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Pale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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very good

218 Ratings
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Ratings: 218
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-21-2009)
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5/5  rDev +30.5%

12-13-2011 23:40:51 | More by mylar
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4.75/5  rDev +24%

06-17-2012 00:38:54 | More by ucsbmullet
Photo of climax


4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 23:34:00 | More by climax
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4.58/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose: Grassy, hoppy, and big.

Appearance: Crystal clear pale gold with a white, lingering head.

Taste: Sweet like sugared grapefruit that gives way to a brief, stronger bitterness. As it fades, it changes to lightly floral with lasting hops bitterness, while bringing out a pleasant sweetness on the sides and back.

Overall: I love this beer. Big and balanced.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 03:49:14 | More by sjverla
Photo of stewart124


4.58/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a straw yellow with a nice inch of white head. Visible carbonation.

Plenty of citrus, pine and bubble gum in the nose.

Great hop character and bitterness. Whoa this is tasty! Crisp! Refreshing!

Very tasty APA and one that I could drink and drink and drink. What more do I need to say?

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 01:10:00 | More by stewart124
Photo of timbobandit

New York

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

01-20-2012 21:29:51 | More by timbobandit
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

11-23-2011 22:02:18 | More by Lantern
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Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

09-20-2012 22:47:24 | More by Molson2000
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

10-27-2013 02:26:16 | More by BodiesLexus
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

02-02-2012 03:19:14 | More by jfcaa193
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

09-18-2013 16:33:50 | More by athomasPSU
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

12-21-2011 07:39:34 | More by NvMyBeer
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4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2011 18:47:29 | More by smakawhat
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a fluffy 3"+ head that lasts a while. Moderate lacing develops during the session.

Smell: big floral hops and orange citrus are bold and very pleasant.

Taste: caramel, orange, pears, and a big floral hop bitterness make up a very tasty pale ale.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout with some mild dryness late.

Drinkability: this is a beer you can drink all day long. Refreshing and just a nice APA anyone would enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 19:50:09 | More by Gavage
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North Carolina

4.43/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 01:05:15 | More by tdm168
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4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Part of the Southern Tier mixed 12 pack. Pours a slightly cloudy golden color, nice little head to it, decent lacing. Faint hop aroma to it. Taste is medium bodied, nice full smack of hops in this one.. much more than expected than a typical pale ale, this is bordering on IPA. Very well balanced beer, a great backbone to it so the hops aren't overbearing, just a solid, way too drinkable here. Definitely a beer for all to enjoy, highly recommended, especially on these hot summer days.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 20:53:25 | More by oriolesfan4
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New York

4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with a fluffy head. Excellent retention and excellent laceing.Lots of bubbles. Aroma is of piney fruity hops. Mouth feel is light,crisp and carbonated. Taste is of grapefruit,and citrus. Piney presence throughout, with hints of pale malts. I expect greatness from this brewery and it delivers!!

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 23:56:03 | More by riversider76
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New York

4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A – Bright banana white gold. Fine white head with subpar lace and ok retention. Nice vibrant carbonation in the glass.

S – Mellow, tropical and well integrated. Mellon, papaya, soft malt, sweet Champaign and lemon zest.

T – Punch of floral bitterness up, then edges herbal through the center. A touch of black pepper and a light bready sweetness complement the bitters through the backend.

M – Full for the style. Smooth with a lingering semi-sweet bitter finish.

O – A fantastic example of an American Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 17:01:29 | More by vfgccp
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West Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 00:06:55 | More by WVbeergeek
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4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed up a variety case today. Not sure how old since no best by or bottle date.

A - Wow a nice golden yellow, for a pale ale this one is very pale! I got a nice inch and a half of white head and decent lacing. Lively and carbonated!

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

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.

M - Light to medium, so I was very surprised it has more ABV than Headwaters Pale (5.10 to this 6.00 ABV is well hidden!

Overall my only gripe is maybe it could use a touch more hops but its pretty impossible since then it would be an IPA not a pale. Light citrus hop taste around sweet malts and little grain harshness. Glad I have five more!

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 00:37:58 | More by DrDemento456
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4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$1.50 / ea.

A: Bright golden body topped with a big loose head of moderate retention that leaves behind a heavy foam lace and thin ring of bubbly cover.

S: Dominated by grapefruit citrus and hints of pine. Subtle hints of sweet bready malt peak through if you take the time to observe.

T: Grapefruit up front, but a very light aftertaste. Reminds me quite a bit of SNPA. The sweetness is subdued, and the bready malt enjoyable. This is what I expect of a pale ale.

M: Moderate body with medium carbonation. Not quite crisp, but refreshing overall.

D: Very sessionable beer. Great taste, light on the palate, and refreshing. Good times could be had.

O: Probably my favorite ST selection to date.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 04:01:32 | More by dpnelson1978
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4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden yellow with an orange hue. Smells very hoppy at first then later a hint of citrus and malt. Very delicious taste with a crisp white head. Kind of sour at first but finishes up with a crisp hoppy taste. Overall a very delicious pale ale that I would recommend to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 00:12:30 | More by zachary37
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Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into stemmed glass.

The color is a clear gold with about two fingers of foamy white head and some thick lacing.

The smell is very floral hop flavor and has a slight citrus flavor in the background.

The taste is pretty floral and is bitter with a nice crisp flavor. It has a nice smooth feel and is mixed with a bit of a citrus flavors and a a bit of bitter resin flavor.

The feel of this beer is medium with a nice light body and is pretty drinkable. A good Pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 06:25:34 | More by Duhast500
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First time trying this, came in the "Pack of Pales" mix pack. Four great hoppy beers in one mix pack is perfect for my taste.

A - Clear golden color, not very dark at all. Thick, sticky white head.

S - Smells of floral hops. To me this smells alot like an IPA.

T - Wow, quite hoppy for a pale ale. Very fruity hops, not bitter until the end. Very crisp, clean taste. Not too complex but I really like what's there.

M - Mouthfeel is creamy, not as light as the color led me to expect.

D - I could drink this all night. It tastes like an IPA but doesn't carry the same higher alcohol content.

Overall a very solid pale ale. I haven't seen it in six packs, and since there are only seven reviews I would assume this is a new beer from ST. I would still probably opt for the Southern Tier IPA if buying it alone but it is nonetheless very good. If there is one thing this brewery has mastered it's hoppy beers, and this is no exception. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 00:00:15 | More by BeerPhan86
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4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a 12 ounce bottle into a mug. It is nice golden color with a decent white head.

The smell is solid and hoppy.

The taste is of hops and of lemony citris. I really like the taste.

The mouthfeel is very good and it is quete drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 14:25:24 | More by greengorilla
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Pale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.