Live - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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1,301 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,301
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 27
Gots: 232 | FT: 2
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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rab53 on 10-30-2012

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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 Duhast500
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of allentownpaguy
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best Session IPA I have had yet. Great beer !

Photo of CraftyChuck
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love this beer, more of an IPA than a pale ale but still a huge fan!

Photo of Ken05
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tastes like a hoppy IPA only lighter bodied. Pretty amazing stuff.

Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Citrus-y, grapefruit notes with pine-y grassy undertones. Literally taste like goose island summer ale with grapefruit

Photo of PauliB
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best damn pale ale anywhere.

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 martyl1000
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Uh, uh. This was just not great in any way. On tap at Side Door Grill.

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 InkedinRi
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice citrus flavor in this beer.. I enjoyed it very much

Photo of DuaneL
4.25/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of Cnote_crafty_1
5/5  rDev +28.2%
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'

Photo of hophead123
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Favorite APA on the market, my desert island drink

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
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

Photo of patch911
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good taste. Would recommend to get a case!

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 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 ommegangpbr
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Photo of pgrose
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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

Photo of leantom
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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 716gibbs
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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.

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Live from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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