IPA (India Pale Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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

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88
very good

924 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 924
Hads: 2,406
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 51
Gots: 325 | 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

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Beer added by: John on 03-24-2003

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark orange color forming a medium thin bubbled white head with medium retention forming lots of thin and lingering lacings in the glass

S: Great nose. Very flowery, mainly piny and a bit citrus hops profile. Strong notes of caramel and crystal malts. Well hidden 7.3% ABV

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Strong notes of caramel, roasted malts, crystal and caramel malts. Biscuity. Good hoppy bitterness and a persistent and lingering dry end

M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Smooth texture: Southern Tier water quality has to be mentioned. Toffee and piny aftertaste

O: Great drinkability. As good as their Live APA that I've tasted just before this one... (709 characters)

Photo of utfiero
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Color- medium clear gold. Small to medium thick head.

Aroma- hoppy with a hint of roast in the malt. Very smooth, very balanced IPA.

Taste- Starts with a gentle hoppiness moving to a subtle buttery mid-body and finishing with a clean, balanced hoppiness with a lingering dry aftertaste. The middle reminds us of a lesser Dogfish Head 60 Minute and the finish reminds us of a Stone IPA somewhat. For the high ABV, this is very smooth and will sneak up on you. We compared Torpedo with this, and there's no comparison. Southern Tier makes a quality IPA. Southern Tier's website does not give the IBUs.

Poured from 355 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass), Tasted in 9/2/2013. (731 characters)

Photo of jfmorey
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On nitro at District Tap House in DC

The nitro line produced the expect cloud of fine bubbles the settled to a cream head that maintained very good lacing to the end

Taste is mainly piney hops with some citrus, a very good and refreshing balance

The mouthfeel and overall impression is smoother than my previous experience of the same beer (342 characters)

Photo of CabbageA19
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At one point in time this was my everyday IPA. When the beer came out 10-12 years ago in this area at 25 bucks a case and 7.3 percent you I could never pass it up.

Now that it's 32 a case and the market is flooded with exceptional options I don't find myself doing this all that often- unless in the mixed case.

Nice dark color - always with a tight head. Medium hop smell with the middle of the tongue bitter hop that makes you want to come back for more. Surprisingly little alcohol taste for with ABV. I have literally drank hundred in bottles and on tap and have never been disappointed. (593 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (424 characters)

Photo of BTodd
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
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 foam. 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. (464 characters)

Photo of Flopjack
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (702 characters)

Photo of Goosehunter75
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (513 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
3.92/5  rDev 0%
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. (397 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (703 characters)

Photo of bvj
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
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%. (430 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.12/5  rDev -20.4%
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. (316 characters)

Photo of Rhf9120
4.35/5  rDev +11%
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. (370 characters)

Photo of Hops4Pops
3.96/5  rDev +1%
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. (988 characters)

Photo of HomersTomaco
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Excellent on Nitro. It's a whole different beer! If you see it on nitro try it. Very creamy as expected yet hoppy. I've had one other Nitro IPA and loved that too. I think it's a great idea. Not as piny or citrusy but very good overall. I'm going back for more (260 characters)

Photo of timmy2b
4.49/5  rDev +14.5%
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. (551 characters)

Photo of A_Frayed_Knot
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (924 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This was presented as a nitro tap, but it seems to be very lacking in nitro upon looking at it. A shirt white head of micro bubbles sits atop a gold clear beer. Nose starts with herbal hop notes paired with lemon and grassy notes. Some bready grains present as well. Taste is smooth with moderate bitterness, some pine notes, and a touch of caramel. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy which I'm sure the nitro has influenced. Overall, I like the texture of the nitro IPA , but it seems that some of the aromatics are sacrificed. (524 characters)

Photo of mick303
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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 (1,300 characters)

Photo of JWU
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (676 characters)

Photo of a0lbudman
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
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 (407 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (487 characters)

Photo of Radome
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (602 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.88/5  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. (628 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.89/5  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. (722 characters)

IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 924 ratings.