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Pale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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86
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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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-21-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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 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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 oberon
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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 zeff80
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
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.

Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of WesWes
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a 1/2" offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale and Carapils malt scent along with a mild hop nose. The taste is great! It has a killer hop bite that's well balanced with a solid pale malt base. It's quite a bitter brew, bordering on IPA status. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a very good APA. I'd expect nothing less from these guys.

Photo of oriolesfan4
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.

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Gavage
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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 Stinkypuss
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Southern Tier Pale Ale

Included in the summer sampler pack.

Pours a clear straw with a soapy bone white head and little to no lace. Aroma is bready, with some pine notes. Tastes like a straightforward pale ale or even a weak IPA. Lots of bitter hops lending some herbal notes and an earthy rind bitterness. Tastes alittle like hop pellets smell. Well rounded bitterness, overall, a pretty solid pale.

Photo of smakawhat
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!

Photo of tdm168
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.

Photo of biegaman
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of billab914
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of citrus hops, floral hops, and sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable bitterness. Tastes of floral hops, citrus hops, and sweet malt. Overall, not too complex, but good body and blend.

Photo of Viggo
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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.

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