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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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1,432 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,432
Reviews: 611
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 20
Gots: 88 | 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 busterthecat
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A- A clear hay, some head that quickly fades. Carb present.

S- Some mellow fruity & citrus hop aroma. Some light caramel sweetness. A light aroma overall.

T- Light sweet malt, mild citrus & some bitter hops. A slightly sugary after taste.

M- Light-Medium body. Lingers semi-well, drying, Crisp.

D- No alc. Extremely easy to drink, a summer beer. Best character of this beer.

Much better APAs out there. I finished it quickly to get something more flavorful to drink.

busterthecat, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of AdamBear
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-cloudy gold, good amount of white head, a lot of bubbles, decent lacing that stays.

S-good amount of sweet barley and hops, decent strength

T-matching taste except there's a good bit of citrus to it. citrus comes in the after-taste as well along with the hops and tiny bit of bitterness. in fact, the after-taste has a decent complexity to it. its not a bad beer, but i feel the taste itself isn't as pronounced as i'd like it to be.

M-medium carbonation with a good, creaminess to it. very crisp finish.

D-very drinkable, crisp at tasty all the way through. I could have many of these in a night. there aren't any real negative qualities that keep me from wanting to have this again. in fact, this wasn't my first bottle.

AdamBear, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of cosmicevan
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice crisp yellow into a red plastic cup (beggars cant be choosers) with a thin frothy head that could be reawoken with a swirl. smelled of syrupy thick hops. Taste followed the nose a bit but more malty, but definitely rich and a bit syrupy. Pretty drinkable but a bit thicker than I usually aim for. The hops malt balance doesn't really make it heavy in any direction, seems like a safety type of brew. Nithing outstanding, but nothing offensive.

cosmicevan, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty golden color with a touch of orange. Not too much head or lacing, but plenty of rising bubbles. Crystal clear.

It's got a pleasant aroma and flavor profile which are very similar. It's a bit grainy, with some nice hoppiness and a good malt balance. It's got a little bit of grapefruit and tangerine citrus, plus just a touch of earthiness, and finishes off with a touch of sweetness.

Light bodied and well carbonated. Slightly slick. Very nice.

This actually drinks pretty well. I'd certainly buy it again. Would be great in cans for fishin'.

AlCaponeJunior, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.78/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a slightly hazy, gold color with no head or lingering lace. It's aroma is mainly grapefruit with hints of citrus and caramel. The flavor begins with grapefruit followed by a good balance between hop bitterness and malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is light and drinkability is average. Phin & Matts Extraordinary Ale is a decent beer, recommended.

B967ierhunter177, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of kimbo33
2.78/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I really wish they would "can" this beer and make more of the stuff that actually tastes good. This tastes like a mainstream ale that should appeal to the masses but in the end doesn't impress. Nice hop aroma but the taste is flat...no real hops...no real malt flavor. Too many good beers from ST to drink this one.

kimbo33, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of PicoPapa
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a translucent light orange color with a thin head. Some lacing. Aroma is earthy with some grains and a small amount of hops. Taste is a bit more malt than I expected. Has a slight bitter hop taste too. Earthy flavors as well. Certainly a drinkable APA. Works fine in a mix 12 pack but not worth seeking out on it's own.

PicoPapa, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of SnowGoon99
2.35/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Serving type: bottle into a Stella Artois glass

Pours a straw color with an off-white head. Definitely too light for an American Pale Ale in my opinion. I expected it to be an American IPA but was totally thrown off at the beginning. Aroma was ok. Pretty standard aroma with fruity American hops. Slight hints of piney or earthy notes from the hops as well.

Taste was not good. Had either under-attenuated or was just old or something. Was way too sweet for a hoppy type beer. Hardly any bitterness to speak of with some hop flavor that saves it from total terribleness. Mouthfeel is pretty standard for a pale ale but nothing great. Definitely not too drinkable.

Overall i was very unimpressed with this beer. It was just not pleasurable to drink. I would not recommend it to anyone else and probably wouldn't buy it again.

SnowGoon99, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of TheDTrain
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love Southern Tier and I always get excited to try a new brew. Pours a golden orange with little head retention. Light in body and aroma. Flavor is crisp and refreshing with good notes of citrus, hops, malts, and bitterness.

Nothing in this beer really stood out for me. This beer is exactly "extraordinary." But has good drinkability.

TheDTrain, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of digitalczech
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

digitalczech, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of spinrsx
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a hazy gold colour with an average size frothy and creamy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation, and there is some good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head didn't last for very long before it was gone.

Smell - Breads/grains, cereal, a grassiness, lemon, corn syrup

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation on the tongue, and the most noticeable flavours are corn syrup, pale malts, and lemon. There is also a lot of bread/cereal flavour mixed with a grassiness. The beer finishes with a slightly bitter lemon and corn syrup aftertaste.

Drink - An average beer that I wouldn't seek out again. It wasn't awful; it was just nothing special.

spinrsx, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of despainmakesbeer
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium/Deep Orange color, some yellow highlights. Quite hazy at pour, clears quite a bit with time and warmth but still just barely has a haze. Thin, spotty head, lasts throughout. Bright rich citrisy aroma. Pretty heavy on orange and grapefruit. Almost a pale maltiness present. Average Carbonation. Beginning of drink is somewhat bland. Darker citrisy flavor in middle, heavy orange peel at end. Very light mouthfeel. For such a heavy aroma, almost feels a little empty. Would make for a light refreshing summer beer. Malt shows through more as beer warms. Taste not very complex, not to have three hop varieties and three malts. Simple and relatively clean.

despainmakesbeer, Nov 27, 2010
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 18, 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
Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 1,432 ratings.