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Ratings: 1,199
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 23
Gots: 155 | 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

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Beer added by: rab53 on 10-30-2012

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Photo of jwc215
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazed golden with a head that descends to a wide patch. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of tropical fruits and pine/resin.

The taste is bitter - pine/resin with tropical and citrus fruits coming in - banana and grapefruit (some kiwi?). Bitterness is sharp with a rounding sweetness of the brewery's "house" character. Finishes dry - slightly astringent. Alcohol slightly noticeable.

It has a crisp, medium body.

This is an APA that pushes towards an IPA. Tasty and hoppy. Sharp, but nice.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Sammy
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

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3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden amber color. The head is a two finger white shade with a frothy-looking texture. It doesn't have the best retention in the world, either.

S: There are some decent tropical qualities on the nose. I also note touches of grass, pine, and grapefruit. Aromatically, it's hardly explosive, just oh-so-pleasant.

T: It's initially mildly bitter, with notes of piny hops and a bit of mango. I particularly enjoy the midtaste and its subtle fruit esters. The finish sees a return of piny bitterness. What it lacks in excitement it makes up for in drinkability.

M: I think it's a hair too fizzy and sharp on the back end - otherwise, I have little to complain about here, as the light, dry texture makes it eminently drinkable.

O: Very easy to like. Granted, it's not a fresh bottle, but beggars can't be choosers, really. This really works well as simple refreshment.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of TheBrewo
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

We pour a brew of goldenrod coloring into our Great Lakes pints. It holds a three finger head of cakey, off white bubbles, showing great retention. Sticky patterns of lacing are left around the glass as it slowly goes. The mildest haze cuts through the clarity, and no yeast or sediment made its way into the glasses. Carbonation appears to be light. The nose is big with citric and hugely perfumy floral hops, toasty pale malts, freshly washed strawberries, white sugar, bubblegum esters, Valencia orange and red grapefruit flesh, light tinny metallics, and lemon drop candy sweetness. Authentic honey smack comes out with warmth, along with much more orangey fruitiness. Our first impression is that the flavoring is as equally as bright, juicy, and fruity as the aroma, with excellent balance throughout. As we sip, grapefruity hops, crisp pale and distantly wheaty malts, pineapple and mango fruitiness, and balancing bitterness of lemon and orange peel, and further bittered earthy hops start things off. The taste comes to a peak with a more malty predominance, with lightly browned pale malts, softer floral hops, pineapple sweetness, light alcohol, and tin. The finishing wash shows a mix of vegetal greens, mossy earthiness, floral and citric hoppiness, even pale malts, juicy bubblegum sweetness, and a final wash of orange flesh. The aftertaste breathes of mineral, chalky yeastiness, pale malts, light muckiness of grain, bittered citric hops, and that maintained tropical fruit juiciness. The body is light to medium, and the carbonation is on the low side of high. The mouth is cooled and lightly coated with foam, with eventual astringency of booze and citrus pucker down the hard palate. Each sip gives nice slurp, froth, cream, smack, and pop. The abv is appropriate, and drinkability is quite high.

Overall, what we liked best about this beer was its freshness through both the nose and the flavoring. The aroma opened things up beautifully, with hearty hoppiness and perfumy floral hops. This was balanced with just the right amount of sweetness of malt and juiciness of authentic fruit, making it highly inviting. The sip follows perfectly, striking that same balance of fullness and cleanliness. If anything, things are a bit light, but this is an excellent beer from a great brewery, and exceeded our expectations.

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4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Not much head, hazy, unfiltered amber kinda like a wheat beer or something.

Smell: Coriander, subtle hops, subtle honey.

Taste: Nice, easy drinking and balanced pale. Could definitely session this in Summer for sure. It's subtle in terms of hops, malt and the this subtle honey/wheaty sweetness I'm getting. If you weren't paying attention, you'd think it was just another lame pale, but everything is blended so nicely, you almost don't notice.

Mouthfeel: Nice aggressive and carby mouthfeel from the conditioning. Nice.

Overall: Not the most interesting Pale Ale, but definitely worth a try. It's brewed well and balanced nicely. Southern Tier Rocks!

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Live from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,199 ratings.