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Live - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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very good

229 Reviews

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Reviews: 229
Hads: 1,417
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 35
Gots: 298 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

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 sanha926
3.19/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle. I found this quite underwhelming. I can see how it could be refreshing on a warm summer's day, but it doesn't compare to some of the other session IPAs (Founders, Green Flash). It is citrusy, but in some respects tastes more like a lemonade radler than a citra-hopped session IPA.

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Photo of viking77
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer! It is moderately bitter, with terrific piney and citrusy tastes. I believe its taste is strongly influenced by Mosaic hops, which is a favorite of mine.

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Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Pours near clear lighter amber, moderate lite khaki head, leaving a nice looking fine film and some ringed sheeting.

Nose of piney hops

Easy drinking and quite enjoyable, moderate and smooth hop presence. Breads malt providing the balance and drink ability .

Worth a try

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Photo of Weisenbeer
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this. A bit cocerned about freshness as it's DOB was early September and I'm drinking New Years Eve, but that's not the brewers fault. Lots of citrus and pleasant to taste.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I thought this Live was a nice little beer! It poured a clear golden with white head that did not lace. The scent was a gorgeous mix of pine and citrus. The taste was a nicely balanced brew that leaned bitter with pine and citrus base. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it was quite nice!

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Photo of dacrza1
3.34/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

DATE TASTED: December 3, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint... OCCASION: prepping for a good Friday a bit early on Thursday... APPEARANCE: hazy, busy, lively body that offers a mountain of cloud--puffy, white, with crags and nooks like a rock face...its resilience is noticeable...excellent half-finger head laces admirably into camo-like patterns....AROMA: bright punch of citrus--grapefruit and orange peel; the breadiness--as promised by the label--is appreciable... PALATE: a rather rounded, easy-drinking pale ale, with a smooth, undistinguished finish; a bit dry for a pale...light to medium-bodied... TASTE: a strange, lemony flavor pervades the citrus profile, with the malts wrestling for control over the experience... enough dough to mistake the drink for a something more British...worth noting the orange one more time... OVERALL: tough to say for a Southern Tier, but not an improvement over their original pale... applaud them for trying something new or different, but the hops are blanketed by malts and the hops are one-dimensional and soft.... not really what was hoped for...

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Photo of jwhancher
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly cloudy gold with lemon citrus notes. Hops are somewhat one dimensional. Feels a bit thin but extremely drinkable. Refreshing beer, just wish it had some more body.

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Photo of hman43
3.42/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours golden and clear.

Aromas of pine , and a bit of floral.

Flavors of pine, floral and a bit of malt.

Moderately bitter on the palate.

Overall a well hopped ale with a distinctive taste of malt.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

More like a session ipa than a pale ale. Needs more malt or sweetness. A touch thin and metallic. Nice citrus hop smell but the lack ness in body makes this one just a so so enjoyment .

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy medium gold producing 2 fingers of frothy, off-white, moderately lasting head that leaves sheets & streaks of lace. Aroma is pale & biscuit malt, a little graham cracker, notes of floral, lemon juice & zest, grass & a hint of onion. Taste is grapefruit & lemon, earthy floral, thin pineapple & grass hop notes, pale malt, biscuit & light pepper, finishing lightly tropical with a dry mineral hint backed by a light hoppy bitterness that becomes the dominant character of the bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, silky with a pepper bite & dry in the finish & aftertaste.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a light orange gold color with a big bright white head with little retention and good lacing. The smell is citra hops as advertised. Not overwhelming, but lemon and orange are most noticable with a hint of grassiness. Taste is much the same. Feel is light, but not watered down. Overall very crushable but still has a great deal of flavor. Definitely a good golf course beer.

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Photo of RJQ3
4.64/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours into glass as a cloudy light orange gold color with a nice off white head. Aroma hits the nose and immediately you get the Citra hop notes. I love Citra hops and the taste of this beer nails exactly what I was looking for and smelled! Citrusy, fruity upfront taste with minimal malty backbone but no over bitterness, the beer is almost sweet but not too sweat. More of an IPA than an APA. Overall, it's one of my all time favs, if I see it in liquor stores, I must buy it, a lot of it!!

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Photo of glass_house
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Both the aroma and taste are full of bright citrus with just the slightest hints of grass and pine resin. The light body never approaches "watery" territory, and is able to carry the flavors well on a subtle grainy malt backbone. That's a damn solid pale ale. At 5.5% it's definitely NOT a session ale, but that's ok with me. I can't taste marketing buzzwords. This is another beer I always tended to pass by for more "exciting" options on the shelf. But having recently tried it for the first time, it's safe to say I'll be drinking more of this.

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Photo of BigGold
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had poured from 12-oz. bottle into tulip. Southern Tier calls this a Citrusy Session Pale Ale. At 5.50 ABV, it slightly stretches the definition of "sessionable," but not the desire to have more than one.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - Slight haze, golden in color
Smell - A grapefruit/citrus bomb
Taste - Grapefruit, citrus, oniony/garlic type dankness, pine, catty

Overall - A super flavorful session ale.

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Photo of TH28
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
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

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Photo of mmahanna41
4.52/5  rDev +15%
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.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.56/5  rDev +16%
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.

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4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of EvoRich
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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

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Photo of secondtooth
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
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.]

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Photo of Duhast500
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Live from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.