IPA (India Pale Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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86
very good

2,394 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,394
Reviews: 938
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 49
Gots: 315 | FT: 0
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Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: John on 03-24-2003

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Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  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.

Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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

Photo of BEERchitect
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a bit of a vegetative ipa, fleshy and bold. the pours is clear, a little copper hue to it, but mostly pale gold. small white head on top with good lacing left behind. the nose is that of fresh hops, some pine, but a lot of green vegetable stuff, meaty in that way, from the garden. a little bitter. but not brutal at all. the flavor is actually a bit more balanced than the smell lets on, stays bitter in the end, but has a nice fruity punch to it, which makes it a little sweet, but it works well with the hop dose. overcarbonated i think, really bubbly and hard to drink quickly as a result, but this is a great ipa overall, kind of a little brother to the 2xipa they do, same hop profile. good drink.

Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.52/5  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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of zeff80
4.04/5  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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of nickfl
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
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!

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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!

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of a Southern Tier Sampler pack (12/$14.99)

This was a well above average IPA. Very hoppy aroma and taste while still being well balanced. One odd thing was a lack of lacing in the glass, but it did look presentable. The high ABV is well hidden and it's a solid beer all around, a great IPA.

Photo of Slatetank
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up @ Thirsty's, poured cool into a pint.
A - A hazed copper w/ amber hues and a 3 finger airy head of cream. The beer practically climbed out of the opening of the bottle and foamed up over the rim of the pint.

S - A sweet fruity hop scent w/ crystal malt odors an spicy accentsod dry hopped aroma.

M - Sweet citrus w/ a light astringency and gentle oily feel w/ moderate malty qualities.

T - Sweet citrus w/ grapefruity ruby red note and woody hop flavors w/ a nice sweet malty taste and a puckering acidity. Light spice in the taste as it warms w/ a sweet fruity hop flavor that is fresh and sweet in the finish.

D - A nice full body w/ balanced fruity and bitter tastes w/ plenty of hops yet just enough malt to keep it somewhat balanced.

Photo of Jason
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
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...

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
2.73/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

"DOB: 05/05/14." Normally I'd refrain from reviewing an IPA which is 5 months old, but Southern Tier's website for this beer has a recommended cellaring temperature, suggesting aging is just fine by them, if not recommended. Interesting.

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing label design and branded black pry-off pressure cap purchased as a single at Whole Foods HQ and served into a pilsner glass at low altitude in Austin, TX. Reviewed live as an IPA for obvious reasons. 7.30% ABV.

Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1.5 finger wide head. Off-white colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Retention is pretty good - about 5 minutes. Fairly soft complexion. Nice even frothy consistency. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Clear translucent transparent copper of above average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Overall, it's an appealing appearance for an IPA, but is pretty conventional. Nothing stands out as unique or special here. Appears well-carbonated.

AROMA: It's an even pairing of pale malt and caramalt sweetness with floral, herbal, and lightly piney hop notes. Maybe some tangerine citrus in there too. It borders on the boozy fruity character I despise in IPAs, but never quite ventures into it. On the sweeter side by American IPA standards, sure. Grassiness emerges as it warms.

No overt alcohol, spices, off-notes, or yeast character are/is detectable.

TASTE/TEXTURE: Strangely wood-evocative, actually. The sticky slightly syrupy feel pairs poorly with the overdone sweetness, which borders on cloying. Hop notes are plentiful, but still provide insufficient bitterness to counter the dominant pale malt and caramalt sweetness: grapefruit pith, tangerine rind, spruce, floral notes, and grassiness. It's light on hops for an American IPA, and the sweetness does little for it. As it warms, I pick up on the beginnings of some of the boozy pineapple notes I despise in IPAs.

Average depth and duration of flavour. Below average flavour intensity.

It's smooth and wet, and overcarbonated. Unrefreshing. Could be softer and creamier. Overall presence on the palate is average; this texture is a decent companion to the taste, but doesn't elevate the beer beyond the limits of the flavour profile.

While the balance - as abovementioned - is subpar, it's not a badly built IPA per se. There's a nice diversity of flavour, and while it isn't even, gestalt, subtly executed, or complex, it's not unpleasant to drink. I do like it in a general sense, but I'd liken the hop profile more to that of a tame pale ale than an IPA.

OVERALL: It's a downable IPA with a well-hidden ABV and a wide distribution footprint. I found it entirely too sweet, throwing off the balance, and that's coming from a reviewer known for finding most "typical" West Coast IPAs imbalanced to the other extreme. I wouldn't buy this again, but it's well-priced for what it is and you could do worse. This won't impress the discerning drinker and it's far from up to par with Southern Tier's best offerings, but I'm glad I tried it once. I'll easily finish the glass, but I wouldn't want another.

All of the above said, I can see where this might have been an impressive offering 11 years ago.

High C-

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IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,394 ratings.