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Ratings: 1,216
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 24
Gots: 169 | 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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Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Slatetank
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I purchased this at Shady McGrady's enjoyed chilled from a goblet.

The color is a golden hued amber with mild hazed look and thick white head that drops to a ring with ring of lace. The smell is fruity hops with some mild yeast ester and hint of malt aroma. The feel is decent with balance of malt sweetness and slight bitter hops with fruity and tangy yeast with moderate carbonation and semi-dry finish.

The taste is good with slight pine tinge from the hops with light citrus and slight astringent flavor like overbrewed tea with a mild malt flavor which adds sweetness to balance the slight bitter aspect. The taste of malt is pretty well interwoven with the hops and yeast as a pale should be. Overall this is a nicely flavored pale, not very complex or intense but it is good for the style

Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed honey color with a finger of pearl colored head. Never completely drops bright okay lacing & head retention

S: Lemons, grassyness & pineapple, all fade a bit as this warms

T: Pineapple, a kiss of pineyness, & light biscuitty malt up front. More pineapple, a touch of pear & dryness as this warms. Finishes dry with pineapple, grassyness & touch of pear

MF: Medium bodied, crisp, great balance

Super drinkability, not great on the verge of greatness

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

This was a welcome change of pace after the somewhat disappointing Dampf Loc. Hazy lighter amber pour, with a medium-sized, foamy, white head that receded to a thin layer, but never completely disappeared, and left some spotty lacing on the glass. Nice aroma crisp with fresh hops, pale malts and a bit of toastiness as well. More of the same in the taste, a good balance, fresh grassy and citrus hops, with a biscuity pale malt base. Simple and tasty. Light-medium body, easily drinkable, and worth revisiting.

Photo of mdfb79
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From 07/08/13 notes. Had this on tap at Ginger Man in NYC. 16 oz pour in a tulip.

a - Pours a hazy, burnt orange-golden color with one inch of off white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of tropical fruits, fruity malts, mango, pineapple, citrus, lemon-lime, wheat, and bready malts. Awesome nose, tons of tropical fruits to it and some light citrus. Really liking the nose.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, light tropical fruits, citrus hops, grapefruit, wheat, grains, and lemon zest. Nice, but seems a bit watered down compared to the great nose. More citrus and grapefruit than the nose, but less mango and tropical fruits.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Body is very smooth and easy to drink. Great mouthfeel.

o - Overall I liked this one quite a bit. i thought the nose was awesome with tons of tropical fruits, and the mouthfeel was great; smooth, creamy, and easy to drink. Taste was not as strong, though it is good, with less tropical fruits. Worth checking out and something I'd definitely have again.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of jwc215
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazed golden with a head that descends to a wide patch. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of tropical fruits and pine/resin.

The taste is bitter - pine/resin with tropical and citrus fruits coming in - banana and grapefruit (some kiwi?). Bitterness is sharp with a rounding sweetness of the brewery's "house" character. Finishes dry - slightly astringent. Alcohol slightly noticeable.

It has a crisp, medium body.

This is an APA that pushes towards an IPA. Tasty and hoppy. Sharp, but nice.

Photo of WesWes
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a beautiful gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome! It has an incredible pale malt scent along with a killer citrus hop nose.; totally surpassed my expectations. The taste is good. It has a smooth pale malt flavor with an excellent hop character. It has a mild bitterness, but finishes with a great hoppy freshness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good good APA; probably one of the best I've had in quite some time.

Photo of smcolw
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very hazy apricot in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some deep golden yellow + orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that reduces to a medium to large patch of very thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit/tangerine hops over the top of lighter aromas of pine/resin hops and biscuit malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of biscuit malts underneath stronger flavors of hops - moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit/tangerine and slightly lighter flavors of pine/resin. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: I think this is a really easy to drink and enjoyable beer - I like the hop flavors/aromas and thought this was a nice new beer.

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 3/7/2013. Pours hazy and cloudy pale golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge grapefruit, orange zest, orange pith, lemon zest, pineapple, tangerine, floral, grass, light pine, light honey, and floral earthiness. Incredible aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus notes with big strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, orange rind, lemon zest, tangerine, floral, grass, light pine, light honey, and floral earthiness. Lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, floral, grass, light honey, light pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance and complexity of citrus hop flavors; with a solid malt backbone and zero cloying flavors present on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent pale ale. Great balance and complexity of citrus hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of woodychandler
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of corby112
3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a half finger white foam head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Floral, earth hop aroma with grass and pine notes countered by bread, biscuity malt and light fruit. Slightly resinous with soily hops followed by bread, apple, pear and pale malt notes.

Medium bodied with a dank, crisp hop bite that provides a strong bitterness that lingers over the sweeter notes and pale malt into a bone dry finish. Very earthy with soil like flavor along with grass and pine needle followed by bready yeast, light fruit and biscuit malt. Sweet hints of apple, pear and subtle alcohol provide a decent counter to the strong hop flavors. Pale malt backbone with bread, biscuit and cracker. Light and well balanced and while its nothing out of the ordinary, it's a decent, sessionable beer.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Pours straw yellow with a pillowy white foam that leaves a sheet of lace down the mug. Perfect clarity.

Aroma of piney hops, very herbal. Resinous, oily hops in the nose.
In the taste, mildly bitter and has some grapefruit or perhaps orange skin pulp flavors. Pale malts giving the necessary sweetness and depth to the beer.

Light bodied, well carbonated feel. Finishes a bit slickly and oily with a small hop bite.

Overall, a very nice pale.

Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear, bright orange with a thick layer of dense, off white head that has good retention

S - big citrusy aroma, oranges and grapefruit, some sweetness

T - faint semi-sweet malt, citrus, grapefruit, orange peel, very mild piney bitter finish

M - clean, crisp, medium bodied

This is a very nice, refreshing APA that has tremendous drinkability. This is a sessionable ale with enough hop character to keep you interested through several bottles. I would like to keep some of this on hand for my new "any occasion" beer.

Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of rab53
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New arrival at the beer shop. Attractively priced at $3.99/22oz.

Pours a slightly turbid pale gold with moderate white head.
Smells biscuity and grainy. Grassy hops.
Taste is mainly pale malts, a touch vegetal. Mild bitterness.
Slightly thicker mouthfeel than expected, though not unpleasant.
Nice well-priced pale ale. No weird ingredients or other gimmicks. Just an well-made pale ale.

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