1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

IPA (India Pale Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

Not Rated.
IPA (India Pale Ale)IPA (India Pale Ale)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

2,251 Ratings
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,251
Reviews: 912
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 42
Gots: 175 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of IPA (India Pale Ale) Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,251 | Reviews: 912 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of cheapxceptbeer
2.38/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This is one of the strangest beers i have ever drank. The bottle has a blurb about the alpha acid experience, so this is the first time I know that I am drinking a hop extract.

A- The beer poured with a minimal head that had nice retention at least, beautiful lacing is due to the extreme amount of hop acids in this bad boy.

S- Oh my goodness, I went to a homebrew store recently and I smelled some of the hops, this smells like cascade and centenial. Not those hops in a beer, it smells like I have a baggy of hops and I am sniffing it, it is glorious! I think I would rather smell this beer than drink it, maybe I could vaporize it?

T- Eh, the hops are a little much, I am looking for a beer, not hop soup, this tastes very fresh, as if the hops are still in my glass. I will say that as far as hop soup goes this is delicious, but beer this is less than mediocre.

M- A bit watery but southern tier probably isn't used to making these kinds of beers, this is about 5% less alcohol than they are used to so I can understand that there idea of medium body is skewed.

D- Having more than one of these is a chore, finishing this beer is a chore, I love hops, but in a beer.

cheapxceptbeer, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this at Total Wine in Greenville, SC.

Pours a light copper color with a slightly off-white head that recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of citrus hops with a solid pale malt backbone.

Tastes good. Pale malt flavors lead things off and are joined shortly by citrus hops that last until the mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing the bottle and could go for another.

Overall this is a decent IPA but nothing special. Worth a shot.

glid02, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of jjayjaye
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale amber color with a two fingered golden tinted loose collar that fades slowly. A bunch of Belgian lacing left behind with each mouthful. The smell is really enjoyable also. It has a citrusy resin character over a well balanced sweet malty background. The mouth feel is tangy, yet light-medium bodied and mildly carbonated. The first sip through the collar is altogether creamy. Full flavored citrus and malty sweetness. The mouth and the flavors compliment each other. At 6.5% ABV this is one of the drinkable ales out there...a real session ale!! I once bought a bumper of this at the brewery on bottling day for $2.

jjayjaye, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of Onenote81
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle received from obrienej in a recent trade. Thanks!

Pours a deep goldish orange with a nice bubbly white head capping it off. Some nice spotty sticky globs cling to the glass. Smells great! Deep pine and citrus scents that finish quite florally. Suberb.

Mouthfeel is crisp and slightly wet. Flavor is well-done. Nice citrusy hop bitterness that ends slightly sweet like honey. This is a great representation of an American IPA. Get some.

Onenote81, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of beer2day
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper gold with little to no head. Leaves minimal lacing.

Nose is a little fruity. Hit on the tongue is very clean. Light fruity citrus finish. Only a very slight bitterness here. Very thin body for the style. More like a pale ale than an ipa - makes me wonder if I got what was advertised.

That said, it's very drinkable. Just not remarkable at all and that is disappointing from this brewery.

beer2day, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of emsroth
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

App: Amber with hints orange. Small white head.

Smell: Fruity smell of apples and oranges.

Taste: Thick, malty backbone with bittering hops all along the way. The malt is reminiscent of a strong, sweet bock: thick and bready, but as it warms husky flavors come out. Great bitter aftertaste that doesn't detract.

A hearty beer. I could definitely have two of these.

emsroth, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of ludachris
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Went looking at the LCBO for another American IPA after having my first dogfish and this is what I came up with.
Pours a hazy rust like orange with nice golden highlights. Finger and a half of off white head. Decent retention and really nice thick and sticky lacing. The murkiness really adds to the appearance.
Smell of grapefruit rind, lemon and pine that is slightly overpowered by sweet bready and biscuity malts.
Pronounced herbal citrus hops that smooothly transition to the backbone of the finish with sticky sweet bready malts moving themselves to the front. The hops are obviously present and pronounced but seem a little bit subdued compared the dogfish 60 minute, but this facet of the beer makes up for itself by letting the hops linger to the bitter end.
Mouthfeel is rich, creamy and well balanced and the archetypal hops make this an easy drinking IPA.

Overall, a really nice interpretation of the American IPA. Had everything I look but there didnt seem to be any big highlights about it. At the same time, if Southern Tier did pronounce or highlight something more, the balance would have probably been thrown off. Still a really nice creamy, well balanced brew but would prefer the dogfish 60 minute for taste and price.

ludachris, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of thain709
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A hazy orange body...nice white rocky head...produced decent lacing

S - Nice citrus and pine hops

T - Citrus hops right off the bat...grapefruit...mellows out in the middle...a little malt...then it finishes strong with a piney hop bitterness

M - Medium body...a tad thin

D - First Southern Tier beer and I'm impressed...solid IPA...looking forward to trying their many other IPA/IIPA

thain709, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of srandycarter
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Orange, dark honey, small head, leaves to ring. Some lacing left. Clear, pretty color.

S - Summer Yulesmith LITE. Yum. Deep bready malt with heavy handed citrus notes.

T - Malts heavier than hops, but both are big here. Nice and juicy.

M - Medium to lite body, finishes pretty neutral. Good carb and balance.

D - Very easy to drink, for sure.

srandycarter, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of hckyfn9999
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with a finger of white head. Good head retention. Aroma is of citrus and a touch of malt. Taste is citrusy grapefruit with a touch of caramel malt in the background. Good amount of bitterness, but not great hop flavor. An average IPA and at $10 per six pack, it wont be a part of my rotation when I can get Two Hearted for nearly the same price. I was expecting more of this beer based on their double IPAs.

hckyfn9999, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of Ek0nomik
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured In: Tulip Glass.
Bought From: The Coffee Grounds (Eau Claire, WI)

Appearance: Poured a nice amber orange. Left quite a bit of lacing around the top of the tulip glass.

Smell: A nice smell of hops at the end of the pour. Floral and citrusy.

Taste: Starts with citrusy flavor, then comes the quite noticeable malt backbone. The aftertaste is nice light wave of citrus and floral hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body.

Drinkability: A good IPA by Southern Tier. It's only the second one I've had from them (the other being Unearthly IPA). I'd buy it again, but I have other IPA's that are on top of my list. If I could get a good deal on it perhaps I'd seek it out.

Ek0nomik, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of ryrust5301
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Bottle exploded when I opened it, and the had to run to the sink to keep it from spilling. Even on the pour the head was frothing over the top, and had to be stage poured. The head was just like a cloud, very white and clumpy. The beer itself was a golden honey color, and looks pretty damn delicious. Lacing is as intense as they come, blanketing the glass.

Smell - Very soft, a faint hop smell blended in with a tiny bit of caramel and honey malt. Nothing really overly impressive, and definitely one of the only spots that this beer lacks.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Easy drinking and highly sessionable. I think since this beer has been sitting in my cellar for a few months, the hops have died down a good amount. There is a great melon grapefruit flavor which easily transitions into a sweet caramel honey flavor. Mouthfeel is medium with a silky smoothness, and would have a bit more bite were it fresher.

Drinkability - What a shame that I let this one sit for to long. I'm sure it would get higher marks if fresh. It's still a fantastic beer even after it's dimmed somewhat. Will need to re-review this one when I get a fresh bottle.

ryrust5301, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of ShrLSU
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured an amber orange color with a puffy off white head that blew up on opening the bottle. Left thick lacing and chunks of foam on the surface.

The nose was nice, a little fruity and malty.

T: Citrus grapefruit hops with a tinge of spiciness. A good balance of malt with hop bitterness.

MF: Very sharp and crisp with good carbonation. Its definitely got the hop bite in the end but its quite alive in the mouth!

D: This would be my session IPA if they sold it down here. It's a great IPA, true to the style. I could smash a sixer of these in NO TIME!

ShrLSU, Apr 02, 2009
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a clean orange amber, with a small resiny white head that leaves a beautiful sticky lacing.

S: Awesome! Sharp Grapefruit punch in the nose!

T: Spicy floral grapefruit hops up front. Subtle bready malt background. Finishes with a very nice lingering bitter piney citrus aftertaste.

MF: Sharp and crisp hop taste is very refreshing. Medium-light bodied for an IPA. This one has an emphasis on the hops. And rightfully so, cause they do it right!

D: Great drink. On the lighter side for IPAs, so you can easily drink several in a sitting. The hops are wonderful and the beer is refreshing. Definitely worth a buy if you're a hop head like me!

CHILLINDYLAN, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of xpatriate
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I scored a sixer of this at a downtown Toronto LCBO.I wanted to compare it along side DFH 60min.
Poured in standard pint glass with one and a half inch soapy head.Standard amber IPA look.Smelled amazing right off the bat.
As soon as the smell from my nose and the beer hitting my lips and mouth I knew this was going to be a great beer.Taste was really good.This to me tastes the way a DFH 90min does but with less ABV.Mouthfeel was slightly bitter and full.Drinkability scores big.I could very well drink a 6pk of this no problem.
I just wish I could score this in Montreal!

xpatriate, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of stewart124
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper in color with a white head.

Good amount of citrus and floral aroma in the nose. Not quite as potent as some but strong.

The taste is smooth with a grainy note. Lots of grapefruit and pine. Little bit of bread and biscuit with a subtle caramel.

Finishes smooth and dry with a good bit of bitterness to follow. This pine just lingers.

Quite drinkable.

stewart124, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of swizzlenuts
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The aroma out of the bottle on the beer is spicy with a hint of citrus. There is also a slight bit of breadyness that comes though at the very end. Southern Tier's IPA pours a golden/light copper colour with a nice centimeter off white fluffy head, and it's brilliantly clear. The beer has a quite earthly flavour with some spicy/bitterness at the end, and some bready malts come through as well. A slight citrus flavour comes through at the end, but it's a spot of super sweetness inside the beer. The beer is quite balanced, except for the weird fruitiness at the end. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and good for the style, and the drinkability is good.

swizzlenuts, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dispensed from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Emerges a crystal clear, golden amber color with a decent sized white head. Plenty of lacing and the retention is quite nice.

Aroma was quite pleasant. Citrus and floral hops with a touch of maltiness. Leans more toward the grapefruit and a touch of pine.

Not digging the flavor. Sweet and grainy with not much hoppiness. There is a touch of hop bitterness but not much in the way of hop flavor. What hop flavor there is certainly skews toward the floral (rosehips, hibiscus).

Mouthfeel is quite thin and watery and starkly dry. I like the dryness but no body and very little hop bitterness make this a dud for an AIPA. The only saving grace is the hop aroma and slight flavors. I guess it is drinkable enough but I wouldnt purchase any more.

SaCkErZ9, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of endincolorado
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Clear orange-amber with frothy, cream-colored head and excellent lacing.

Smell- Fragrant, resiny hop oil, light grassiness, pine, and pale malts.

Taste- Sweet, and much maltier initially than I'd expected, given the smell. Bready, excellent hop-bitterness to balance well. Slightly dry bitter finish.

Mouthfeel- good medium-heavy body with fairly low carbonation.

Drinkability- One of the tastiest IPA's I've tried in a while, I'll definitely pick up another sixer of this.

endincolorado, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of hooliganlife
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured light copper with a light fluffy head and little retention

Light bitter hop scents, not much really. I found this to be quite weak.

Flavor was mediocre. A light mix of citrus and floral hops but they were quite light but well balanced. A slight bitterness through the finish.

Mouthfeel was good, medium to low carbonation and very full bodied.

Overall, this was an ok IPA but nothing to blow my mind.

hooliganlife, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of Rainintheface
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: very clear and deep golden in color. a minimal head and moderate carb

S: nice citrus and pine aromas. caramel pops through

T: biscuity malts up front with citrus (mostly orange) and sticky pine sap

M: medium body. sweetness balance the bitter. dry

D: very good. will have again

Rainintheface, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of beerbuddah
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted this from a bottle, poured into a mug.

A - a nice orange brown color, very transparent. head dissipates quickly, leaving a ring around the mug, and a small foam island.

S - some floral notes, hoppy, but not all that much.

T - very hoppy to begin, with, along with the smell, some floral tones. the finish is nice and bitter on the back of the tongue. The taste lingers in my mouth for quite some time. I taste a bit of alcohol, and weirdly, a bit of a metallic tinge (could be the bottle or something - didn't have a best-before on it).

M - liked it a lot, the body is medium, with medium carbonation. As I said, it lingers, letting you taste the beer for bit after your sip.

D - very high. could drink a few more of these. - that is without the metallic taste. Wish I had this on tap.

beerbuddah, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of jeffthecheff
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No freshness date...so I have no idea if this is a proper sample to review, but here it goes for now.

Appearance is nice orange/tan that is rather hazy. Lacing is good, but the bubbles on the head are large rather than small and fine. Smell is rather mild for an IPA. I'm catching some piney hops and some sweet malt. I wasn't really impressed by the taste. I'm just getting some bitterness and the hop flavor is of mild pine, kind of one dimensional. Mouthfeel can be described as sticky pine needles. Not bad. Drinkability is acceptable, what you expect from an IPA.

I suspect this beer would be better if it was fresher, I'll try another sample down the road to see. Southern Tier should really use freshness dates...I turn away from a lot of beer because of no freshness dates.

jeffthecheff, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of ritzkiss
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle that made its way to Vancouver Island courtesy of Bobsy. Cheers mate!

Pours a standard light IPA burnt orange with little head and minimal lacing down the glass.

Smell is nicely balanced. Definite hop notes: citrus, pine, some lighter grapefruit. The malts right in there though, giving some nice sweet body to the nose.

Taste is quite similar to the smell. The first taste is the pine hops closely followed by a dash of malty sweetness. Some general citrus, oranges and grapefruit follow but the hops is relatively restrained. Not too much carbonation, enough hops to leave a dry mouth at the end of each sip - which feels slightly odd when mixed with the malty sweetness!

Really, this is an incredibly drinkable IPA. Nicely balanced, lots going on, not too heavy ABV. I think I talked my local beer store into carrying Southern Tier and now I am looking forward to drinking this one again!

ritzkiss, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of Jayli
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a bright , hazy auburn color with a creamy off white head that recedes after a few moments - spotted lacing throughout the glass. Nose is of pine, citrus and light floral hop aromas, some sweet malt character. Taste is
light citrusy flavors at first followed by a relatively strong pine flavor. Very mild bitterness, with a bit of a bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lighter carbonation, very mellow and smooth on the tongue. Overall a nice IPA.

Jayli, Mar 16, 2009
IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,251 ratings.