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Live - Southern Tier Brewing Company


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Ratings: 857
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.23%

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:
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(Beer added by: rab53 on 10-30-2012)
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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazed brass color with a white head that thinned out leaving some thin lacing.

S - tropical fruits with a citrus rind background.

T - light and fruity with just the right amount of bitterness.

F - light/medium bodied, good carbonation, easy to drink.

O - a tasty APA that's worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 23:37:53 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of nickfl


3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours with two fingers of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head settles slowly and leaves excellent lace.

S - Light, bready malt with a bit of grapefruit and pine.

T - Sweet malt and pine up front with some fruity hop notes. More of the same in the middle with a finish of sugary grain, mild bitterness and a lingering, spicy hop character.

M - Mediuum thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - oddly sugary for the style but it has a nice hop character and remains relatively drinkable despite the sweetness.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2013 04:29:11 | More by nickfl
Photo of thecheapies


3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light haze from a semi-careful decanting. Light amber. Sudsy inch cap with lovely lacing.

Lots of citrus and leafy hops. Wonderfully balanced pale malt and faint floral notes.

Citrus first, but floral hops, too. Dry maltiness with bitterness. Not astringent. Somewhat soapy. Not your familiar American hop profile.

Simple feel. Scrubby carb. Lighter side of medium in body. Very drinkable.

Solid pale ale. One that I'd go for.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 00:36:45 | More by thecheapies
Photo of superspak


4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 3/7/2013. Pours hazy and cloudy pale golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge grapefruit, orange zest, orange pith, lemon zest, pineapple, tangerine, floral, grass, light pine, light honey, and floral earthiness. Incredible aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus notes with big strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, orange rind, lemon zest, tangerine, floral, grass, light pine, light honey, and floral earthiness. Lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, floral, grass, light honey, light pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance and complexity of citrus hop flavors; with a solid malt backbone and zero cloying flavors present on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent pale ale. Great balance and complexity of citrus hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 05:21:15 | More by superspak
Photo of shand


4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love a good APA, but it's been a while since I've had a great new packaged one. Southern Tier just started bottling Live, so I hope it stands up. The appearance, at the very least, does. Live pours a hazy orange color with a large head. The aroma is briskly hoppy, providing sharp citrus over light caramel malts and grains. The taste is hoppy and clean, with the sharp citrus and a touch of pine cutting over grainy malts to a very clean finish. The mouthfeel is light and well-carbonated, and the drinkability is great. Overall, Live is a solid APA. It falls to the age-old problem with APAs though - where a six-pack costs almost as much as a twelver of Sierra Nevada, and it's not really better than SNPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 18:49:47 | More by shand
Photo of DrDemento456


4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a single of this in my mix and match section at my local House of 1,000 beers.

A - Somewhat hazy bright orange yellow with a 1/2 inch of bubbly foam. Lacing is excellent.
S - Ah bright mellow pineapple and citrus hops. Somewhat grassy with sweeter malts and pale malts. Simple but smells balanced.
T - A very clean pale ale that really balances the bittering hops with pale sweet malts. Nothing new but a great beer.
M - Very crisp with a light to medium body. Sessionable ABV.

Overall I always try anything these guys put out and I could see picking up a case of this. A very drinkable hoppy pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 01:55:52 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a slightly cloud texture. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A very sweet, fruity, and hoppy aroma. Enticing.

T: Tasted of light hops, a little bit of malt, and a generous (though not excessive) helping of citrus. Not necessarily a groundbreaking flavor, but light refreshing and tasty.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Light-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is a straightforward and easy to like beer. Drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 23:53:55 | More by avalon07
Photo of Omnium


4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass, (Also had on tap)
A - Pours a slightly hazed yellow, big 2 finger white head, and good lacing.
S - Not a whole lot goin on in the aroma area, but some nice light malt, citrus, and a hint of wheat.
T - Good flavor, a great balance of citrus hops, some real light fresh bread malt, a touch of pine.
M - Nothing extravagant but very refreshing.
O - Great pale ale, just in time for summer, kind of a minor step up from P&M but I could drink this all year round, but especially in summer.

EDIT: Having this multiple times, including on tap, this beer is just stupid good for and APA, unbelievably refreshing, flavorful, and definitely sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 20:40:19 | More by Omnium
Photo of Tianjoja

New York

4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Hay colored orange/yellow. Mine hand a foaming 1 finger head that dissipated fairly quickly.

S - Sweet malty smell with subtle citrus notes

T - Again sweet malts, very pleasant orange and mild grapefruit. Light bitterness. Well balanced.

M - Medium/Light. Not overly carbonated but bubbles dance on the tounge.

O - The store I go to (shout out to Syosset Beverage on Long Island). Lets me pick single bottles out of a six pack and basically build my own 6er. I saw this and never saw it before so I picked one up to try. What a pleasant surprise. I will definitely go back and pick up a full 6 pack of this stuff. It's a great spring/summer session brew. It does come off more like a light IPA instead of a Pale Ale. I just started homebrewing and I really appreciate the fact that it is bottle conditioned. When you pour it in a glass you can see the little yeast cake in the bottom of the bottle so if thats not your thing you should be extra careful on the pour.

Overall a very nice beer that I will buy throughout the spring/summer season. Great Job Southern Tier !!! <3

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 18:09:09 | More by Tianjoja
Photo of DrStiffington

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Curious about this one. Pours a nice, thick head. Light colored in my shaker pint glass. smells terrific. Citrus hops. Tastes the same. Big favors, almost an IPA really. This is basically a delicious session able IPA. I'll enjoy many more of these this summer. Dig Southern Tier.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 13:02:54 | More by DrStiffington
Photo of GreenJetta912


4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: golden pale color, half finger of head, good retention
S: good malty christmas with hints of lemon and orange
T: great balance, it's your typical pale ale flavor with a little tiny orange cream-sicle thing going on
MF: crisp and a little sweet and creamy
Overall: great beer, good purchase

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 01:13:39 | More by GreenJetta912
Photo of acevenom


3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a glass mug. The beer pours golden with a lasting white head and lots of visible carbonation. The aroma is of citrus and malt. It's a fairly clean smelling beer. The taste follows the nose mostly. I get the citrus, though it's mostly orange as well as some lemon. I also get the light breadiness from the malt. There's some back end biterness that is fairly mild. It's a bit like some bitter orange on the back end. The body is fairly light with strong carbonation. The beer drinks very smoothly due to all the carbonation. This is a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 03:49:11 | More by acevenom
Photo of mattbk

New York

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Light golden/slightly orange color, fairly carbonated, slightly cloudy. Nice lacing on the glass.
S - Overwhelming orange, slightly grapefruit aroma. Not crazy overpowering though, very nice, just a little bit of sweetness.
T - Very good, again, mostly orange, slightly grapefruit, not overpowering bitterness, some nice light sweetness for balance. Refreshing, very drinkable, very good flavor, really quite enjoying this beer. Only ding might be that the bitterness is almost leaning towards an IPA, but it isn't overwhelming.
M - Medium-light mouthfeel, could be a bit fuller here. But not really that off.
O - Not overwhelmingly complex, but definitely very flavorful and very drinkable. This will be perfect in the summer, already planning on a six pack. One of STBC's better offerings. Nice job!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 01:04:07 | More by mattbk
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear, bright orange with a thick layer of dense, off white head that has good retention

S - big citrusy aroma, oranges and grapefruit, some sweetness

T - faint semi-sweet malt, citrus, grapefruit, orange peel, very mild piney bitter finish

M - clean, crisp, medium bodied

This is a very nice, refreshing APA that has tremendous drinkability. This is a sessionable ale with enough hop character to keep you interested through several bottles. I would like to keep some of this on hand for my new "any occasion" beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 18:22:27 | More by tdm168
Photo of justintcoons


4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Pale gold with 1 fingers of white head. Cloudy with heavy carbonation.

Papaya, tangerine, lemon, pineapple and candy sugar.

Papaya, pineapple and tangerine. Lemon pith, pale candy sugars and notes of bread. Finishes with honeydew and hints of pine needle.

Medium bodied, crisp, clean and refreshing.

Spot on for the new breed of American Pale Ales!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 13:34:47 | More by justintcoons
Photo of tviz33

New York

3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to a tulip glass.

A- The body is a pretty transparent gold color with some orange hues. A small amount of bubbles float up towards one inch of head which quickly recedes to a half finger cap of frothy foam.

S- The smell is quite enjoyable and noticeably balanced. Lots of sour citrus, but also a good sweet malt component.

T- Clean, light and refreshing taste. Just enough hops to give it some character, and finishes very grassy. This is easy to consume for sure.

M- Medium to light body and crisp.

O- Overall, this was just plain enjoyable. Nothing stood out that made it spectacular, but that's what I like about it. Adequate flavor without being overdone.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 02:57:52 | More by tviz33
Photo of CHADMC3


3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale, straw colored, golden body beneath the foamy white head which is pretty consistent and leaves a sticky ring of lacing around the glass.

Light straw and grassy hop notes rise from the glass. A touch floral and herbal and just very fresh.

Flavors are similar offering straw and grass with fresh hops and wheat.

This brew offers a lighter body with medium carbonation and a crisp, fresh finish.

Another nice beer from ST with great flavor and aromas which are fresh and distinct.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 01:08:34 | More by CHADMC3
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic a clear lighter dull golden with a fluffy,sticky one finger white crown atop,the bottle says to decant into a glass,I saw no need.Aromas of grassy/herbal hops over top of nutty malt,not real big but pleasant nose wise.Herbal notes along with a tinge of red onion on the palate,a little tea and mint is noticable,a firm lightly sweet nutty biscuit base holds up to the hops.This a nice APA not gigantic hops but a minty herbal approach that makes it really drinkable,the maltiness is big enough for non hopheads to like this beer as well.Nice job here.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 21:35:02 | More by oberon
Photo of riversider76

New York

4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy golden with a nice white head. Good retention, and very nice laceing. Aroma is of piney hops. Body is light and crisp. Taste is of grassy,piney hops. With hints of fruit, it's smooth from start to finish. This brewery continues to impress. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 00:18:55 | More by riversider76
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 20:51:31 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 02:41:11 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of schoolboy


4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 23:08:43 | More by schoolboy
Photo of TwelveOunces


4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 21:07:32 | More by TwelveOunces
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 16:20:24 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of Beejis60

New York

1.55/5  rDev -60.4%
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...

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 22:39:17 | More by Beejis60
Live from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 857 ratings.