IPA (India Pale Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by Groomsy:
4.35/5 rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
We just got this in within the past two days at our local Buffalo Wild Wings in Morehead, so I took advantage of the opportunity to have this from a freshly tapped keg. Served in a pint glass. I texted myself notes on this one... how big of a geek am I?
Appearance: Pretty standard for an IPA, I suppose. Poured a rusty orange/copper color from the tap and was topped by a thin but creamy one-finger ivory-colored head which had solid retention and left strings of lacing down the glass, especially the lower half. Nice looking, but not great. This may have to do with the slightly chilled glass the beer was served in.
Smell: Wow. This is a hoppy beer if there ever was one, but it doesn't knock you flat out. Plenty of citrus and fruit in the smell: Grapefruit, oranges, maybe even mango and pineapple. Pine resin and rich, springy, floral scents also leap out of the glass toward the drinker as the beer warms over time; this makes me look forward to what I'm drinking. This is all backed by a subtle but enticing malt profile which features a touch of caramel and even a little bit of honey sweetness with notes of fresh bread. Very well-done and mouth-watering. The tropical fruit smells give me a clue of what I'm getting myself into.
Taste: Sweet citrus, mainly notes of orange, ripe grapefruit, and lemon, sweep the palate at first. Oh man, this is GOOD stuff. This quickly gives way to some more herbal notes from the hops as well as sticky pine resin and some grassiness which lingers for a LONG time. There's just enough malt balance of honey and caramel flavors to not bombard you with the hop flavors in the finish. Although this is a hoppy beer, it's not aggressive; it's elegant, mouthwatering, and the bitterness is balanced by the sugary sweetness of both the hop and malt profiles. All of these flavors combine well in the finish and linger for a long time in the back of the mouth. Little hint of alcohol pops up in the finish, but it's barely noticeable.
Mouthfeel: Oh my gosh. It's like a cloud from Heaven in my mouth. For such a hoppy beer, this is smooth, creamy, and has just the right amount of body. Even the lingering notes of pine resin and citrus don't leave a big dry finish. Granted, it's slightly dry, but it's done in a way to make you want the beer that much more. Medium carbonation assists in this - flavors develop over time - as well as the lingering melting pot of flavors in the finish.
Drinkability: Admittedly, I couldn't drink this ALL night, since I'm just getting into the IPA style - but the slightly high ABV is well masked and the flavors are so enticing that it would be hard not to order another one. I will GLADLY order this every time I go to my local Buffalo Wild Wings. This is fantastic stuff, and at $5 a pint, it can't be beat. A very solid IPA.
Serving type: on-tap
03-16-2011 03:32:24 | More by Groomsy
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3.93/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pour 12oz bottle into New Belgium globe
A-Pours a clear golden yellow with a big white fluffy head that never quite goes away.
S-Aroma is light floral hops and honey.
T-The taste is light, crisp and refreshing. There’s some floral and citrus flavors.
M-Mouthfeel has bitterness is pretty tame. A little oily, resin sort of flavor.
O-Overall super easy to drink, better than average IPA.
Serving type: bottle
03-05-2014 22:41:48 | More by reebtaerG
IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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