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IPA (India Pale Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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IPA (India Pale Ale)IPA (India Pale Ale)

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,363 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 2,363
Reviews: 932
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 49
Gots: 284 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: John on 03-24-2003

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Ratings: 2,363 | Reviews: 932
Photo of teromous
3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy body with medium hues of orange and gold with a fluffy thick white head that stick to the glass well enough to leave good lacing.

Aroma: There's a distinct marriage of pine and tangerine aromas. It's not especially fresh smelling but it smells good.

Taste: There is a light sweet caramel flavor that is eventually met by a very faint taste of orange pith and some grass.

Mouthfeel: It has a nice dry mouthfeel but it feels pretty shy on bitterness.

Overall: It's a pretty average IPA. I would buy it if I was in the store just looking for something quick and tasty, but it's not going to cut it if I want that big bold fresh hop flavor.

Photo of John_Beeryman
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge citrus rindy flavors. But good.

Photo of claytong25
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Average to say the least. To give this IPA a little credit I drank a few outdated ones just because that was what came in my SOuthern Tier variety pack. Ill update this review once I drink one that is more fresh but for now its not one that I like

Photo of AAG
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very average IPA. Too piny in taste. Head was disappointing after an aggressive pour from the bottle. After having the opportunity to taste a wide variety of IPAs, this one is very average.

Photo of mmckeon3
4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

For very reasonable price, this IPA is a great value very smooth taste

Photo of HamdenHector
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: clear; burnt orange in color; 1+ finger ivory head that receded slowly to a thick cap; OK lacing;

S: earthy and floral;

T: there's a bit of mint in the background from start to finish; floral comes to the front at mid-palate and stays to the end; moderate bitterness from mid-palate;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: not a lot in the aroma or flavor to get excited about;

Photo of Robertitus
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing, first nitro IPA for me at Yard House, Houston, TX

Photo of Devil_Doc
4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had it at the Yard House on Nitro... absolutely fantastic as a Nitro! An IPA on Nitro is amazingly delicious!!!

Photo of Archdale74
2.88/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Not hoppy enough, I'll have to try one of their other offerings

Photo of Cylinsier
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce.

Pours a mostly clear amber gold, white lacing for a head.

Smells of fresh citrusy and floral hops over bready malt. Some clover honey.

Honey and bread malts, and a varied hop flavor that touches on citrus, floral, and woody.

Medium to full body with tingly carbonation throughout.

Very nice drinkable IPA. Above average on all points and really nothing to complain about. The 2X version is better but richer while this goes down a little smoother and would pair with food better. Definitely something that could become a go-to for IPA drinkers.

Photo of Dyldey
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Solid up-front with a good taste. Goes down without a hitch but leaves a little empty spot on the back end. 7.5 in the engine so no complaints. Overall I like it but the double IPA they make is bezerk.

Photo of Tred420
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Had a great time with this one. The aftertaste was fantastic.

Photo of Beergod50
5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Consistently good IPA. I find myself stocking it in greater quantities and drinking it more frequently than the competing IPA's that I keep on hand. One of my absolute favorites. I'm happy to say it seems to be growing in broad distribution in Central New York. Distinct happy taste and smell. Fresh consistent taste.

Photo of Sts54
4.71/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Really like this beer, great taste.

Photo of Morecuamanyc
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very good beer overall , I really enjoyed it

Photo of Robmgm
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color, hoppy smell, sweet and bitter taste, full flavor, great IPA

Photo of javitale
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Will never get it again unless its the only think, still its drinkable.

Photo of bmeehan
2.97/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Meh. This was the first IPA I ever tried and while I still don't love them, I've had a few that I enjoyed more than this one.

Photo of julieg
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Basic - bitter citrus - IPA

Photo of rjs246
4/5  rDev +4.4%

This is a very good IPA that tastes very similar to other very good east coast IPAs. I would drink it again in a heartbeat but wouldn't be compelled to go out of my way for it.

Photo of joe12pk
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Poured into a glass.
This starts nice with citrus and fruits - then BAM!- I am being pummeled by pine. Quite a disturbing turn of events. This could of been a great beer if there was only a whisper of pine. At 7.3 ABV and only $7.99 a six pack, it will get you sloshed for a reasonable price. If, on the other hand, you wish to have a pleasant buzz & a decent brew, just get a familiar friend and skip this mess.

Photo of Miket13
4.75/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Really good IPA. Great flavor and nice most places have this for sale.

Photo of MVotter
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - Hazy gold w/1/2 inch cream head

S - Malts, breads, grain, diacetyls

T - Sweetish hop flavors abound, malt flavors follow the aroma notes

F - Some stickiness, plenty of carbonation

O - This is on the opposite end of the bitterness scale of hop-centric beers. The hop profile is sweet rather than tart, and complements a sweet carmely malt flavor. The overall flavor is a departure from the grapefruitish flavored IPAs and ends up being reminiscent of flavors associated with old English yeast origins. Unique. Nice.

Photo of kojevergas
2.73/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

"DOB: 05/05/14." Normally I'd refrain from reviewing an IPA which is 5 months old, but Southern Tier's website for this beer has a recommended cellaring temperature, suggesting aging is just fine by them, if not recommended. Interesting.

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing label design and branded black pry-off pressure cap purchased as a single at Whole Foods HQ and served into a pilsner glass at low altitude in Austin, TX. Reviewed live as an IPA for obvious reasons. 7.30% ABV.

Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1.5 finger wide head. Off-white colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Retention is pretty good - about 5 minutes. Fairly soft complexion. Nice even frothy consistency. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Clear translucent transparent copper of above average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Overall, it's an appealing appearance for an IPA, but is pretty conventional. Nothing stands out as unique or special here. Appears well-carbonated.

AROMA: It's an even pairing of pale malt and caramalt sweetness with floral, herbal, and lightly piney hop notes. Maybe some tangerine citrus in there too. It borders on the boozy fruity character I despise in IPAs, but never quite ventures into it. On the sweeter side by American IPA standards, sure. Grassiness emerges as it warms.

No overt alcohol, spices, off-notes, or yeast character are/is detectable.

TASTE/TEXTURE: Strangely wood-evocative, actually. The sticky slightly syrupy feel pairs poorly with the overdone sweetness, which borders on cloying. Hop notes are plentiful, but still provide insufficient bitterness to counter the dominant pale malt and caramalt sweetness: grapefruit pith, tangerine rind, spruce, floral notes, and grassiness. It's light on hops for an American IPA, and the sweetness does little for it. As it warms, I pick up on the beginnings of some of the boozy pineapple notes I despise in IPAs.

Average depth and duration of flavour. Below average flavour intensity.

It's smooth and wet, and overcarbonated. Unrefreshing. Could be softer and creamier. Overall presence on the palate is average; this texture is a decent companion to the taste, but doesn't elevate the beer beyond the limits of the flavour profile.

While the balance - as abovementioned - is subpar, it's not a badly built IPA per se. There's a nice diversity of flavour, and while it isn't even, gestalt, subtly executed, or complex, it's not unpleasant to drink. I do like it in a general sense, but I'd liken the hop profile more to that of a tame pale ale than an IPA.

OVERALL: It's a downable IPA with a well-hidden ABV and a wide distribution footprint. I found it entirely too sweet, throwing off the balance, and that's coming from a reviewer known for finding most "typical" West Coast IPAs imbalanced to the other extreme. I wouldn't buy this again, but it's well-priced for what it is and you could do worse. This won't impress the discerning drinker and it's far from up to par with Southern Tier's best offerings, but I'm glad I tried it once. I'll easily finish the glass, but I wouldn't want another.

All of the above said, I can see where this might have been an impressive offering 11 years ago.

High C-

Photo of dank203
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

really like this india pale. great balance, slick malty backbone with lot of mild spicy hop flavors, and a hint of the tropics.

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IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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