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88
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843 Ratings
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Ratings: 843
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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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is probably pushing it's best by time with a 5/30/13 bottling date.
Kinda' fizzy loud, white and brief head. Some drippy lacing. Kinda' cloudy and more yellow than amber.
Still a nice hop aroma that isn't that intense and a solid pale malt background.
This is definitely an APA. Well balanced hop and malt flavors with a firm bitterness on the finish. Even with a relatively full gut I still get a shot of warmth. A slight tart character. Minimal sweetness.
Moderate feel and ample carbonation.
Solid. Nothing special, but solid.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 01:17:18 | More by garymuchow
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tan to orange, pretty clear, pretty good head and lacing.

Aroma and taste are crisp, clean, and hoppy. I got a lot of floral and grassy notes from the hops, with perhaps a touch of citrus on the finish. There's an ample malt base to provide for a pretty balanced beer, slightly leaning towards the hoppy side.

Body is smooth and easy to drink, carbonation is medium.

Overall it's another darn tasty one from Southern Tier. Definitely worth a try for pale ale lovers.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 18:13:00 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

And now, Live from Chez Woody, my 2,400th review on this site!

From the bottle: "Bottle Conditioned Pale Ale"; "Contains yeast - we recommend decanting into a glass"; "Brewed with 4 Varieties of Hops and 4 Types of Malts".

My oh-so-gentle pour so as not to disturb the lees produced only a skim of wispy, tawny head. Color was a deep golden-yellow (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity and I was uninterested in playing referee to Midas, Croesus and Mammon, all who wanted some. Nose was predominantly grapefruit, but I felt like I smelled pineapple in there also. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste, while citrusy, was not as pronounced as it would be in an AIPA. I really felt like I was tasting pineapple on the finish, but I may have convinced myself of that on the nose. I will not feel slighted if you disagree with me on that. This was a very mellow beer, especially at the end of the day when I am contemplating an early rack time. My last trick was to swirl the remaining beer in the bottle and pour the lees. Waste not, want not, I always say. Now, I swear that I tasted pineapple! Could the yeast be imparting that flavor? Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 23:11:51 | More by woodychandler
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

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

Poured into DFH signature glass; light orange, translucent, with a fizzy moderate white head with large bubbles that fades relatively quickly into a topping of scattered foam.
Smell is enticing; clear malt, and a good dash of floral, grassy and citrusey hops.
Taste is relatively simple; clean, crackery malt with a dash of crisp, grassy hops with slight notes of citrus. The bottle conditioning lends a yeasty smoothness to the beer. Bitterness comes in at the end from the hops and tails onto the yeast leaving a nice crisp finish and a slight bitter, crisp aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is well-carbonated and medium-thin.
Overall, a solid pale. Refreshing, tasty, crisp, and simply delicious.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 02:51:14 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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themind

New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Four hops and four malts makes this easy to drink session beer worth while. The beer pours a nice small head with a light golden color. The aroma is grassy citrus that is appealing. The taste is an interesting mix of hops that proves unique with a slight floral/grassy after taste. All in all the beer is enjoyable and is a nice option for any party attended by rookie craft beer aficionado's.

Bottom Line: Good effort by the ST boyz.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 03:35:44 | More by themind
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, golden-straw coloring with a thin, filmy, clingy, bright white head. Lots of carbonation throughout the body. Aromas of resin and grassy hops, with lemon and grapefruit tart and sweet highlights. Some floral highlights on the nose as well. Flavors of tart citrus sharply hit the forward tongue, with a blast of resin and bitter on the midtongue. The palate is a bit out of balance. Light, effervesced body that comes off sharp in places. The aftertaste is very tart and slightly bitter, again out of balance. Also some earthy and barnyard notes into the aftertaste. Tangy sweetness lingers into the finish, which is light, very crisp, and clean.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2013 20:00:22 | More by GarthDanielson
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Treyliff

West Virginia

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

A- pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a big bubbly and foamy head that retains long after the pour, leaving a bit of lace behind

S- Big grapefruit notes from the beginning with aromas of fresh squeezed juice, also some sweet floral notes with some candy-like sweetness, this beer just reeks of summer

T- grapefruit flavors follow the aromas up front, but not overbearing at all. Some grassy notes mid-palate with some floral and fruity esters, light earthy musk flavor from the yeast leads to more citrus hop and finishes with a toasted malt finish to balance it out

M- medium bodied with medium carbonation leads to a big and foamy mouthfeel that feels the mouth, the yeast definitely added some extra bubbles to the mouthfeel. The finish is crisp and refreshing

O- a well balanced APA with plenty of flavor, but very easy to drink. Great session beer and one that I would gladly try again

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 02:53:36 | More by Treyliff
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ScottR

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Serving type: 12-oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy gold, one-finger head that doesn't last long, nice lacing. A slightly more aggressive pour will get you a two-finger head (that still doesn't last long), but overdo it and you'll have a glass of froth.

S: Not strong (though a bit stronger with a more aggressive pour). Maybe some citrus and pine.

T: Clear and crisp, very light and refreshing. Hops not too forward but definitely there; citrus and pine, as in the nose, plus some resin and maybe a little grapefruit rind.

M: Light and well-carbonated.

O: A fine example of an American pale ale, one I think I like even better than Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. A very refreshing cool drink on a hot summer day, the overall experience being somewhat like drinking a carbonated juice -- pear, perhaps, even though it doesn't *taste* at all like pear. It says something about this beer that not only I but both my parents like it; we have very disparate tastes in beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 23:06:14 | More by ScottR
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Moultron

Massachusetts

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

There is not much I can say other than this was a phenomenal beverage. Went great with the homemade smoked ribs and beans/w pulled pork. Great smell. The aroma took off as soon as the contents were poured into a pint glass. The full body finish made my brain think I was drinking something slightly hit with vanilla. I truly enjoyed this beer. Definitely recommend.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 01:49:47 | More by Moultron
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Southern Tier Live has a very thick, frothy, white head and a hazy, golden appearance, with lots of powdery sediment suspended throughout, lots of bubble streams, and heavy lacing stuck to the glass. Aroma is of citrus, which reminds me of pineapple juice, and one mainly gets that in the taste, with some underlying sweetness and white bread. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Southern Tier Live Pale Ale finishes semi-dry, sweet, refreshing, and easy drinking. Overall, this is a most excellent beer, and I highly recommend it, for a pleasant drinking experience.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 13:58:53 | More by RonaldTheriot
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Pours out a hazy apricot color with about a finger of off-white foam. Rather poor retention for a bottle-conditioned ale. The nose sports a nice grassy hop character with notes of lemon and grapefruit.

The beer has a light-medium body. Faint caramel-like malt notes up front are immediately overtaken by the taste of American hops. Lemon notes predominate and carry to a mild, dry finish. No diacetyl. Not much lingering flavor, but refreshing.

Overall, a nice refreshing pale ale, but not very memorable. I realize it's not an IPA, but a bit more depth and complexity would be nice. I feel it definitely needs a bit more malt presence.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 17:44:03 | More by deadonhisfeet
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled at Santora's Pizza in Amherst.

Pours a pale gold, with a foamy, dense white head that is just beautiful. Awesome retention with a thick film of lacing left behind. Pay attention: this is how a pale ale should look.

Tangy fruit on the nose, big citrus characters with passionfruit tang. Somewhat Southern hemisphere notes come through, pine and lychee with some spicy pine needle. Very enticing indeed.

Taste is a little subdued. Plenty of hop with lychee, pineapple and passion flavours. Lime and candied orange as well. Overall though a little lacking in malt. Nice hop notes but there just isn't all that much there.

Foamy feel, almost sudsy. Bit of fizz. OK for style.

Very nice pale, just wanting a little more oomph on the palate.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2013 05:22:22 | More by laituegonflable
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A-cloudy gold with a thin white head

S-hoppy corn with a decent scent of grass. Good strength

T-comes in with a pretty bitter flavor of corny grains and citrus. Very crisp and light. Good matching after-taste.

M-crisp medium carbonation with good creamy finish. Perfect feel.

O-an extremely easy drinking pale ale. Definitely one that I recommend to others. I could get a case of this as long as it's fresh.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 01:34:32 | More by AdamBear
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Mojo

Alabama

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

12 ounce bottle -> Dogfish Head Glass

A - very hazy medium gold, small one finger head, good retention, and decent lacing.

S - citrus, orange peel, pine, bread, grass

T - brings the grapefruit up front, with a semi dry bitter finish.

M - very pleasing with decent thickness and good carbonation.

O - not quite as good as SNPA, but darn good. I wouldn't turn this one down if it comes my way again.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 23:48:20 | More by Mojo
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 ounce growler from Blacklick Wine and Spirits. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear dark gold color with about an inch frothy off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells mostly like citrusy (grapefruit, tropical fruit) and pine hops, and some bready/wheat malt. It tastes like citrusy (grapefruit, citrus rind, mango) hops, pine hops, and bready malt. Taste doesn't seem to have as much kick as compared to the aroma. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick and coating, and has good carbonation. It's easy enough to drink! Really wouldn't have had a problem getting a regular size growler of this. It's a good pale ale, I liked it.

Serving type: growler

08-02-2013 23:14:49 | More by bluejacket74
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Jonada

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow color with 2 fingers of a white soapy head (good retention and lacing). Some yeast poured out of the bottle producing a heavy lava lamp effect.

Smell: Grapefruit, orange, grass, some tropical fruit, slight malt sweetness.

Taste: Medium bitterness upfront which carries through to the finish. Flavors are bitter grapefruit, pine, herbal.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied with medium carbonation. Super dry finish.

Overall: Pretty good and refreshing pale ale for a decent price. Worth picking up a 6 pack.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 04:08:14 | More by Jonada
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rangerred

Tennessee

4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nearly clear light yellow with a billowy two finger white head. Amazing head retention and lacing. Hangs aorund for a very long time.

The aroma is full of tropical fruit and is quite juicy. Mango and tangerine dominate with a little lemon rind thrown in there. Very hoppy and very inviting.

More tropical fruit juice in the flavor as hops really dominate. A very tiny touch of bready malt in the background but it is really all hops. Bitterness is one the high side but it does lead to a drying finish with a medium mouthfeel.

Overall, a really great beer from Southern Tier. Loads of hops while remaining fairly light and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 02:22:21 | More by rangerred
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, a small hop presence and malt balance. In the taste, a lighter pine like hops and balanced malt, a touch thin though. A small hop bite, but mainly smooth and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small hop dryness in the aftertaste. Truthfully, just a nice nice pale without over hopping at all.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2013 16:57:49 | More by OWSLEY069
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle conditioned pale ale.
botlled 2/16/13 This sample is five months old so...

The body has an orange amber color. The head is tall and beige sitting there on top. Robust carbonation. The beer is only slightly hazy. i was expecting more along the line of wheat beer haze since it was bottled condition.
Aroma is pretty hoppy with some citrus zip and floral notes.
This lean tasting beer is nicely balanced. The hops have a more dank flavor and not so much any one particular flavor. Malts are sweet and flavorful.
On the palate it drinks thin and watery. There is low bitterness and finishes clean.
Overall it was a pretty good APA, a style which seems to have been forgotten these days.
I thought it needs more flavor because it tastes somewhat washed out but it was good.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 10:44:21 | More by micromaniac129
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MikeWard

Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into a goblet.

Poured carefully, as is bottled conditioned. I thought sediment might be in the bottom, but could see it was pouring hazy so sped up a bit. left the last 1/2 inch in the bottle. Looked very nice, with good off white head, hazy golden yellow body.

Smell was hops, but no strongly so. smelled much more hoppy in the bottle. After the head dissipated some, hop aroma was stronger.

Taste was very good, a strong hop taste mixing with a nice carbonation all around the mouth. Mouth was lively.

Overall, would certainly recommend this beer, a very good pale ale indeed.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 00:25:33 | More by MikeWard
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kell50

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this both on draught and from a bottle. This particular review is from a bottled version. Poured this into my Dogfish Head pint.

A - It pours a hazy light orange color with around a one fingered head that dies down fairly quick with constant bubbles of mild carbonation rising to the top of the glass.

S - Lots of citrus and earth. Specifically grapefruit, fresh cut grass, pine, and a light biscuity malt. I'm noticing more hop presence in the bottled version.

T - Some tangy oranges, crisp grapefruit, slightly floral, and a light biscuity malt base that ends with a slight bitter kick of citrus and pine.

M - The word that keeps popping into my head is "spritzy." It's a light/medium body with spot on carbonation. The lingering hops finish crisp and clean.

O - I'm really digging this one. This is a hopped up (NOT super hopped) APA that is quite refreshingly unique. I love the low alcohol, hoppy, APA combination that just absolutely works here. Southern Tier has crafted a winner.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 01:46:27 | More by kell50
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours hazy-golden with tall, foamy, long lasting white head and soda-like carbonation. Aroma is of orange marmalade, citrusy hops and biscuit malt. Body is medium and tangy. Taste is of citrusy hops, oranges, pale malt and yeast. Finish is long and slightly bitter. Very tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 15:15:10 | More by mikeg67
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy gold with a puffy white head that takes some time to settle, though it leaves very little in the way of lacing.

S: Aromas of biscuit, straw, fresh bread, bitter orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, herbs, and pine assault the nose.

T: Hoppy notes of herbs (peppermint, sage), white pepper, lemon, lime, grapefruit, bitter orange, kumquat, pine, and spruce are backed by malty notes of straw, biscuit, fresh bread, and heavy cream. The finish is nicely integrated with delicate notes of citrus, herbs, bread, and biscuit.

M: On the lighter side of medium and somewhat slick. Lacks the resinous feel of many hoppy pale ales. Carbonation is subtle, but rather lively-still, it's not all that crisp. Very easy to drink.

O: A really pleasant bottle conditioned pale ale. I'm kind of glad I stumbled across this one. It's an incredible beer to drink on a hot day. I will definitely be picking more of this up in the near future and would happily recommend this beer to any fan of hoppy pale ales.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 20:40:06 | More by mrfrancis
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rms61moparman

Kentucky

4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a beautiful amber and leaves a 3/4" white head.
Aroma is very nice being marvelously "hoppy".
This is very close to a PERFECT summer beer to me.
Has GREAT taste, wonderful mouthfeel and a mild alcohol content that will allow the drinker to have enough to get refreshed without hindering further work or interaction.
Southern Tier definitely hit a home run with this wonderful brew.
If you like the taste of an IPA with the drinkability of a saison this is the beer for you!!!

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 19:02:34 | More by rms61moparman
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Boardshort_Brewer

Maryland

3.83/5  rDev -2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 22:22:11 | More by Boardshort_Brewer
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