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Reviews: 209
Hads: 1,319
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 8.61%
Wants: 29
Gots: 242 | FT: 2
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Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: rab53 on 10-30-2012

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Photo of Growlerguzzler
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
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. (512 characters)

Photo of T-34-85
4.07/5  rDev +3%
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. (576 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of Johnny_Muir
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
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! (312 characters)

Photo of Boca-X
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
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! (654 characters)

Photo of JCarey
3.83/5  rDev -3%
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. (694 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (511 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (1,356 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
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 (302 characters)

Photo of TeamMathis
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (382 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
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. (284 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Bert's
Slightly hazy medium gold color with lots of floaties in the glass and a bubbly white head that dissipates quickly to a ring on top. Aromas of lemon and grapefruity citrus with bits of pine resin and a light bready crackery malt to back it up. The flavor is bready malt with a hint of sulfur and a fair amount of citrusy hop flavor. Light level of hop bitterness. Medium to light body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a slick bubbly mouthfeel. Decent pale ale, certainly quaffable, but for the price I'd buy something different next time. (573 characters)

Photo of NiceTaps
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a standard pint glass.

A- Light yellow-gold color. The 1-finger white head tapers to a film leaving moderate lacing.
Lively carbonation. Clear.

S- Lemon forward citrus hop aroma. Piney. Tart. Floral.

T- Citrus hops framework with a malt foundation. Lots of good resinous hop flavors.

M- Medium body and good carbonation, tingly. Resinous. Hoppy citrus rind finish.

O- A bitter, hop forward pale ale at 5.5% abv is a year round winner. (450 characters)

Photo of FLima
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear amber color with a thick head with medium retention.
Delicious aroma with strong predominant notes of mint. Hint of tangerines recently peeled and honey lemon.
Intense fruity and citric flavor with notes of grapefruit, peppery American yeast, earthy and herbal hops, pine, mint, biscuit and slightly toasted malts, tangerines and resin.
Light body with perfect carbonation and a slightly acid sensation.
Very good APA, tasty with good citrus complexity and still very easy to drink. (488 characters)

Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Tipperary Pub.

Appearance: Very yellow golden color, crystal clear, decent white head that left some lacing

Smell: Very hoppy, herbal, floral, and piney hops

Taste: Again, very hoppy, herbal, floral, earthy, piney hops. There is a noticeable malt backbone, but enough to keep things light and balanced. Not too much bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, good carbonation.

Overall: This is a pretty solid APA, hoppier than standard for the style, but whats not to like about hops? Would gladly get again. (529 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Party Source Syracuse NY for $2.50 tax in

Appearance - Slightly hazy gold colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, apricots, grapefruit/lemons

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, grapefruit/lemons, and hops. There is also some caramel and apricots and a bit of con syrup.

Overall - Just a touch of corn/adjunct flavour is what keeps this beer from being truly great. Still a very good beer that is well worth picking up. (661 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a sam adams custom pint glass, color is copper, head is bright white, presenting at least 0.5 inch thick with fine bubbles and good lacing.

Smell is nice blend of pale malt, some light caramel and biscuit malts with solid hop freshness, noted scents include pine and citrus, mostly lemon.

Taste is also a nice blend of clean pale malt, lighter flavoring tastes like biscuit or toast, hops are citrus forward, lemon, light spice and some grassiness.

Mouthfeel is a bit sharp for a pale ale from the stronger hop presence, but not a take away.

Overall, a great tasting pale ale with some nice flavor features. (623 characters)

Photo of philbe311
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Just a tad more than two fingers worth of clean crisp airy audibly fizzy bone white colored froth comprised of huge chunky bubbles... Really good retention ultimately gives way to a full even veil of moderately thick lacing... The color is a pale medium gold... A moderate bit of moderate paced medium sized carbonation bubbles some of which cling to the sides of the glass... Some lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - A real pleasant aroma... A grassy hop presence is at the forefront... There is also a subtle toasted malt presence... Simple straight-forward, but rather effective...

T - The earthy hop bite is again at the forefront... It never over powers, but it is constant throughout... A light metallic tinge lingers beneath the surface... This all sits a top of bready malts and toasted malts...

M - Medium bodied... Moderate carbonation... Clean and crisp... Just a touch of stickiness... The finish is ever so slightly dry... Spry and lively throughout...

D - A rather pedestrian American Pale Ale that has a tad more hop bite than most... Nothing remarkable nor nothing off putting... I absolutely love the label which is a collage of random used concert ticket stubs... A decent enough brew that I would gladly indulge again if provide the opportunity, but I'm not sure I would invest in a six-pack or case in the future... (1,358 characters)

Photo of sjones5045
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%

Pours a nice yellow with minimal head and lacing. The smell is unremarkable with a light hop smell if u try and find it. The taste is plain and really nothing good or bad in either direction. Not all that impressed. A very plain APA that I really have no desire to have again. (277 characters)

Photo of Cheshire_Crew_Al
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Disclosure - I am not typically a hop beer guy

Solid beer overall, very tasty. A decent gateway beer for those looking to introduce some more hops into their beer tasting without overwhelming themselves.

A: Golden colored, poured into a pint glass, mild lacing, foamy head about 1 cm fades quickly.

S: citrus-y hops, get a kick of something else in the background to offset the happiness - mild on the hops smell overall, but it's there

T/M: Very smooth, the hops lets you know it's there but doesn't take your palate hostage, for a non-hops guy, very good pick, has a smooth aftertaste with not too much dryness to obliterate your palate, the hops is delivered in such a way that you want more of it, very well done beer.

I would pick this up again, in comparison, not nearly as accomplished as Hop Devil that I've had recently but a very good find. (855 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: None on bottle, assuming from summer 2013
Glass: Tulip

Southern Tier's Live is a fairly solid pale ale, with robust bitterness and some intriguing grapefruit, pine, and herbal characters. That being said, I thought there was very little malt presence in the beer, which makes this an extremely hop-forward pale ale, and the hops just aren't that interesting to carry the beer alone. Additionally, the carbonation was far too high, reducing the overall enjoyability of this beer. Good, and I might pick it up again, but Two Brothers' Bitter End pale ale would probably be my local go-to for the style.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of white foam that is made up of small-sized bubbles, yielding a fairly frothy appearance. Retention is about average, slightly higher than one minute, descending to a thin ring around the glass and a large island of residual lace resting atop the body of the beer. Lacing is excellent, with thick sheets of interesting patterns clinging to all sides of the glass. Body is a fairly dirty, dark orange or very bright brown color, with light bringing out dirty, but brighter, orange-yellow hues. Carbonation is visible through the hazy body (80-90% opaque), numerous and quite active.

Aroma of strong grapefruit, tangerine, light pine, and a bit of aged herbal+grapefruit character as from English or German hops, all with a bit of yeast and pale malt sweetness in the background.

Front of palate finds bright tangerine, grapefruit, and light pine, with some light pale and toasted malt sweetness, hints of spicy and floral hops present themselves in the background. Mid-palate of moderate grapefruit and pine resin, slighty spicy and herbal+old grapefruit character from English or German-style hops, medium to medium-high hop bitterness. Back of palate encounters much stronger herbal+old grapefruit character, with still continued "pure" grapefruit and pine resin in the background, slight fruity esters, and medium to medium-high hop bitterness. Aftertaste of lingering hop bitterness, grapefruit, old dried herbs, and a very faint breadiness.

Beer is medium-light to medium in body, with carbonation of medium to medium-high intensity, resulting in a mouthfeel that is at first fizzy, gradually tapering to a foamy mouthfeel. The carbonation is a bit too high for the beer, and the fizziness is not entirely pleasurable. (2,389 characters)

Photo of stella77artois
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Pours a yellow amber. Very clear, no haze whatsoever. Small 1/2" head formed, which dissipated, but left a small white layer on top. Very small amount of lacing left on the glass.

S - A good amount of hops up front. A lot of grapefruit noticed, so I'm assuming ST uses a lot of Cascade in this brew. Toasty malts and small amounts of breadiness, and even a hint of citrus is noticeable. Citrus is a general lemon-lime scent. Very light, but the way it melded with the other aromas made it pretty solid.

T - A fair amount of hoppy bitterness and mild malts up front. The malts tasted toasty, and I didn't notice any of the bready taste. Hops had an earthy bitterness, with a very slight touch of grapefruit. The taste itself was good, but was on the weak side. Kind of watery. Almost tasted like this could have been a very good Pale Ale, then they added some water. Taste itself is good, but the "oomph" isn't there.

F - Good carbonation tingle, but a bit on the dry side for a pale ale. Not in a bad way. Easy on the throat and stomach.

O - Not a bad tasting Pale Ale. A solid taste is brought down by a lack of "oomph", and a slightly watered down taste. Still a very drinkable beer. Won't buy this again, but I would certainly drink it if it were offered. (1,305 characters)

Photo of Qbdoo
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Near great but ultimately just a really good beer. A near miss. Appearance is lovely. Light and cloudy. Smell is a vague citrus character. What puzzles me is the mouth feel, which is a bit over-carbonated and light for a pale ale. Yet the taste is the kind of light citrusy quality that might seduce you on a hot summer day. It's a really good beer but a seasaonal one. (369 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

DOB 09/24/13

A: Pours a golden color with a little over a fingers worth of head that fades down to a cap that leaves some decent lacing

S: Starts off with a good mix of malts and hops. Malts are on the bready and caramel side while the hops are grassy, floral, and lightly fruity. Some yeastiness in there as well

T: Opens the same as the nose, with a good mix of bready, caramel, and lightly spicy malts combined with some grassy and floral hops. The grassy notes continue on with some earthiness into the finish. Very lightly bitter

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice, easy-drinking APA with a good malt/hop balance. Nothing too special, but it is solid (678 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (535 characters)

Live from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.