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88
very good

1,106 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,106
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 18
Gots: 117 | 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:
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(Beer added by: rab53 on 10-30-2012)
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Ratings: 1,106 | Reviews: 190 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Giantspace, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Not much head, hazy, unfiltered amber kinda like a wheat beer or something.

Smell: Coriander, subtle hops, subtle honey.

Taste: Nice, easy drinking and balanced pale. Could definitely session this in Summer for sure. It's subtle in terms of hops, malt and the this subtle honey/wheaty sweetness I'm getting. If you weren't paying attention, you'd think it was just another lame pale, but everything is blended so nicely, you almost don't notice.

Mouthfeel: Nice aggressive and carby mouthfeel from the conditioning. Nice.

Overall: Not the most interesting Pale Ale, but definitely worth a try. It's brewed well and balanced nicely. Southern Tier Rocks!

PsilohsaiBiN, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of foureyedgeek
4/5  rDev +2.6%

foureyedgeek, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of tdmccarthy
4.25/5  rDev +9%

tdmccarthy, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of OldhouseRecs
4/5  rDev +2.6%

OldhouseRecs, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is quite hazy yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with some notes of pine resin hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of fresh citrusy and pine resin hops along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed the aroma and flavors of the hops in this beer—they were both strong like an IPA but the beer was very easy to drink and didn't have too much in the way of bitterness.

metter98, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of Rekrule
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Rekrule, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of htdoerge
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

htdoerge, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of skaboom420
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

skaboom420, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at tap and mallet in Rochester ny. Pours a hazy golden - bottle condition. Nice hop aromas. Lots of citrus and some biscuit malt. Great citrus hop flavor...with a great biscuit balance. Its a bit tart but otherwise a nice brew and a solid pale ale.

DrinkSlurm, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of spedprof
4/5  rDev +2.6%

spedprof, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of plumcrazyfx
4/5  rDev +2.6%

plumcrazyfx, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of MattyG85
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Date of bottling is 02/27/13.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper golden orange with a lot of fast rising bubbles. Huge five finger white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing clinging to the glass.

Smell: A bright and crisp hop forward aroma with lots of citrus fruit esters. Citrus hops upfront with big hints of orange, grapefruit, mango, apricot, pineapple, tangerine, and lemon. Also some hints of grassy and piney hops. Sweet malt balance comes through with hints of bready biscuit, wheat grains, lively yeast, cracker, and some spicy rye. Nicely balanced. A really nice and zesty juicy aroma.

Taste: Follows the nose well, a crisp and zesty taste with lots of citrus fruit flavor. Hoppy upfront with notes of juicy orange, pineapple, grapefruit, mango, apricot, tangerine, and lemon zest. Some earthy grassy and piney hop notes in the mix as well. Midway comes a solid bready malt balance with notes of biscuit, wheat grains, cracker, the live yeast, and some rye. A really solid juicy and balanced taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, drying, and very smooth.

Overall: A very good American Pale Ale. Very good citrus flavor with a solid malt balance. One of the better takes on the style in a while.

MattyG85, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of megamass
4/5  rDev +2.6%

megamass, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of goblue3509
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright yellowish gold color with a big frothy white head. The head gives way to a little bit of lace on the glass. The aroma you can smell as you get close, pineapple, oranges, lemons and a little bready malt at the very back. The taste follows suit pineapple, mango, oranges and lemons fill the first part of the beer with a bready malt end. The taste is very well blended and very smooth. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall this is a very solid beer, it is a nice beer that you can enjoy multiply beers. Smooth and easy drinking.

goblue3509, Apr 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Kerrie, Apr 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

hilgart1, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of JamesMN
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DOB: 2/27/13

Appearance: Left the last bit in the bottle since it's bottle-conditioned, ended up with a golden brew that has great clarity. One finger frothy eggshell-white head. Nice lacing.

Aroma: Lots of bready malt with a hint of pepper or spice either from rye or an earthy hop presence. Just a touch of pine or grass from the hops as well.

Taste: Very much like the aroma with that classic APA biscuit malt flavor. Nicely balanced with a moderate bitterness (40-50 IBUs?) that gives great earthy and spicy hop notes. The beer is about two months old and the chosen hops have really stood the test of time, I expect the hop character will stay tasting great for another couple months which makes this a good beer to take a chance on. Finish is peppery and almost dry with a nice hoppy bitterness lingering in the aftertaste. At 5.5% ABV it's a tad watery but very flavorful all the same.

Mouthfeel: Just below medium in body. Easygoing carbonation and great drinkability. Sessionable.

Final Thoughts: With all the big and bold IPAs, DIPAs, and Barleywines out there it is easy to forget how good an APA can taste. This is a good beer for anyone, newbies to the craft scene and hard core beer advocates alike. Would I drink it again? Yes.

JamesMN, Apr 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

oriolesfan4, Apr 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

BeerBucks, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of brewcrew76
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Slightly hazy golden with a few finger white head.

S - Grapefruit and pine with light bready malt.

T - Pine and grapefruit rinds, orange cream, light sweetness, very well balanced.

M - Medium light body with good carbonation.

D - Pretty straight forward and simple and there is nothing wrong with that. Will make a nice spring/summer refresher.

brewcrew76, Apr 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

RWACKO, Apr 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

suspect, Apr 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

dsshuck, Apr 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

coz, Apr 20, 2013
Live from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,106 ratings.