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Pale - Southern Tier Brewing Company


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very good

217 Ratings
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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.42%

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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Photo of billab914


4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer number 2 from my pack of pales. Batch #585. Pours amber in color with a nice thick white head that retreated to the edges of the glass. Nice lacing down the glass.

Aroma is very citrusy and floral. Taste is all about the hops as well, lots of citrus and grapefruit flavors with a nice long bitter finish.

Drinkability is very good. I really enjoyed this one and I would easily choose this one before their Phin & Matt's Ale. Very good Pale that tastes a lot like a good IPA. They should make this a regular, although maybe it is as I don't understand their vote for your favorite pale thing they have going on. I vote for this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 03:11:06 | More by billab914
Photo of yesyouam

New York

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier Pale Ale is a crystal clear, sparkling golden ale with a small white head that diminishes to leave pretty nice lacing. It has a bright, bold citrus aroma with notes of grain and flowers. It smells perhaps a touch sweet. It has a smooth and creamy, yet lively, medium body with a very light, dry, pristine finish. It has a very simple hoppy flavor of pine resin and grapefruit rind. The finish leans toward black pepper. It's very simple and drinkable; quite refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 15:12:50 | More by yesyouam
Photo of JAramini

New York

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A new favorite. I picked up a single bottle from a build-your-own 6 recently, and have now purchased a full six pack because of my delight at the first one. I don't drink enough Pale Ales because I drink so many IPAs and DIPAs, but this is a delicious APA.

Appears a pale, clear, gold. Smell is super floral and a touch of citrus.

Taste is more floral and citrus. All I get is flowers and fruits in this one and I like it that way. Bitterness is fairly mild, as is the malt. The malt is there providing some support but is unremarkable.

Mouthfeel is pretty spot-on for the style. Not overly thick or thin. Dials in at smooth, semi-rich easily-drinkable level of thickness.

And yes, drinkability is quite high. I could polish off quite a few of these in a sitting. I've been searching for the best IPA available to me here in the Eastern half of the country, and it might just be this APA. The citrus and floral qualities of this beer completely make it for me. I prefer citrus and floral to pine, grass, marijuana, and bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 23:02:34 | More by JAramini
Photo of modernartblues


4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes

Served on tap at Mikro into a pint glass

A- light golden body with 1 inch head, that leaves splashes of moderate lacing

S- fairly strong hop notes for an APA, I get the basic citrusy grapefruit nose with a strong note of pine, def. stronger than SNPA in the nose category, this borders on an IPA in the nose category

T- the beer isn't quite as hoppy as the nose would suggest, it still has a great grapefruit character with big wallop of pine that wins the day against the still substantial malt backbone that gives a touch of sweetness

M- medium tending towards light, excellent carbonation, clean bitter finish

D-This is an excellent APA that rivals Dale's Pale for my affections. An excellent choice for a session

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2011 18:43:01 | More by modernartblues
Photo of mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

355ml bottle bought from Beermerchants.com

Poured a light golden yellow colour with a slight haze... White head poured fairly thick and foamy then faded to decent light covering... light carbonation... good sticky lacing lines cling to the glass...

Aroma - Light maltiness mixed with a good dose of citrusy and peppery hops, pine, tart fruits (grapefruit, lemons, apples), very floral, quite grassy, faint honey sweetness, light breadiness, some sea salt...

Taste - Good grassy and citrus hop bitterness, light pine, tart fruits (grapefruits, apples), light sweet biscuit malts, hint of wheat, peppery, some salty notes, floral and perfumed...

Feel - Quite smooth with a little bite underneath... light / medium body. Very, very quaffable and refreshing...

Overall - A excellent, straightforward, hoppy and very drinkable APA... recommended...

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 15:51:33 | More by mdagnew
Photo of axeman9182

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pour into my Duvel tulip reveals a burnt orange beer with a good sized off-white head. Lacing is adequate, but nothing amazing. The nose is promising, caramel malts and citrus hops. Southern Tier nailed this one, as there is a great malt base (caramel, same as the notes), with an aggressive, but not over the top wave of bitterness mid taste. The beer finishes with largely citrus hop notes, though there's some earthiness in the mix as well. The carbonation is moderately carbonated, to good effect, but the body seems a little on the thin side for this beer. It would be fine for a traditional APA but this beer drinks much more like an IPA, and for a beer with that that much flavor it's lacking. Southern Tier nailed this beer, the superb malt/hops balance makes it quite drinkable, though given how flavorful it is and that it clocks in at 6%ABV I'd say it's definitely much closer to an IPA than an APA.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 01:27:13 | More by axeman9182
Photo of PicoPapa


4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. Pours a nice golden yellow color with a medium head. Bits of lacing. I could smell this beer the second I started pouring it. Big Aroma. Grapefruit, lemon and a slight aroma of hops. Taste is crisp with a light flavor of grapefruit. Only slightly hoppy but with a nice bitter aftertaste. This is an easy drinking beer with a lot of flavor and great aroma. I really love Southern Tier 2XIPA but this beer is certainly one not to overlook. Well made.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 20:22:39 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of zeff80


4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small white head of bubbly foam. It left small traces of lace on the glass.

S - Great aroma with bittersweet grapefruit, bubblegum and citrus. Good caramel aroma, too.

T - Good citrus and grapefruit flavor. Nice bitterness. Sweet caramel malt backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a very nice pale ale with a great aroma and a really good taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 02:01:25 | More by zeff80
Photo of weave

New York

4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 20:47:08 | More by weave
Photo of alleykatking


4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 00:12:54 | More by alleykatking
Photo of paulozanello


4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very very clear golden color with hints of orange. This is a very unusual color for a pale ale, looks more like a helles lager.
Head is creamy and white leaving spiderweb lacing on the glass.

Aroma is of faint cereal grain and lots of resinous grapefruit and citric hops.

Taste also starts with some grainess but soon shifts to lots of citric grapefruity hop notes. I also get some grassy hops. Very fresh.

Body is medium towards the lighter side. Mouthfeel is amazing as well as the drinkability. I must've drinked the 16 oz in less than 10 min. Carbonation is medium to low. This really feels like a 3.5% abv beer as opposed to 6.1%.

Overall a great looking and drinkable apa, not the most complex hop presence in the world but as far as APAs go this only loses to a few of them, like Alpha King.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2011 22:31:04 | More by paulozanello
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier Pale is indeed pale and, thanks in part to the filmy haze, its bright yellow colour appears like petrified sunlight. Its head arches like a giant celestial dome, leaving mystical looking lacing so adhesive it looks like it will last at least a millennium.

I like that the label is proud to share that ST Pale uses only using 2 kinds of hops and 2 kinds of malts. Seeing labels that boast of using an enormous sum of ingredients or having won a bunch of different awards is like those processed foods that make claims about how healthy they are. Chances are, the more healthy they claim to be, the less they really are.

Conversely, only 2 types of hops and 2 types of malts doesn't sound like it would make for thundering bouquet and weighty flavour but don't confuse the number of ingredients listed with amount of ingredients added! Sure, there's only 2 types of hops added but there's plenty of 'em! Indeed, it smells (and tastes) like they spared no expenses.

Yup, it's all hands on deck for hops: bitter, pithy resins, candied citrus, caramel-dipped pine tips, mango puree and a French-toast like maltiness make for a pale ale that is scarcely a shade less flavourful than any IPA worth naming. Seriously, this thing get's me boogieing like a funky bass line with its bright citrus notes and crisp, toasty malts.

ST Pale has the character of a beer two times its size; this has more bells and whistles than a New Orleans Mardi Gras parade. I'd like to submit my name for regional president of the Southern Tier fan club; big and small, this brewery makes nothing but characterful, lively, delicious offerings. This should be a mainstay in every beer drinker's fridge.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 23:00:58 | More by biegaman
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from Buffalo.

Pours a clear golden yellow, some light amber highlights, thick white head forms and slowly settles down to a medium ring around the glass, solid sheets of lace stick around, looks good.

Smell is nice, light and hoppy, bright fruity aroma, a bit of pineapple and a touch of pine, caramel sweetness, a bit of biscuit and toasty malts, some floral hopping, wheat, a bit of lemony zing, nice aroma.

Taste is nice as well, bright and zesty, a bit of lemon and orange peels, pineapple, some floral, light pine, caramel sweetness through the middle, a bit of biscuit, wheat, touch of corn syrup sweetness, nice herbal bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with low to medium carbonation, very refreshing. A nice pale ale, nothing fancy but goes down easy with some real nice flavours.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 23:55:54 | More by Viggo
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: On-tap, in a pint glass at Oak Barrel Tavern. Had a golden yellow color and a clear consistency. There was a half inch of creamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A nice citrusy aroma, with some hops as well.

T: Tasted of mild hops, a bit of malt and a big shot of citrus (mainly orange and lemon it seemed). Slightly different from most APAs (the citrus level is higher), but still very lively and complex.

M: A good amount of carbonation and a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a likable, easy to drink beer. Well made and not at all heavy.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2011 12:05:26 | More by avalon07
Photo of Brad007


4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden yellow color with a frothy head that manages to linger in the glass.

Aroma is full of grassy, slightly floral hops with a hint of biscuit underneath. Not bad.

Taste is full of bready/buttery malt and grassy hops. About usual for the style. Simple. Easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering malt and grassy hops. Balanced and drinkable here.

I like it. Certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 00:38:06 | More by Brad007
Photo of tempest


4.05/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 01:55:29 | More by tempest
Photo of stimulus

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle.

A: Pours a pale golden with a fluffy white head that has nice retention and lacing.
S: Piney with a crisp hop finish.
T: Pretty straightforward: malty with hop bitterness mixed in with the floral notes, but the bitterness is a notch below an IPA.
M: Slightly overcarbonated but balances out as the brew warms.
D: Wow, I could drink this all day. Simple and well-crafted.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 03:15:16 | More by stimulus
Photo of DaveBlack


4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Appearance certainly shows that this beer is aptly named. Extraordinarily pale and yellow. Almost unnatural looking with only a small amount of white head that dissipates quickly, leaving no lacing to speak of. Really not much to look at.

S: Very floral, with notes of peach and a small amount of bitter hop notes. Really smells flavorful and light, just as a summer beer should be.

T: Taste does not disappoint: Light with the same fruit and floral notes that one can detect in the nose. A surprising amount of hops backs up the flavor and gives it a nice refreshing bite.

M: Light and plenty of carbonation makes this an extremely easy beer to drink.

Don't let the color fool you: this beer may indeed be pale, but it packs flavor. Light and refreshing, this is a great beer for hot summer days. Or really any time you feel like something that tastes good but won't decimate your palette.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 21:13:54 | More by DaveBlack
Photo of shand


4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Like everything Southern Tier, this looks great. Pours golden with three fingers of head (right up to the top of my glass!), very fluffy. Retention is about average, and lacing is great.

Smell: Hops hops hops. There's a bit of grapefruit rind here too.

Taste: Pretty good! This is actually quite a bit hoppier than their standard IPA. There's less malts on this one and the hops are more up-front. The heavy grapefruit rind also does a bit to further the IPA illusion. There's just a little bit of malts at the end. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Slightly carbonated and smooth. Good.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable, the bitter grapefruit peel hurts it just a bit in this aspect, it's mostly what lingers around in the aftertaste.

This is a pretty decent in-between the style of a normal Pale Ale and an IPA. Another good beer from Southern Tier, it's pretty hard to find faults with their stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 01:14:03 | More by shand
Photo of Buebie


4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pub glass, forming an inch of frothy head and receding to leave globby bubble islands and thin lace. Not much carbonation rise and almost a murky un attractive color off this.

Still it smells wonderful and thats a plus. Plenty of sweet necter in here with caramel malty delight. Fruity too mixing it up with oranges and grapefruit and almost a cactus fruit aroma. Quite malty resembling clover honey and its very intoxicating to just inhale the aroma off this.

Taste is also quite good exceeding my expectations for the style. Not as sweet now in flavor, but malt still shines through providing great grain flavor here as well as packing a punch of hops. Bitters begin to dominate into the swallow, pine now owns all, where it once was a citris filled orange and leafy hop flavors.
Mouthfeel is a tad thin, carbonation provides some fuller feel, but overall its thin and well carbonated.

Aside from mouthfeel and seeming overly bitter for the style this is a good beer. Hops deliver some desired flavors for a hop head like me and malt provides terrific aroma and semi sweet flavors upfront.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 20:07:55 | More by Buebie
Photo of almychristopher

New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a nice golden color with a perfect white head that recedes leaving just a touch of lace that still clings nicely to the side of the glass. the aroma brings a nice bit of citrus hops, balanced nicely by the sweet maltiness, with a bit of the yeast esters as well. a very nice hop bite at the front again rounded out beautifully by the sweet malts. the medium mouthfeel and adequate carbonation make this a beer worth looking for, on par with or better than other beers in the pack.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 06:04:48 | More by almychristopher
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a clear pale gold with a fairly large fizzy white head. There is lots of carbonation showing, and there is some nice lacing. The head lasted for a few minutes before it dissipated.

Smell - pale malts, grapefruit, hops corn, caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is a very nice and refreshing mouth feel with this beer. Lots of carbonation make it seem really light and refreshing. The most noticeable flavours are grapefruit/lemon zest and hops. There is also a light caramel sweetness and the beer finishes with a bitter hop and citrus aftertaste.

Drink - Wow, just a fantastic session beer. I could easily see myself drinking a bunch of these, especially on a nice hot summer day. Definitely worth seeking out - Southern Tier rarely disappoints.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 23:44:02 | More by spinrsx
Photo of nickfl


4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with just under one finger of foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head settles quickly and leaves decent lace.

S - An herbal, grassy hop aroma with some bready malt and just a hint of grapefruit in the background.

T - Lightly sweet, grainy malt up front with a little bit of honey. Grassy hop notes in the middle transition to a surprisingly strong citrus character towards the finish. Pink grapefruit and orange hop flavors with bready malt and moderate bitterness close out the experience.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very nice, the aroma is somewhat subdued with mostly grassy notes and a hint of malt, but the flavor is much more pungent. The same grassy hops and light malt dominate the flavor profile at first, but about half way through, they make a surprising shift towards pungent fruity hop character. Pink grapefruit and orange make for a very enjoyable pale ale experience with soft, light malt in the background keeping things grounded. A very drinkable pale ale that is quite a bit better than average, especially if you are fond of citrus hop flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 05:47:49 | More by nickfl
Photo of bigfnjoe


4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint.

A- pours a pale shade of gold with a 1 finger white head. The head fades quickly, but leaves some absolutely amazing lacing. Like...stellar. That gets it extra points

S- sweet hop aroma...tropical fruits. Smells amazing, very strong

T- starts off with a nice tropical burst, ends with a decent bit of bitterness. Maybe a tad bit too sweet?

M- typical pale ale. Thin, but this one seems a little more watery than usual. Not good

D- I prefer SNPA, but this is a worthy pale

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 00:31:56 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of JunkYardJake


4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.
Pours a bronze color with good clarity. Head retention and lacing are adequate. Smell is inviting and fresh. Citrusy and floral. Palate is on point. Sharp grapefruit flavor with just enough malt balance. Mildly bitter finish, lending a semi-dry mouthfeel. Fluid feel on the tongue yet, has plenty of body. Good drinkability from start to finish. Very enjoyable APA.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 20:37:01 | More by JunkYardJake
Pale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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