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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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1,429 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,429
Reviews: 611
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.88%
Wants: 19
Gots: 86 | FT: 1
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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3/5  rDev -15%

Elfastball7, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of david18
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer as a part of a "Pack of Pales" they were selling. Twelve bottles, three each of four of their pales. This was my least favorite of the bunch. A little light on all accounts.

Appearance was a golden color, clear like the others with a nice amount of carbonation.

Aroma was somewhat biscutty with very little hops to speak of.

Flavor was also very light. More of a light lager than a pale.

Overall not as impressed with this one.

david18, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of justintcoons
3/5  rDev -15%

justintcoons, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Neorebel
2.2/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Advertised as having 3 types of malts, 3 types of hops. I was pretty excited. Color is clear yellow... with almost no head. The aroma was nice - sweet apricot and grains coming out. The taste was bready, earthy, and bitter, in a somewhat stale and off putting way. I almost didn't review this because I thought the bottle may have gone bad, but other reviews seem to suggest that's how it is... Pass on this one.

Neorebel, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of BDIMike
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden color. The liquid is completely clear with no haze, but a lot of carbonation that creates only a thin white head with very little lacing.
Smell is of fresh hops. A subtle citrus waft with floral undertones.
Taste falls short in comparison to smell. Taste is stronger on the malt with a biscuit taste. The hops are very subtle and barely tasted.
Mouthfeel has a nice bite to it. Very refreshing.
Drinkability is nice. A good american pale ale. I have had better and I have had worse. A good beer for a drinking session, but it may get boring after a while.

BDIMike, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of rdub
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've been liking the southern tier products lately so I picked a single up from wegmans mixed six area. Poured into my Duvel tulip. Clear and golden with a minimal head. What's going in here? Slight hop aroma mixed with malt. This is kind of weird. Tasted kind of basic. Kind of like a junior APA. Not sure why this is extraordinary. Basically ok.

rdub, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of climax
2.58/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

If this APA encompasses enough outstanding traits to be deemed extraordinary this shall be fun, like Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure fun.

It pours an amber hue with filtered clarity. I really had to molest the pour to get any head out of it, as it was starting out relatively flat. However, the retention and lace of what I did get is fairly decent.

Slight skunky bitterness and diacetyls are pilsner-esque in the aroma. The hop profile is herbal, seems of noble variety, but rather vague and subdued. Oktoberfest toasty and spicy qualities mixed with a lager-like tinny twang confuse me further as to what's going on in here.

The Munich lager theme from the nose get's further portrayed in the taste. Clean, but uninspiring is the theme in here. The banana, vanilla, earthy finish is really all that denotes any sort of character. A relatively watery body further denotes that this one doesn't have much oomph.

Not sure what a solid club like Southern Tier was after with this one, it is not extraordinary by any stretch. It's easy to drink and there is nothing offensive about it, but it just seems like a lost puppy with no pedigree.

climax, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of bnes09
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lemon-orange colored brew. Good clarity. A few bubbles form on top them disappear into oblivion. No retention, no lacing. Poor.

Bright citrusy, pine-like aroma. Fresh bread.

Nice hop flavor, orange peel and pine cones, assertive yet not overpowering. Fresh baked biscuit flavor from the malt. Well balanced and smooth.

Sturdy medium body. Crisp and smooth. Lively carbonation.

Good brew. Tasty and refreshing.

bnes09, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of mntlover
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a lightly hazy golden color with a smaller white head even from aggressive pour. Head falls quick but some lacing left behind.

Aroma is light citrus notes on a bready malt base, pretty basic avg pale ale.

Taste is bready malts light metallic notes with some hop bite. Citrus dominating with some grassy notes in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light with crisp carbonation.

Overall a light refreshing brew, easy drinking but not as great as some good Pale Ales. Don't see ever re buying this one not bad just not good enough.

mntlover, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a lightly hazed gold color with a small tan head. Retention and lacing leave a bit to be desired.

Nose is mostly bright, sharp citrus hops along with a biscuity malt base. Pretty basic, refreshing summer brew on the smell.

Alot of hop flavor with only a fair amount of bitterness. Malt backbone is pretty flabby, but I think the brewers intended this to be light bodied and easy to drink. Biscuit dominates with a grainy, very mild toffee character. I like the hops used here...little bit of tropical, lot of citrus and a smattering of resin. Freshness seems to be paramount to this one, as I already notice a difference in the 3 weeks it has been since I last cracked one of these. Pretty tasty stuff overall, I could see myself getting a sixer of this at least once a year or so.

twiggamortis420, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of rebel1771
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear pale straw color with a slight head that fades quickly.

S: Nice hoppy citrus aroma with notes of pine thrown in.

T: Citrus up front fading to a slightly dry cracker flavor. Vague fruit notes in the end.

O: Pretty good APA but not extraordinary.

rebel1771, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of Kendo
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is clear golden in color with a small, off-white sudsy head. No real visible carbonation gives it a "flat" appearance. A little bit of lace is left on the glass.

S: First impression of the nose was that something was "off" a little bit - something metallic. But after a few sips either that's gone or I've gotten used to it. Now I'm getting a slight toastiness and some citrusy, lemony hops.

T: Light-ish malt up front - definitely of the toasted bread variety but with a touch of sweetness too. Slightly metallic hop flavor follows, along with citrusy lemon and a touch of florally hops. Finishes fairly dry with a light lingering bitterness. Good for an APA - balanced nicely between the bready malt and lemony hops.

M: Light-to-medium body. Carbonation is there, surprisingly (given the appearance) - fine but active.

O: Solid. Well-balanced. An easy-drinking APA.

Kendo, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of doughanson78
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to jmarsh123 and his LIF for this one.

A: Nice golden color, with a slight haze. One finger slightly yellow head, with good retention and lacing.

S: Malty, with good caramel aroma. Slight citrusy hop notes, led by apricots and grapefruit, with touches of tangerine and light pineapple.

T: Not a huge taste on this, but good. Sweet caramel up front. A little tostiness through the rest of mouth. Not much bitterness, but a light grapefruit and orange comes through. A touch of tart in the finish.

M: Lighter in body, but definitely not watery. Higher carbonation. A tad creamy.

O: A pretty decent Pale. Not the best by far, but very drinkable.

doughanson78, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of TippySelenoid
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

It's a lighter color than I expected. It's a dark gold color, kind or orangey. It has a white head that laces pretty well.

Smells malty, with some bitter hops. Not too powerful, but a good scent.

It has a sort of sweet sort of bitter effect. Tere are some bitter hop flavors that are balanced by some not too heavy malts.

It has pretty active carbonation, it's not a very heavy beer, but it';s by no means watery.

I like it. This would enter the regular rotation at my house if it weren't so pricey, $10 a six pack.

TippySelenoid, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of rlee1390
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was my favorite out of ST's "Pack of Pales" and I finally gotten around to reviewing it.

A-Cloudy yellowish orange, half a finger head.

S-Citrus hops, some grassy/floral notes as well.

T-Decent amount of hops/bitterness for an APA. Citrus and floral notes mainly.

M-Light but with some carbonation.

O-Upon review the IPA is better (but I also remember thinking the IPA in the mix was a little off). However it is still solid, not the best APA but a cheaper and easy to get session beer.

rlee1390, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of soju6
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice copper color with a decent head that fades to a light lacing.

S: Mild citrus and fresh grain aroma with a bit of sweetness.

T: Has a nice crispness up front witha mild mixture of citrus and caramel sweetness. There is a nice bitterness through to the finish.

F: fairly medium body, smooth and creamy. Quite refreshing. Not overpowering but has a nice balance.

O: Very easy drinker, good for a few. Not an extrordinary beer but well worth a visit.

soju6, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extraordinary ale? A bit short of the mark, but does qualify for at least "good." Nice depth of hopping, with some tea-like notes. Malt is likewise nicely layered and balanced. Hops bittering is less than one would expect for an APA, and seems more in line with that of a pale ale. Nice session candidate.

Brent, Sep 12, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Poured a clear copper color with a decent white head. Toasty aroma, malty, with mild hints of floral and citrus hops. Taste of toasty grains and malts, moderately sweet, with floral and citrus hops gently infused, a bit metallic. Medium bodied and quite drinkable, but pretty standard. Aka, not that extraordinary.

Rifugium, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of Kinsman
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden colored body with a light white head that leaves behind just a bit of sticky residue.

A slightly fruity but mostly floral hop aroma greets you. Malts add just a bit of grain and biscuit notes.

Good hop-forward but still well balanced pale. Not a whole lot going on beyond a simple but enjoyable piney and tad bit citrusy hop flavor. A bit of sweetness from the malt alongside a notable cereal grain flavor. Finishes with a touch of bitterness that reminds you this is a pale ale.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp making for a refreshing APA. One could easily knock back a few of these in an evening. Overall, not my favorite APA but I'd have it again if offered.

Kinsman, Aug 28, 2011
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2.58/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass:

A: Pours fairly clear light copper with about a finger of bubbly clear/white head. Leaves a little lacing, not the greatest of head retention.

S: Earthy and floral hops, pale malt. Subdued.

T: Mostly light earthy hops with a little pale malt. Not very hoppy and the malt base is rather thin. Finish is clean with a hint of malt and bitterness. Rather dull, bland, and empty. At least there isn't much alcohol taste, though there are some esters that almost have a metallic quality in the finish.

M: Light body, highly carbonated. It's basically seltzer water.

O: Phin & Matt's 'Extraordinary' Ale? Not so much. This isn't even ordinary, let alone extraordinary. This is about the weakest APA I've ever had out of a microbrewery. On the bright side, at least it's not offensive at all. It's basically seltzer water that someone dropped a slice of toast in. So far Southern Tier is 0 for 2 on their 'regular ABV' lineup. Love their big beers though.

Satchboogie, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of DCon
2.9/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Stable in Benton Park (St. Louis), MO for $6. Poured from the non- labeled, Wooden Tap Handle into a 16oz Tulip glass.

Aroma- Very piney, nice hops, but weak aroma... Diacetyl is noticeable and really brings down this overall aroma.

Appearance- Received with a 3 finger head that dies quickly. Has a clear golden body and leaves good lacing.

Flavor- Light piney hop taste. Nothing huge. Nice crisp finish and light bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Light- medium bodied, high carbonation, but fell short with the light amount of hops from the taste. Almost sweet all the way through...

Overall- Not enough body or hop for this one.. Very refreshing but just doesn't suite the style. Such a shame since I'm such a huge fan of Southern Tier. (Also have had this one in bottle and remember it MUCH differently!)

DCon, Aug 24, 2011
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3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Where’s the carbonation? My bottle poured with a head that, at full strength, was barely over a millimeter. Dissipated to a ring that barely held together in sheeting. The beer itself is a rather clear amber, on the bronze side. The few bubbles of carbonation look lost, lonely.

S - Now we’re getting somewhere. A hint of grapefruit, some tangy hops, and sweet caramel hit the nostrils. It’s a very fresh smell.

T - Confusing. Sharp, dry, almost nothing like the smell. Biscuits, vague bitter hops. This is a beer I almost have to slug back a gulp of to get the full palette. It’s summery and refreshing, but altogether confused. There's a not of dry, almost tropic fruits.

M - Scoring some definite points for this beer - while the flavor tricks you into thinking it’s almost watery, the mouthfeel really is a lot rounder than expected, the carbonation (invisible?) tingling on the tongue. Leaves you just a little bit dry. Clever session ale.

O - A decent session pale ale. It feels good, it smells good, I just wish the taste were a little more refined. It’s certainly good, but it doesn’t feel like a wholly balanced beer.

paperbackfoster, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that dissipated, leaving delicate lacing on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of floral hops and fruit in the nose along with notes of sweet malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a light to moderate amount of malty sweetness and a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has some refreshing properties.

metter98, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of Dan3279
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured the 12oz bottle into a pint glass to find golden straw colored body with a small white head. The aroma had a lot of malts with a few hints of grapefruit hops and some citrus notes. The taste was good, though I did feel like it was missing something. I didn't think that the taste held up with the aroma, it was a good tasting beer but nothing out of the ordinary. It was a light and crisp beer that was easy to drink and enjoy, I just wish that the flavors would have stood out a bit more.

Dan3279, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of Tballz420
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale is an American Pale Ale. Pours out a pretty clear golden color, just a ever so slight haze to it. Small white head which disappears after a couple of minutes. The scent has a light candy sweetness, along with just a touch of piney hops. As for the taste, its got a candy sweetness, much lighter malts than many PAs you'll see. Not even getting any caramel out of this. Touch of flowery/piney hops, some toasted breadiness. Medium to light bodied, nice wet feel.

Tballz420, Aug 12, 2011
Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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