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IPA (India Pale Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,298
Reviews: 922
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 48
Gots: 224 | 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 JackieTH
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of a Southern Tier 12-pack sampler. This was the best of the bunch [also Phin's, 422, Pale Ale].

Appearance: Light hazy copper orange. Medium density head that had decent retention.

Smell: Piney resinous hop and citrus hop. Classic IPA. Inviting.

Taste: Toasted malty presence is made known with a clean citrus hop bite and a bit of pine as well. Even a bit of floral in there toward the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium slightly creamy, somewhat lacking on carbonation.

Drinkability: Good. It's easy enough to put a few away.

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It poured hazy light amber in color with a thin white head that quickly faded into lacy patterns of bubbles. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose.
T: Bitterness from the hops dominates the overall taste, which also has some underlying flavors of toasted malts with hints of citrus fruits. A slight amount of sweetness is perceptible in the initial taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish leaves dryness in your mouth.
D: The beer isn't that difficult to drink because the bitterness is not overwhelming.

Photo of heebes
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi hazy straw orange amber with a thicky fluffy head. Smells of sweet citrus, pine, dank hops, fruity malts. Taste is quite smooth and delicious, tinyiest hint of bitterness on the sip which quickly leaves and is replaced by a sweet caramel malt taste. Lingering hops in the finish. Medium bodied mouthfeel, slightly chewy. This beer is quie drinkable, impressed already. Now I'm really looking forward to which Southern Tier beers come into the LCBO in 2011.

Photo of philbertk
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

southern tier brewing company--ipa--india pale ale--the iso-alpha acid experience--2009 Release--12 oz. Bottle--6.90% ABV--55 IBU's? (3.7 / 5.0) IPA--Thin mild lace white head. Pretty clear bright rich gold color. Delicate aromatic floral pine hop front. Cloying mild sweet doughy caramel mild fruit smooth light pine grapefruit resinous creamy hint body. Mild hop clean smooth end. Mild hop IPA. Sampled 1/3/2010. $9.99 / 6-Pack.

Southern Tier Brewing Company--IPA India Pale Ale--Brewed with 4 Varieties of Hops and 4 Types of Malt--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 7.40% ABV. 75 IBU's? (4.25 / 5.0) Mild lace off white head. Clear bright soft amber color. Rich mellow floral hop front. Smooth balanced mellow sweet creamy light caramel doughy hint tasty IPA body. Smoth mild bitter clean crisp hop spice end. Well made not NW IPA. Sampled 10/30/2010 from 6-Pack purchased for $9.99 from Seattle, Sokpo & Sons 8th & Market Shell on 10/20/2010.

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

Cold 12 oz bottle served in tapered stange. Beer pours deep oragne amber with huge bubbles and a medium off-white head. Big aroma which is both malty and citrusy.

Initial taste is refreshing and a little thin, surprisingly so for an IPA. Hoppy but not aggressive; more of an APA with an edge of grapefruit less an American IPA. But fantastically drinkable.

Photo of bcm119
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, light copper with a fine white lace that sticks around. Slightly grainy nose with light citrus hops and a little toast. Hops have a nice clean bitterness and lemon flavor, with a hint of apple tartness and mineral water. Malt is lean and mild with a bit of caramel and toast. Fairly clean throughout, this one never quite opens up mid-palate, and finishes fairly dry, with leafy green hops lingering a bit. A reserved IPA but nicely composed and clean.

Photo of shand
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep hazy orange with two fingers of head. The fluffy, cloud-like head has excellent retention and stuck around until I started sucking it down. Lacing is perfect.

Smell: Sharp hops and pine. It's an IPA smell, nothing special, but nothing wrong either.

Taste: Again, it's an IPA. What sets this apart from the normal pines and hops is the fairly heavy malt backbone. There's some floral aspects in the end that tie it all together. Nothing great, but nothing bad either. Just another middle of the road IPA.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, not much carbonation at all. It works with the heavy malts (for the style).

Drinkability: This beer excels at the drinkability. The heavier malts make this incredibly drinkable, and heavily mask the nearly 7% ABV.

This is another decent IPA. I got this as part of a sampler pack and welcome the three bottles I have, but I don't think this'd be worth picking up as a sixer by itself. It's still a good beer though.

Photo of greenmonstah
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

a - Small white head, light copper in color.Good lacing.

s - Hoppy, mostly pine. Delicious, but admittedly weak smell.

t - Taste follows the nose, but with an added malt flavor that I couldn't quite smell.

f - Medium body but carbonation is very weak.

d - Wow. Very very quaffable. Could down pint after pint. Just wonderful.

Photo of cbutova
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours out a hazy light orange with a creamy white cap. Good head retention; a nice fluffy pillow stays atop the ale. A decent coat of lace.

S- Out of the bottle it smelled quite good but the beer itself has a very weak nose. I get slight citrus hops and nutty malt.

T- The flavor is different from most IPAs I have had. Lots of citrus/grapefruit and a floral finish that kind of makes me think cardboard or paper for some reason(oxiation?). Slight caramel nutty malt in the finish.

MF- Light highly carbonated body that is fairly creamy. The beer is nice and dry and moderately bitter.

DB- I guess the mostly floral and grapefruit hop profile throw me off. I would prefer a more dynamic hop profile, it just seems stale to me. I remember having the 2xIPA and I can hardly tell the difference. For ST I highly prefer their big beers so far.

Photo of SpdKilz
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, a bit thanks to snosage22 for this great extra. Cheers!

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden color into my SA Perfect Pint, with over a finger of light tan head that dissipates at a moderate pace, leaving nice looking lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Sweet citrus hops, slight pine, and a malty backbone. As the beer warms up it takes on a bit of a floral nose also.

Taste - A slightly bitter taste upfront reminiscent of unripened grapefruit, which almost immediately fades to a heavy malty backbone. As noted in the nose, as the beer warms a mild floral flavor emerges at the tail end of each sip. Overall the bitterness and maltiness negate each other, however, the fact it is so bitter up front followed by a heavy malty backbone is not how I particularly like my IPAs anymore. I prefer an all around balance where the bitterness melds with a slight malty backbone...but overall this is a nice beer (I did like 2XIPA better to be honest).

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, somewhat creamy, moderate carbonation, finishes bitter/a hint dry.

Drinkability - Relatively so, however, as I always say, there are just so many other IPAs out there I would rather drink at this point (living in CA). Once I'm back in the Midwest next year I'm going to have to do a serious D/IPA taste test to figure out what I can easily obtain that will somewhat give me my West Coast hop fix.

Photo of shamus
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had the Southern tier Chocolat Imperial thing at Canadian Thanksgiving and it was excellent so i had high hops for this. it looks promising and has a lovely grassy hops and soft pine scent, but it's downfall is that it tastes like candy; butterscotch candy that melts in your mouth. Now some people might love that but I don't. it's cloying and not something i want in an IPA. Oh well I guess it will do for tonight, but not again.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Light copper perhaps closer to gold in color. The beer has a thinnish head that does manage to hang around for a bit.

S-Nothing ver strong here. Mix of light fruity hops and sweet malt. Pretty balanced, pretty unremarkable.

T-A bit more powerful than the nose. Nice mild hop combo combined well with some malty sweetness. Nothing too bold but still pretty decent.

M-Litlle bit of bubbles with a pretty standard body that is nothing more than satisfactory.

D-More alcohol than I would expect by the taste. A pretty easy drinking beer.

A bit too bland for my taste. I also look for more hop-foward beers but if you're looking for a more balanced ipa with relatively easy drinkability try this out. Feels like a good ipa for someone new to the style. I personally prefer Southern Tier's 2XIPA much more. But hey, gotta start somewhere.

Photo of Spiekerbox
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Typical pale golden color of an american IPA. Poured with a rather small off white head that lingered.

S- Hops, more citrus but some pine in there, little bit of malt present. Moderate hop smell for an ipa.

T- Nice mix of hop flavors, some grassy, some citrus. Malt flavor makes an appearance and finishes with an earthy bitterness.

M- Nice medium body, ideal ipa carbonation.

D- Though this beer dosent stand out it is a very solid IPA. Good mix of flavors and very balanced and refreshing. Good session IPA.

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

Appearence is normal IPA,medium golden,a modest head. The head dissipates and leaves lacing.

Aroma is moderate for an IPA,Grapefruit dominant,hints of orange,pineapple and some light malty sweets.
Taste A brief intro of caramel sweetness that's quickly overcome by a hops that's mostly citrus,grap[efruit. The bitter is a bit restrained here. Nice, overall. I was getting a mix six and intended to grab the 2X IPA but somehow...

Mouth,About normal for type,enough malt + carbo to give body,balance,life.

More drinkable than some thanks to it's body and balance

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to Duvel Tulip.

A - Medium orange/amber colour with 2 fingers of bubbly white head.

S - A nice aroma of citrus and earthy hops up front with a s light malt sweetness. The citrus nose coming through has some grapefruit and tangerine smells to it.

T - Bitter hops up front with a grassy/earthy taste and some citrus note4s that aren't nearly as strong as the nose indicated. A nice sweet malt backbone balances this one out. A nice well rounded IPA.

Photo of jampics2
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the Winking Lizard. Served in an open-mouthed pint glass.

Strange, I don't think I've ever had this before but enjoy American IPA's and like Souther Tier's beers in general. But the Winking Lizard had this as September's 'Hoppy Handle' so I gave it a shot. It paid off!

In the glass, this beer is orange with some golden and amber colors in the mix for good measure. Looks really nice! The body is filtered and clear, and the head is frothy and white. A nice looking IPA!

The nose is really nice, just a step away from greatness. Orange and grapefruit add wonderful citrus notes to the fold, while floral and perfume notes are also in the mix. A touch of pine rounds things out and a sweet body is nonexistent but for a sweet kiss of malt. Very expressive and, if it was a touch more unique, world-class.

The taste is equally impressive. A kiss of sweetness from some pale malt, then an explosion of hops. Almost a nuclear explosion, but just a 'little boy' not a full blown 'fat man' like only Sculpin can deliver (IMO). A ton of citrus and pine, and a nice medium bitterness. A well rounded, round-house kick to the palate.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation and just a touch of stickiness. The finish is bitter and lasts for a while. A great American IPA, I'll happily have this fresh on draft again. A must for a hop head!

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

Appearance - Clear Golden Yellow, 3/4 inch head, good retention, white lacing clinging to sides of glass, looks like most other ipas.

Smell - Mostly spells of hops, piney, floral, grapefruit, slightly spicy.
Sweet hops, some slight bitterness after swallowing, tiny bit of orange and slight bready taste. Hops are the primary flavor. Fits an IPA pretty well, tastes how an ipa should.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, slightly watery in the mouth, light/medium carbonation. Sticky in the mouth and lips.

Drinkability - Easy to drink, not too harsh or bitter so might be ok for people who do not like super bitter beers, the hops in this seem to be more sweet rather than bitter. I would have another but I find this to be nothing special. It is a solid ipa and is a good representation of the style but again nothing very special.

Many drink their beer too damn cold. Cold temperatures will numb the taste buds and literally masks the beer's true flavors, aromas and nuances. Use color (malts) and alcohol content to determine the best drinking temperatures. Try around 40-50 degrees F for paler or lower alcohol beers, and 50-60 degrees F for darker or higher alcohol beers.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance -The beer pours a hazy amber/gold colour with a massive frothy off white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing, and there is some very nice lacing. The head stuck around for a long time

Smell - hops, pine, oranges/grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - A nice perfectly carbonated mouth feel combined with a full bodied taste. Lots of hops and lots of caramel sweetness. There is also some pine and citrus notes and the beer leaves a nice hoppy bitter aftertaste.

Drink - Just an outstanding beer, one I will continue to drink for as long as it's available. Another solid effort from Southern Tier.

Photo of kwjd
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper-orange colour with huge fluffy white head and nice lacing. Smells of citrus hops and sweet caramel. Quite a balanced IPA. Flavour has some bitterness, with a lot of sweetness. This is a very nice east coast IPA. Some of the Southern Tier double IPA's put me off with the excessive sweetness, but I think it works nicely in this beer.

Photo of micromaniac129
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good full bodied beer but drinks more to a thinner side, maybe due to warm up.
This is a very good tasting beer that also hides it's alcohol warming impact very nicely.
When I take a big gulp of this golden brew I get a well balanced taste of malts and hops. THe hops are citrusy and floral, the malts are rich and support the hops greatly.
Interesting that not alot of hops aroma is present, but there is agood bit of malt sweetness. Completely opposite to the taste.
Some IPA's you can smell the hops a mile away.
Southern Tier IPA pours a bit hazy. A nice orange/amber color. Desent frothy white head, fading.
A very good IPA that isn't over powering.
That means drinkability
Drink well my friends

Photo of PicoPapa
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a light gold color with a thin head. Smells good. Aromas of citrus, pine, some grapefruit and hops. Lighter taste than expected. Bitter with citrus and hop flavors. Bitter aftertaste sticks around. Pretty easy to drink but a bit thinner than most IPAs. Still a good offering by Southern Tier.

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

Had on tap at the Vital Spot in Geneseo, New York. Was served in a pint glass.

Look: Golden with some orangey, reddish highlights. Small but dense head which is an off white. It retained very well and left a lot of lacing behind.

Smell: Pine and citrus hops in the nose along with a hint of maltiness.

Taste: very pleasant hoppiness here. Citrus and floral hops are what I got for the most part. I like the balance between the hops and the malt.

Feel: medium bodied but tending a little towards being light in body, which is surprising. Good carbonation in that its not overly done but its still there.

Drink: very high. I didn't know this was 6.9% and had a few of these when I was out. Definitely good to session.

Overall, this beer is a solid East Coast IPA. I'd definitely recommend you try it out. I'm really happy with what I've had from Southern Tier so far so hopefully they keep it up.

Photo of MattyV
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden colour with orange highlights. The head is a dense a creamy off-white colour that shows good retention and leaves gobs of foamy lacing in its wake.

Right away I'm hit with a wave of pine and citrus in the nose, followed by a bready malt undertone.

The taste is hop-dominated, more specifically the citrus and floral notes evident in the nose, but not overly harsh, with the malt providing some bready/caramel flavour. The hops provide a pleasant lasting finish.

Moderately-bodied and carbonated. This is goes down all too easy if you're into bitter and hoppy beers. As others have noted, this is arguably the top IPA currently available at the LCBO, putting all of the Canadian options to shame.

Photo of gopens44
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - nice color, being a fan of anything reddish-blonde. Head never really developed. Immediately regressed into a thin layer with moderate lacing.

S - Citrus scent lingering over the expected hop smell with a seemingly clean presence.

T - the hop taste dominated, as expected, with hints of grapefruit maybe.

M - thicker presence on the tongue than I initially expected, but not something that puts me off. Medium carbonation with a dry finish.

D - I like this, and I am certain that I will have more.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle out of the fridge poured into a pint glass. no freshness date.

pours a perfectly clear (and filtered) deep golden color with some orange coming through. nice big 2 fingers of chunky white head that lasted the whole way through, great retention, tons of sticky lace.

a big very pungent hop aroma. full of grapefruit citrus, whole leafy hops before you brew with them, and lots of fresh pine needles. a little bit of caramel malt just barely struggles to be noticable.

the taste follows suit with the pungent resinous hops. also from the hops you get citrus, whole flower hop cones, and some pine. a great hop profile. the malts are outnumbered by the hops, but the still blend with the beer nicely with a slightly sweet bready caramel quality. nicely crafted.

medium bodied, a good feeling carbonation, the hops wreck the palate and i love it.

the is my favorite ipa to session anytime. mainly because its a local favorite and because its great hop profile. one of the better ipas out there and its not going to cost you tons. highly recommended!

IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,298 ratings.