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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

1,888 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 1888
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

A knockout on-tap, as a guest beer at Bru in Rochester. Very citrusy very grapefruity hops. Sour but substantially less so than in the bottle. Can drink this all day, switching from the tap to the bottle. Hops come at you with citrus and pine aroma. Bitter citrusy aftertaste. Accompanying a nice lunch of anything.
Had about three years later on tap. Not a knockout but still a great IPA. Astringent rather than sour.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2004 03:12:11 | More by Sammy
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Rustic orange suffused with softly glowing amber. A thing of beauty, the head is pearlescent ivory in color, thickly creamy in consistency and looks to be an extraordinary lacer. The upper surface is pitted, lumpy, bumpy, softly undulating and rocky, all at the same time. Fine lace hugs the glass lower down and peppers it higher up.

The nose is outstanding. Leave it to Southern Tier to give me a nose that grabs my nose, so to speak, and doesn't let go. Not only is it cranium-filling in power, but it's as hoppy as all get out. Sweet orange, white grapefruit and ripe melon lead the way.

Hop, more hops and still more hops. I half expect to see a few hop cones floating in the glass. Southern Tier IPA is a wonderful beer, especially for the hopheads among us. The brewers are too talented to simply dump several boxcars worth of hops into the kettle however. They've worked their usual magic and have crafted a superb, hoppy ale.

Even though pale malt is noticed on the palate, it's swamped almost beyond recognition by a beautiful barrage of hops. A huge burst of white grapefruit pith and spruce sap swamps the taste buds and leaves them begging for more. Palate fatigue would be a definite possibility after a few of these, but I'll never find out since I only have the one. Dammit!

This beer is sweeter than many versions, which effectively takes the edge off of what would otherwise be a substantial bitter storm. I'm not sure that I have an ideal sweet:bitter ratio when it comes to IPAs, but this one is pretty close to perfect. The mouthfeel is full for the style with a velvety smoothness that is out this world.

There's something about Southern Tier beer that I just love. It's as if the brewers invited me to the brewery, gave me hundreds of samples (don't I wish) and tweaked their recipes to fit my exact preferences for each and every style. I had no doubt that the IPA (my favorite style) from these guys (one of my favorite breweries) would knock my socks off and leave powder burns on my feet. A huge thank you to HappyHourHero for the nectar.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2005 19:23:02 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

12oz bottle poured into an 8oz glass in my hotel room, because it was all that I had!

A – Poured a very nice and clear amber color, a nice orange amber with a good sized, maybe two finger high head of white frothy lace on top. After a few minutes this relaxed down and formed just a small amount of side glass lace down the sides, but what was there stood around for a good long time and really made it have a nice look on the glass. There was a very nice amount of carbonation which was apparent from the very beginning of this one. Lots of streams of bubbles working their way up and condensing to reinforce the little bit of film left on the top. Overall nice classic light IPA look.

S – The aroma was rich and full and caught me right away which was just what I was looking for. A huge bouquet of deep floral hops, lots of citrus notes here came off almost too strong at first, well maybe to the amateur but to me, no such thing. As it warmed it started to change over to some pine resin like aromas, but still with the sticking orange and tangerine flavor lingering. Some nice notable hints of sugar then started to make their presence felt and really took the whole thing to the next level and gave it that hop bomb character we all know and love.

T – The flavor was great, I mean I needed exactly this at the time, and it was just spot on. Deep thick citrus hoppy goodness is exactly the phrase I have written down in my notebook. It was just a mess of orange, tangerine, and pineapple, with some sweet sugary notes thrown in and a touch of pine to make it all fresh. The finish was super bitter and dry and brought out the flavors of a fresh meadow of flowers with the taste of almost like a dandelion and fresh cut grass. Just really great and a classic gem of a west coast IPA, but from an east coast source, what more could you ask for.

M – The body on this was much thicker then the initial look would have led me to believe it would have been. The clear well carbonated look would have lended me to think this would have come off a bit light, but this was a very nice medium bodied ale with a mild syrup like feel to it that really did not become bothersome due to the ample carbonation that kept it from becoming that way. It was just a really nice full feel to it with no slickness and just a smooth coating texture that really let you have it and felt really great.

D – This was a classic session ale for me all the way. I mean what more could I ask for then a moderate ABV highly hopped well carbonated brew that I could put down for hours. This was just about as good as it gets for me as far as being able to put down a few, I wish I had gotten a sixer of this instead of a single as it would have been nice to have another one after the fact.

Overall this was fantastic, and definitely another winner from Southern Tier. I am just starting to be able to sample a lot of their brews and the more I have the more I am impressed with. This one was no different. They took the style of the west coast session IPA and made it their own while staying true to the roots, could not really ask for much more. I would recommend this to any hop lover.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2008 23:50:26 | More by mikesgroove
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear honey color with a one finger head that retains reasonably well and leaves a few shards of lacing behind

Smell: Sweet and citrusy, with a piney element as well; a little too sweet, for my nostrils

Taste: Starts out sweet and citrusy, but there is a quick shift to the bitter side, with a somewhat grassy aspect to it; by mid-palate, the sweet malts return and bring an almost sugary sweetness into the fray; after the swallow, the flavors blend together as expected

Mouthfeel: Medium body, a bit sticky, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not a bad IPA, but it has a sweet and grassy edge that I am not too crazy about; I like their bomber series much better

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 21:47:21 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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

Bottle: Poured a deep orangey color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma of mild bitter hops are dominating. Taste is a mix between some bitter hops and a nice caramel malt base. Full body with OK carbonation. Well done but nothing that really stands out for the myriad of IPA offering in the US.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 17:58:19 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7-5-08
The beer holds true to most of the comments made in the first time trying the beer. This time around, I appreciated the very well attenuated malt character with no astringency or graininess. For an IPA however, I expect the hops to dominate the nose and palate and this beer does little beyond the balance expected from a standard pale ale. Still a good beer with no evident flaws, albeit a little light on the hops.

5-13-06
Though solid throughout, the beer could use a little more togetherness and complexity. A firm malt flavor reminds me of the malts found in Amber Ales, but the hops set the beer apart. Hop bittering is high, and backed up with lots of citrusy and piney flavors and aromas. A light woodsy / earthy aroma adds a welcomed spiciness. The malts also contribute a light toasty / biscuity flavor and aroma. The flavors are all a little separated, easy to pick out individual characteristics. Would like to see if a little age could pull the beer together. The beer thins quite a bit for easy drinkability, but waters a bit too much. A light drying effect and astringency shows up from the hops, grain, and alcohol -- never enought to deter.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2006 17:08:19 | More by BEERchitect
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metter98

New York

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It poured hazy light amber in color with a thin white head that quickly faded into lacy patterns of bubbles. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose.
T: Bitterness from the hops dominates the overall taste, which also has some underlying flavors of toasted malts with hints of citrus fruits. A slight amount of sweetness is perceptible in the initial taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish leaves dryness in your mouth.
D: The beer isn't that difficult to drink because the bitterness is not overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 00:33:34 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 ounce pint - $5.50 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Dispensed a clear, orange-copper body with a glass-coating head of snow white foam.

Smell: Received in the nose are aromatic notes of everyday pale malts with some loose, bready tones and damp citrus fruits with lighter floral, resinous hints trailing behind.

Taste: Pale malts giving a touch of sweetness akin to golden syrup, then enters slightly citric, assertively bitter hops with juicy tastes of tangerines and hand-picked Florida oranges with a light floral and pine backing. Late return to sweetness in the form of simple table sugar. Small hint of alcohol on the dry, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Relatively smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Generously hopped and amply bitter, it's simply a good, solid IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2010 15:54:45 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

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

Poures a deep copper with a nice fluffy head that leaves sheets of lace down the glass,aromas of pine needles and some nuttiness pretty well balanced on the nose.A very resiny,piney hop flavor up front but a firm crisp malt backbone hold up well keeping the hops from being to overbearing.The finish is very abrupt not much finish going on and not much lingering flavors,a real well balanced IPA not overly hopped but with a real hop identity,recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2004 23:43:01 | More by oberon
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This fresh, mildly crisp IPA delivers a bright, piney/citrusy hop nose and a gleaming dark-copper body. The head retention is good, and it leaves some very nice lace about the glass as well. It's delicately tingly on the tongue with a dextrinous, medium body and a restrained, fine-bubbled carbonation that does more to liven it once it's in the mouth than to bite at the tongue at first sip. The maltiness is a soft blanket of lightly caramelish and lightly biscuity grain upon which the resinous, citrusy, and floral hops dance. It's bitterness is clearly present, but you notice its hops and malts before you do its dryness. And some soft, berry-like yeasty fruitiness comes into play as well, lending it a touch of complexity and leaving it nicely rounded and very well balanced. Nicely done!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2005 23:18:30 | More by NeroFiddled
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear medium orange colour, with a small thin soapy white head, and very sparse lace. It smells of light citrus hops and sweet caramel malt. The taste is orange and grapefruit hops, and more strong caramel malt. The carbonation is average, the body is nice and full and creamy, and it finishes off-dry and hoppy. A very well-balanced and tasty Yankee IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 05:14:57 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: cast in the classic IPA hue, a solid bronze decked out in a fine, fuzzy, creamy head.
Aroma: most excellent, sizzling with citrus, shining with grapefruit, peach, apricot, with hits of pine peeping up , as well...I held this one into the nose an extra-long time, postponing consumption for the greater thrill of the nose.
Down the lips and on the tongue...Ah, tas-TEE! There's more of a coppery feel on the palate, and hops are less pronounced in the flavor than they were in the smell. Very well-balanced and palatable, quite smooth and mellow, a vastly drinkable IPA, indeed.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2003 22:12:23 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color with a short, foamy, off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: Clean aroma of hops, along with the sweetness of citrus, malt & caramel.

T: Decent but not overpowering hops flavor to start, then the balance of malt sweetness with notes of lemon & grapefruit. A mild hops bitterness remains for the after-taste.

M: Very crisp & smooth, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, clean & dry finish.

D: Tasty, not too heavy and goes down very easily. It's one of those beers that I had a hard time keeping in the glass long enough to write the review.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2006 03:21:41 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't believe I've never had this, oh well here goes...

Pours an effervescent amber with 1+ finger od sandy colored head. Insane lacing & super head retention

S: Herbal & floral hops, not much else

T: Follows the nose, some honey & biscuitty malt, then big time leafy hops up front. Honey & apricot mix with herbal woody hops as this warms, makes me think "East Coast IPA", in a good way.. Finishes with a nice sweet maltyness, more herbal & woody hops, plus dryness. Almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Medium bodied with smooth carbonation, becomes chewier once warm & with good balance

Drinks very easy a nice hoppy option for this time of year. Hopefully I see this around more in the future...

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 00:23:22 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a copper/ amber color with a nice white head that leaves a thin lace on the surface. The nose is of hops. A great aroma; floral/ piney. This is what an IPA should smell like. The flavor again is of hops. A good hop flavor that stays with you after drinking it. The body is light. A real good drinking beer. It is one that can be drank in quantity and also savored. This brewery is just getting started. I can't wait to visit it. This is one of the best IPA's I've had.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2003 13:58:46 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

2.7/5  rDev -29.9%
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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zeff80

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, white head that left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of citrus and mild notes of grapefruit. There was a slight caramel aroma, too.

T - It tasted of citrus, some grapefruit, sweet malty caramel and some bitter/hoppy spice.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice IPA. It is easy drinking and sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 03:53:58 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light frothy head covering that fades very quickly to almost nothing. A very clear honey orange color helps see the bubbles as they dance around the top.

N: Some sweet malts and honey seem to grace the beer. That is accompanied by some nice fruity light aromatic hops. A juicy hop aroma also comes through with a slight hop oil.

T: Some earthy malts start this taste, almost like an amber ale. Not sure how old this one is, but seems like it's not as fresh as it can be. That is followed with some chewy juicy malts and slight citrus. Almost a touch of lemongrass. I wonder how nice the hops would be fresher. A slight sweet malt also is distinct.

M: Nice body with some thickness to it, slight spicy hop feel, slightly oily, and decent carbonation.

F: Very bitter. It gets a lot more bitter as it finishes, telling me the hops were once more dominant and fresher. It also dries off quite a bit adding to the finish. A slight spicy hop bashes through at the finish of the finish. Semi crisp as well, but leaves a long bitterness and hop feel for a while, which isn't bad.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 03:49:23 | More by jlindros
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice looking golden color with a good looking head on it. The head was white and looked pretty nice as it stuck to the glass. The smell was much like the unearthly to me so I'm thinking it was probably the same hop combo in the mix. The smell is very good. The taste is hoppy and had a really nice malt backbone with some strong hoppy bitterness at the end. The mouthfeel was on the medium or lighter side. Overall it's a really nice IPA for casualy drinking. Well worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 19:52:16 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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

Pours light orange/amber with a thin white head that hangs around and leaves some traces of lacing.


Floral fresh citrus - orange and grapefruit pronouced with a touch of black pepper.

Citrusy - aggressively bitter hops - orange and grapefruit- like the aroma. Light touch of black pepper lends a spice kick. Some brown sugar-like sweetness from the subdued malt -enough to hold things together and balance out the hops a bit. This one is all about the hops. Finishes with a spicy bitterness.

Nicely hopped, but with enough balance to keep things together, this is a great IPA!

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2006 16:02:59 | More by jwc215
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

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

355ml bottle form 'Beers of Europe' and poured into a Corsendonk badged stemmed tulip glass @ home on 2 Nov 2012 during a 'random beer tasting evening'.

The beer is a good golden looking brew with a full off-white/white head of large bubbles.

The nose and taste is a pleasant hop blend of bitterness and floral notes which combine together very well. Although hoppier than most IPA's we get in the UK this one wasn't 'in your face' and stupidly over hopped.

Easy drinking IPA I'd happily have again.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 12:50:35 | More by BlackHaddock
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly clouded darker amber. No head. Nose is slightly hopped. Flavor is sticky and syrupy with a woody tone to it. Slightly piney, but smooth. A level sweetness to it. Feel is fairly thick on the liquid and good on the bubble. Overall very smooth and very drinkable. No hop bomb here. Just a nice smooth and mature IPA. Worth a shot!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 08:49:07 | More by RblWthACoz
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off one of my all time favorite session IPAs, anytime it's on tap at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse I'm probably drinking either this or Two Hearted Ale. Appears a super filtered amber copper tone with a large billowing off white head, kinda has a biscuit looking texture floating above the body and definitely forms even lacing all around. Aroma sharp citrus peel sugar coated hop presence hits me first with sweet rolling malts some biscuit and mild caramel aspects flow. However the highlight happens to be the vinous green fresh hop character with the citrus acidity that makes this brew. Strong assertive bitterness flows with hop flavors as well floral, mild pine, and heavy citrus with a strong citrus peel finish. Malts balance just enough with a touch of caramel malts gracing the palate no sweet candy flavor here, also a mineral character is apparent in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied slightly sticky with sturdy carbonation, nothing overdone flows quite nicely just the dry bitterness in the finish is left on my palate. Drinkability is clean citrus slight puckering effect with some mild tartness but overall a great drinking IPA that I will always keep close to my steady repertoire of session IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2007 18:35:33 | More by WVbeergeek
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.72/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear orange color with a thick creamy head. Decent lacing develops. The aroma has nice floral tones. But it does lead you to believe that this might be just a decent IPA. Wrong - the flavor of this IPA is amazing. The malt has a slight caramel tone. The hops are extremely floral and provide the perfect bitterness. Some orange citrus tones round out the flavor.

The mouthfeel was smooth and so was the finish. The finish was long on the tastebuds as the flavors slowly faded away. Extremely drinkable as the flavors are perfect and this IPA just makes you smile.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2004 12:18:25 | More by Gavage
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Impressive egg-shell colored head. Excellent lace. The color is amber and the brew is quite clear.

Surprisingly muted hop aromas (I'm having this immediately after Southern Tier's APA which had wonderful hop). The hop, however, is very fresh and again I'm fairly certain that this was generously dry hopped.

The hop is much more notable in the taste. For an IPA, this beer has nice balance without giving up any of the expected bitterness. Spot on body and carbonation. The texture is similar to 1% milk. Looks like this will be part of a future blind tasting.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2006 21:04:12 | More by smcolw
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IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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