IPA (India Pale Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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IPA (India Pale Ale)IPA (India Pale Ale)

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2,284 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,284
Reviews: 917
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 47
Gots: 201 | 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:
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(Beer added by: John on 03-24-2003)
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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another one of my reviews deleted. Well ok how about this. Poured a bright slightly hazy yellow with a very thick white tiny bubbled heading. Left good lacing throughout the tasting.

Smell is very hoppy at first and replaced by a biscuit aroma.

Taste is again very bitter hoppy with a crisp bready maltiness.

Mouth is smooth and bitter. Leaves a hoppy film in the mouth that lingerie's for a little while,

Drinkability is good a very good IPA a little more malty than anticipated but still good.

Photo of Gyle41386
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a vibrant light orange/amber. A little bit more than a finger of foam doesn't stick around too terribly long, but leaves behind some nice lacing.

Love the aroma. Sweet and citrusy, and just delicious. Much hoppier than I was led to believe. Grapefruit, orange, peach...you get the point. Awesome.

There's a piney hop component that I could not smell...the citrus and pine balance nicely, and they're pretty well represented. Lots of hop flavor, without any overpowering bitterness. The sweetness (whether from the malt or elsewhere) makes sure of that. Dry, lightly bitter finish.

Body is medium, with some light carbonation. Really smooth, velvety feel. Supremely easy drinker. What a pleasant surprise. Very good IPA.

Photo of Darkhorse09
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Light orange in color, but looks surprisingly deep. Head disappears pretty fast, nearly white color. Nice lacing down the glass. Almost full rings on each sip.

This smells great! Everything an IPA could be. On the subtle side, but citrusy, orange, grapefruit, maybe slightly limey hops. Sweet notes as well. Yum.

Again, taste is subtle, yet delicious. Not an in your face IPA. Hops up front, pale malt to balance it out. Sweet and bitter, this is super refreshing.

Great mouthfeel. Heavy enough, but still on the ligher side.
Easy to drink, even at 6.5%. I think I might grab another....

Another good offering from Southern Tier.

Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Southern Tier IPA poured light gold with a two-finger head and lots of lace. The color was lighter than I prefer for an IPA.

During the pour, there was a pop of citric aroma; however, the taste was far more earthy and grassy. It was loaded with gritty flavor--more like an Imperial IPA than an IPA. The feel also was gritty, bitter, and full, and as a result, it was more a sipper than a thirst-quencher.

Although not the easiest to drink, the hops in Southern Tier IPA grab you, shake you, and make sure you know you've had a real IPA.

Photo of DawnL
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reddish/amber with a nice head that dissipates to fluffy lace.

I expected more hops on the nose. It's more light veering toward floral. Almost no aroma. I like a delicate nose.

Palate is so subtle. More like a Pale Ale. The hops don't overwhelm the palate. A little pine character that is nicely balanced by the malt.

Good effervescence that refreshes.

Very drinkable.

This is a well-made, not over the top IPA. Has a distinct point of view. Nicely crafted!

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

Poured into a tulip glass.

Tangerine orange in color with a quickly disappearing two finger head.

Smell of this one makes my mouth water in anticipation. Citrus, candy and dominated by lovely fresh cut grapefruit.

Some sweet sugary notes followed quickly with a smack in the mouth hoppy bitterness.

Light creamy mouthfeel. Easy to drink at 6.5%

Southern Tier makes some quality beers. I new this would be another good one and it didn't disappoint. This is a really good ipa.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, poured into a pint glass, drank to toast the Giants opening game. In an unfair turn of events I'm having this after a Lagunitas DIPA, let's see how ST does. First off, the beer looks to be above average, clear and copper colored with a wet lacing head. It smells sweet, a little pine sap, maybe some light citrus. All of this comes through in the taste, along with a surprising amount of caramel malt, really a lot more malty sweetness than I expected. Decent body, thick and a little sticky, good overall but not as good as ST's bomber IPA's.

Photo of Jeffo
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger medium-thin off-white head that quickly fizzes down to a thin film. Color is scarlet red or an orange-red with medium carbonation and is clear. Slight ring remains until the end and it leaves some splotchy lacing down the sides. Average at best for the style.

SMELL: A mild nose or toasted malt and spicy notes, coriander and tyme. Some hoppy floral notes as well as some grapefruit touches too. Nice, but a bit too muted.

TASTE: Toasted malt and spicy notes, like coriander and pepper and a good deal of citrus grape fruit. Alcohol is well hidden. Aftertaste is mild and long lasting with spices, floral hops and a touch of alcohol.

PALATE: Medium body and creamy on the palate. Goes down smooth with a slight bite and finishes slightly sticky on the palate. Not bad.

OVERALL: A pretty decent taste profile, though the nose could use a little beefing up. It's definitely an enjoyable and drinkable brew, however. Could have a few of these, but it's not something worth writing home about.

Photo of BaltimoreMike
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So someone told me that this is a good beer to try considering that I enjoy IPAs a lot. I have to say I was not disappointed at all. This is a very good beer with a ton of flavor. A great hoppy flavor, great taste and no bitter after taste at all, which I find tends to happen a lot with IPA microbrews, but none of that here. A touch of malty flavor to round out the beer really is a nice touch. One of my new favorites.

Photo of corby112
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden orange color with a thick frothy off-white head that has excellent retention, slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves streaks of lacing.

Floral and citrus hop aroma with hints of citrus fruit, pineapple and grapefruit and a caramel malt backbone. Slightly piny.

Very crisp and smooth drinking with a decent balance of malt and hops. A little too malty for my preference taking away from the bitterness and citrus notes from the hops. Still earthy and bitter however with a dry pine finish.

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

A - Very nice looking color and head. Good retention.

S - Sweet to the nose, with a hint of bitterness in the back.

T - Very hoppy. Too much for my liking, but pleasant enough.

M - Meh.

D - I had four out of the bottle, would try it again on draft, but more than liking will be trying something else in the future.

Note; I have heard great things about this brewery and am looking forward to trying more of their products in the future.

Photo of berley31
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a small, white head that quickly dissipated to a sparse covering. A very nice, golden-amber color with some haziness throughout.

S: The hops are what come through the most, but they're slightly fruity with hints of lemon and lime; maybe even some orange in there as well.

T: Very nice. Starts with the lemon-lime that you detect in the smell, and then finishes quite dry and bitter. This is a very fine-tasting IPA.

M: Average carbonation, with a light body and slightly creamy texture.

D: A really good IPA; the hops and bitterness come through quite nicely, but I wouldn't have a problem having two or three of these. Definitely something I'd get again.

Photo of GJ40
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Doherty's in Pawtucket, RI.

A golden ale with a slight haze and very little head. The aroma is very fruity with fresh peaches and apricots. The taste follows with fruit dominating the experience. There was very little bitterness and it was a bit empty in the middle and the finish. It could definitely use some more bittering hops to give it some bite. The consistency and carbonation were moderate. There's some decent lacing as the glass empties. This beer is easy to drink but it didn't have enough to warrant a second glass.

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

Filled the growler two days ago at Malt & Vine in Redmond, WA

Looks quite nice, small head after two days in a growler. Pours a pretty golden amber, and has pretty nice lacing.

Smell is a little weak, but is mostly fruity hops with a little floral overtones. Good stuff.

Taste is bitter and hoppy with a strong bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth...quite drinkable. I'm glad I have a growler of them.

Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper orange color with short tight sticky dirty white head. Leaves some nice sticky lacing.

Fruity and hoppy scents. Light on the nose.

Very nice balance of citrus hops and caramel malt. I can taste a hint of gemini/unearthly in this. You can tell it's Southern Tier and I like it.

Smooth, almost medium bodied. Soft on the tongue, but enough bite to keep it real. Slight piney aftertaste that finishes pretty dry.

This is one beer I could have all night. One of the better IPA's I've had in a while. I would get this again, but I'm so hooked on their gemini and unearthly that I don't know if I will. Great IPA.

Photo of woosterbill
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Nice, rich amber colored body topped with half-inch, quickly dissipating, white foam head; light, fine lacing. Perfect color but apparently under-carbonated.

S: Beautiful, balanced IPA aroma: citrus hops and caramel malts in perfect harmony. Very nice, and only fails to get a 5 because of a lack of complexity - I love the two dominant aromas, but they're the only ones there.

T: Somewhat more complex than the smell, but not in the way I was hoping. The hops run an interesting course of bitterness (from grapefruit to floral with just a hint of pine), but the caramel malt notes from the nose have been replaced with a less intense, dry, biscuity flavor on the finish. All bitter, all dry, not as balanced as the smell - still tasty, though.

M: Light carbonation and a fairly thin body.

D: The dryness of the finish makes taking another sip practically inevitable, and the 6.5% ABV is nowhere to be found. A highly drinkable IPA.

Notes: Definitely a quality beer for the price, I'm more than happy with this basic offering from Southern Tier - I've still yet to have a beer from them that I didn't either like or at least find intriguing (I'm looking at you, Creme Brulee). Overall, a very enjoyable brew.

Photo of BeerPhan86
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Thick off-white head that lingers. Dark golden color.

S - Hmm. Not as hoppy as most IPAs tend to smell. Smells lightly of pine and more intensely of sweet malt.

T - Ah, there are the hops. This is a sweet IPA, not bitter at all. Very well balanced.

M - Creamy but not overly thick. Crisp.

D - I could session this more than other IPAs due to the sweet, clean taste and lack of bitterness.

Overall, a pretty decent IPA. I'd like to taste more hops and less sweetness. Still, this is well balanced and refreshing.

Photo of eat
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice honey yellow in colour and almost clear with an initial one-finger head. Not much retention but some decent lacing.

Lots of grapefruit, citrusy hops and sweet caramel. Smells great.

Lots of hops, though not an overwhelming amount. Hops are definitely in the front here but are balanced with some malt in the background. Big grapefruit presence. Short bitter finish, no alcohol present. This beer has a big flavour without being too much. Uncomplicated and delicious.

Great smooth medium body with a light carbonation. The feel suits the flavour very well.

This is extremely drinkable. One of the best middle-of-the-road hoppy IPAs I've had the chance to sample. I could drink this all night long.

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

Presentation: poured into a tulip glass from a brown bottle.

A: Semi-cloudy amber color with minimal head and medium lacing retention.

S: Very mild hoppy, pine scent.

T&M: Nice medium bodied IPA with crisp medium carbonation. Taste is not too strong, slightly piney and spicy. Light hops and almost too mild for an IPA. Good taste but almost bordering an a standard ale.

Very good.

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

This beer pours a clear medium orange colour, with a small thin soapy white head, and very sparse lace. It smells of light citrus hops and sweet caramel malt. The taste is orange and grapefruit hops, and more strong caramel malt. The carbonation is average, the body is nice and full and creamy, and it finishes off-dry and hoppy. A very well-balanced and tasty Yankee IPA.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I empty the bottle into my glass the beer is a clear golden color with at least 2 inched of head that just sits there. I mean I watched some tv chatted with the lady and looked at some mail and the head was still there. WOW! After it finally receades the glass is covered in in sticky lace. I mean covered. The aroma is fresh hops. Piney and sour. Just the way I like it. The flavor is hop and malt but, hops are much more in up front. Very crisp and refreshing. Medium body with a nice sticky hop linger.This is a very tasty brew. A damn fine IPA in my book.

Photo of jabel9
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my all time favorites. I find this beer to be exceptionally smooth with a great hoppy flavor. This IPA pours a fantastic bronze color and has great lacing. The smell is exceptional. This is Southern Tier's flagship for a reason. If you enjoy this brew try to find the imperial version called Unearthly. Again, Southern Tier knocks it out of the park. Cheers!

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

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

A: Great lacing, light and gold color.

S: Very sweet and hoppy.

T: Amazingly balanced crisp IPA. Not too hoppy for those who aren't into the bitter. Would be enjoyed even by a non-IPA drinker. Sweet great taste.

M: Full, crisp and carbonated.

D: Great balanced IPA, I would highly recommend.

Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. About an inch of head that disappeared very quick. Hops aroma is overwhelming. I let this warm for a few minutes in the glass before tasting. Bitter hoptastic bomb of a beer, citrus a bit of pineapple in the up front flavor. Smooth mouthfeel, a solid brew but a bit watery after drinking some of their other offerings.

Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear honey color with a one finger head that retains reasonably well and leaves a few shards of lacing behind

Smell: Sweet and citrusy, with a piney element as well; a little too sweet, for my nostrils

Taste: Starts out sweet and citrusy, but there is a quick shift to the bitter side, with a somewhat grassy aspect to it; by mid-palate, the sweet malts return and bring an almost sugary sweetness into the fray; after the swallow, the flavors blend together as expected

Mouthfeel: Medium body, a bit sticky, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not a bad IPA, but it has a sweet and grassy edge that I am not too crazy about; I like their bomber series much better

IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,284 ratings.