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88
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859 Ratings
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Ratings: 859
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.23%


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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ONUMello

Ohio

3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle dated 7/9/13 poured into a pint glass
A: Hazy orangeish yellow with a one-finger head
S: Lots of florals, hops, a bit of light malt
T: Like the nose: tons and tons of florals, some pine/citrus hops, light malt
M: Medium-bodied, crisp
O: I'd love to try this even fresher but it's nice as is

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 05:58:44 | More by ONUMello
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TeamMathis

West Virginia

4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light orange. Small lace remained.
Smell: Grapefruit and citrus.
Taste: Citrus and grapefruit.

Delicious. The smell and taste is perfect; exactly what I love about hoppy beers: the grapefruit and citrus. Through and through, that's the theme, and it doesn't disappoint. The taste seems more akin to the IPA than just the Pale Ale. I wouldn't hesitate to get this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 04:46:01 | More by TeamMathis
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Live pours a cloudy bronze color with a large lacing head. There is a fruity and floral aroma; nice and hoppy. The taste has a bold hoppy flavor, nothing else to take away from the hops. Very full flavors and strong body. Overall its a very enjoyable and tasty beer. Good hop flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 01:44:54 | More by vette2006c5r
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Bert's
Slightly hazy medium gold color with lots of floaties in the glass and a bubbly white head that dissipates quickly to a ring on top. Aromas of lemon and grapefruity citrus with bits of pine resin and a light bready crackery malt to back it up. The flavor is bready malt with a hint of sulfur and a fair amount of citrusy hop flavor. Light level of hop bitterness. Medium to light body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a slick bubbly mouthfeel. Decent pale ale, certainly quaffable, but for the price I'd buy something different next time.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 01:08:40 | More by johnnnniee
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Party Source Syracuse NY for $2.50 tax in

Appearance - Slightly hazy gold colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, apricots, grapefruit/lemons

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, grapefruit/lemons, and hops. There is also some caramel and apricots and a bit of con syrup.

Overall - Just a touch of corn/adjunct flavour is what keeps this beer from being truly great. Still a very good beer that is well worth picking up.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 00:54:03 | More by spinrsx
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a sam adams custom pint glass, color is copper, head is bright white, presenting at least 0.5 inch thick with fine bubbles and good lacing.

Smell is nice blend of pale malt, some light caramel and biscuit malts with solid hop freshness, noted scents include pine and citrus, mostly lemon.

Taste is also a nice blend of clean pale malt, lighter flavoring tastes like biscuit or toast, hops are citrus forward, lemon, light spice and some grassiness.

Mouthfeel is a bit sharp for a pale ale from the stronger hop presence, but not a take away.

Overall, a great tasting pale ale with some nice flavor features.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 00:48:26 | More by mvanaskie13
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Just a tad more than two fingers worth of clean crisp airy audibly fizzy bone white colored froth comprised of huge chunky bubbles... Really good retention ultimately gives way to a full even veil of moderately thick lacing... The color is a pale medium gold... A moderate bit of moderate paced medium sized carbonation bubbles some of which cling to the sides of the glass... Some lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - A real pleasant aroma... A grassy hop presence is at the forefront... There is also a subtle toasted malt presence... Simple straight-forward, but rather effective...

T - The earthy hop bite is again at the forefront... It never over powers, but it is constant throughout... A light metallic tinge lingers beneath the surface... This all sits a top of bready malts and toasted malts...

M - Medium bodied... Moderate carbonation... Clean and crisp... Just a touch of stickiness... The finish is ever so slightly dry... Spry and lively throughout...

D - A rather pedestrian American Pale Ale that has a tad more hop bite than most... Nothing remarkable nor nothing off putting... I absolutely love the label which is a collage of random used concert ticket stubs... A decent enough brew that I would gladly indulge again if provide the opportunity, but I'm not sure I would invest in a six-pack or case in the future...

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 02:18:23 | More by philbe311
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Cheshire_Crew_Al

Texas

3.93/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 04:31:18 | More by Cheshire_Crew_Al
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 19:27:59 | More by falloutsnow
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stella77artois

New York

3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 13:35:02 | More by stella77artois
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Qbdoo

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 05:02:53 | More by Qbdoo
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BEERMILER12

Maine

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

DOB 09/24/13

A: Pours a golden color with a little over a fingers worth of head that fades down to a cap that leaves some decent lacing

S: Starts off with a good mix of malts and hops. Malts are on the bready and caramel side while the hops are grassy, floral, and lightly fruity. Some yeastiness in there as well

T: Opens the same as the nose, with a good mix of bready, caramel, and lightly spicy malts combined with some grassy and floral hops. The grassy notes continue on with some earthiness into the finish. Very lightly bitter

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice, easy-drinking APA with a good malt/hop balance. Nothing too special, but it is solid

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 17:50:46 | More by BEERMILER12
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is probably pushing it's best by time with a 5/30/13 bottling date.
Kinda' fizzy loud, white and brief head. Some drippy lacing. Kinda' cloudy and more yellow than amber.
Still a nice hop aroma that isn't that intense and a solid pale malt background.
This is definitely an APA. Well balanced hop and malt flavors with a firm bitterness on the finish. Even with a relatively full gut I still get a shot of warmth. A slight tart character. Minimal sweetness.
Moderate feel and ample carbonation.
Solid. Nothing special, but solid.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 01:17:18 | More by garymuchow
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tan to orange, pretty clear, pretty good head and lacing.

Aroma and taste are crisp, clean, and hoppy. I got a lot of floral and grassy notes from the hops, with perhaps a touch of citrus on the finish. There's an ample malt base to provide for a pretty balanced beer, slightly leaning towards the hoppy side.

Body is smooth and easy to drink, carbonation is medium.

Overall it's another darn tasty one from Southern Tier. Definitely worth a try for pale ale lovers.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 18:13:00 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

And now, Live from Chez Woody, my 2,400th review on this site!

From the bottle: "Bottle Conditioned Pale Ale"; "Contains yeast - we recommend decanting into a glass"; "Brewed with 4 Varieties of Hops and 4 Types of Malts".

My oh-so-gentle pour so as not to disturb the lees produced only a skim of wispy, tawny head. Color was a deep golden-yellow (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity and I was uninterested in playing referee to Midas, Croesus and Mammon, all who wanted some. Nose was predominantly grapefruit, but I felt like I smelled pineapple in there also. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste, while citrusy, was not as pronounced as it would be in an AIPA. I really felt like I was tasting pineapple on the finish, but I may have convinced myself of that on the nose. I will not feel slighted if you disagree with me on that. This was a very mellow beer, especially at the end of the day when I am contemplating an early rack time. My last trick was to swirl the remaining beer in the bottle and pour the lees. Waste not, want not, I always say. Now, I swear that I tasted pineapple! Could the yeast be imparting that flavor? Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 23:11:51 | More by woodychandler
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into DFH signature glass; light orange, translucent, with a fizzy moderate white head with large bubbles that fades relatively quickly into a topping of scattered foam.
Smell is enticing; clear malt, and a good dash of floral, grassy and citrusey hops.
Taste is relatively simple; clean, crackery malt with a dash of crisp, grassy hops with slight notes of citrus. The bottle conditioning lends a yeasty smoothness to the beer. Bitterness comes in at the end from the hops and tails onto the yeast leaving a nice crisp finish and a slight bitter, crisp aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is well-carbonated and medium-thin.
Overall, a solid pale. Refreshing, tasty, crisp, and simply delicious.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 02:51:14 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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themind

New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Four hops and four malts makes this easy to drink session beer worth while. The beer pours a nice small head with a light golden color. The aroma is grassy citrus that is appealing. The taste is an interesting mix of hops that proves unique with a slight floral/grassy after taste. All in all the beer is enjoyable and is a nice option for any party attended by rookie craft beer aficionado's.

Bottom Line: Good effort by the ST boyz.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 03:35:44 | More by themind
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Treyliff

West Virginia

4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a big bubbly and foamy head that retains long after the pour, leaving a bit of lace behind

S- Big grapefruit notes from the beginning with aromas of fresh squeezed juice, also some sweet floral notes with some candy-like sweetness, this beer just reeks of summer

T- grapefruit flavors follow the aromas up front, but not overbearing at all. Some grassy notes mid-palate with some floral and fruity esters, light earthy musk flavor from the yeast leads to more citrus hop and finishes with a toasted malt finish to balance it out

M- medium bodied with medium carbonation leads to a big and foamy mouthfeel that feels the mouth, the yeast definitely added some extra bubbles to the mouthfeel. The finish is crisp and refreshing

O- a well balanced APA with plenty of flavor, but very easy to drink. Great session beer and one that I would gladly try again

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 02:53:36 | More by Treyliff
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ScottR

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Serving type: 12-oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy gold, one-finger head that doesn't last long, nice lacing. A slightly more aggressive pour will get you a two-finger head (that still doesn't last long), but overdo it and you'll have a glass of froth.

S: Not strong (though a bit stronger with a more aggressive pour). Maybe some citrus and pine.

T: Clear and crisp, very light and refreshing. Hops not too forward but definitely there; citrus and pine, as in the nose, plus some resin and maybe a little grapefruit rind.

M: Light and well-carbonated.

O: A fine example of an American pale ale, one I think I like even better than Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. A very refreshing cool drink on a hot summer day, the overall experience being somewhat like drinking a carbonated juice -- pear, perhaps, even though it doesn't *taste* at all like pear. It says something about this beer that not only I but both my parents like it; we have very disparate tastes in beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 23:06:14 | More by ScottR
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Moultron

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is not much I can say other than this was a phenomenal beverage. Went great with the homemade smoked ribs and beans/w pulled pork. Great smell. The aroma took off as soon as the contents were poured into a pint glass. The full body finish made my brain think I was drinking something slightly hit with vanilla. I truly enjoyed this beer. Definitely recommend.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 01:49:47 | More by Moultron
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Southern Tier Live has a very thick, frothy, white head and a hazy, golden appearance, with lots of powdery sediment suspended throughout, lots of bubble streams, and heavy lacing stuck to the glass. Aroma is of citrus, which reminds me of pineapple juice, and one mainly gets that in the taste, with some underlying sweetness and white bread. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Southern Tier Live Pale Ale finishes semi-dry, sweet, refreshing, and easy drinking. Overall, this is a most excellent beer, and I highly recommend it, for a pleasant drinking experience.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 13:58:53 | More by RonaldTheriot
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Pours out a hazy apricot color with about a finger of off-white foam. Rather poor retention for a bottle-conditioned ale. The nose sports a nice grassy hop character with notes of lemon and grapefruit.

The beer has a light-medium body. Faint caramel-like malt notes up front are immediately overtaken by the taste of American hops. Lemon notes predominate and carry to a mild, dry finish. No diacetyl. Not much lingering flavor, but refreshing.

Overall, a nice refreshing pale ale, but not very memorable. I realize it's not an IPA, but a bit more depth and complexity would be nice. I feel it definitely needs a bit more malt presence.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 17:44:03 | More by deadonhisfeet
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A-cloudy gold with a thin white head

S-hoppy corn with a decent scent of grass. Good strength

T-comes in with a pretty bitter flavor of corny grains and citrus. Very crisp and light. Good matching after-taste.

M-crisp medium carbonation with good creamy finish. Perfect feel.

O-an extremely easy drinking pale ale. Definitely one that I recommend to others. I could get a case of this as long as it's fresh.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 01:34:32 | More by AdamBear
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Mojo

Alabama

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle -> Dogfish Head Glass

A - very hazy medium gold, small one finger head, good retention, and decent lacing.

S - citrus, orange peel, pine, bread, grass

T - brings the grapefruit up front, with a semi dry bitter finish.

M - very pleasing with decent thickness and good carbonation.

O - not quite as good as SNPA, but darn good. I wouldn't turn this one down if it comes my way again.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 23:48:20 | More by Mojo
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 ounce growler from Blacklick Wine and Spirits. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear dark gold color with about an inch frothy off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells mostly like citrusy (grapefruit, tropical fruit) and pine hops, and some bready/wheat malt. It tastes like citrusy (grapefruit, citrus rind, mango) hops, pine hops, and bready malt. Taste doesn't seem to have as much kick as compared to the aroma. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick and coating, and has good carbonation. It's easy enough to drink! Really wouldn't have had a problem getting a regular size growler of this. It's a good pale ale, I liked it.

Serving type: growler

08-02-2013 23:14:49 | More by bluejacket74
Live from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 859 ratings.