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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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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by wailingwench on 10-29-2004

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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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Photo of KajII
2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
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…


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Photo of rajendra82
3.26/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of Alkey
4/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of Celtics76
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of charlzm
3.57/5  rDev 0%
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 as happening, though there's nothing flawed.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of markmiller
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of spitInTheOcean
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer is crystal clear. very nice. orange/amber/gold color if those combinations make sense. fair retention. white head. fair lacing.

a soft hop aroma with notes of mostly pine. subtle aroma of crystal malts and esters.

sweet upfront. this quickly gives way to a pine/citrus hop flavor. and a nice bitter finish. the palate definitly leans towards a focus on hops.

medium light body. smooth.

this is not a flavor bomb. this is a very palatable, very sessionable ale, which is what i think the brewer was intending to do here. very nice. i would not describe this beer as extraordinary. pleasant though.

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Photo of MadCat
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

DOB 3/7/12 (the addition of this has made me much more willing to try out hoppy ST brews)

Appearance: A golden yellow color, with a short white head that dissipates quick, leaving little lacing

Smell: Citrus, grapefruit, and floral hops, with some hints of bready malt

Taste: Starts with piney resinous hops, then moves to some citrus and floral hops. Some bready and biscuity malts

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, medium carbonation

Overall: A very good brew, and I might consider purchasing it over the gold standard of American Pale Ales (Sierra Nevada Pale Ale) but I wouldn't go in search of it.

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3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355ml bottle. Pint glass.Enjoyed on nov´11. Golden color, crystal appearance. Crown is white, close & dense, large size bubbled with fairly good retention. Caramel malt,yeast & grassy touch to the nose. Gentle maltiness with lemony notes.Dry bitter palate balanced by sweet malts. Medium body, heavy carbonation. Smooth astringent finish & resins on the aftertaste. Drinkability is ok.

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Photo of Looneybiz
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow this was pretty tasty and does not have a commen flavor.

Amber colored with only a little bit of head and lacing.

Smell was nice and floral.

The taste gets ya. Its pretty unique. Kinda feel like I just drank some flower beer. It has a sweetness to it that isn't too sweet or anything, but a unique flavor when teamed with the malts and hops.

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Photo of rudolphjacksonm
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Clear golden color with a few bubbles trailing up from the bottom periodically. If I had a glass with a nucleation point this would probably look much better, but alas, the old pint glass will have to do :P. After a pretty aggressive pour there was still not even a finger of head left. Yesterday I managed to get one finger by pouring from a foot above the glass and almost shaking it, but this was just to see if getting any sort of foam would be possible. No lacing at all. Honestly, it's not a bad looking beer; there's just nothing really impressive about it either. 3.0

S - Hoppy pine scent balanced with crisp apple notes. 3.0

T - Initial malty sweetness and fruity flavors which turn to bitter, resinous hop aftertaste. The flavor is well-balanced from start to finish and the aftertaste is pleasant. This beer seems quite simple enough to drink as a session beer, yet it has enough flavor to be appreciated as something more. 4.0

M - Somewhat syrupy-smooth. Little tingle, not a very thick body but the aftertaste and flavor on the back of the tongue lingers. 3.5

O - Phin & Matt's is pretty good. Enjoyable, tasty, and satisfying, sure. But worth the price tag? I'm not quite so sure about that. Either way, if it was on-tap somewhere for a good price I'd definitely be interested, depending on the other options available of course. 3.0

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Photo of SteveMellen
4.68/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I absolutely love this beer.

I have been drinking it for a couple of years at this point and every time I go and look at the craft brew aisle, I find myself coming back to this for a large variety of occasions.

This is a beer you can drink two after work and you could even drink it all day outside and not get bored or sick of it. The ratings speak for themselves. It has an excellent neutral pale taste to it. Phin and Matt's is a beer I can recommend to my friends who don't like insane hops but really like a good flavored sweet malt mixed with a smooth flavorfully hoppy aftertaste. This really shines with the push towards mainstream IPAs for a larger crowd over the past few years.

The ABV is a bit high to really pound them back to back though. Still, a good all-around choice and a generally excellent beer. Good work, Southern Tier.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
2.54/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Are you kidding me? My expectations WAY exceeded what this beer delivered. Started OK. It poured a 1.5" white head with average fade speed. The body though clear straw yellow was at least darker than the BMCs. Smell seemed like it was going to be good - with IPA strength hops and grapefruit accents. But the taste, that's where it fell down. I found this completely unmatching of the smell, rather watery, and it has a strange bitterness to it which I wouldn't liken to any tasty hop I've had. This is "Extraordinary Ale"? Really? I genuinely like or love many of the bold flavor bomb beers Southern Tier puts out. But I just don't get this ale folks. Maybe I got a bad sample?!

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Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bright orange/copper hue with a thin head that doesnt last too long. Very grainy bready nose with some floral hops. Reminds me of tostitos chips.

Bright crisp and and grainy. Moderate and slick mouthfeel. Floral hops present during the entire sip. Hop bitterness is there yet mild. Balance is pretty good. Besides the crisp cracker like taste along with touches of floral hops there isnt too much going on. Flavors arent offensive and blend nicely but that's about it. Drinkable.

Crisp and easy to drink.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on February 28, 2012. The pour is golden yellow to medium amber with a small head that fizzles fast. Good clarity. The aroma is of toasted malts and floral hops. The body is light to medium with a creamy character. The taste leans more toward the hops with a touch of citrus. The toasted hops are in the flavor but it starts out slightly malty and ends almost dry. It is not as exciting as the way it is billed on the label.

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Photo of scootny
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden color, smallish white head that leaves a light covering on top after a slow fade. Bits of lace here and there. Smell has a healthy amount of malt and carmel sweetness. Hops are citrusy and in good measure. Taste has an American tilt toward hops in the front with a nice balancing amount of malt and breadiness to keep it in check. A bit yeasty fruitiness that hangs in the finish which is clean, dry, and nicely hopped. Feel is crisp and lightly tingly with a nice medium light weight. A good sessionable, easy drinking pale ale that will go well with many good foods and good times.

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Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 619 ratings.