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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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1,408 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,408
Reviews: 610
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 18
Gots: 79 | 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 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
Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A swirling, dirty yellow hue, a capsized white head. Juicy hops and a massive freshly squeezed grapefruit nose. It’s expected, yet nicely done—a bitter blast of juicy and piney hops, very clean malts noticeable and blended nicely. Bubble gum texture, tenderly sweet, very mild carbonation. Traces of orange peel and lemon, a definitive citrus hop palate. This is pretty good stuff, tasty and well rounded. Don’t serve ice cold.

GeoffRizzo, Nov 23, 2005
Photo of waughbrew
2.33/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Attractive label, but no freshness dating.

Pours a very hazy orangish-yellow with a small white head that doesn't stick around, but leaves lace. Smell is a pleasant peppery orange with Lucky Charm marshmallows. Bland damp dank dull vegetable and oatmeal flavors churn on the tongue until an astringent bitterness gives a bite as it turns to a watery finish. Seem like sloppy hop usage, possibly the with the awful Amarillo virus. Feel is light and slick. Not impressed.

waughbrew, Nov 16, 2005
Photo of Dogbrick
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber color with a medium light beige head and thin patches of lacing. Aroma of malt, fruit and hops. Medium-bodied and nicely balanced but the flavor is a little weak. Mild hops, sweet malt and some tropical fruit flavors are there but are subdued. The finish is clean and sweet, making this beer really easy to drink from start to finish. Extraordinary? No. Above average? Yes.

Dogbrick, Nov 07, 2005
Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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 +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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 +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 1,408 ratings.