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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

2,277 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 2,277
Reviews: 914
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 46
Gots: 187 | 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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2.58/5  rDev -32.6%
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.

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2.6/5  rDev -32.1%
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.

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2.63/5  rDev -31.3%
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.

Photo of drabmuh
2.7/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
2.71/5  rDev -29.2%
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-

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2.73/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Poured into a glass.
This starts nice with citrus and fruits - then BAM!- I am being pummeled by pine. Quite a disturbing turn of events. This could of been a great beer if there was only a whisper of pine. At 7.3 ABV and only $7.99 a six pack, it will get you sloshed for a reasonable price. If, on the other hand, you wish to have a pleasant buzz & a decent brew, just get a familiar friend and skip this mess.

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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

Photo of gatornation
2.8/5  rDev -26.9%
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

Photo of jar2574
2.83/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

Photo of jmerloni
2.85/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,277 ratings.