IPA (India Pale Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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86
very good

2,393 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 2,393
Reviews: 938
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 50
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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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 TheOtherMike
5/5  rDev +30.5%
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.

Photo of hophead123
4.99/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Classic, well ballanced IPA from ST

Photo of vangoghtaling
4.97/5  rDev +29.8%
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

Photo of Celt44
4.92/5  rDev +28.5%
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.

Photo of John
4.92/5  rDev +28.5%
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.

Photo of iuhophead87
4.82/5  rDev +25.8%
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.

Photo of bwyker
4.82/5  rDev +25.8%
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.

Photo of 220emaple
4.79/5  rDev +25.1%
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!

Photo of Kakaraht
4.75/5  rDev +24%
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.

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 kmpitz2
4.75/5  rDev +24%
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.

Photo of TagoMago
4.72/5  rDev +23.2%
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).

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 rousee
4.71/5  rDev +23%
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.

Photo of Gavage
4.68/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

Photo of Adeeez
4.67/5  rDev +21.9%
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!!

Photo of mrmuskie
4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
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!

Photo of thebrood1987
4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

Photo of lpayette
4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

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 nickg902
4.64/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

Photo of Brad007
4.62/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

Photo of ericj551
4.62/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

Photo of Ralphus
4.62/5  rDev +20.6%
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!

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IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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