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Pale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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very good

221 Ratings
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Ratings: 221
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 tommyd313
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

tommyd313, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of jfcaa193
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

jfcaa193, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of Goldfishman
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Goldfishman, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of brez8791
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

brez8791, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of Ommy
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours fairly clear with a very white, but thin head. The color is a bit dark gold.

The smell doesn't have much going on, but it does have obvious notes of hops which give it a nice floral note.

The taste is a little subdued as well, but I like it. Very balanced.

Mouthfeel is good, as expected.

Overall a decent session beer for those who like IPAs.

Ommy, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of jnikkel
4/5  rDev +4.4%

jnikkel, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of timbobandit
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

timbobandit, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of DSlim71
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

DSlim71, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of Blakaeris
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear golden-yellow with a decent creamy head.

Aroma is grainy malt and lemony citrus. Not much there.

Taste is similar to the nose. Grainy malt up front. Then the lemony, floral hop quality takes over. Finish is relatively sweet with some pineapple notes.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

No off flavor, but not anything I find exciting or interesting either. Worth a try.

Blakaeris, Jan 16, 2012
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 mattyrubes
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

mattyrubes, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of M27
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

M27, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of wertschy
4/5  rDev +4.4%

wertschy, Dec 30, 2011
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.

Hojaminbag, Dec 29, 2011
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.

tdm168, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of rxthree
4/5  rDev +4.4%

rxthree, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

dbrauneis, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

VelvetExtract, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A – Bright banana white gold. Fine white head with subpar lace and ok retention. Nice vibrant carbonation in the glass.

S – Mellow, tropical and well integrated. Mellon, papaya, soft malt, sweet Champaign and lemon zest.

T – Punch of floral bitterness up, then edges herbal through the center. A touch of black pepper and a light bready sweetness complement the bitters through the backend.

M – Full for the style. Smooth with a lingering semi-sweet bitter finish.

O – A fantastic example of an American Pale Ale.

vfgccp, Dec 23, 2011
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

vicsju1991, Dec 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

dowen44, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of NvMyBeer
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

NvMyBeer, Dec 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

k3v1k, Dec 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

weaselchew, Dec 20, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

xdefeatsy, Dec 19, 2011
Pale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.