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Live - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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88
very good

1,040 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,040
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 18
Gots: 94 | FT: 3
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev -1%

Bang on APA. Recent bottle from Premiere. Citrus hop flavour is smooth and subdued. Gigantic head and good lacing with light orange body. Mild orange citrus aroma. Good hop taste without being an IPA. Excellent drinkability, and excellent subdued carbonation appreciated.

04-30-2013 02:33:48 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%

On tap at the 2013 Firestone Walker Invitational held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and onion and garlic hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus and herbal flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that tastes better than it smells in my opinion.

06-03-2013 02:57:04 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

03-30-2013 23:44:37 | More by djrn2
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metter98

New York

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%

A: The beer is quite hazy yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with some notes of pine resin hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of fresh citrusy and pine resin hops along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed the aroma and flavors of the hops in this beer—they were both strong like an IPA but the beer was very easy to drink and didn't have too much in the way of bitterness.

04-25-2013 23:23:34 | More by metter98
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

08-28-2013 04:57:48 | More by zestar
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -23.1%

03-30-2013 23:45:51 | More by acurtis
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.01/5  rDev +2.8%

Light bodied, crisp and clean- this Pale Ale doesn't back down from anyone. It's full of bright zesty hops; backed with dry, cracker-like malts; and is ultimately thirst quenching- Live is build for summer!

The beer pours bright with light gold character, shining with the slightest of haze. The ale quickly sheds its carbonation to provide a fluffy and air-filled head that creates a sense of lightness. Firm retention and a full smattering of lace sing the praises of a well made beer!

zesty aromas celebrate hops in all its citrusy glory- the essence of grapefruit, fresh zested oranges, and a tinge of lemons all decorate the nose, just as the slightest sweet scent of thin caramel aid in support.

At the same time, its the taste of dry malt that creates the slimmest of candied sweetness, just before the wave of hops arrive and begin to command the beer's taste- grapefruit, orange peels, and a hint of lemon, pineapple, and fresh cut grass all rise in the middle palate for a light and citrus reward. The beer concludes with a simple dry maltiness and clean citrus zest bitterness that refreshes the mouth with ease.

Medium light in body, the beer prefers a zesty and sprite character over any would-be creaminess. The beer seemingly bounces off the tongue with zeal and zest and springs forward to dry citrus acidity and slight warming alcohol. Its late malt dryness and refreshing bitterness celebrates the beer's drinkability very, very well.

Live continues the theme that I'm seeing in a recent trend- big hop aromatics and taste upon a thin shell of malt. Generally low in alcohol but big on flavor- I like where this trend is going!

05-11-2013 07:13:40 | More by BEERchitect
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-17-2013 01:53:03 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +9%

07-19-2013 01:31:36 | More by Texasfan549
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

07-18-2013 02:09:43 | More by ygtbsm94
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

05-04-2014 20:45:12 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

05-26-2014 02:52:42 | More by jaydoc
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev 0%

This poured out as a hazy orange color with thin white head on top. The retention settles into some clumps of bubbles on top. The lacing is minimal. The smell of the beer is malty there is a subtle hop aroma coming off of this one but not much at all. The aroma reminded me of a pilsner at first, slightly grassy and earthy. The taste of the beer has a grainy earthy malt, very typical of a Pale Ale. The bitterness is low. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good carbonation to it. The mouthfeel is creamy then it dries out quickly. Overall it's a decent brew, not my favorite from Southern Tier but it was nice to try.

04-13-2013 17:27:04 | More by Knapp85
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oberon

North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +1.5%

Poured into a nonic a clear lighter dull golden with a fluffy,sticky one finger white crown atop,the bottle says to decant into a glass,I saw no need.Aromas of grassy/herbal hops over top of nutty malt,not real big but pleasant nose wise.Herbal notes along with a tinge of red onion on the palate,a little tea and mint is noticable,a firm lightly sweet nutty biscuit base holds up to the hops.This a nice APA not gigantic hops but a minty herbal approach that makes it really drinkable,the maltiness is big enough for non hopheads to like this beer as well.Nice job here.

03-31-2013 21:35:02 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.91/5  rDev +0.3%

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Something tells me this beer might kick ass were it consumed at Budokan... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, light sweet biscuit, sweet flowers, honey, light white grape, and a twist of lemon for good measure. The taste holds notes of grapefruit peel, light orange peel, mild grass, flowers, mild biscuit, and a vague sense of yeast. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a very nice pale ale, one of the best I've had from Southern Tier in a long while.

05-22-2013 02:36:17 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

06-18-2013 18:52:12 | More by zeff80
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

07-17-2013 16:29:42 | More by JAHMUR
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%

This is a pretty smooth and easy drinking pale ale. A consistent hop influenced flavor profile. Definitely is a pale ale and doesn't wander into IPA territory. Carbonation is a bit full. Very easy to drink though. I am sure this would be super tasty on cask.

03-29-2013 02:41:11 | More by RblWthACoz
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.48/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

12-09-2012 20:41:18 | More by TheManiacalOne
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nickfl

Florida

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%

A - Pours with two fingers of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head settles slowly and leaves excellent lace.

S - Light, bready malt with a bit of grapefruit and pine.

T - Sweet malt and pine up front with some fruity hop notes. More of the same in the middle with a finish of sugary grain, mild bitterness and a lingering, spicy hop character.

M - Mediuum thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - oddly sugary for the style but it has a nice hop character and remains relatively drinkable despite the sweetness.

04-11-2013 04:29:11 | More by nickfl
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +9%

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.

05-29-2013 00:14:38 | More by WVbeergeek
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.94/5  rDev +1%

Pours a slightly hazed honey color with a finger of pearl colored head. Never completely drops bright okay lacing & head retention

S: Lemons, grassyness & pineapple, all fade a bit as this warms

T: Pineapple, a kiss of pineyness, & light biscuitty malt up front. More pineapple, a touch of pear & dryness as this warms. Finishes dry with pineapple, grassyness & touch of pear

MF: Medium bodied, crisp, great balance

Super drinkability, not great on the verge of greatness

06-05-2013 05:25:44 | More by russpowell
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -4.9%

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

03-30-2014 19:56:51 | More by Slatetank
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%

Surprised there's only a few reviews on this. Also, hope it's not too sweet as many of the Southern Tier beers can be, except 2xIPA was great I remember.

A loud ppppsssttt and quick rush of beer up the neck reminds me that it's definitely a "live" beer. it pours a huge head thanks to that, a fluffy airy white head that sticks around for a while as it's reinforced by quite a few tiny bubbles streaming up from the etch at the bottom of the SA PP glass. It leaves some sticky soapy lacing on the sides, with a mostly clear slight chill hazed golden honey colored beer, it really looks like honey with the hint of haze.

Nose is quite effervescent, nice hops out front, grassy floral and a little noble variety like, with a hint of citrus and a bit of lemony orange peel bite to it. Light malts under that, a little grassy hay like malt almost wheat but not quite, and hint of a grainy malt. Yeast seems to bring a hint of a floral aroma that is almost like a spice but it's not, hard to really label.

Taste is a bit lighter than I expected, but nice overall. Bright hops seem to come out front but on the lighter side, grassy floral hops mainly, again a bit like noble but this time a bit more of an earthy spicy flavor comes from them like American Cs style hops. It also brings light citrus, a hint of clementine, and just a touch of pine. Malts are present in the background mostly, light grainy malt base, with more light grassy hay like almost wheat but not quite kinda flavor. Again the yeast brings a light spice like flavor, almost earthy farmhouse but not quite there either, but interesting nonetheless. Finish is drier, with a lighter but decent bitterness, bit more citrus and grassy hops, light of that earthy almost farmhouse yeast additions as well.

Mouth is med to a little lighter bodied, effervescent carbonation.

Overall an interesting beer for sure. Nice hops that could come out a bit more, interesting malts that take a background flavor and leave the beer overall light and drinkable, but also could be a bit more maybe. And a unique yeast character that brings the beer to life alright, effervescent, nice carbonation, and a light almost earthy farmhouse flavor that's not quite there. A nice beer.

12-23-2012 23:22:54 | More by jlindros
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WesWes

New York

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

The beer pours a beautiful gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome! It has an incredible pale malt scent along with a killer citrus hop nose.; totally surpassed my expectations. The taste is good. It has a smooth pale malt flavor with an excellent hop character. It has a mild bitterness, but finishes with a great hoppy freshness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good good APA; probably one of the best I've had in quite some time.

04-13-2013 23:55:17 | More by WesWes
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Live from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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