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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
87
very good

2,255 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 2,255
Reviews: 912
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 42
Gots: 177 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John on 03-24-2003)
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Photo of 220emaple
4.8/5  rDev +25.3%
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!

220emaple, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of Kakaraht
4.78/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

Kakaraht, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of kmpitz2
4.78/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

kmpitz2, Oct 25, 2005
Photo of zapx
4.75/5  rDev +24%

zapx, Nov 25, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +24%

tARsh, May 31, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +24%

Relayer10, Jul 08, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +24%

Tpsauer, Jun 23, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +24%

stumac, Apr 04, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +24%

jrs3082, Jul 06, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +24%

ejane, Nov 19, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +24%

mccorjf54, Apr 05, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +24%

hollywood_15063, Oct 20, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +24%

SavageHopHead, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.75/5  rDev +24%
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.

jasonpeckins32, May 24, 2005
Photo of rousee
4.75/5  rDev +24%
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.

rousee, Sep 08, 2005
Photo of Gavage
4.72/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

Gavage, Jun 22, 2004
Photo of thebrood1987
4.7/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

thebrood1987, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of TagoMago
4.7/5  rDev +22.7%
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).

TagoMago, May 08, 2004
Photo of Adeeez
4.66/5  rDev +21.7%
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!!

Adeeez, Feb 23, 2013
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!

mrmuskie, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of nickg902
4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

nickg902, May 09, 2006
Photo of monstarr1234
4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

monstarr1234, Oct 21, 2012
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.

lpayette, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of Ralphus
4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
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!

Ralphus, Oct 16, 2008
IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,255 ratings.