance of hops without a lot of bitterness ... a malt background, almost nutty...floral hop again in the aftertaste.
Medium mouthfeel...good lively carbonation.
Pretty drinkable...I could have a few of these. Pleasant surprize...this usually is not my style; I bought it as a single just to try...I don't know about "Extraordinary"...but I find I'm liking it very much.

Hautacam, Mar 17, 2006
Photo of LarryV
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not much of a head when I poured this - the small head faded quickly to a line of lace around the edge. Smell is fruity with a hint of biscuit. Color is a deep golden orange color with minimal carbonation. The fruitiness carries through in the taste with a strong malt backbone. The hops are pretty aggressive for an APA and give a grapefruit like bitterness to the brew which grows a bit tiresome after a while. I also detected a very slight metallic flavor in the finish. Really not a bad brew, but not extraordinary.

LarryV, Mar 17, 2006
Photo of edchicma
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very little head,,,minimal lacing,,,light copper.
Smells of spice (cloves?) and malt..very pleasant.
Taste carries the spice throughout..but not overpowering,
Mouthfeel is medium and slightly slick, but not overly so.
Easy enough to drink, but the spiciness lingers..probably should be pared with cheese or chips to lessen the effects,

edchicma, Mar 16, 2006
Photo of Ego
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

part of the "mix six" pack they offer, $9.99 @ DeCicco Market, Pelham, NY

half a finger of the white stuff (no, not that perv), dissipates rather quickly, decent lacing, golden orange with pale highlights, very average looking, nothing to detriment though.

mangoes and apricots covering some hop florals, caramel malts with a hint of toastiness, not uber complex but inviting for an APA.

taste etc...
almost prickly carbonation, but not quite. smooth going down. light body mixed with the good carbonation provides a nice drinking experience. There is a nice underlying bitterness here. Some biscuity grain flavor is also subtely in there. This almost seems like a toned down version of their IPA... and I like it. It stays balanced all the way through the glass, unlike the IPA which loses it in drinkability imo..

not as aggressively hopped as the IPA they make.. and it makes this one more drinkable. Of the two I wouold rather have this one to hang out with, I would definitely pick it up again if I come across it. "Extraordinary".. well, that is a bit much, but this is a solid APA.

Ego, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of bossmanjg
2.35/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This was a decent beer in the beginning, but came on with a nasty bitter punch in the end. Didn’t finish well.

Appearance: Darker than an average lager.

Smell: General beer smell, slightly more aroma than say a Coors light.

Taste: Not bad in the beginning, but as it warmed, and breathed, it became very bitter, way to much hops for not being an IPA.

Mouth feel: Not bad.

Drinkability: Definitely not a six packer for me, maybe one here or there.

And as always remember the immortal words:

“Beer is proof that God loves us, and wants us to be happy.”

~Benjamin Franklin

bossmanjg, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of Jredner
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First of all I am automatically deducting one point for the commerical description: "they knew it had to be different if they were to call it extraordinary." so to make it different they: "use vast amounts of whole hops, the finest malt, and put a little more love in every batch," yeah so what craft brewer doesn’t claim to use the finest and "more love?" That is like tasting the "cold" in a Coors. Sad. Anyway back to the beer.

Wow it smells so different..I mean it has caramel malt and some hops like most other pale ales, but I was told it was difefrent so I FEEL like it smells different. Well here is something different...most APA’s have some semblance of a head and this one doesn’t...at all. Just a light orange/yellow color and a wisp of white film on top. Fore is pretty nice..lots of a caramel malt with a little tinge of citrus kissed hops toward the back end. It’s fairly tasty, but not at all different.

Jredner, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of klewis
2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden with a small and quickly disappearing head.

S: Strong aromas of hops and grass with slight phenols

T: Flavors of hops and celery with a moderate taste of oxidation

M: Watery and on the lighter side for an APA

D: Unfortunately, this "extraordinary" ale is only ordinary. Nothing about this beer is bad, but nothing really does it for me either. There are too many other good APAs out there to drink this again.

klewis, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of ybnorml
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clean amber beer with orange highlights. Has a small foamy off white head. The aroma at first has a floral hop character then a piney hoppiness takes over. As the beer warms a smooth malt note comes out of the background. There is a light sweet malt note at the tip of the tongue. Followed by a nice easy tea like bitterness with a grapfruit finish.

ybnorml, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of wedge
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden yellow color with a loose soapy white head. It smells predominantly of citrus hops along with some pine over grain and a slight breadiness. The taste is initially hoppy quickly followed by balanced toasted grains. The flavor is much more malt heavy than the aroma would suggest - there's a little caramel in the finish. Very full flavored and dry, though it could use a little more carbonation.

A different pale ale, but still very enjoyable and easy to drink.

wedge, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of apintofknowledge
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had a taste of this offering at a Stoudt's fest last year, and very happy to find it in bottles finally. This one pours a very cloudy, honey-orange hue with a relatively thick frothy white head. Hop aromas come through immediately, with notes of pine and citrus, while a hint of butterscotch lingers in the background. The taste is initially sweet with caramel, honey and buttery notes, followed by a refreshingly dry orange and grapefruit flavors, ending with a tangy and bitter finish. The hops are just right here for the style, without any real harsh bitterness. There's another interesting flavor that comes through the more I drink... I swear it's maple.

Overall, a very drinkable, balanced, somewhat complex and interesting, but somehow still smooth brew. Definetely one though hard to find (at least where I am), well worth seeking out.

apintofknowledge, Feb 19, 2006
Photo of Fish113d
4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

*Served chilled in a pint glass.

Pours a nice amber color with 1/8" white surface layer. Nothing special here, but solid looking brew. exactly what a pale ale should be.

Aroma is citrus fruits (grapefruits and orange). Floral aromas also come out. quite sweet malt aroma. A touch of alcohol touches my nose and dries it out just a tad.

Aroma is quite bitter, but mild in fruit flavors. Pretty basic and pleasant. The citrus flavors are a bit buttery though.

Crisp body and clean feel. Carbonation is dead on for an american pale and the alcohol dries it out just a bit. Nice. Some biscuit flavors come out a bit which is a nice touch.

Overall, this is an easily consumed brew. I really liked it regardless of the non-complexity. Just a good ale overall. Get your hand on it. Southern Tier is solid!

Fish113d, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of riversider76
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden. Foamy head, not as much lace as their IPA. Smell is floral with a hint of pine. Mouthfeel is light,with little carbonation. Taste is lightly hopped,with a piney finish. This reminds me of a lighter version of Sierra Neveda Celebration Ale.Not bad for a lighter beer.

riversider76, Feb 07, 2006
Photo of beermanbrian
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow color with a slight tint of orange. Not much head and zero lacing. Also very little noticable carbonation. Smell is faintly citrusy. Taste is malty, some bready notes. Sligtly oily mouthfeel and a little on the watery side. Slightly above average beer that would be good for drinking at a picnic or football game. Might be a good crossover beer.

beermanbrian, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of bjohnson
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an orange amber color with a white one to one and a half finger head.

S: Aromas of fruity and floral hops with a bit of pine in there also.

T: Tastes of pine with a few hops in there, but they aren't overwhelming or even enough for my taste. Dry aftertaste that leaves your mouth feeling fresh.

M & D: Mouthfeel is not bad, but overall this beer doesn't pack as much as I was expecting. Overall the body isn't too heavy, but just enough for a refreshing pale ale. Drinkability is moderate to high on this beer as its easy to drink and tastes overall prett ygood. I would have another...might just get one.

bjohnson, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of Bones54
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving from a 12oz bottle, pours a nice golden color with a thin head. Not bad!! Wasn't expecting much from this beer, but it's worth buying again. Great price @ 6.99 for six pack, has a nice bitter taste that goes down smooth. Extraordinary, not exactly, but still very good.

Bones54, Jan 21, 2006
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Pours a semi-hazy orange amber witha white had that fades. Decent lacing on the glass.

Nice fresh piney hop aroma. Some light caramel malty tones also appear here and there.

Nice fresh piney hop flavor upfront that's washed away by a light maltiness. Very mild bitterness. This is followed by more hops, although much more subdued than the initial taste and washes away very clean.

Body is very smooth, but perhaps a bit thin.

This is a nice drinking APA and a very good representative of the style.

MaltyGoodness, Jan 06, 2006
Photo of mattcrill
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours golden orange and clear with a minimal sudsy ivory cap.

Smell: Orange blossom and Pacific Northwest Hops (something starting with a "c" to be sure...)

Taste: muted hops, a grainy base, and hint of orange, and a dry bittering finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and just a touch oily.

Drinkability: Lively on the palate. Solid across the board. I'm really diggin' this brewery.

mattcrill, Dec 20, 2005
Photo of Gavage
4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy orange color with a 2" head. Some spotty lacing develops throught the drink.

Smell: the nose picks up strong citrus, candy sweetness, and some soft pinecone.

Taste: the flavor follows the nose, as this brew is nicely balanced with strong orange citrus, bread, sweet caramels, and piney bitterness.

Mouthfeel: crisp at the start and finish, and the finish is short on the orange and pine.

Drinkability: superb drinkability, a definite session pale ale. Worth seeking out.

Gavage, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of orsulacp
2.9/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured a hazy yellow-orange with no head. The smell had some faint citrus, but nothing else. The taste was slightly bitter, some piney hops not much malt. Medium mouthfeeI with low carbonation. I am not getting much out of this. It seems very average.

orsulacp, Dec 13, 2005
Photo of quasimoto
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A murky orange copper with little head

S - Strong notes of citrusy hops. Almost an I.P.A. type smell. Very strong

T - Over poering hops cover up an oaky type taste of malts. Very bread like. Not to caramelish

M - Other than the bubbles the finish on the back of the tounge. It's very light

D - This is definilty a sesion beer. I enjpy it thoroughly.

quasimoto, Dec 09, 2005
Photo of BitterBrian
4.28/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm ready to enjoy another Southern Tier offering. They haven't let me down yet. (OK, maybe with the Tripel, but I'll forget about that).

Pours a foggy golden amber into the pint glass. The head wasn't anything to speak of. Maybe I didn't pay attention when pouring. . . nah, there wasn't a head. the "ring of bubbles" left a light lacing though.

Smells of citrus, malt and a little pine. Tastes of orange, malts. real nicely balanced hops and a little peet on the finish. Delicious.

I really enjoyed this one. If I had more than one on hand, I would be able to testify that's is an easy drinker, but I'll just have to predict that it is for now.

BitterBrian, Dec 08, 2005
Photo of jmz62565
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color of this beer is a little lighter than I expected. It looks like a dark pilsner and the head was a little smallish.I smell is very hoppy with citrus fruit.
The taste is hoppy,but not bitter.There is a definite citrus flavor,grapefruit or orange?,that's refreshing. The m/f is medium with a full coverage of your whole mouth.I would say this is a good beer and I would try it again.

jmz62565, Nov 23, 2005
Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 1,395 ratings.