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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
88
very good

927 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 927
Hads: 2,428
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 53
Gots: 338 | 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

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Beer added by: John on 03-24-2003

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Photo of smcolw
3.96/5  rDev +1%
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. (566 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (591 characters)

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/23/2013. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of orange zest, grapefruit, tangerine, floral, pine, orange rind, light honey, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop notes with a moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of orange zest, grapefruit, tangerine, floral, pine, orange rind, light caramel, light bread, and floral earthiness. Good amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, floral, pine, light caramel, light bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of hop flavors with a moderate malt balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a sticky and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice IPA! Very nice balance and complexity of hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. No complaints at all, very well done. (1,222 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in an Anchor Steam pint glass.

Pours an orange-amber; about as orange as any beer I've seen lately. The off-white head is modest in dize but has decent retention and leaves some lacing. Has a noticeable amount of suspended sediment than eventually settles to the bottom of the glass.

Aroma: very fruity, with hints of earthy spiciness and caramel

Taste: fruity flavor, mainly but not exclusively citrus, with plenty of earthy spiciness and a moderate, piney hop hit mid-sip that carries intop the finish and beyond. Malt flavor is present but in the background. The bitterness of the sizable hop load is clearly tempered by the mix of 4 types of malts.

Medium-thin body with adequate carbonation.

O: a very enjoyable and unusally complex Amer. IPA. Recommended! (788 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.47/5  rDev +14%
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! (587 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
2.76/5  rDev -29.6%
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. (468 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (483 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
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. (475 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.68/5  rDev +19.4%
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. (576 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (649 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (635 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (298 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
2.95/5  rDev -24.7%
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. (605 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (502 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
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! (506 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty solid IPA, but just the slightest bit too malty for my taste- I'd like the hops to be a bit more dominant. Pours orange with a somewhat slight head that fades to a thin swirl. Smells of light citrusy hops, and a little bit of grain. Tastes of light, sweet malt and citrusy hops as well as a touch of graininess. Fairly smooth and tasty, and decent for sure. (364 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (508 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (517 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (727 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this both on tap and out of the bottle of late. Not really much difference between either format, but this review is based on a glass of draft I had at Frisco's yesterday.

The beer pours an impressive copper orange color with decent head retention and good lacing. On the nose one gets some bracing bitter citrus, in this case orange. This IPA has some very nice flavors and is quite well balanced. There is some nice orange citrus on the palate, and just enough bitterness to make you take note. However, it has just the right amount of malt to go with it, giving the beer a touch of malty sweetness, but not too much IMO. This beer is not heavy or overdone the way some DIPA's are, and is really quite well balanced. The beer has a nice refreshing, crisp mouthfeel, and comes across as very drinkable.

Very nice IPA from Southern Tier. (849 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (1,603 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a crystal clear caramel colored body with a big bubbles launching to the surface from the bottom of the glass. The head is a think lumpy off-white that has big bubbles pushing though like a pancake ready to be flipped.

S- This beer has a fresh green juicy hop note that doens't really have to many qualities, not really resin, pine or citrusy just green. There are some faint notes of pale malt underneath that come through after my tongue gets used to all the hops.

T- The taste of big green herbal hops has a light spicy note to them followed by a light toasted biscuit note and a pine finish with a hint of cinnamon bark in the hops.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a smooth texture and a tight fizz finish that enhances the hops and the dryness in the finish makes this a great sipper.

D- This beer has a nice unique hop flavor that is not the big citrus but has a nice spice to the hops. The malt flavor is nice with a good depth so it can stand on its own and support the hops. (1,055 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
2.58/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly leaving traces of lace. Clear amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Strong piney nose. Starts hoppy, bitterness throughout piney/hoppy finish. Bitter aftertaste. $1.45 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma. (284 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured citrusy hop and soft malt aromas.

The taste consisted of a solid biscuity grain flavor with an earthy hop profile. A mild honey sweetness as well.

The mouthfeel was average with a nice crispness.

Overall a very quaffable IPA. Good ABV. (374 characters)

IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 927 ratings.