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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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Photo of puboflyons
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

puboflyons, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of jar2574
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good sized white head. Pours clear yellow color with a lot of carbonation. Smells of grapefruit and hops. A little grassiness too.

Taste is grapefruit hops up front and some malty sweetness in the aftertaste. Not bad. Although the bottle says it is brewed using only 2 hops and 2 malts, and other Southern Tier beers have bragged about using more than that, this beer comes across as hoppier and bolder than the others.

Lots of carbonation keeps it interesting enough but the carbonation is about the only distinguishing part of the mouthfeel.

Easy to drink a good - if not great - effort by the brewery.

jar2574, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of rjs
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Exremely transparent with a light straw color.

S - A weak smell of hops.

T - Somewhere in between an orange and lemon, some light grains. Then finishes with a small kick of hops.

M - Thin and sticky. Lightly carbonated.

O - This was a decent, drinkable pale ale. I could see this beer as a gateway beer into IPA's or more assertive styles.

rjs, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of JRed
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours transparent golden in color (think macro lager) with white bubbly head. Aroma of soap, mint, floral notes, and lemon skins. Tastes of floral notes, wheat, hops, mint, slight soap, lemon and grass. Light in body with zesty carbonation. A light, lemon forward pale ale.

JRed, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of xdefeatsy
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

xdefeatsy, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of ltdantheman
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

ltdantheman, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of Kunstman
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Kunstman, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Tyrawlings, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Goldfishman
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Goldfishman, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of M27
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

M27, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of soju6
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden color, with a nice head that fades to some lacing.

S: Pleasant but mild citrus aroma with a bit of sweetness. very subtle.

T: Pleasant but mild bitterness with some caramel sweetness. Ha a nice dry finish.

F: Fairly medium body, crisp but quite smooth and refreshing.

O: Easy drinker, good for a few. Nothing fancy. I was expecting a bit more but still a good beer.

soju6, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of hardcor33
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

hardcor33, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very light and crisp American Pale Ale. So crisp that the hops begin to stand out above the malt flavor, causing the beer to balance toward citrusy and bitter balance. Much less caramel than Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale that the beer may seem overly hoppy as a result.

The beer pours a very pale straw color and with the slightest of haze, resembling more of a German Lager than a Pale Ale- no hint of amber or caramel in sight. A semi-froathy and partly creamy stark-white head tops the beer in moderate volume, retaining very well after reducing to a hearty sheet, and lacing quite well with random patterns on the glass.

Citrus aromas about, but not without the roundness of light straw and grass, mild lemon, grapefruit zest, and orange peel. The supporting malt character gives a light scent of sweet breads and crackers is soft and understated, intent on letting the hoppy nose to govern the scent.

Similarly, the malt flavors succumb to the hops, but portray a timid bready, grainy sweetness with a touch of powdered sugar, and cracker-like breadiness. But then the medium grapefruit, light lemon, and vibrant grassy flavors take hold and usher in a clean and growing bitterness into a very crisp finish with only a linger of citrusy bitterness backed by a memory of malt. Alcohol flavors stand out a bit more than the standard Pale, but largely because of the lack of a malt curtain to hide behind, contributing a noticable ethynol bitternss and unadulturated bite.

Medium-light, but marketedly creamy early due to ample carbonation. But that's short lived as the hop dryness and highly attenuated malts slam shut on any malt sweetness or texture anywhere past mid palate.

By most standards, this may be an extra pale Pale Ale that's much crisper, cleaner, and in some ways- naked. It doesn't allow for flaws at any level becuase of the simple recipe and limited complexity. Still, the beer is satisfactory for fans of beers that balance toward the hops.

BEERchitect, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of fizzyted
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

fizzyted, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of brez8791
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

brez8791, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of Lemke10
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a semi-cloudy, golden yellow color with a thin, off-white head. The scent is mild with hops mixed with hints of citrus. The taste is weaker than I would expect from Southern Tier. The texture is thin and the flavor is weak with just hints of wheat and grains. Not really much of a bitterness to it either. Granted I did get this after it was listed as “retired” so maybe it lost some flavor along the way.

Lemke10, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of DSlim71
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

DSlim71, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of twenty5
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

twenty5, May 17, 2013
Photo of Bfarr
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear straw/honey color with white fluffy head and good retention. Floral aroma. Nicely balanced slightly in hop direction. Floral and light sweetness. Hops strengthen but never dominate. Thin slick and easy feel.

A little hoppy for my tastes in a pale ale. Nice color and feel but not quite the easy drinking pale ale. A good substitution for when there’s no IPA available.

Bfarr, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a light golden color with a two finger white head. The head has good retention, and once it fades leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of citrus with lighter aromas of an earthy and grassy smell mixed within.

Taste – The brew starts out on the maltier side with notes of citrus mixed within. At first is is bready with some light notes of orange. Soon however the citrus changes from orange to lemon and the beer bitters as more earthy and grassy hop flavors some to the tongue. At the end a lightly bitter hoppy flavor is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was very average as well as the carbonation. Both fitting and make for a refreshing feel.

Overall – A tasty brew that has a nice slightly bitter finish. Not sure why this one got discontinued?

Darkmagus82, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of tommyd313
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

tommyd313, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of Hoagie1973
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Hoagie1973, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of ejh06752
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

ejh06752, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of mattyrubes
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

mattyrubes, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of SickGnar
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

SickGnar, Jul 01, 2011
Pale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.