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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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2,037 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,037
Reviews: 902
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 36
Gots: 88 | 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 Portertime


3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I ahve heard rave reviews about Southern Tier. Poured a nice, bubbley reddish in the center to orange color. Smell is thick with hop goodness-oils, pine, and a touch of floral. Taste is clean and crisp with a muted finish. Citrus hops with a little grapefruit twang then a crisp malt profile to balance out. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 02:56:43 | More by Portertime
Photo of Bfarr


3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear light orange amber with foamy off-white head. Citrusy and pine aroma. Piney hop taste and a little grapefruit with a good pale malt balance. Strong hop presence with good lingering. Mouthfeel is a little thin with good carbonation.

This is a good balanced IPA with a strong hop finish. I'm not much on the taste of the hops on this one but I recognize it as a solid IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 16:37:25 | More by Bfarr
Photo of lovindahops

New York

3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured aggressivley into an Ithaca Tulip glass

A- pours a beautiful orange amber that has an instant rocky head of fluff. The carbonation is intense as it races to the top. The brew is very inviting and glows

S- a very spicy hop note is the initial property of the beer. There is some slight tropical scent, maybe mangos that is present. Some sweet malt is there as advertised. Bitter but not overwhelming

T- now this is spicyness v/s bitterness. The taste is a real dry hop taste. There is not much in the citrus or tropical themes that you would expect. However, the brew has the hop and malt presense you would expect. A bitter and dry profle, no doubt

M- creamy, medium bodied, and carbonated

D- southern tier makes a good ipa. I did wish that the brew consisted of some more citrusy themes that I usually look for. To be honest, I prefer 2XIPA over this. There is a major difference in my opinion. This is still a pretty good brew to have

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 20:52:13 | More by lovindahops
Photo of jdense


4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from West Richland Beer and Wine, poured into Piraat tulip.

Huge two finger semi-rocky white head, medium-slow dissipation with big lacing. Deep gold clear body significant visible carbonation rising from bottom of glass. Nose is a combination of citrus and tropical fruits, some caramel malt. Taste is hop-forward, malty in the middle, with a resiny bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium a bit sticky, good effervescence. Quite drinkable. Glad I tried this, but given the number of great PNW IPAs, and the availability of big Southern Tier products, I'll probably pass next time, though I would like to try this on draft.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2010 15:50:02 | More by jdense
Photo of cavedave

New York

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Luscious looking pour, a clear golden, with a lathery 3 finger head atop it, and some crazy lace.

Smell is a medium perfume of neutral sweet, light breadiness, and the full range of hop aromae; floral, all the citrus, pine, and bitter at the edge, even hints of mango. Really enticing.

Marvelous taste, full of flavor, even compared to some of the best IPA out there. It starts neutral sweet with a hint of yeasty tart, then the hops come out to play. Orange, grapefruit, citrus pith, floral. When some drying pine, and earthy bitter join the fun it finishes fantastically. Wonderful taste.

Excellent mouthfeel, viscous, clean, pleasant carb., long dry finish. Nice.

Drinkability is off the charts. Given a string of hot days, and an unlimited supply, I could drink this until there is no trace of oil on Gulf of Mexico beaches.

Impression: Another fine beer which proves our local ST can stand next to any brewery when it comes to hop artistry.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 20:58:57 | More by cavedave
Photo of jbowers56


3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks pretty nice. Good 2 finger head and a murky orange colour. Not outstanding looking though the lacing is quite good.

Nose is good, but not overly strong. Citrussy qualities are certainly there along with an underlying richer sweetness, perhaps almost toffee like, though not strong in the mix. Some pine too.

I don't think my bottle is overly fresh. It is certainly hoppy, and the notes that i got in the nose are there in the flavour, but the malt profile is far more dominant. It is still quite good, but I imagine it is a lot better fresh. However, because they don't date their bottles - I can't really really say for sure.

Feels nice in the mouth, relatively smooth and full for the style.

Definitely solid, not incredible though.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 11:27:31 | More by jbowers56
Photo of ZeroSignal


4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with no date:

A - Pours a hazy peach-orange color with a thin vanilla head that reduces to a skim across the top quickly; lightly sticks to the side of the glass

S - Orange, pear; citrus hops, light, sweet malt aroma

T&M - One of the better balanced IPA's I've had. Citrus hops are predominant but don't overpower; nice malt backbone here with mild yeast and bread undertones. Smooth and light bodied with a faint hop presence left after swallowing.

D - Has a refreshing "zing" without being overly strong, balance here provides a very sessionable IPA within reason...a little too high in ABV to have more then a few.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 02:39:07 | More by ZeroSignal
Photo of therica


3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One word-- "Piney."

This is one of my lesser-favorite offerings of the usually amazing Southern Tier.

A= golden with orange hues, modest stained-white foam, some rim & plenty of lacing.

S= dough, grapefruit, citrus, pine with a rather nicely mixed bouquet.

T= plenty of bitters; pine, grapefruit, dough with lots of lesser notes to explore. Pine belch.

M= plentifully and pleasantly bitter for happy IPA hop-heads. Light dough, some grassy notes and nothing to put you off.

D= session for hopheads who enjoy the pine-dominated yet grapefruit-generous presence.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 00:17:03 | More by therica
Photo of elgiacomo


3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled April 12, 2010.

Pours clear golden amber with a two finger orangish-white foamy head that leaves some nice drippy lacing and maintains a small cap.

Strong aroma of pine and citrus, grapefruit, orange, rind/peel, light grass and floral notes, some doughy yeast.

Flavor is predominantly pine, some grapefruit/orange rind, floral, grassy, a bit resinous, a touch of light caramel malt balance, finishes with good bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, medium carbonation.

A very good IPA, quite enjoyable and refreshing. Will try to get my hands on a fresher sample sometime to see this at its best.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 22:03:59 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium orange with a beige fizzy head that dissipates to a ring that lasted down the pint. No lacing. Really? No lacing? C'mon.

Pine is the big element here, with a little soap. Not finding any malt.

Big pint hop flavor, some light fruit and toasted malt, but that is pushed aside. Has a slight sour grassy edge to it as well, which works. Still a bit of a one trick pony. Finish is lightly bitter and dry malt, like a piece of toast in your mouth.

Medium bodied, but still a tad thinner than expected. Still works.

Overall, quite easy drinking, and a fairly simple but effective IPA. Not great, but intense enough to draw a solid positive review. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 00:16:16 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 bottle into a stemmed glass.

The color is dark gold with about two to three fingers of foamy white head, and some nice lacing.

The smell is really earthy and grassy with some nice some nice citrus flavors and a hint of fresh cut grass.

The taste is pretty spicy, bitter citrus flavor at first with a earthy flavor that feels a bit warm with a nice bitter kick at the end.

The feel of this beer is medium with a nice refreshing feeling and goes down pretty well. I like this beer with some nice spicy cheese and is quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 04:30:44 | More by Duhast500
Photo of jzeilinger


3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear orange color, creamy white head, and a moderate amount of carbonation.

S - Crackery malt with a moderate amount of floral and pine.

T - A little earthy, pine and floral hopping over the top of carackery, crisp malt. Hopping levels are appropriate and not too much or too little.

M - Nice amount of carbonationhits the tongue and goes down with great ease.

D - A very well brewed and very drinkable IPA that puts a little more emphasis on the hops than most others.

Hands down, an every day IPA I could easily stock on a regular basis as a "go to" beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2010 04:13:30 | More by jzeilinger
Photo of jadpsu


3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slight haze to a cpper pour with a decent off white head of average retention but good side lacing.
Aroma is mostly spicy hops of pepper, pine nuts and some orange rind but there is some bready malts on the back side.
Arrives mildly bitter and finishes dry with some orange rind in the after taste.
Moderate, medium body. Definitly a pretty good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 00:57:36 | More by jadpsu
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured 10/2009

Another selection from the Southern Tier mixed 12-pack I picked up in Maryland.

Pours a coppery gold with a wisp-thin ivory head. Citrusy hops in the nose, apricot with a hint of lemon, some herbal notes too.

Bitter herb in the mouth, orange rind, grapefruit and a piney quality from the hops. A honey-like sweetness imparted from the malt. Medium bodied, a sweetish finish and the lingering piney bitterness dominates the aftertaste. Well-balanced IPA, the bitter citrus from the hops and the honey from the malt blend nicely.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 11:56:48 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4.63/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Southern Tier IPA pours a clear medium copper with a decent head that doesn't linger too long. The aroma is earthy, piney hops. The aroma really captures the feeling of sticking your nose in a handful of fresh wet hops. The flavor is green, spicy and bitter hops, with lots of pine and some citrus as well. Toasted malt flavors linger nicely in the finish, along with some resiny bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 02:42:41 | More by ericj551
Photo of jkrich


3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date found. Poured a cloudy, orange with a small, off-white head. Looks a lot like Founder's Centennial IPA.

The initial aroma was surprisingly sweet with some subtle american hop aroma coming through.

The ale has a slight pine flavor followed by a soft malty flavor. The aftertaste is citrusy. Is has a good, satisfying taste, yet nothing really stands out - it is a bit of a muddle.

The body is medium with moderate carbonation. There is something lacking in the mouthfeel - it is a little watery. The ale leaves a sweet/fruity taste on the tongue.

Overall, this was a good IPA, but it could use more hops to add interest. Despite the 6.5 % ABV, it would be easy to have a few.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 22:46:23 | More by jkrich
Photo of Brez07


3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass

A: Orange/gold pour that leaves a quickly disappearing white head. Some lacing is left on the glass

S: Sweet fruit, not much pine/hop. Hard to pick up much here

T: Pine comes out more here. Accompanied by a touch a sweet fruit and a bitter finish from the hops. Bigger then usual malt presence for the style

M: Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Definitely a good amount of carbonation attacking my tongue. Just a small amount of bitterness

D: Southern Tier just started getting sent to Maine, which is great news. I've had their bigger beers but none of their regular lineup, so I picked up an IPA to see how it was. Overall, a solid IPA that I will probably be picking up again now that it's local

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 21:15:39 | More by Brez07
Photo of Stigs


3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass

A - pours with a very thin layer of frothy white foam. the beer is crystal clear, slightly burnt gold in color.

S - slightly floral hops, some citrus rinds. caramel malts.

T - slight bitter bite from hops, pine and floral notes. malts come through with some light caramel and a bit of pear-like fruitiness, a bit nutty as well (especially in the finish).

M - medium bodied, well carbonated and oily. lingering bitterness and sweet malts. good balance.

D - nothing special, a bit malt heavy for an IPA but still okay.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 04:09:23 | More by Stigs
Photo of larryi86


3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

A- A light copper color with a large white head

S- Weak, picking up hints of citrus/grapefruit and pine.

T- Hoppy, not very bitter, but does have some bit.

M- Smooth and a little on the light side.

D- This is very easy to drink and enjoy. I feel the downside of this beer is the fact that it is not very complex and the smell is weak, but it is still a good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 01:43:19 | More by larryi86
Photo of livewire78


3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber gold. Nice head with good lacing all the way down. Not a brilliant color but pretty anyway.

Smells different than I expected. The first thing I'm getting is malt- then the hops. Kinda backward from the rest but still pretty cool.

Tastes like the smell. Malt is the first thing that comes my way followed not too closely by the hoppy bitterness. The bitterness lasts a little too long for my particular taste. Alcohol is present in a peppery sort of way.

Feels pretty good. Decently full with good carbonation.

You know I COULD drink a lot of this but I'm not sure I WOULD. Sort of like the OFFICE- would have to be in the right mood for a lot of it.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 13:59:26 | More by livewire78
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 03:09:26 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of scottyb88


4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-poured a dark clear copper type color with a sticky one and a half finger head, plenty of lacing and carbonation

S-smells of fresh pine, citrus

T-very similar to the aroma; very nice clean bitter taste

M-smooth, creamy, slightly carbonated; the bitterness left a slight dryness on the aftertaste

D-great IPA; bitter yet nothing too ridiculous; I would definitely seek this out in the bottle format

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2010 22:53:05 | More by scottyb88
Photo of GPHarris


3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick off-white head into a snifter that settled into a thin ring with some slight lacing. the body was a bright and clear amber color.
s - citrusy hops with a hint of sweetness underneath somewhat like caramel.
t - dry earthy and grainy hops.
m - thin to medium.
d - easily drinkable but a slight disappointment considering how great ST's big beers are.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 01:34:11 | More by GPHarris
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into pint glass may7 2010

A clear light bronze with some bubbles of all sizes popping up from everywhere, a solid thumbs width of head has decent retention and leaves a few partial rings of lace

S citrus and pineapple with some caramel

T not to far of the smell but a little sweeter and with a biscuit aspect that's hard to place.

M slightly slick and enough body to satisfy with a good amount of carbonation

D a good session IPA not lacking in any areas and quite easy to drink

I would drink this again if it were available in my area, but its not so I will thank Moniker for sending this one my way

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 05:26:42 | More by wordemupg
Photo of mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern Tier IPA is a deep orange in colour and topped by a fairly retentive off-white head that leaves behind a spotty lace as it recedes. Bright, appetizing tropical fruit hop aroma over a base not of toasted bread. Peachy, mango-like hop flavours are dominant, and transition into a citrus pith bitterness. Bitterness lingers long into the aftertaste. An underlying malty sweetness provides a little bit of contrast. Medium body and carbonation with a sticky mouthfeel. I've only had a handful of American IPAs, but this one seems a little less attenuated than other examples I've tried. This didn't detract from my enjoyment of it. I found myself looking at an empty glass fairly quickly.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 00:47:05 | More by mintjellie
IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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