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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

2,200 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 2,200
Reviews: 912
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 43
Gots: 153 | 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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Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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.

Jason, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of nickfl
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.

nickfl, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

WVbeergeek, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

TheManiacalOne, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
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!

RblWthACoz, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Slatetank, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  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...

russpowell, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

jlindros, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

feloniousmonk, Oct 22, 2003
Photo of drabmuh
2.7/5  rDev -29.7%
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.

drabmuh, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

WesWes, Jun 13, 2003
Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

mendvicdog, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of jwc215
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
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!

jwc215, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

DrunkinYogi, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

smcolw, Apr 29, 2006
Photo of kojevergas
2.71/5  rDev -29.4%
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-

kojevergas, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

oriolesfan4, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

BlackHaddock, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of Gavage
4.72/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

Gavage, Jun 22, 2004
Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

InspectorBob, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of corby112
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden orange color with a thick frothy off-white head that has excellent retention, slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves streaks of lacing.

Floral and citrus hop aroma with hints of citrus fruit, pineapple and grapefruit and a caramel malt backbone. Slightly piny.

Very crisp and smooth drinking with a decent balance of malt and hops. A little too malty for my preference taking away from the bitterness and citrus notes from the hops. Still earthy and bitter however with a dry pine finish.

corby112, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

orangesol, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

wrightst, May 04, 2014
IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,200 ratings.