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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 TeddyBG


4/5  rDev +4.2%

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass. no freshness date.

A: Light copper, filtered. Minimal head, that quickly dissipates. Decent lacing.

S: Wonderfully floral a citrusy. With a little bit of malt in the back.

T: Citrusy hops with a almost smoky malt backbone. Decent hop finish, that does not linger too long.

M: Well carbonated maybe too much. Medium mouthfeel. Decent.

D: This is a very drinkable IPA. Good ABV and the bitterness does not linger too long to become obtrusive after a few.

10-02-2008 21:01:18 | More by TeddyBG
Photo of kmeves


3.58/5  rDev -6.8%

Pour is copper with a smallish light tan head. Aroma has muddled caramel malt, orange / pine hops and some sweetness. The flavor is seet caramel malt, citrus and pine. A bit more bitter finish. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Decent American IPA.

09-30-2008 17:37:37 | More by kmeves
Photo of techdiver


4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

Pours a hazy deep gold with minimal head that dissipates quickly and leaves faint lacing behind.

Nice pine citrus nose, not heavy handed as some IPA's tend to be.

A smooth and enjoyable IPA, fairly well balanced as was evident from the nose.

Very drinkable, though not my favorite IPA.

09-29-2008 20:48:30 | More by techdiver
Photo of oriolesfan4


4.22/5  rDev +9.9%

Purchased as part of a Southern Tier Sampler pack (12/$14.99)

This was a well above average IPA. Very hoppy aroma and taste while still being well balanced. One odd thing was a lack of lacing in the glass, but it did look presentable. The high ABV is well hidden and it's a solid beer all around, a great IPA.

09-29-2008 01:43:38 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of JMBSH


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

A - A hard pour delivers a thick creamy head. After a few minutes, it shrinks back to a nice coating leaving a good deal of lace on the sides. Golden in color with a small amout of carbonation seen.

S - From the moment it was poured, a scent of citric, grapefruit fills the surrounding air.

T - The taste is more herbal, woodsy. It is nicely balanced with the malt. Light and clean. No really overpowering parts.

M - Very smooth and refreshing.

D - While a different hop taste to go with its scent would have been nice, a very enjoyable beer. This brewery continues to impress me.

09-14-2008 20:23:26 | More by JMBSH
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


4.05/5  rDev +5.5%

Appearance - pours a slightly pale amber. A similarly pale cream head sits above, lumpy, a bit creamy, and a decent lacer.

Aroma - bready grain, fresh baked. Light hop presence, especially for an IPA.

Taste - sweet, slightly syrupy graininess. Crackery, very nice, the segue to the hops is smooth. A restrained hop flavor, some grassy notes and general pininess, but no big distinctive flavors. The swallow has a juicy, almost peachy flavor. A lighter IPA, but well-flavored and a full balanced taste.

Mouthfeel - smooth body, medium carbonation.

Drinkability - great session IPA from ST.

09-07-2008 05:04:20 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of CrellMoset


3.88/5  rDev +1%

Bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: A slightly hazy but largely transparent orange amber with a sticky, creamy, slightly off-white head, great lacing, and slow, sparse, but pinpoint fine carbonation.

Aroma: Very pungent and pleasant. Tropical fruits and citrus, floral notes, and a light herbal mint note wafts over a sea of sweet and slightly roasty barley.

Taste: Much of the same, but with more floral notes, a slightly less complex citrus bouquet, and less herbal notes. It's biscuity, grainy, and semi-dry, but has a mild but persistent hop bitterness. Not overpowering by any stretch of the imagination, and actually pretty balanced, but a little too dry and lacking in true hop complexity.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, oily, medium bodied and a little uneven.

Drinkability: Not bad IPA by any stretch of the imagination - the aroma is very nice, mouthfeel creamy and smooth, and alcohol completely manageable. It's a little on the dry side, though, and compared to the nose, the hop notes in the taste are a little bit of a letdown. Definitely a quality brew from an above quality brewery, however - worth trying.

09-04-2008 01:12:22 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of cdkrenz


2.73/5  rDev -28.9%

A - Out on the water drinking this brew straight from the bottle. The glass is a dark brown color impenetrable by light. The label is black and green with images of hops and barley. It paints an inviting picture.

S - Hops, lovely hops. This brew has a nice hops filled aroma.

T - This IPA has no shortage of bitterness. The flavor does however lack a smoothness I like a great India Pale Ale.

M - The feeling it offers is rather nice. There are subtle sectioned off parts of my tongue that are really impacted by the texture.

~ Unfortunately, flavor is very important to me when selecting a beer. This one, I'm afraid, won't make the cut in the future.

09-01-2008 23:56:32 | More by cdkrenz
Photo of Reagan1984


3.38/5  rDev -12%

Pours from the bottle with a creamy two finger head that slowly settles to a ¼ inch fluffy head with nice retention. The beer is copper/amber in color and very clear. There is some visible carbonation. Lots of really nice lacing.

Aroma is slightly fruity with some floral notes. A bit of sweetness or caramel can also be detected.

Flavor has a burnt quality to it. Also some graininess. Starts with the burnt/roasted flavor that gives way to a perfume like almost soapy finish. There is assertive hop bitterness at the end which accentuates the perfume flavor.

Mouth feel is medium bodied and a little dry. The grain like flavor seems to contribute to this feel.

Drinkability is O.K. The soapy nature isn't the most appealing.

This is a decent IPA, but not one I would chase.

08-31-2008 00:07:42 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of sstackho

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -1%

12oz bottle from LCBO - something in the $14 range for a 6-pack. NY pricing, this ain't. Pours a nice dark copper. Little head. Decent American hop aroma, but perhaps it has lost a bit of freshness. Flavour is initial hop bitterness followed by a warming hoppy finish. A solid American IPA - which is a style that is sorely lacking availabilty in Ontario.

08-23-2008 02:59:07 | More by sstackho
Photo of xare


2.93/5  rDev -23.7%

Appearance is nice, not outstanding. Nothing really exceptional here - it's a bit above average but not much else.

Aroma is almost nonexistent and smells faintly malty and musky with maybe just the lightest touch of hops.

Taste is of some pine hints, some citrus, and a small oaky flavor in the background. Pretty much average in my view, although that oak in the background definitely bumped it up to a 3.

Mouthfeel is clean, creamy, and crisp. Average.

Drinkability is decent. I wouldn't turn this beer down if it was free or came in a mixed pack, but I wouldn't go searching this beer out just on its own merits. It's a solid, but average entry.

08-22-2008 20:05:49 | More by xare
Photo of thekevlarkid


4/5  rDev +4.2%

This beer poured a classic, clear, amber color with one finger of off-white head. Great retention and good lacing too, very high marks for appearance overall. Nose was well hopped with tropical fruits, piney hints and some citrus. The flavors were equally well hopped but with a good malt character for balance. Grapefruit, sugar cookie sweetness. Medium body, perfectly carbonated and a joy to drink. Sessionable. Well thought out and a good example of the style without being too one-dimensional. Recommended.

08-20-2008 18:33:39 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of dancinwillie


3.23/5  rDev -15.9%

Pours a medium amber, with a dense 2 finger slightly off white head. Looks like a malty one, based on the color. Head drops to a rocky 1 finger pretty quickly, then hangs on for awhile. Hops dominate the aroma, leaning towards the citrus, but some floral and grassy notes in there as well. First sip reveals a somewhat restrained hop flavor. Tastes of citrus, and a little floral, but nothing too pronounced. A decent malt flavor, bready and warm, sweetens it up. Not much going on really, good flavor, but not as much as I expected. Mouthfeel is a tad thin for my tastes, with a dry finish. My impression of this beer is that it should have been sold as an English IPA, as it seems to be closer to that style. Or possibly an APA, since the hopping seems to be a bit fainter. At any rate, styles be damned, and this would make a decent session beer. At 6.5% alcohol, I don't detect any at all, and I would drink more than 1 of these after a hard days work.

08-17-2008 19:12:16 | More by dancinwillie
Photo of jordoo


3.85/5  rDev +0.3%

12oz bottle poored into a pint glass.

More than an inch of whit esticky landscaped foam that left good lacing topped this amber/orange brew. The smell is citus fruit and rind with sweet and pale malts. Taste is apretty much the same some great bitter citrus fruit and a nice sweet malt backround to ballance it out. Mouth feel was above average but not great as it was missing that extra oily hop juice that many IPA's have. Overall a very good IPA and I will certainly be trying more Southern Tier offerings.

08-11-2008 16:03:01 | More by jordoo
Photo of Mdog


3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Appearance: Amber, ok head and lacing.

Smell: Moderate citrus aroma.

Taste: Leans toward the bitter side. Somewhat bitter citrus with some underlying sweetness.

Drinkability: I wouldn't turn it down if I was drinking IPA's some evening.

A solid, if unspectacular IPA. Leans towards the bitter side which is fine, but doesn't really stand out in any category. Good to give a try.

08-10-2008 23:58:40 | More by Mdog
Photo of treehugger02010


3.6/5  rDev -6.3%

I got this in a Southern Tier Variety Case from Bryn Mawr Beverage in Brywn Mawr, PA.
Appearance: A fluffy white head that is on top of an amber body that was rather cloudy. Solid lacing an good retention.
Smell: A bit citrusy with a lot of hop oil.
Taste: A bit biter again with the citrus but with a malt background.
Mouthfeel: Crisp.
Drinkability: Better than good.
Don't drink and review.

08-10-2008 20:41:01 | More by treehugger02010
Photo of gford217


3.83/5  rDev -0.3%

Bottle courtesy of biegaman poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear golden amber with a small bubbly white head that dissipates quickly to a collar of foam leaving spotty lacing. The smell is earthy and subtle with pine hops and a solid malt backbone dominating. The taste mirrors the smell with a grassy hop kick up front before the malts take over in the middle. The pine hops kick in a little in the finish with only the slightest bitterness lingering between sips. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little sticky with modest carbonation. This is decent IPA and very drinkable with a subtle, less overpowering hop profile.

08-10-2008 20:31:37 | More by gford217
Photo of Seanibus


3.83/5  rDev -0.3%

My wife decreed this a girly beer. Perhaps she is right, but it is drinkable.

Pours golden with a nice head but little lacing. There is some carbonation streaming up from the bottom. The smell is slight and toasty, with some floral hops. The flavor is creamy and smooth with little bitterness and mounds of floral hops. The mouthfeel is viscous with a little carbonation bite.

08-09-2008 21:23:01 | More by Seanibus
Photo of Hoagie1973

New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%

A good and drinkable IPA. Copper colored with a nice foamy white head. Good retention and moderate lacing.
Hops dominate the bouquet as expected. Piney and floral.
This beer is generously hopped, but still smooth. Hops are intense, yet remain somewhat soft and flavorful. Not harsh and biting like some IPAs. Very piney. Malt comes through from the back with a nice citrus-like fruitiness. Finishes dry and crisp.
Moderate carbonation levels. Medium body.
One of the better IPAs I've tried.

08-08-2008 18:27:29 | More by Hoagie1973
Photo of iuhophead87


4.85/5  rDev +26.3%

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A-A very nice light amber color with an off white head that settles erratically across the glass leaving an interestingly shaped head.

S- This is exactly what I want a beer to smell like. You can smell the citrus hops along with pine, caramel, and a bit of heaven. I hope this beer tastes as good as it smells.

T- MMM! This beer is extremely hoppy but yet very balanced at the same time. With all of the hop flavor you would almost expect to see chunks of hops floating throughout the beer. Although very hoppy, the beer is almost creamy at the same time. Southern Tier had done it again and is quickly becoming my second favorite brewer just behind FFF.

MF- This is a very smooth beer without the strong bitter finish of many IPAs. The sweet malt balance of this beer makes it very smooth and refreshing.

D- This beer would easily replace TwoHearted as my go to everyday beer if I could get it here in Indiana. A perfect beer without too much ABV that could be had during any occasion. Hats off to Southern Tier for this outstanding beer. I just wish I had more than two of these tasty treats.

08-06-2008 02:12:39 | More by iuhophead87
Photo of BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12 oz brown bottle, label as pictured above, received in a trade.
Pours a deep copper gold color, with a full fluffy head of white foam. Thin sheet of lace down the glass, good stability. Aroma of resiny pine needles and some sharp grapefruit. A solid pine-like hop flavor, balanced by a good malt background. Nicely balanced, keeps the hops from being overpowering. Full flavored, solid mouthfeel, a great compliment to my barbequed steak dinner. Thanks for this one bobsy.

08-03-2008 17:38:27 | More by BigBry
Photo of Hokies

Rhode Island

3.4/5  rDev -11.5%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic.

A: A nice light copper color with a nice one inch head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass and beer that lasts.

S: Nice floral aroma of hops with a grapefruit overtone.

T: A strong hop presence throughout the taste, definitely a nice IPA that does not lack the body that other American IPA's have. The hops presence consist of a floral taste with a piney note and a grapefruit dryness with a little bit of a biscuit like malt taste. Their is a bitter aftertaste that lasts, which is nice for an American IPA.

M: Moderate carbonation with a light creaminess nothing spectacular.

D: Easy to drink for an IPA, though the bitter aftertaste might get you after awhile.

07-31-2008 03:02:15 | More by Hokies
Photo of blackie


4/5  rDev +4.2%

a: pours a one finger white head with good retention and light lace, the beer is a clear amber in color

s: very nice, sugar cookie pale malts dominate with some grainy caramel, well-hopped with a range of candied tropical fruits and sappy pine aromas, I like

m: delicate low-medium carbonation, light-medium body, soft

t: very well-rounded flavors, grainy caramel and pale malts with a floral hop flavor turning to an evergreen bite, sugar cookies after the swallow, moderate bitterness that seems to build after awhile, long finish eventually drying out

d: quite easy, and a tasty beer that I'll likely pick up again

from Whole Foods Reston for $1.50, cheaper singles than Raleigh, go figure

07-28-2008 02:32:13 | More by blackie
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New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%

The beer had a nice copper color to it. Had a great hoppy smell. Had a nice, but not overpowering bitter hop on first taste with a smooth finish. Being a hophead, I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. A lot of american IPA's tend to be a little weak. This one hit the mark.

07-27-2008 20:12:00 | More by NoahSYGG
Photo of DmanGTR


3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

Split this lovely IPA with my gf from a 22 oz bottle.

A - poured amber orange, lightly cloudy, with 3/4" off-white head that laced well and formed an everlasting ring in my pint glass.

S - fruity esters, fresh herbalness of hops, all balanced by light malts. Very IPA.

T - Straight up hoppy! What little malts I smelled is bulldozed by a hops invasion. Spiciness of hops, grassiness of hops, it's all over the place, and in a good way too. A light fruitiness lingers over the palate and it finishes dry with a bitter herbal aftertaste.

M - light/medium bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp bite on the tongue, which I found distracting from the taste.

D - very drinkable. Good session beer.

Overall - This is your standard IPA, nothing more, nothing less. Well hopped and inexpensive ($2.99 for a 22 oz bottle), this would satisfy a hophead who doesn't feel like paying more for the other IPAs. A comparable one may be Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA. Readily available at Wegmans in Rochester, NY. Will buy again.

07-26-2008 04:47:11 | More by DmanGTR
IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,107 ratings.