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Live | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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88
very good
236 Reviews
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BEER STATS
Reviews:
236
Ratings:
1,446
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
25.95%
 
 
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rab53 on 10-30-2012

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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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Photo of rlee1390
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Semi clear orange, some carbonation, one finger head, doesn't really seem to last.

S-Has a nice malt presence, then lemon, citrus, wheat and nice deal of hops.

T-Starts with malt then finishes with a good deal of hops. Lemon and citrus notes, mild bitterness and orange.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated and rather crisp.

O-A well made easy drinking APA. Southern Tier made another quality brew.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Pours straw yellow with a pillowy white foam that leaves a sheet of lace down the mug. Perfect clarity.

Aroma of piney hops, very herbal. Resinous, oily hops in the nose.
In the taste, mildly bitter and has some grapefruit or perhaps orange skin pulp flavors. Pale malts giving the necessary sweetness and depth to the beer.

Light bodied, well carbonated feel. Finishes a bit slickly and oily with a small hop bite.

Overall, a very nice pale.

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Photo of soju6
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a nice head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of grapefruit, pine, some tropical fruit and a bit of spice.

T: Taste is a nice blend of grapefruit and pine, with some tropical fruit and a bit of malt. There is a nice bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Moderate body, crisp, smooth and refreshing. Well balanced.

O: Very enjoyable beer, way better that I expected. Worth checking out

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Photo of barczar
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant golden with effervescent bubbles and a frothy inch and a half ivory head that lingers.

Pine, resin, dank cannabis, citrus, onion, and mint accompany floral hop notes on a bed of slightly sweet, grainy malt. Complex aroma.

Flavor delivers herbal and floral hop notes, with underpinnings of tangerine and grapefruit pith, along with mango at the start. Resin and bitter hops kick in at the finish. Light grainy malt ties it all together with a touch of breadiness.

Body is a bit watery, with carbonation a touch high, and light hop astringency.

Great hop character. A little weak in body. Could use a touch more malt. Impressive posturing, though a little bitter for my liking.

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Photo of ubenumber2
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into glassare , tan colored brew with 2 finger head with spotty lacing that sticks around through the drink , perfect amount of carbonation rising through the glass

The aroma is a perfect blend of earthy hops and sweet malt , neither one really overpowers the other , just a nice mixture of the two that make your mouth water

The mouth on this beer is a little thin , maybe perfect for the style but I like it to be a little heavier

The taste is just like the aroma , an almost perfect blend of earthy hops and sweet malt , the bitterness comes in through at the end , very tastey

Overall this beer suprised me , I didn't think it would be as good as it is. I really would love to see this made in cans for a nice lake beer , but not sure how the bottle conditioned flavors would lose out during canning

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Photo of headbucket
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Haven't had any southern tier beers in a while but damn this is a good beer. Will be picking this up in the future for sure.

DOB is 3/15/13 laser etched on the bottle.

very nice looking beer. I left the bottom of the bottle out to keep the yeast separate and this leaves a very clear but not really transparent golden colored beer with lots of bubbles rising to a thin frothy head that leaves small splotches of lacing.

Smells of tropical fruits with a touch of sweet breadiness. Reminds me of hopslam a bit but with less intensity
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Tastes of bright and tropical fruits, medium bitterness finishing off with a touch of honey sweetness and bready malts.

smooth and filling mouthfeel.

this really feels like a nice IPA that has been taken back a step or two. It has the tropical fruit hoppiness that I love without being too bitter or strong. The bottle conditioning adds to a great mouth feel. A real winner here and like I said above I will be picking this up again.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thankfully, this pale ale is bottle-conditioned; it won’t matter as much if I pick up a six-month old bottle, which is possible because of ST’s policy of no bottle dating.

A: With a careful pour, I’m able to leave this body free of yeast, shining with pale gold color. The head is frothy and rich, a sudsy off-white that lasts for a minute or two. Some (but just some) lacing.

S: A classic, fruity hoppiness instantly marks this as a summertime brew: stone fruit with a citrus kick, mixing mango and peach with lemon and lime. It’s held up by a bready undertone of wheat, biscuit dough, and straw, giving it a natural, rustic appeal.

T: Here we have something special: a palate balanced between all ingredients. Above all, it’s a blended, single-taste experience, blending a crisp bite of citrus zest from the hops, a bready yeast note, a flaked wheat malt taste, and even a bit of metallic mineral flavor from the water. As such, nothing really stands out, except for this beer’s incredible drinkability. Finishes with a taste of hops, semi-dry with a lingering brightness of lemon.

M: The soft carbonation of a real ale is unmistakable here, full and foamy. This is a beer with substance, and enough presence that it goes down more satisfyingly than most low-alcohol beers.

O: Wow, can bottle conditioning really make that much of a difference? I’d like to taste a filtered version of this, but I doubt it’s going to happen; without that comparison, all I can say is that this is an unmistakably enjoyable beer. Cheers!

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Photo of JG-90
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a large slightly off white head. Head has good retention and leaves moderate/low lacing. Beer is an extremely hazy golden peach color. Smells of yeast, floral hops, orange rind, lemon, and bready malt.

Most noticable taste is floral hops. Also, orange and lemon rind and just a bit of piney hops. Also tastes of light bread and yeast. Has a light mouthfeel with heavy and slightly biting carbonation. Great taste with this APA, I also am fond of the bottle conditioning and haze. the heavy carbonation is very refreshing and compliments the beer well.

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Photo of Brenden
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Definitely unfiltered, there's a cloudy thickness to this golden-yellow brew. A fluffy head nearly white in color reaches one finger and is retained well. It leaves nice lacing particularly in a heavy, leggy ring at the top of the glass and summarily by a consistent mixture of patching and spotting.
Grapefruit pops in the aroma with a nice citrus rind element along with a floral element and a soft but zesty lemon note balanced by just a little biscuity malt and maybe a hint of caramel. The citrus hops really shine, though.
A touch of yeast is on the tongue but the focus again is grapefruit and zesty citrus bitterness, with just enough malts to add a good balance with a touch of both sweetness and dryness. A clean sort of grassiness comes in and, even as a hint of mintiness pulls into the finish, adds a nice depth.
It's crisp in a medium body with an unexpected sort of smoothness off an even carbonation.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bright and unfiltered, this orange colored Pale Ale radiates in the light. I absolutely love the coloring but the head was fleeting in a torrent of effervescent bubbling.

The scent is equally brilliant with luscious fruitiness. Huge orange, tangerines, grapefruit, and even lemon sit against a backdrop of light malt and pine.

Where did all the fruit go? I get onions, piney hops and some floral underpinnings but lost all the fruitiness from the scent. Small bit of tangerines at the finish but it does not redeem this for me.

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Photo of Gmann
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color with a small dense white head that settles into a sparse cap.

The aroma is of a musty floral hop, a bit juicy, with a hint of grapefruit rind. The malt is neutral. Nice bright APA aroma.

The flavor is of a juicy floral hop, light like and grass, with some notes of grapefruit. It's a pleasant hop flavor for a pale ale. Not very aggressive just flavorful. The malt is slightly bready.

Moderate feel with prickly carbonation. Well balanced, bright on the palate. Slightly bitter in the finish.

A very good APA. Well balanced with good hop flavor.

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Photo of Ri0
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

poured 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A - A very light foggy golden body with a quick rising white 2 finger head. I forgot to note if there was lacing as I drank this in 2 minutes.

S - Nice hop aroma with some citrus, tropical fruit and a slight hint of pine. Minimal malt is detected.

T - Not as balanced as I like APAs. More dominant on the hops, citrus, tropical and pine flavors with not much in the way of malt. I would prefer there be a better malt backbone in an APA.

M - Light bodied, crisp, and wet. I found this to be too carbonated when it was in my mouth. Just seemed to be too much.

O - Easy drinking and refreshing with good flavor. There are better examples of APAs for the same price point that I prefer.

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Photo of utopiajane
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rich gold with an orange hue and slight haze. Frothy eggshell white head that fell off rocky to a cap and collar and left lace all over the glass. Nose is fantastic and tropical. Sweet like candy with light tangerine, orange, grassy, floral and perfumey hops. Malt is sugary sweet, deep with bread and honey. A little yeast on the nose to delight you further. Drinks so well. Smooth, light, sweet pine and orange. Earthy and dry. Plenty of malt depth it has a pilsner like grain that lets you know this is beer not candy. Very easy with a touch of oily bitter on the back palate. This is a full and indulgent ale from Southern Tier.

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Photo of obrike
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A buddy brought me a single. Good guy he is.

Light amber pour, a bit cloudy with a soft white head...lovely lacing on this one...actually looks a bit like a hefe.

Digging the scent...Lots of citrus and tropical hops. Malt on the backend.

Taste follows, but feels a bit on the lighter side. Certainly an easy drinker for hot summer months.

A nice pale ale from a very good brewery.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle Dated 2.27.2013

Appearance - cloudy golden color with white head

Smell - pine, grapefruit

Taste - pine, grapefruit, orange, mango

Mouthfeel - heavy carbonation from the bottle conditioning, medium bodied, slightly sweet, slightest of bitterness at the back, hoppy finish, crisp

Overall -I like this one from Southern Tier, good, refreshing Pale Ale

Price Point - $1.79/12 oz single

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden body with a slight haze due to the yeast. Big, fluffy white head that fizzes as it settles.

S- Nice hop aroma with some citrus, tropical fruit and a slight hint of pine. A toasted malt aroma is present as well.

T- More balanced than the aroma would indicate. Some of the tropical and pine flavors sneak through the malt backbone.

M- Medium bodied with the yeast providing a good presence. Very good carbonation.

O- This is a good pale ale, I could put back a few of these with no complaints.

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Photo of BierStein711
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught into shaker pint.

Two finger head, after agitation capable of four finger head. Head disappeared after two minutes.

Smells: Pine and resin

Taste: Pine and citrus, with a slight hint of herb at the end.

Mouthfeel: Balanced

Overall, this beer has whetted my appetite for Southern Tier, I shall explore them more.

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Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed honey color with a finger of pearl colored head. Never completely drops bright okay lacing & head retention

S: Lemons, grassyness & pineapple, all fade a bit as this warms

T: Pineapple, a kiss of pineyness, & light biscuitty malt up front. More pineapple, a touch of pear & dryness as this warms. Finishes dry with pineapple, grassyness & touch of pear

MF: Medium bodied, crisp, great balance

Super drinkability, not great on the verge of greatness

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