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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

2,059 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 2,059
Reviews: 903
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 37
Gots: 93 | 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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kelvarnsen

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

11-30-2011 18:27:30 | More by kelvarnsen
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MarkSmithVT

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

09-18-2012 00:53:15 | More by MarkSmithVT
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whatyousay

New York

2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

12-26-2012 17:20:16 | More by whatyousay
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RWNewhouse

Montana

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 22:26:46 | More by RWNewhouse
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RomaniIteDomum

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 22:24:43 | More by RomaniIteDomum
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MmmIPA

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2007 18:30:19 | More by MmmIPA
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drabmuh

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 02:40:00 | More by drabmuh
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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 23:56:32 | More by cdkrenz
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HeyJim

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

12-19-2012 00:35:19 | More by HeyJim
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x37x

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

02-18-2013 01:37:56 | More by x37x
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logicalparadox

New York

2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

11-17-2011 05:11:50 | More by logicalparadox
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tdatt43

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

04-11-2013 23:01:43 | More by tdatt43
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EMPotter


2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

04-17-2012 22:51:09 | More by EMPotter
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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 01:16:30 | More by ShogoKawada
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gatornation

Minnesota

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

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2009 22:48:44 | More by gatornation
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jar2574

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 13:32:05 | More by jar2574
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jmerloni

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 06:12:05 | More by jmerloni
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Ilovesuds

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 01:24:34 | More by Ilovesuds
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projectflam86

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 22:51:21 | More by projectflam86
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Boardshort_Brewer

Maryland

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...

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 21:42:54 | More by Boardshort_Brewer
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HopsterDufus

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 23:03:10 | More by HopsterDufus
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xare

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 20:05:49 | More by xare
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pmorey

Indiana

2.93/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I had this about an hour after a Zombie Dust which is certainly a tough act to follow. Looked good in the glass with a clear and bright golden color and nice two finger head that hung around a while and laced the glass all the way to the bottom. Hops hit the nose but no other notable hints. Unfortunately the taste was a disappointment - strong piney hops but no subtlety or other flavors while in the mouth, and a resinous bitter aftertaste. More of a chore to finish, not one that I enjoyed.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2013 03:26:01 | More by pmorey
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smakawhat

Maryland

2.95/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slight red bronze light brown, but has a very small head. Very little bubbles from the bottom coming up, apple juice looking color but clear.

Smell.. small... very very weak red sweet fuji/stayman apple, muted hops, no bread/grain characteristic, but perhaps even some sweet honey but hard to detect.

On the palate, decent body with apples coming through but minimal hops, some sweetness apparent (throws me off) in an apple brown sugar way, strange sort of mild carbonation upon first taste, slight dry afterfinish with bitter lime feel.

Drinkability is kind of meh, I'll pass I've had better.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 02:51:48 | More by smakawhat
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Bendurgin

Maine

2.95/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured this into a tulip. This one is a clear golden straw color with just a thin white head. The head dies down pretty quickly leaving just a thin rim of lace.

Pretty standard smell here. A decent bitter hop profile and a bit of citrus to rond it out. The hop aroma seems a litle weaker than I would preffer to see. Again on the pallet it just seems a bit weak. Faint bitter hops with a bit of citrus sweetness rounding it out.

The feel is decent, a light bottle with adequate carbonation. Overall, when I bought this I was a little reluctant just because they don't date the bottles. I don't know how old it is but this has only been in my possesion for about a week. It's decent, but there is no way for me to know if this is a fresh beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 02:25:41 | More by Bendurgin
IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,059 ratings.