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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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BA SCORE
80
good

1,395 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 1,395
Reviews: 609
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 17
Gots: 77 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wailingwench on 10-29-2004)
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Photo of JackieTH
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Yellowish orange. Thin white head.

Smell: Fruity, citrus hops, subtly malt.

Taste: Citrus almost lemony with a bit of malty backbone but mostly just watery, carbonated and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Light.

Drinkability: This isn't one I'd seek out, but would be perfectly acceptably if somebody handed me a couple three bottles.

JackieTH, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A normal average beer from ST. Yellow pour, pushes the orange envelope, clarity, looks like macro at times. Aroma, didn't really do anything for me.

Taste, like the aroma, seemed to be largely devoid of hops. With a name like extraordinary, I found this to be extremely pedestrian and average all around. Light hops, light, light, light everything, tasted like a "good" light beer, which is pretty much unacceptable for an apa, much less one made by the awesome ST. Pretty bland. I can get bland without spending this much for it.

Beerandraiderfan, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: clear deep gold, decent white head and lacing.
S: bready honeyed malts and some fruity american hops.
T: light to medium sweet biscuity malts are well-balanced by smooth hop bitterness.
M: light/med body. decent carbonation. a bit of slickness.
D: nothing mindblowing, but solid overall. i like the pale malt profile in this one.

MrMcGibblets, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of nickthegun12
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

eh, pretty decent beer from these guys.
the appearance is there medium copper in color with not much head.
the smell is of ENGLISH style pale ale....malty.
Malty, malty, malty....its like they made an english pale ale with american hops....not my favorite style.
creamy mouthfeel....with decent lacing.
nice drinkability to it, could throw these back like easy drinking session beers.

nickthegun12, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of chicagoish
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Orangey with a thin white lacing. Sort of clear.

S- Hint of fruity Hoppy zing.

T&M- Smooth, with a small hoppy bite, but THIN and a bit watery. It should be called THIN and Matts and not Phin.

D- Pretty average. I would not consider it Extraordinary at all.

chicagoish, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint.

A- pours a pale shade of yellow with a half finger white head. Top of the beer is slightly tinged orange. The tiny head and pale body bore me

S- citrus hops....smells really sweet and fruity actually. Enjoying that a lot

T- crisp hops. Some very, VERY slight hints of bitterness. And that bitterness seems to be of a lemony variety as opposed to a simcoeish hop variety.

M- a little boring, as you'd expect from a pale ale...kinda thin. Nothing exciting

D- drinkable. Not outstanding by any stretch of the imagination, but its drinkable. You could probably put a few of these down...and its cheap, too

bigfnjoe, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of BigPlay1824
2.68/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a large pilsner glass

A: pours a translucent golden/light amber color. Very little amount of head on the brew

S: citrusy scent not great not bad

T: nice hop character, very slightly citrusy finish left on the tongue

M: very slight carbonation tingle but an overall smooth drinking brew

D: not too great. The lack of a nice taste leaves me not really excited for the next sip but it also doesn't have an offputting taste which I guess helps it here

Overall not a terribly impressive brew and I probably won't return to it

BigPlay1824, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of cbutova
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours out a hazy light orange into my Southern Tier pint glass. A fizzy white head builds to about a finger and... fizzes out relatively quickly. A decent cloud and ring persist and leave good spotty lace.

S- Very faint aroma overall. Some pale grainy malt and slight hops, not much going on that I can pick up. A huge note of corn as it gets warmer.

T- Pretty laid back for ST standards. A lot of bready yeast and malt lending caramel and grain notes. Hops are certainly present, lending floral, citrus zest and pine hints. Some cheaper corn adjunct hints.

MF- Light body with a nice creaminess to it. Carbonation is moderate and appropriate for the style. Light bitterness.

DB- A decent Pale Ale but I don't think the floral forward APA works for me, the malt balances it somewhat but it feels unbalanced. Light and refreshing but not Extraordinary in the least.

cbutova, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of shand
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a mug.

Appearance: Here comes my normal "Southern Tier beers always look great!" opening. This is a great looking beer! Two fingers of cloudy head that quickly dissipate. Beer is a straw color, and lacing, as always. is great.

Smell: Bready malts dominate the nose, with just a bit of citrus and hops. Not bad.

Taste: This is really delicious. It's a great lighter beer. There's nothing wrong with a light beer in my opinion, and this is a great example of a style that's easy to drink and still tastes great. Sweet malts dominate the taste, but they're nicely balanced by the citrus and floral hops. It's just a good tasting beer that I love to drink. Simple as that.

Mouthfeel: Just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: This is chuggable, straight up. Very drinkable.

This isn't a Southern Tier for the extreme brew lovers. This shows a lighter side of Southern Tier that buyers of their imperial bombers might not even see. It's awesome that they're good at both sides of the spectrum. Highly recommended to those who don't always want their beers to be "extreme".

shand, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of hreb
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cold 12 oz bottle poured into a tapered stange. Beer is pale and yellowish with a very small white head. Hoppy, fresh aroma.

Citrus, crisp, and bright on the front of the palate, lifted up by hefty carbonation. Readily recognizable as a pale ale.

A fine example of the style though not particularly memorable. The label boasts 3 varieties of hops and 3 types of malts -- nothing that amounts to a deeply complex beer, but "extraordinary" in its execution.

hreb, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of SkunkWorks
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint glass. I couldn't find a date on this bottle and given the lack of hoppiness, I think it might be stale. I'll review anyway and if I find a fresher bottle in the future I'll update my review. Likewise, if I have it again and it tastes the same I'll edit this part out of my review and make this more final.

Look: fairly clear, copper color with a one finger head. The head is fairly thin, doesn't retain for very long and doesn't leave much in the way of lacing.

Smell: I'm getting a little toasty malt flavor along with a hint of citrus hops. Not much here.

Taste: mostly malty so I'm surprised this is an APA and not something else. There's some hoppy bite in the finish but its fairly fleeting.

Feel: on the thin side of medium bodied.

Drink: this could be sessioned but its not good enough to where I would want to session it.

Overall, I'm disappointed. I've fallen in love with Southern Tier's Imperial beers and maybe I'm spoiled as a result but this doesn't live up.

SkunkWorks, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of benyerd
2.58/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had heard good things about this beer from my friends but I guess I shouldnt have gotten excited being that they are not craft beer drinkers.

(A) Best part about this beer. Pretty orange color that holds a small fluffy (1cm) head for the majority of the beer. Very bubbly as well which seem to help with head retention.

(S) A semi sweet smell with a hoppy and citrus hint that lingers. Overall a decent smelling beer but needs a little something extra.

(T) Not alot to say about this one other than it just seems to be lacking. Hops would balance it out but with a name like Extraordinary I was expecting alot more.

(M) Mild overall but was expecting to be a little lighter. It was a nice little surprise to see it had some body.

(D) Drinkable? Yes. Southern Tier worthy? No. Nice transition beer from something along the lines of a bud light but not worthy of a true APA.

benyerd, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Orange in color. Bubbly with a small but fluffy head that dies down to nearly nothing. Transparent. Head leaves light lace rings.

S-Nothing very strong here. Subtle citrus. Some bland malt in there too. Pretty subdued. Malt is quite doughy.

T-Like the nose, the taste is quite light and unmemorable. Light malt and light floral hops. By no means does this beer warrant the name Extraordinary Ale. Simply does not taste anywhere near extraordinary. It not awful but its quite bland. Should be called Phin and Matt's Incredibly Mediocre Ale.

M-Pretty light. Bubbly, actually lots of carbonation. Same old, same old.

D-Easy to drink. If you're looking for an easy drinking beer that offers more taste than BMC here ya go. Also seek out this beer if you're a fan of being disappointed.

VelvetExtract, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of dpnelson1978
2.3/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.
40°F

$1.50 / ea.

A: Bright golden body topped with a big rocky head of moderate retention that leaves a thick foamy lace, and dense cover.

S: Sweet malty aroma with hints of green apple and citrus. Hop aroma is light, but noticeable. A bit of a corn aroma peaks through as it warms.

T: Sweet malt that could definitely use more hops to balance. Again corn flavors rear their ugly head. Aftertaste is minimal but the sweetness can be a bit overbearing.

M: Medium body with high carbonation. Smooth body with a bubble bite at the end.

D: Too sweet for my taste, and not all that interesting in the nose or mouth. I wouldn't pay for this again, but I didn't dump it in the sink.

O: Disappointing selection from a brewery that normally impresses me.

dpnelson1978, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of GallowsThief
4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a standard 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A - Looks like liquid gold. Poured with a very small head and just a small amount of stark white lacing.

S - A very nice light, sweet smell. Has a light aroma of fruits. Really quite pleasing.

T - Has a bit of a sweet citrus taste. As others have said it's a bit more hoppy that I expected.

M - Excellent. Very smooth beer with medium amount of carbonation. Creamy.

D - High. This to me is a great summer beer. Light enough to have a few and enjoy.

GallowsThief, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: orange gold. Slight head and lacing.
smell: malt and hops present. Nice balance.
taste: As the nose advertises.
mouthfeel: medium body. Light carbonation.
drinkability: Nice balanced APA. My 5th Southern Tier since loading up on their brews (just new to Colmbus, GA). Great line-up.

cindyjeffsmith, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of cdkrenz
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Nice golden yellow with a hint of haze. Head stands over two inches and displays some nice stamina. Carbonated well as there are great number of rising bubbles in the body.

S - Malty sweet with a near trace of hoppy bitterness.

T - Leafy hops with a plateau of malt on which the hops can walk. Not very complex and the finishing flavor leaves something to be desired.

M - Medium bodies brew with a slight coarseness in the back of my mouth allowing for a bit of the flavor to come through.

~ Overall not my favorite beer. It doesn't have the character I normally find desireable in a pale ale. However, while I don't think I'll be partaking in this brew again I do recommend it be sampled by other beer fans so they too can offer their opinions.

cdkrenz, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of silentjay
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

a rather pale straw and perfectly clear brew gives way to an average sized perfectly white head that recedes to a small film, but laces well.

very faint aroma gives off some lemon, honey, and biscuits. but I had to literally dip my nose into the liquid to get any sensation out of this.

lots of lemon in the flavor as well. some light citrus and floral hops, but they are overtaken by toasted white bread-tasting malts. finishes with a citrus kick.

rather light bodied with very prickly carbonation. almost hurts my throat on the swallow. finishes with a touch of resin and a sweet citrus aftertaste.

drinks average. almost reminds me of a pilsner in the flavor profile and body, but not a terribly good one. nothing terrible about this beer, but one that ill pass up in the future unless its my only option, in which case ill drink it.

silentjay, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of Onenote81
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice little bottle received from Kiefdog in a recent trade. Thanks, Kevin!

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a cloudy honey-orange with a thick pale yellowish-white head on top. Excellent retention; left lots of sticky lace clinging to the glass. Not much going on in the nose of this one. Pretty underwhelming. Some grains, and a touch of earthy hops.

The body is firm and actually quite filling for this style. Good carbonation. Per the reviews, I wasn't expecting much going into this one. But this is a pleasant PA. Mild bready flavor that is touched up by a kiss of honey sweetness. Finishes with a smack of American hops. I like this beer. This would be a regular sessioner were it available here.

Onenote81, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of BeerNinja007
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a Southern Tier mix pack at Wegmans in Cicero NY. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

Clear solid yellow brew generates a half inch of light tan foam that settles to a thin dense layer. Smell is semi-sweet malts and lemongrass. Swirl of the glass gives a short-lived flare up of watery foam that runs straight down the glass instead of hanging on as lace at all. Taste is pretty earthy, yeast, light citrus and some other mixed hop.

BeerNinja007, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of DaveBlack
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Deep golden color with a white head that fades pretty quickly without much lacing

S: Pine with some sweet honey notes.

T: A lot more hops than I was expecting from an APA. Definitely this beer's best feature. Nicely balanced and complex with a fair amount of bitterness. Unfortunately the flavor disappears pretty quickly from the palate

M: Very light and crisp. Carbonation is modest.

D: While not my favorite beer by a long shot, it's got a nice flavor if I was looking for an inoffensive summer ale. Worth checking out.

DaveBlack, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange/amber wtih a fading off-white head.
Nose shows piney, resinous hops with loads of caramel and some toffee also at the forefront. Lots of malt!
Flavours start off quite hoppy, with loads of piney resin and a similar amount of caramel and cookie dough malt. These characteristics suggest some sort of full-on IPA, but then none of the bitterness that one would expect follows through. Must have been loads of late hopping.
Mildly rich body, carbonation could be higher to cut through that massively malty sweetness.

CrazyDavros, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of jhammel01
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a honey colored gold, not too cloudy, not super clear either. Looks appealing, of course, with a fizzy head that seems to overwork and kill itself. The beer keeps lacing all the way down. Always a good sign.

Piney hops on the nose and some citrus notes, honey.

The taste is pretty complex! Strong citrusy hops and honey. The honey is very prominent with the malt background in this beer. Its an interesting, great taste. The hops keep bittering in the finish that also is a bit bready as well. All fairly well balanced.

Pretty good! I liked it..It was a little bit different than the usual APA.

jhammel01, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of Jiggamyte
2.8/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A: The appearance is a golden straw color. White, quickly dissipating head, with very little lacing.

S: The faint scent of floral hops and slight malty scent.

T: Kind of like the smell. Very slight malt backbone, and a bitter hop finish that lasts for a few seconds.

M: This beer has a light mouthfeel to it. Not overly carbonated.

D: A very drinkable beer if you wanted to have a long session.

Overall, this is a very well balanced beer. You do get a sense of malt as well as hops, with neither one overpowering the other. I was expecting a little more from Southern Tier in this one, but not a bad beer. Just not extraordinary as the title claims.

Jiggamyte, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of chefkevlar
3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a light orangeish tan color with an inch or so of white head

S: Citrusy at first, with some honey and pine notes showing through

T: The bitterness is upfront here, with a slight sweetness after. There are notes of toast and nuts and then it fades to...well...nothing really. The flavor is good...but it disappears quickly from the palate

M: Fairly light bodied with a decent amount of carbonation

D: It is easy to drink but lacking in flavor overall

chefkevlar, Aug 23, 2010
Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 1,395 ratings.