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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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2,326 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,326
Reviews: 927
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 51
Gots: 250 | FT: 0
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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 zeff80
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, white head that left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of citrus and mild notes of grapefruit. There was a slight caramel aroma, too.

T - It tasted of citrus, some grapefruit, sweet malty caramel and some bitter/hoppy spice.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice IPA. It is easy drinking and sessionable.

Photo of TexIndy
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got in a trade with johnnnnieee - many thanks! Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating info. Was a cloudy darker honey color with a few carb streams. It had a two finger foamy white head that slowly settled into a foam cap. Good lacing.

The aroma was a bit subdued. Pine resin, citric/grapefruit, hop oil, bitter, some peppery spice. The taste followed the aroma with the bitter hops coming thru more in the taste with the c-hops fading a bit. Not sure exactly what but something just didn't hit me right in this one. I know part of it is that it's more of the bitter than c-hop but there is something else. Not bad for a bitter hop AIPA but I prefer the less overly bitter ones personally. Mouthfeel is medium with good carb and a dry finish.

Overall, a good bitter AIPA. The first one from ST that didn't knock my socks off but still good. Worth trying for sure. Rotation - not avail in TX so got in a trade. If here, wouldn't be a player per the reasons above.

Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first of the southern tier offerings that made its way onto our lucky Ontario shelves, so here we go.

The beer pours a nice amber colour capped by a thin bone white head which soon subsides to a film which lasts the duration.

Resinous hop aromas abound, pine predominating along with some herbal tones; sage and thyme. Underlying this were notes of sweet bready malt and honey providing a good backbone for the star of the show, the hops. Citrus scents linger though out adding to the pleasant well varied hop aroma.

Hops are one again right up front upon first sip. Resinous honey flavours accentuated by piney rosemary notes bite across the tongue in a ballet of astringent goodness which lingers well on into the finish. Toasty malt flavours provide body and sweetness, growing more dominant as the brew warms. These keep the hop flavours in line while still allowing them freedom.
He body is best described as viscous almost slightly waxy and very biting due to the high bitterness. All this proves for a very refreshing beer that is quite drinkable.

In conclusion this is a fine hoppy American IPA which is quite quaffable. You'll definitely get your bitterness fix no doubt about it.

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

A: Pours a light frothy head covering that fades very quickly to almost nothing. A very clear honey orange color helps see the bubbles as they dance around the top.

N: Some sweet malts and honey seem to grace the beer. That is accompanied by some nice fruity light aromatic hops. A juicy hop aroma also comes through with a slight hop oil.

T: Some earthy malts start this taste, almost like an amber ale. Not sure how old this one is, but seems like it's not as fresh as it can be. That is followed with some chewy juicy malts and slight citrus. Almost a touch of lemongrass. I wonder how nice the hops would be fresher. A slight sweet malt also is distinct.

M: Nice body with some thickness to it, slight spicy hop feel, slightly oily, and decent carbonation.

F: Very bitter. It gets a lot more bitter as it finishes, telling me the hops were once more dominant and fresher. It also dries off quite a bit adding to the finish. A slight spicy hop bashes through at the finish of the finish. Semi crisp as well, but leaves a long bitterness and hop feel for a while, which isn't bad.

Photo of fragilemacabre
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is pretty happy, hoppy, standard IPA fare. Poured into a pint glass, it gives an impressive head that fades quickly into a short film, though the lacing is impressive. It is very pale for an IPA, but still glowy. It smells way too inviting: light but lingering, citrus with a bittersweet edge. It is very smooth on the tongue, with a definite hop punch but none of the soapy character that some hoppy beers can have. It could have a stronger flavor, and the color is a little surprising, but overall it holds its own against most taste comparisons.

I'm quite glad that a store near me regularly has this in stock because it is now on my go-to beer list.

Photo of brewdoc75
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of the "Pack of Pales"

A: Golden with amber hues. Moderate carbonation. Strong head initially dwindles down to a 1/4 inch and lingers. Good lacing.

S: A bit subdued, but I get citrus fruits with orange, tangerine, and just a hint of grapefruit. Faint, sweet, honey maltiness.

T: Very flavorful IPA. Strong citrus fruits with strong tangerine and orange as most prominent. This quickly goes to a grapefruit bitterness. There is a hint of pine in the end as well. The malts are almost honey or candylike and pleasant. The beer isn't overly sweet or cloying. It is very nice with a strong hop flavor supplemented by a nice maltiness.

M: Light bodied, crisp and clean. Finishes nicely.

D: A very light, flavorful, drinkable IPA. High on the citrus flavors. Would like a touch more aroma, but I bet if I had it on tap, this would be there. I will buy this again and again.

Photo of ShogoKawada
2.83/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


A- Pours a golden yellow, nice, snowcapped head with immediate lacing. Very thick, looks like a rice cake on top of the beer. Beer coloration is a bit light for the style, but almost glows.

S- Floral, citrus hops... a bit of Simcoe? Guessing, and my hop radar isn't finely tuned... sweet, fruity. Not very pungent, though. I like my IPAs to have a bit more ZING to 'em.

T- Eh. Where's the flavor? Follows the nose, sweet, floral, citrus hops... but there's no real payoff. A half-hearted beer. Pale malts do their job rounding out the flavors... but the hops lack any real momentum to do anything impressive.

M- Pretty solid, full-bodied, good carbonation, easy-sippin' and no off-notes.

D- Moderate. I could drink a few of these, but don't really want to. Not sure what it is... this hop profile just doesn't cut it for me. Won't be buying this one again.

Photo of JohnL9013
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A solid IPA from Southern Tier. It's basically like a mini-unearthly IPA, so if you liked that, you'll love this.

A: IPA's really don't vary much in appearance. A Hazy orange/golden color.

S: A balanced nose, more balanced that I expected, like the unearthly.

T: So here's the deal. This beer, for a six-pack, costs exactly $1 less than a six-pack of Bell's Two-Hearted Ale. My remark to my friend when drinking this was "You can sure taste that dollar". Are the hops there? Yes, and they're fresh and well presented. Is there some malt to balance? Yes, more than enough. It lends the beer a really good drinkability, but slightly outweighs the hops. The Southern Tier IPA just lacks the extra oomph the Two-Hearted Ale has... that beer turns the hops up to 11 and has, in my opinion, the perfect balance of malt. The Southern Tier is extremely similar, but it has slightly more malt and the hops are just not as good in flavor or rich in smell.

M: Excellent mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

D: Souther Tier makes extremely drinkable IPA's.

Overall, despite my less than excellent rating of this beer, I don't discount the fact that it's an excellent brew and certainly would be a very worthy backup in the case that I couldn't get the Bell's Two Hearted Ale wherever I end up in the future.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up recently in Totowa just so I could review it on here. Most of the beers that I've had lately from Southern Tier were big bottles so it was a change to give a 12 oz'er from these guys a try. This isn't the best IPA that I've had, but for tonight, it'll do...

Decent pour to this, no doubt. Bright orange hue, a nice head that settled quickly, and almost no lacing to be seen. The taste is pretty typical of an IPA - citrus and pine flavors abound with a bit of floral notes underneath. This is thinner than I thought it would be and the earthy bitterness lingers for quite some time after each sip. The aroma wasn't that strong either and there's almost no carbonation here either. Can an IPA really go down this easily?

Indeed it does. It's not because of the taste but just how the alcohol can't be felt. Couple that with a easily drinkable beer that could be a bit thicker and what results is this: an IPA that fits the the style but doesn't quite measure up to its west coast counterparts. At least I'm having a New York beer on a great night for New York baseball!

Photo of DNICE555
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At plan B with my good buddy AAAron.

A - Clear golden orange. Nice looking ipa.

S - Hops, floral, citrus.

T - Hops, citrus, slight malt. Very nice easy to drink ipa. Very refreshing. Very nice.

M - Light body - very easy ipa.

D - Despite the 6.5 ABV, very sessionable. Liked this one a lot.

Photo of Kpowers
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange in color with a one and half finger head. Very mild sweet hoppy smell. Smells of pine and citrus hops throughout with some caramel malt background lingering. Very well balanced IPA. The mouthful is medium bodied with a light creaminess. I really enjoyed this IPA and consider a great session beer for me.
I poured this from A 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

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

Had on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, Maryland (10/20/09). Served in a pint glass at the appropriate temperature.

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear lighter shade of golden orange with a two finger off-white head. Fairly standard look for an American IPA.

Smell: A medium hoppy spice floral bouquet with muted scents of citrus.

Taste: Overall a mild flavor of hops, citrus, and a bit of malt. The flavor seems to diminish quickly leaving the finish with a slight bitterness. Mild yet refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Thin, but acceptable for the style.

Drinkabilty: Very high considering the mild flavor and refreshing nature of this IPA.

Overall this is a solid yet unremarkable IPA that is highly drinkable, but not necessarily worth seeking out.

Photo of claminat420
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured a slight transparent amber color. solid two finger white head with medium lacing.

S- just smell some citrus hops. grapefruit scent.

T- just a nice hop bite but without the bitter hanging at the end. grapefruit/ citrusy taste.

M- light to medium bodied. good carbonation.

D- five or six and i'm good.

Overall- i've been loving this brewery more and more each day. for only $7.99 a six of some good american ipa you can't beat it. i highly suggest anyone who is an american ipa fan to try this one. you might not say it's a "a" but nothing lower than a b-.

Photo of WeedKing4
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a dark red amber, but very clear. Has a nice hop bite as do most ipas of this kind. Very easy to drink and smooth. The after taste lingers too much though. So its hard to drink more then a few of these. Hard to rate it a session beer. Won't be seeking this again.

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

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my shaker glass. The IPA appears a hazed golden amber color with about an inch of fluffy bone white foam. The head leaves a minimal lace in its wake. Nose and flavors consist of a good amount of pine, earthy, white grapefruit, tangerine, toasted bread, light caramel malt. Decent carbonation level with a medium body and a bitter finish. Worth trying if you happen upon a bottle.

Photo of m1ked
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler fill @ Bowery WF

A- Poured (unintentionally) aggressive out of the growler producing a huge 2-3 inch pure white craggy head that almost looked like a mousse (not hair), with considerable sticking lacing down the sides. The liquid itself is a clear golden honey color. Nada streamer noticed.

S- Straight resiny pine cedar aroma here.

T- Starts out with the piney/cedar hops, but definetly not as potent as the nose. Piney hops hold throughout, I don't get a malt balancing property, outside of a decrease of the bitterness at the end. There is a slight mineral bitter flavor at the end too.

M- Not alot of carbonation noted. For tasting resiny, it is lighter bodied than I thought it would be. Medium/mild. Bitter aftertaste lingers for sure.

D- If you like hoppy bitter IPA's this will deliver. Not much in the balance department though. Not bad, straight forward hoppy IPA, kind of one dimensional.

Photo of Dubbercody
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color. Leaves patched of lace on the glass throughout the drinking.

Smell is very hoppy with citrus and some of the piney scent to round it out.

Taste is nicely bitter and hoppy with a crisp lingering bitterness. The malty backbone starts showing itself about a quarter of the way through the glass.

Mouth is smooth and bitter. Leaves a hoppy flavor that lasts longer than expected. Leaves a bit of a film on the tongue towards the end of the glass.

Drink-ability is pretty good, nice India Pale Ale from outside of the Pacific Northwest.

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
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
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
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
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
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
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,326 ratings.