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Live - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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very good

1,171 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,171
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 19
Gots: 139 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rab53 on 10-30-2012)
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Photo of rodlavers
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Took me long enough to locate DOB, but it says 2/25/13, so Live has had three months of bottle conditioning.

Decanted in snifter, slowly, so not much head at all. The color is great, though: bright creamsicle orange/yellow, hazy but hold light really well. Significant floating particles.

As soon as the bottle is opened, I get this tart/crisp citrus aroma, but there is something else I can't quite put my finger on. It's sort of natural and wheaty/grassy, but also a little sweet.

Taste is almost identical, literally. Light zesty citrus up front, some pine in the middle, and subtle honey sweetness on the end. Reminds me of ginseng tea, for some reason.

Feels nice. Smooth but crisp and very refreshing; perhaps sessionable.

Overall this is a really unique IPA, and one I'd love to try several more times. Cheers.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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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  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Bowers-Brew
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice bright golden color.

S - Not as much hop aroma as you would expect considering it's a pale ale with 4 types of hops. Citrus and sharp.

T - Good hop flavor - citrus and pine notes present. Bittersweet aftertaste, started out sweet and ended more on the bitter side.

M - Clean and smooth, but a little thin.

O - An okay pale ale. I would choose many other PAs/IPAs over this, but still drinkable.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light bodied, crisp and clean- this Pale Ale doesn't back down from anyone. It's full of bright zesty hops; backed with dry, cracker-like malts; and is ultimately thirst quenching- Live is build for summer!

The beer pours bright with light gold character, shining with the slightest of haze. The ale quickly sheds its carbonation to provide a fluffy and air-filled head that creates a sense of lightness. Firm retention and a full smattering of lace sing the praises of a well made beer!

zesty aromas celebrate hops in all its citrusy glory- the essence of grapefruit, fresh zested oranges, and a tinge of lemons all decorate the nose, just as the slightest sweet scent of thin caramel aid in support.

At the same time, its the taste of dry malt that creates the slimmest of candied sweetness, just before the wave of hops arrive and begin to command the beer's taste- grapefruit, orange peels, and a hint of lemon, pineapple, and fresh cut grass all rise in the middle palate for a light and citrus reward. The beer concludes with a simple dry maltiness and clean citrus zest bitterness that refreshes the mouth with ease.

Medium light in body, the beer prefers a zesty and sprite character over any would-be creaminess. The beer seemingly bounces off the tongue with zeal and zest and springs forward to dry citrus acidity and slight warming alcohol. Its late malt dryness and refreshing bitterness celebrates the beer's drinkability very, very well.

Live continues the theme that I'm seeing in a recent trend- big hop aromatics and taste upon a thin shell of malt. Generally low in alcohol but big on flavor- I like where this trend is going!

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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%

Photo of SerialHiker
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a vibrant golden straw color…with tons of bubbles in the middle, it’s fairly transparent…just off white head settles thin, but does liven up a bit with some swirlin’…a good looking brew…(3.75/5)

Smell: A very balanced smell…I’m getting light pine, orange, lemon and pineapple from the hops…very lively and fresh…malts are pale, mildly sweet, grainy, light barley, light grassy…there’s a noticeable yeast aroma as well that is light and fresh…a very vibrant smell! (4/5)

Taste: Again, very balanced…citrus (orange, pineapple mainly) and piney hops up front, with a clean pale, mildly earthy malt backbone…it’s fresh and zesty without being a hop bomb, which is nice…there’s also some grassy bitterness, lemon zest and a floral perfuminess mixed in there, contributing to a well flavored brew…balanced really is the word here…(3.75/5)

Mouthfeel: Light body with light to medium carbonation…it does fluff up a bit bringing some of that grassy bitterness and a touch of lemon zest to the palate…it’s an easy drinking brew that hits very light on the tongue…mild grassy bitterness lingers in the after taste…(3.5/5)

Overall: This is a solid brew…with it’s relatively low ABV, 5.5%, it’s a brew I could drink several of on a hot day and still be able to function properly…it’s got tons of light, zesty flavor that stays pleasurable to my taste buds…Southern Tier makes some quality brews and this is another success story from this brewery…this brew is perfect for summertime, outdoor engagements or hanging with friends to watch the local team’s ballgame…Enjoy! (4/5)


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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy medium orange color with a one fingered head that dies down fairly quick and mellow carbonation.

S - Lots of acid, dank citrus rind, some grass and pine, light biscuity malt. The aroma is mostly the hops doing their thing.

T - Some tangy oranges, grapefruit, lightly floral, and a light biscuity caramel malt base and ends with a bitter citrus and pine wallop.

M - Light medium body and the hops leave a healthy coating and makes the lining of your mouth feel dry and puckered.

O - Now here's a really hoppy pale that this style has been screaming for. It's great to enjoy a low ABV hop bomb for a change, 'could drink several of these without getting stupid, Southern Tier has a winner here.

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Live from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,171 ratings.