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Ratings: 845
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.23%

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: rab53 on 10-30-2012)
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Photo of nickapalooza86


4.63/5  rDev +18.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 23:05:22 | More by nickapalooza86
Photo of rms61moparman


4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
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!!!

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 19:02:34 | More by rms61moparman
Photo of ScottR


4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 23:06:14 | More by ScottR
Photo of vette2006c5r


4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 01:44:54 | More by vette2006c5r
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Rhode Island

4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 20:41:18 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of Johnny_Muir

New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 00:33:36 | More by Johnny_Muir
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New York

4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 13:43:23 | More by Growlerguzzler
Photo of AdamBear


4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 01:34:32 | More by AdamBear
Photo of VitoFerrante


4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 12:57:17 | More by VitoFerrante
Photo of ubenumber2


4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 16:39:31 | More by ubenumber2
Photo of gonzo000


4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 17:04:58 | More by gonzo000
Photo of Gatch


4.38/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 21:14:37 | More by Gatch
Photo of Lemke10


4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 20:38:13 | More by Lemke10
Photo of Neorebel

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 01:31:19 | More by Neorebel
Photo of woodychandler


4.34/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 23:11:51 | More by woodychandler
Photo of GreesyFizeek

New York

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 00:25:47 | More by GreesyFizeek
Photo of MattyG85


4.26/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 06:31:46 | More by MattyG85
Photo of DrStiffington

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Curious about this one. Pours a nice, thick head. Light colored in my shaker pint glass. smells terrific. Citrus hops. Tastes the same. Big favors, almost an IPA really. This is basically a delicious session able IPA. I'll enjoy many more of these this summer. Dig Southern Tier.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 13:02:54 | More by DrStiffington
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

DOB: 03/07/13

Cloudy, glowing golden color with a mighty, frothy head that retains nicely. Classic pale ale aroma: lots of juicy, zesty citrus, floral and grassy hops, fresh cracker-like malts, and pine. Grapefruity, fresh hoppy flavor...oily, juicy, leafy, and spicy, with a little sweetness from the malt. Slick and fluffy feeling in the mouth, not highly carbonated. Excellent APA!

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 19:51:48 | More by wedge
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazed copper hue with a light beige off white head looking great in my chalice, I love Southern Tier I always have it's nice to see them attacking a bottle conditioned pale ale they have been missing one for a long time. Aroma is citrus and mild pine all day with a bread biscuit malt character super fresh bottle it's almost like a Sierra Nevada clone with a bit more hop action. Flavors bitter waves of rolling hops intermingled with biscuit caramel malts a very clean malt profile no residual sugars left behind just super tasty stuff. The live concert theme goes very well with the overall presence that the beer offers due to the pure drinkability, it's the type of beer one could get away tailgating with only 5.5% abv great stuff. Hops are great enough bitterness to keep any hophead interested with enough balance to keep a newbie on board and not running away in fear. Mouthfeel is light to medium even carbonation flow very natural feel on the palate I'm a big fan of Southern Tier from the early days of great core session ales into their extreme path of bombers that have been hit or miss for some beergeeks.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 00:14:38 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Tianjoja

New York

4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Hay colored orange/yellow. Mine hand a foaming 1 finger head that dissipated fairly quickly.

S - Sweet malty smell with subtle citrus notes

T - Again sweet malts, very pleasant orange and mild grapefruit. Light bitterness. Well balanced.

M - Medium/Light. Not overly carbonated but bubbles dance on the tounge.

O - The store I go to (shout out to Syosset Beverage on Long Island). Lets me pick single bottles out of a six pack and basically build my own 6er. I saw this and never saw it before so I picked one up to try. What a pleasant surprise. I will definitely go back and pick up a full 6 pack of this stuff. It's a great spring/summer session brew. It does come off more like a light IPA instead of a Pale Ale. I just started homebrewing and I really appreciate the fact that it is bottle conditioned. When you pour it in a glass you can see the little yeast cake in the bottom of the bottle so if thats not your thing you should be extra careful on the pour.

Overall a very nice beer that I will buy throughout the spring/summer season. Great Job Southern Tier !!! <3

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 18:09:09 | More by Tianjoja
Photo of dar482

New York

4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It pours in a beautiful marigold that is super hazy. It’s such a lovely inviting color with a one finger head. The head doesn’t last long and died down quickly.

There is a wonderful fresh juicy hop aroma. Sweet sweet tangerine and peachiness.

The flavor is very good. You get that juiciness in the flavor. There isn’t really a hop bite, but it’s a pale ale after all. Then again, there is some hops to make this more exciting than a boring pale ale. It comes off the tongue decently so you keep wanting more. There’s a decent bitter finish that reminds me a bit of Ruination. The lasting flavor reminds me a bit of Ruination’s.

There’s no much carbonation, which gives the beer a very light body. I do wish it had more complexity and more refined cleanness. However, still a great pale ale. Spot on for beer lovers and a great intro to getting into hops, like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. For those who can't get their hands on Maine Co. MO, this is actually a competent beer for relativity. Huge hops, just a refreshing wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 08:18:47 | More by dar482
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4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Haven't had any southern tier beers in a while but damn this is a good beer. Will be picking this up in the future for sure.

DOB is 3/15/13 laser etched on the bottle.

very nice looking beer. I left the bottom of the bottle out to keep the yeast separate and this leaves a very clear but not really transparent golden colored beer with lots of bubbles rising to a thin frothy head that leaves small splotches of lacing.

Smells of tropical fruits with a touch of sweet breadiness. Reminds me of hopslam a bit but with less intensity
Tastes of bright and tropical fruits, medium bitterness finishing off with a touch of honey sweetness and bready malts.

smooth and filling mouthfeel.

this really feels like a nice IPA that has been taken back a step or two. It has the tropical fruit hoppiness that I love without being too bitter or strong. The bottle conditioning adds to a great mouth feel. A real winner here and like I said above I will be picking this up again.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 20:28:58 | More by headbucket
Photo of TheBrewo


4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

We pour a brew of goldenrod coloring into our Great Lakes pints. It holds a three finger head of cakey, off white bubbles, showing great retention. Sticky patterns of lacing are left around the glass as it slowly goes. The mildest haze cuts through the clarity, and no yeast or sediment made its way into the glasses. Carbonation appears to be light. The nose is big with citric and hugely perfumy floral hops, toasty pale malts, freshly washed strawberries, white sugar, bubblegum esters, Valencia orange and red grapefruit flesh, light tinny metallics, and lemon drop candy sweetness. Authentic honey smack comes out with warmth, along with much more orangey fruitiness. Our first impression is that the flavoring is as equally as bright, juicy, and fruity as the aroma, with excellent balance throughout. As we sip, grapefruity hops, crisp pale and distantly wheaty malts, pineapple and mango fruitiness, and balancing bitterness of lemon and orange peel, and further bittered earthy hops start things off. The taste comes to a peak with a more malty predominance, with lightly browned pale malts, softer floral hops, pineapple sweetness, light alcohol, and tin. The finishing wash shows a mix of vegetal greens, mossy earthiness, floral and citric hoppiness, even pale malts, juicy bubblegum sweetness, and a final wash of orange flesh. The aftertaste breathes of mineral, chalky yeastiness, pale malts, light muckiness of grain, bittered citric hops, and that maintained tropical fruit juiciness. The body is light to medium, and the carbonation is on the low side of high. The mouth is cooled and lightly coated with foam, with eventual astringency of booze and citrus pucker down the hard palate. Each sip gives nice slurp, froth, cream, smack, and pop. The abv is appropriate, and drinkability is quite high.

Overall, what we liked best about this beer was its freshness through both the nose and the flavoring. The aroma opened things up beautifully, with hearty hoppiness and perfumy floral hops. This was balanced with just the right amount of sweetness of malt and juiciness of authentic fruit, making it highly inviting. The sip follows perfectly, striking that same balance of fullness and cleanliness. If anything, things are a bit light, but this is an excellent beer from a great brewery, and exceeded our expectations.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 00:13:04 | More by TheBrewo
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North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Florida Beer Co. tapered glass.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains pretty well before becoming an 1/8 inch head. Resilient lacing leaves spackles of foam behind on the glass.

S- Balanced aroma of piney hops and bready malts. The hop character is very pleasurable and especially noticeable for a standard pale ale.

T- The great balance continues as the earthy hops come on with a mild bitterness and melds with the breadiness of the malt. Alcohol is light and the flavor is sturdy enough to keep things interesting all the way through the drink.

M- Somewhat sharp and just a tad oily with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- A highly quaffable pale ale that doesn't skimp on flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 03:01:31 | More by Immortale25
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Live from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 845 ratings.