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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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2,299 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,299
Reviews: 922
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 48
Gots: 225 | FT: 0
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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 BB1313
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No date. 12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a nice golden color similar to honey. Nice white head and decent lacing. The aromas are nice, but basic and not too pungent. It tastes like it smells, but a little better. There are subtle amounts of citrus and pine. The hops seem to take a backseat to everything else going on in this one; malt is present. The mouthfeel is good.. well carbonated, smooth; medium-bodied. Drinkability isn't bad, easy drinking; alcohol is undetected.

This is well-crafted, it's a good beer, it's just kind of boring for the style.

Photo of engagechad
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased on tap at The Hard Shell in Downtown Richmond, VA - poured into a pint

Twas a poor pour. No head on this beer until I could get it down low enough to agitate. Once I did I was able to get some decent head but it was still pretty okay. Yellow in color with very slight hints of amber.
Smells of grassy citrus hops, and upon agitation the smells kept coming.
Tasted good, on the bitter end and the mouthfeel suffered a little from this.
Over all I think this beer is a good IPA but they also had Stone IPA on the menu there and honestly, looking back I'd take the Stone over this for sure so that is very revealing for me.

Photo of jar2574
2.88/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Giant 1.5 inch head over a burnt orange beer. Good lacing. A good looking beer. Smells of hops, honey and (unexpectedly) a hint of tea leaves.

Unfortunately, this is another Southern Tier that tastes too watery and flavorless, at least for me. It's got a very slight metallic touch in the aftertaste. The beer is balanced for an IPA. Rather than being hoppy you get a feel of both hops and malts. There just aren't enough of them to make things interesting. Mostly, it reminds me of water.

Overall, a rather boring beer. Not undrinkable but not that enjoyable.

Photo of Groomsy
4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

We just got this in within the past two days at our local Buffalo Wild Wings in Morehead, so I took advantage of the opportunity to have this from a freshly tapped keg. Served in a pint glass. I texted myself notes on this one... how big of a geek am I?

Appearance: Pretty standard for an IPA, I suppose. Poured a rusty orange/copper color from the tap and was topped by a thin but creamy one-finger ivory-colored head which had solid retention and left strings of lacing down the glass, especially the lower half. Nice looking, but not great. This may have to do with the slightly chilled glass the beer was served in.

Smell: Wow. This is a hoppy beer if there ever was one, but it doesn't knock you flat out. Plenty of citrus and fruit in the smell: Grapefruit, oranges, maybe even mango and pineapple. Pine resin and rich, springy, floral scents also leap out of the glass toward the drinker as the beer warms over time; this makes me look forward to what I'm drinking. This is all backed by a subtle but enticing malt profile which features a touch of caramel and even a little bit of honey sweetness with notes of fresh bread. Very well-done and mouth-watering. The tropical fruit smells give me a clue of what I'm getting myself into.

Taste: Sweet citrus, mainly notes of orange, ripe grapefruit, and lemon, sweep the palate at first. Oh man, this is GOOD stuff. This quickly gives way to some more herbal notes from the hops as well as sticky pine resin and some grassiness which lingers for a LONG time. There's just enough malt balance of honey and caramel flavors to not bombard you with the hop flavors in the finish. Although this is a hoppy beer, it's not aggressive; it's elegant, mouthwatering, and the bitterness is balanced by the sugary sweetness of both the hop and malt profiles. All of these flavors combine well in the finish and linger for a long time in the back of the mouth. Little hint of alcohol pops up in the finish, but it's barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Oh my gosh. It's like a cloud from Heaven in my mouth. For such a hoppy beer, this is smooth, creamy, and has just the right amount of body. Even the lingering notes of pine resin and citrus don't leave a big dry finish. Granted, it's slightly dry, but it's done in a way to make you want the beer that much more. Medium carbonation assists in this - flavors develop over time - as well as the lingering melting pot of flavors in the finish.

Drinkability: Admittedly, I couldn't drink this ALL night, since I'm just getting into the IPA style - but the slightly high ABV is well masked and the flavors are so enticing that it would be hard not to order another one. I will GLADLY order this every time I go to my local Buffalo Wild Wings. This is fantastic stuff, and at $5 a pint, it can't be beat. A very solid IPA.

Photo of NODAK
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is quite powerful. A lot of pine resin and citrus jumps out from the get go, quite hoppy even for style. A sign of things to come? We'll see.

The taste surprised me just a bit. There's certainly a good presence of fruity hops right away (grapefruit, and a little tropical), but it's somewhat muted in the front and has an obvious spicy, biscuity malt profile along with it. As it fades into the finish, the hops take over and wrap up the beer with a bitterness that lasts quite a long time into the aftertaste on the sides of the tongue. Basically, it's very balanced at first, and gears towards hops in the finish. Still, not as bitter as most IPA's.

All in all, very very tasty example of style here. It surprised me with its balance. Loved the malt profile.

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold with a white head - has good retention.

Smells of citrus, floral, and a touch of caramel. A delightful aroma with a bit of a bite.

Bitter grapefruit up front backed by sweet orange and an aromatic floral liveliness giving way to a bready malt taste with a touch of caramel. A very lively mouthfeel with flavors moving around and developing throughout. A very solid IPA.

Photo of NightINgale
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 US fl.oz./355 ml bottle poured into a pint glass...

A - The beer pours a clear golden/light copper body, with a frothy white head. The lacing is quite nice, and the head retention is very solid.

S - Without having anything too special about it, this beer smells like a typical, quality East-Coast American IPA. Pine, flowers, caramel, and a hint of citrus.

T - This is a very solid IPA! Starts out with a very impressive hop bite, full of floral and citrus notes. A moderate sweetness follows right after, bringing a pleasant caramel feel to your palate. The finish is slightly bready, bitter, yet sweet. Very proper IPA! After a while you may even taste a hint of vanilla (not sure what causes that, though)!

M - Light-to-medium bodied, with a slight syrupness to it.

D - This is a solid sessionable IPA. Goes down smoothly, with a good balance between drinkability, bitterness, and flavour.

Photo of jhtipton
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a medium golden clear with mild head and gentle lacing. Smell: Certainly doesn't jump out at you but pleasant piney citrusy smell. Taste: A most acceptable IPA. Nice blend of malts, hops, with a decent bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, minimal carbonation. Drinkability: I will certainly drink more and could see this as a three or four at a sitting.

Photo of sliverX
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented with a nice topped hued brew with a thick foam cap that hung around well with nice lacing.
Smell is pine resin with a nice slight sweetness
Taste is big pine with a bit of grapefruit rind
Mouthfeel is a light medium body which is fitting
Drinkability is pretty good, nice " session " ipa for me love to have a few on the porch or when drilling

Photo of Kitt
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours an amber color with an off-white weak head. Some lacing persists.

Strong caramel malts with a burnt pine hopped undertone. An unusual combination.

A moderate bitter tasting hop blend -- pine, caramel, and a hint of wheat bread -- well balanced with an obvious malt backbone. An interesting combination but not altogether impressive.

mouthfeel - rather weak bodied, a bit watered down. No creamy aftertone - rather dry.

drinkability - alcohol and carbonation prevelant, otherwise fairly easy going down. The bitter burning pine taste that lingers actually makes me hesitate for a moment before I take another sip. I don't know if that is good or bad.

Overall imperssion: a slightly above average American IPA. I would choose several others over this beer, but if I were stuck with it, it would not be the end of the world. For tonight, I'll have another.

Photo of afksports
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm enjoying this on tap at amity hall. Hooray for locals! Southern Tier's IPA is good looking and drinkable, much like my girlfriend.

In appearance, ST IPA is orange to gold, filtered and clear, with a smooth head that sustains and clings to the glass. The smell is indistinct however, with only a touch of hops Merton the nose. Maybe some malts, and mostly water. The taste has more hops to offer, and features a consistent malt character with a bitter and clean finish. But there's nothing biting, nothing rewarding, nothing distinct about it. Very very plain.

The beer has a medium body, and in its plainness I suppose is its stength-- because it's highly drinkable. It's nowhere near th top of my growing IPA list, but it doesn't necessairly need to be.

Because its local, and I'll take this anytime over tons of other options.

Photo of G2Brew
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this IPA more than I expected to. Straight-forward and true to style, with a strong flavor profile that won me over.

A - Amber-orange with some chill haze, rising bubbles, about a quarter inch of white head, with good lacing.

S - Lots of American hops in the aroma. Citrus, especially grapefruit with a little lemon, pine, and grass and floral notes.

T - A load of malt flavor, so much that it took me by surprise. It has a lot of bitterness up front, and really hits the citrus flavors. It mellows in the mouth and the sweet malts come through, very strong. There are several distinct flavors at work here, which remain distinct. The malt ends up dominant, but the hops never get lost.

M - This has a light to medium body, smooth or even slick, with medium carbonation and a nice pop from the hops.

D - I like IPAs, and this is a good one. It may not be spectacular, but it is different from the crowd of IPAs out there, and yet is very drinkable. For the money, this is a great buy. I will buy this again.

Photo of CHADMC3
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden to orange body with a foamy, pillow like white head that leaves scattered, yet sticky lacing behind.

The aroma consists of citrus hops primarily with some malty sweetness coming through as it warms.

The palate offers additional malty sweetness beneath the citrus and possibly herbal hops.

Medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation with just a touch of puckering bitterness.

Overall a fairly nice example of the style that is fairly easy on the palate versus some of its more aggressive counterparts.

Photo of whisperjet
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice overall beer. Pours a clear amber with three fingers of strong white head. Has a really interesting nose that's full of grape and lemon scents. Nice hoppy feel to it. Taste is not as bitter as I would like but it is.very malty and has a great feel overall.

Photo of mrmuskie
4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First off i loved this beer. It poured a dark orange with amber highlights and a off white 2 finger head. The arommas were sweet maltiness with notes off citrus,apricot,and jasmine.
For the taste it was a very well balanced IPA with the intial taste being malt sweetness followed by fruity hops and finishing with just a slight bitter ting. The mouthfeel of this beer is where it stands alone in my opinion, it was strangly silky for a american IPA but still finished with the hop zing i want from a american IPA. This was my first Southern Tier brew...Im a big fan!

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

Out of the bottle came an interesting reddish orange liquid. I don't see any precipitation, but the color is inviting. About a finger and a half of light tan head rose up with a decent density (not marshmallowy, but well thick). Trace amounts of lace were left to hang around as the glass became ever more empty.

The smell first delivered an unambiguous orange with some grapefruit hints. Stinky old hops. Big and sweet caramel malt base. Smells fruity and acidic.

The taste is sweet then bitter then sweet again. A curious transformation all in one swig! Good stuff. The alcohol is slightly perceivable in the aftertaste, but this one doesn't give you that dry finish. The bite is not in here. The finish remains too wet and juicy to be dry.

Hops doesn't exactly play second fiddle in this beer, but it is definitely sharing the limelight. Malt is in the house throwing its weight around. The mouthfeel gives me a nice oily impression and has a light medium body.

Photo of decimator
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle poured into a pint glass.
ABV marked as 6.0%.

A - Poured a clear golden orange with a 1cm head that quickly reduced to some bubbles. Decent lacing.

S - Grapefruit, lemon, pine, grass backed with some sweet malts.

T - Sweet malts, citrus, bitter hops in the finish with a hint of booze. A sticky bitterness is left on the inside of the mouth.

M - Average carbonation, sticky, drying finish.

D - Decent but not a stand out.

Photo of projectflam86
2.91/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a golden slightly amber color with a very nice white foam head that leaves good lacing.

S- Some floral hops in the nose with a bit of soap and malt. I'm interested to see how the flavor turns out...

T- Some bitterness upfront but honestly a bit more malt that I was expecting. I wouldn't really say that the malt 'balances' the bitterness. In fact this beer is really bitter upfront with a very sweet finish...the two don't really compliment each other. They more or less duke it out all in the flavor profile.

M- Medium bodied with ok carbonation. The alcohol is apparent, surprisingly so for a 6.9% brew.

D- Eh, I'll probably pass on this one next time. Not bad just alot of other IPAs that I prefer.

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

This beer is lookin beautiful in my snifter right now. brilliant and vibrant orange color with a thin ring of head retention and moderate lacing.

I brought out my snifter just for this, to really bring out the aroma and this IPA is not lacking any. really appealing smells of orange and grapefuit take charge, maybe even pineapple. enticing to say the least.

Tastes like all above smells wrapped inside of hops with some malt on the side.

This has a fairly light-medium bodied creamy feel to it that beckons you to savor the flavors.

I could drink a lot of these...good price as well which really makes this stand out to me. Cheers!

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a small quickly fading head.
Nose shows toasty and sweet crystal malt with some subtle grapefruit and pine also present.
Very similar flavours followed by a powerful hoppy bitterness.
Carbonation could be higher.
Not enough hop aroma/flavours.

3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from tasting notes from 1/11/11

A - Honey-like golden with copper highlights. Plain white head with decent retention.

S - Pine air freshener, some sweetness, some citrus rind.

TMD - Assertive piney hop bitterness, good thick body, nicely balanced malt profile that's quite clean & not at all cloying. Hints of orange rind and grapefruit playing second fiddle. Fairly substantial 6.9% ABV went undetected in the taste. If I had to pick one word to describe this beer, it would be clean.

Photo of rarbring
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is clear, a warm orange amber tint, a small off-white head , little lacing but some curtains.

The smell has grape-fruit peel in it, some wet grass and dry discreet pine needles.

Tasting sweet, brown sugar and dark bread, upfront, then the grape-fruit peel with slightly crushed seeds.

Medium high carbonation, a soft fluid with a good body and dry finish.

A nice solid AIPA, a good bitterness and good balance,

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

Nice balanced AIPA...not the hop bomb I go crazy for but a solid, drinkable IPA.

Pours a clear copper color with a somewhat large head on a hard pour. Good head retention and thick bands of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is citrus and a little floral hops, not overpowering but still pronounced. Taste is balanced. Citrus hops up front, cut fairly quickly by bready and earthy malts. Then a nice little blast of citrus hops in the finish. THe longer you drink, the more prominent the hops become but there is still some balance here.

Mouthfeel is a hair thin at first, but then as the hops take over, it appears more rich. Crisp and light.

Drinkability is good. Fairly light, balanced enough for a non-hophead but with still some robust flavor. I would drink it again.

Photo of Homebrew35
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy golden/pale body, nice off white creamy one finger head. I'd like to see a touch more head, this dissipates a bit too quick for my liking. A ring of lacing and a few blobs of big bubbles survive a bit longer.

S:Citrus, lavender, fruity, toffee, some smokey notes in there some how.

T: Sweet at first, slight grassy, some carmel, earthy hops on the medium long finish. A slight lingering metallic bitterness remains.

M:Feels medium thin bodied. I wish this was a bit thicker. Medium prickly carbonation.

D:I could drink a few of these at a time. I think the lingering bitterness and thin body detracts from this as well.

$1.50 each from a mixed sixer from Copaco in Bloomfield.

Photo of 9InchNails
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yellow gold body with decent bubblage. A head that almost overflowed so I had to take a sip of it. White Iceberg effect with the head.

Citrus hops some pine and malt upfront. Smells really good. If it taste like it smells we're in for a treat.

Okay, taste is good but comes up a little watered down. Not enough bitterness. You got the pine, citrus taste slight malt and some bitterness at the end. A little disappointed but isn't a horrible IPA.

Body almost comes up as water. Really light feeling in the mouth. Not impressed. Light .carbonation. Mouth feels a little dry.

Drink ability is okay. I could have another since its really light feeling for an IPA. I think I will get bored of this real quick, though.

This would be a good introduction IPA for people who haven't tried one. If you have a friend who is trying to get into beers, wants to try a IPA, this is a okay one to try; it won't rip your tongue off.

IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,299 ratings.