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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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2,346 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,346
Reviews: 928
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 49
Gots: 267 | 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:
Beer added by: John on 03-24-2003

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Ratings: 2,346 | Reviews: 928
Photo of Gtreid
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern Tier IPA

12 oz. bottle poured into my CCB tulip.

A: Pretty clear coppery, straw, yellowish, orange. The pour drops a quarter of eggshell white head that fades to a thin rim and leaves nice spider web lace.

A: Again, really nice. I get notes of orange, grapefruit, and pine. The hops are forward, but there is a nice underlying biscuity malt backbone that gives this some semblance of balance. But don't misunderstand, the hops shine.

T: A little let down here. From the aroma, I thought I would get a nice sweet citrus bite. I still get the notes of orange, grapefruit and tangerine, but I get an unpleasant bitter twang at the end. Can't put my finger on it, it's just a little off. But even though I am let down, because the aroma was so nice, this is a very solid example. Finishes bitter and dry.

M: Light to Medium body, aggressive carbonation. A bit sharp, but not too bad.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is a little limited. I think if the weird bitter twang was replaced by some residual sweetness, this would be one fine IPA. Overall, I liked this beer, just didn't love it. Almost really good. But worth the try, and if it's around I'll drink it. Skal.

Photo of greengorilla
4.59/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a bottle into a pint glass. It is an orangish color with a good creamy head.

The smell is awesome. The hops are immediately present.

The taste is really good too. The hops dominate, but there is a definite citrisy taste too.

The love the mouthfeel. It is very drinkable. I really like this beer. It is a great value too.

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

A - Pours with a one and a half finger head of off-white foam on top of a perfectly clear, copper body. The head settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace on the glass.

S - A sweet, fruity hop aroma with notes of pine, grapefruit, and pineapple. Some toasted grain in the background with a hint of caramel.

T - Bready malt and moderate, fruity hop flavor up front. The hop character becomes more pronounced in the middle with notes of pine and pineapple. Finishes with more hop notes, this time with an emphasis on grapefruit, and a good dose of sweet, toffee malt that is balanced out by moderate bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Very nice, this is a straight forward IPA with an emphasis on bready malt sweetness and a fruity, aromatic hop profile. The thick malt sweetness really emphasizes the fruit character of the hops and while there is a definite pine component, the pineapple and grapefruit seem to dominate. It finishes with just enough bitterness to keep it drinkable and refreshing and is a rather nice example of the style.

Photo of Brabander
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my first IPA from which i can say that it's OK! Untill now the most i tried were disapointing.

Poured in a local dutch beerglass the head is nice white and fluffy. After a few minutes the head is almost gone but the lacing in the glass remains.

The smell is better than normal. I think my nose gets some pineapple.

Taste is good, not spectacular but very drinkable.

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

Recently a group of people I know placed a special order for stuff we don't usually get out here on the coast. Southern Tier IPA happened to be one of them, and I happened to get a few bottles.

Pours an amber-orange color with a finger of nice white head. Head slowly evaporates to a thin film and a larger ring around the glass.

Scent is interesting. Certainly hoppy. Some muted pine and a bit of sugary malt is hidden in there. Some light citrus as well.

Bitterness is up front with this one. Lightly hopped in the middle with a smooth malt backend rounds it out. Aftertaste consists of malts and hops. Nice moist finish.

A nice change from the west coast IPAs I have been drinking lately. Good balance, refreshing, drinkable, a solid beer all around.

Photo of bloberglawp
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale, big head, dissipates quickly enough to a small ring and thin film of foam, laces nicely to the glass. Aroma, alot of american hops, and a fair malt backbone. A little Fuellers yeast aroma caracter in there also. Flavor, a huge whallop of hops, and a light pale ale malt caracter to it. Very bitter, like IPA's usualy are.

This one is on par with american IPA's I've had before, it's exellent. Try it.

Photo of 220emaple
4.79/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very exceptional beer. I love everything about it from the hoppy aroma to the smooth hoppy flavor. Not too malty like alot of the other ipa's/dipa's and seems to have a perfect balance of bittering and aromatic hops.
Southern Tier really hit the nail on the head with this beaut. Can't wait to buy some more!

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Standard pour yields a massive, fluffy, yet coarse 3 finger white head with great legs. Beer is a clear yellowish-orange. Lacing is stringy and patterned with great stick.

S: Nose is outstanding on the pour. Citrus hops, cane sugar, all the usual suspects amplified two-fold. Bready and more and more evergreen as it warms.

T: Tea bitterness on the open with a background of nice, crisp citrus. Hoppiness abounds as this brew warms into the middle. Bit piney but not overly so. Balanced with a little fruit twinge. Not a whole lot going on but what is happening is clear. Finish is messy but only for a moment.

M: Light bodied, coarse, crisp, and refreshing. The way it should be. Watery in the mouth. Very thin. Finish is messy but ends abruptly, not leaving a whole lot on the palate.

D: A solid beer by every standard. Good looking, nice and robust nose, good balance on the taste, and as it should be in the feel. This is a good beer to revisit again when the weather becomes warmer and there's more of an urge to lounge around outdoors.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: golden amber hues, some reddish tint

smell: very slight citrus, decent hop aroma

taste: a nice IPA, not really strong, but good hop flavor and nice bitterness without overpowering

mouthfeel: decently balanced, medium bodied

drinkability: not a world class beer but definitly one to try and seek out.

Photo of Natural510
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden orange color with impressive head and lacing. Frothy & inviting.
Scent is somewhat mild bouquet of citric hops, tending toward the sweet side, with a slight pine overtone.
Flavor is a sweet, honey-like malt with a rich, citric hop character. Fairly dry toward the finish; ending with a forest pine quality.
Stays well carbonate enough, with a slight thinness in body. A tad watery, which is my only quibble with the beer.
Enjoyable IPA with a sweet citric quality and the satisfying bitterness you crave when seeking one out.

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

Southern Tier IPA pours a golden coppery amber with a huge frothy bone white head that leaves loads and loads of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is big citrus hops, bitter grapefruit and spruce like resin.

The flavor follows the nose closely, big juicy bitter grapefruit, orange and piney resins. The pale malts definitely takes the backseat to the hops but they are sweet enough to take away the edge.

The mouthfeel is medium, very creamy and nicely carbonated.

While I may prefer an IPA that is more balanced with malts this IPA is very good and satisfying. If Southern Tier is available in your market area definitely give it a try.

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

Pours a darkish amber with nice creamy two finger offwhite head, retention and lacing just ok. Smell: floral, lemon, grapefruit, and a little green apple. Taste: fairly strong citric and herbal bitterness with a touch of green apple-y tartness. Citrus rind, a touch of pineapple, lingering grainy herbal bitterness. Wouldn't be my first choice, but worth a try.

Photo of jmerloni
2.88/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Kind of a dull, clear orange with not much going on. However, it has a nice big white pillowy head that laces real nice.

S - Dull as well. Super yeasty, citrus hops, and kind of floral.

T - Tastes kinda cheap in all honesty. Not much kick. Not as much citrus as the nose implied which was only average to begin with...Further, this beer has a hop bitterness - which I usually adore - that is quite repulsive. The hops are pretty confused in this beer. It does, however, have a nice crisp finish to it. But I don't care for the flavor much.

M - light and unbalanced. Unnecessarily carbonated. "Poser'ish" and not well-crafted at all.

D - Somewhat drinkable but it's boring and not even a way that even fits the style too much. There's no reason for this brew to be 6.5%. 5.5% would be fine and it'd make it better. Wouldn't buy this again. I don't know how it has such a high rating on here.

Photo of aubuc1
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to a tulip pint glass.

Pours a clear rich golden yellow with a thick white head.

Smell is a big pineapply, citrusy, and piney delight.

Taste is a very good, bitter start with a very nice dry finish.

Dry mouthfeel is very good.

Very good, drinkable beer. I am excited to have Southern Tier in our market now.

Photo of anycrew
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bought a bottle at the Corner store in West Palm.
Poured into an English tulip pint. The serving temperature was in the 45 degree range.

A- This beer poured a very nice frothy white head about 3 fingers high. 1/4" head remained throughout the duration. It had a small amount of lacing. Golden Amber in color.
S- Strong smell of floral hops not citrusy or pungent. Has a nice sweatness to it.
T- The initial flavor is a sweat maltiness. The hops in the midrange of the flavor is quite nice and balanced. On the back end, this beer had a strong grapefruit rind bitterness.
M- Smooth textured and easy going. Light , but not overly crisp or carbonated
D- Medium drinkability for an IPA. Thought it has a weird bitterness that does not compliment its nice floral aroma.

Photo of zimm421
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appears a bronze to orange color with a decent foamy white head, that dissipates at a normal rate leaving a ring of foam around the edge of the glass and small foamy hills in the middle and leaves good lacing down the glass.

Smells of citrus, with the floral hops dominating up front as well as some sweetness in the back end of each sniff. Taste has a great balance between the hops and malts, not too much of either one, but each is still identifiable. Starts out with the citrus of the hops, moves to the sweetness of the malts and finishes bitter as well.

The mouthfeel is quite smooth, with a low amount of carbonation, but it's not thick and syrupy. The drinkibility is great. This beer goes down so easily with the great balance between malts and hops, makes it taste great and it isn't so overpowering that you could only have a few before needing to stop.

Photo of ujsplace
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

Big, chunky off-white head that leaves tons of sticky lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.
Clear orange in color.

Smells of citrus.

Bitter grapefruit like hops, grainy and very mildly sweet.

Nicely carbonated medium/light mouthfeel

Very drinkable and is satisfying enough for those looking for a nice hop punch, but not too overwhelming for those who may not be hopheads...

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

Poured into an oversized pint glass.

Pours a copper color, chunky off white head with nice lace.

Brew smells of floral hops, citrus fruits. Some sweet malts.

Brew has a nice hop flavor; nice mix of floral and citrus hops. Has a slight bitter aftertaste. A nice balance mouthfeel, crisp and refreshing.

This is a very good, drinkable IPA. Another great brew from Southern Tier.

Photo of Daniellobo
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good US IPA, with a nice hoppy finish and a characteristic Southern Tier sweet touch.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Southern Tier identity design over a simple green background illustrating the brew name with an illustration of emerging hops. Lacks any significant information other than a perfunctory barcode. No visible freshness or bottling date (the glass itself has a bottom relief "09 AN 09" that might be the bottling or glass manufacturing date?). Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Deep gold pour, with a short bubbly head. It shows medium to low retention, which it compensates with rich lacing and a few lumpy bubble memories on the surface.

S - Caramel coated grapefruit, resin hoppy notes. Not very assertive but nicely balanced and present.

T - Nice hoppy profile with a distant but not elusive malt balancing act. Grapefruit woven with a distinct Southern Tier malt sweetness, which prevails without being overtly intrusive. A nice and distinct equilibrium.

M - Medium-light body with soft but adequate carbonation and a gentle crisp finish.

D - Very pleasing. Might be a bit disappointing for those expecting a biting character but for a balanced IPA profile this is great.

Notes: First small bottle I try from Southern Tier, and it actually keeps pretty much the standard I loved in the bombers. Gives me heavy memories of their DIPAs, and I can´t help to feel it is a subdued version of those offerings and not the other way around. But it is nicely done, and a great brew to have at hand so no complaints there.

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.

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IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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