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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
86
very good

2,058 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 2,058
Reviews: 903
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 37
Gots: 93 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

02-09-2013 22:44:15 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-12-2011 20:15:57 | More by djrn2
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
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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metter98

New York

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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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brentk56

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +18%
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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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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 -3.6%
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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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

11-16-2013 20:19:53 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.2%

04-11-2013 22:52:31 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

08-12-2013 13:48:21 | More by ygtbsm94
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

04-13-2013 02:34:36 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

03-09-2013 23:33:31 | More by spycow
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: half finger head with some lacing on a amber with golden hues body.

S: floral, citrus and oak notes.

T: caramel malts with the hops supplying a woody and earthy note which is best appreciated in the finish. Nice bitterness level.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: the malt profile and hops are nicely balanced and representing in this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 00:32:37 | More by kylehay2004
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oberon

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

05-15-2014 07:19:59 | More by GRG1313
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zeff80

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-27-2011 21:57:41 | More by JAHMUR
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
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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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
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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nickfl

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a one and a half finger head of off-white foam on top of a perfectly clear, copper body. The head settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace on the glass.

S - A sweet, fruity hop aroma with notes of pine, grapefruit, and pineapple. Some toasted grain in the background with a hint of caramel.

T - Bready malt and moderate, fruity hop flavor up front. The hop character becomes more pronounced in the middle with notes of pine and pineapple. Finishes with more hop notes, this time with an emphasis on grapefruit, and a good dose of sweet, toffee malt that is balanced out by moderate bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Very nice, this is a straight forward IPA with an emphasis on bready malt sweetness and a fruity, aromatic hop profile. The thick malt sweetness really emphasizes the fruit character of the hops and while there is a definite pine component, the pineapple and grapefruit seem to dominate. It finishes with just enough bitterness to keep it drinkable and refreshing and is a rather nice example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 07:03:16 | More by nickfl
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
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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IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,058 ratings.