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Pale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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86
very good

145 Reviews
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Reviews: 145
Hads: 223
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | 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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Reviews: 145 | Hads: 223
Photo of avalon07
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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. (562 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-This beer pours unbelievably light and clear. Literally could be mistaken for a light lager. Purely transparent. Head is born but dies to a filmy ring. Does leave decent lace but boy, is this pale.

S-Nice combination of grains, malt, and bright hops. Hops are quite grassy and have that good old citrus aspect to them. The malt smells quite like a cracker. Overall, a decent nose.

T-Hops are quite grassy. Has a soapy element to it. Cracker malt mixes with a noticeable grain character. Citrus flavors lean more toward lemon that orange or grapefruit. Well balanced but the hops do come out to play which is enjoyable.

M-Crisp, refreshing and rather light for the ABV. Slightly bitter. A refreshing drink.

O/D-Overall a pretty good drink. Nice hop character for the style and I am impressed at how much flavor is packed into a beer that looks like a Miller Light. Quite solid. Reminds me of their brew Hop Sun. (918 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of CaptainRedBeard in a recent BIF, thanks Corey! Pours a slightly hazed gold color with a dense cap of cream colored foam. Retention is great and lacing is ok.

Nose is pineapple and grapefruit hops with a biscuity malt presence. Clean and fresh smelling with the hops being the main focus. Smells pretty good.

Tons of juicy, tropical hop flavors with a firm bitterness on the finish. We are bordering on IPA territory here, but the malts stay light...doughy and grainy. Pretty good beer and I like the retro label. Maybe a little more hoppy and less malty than I look for in a pale ale though. (618 characters)

Photo of ZAP
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Light golden colored...minimal head...pretty clear

S-Bready malts and a sweeter tropical fruitiness from the hops..

T-Pretty balanced....bready malts...nice tropical hop fruitiness...none of it is real assertive but it fits nicely for this style.

M-Feels just a little light in the shorts...I realize it is an APA but it seems lacking in body to me.

O-I like this. I really like the blend of bready malts and tropical fruits...a tich more substance and this would really be something..still good as it is... (513 characters)

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? (883 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. I the aroma, orange citrus notes and a small hop. In the taste, pine like hops and a dry orange citrus in the end. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry orange citrus and hop like aftertaste. Nice citrus adding to the dry hop. (292 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, no date.

appears a bright clear golden color, with bone-white colored head. decent head retention.

mild hoppy aroma, with a touch of citrus. taste is balanced biscuity malt and light hopping. clean aftertaste. body is thin, with fizzy carbonation.

overall, an easy drinking beer. good for warm weather. (322 characters)

Photo of Satchboogie
3.17/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours clear pale yellow with about a finger and half of white head. Leaves a little lacing.

S: Lemon peel, a little orange, floral notes, biscuit malt.

T: Very light floral hop notes with a touch of citrus, a decent amount of bitterness up front, but not much in the finish. Biscuit malts dominates the middle. Finish is light and clean with a hint of metal.

M: Light bodied, high level of carbonation. Feels a little hollow.

O: A bit on the weak side for an APA. Hollow biscuit malt taste with just a little hops (and again, not much depth of flavor). The plus side is it's easy drinking and there are no unpleasant alcohol esters to speak of, but I could definitely use more flavor and body. (741 characters)

Photo of alexgash
3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle.

Mostly clear golden yellow body. Two fingers of whipped, lacy, almost-white head. Nice lacing. Candied fruit and butterscotch on the nose, with some very light herbal hop accents.

Soft, bready malts up front. Earthy, slightly herbal hop flavors follow. Fruit and bread malts mid-palate. Light bitterness trickles in. Finish is kind of dry, with lingering bitterness and light fruitiness. Moderate body, with a slightly oily feel. Not bad, but not one of ST's better beers. (489 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 8/31/2009. 12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear deep goldenrod with a small white head. Aroma of citrus, sweet melon, sweet fruit, and bready malt. Flavor of sweet grapefruit and citrus, caramel and toasted malt. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Nice APA. (256 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Translucent straw yellow, one finger head

S-hoppy with citrus notes and some malt as well

T-Lots of citrus along with grassy notes. Wheat and malt as well. Some bitterness in the finish.

M-Light, smooth not much carbonation.

O-Although the beer look poor for an APA it smells and tastes good. However there is something missing (more hops?, not real sure) that keeps it out of SNPA's and other top notch APA's league. (423 characters)

Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer as a part of a "Pack of Pales" they were selling. Twelve bottles, three each of four of their pales. This one was as good as any of them and a good example of a pale ale.

Appearance was light amber, nice carbonation and pretty easy to see through. Very refreshing looking.

Aroma was floral with a touch of bready malts.

Flavor was everything you'd expect from a pale ale. Good hop flavor balanced well with the other components. More typical of an east coast pale than a west coast.

Overall a very good beer that I hope to find on draft some time soon. (572 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The beer pours a bright slightly hazy golden-yellow color with a finger frothy crisp white head atop. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some lace.

S - The aroma is a mix of sweet malt, some grassy hops, and a bit of bready and citrus aromas as well in the background.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet malt and piney hops and bitterness. Through the middle, some stronger bitterness comes through with some citrus flavor and bread. The finish is a mix of yeast, bitterness, and sweet malt that lingers.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer feels really smooth and crisp without feeling watery or thin. The finish is just a bit dry and very nice.

D - Very drinkable. The malt-hop balance is really great here. It is also super smooth and refreshing and does not sacrifice flavor one bit. (828 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (1,618 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Looks deep golden straw in color with a good foam head.
Big hop presence in such a light beer. Citrusy and piney hops come through, bitter and dry on finish. Slight malt taste can be picked up.
Feels smooth bodied but thin around the edges.
Some astringency at end, a bit harsh.
I've recently have been going back to pale ale for thier hoppy flavor instead of IPA's with thier high alcohol so for me this is a good refreshing beer for extended drinking.
Drink well my friends (475 characters)

Photo of richkrull
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly cloudy golden color with some barely off-white head.

Smell is kind of wheaty. Slight hop aroma with maybe a hint of spice.

Taste is lightly hoppy with some spices coming through. Good flavor throughout.

Mouthfeel is light. Very smooth and easy to to drink.

Overall a good quality beer. Nice easy to drink summer beer. I liked it although not sure if I'd buy it as I think Alpha King is better. (419 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Southern Tier Pale has an orangish body and an off-white head that has good retention and lacing.

Lots of resin in the aroma, with citrus and grass as well. It seems like this beer has a good bit of bitterness.

This Pale is all bite. Loads of bitterness and resin, with bits of pine, grass and grapefruit. The malt base has a mix of caramel, bread and pale malt flavors. Not a whole lot going on here, with bitterness being the defining characteristic.

Biting and oily. The carbonation is actually quite nice and the body is medium for the style.

Southern Tier's Pale really just seems like an IPA to me, and an extremely bitter one at that. It is, however, inferior to the actual IPAs that Southern Tier makes. (716 characters)

Photo of mdagnew
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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... (848 characters)

Photo of rarbring
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is clear golden, a white head, some lacing, little curtains.

The smell is slightly citric, fruity, black currant, hay, some pine.

A moderate sweetness, toffee, brown bread, much hops, grass, nettles, lemon peel.

Medium small carbonation, small bubbles, soft and refreshing, medium body. A long dry finish.

A good craft beer, very well balanced and rewarding. (371 characters)

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle picked up at Abe's in Bethlehem. Poured into my shaker glass. Appears a clear golden copper color with about two fingers of creamy bone white foam. Nose and flavors consist of citrus such as lemon, hints of pine, some grapefruit, toasted bread, sweet caramel malt towards the end. Medium slick body with decent carbonation. Worth a try if you see it around. (375 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark gold with a decent white head. Some spotty lace at best.

Some mild citrus/hop notes (but it is there) with some light malt aromas.

Malt forward, but the malt isn't very assertive. Bread, maybe crackers and grain, and some mild citric hops to finish it off. There is a touch of sweetness, which dries a touch, and is balanced with the hops.

Medium body. Appropriate carbonation.

Decent brew. I can see myself having this at the grill. Middle of the road for strength of flavor, but the hops help this pull ahead a bit. A decent offering, although a bit reserved. (577 characters)

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.02/5  rDev +5%
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 (518 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Definitely pale, clear and lightly tannish, a few small rising bubbles accent a one finger head and sparse lace.

Smells a bit grassy, with plenty of light, crisp hops, with a touch of breadiness.

Tastes quite nice, I like this beer. Crispy hops and light dried grasses come through first, followed by a light maltiness that provides a good balance.

Very easy to drink, pretty light, carbonation is pretty good.

It'd be a great fishin' beer, does it come in cans? (470 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Pale gold in color, with a moderate head of foam
Aroma-nice, aromtic, citrussy hops
Taste-Citrus and hop blend-snappy and tasty-nice hopleaf bite, well-balanced
Overall, a tasty, well-balanced, crisp pale ale that would be a nice staple brew to keep in the fridge. Very drinkable. Nice. (347 characters)

Photo of aerozeppl
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had to buy the pack of pales to try this beer which chaps my ass.

A: Clear golden color. Much lighter than you would expect from a pale ale. A half finger of white head with some decent lacing.

S: A nice floral hop aroma hits you first. Really searching you get a touch of malt but there really is not much else there.

T: Really well balance. Quite a bit of taste but nothing really to think about. This should be given to people just getting into craft beer. Touch of hops up front then into a nice neutral malt taste. Really well balanced.

M: Very light. Very enjoyable on a hot summer day.

D: If this is less than 5% this is an epic win for Southern Tier. I do hate that you can only get it as part of their variety pack. Their 422 while good is only ok and I can get cheaper beer than I enjoy more. The IPA is always a plus and the other APA I get to review. Good beer poor marketing. (895 characters)

Pale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.