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Live - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

214 Reviews
THE BROS
83
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Reviews: 214
Hads: 1,332
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 8.59%
Wants: 30
Gots: 256 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: rab53 on 10-30-2012

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Photo of TH28
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Appearance: Clear golden with a thick white head and nice lacing. Aroma: Pineapple, citrus, pine resin. A dank hop undertone. Taste: Light maltiness, crackery and bready. Strong herbal and spicy hop flavors, with some citrus and grassy resin. Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation. Finish: Well balanced, leaning slightly on the bitter side with some lingering grass and tropical fruit. Overall: A really good APA. Well balanced with a variety of hop flavors and aromas, none of which overpower the rest of the beer (538 characters)

Photo of mmahanna41
4.52/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap, on vacation in upstate New York.... Had a hard time finding craft beers I enjoyed (from Chicago and I have so many amazing choices everywhere I go).... However this one nailed it.... Absolutely AMAZING, way underrated here on BA. (246 characters)

Photo of Phigg1102
4.56/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is very similar to the Other Half Mosaic IMO. Murky straw color about a finger of head and tremendous lacing throughout. There is a lot of orange characteristic in the flavor and aroma of this beer. Also a bit of lemon and biscuit. Truly a great APA. (255 characters)

Photo of SINKTIPS_N_SUDS
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I really like this. Citrusy hops and a light malt bill make this akin to cold lemonade on a hot summer day. It has enough bitterness to have a short but enjoyable aftertaste and at such a low abv is crushable. (209 characters)

Photo of TX-Badger
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy light orange golden color with off-white head. Citrus fruits and light malts on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied, a little depth. Finishes with citrus and bread. (199 characters)

Photo of EvoRich
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Hazy golden yellow with a BIG fully, white head. A very good looking beer!

Smell: Orange citrus with bitter hops.

Taste: Orange citrus with bitter hops. Exactly as the aromas say it is, is how it tastes.

Feel: Very smooth, but crisp. Creamy, but refreshing (266 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Cloudy golden amber, with a big head of off-white suds. Nice loopy tree-line lace.

Aroma: Citrus hops. Very nice!

Taste: Bright and rich on the hops front, with a heavy body, especially for a “session pale ale”. This is a strong and flavorful pale ale, nearly approaching IPA status. Not bad. (311 characters)

Photo of SaltofOH
3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed 4-16-15. Bottled on 2-9-15. Threshold glass. [Updated for 7-14-15, on draft, nonic pint]

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, with 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. [On second try, it really is like a session IPA, but that's not a bad thing.] (878 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a 12oz. bottle into IPA glass.

The color is a hazy orange with some slight yellow highlights. There are about three fingers of foamy white head and some nice thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is pretty darn grassy and brings about images of summer days pushing the lawnmower around in the hot sun. There is a good pine aroma that is a bit like Douglas Fur and points at tree trimming parties from holidays past.

The taste is fruity with touches of tangerine, peach, pear and grapefruit mixed together with some bitterness that pushes things around a little and is pretty assertive. There is a nice twang that is helped along by an earthy flavor that comes in late and is there till the bitterness comes back and washes everything away.

The feel is medium bodied and has a smooth finish that goes down easy but leaves a bitter aftertaste that is enjoyable and lets you savor the hops even after the beer is gone. (930 characters)

Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very refreshing summer session ale. Great ale with light citrus notes. Hard to find in N.J.Also this beer is "bottle conditioned" not exactly sure how that works. Beer is very good. (181 characters)

Photo of Mortarforker
3/5  rDev -24.2%
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!! (273 characters)

Photo of DuaneL
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I actually don't distinctly remember this ale, but at the time of tasting (3 mo or more ago) I wrote in my beer log that it was as good as Harvest Ale (4.75). Later have amended this. (184 characters)

Photo of Cnote_crafty_1
5/5  rDev +26.3%
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 BeerAdvocate
3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #80 (Sep 2013):

Raw and full of flavor. Unlike any beer Southern Tier brews, as most are really focused, while Live seems more free, though still well within the style. A treat to knock back, though so complex you may want to pair it with something.

STYLE: American Pale Ale
ABV: 5.5%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Hazed pale gold, some suds

SMELL: Citrus rind, pineapple, nutty, faint mint, fresh-cut grass

TASTE: Lighter body, crisp, thick citrus tone, balanced hop bitterness, fresh grain, chalky yeast, hint of peaches, peppery, touch of alcohol, marmalade, juicy, grainy, drying finish (623 characters)

Photo of Shiredave
3.02/5  rDev -23.7%
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. (830 characters)

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
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 pgrose
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Bottle, Buffalo, NY
L: clear copper color
S: slight citrus
T: Very mild hoppy flavor, doesn't hit as hard as some IPAs
F: medium carbonation
O: a sessionable pale ale, not the most complex flavor but enjoyable (215 characters)

Photo of leantom
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
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 716gibbs
4.52/5  rDev +14.1%
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 Beglane
3.51/5  rDev -11.4%
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. (257 characters)

Photo of Notacraftdrinker
3.02/5  rDev -23.7%
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. (168 characters)

Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
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 (273 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color, sudsy white head retains well at about a quarter inch.

Smells of honey and citrus over grassy malts with a light fresh piney hoppiness.

Tastes of dry grassy malts with a hint of citrus and a dry bitter hop bite.

Fuller body with fluffy carbonation.

A nice dry pale ale that still manages a fruity character. Very tasty and easy to drink, lives up to Southern Tier's lofty standards. (452 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

aside from the fact that the bartender cant put a head on this beer to save her life, i really like this one. its golden and a little hazy, but still light enough looking in the glass. what makes it special is its hop profile. definitely new zealand varietals in here, high alpha and high oil, fruity and tropical and almost smells like a lotion some young hottie should wear, its that intense aromatically. the flavor shows the hops just like the nose, less perfume and more grassy summery feel to it, which is welcomed. the malt bill appears to contain some wheat, and has that sort of texture, which helps the hops last just a little longer. its only a little bitter too, more tangerine than anything else in the finish, which lasts awhile. overall a really really good pale ale, maybe a touch more body than it needs, but i like it this time of year, where the feel suits the season but the flavor teases summer, hard to do that well. this is top notch flavor-wise. (969 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Well... looks I'm doing a review.... live for once. I'll see myself out. Anyways, just noticed all of these Southern Tier 12oz offerings on the shelves I haven't reviewed yet. Generally a good thing.

A- The tall 12oz bottle is poured to the Pumking goblet with a golden-apricot body that is quite hazy, the name is appropriated. A large white cap builds to about two fingers with a superbly thick, puffy texture and great retention. A massive pillow remains and lace starts about as thick as it gets with

S- I had no idea what this beer would be about but a lively hop aroma jumps right out of the glass as an invitation to taste. Fruits like tangerine, orange, apricot come to mind with floral, herbal, zesty and stone fruit hints.

T- Aforementioned hops are joined by a flavorful but not sweet malt character here. The hops are the leading flavor with orange peel, tangerine, cantaloupe, stone fruit, floral and just a general zesty fruitiness. This initial character turns to a malty aftertaste of bread, fresh cracked base grains and cereal.

MF- Overall thickness is certainly leaning towards the light side of things but the texture really makes things interesting. High end carbonation causes the beer to really become puffy and quite foamy but still creamy. It ends with a light bitterness on the taste buds.

I hate to even mention the word surprise but it was a bit of one for me. Some of the Southern Tier six-pack offerings have been hit or miss in my experience but it has been quite some time since I've consumed them. The bright, fruity hops are matched very well by the bready malts in the finish. The live yeast seems to give the body a nice boost which helps the flavors truly shine. (1,707 characters)

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Live from Southern Tier Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.