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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Ratings: 1,438
Reviews: 611
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.88%
Wants: 18
Gots: 93 | 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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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Very light being poured but settles into a straw yellow. It has a pretty decent foamy head that lingers a bit.

S: Aroma is of mild citra hoppiness and grapefruit as well as graham cracker and flaky malts. There’s just a bit of spiciness at the end, like cinnamon.

T/M: Citra hops are prevalent in the flavor as well. There’s also some toast and a bit of sweetness in the finish.

It’s similar to the first citra beer I fell in love with. It’s not ordinary, but it’s not really extra-ordinary. I’d say it’s somewhere in the middle, we’ll call it extraord, or traordinary.

Photo of gskitt
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had at Bobbique, pours a bright amber, some decent lacing. Head did not last. Smell was floral, earthy, not hoppy. Rather like an ESB than a pale ale. Tasted more like an APA, balanced, bitter, and only a bit hoppy. Maybe more hops would have made this better. mouthfeel was tacky, liked it. Overall, decent brew from Southern Tier. ST is proving that they can brew more than just dessert stouts.

Photo of NODAK
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a pretty sweet aroma for style, with some floral and bready notes. Actually just muted overall.

Taste isn't much what I would expect in an APA. Living up to Southern Tier's reputation for shorting the hops, this may be the least hoppy beer in this style I've had. Has a mildly sweet and floral body with some breadiness. Finish only has a small hop bitterness showing up...a little grain lingering.

This certainly is a pretty drinkable and tasty beer, albeit strange for style.

Photo of BrewerB
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Total Wine in Tampa and transported back to SF for sampling.

Ever-so-slightly hazy light orange with golden highlights. Visible carbonation streams strongly from the nonic Firestone Walker half-pint glass. Thin white head, poorly formed and not retaining well. Lemon rind and grapefruit make their way to the nose with grainy toasty malt playing backup. Lemony hops up front followed by a soda cracker dry finish. Medium in body with a moderately high level of carbonation. Effervescent, very present carbonation.

Decent example of the APA style, could use more American hop character and bitterness to improve. Tasty malt backbone and a great dry finish.

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More of a bitter than an American pale. It's drinkable - basically, it's a lot of toasty, marginally biscuit malt and bud-nippin' bitter with the hops showing more sharp pine/rosemary than 'hoppy'.

Gold-orange-amber color. No head retention or lace. Clean-filtered. It really just looks boring and bland. The smell is bitter/sharp pine and sporting an orange peel hoppiness - at least I think it's all from hops. You can smell the toastiness of the malt in combo. Not quite acrid, mellows as it warms. Bitter from the get-go on the palate, vaguely flower-petally, approaching harsh and tart. Malts not showing strong. The bitterness lends a persistent tingle, though it drops out smooth and clean late.

It's alright - drinkable. Bitter through and through.

Photo of chugalug06
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

OK so my dog's name is Phin, so naturally this was a must try.

A - Pours nice two finger foamy white head. Brew is copper/golden in color, slightly murky. Very nice lacing.

S - Lots of honey, slight spice and citrus. Good blend of mild hop and caramel. Piney and grassy. Slight lemon and orange creep out too.

T - Great hop blalance! Very relaxing and light. Piney and slightly citrus.

M - Very refreshing. I could drink the beejeezus out of this brew in the summer. Very light and airy. Not your typical Pale. Great carbonation and even blended mouthfeel.

O - A great extra in a great trade! Super glad I go to try this one! Thank you Lerxst!

Photo of ummswimmin
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On the label, it is called an "Extraordinary Ale." That seems like pretty big bragging rights. I bought a single 16 oz. bottle as a first run.

I poured the bottle into a pint glass. I had about one finger of head. The head dissipated into a very light film.

The aroma had notes of floral and citrus hops. I didn't get through the third set of hops identified on the label.

The taste had less character than the aroma. If it tasted like the aroma, I would have been really happy. The taste had soft hops smells. This is a pretty simple pale ale.

Overall it was an average example of a pale ale. There was very little extraordinary about it. I'm sorry, Matt and Phinn.

Photo of 7ate9
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks good. Smells sweet, grainy, slightly citrus. Taste is grainy, tad sweet, and again some citrus. Slighty bitter hops on finish.
Pleasant mouthfeel with nice carb. I like it. I could drink this and be quite pleased but there's nothing here that would make me buy it again.

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice clear light amber. Head is a nice half inch with some nice lacing.

S - Smells sweet which I like in my pales along with a bit of pine and citrus zest.

T - Solid sweet malts paired along a mild not overbearing bit of hop presence. More sweet and fruity rather than bitter pine. Flavor is solid and succession able. Has a nice bit of grains

M - Light to medium. Would drink it again.

Overall my only gripe is maybe it could use a touch more hops. Would like to try it again but I liked the pale better.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Finally pulled the trigger on a single o' this. It pours a clear brass topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises mild caramel, musty flowers, and light pine. The taste holds notes of even milder caramel, orange peel, light grapefruit rind, and light grass. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a finish that seems to want to be dry. Overall, I was severely underwhelmed by this brew. I can't say it's necessarily bad in any real respect, but it doesn't come anywhere near something I can call "good".

Photo of RashyGrillCook
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The name brings about flashbacks of Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure though I'm sure thats just a coincidence. Pours a dead clear golden amber with virtually no head. Smells of hops still hanging on the vine and taste like it too! First sip is instant hops however there is NO lingering bitter aftertaste as with other hoppy brews. As the hops roll off there are definite notes of caramel and malts. This is perfect for the person looking to ease into the flavor of hops or is an excellent choice for a session beer. I could easily drink many of these and not get bored with the instant hop hit. Extraordinary? Maybe not... but it is refreshing and damn delicious none the less.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very nice deep copper color with a good amount of clarity to it. Nice streams of carbonation could be seen coming up towards the top and a good sixed two inch head of white foam came over the top right away. Slight settling still left behind copious amounts of sticky white lace, with a bare top.

The aroma was nice and hopped, grassy with some decent touches of light citrus and pine mixed in. A bisuit like bready middle to it that really came out once it warmed up. The flavor was more of the same, crisp and clean, with a quick hitting citric hop bite in the front that mellowed out with some light grain, and bready malts to balance nicley, all the while staying very light and towards the hoppier side of the style. Crisp and clean with a light feel and a great carbonation profile, this was defintly a very nice offering that was easily sessionable during the evening,

Overall not bad at all here This was a very good little session ale that I would have no issue at all with trying out again some day. I would love to find it on cask to give it a good whirl. Definitly worth another look here.

Photo of rpardon7
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a amber orange clear color with a bright white loose head. Smell is soft citrus and hints of some buscuit and sweet caramel malts. Taste is simply complex, not overpowering in hops or malt but a nice complexity to the flavor ranges with citrus and floral hops to bits of buscuit and caramel malt. Mouthfeel is smooth and light good body and carbonation. Overall very enjoyable beer, not outstanding but balanced and good.

Photo of Knapp85
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out with a gigantic amount of head on it. It was pretty much the entire glass was foam and with the smallest amount of liquid at the bottom. It took several tries to get the entire beer into the glass. Once it settled this beer was a clear yellow color. The aroma was on the hoppy side not too much else really happening there. The taste was a little piney, the after taste had some malts kicking in but not a whole lot. The mouthfeel was ridiculously carbonated, every sip I took the beer just went crazy and foamed up in my mouth. It was kind of a pain because it was hard to get a decent mouthful.

Photo of 6thomas3
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Generous head retention similar in appearance to cream pie topping with lacing clinging to the side of my glass for dear life, see through pale yellow with limited carbonation bubbles all most as if they went on strike, picturesque uniformity and startling clarity

Smell - Dull floral aroma with faint hints of clay and dirt

Taste - Light and delicate with a touch of snap at the end; not over powering by any means yet still intriguing

Mouthfeel - Weightless and casual density provoke inner rage, perhaps a longing for more

Overall - Easy breezy session beer

Photo of Kelly88
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Cock and Bull. Served in the very filling imperial pint glass.

A- light orange color with a dirty whit dog colored head. Impressive head that mellows to a thin cap. Very nice. Tiny nucleic bubbles and lace cobble the glass.

S- very good nose. Sweet and floral with sweet malts rounding out the initial sniff. Hops are hitting the palate stronger as it warms. Dank and sweet.

T- very well done pale ale. Sweet malts with subtle citrus. Really mixing well. Nothing overdone. Good flavors that are subdued. Good pale ale. The one flavor I am getting more of is a mix of breafrench bread and a little citrus butter. Weird description but it works.

M- medium to light. Not heavy at all. Real good carbonation,just enough to not be distracting

Overall a pretty flavorful pale ale. Looks good and drinks good. I like this beer. Actually one of the best pales I've had. A nice mix of hops and malts.

Photo of Natural510
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, no dating.

Pours a lighter copper color with medium head which dissipates to a slight but sturdy ring of lacing on the glass.

Scent is sweet with raw barley and a perfume of flowers, though not of the "floral hop" variety.

Flavor is very grassy and floral (jasmine or honeysuckle), somewhat unusual for an ale, with a refined-sugar sweetness from the malt. Hops actually balance the malt quite well with a bittering, forest-pine hop.

Body and mouthfeel are fine; body in-line with the pale ale style (firm but not too heavy) and carbonation suits the brew well.

One's like or dislike of this offering will hinge entirely on acceptance of a sugary, jasmine-flavored ale. I found it interesting and quite drinkable, on occasion; others may downright hate it.

Photo of bobhits
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours finger head, huge white head. Rather thin looking head though. Extremely clear deep straw/golden color.

A strong amount of earthy and citrus hops with a weak caramel malt finish.

Light hop presence, toasty/bready malt and sweetens with some honey like notes to finish. Orange and lemon flavors, rather fruity effect.

Easy to drink, well carbonated, seems like an ideal summer beer.

Overall I'm fairly surprised at the reviews here. This is an extremely simple but tasty beer.

Photo of cocogan
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Visual: (pint glass) Pours a dull yellow with orange hues. White head that recedes into the abyss.

Aromoa: Citrus fruit and sweet breadiness.

Taste: Fairly balanced beer. Definitely american hop presence boasting a nice floral/pine taste. The malt is there with caramel and bready flavors. The hops win the battle at the end leaving a citrus rind (and slight grain) taste in yo mouth.

Mouth: Light, medium carbonation, departs with a bit of dryness on the tongue.

Overall: The taste is pretty basic but it isn't a bad brew. It is more balanced than southtier's pale ale which I think is a good thing. All in all very drinkable and simple brew, just nothing extraoridinary.

Photo of LiquidBread219
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - The beer poured a decent head but was hazy. Not as clear as I hoped. Some lacing on the glass was nice.

S - It smelled off... it was ok with hints of malt but there was something off on it I couldn't put my finger on.

T - Lots of Orangy Citrus to it. It was refreshing. And looking at the name "Southern" I gave it to them. I could see this going well at summer picnic.

M - Very Light... but refreshing. Again, the southern part of the name made me understand how it should be a summer beer.

D - I rated this high. It's not an amazing beer. But it drinks well. Really well. This is a session beer and goes down pretty easily and is pretty good if your looking for something lighter to drink but there are still better choices out there for sure.

Photo of FattyJLE
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured a translucent amber/orange with a one inch white head and good lacing.

S - Very aromatic with sweet orange and grapefruit juice. A hint of yeast.

T - Although well-balanced between malt and hops, there was little of either in terms of flavor in this beer. A slight malt sweetness was offset by an herbal, earthy bitterness with a yeasty flavor mixed in. Very bland.

M - A thin body with a dry finish. The carbonation was also a bit high giving a bubbly drinking experience.

O - I wouldn't really classify this beer as "extraordinary" as the labels says. It's an okay beer overall, well-balanced but lacking a lot flavor. I'd classify this as an adequate, drinkable session beer, but I will not seek it out again.

Photo of HOMEPL8
2.1/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Highly recommended by the bartender at one of our local watering holes (I generally trust his recommendations) ...I'm a huge PA and IPA fan...this beer tasted like the beers was strained through a grass catching bag from a lawn mower...Poured attractive as typical pale, but as soon as the beer hits the inside of the mouth, the bitterness is more biting than appealing and therefore, brings most catagories into the not impressed range for me on this beer...the finish is a finish a long to forget.

Photo of jar2574
2.8/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange/yellow color with plenty of carbonation and decent white head. Smells very hoppy - the grassy kind rather than the fruity kind.

This tastes disappointingly weak, watery and plain. There isn't as much of a hop kick as the smell would suggest. You get a sense of hops, but barely. The beer is almost flavorless.

It has a below average mouthfeel - boring, too watery and macro-brewish. It's not hard to drink and not terrible by any stretch. But I wouldn't buy it again, either.

Photo of G2Brew
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle at 50 degrees into a pilsner glass.

A - Pours a pale golden amber color, with a small white head that quickly fades. Nice, persistent lacing. Obvious carbonation, with bubbles rising through the beer. A little chill haze, but fairly clear.

S - There's some nose here but I expected more hops aroma, based on the product description. Aroma has citrus and pine hops, and clear malty grains.

T - The malt wins out over the hops, although there's plenty of both. Very straightforward, not a lot of surprise, although I'd say I like the flavor better than the aroma, even though they're similar. I get more of the profile from the taste than the aroma.

M - Mouthfeel is light to medium, with modest carbonation. The level of carbonation works here, as more would overwhelm the malt flavors. It seems to get a little watery as it warms up.

D - Crisp and refreshing, I'd probably prefer it colder and drink it as a lawnmower beer. Not bad for the money, but not great either. It's a good, solid, nothing fancy APA.

Photo of FleeVT
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 12oz bottle with no date. Poured into a pint.
A: Pale straw colored beer with a nice white head. Exceptionally clear and carbonated.
S: Good old American hops in the form of citrus and pines. Some bread malts.
T/M: Again, the citrus and piney hops balance well with the moderate malt profile. Lighter bodied for the style cut nicely with a higher carbonation level. Finishes clean.

Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 1,438 ratings.