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IPA (India Pale Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

IPA (India Pale Ale)IPA (India Pale Ale)

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,883 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 1883
Reviews: 897
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%


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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jngrizzaffi

Texas

4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours light amber color with a 1-2 finger width foamy head. Excellent lacing on side of glass. The odor is subtle. Can discern some citrus and pine. There is a soapy smell. Malty, citrus taste upfront. Malty taste persists with a moderate piney hoppy taste at the end. The bitterness, although mild, does persists through after drinking. Overall, a good IPA. I would like a little more hoppy smell and bitterness at the end.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 01:27:43 | More by jngrizzaffi
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BTodd

Illinois

3.14/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass. Bought as part of sampler pack. Now seeing 9-month old bottle date.

A-1-2 fingers of lace. Golden, light amber color. Lasting head.

S-soapy, light pine, citrus, and caramel qualities.

T-Fairly bitter, caramel and some pine. Not getting a lot else from this one.

M-Medium bodied, coating, pleasant.

O-Drinkable but not getting much on the aroma or much complexity from hops. Might need to try this one again when fresher.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 21:44:30 | More by BTodd
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Flopjack

Michigan

3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip

Appearance - Pale orange with some touches of yellow, 1/2 finger white head, more on the transparent side, nice lacing.

Smell - Subtle pine, citrus, grapefruit, good amount of malt and some floral notes.

Taste - Pine, resin and a good amount of bitterness right from the start. The middle provides grapefruit, tangerine, and just ever so subtle malt presence. The end drys and remains bitter like a dryer grapefruit, or grapefruit peel.

Mouthfeel - Medium/full bodied, medium carbonation, refreshing and smooth.

Overall - Good beer. I think this beer does a good job of balancing lots of characteristics that make a good IPA. Bought as single to try and I'm not dissapointed.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 03:36:51 | More by Flopjack
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Goosehunter75

Missouri

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours an amber honey color with a slow forming 1 finger white head. Ok retention and lacing.

S - Very slight floral and pine aromas. Ltos of caramel and other malts in the backgroung. Slight roasiness to it as well

T - Much hoppier than the aroma. Pine and grass are most present. Still quite malty and caramely for an IPA.

M - Very creamy. Very carbonated as well. A Medium body beer. Pretty smoth for the ABV

O - A decent IPA. Would like to see a little more hops to it. Still it is verysmooth drinking.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 17:33:20 | More by Goosehunter75
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reebtaerG

Maryland

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pour 12oz bottle into New Belgium globe

A-Pours a clear golden yellow with a big white fluffy head that never quite goes away.

S-Aroma is light floral hops and honey.

T-The taste is light, crisp and refreshing. There’s some floral and citrus flavors.

M-Mouthfeel has bitterness is pretty tame. A little oily, resin sort of flavor.

O-Overall super easy to drink, better than average IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 22:41:48 | More by reebtaerG
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BucannonXC5

California

3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: 16-oz. glass
From: Eddy’s Beverage Inc. in Saratoga, N.Y.
Price: $15.99 for a variety 12-pack
Purchased: Jan. 15, 2014
Consumed: Jan. 16, 2014
Misc.: DOB on Aug. 28, 2013

Poured an amber orange clear color with two fingers of khaki gray head. A good amount of sporadic lacing on the sides of the glass. Average-to-above average retention.

Smelled pine hops, soapy, Cascade hops, floral hops, citrus hops, resin hops and caramel malts.

Tasted very bitter notes, pine, Cascade hops, soap, citrus hops, slight resin hops and caramel malts.

Light body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish.

Not as good as I’d hoped it would be, but still a decent IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 05:00:16 | More by BucannonXC5
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bvj

New York

3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into pint glass

A: poured a fat 3 finger head that retreated to an unobtrusive frothy layer. A luminous, clear amber body.

S: an equal but light balance of floral, orange, and caramel.

T: a light hop, citrus flavor with a lasting bitter presence somewhat astringent

M: smooth, bitter, effetely carbonated

A solid IPA taste with the impression of fewer calories. The 7.30% ABV is surprisingly high. Tastes like a ~5%.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 06:45:43 | More by bvj
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours golden with fluffy, long lasting white head.
Aroma is of citrusy hops, orange marmalade and biscuit malt. Body is medium and smooth for IPA. Taste is similar to aroma, very balanced for IPA. Finish is medium and mild. I’m very disappointed with this brew. Maybe something wrong with the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 14:55:26 | More by mikeg67
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Hops4Pops

Texas

3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.
A: Pour into a pint glass. Eggshell white head 1 finger thick, quickly receding into a surface foam and bubbles up to 3/16ths of an inch. Reflective light reveals golden amber color and light shining through the beer reveals a bright, light gold color. Slightly hazy. Light covering of sticky lacing as head recedes. Carbonation is just right and feeding the surface nicely.
S: Pine, orange/lemon essence, grapefruit, strong hop profile, honey/caramel, light bread note.
T: Same notes as smell. Hop blast up front with a malt profile that balances it very well. Crisp, dry finish followed by bitterness. Aftertaste goes rather sweet. Very inviting.
M: Creamy to start and quickly turning very crisp with a bite.
O: This is a very nice IPA and is well constructed. Low enough ABV to be a session beer for the serious hop enthusiast. There are other IPAs that are better but this one is very good. I would recommend it as a great one to try. I will be happy to buy some more.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 00:20:28 | More by Hops4Pops
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timmy2b

New York

4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a pint glass

Dark golden color with about a finger of bubbly white head. Scent of hops is present but is not overpowering. Malt backbone is also present in the scent giving this a very even scent. The even, balance translates very well into the taste. The hops are present, but are not as up front in this tasting from the bottle as they are on draft. Very well balanced makes this lighter in the mouth and makes it very smooth and easy to drink. This is a local and a go to beer for me, and I highly recommend it if you can get it fresh.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 17:15:16 | More by timmy2b
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A_Frayed_Knot

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass and welcomed a lucid foam finger's worth on top; level carbonation, and a punch of hoppy complexity with the first sip. It probably matters that this was preceded by my downing a Heavy Seas' 3-hop IPA -- itself an admirable effort but falling short of Southern Tier's mellow-pressurized irresistibility. I can be overwhelmed by hops in some beers and others leave me wanting more but Southern tier finds enough balance for me to leave my former top-preferred SN IPA behind. This flavor wants to linger on the tongue same as the foam clings to the sides of the glass. If it were any sweeter I'd find myself craving more grass notes or wheaty compliance -- something to consider when choosing which occasions to introduce to friends not familiar with it. It has always done well from the tap at local dining spots where I find it regularly, but I'm glad to find it accessible for home consumption too.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 03:00:13 | More by A_Frayed_Knot
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip, this is a bright light golden colour, with nice soapy film and lace, really clear with a lot of visible carbonation action. 4

S – a full kick of pine, eucalyptus, resiny hops, a bit nutty, honey, some light malt character maybe but this is all piney hop forward and so mouthwatering. 4

T – a bitter pine start, pine needles, with a hint of caramel, a dry nuttiness, and a really smooth pine transition showing some rough grapefruit edges and orange, lots of hop character and more fruits move in with pear, pineapple, ending with a biscuit and bitter dryness. Mellow floral hops with a bracing resiny finish. Long lingering aftertaste. 4

M – actually quite balanced with a refreshing bite to it, the hoppy opening is a touch hot but works well as more malt comes in. Really sessionable and a good feel for a strong IPA, lots of carbonation but not too noticeable. 3.75

A classic east coast style IPA with a really dominant pine/resin/sappy character. Some citrus as well but its rough and tart, I like this overall, some malt to it as well to balance the body out. Definitely a nice IPA, but it didn’t strike me as far and way superior to a number of other really tasty ipas, and it could be kicked up and made more interesting. A tasty treat from southern tier. 3.75

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 23:28:49 | More by mick303
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JWU

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle dated 9/25, poured into a tumbler glass

A- A perfectly translucent honey/gold, with a lovely finger of bright white head. Fantastic lacing.

S- Very hop forward, orange/lemon, a hint of grapefruit and pine. Almost minty/floral component to the hops as well.

T- A light crackery malt with mild honey sweetness gives way to the showcase of hops. Orange and lemon peel, slightly minty/floral with a grapefruit bitterness. Pretty straightforward, good ol' IPA here.

M - Medium bodied, a touch dry, and the bitterness lingers on the roof of the mouth a little long.

O- A solid, staple, go-to IPA. Nothing amazingly over the top, but certainly solid, and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 00:43:11 | More by JWU
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a0lbudman

Alabama

3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-clear dark gold in color with a off white head that laces the glass nicely
S-hops with grapefruit and has a little sweet smell
T-hop is the main taste whick fades to a dry grapefruit aftertaste. The malts are in this but do not come to the forefront until the finish
M-medium carbonation with medium body
O- hops is there but not over powering and the malts do not come in until the finish. Very good beer

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 21:23:47 | More by a0lbudman
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delta490

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured a deep, clear gold. A foamy white head is fairly short-lived, but does leave lacing on the glass. A little visible carbonation.

S- floral and some pine hop notes. A little caramel sweetness hides in the background.

T- not a barn-burner, but more in line with an English-style IPA. The hops and malt balance each other very well, with more hops on the beginning and fading into the caramel malt

M-just right. Not too heavy or watery.

O- a really good and well-balanced IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 17:07:29 | More by delta490
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Radome

Texas

3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet.

A - Dark gold color, almost copper. Very clear. Fine bubbles constantly rising through beer. Head is thin and off white; made of extremely tiny bubbles. Light lacing.

S - Very hop-forward, with piney and earthy notes. A hint of nutty malt in the background. Not complex aromas, but fresh and clean.

T - Piney, spicy hops dominate the flavors. A little harsh and acrid to me. Very little malt comes through to provide balance.

M - Thin body; high hops bitterness. Low carbonation.

O - Overall, a good US IPA, but a little shallow and uncomplicated for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 04:31:05 | More by Radome
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FLima

Brazil

3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber golden color with a two finger thick head with good retention and leaving laces.
Nice tropical citrus aroma, with notes of pineapple, cantaloupe, sweet malt and pine.
Flavor of pine and earthy hops, orange peel, pepper, grapefruits and flowers. Dry and bitter aftertaste with a lingering spicy and tangerine bags note.
Light body with appropriate carbonation. Its body enhances the bitter sensation. 7.3% ABV is well hidden.
A very good IPA with its own character, balanced and refreshing. It has multiple streams (citrus, earth-peppery, pine) that interchangeably come forward with an assertive taste, but without excess.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 02:40:55 | More by FLima
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Amazing lace on the glass, head does a great job. Hazed dull golden hue. Orangey, minty, piney, mild grapefruit rind and mild tobacco show what the hops are about in the nose ... hint of malt and alcohol in there as well. Enjoyable smoothness, semi-chewy medium body. Ample hop bitterness does not go overboard but holds firm, orange peel, mint, pine, pipe tobacco, pithy and herbal ... good hoppiness all around. Toasted bread and a hint of caramel on the palate with some clean fruity esters. Finishes warm with a long linger hoppiness.

This is a big IPA, bordering Impy IPAs but we are splitting hairs here ... a hop heads treat here. I need to frequent this beer more often.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 03:02:23 | More by Jason
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brurevu

Texas

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The Southern Tier IPA poured a bright gold with a pillowy white head with citrus and floral hops on the nose. The taste had citrus hops upfront that faded quickly to a dank pine presence that melded well with the floral hops. The brew left a pleasant bitterness that lingered on my tongue with a caramel malt body that added just the right amount of sweetness. The Southern Tier IPA was fresh and bright and a great example of an American IPA that I will gladly drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 18:07:25 | More by brurevu
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: bright golden-orange color with good clarity. The head is short-lived and dies quickly. Small spots of lacing dot the glass.

S: Pulpy mango, hints of honeydew melon and other tropical fruits. Soft scent of aromatic pine needles. Honeyed and grainy malts. Not much 'pop' on the nose, it's a bit reserved.

T: Apricot, mango, clementine. Subtle pine in the background. Bitterness is very tame. Honeyed malt base with a slight toasty impression. Very mild kiss of alcohol and tropical fruit esters. Drying finish of honeyed malt and tropical hops. Tangerine specifically lingers for a little bit.

M: Medium bodied. Very creamy and very smooth. Mild seltzery carbonation adds some refreshing crispness.

O: A very approachable and drinkable IPA. It's a very quenching and more-ish quaff, and I drank through the glass too quickly. The competitive price point is enticing too.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 02:29:44 | More by ryan1788a5
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ghengisflan

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Okay, looks like cloudy apple juice

Smell - Balance malt and hop, no particular citrus or other aromas, just malt and hop

Taste - Sweet with an almost metallic after-taste

Mouthfeel - Pretty average, feels like beer

Overall, and okay beer

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 00:52:05 | More by ghengisflan
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Boardshort_Brewer

Maryland

2.91/5  rDev -24.4%
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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Tonmeister

Georgia

3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into tulip shaped glass

Appearance: Dark, golden hazy amber with a thick off-white head that dissipated pretty quickly.

Smell: smells pretty balanced between the hops and the malt. It's fairly sweet. citrus grapefruit and sweetness.

Taste: earthy hopness dominates with a hint of the citrusy hops and the piney hops. The sweet malty flavors are pretty dominating on this one. It's hoppy in the forefront and sweet and malty in the middle and a satisfying hoppy ending.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a hoppy bitter finish.

Overall: This is a fairly balanced beer, perfect for those who don't like a hop explosion. It's a little malty for my preference. I'm not really getting the piney citrusy hopness. I get more of the malty flavors. It's pretty easy drinking and it goes down fairly smooth. Overall it's not too hoppy. I was expecting a little more hops since Souther Tier states that they use 4 different types of hops, but it's a very refreshing IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 22:55:07 | More by Tonmeister
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stella77artois

New York

4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into snifter glass.

A - Pours a dark golden amber, small amounts of carbonation visible. About a one finger head, which dissiapted at a normal rate, leaving a very small white foam on top. Small amount of lacing on glass.

S - Lot's of fresh hops. Hints of grapefruit, a general fresh earthy bitterness and even a small amount of bubble gum noticed. Kind of strange, but it worked. Very good smelling beer.

T - Was very suprised, this is one of my new favorite IPA's. Lot's of fresh hop taste without being bitter for bitter's sake. Hints of pine and grapefruit, and strangely, a small amount of the bubble gum aroma was tasted, too. But again, it worked.

F - Nothing different from most IPA's. Finishes a bit dry, strong finsish.

O - Not sure why, but this tasted damn good. I had heard a lot of good things about this brewery, and this was my first sampling of one of their brews. Lot's of good taste, and it's on the unique side. Recommended for any IPA fans.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 12:22:33 | More by stella77artois
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- pours hazy golden-orange with a small creamy white head, short retaining layer on top with no lace

S- citrus and pine hop aromas, honey, grainy husk, sweet doughy malt

T-citrusy hop with an herbal touch, big bready and doughy malt backbone with some grainy notes, honey flavors follow the aroma, finishes dry and malty with an herbal hop linger

M- medium bodied with a slightly viscous-yet-creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation with a bit of alcohol on the finish

O- very drinkable for the higher ABV, was a bit maltier than expected

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 15:54:57 | More by Treyliff
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IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,883 ratings.