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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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2,107 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,107
Reviews: 906
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 41
Gots: 116 | 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 Quej

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%

A - Clear orange-gold, but with little head or retention.
S - Quite hoppy smell with a bit of malt sweetness.
T - Very hoppy taste, but not terribly bitter. Has a quick finish that is dry and weedy. There are some light sweet malt tastes though overshadowed by the hops.
M - Nice and light, quite effervescent and dry. Light bodied
D - Very decent and quite refreshing.

01-06-2009 10:07:23 | More by Quej
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +12%

A: Poured a light golden orange color with a slight 1 finger foamy white head.

S: On the nose was a nice hoppiness of grapefruit upfront followed by a dry grassiness in the end. There was a light malt sweetness as well.

T: The flavor starts out hoppy with a huge floral hoppiness that leaves a residual coating on the tongue. There were dominant notes of grapefruit, as well grass and pine. Leaves a big massive hop fade of flowers on the tongue.

M: medium bodied with a nice fullness. Carbonation was very lively and tingly and a nice dry hop fade and residual coating was left behind.

D: A big hopped ipa with good drinkability and one that could easily be drunk in 6 pack.

01-04-2009 14:11:39 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Kraken


4.2/5  rDev +9.4%

Reviewed from notes.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Jever pilsner glass. Firm pour evokes a scant 1/4 inch head that fades rapidly. Moderate lace, leave nice lines after each sip. Pours a dark golden amber.

Nose- Grapefruit rind, orange, tangerine and a slight grassiness.

Palate- Bitter grapefruit rind, pine. Very nice. Slightly sweet caramel. Long bitter finish, dry. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel- Slick, slightly thin and active.

Drinkability- This is a great session IPA. Somewhat affordable and delicious.

12-23-2008 02:53:02 | More by Kraken
Photo of yesyouam

New York

4.53/5  rDev +18%

Southern Tier IPA is a hazy sienna ale with a small white head with oily bubbles. It leaves good lacing. The aroma is very fresh. It smells like wort being boiled. It's mostly citrusy centennial hops with sweet caramel underneath. Medium-full bodied and velvety smooth, it leaves the tongue smooth and cleanly. It has a nice piny flavor. It is citrusy and resiny, grassy and a little sweet. The bitterness is strong and in balance with everything else. The aftertaste is faint and of citrus peel and evergreen trees. This is a great example of an American IPA.
(rated Jan 8, 2008)

12-20-2008 05:07:34 | More by yesyouam
Photo of smanders


3/5  rDev -21.9%

I sampled Clipper City Brewery Loose Cannon prior to review.

Appearance - golden body with thin head.

Smell - cough syrup.

Taste - Big hops and good effervescence. Different flavors in every drink. Not sure what to expect next.

Mouthfeel - light, crisp.

Drinkability - Fair. There are a number of IPAs to sample.

12-15-2008 22:10:10 | More by smanders
Photo of maximum12


3.6/5  rDev -6.3%

This brew had the misfortunate of following recent forays into Surly Furious & Caldera IPA, two world-class IPAs, so my expectations were appropriately tempered.

This is pretty good. Some hops in the nose, some hops in the taste, distinctly an IPA. Extremely easy to suck down. Nothing terribly distinctive about this beer, but it's an easy-drinking, solid IPA.

12-14-2008 00:48:34 | More by maximum12
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New York

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

Hazy orange color with a large fluffy head and a great fluff of a lace.
The aroma of grapefruit,floral hops and citrus.
The taste contained aggressive citrus tones with grapefruit and malts.
The feel was smooth,medium carbonation and medium body.
Some mild bitterness,but nothing that even came close to dominating the finish.

Notes: A good brew. Not great,but good and I have no problem stocking this one from time to time.

12-11-2008 03:13:26 | More by Lexluthor33
Photo of kwakwhore

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Gold/amber color. Nice head with good retention and copious lacing.
Fruity hoppy aroma with a fair bit of malty accents.
Taste is very balanced between hops and malts. not over the top in either direction. First sip was quite bitter. I find myself wanting to slurp this down in a hurry, it's very good.
Extremely easy to drink. I'm very sorry that I only have one bottle. I'll buy this again whenever I see it. Very nice beer.

12-11-2008 03:12:43 | More by kwakwhore
Photo of BigD1972

Rhode Island

3.48/5  rDev -9.4%

The Southern Tier IPA was not as good as I had heard it to be. However , it is a very drinkable lighter tasting IPA than most others I have tried.
The color is good, orange/gold. The smell is very floral/hoppy. Overall taste is good. Nice hoppy finish but not what I expected.

12-10-2008 23:33:21 | More by BigD1972
Photo of Brew33


3.13/5  rDev -18.5%

I had read some reviews on this beer and I was hoping it would be a great beer... It isn't. This is possibly the most boring IPA I have ever had. I love India Pale Ale, it's my favorite style but this beer isn't very good.

Sure, I'd drink another one but I wouldn't pay for it. This beer tastes like the brewer followed a recipe card for a generic IPA. It tasted VERY similar to Goose Island's IPA which to me is Goose's worst offering.

It smells like grapefruit and pine, a nice hop note but the taste is biting hops with an almost non existent malt character. Little to no complexity or depth of flavor. It stuck to the glass like any IPA should but the mouthfeel was rather thin.

Not a great offering. Try a Dogfish Head or Great Lakes Commodore Perry before this beer. BLAH!

12-04-2008 14:03:32 | More by Brew33
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a decent amount of foamy head and some OK lacing. A slightly clear texture.

S: Smelled of floral hops, citrus and a bit of malt.

T: The floral hops mingle well with the citrus (grapefruit) and low key malt. A nicely done flavor.

M: A fairly well carbonated beer with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable, well made beer that goes down easy. Not my favorite IPA, but good.

12-03-2008 14:59:31 | More by avalon07
Photo of MP72


4.35/5  rDev +13.3%

A- orange amber with a very fluffy white head

S-Previous poster is right about the high orange smell, very floral as well.

T- Hop Bomb this a real citrusy IPA but tastes more similar to an English IPA to me. Similar maybe to Yards.

M-Crisp and zesty

D- very good for an IPA , nice moderate ABV

I enjoyed this one a lot. A friend and I drank these side by side with Hop Devil which we both love and both favored this one surprisingly.

12-02-2008 20:58:46 | More by MP72
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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

Quick review into my notebook.

A- Golden color with 1/2" fluffy head. Transparent with orange hues.

S- Oranges! Again, this one is totally a citrus bomb. I cannot figure out how they get so much orange characteristics in their beer. Surely they cannot get all this from hops only.

T- Different from the nose: sweet malts followed by hop bitterness finishing nice and dry. Floral and refreshing!

M- Thin and high carbonation.

D- I love the smell of this one and the taste is different, but damn good!

11-30-2008 19:22:27 | More by MMAJYK
Photo of cratez

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +14.1%

355ml bottle enjoyed at Chaucer's Pub in London, ON.
Pour: golden amber body with a thin, bright white head.
Smell: beautiful floral hop aroma, traces of yeast, hemp, and bread dough.
Taste: citrusy hops and orange peel with a crisp, bitter aftertaste that quickly fades away. Mouthfeel is smooth, tangy, and oily.
Overall: this gorgeous beer is underrated IMO. An ideal session ale and one of the only "true" US IPAs available in Ontario.

11-24-2008 21:25:55 | More by cratez
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District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

Appearance: Clear orange color with small amount of foam with little retention. Lacing is decent though.

Aroma: Citrus hops, not too strong. Its mild, really. Not in a bad way, I can still get a good aroma from this.

Taste: Good flavors from the hops. Its not really that strong, but its not a pushover either. Overall, its a pretty good one, I'd say, and the bitterness works well in the end near the finish. Hops are used less than expected, but not in a way to be detrimental to the beer.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, nice carbonation, and a clean/dry finish.

Drinkability: Tastes good, nice mouthfeel...pretty drinkable I'd say.

11-20-2008 04:22:33 | More by kshankar
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -8.1%

A - mostly clear, peachy orange colour, white head with good retention and a sheet of lace.

S - medium light citrus hops, some sweetish tropical notes, light malt aroma, clean

T - sweet hops upfront blend in with caramel malt sweetness, tropical fruity hop notes, bitterness is somewhat reserved, but blends well with drying alcohol. Malt character is largely absent, just sort of there.

M - medium body, very creamy, gives the impression of fullness, medium carbonation, mild alcohol warmth

D - this doesn't really make you go "wow," but it's a serviceable IPA

The tropical fruit I'm picking up is very nice, but it's just not strong enough. The malt profile tastes a little "dirty" if you will, as opposed to clean. The mouthfeel is too heavy, I prefer a crispness in an IPA that this is lacking. I suppose I'd be happy if I could get this locally, but it's nothing to go out of your way for.

Thanks to NASH for the bottle!

11-11-2008 01:54:15 | More by markaberrant
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

Bottle. Pours a clear orange with a thick off-white head. Aroma of bitter citrusy hops. Flavor is a nice blend of citrusy, bitter hops and light caramel malt. Very refreshing and drinkable. Pretty similar to Harvest Ale but slightly hoppier. Nice beer.
Appearance: 4/5
Aroma: 7/10
Palate: 4/5
Flavor: 8/10
Overall: 15/20

11-09-2008 22:02:41 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of smadsen8486

New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Light/clearish amber color. Pours a thin head that is quick to dissapate to the the edges of the glass. Not much of a scent to this IPA only a hint of a grainy/citrus smell. The taste matches the smell with a very slight hint of citrus and overall taste like an average IPA. Not a whole lot going on with the drinkability, a very smooth/crisp beer. Does have a slight alcohol aftertaste with a bit of a dry bite to it.

Overall this was an easy to drink IPA with no suprises. One side aspect I really enjoyed with this beer was a near perfect carbonation that made it not to filling and settle very well.

Not the best IPA I've ever had but certainly one I would enjoy having on a regular basis.

11-04-2008 04:29:10 | More by smadsen8486
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4.2/5  rDev +9.4%

Pours a clear coppery/orange, dense & foamy white head fades into a sudsy layer atop the beer, big sheets of lacing cling to the glass. Lots of tangerine and grapefruit aroma, honey/caramel malt. Taste follows right along, with a gentle bitter aftertaste...really bright & citrusy IPA. Drinkability is great on this one. Pairs well with all kinds of food....just an all-around solid IPA.

10-24-2008 21:02:30 | More by corey0212
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Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

An antique bronze with lemon peel edging. Little bubbles dot the glass like a school of tiny fluttering fish. Decent complexion and great retention; soapy lathers of lace are remnant of a foam that was fully whipped and fluffed.

I've never known Southern Tier to shy off from the hops and the smell would indicate that they certainly have not done so here. Caramel flambe is sprinkled with spruce and shavings of orange peel and grapefruit skin. It doesn't have the in-your-face zest of its West coast counterparts, but it has an equal level of hoppiness - a different type mind you.

The flavour can be fairly easily predicted from smell - there is that same kind of scorched toffee and citrus rind character. The malts taste like finely toasted biscuits with the hop profile presenting a touch of fruit, and a ton of pine and spruce. What I always seem to note in ST's IPA is a hint of crushed mint or loose leaf jasmine tea. It has a definite distinction for me amongst the style.

Again I warn you not to expect the kind of resin saturated exotic fruit punch that West coast hop bombs present, this carries itself with a little more balance and a little less attitude. It still offers a ton of hop character, just not the tongue numbing kind. This can be a good or a bad thing, depending on what you're in the mood for.

I love Southern Tier and I have no qualms with their IPA. Sure I've smelt and tasted better - and just to be sure, there are better - but I doubt I could name many I'd rather drink on a regular basis. Of all the East coast IPA's I've tried this is certainly among the best.

10-21-2008 22:02:41 | More by biegaman
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Picked this one up in a sampler 12 pack. Decent beer. Pours a clear copper color with a great white head to it. Has a great aroma of citrus and hops to it. Has a very slight bitter taste to it. Tastes like a watered down IPA. Definitely not the best IPA by far.

10-21-2008 00:43:55 | More by HopEnthusiast
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Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%

Big Ty to Bobsy for this hop experience! Dude is a TN trader.

Certainly fit's the bill appearance wise what ever side of the IPA 'pond' you're on. Nice clear color, awesome thick head with great retention and lacing. Looks awesome.

Was expecting more of a nasal blast, but then I remembered this was from NY state, not Oregon...lol. Still, fairly muted for an AIPA. Hop was almost equally balanced between floral and citrus.

Nice. The blend of citrus and grapefruit hop is vitually seamless. Maltiness is there, but one needs patience to appreciate it as it makes it's presence known more toward the rear of the taste spectrum. A touch too sweet on the finish or I would be head ovr heels in love with this brew.

10-20-2008 04:17:13 | More by Shadman
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Ontario (Canada)

4.65/5  rDev +21.1%

Southern Tier IPA is a beer that is highly regarded among beer enthusiasts, and for good reason. This is another example of an exemplary American IPA that excels in many different areas.

It looks good. An attractive amber colour with a quickly receding head and nice lacing all the way to the bottom of the glass. There is plenty to enjoy smell-wise.. lots of fruit, sweet but not overpowering thanks to the evident dosage hops, and malts. The taste is jam-packed with flavour.. caramel cream malts, fruit and a perfectly balanced pine hoppiness in the finish. It's a hoppy beer for sure but one that's done right.

If you're a fan of IPAs this a must have on your list and in your fridge. Drink up while it lasts!

10-16-2008 22:24:14 | More by Ralphus
Photo of oneeye


4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

Served on tap into a pint glass.
A. Poured a sunshine yellow with lots of carbonation. A nice fluffy white head that leaves a great amount of lacing clinging and drying to the pint glass.

S. The aroma of floral piney hops mixed with lemony citrusy hops. A slight malt backbone.

T. The taste of piney citrusy hops upfront. The taste of a pine cone mixed with lemon and orange ccitrus hop flavors. The hops dominate but do not overwhelm. A nice balance of hops that taste great. Not to much of a bitter bite but a slight bitterness at the finish. Very tasty indeed.

M. The mouthfeel is creamy and dry. A medium bodied beer with a slight bitterness at the end.

D. Southern Tier does it again. A very refreshing tasting beer that would be easy to session.

10-06-2008 19:30:37 | More by oneeye
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4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

a. Poured into a pint glass from tap. Light golden yellow with layer upon layer of fine lace.

s. Not an overpowering nose, just hop spice here with some malt in the distance.

t.Follows the nose, much hoppier than malty. Hop character is piney with lemon tones. Biting bitter hop snap. The malt does little to balance this. Similar to a Stone ipa.

m. Pretty crisp and light to medium bodied.

d. This is a nice drinking IPA. Everything a hop head needs. Piney bitter and citric hops, little else. Cheers!

10-06-2008 02:15:16 | More by Stinkypuss
IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,107 ratings.