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IPA (India Pale Ale) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good
944 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
944
Ratings:
2,519
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
11.31%
 
 
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IPA (India Pale Ale)IPA (India Pale Ale)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by John on 03-24-2003

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Reviews: 944 | Ratings: 2,519
Photo of smcolw
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
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!

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Photo of mdfb79
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 09/29/15 notes. On tap at Revival in NYC.

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Lots of citrus hops, grapefruit notes, fruity malts, bread, and light pine hops. Medium body and moderate carbonation, no bitterness.

Overall a pretty solid IPA.

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Photo of billab914
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

Poured a golden yellow color with a small white head that quickly disappeared. Not much lacing on the glass.

Aroma is citrusy with some pine and sweetness.

Taste has some citrus and grapefruit flavors along with some sweet caramely flavors up front with a nice long bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and more on the light side. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good, this is another one of my regular drinking beers I keep in the fridge or buy to go to friends places with. Not my favorite IPA but drinkability and taste for the price make this one one I go back to often.

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Photo of jwc215
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
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!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper with 1/4" of soapy head. Great retention. Smell is a little more malty than expected with some hops coming through. Taste is also rather malty; nice, rich, smooth. There's also a good deal of hops here as well; citrus and pine characteristics. Nice balance. Nothing like a lot of the intensely hopped IPAs out there. Smooth, medium-bodied, moderately carbonated.

Nice change of pace in the IPA category, but overall I'm not as impressed with ST offering.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.76/5  rDev -29%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.95/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slight red bronze light brown, but has a very small head. Very little bubbles from the bottom coming up, apple juice looking color but clear.

Smell.. small... very very weak red sweet fuji/stayman apple, muted hops, no bread/grain characteristic, but perhaps even some sweet honey but hard to detect.

On the palate, decent body with apples coming through but minimal hops, some sweetness apparent (throws me off) in an apple brown sugar way, strange sort of mild carbonation upon first taste, slight dry afterfinish with bitter lime feel.

Drinkability is kind of meh, I'll pass I've had better.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a solid deep golden color with a fluffy white head that shows moderate retention and leaves some nice lace on the way down. Smells of citrus and pine with a solid bready caramel malt backbone. Could use a bit more aroma hops. Taste is classic old school ipa, bready caramel grapefruit and pine. It works. Medium body and moderate level of carbonation with a sweet slick mouthfeel. Solid IPA, I would never turn one down, but in the sea of craft these days I'm not sure it stands out enough to seek out.

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Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, pours dark honey in color, off white head, love those tiny bubbles and nice lacing, fine and intricate. Citrusy hoppy nose. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Notes of resiny hops, floral, vanilla, smoke. Nice balance, hops fresh,bold and up front but not over powering. Tasty IPA.

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Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I love it when you pour an IPA and the aroma hits you before the bottle is empty. This is such an IPA.

Gold body with a white head and nice lacing. The aroma and flavor have a big, juicy hops flavor, very smooth, with almost a creamy mouthfeel. I'm tasting mild biscuity grains under the citrus hops. All in all, this is a pretty rocking IPA. The bitterness is too mild to make it a great IPA, but it's close.

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Photo of Gavage
4.68/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to Duvel Tulip.

A - Medium orange/amber colour with 2 fingers of bubbly white head.

S - A nice aroma of citrus and earthy hops up front with a s light malt sweetness. The citrus nose coming through has some grapefruit and tangerine smells to it.

T - Bitter hops up front with a grassy/earthy taste and some citrus note4s that aren't nearly as strong as the nose indicated. A nice sweet malt backbone balances this one out. A nice well rounded IPA.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Apricot body. Low retention and lace on a white head.

S – Orange and the sweeter side of grapefruit. Fresh cut grass deep in the nose. Delicious, but a bit light for the style.

T – Honey with a sturdy foundation of bitter thyme-like hops, and undertones of fresh bread. The finish dries out a bit and ends with bitter grapefruit and a touch of sweet booze.

M – Full for the style. Super smooth with a mellow, lingering finish. Carbonation is a touch low.

O – A delicious, well balanced IPA

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Photo of Duff27
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Short whore head on a orange body. Good head retention and lacing.

Juicy citrus with a touch of pine.

Citrus at the forefront, astringent bitterness on the tail end. Hops overpower malt backbone. Would guess around 6.5%abv.

Medium mouthfeel, below average carbonation it seems.

I really enjoyed the nose on this one, after that it was pretty unremarkable. Worth a try perhaps but not worth seeking out or buying for that matter.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Light golden with some touches of orange here and there. Alot of bubbles rising amounts to not much of a head, just a faint cap of off white suds, no stickies. Smelling this, I knew two things. One, it is fresh (no bottle date) and two, I was going to enjoy this more than that recent ST DIPA that came out over summer. Scents include piney hops with tropics backed by sweet malt. The taste is the same with the pine and tropical fruit being dead center even split, neck and neck. Feel is approaching medium, carby, semi bitey, and good. Drinkability was good as well. I would pick up a sixer of this in no time flat.

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Photo of Tone
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden/copper color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong floral hops, citrus hops, sweet malt, hint of earthy malt, and hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable bitterness and dryness. Tastes of strong hops, sweet malt, earthy mat, citrus hops, and hint of alcohol. Overall, good body, appearance, and mouth feel.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a. Poured into a pint glass from tap. Light golden yellow with layer upon layer of fine lace.

s. Not an overpowering nose, just hop spice here with some malt in the distance.

t.Follows the nose, much hoppier than malty. Hop character is piney with lemon tones. Biting bitter hop snap. The malt does little to balance this. Similar to a Stone ipa.

m. Pretty crisp and light to medium bodied.

d. This is a nice drinking IPA. Everything a hop head needs. Piney bitter and citric hops, little else. Cheers!

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to jwc215 and drseamus for this brew.

Poured into a pint glass (Scorpion) a nice clean/clear dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, huge two-finger plus foamy off-white head, which leaves a nice thick sticky lacing through the glass. The nose is malty/hoppy, nice touch of citrus/pines, and a good dose of caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, very nice balance of malts and hops, the citrus/pines is not overwhelming at all, nice. The finish is slightly dry/bitter. Medium body. Very drinkable, a very nice IPA from Southern Tier, I really like this one. Thanks again Joe and Jeremy. Cheers!

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good look at the glass shows a mildly chill hazed amber colored ale with a decent white head.

The smell is strong with the hops I can tell that from a distance. Sniffing the glass this both malty and unexpectedly it is smoky. Lesser smells of herbs and a faint medicine scent. C type hops are in here but are not the strongest component of the scent.

The tastes begins with the flavor of tea and wood with citrus hop in the finish for just a bit and then back to hardwood taste. Neutral sweetness and the hops give the impression of salt taste. The hop taste here is floral and never comes out that strongly; it is a nice effect.

The mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is good, not DFH 60 minute good but it is good.

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Photo of biegaman
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An antique bronze with lemon peel edging. Little bubbles dot the glass like a school of tiny fluttering fish. Decent complexion and great retention; soapy lathers of lace are remnant of a foam that was fully whipped and fluffed.

I've never known Southern Tier to shy off from the hops and the smell would indicate that they certainly have not done so here. Caramel flambe is sprinkled with spruce and shavings of orange peel and grapefruit skin. It doesn't have the in-your-face zest of its West coast counterparts, but it has an equal level of hoppiness - a different type mind you.

The flavour can be fairly easily predicted from smell - there is that same kind of scorched toffee and citrus rind character. The malts taste like finely toasted biscuits with the hop profile presenting a touch of fruit, and a ton of pine and spruce. What I always seem to note in ST's IPA is a hint of crushed mint or loose leaf jasmine tea. It has a definite distinction for me amongst the style.

Again I warn you not to expect the kind of resin saturated exotic fruit punch that West coast hop bombs present, this carries itself with a little more balance and a little less attitude. It still offers a ton of hop character, just not the tongue numbing kind. This can be a good or a bad thing, depending on what you're in the mood for.

I love Southern Tier and I have no qualms with their IPA. Sure I've smelt and tasted better - and just to be sure, there are better - but I doubt I could name many I'd rather drink on a regular basis. Of all the East coast IPA's I've tried this is certainly among the best.

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IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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