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Live - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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87
very good

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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of hosehead83
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy gold in color, with a nice two-inch head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Pleasant boquet of citrussy hops
Taste-Burst of white grapefruit, citrus rind, floral hop notes. Very crisp and refreshing. Nice flavor and balance. Very nice summer brew!

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle from an $11 6-pack. Poured into a tulip.

A: Completely opaque, slightly tawny gold. Big rocky head. Could easily pass for a saison. Very promising.

S: Big tropical grapefruit and pineapple flavors. The best-smelling APA I've experienced.

T: Less explosion than the nose indicates. Citrus flavors are there, but more muted. Slightly, pleasantly bitter back end. Very easy drinking.

M: Somewhat light-bodied. Moderately carbonated. Soft. Drymouthmaking.

O: Live is a new entry to the New Orleans market. Seemed superior on tap, but this is a very, very good APA which is not far qualitatively from the West Coast paragons of the style, SNPA and Anchor Liberty. Quintessential hot-weather fare, and very sessionable at 5.5%.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of durlta
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Something tells me this beer might kick ass were it consumed at Budokan... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, light sweet biscuit, sweet flowers, honey, light white grape, and a twist of lemon for good measure. The taste holds notes of grapefruit peel, light orange peel, mild grass, flowers, mild biscuit, and a vague sense of yeast. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a very nice pale ale, one of the best I've had from Southern Tier in a long while.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of brentblack1
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Alextricity
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 3/12/13. Poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance: Neat label that has a background of concert tickets... Grateful Dead, Doobie Brothers, The Black Keys are a few that can be read... pretty cool. A very hazy yellow-orange color with about a finger of head. No lacing. Bleh.

Smell: Spicy hop aromas with peach and grape fruit.

Taste: A lot of peach sort of flavors on the front, with a very nice malt finish. I find that Live smells quite a bit like an IPA, but it definitely drinks like an APA. Fairly high carbonation with a pretty light body, making it quite drinkable. Bitterness is low ... my guess would be that the IBUs are about 35 or so. The fruity and spicy hop front with the malt, SLIGHTLY drying finish make this a very good APA. Well worth trying out.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of flagmantho
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: yellow-golden hue with a light haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy, almost rocky ivory foam. Not bad!

Smell: sweetish malt with a lightly citrusy, ever-so-slightly funky hop character. Actually not too bad.

Taste: lightly malty with an interesting lemony character right up front. Lemon and citrus notes dominate throughout, even to the bright and not-too-bitter finish. Quite refreshing!

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a rich, long-lasting creaminess. Dig it.

Overall: a very refreshing and drinkable pale ale. Do the hops give it this lemon brightness? In any case, it would make a fantastic lawnmower beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of dar482
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It pours in a beautiful marigold that is super hazy. It’s such a lovely inviting color with a one finger head. The head doesn’t last long and died down quickly.

There is a wonderful fresh juicy hop aroma. Sweet sweet tangerine and peachiness.

The flavor is very good. You get that juiciness in the flavor. There isn’t really a hop bite, but it’s a pale ale after all. Then again, there is some hops to make this more exciting than a boring pale ale. It comes off the tongue decently so you keep wanting more. There’s a decent bitter finish that reminds me a bit of Ruination. The lasting flavor reminds me a bit of Ruination’s.

There’s no much carbonation, which gives the beer a very light body. I do wish it had more complexity and more refined cleanness. However, still a great pale ale. Spot on for beer lovers and a great intro to getting into hops, like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. For those who can't get their hands on Maine Co. MO, this is actually a competent beer for relativity. Huge hops, just a refreshing wonderful beer.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of gr0g
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale amber in color, a bit hazy. Very nice head formation and retention aided by bottle conditioning. Scattered lacing. Aroma is very hop forward with a floral and tropical character. It's not at all pungent as in an IPA. Definitely smells like Citra and/or Simcoe is in here. Passion fruit and mango notes.

On the palate, there's a pleasant hoppiness atop a light malt body. Citrusy, a bit fruity, and some cracker-like grain character. More of a grassy, slightly piney hop character towards the dry finish. Calibrated for warm weather refreshment while still having plenty of flavor. Smooth, slick mouthfeel resulting from a very soft carbonation.

Southern Tier has a top notch APA on their hands here. Much more impressive than their higher gravity beers. I'll definitely be picking this up again.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a hazy orange color with a thick white head of two finger height. The head, being thick, retains very well, slowly fading over time to leave a medium level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is mainly of a grainy and light wheat aroma mixed with some aromas of lemon citrus and a bit of grapefruit. Beyond the lemon and grapefruit hop smells are some notes of pine and herbal hops giving a moderately hoppy aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a muted grain taste of some wheat and smooth malt. There is a light level of orange sweetness upfront which quickly decays as flavors of lemon and grapefruit hop come to the tongue. Some more grainy flavors as well as some taste of a more earthy and herbal hop taste come to the tongue. In the end, with the mix of more dry malt and hop flavors, one is left with a dry and medium hop bitter flavor lingering on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the medium side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average to maybe just above average. Fairly fitting for the style and it is a good compromise between keeping it on the more refreshing side, while also allowing the malty and hop flavors to be more fully sensed by the taste buds.

Overall – A decent brew overall. A little on the drier side for a APA for me with a slightly unbalanced hop flavor (It is just a combination of hop that leaves a rather strange aftertaste). Even so it is still somewhat tasty and a good one to try as I think may would enjoy it..

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