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Ratings: 1,301
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.51%
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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 Beejis60
1.66/5  rDev -57.4%
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...

Photo of Crownie
2.82/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Had it on draft... Live beasts didn't seem to impart much

Photo of ClavisAurea
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Served at fridge temp in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Clear and golden. This is a bottle conditioned ale so there is a ring of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. I had this beer pretty cold and decanted into a glass carefully as not to disturb the sediment. Medium head of smaller bubbles that dissipated quickly to a ring of lace in the glass.

Nose: Citrusy and floral hops up front with a very slight malty note.

Taste: Refreshing and bubbly, strong resinous hops, more in the West Coast style of APAs. The hops are really the only dominant notes present here.

This seems to be more like an IPA Lite rather than an APA. The bottle conditioning is the best part here because it adds such a wonderful mouthfeel with the added carbonation. Tone down the hops and you might be able to find a pale ale in there.

Photo of Mortarforker
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a copper color with a finger of white head.Smells of Citrus nutty with a faint hint of mint.Crisp taste and very light which kinda surprised me.I was thinking this would make a great session beer.Overall a pretty good beer.I would buy again if I run across it.Prost!!

Photo of Shiredave
3.02/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Cold bottle poured gently produced a solid white head of clotted foam with a steady stream of tiny carbonation bubbles. Very pale nearly yellow beer with mild sweet citrus hop aromas, little if any malt in the nose for me. Some trub left to swallow from bottle. Well done on the bottle conditioning.


Flavor is weak at best with a faint sweetness behind sharp, astringent hop flavors and a metallic, bone dry bite on my tongue that I wanted to scrape off. Over boiled pellet taste I'm so tired of these days.


Not a bad beer - ST doesn't make "bad" beer, but this lacks character and any toasty, bready flavors to off set the one note hop harshness in such a lite bodied ale.
If you've been disappointed by US Craft attempts at a balanced Bitter or Special Bitter type ale, bottle conditioned or otherwise, this one will too.

Photo of Notacraftdrinker
3.02/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Not sure if I got a bad bottle or not but a funky fruit like aroma and taste. Maybe citrus. Just tasted very off to me. Not one of my favorite brews from southern tier.

Photo of Beerparrot
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

2nd time I've had it in bottle and it's a good drinkable beer.

Photo of craft4mike
3.16/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Hazy golden color with a thick white foam and floating yeast. Steady stream of carbonation floating to the top.

S - Citrus and floral hops but the citrus comes through the strongest.

T - Pretty tame Pale ale. The Citrus hops are at the fore front with some pale malts. Not a ton of complexity in flavor but pretty easy to drink.

M - Mouth feel is very good in my opinion. Almost creamy. I hate beers that come through watery and that is certainly not a concern with this one. Also a little bit of carbonation on the tongue does wonders for this beer.

O - In all fairness Pale Ales are not my favorite style but this one is pretty sessionable. If you really enjoy the style it is worth a try. Its interesting how tame this beer is for Southern Tier, a brewery notorious for going over the top with sweetness, flavors, ABV and just about anything everything else.

Photo of kfbishop
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

For the style, it was good. Could make for afternoon session. At Londener pub near Dallas

Photo of rand
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From 12 oz bottle to pint glass

Poured into a pint glass, slowly decanted into another glass as recommended on bottle.

A: Cloudy copper-tan in color, huge foamy head recedes quickly but leaves messy lacing everywhere.

S: Hop-forward bouquet with nuances of honey and mint. Hop profile is more floral than citrusy. Subdued nose.

T/M: again, floral notes dominate. Touches of honey, biscuits. Strange, watery feel. Not much going on here.

Drinkable but boring. Too many tasty sessions out here on the West Coast to look out for this again. I'll stick to ST's tasty big beers.

Photo of Slackerville
3.36/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Photo of corby112
3.37/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Photo of SaltofOH
3.39/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 4-16-15. Bottled on 2-9-15. Threshold glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy dark gold with 1/2" foamy off-white head & lots of carbonation. Retains a ring of froth along the edge. Not much lacing.

Aroma: Resiny, floral, crisp malt. Grassy? Bright.

Taste: Dry, light arrival. Some resiny hops on arrival, resiny bitterness on mid-palate. Light bittering end.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-mid bodied. Lots of small bubble carbonation. Malty backbone, slightly slick.

Overall: I can see why hop-heads love this. Very light, quaffable, hoppy APA. Light but not as "clean" as, say, Sierra Nevada. Definitely not as malty as Sam Adams Boston Ale. Less sweet than GL Burning River. I would buy this again, but can get better local options.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
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..

Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft in 16 oz pint glass
A very slightly cloudy yellow with thin, but lasting head; smells of lemon/citrus; fairly typical pale ale with good hop features; mild bitter that lingered a bit too long for my liking;a fairly standard and very drinkable if you prefer this style

Photo of sjones5045
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%

Pours a nice yellow with minimal head and lacing. The smell is unremarkable with a light hop smell if u try and find it. The taste is plain and really nothing good or bad in either direction. Not all that impressed. A very plain APA that I really have no desire to have again.

Photo of atr2605
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
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

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a stemmed glass, above average APA.

Photo of Ri0
3.51/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of Beglane
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured cloudy, smells of hops and citrus, which was a nice surprise from a pale ale. However? Where's the hop taste? It just struck me as funny with a big hop nose and a little hop taste, but whatever. Regardless, It's still very good. I wouldn't recommend.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of plaid75
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a hazy brass hue with a one ginger foamy white head. There was decent Laing and retention.

The snell featured a light herbal hop.

The taste offered soft pale malts and a light herbal hop spice.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side. of the style.

Overall a decent and neutral APA.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: There's a minimal haze to this deep gold-hued body. Frothy, white head.

Smell: There's a light pale maltiness given a smear of cereal sweetness, slender but sufficient hoppiness, and a just a touch of yeast.

Taste: Pale malts, though light, with a medium level of cereal sweetness. Limited hop flavors of fruit, citrus, and florals. Modestly bitter. Southern Live, while not Dead, closes out with a fairly neutral finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Sensibly smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: For what it is, it's still a relatively pleasing beer.

Photo of garymuchow
3.6/5  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.

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