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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 djrn2
4/5  rDev +4.4%

djrn2, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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?

AlCaponeJunior, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of Hoagie1973
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Hoagie1973, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +4.4%

THECPJ, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of kristenrae8
4/5  rDev +4.4%

kristenrae8, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +4.4%

JAHMUR, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of jjayjaye
4/5  rDev +4.4%

jjayjaye, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +4.4%

nh2032, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of JustinMatthew
4/5  rDev +4.4%

JustinMatthew, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of engagechad
2.95/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased as a single from Tom Leonards in Richmond, VA - tulip

Pours a kind of un pale ale looking yellow straw color with wimpy head.

Smells faint and kind of uninspiring. Almost pissy.

Tastes faintly hoppy without much going on.

Feels corny and slimy

Overall this was lame. Not going to buy it again.

engagechad, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of Lantern
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Lantern, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of amstelcat
4/5  rDev +4.4%

amstelcat, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of tubeman
4/5  rDev +4.4%

tubeman, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of victory4me
4/5  rDev +4.4%

victory4me, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +4.4%

tclapper, Nov 17, 2011
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.

david18, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

OtherShoe2, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of climax
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A lot lighter than expected, it has a gold body with good clarity and a massive fluffy eggshell white head. The retention and lace are excellent and it fades leaving high and low spots everywhere, not to mention crusty curtains of lace all the way down.

Strong citrus notes dominate the aroma while it's still well-chilled. Grapefruit, a bit of sweet oranges, lemon, and a resiny earth character contribute to an impressively hop character for a pale ale. The pale malts begin to intensify as it warms, giving a saltine cracker foundation with bread and maybe even a clove tickle, very nice complexity.

The flavor is exceptionally balanced, the equality between sweet and bitter is excellent. Everything is very clean and tidy in there, herbal and citrus notes add crispness while wheat and barley malt cues keep everything in check. The finish is tidy, but contains easily discernible leafy and buttery tones.

It's extremely smooth and just slides down the mouth with such ease. The body does have some heft to it, don't let the color fool you. The feel is good and creamy and the carbonation just fluffs it up a bit.

This beer is very well made, all the components are done superbly with no flaws whatsoever. It's got the hop profile to satisfy, the complexity to ponder, and the drinkablility to keep you goin'. A marque American pale ale if there ever was one.

climax, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of dudelove7485
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a translucent yellow/gold that is perhaps a bit too yellow for an APA. 1” creamy medium-bubbled head that retains well and leaves some decent lacing. Nose has a sweet malt, hops, floral with a bit of berry. The taste is certainly hoppy, but not overpowering (sorry hopheads). Light-medium body with a fair amount of carbonation. The beer finishes smooth and dry with a sour, lemony aftertaste. Zing! Southern Tier has yet to really disappoint me.

dudelove7485, Sep 22, 2011
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.

avalon07, Sep 18, 2011
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 kingcrowing
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a 12oz tumbler.

Pours a very light yellow, infact a bit too light, with a huge pillowy white head that is near perfect with some light lacing. Nose is more malty than hoppy, a bit yeasty with some mellon notes.

Taste is piney and a bit bitter but not over the top, very crisp and refreshing with a sharp finish. Mouthfeel is fairly full with slightly high carbonation. Overall quite good but not quite as good as SNPA.

kingcrowing, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of rlee1390
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

rlee1390, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of BigPlay1824
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler

A: Pours a very light straw color that is crystal clear and has a solid amount of carbonation bubbles. Pours with a very thin head that is pure white and is bubbly but dissipates almost entirely quickly.
S: Nice hopiness and a nice fruity scent as well similar to orange peel, something else very slight like a pile of leaves on a fall day
T: smooth taste, gentle hops, slight sweetness at the end, very slight citrus
M: smooth with a small amount of carbonation leaves a slight dryness on the palate
O: very enjoyable, highly drinkable, very light and airy, i could definitely see this as a session brew or something that i could have sitting around the house consistently

BigPlay1824, Sep 06, 2011
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
Pale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.