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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
86
very good

2,200 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 2,200
Reviews: 912
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 43
Gots: 154 | 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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2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

deapokid, Jan 19, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

kelvarnsen, Nov 30, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

MarkSmithVT, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of whatyousay
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

whatyousay, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of RWNewhouse
2.58/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from bottle into English pint glass.

Appearance – light amber to golden orange. Off-white head held well. Light lacing.

Smell – Very lightly floral, hint of citrus. Slight sweetness. No grassiness to me.

Taste – malt forward with nice balance of hops. Leaves with a increased bitterness, but could offer more depth.

Mouthfeel – Medium with medium carbonation. Pleasant overall.

Overall – A little disjointed overall. Moving from sweet to flat to bitter without good transition. Fair enough to try again, but not extremely impressing.

RWNewhouse, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of RomaniIteDomum
2.6/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours golden with a nice frothy white head.

Smells like hops. Lots of hops.

Tastes of hops, melted plastic, and copper. Uh, wait. What's wrong here?

Watery to boot.

Ok, it's fairly obvious I got a bad bottle, but this isn't the impression a brewery new to the market wants to impart on its prospective drinkers. Oh, well. I can't wait for the Blackwater series to start coming in.

RomaniIteDomum, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of MmmIPA
2.63/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Orange body with a thick head that lingers there for a bit and some lacing on the glass.

Hop presence and malt.

Hop taste and malt is the 2nd taste.

Easy going down and malty as it warms.Good carbonation.

Pretty good but not anything worth seeling out or getting before somthing you want.Did I confuse ya? lol Not bad.

MmmIPA, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of drabmuh
2.7/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

No date on bottle, poured into a Stone IPA tulip glass. Beer is amber and hazy, forms a thick off white head of small and medium bubbles that falls away slowly leaving a lot of lacing on the glass. Looks good.

Aroma is pretty malty on this single. There is some pine in there but its not the forward smell. That's unfortunate.

You give IPAs a bad name. This is all sweet malt up front and there is some lingering bitterness in the back. Its drinkable but its no IPA.

drabmuh, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of kojevergas
2.71/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

"DOB: 05/05/14." Normally I'd refrain from reviewing an IPA which is 5 months old, but Southern Tier's website for this beer has a recommended cellaring temperature, suggesting aging is just fine by them, if not recommended. Interesting.

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing label design and branded black pry-off pressure cap purchased as a single at Whole Foods HQ and served into a pilsner glass at low altitude in Austin, TX. Reviewed live as an IPA for obvious reasons. 7.30% ABV.

Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1.5 finger wide head. Off-white colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Retention is pretty good - about 5 minutes. Fairly soft complexion. Nice even frothy consistency. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Clear translucent transparent copper of above average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Overall, it's an appealing appearance for an IPA, but is pretty conventional. Nothing stands out as unique or special here. Appears well-carbonated.

AROMA: It's an even pairing of pale malt and caramalt sweetness with floral, herbal, and lightly piney hop notes. Maybe some tangerine citrus in there too. It borders on the boozy fruity character I despise in IPAs, but never quite ventures into it. On the sweeter side by American IPA standards, sure. Grassiness emerges as it warms.

No overt alcohol, spices, off-notes, or yeast character are/is detectable.

TASTE/TEXTURE: Strangely wood-evocative, actually. The sticky slightly syrupy feel pairs poorly with the overdone sweetness, which borders on cloying. Hop notes are plentiful, but still provide insufficient bitterness to counter the dominant pale malt and caramalt sweetness: grapefruit pith, tangerine rind, spruce, floral notes, and grassiness. It's light on hops for an American IPA, and the sweetness does little for it. As it warms, I pick up on the beginnings of some of the boozy pineapple notes I despise in IPAs.

Average depth and duration of flavour. Below average flavour intensity.

It's smooth and wet, and overcarbonated. Unrefreshing. Could be softer and creamier. Overall presence on the palate is average; this texture is a decent companion to the taste, but doesn't elevate the beer beyond the limits of the flavour profile.

While the balance - as abovementioned - is subpar, it's not a badly built IPA per se. There's a nice diversity of flavour, and while it isn't even, gestalt, subtly executed, or complex, it's not unpleasant to drink. I do like it in a general sense, but I'd liken the hop profile more to that of a tame pale ale than an IPA.

OVERALL: It's a downable IPA with a well-hidden ABV and a wide distribution footprint. I found it entirely too sweet, throwing off the balance, and that's coming from a reviewer known for finding most "typical" West Coast IPAs imbalanced to the other extreme. I wouldn't buy this again, but it's well-priced for what it is and you could do worse. This won't impress the discerning drinker and it's far from up to par with Southern Tier's best offerings, but I'm glad I tried it once. I'll easily finish the glass, but I wouldn't want another.

All of the above said, I can see where this might have been an impressive offering 11 years ago.

High C-

kojevergas, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of cdkrenz
2.73/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Out on the water drinking this brew straight from the bottle. The glass is a dark brown color impenetrable by light. The label is black and green with images of hops and barley. It paints an inviting picture.

S - Hops, lovely hops. This brew has a nice hops filled aroma.

T - This IPA has no shortage of bitterness. The flavor does however lack a smoothness I like a great India Pale Ale.

M - The feeling it offers is rather nice. There are subtle sectioned off parts of my tongue that are really impacted by the texture.

~ Unfortunately, flavor is very important to me when selecting a beer. This one, I'm afraid, won't make the cut in the future.

cdkrenz, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of HeyJim
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

HeyJim, Dec 19, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

x37x, Feb 18, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

tdatt43, Apr 12, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

EMPotter, Apr 17, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

moot2142, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of ShogoKawada
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

ST IPA

A- Pours a golden yellow, nice, snowcapped head with immediate lacing. Very thick, looks like a rice cake on top of the beer. Beer coloration is a bit light for the style, but almost glows.

S- Floral, citrus hops... a bit of Simcoe? Guessing, and my hop radar isn't finely tuned... sweet, fruity. Not very pungent, though. I like my IPAs to have a bit more ZING to 'em.

T- Eh. Where's the flavor? Follows the nose, sweet, floral, citrus hops... but there's no real payoff. A half-hearted beer. Pale malts do their job rounding out the flavors... but the hops lack any real momentum to do anything impressive.

M- Pretty solid, full-bodied, good carbonation, easy-sippin' and no off-notes.

D- Moderate. I could drink a few of these, but don't really want to. Not sure what it is... this hop profile just doesn't cut it for me. Won't be buying this one again.

ShogoKawada, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of gatornation
2.8/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this ipa pours a dark yellow/orange color with a nice head an decent lacing thereafter... that as good as it gets... the smell is a faint citrus hop aroma, a little floral, a little biscuity, some malt sweetness... the taste is bitter not in a good way almost metallic...the mouthfeel is average... i mean i can drink this but it is not a classic.. this is just an average ipa to try just to say you had one. ill try some other tier brews maybe some interesting bombers

gatornation, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of jar2574
2.83/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Giant 1.5 inch head over a burnt orange beer. Good lacing. A good looking beer. Smells of hops, honey and (unexpectedly) a hint of tea leaves.

Unfortunately, this is another Southern Tier that tastes too watery and flavorless, at least for me. It's got a very slight metallic touch in the aftertaste. The beer is balanced for an IPA. Rather than being hoppy you get a feel of both hops and malts. There just aren't enough of them to make things interesting. Mostly, it reminds me of water.

Overall, a rather boring beer. Not undrinkable but not that enjoyable.

jar2574, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of jmerloni
2.85/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Kind of a dull, clear orange with not much going on. However, it has a nice big white pillowy head that laces real nice.

S - Dull as well. Super yeasty, citrus hops, and kind of floral.

T - Tastes kinda cheap in all honesty. Not much kick. Not as much citrus as the nose implied which was only average to begin with...Further, this beer has a hop bitterness - which I usually adore - that is quite repulsive. The hops are pretty confused in this beer. It does, however, have a nice crisp finish to it. But I don't care for the flavor much.

M - light and unbalanced. Unnecessarily carbonated. "Poser'ish" and not well-crafted at all.

D - Somewhat drinkable but it's boring and not even a way that even fits the style too much. There's no reason for this brew to be 6.5%. 5.5% would be fine and it'd make it better. Wouldn't buy this again. I don't know how it has such a high rating on here.

jmerloni, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of Ilovesuds
2.85/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice bottle, label and graphics. Requires an aggressive pour for a decent head. Foam not thick and creamy but soap bubbly and sticky. Nose is musty. Not an IPA at all until you take a swig. Piney with a rose type finish. Very different than others. For all it's shortcomings I'd try this again.

Ilovesuds, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of projectflam86
2.88/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a golden slightly amber color with a very nice white foam head that leaves good lacing.

S- Some floral hops in the nose with a bit of soap and malt. I'm interested to see how the flavor turns out...

T- Some bitterness upfront but honestly a bit more malt that I was expecting. I wouldn't really say that the malt 'balances' the bitterness. In fact this beer is really bitter upfront with a very sweet finish...the two don't really compliment each other. They more or less duke it out all in the flavor profile.

M- Medium bodied with ok carbonation. The alcohol is apparent, surprisingly so for a 6.9% brew.

D- Eh, I'll probably pass on this one next time. Not bad just alot of other IPAs that I prefer.

projectflam86, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of Boardshort_Brewer
2.91/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - Copper hue with an almost white head which is pretty weak.
Smell - Almost nothing here, slightly hoppy. Needs much more work here.
Taste - Not that great, there is a strange melding of alcohol flavor and hops I think. Not enough hop flavor. The hop flavor that is there though is sub par. It tastes a little of iron as well...

Boardshort_Brewer, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of HopsterDufus
2.93/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Drank this with Christmas dinner as a starter. Others at the table mentioned it looked disgusting and i kinda have to agree.

A: Deep amber-gold, small head with very thin lace. Incredibly hazy with suspended chunks. I really looked for something to indicate that this was intended but I can not find anything. hopefully a one batch thing.

S: Not particularly impressed. Slightly citrus hop forward aroma with even smaller hints of caramel maltiness. When agitated, a small amount of alcohol can be perceived.

T: Clean, sweet caramel maltiness up front. Not overly impressed with the hops in this IPA. It is not that the bitterness is not there, but rather that it lacks any real prominent characteristics like citrus, floral, resinous or piney aromas typically found in IPAs. Flavor and bitterness fade rather quickly.

M: medium-light mouthfeel.

D: Not a horrible beer, but not the great beer that i have expected from other southern tier. If this wasn't horrible to look at, I would have another, but have to move on to something more aesthetically pleasing at the moment.

Overall, not impressed and hope this is a one time flaw from a brewery that i have been rather impressed by in the past.

HopsterDufus, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of xare
2.93/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is nice, not outstanding. Nothing really exceptional here - it's a bit above average but not much else.

Aroma is almost nonexistent and smells faintly malty and musky with maybe just the lightest touch of hops.

Taste is of some pine hints, some citrus, and a small oaky flavor in the background. Pretty much average in my view, although that oak in the background definitely bumped it up to a 3.

Mouthfeel is clean, creamy, and crisp. Average.

Drinkability is decent. I wouldn't turn this beer down if it was free or came in a mixed pack, but I wouldn't go searching this beer out just on its own merits. It's a solid, but average entry.

xare, Aug 22, 2008
IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,200 ratings.