IPA (India Pale Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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

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2,394 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,394
Reviews: 938
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 49
Gots: 313 | 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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Reviews by cbak999:
Photo of cbak999
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer seems a bit thin, however it's very drinkable....borderline a session beer except for the ABV. I almost get a caramel taste and smell from this beer. It pours a clear, orange, peach color. A bit of butter comes through the gulp. It's good, but not remarkable. It's a good choice, but not an A+ beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Rustic orange suffused with softly glowing amber. A thing of beauty, the head is pearlescent ivory in color, thickly creamy in consistency and looks to be an extraordinary lacer. The upper surface is pitted, lumpy, bumpy, softly undulating and rocky, all at the same time. Fine lace hugs the glass lower down and peppers it higher up.

The nose is outstanding. Leave it to Southern Tier to give me a nose that grabs my nose, so to speak, and doesn't let go. Not only is it cranium-filling in power, but it's as hoppy as all get out. Sweet orange, white grapefruit and ripe melon lead the way.

Hop, more hops and still more hops. I half expect to see a few hop cones floating in the glass. Southern Tier IPA is a wonderful beer, especially for the hopheads among us. The brewers are too talented to simply dump several boxcars worth of hops into the kettle however. They've worked their usual magic and have crafted a superb, hoppy ale.

Even though pale malt is noticed on the palate, it's swamped almost beyond recognition by a beautiful barrage of hops. A huge burst of white grapefruit pith and spruce sap swamps the taste buds and leaves them begging for more. Palate fatigue would be a definite possibility after a few of these, but I'll never find out since I only have the one. Dammit!

This beer is sweeter than many versions, which effectively takes the edge off of what would otherwise be a substantial bitter storm. I'm not sure that I have an ideal sweet:bitter ratio when it comes to IPAs, but this one is pretty close to perfect. The mouthfeel is full for the style with a velvety smoothness that is out this world.

There's something about Southern Tier beer that I just love. It's as if the brewers invited me to the brewery, gave me hundreds of samples (don't I wish) and tweaked their recipes to fit my exact preferences for each and every style. I had no doubt that the IPA (my favorite style) from these guys (one of my favorite breweries) would knock my socks off and leave powder burns on my feet. A huge thank you to HappyHourHero for the nectar.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.52/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into an 8oz glass in my hotel room, because it was all that I had!

A – Poured a very nice and clear amber color, a nice orange amber with a good sized, maybe two finger high head of white frothy lace on top. After a few minutes this relaxed down and formed just a small amount of side glass lace down the sides, but what was there stood around for a good long time and really made it have a nice look on the glass. There was a very nice amount of carbonation which was apparent from the very beginning of this one. Lots of streams of bubbles working their way up and condensing to reinforce the little bit of film left on the top. Overall nice classic light IPA look.

S – The aroma was rich and full and caught me right away which was just what I was looking for. A huge bouquet of deep floral hops, lots of citrus notes here came off almost too strong at first, well maybe to the amateur but to me, no such thing. As it warmed it started to change over to some pine resin like aromas, but still with the sticking orange and tangerine flavor lingering. Some nice notable hints of sugar then started to make their presence felt and really took the whole thing to the next level and gave it that hop bomb character we all know and love.

T – The flavor was great, I mean I needed exactly this at the time, and it was just spot on. Deep thick citrus hoppy goodness is exactly the phrase I have written down in my notebook. It was just a mess of orange, tangerine, and pineapple, with some sweet sugary notes thrown in and a touch of pine to make it all fresh. The finish was super bitter and dry and brought out the flavors of a fresh meadow of flowers with the taste of almost like a dandelion and fresh cut grass. Just really great and a classic gem of a west coast IPA, but from an east coast source, what more could you ask for.

M – The body on this was much thicker then the initial look would have led me to believe it would have been. The clear well carbonated look would have lended me to think this would have come off a bit light, but this was a very nice medium bodied ale with a mild syrup like feel to it that really did not become bothersome due to the ample carbonation that kept it from becoming that way. It was just a really nice full feel to it with no slickness and just a smooth coating texture that really let you have it and felt really great.

D – This was a classic session ale for me all the way. I mean what more could I ask for then a moderate ABV highly hopped well carbonated brew that I could put down for hours. This was just about as good as it gets for me as far as being able to put down a few, I wish I had gotten a sixer of this instead of a single as it would have been nice to have another one after the fact.

Overall this was fantastic, and definitely another winner from Southern Tier. I am just starting to be able to sample a lot of their brews and the more I have the more I am impressed with. This one was no different. They took the style of the west coast session IPA and made it their own while staying true to the roots, could not really ask for much more. I would recommend this to any hop lover.

Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poures a deep copper with a nice fluffy head that leaves sheets of lace down the glass,aromas of pine needles and some nuttiness pretty well balanced on the nose.A very resiny,piney hop flavor up front but a firm crisp malt backbone hold up well keeping the hops from being to overbearing.The finish is very abrupt not much finish going on and not much lingering flavors,a real well balanced IPA not overly hopped but with a real hop identity,recommended.

Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Boy, did this one look the part. The body was a mostly clear orange that held up a gorgeous head that laced well and pitted all over the top of the liquid.

Smell – This one is smooth with some piney notes and a nice malt balance. I can pick up shades of grapefruit and a “green tea” scent.

Taste – This IPA starts off with a big grapefruit rush followed by some lovely floral hops and a nice, strong sugary-malt backbone. There’s a nice little bitter twang at the finish.

Mouthfeel – I felt that this was the ale’s strong point. It is incredibly smooth and exactly medium-bodied. Very nice.

Drinkability – The grapefruit is really strong here and might turn some off, but I lapped it up.

Comments – Thanks to the venerable OldFroth for sending this one my way.

Photo of Supersweetshirts
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have had a few beers from Southern Tier and my thoughts remain the same after each one. Southern Tier makes a decent beer. Its not amazing and its not awful. It's just plain decent and its a beer that I will get if I'm out at a bar that has a limited selection. The beer has a decent helping of citrus and hops and doesn't leave an undesirable, lingering bitterness in your mouth. This is actually a beer that I thought tasted a little better as it got warmer, becoming sweeter but still maintaining a decent malty flavor. I poured the beer into a standard pint glass where it displayed nice color and mild carbonation. Overall, the Southern Tier IPA would be more of a casual beer that I would keep in my fridge. It goes well with spicy food and is reasonably priced.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of the bottle came an interesting reddish orange liquid. I don't see any precipitation, but the color is inviting. About a finger and a half of light tan head rose up with a decent density (not marshmallowy, but well thick). Trace amounts of lace were left to hang around as the glass became ever more empty.

The smell first delivered an unambiguous orange with some grapefruit hints. Stinky old hops. Big and sweet caramel malt base. Smells fruity and acidic.

The taste is sweet then bitter then sweet again. A curious transformation all in one swig! Good stuff. The alcohol is slightly perceivable in the aftertaste, but this one doesn't give you that dry finish. The bite is not in here. The finish remains too wet and juicy to be dry.

Hops doesn't exactly play second fiddle in this beer, but it is definitely sharing the limelight. Malt is in the house throwing its weight around. The mouthfeel gives me a nice oily impression and has a light medium body.

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in nonic/

Look (3.5/5) - This one pours a rich caramel-gold colour. About two fingers of fluffy head with fairly good stand and good lacing rises from the pour. Clarity is pretty poor, I'd call it hazy.

Smell (3.5/5) - The nose is pretty well dominated by hops; resin and grapefruit stand. Some light breadcrust and biscuit malts. A hint of peppery spice on the finish.

Flavour (4/5) - Very similar to the nose. The malts taste a touch lighter than in many IPAs and APAs (again breadcrust and biscuit). Grapefruit is a bit more prominent on the palate and a bit of pine compliments the resin here as well. A bitter finish lasts for a while and is complimented quite nicely by the peppery flavours.

Feel (3.5/4) - Medium-light body that has some medium carbonation. A slight hint of oily, mouth-coating texture on the finish goes well with the flavours at play.

Drink (3.5/4) - Quite smooth and drinkable. Nice flavours. Like a lighter malt American IPA. Offers some nice new world hops.

Photo of MadScientist
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours a medium amber with an orange hue and an off-white head with lasting retention.

There is citrus and floral hops aroma with a malty sweetness in the background. Herbaceous maybe grass character to the hops as well as a with some alcohol noted. It's not an in your face but it's good.

A medium-high citrus and resinous hops flavor with a medium-high bitterness and a moderate malt support. There is a lingering bitterness after the medium-dry finish.

This is a lively medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation.

A solid American IPA featuring American hops flavor with a over a good bitterness. I'll usually reach for a more aromatic IPA with intense bitterness but sometimes an easier drinking version like this one is a welcome change every now an then.

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 JMD71
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light copper, gold to orange. Almost no head when poured. Also, seems to be very low carbonation.

Aroma: Heavy American hops in the nose! Citrusy, piney, earthy. Very sweet smelling from the malt, too. Nice balance.

Taste: Very hoppy! Sweet malt turns to bitter American hops with the usual citrus, grapefruit flavor. Finishes clean without being too bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Leaves mouth feeling crisp, although slightly cloying. Not overpowering, but does coat the mouth a bit.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable. This is easy drinking. Could easily hold up against any IPA. Enjoyable with every sip. Smooth, refreshing, delicious...

Comments: Excellent IPA! One of my favorites to date. Others are overly bitter, but not this one. This is well balanced, smooth & enjoyable. The only downside to this is that is does taste similar to other Southern Tier beers. They all seem to use the same hop bill which leaves them all tasting similar.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with cool green artwork. Pours from the bottle a dark orange and amber color with a half inch of taut off white foam that leaves lots of spotty lacing across the glass. Aromas of green hops off the bat. Tropical fruity and citric with pine resin accents. Sweet caramel in the background. A lovely mix of leafy hop scents.

First sip brings some sweet caramalized maltiness that's a touch doughy. It leads the way for a nice mix of citric, piney hops that have some tropical fruit notes as well. Medium bitterness with a good balance between the hops and malts. Finishes with lingering leafy hop flavor that makes you want to take another sip.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and creamy. Perfect carbonation. This is a drinkable IPA that I'd imagine would be a good session brew. Easy drinking and full of good hoppy flavors. Definetly an IPA worth seeking out from the great state of NY. Thanks to kmpitz2 for saving one of these for me!

Photo of blitz134
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A little Friday afternoon beer while I work on some homework. Received from Jay23 in Secret Bunny '07. Thanks!

Clear, orange-light caramel mix. Little head on the pour and what was there disappeared to only a ring around the glass and some intermittent bubbles on the surface.

Aroma is nice and simple, but still has a little strength. Fairly clean malting. Presents a little biscuit and a little crystal malt, not much though. Mostly hops in the nose though. Nice floral and citrus blend, some tangerine rind and a touch of straw.

Taste has a bit more malting evident and less floral hops. Malts are more upfront and have more bready, dinner roll to it. More straw and herbal hops in the finish. Some lingering bitterness. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel is relatively light and crisp. Coats the mouth okay initially but washes away with a little bread flavor and lingering bitterness.

Good drinkability. Not a huge standout of the style, but definately a solid offering here. This would be my fallback IPA if I lived in the area. Nice and refreshing brew.

Photo of JasonA
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly cloudy, solid 2 fingers of thick head. Ample lacing, lots of carb.

Light and fresh. Maybe malt. Not much present.

Medium hop, light pine, little light malt. Somewhat nice little malt.

Medium bodied, well balanced with ABV. Could use a little more malt, mape some more aroma hop.

Id have more, but not exceptional. Id probably look for other IPAs instead of heading back.

Photo of andrewsporter
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a straight pint glass.

Appearance - Moderately yellow on the lighter side, pale, crisp haze with no particles. Poured with almost a finger of head, not too much. Lacing is beautiful and abundant.

Smell - Not pungent at all really, distant hops.

Taste - Surprisingly mild and drinkable. It certainly isn't hop-heavy which initially disappointed me. But it's enjoyable and humble in its own right. Well rounded. It lingers with polite understatement. I would almost call this a pale ale on the heavier side.

Mouthfeel - On the slight heavier side of average. Pleasant. Pleasant. Semantic satiation.

Overall a very drinkable, modest IPA that I would consider offering not-so-hop-heads if I don't finish the other five tonight.

Photo of generallee
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The color was orangey amber with a foamy off white head. Its head slowly fades to just a thin covering of bubbles.

Smell: Hops attack the nose with spruce pine, resin and light citrusy hop aromas.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor hits your tongue with bold piney and citrusy hop flavors. Malt flavor lies underneath and offers some balance with a mildly sweet and bready tone. The palate has a slightly oily smooth texture with a medium body and soft carbonation.

Notes: This is one solid IPA that has good flavor and drinkability.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a decent beige head.

Very citrusy and floral aroma...sweet candied malts.

Flavor is huge citrusy hops, bubblegum, earthy, backed up by a great malt backbone. Ends semidry and very bitter, but with the sweetness hanging on to the palette as well. very smooth.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light-moderate carbonation.

Extremely drinkable...dayum tasty.

Photo of Duster72
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice clear dark copper with a big head and retention. Aroma is rather mild piney hops with hints of citrus. Taste is bitter piney hops with a surprisingly sweet malty backbone. Definite floral and citrus hints as well, but the earthy pine hops dominate. Mouthfeel is a little on the sticky side, but is fine. A little too harsh to be considered highly drinkable.

Photo of Jason
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Amazing lace on the glass, head does a great job. Hazed dull golden hue. Orangey, minty, piney, mild grapefruit rind and mild tobacco show what the hops are about in the nose ... hint of malt and alcohol in there as well. Enjoyable smoothness, semi-chewy medium body. Ample hop bitterness does not go overboard but holds firm, orange peel, mint, pine, pipe tobacco, pithy and herbal ... good hoppiness all around. Toasted bread and a hint of caramel on the palate with some clean fruity esters. Finishes warm with a long linger hoppiness.

This is a big IPA, bordering Impy IPAs but we are splitting hairs here ... a hop heads treat here. I need to frequent this beer more often.

Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a chill hazed honey amber body with small offwhite head. Some patchy lacing sticks to the glass. Aroma is citrusy fruity with a heavy grapefruit presence. A hint of caramel sweetness. Medium body and carbonation. Taste is dominated by a grapefruity hop bitterness. Hints of pine and earthy hops just underneath. Subtle caramel maltiness agreeably balances. I could drink this one on a regular basis.

Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, pours dark honey in color, off white head, love those tiny bubbles and nice lacing, fine and intricate. Citrusy hoppy nose. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Notes of resiny hops, floral, vanilla, smoke. Nice balance, hops fresh,bold and up front but not over powering. Tasty IPA.

Photo of warriorsoul
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to shirfan for this brew....
Pours a real nice cloudy copper w/ a full finger of creamy white head. Disappears too quickly w/ very little lace.
I can smell the hops out of this baby as I poured it and is a real appealing quality so far...no sense of malt here...detect sweet caramel...somewhat piney aroma.
The taste is fantastic. It is real smooth w/ a nice hop flavor. I can detect the malt now and it one heck of a mix...with the hops winning in the end. This is not a overdone IPA...and I'm sure it may taste a bit off after having a Hop Rod Rye AND Ruination yesterday.
I could drink this IPA any day of the week...and a session beer too.
Thanks to shirfan for allowing me the chance to taste one beer I would never be able to locate otherwise.

Photo of Homebrew35
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy golden/pale body, nice off white creamy one finger head. I'd like to see a touch more head, this dissipates a bit too quick for my liking. A ring of lacing and a few blobs of big bubbles survive a bit longer.

S:Citrus, lavender, fruity, toffee, some smokey notes in there some how.

T: Sweet at first, slight grassy, some carmel, earthy hops on the medium long finish. A slight lingering metallic bitterness remains.

M:Feels medium thin bodied. I wish this was a bit thicker. Medium prickly carbonation.

D:I could drink a few of these at a time. I think the lingering bitterness and thin body detracts from this as well.

$1.50 each from a mixed sixer from Copaco in Bloomfield.

Photo of tigg924
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: hazy/cloudy, small head, medium/high carbonation, orange/gold in color

Smell: hops, citrus, and pineapple

Taste: hops and pine dominate--especially after the first brief initial taste of pineapple

Mouthfeel: brief sweet start followed by a lasting bitter finish. smooth and light.

Drinkability: I think this is a very average IPA. It is very hoppy for those that love hops. I will most likely pass on this in the future.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an ale glass. A lighter amber brew, a thin head that is surprisingly stubborn to dissolve. A very good sign! Sticky lacing as well.

The smell is certainly hoppy, but it isn't punch-you-in-the-face hoppy. It lets some of the malts and fruit smells get some attention, which is fine by me.

The taste is quite enjoyable, yet not what I'd expected from an American IPA. It is hoppy, but like with the nose, I get a great deal of fruitiness from this brew: namely apricots and citrus. Nice peppery spiciness to the finish.

Mouthfeel is about right, very drinkable. Maybe could have had a bit more meat to it, but I find this is also the case with other Southern Tiers I've tried, so maybe it's their thing.

A great IPA, very enjoyable. While some reviewers have lamented the lack of bitterness to this beer, I found it to be just to my liking. I prefer my IPA's to have a bit more diverse flavours than just hoppy bitterness, but this is just my taste. A good find, will pick up again!

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IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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