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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
87
very good

2,275 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 2,275
Reviews: 914
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 46
Gots: 187 | 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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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint Glass, on tap.

This is not my first encounter with his beer and it wont be my last. This beer pours clear gold and orange with a modest head. Smell is pretty faint but smells like a traditional IPA which is what this beer is. Great taste, you can tell they used a lot of centennial dry hops which I love for taste, not too bold and well balanced. This beer may pour clear but it had a silky textured feel, almost as if there were little hop particles in my mouth; not a bad thing but unusual considering the clarity.

This is a great IPA, nothing too crazy but its balanced, available and delicious. This beer is a benchmark of what an IPA should be.

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of RJLarse
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Waddell's. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance is a dirty gold color and clear. Creamy off-white to beige head

Smell is a light bread and citrus scent.

Tastes like an English style IPA. Very malty bread and caramel up front wiith a mild hop finish.

Mouthfeel is very smooth.

A nice English style IPA.

Photo of rinhaak
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam's Perfect Pint glass.

Pours a copper-red/gold color with a nice clinging two finger head. A nice pour.

A pretty uninteresting nose, and compared to a lot of other 7.3 ABV IPAs, extremely mild. Faint aromas of pine with a vague citrus undertone, I actually don't get many hops in the nose at all. It doesn't smell bad, it just doesn't smell like much of anything.

For my personal tastes, I found the flavors to be a little off-putting for an IPA. Honestly, it was more like a Pale Ale. A little sweet, strawberry, tootsie rolls, and cloves were the dominant flavors, all backed by a solid - though not overpowering - malt backbone. But like the nose, I cannot decipher much of a hop presence at all.

Overall, I found this beer to be a huge disappointment. I feel it's poorly labeled (I cannot fathom how this is classified as an IPA), and tremendously underwhelming. If you're looking for an IPA, you're better off looking elsewhere.

Photo of TTAmod
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date visible poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear amber/orange with one finger white head.

S: Deep waft catches a bit of piney hops. Very subdued. There's also a bit floral hops, as well.

T: Nice, soft, and floral up front. Opens up to some piney hops and leaves a lingering bitterness. All of this is supported by a sweet malt base. Very nice.

M: Medium-bodied, soapy slick mouthfeel.

O: For my IPAs, I prefer ones that are balanced. If I wanted the intensity of a DIPA, then I'd buy a DIPA. Don't get me wrong; I LOVE DIPAs, but sometimes it's just nice to chill with a regular, balanced IPA. This one fits the bill quite well. It's not particularly offensive or intense in any way. It's just a nice, solid IPA.

Photo of climax
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It ends up a burnt orange, just the slightest bit murky. The head was a medium egg-shell white with good retention and lace.

I am a bit surprised at the mellow character of an 7.3 % IPA, it just doesn't jump out of the glass and go for the nostrils like some do. Bits of tropical citrus and bubblegum hop notes do their best to stay slightly above a toasty dark bread malt backbone. Other than that, I'm not gettin' much nose action.

Solid bitterness comes through in the flavor, which is still on the lack-luster end of things. Juicy tangerine flavors and a good grassy finish comprise of the hop bill. A bit of buttery smoothness and generous sweet toffee and grain balance things out more than I like. The beer doesn't indicate a brewed on date - but it hasn't sat but a few weeks since purchase - so I just can't be sure of the true nature.

The medium body has a nice chewy residue which lingers despite an otherwise slick feel. The carbonation is right on the money, putting everything on an even keel. As far as IPA's go, it's OK. As far as Southern Tier goes, buy the 2XIPA, you'll be glad you did.

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4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the dutch, pouted a nice amber color, translucent. Nice 1" head with plenty of retention. Lacing rings the pint glass as this critter is consumed. Scent is a mix of caramel malt and pine and citrus hops. I believe simcoe. Taste is very similar. I found this pint to be a bit more balanced than i was expecting. I did appreciate that. Mouth was medium, slight drying. A good ipa.

Photo of GreenJetta912
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nose: it's dominated by the malty sweet aroma reminisent of a dogfish 90-minute or a lagunitas little sumpin ale or undercover shutdown ale. there's a great hoppy(citrus character) aroma.

middle: ok, it's a regular IPA, not an Imperial. But the alcohol and malty character really places it in between the average regular and imperial. This is completely congruent with southern tier's overall line of beers. By that I mean they are all well thought out and acheive incredible balance while still acheiving a generously higher (at least 1%) ABV compared to other similar styles. Most beer labeled IPA is an avg of 6%, the impressive thing about this is it acheives the flavor profile (with the slight extra maltyness) while weighing in at a whooping 7.3.

Finish: bready due to a great balance of hoppy and malty. Maltyness is as prevolent as is hop character at this point. Great mouthfeel and finish that proves that this company thought this beer out damn good at every point of the flavor profile. Support Southern Tier. The taste of their beer will be sufficeint payback.

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4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber in color, with a small but thick head that clings to the glass. The nose is more reminiscent of a pale ale with extra hops. I can tell this is going to be a very balanced beer. The flavor holds true - with 4 kinds of malts and hops it is a very nice, middle ground taste - not a hop bomb, perhaps enjoyable for you non hop heads and craft beer noobs too. No strong booze slap even though it is over 7% ABV which is nice. Great mouth feel. Win.

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4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

For Starters this is the little brother of my favorite beer 2xIPA....

A/S- Poured a Orangish color with not much of a head half finger at best. Smell is weak but still nice a light piny citrus aroma.

T/M- Well it is a great drinking and tasting experience. It starts out slight bitter up front then becomes sweet with a decent malt back. A lot of citrus sweetness makes this in my top 3 IPA's. Mouthfeel is pretty full I don't really get any alcohol at all which is great for a 7.3.

O- If you sometimes feel like you want a IPA that is not as intense bitter as like a smutty, or a torpedo, and would like a IPA that is in between a APA and a IPA then this is your beer it is certainly my beer!!!

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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern Tier IPA is an amber color with a two finger head. A smooth flavor that is full of hops and a good pine taste. Citrus fruit is also very present with a bit of malt. The beer has a creamy character and is Medium Carbonation the fruit flavor masks the alcohol. It serves the style well and is hoppy and easy to drink.

IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,275 ratings.