Live - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 209
Hads: 1,319
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 8.61%
Wants: 29
Gots: 242 | FT: 2
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Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: rab53 on 10-30-2012

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Photo of Cnote_crafty_1
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Gold, carbonated, hazy/cloudy, white head, lacing
Smell: citrus, grapefruit, pine, citrus hops
Taste: lemon citrus, hop forward. More hoppy for a pale ale. A mix of a wheat beer and a pale ale. Wheat, grain, malts, refreshing summer beer.
Feel: moulth feel is very light, crisp and sparkling from the carbonation.
Overall: I absolutely love this beer. I am a big fan of wheat beers as well as pale ales and this is an excellent marriage of the two. They don't let on that it is such, but it is most certainly unfiltered and has a lovely hazy feel to it and has just the right amount of hops to add a nice kick to it. I had it right at the Southern Tier Brewery out of their tap and I am sure that this added to the freshness of it. I have had it in the bottle and it is just as good. The theme fits it as this beer is alive and kickin' (859 characters)

Photo of nickapalooza86
4.64/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep yellowish color, slight haze, half finger of white head

Smell is lemon, grapefruit and citrus. a little pine and a little malt. Outstanding use of Citrus hops in the Dry Hopping.

Taste is a very hop forward APA, Bitter Grapefruit, lemon, Orange, pine, really only a little malt in the flavor. This is more of a session IPA by the taste to me. Which is fine by me.

Mouthfeel is crisp, medium light, well carbonated. Slightly dry, but not as much as a IPA, that is what makes it more of an APA then an IPA.

Wow, Glad this finally made it to my area. This is a really good beer. Certainly the best new APA I have had since PseudoSue, and obviously will be a lot easier to get and a hell of a lot cheaper!

Do not pass it by if you do not like other ST offerings. This one is spot on! (798 characters)

Photo of adam147
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great balance. Enough to satisfy the hop tongue and crisp enough to session. This is spring and summer in one. No need to go all the way down to the light IPA style brews. The live yeast gives extra shelf life , however being close to the brewery that's not an issue here. I've heard of at home kegs getting weak toward the end but never had issue in bars (356 characters)

Photo of 716gibbs
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I live 15 minutes from Southern Tier Brewing Company, so it's always nice to pick up a keg right from the place in which the beer was brewed. More times then not I'm drinking this beer fresh, so my review might be bias. Great APA, with citrus notes of grapefruit and apricot taking over the aroma as well as the taste of the beer. Mildly hoppy. Reminds me of Founders All Day IPA in taste. Once in awhile I will notice inconsistency in the taste of the beer from batch to batch, but this is a great summertime beer, one I usually have on tap, and one I've been enjoying since I had STBCs trial run of this stuff a few years back. (629 characters)

Photo of ScottR
4.51/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Serving type: 12-oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy gold, one-finger head that doesn't last long, nice lacing. A slightly more aggressive pour will get you a two-finger head (that still doesn't last long), but overdo it and you'll have a glass of froth.

S: Not strong (though a bit stronger with a more aggressive pour). Maybe some citrus and pine.

T: Clear and crisp, very light and refreshing. Hops not too forward but definitely there; citrus and pine, as in the nose, plus some resin and maybe a little grapefruit rind.

M: Light and well-carbonated.

O: A fine example of an American pale ale, one I think I like even better than Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. A very refreshing cool drink on a hot summer day, the overall experience being somewhat like drinking a carbonated juice -- pear, perhaps, even though it doesn't *taste* at all like pear. It says something about this beer that not only I but both my parents like it; we have very disparate tastes in beer. (978 characters)

Photo of rms61moparman
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a beautiful amber and leaves a 3/4" white head.
Aroma is very nice being marvelously "hoppy".
This is very close to a PERFECT summer beer to me.
Has GREAT taste, wonderful mouthfeel and a mild alcohol content that will allow the drinker to have enough to get refreshed without hindering further work or interaction.
Southern Tier definitely hit a home run with this wonderful brew.
If you like the taste of an IPA with the drinkability of a saison this is the beer for you!!! (491 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Live pours a cloudy bronze color with a large lacing head. There is a fruity and floral aroma; nice and hoppy. The taste has a bold hoppy flavor, nothing else to take away from the hops. Very full flavors and strong body. Overall its a very enjoyable and tasty beer. Good hop flavors. (284 characters)

Photo of gadam33
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Very nice hop level for a pale I think it has a more dominant hop flavor than most pale ales. Good everyday beer with very good body & consistency. Nice lacing when poured. (172 characters)

Photo of Growlerguzzler
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Purchased this beer based on the Brewer- I've liked just about every Southern Tier beer I have had and this is no exception.

What struck me first about this beer was the nose- wow- so floral and complex- almost juicy. The smell alone made me happy.

The taste did not disappoint. While this is an APA it reminded me more of an IPA. Complex- (there goes that word again) fruity but not sweet, so many flavors going on- Just great.

Right now this is probably one of my favorite beers- it just hits me perfectly. (512 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a good blend of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice flavorful pale ale to pound down for a long time. (755 characters)

Photo of Johnny_Muir
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I drank this right on the heels of Sixpoint Resin and Hi-Res (with pretzels in between of course). What a relief! I'm really enjoying this, my third Southern Tier pale ale (IPA and 2XIPA). Very, very balanced, floral hoppyness with enough bitter to add character but not to overwhelm. The perfect "session" beer! (312 characters)

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In short- IPA flavor in a pale ale. Saw that this was on tap at the Jersey City Barcade and I had to go try it out. I have had bottles of this before and very much enjoyed them. Given the conceit of this beer I figured having it on tap was necessary. Rich citrus, hoppy flavors, medium bodied and very easy to drink; like, I could drink this all day.It might be fun to try. I really like this stuff. (399 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A-cloudy gold with a thin white head

S-hoppy corn with a decent scent of grass. Good strength

T-comes in with a pretty bitter flavor of corny grains and citrus. Very crisp and light. Good matching after-taste.

M-crisp medium carbonation with good creamy finish. Perfect feel.

O-an extremely easy drinking pale ale. Definitely one that I recommend to others. I could get a case of this as long as it's fresh. (411 characters)

Photo of Karibourgeois
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden pour with a white one-finger head and medium carbonation. Really nice grapefruit flavor upfront. Medium body also has a good pine presence with hints of bread in background. Flavors are really well defined. Finishes dry with a mild lingering citrusy bitterness. Really good beer, grapefruit hop flavor is perfect. (326 characters)

Photo of VitoFerrante
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great new product and soon to hit 6-packs and cases. Great price. Awesome hop notes in the nose. Perfect aftertaste to the style. This is an awesome beer for hop-heads and those looking for that special APA! It dances the APA style line very closely and does not go into the IPA style zone. Not to mention names, but this is a serious contender to a certain undead Pale Ale from the beer gods in Munster. It has that beer's, and others like it's spirit! Buy this beer when you see it. (484 characters)

Photo of gonzo000
4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a. The head on this beer lasts and lasts. Carbonation bubbles up from the bottom of the glass for several minutes after it is poured into the glass. Color is a golden orange - hazy. Can see the yeast in glass at the time of the pour, floating upward in the glass.

s. Light smell with a fresh smell - a hint of hops, possible citrus.

t. Well balanced and light. Some citrus, some hops, some high notes.

m. Perfect. Velvety with the constant carbonation. The lingering taste is in the middle of the tongue.

o. Scores range from a 4 to a 5 on this one. Have to say it is an excellent summer choice. Refreshing, playful, light. An outstanding beer that would be welcome at BBQ's and Picnics. (693 characters)

Photo of ubenumber2
4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into glassare , tan colored brew with 2 finger head with spotty lacing that sticks around through the drink , perfect amount of carbonation rising through the glass

The aroma is a perfect blend of earthy hops and sweet malt , neither one really overpowers the other , just a nice mixture of the two that make your mouth water

The mouth on this beer is a little thin , maybe perfect for the style but I like it to be a little heavier

The taste is just like the aroma , an almost perfect blend of earthy hops and sweet malt , the bitterness comes in through at the end , very tastey

Overall this beer suprised me , I didn't think it would be as good as it is. I really would love to see this made in cans for a nice lake beer , but not sure how the bottle conditioned flavors would lose out during canning (826 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This pours a cloudy, golden yellow color with a foamy, beige head. There is a decent amount of citrus and hops in the aroma. This is perhaps a little more watery than I was expecting but it still delivers a great pale ale flavor. Drinks very smoothing making it a great summer beer that doesn’t taste like water. Finishes a little sweet and malty, pretty unique stuff. (370 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

DOB 05/22/13

A: Slightly hazy, bright golden-yellow with a fluffy, white head with plenty of bubbles. Not much retention or lacing at all.

S: Pungent, citrusy hops and tropical fruit with some barny, grassy aromas.

T: Big, bright, juicy, fruity hops. Lots of fresh grass, pine, and tropical fruit. Not overbearing, though, and very much an APA.

M: Super smooth with tons of flavor. Proper body and carbonation.

O: This is one of the better APA's I've had in a long time. Seriously delicious stuff. (502 characters)

Photo of ImFnKrazy
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The cloudier the better with this brew. In my experience with this beer, if u get crystal clear LIVE you have not recieved the best southern tier has to offer. However if your LIVE is all muddy u have the best beer offering the beer gods can deliver. Have yet to determine what makes this beer so muddy and great, wether it is early runs or later ones, or if sitting for awhile helps. If you discover the secret let me in! (422 characters)

Photo of Neorebel
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

LIVE pours a cloudy straw color, with a touch of light orange. There is a small cap of white froth over top, with a few lines of small, slow-moving bubbles rising to the surface. There's a decent amount of lacing for such a small head, however. I will be generous with the score for its looks because I just love that color!

The smells entering my nose are warm, and complex. I am picking up lots of grains, freshly cut grass, summertime dew, nuts, pine needles, and a subtle hint of citrus fruit aromas. Wow, after tasting this is much more multi-faceted than even the aroma alludes to! Initially, there's tart apple and berries, with a sharp, flowery climax, and then...the toasty, slightly buttery grains in the middle. A very pleasant bitterness washes over the palate in the ending of the flavor.

The body is medium and rather quaff-able. The beer coats the palate rather nicely, and definitely leaves the drinker wanting more after each sip. I'm loving what they did with this 'bottle conditioned pale ale, with 4 types of malts & 4 types of hops.' Complexity wins me over every time as long as it's not too bizarre. This gets my high recommendation - try it without hesitation! (1,188 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

And now, Live from Chez Woody, my 2,400th review on this site!

From the bottle: "Bottle Conditioned Pale Ale"; "Contains yeast - we recommend decanting into a glass"; "Brewed with 4 Varieties of Hops and 4 Types of Malts".

My oh-so-gentle pour so as not to disturb the lees produced only a skim of wispy, tawny head. Color was a deep golden-yellow (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity and I was uninterested in playing referee to Midas, Croesus and Mammon, all who wanted some. Nose was predominantly grapefruit, but I felt like I smelled pineapple in there also. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste, while citrusy, was not as pronounced as it would be in an AIPA. I really felt like I was tasting pineapple on the finish, but I may have convinced myself of that on the nose. I will not feel slighted if you disagree with me on that. This was a very mellow beer, especially at the end of the day when I am contemplating an early rack time. My last trick was to swirl the remaining beer in the bottle and pour the lees. Waste not, want not, I always say. Now, I swear that I tasted pineapple! Could the yeast be imparting that flavor? Good stuff. (1,156 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World, in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a light gold color, with a 2 inch head, with pretty good lacing.

Smells like orange, lemon, and pine needles.

Tastes incredible. A nice rustic taste to this- some fresh cut grass and pine, along with brighter juicy flavors of orange, pineapple, and lemon. A lingering, pleasant bitterness stays on the tongue throughout the session.

Very dry. Medium to light mouthfeel, well carbonated.

One of Southern Tier's best hoppy offerings, only behind 2XOne and 2XIPA, really. (538 characters)

Photo of leantom
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Saw this on tap and decided to give it a try. Here goes:

A: Looks good. Light orange, decent head and lacing, good carbonation. Have seen beers like this before, though.

S: Very faint, but some floral hops, mango, citrus, and pineapple. Not as robust as I was hoping.

T: Very good, actually. Great hops add flavors of mango, citrus, pineapple, flowers, grass, etc. Also a good amount of malt sweetness. This beer is very well-balanced.

F: Perfect. Nice and crisp.

O: Great beer. Will have again. (514 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Date of bottling is 02/27/13.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper golden orange with a lot of fast rising bubbles. Huge five finger white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing clinging to the glass.

Smell: A bright and crisp hop forward aroma with lots of citrus fruit esters. Citrus hops upfront with big hints of orange, grapefruit, mango, apricot, pineapple, tangerine, and lemon. Also some hints of grassy and piney hops. Sweet malt balance comes through with hints of bready biscuit, wheat grains, lively yeast, cracker, and some spicy rye. Nicely balanced. A really nice and zesty juicy aroma.

Taste: Follows the nose well, a crisp and zesty taste with lots of citrus fruit flavor. Hoppy upfront with notes of juicy orange, pineapple, grapefruit, mango, apricot, tangerine, and lemon zest. Some earthy grassy and piney hop notes in the mix as well. Midway comes a solid bready malt balance with notes of biscuit, wheat grains, cracker, the live yeast, and some rye. A really solid juicy and balanced taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, drying, and very smooth.

Overall: A very good American Pale Ale. Very good citrus flavor with a solid malt balance. One of the better takes on the style in a while. (1,344 characters)

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Live from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.