IPA (India Pale Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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4.47/5 rDev +16.4%
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.
08-31-2006 03:21:41 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.13/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
04-02-2010 07:03:16 | More by nickfl
3.88/5 rDev +1%
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.
08-29-2013 03:02:23 | More by Jason
4.35/5 rDev +13.3%
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.
11-12-2007 18:35:33 | More by WVbeergeek
3.95/5 rDev +2.9%
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...
09-12-2010 00:23:22 | More by russpowell
4.15/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
10-22-2003 22:12:23 | More by feloniousmonk
2.7/5 rDev -29.7%
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.
04-17-2010 02:40:00 | More by drabmuh
3.85/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
02-23-2008 00:57:50 | More by Slatetank
3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
11-27-2009 03:49:23 | More by jlindros
3.83/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
12-01-2012 15:49:26 | More by StonedTrippin
4.1/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
06-13-2003 13:58:46 | More by WesWes
4.47/5 rDev +16.4%
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!
12-17-2006 16:02:59 | More by jwc215
3.98/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
04-29-2006 21:04:12 | More by smcolw
United Kingdom (England)
3.73/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
11-04-2012 12:50:35 | More by BlackHaddock
4.72/5 rDev +22.9%
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.
06-22-2004 12:18:25 | More by Gavage
3.98/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
09-04-2009 23:31:09 | More by corby112
4.22/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
09-29-2008 01:43:38 | More by oriolesfan4
3.93/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
04-18-2008 01:27:11 | More by tempest
4.03/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
05-29-2004 18:24:43 | More by Billolick
IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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