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Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

Phin & Matt's Extraordinary AlePhin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale

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1,265 Ratings

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Ratings: 1265
Reviews: 604
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.12%

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:
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(Beer added by: wailingwench on 10-29-2004)
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Photo of Bills453


3.15/5  rDev -11%
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 :(

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 18:21:46 | More by Bills453
Photo of SolipsismalCat


3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 01:18:35 | More by SolipsismalCat
Photo of PsilohsaiBiN

New York

3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 04:38:02 | More by PsilohsaiBiN
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead


3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 03:42:21 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
Photo of jsprain1


3.4/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 03:30:16 | More by jsprain1
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 23:43:58 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 22:22:59 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of mfnmbvp


3/5  rDev -15.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 05:57:58 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of superspak


3.68/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 03:03:48 | More by superspak
Photo of Keyportnick


3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 02:56:25 | More by Keyportnick
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 01:08:50 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of micromaniac129


3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 11:48:15 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of KajII

North Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Suggested Glassware: Shaker Glass]

The pour was a clear golden orange with a small (less than 1 finger) white fizzy head that fully dissipated in seconds, and pretty much had no lacing at all.

The aroma was super light of a light bread malt, pine and citrus hops and a mild soapy yeast and had hints of citrus (orange and grapefruit) and caramel.

The taste was mild like the aroma, with a slight bitterness and a touch of caramel throughout and had a light citrus peel finish. The flavor was only around for a short time following the swallow, and was crisp and refreshing although it faded rather quickly.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a slightly dry texture and a mild carbonation.

Overall a this was a somewhat light Pale Ale, which did have a decent taste and a nice crispness along with a really good drinkability. This is a great brew for those really hot summer nights…


Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 15:03:48 | More by KajII
Photo of rajendra82


3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden body was clear, and the head was a two finger thick layer of foam. The aroma was grainy and slightly vegetal with a dash of piney hops. The taste was oddly sour which was followed by a nondescript bitterness from the hops. The body felt refreshing and light with the tangy sourness helping the beer go down easy. Not a bad beer to accompany some food or when enjoying a game with a friend.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 04:04:53 | More by rajendra82
Photo of TheBrewo


3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The brew pours a toasted goldenrod color and holds a half finger tall head of white, creamy bubbles. This shows lower retention, leaving spotty lacing around the glass. This comes back with a quick swirl of the glass. There is no haze or sediment, and carbonation appears active. The aroma is bright with sour citric and steely grassy hops. The grain is wheaty, with otherwise soft, pale malts. There is spicy clove and bubblegum esters on the back, and a tart strawberry freshness to finish things off. Our first impression is that the flavoring is not as robust as the aroma, but the tartness is nice. As we sip, tartness and sour lactics come first. The malts are very pale, with thick metal and mineral, and a dirty wheatiness. The middle begins with a grassy hop bite, but at the peak comes a mixing of citrus and berry for a puckering smack. We finish with more of that sour wheat, along with milky lactics, light toast, and wet chalkiness. The end here is just as pale through the malts, but more watered down, and with a stronger metallic bite. The aftertaste breathes of grassy and citric hops, robustly dirty pine cones, and a faint mineral booze. The body is lighter, and the carbonation is light. There is soft cream to each sip, with a brief wet coating around the mouth. There is little slurp or smack, and the mouth feels neutral about the whole ordeal. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the aroma. There was great fruitiness and tartness, making the drinker quite excited to sample. We felt that those flavors needed to pop more through the taste. What flavor was there was warm and spicy, but just so subdued by the end that we’ll probably reach for something else next.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 01:09:58 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of Alkey


4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured light golden color with about a finger of suds. Smelled a bit malty with some topical fruits and pine. Taste was light with nice carbonation, slightly sweet up front with hint of bitterness, flavor of pine, grapefruit hop finish. Very easy to drink, well balanced ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 08:16:51 | More by Alkey
Photo of Celtics76

Rhode Island

3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Heavy Seas pint glass.

Gold in color with minimal head. This has a nice balanced flavor but nothing that makes it stand out amongst other pale ales. I would have liked more of a hop presence similar to Troegs, which is pretty much the standard for me.

Very bold of Phin & Matt to call this "extraordinary" when it is clearly not. The typical "would not seek out again but wouldn't turn down if offered" type of beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 23:24:29 | More by Celtics76
Photo of chefhatt


3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When i poured this beer, it has a hazy golden/orange color body with not head just a thin lace around edge of the glass. The smell has a slight hop aroma and some malt also. The taste has a nice pine flavor from the hops and on the back of the tongue the malt come in to play. The mouth feel is nice and smooth goes down nice. Overall this is a average APA, but very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 03:44:57 | More by chefhatt
Photo of deadonhisfeet


3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. The pour is clear gold with a slight haze and very little carbonation. The nose has hints of toast, butter, and apples.

The beer has a light body and medium-firm mouthfeel. There's a nice caramel-like malt presence, like toast and marmalade, that gives way to slightly dry, apricot-like finish.

Overall, not a bad beer, but not really extraordinary either (regardless of the name). I tend to like a bit more of a hop presence in a pale ale. Perhaps my bottle was a bit old.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 01:34:39 | More by deadonhisfeet
Photo of charlzm


3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Consumed March 3rd, 2012 in a standard pint glass.

Beer is a clear deep honey color with virtually n head. A tiny white crown.

Aroma is very peachy with pineapple notes. Some lemon as well. Very nice.

Flavor is smooth to the point of almost nonexistence. Some caramel malt in the beginning and a very clean, mildly bitter finish. Long after the swallow, the bitterness hangs around.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with nice carbonation prickle.

Overall, they totally nailed the look, aroma and mouthfeel. The flavor is just not happening, though there's nothing flawed.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 04:45:40 | More by charlzm
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly hazy pale golden yellow in color. The beer has a finger tall white head that reduces to a couple of large thin patches and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: There are moderate amounts of some malty sweetness along with some floral hops.

T: Very similar to the smell, the beer starts out with a light amount of malt sweetness. After that there is a light presence of floral hops imparting a moderate amount of bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink and just on the edge of being sessionable (might be a little too high in ABV and too intense in flavor, but not by a lot). I would definitely have this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 21:50:28 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of MadScientist

New York

4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pale golden beer with excellent, bright clarity and a white head of about one finger of compact foam.

Strong hops aromas of fresh pine and citrus are dominate the aroma. There is a faint malt aroma of toast and biscuits in the background with very little else, clean with no diacetyl.

Flavors are a balance of hops and malt flavors, the hops are again piney and citrusy with a clean malt character with maybe a touch of biscuit. It has a medium bitterness and a medium high American hops flavors that linger into a dry finish. There is a slight grassiness to the hops character as well.

Medium body and moderately high carbonation. No astringency. it has the nice softness and effervescence that make it very lively on the palate.

A moderately hop beer with enough restraint on the bitterness to make for a very approchable and refreshing beer. Hop heads won't be wowed but they won't be disappointed either. Overall it has a good balance of flavors and is a good representation of the pale ale style.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 01:15:08 | More by MadScientist
Photo of markmiller

New York

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Souther Tier Tulip and produced a nice white fluffy head.

The smell is bready and citrus hops. Not over the top for sure, but a nice light and pleasing aroma.

The taste surprised me a bit, and I'm not sure why. Kind of a grainy, grass flavor to start. Plenty of malt here too, but theres a kick of hops and bitterness on the finish. Pleasant.

This beer ranks nicely on the drinkability scale, nice to tip a few back...well...whenever.

A pleasant, non offensive beer that doesn't really stand out.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 03:32:26 | More by markmiller
Photo of mactrail


3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pleasant golden amber color with a nice sudsiness. Little aroma, just some "beeriness."

Bready and leafy flavors with lots of herbal hops and less of the hard-core bitterness. Some mineral taste and just a hint of malty sweetness. The delicate hoppy flavor is really not bad. Watery mouthfeel and a little of the bitter club soda taste when the malt evaporates. A little too insipid to be really refreshing.

The current label lists this at 5.7% ABV. From the 12 oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 02:29:36 | More by mactrail
Photo of kylehay2004


3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: no head to speak of on a golden and crimson body.

S: light on the nose with mostly pale malt with a musty and floral hop notes.

T: mostly pale malts with a subtle fleeting pine notes. intermixed floral and citrus hops.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: drinkable but with all of the high end flavorful APAs out there this one hardly stands out and is way too simplified.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 23:55:38 | More by kylehay2004
Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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