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88
very good

980 Ratings
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Ratings: 980
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 18
Gots: 77 | FT: 3
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rab53 on 10-30-2012)
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jwps214

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

03-16-2013 23:55:24 | More by jwps214
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bacher468

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

03-16-2013 14:33:41 | More by bacher468
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Morey

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

03-16-2013 00:24:12 | More by Morey
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World, in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a light gold color, with a 2 inch head, with pretty good lacing.

Smells like orange, lemon, and pine needles.

Tastes incredible. A nice rustic taste to this- some fresh cut grass and pine, along with brighter juicy flavors of orange, pineapple, and lemon. A lingering, pleasant bitterness stays on the tongue throughout the session.

Very dry. Medium to light mouthfeel, well carbonated.

One of Southern Tier's best hoppy offerings, only behind 2XOne and 2XIPA, really.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 00:25:47 | More by GreesyFizeek
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pottergator

New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

03-03-2013 20:52:48 | More by pottergator
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I'm leaving my original review below. This bottle gave me a very different experience. First, the head was tight, receded lumpy and left chunky lace on the glass. Second, the body was markedly improved--far more rich and creamy. I've raised the score to reflect this experience.
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Large-bubbled, quickly receding head. It does leave some spots on the glass. Mild haze to the otherwise clear, rich golden color.

Plenty of evergreen and fresh-crushed hop pellet aroma. Reminds me of a homebrew shop.

Tastes like a pale ale from the tap of the local brew pub...That is to say this seems extraordinarily fresh for a bottled beer. The taste is better balanced with a typical pale malt start and a stronger bitter finish with a decently lasting aftertaste. The body is very thin and the carbonation elevated--closest I've had to a seltzer-textured beer in a very long time.

This is a mixed bag. On the debit side is the body and appearance, but the flavor and smell are appealing.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 22:08:26 | More by smcolw
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JustinSamuelson

New York

4/5  rDev +2.3%

02-25-2013 18:52:28 | More by JustinSamuelson
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Gww1864

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.3%

02-23-2013 03:27:12 | More by Gww1864
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VitoFerrante

Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great new product and soon to hit 6-packs and cases. Great price. Awesome hop notes in the nose. Perfect aftertaste to the style. This is an awesome beer for hop-heads and those looking for that special APA! It dances the APA style line very closely and does not go into the IPA style zone. Not to mention names, but this is a serious contender to a certain undead Pale Ale from the beer gods in Munster. It has that beer's, and others like it's spirit! Buy this beer when you see it.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 12:57:17 | More by VitoFerrante
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ChrisL24481

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +2.3%

02-01-2013 18:28:06 | More by ChrisL24481
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spark3148857

California

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Southern Tier:

Pours a slightly hazy bright orange with a fluffy eggshell white head. Aroma of huge citrus notes, ripe tropical fruits. This pale is dry hopped with 100% Citra and it shows. Taste takes the beer in a different direction. Tons of juicy lemon and grapefruit bitterness coats the mouth. A very slight sweetness appears at the back of the palate to balance things out a little. Very dry finish. Sort of a session IPA, which is awesome...this will be a new favorite of mine from ST. Can't wait to see this in 12 oz bottles in the next few weeks.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2013 20:01:37 | More by spark3148857
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shehateme

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.3%

01-26-2013 16:39:16 | More by shehateme
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Bilco

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.3%

01-26-2013 11:51:08 | More by Bilco
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hardcor33

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

01-24-2013 20:44:46 | More by hardcor33
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ichorNet

Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Sort of pale straw-yellow with hints of powerful golden orange. Head is lacking in retention but leaves some sticky lace. Medium transparency

Scent: Vibrant and aromatic floral, citric and pine hops; quite the aroma with some light malt back and a touch of yeasty must

Taste: Toasted bread crust, orange marmalade, lemon oil, grapefruit peel, some pine resin, light caramel malt, nutty and chewy yeast

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy bodied especially towards the end with almost no watery feel to mention. Coating hop oils and some passive carbonation

Drinkability: Good, about on par for the style. I definitely like how the flavor evolves, and a bomber is a good format for a session APA. Solid!

Overall: What can I say? As a cheap bomber, this is pretty great! It's definitely a looker, and it has a bit of flair in the flavor to boot, but it's not the most unique or interesting profile overall. I think the value is the greatest thing this beer has going for it, but that's nothing to scoff at. Session bombers of unfiltered pales at <$6 retail are pretty great no matter what, given the current market. Check it out for sure.

Read full review @ http://blogs.lowellsun.com/beer/2013/01/03/southern-tier-live/

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 06:10:16 | More by ichorNet
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MEW

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

01-23-2013 00:29:59 | More by MEW
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Joshc

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

01-12-2013 18:17:52 | More by Joshc
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a bright orange color. Light haze amongst the body. Head is purely white. The consistency of the head is a combination of froth and big bubbles. Head retains its modest height. Excellent lacing.

S-Hello, nice to meet you! Nose is quite enticing. Tropical fruit medley. Grapefruit smoothie. Lighter notes of grass and flowers and maybe some mint. The malt delivers cracker and caramel. I am impressed.

T-The flavor is a tad less impressive. It has everything found in the nose but not at the same level of intensity. The flavors don't blend as well as they do in the aroma. That being said, there is plenty to like here. Albeit less tropically diverse, the citrus is very stressed and it is very vibrant. Freshly poured orange juice with tons of natural pulp. Really exudes orange elements. Clementines, naval oranges and tangerines. The malt attempts to balance but has a difficult time. This tastes like an IPA to me.

M-Light/medium hybrid. Cutting carbonation. Dry with medium bitterness. Drinks super-smooth.

O/D-This one grew on me. At $3.70 for a bomber, this is a steal. Far better than many of their offerings. I would take this over their regular IPA everyday for the rest of my existence. So much orange! A super-hoppy Pale Ale that is, to me, an India Pale Ale. Whatever it is, it tastes pretty delicious.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 02:13:54 | More by VelvetExtract
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HawkD

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My friend brought a 22Oz bomber of this back from the brewery. Thanks NKL! Poured
a Duvel tulip. Nice copper color. Head is white and lite and leaves just a little lacing. Aroma is really nice, lots of Citra and cascade. Obviously lots of pine and citrus. Carbonation is right on, lots of it, which I like, seems to evenly distribute flavors. Mouth feel is dry, yeast did a great job, none of that unfermented sugary feel. Flavor is just what I was hoping for. Relatively light IPA in terms of gravity 5.5 abv. Great hop combination. If I could get this year round, it would be a top pick.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 00:39:49 | More by HawkD
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprised there's only a few reviews on this. Also, hope it's not too sweet as many of the Southern Tier beers can be, except 2xIPA was great I remember.

A loud ppppsssttt and quick rush of beer up the neck reminds me that it's definitely a "live" beer. it pours a huge head thanks to that, a fluffy airy white head that sticks around for a while as it's reinforced by quite a few tiny bubbles streaming up from the etch at the bottom of the SA PP glass. It leaves some sticky soapy lacing on the sides, with a mostly clear slight chill hazed golden honey colored beer, it really looks like honey with the hint of haze.

Nose is quite effervescent, nice hops out front, grassy floral and a little noble variety like, with a hint of citrus and a bit of lemony orange peel bite to it. Light malts under that, a little grassy hay like malt almost wheat but not quite, and hint of a grainy malt. Yeast seems to bring a hint of a floral aroma that is almost like a spice but it's not, hard to really label.

Taste is a bit lighter than I expected, but nice overall. Bright hops seem to come out front but on the lighter side, grassy floral hops mainly, again a bit like noble but this time a bit more of an earthy spicy flavor comes from them like American Cs style hops. It also brings light citrus, a hint of clementine, and just a touch of pine. Malts are present in the background mostly, light grainy malt base, with more light grassy hay like almost wheat but not quite kinda flavor. Again the yeast brings a light spice like flavor, almost earthy farmhouse but not quite there either, but interesting nonetheless. Finish is drier, with a lighter but decent bitterness, bit more citrus and grassy hops, light of that earthy almost farmhouse yeast additions as well.

Mouth is med to a little lighter bodied, effervescent carbonation.

Overall an interesting beer for sure. Nice hops that could come out a bit more, interesting malts that take a background flavor and leave the beer overall light and drinkable, but also could be a bit more maybe. And a unique yeast character that brings the beer to life alright, effervescent, nice carbonation, and a light almost earthy farmhouse flavor that's not quite there. A nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 23:22:54 | More by jlindros
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a good blend of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice flavorful pale ale to pound down for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 20:41:18 | More by TheManiacalOne
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

11-28-2012 01:40:55 | More by IPAchris
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polishkaz

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-20-2012 03:28:03 | More by polishkaz
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yeti123

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

11-19-2012 01:52:46 | More by yeti123
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beerslushy

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

11-16-2012 11:49:55 | More by beerslushy
Live from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 980 ratings.