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Live - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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88
very good

229 Reviews
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Reviews: 229
Hads: 1,417
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 35
Gots: 299 | FT: 2
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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 Treyliff
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a big bubbly and foamy head that retains long after the pour, leaving a bit of lace behind

S- Big grapefruit notes from the beginning with aromas of fresh squeezed juice, also some sweet floral notes with some candy-like sweetness, this beer just reeks of summer

T- grapefruit flavors follow the aromas up front, but not overbearing at all. Some grassy notes mid-palate with some floral and fruity esters, light earthy musk flavor from the yeast leads to more citrus hop and finishes with a toasted malt finish to balance it out

M- medium bodied with medium carbonation leads to a big and foamy mouthfeel that feels the mouth, the yeast definitely added some extra bubbles to the mouthfeel. The finish is crisp and refreshing

O- a well balanced APA with plenty of flavor, but very easy to drink. Great session beer and one that I would gladly try again

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Photo of ScottR
4.51/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Serving type: 12-oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy gold, one-finger head that doesn't last long, nice lacing. A slightly more aggressive pour will get you a two-finger head (that still doesn't last long), but overdo it and you'll have a glass of froth.

S: Not strong (though a bit stronger with a more aggressive pour). Maybe some citrus and pine.

T: Clear and crisp, very light and refreshing. Hops not too forward but definitely there; citrus and pine, as in the nose, plus some resin and maybe a little grapefruit rind.

M: Light and well-carbonated.

O: A fine example of an American pale ale, one I think I like even better than Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. A very refreshing cool drink on a hot summer day, the overall experience being somewhat like drinking a carbonated juice -- pear, perhaps, even though it doesn't *taste* at all like pear. It says something about this beer that not only I but both my parents like it; we have very disparate tastes in beer.

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Photo of Moultron
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is not much I can say other than this was a phenomenal beverage. Went great with the homemade smoked ribs and beans/w pulled pork. Great smell. The aroma took off as soon as the contents were poured into a pint glass. The full body finish made my brain think I was drinking something slightly hit with vanilla. I truly enjoyed this beer. Definitely recommend.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Southern Tier Live has a very thick, frothy, white head and a hazy, golden appearance, with lots of powdery sediment suspended throughout, lots of bubble streams, and heavy lacing stuck to the glass. Aroma is of citrus, which reminds me of pineapple juice, and one mainly gets that in the taste, with some underlying sweetness and white bread. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Southern Tier Live Pale Ale finishes semi-dry, sweet, refreshing, and easy drinking. Overall, this is a most excellent beer, and I highly recommend it, for a pleasant drinking experience.

RJT

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled at Santora's Pizza in Amherst.

Pours a pale gold, with a foamy, dense white head that is just beautiful. Awesome retention with a thick film of lacing left behind. Pay attention: this is how a pale ale should look.

Tangy fruit on the nose, big citrus characters with passionfruit tang. Somewhat Southern hemisphere notes come through, pine and lychee with some spicy pine needle. Very enticing indeed.

Taste is a little subdued. Plenty of hop with lychee, pineapple and passion flavours. Lime and candied orange as well. Overall though a little lacking in malt. Nice hop notes but there just isn't all that much there.

Foamy feel, almost sudsy. Bit of fizz. OK for style.

Very nice pale, just wanting a little more oomph on the palate.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A-cloudy gold with a thin white head

S-hoppy corn with a decent scent of grass. Good strength

T-comes in with a pretty bitter flavor of corny grains and citrus. Very crisp and light. Good matching after-taste.

M-crisp medium carbonation with good creamy finish. Perfect feel.

O-an extremely easy drinking pale ale. Definitely one that I recommend to others. I could get a case of this as long as it's fresh.

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Photo of Mojo
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle -> Dogfish Head Glass

A - very hazy medium gold, small one finger head, good retention, and decent lacing.

S - citrus, orange peel, pine, bread, grass

T - brings the grapefruit up front, with a semi dry bitter finish.

M - very pleasing with decent thickness and good carbonation.

O - not quite as good as SNPA, but darn good. I wouldn't turn this one down if it comes my way again.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 ounce growler from Blacklick Wine and Spirits. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear dark gold color with about an inch frothy off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells mostly like citrusy (grapefruit, tropical fruit) and pine hops, and some bready/wheat malt. It tastes like citrusy (grapefruit, citrus rind, mango) hops, pine hops, and bready malt. Taste doesn't seem to have as much kick as compared to the aroma. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick and coating, and has good carbonation. It's easy enough to drink! Really wouldn't have had a problem getting a regular size growler of this. It's a good pale ale, I liked it.

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Photo of Jonada
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow color with 2 fingers of a white soapy head (good retention and lacing). Some yeast poured out of the bottle producing a heavy lava lamp effect.

Smell: Grapefruit, orange, grass, some tropical fruit, slight malt sweetness.

Taste: Medium bitterness upfront which carries through to the finish. Flavors are bitter grapefruit, pine, herbal.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied with medium carbonation. Super dry finish.

Overall: Pretty good and refreshing pale ale for a decent price. Worth picking up a 6 pack.

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Photo of rangerred
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nearly clear light yellow with a billowy two finger white head. Amazing head retention and lacing. Hangs aorund for a very long time.

The aroma is full of tropical fruit and is quite juicy. Mango and tangerine dominate with a little lemon rind thrown in there. Very hoppy and very inviting.

More tropical fruit juice in the flavor as hops really dominate. A very tiny touch of bready malt in the background but it is really all hops. Bitterness is one the high side but it does lead to a drying finish with a medium mouthfeel.

Overall, a really great beer from Southern Tier. Loads of hops while remaining fairly light and easy to drink.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, a small hop presence and malt balance. In the taste, a lighter pine like hops and balanced malt, a touch thin though. A small hop bite, but mainly smooth and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small hop dryness in the aftertaste. Truthfully, just a nice nice pale without over hopping at all.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle conditioned pale ale.
botlled 2/16/13 This sample is five months old so...

The body has an orange amber color. The head is tall and beige sitting there on top. Robust carbonation. The beer is only slightly hazy. i was expecting more along the line of wheat beer haze since it was bottled condition.
Aroma is pretty hoppy with some citrus zip and floral notes.
This lean tasting beer is nicely balanced. The hops have a more dank flavor and not so much any one particular flavor. Malts are sweet and flavorful.
On the palate it drinks thin and watery. There is low bitterness and finishes clean.
Overall it was a pretty good APA, a style which seems to have been forgotten these days.
I thought it needs more flavor because it tastes somewhat washed out but it was good.

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

poured from 12oz bottle into a goblet.

Poured carefully, as is bottled conditioned. I thought sediment might be in the bottom, but could see it was pouring hazy so sped up a bit. left the last 1/2 inch in the bottle. Looked very nice, with good off white head, hazy golden yellow body.

Smell was hops, but no strongly so. smelled much more hoppy in the bottle. After the head dissipated some, hop aroma was stronger.

Taste was very good, a strong hop taste mixing with a nice carbonation all around the mouth. Mouth was lively.

Overall, would certainly recommend this beer, a very good pale ale indeed.

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Photo of kell50
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this both on draught and from a bottle. This particular review is from a bottled version. Poured this into my Dogfish Head pint.

A - It pours a hazy light orange color with around a one fingered head that dies down fairly quick with constant bubbles of mild carbonation rising to the top of the glass.

S - Lots of citrus and earth. Specifically grapefruit, fresh cut grass, pine, and a light biscuity malt. I'm noticing more hop presence in the bottled version.

T - Some tangy oranges, crisp grapefruit, slightly floral, and a light biscuity malt base that ends with a slight bitter kick of citrus and pine.

M - The word that keeps popping into my head is "spritzy." It's a light/medium body with spot on carbonation. The lingering hops finish crisp and clean.

O - I'm really digging this one. This is a hopped up (NOT super hopped) APA that is quite refreshingly unique. I love the low alcohol, hoppy, APA combination that just absolutely works here. Southern Tier has crafted a winner.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours hazy-golden with tall, foamy, long lasting white head and soda-like carbonation. Aroma is of orange marmalade, citrusy hops and biscuit malt. Body is medium and tangy. Taste is of citrusy hops, oranges, pale malt and yeast. Finish is long and slightly bitter. Very tasty brew.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy gold with a puffy white head that takes some time to settle, though it leaves very little in the way of lacing.

S: Aromas of biscuit, straw, fresh bread, bitter orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, herbs, and pine assault the nose.

T: Hoppy notes of herbs (peppermint, sage), white pepper, lemon, lime, grapefruit, bitter orange, kumquat, pine, and spruce are backed by malty notes of straw, biscuit, fresh bread, and heavy cream. The finish is nicely integrated with delicate notes of citrus, herbs, bread, and biscuit.

M: On the lighter side of medium and somewhat slick. Lacks the resinous feel of many hoppy pale ales. Carbonation is subtle, but rather lively-still, it's not all that crisp. Very easy to drink.

O: A really pleasant bottle conditioned pale ale. I'm kind of glad I stumbled across this one. It's an incredible beer to drink on a hot day. I will definitely be picking more of this up in the near future and would happily recommend this beer to any fan of hoppy pale ales.

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Photo of rms61moparman
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a beautiful amber and leaves a 3/4" white head.
Aroma is very nice being marvelously "hoppy".
This is very close to a PERFECT summer beer to me.
Has GREAT taste, wonderful mouthfeel and a mild alcohol content that will allow the drinker to have enough to get refreshed without hindering further work or interaction.
Southern Tier definitely hit a home run with this wonderful brew.
If you like the taste of an IPA with the drinkability of a saison this is the beer for you!!!

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Photo of Boardshort_Brewer
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Golden yellow with a nice white head and lacing. It could be a bit darker.
Smell - Good fruit and citrus aroma, not very strong but still there. I wish it was a little stronger.
Taste - Too light in body and I feel like there isn't enough malt, weak tasting. However nice fruity citrus flavor, very good not overpowering, just enough. Not much malt to speak of, very hop dominated which is sort of okay!

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Photo of mdfb79
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From 07/08/13 notes. Had this on tap at Ginger Man in NYC. 16 oz pour in a tulip.

a - Pours a hazy, burnt orange-golden color with one inch of off white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of tropical fruits, fruity malts, mango, pineapple, citrus, lemon-lime, wheat, and bready malts. Awesome nose, tons of tropical fruits to it and some light citrus. Really liking the nose.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, light tropical fruits, citrus hops, grapefruit, wheat, grains, and lemon zest. Nice, but seems a bit watered down compared to the great nose. More citrus and grapefruit than the nose, but less mango and tropical fruits.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Body is very smooth and easy to drink. Great mouthfeel.

o - Overall I liked this one quite a bit. i thought the nose was awesome with tons of tropical fruits, and the mouthfeel was great; smooth, creamy, and easy to drink. Taste was not as strong, though it is good, with less tropical fruits. Worth checking out and something I'd definitely have again.

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Photo of schwemjw
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a hazy orange with a large white head packed tightly with little bubbles.

S:tangerine, pineapple, orange rind bitterness cut by caramel and pine. Lots of pine shining through as this bad boy warms up.

T: loads of citrus up front. Lemon, bitter lemon skin, juicy orange, and a little white grapefruit. A breast and malt driven middle gives way to a bitter finish with pine and (surprise) even more acidic citrus. Full of earth.

M: a nice amount of carbonation really brings the flavor to your taste buds.finishes quickly.

O: very sessionable with a ton of flavor. The carbonation and citrus kill it. A must drink. /90

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Photo of Neorebel
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

LIVE pours a cloudy straw color, with a touch of light orange. There is a small cap of white froth over top, with a few lines of small, slow-moving bubbles rising to the surface. There's a decent amount of lacing for such a small head, however. I will be generous with the score for its looks because I just love that color!

The smells entering my nose are warm, and complex. I am picking up lots of grains, freshly cut grass, summertime dew, nuts, pine needles, and a subtle hint of citrus fruit aromas. Wow, after tasting this is much more multi-faceted than even the aroma alludes to! Initially, there's tart apple and berries, with a sharp, flowery climax, and then...the toasty, slightly buttery grains in the middle. A very pleasant bitterness washes over the palate in the ending of the flavor.

The body is medium and rather quaff-able. The beer coats the palate rather nicely, and definitely leaves the drinker wanting more after each sip. I'm loving what they did with this 'bottle conditioned pale ale, with 4 types of malts & 4 types of hops.' Complexity wins me over every time as long as it's not too bizarre. This gets my high recommendation - try it without hesitation!

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.64/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep yellowish color, slight haze, half finger of white head

Smell is lemon, grapefruit and citrus. a little pine and a little malt. Outstanding use of Citrus hops in the Dry Hopping.

Taste is a very hop forward APA, Bitter Grapefruit, lemon, Orange, pine, really only a little malt in the flavor. This is more of a session IPA by the taste to me. Which is fine by me.

Mouthfeel is crisp, medium light, well carbonated. Slightly dry, but not as much as a IPA, that is what makes it more of an APA then an IPA.

Wow, Glad this finally made it to my area. This is a really good beer. Certainly the best new APA I have had since PseudoSue, and obviously will be a lot easier to get and a hell of a lot cheaper!

Do not pass it by if you do not like other ST offerings. This one is spot on!

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Photo of Gatch
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

DOB 05/22/13

A: Slightly hazy, bright golden-yellow with a fluffy, white head with plenty of bubbles. Not much retention or lacing at all.

S: Pungent, citrusy hops and tropical fruit with some barny, grassy aromas.

T: Big, bright, juicy, fruity hops. Lots of fresh grass, pine, and tropical fruit. Not overbearing, though, and very much an APA.

M: Super smooth with tons of flavor. Proper body and carbonation.

O: This is one of the better APA's I've had in a long time. Seriously delicious stuff.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Dense sunny d orange ( yes i totally disregarded the bottles advice on decanting) with a big billowy 2 figner plus head that was very well lasting (up to five minutes with little signs of decay). Small traces of yeasty goodiness, but not as much as expected with spongy streaks of lace adoring the vessel.

S: Fresh citrus and oranges first arrive on the nose with a soft backing of pine. Love the fresh, juicy nature of the aroma, not everything has to be dry hopped and bitter. Sure signs of late kettle hops with some small fresh wet grass hints.

T: The flavor was crisp, bright in nature, filled with citrusy-orange and grapefruit hopping. Nice graininess and crisp pale nature from the pale malts with a very even toned hopping trasistion. Smooth, bready and gentle piney fade of dryness leaves off the tongue.

M: Crisp mouthful, love a pale that keeps it pale and crisp, fresh and bright feel, medium bodied with a slight creamy nature. Gentle lingering hops adds a nice touch on the fade without being obnoxious.

O: Nice drinkability, feels fresh and young and very crisp. The Hops are fresh upfront wtih a gentle dryness on the close. Very good overall no hesitation on repurchase. The way a good pale should drink.

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