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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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1,392 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,392
Reviews: 609
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.12%
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 Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness information. Pours light honey/ almond and clear. Head is tightly packed and off white. This one leaves well developed, fine lacing. Nose is brightly of grapefruit. Tasty pale ale, meaty, citrusy hops up front, overlaid on a well made bed of malts. Balance, flavor, smooth mouthfeel. Nicely crafted creation from STBC. Go get some.

Billolick, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of frazbri
3.08/5  rDev -13%

Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale poured a plae copper color topped by a pristine white head, two fingers tall. The aroma was a pleasant fruity combination of grapefruit and pine. Mild citrus flavor with some honey-like sweetness and a bitter finish. Body was light with medium carbonation.

While this is not a hop bomb, bitterness seemed a hair out of balance. This is an okay beer, but too thin in body.

frazbri, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of Ricochet
4.13/5  rDev +16.7%

Since the first thing is to smell the beer, because most beers smell similar in thier style, they typically rate average to good. This one smelled exceptional. It was even more fruity than Anchor's Liberty. Orange, clove, tropical fruit, and hops. I mean, it goes further than any APA and invites stronger than any other beer. I even whiffed this from the bottle before I poured and wet my whistle. First beer I rate 5 for smell.

It was a little bit lighter than APAs and lost it's head very quick. Mouth was good. It foamed well, had the bite of hops on the back of my tounge and the alcohol was there.

Well, it didn't taste quite up to the smell but this was still an excellent effort. Besides orange, besides hoppy bite, besides clove, besides masking the alcohol very well, there was a very slight carrot-stick note. It seemed a little thin on on all bases compared with Anchor Liberty which had a thicker "breakfast beer" texture, this is a hot afternoon quencher.

Enjoyed this very much and will buy again.

Ricochet, Oct 02, 2005
Photo of UncleFlip
3.93/5  rDev +11%

Thanks to UnionMade for making this review possible.

Nice honey colour with small-ish just-off-white head that's a mix of tight and loose bubbles. Recedes slowly, leaving a bit of sticky lace behind.

Smell is light and sweet, full of hops with a bit of light orange and a slight hint of banana. There's just a hint of spice here, as well.

Slightly woody maltiness hits up front, then just a hint of hops comes in, and some woody spiciness takes over to the end.

Average viscosity in the liquid, with a fast tight carbonation way up top.

Good solid beer. Nothing huge or flashy about it. Just a good comfort beer. It'd make a good session ber, I think- though some folks might be looking for more adventure after one or two of these.

Be well

UncleFlip, Sep 19, 2005
Photo of whartontallboy
4.22/5  rDev +19.2%

Pours out a deep coppery orange color with a nice medium head of off-white little bubbles, streaming carbonation, and decent lacing.

Smell is extremely hoppy, more like an IPA, I think, but there's a nice baked-bread/biscuity malt that comes through.

Flavor is quite a nice little burst of citric West Coast hops on top of a juicy sweet malt. Nice grapefruit flavor without being over the top and a definite bready sweetness about the malt. Nice.

Mouthfeel is thick enough to do the hops justice.

Nice pale ale that almost borders on an IPA from Southern Tier; I still haven't had a bad beer from them.

whartontallboy, Aug 31, 2005
Photo of scooter231
4/5  rDev +13%

Pours an orangeish/golden color with a ton of head and lacing that sticks around. Smells slightly hoppy, citrusy. Lots of fruity going on in very subtle, minimal amounts- I want more, it's just too subtle.

Taste is nicer- citrusy, orangey, very lightly hopped with a little bit of bitterness, but nothing overwhelming. Malty and, as everyone else has pointed out, grapefruity.

Mouthfeel is easy and light, and this is highly drinkable. Not my favorite APA ever, but an easy drinking beer- perhaps not reeeally extraordinary... but not ordinary.

scooter231, Aug 26, 2005
Photo of LucaBrasi
3.4/5  rDev -4%

Had this from the bottle, pours a mid golden color with a decent head. This beer smells of hops and citris. The citris comes though in the taste with a slight bitterness, but not a bad one. After thinking a while it has a grapefruit taste to it. The mouthfeel is one of light carbonation. A drinkable beer indeed.

LucaBrasi, Aug 23, 2005
Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.47/5  rDev +26.3%

Pours a light shade of bronze in color, with a really nice head retention.

The smell is very citrusy and appealing, also has a hoppy scent to it.

The taste is great. A wonderful citrus flavor. Very flavorful. I notice tastes of grapefruit, lemons, limes, and maybe oranges.

The mouthfeel could be a little heavier, but its not bad by any means. The slightly watery feel in the finish of the drink is the only downfall.

Drinkability is great. Cannot complain at all. These ones go down smooth and fast.

jasonpeckins32, Aug 19, 2005
Photo of merlin48
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%

12 oz bottle courtesy of woodychandler. The pour produces a slightly hazed, apricot body with a small eggshell hued head that eventually falls into a cap, with extensive patchy lacing.

Pungent bouquet, with citrusy grapefruit and tangerine and an odd note of fresh peppermint leaf. Some pine cone aromas also come forth, and blend well with a caramel malt accent.

Mouthfeel has a sturdy medium body with a pleasant hops zing on the tongue. A velvety feel develops as it warms.

Grapefruit and orange notes lead an assertive hops profile that features some pine bitterness that becomes more assertive as the glass is emptied. Solid caramel tasting, malt backbone provides excellent balance. Very tasty, overall, with a citrusy hop finish that is not overly bitter.

One of the better American APA's I've sampled, but it could very well be called an IPA. This one would be a staple in my fridge if it were available in my region. Many thanks to my fellow BA for supplying this magnificent ale.

merlin48, Aug 11, 2005
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%

Light golden orange body, hazy, with a few stray streams of carbonation, topped by a level finger-and-a- half thick table top white head.

A fresh, brisk, citrus nose, very inviting and enticing.

The taste seems to start off with the rare instance of malt and hops arriving simultaneously. Even as a sweet malt base slides across my tongue, I sense the hops above, surfing the wave, and trickling, (or should I say cascading) down throughout my mouth, eventually wresting control in time for a tidy, but lasting, finish. Both the sweetish malt and the citrus hops place this as more of an APA than I was expecting. The "extraordinary" in the title had me thinking ESB.

Good, refreshing but substantial mouthfeel, and a very easy drinking ale.

Extraordinary? Maybe not, or maybe I'm too jaded. But if it's not extraordinary, it's certainly well above average. Enjoy.

RonfromJersey, Aug 06, 2005
Photo of kbnooshay
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%

Woahh, delicious. I had this on tap at McGregors Perinton. A glorious 20 Ouncer. This came to me with barely any head but looked great, a nice golden orange color with decent lacing. The smell was very citrusy and hoppy. This smelled and tasted a lot more mild than the other southern tier offerings, and I love the stronger ones but this is a great idea. It is a lot more drinkable but still has a great amount of flavor via floral hops and citrus flavors, you just aren't bombarded with pine trees this time around. It is nice and malty too. A good balance. The mouthfeel is carbonated, sorta crisp but soft at the same time.

kbnooshay, Jul 24, 2005
Photo of Naes
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

This one is a golden brown / copper colored beer with a decent off white head. There is almost no lacing to speak of, but a ring of foam stays through your drinking experience.

Smell is of hops, citrus and a bit medicinal.

Flavor is of citrus (grapefruit) with hop domination and a bit of maltiness throughout.

The mouth feel is on the very light end of the medium bodied spectrum.

Drinkability is high. This beer could make a good introduction to the hops for a macro drinker. It’s not a slap you in the face with hops beer, but the hops definitely make their presence known.

Naes, Jul 21, 2005
Photo of packetknife
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Very OK beer but nothing more to me. Near crystal orange-red pour with a very thin fluffy white head that faded quickly. Hops and some sort of fruit are the clear nose winners. About the same on the tongue at first giving way to decent malting. A good summer beer for certain and I suspect I would have enjoyed it much more if it were better chilled and I was outdoors. I will revisit.

packetknife, Jul 19, 2005
Photo of blitheringidiot
4/5  rDev +13%

Festive Red White & Blue label with plenty of USA stars.

Pours an orange amber hue with a fluffy ivory bottle cap thickness head that holds firm, leaving spotty lattice lace behind in the glass.

Immediate nose of American hops, sweet oranges and citrous spritz.

First swigs: Balance of hops and malts first pop out. Further inspection reveals apple and orange hop flavors with an extremely balanced malt backing of light caramel and grain. Finishes tacky and light Pez candy.

Tightly crisp with a medium sticky hoppy lip smackin' body.

Last swigs: An American Pale that creeps up on an IPA, but enough balance to keep it in the Pale realm. This is a growler fill bee at the SixPack Store this week. A good fill indeed. Alas, I just bought a bottle.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

blitheringidiot, Jul 19, 2005
Photo of Suds
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%

This brew is a golden orange color with a thin white head. It’s a little haze too. It’s got an intense, grapefruit hop aroma. Floral, resiny, citric hops dominate the nose. There’s a little sweetness up front, and a nice, rounded maltiness throughout. This is a pretty well balanced brew, tipped just slightly on the hoppy side of things. Finishes with a solid hoppiness…pine and citrus. I’d like this as a session brew.

Suds, Jul 16, 2005
Photo of mentor
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%

12 oz bottle provided by shippos...thanks much! Pours a one-finger nearly white head over a cloudy tangerine colored liquid. Smells mildly hoppy of oranges and tangerines. Has a malt sweet below this, but I can't place the style. Taste is gently sweet with late rising hop flavor in the form of oranges, a citrusy pine, and woody character. Apricot esters rise in the middle and play with the hop flavor. Hop bitter is low and there is a biscuit malt character. Md body and mildly carbonated. Nice easy drinking APA. Well done to get the hop flavor without an overbearing hop bitter.

mentor, Jul 06, 2005
Photo of optikon44
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%

This beer pours out a light amber color, virtually no head, and small bubble streams.

Smell-wise it's exactly what I'm looking for - tons of subtly sweet floral hops. Plus there's dash of toasted grain underneath.

I like the concentrated flavor of this beer. It's a complex blend of toasty grain, sweet malt, and fruity hop.

Mouthfeel is a balanced blend of spiky carbonation, bitter and astringent hops, and soft water.

Though this beer is complex and intriguing, it doesn't leave me in the mood to have another. So this isn't an everday drinking beer, more a quality novelty.

optikon44, Jul 05, 2005
Photo of necoadam
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Poured out a dark lemon color with a thin head which stayed a while. Smell consisted of strong juicy, citrusy hops with little malts in the background. Taste started out with a shot of malts with the hops taking over in the middle and in the end. Very citrusy with grapefruit flavors showing the most strength. Mouthfeel was medium with some good carbonation. Overall it was decent, just nothing mind blowing.

necoadam, Jul 05, 2005
Photo of woodychandler
4.18/5  rDev +18.1%

Kudos to therealbeerfly for putting me on to this beer.

I have to begin by remarking on the head, which was thick, with a lemon-yellow color that reminded me of Weis Markets' Lemon Chiffon ice cream from when I was a kid. There was a zesty hoppiness on the nose. The beer was a crystal-clear golden color. It had a light, pleasant mouthfeel and an overt sweetness both on the palate and at the finish to offset the hoppiness. I found it very refreshing for a muggy summer day while sitting on the second floor back balcony. A definite candidate for a session beer.

woodychandler, Jun 20, 2005
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.58/5  rDev +29.4%

@ le spigot, west hartford

beautiful and crystalline pour.. light amber orange with floaty islands on top.

light hopped fresh scent. mild malt, sweet and spicy.

taste is tangerine & grapefruity hops surrounded by more berry and earthy sweetnesses. tea leaves are brought to mind. light overall, super drinkable and puts the IPA to shame, especially when tasted side-to-side. carbonation tingles my mouth and the finish is mildly bitter for some variety against the summer tone. adds substance and aftertaste which quickly dissipates to encourage further sippage. about as close to an A+ for summer as you can get.

goodbyeohio, Jun 18, 2005
Photo of Noelito76
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%

Nice brown color with not to much carbonation.

Very good balance of taste between maltiness, hops, and some fruitiness. At the same time, it is not terribly heavy which is unusual for a dark ale but makes drinkability even better. Mouthfeel is good depite this.

Noelito76, May 31, 2005
Photo of twelvsies
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%

This is one of the only available craft brews around here, as I'm up at Lake Erie (Western New York side) for the summer. There's also the ever-present Sam Adams and Sierra, but I thought this seemed more appealing. Appears a bright and very clear orangy amber color, small head, really nice lacing. The first thing I thought when I smelled it was "Great Lakes Burning River", but it ended up being different, though still really good. Smell is hoppy and very citrus oriented, offering lots of orange peel flavors in the taste as well as some other citrus fruits. A nice malt backing and an awesomely sweet but subtle honey character, with a nice piney bitter finish. I'm definately going to be getting this again, it's a spot on Pale Ale that's especially great for the summer.

twelvsies, May 28, 2005
Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%

Pours a clear golden with a white one finger head that is gone pretty quickly not leaving much lace behind,evergreen pine aromas here and quite heavy at that with an underlying caramel sweetness but the pine is main attraction.If you like a well balanced pale ale then this is your thing,a dose of citric hops hits up front but the firm caramel/biscuit backbone of this beer melds extremely well with the hops just making this beer not only well balanced and flavorful but very quaffable.I really enjoyed this brew I would say its "extraordinary".

oberon, May 28, 2005
Photo of shirfan
3.68/5  rDev +4%

A nice dark gold with thin, sticky lacing.

Aroma is warm, with earthy malts, some hop presence, and apricot.

Taste is on the dry side, almost chalky, leafy. Fair amount of bitterness at the end, but turns a bit nondescript. Slightly lacking in body. Would be best with a meal rather than as a stand-alone.

shirfan, May 13, 2005
Photo of Celt44
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Appearance is a cloudy light amber. Head dissipates soon but lacing lasts throughout.
Hoppy is aroma is not overbearing - and the hop taste is clear and "just right" for an American ale - although I wouldn't disagree if they labeled this a Lager.
Tastes of grapefruit and hops -finish is a bitter hop bite
Mouthfeel is very smooth.
This one is much better on tap than from the bottle. Overall a great session brew - I prefer Southern Tier's IPA - It actually is my favorite.

Celt44, Apr 26, 2005
Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 1,392 ratings.