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Live - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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very good

223 Reviews

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Reviews: 223
Hads: 1,373
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 25.95%
Wants: 32
Gots: 280 | 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:
Beer added by: rab53 on 10-30-2012

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pale ale might have the foamiest head I've ever seen on a beer from a bottle. A 2-3" off white, fluffy head on every bottle I poured. There is the off-putting (to me) residue at the bottom of the glass, but otherwise the appearance is solid. Hints of grapefruit, floral hops, and yeast in the smell -- very nice. Hops and citrus overtones are the highlights of the taste. Easy to drink -- not too astringent, which sometimes APAs can be. Overall, very solid choice for a summer APA.

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Photo of adam147
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great balance. Enough to satisfy the hop tongue and crisp enough to session. This is spring and summer in one. No need to go all the way down to the light IPA style brews. The live yeast gives extra shelf life , however being close to the brewery that's not an issue here. I've heard of at home kegs getting weak toward the end but never had issue in bars

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Photo of ImFnKrazy
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The cloudier the better with this brew. In my experience with this beer, if u get crystal clear LIVE you have not recieved the best southern tier has to offer. However if your LIVE is all muddy u have the best beer offering the beer gods can deliver. Have yet to determine what makes this beer so muddy and great, wether it is early runs or later ones, or if sitting for awhile helps. If you discover the secret let me in!

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange color forming a medium and bubbled white head with medium to low retention and some lacings left in the glass. Lots of particles floating around that I suppose are the result of dry hopping

S: Great nose. Very flowery, fruity and piny. Strong notes of tropical fruits, pine and a touch of citrus. Strong notes of pale malts, mainly Maris Otter. Reminded me the Brewdog Punk IPA. End is a bit earthy. Refreshing...

T: Slightly sweet malts in the beginning. It's always nice the combination of Maris Otter malts and piny hops. Makes it more refreshing and with a strong tropical fruits character. Moderate hop bitterness in the end

M: Light body. Medium carbonation. Something to be mention is the water quality of Southern Tier that gives the beer a quite smooth texture. Piny and fruity aftertaste

O: Great drinkability. An APA that could be easily classified as an IPA. Quite hoppy, refreshing and... Delicious

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Photo of wiegs4life
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Isaac Newton's in Newtown, PA. Served in a pint glass. Yellowish amber color. Closest pale ale I've had to an IPA. I very much enjoyed this beer. I find this as a good beer for those who aren't in the mood for all the bitterness of a full IPA.

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Photo of Bone53
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass at around 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

Appearance: Golden yellow color with a two finger soapy off white head

Smell: Very citrusy and floral, bready pale malts

Taste: citrus and pine upfront, toasted malts, and a bit grassy at the end of the palate that carries into the aftertaste. The burps taste great!

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel; Well carbonated and slightly hoppy. Refreshing to be sure

Overall: A well hopped pale ale yet balanced by slight malt and grassy character. Very refreshing and sure to please during the warmer months. I find myself drinking more IPAs and doubles nowadays, but this is a solid example of the style and I will consider this as a sessionable hoppy beer.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber with a two finger head. Smells yeasty and citrusy and very bright. Reminds me very much of a grapefruit like beer. Some pine like flavor. A very nice clean and refreshing beer. Has good flavor and good mouthfeel. Alcohol is well masked.

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Photo of donmonkey1
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a thick head that dissipates way to fast. Little or no carbonation.

Smell: Nice floral/fruity smell.

Taste: Nice floral/pine taste with citrus notes.

Mouthfeel: I'm surprised to feel a good carbonation when I can see none. Medium body, quite nice.

This beer somehow ends up being a totally decent beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: There's a minimal haze to this deep gold-hued body. Frothy, white head.

Smell: There's a light pale maltiness given a smear of cereal sweetness, slender but sufficient hoppiness, and a just a touch of yeast.

Taste: Pale malts, though light, with a medium level of cereal sweetness. Limited hop flavors of fruit, citrus, and florals. Modestly bitter. Southern Live, while not Dead, closes out with a fairly neutral finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Sensibly smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: For what it is, it's still a relatively pleasing beer.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden hued with excellent clarity. Vibrant carbonation is evident with the inch thick rocky white head. Brussels lacing. Aroma of pale biscuity malt and a blend of hops is judiciously used. The feel is very light,smooth,and drinkable. There's the nice blend of piney and citrus hops on the front of the palate. I get biscuity pale malt following shortly thereafter. The fade is rather abrupt.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.75 A: Moderately hazed orange brown color. Two fingers of frothy/creamy off-white head. Retention is very good and lots of lacing is left. A few small floaties in there.

4.5 S: Lots of citrusy hoppiness in here. HUGE orange aroma with peach and mango underneath. Mild doughy yeastiness. Sweet neutral maltiness. This smells wonderful.

3.5 T: Unlike the nose, the taste isn't nearly as impressive. Just a mild citrusy hop flavor. Mild bitterness. Light neutral malts with light yeasty breadiness.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Light creaminess with just a touch of chewiness. Not bad.

3.5 D: This started out so strong, but failed to pull it off with the taste.

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Photo of CHickman
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from 4/2/14, on tap at Tribeca Tap House, NYC. Pours clear yellow gold color with a huge foamy 2 finger white head that was full of small bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving good lacing as it dissipated. Smells of lemon zest, citrus, malt, spring-like hoppy notes, grains and light caramel; nice balance and appropriate for the style. Tastes like it smells but with more citrus and piney hop notes to go along with the lemon zest, malt, herbs, grass, light bready grains and caramel; very has nice balance with a little malt sweetness that makes it very easy drinking. I drank 2 of these quickly as they felt nice and light with average to mild carbonation, a medium body and very good drinkability. Aftertaste was clean and near crisp, this was a definite session beer and one I’d like to try from a bottle. A solid brew.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I purchased this at Shady McGrady's enjoyed chilled from a goblet.

The color is a golden hued amber with mild hazed look and thick white head that drops to a ring with ring of lace. The smell is fruity hops with some mild yeast ester and hint of malt aroma. The feel is decent with balance of malt sweetness and slight bitter hops with fruity and tangy yeast with moderate carbonation and semi-dry finish.

The taste is good with slight pine tinge from the hops with light citrus and slight astringent flavor like overbrewed tea with a mild malt flavor which adds sweetness to balance the slight bitter aspect. The taste of malt is pretty well interwoven with the hops and yeast as a pale should be. Overall this is a nicely flavored pale, not very complex or intense but it is good for the style

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Photo of gonzo000
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a. The head on this beer lasts and lasts. Carbonation bubbles up from the bottom of the glass for several minutes after it is poured into the glass. Color is a golden orange - hazy. Can see the yeast in glass at the time of the pour, floating upward in the glass.

s. Light smell with a fresh smell - a hint of hops, possible citrus.

t. Well balanced and light. Some citrus, some hops, some high notes.

m. Perfect. Velvety with the constant carbonation. The lingering taste is in the middle of the tongue.

o. Scores range from a 4 to a 5 on this one. Have to say it is an excellent summer choice. Refreshing, playful, light. An outstanding beer that would be welcome at BBQ's and Picnics.

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Photo of Growlerguzzler
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Purchased this beer based on the Brewer- I've liked just about every Southern Tier beer I have had and this is no exception.

What struck me first about this beer was the nose- wow- so floral and complex- almost juicy. The smell alone made me happy.

The taste did not disappoint. While this is an APA it reminded me more of an IPA. Complex- (there goes that word again) fruity but not sweet, so many flavors going on- Just great.

Right now this is probably one of my favorite beers- it just hits me perfectly.

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Photo of T-34-85
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

The beer is clear with a light golden color and a thick two finger head. The aroma light with a notes of citrus and piney hops. It has a relatively light malt backbone with a pleasantly assertive hop presence (citrus/piney aroma and flavor with a good level of bitterness). The mouthfeel is good, and compliments the clean piney flavor nicely.

This beer is not the strongest, hoppiest, etc., but it is just a nice solid beer, especially as the weather warms up. Having one of these beers after a nice day outside in the sun can really hit the spot.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BOD 11/31/13. Pours a clear gold with a slight amber cast when decanted. Massive well formed head with superb lacing. Nice nose of citrus against a slightly sweet background. Very light medium body with average carbonation. The flavor profile is a mild grapefruit citrus focused bitterness against a biscuit background. A very slight spruce note is also present. The finish is clean with a lingering grapefruit flavored light bitterness. A good session ale.

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Photo of Johnny_Muir
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I drank this right on the heels of Sixpoint Resin and Hi-Res (with pretzels in between of course). What a relief! I'm really enjoying this, my third Southern Tier pale ale (IPA and 2XIPA). Very, very balanced, floral hoppyness with enough bitter to add character but not to overwhelm. The perfect "session" beer!

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Photo of Boca-X
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pokal glass, a beautiful golden hew, cloudy but not chunky. Lots of tiny, little bubbles. No head but that was do to the fact I decanted it very slowly from bottle to glass, leaving an 1/8 of an inch of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. I rarely do this but Southern Tier's website suggested it, they brew this beer, I listened.

Floral hoppyness on the nose. First sip, light on the mouth, perfect carbonation, very balanced hop, orange peel, a hint of lemon, somewhat dry but very smooth. Very little lacing as I continue my consumption.

A very easy drinking APA, smooth, BALANCED, hoppy, liquid gold. Would easily buy again, cheers!

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Photo of JCarey
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured in to a snifter glass with a slight tulip shape.

Very subtle hop aroma and smell, pleasantly surprising how much the malt comes out in the nose. I would have to agree with ST and say it was a light copper, almost golden or blonde. Very clear, slightly carbonated, not undercarb'd. A fair bit of sediment settled in the glass. ST says there is a hop dominated flavor, which I don't get. The taste feels very balanced to me for a Pale Ale, the finish is where I get the most hop bitterness. It's slightly sweet, but very well rounded with the malts and hops. A lot of citrus and pine, slightly fruity. Mouthfeel is light, and with a 5.5 ABV very much drinkable and feels session worthy.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From the 12. fl.oz. bottle. Sampled on January 14, 2014.

The pour is a slightly cloudy golden yellow-orange tone with a white fizzy head that is short lasting.

The aroma has a nice toasted malt character with a fruity, floral sort of hop character. Also earthy. Smells fairly fresh.

The body is light to medium.

The taste is more sweet than many IPA's but there is a kind of juicy watermelon note on it as well, which I did not expect. The fruity character tends to take it all over. Moderate bitter finale.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden in color and hazy. Big, energetic, and bubbly white head. Retention is awesome and lacing is clumpy and aggressively sticky.

S: Raw leafy hops, pithy, tropical fruit aromas of mango, blood orange, and sugary white grapefruit. A little bit yeasty. Suggestions of a crackery malt base, hints of toast.

T: Raw leafy hop power. Bitterness is formidable. Tobacco. Bitter white grapefruit. More subtle hints of tangerine and mango. Yeasty. Crackery malt base lets the hops dominate. Very dry finish leaves all the raking and bitter hop power to linger.

M: Medium bodied. Lots of raw, raking hop astringency. Carbonation seems to accentuate the hop oils. A lightly creamy malt base is glossed over as the hop oils muscle in on the feel.

O: A very raw and powerful hop-centric pale ale that uses Citra quite obviously as its focal point. A little bit of rough yeast character adds to the raw feel of it too. More of a 'Shock and Awe' approach from Southern Tier, as they normally make very clean and focused beers. It's punishing in a good way, if you're a hop head and you like that sort of thing. It draws some comparisons to Zombie Dust in the way it wields the citra hop. A great buy at its price point and availability, and the concert ticket marketing really works for it. Great concept, great execution.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle dated 7/9/13 poured into a pint glass
A: Hazy orangeish yellow with a one-finger head
S: Lots of florals, hops, a bit of light malt
T: Like the nose: tons and tons of florals, some pine/citrus hops, light malt
M: Medium-bodied, crisp
O: I'd love to try this even fresher but it's nice as is

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Photo of TeamMathis
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light orange. Small lace remained.
Smell: Grapefruit and citrus.
Taste: Citrus and grapefruit.

Delicious. The smell and taste is perfect; exactly what I love about hoppy beers: the grapefruit and citrus. Through and through, that's the theme, and it doesn't disappoint. The taste seems more akin to the IPA than just the Pale Ale. I wouldn't hesitate to get this again.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Live pours a cloudy bronze color with a large lacing head. There is a fruity and floral aroma; nice and hoppy. The taste has a bold hoppy flavor, nothing else to take away from the hops. Very full flavors and strong body. Overall its a very enjoyable and tasty beer. Good hop flavors.

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Live from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.