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88
very good

1,172 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,172
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 19
Gots: 140 | FT: 2
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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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Date of bottling is 02/27/13.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper golden orange with a lot of fast rising bubbles. Huge five finger white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing clinging to the glass.

Smell: A bright and crisp hop forward aroma with lots of citrus fruit esters. Citrus hops upfront with big hints of orange, grapefruit, mango, apricot, pineapple, tangerine, and lemon. Also some hints of grassy and piney hops. Sweet malt balance comes through with hints of bready biscuit, wheat grains, lively yeast, cracker, and some spicy rye. Nicely balanced. A really nice and zesty juicy aroma.

Taste: Follows the nose well, a crisp and zesty taste with lots of citrus fruit flavor. Hoppy upfront with notes of juicy orange, pineapple, grapefruit, mango, apricot, tangerine, and lemon zest. Some earthy grassy and piney hop notes in the mix as well. Midway comes a solid bready malt balance with notes of biscuit, wheat grains, cracker, the live yeast, and some rye. A really solid juicy and balanced taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, drying, and very smooth.

Overall: A very good American Pale Ale. Very good citrus flavor with a solid malt balance. One of the better takes on the style in a while.

Photo of megamass
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of goblue3509
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright yellowish gold color with a big frothy white head. The head gives way to a little bit of lace on the glass. The aroma you can smell as you get close, pineapple, oranges, lemons and a little bready malt at the very back. The taste follows suit pineapple, mango, oranges and lemons fill the first part of the beer with a bready malt end. The taste is very well blended and very smooth. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall this is a very solid beer, it is a nice beer that you can enjoy multiply beers. Smooth and easy drinking.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of JamesMN
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DOB: 2/27/13

Appearance: Left the last bit in the bottle since it's bottle-conditioned, ended up with a golden brew that has great clarity. One finger frothy eggshell-white head. Nice lacing.

Aroma: Lots of bready malt with a hint of pepper or spice either from rye or an earthy hop presence. Just a touch of pine or grass from the hops as well.

Taste: Very much like the aroma with that classic APA biscuit malt flavor. Nicely balanced with a moderate bitterness (40-50 IBUs?) that gives great earthy and spicy hop notes. The beer is about two months old and the chosen hops have really stood the test of time, I expect the hop character will stay tasting great for another couple months which makes this a good beer to take a chance on. Finish is peppery and almost dry with a nice hoppy bitterness lingering in the aftertaste. At 5.5% ABV it's a tad watery but very flavorful all the same.

Mouthfeel: Just below medium in body. Easygoing carbonation and great drinkability. Sessionable.

Final Thoughts: With all the big and bold IPAs, DIPAs, and Barleywines out there it is easy to forget how good an APA can taste. This is a good beer for anyone, newbies to the craft scene and hard core beer advocates alike. Would I drink it again? Yes.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Slightly hazy golden with a few finger white head.

S - Grapefruit and pine with light bready malt.

T - Pine and grapefruit rinds, orange cream, light sweetness, very well balanced.

M - Medium light body with good carbonation.

D - Pretty straight forward and simple and there is nothing wrong with that. Will make a nice spring/summer refresher.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with 1/2 an inch of fluffy white head that dissipates into a thin blanketing. The nose is sweet and malty with good yeast fruit forward and a touch of bitter hops (not distinctly citrusy/piney/earthy/fruity). So far everything about this beer screams "balanced and drinkable," and I certainly was not disappointed by the taste. Upfront maltiness transitions into a well-balanced bitter, yeasty, semi-dry finish. It has great carbonation and a light-medium body (heavier than a regular APA) followed by a lingering, citrusy bitterness that pulls everything together. I'm glad to see ST getting into new styles and think this beer is worth a try.

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Live from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,172 ratings.