Pale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 223
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-21-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by climax:
Photo of climax
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A lot lighter than expected, it has a gold body with good clarity and a massive fluffy eggshell white head. The retention and lace are excellent and it fades leaving high and low spots everywhere, not to mention crusty curtains of lace all the way down.

Strong citrus notes dominate the aroma while it's still well-chilled. Grapefruit, a bit of sweet oranges, lemon, and a resiny earth character contribute to an impressively hop character for a pale ale. The pale malts begin to intensify as it warms, giving a saltine cracker foundation with bread and maybe even a clove tickle, very nice complexity.

The flavor is exceptionally balanced, the equality between sweet and bitter is excellent. Everything is very clean and tidy in there, herbal and citrus notes add crispness while wheat and barley malt cues keep everything in check. The finish is tidy, but contains easily discernible leafy and buttery tones.

It's extremely smooth and just slides down the mouth with such ease. The body does have some heft to it, don't let the color fool you. The feel is good and creamy and the carbonation just fluffs it up a bit.

This beer is very well made, all the components are done superbly with no flaws whatsoever. It's got the hop profile to satisfy, the complexity to ponder, and the drinkablility to keep you goin'. A marque American pale ale if there ever was one.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST is one of my top five American breweries,one of the few things I miss from Western NY.Poured into a standard pint glass a deep golden with a tinge of burnt orange,a tight formed one finger off white head atop.A mix of caramel/biscuit and citric hop,there is a light "green" leafy hop note there as well, but its light.A well balanced APA with hops winning out in the end,big firm toasted sweetish caramel malt flavors stand up well to citric, and leafy hops,the hopped up finish is nice.A solid beer for the style although its becoming ever to common to find this beer made by other American brewers,still I liked it.

Photo of brownbeer
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden pour with a white head.

Piney nose with maybe some fruit skin and tree bark.

Tastes pretty good overall, piney and dry with orange skin and litter box. Almost a mediocre IPA, but instead, a decent pale ale. Not really worth seeking out, but ok if it's in front of you.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a 12oz tumbler.

Pours a very light yellow, infact a bit too light, with a huge pillowy white head that is near perfect with some light lacing. Nose is more malty than hoppy, a bit yeasty with some mellon notes.

Taste is piney and a bit bitter but not over the top, very crisp and refreshing with a sharp finish. Mouthfeel is fairly full with slightly high carbonation. Overall quite good but not quite as good as SNPA.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this just recently became available in six packs, before you could only get it in a mixer 12 pack. no freshness date.

at cellar temp poured apropriatly into a ST pint glass. pours an extremely clear yellow- golden color. about a 2 finger soapy, rocky head that faded to a thin retentive layer of soapy foam. a fairly nice lace.

a nice hoppy aroma. smells like pellet hops, piney, tropical fruity, maybe a touch of citrus. not much malt comes through.

that good hoppyness definatly comes through in the taste as well. its all there, pine, citrus, almost grapefruit like. some pineapple come through a touch. hops really dominate this beer, maybe just a touch of some pale malt comes through in the taste. the hop fowardness definatly does not bother me. the amount of bitterness almost borders an ipa.

a light body and mouthfeel definatly keep this in the pale category in my opinion. a little resiny from the hops. nice medium amount of carbonation. nothing to complain about here.

great drinkability, an awesome session beer. im definatly revisit a sixer of this soon. no abv listed on BA or the bottle but drinks like a 5% beer. i highly recommend this, a great hoppy pale ale.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 355ml bottle with no visible dating. Picked up a while back from a webshop. The label states that this was brewed with two types of malt and two types of hops.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A bright golden-yellow colour with fine sediment and decent carbonation. Yields a huge head of fluffy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a surface layer. Aroma of intense fruity hops notes - grapefruit, citrus, mild pine resin. This is underpinned by sweet caramel malt and hints of dry yeast. Nice.

Tastes of fruity aromatic hops with a sweet, malty backbone and a bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, pine resin, caramel, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Slightly sweet, with a dry bitterness upon swallowing. A faint stale hint in the background. The malt and hops don't feel entirely integrated, especially the sweet and bitter components of the flavour. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with hints of spicy hop oils. Good body for the style, but it feels a little undercarbonated and lacking in texture. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops and dry yeast.

A tasty pale ale, just not quite perfect. It looks great, with visible yeast and a good head, while the aroma is lovely. The taste has plenty of character but the malt and hop bitterness clash somewhat, leaving it unbalanced. The carbonation could also be improved. I can't tell how old this is, so perhaps that is a factor (for which I cannot control). However, it goes down easily enough and I would probably have one again if I came across it. Worth sampling if you have the chance.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a perfectly pale copper hue crystal clear with a bright white head, not to far off from Phin and Matt's appearance. Aroma has grapefruit and pine accents going on with minimal malt sweetness. I don't think I like the new retro labels, way to technicolor for me. Nose is really a blast of sugar coated hops very enticing and probably not too heavy on the alcohol, it's so nice to drink their standard beers. Rather than the Choklat, Mohkah bastardization of beer styles that they have become known for. Upfront with hop flavor crystal malts and some sugar coated grapefruit breakfast experience. Also a bit of piney hop flavor but not super bitter, it's that massive hop flavor with moderate bittering hops that makes for a helluva good session brew. Mouthfeel is slightly slick with hop oils but light to medium bodied, doesn't stick to your palate and leave you wanting to scrape the hops off your tongue. Drinkability is very solid one of those grass mowing or session pub ales that will definitely sell better than some of their past lower alcohol styles.

Photo of glid02
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Folly Beach Brewing Company in Charleston, SC.

Pours a very light copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of grainy pale malts with hints of leafy hops and lighter hints of citrus hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Muted pale malt flavors kick things off and are balanced nicely by mild hop flavors that join in shortly thereafter. Both malts and hops carry equal weight through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I thought the nose and flavors weren't robust enough to make this a really good beer but it remains one that's drinkable. Not worth seeking out but certainly not a horrible choice.

Photo of richkrull
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly cloudy golden color with some barely off-white head.

Smell is kind of wheaty. Slight hop aroma with maybe a hint of spice.

Taste is lightly hoppy with some spices coming through. Good flavor throughout.

Mouthfeel is light. Very smooth and easy to to drink.

Overall a good quality beer. Nice easy to drink summer beer. I liked it although not sure if I'd buy it as I think Alpha King is better.

Photo of tdm168
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this six pack up at the Empty Pint Pub on 12/23/11. Poured into my ST tulip which I also purchased that day.

Pours a copper gold with 1/2" of soft, dense, creamy, white head that has great retention. The nose is floral and bready. There are also faint pine aromas and hints of birthday cake. The taste is very malty up front with notes of birthday cake and bread followed by floral and pineapple-like hop characteristics. There is a mild pine bitterness in the finish. This is a lightly carbonated, medium bodied beer that is very drinkable and smooth.

This is a fantastic, well balanced APA. The hops are nice and pleasant, but the malt character is by far the surprise here. The flavor profile is solid, and this beer drinks easy.

Photo of secondtooth
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Straw-ish yellow, with average head of white foam. Attractive single-finger lace.

Mild hops aroma - definitely on the citrus grapefruit side. Not bad.

Flavor is very mild heavy on the citrus, with a little bitterness in the finish. Seems kinda acidic, but that could be the Pad Thai I had beforehand. Hah! Well-balanced flavor profile, though.

As a mellow citrus-oriented pale ale, this one a solid session selection. I'm just not too excited over it somehow.

Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Abe's Cold Beer. Ah, this is a nice surprise. It's unusually light (in body) and drinkable. Sure, it's 6% and not exactly session strength, but the light mouthfeel and mild nutty malt flavor, reminds me of a great English pale ale. The hops, however, are distinctly American. There's a mix of tangerine tropical fruit punch and piney citrus rind and grapefruit. The aroma reminds me of US Tettnanger hops with spicy apricot. This is an interesting, refreshing and dangerously drinkable pale ale.

Photo of MrKennedy
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle purchased from the International Beer Shop and poured into a Redoak tulip glass.

True gold in colour, pouring with a white head of foam that turns into film after a short while.

Beautiful smelling brew, strong hoppy aroma, relatively fresh - considering the journey across half the world.

Palate doesn't deliver the hop bitterness that you might expect, still a solid hoppy flavour on the finish which isn't really bitter, but just "there".

Solid mouthfeel, about the right sized body for the style.

Overall a decent beer, wouldn't mind having this as a regular draught beer at my local pub. But for the price, there are better of the style around.

Photo of animalchin
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice solid darker golden color. Very nice lacing with a head that stays for some time - gradually dissipating.

S - A lot of floral hop notes in the nose - almost of rose and mild spice. Very nice.

T - Generous hops on the tongue, followed by pine and some tea leaf - close to rooibos.

M - Thick heavy cream - but not over the top.

D - Sits nice - could do another.

Notes: Definitely one of the finer pale ales I've had. The aromatic spice and herbs carries through into the taste in a way that each sip brings along new flavors. I'd suggest this to any person who calls him/herself an APA fan.

Photo of alleykatking
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from 12oz bottle.

A- Poured a golden yellow color. One and a half finger fluffy white head shows good retention. Sticky clumpy lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Nice big citrus hops hit the nose first in the aroma. Caramel malt backbone shows itself middle of aroma quickly getting covered by a nice floral hopping in the backend.

T- Citrus hops in the front roll over anything else except for a hint of floral flavor. Sweet bready malts in the middle give way to a distinct bitterness in the back end. Some light alcohol shows up toward the end but blends well with the bitterness.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is very good for the style. Citrus hops left on the palate with a nice bitter hops with pine like quality in the aftertaste. Flavors blended well together but showed flavors as individuals as well. Lower alcohol drying on the palate with each sip.

D- Very refreshing pale ale. This was a very easy drinker on a warm summer day. Southern Tier seems to be bu,ping it up a notch with their everyday beers.

Photo of SamuelJackson45
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The body is very clean and bright in a yellow gold in color.With a medium head which doesn't last long but it has a very citrus bold aroma.

The beer has a nice bold hop flavor and a very crisp clean finish at the end of the sip. I must say I do like this Pale Ale. I only try a few so far but this has a good taste and aroma.

Photo of puboflyons
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on August 26, 2011. It pours a murky yellow with a quick buirst of head that dissolves quickly. The aroma has a strong citris, lemon note that tends to be a bit more obvious than the malts and hops. The body is light. Malts and hops are in the taste but it is the citrus zest that takes it all over. It has a refreshing quality.

Photo of SickGnar
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: On the light side of straw. A bit light for style. Faintly hazy though, with a small white head that settles fast to a ring. Just a few spotty patches of lace.

S: Floral and citrus hops with a tough of grassiness. Juicy & fruity esters. Soft pale and toasty grain malt in the background. Quite noticeably sweet. Decent level of pungency.

T: Opens with a mix of floral hops and juicy, fruity esters – tangerine & apricots. Then grapefruit pushes in heavily and leans to citrus rind, light pine and then resin in the finish. Fairly firmly hoppy. Malts, while just a touch in the background, have good dose of juicy sweetness, but are otherwise pale malts & toasty grain. Grassy / hay / herbal impression grows as the glass warms.

M: A small bit over medium body with average CO2. Almost creamy. Start out just verging sweet and tacky, but hops push it drying.

D: Just about getting big for a pale and it shows. It gets to be a bit too juicy sweet, and you really start to notice all the low L crystal. It has a sort of jump between those malts and the hops. It could do with more middle. Robust, but light for style and rather plain for its heft. For all that, it is pretty good. I just wouldn’t have it as a session, but rather pair it with mildy spicy food.

Photo of TheDTrain
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tonight's brew: Southern Tier Pale.

How could this brew be 6%ABV? This Southern Tier Pale has serious drinkability. Hazy golden yellow pale ale has floral aroma which mixes nicely with hops and light yeast. Hops blended with citrus, yeast, malt, and sweetness makes Pale another success for Southern Tier.

Good drinkability. A few of these and the D Train will be off the tracks...

Photo of weave
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I guess I'll be the first. And it's my first review too!!

A- Crystal clear, fine bubbles running up the glass. Deep golden to almost amber in color.

S- Earthy, piney hops. Almost resinous in aroma.

T- Hop bitterness dominated. It is not an overly hoppy beer but the flavor and bitterness of the hops does dominate the malt flavors. The hop flavor is more earthy/piney than citrus. It is a touch spicy too. Maybe a good amount of wheat in the grain bill?

M- Nice cramy mouthfeel. Not thin at all.

D- Long bitter finish. Not quite clean. Light malt flavors and hop bitter finish means easy drinking.

I like this beer better than ST IPA. IPA to me is too dry and has too long of a bitter finsh. This beer strikes me as somewhere between IPA and Phin and Matt's in character. Hoppier than Phin and Matt's but with more body than IPA.

Photo of smakawhat
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap and a real good looker. Simple one finger white head but a beautiful slightly and I mean, Slightly just opaque body of clean and perfect and I mean PERFECT gold color. Some decent lacing upon this beer as well.

What a great bouquet on this beer off tap. Big grapefruit as of the rind was ripped off right on your face! This is also the first beer I've ever had that had tropical fruit notes, and there is some faint mango here also. Gives me that warm Sauvignon New Zealand Marlborough Blanc feeling.

Body for this beer is superb. Giant grapefruit juice and hop balance, with this perfect tight tingle on the palate. This is an APA but has characteristics of an American IPA and a really GOOD ONE, WOW color me impressed! This makes for super high drinkability!

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clear amber with an ample white head about two inches tall. This faded and left behind a ton of lace. Good visible carbonation.

hoppy, lots of very sweet citrus flavors. A touch of sugar and some malted grains in the backend of it. Had a very clean, cut taste. Not much of an aftertaste here, just straightforward hoppy pale ale. Nice grain fresh cut grass in the back. Silky smooth, albeit a little thin, but very smooth. Again very clean and refreshing, light. Very good. I could easily session this one all night ling. It was just a nice light IPA, or pale ale.

Overall this was really a good quality light session beer.

Photo of Ommy
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours fairly clear with a very white, but thin head. The color is a bit dark gold.

The smell doesn't have much going on, but it does have obvious notes of hops which give it a nice floral note.

The taste is a little subdued as well, but I like it. Very balanced.

Mouthfeel is good, as expected.

Overall a decent session beer for those who like IPAs.

Photo of davidaubrey
3.39/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance - This beer has great clarity and is a light orange/amber color; I can't believe how filtered & clear this beer is.

Smell - Smells hoppy and spicy;

Taste - The bitterness of perhaps either cascade or centennial hops is apparent immediately. The flavor is not very complex; perhaps a different, darker malt would help this beer.

Mouthfeel - This beer is has great clarity, but little substance to the mouthfeel. I would prefer a beer that is less filtered with a thicker body.

Drinkability - Excellent, however, when choosing pale ale next time, I'll probably go for a different one next time.

Photo of Blanco
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This pours a very clear yellow color with a solid white head that holds for a while but eventually almost disappears, with a thin foamy layer and some slight lacing along the glass. Carbonation is evident. It smells piney with a slight hint of grapefruit. It tastes excellent, with a nice bit from the hops but only slightly bitter, with little to no aftertaste. It's sweet and bitter and is very refreshing. Very drinkable. Just a well-rounded beer.

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Pale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.