Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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3.25/5 rDev -8.2%
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.
08-26-2012 04:04:53 | More by rajendra82
3.65/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
08-07-2012 01:09:58 | More by TheBrewo
Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 1,383 ratings.