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Live - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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1,216 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,216
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 24
Gots: 171 | 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 sjones5045
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%

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.

Photo of freemanj
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Cheshire_Crew_Al
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of stella77artois
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Live from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,216 ratings.