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IPA (India Pale Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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

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1,886 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1886
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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Rhode Island

4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoyed this IPA. Poured from tap into a 22 oz. glass. Appeared a golden straw color with a finger width offwhite head. The aroma was that of citrus and hops with a flavor to match. There was just the right amount of carbonation and the beer finished with a crisp slightly bitter after taste. Really enjoyed this beer and I would recommend it to any IPA lovers.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2014 13:54:12 | More by Rhf9120
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3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

After a day that could be considered a "CF," Raul finally sat his ass down in Rochester, New York with a Southern Tier IPA. Light like a Victoria's Secret model after regurgitating her breakfast, Raul cannot help but think that this beer might be over carbonated (bars fault, not Southern Tier). Still, it's light and refreshing enough.


Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2013 03:46:06 | More by RaulMondesi
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New York

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

The color is a light amber.

The aroma has a nice juicy grapefruit and pine.

The taste has a bitter punch of grapefruit, some Simcoe pineyness, and bitterness, but then a good malt finish and backbone with sweet caramel. However, the sweetness of grain and syrup push a bit too aggressively. This does not have the clean refreshing flavor that I want from IPAs. Instead, the malt takes over a bit too much and is too sticky.

Still, a pretty solid beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2013 04:09:50 | More by dar482
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2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
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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3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a clear medium amber colored beer with a one finger white head. The head faded over a moderate amount of time to leave a nice level of lacing.

Smell – The smell was heaviest of a citrus and pine hop aroma. Mixed with the hoppy smells were notes of light (pear and peach) and tropical fruits.

Taste – The taste begins a bit on the sweeter side, with some of the citrus that was detected in the nose being upfront in the taste. As the flavor advances the pine hop taste makes it arrival known and begins bitter the overall taste of the beer. As it furthers the taste is met with flavors of an herbal nature, which in the end leave a more crisp flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the average side for both creaminess as well as carbonation. Fairly good for the style; both drinkable as well as good for bringing out the hoppier flavors.

Overall – Overall a good IPA. Not too strong and too light and quite easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2012 01:09:23 | More by Darkmagus82
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South Carolina

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

Had this on draft poured into a Miller Lite pint glass. Don't understand why pubs do that. Anyhoo, it had a slightly dark gold appearance with a nice head that laces down the glass. Northwest hops dominate that give a slight ting in the back of the throat. Good balance. Nice mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good quality beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2012 20:20:30 | More by EJ6759
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New York

4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on Tap in a pint glass at a local neighborhood bar. I have had this beer many times though including at the brewery and in bottles.
Appearance-amber color with a good foamy head.
Smell-Great smell, can smell a hoppy, citrus, pine aroma.
Taste-notes of grapfruit followed by pine with a strong hop finish, finishes stronger than it starts.
Mouthfeel- nice and smooth
Overall- It seems so often that people associate an "American IPA" with a West Coast IPA and compare a West Coast IPA with a British IPA. I love all three don't get me wrong, especially West Coast IPA's. I would call this an East Coast IPA, it has a flavor and finish that is more closely related to other East Coast IPA's but is something unique unto itself. This is a great IPA hands down but does not tast similar to every other IPA, I think the difference is in the malt and the finish. This beer has a distinct hop finish to it. Great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2012 02:15:47 | More by HopNelius
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4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint Glass, on tap.

This is not my first encounter with his beer and it wont be my last. This beer pours clear gold and orange with a modest head. Smell is pretty faint but smells like a traditional IPA which is what this beer is. Great taste, you can tell they used a lot of centennial dry hops which I love for taste, not too bold and well balanced. This beer may pour clear but it had a silky textured feel, almost as if there were little hop particles in my mouth; not a bad thing but unusual considering the clarity.

This is a great IPA, nothing too crazy but its balanced, available and delicious. This beer is a benchmark of what an IPA should be.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2011 02:45:41 | More by TwelveOunces
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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Waddell's. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance is a dirty gold color and clear. Creamy off-white to beige head

Smell is a light bread and citrus scent.

Tastes like an English style IPA. Very malty bread and caramel up front wiith a mild hop finish.

Mouthfeel is very smooth.

A nice English style IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2011 05:55:37 | More by RJLarse
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New York

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the dutch, pouted a nice amber color, translucent. Nice 1" head with plenty of retention. Lacing rings the pint glass as this critter is consumed. Scent is a mix of caramel malt and pine and citrus hops. I believe simcoe. Taste is very similar. I found this pint to be a bit more balanced than i was expecting. I did appreciate that. Mouth was medium, slight drying. A good ipa.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2011 12:32:00 | More by UDbeernut
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3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Always a very enjoyable IPA figured I would rate it after I had it on draft.

A- A nice golden color with a nice little bit of white foam. Mild amount of carbonation.

S- Had a nice hoppy smell with mild fruit aroma. Also got small hints of citrus.

T- A good hoppy taste with a bit of fruit flavor that takes away the bitterness.

M- Good drinkablility, really smooth and leaves your mouth with a nice sweet taste.

Overall- Always enjoy this IPA especially on draft. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2011 01:15:57 | More by yankeej13
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3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew was served from the tap at The Distillery in Victor, NY. It arrived in a pint glass, and shone a pale golden-copper color. It had a one finger head of big beige bubbles, which gave thick lacing as they left. No real haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation was seen to be quite low. The aroma burst with fresh piney hops, with accompanying hints of grapefruit and apricot. Malts here were pale, but deeper and richer than the average pale malt. On the back of the nose there was a faint steel quality, attributable to the yeast or a grain used. As we sipped, sweet floral hops burst onto the palate. There was also a sweet nectary flavoring as well, amplifying the earthen character about it. Clean pale malts marked the transition into the middle, where more apricot and bitter white fruit, in the form of peach and green grape acted to cut the malts. We finished on more notes of fruit, with a light cherry tartness and a revival of the floral hops to round the flavoring out. The aftertaste breathed of bitter grassy hops, steely grain, metallic yeast, and a cooled vegetable mineral. The body was medium and the carbonation was medium to high. To each sip there was a nice froth and slurp, with a slight coating. The coating eventually gave way to an astringent drying, but the mouth is left satisfied in the end. The abv was appropriate and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was how light and refreshing it was. This is not to say that it was a light beer, or watery in any sense, but rather that the beer remains appropriate for a hot day, without flopping of flavor. The flavor was also seen to carry many different fruity notes, which was an added bonus. The only criticism is that the aroma was a bit light, but what was able to be smelled was certainly rich and enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2011 16:36:57 | More by TheBrewo
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New York

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap, the first glass from a freshly opened keg.
Massive frothy head, which was not unexpected since it was the first serving. The head dissipates slowly to leave behind some excellent lace.
Aroma was intensely floral, citrusy and hoppy. There is nothing more pleasantly aromatic than a fresh IPA.
Taste was also predominantly hoppy, with the hops making their presence felt upfront. The malt backbone was evident in the finish. However, the malts were eventually drowned by the hop bitterness which leaves a nice lingering aftertaste.
This was a delicious and well balanced IPA. Again, this review might seem to be a lot in the favor of the beer since it was a fresh keg.
I will have to drink it off the bottle to get an even better picture.
Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2011 03:47:51 | More by CaptDavyJones
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3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at a local restaurant

A-Clear deep amber, 1 finger head that left lacing all down the glass.

S-Some hops, slight citrus notes. Easily the worst part of this beer.

T-Rather bitter. Could use some more malt though. Citrus and pine tones. However as the beer warmed more malt flavoring came through.

M-Medium bodied

D-I didn't pair this beer well with dinner, but I wanted to try it again. It is a good IPA, worth a try to any hop head but at the end of the day there are better IPAs out there available on the east coast (60 min and Smuttynose come to mind instantly)

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2011 00:49:34 | More by rlee1390
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3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: Poured from the tap into a pint glass. When it got to my table, it had a nice 1" frothy white head with good body lacing that dissipated somewhat slowly. Body was a clear amber with soft carbonation.

AROMA: There was a moderate hop aroma of citrus, grapefruit and pine. Not overpowering at all -- obviously supported by some malt that I simply couldn't make out. Pleasant.

TASTE: A moderate and well-camouflaged sweet malt flavor supported a strong hop taste of citrus, grapefruit, possibly a little orange peel, and a nice pine flavor.

MOUTHFEEL: This beer had a light to moderate body with a nice smooth texture and soft carbonation. The finish started with a moderately bitter flavor that turned somewhat dry at the end of a medium finish time and left a somewhat bitter aftertaste. Body lacing was fair and it dissipated somewhat quickly.

DRINKABILITY: A pretty good American IPA. While not particularly memorable, it was quite drinkable and provided good value for the money. I'd definitely buy it again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2011 23:50:33 | More by paulginva
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3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased on tap at The Hard Shell in Downtown Richmond, VA - poured into a pint

Twas a poor pour. No head on this beer until I could get it down low enough to agitate. Once I did I was able to get some decent head but it was still pretty okay. Yellow in color with very slight hints of amber.
Smells of grassy citrus hops, and upon agitation the smells kept coming.
Tasted good, on the bitter end and the mouthfeel suffered a little from this.
Over all I think this beer is a good IPA but they also had Stone IPA on the menu there and honestly, looking back I'd take the Stone over this for sure so that is very revealing for me.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2011 13:12:55 | More by engagechad
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4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

We just got this in within the past two days at our local Buffalo Wild Wings in Morehead, so I took advantage of the opportunity to have this from a freshly tapped keg. Served in a pint glass. I texted myself notes on this one... how big of a geek am I?

Appearance: Pretty standard for an IPA, I suppose. Poured a rusty orange/copper color from the tap and was topped by a thin but creamy one-finger ivory-colored head which had solid retention and left strings of lacing down the glass, especially the lower half. Nice looking, but not great. This may have to do with the slightly chilled glass the beer was served in.

Smell: Wow. This is a hoppy beer if there ever was one, but it doesn't knock you flat out. Plenty of citrus and fruit in the smell: Grapefruit, oranges, maybe even mango and pineapple. Pine resin and rich, springy, floral scents also leap out of the glass toward the drinker as the beer warms over time; this makes me look forward to what I'm drinking. This is all backed by a subtle but enticing malt profile which features a touch of caramel and even a little bit of honey sweetness with notes of fresh bread. Very well-done and mouth-watering. The tropical fruit smells give me a clue of what I'm getting myself into.

Taste: Sweet citrus, mainly notes of orange, ripe grapefruit, and lemon, sweep the palate at first. Oh man, this is GOOD stuff. This quickly gives way to some more herbal notes from the hops as well as sticky pine resin and some grassiness which lingers for a LONG time. There's just enough malt balance of honey and caramel flavors to not bombard you with the hop flavors in the finish. Although this is a hoppy beer, it's not aggressive; it's elegant, mouthwatering, and the bitterness is balanced by the sugary sweetness of both the hop and malt profiles. All of these flavors combine well in the finish and linger for a long time in the back of the mouth. Little hint of alcohol pops up in the finish, but it's barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Oh my gosh. It's like a cloud from Heaven in my mouth. For such a hoppy beer, this is smooth, creamy, and has just the right amount of body. Even the lingering notes of pine resin and citrus don't leave a big dry finish. Granted, it's slightly dry, but it's done in a way to make you want the beer that much more. Medium carbonation assists in this - flavors develop over time - as well as the lingering melting pot of flavors in the finish.

Drinkability: Admittedly, I couldn't drink this ALL night, since I'm just getting into the IPA style - but the slightly high ABV is well masked and the flavors are so enticing that it would be hard not to order another one. I will GLADLY order this every time I go to my local Buffalo Wild Wings. This is fantastic stuff, and at $5 a pint, it can't be beat. A very solid IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2011 03:32:24 | More by Groomsy
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3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold with a white head - has good retention.

Smells of citrus, floral, and a touch of caramel. A delightful aroma with a bit of a bite.

Bitter grapefruit up front backed by sweet orange and an aromatic floral liveliness giving way to a bready malt taste with a touch of caramel. A very lively mouthfeel with flavors moving around and developing throughout. A very solid IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2011 02:18:51 | More by Chickenhawk9932
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S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented with a nice topped hued brew with a thick foam cap that hung around well with nice lacing.
Smell is pine resin with a nice slight sweetness
Taste is big pine with a bit of grapefruit rind
Mouthfeel is a light medium body which is fitting
Drinkability is pretty good, nice " session " ipa for me love to have a few on the porch or when drilling

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2011 00:21:21 | More by sliverX
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New York

3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm enjoying this on tap at amity hall. Hooray for locals! Southern Tier's IPA is good looking and drinkable, much like my girlfriend.

In appearance, ST IPA is orange to gold, filtered and clear, with a smooth head that sustains and clings to the glass. The smell is indistinct however, with only a touch of hops Merton the nose. Maybe some malts, and mostly water. The taste has more hops to offer, and features a consistent malt character with a bitter and clean finish. But there's nothing biting, nothing rewarding, nothing distinct about it. Very very plain.

The beer has a medium body, and in its plainness I suppose is its stength-- because it's highly drinkable. It's nowhere near th top of my growing IPA list, but it doesn't necessairly need to be.

Because its local, and I'll take this anytime over tons of other options.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2011 00:07:46 | More by afksports


3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from tasting notes from 1/11/11

A - Honey-like golden with copper highlights. Plain white head with decent retention.

S - Pine air freshener, some sweetness, some citrus rind.

TMD - Assertive piney hop bitterness, good thick body, nicely balanced malt profile that's quite clean & not at all cloying. Hints of orange rind and grapefruit playing second fiddle. Fairly substantial 6.9% ABV went undetected in the taste. If I had to pick one word to describe this beer, it would be clean.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2011 22:11:10 | More by TJBAIHWL
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4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Ginger Man in NYC in a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a copper color with a thick white head.

S: Lots of juicy hops, a hit of sweet malt.

T: A very well balanced IPA. It's only slightly bitter with a very good malt backbone. The hops come out in the presence of fruit but not so much citrus, but rather other fruits such as peach and apricot.

M: Medium bodied.

D: A very good, very drinkable IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2010 21:35:42 | More by willjschmidt
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3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I love Southern Tier's more flamboyant brews, so I was looking forward to trying this.

It's a beautiful deep copper color, with a very small head and a pleasant smell.

Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be all that much to the taste -- it's very very malty, sweet, and caramelly, and not unpleasant, but the hops are far too subdued to stand up to all that malt, and it ends up seeming kind of syrupy and almost sickly sweet. It's not obviously fruity or minerally, or anything else really, just sweeet. There's nowhere near the hop presence I've come to expect from a strong American IPA, and an over-the-top sweetness like this really needs some hops to balance it out.

I guess maybe it shouldn't be all that surprising given their other very sweet (and good) beers, but it just doesn't suit an IPA very well.

The ABV is high, so they needed some strong flavors, but really they should have thrown in a hop or two as well...

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2010 00:22:00 | More by snogglethorpe
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4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the Winking Lizard. Served in an open-mouthed pint glass.

Strange, I don't think I've ever had this before but enjoy American IPA's and like Souther Tier's beers in general. But the Winking Lizard had this as September's 'Hoppy Handle' so I gave it a shot. It paid off!

In the glass, this beer is orange with some golden and amber colors in the mix for good measure. Looks really nice! The body is filtered and clear, and the head is frothy and white. A nice looking IPA!

The nose is really nice, just a step away from greatness. Orange and grapefruit add wonderful citrus notes to the fold, while floral and perfume notes are also in the mix. A touch of pine rounds things out and a sweet body is nonexistent but for a sweet kiss of malt. Very expressive and, if it was a touch more unique, world-class.

The taste is equally impressive. A kiss of sweetness from some pale malt, then an explosion of hops. Almost a nuclear explosion, but just a 'little boy' not a full blown 'fat man' like only Sculpin can deliver (IMO). A ton of citrus and pine, and a nice medium bitterness. A well rounded, round-house kick to the palate.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation and just a touch of stickiness. The finish is bitter and lasts for a while. A great American IPA, I'll happily have this fresh on draft again. A must for a hop head!

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2010 15:29:00 | More by jampics2
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New York

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

Had on tap at the Vital Spot in Geneseo, New York. Was served in a pint glass.

Look: Golden with some orangey, reddish highlights. Small but dense head which is an off white. It retained very well and left a lot of lacing behind.

Smell: Pine and citrus hops in the nose along with a hint of maltiness.

Taste: very pleasant hoppiness here. Citrus and floral hops are what I got for the most part. I like the balance between the hops and the malt.

Feel: medium bodied but tending a little towards being light in body, which is surprising. Good carbonation in that its not overly done but its still there.

Drink: very high. I didn't know this was 6.9% and had a few of these when I was out. Definitely good to session.

Overall, this beer is a solid East Coast IPA. I'd definitely recommend you try it out. I'm really happy with what I've had from Southern Tier so far so hopefully they keep it up.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2010 02:32:46 | More by SkunkWorks
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IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,886 ratings.