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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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2,327 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,327
Reviews: 927
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 51
Gots: 251 | 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

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Beer added by: John on 03-24-2003

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Photo of juju7
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright copper with a tight white head that left ample lacing. True, compared to Aussie IPAs it is definitely heavier in the hop department. Some serious piney, almost nutty hops jumping out. A touch resiny on the palate, but again hop bitterness is leading the charge. A good beer, plenty of flavour, weight and a very drying finish. Perhaps a touch out of balance for my likes but worth revisiting.

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

A - A reddish-orange burnt color. Looks a little heavier in body. Very nice lacing but little head after a while.

S - Ample amount of hops, fresh flowers and higher potency spices.

T - A lot of citrus going on, particularly tangerine. Hops make an appearance later on, especially in the after-taste. Slightly some chamomile as well.

M - Thicker and velvety. Leaves a bit of a film on the tongue - nothing annoying though.

D - A little heavier considering an IPA. Certainly enjoyable. A definite solid way to begin your night.

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

Another brew that i am proud to be able to try,it pours a orange,copper colour with average carbonation that leaves a fast vanishing one finger head and some little lacing here and there,the aromas are citrus,honey,pine infused hops very nice,it has a nice easy mouthfeel for the style which goes down very easy with nice tastes of piney,stonefruit laced hops and for me the drinkability of this brew is very high it is very hoppy yet very smooth and a very good example of how this style should be.

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

I've had Southern Tier IPA numerous times. Its one of the few hoppy beers we have direct access to in Ontario, and has therefore become somewhat of a staple in my cellar. In this hop-deprived land its king, but as an IPA, its firmly middle of the pack.

Pours an orange amber with a bubbly white head, that settles down to a fine film and laces very nicely. Fresh citrus aroma, backed by sweet malts and pine needles. Certainly more malt than hop upfront, but it shows a nice balance. The taste has caramel malts upfront, followed by grapefruit and floral notes, before tailing off into a nicely bitter finish. Maltier than I would expect for an IPA, but its done very well and doesn't detract from overall quality. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and well balanced with moderate carbonation. High drinkability... pass me another.

A well done IPA - not top tier, but highly drinkable and one that I've had no trouble sessioning on numerous occasions.

Photo of dudecandle
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Orange-golden transparent body with off-white thick head, pretty good lacing, small cap.

S: Light citrus and nuts with some butter and yeast. Citrus becomes more grapefruity in time, and complemented with some minty herbal hops.

T: Like the smell, with some good peppery notes on the finish, and maybe some toffee sweetness. Some floral hops as well.

M: A bit watery, but the hops give the finish a bit extra fullness.

D: Unimpressive as a whole, but drinkable. Pleasant array of flavors, but no major pop. Maybe on tap the hops will show up more impressively.

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

The beer is a fantastic golden orange colour, seems to have a glow its so orange. The head leaves a good fluffy white ring with average lacing.

The smell has a sweet resiny aroma. Honey sweetness balanced by the resiny malts.

The taste is biscuity/honey malt tones followed by a huge hit of bitter hops.

Quite a clean drink with a that doesn't leave much in the mouth.

Very drinkable, for anyone who likes hops its easily a session beer.

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

Pours a hazy golden brown with a white head that quickly dissipates.

The smell is an excellent mix of floral hops and some sweet malt. One of the better smelling beers I've come across.

The taste is very well balanced with caramel malt and abundant floral/pine hops. The overly bitter aftertaste, in some of their other products, seems to have been smoothed out with this IPA.

The mouthfeel is medium with low carbonation. Not sure that the very low carbonation is ideal but it's not a big minus to me.

The drinkability is very high for an IPA due to the low carbonation and very well balanced taste.

The best that I've had from ST by a long shot. I would seek this out again.

Photo of seand
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear medium amber, with a nice looking off white head from an aggressive pour. Just the thinnest film retains after a few minutes, but it's a bit thicker around the edges and enough to leave lacing.

S: Sweet floral hops, full on American IPA style. Maybe some citrus, though just the sweet part.

T: Enough sweetness to balance the reasonable amount of hops on the finish. There's one point in there that almost tastes toothpaste like, especially with the slightly astringency from the hops at the back of the tongue. A little surprising, though it's not overwhelming.

M: Medium carbonation, medium to light body - surprisingly light actually.

D: With the light body it drinks easy if you don't mind the hops.

Photo of loftisCT
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a sixer and drank while watching some tv in my basement:

A: This beer looks nice in a glass. It has a clear golden color with a hint of orange. A healthy pour into a pint glass produced a nice head that was ever so slightly taller than the glass. It went away kinds quickly but left some lumpies. The lacing was solid.

S: The smell leaves a little to be desired. It smells a little hoppy with mostly citrus and a sweeter maybe flowery smell, and it back up by a caramel aroma. This aroma is just too muted for my liking. I think an American ipa should just smell hoppier.

T: The taste starts off with some hoppy citrus flavors. These hoppy flavors quickly interact with a decent malt backbone. Im getting more of a biscuity malt on the taste. It finishes with kinda bland. It leaves simply a slowly drying sensation on my tongue. Again, I just need a little more. The hop profile just doesn't stand out enough, you can tell your drinking an ipa but there's just nothing special going on.

M: The mouthful is about right for an ipa. It is on the lighter side of moderate, it is even a little oily for a little while which is a nice thing for ipas. The carbonation feels a little lighter than average.

D: The drinkability is good. I could drink a lot of these if I wanted.

For my taste this beer isn't bad but is just wasn't taken far enough. There is a solid backbone for an ipa in there, but I think it needs more hopping. It doesn't really do anything to stand out with so many great ipas out there.

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

A - Clear gold with off-white head and sheeting lace.

S - Vegetable and floral aroma.

T - Floral and herbal hop character with notes of artichoke

M - Smooth creamy feel with moderate-full body and slight slickness. Bitter on the finish.

D - Getting into it...a solid east coast IPA for shizzle. Quite traditional, not a lot of complexity, but very well made.

Photo of association330
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, no freshness date

A - Pours light-to-moderate amber with a half-pinky of off-white head, which soon fades to a thin, bubbly cap. Solid lacing.

S - Obvious caramel and pale malt backbone, with good balancing hop presence, though not an intense one. A hint of pine and some citrus, particularly orange peel, along with a touch of grapefruit.

T - A bit of sweet malt is quickly replaced by a medium-high floral and citrusy hop presence. Finishes semi-dry and moderately bitter, with a flash of biscuity sweetness.

M - Medium bodied, but perhaps a touch under-carbonated.

D - A solid, balanced IPA here. I wouldn't rush out to buy more, but I'd certainly drink it again.

Photo of cudmud
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer has a dark honey color and a thin head that produces weak lacing.

Smell: This brew has wonderful hopa aromas, which combine with the malts to produce a fine odor. I detect apples, oranges, grapefruit, and vanilla. I really like how these aromas accent each other.

Taste: This beer has peppery and lemon-like flavors on the front of the tongue and a blast of hops on the back of the tongue. The flavors work well together.

Mouthfeel: The combination of hops and carbonation feel good in the mouth.

Drinkability: This is very drinkable and thirst quenching beer.

Photo of almychristopher
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours a nice clear yellow orange with a nearly white head that recedes quickly to some sticky lace. the aroma brings a nice balanced nose of piney hops and sweet malt. the taste brings a bit of the sweet malt up front combined nicely with the pine hop flavor and bitterness at the end. the medium body and adequate carbonation make this a pretty good drink, but I think the pale ale was a better ipa.

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

Serving type - 12 oz Bottle into Orval goblet

Appearance - Pours a rich, hazy golden color, with not much foam head to speak of, and leaves minimal lacing around the glass.

Smell - Light, floral hops, grapefruit, orange, and faint malts

Taste - Bitter hop bite at the forefront, quickly followed citrus fruits (grapefruit, orange), and a light, biscuity malt finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Not really super thin, nor thick, making for a great session beer, but sacrificing that "something extra" that I enjoy so much in IPA's. Solid nonetheless though!

Drinkability - An excellent session IPA, drinking several of these would be a piece of cake.

Overall - A solid session IPA that I'd gladly drink again, but it won't be replacing Titan or Tricerahops as my "go-to" IPAs. Cheers!

Photo of legatovibrato24
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep copper coloration, impressive and indicative of a great variety and quantity of hops during brewing. Decent head with great lacing on the glass.

S - Very aromatic, with typical and atypical hops smells, including floral notes and pine scents.

T - Strong hops flavors, great balance between bitterness and drinkability, clean finish with no hanging flavors that make you second guess the next gulp.

M - Feels bigger than it is, probably in part because of the strong hops, however the carbonation is minimal.

D - Far above average for an IPA.

Photo of Augustiner719
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a SA perfect pint

Appearance: Extremely aggressive pour yielded a measly 1 finger head. I was afraid it had gone flat as there was 0 carbonation present until the very end of the pour. Sticky honeycomb looking head that heaves nice lacing. Orange copper colour, pretty clear.

Smell: Smells fantastic. Sticky, sweet, grapefruity, piney, lemony with a touch of pepper on the back end.

Taste: Tastes very nice. Good amount of bitter hops comming through. Aftertaste is similar to SN pale ale. Begins sweet and cloying and finishes dry and acidic. Good malt backbone that balances the beer out.

Mouthfeel: Very undercarbonated. Its like drinking cold flat IPA. Not a great mouthfeel at all. Pretty good coating of the palate but way off.

Drinkability: This might be an off bottle, but i give it an average drinkability. Its delicious and the aromatics are great and on point, but the beer is flat and becomes more one dimensional that it should be since its not carbonated enough. I will try again, just because it was so delicious.

Photo of adamette
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle that I bought at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor for $1.66 as a single a few weeks ago into my Dark Horse Brewing Company pint glass. This review is a long time coming since I have had so many other Southern Tier beers and even visited the brewery.

A Really basic looking yellow brown translucent body under a one inch creamy head that dissipated down to a thin layer within 2 minutes. This is remarkably like the Phin & Matt's that I just sampled, for what that is worth. 3.0

S Appropriate hop presence to this IPA but a nice sweetness as well. This could be a nicely balanced IPA. I am optimistic. 3.5

T Yes, I am glad to report that it is a reasonably nicely balanced IPA. Sure the floral hops are up front and linger into the aftertaste but at least I can taste some barley malt as well. This strikes me as a classic, down the middle IPA but a good example none the less. 4.0

M Beefed up by the bitter, floral hops and appropriate to the style. Otherwise it is wet and thin. 3.5

D Good, as anyone would find a basic IPA to be. 4.0

Notes: I am happy to find this a very classic IPA, reasonably balanced. It is far more interesting than the Phin & Matt's that I just sampled and rated.

Photo of TeddyBrew
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Here in NYC, Southern Tier is easy find in bottles, not as so much so on tap. Their stuff always strikes me as consistently very good, and at least one guy who should know (he's a bartender at a top beer bar) says they are the best brewery in the State.

So, getting to this fine IPA: Fine, if standard, appearance. Welcoming smell with prominent hops upfront. A hoppy, piney, earthy, yet balanced taste. Consistent all the way through.

Bottom line: Great IPA. It's not re-inventing the style or going for a huge hoppy showing. Instead it is all that a regular American IPA should be...drinkable, tasty, hoppy, and the type of beer that makes you want more. Great job guys!

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best east coast ipas out there. Not nearly as intimidating as some of their double and imperials in the bombers. Comes out the bottle looking really clean, filtered style. I don't really give a beer any points or deduct any for clarity. No special aroma, but then the taste, some kind of mix between english, east and west coast ipas. Very cool. Mouthfeel and drinkability maintain.

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

Poured into an ale glass. A lighter amber brew, a thin head that is surprisingly stubborn to dissolve. A very good sign! Sticky lacing as well.

The smell is certainly hoppy, but it isn't punch-you-in-the-face hoppy. It lets some of the malts and fruit smells get some attention, which is fine by me.

The taste is quite enjoyable, yet not what I'd expected from an American IPA. It is hoppy, but like with the nose, I get a great deal of fruitiness from this brew: namely apricots and citrus. Nice peppery spiciness to the finish.

Mouthfeel is about right, very drinkable. Maybe could have had a bit more meat to it, but I find this is also the case with other Southern Tiers I've tried, so maybe it's their thing.

A great IPA, very enjoyable. While some reviewers have lamented the lack of bitterness to this beer, I found it to be just to my liking. I prefer my IPA's to have a bit more diverse flavours than just hoppy bitterness, but this is just my taste. A good find, will pick up again!

Photo of OlRasputin989
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into 16 oz nonic

A: light golden amber with a light haziness. a small head that quickly fades. leaves a small amount of foam up top with spots of lacing on the glass.

S: fruity aromas of orange and mango, honey and pine sap.

T: fruity up front with honey and a good biscuity background and a decent hop bitterness. has a nice peppery fade with honey and grapefruit peel and a lasting hop bitterness.

M: upfront, a medium-full body that is slightly oily but follows nicely with the bitterness, as your mouth is not dry as well.

Overall, a decent American IPA. Not as impressed with this one as much as Founder's Centennial or Sierra Nevada Torpedo. The aroma and flavors seemed more centered around honey sweetness than the usual piney and floral profile. Nice for a break from west coast ipas, but not my favorite

Photo of dunleav1
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in a 20oz. pint glass.

Apprearance - golden orange hue with a nice head.
Head is gone quickly left with a nice ring around my glass.

Aroma - Citrus and a little piney.

Taste - pleasantly bitter but not on the harsh side of bitter.
I would have to say balanced. A lot of IPA are bitter face bitter, an IPA should be be bitter and hoppy but still can be balanced.

Mouthfeel - maybe a little thin, but it's very drinkable.

Photo of TangTKE402
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into a 12oz. mug (go JETS) and found a very light orange/brown color that was clear as day with slight carbonation. Little head with slight lacing, but a fairly consistent ring of foam lasted the duration of the drink.

The smell was fruity with apricots and some apple notes, as well as a floral hint.

The taste was decent: slight hints of grapes and apricots, plus a mild hoppy flavor on the swallow made a nice combination. There was a very subtle spiciness to the flavor, perhaps cinnamon or coriander combined with a very mild leathery flavor. The aftertaste is fairly bright and crisp.

The mouthfeel is creamy and slightly flat at first, but very refreshing and bubbly on the swallow. Not a substantial feel to it, though it does leave the mouth feeling clean and refreshed.

Overall, a fairly decent IPA

Photo of mikey711
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: It's a beautiful orange hue that is crystal clear with loads of carbonation rushing up from the bottom of the glass. The lacing is good and the head has tightly packed bubbles of froth and about a half inch thick.

S: Light floral hops and bitter pine notes. Good amount of caramel and honey sweetness seeps through as well. Some breadiness, I wonder if this beer is a bit past its prime.

T: A nice mild amount of sweetness balanced with a touch of floral and pine hops. There is some graininess to this beer which is off putting.

M: The bitterness is a not as intense as I would have liked and these is a mild amount of booziness.

D: It's a good beer that I would have it again but I would like to try it a bit fresher

Photo of billab914
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

Poured a golden yellow color with a small white head that quickly disappeared. Not much lacing on the glass.

Aroma is citrusy with some pine and sweetness.

Taste has some citrus and grapefruit flavors along with some sweet caramely flavors up front with a nice long bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and more on the light side. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good, this is another one of my regular drinking beers I keep in the fridge or buy to go to friends places with. Not my favorite IPA but drinkability and taste for the price make this one one I go back to often.

IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,327 ratings.