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IPA (India Pale Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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

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87
very good

1,888 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 1888
Reviews: 897
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John on 03-24-2003)
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TheOtherMike

Michigan

5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another excellent find while traveling between Michigan and New York. I found this in Erie, PA at one of their "six-pack" stores.

Appearance - Very orangy color, but clear. Moderate head that rapidly dissipates but yields persistent lacing.

Smell - Definitely an IPA. Hoppy with obvious citrus and flowery aroma.

Taste - Lotsa hops with just enough malt. Yummy!

Drinkability - I'm considering another road-trip to fetch some more. It's good enough that it should probably be enjoyed by itself - no food or anything else to interfere with the experience.

Update 2010-12-31 (from 2004-06-30 original review): This has been available in my area for the last few months and I truly enjoy it even after a six year hiatus. I've updated the taste, smell, and appearance to 5.0 from 4.5.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 06:11:17 | More by TheOtherMike
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vangoghtaling

Virginia

4.97/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I discovered this god send of a beer in orchard park on the wknd of a buffalo bills game(21oct06). it was my first real IPA & i fell in love w/ the style & the hops. anyway it tasted like i was grazing in a field,... but in a good way. sooo good!!! i would drink this one till my liver failed

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 23:03:11 | More by vangoghtaling
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John

New York

4.93/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap @ MacGregor's - Rochester (Gregory St.). New brewery, new beer, brought to us by a familiar name in the biz, Phin DeMinck (formerly of Ellicottville and Goose Island). Though they're brewing a mild and a porter too, the IPA was the only one I had time to try. Clear copper color, shaded toward ruby. The nose consists of pungeant hops and biscuity malt. The first taste welcomes you with smack of oily hop with a precise balance and interplay of malts. Bitterness is ever present but is held in check by a big grapefruity, tangerine hop flavor. Moderate carbonation. The combination creates an incredibly smooth mouthfeel and a scary ease of drinkability (does that make sense?). Very solid brew. A beer that could satisfy with one or two...or several. This is everything an IPA should be. Well done.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2003 10:09:15 | More by John
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Celt44

New York

4.93/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been hooked on this from the first. Currently, my #1. Even the green labeled bottle is beautiful to me.
Appearance is cloudy amber/copper. Medium head dissipates quickly but lacing lasts throughout.
Aroma is floral with hops and malt present.
Taste is strong of hops - grapefruit is more than present and it finishes with hints of pine. Not overly bitter at alll.
Mouthfeel is smooth throughout and finishes smooth - carbonation is not overbearing at all.
As I said before - I love this beer. The price and availability of Southern Tier products in my area make this one a great session brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2005 02:44:36 | More by Celt44
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iuhophead87

Indiana

4.85/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A-A very nice light amber color with an off white head that settles erratically across the glass leaving an interestingly shaped head.

S- This is exactly what I want a beer to smell like. You can smell the citrus hops along with pine, caramel, and a bit of heaven. I hope this beer tastes as good as it smells.

T- MMM! This beer is extremely hoppy but yet very balanced at the same time. With all of the hop flavor you would almost expect to see chunks of hops floating throughout the beer. Although very hoppy, the beer is almost creamy at the same time. Southern Tier had done it again and is quickly becoming my second favorite brewer just behind FFF.

MF- This is a very smooth beer without the strong bitter finish of many IPAs. The sweet malt balance of this beer makes it very smooth and refreshing.

D- This beer would easily replace TwoHearted as my go to everyday beer if I could get it here in Indiana. A perfect beer without too much ABV that could be had during any occasion. Hats off to Southern Tier for this outstanding beer. I just wish I had more than two of these tasty treats.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 02:12:39 | More by iuhophead87
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bwyker

New York

4.83/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cherry wood amber color, with a slight haze. Topped with about a half inch of off-white foam. Very sticky lacing that remained all the way through the pint. Immediately socked in the nose with a fist full of floral hops. Maple syrup sweetness follows in the aroma. Citrus hops all the way through in the taste. Balanced well with a slight malt sweetness. Light-to-medium body, with moderate bitterness. Extremely drinkable. Modest alcohol and deliciously hoppy I've had this many many times, both in bottle and on tap. I have to say, it is far better on tap. Maybe they dry hop the kegs? Amazing beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2006 16:28:56 | More by bwyker
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220emaple

Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very exceptional beer. I love everything about it from the hoppy aroma to the smooth hoppy flavor. Not too malty like alot of the other ipa's/dipa's and seems to have a perfect balance of bittering and aromatic hops.
Southern Tier really hit the nail on the head with this beaut. Can't wait to buy some more!

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 00:41:09 | More by 220emaple
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.78/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Happy surprise to find this in cincinnati this past weekend. It pours a mostly clear copper color with a small head that retains rather well over top. Beautiful color. It just looks great sitting in my pint glass. Nose is big citrusy sweet hop. Awesome aroma. Good notes of caramel malt behind it. This brew smells really damn nice. Flavor is dead on with the nose. Big citrusy hop with just a hint of piney hop overlaying a very clean caramel backbone. This reminds me a lot of the best homebrew IPA I made. Very very clean lines on the beer. There is a very mild bitter that hangs on the finish and burps are very hoppy, drawing me back to the brew. Feel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. Not sure what else I can say about this one. One of the absolute most solid IPA's I have ever had. I am sad I have to drive an hour to get it. Top notch beer. Seek it and enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2005 00:44:03 | More by kmpitz2
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Kakaraht

British Columbia (Canada)

4.78/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours with generous thumb of thick white head that is slow to dissipate. It has a tawny amber color that makes the drink look quite crisp and refreshing, especially as a bead of precipitation rolls down the sexy curves of my Innis and Gunn glass.

S:The aroma is quite citrusy, and has that quintessential American IPA essence to it. One thinks of grapefruit, and orange peels, with a hint of what might be a creaminess.

T: The first thing I notice is how subtle and smooth the bitterness of the beer is, lingering just long enough on the back of the tongue too make you want more. The citrus balance is quite creamy, almost a buttery flavor.

M: This is a very smooth brew that coats your mouth like it is made of orange velvet. The carbonation is just right, giving a good earthy belch to finish it off.

D: Excellent drink, it is really nice to have an American IPA that is not trying to win any IBU competitions. Will buy this drink again. Very high quality beer, love Southern Tier.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 03:06:15 | More by Kakaraht
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jasonpeckins32

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! An incredible beer here. This has been one of my favorites for a long time. Its hard to find a brew better than this.

Pours a beautiful bronze shade, a little head, but that leaves quickly. The scents are amazing. Strong of hops, and fused with a sweet flurry of oranges, peaches, and citrus fruits. Fruit basket galore. I also seem to notice some slight malt presence in the nose as well.

The taste is very strong of hops. Very select hops. There is a killer citrus bite in the flavor as well. You'd almost think there was half a grapefruit soaking in the bottom of the bottle. Extremely delicious.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied. Very smooth, this one goes down great. The nice taste probably helps out with that also. It has about the perfect amount of carbonation. Extremely drinkable. I could tip these back all day long. About as close to paradise as I've been in a while.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2005 12:54:36 | More by jasonpeckins32
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rousee

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a fabulous IPA. Pours honey-amber with a beautiful 2 finger head. The retention is exceptional and it has excellent continual carbonation. Leaves some frothy --thick bubbled lace too. Smell is the only characterististic that it is needing more. It is a tad on the musty side but does have some maltiness and good hop punch too. Taste is smooth as can be --what a well balanced IPA. Upfront, it has the maltiness of a IIPA but it is mild enough to not finish that way. I love this beer. I wish I had bought more of it.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2005 23:04:15 | More by rousee
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.72/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear orange color with a thick creamy head. Decent lacing develops. The aroma has nice floral tones. But it does lead you to believe that this might be just a decent IPA. Wrong - the flavor of this IPA is amazing. The malt has a slight caramel tone. The hops are extremely floral and provide the perfect bitterness. Some orange citrus tones round out the flavor.

The mouthfeel was smooth and so was the finish. The finish was long on the tastebuds as the flavors slowly faded away. Extremely drinkable as the flavors are perfect and this IPA just makes you smile.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2004 12:18:25 | More by Gavage
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TagoMago

New York

4.7/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle with rather a generic-looking label, poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Beautiful dark copper with a nicely sized light brown tinged head. Nice head retention and lacing.

Aroma: Intensely spicy, piney, floral hop notes.

Taste: Spicy hops with some citrus. Mouthfeel is quite smooth.

Overall: This is an incredibly drinkable beer, and ranks among the best IPA's I've had. If you can find it, pick up a six-pack (or three).

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2004 04:07:37 | More by TagoMago
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thebrood1987

New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice herbal floral scents with a nice bready malt. A floral and herbal taste and bitterness throughout with a nice bready malt sweetness that mixes in with the bitterness really well. I'm also picking up on some green apple.

The bitterness is nice and this seems like session beer and cant even taste the alcohol or even seem like a 7 percent beer wow. Southern Tier keeps impressing me and this is the up and coming biggest brewery to watch out for.

Get this beer if you want a session IPA with a really nice herbal floral bitterness. It doesnt really have citrus or grapefruit in there is very herbal. So if you like that definitely get this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 03:52:03 | More by thebrood1987
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Adeeez

New York

4.66/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Surprised this one does not rank better, the Chinook Hops are ridiculous !!! Very nice, great odor !! Love the piney light finish, could drink this one all day. Great in a glass nice head, one of our " everyday " drinking type of IPA's, like its brother the 2x ipa this is a wonderful representation of a particular take on a IPA. Very nice!!

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 20:00:14 | More by Adeeez
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nickg902

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big fan of American IPA's so I thought id give this one a try from a brewery near my hometown

A: Pours a nice amber/orange color with a very small, white foamy head. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass

S: The smell lets me know right away that this will be a god IPA. Huge aroma of fruits (citrus and a little grape), flowers and a some piney hints

T: Very unique. First taste I get is of white grapes, very sweet, but not bothersome. Also taste some other citrus (lemon, grapefruit, maybe some pineapple?). Each sip brings a new taste to the front. The hops present provide this with a perfect balance and the the piney hop aftertaste makes this a very satisfying brew.

M: Smooth, light carbonation, nothing too special here

D: Awesomely drinkable, very satisfying. May only have 2 at a time because I never want this to become too "boring"

IPA fan and I would definitely recommed this to anyone who enjoys them. Probably gonna pick up another sixer soon.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2006 15:09:51 | More by nickg902
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lpayette

Vermont

4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Pours a light copper with a great creamy white head. Plenty of carbonation keeps it well-fed. Lots of lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell is creamy and biscuity. Cascade hops. Resiny. Floral. Slightly fruity/citrusy.

Taste follows suit with the smell and the first impressions are creamy and biscuity. Of course it is hoppy too, but there's a great balance to it. Slightly burnt taste that reminds me of creme brulee, although I admit that is on my mind.

Mouthfeel is out of this world. Sooo creamy and velvety. Amazing.

Drinkability couldn't get any better for me. This is the best new (to me) IPA I've had in quite some time... perhaps my new favorite for the style even. This is definitely worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2008 01:58:59 | More by lpayette
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Ralphus

Ontario (Canada)

4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier IPA is a beer that is highly regarded among beer enthusiasts, and for good reason. This is another example of an exemplary American IPA that excels in many different areas.

It looks good. An attractive amber colour with a quickly receding head and nice lacing all the way to the bottom of the glass. There is plenty to enjoy smell-wise.. lots of fruit, sweet but not overpowering thanks to the evident dosage hops, and malts. The taste is jam-packed with flavour.. caramel cream malts, fruit and a perfectly balanced pine hoppiness in the finish. It's a hoppy beer for sure but one that's done right.

If you're a fan of IPAs this a must have on your list and in your fridge. Drink up while it lasts!

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2008 22:24:14 | More by Ralphus
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mrmuskie

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First off i loved this beer. It poured a dark orange with amber highlights and a off white 2 finger head. The arommas were sweet maltiness with notes off citrus,apricot,and jasmine.
For the taste it was a very well balanced IPA with the intial taste being malt sweetness followed by fruity hops and finishing with just a slight bitter ting. The mouthfeel of this beer is where it stands alone in my opinion, it was strangly silky for a american IPA but still finished with the hop zing i want from a american IPA. This was my first Southern Tier brew...Im a big fan!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 14:23:40 | More by mrmuskie
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monstarr1234


4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I'm not going to go all nuts talking about the color of this beer and all of the flavors I taste in it, but I'm just going to say that it's a BAD ASS IPA that I would recommend to any IPA fans out there.

Being kind of new to the IPA scene (about 2 years) Iv'e been personally looking for one that I really enjoy, and I just found it.

Congrats to Southern Tier on making an awesome IPA.

Personally speaking, it's is my favorite "bottled" version of any IPA that Iv'e tasted out there so far.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 22:11:00 | More by monstarr1234
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ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4.63/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Southern Tier IPA pours a clear medium copper with a decent head that doesn't linger too long. The aroma is earthy, piney hops. The aroma really captures the feeling of sticking your nose in a handful of fresh wet hops. The flavor is green, spicy and bitter hops, with lots of pine and some citrus as well. Toasted malt flavors linger nicely in the finish, along with some resiny bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 02:42:41 | More by ericj551
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99bottles

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: This 12 ounce bottle has some serious defects. It's almost flat, the seam seems as if it will tear apart. If this beer is as good as I've heard, then they ought to be able to make round bottles in the near future. Light orange body, slight haze, moderate carbonation, head of off white dribbles into a patchy lace.

Smell: Carmel and pale malt. Piney hops. Not real strong. Ho hum, in every sense.

Taste: Ahhh, much more lively than the comatose nose. This IPA has a real fresh feeling. It takes the well suited malts and tells them to sit back while the hops confuse the person drinking the beer. Honestly. The smell is lame. The inital taste is sharp and bitter, the secondary feel is sweet and fruity, then citrus, and not bitter. Oh damn. This just perfect. No wonder this won at GABFs. It is so unassuming, and after you take a half hearted sip, it absolutely steamrolls over you with perfect hops. All you can do is stare as it as it consistently rolls on by. This beer isn't flashy or gimmicky. This is one of the best IPAs I've ever had. Wow. Sorry I complained about your bottles. You can put it in buckets, for all I care. Absolutely perfect.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Um, awesome. I need more of these. Now. This is an absolutely perfect beer. I must have more. Well textured and lively, this is smooth and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2004 18:23:04 | More by 99bottles
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2005 19:23:02 | More by BuckeyeNation
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, served in a pint glass.

Clear copper color with a white head that fell fast but did leave a good amount of lace.

Orange rind, hop aroma. Sweet nose to a hophead.

Strong biting hoppy taste. If you don't like hops, you don't get it.
I GOT IT.

Clean, light bodied IPA. Not slick or oily, very good mouthfeel.

Very drinkable IPA, 6.5% abv is low enough to have a few but strong enough to relax your soul (or get you into a fight, if you're a 'tough guy' drunk!).

Final Notes: Southern Tier is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries. I plan on visiting their brewery sometime over the summer of '07 and can hardly wait to taste some brewery fresh un*earthy as well as this IPA.
Thanks, Luv Ya!
Joe

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2007 01:09:32 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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Brad007

Vermont

4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber color with a huge, frothy head. Aromy is very strong and grassy upfront, hoppy, fruity and I can even detect a toasted essence. Taste upfront is very hoppy/grassy and fades into a nice toasted aftertaste. Not too hoppy nor too malty. Leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. It also compliments my pizza well, which is nice. Nice and bitter in the back of the tongue as well.

I have to say, a very drinkable IPA here. The aroma alone is worth purchasing this IPA. It draws you in and then the taste captures you.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2007 22:29:04 | More by Brad007
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IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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