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very good

847 Ratings
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Ratings: 847
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rab53 on 10-30-2012)
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Photo of Beejis60

New York

1.55/5  rDev -60.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I want to state that I've had this on tap at Southern Tier about 6 months ago and thought it was incredible. By far their best beer ever. However, THIS review is based on the newly released 6 pack bottles.

A- Same as on draft. Clear, yellow, thin, etc.
S- decent. Very very very faint hop profile. To me, it seemed the aroma changed, granted, before drinking.
T- I had to say out loud WTF. It's a complete 180 as what it was on tap at the brewpub. ZERO citrus. I mean, ZERO citrus. ZERO hops. Overcarbonated, extremely watery. Reminded me a lot of miller light. I'm very upset about this.
M- As aforementioned; overcarbonated (burning tongue and nose) and very very thin and watery.
O- Terrible. I hope they just changed their formula for this because I don't believe my tastes have changed. I was extremely excited to see this at the store a few days ago and now, I'm extremely pissed. The bottle has a DOB of 2/25 too so it couldn't have gone off. I drank a whole 6er over the past few days before making this review to confirm that it was THIS bad, and unfortunately, it is. I sent out a few bombers to friends about a month or two ago and they said it was also very good, so again, I certainly hope this was just a badly-packaged 6er...

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 22:39:17 | More by Beejis60
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a hazy orange color with a thick white head of two finger height. The head, being thick, retains very well, slowly fading over time to leave a medium level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is mainly of a grainy and light wheat aroma mixed with some aromas of lemon citrus and a bit of grapefruit. Beyond the lemon and grapefruit hop smells are some notes of pine and herbal hops giving a moderately hoppy aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a muted grain taste of some wheat and smooth malt. There is a light level of orange sweetness upfront which quickly decays as flavors of lemon and grapefruit hop come to the tongue. Some more grainy flavors as well as some taste of a more earthy and herbal hop taste come to the tongue. In the end, with the mix of more dry malt and hop flavors, one is left with a dry and medium hop bitter flavor lingering on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the medium side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average to maybe just above average. Fairly fitting for the style and it is a good compromise between keeping it on the more refreshing side, while also allowing the malty and hop flavors to be more fully sensed by the taste buds.

Overall – A decent brew overall. A little on the drier side for a APA for me with a slightly unbalanced hop flavor (It is just a combination of hop that leaves a rather strange aftertaste). Even so it is still somewhat tasty and a good one to try as I think may would enjoy it..

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 01:33:12 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of Slackerville


3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of Southern Tier's newer offerings, this continues their tradition of quality balanced, flavorful ales. The American pale ale designation is accurate, not overpoweringly hoppy with a solid pale malt base. Fruity and floral notes dominate throughout as opposed to the piney flavors of west coast hoppy ales. The live terminology refers to the active yeast in this unfiltered beer which give the beer a tart but not sour quality similar to belgian pale ales though it does not taste like a belgian yeast is used. Finishes clean and dry leaving the pallet wanting more, this is a beer that you could drink several pints of.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2013 03:08:18 | More by Slackerville
Photo of corby112


3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a half finger white foam head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Floral, earth hop aroma with grass and pine notes countered by bread, biscuity malt and light fruit. Slightly resinous with soily hops followed by bread, apple, pear and pale malt notes.

Medium bodied with a dank, crisp hop bite that provides a strong bitterness that lingers over the sweeter notes and pale malt into a bone dry finish. Very earthy with soil like flavor along with grass and pine needle followed by bready yeast, light fruit and biscuit malt. Sweet hints of apple, pear and subtle alcohol provide a decent counter to the strong hop flavors. Pale malt backbone with bread, biscuit and cracker. Light and well balanced and while its nothing out of the ordinary, it's a decent, sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 06:09:47 | More by corby112
Photo of atr2605

New York

3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a cloudy orange golden color with a fizzy white head with average retention
S-pine, dank hops, apricot
T-piney hops dominate the flavor with a bit of sweetness lingering in the background and finishes tart
M-light-medium bodied with lots of carbonation
O-Interesting brew that is very drinkable. Wouldn't mind having this once in awhile

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 00:27:11 | More by atr2605
Photo of deadonhisfeet


3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Pours out a hazy apricot color with about a finger of off-white foam. Rather poor retention for a bottle-conditioned ale. The nose sports a nice grassy hop character with notes of lemon and grapefruit.

The beer has a light-medium body. Faint caramel-like malt notes up front are immediately overtaken by the taste of American hops. Lemon notes predominate and carry to a mild, dry finish. No diacetyl. Not much lingering flavor, but refreshing.

Overall, a nice refreshing pale ale, but not very memorable. I realize it's not an IPA, but a bit more depth and complexity would be nice. I feel it definitely needs a bit more malt presence.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 17:44:03 | More by deadonhisfeet
Photo of Ri0


3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

poured 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A - A very light foggy golden body with a quick rising white 2 finger head. I forgot to note if there was lacing as I drank this in 2 minutes.

S - Nice hop aroma with some citrus, tropical fruit and a slight hint of pine. Minimal malt is detected.

T - Not as balanced as I like APAs. More dominant on the hops, citrus, tropical and pine flavors with not much in the way of malt. I would prefer there be a better malt backbone in an APA.

M - Light bodied, crisp, and wet. I found this to be too carbonated when it was in my mouth. Just seemed to be too much.

O - Easy drinking and refreshing with good flavor. There are better examples of APAs for the same price point that I prefer.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 01:08:46 | More by Ri0
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Bert's
Slightly hazy medium gold color with lots of floaties in the glass and a bubbly white head that dissipates quickly to a ring on top. Aromas of lemon and grapefruity citrus with bits of pine resin and a light bready crackery malt to back it up. The flavor is bready malt with a hint of sulfur and a fair amount of citrusy hop flavor. Light level of hop bitterness. Medium to light body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a slick bubbly mouthfeel. Decent pale ale, certainly quaffable, but for the price I'd buy something different next time.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 01:08:40 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of stella77artois

New York

3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Pours a yellow amber. Very clear, no haze whatsoever. Small 1/2" head formed, which dissipated, but left a small white layer on top. Very small amount of lacing left on the glass.

S - A good amount of hops up front. A lot of grapefruit noticed, so I'm assuming ST uses a lot of Cascade in this brew. Toasty malts and small amounts of breadiness, and even a hint of citrus is noticeable. Citrus is a general lemon-lime scent. Very light, but the way it melded with the other aromas made it pretty solid.

T - A fair amount of hoppy bitterness and mild malts up front. The malts tasted toasty, and I didn't notice any of the bready taste. Hops had an earthy bitterness, with a very slight touch of grapefruit. The taste itself was good, but was on the weak side. Kind of watery. Almost tasted like this could have been a very good Pale Ale, then they added some water. Taste itself is good, but the "oomph" isn't there.

F - Good carbonation tingle, but a bit on the dry side for a pale ale. Not in a bad way. Easy on the throat and stomach.

O - Not a bad tasting Pale Ale. A solid taste is brought down by a lack of "oomph", and a slightly watered down taste. Still a very drinkable beer. Won't buy this again, but I would certainly drink it if it were offered.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 13:35:02 | More by stella77artois
Photo of Bowers-Brew


3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice bright golden color.

S - Not as much hop aroma as you would expect considering it's a pale ale with 4 types of hops. Citrus and sharp.

T - Good hop flavor - citrus and pine notes present. Bittersweet aftertaste, started out sweet and ended more on the bitter side.

M - Clean and smooth, but a little thin.

O - An okay pale ale. I would choose many other PAs/IPAs over this, but still drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 21:24:54 | More by Bowers-Brew
Photo of garymuchow


3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is probably pushing it's best by time with a 5/30/13 bottling date.
Kinda' fizzy loud, white and brief head. Some drippy lacing. Kinda' cloudy and more yellow than amber.
Still a nice hop aroma that isn't that intense and a solid pale malt background.
This is definitely an APA. Well balanced hop and malt flavors with a firm bitterness on the finish. Even with a relatively full gut I still get a shot of warmth. A slight tart character. Minimal sweetness.
Moderate feel and ample carbonation.
Solid. Nothing special, but solid.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 01:17:18 | More by garymuchow
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, golden-straw coloring with a thin, filmy, clingy, bright white head. Lots of carbonation throughout the body. Aromas of resin and grassy hops, with lemon and grapefruit tart and sweet highlights. Some floral highlights on the nose as well. Flavors of tart citrus sharply hit the forward tongue, with a blast of resin and bitter on the midtongue. The palate is a bit out of balance. Light, effervesced body that comes off sharp in places. The aftertaste is very tart and slightly bitter, again out of balance. Also some earthy and barnyard notes into the aftertaste. Tangy sweetness lingers into the finish, which is light, very crisp, and clean.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2013 20:00:22 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of ThisWangsChung


3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden amber color. The head is a two finger white shade with a frothy-looking texture. It doesn't have the best retention in the world, either.

S: There are some decent tropical qualities on the nose. I also note touches of grass, pine, and grapefruit. Aromatically, it's hardly explosive, just oh-so-pleasant.

T: It's initially mildly bitter, with notes of piny hops and a bit of mango. I particularly enjoy the midtaste and its subtle fruit esters. The finish sees a return of piny bitterness. What it lacks in excitement it makes up for in drinkability.

M: I think it's a hair too fizzy and sharp on the back end - otherwise, I have little to complain about here, as the light, dry texture makes it eminently drinkable.

O: Very easy to like. Granted, it's not a fresh bottle, but beggars can't be choosers, really. This really works well as simple refreshment.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 22:29:16 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of KYGunner


3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bright and unfiltered, this orange colored Pale Ale radiates in the light. I absolutely love the coloring but the head was fleeting in a torrent of effervescent bubbling.

The scent is equally brilliant with luscious fruitiness. Huge orange, tangerines, grapefruit, and even lemon sit against a backdrop of light malt and pine.

Where did all the fruit go? I get onions, piney hops and some floral underpinnings but lost all the fruitiness from the scent. Small bit of tangerines at the finish but it does not redeem this for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 22:37:19 | More by KYGunner
Photo of acevenom


3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a glass mug. The beer pours golden with a lasting white head and lots of visible carbonation. The aroma is of citrus and malt. It's a fairly clean smelling beer. The taste follows the nose mostly. I get the citrus, though it's mostly orange as well as some lemon. I also get the light breadiness from the malt. There's some back end biterness that is fairly mild. It's a bit like some bitter orange on the back end. The body is fairly light with strong carbonation. The beer drinks very smoothly due to all the carbonation. This is a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 03:49:11 | More by acevenom
Photo of RobertColianni


3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a 40oz. brandy snifter.

A: Hazy orange body with a slightly off-white head that shows spottiness, although minimal lacing occurred.

S: Heavily dry hopped scents explode from an herbal rosemary backdrop. Almost meaty and pork-like, but not smoky. Very unique, new, and appealing.

T: Very muted and almost clementine-esque. This is bottle conditioned, after all, so I expected less of it.

M: Sudsy and almost soda-like thin. Maybe even a notch below. Very level with maltiness, but once room temperature it's basically water with absolutely no viscosity.

OVERALL: Good, but a little too dry and the thinness really kills the mood. Sweetness is on par and the rosemary scents were very original, unique, and welcoming. Just needs more maltiness to bring up the viscosity.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 21:46:33 | More by RobertColianni
Photo of Qbdoo


3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Near great but ultimately just a really good beer. A near miss. Appearance is lovely. Light and cloudy. Smell is a vague citrus character. What puzzles me is the mouth feel, which is a bit over-carbonated and light for a pale ale. Yet the taste is the kind of light citrusy quality that might seduce you on a hot summer day. It's a really good beer but a seasaonal one.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 05:02:53 | More by Qbdoo
Photo of falloutsnow


3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: None on bottle, assuming from summer 2013
Glass: Tulip

Southern Tier's Live is a fairly solid pale ale, with robust bitterness and some intriguing grapefruit, pine, and herbal characters. That being said, I thought there was very little malt presence in the beer, which makes this an extremely hop-forward pale ale, and the hops just aren't that interesting to carry the beer alone. Additionally, the carbonation was far too high, reducing the overall enjoyability of this beer. Good, and I might pick it up again, but Two Brothers' Bitter End pale ale would probably be my local go-to for the style.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of white foam that is made up of small-sized bubbles, yielding a fairly frothy appearance. Retention is about average, slightly higher than one minute, descending to a thin ring around the glass and a large island of residual lace resting atop the body of the beer. Lacing is excellent, with thick sheets of interesting patterns clinging to all sides of the glass. Body is a fairly dirty, dark orange or very bright brown color, with light bringing out dirty, but brighter, orange-yellow hues. Carbonation is visible through the hazy body (80-90% opaque), numerous and quite active.

Aroma of strong grapefruit, tangerine, light pine, and a bit of aged herbal+grapefruit character as from English or German hops, all with a bit of yeast and pale malt sweetness in the background.

Front of palate finds bright tangerine, grapefruit, and light pine, with some light pale and toasted malt sweetness, hints of spicy and floral hops present themselves in the background. Mid-palate of moderate grapefruit and pine resin, slighty spicy and herbal+old grapefruit character from English or German-style hops, medium to medium-high hop bitterness. Back of palate encounters much stronger herbal+old grapefruit character, with still continued "pure" grapefruit and pine resin in the background, slight fruity esters, and medium to medium-high hop bitterness. Aftertaste of lingering hop bitterness, grapefruit, old dried herbs, and a very faint breadiness.

Beer is medium-light to medium in body, with carbonation of medium to medium-high intensity, resulting in a mouthfeel that is at first fizzy, gradually tapering to a foamy mouthfeel. The carbonation is a bit too high for the beer, and the fizziness is not entirely pleasurable.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 19:27:59 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From the 12. fl.oz. bottle. Sampled on January 14, 2014.

The pour is a slightly cloudy golden yellow-orange tone with a white fizzy head that is short lasting.

The aroma has a nice toasted malt character with a fruity, floral sort of hop character. Also earthy. Smells fairly fresh.

The body is light to medium.

The taste is more sweet than many IPA's but there is a kind of juicy watermelon note on it as well, which I did not expect. The fruity character tends to take it all over. Moderate bitter finale.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 00:30:12 | More by puboflyons
Photo of rab53


3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New arrival at the beer shop. Attractively priced at $3.99/22oz.

Pours a slightly turbid pale gold with moderate white head.
Smells biscuity and grainy. Grassy hops.
Taste is mainly pale malts, a touch vegetal. Mild bitterness.
Slightly thicker mouthfeel than expected, though not unpleasant.
Nice well-priced pale ale. No weird ingredients or other gimmicks. Just an well-made pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 02:33:02 | More by rab53
Photo of DavoleBomb


3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.75 A: Moderately hazed orange brown color. Two fingers of frothy/creamy off-white head. Retention is very good and lots of lacing is left. A few small floaties in there.

4.5 S: Lots of citrusy hoppiness in here. HUGE orange aroma with peach and mango underneath. Mild doughy yeastiness. Sweet neutral maltiness. This smells wonderful.

3.5 T: Unlike the nose, the taste isn't nearly as impressive. Just a mild citrusy hop flavor. Mild bitterness. Light neutral malts with light yeasty breadiness.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Light creaminess with just a touch of chewiness. Not bad.

3.5 D: This started out so strong, but failed to pull it off with the taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 22:09:33 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of Slatetank


3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I purchased this at Shady McGrady's enjoyed chilled from a goblet.

The color is a golden hued amber with mild hazed look and thick white head that drops to a ring with ring of lace. The smell is fruity hops with some mild yeast ester and hint of malt aroma. The feel is decent with balance of malt sweetness and slight bitter hops with fruity and tangy yeast with moderate carbonation and semi-dry finish.

The taste is good with slight pine tinge from the hops with light citrus and slight astringent flavor like overbrewed tea with a mild malt flavor which adds sweetness to balance the slight bitter aspect. The taste of malt is pretty well interwoven with the hops and yeast as a pale should be. Overall this is a nicely flavored pale, not very complex or intense but it is good for the style

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 19:56:51 | More by Slatetank
Photo of bmwats


3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Golden hue. Pours into a very large, bubbly, white head. Large bubbles of effervescence rise to the surface. Settles quickly and unevenly, leaving some dry sticky residue behind as it does. Decent sticky, spotty lacing.

S: Pine resin, honey, and orange.

T: Woody malt. Punchy hops, bitter pecan shells with maybe a little tea leaf.

M: Syrupy, with a bitter hop.

D: Not much resistance, but sip and savor.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice golden orange hue with a giant head, and some decent lacing. Nose is full pine resin, with a little honey and citrus. Woody flavor with bitter punchy hops and a tinge of sweet and savory. Overall, this is pretty good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 00:50:31 | More by bmwats
Photo of Jimmys


3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into pils glass. DOB 02/26/13.

A: hazed. orange for sure. slightly off-white head is tightly bubbled. retention is good and lacing is spotted.

S: certainly hoppy aroma. sweet, but mild orange-like smell. bitterness is there too. malt as well. balanced.

T: a mildly floral hop flavor starts things off. slightly citrus. a decent orange peel flavor and bitterness. finish brings a malt chewiness, a little bit of vanilla.

M: carb is moderate. medium bodied.

D: not too shabby. nothing thunderous, but certainly not a bad brew. just lacking that umph that I enjoy my favorite pale ales. maybe this is better a bit fresher, but mine isn't that old at 2.5 months, especially for a bottled conditioned brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 03:41:51 | More by Jimmys
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, a small hop presence and malt balance. In the taste, a lighter pine like hops and balanced malt, a touch thin though. A small hop bite, but mainly smooth and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small hop dryness in the aftertaste. Truthfully, just a nice nice pale without over hopping at all.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2013 16:57:49 | More by OWSLEY069
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