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Live - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

229 Reviews
THE BROS
83
good

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Reviews: 229
Hads: 1,417
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 35
Gots: 298 | FT: 2
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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) | 5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rab53 on 10-30-2012

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Photo of Mortarforker
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a copper color with a finger of white head.Smells of Citrus nutty with a faint hint of mint.Crisp taste and very light which kinda surprised me.I was thinking this would make a great session beer.Overall a pretty good beer.I would buy again if I run across it.Prost!!

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Photo of DuaneL
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I actually don't distinctly remember this ale, but at the time of tasting (3 mo or more ago) I wrote in my beer log that it was as good as Harvest Ale (4.75). Later have amended this.

Later - it's OK - my palate has changed.

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Photo of Cnote_crafty_1
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Gold, carbonated, hazy/cloudy, white head, lacing
Smell: citrus, grapefruit, pine, citrus hops
Taste: lemon citrus, hop forward. More hoppy for a pale ale. A mix of a wheat beer and a pale ale. Wheat, grain, malts, refreshing summer beer.
Feel: moulth feel is very light, crisp and sparkling from the carbonation.
Overall: I absolutely love this beer. I am a big fan of wheat beers as well as pale ales and this is an excellent marriage of the two. They don't let on that it is such, but it is most certainly unfiltered and has a lovely hazy feel to it and has just the right amount of hops to add a nice kick to it. I had it right at the Southern Tier Brewery out of their tap and I am sure that this added to the freshness of it. I have had it in the bottle and it is just as good. The theme fits it as this beer is alive and kickin'

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #80 (Sep 2013):

Raw and full of flavor. Unlike any beer Southern Tier brews, as most are really focused, while Live seems more free, though still well within the style. A treat to knock back, though so complex you may want to pair it with something.

STYLE: American Pale Ale
ABV: 5.5%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Hazed pale gold, some suds

SMELL: Citrus rind, pineapple, nutty, faint mint, fresh-cut grass

TASTE: Lighter body, crisp, thick citrus tone, balanced hop bitterness, fresh grain, chalky yeast, hint of peaches, peppery, touch of alcohol, marmalade, juicy, grainy, drying finish

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Photo of Shiredave
3.02/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Cold bottle poured gently produced a solid white head of clotted foam with a steady stream of tiny carbonation bubbles. Very pale nearly yellow beer with mild sweet citrus hop aromas, little if any malt in the nose for me. Some trub left to swallow from bottle. Well done on the bottle conditioning.


Flavor is weak at best with a faint sweetness behind sharp, astringent hop flavors and a metallic, bone dry bite on my tongue that I wanted to scrape off. Over boiled pellet taste I'm so tired of these days.


Not a bad beer - ST doesn't make "bad" beer, but this lacks character and any toasty, bready flavors to off set the one note hop harshness in such a lite bodied ale.
If you've been disappointed by US Craft attempts at a balanced Bitter or Special Bitter type ale, bottle conditioned or otherwise, this one will too.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In short- IPA flavor in a pale ale. Saw that this was on tap at the Jersey City Barcade and I had to go try it out. I have had bottles of this before and very much enjoyed them. Given the conceit of this beer I figured having it on tap was necessary. Rich citrus, hoppy flavors, medium bodied and very easy to drink; like, I could drink this all day.It might be fun to try. I really like this stuff.

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

From Bottle, Buffalo, NY
L: clear copper color
S: slight citrus
T: Very mild hoppy flavor, doesn't hit as hard as some IPAs
F: medium carbonation
O: a sessionable pale ale, not the most complex flavor but enjoyable

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Photo of leantom
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Saw this on tap and decided to give it a try. Here goes:

A: Looks good. Light orange, decent head and lacing, good carbonation. Have seen beers like this before, though.

S: Very faint, but some floral hops, mango, citrus, and pineapple. Not as robust as I was hoping.

T: Very good, actually. Great hops add flavors of mango, citrus, pineapple, flowers, grass, etc. Also a good amount of malt sweetness. This beer is very well-balanced.

F: Perfect. Nice and crisp.

O: Great beer. Will have again.

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Photo of 716gibbs
4.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I live 15 minutes from Southern Tier Brewing Company, so it's always nice to pick up a keg right from the place in which the beer was brewed. More times then not I'm drinking this beer fresh, so my review might be bias. Great APA, with citrus notes of grapefruit and apricot taking over the aroma as well as the taste of the beer. Mildly hoppy. Reminds me of Founders All Day IPA in taste. Once in awhile I will notice inconsistency in the taste of the beer from batch to batch, but this is a great summertime beer, one I usually have on tap, and one I've been enjoying since I had STBCs trial run of this stuff a few years back.

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Photo of Beglane
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured cloudy, smells of hops and citrus, which was a nice surprise from a pale ale. However? Where's the hop taste? It just struck me as funny with a big hop nose and a little hop taste, but whatever. Regardless, It's still very good. I wouldn't recommend.

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Photo of Notacraftdrinker
3.02/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Not sure if I got a bad bottle or not but a funky fruit like aroma and taste. Maybe citrus. Just tasted very off to me. Not one of my favorite brews from southern tier.

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft in 16 oz pint glass
A very slightly cloudy yellow with thin, but lasting head; smells of lemon/citrus; fairly typical pale ale with good hop features; mild bitter that lingered a bit too long for my liking;a fairly standard and very drinkable if you prefer this style

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

12 oz. bottle

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color, sudsy white head retains well at about a quarter inch.

Smells of honey and citrus over grassy malts with a light fresh piney hoppiness.

Tastes of dry grassy malts with a hint of citrus and a dry bitter hop bite.

Fuller body with fluffy carbonation.

A nice dry pale ale that still manages a fruity character. Very tasty and easy to drink, lives up to Southern Tier's lofty standards.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

aside from the fact that the bartender cant put a head on this beer to save her life, i really like this one. its golden and a little hazy, but still light enough looking in the glass. what makes it special is its hop profile. definitely new zealand varietals in here, high alpha and high oil, fruity and tropical and almost smells like a lotion some young hottie should wear, its that intense aromatically. the flavor shows the hops just like the nose, less perfume and more grassy summery feel to it, which is welcomed. the malt bill appears to contain some wheat, and has that sort of texture, which helps the hops last just a little longer. its only a little bitter too, more tangerine than anything else in the finish, which lasts awhile. overall a really really good pale ale, maybe a touch more body than it needs, but i like it this time of year, where the feel suits the season but the flavor teases summer, hard to do that well. this is top notch flavor-wise.

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Photo of cbutova
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Well... looks I'm doing a review.... live for once. I'll see myself out. Anyways, just noticed all of these Southern Tier 12oz offerings on the shelves I haven't reviewed yet. Generally a good thing.

A- The tall 12oz bottle is poured to the Pumking goblet with a golden-apricot body that is quite hazy, the name is appropriated. A large white cap builds to about two fingers with a superbly thick, puffy texture and great retention. A massive pillow remains and lace starts about as thick as it gets with

S- I had no idea what this beer would be about but a lively hop aroma jumps right out of the glass as an invitation to taste. Fruits like tangerine, orange, apricot come to mind with floral, herbal, zesty and stone fruit hints.

T- Aforementioned hops are joined by a flavorful but not sweet malt character here. The hops are the leading flavor with orange peel, tangerine, cantaloupe, stone fruit, floral and just a general zesty fruitiness. This initial character turns to a malty aftertaste of bread, fresh cracked base grains and cereal.

MF- Overall thickness is certainly leaning towards the light side of things but the texture really makes things interesting. High end carbonation causes the beer to really become puffy and quite foamy but still creamy. It ends with a light bitterness on the taste buds.

I hate to even mention the word surprise but it was a bit of one for me. Some of the Southern Tier six-pack offerings have been hit or miss in my experience but it has been quite some time since I've consumed them. The bright, fruity hops are matched very well by the bready malts in the finish. The live yeast seems to give the body a nice boost which helps the flavors truly shine.

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Photo of PSU_Mike
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice little pale ale. Cloudy, hazy, yellow with a thin white head and active carbonation. It's pretty malt forward with a bread-like but there is a strong hoppy presence as well. Floral with a touch of pine. Active carb on the tongue with a thin body.

Nice and drinkable with enough hops to keep me interested.

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Photo of rand
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From 12 oz bottle to pint glass

Poured into a pint glass, slowly decanted into another glass as recommended on bottle.

A: Cloudy copper-tan in color, huge foamy head recedes quickly but leaves messy lacing everywhere.

S: Hop-forward bouquet with nuances of honey and mint. Hop profile is more floral than citrusy. Subdued nose.

T/M: again, floral notes dominate. Touches of honey, biscuits. Strange, watery feel. Not much going on here.

Drinkable but boring. Too many tasty sessions out here on the West Coast to look out for this again. I'll stick to ST's tasty big beers.

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Photo of gadam33
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Very nice hop level for a pale I think it has a more dominant hop flavor than most pale ales. Good everyday beer with very good body & consistency. Nice lacing when poured.

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Photo of Samp01
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden yellow with a fluffy white head, some lacing. Aroma is of pleasant orange citrus esters, floral and citrus hops and a mild tangy grapefruit flavor, some caramel malt as well. Taste same as aroma. Palate is a medium body, crisp, smooth and good carbonation. Finishes with a citrus orange flavor, caramel malt, some tangy grapefruit on the tongue. A very good, flavorful and tasty summertime brew.

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Photo of 57md
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%

Straw color. Nice hoppy nose. The body and malt backbone are rather thin. The hoppiness is subtlety bitter on the finish.

More of a session IPA than a true APA.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.01/5  rDev +2%

Very nice, easy drinking. Pours a pale yellow with a nice head. The smell was full of hops in the beginning but you could also pick up subtle notes of sour fruit and a little bit of toasted bread. The taste was highly refreshing with crisp hop notes throughout that created a wonderful beginning and finish. Light but very good.

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Photo of BTodd
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-hazy, golden in color. Thick suds initially, dissipating to fine bubbles over 30-60 seconds.

S-Grassy, citrus hops with a biscuit and honey malt presence.

T-True to smell with some hop spice later in the finish. Nicely balanced.

M-Nicely carbonated to be a medium-bodied, easy drinker.

O-Pleasantly surprised by this one. I've been underwhelmed by this brewer previously. I wouldn't buy a six of it while considering my other options. However, handed one or available in pint form at a bar would consistently make me happy.

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Photo of Act25
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

A: All Souther Tier beers look and lace great. This one hazy gold, topped by yeasty, bottle conditioned, pin-point head that lasts and laces. Sticky. Steady stream of pin point bubbles rise.
S: Subtle, staying power, almost Euro, very yeasty, citrus, fresh.
T: An easy drinker, I'd definitely session this. Next to IPAs and DIPAs I keep reaching for the LIVE! Finely balanced, lots of staying power, gets better as it warms.
MF: Refreshing, keeps you coming back for more, med-bodied, great upbeat finish.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Served at fridge temp in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Clear and golden. This is a bottle conditioned ale so there is a ring of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. I had this beer pretty cold and decanted into a glass carefully as not to disturb the sediment. Medium head of smaller bubbles that dissipated quickly to a ring of lace in the glass.

Nose: Citrusy and floral hops up front with a very slight malty note.

Taste: Refreshing and bubbly, strong resinous hops, more in the West Coast style of APAs. The hops are really the only dominant notes present here.

This seems to be more like an IPA Lite rather than an APA. The bottle conditioning is the best part here because it adds such a wonderful mouthfeel with the added carbonation. Tone down the hops and you might be able to find a pale ale in there.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a tawny gold color, slightly hazy, with smallish head.
S: Lots of pine-resin hop notes, with underlying caramel malt.
T: Nice blend of hoppiness with malt: I get a rather nice flavor like sourdough breadcrusts out of this--that's not a simple analogy--literally every time I taste it, it reminds me of sourdough bread, nearly exactly. The hoppiness is partially typical piney, but there's a subtle spiciness in there as well, maybe from one of the four varieties. The malt has a great balance against the hops, as well.
M: neutral texture, typical body.

Tasty beer! The "Live" is just a gimmick. They ought to package this on its own and give it a better brand name.

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Live from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.