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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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by wailingwench on 10-29-2004

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Photo of tittymcj
2.94/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Drank in a bar in Altoona, Pennsylvania.

Decent beer. Not a lot to distinguish it from any other pale ale, in my opinion. Almost the definition of average. Looks like it should, smells like it should, lacks a bit in mouthfeel.

I'd drink it again if none of the other options were new or interesting.

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Photo of BeerYoss
4.31/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5


A- Crystal clear light gold; very little head and almost no lacing

S- orange spice, small hint of bitter hops

T- Nice subtle hit of hoppy bitterness up front followed by a tasty toasted malt. very nice balance between the strong, yet not overpowering, hops and the toasted malts. eminently drinkable

M- light to medium bodied. just a touch of carbonation

O- I really like this beer. The hops and malts are really balanced well and taste wonderful.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from tap at tap and mallet in Rochester ny. Pours an orangey golden color. Looks like a run of the mill pale ale. Subtle hop aroma and bready malt. Taste is crisp bready malt - biscuit I guess with a nice hop balance. Easy drinker but a bit bitter and dry finish almost tanic. Its a solid brew just not my fav.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a room temp pint glass.

A- It pours a clean light golden-amber color with a slim half-finger head that leaves some lacing. There's gentle bubbling which may explain the sparse head and lacing.

S-There's no denying the pale malts: bicuity, bready, yeasty, some sweet caramel balanced by a slight bitterness.

T- A pretty tasty bread basket. Moist breads and sweet malts. Quite good for such a low hop profile.

M- All that maltiness adds up to some chewy solid feel. Now the hops work their magic by keeping the sweets in check.

O-Extraordinary? Maybe not, but I could see this as a staple-like brew with the likes of a SNPA.

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Photo of Jparker37
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into an oversized tulip.

S - Balanced. Nice grainy malt. Grassy hops, splash of citrus, spicy yeast reminiscent of a saison.

A - Golden in color with great clarity from a careful pour. Medium sized cap of rocky white foam. Fair amount of lacing.

T - Has some simple base malt flavor. Hop bitterness kicks-in early. Malt sweetness midway along with earthy hop flavor. Decently dry finish with short hop flavor after.

M - Medium-light body, medium-light carbonation, semi-dry.

O - The aroma is distinctly similar to a saison. More of an English hop emphasis with solid balance. Little sweet in the taste. Very drinkable good brew but a bit out of APA style. Not sure whether to grade it well for uniqueness or poor versus typical APAs.

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Photo of 57md
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper with a thin layer of head that dissipated almost immediately. This offering had a mildly hoppy and floral nose. The flavor is relatively thin with some dry hoppiness on the finish. This is a mediocre pale ale that is certainly not bad, but not even close to superb either.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.27/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear golden color with, initially, a decent and frothy off-white head, diminishes quickly, fair lacing. Aroma is pale malts, caramel, bread, citrus and maybe a hint of pine. Flavor is bread and caramel malts, pine, grass, and a little bit of yeast. Mouthfeel is light-to-medium, a little watery, and a bitter finish. Easy drinking beer, not very complicated.

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Photo of rangerred
2.94/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear light gold with a half finger white head. Decent head retention with the plentiful carbonation but just a few streaks of lacing.

The aroma has strong lemon/lime notes with a little bit of a musty basement scent. I can pick up some light bread from the malt too but there really isn't a whole lot going on.

The flavor has a quick shot of lemon, lime, and must but then it all just completely disappears. All that is left is a moderate to high drying bitterness and some bready malt. I really can't believe how quick the hops disappear seeing this was only bottled a couple months ago.

Overall, a sessionable beer but also a bit flavorless. Founders and Lagunitas both make great "session" IPA's with less alcohol but tons more flavor. While I know this isn't technically a session beer it is quite refreshing but lacking all around.

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Photo of farrago
2.86/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Average finger’s worth of just off-white foam, full mix of bubble sizes, lots of dimpling but decent retention, the lacing is thin but spreads into broad sheets and sticks nicely. Bright yellowish gold color with a touch of zinc or rust to deepen it, crystal clear with only a few random bubbles visible, looks kinda adjuncty. The nose is grainy with a strong pepper component, also offers pizza crusts, cornmeal and some orange to lemon citrus to sweeten it up, same for the vague apricot, peach fruit accents, becomes leafier and greener as it warms. Medium-bodied, has some prickle to it and seemingly intentional bitter bite, on the hoppy side for an APA. Then it has the resinous feel without the pine flavor. More of the pepper, rye to pumpernickel bread, mineral water and with larger presence of savory garden herbs than flowers. The tartness suggests a space reserved for grapefruit citrus and more tropical like pineapple, nectarine, papaya fruit but the chair left empty. Its overall dryness tends to distract, not that it lacks flow but you start getting bitter beer face.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a transparent golden-yellow with a small whit head that reduces to skim the surface

S- sweet sugary malt, light floral hop, cooked corn and grainy hop

T- grainy malt turns slightky sweet, the finish provides a bit of floral hop with some lemony-citrus tartness and slightly bitter linger.

M- light body, medium spritzy carbonation, with a slightly foamy mouthfeel and finish

O- nice and light, enough flavor to let you know it's their but still easy drinking pale ale

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic pint glass at fridge-cellar temperaute.

L – Pale amber color with a 1.5-finger bubbly, frothy, white head. Pretty nice retention and some great lacing. Clear with a good amount of bubbles.

S – Bready, biscuity, and grainy malts with grapefruit, lemon, grassy, and somewhat floral hops. It’s kind of hard to pick out the elements of hop bouquet on this one, but this is the best I can muster.

T – It starts off sweet with bready, biscuity, and cereal malts with a hint of caramel. Bitter hops appear towards the finish with lemon rather than grapefruit, grassy, and slightly herbal notes. There’s something else going on here with the hop profile, but I can’t put my finger on what it is.

F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky and creamy but crisp mouthfeel, and a mildly bittersweet and dry finish. Bittersweet malt and hop flavors linger on the tongue for a bit but not for too long.

O – This is a pretty good pale ale. The hop profile is interesting. It’s pretty tough to pick out all of the individual aromas and flavors. It’s very different than any other APA that I’ve had, and unfortunately not in a great way. It’s not a bad beer by any stretch, but something about the aroma and flavor just seems “off,” and I can’t really put my finger on what it is. Regardless, it is a drinkable and refreshing beer and I’m glad that I tried it.

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Photo of peabody
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours out a clear yellow with one finger of white small creamy suds. No lacing to speak of.
Smell is slightly malty with very faint fruityness like lemon and the hop is in there too.
Taste is refreshingly clean and flavors of darkness follow the initial wateryness.
Second taste brings out the hop flavors and the bitter maltyness. This is a complex flavorful brew that is hard to pin down.
Mouthfeel is all over the place. It starts out very clean and refreshing then it gets slightly sticky and bitter then leaves the palate for just a tad then the dark bitterness sticks around in the back of the throat.
Overall this is a cool beer. I could see sessioning this one and using it as a great lawnmower beer. Very nice.

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Photo of Bills453
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance - a golden yellow color...unfortunately there is zero head. I love some good brew head.

Smell - not too much of an aroma.

Taste - not too much of a taste.

Mouthfeel - pretty average.

Overall - one of the weaker offerings from Southern Tier :(

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear gold-tinted yellow with one-finger, white, creamy head that lasted a couple minutes. Ok lacing.

S: Hops and caramel malt.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Lots of toasted malt flavor. Not much hop flavor.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Crisp.

O: Average pale ale. Nothing stands out really, but it's not bad.

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Appearance: Pours goldish amber with a white 1 finger head.

Smell: Corn, hops and some malt sweetness.

Taste: Pretty much matches up to the nose. The aftertaste is bittersweet, but very mild.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation but not too thin.

Overall: Southern Tier is the pride of NY, and this beer is nothing less than I'd expect from them. Although nowhere near their best offering, it's very drinkable with above average flavor. There's a reason why this company is successful.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle; clear and golden witha thin white head that fades to a nice ring of foam. Smell isn't much; light bready malts with some slight hops in the background. Taste is clean malts, with just a twang of hop flavor to finish it off crisply. Nothing complex here, but a tasty and drinkable pale.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.39/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Golden-orange, apricot, with a thin white head read. Retention is mediocre, with minimal lacing.
S- A bit of citrus hops, some sweet fruityness, and a fairly prevalent peach and apricot aroma, specifically.
T- That peach and apricot flavor comes in big right away, but then a green/grassy flavor comes and evens out the beer quite a bit in the finish.
M- Light body, with medium to assertive carbonation. What I am looking for out of a pale ale.
O- The body was spot on, but I found everything kind of underwhelming. I will pass in the future.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a goblet. DOB 09/24/12.

A: Pours a clear light gold with a 1 finger white head. Dissipates to a thin covering. Some good visible carbonation. Some lacing on the glass.

S: First I get some piney resinous hops with a hint of grapefruit. Carmely malts come through as it warms along with some pale malts.

T: Balanced brew going on here. Has a good deal of hop taste with minimal bitterness. Maybe not the most complex but a great sessionability.

M: Medium bodied with ample carbonation. A little bit of a sticky nectar quality from the hop.

Overall a beer I always enjoy. Although often looked over it never lets me down. Great for those making the transition from pilsner to IPA.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a less hoppy american pale, pouring a clear yellow color with a spiderweb lacey white head an inch high. the nose is light crystal and pale malts, dry and bready, with a mild fruity hopping. flavor is the same, nothing too intriguing here, but a very balanced and fresh tasting brew with some cut grass notes in the finish. crisp and clean, drinkable and refreshing, a sessionable brew. lots of bubbles, light light body. i wouldnt buy this because it isnt my type, but its yummy and down easy with a bowl of chili con carne.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with a date that reads: "DOB 03/07/12" so it has been chillin in the bottle for a nice 8 months.

A - Pale orange, not extremely attractive looking. Barely any head that dissipates quickly and it leaves a ring of head around the top.

S - I don't really smell any of the 3 hops that was put into this, all I'm getting is straight up malt. Last time I had this beer I remembered it being hoppier. I'm going to let it warm up and see what that does.

T - Not really tasting much hops, mostly just malts like in the nose. Not really much flavor at all, which is disappointing since I remember being impressed that it was hoppy last time.

M - The mouthfeel is smooth and clean, which is more than I can say for the rest of this. I probably need to pick up a fresher bottle and see what's up with that.

Southern Tier Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale ---3/5

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Photo of larryarms847
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours straw golden yellow with a thin white head of foam.

Grainy, toasted malt, not much going on.

Earthy and slight citrus, grainy, toast, biscuits.

Light-bodied, low-medium carbonation, bland.

Overall, very boring.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled in July 2012. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, pine, pineapple, bread, grass, herbal, and floral. Pretty nice aromas with good balance and decent strength. Taste of pineapple, grapefruit, orange zest, floral, grass, pine, bread, and herbal. Light crisp bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pineapple, grass, pine, herbal, floral, and bread on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance of flavors, with a good hop/malt balance; a bit watery but still tasty; no cloying flavors at all on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very crisp and clean mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice pale ale. Good hop flavor profile with nice balance; extremely crisp and smooth to drink. An enjoyable and sessionable offering I would have no problem getting again.

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Photo of Keyportnick
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle served in a southern tier tulip. Dob 3/7/12

A- pours orange/golden with zero haze. The slight off white head had huge bubbles and faded quickly.

S- pale malt, touches of pine

T- light biscuit, soft floral, and pine

M- My favorite part of this beer. Crisp clean carbonation followed with a smooth body only leaving a desire to drink more.

O- I like the balance of this beer neither extreme, nor dull. Well rounded and easy to have a number of if you have that thirst.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours an orange - golden color with a nice two finger white head. The head has a decent level of retention, eventually fading to give moderate lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of citrus and bready hops. Mixed with these are some pine hop as well as a light herbal smell.

Taste – The taste begins big of malt and bread. These two initial flavors remain throughout the taste and maintain a relatively dry taste, which is quite nice for the style. As the taste advances from the beginning, flavors of a more citrus and herbal flavor come to the tongue. These tastes are met with a light earthy flavor at the end of the taste profile. All in all, a pleasantly hopped and crisp flavor is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather average in creaminess/thickness as well as carbonation. Combined they are a nice blend for drinkability as well as the hop and bready flavors of the beer.

Overall – A quite pleasant brew. Wonderfully smooth and delicious. A great easy drinking and crisper brew.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Phin and Matts Ordinary Ale is just that, ordinary. Not that thats bad because it is basically a good beer and really have no problem drinking, it's just nothing grabs you and pulls you in. No hop bite or malty goodness.
What it is though is crystal clear with a smal lwhite head. It's golden amber and has denset carbonation. The aroma is really light. Lite hops and bready malts.
Taste is akin to the nose, lightly hopped and almost absent. Malts are sweeter with a bready grain feel, include husks and hulls in there too. Some floral hops.
I could buy a case of this beer no problem, but it maybe a second or third option.
I would have no problem drinking this at some chain restaraunt or a backyard party or down the shore if Saqndy leaves any.

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Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 617 ratings.