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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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1,266 Ratings

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Ratings: 1266
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:
No notes at this time.

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


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

Festive Red White & Blue label with plenty of USA stars.

Pours an orange amber hue with a fluffy ivory bottle cap thickness head that holds firm, leaving spotty lattice lace behind in the glass.

Immediate nose of American hops, sweet oranges and citrous spritz.

First swigs: Balance of hops and malts first pop out. Further inspection reveals apple and orange hop flavors with an extremely balanced malt backing of light caramel and grain. Finishes tacky and light Pez candy.

Tightly crisp with a medium sticky hoppy lip smackin' body.

Last swigs: An American Pale that creeps up on an IPA, but enough balance to keep it in the Pale realm. This is a growler fill bee at the SixPack Store this week. A good fill indeed. Alas, I just bought a bottle.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2005 03:58:13 | More by blitheringidiot
Photo of Suds


3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew is a golden orange color with a thin white head. It’s a little haze too. It’s got an intense, grapefruit hop aroma. Floral, resiny, citric hops dominate the nose. There’s a little sweetness up front, and a nice, rounded maltiness throughout. This is a pretty well balanced brew, tipped just slightly on the hoppy side of things. Finishes with a solid hoppiness…pine and citrus. I’d like this as a session brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2005 17:49:36 | More by Suds
Photo of mentor


3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle provided by shippos...thanks much! Pours a one-finger nearly white head over a cloudy tangerine colored liquid. Smells mildly hoppy of oranges and tangerines. Has a malt sweet below this, but I can't place the style. Taste is gently sweet with late rising hop flavor in the form of oranges, a citrusy pine, and woody character. Apricot esters rise in the middle and play with the hop flavor. Hop bitter is low and there is a biscuit malt character. Md body and mildly carbonated. Nice easy drinking APA. Well done to get the hop flavor without an overbearing hop bitter.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2005 05:20:01 | More by mentor
Photo of optikon44


3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours out a light amber color, virtually no head, and small bubble streams.

Smell-wise it's exactly what I'm looking for - tons of subtly sweet floral hops. Plus there's dash of toasted grain underneath.

I like the concentrated flavor of this beer. It's a complex blend of toasty grain, sweet malt, and fruity hop.

Mouthfeel is a balanced blend of spiky carbonation, bitter and astringent hops, and soft water.

Though this beer is complex and intriguing, it doesn't leave me in the mood to have another. So this isn't an everday drinking beer, more a quality novelty.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2005 21:56:01 | More by optikon44
Photo of necoadam


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

Poured out a dark lemon color with a thin head which stayed a while. Smell consisted of strong juicy, citrusy hops with little malts in the background. Taste started out with a shot of malts with the hops taking over in the middle and in the end. Very citrusy with grapefruit flavors showing the most strength. Mouthfeel was medium with some good carbonation. Overall it was decent, just nothing mind blowing.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2005 20:17:59 | More by necoadam
Photo of woodychandler


4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kudos to therealbeerfly for putting me on to this beer.

I have to begin by remarking on the head, which was thick, with a lemon-yellow color that reminded me of Weis Markets' Lemon Chiffon ice cream from when I was a kid. There was a zesty hoppiness on the nose. The beer was a crystal-clear golden color. It had a light, pleasant mouthfeel and an overt sweetness both on the palate and at the finish to offset the hoppiness. I found it very refreshing for a muggy summer day while sitting on the second floor back balcony. A definite candidate for a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2005 14:45:05 | More by woodychandler
Photo of goodbyeohio


4.58/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

@ le spigot, west hartford

beautiful and crystalline pour.. light amber orange with floaty islands on top.

light hopped fresh scent. mild malt, sweet and spicy.

taste is tangerine & grapefruity hops surrounded by more berry and earthy sweetnesses. tea leaves are brought to mind. light overall, super drinkable and puts the IPA to shame, especially when tasted side-to-side. carbonation tingles my mouth and the finish is mildly bitter for some variety against the summer tone. adds substance and aftertaste which quickly dissipates to encourage further sippage. about as close to an A+ for summer as you can get.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2005 14:19:28 | More by goodbyeohio
Photo of Noelito76

New York

4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice brown color with not to much carbonation.

Very good balance of taste between maltiness, hops, and some fruitiness. At the same time, it is not terribly heavy which is unusual for a dark ale but makes drinkability even better. Mouthfeel is good depite this.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2005 14:44:30 | More by Noelito76
Photo of twelvsies


4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the only available craft brews around here, as I'm up at Lake Erie (Western New York side) for the summer. There's also the ever-present Sam Adams and Sierra, but I thought this seemed more appealing. Appears a bright and very clear orangy amber color, small head, really nice lacing. The first thing I thought when I smelled it was "Great Lakes Burning River", but it ended up being different, though still really good. Smell is hoppy and very citrus oriented, offering lots of orange peel flavors in the taste as well as some other citrus fruits. A nice malt backing and an awesomely sweet but subtle honey character, with a nice piney bitter finish. I'm definately going to be getting this again, it's a spot on Pale Ale that's especially great for the summer.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2005 16:11:33 | More by twelvsies
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden with a white one finger head that is gone pretty quickly not leaving much lace behind,evergreen pine aromas here and quite heavy at that with an underlying caramel sweetness but the pine is main attraction.If you like a well balanced pale ale then this is your thing,a dose of citric hops hits up front but the firm caramel/biscuit backbone of this beer melds extremely well with the hops just making this beer not only well balanced and flavorful but very quaffable.I really enjoyed this brew I would say its "extraordinary".

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2005 01:01:16 | More by oberon
Photo of shirfan

New York

3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice dark gold with thin, sticky lacing.

Aroma is warm, with earthy malts, some hop presence, and apricot.

Taste is on the dry side, almost chalky, leafy. Fair amount of bitterness at the end, but turns a bit nondescript. Slightly lacking in body. Would be best with a meal rather than as a stand-alone.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2005 19:19:39 | More by shirfan
Photo of Celt44

New York

4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is a cloudy light amber. Head dissipates soon but lacing lasts throughout.
Hoppy is aroma is not overbearing - and the hop taste is clear and "just right" for an American ale - although I wouldn't disagree if they labeled this a Lager.
Tastes of grapefruit and hops -finish is a bitter hop bite
Mouthfeel is very smooth.
This one is much better on tap than from the bottle. Overall a great session brew - I prefer Southern Tier's IPA - It actually is my favorite.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2005 02:01:56 | More by Celt44
Photo of NEhophead


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

Creamy white head that settles to a thin sheet and the glass' sides. Some spotted lace with decent strength. Faded copper in color with a slight chill haze.

Floral and slight citrus hop aromas. A touch of caramel maltiness. Good balance in aroma between the hop and malt profiles.

Floral hops with a touch of lemon. A pretty hefty caramel malt character for a pale ale. There's a hint of pine at mid-sip followed by a moderate bitterness. Floral hops, pine, and caramel aftertaste.

Medium bodied; prickly on the palate but pretty mellow.

Interesting take on the style; not really what I look for in an American Pale. The typical hop flavor is almost overshadowed by the maltiness. Pleasant for the season, but not on that I'll go back to.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2005 21:08:15 | More by NEhophead
Photo of ppoitras


4.55/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" white head over the golden brew. Head, what there is, lasts pretty well, and lacing is average to good. Aroma is piney hop leaves. Taste starts with sweet pale malt, then carries through into an unexpectedly well-balanced hops character for the style, with a crisp pine shot at the close. Mouthfeel is excellent, and drinkability is even better. Check this one out, especially for this warm weather we got going on right now.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2005 20:35:11 | More by ppoitras
Photo of vladtheimpaler

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Gloden, clear, thin white head. Very fresh hop aroma. Flavor is dominated by fresh hop flavor. Not overly bitter. Malt is in the background. Hoppy finish. This seems to be intentioned as a hoppy refreshing and light beer, and is very well done.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2005 02:03:48 | More by vladtheimpaler
Photo of santoslhalper


4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The more I consume high-proof, incredibly complex imports, the more I appreciate the simplicity of a good pale ale. This one here is hoppy, smooth, and incredibly drinkable. It looks nice and smells nice as well, but the flavor is incredibly well balanced. Thank good for good APA's like this one. Had this one at Tulune's.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2005 21:29:12 | More by santoslhalper
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy and Malty, and carmel. Dark Golden. A smoother sweeter member of the North American Grapefruit hophead series of beers. Bold fruit but lemon in finish. Medium mouthfeel. Not much head or lace. Altogether a fine refreshing start to Radekfest, and thanks to the Yankee who served it up.Had on tap a year later and enjoyed hoppiness and fruit though dring.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2005 19:35:00 | More by Sammy
Photo of warriorsoul


4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to shippos for this one of many...
Pours a real attractive orange with a half finger of bright white head that disappears within a minute, but leaves a thin, hazy cloud on top. Lacing is thin and almost disappears entirely.
Burst of oranges hit me first...a real sweet fruity treat for the nose.
The taste is less than I was expecting, but that is not necessarily a bad thing...I am glad to see this one is not overrun by the hops.
It is not sweet, but it is a tad thin...the carmelized malts are what stay w/ me throughout the pint. The taste is slightly bitter and the finish is quite dry. A fairly drinkable brew...real glad I had the chance to try this beer...Southern Tier keeps impressing me with their offerings.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2005 02:09:53 | More by warriorsoul
Photo of Shiredave

New York

4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bad label. Very star spangled, but at least we know what Phin and Matt would look like in a Disney movie. I'd gladly trade that however for a little info about the damn beer! Maybe some ingredients, hop varieties used, brewing philosophy - gimmee something! But I suppose they can have thier fun.

Bright gold color with a wispy white head and slow carbonation.

Aroma is very nice, sweet citrus hop and underlying malt with alot of flowery stuff goin on.

Up front flavors of lemon marmalade and porrage, leading to a kind of non-existant middle - flavors just sort of disappear. Hops then hit the back of the throat and tongue with a sharp bite and it finishes with a smoldering bitter aftertaste, but not harshly. Body is a bit thin - on the heavy side of light.

A surprisingly drinkable lighter shade of Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2005 00:24:05 | More by Shiredave
Photo of stjarnflikka


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

Thanks to Oliver Twist!

Pours a somewhat golder beer with nice thick head that quickly disappears though.

Smell is malts toghether with those needed hops. Citric and flowery on the nose, with a somewhat weak touch though.

Comes on malty, and somewhat sour. Theres a small bitterness in there at first thats empovered by fruits, nice sweet trace and more malts. Finishes "wet" with nice hoppy bitternes and clear citrus on the tongue.

Nice pale ale, nothing special either.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2005 10:01:04 | More by stjarnflikka
Photo of Onceeven

New York

4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at MacGregors. Thier beer list has been relatively stagnant as of late, this seemed to be the only newbie on the menu. I'd seen bottles of this before, but didn't recognize the name when I ordered it.
Poured a nice shiny amber with a perfectly proportioned head.
I wasn't expecting the smell to be so hoppy, I kinda caught me off guard, but was pleasantly surprised.
The tastes was very balanced, but elements still stood out. Since i was orginally thinking this an IPA I first noted is fruity hop character, but then noticed more of a malt background than I was expecting.. I wrote it off as a balanced IPA and gladly ordered another. Very drinkable this stuff!

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2005 18:44:06 | More by Onceeven
Photo of goindownsouth


4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been itching to try this one for some time and, on 1.28.05, I had the chance to do so at JP O'Malley's in Allentown...

An attractive looking brew out of the bottle, the pale orangish brew presented before me with a reasonable, if not quickly fleeting white and pillowy head. The aroma was consistent and pleasant, with notes of citrus and piney overtones. The flavor was a little more subdued than the aroma, but still consistent with this style and, if nothing else, highly drinkable...


Serving type: bottle

01-29-2005 16:47:25 | More by goindownsouth
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A slightly hazy, golden-orange amber body is capped by a full head of frothy bright-white foam that holds fairly well before dropping to a standard collar. Lacing is limited. Bright and citrusy Cascade hops greet you in the nose over a delicate biscuity maltiness. The body is medium; and its slightly restrained carbonation lends just a tingle to the tongue. The malt is much more prevalent in the flavor than the nose suggests, and its dryish, biscuity character works as more than just a backdrop to its hoppiness. It's full-flavored and well-balanced with maltiness up-front; hop flavors across the middle and into the finish; and a bold bitterness that cuts through the biscuity and caramel-drizzled malt to dry it out in the end. Quite a respectable American pale!!!

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2005 18:31:36 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of BCMan


4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured up with a thick foamy head that lingered before fading. The color a honey amber. It has a nice hop nose. Flovor starts subtle but builds with hops that linger in the after taste. This beer is very drinkable, a good session beer. I would say that this is the best beer fromm Southern Tier but that doesn't take anything away from the others in the line. I would and have suggested this to many people.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2005 00:05:12 | More by BCMan
Photo of shippos

New York

3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured with a slight gold witha bubbly white head.
fresh grassy aroma with some grainy notes, wet malt.
slight bit of caramel malt in the taste followed by a balanced hop character and a thick resiny mouthfeel. more restrained in the taste. very very drinkable and sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2005 16:00:45 | More by shippos
Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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