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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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2,278 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,278
Reviews: 914
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 46
Gots: 188 | 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 OtherShoe2
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of Duhast500
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of jzeilinger
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of jadpsu
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.6/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of ericj551
4.63/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

Photo of jkrich
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of Brez07
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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

Photo of Stigs
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of larryi86
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of livewire78
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of scottyb88
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
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

Photo of GPHarris
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of wordemupg
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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

Photo of mintjellie
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of Casey10
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Welcome to Maine. This is the first Southern Tier I have purchased in Maine.

Wholefoods in ME had this and was a treat while not blowing me away is a nice start by coming to Maine.

A - Clear copper nice head in Nonic pint glass.

S - grassy smell nothing overwhelming but not bad.

T - Medium citrus notes very nice IPA but again nothing overwhelming.

M -has a nice taaste I have been spoiled by Red Racer IPA but this is not bad.

D - I could have many of these so smooth can't rate it a 5 as I would want others in front of this.

Photo of DerekP
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a single of this brew for $1.73, generally the average price I head to for one bottle of beer.

From the 12 oz bottle it smells of amarillo/cascade hops. Poured into a nonic pint glass, the brew looks light-amber, desperately trying to show an orange hue, or maybe my lighting is fooling me. The brew is pretty clear; crisp. A grimy, spotty white head (hues, not quality). Healthy 1/4 inch head or a little less. Stormy lacing.

Smells of citrus, amarillo/cascade hops, grapefruit. Tastes of fresh grapefruit, carrying a bitter-sweet malt-hops ratio, alcohol, & a flavorless corn cob. Feels soft, with a creamy/minced grain quality, and a medium body in well enough shape to throw it down with you several times over. A clean finish overall, coupled with the hops resin that comes with the territory. A brew worth buying.

Photo of Thur123
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a lighter, clearer orange color with a solid one finger head that fades slowly and with lacing with a solid column of bubbles rushing to the top. The smell is a sweet barley malt presence with a bittersweet hoppiness that comes off really light.

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The flavor is balanced and the malt more pronounced than in many IPA's. A bitter herbal tatste with a bit of sour lemon involved. Neither the hop or malt profile really disappoints and the overall flavor is nice. The might be the most straightforward IPA I've had in awhile. Seems to want to nail the style rather than push the limits. And for that this is a good brew. I've had less watery IPAs, the body of this really reminds me of Pale ale but it's still not bad.

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

Moderate malty aroma with hints of caramel and a moderate citrusy, earthy hop profile.

Moderately clear gold colour with a big, fluffy white head. Decent head retention.

Good flavour with moderate American hop character coming through.Generic citrus and earthy hop again. Strong bitterness may be a bit out of balance but I like it. Good, laid back malt with touches of caramel. More late hops would be appreciated.

Medium-light body with moderately high carbonation. Suitable.

A tasty, if under-hopped, IPA. The malt profile is nicely understated. Well done.

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

A-Pours a beautiful clear gold with a one finger white head that has fair retention and leaves nice lacing.

S-Somewhat faint. Floral and citrus hops, sweet malty notes also present. Pleasant, but very understated.

T-Citrus hops are most predominant followed by floral and some biscuity malt in the back. Tastes very good.

M-On the light side of medium body, crisp carb bite.

D-Very easy drinking. Great session beer.

Overall, a very nice IPA. I liked it. I do wish the nose was more prominent though. I like a strong hoppy aroma.

Photo of pootz
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark amber with a standard rocky 2 finger cap which it does not retain too long...fair lacing.

Aroma is standard Pac.NW Cascade hops grapefruit and floral, with a sweet malt undertone and some leafy herbaceous earthy accents.- excellent nose on this ale.

Flavor profile is fairly decent for an APA of this genre but I find it a bit unbalanced towards bittering rather than the juicy citrus cascade hopping in other Micro APAs...Good caramel malt spin ride just below the bitter citrus-resinous hopping then it tails off in to a light drying in the finish with a lingering metallic after taste.

A big APA but personally I prefer Anchor Liberty and other select +65 IBU APAs over this as they seem to balance the bittering better with the malt profile.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
2.6/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours golden with a nice frothy white head.

Smells like hops. Lots of hops.

Tastes of hops, melted plastic, and copper. Uh, wait. What's wrong here?

Watery to boot.

Ok, it's fairly obvious I got a bad bottle, but this isn't the impression a brewery new to the market wants to impart on its prospective drinkers. Oh, well. I can't wait for the Blackwater series to start coming in.

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

12 oz bottle poured into english pub glass.

Pours a clear copper color with a 1 1/2 head with good lacing.

Smell of bitter hops with a touch of malts, very piney and one sided.

nice and bitter at first although a coarse bitterness that is trying to be subdued by malts. finishes a bit dry.

Mouthfeel is normal for that of an IPA, moderate carbonation with a nice bitter bite to it.

At 6.5% it is an easy drinker. I will admit though i prefer unearthly or gemini over this any day.

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

Picked up locally at Total Wine, what a great assortment, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a nice waft of citrus like west coast hops, very tangy with an apparent malty backbone underneath. Pours into a pit glass with creamy 2 inch head on top of a cloudy yellow orange brew. Upon the taste, the hop bite is evident right of the bat, the bite then mellows a bit. Grapefruit is highly prevalent along with a touch of banana. Nice malty backbone kicks in at the middle of the taste as the bite fades. The finish leans more towards balance then the aftertaste continues bitter yet sweet. The head on this brew is quite incredible, standing until the end of the pint. This is a go to IPA, i will be seeking out again.

IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,278 ratings.