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Live - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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very good

1,071 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,071
Reviews: 185
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 19
Gots: 104 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rab53 on 10-30-2012)
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Photo of CloudStrife
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. DOB 02/27/13

A: Pours a clear golden amber with a 1.5 finger airy white head. Becomes very opaque once the yeast is poured in. A decent amount of visible carbonation. Spots of lacing.

S: The aroma is a pleasant blend of light pale malts with an ample hop backing. A citrus hop with spicy notes. Hops seem to dominate the profile which doesnt bother me in the least.

T: Very pleasant beer that is an excellent blend. Well balanced, starts with a bit of a hop bite, then a sweet malt overtakes. As with the smell, hops win out and linger into the aftertaste.

M: The yeast gives this a nice full body with great carbonation. Very easy drinking.

Overall a very tasty new beer from Southern Tier. Like to see they are experimenting with live yeast in their bottles. Live can live on!

CloudStrife, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of MarkJBurch
4/5  rDev +2.6%

MarkJBurch, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of GennyCreamAle
4.25/5  rDev +9%

GennyCreamAle, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of dbattey
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

dbattey, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of JohnK17
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

JohnK17, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of mjtiernan
4.25/5  rDev +9%

mjtiernan, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

RblWthACoz, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of randylangford
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

randylangford, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of schoolboy
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow. This is a subtle, sessionable (as long as the digestion can take it) beer that is full of character (not a beer at all, of course, it's an ale, but it is a good substitute for a beer - read on).

It is a perfect cloudy and somewhat foamy yellowish concoction. Soupy and dicey looking, as it should be. The aroma is very full and hoppy.

The taste is less than you would expect from what you are holding in your hand, but it comes out nicely in a smooth, satisfying finish.

It's nice when a beer has this much character without having to hit you up side the head with it.

I also had it on draft yesterday (11/27/2013) and it had a similar character, but a tad smoother.

schoolboy, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of TwelveOunces
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass
DOB 2/26/13

A- Pours a very hazy golden orange. A massive bubbly head with good retention. Bottle conditioned for sure.

S- A sweet pine, some pineapple, orange. A very hoppy and floral nose. A crisp and very sugary malt. A touch of wheat perhaps?

T- A light hop bitterness at first. A very nice hop profile. A nice fresh pineapple character and some other citrus. A bit of lemongrass and some onion in the hops as well. A sweeter malt backbone that doesn't have a ton of flavor.

M- Nice carbonation and very drinkable. A bit light on feel in my opinion but then again its a low ABV beer.

O- This is a nice brew. Very easy drinking and smooth. There just isn't a ton of flavor or feel to this beer, Although the flavor that is there is very pleasant.

TwelveOunces, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of ryanpj
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

ryanpj, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of dogfishandi
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Bottled on 2/25/2013 (1 month old)

Pours a hazy deep golden almost orange color, really glows in the light. A good looking tight white h end off of the pour that holds some decent retention. Some good web by lacing as well. Cloudy, but that's what they were going for.

Pretty big dose of hops for a pale. Dry lemon citrus, some pine and a bit of grapefruit and orange/ tangerine. A slight hint of some peppery yeast phenols, almost Belgian IPA like in away.

Follows the aroma with a touch more complexity. Some pretty big hop flavors of lemon, grapefruit, maybe a bit of orange, pine, sharp bitterness, hops are a little drying as well. Hints of peppery yeast. On the back end, that signature southern tier bready, almost pilsner like grain whether it be from the actual grains, the yeast, or a combination of both. A bit of a resinous bitterness lingers.

A little drying, quite refreshing. Just a bit watery at times, but not too bad. Really drinkable.

A really good pale ale, similar to many hoppy southern tier offerings which I always seem to enjoy. I think I found my easy drinking summer session beer.

dogfishandi, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev +2.6%

JohneHoodlum, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of muletrane
4.25/5  rDev +9%

muletrane, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of Beejis60
1.55/5  rDev -60.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I want to state that I've had this on tap at Southern Tier about 6 months ago and thought it was incredible. By far their best beer ever. However, THIS review is based on the newly released 6 pack bottles.

A- Same as on draft. Clear, yellow, thin, etc.
S- decent. Very very very faint hop profile. To me, it seemed the aroma changed, granted, before drinking.
T- I had to say out loud WTF. It's a complete 180 as what it was on tap at the brewpub. ZERO citrus. I mean, ZERO citrus. ZERO hops. Overcarbonated, extremely watery. Reminded me a lot of miller light. I'm very upset about this.
M- As aforementioned; overcarbonated (burning tongue and nose) and very very thin and watery.
O- Terrible. I hope they just changed their formula for this because I don't believe my tastes have changed. I was extremely excited to see this at the store a few days ago and now, I'm extremely pissed. The bottle has a DOB of 2/25 too so it couldn't have gone off. I drank a whole 6er over the past few days before making this review to confirm that it was THIS bad, and unfortunately, it is. I sent out a few bombers to friends about a month or two ago and they said it was also very good, so again, I certainly hope this was just a badly-packaged 6er...

Beejis60, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of Holmes698
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Holmes698, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of jwps214
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

jwps214, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of bacher468
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

bacher468, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of Morey
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Morey, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World, in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a light gold color, with a 2 inch head, with pretty good lacing.

Smells like orange, lemon, and pine needles.

Tastes incredible. A nice rustic taste to this- some fresh cut grass and pine, along with brighter juicy flavors of orange, pineapple, and lemon. A lingering, pleasant bitterness stays on the tongue throughout the session.

Very dry. Medium to light mouthfeel, well carbonated.

One of Southern Tier's best hoppy offerings, only behind 2XOne and 2XIPA, really.

GreesyFizeek, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of pottergator
4.25/5  rDev +9%

pottergator, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of smcolw
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I'm leaving my original review below. This bottle gave me a very different experience. First, the head was tight, receded lumpy and left chunky lace on the glass. Second, the body was markedly improved--far more rich and creamy. I've raised the score to reflect this experience.

Large-bubbled, quickly receding head. It does leave some spots on the glass. Mild haze to the otherwise clear, rich golden color.

Plenty of evergreen and fresh-crushed hop pellet aroma. Reminds me of a homebrew shop.

Tastes like a pale ale from the tap of the local brew pub...That is to say this seems extraordinarily fresh for a bottled beer. The taste is better balanced with a typical pale malt start and a stronger bitter finish with a decently lasting aftertaste. The body is very thin and the carbonation elevated--closest I've had to a seltzer-textured beer in a very long time.

This is a mixed bag. On the debit side is the body and appearance, but the flavor and smell are appealing.

smcolw, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of JustinSamuelson
4/5  rDev +2.6%

JustinSamuelson, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of Gww1864
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Gww1864, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of VitoFerrante
4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great new product and soon to hit 6-packs and cases. Great price. Awesome hop notes in the nose. Perfect aftertaste to the style. This is an awesome beer for hop-heads and those looking for that special APA! It dances the APA style line very closely and does not go into the IPA style zone. Not to mention names, but this is a serious contender to a certain undead Pale Ale from the beer gods in Munster. It has that beer's, and others like it's spirit! Buy this beer when you see it.

VitoFerrante, Feb 18, 2013
Live from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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