Pale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

222 Ratings
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Ratings: 222
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 TheSSG
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a HUGE, resiny, white head. Bright hop aroma smells like orange rind and pine. Golden color. Starts off extremely crisp and citric. Moves into a nice medium-high hoppiness. Grapefruit flavors make a strong showing as it smoothes into the finish; malt and citrus-pine.

This is extremely bright and refreshing for the style, which is quite nice.

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Kunstman
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of barneysdad
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of brendaniel
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Molson2000
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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 brentblack1
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of outdoor7or24
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of bluntedboywonder
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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?

Photo of chefhatt
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a pint glass, it has a nice golden color body with not a lot of head. The smell is inviting of citrus/fruity hops. The taste kind sweet of citrus hops, a little bit of malt comes through on the back of the tongue. Very well balanced beer. Mouth feel is great, easy drinking.

Photo of ucsbmullet
4.75/5  rDev +24%

Photo of Dapperticus
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of OriolesFan1008
2/5  rDev -47.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: very thin head on a clear golden with amber hue body.

S: orange and lemon citrus hops with pungent/musty notes.

T: mild malts with pine and noble hop like bitter notes. The citrus notes from the aroma are lacking in the taste.

M: light to medium body and lighter side of moderate carbonation.

Overall: Like the other APAs by Victory, this one is not quite up to the others in the genre in complexity. Not bad, but not great.

Photo of aztraz
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of ejh06752
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of zonker17
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of hardcor33
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of areich6
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoying with my good friend pschul4

A: Pours a transparent light golden color, with very little head. Looks very drinkable.

S: Smells great. Delicious hoppiness mixed with delectable lemony and orange notes.

T: Bit of a disappointment. The heavy citrusy flavors that the smell promised are not as strong as I thought they were going to be. However, they are still there and this beer actually tastes pretty good. The lemon and orange are still evident along with a little hoppy bitterness.

M: Very smooth. At 6% this would make a great session ale that you could get pretty happy with if you drank a 6 pack.

O: This is a good beer that is perfect for drinking at a party or any occasion where you would drink a good number of beers in a row. I think it would be a perfect introduction to craft beer for some of my friends who only drink macro.

Photo of pschul4
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass shared with areich6

A- You want pale? Come git sum! This is very light in appearance which makes sense given the name of this brew.

S- Smells great! Loads of citrus hops in this one. Very pungent for an APA

T- Backs down from the smell forsure. Slight tropical fruit flavors with a big hit of pale malts. Not bad by any means but not living up to the aroma

M- Awkward mix of carbonation and smoothness. No balance at all :(

O- I wish the smell transcended more into the taste. That being said, not a bad APA

Photo of ltdantheman
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of jbierling
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Pale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.