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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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1,436 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,436
Reviews: 611
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 18
Gots: 90 | 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 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.

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.

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.


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.

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!

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".

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.

Photo of jdhilt
3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Starts as hoppy/some malt but midway the hops kick in to the finish still a drinkable pale. $1.45 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Photo of JMD71
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light gold, orangey color. Very small head when poured. Minimal carbonation, Light penetrating gives a golden hue.

Aroma: Very promounced American hop profile. Malt balance evident. Hop aroma citrusy & piney without coming across as too bitter.

Taste: Citrusy hop flavor. Not bitter due to the malt balance. Good overall balance in this APA.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied & crisp. Very nice when cold. Very smooth in the mouth on its way down.

Drinkability: I found this very drinkable, fresh tasting & clean on the palette. Makes this enjoyable for a few....

Comments: I liked this APA. I would recommend it to all. Very tasty & full flavored without being overly bitter. Only detraction is that I find many of Southern Tier's beers to have the same hop flavor. They should mix up the hop bill...

Photo of akahn
4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lively rosy amber with a small-bubbled off-white head. The head recedes to a skim and leaves a good deal of lacing. Lots of streaming carbonation.

Big citrus hoppy nose -- more hoppy than their IPA! As it warms, a fruity ripe apricot and peach sweetness emerges.

Mellow and very well balanced. Clear malty sweetness along with tangy, bitter pine and citrus hops. As it warms, melon flavors emerge. Somewhat drying in the finish.

Well rounded medium body with moderate carbonation. Went down easy and I wish I had another. Easily one of the best APAs I've had. Southern Tier once again outdoes their shoddy labels.

Photo of Jason
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

A- Hazed orangey beige with a thin white lacing.

S- Hint of orange zest, toasty ... almost doughy maltiness.

T&M- Smooth with a slightly slick mouth feel, medium body. Full hop flavor with a kiss of bitterness, light toasted malt ... tad grainy. Old Dobule Mint Gum? Hint of fruitiness in the middle with bursts of hop flavor. Finishes semi-dry.

D- Not half bad but nothing I'd go out of my way for, an easy drinking pale with an American hop flare. Certainly worth a try though.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am pouring a room temp bottle into a pint glass. THe beer pours a bright, clear caramel orange color with fluffy off white head rising up effortlessly and resting on surface 1 cm thick.
Several streams of carbonation rise toward the surface.
The aroma is hops mostly with rindy grapefruit and some grassy notes as well. I also get a bit of caramel and brown sugar hiding in the background.
The first sip reveals a lite to average body with fairly restrained carbonation. The flavor starts with a bit of bitey grassy hop and finishes with some grainy caramel malt that lingers for only a second or two. A rindy hop flavor covers my palate after the graininess fades.
The beer is very easy to drink and would be very sessionable. Extraordinary? Maybe not, but quite tasty nonetheless!

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

Radiant tangerine with butterscotch borders. The minimally orange-influenced dark cream head is frothyfirm, is a little on the sticky side and develops that melted milkshake look that one might see on an IPA. A jagged king's crown of lace appears, with assorted specks and flecks higher up the glass.

It's hard to say what comprises the hop bill, but I'm guessing they're all native born (swayed by the red, white and blue, star-studded label?). There's plenty of citrus fruit, with orange and lemon more prominent than grapefruit. I don't really pick up any spicy, floral or herbal aromas that would put me in mind of some of the English or European hops.

Southern Tier tends to showcase hops in their beer, which is why I love most everything they brew. Phin & Matt's, though, is less hoppy/bitter than expected. I still like it just fine, it's just that my tongue was expecting a little more action than it's receiving. That's another way of saying that this is a balanced, approachable pale ale. Peach and apricot are at least as evident as lemon and orange.

There's no hint of caramel or anything darker than lightly toasted pale malt. Although the malt backbone is cookie-like, it isn't an overly sweet cookie. On the palate, I'm not so confident in my hop predictions. The beer isn't overwhelmingly bitter, pithy or citrusy, but that could be due to the fact that it isn't an especially hoppy beer. Something about the flavor profile whispers... 'England'.

The mouthfeel is of high quality, but then I'd expect nothing less from these guys. It's firmly medium for the style. While it isn't exactly creamy, it is smooth-edged and poised in the mouth. The 'fades into the background' amount of carbonation is just about perfect.

Southern Tier should re-name their brewery Top Tier since that's where I think they reside when it comes to the best microbreweries in American. I've never had a ST beer that was anything less than delicious and Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale does nothing to convince me otherwise. It may not be Extraordinary, but it's a damn fine APA that I'd love to have access to. Thanks Calico.

Photo of smcolw
4.43/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear neutral amber. Good chaulky-colored head that leaves thin lace on the glass.

Green, young hop presence in the aroma--dry hopped. Fresh. Malt smells are muted but present; some alcohol in the background.

On first taste, this is a superior pale ale. The beginning is malt with very little hop bitterness. The malt fades and the hop takes over ending with the aftertaste being nearly all hop. The body is smooth, if slightly on the fuller side. This is also a surprisingly crisp beer. Carbonation is right on.

Frankly, I was not expecting much here, but this is a superior American Pale Ale. Very much worth seeking out.

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

Very enjoyable beer! My brother picked up a six-pack of this from Upstate NY and I had one on Easter Sunday after dinner. It is a medium/dark gold in color with a small white head. The smell is a mix of alcohol and orange. The taste is strong, with the orange kicking in as part of the aftertaste. This is a smooth beer with a just a *bit* of a kick. This would be great to have on a spring or summer day.

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

Ap: Small head Dark gold in color.

Sm: Hop and orange notes.

Taste: A fairly strong hop taste with a nice ripe orange aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Decent body. Smooth on the palate.

Drinkability: A nice summer ale to kick back with on a hot day.

Notes: Not a bad beer. Very good and a nice break from the hopped up pale ales that seem to be the trend.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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,

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.

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

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.

Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 1,436 ratings.