IPA (India Pale Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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4.13/5 rDev +7.6%
I got this in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!
It pours a clear(turns hazy with second pour) yellow gold with a huge head of foam that keeps trying to overflow in my glass so naturally, I had to make a save. The foam tastes nice. Awesome head retention and the lacing is heavy duty for the style.
I get some bready notes in the smell as well as some hop bitterness. More of a floral hop bitterness than any citrus/grass/pine but again, it's nice.
The first sip and I see this a well balanced IPA. Plenty of bready malt to go with a slightly bitter lemon hop presence. After taking a few more sips, the hops become more citrusy and I think I'm tasting some tangerine but don't quote me on that but they don't overpower the malt at all. Very well balanced and very smooth and easy drinking. A little high in alcohol to be a real session brew but what the hell...it's pretty sessionable for me.
The mouthfeel is medium, the carbonation is on the light side, and it finishes with a semi sweet semi bitter flavour that kind of reminds me of Bridgeport IPA which...I like!
Bottom line: A very tasty, well balanced American IPA that I can recommend. Another nice brew from Southern Tier.
05-07-2008 23:06:36 | More by Bitterbill
4.03/5 rDev +4.9%
A - Orangish copper color. Very clean and clear. Thin off white head with average retention. Excellent lacing.
S - Sweet and citrusy. Tropical citrus aromas.
T - More piney in the taste than citrusy. Light sweetness initially but dominated by the hoppiness. Not very well balanced by IPA standards, but hey, I like my hops.
M/D - Medium to full bodied. A little to much stickiness in the mouth. A good solid IPA.
05-04-2008 20:34:33 | More by ckeegan04
3.95/5 rDev +2.9%
Zero points for the insanely unoriginal name, but I didn't let that affect my ratings. It's the flavor that will make or break this, not the lousy name (or non-name).
Pours a very creamy, rocky head, fed by lots of bubbles inside a copper color that exhibits some reddish hues depending on the light.
Aroma is bad-ass hops, nothing over the top, it's clearly not trying to be a double IPA, but the hop aroma is remarkable. Spicy nose, not really citrusy or piney, in the middle somewhere, with some sugary malt giving it a sweet dessert-y vibe.
Flavor is toasty and malty...don't worry, there's plenty of hoppiness to be had too. It has a sweetness and spiciness that helps it stand out a little from legions of other IPAs. The piney finish that lays on the tongue forever after the sip is also really nice. Mouthfeel would probably be better if the creamy element that's clearly there was more prominent. It's a prickly/spicy enough IPA that the carbonation gets in the way a little...softer and smoother would've been ideal. Maybe that's just me and my personal preferences...can't really dock it points for that, so I won't.
Hard to go wrong here...it's a solid IPA that exerts a little of its own personality, is highly drinkable and nothing too over-the-top. Considering the wealth of competition in IPAs, all that says a lot for this beer and its brewer.
05-01-2008 21:51:22 | More by Metalmonk
4.22/5 rDev +9.9%
poured 12 ounce bottle into pint glass
A-light copper color with nice lacy head
s-strong pine and citrus notes
t-very nice hop flavor that lingers on your palate for a good 10 seconds.
M&D-feels good in your mouth and great going down
Overall-very good aal around IPA. The hops are strong but not over powering, very balanced.
04-28-2008 02:15:54 | More by bonkers
3.65/5 rDev -4.9%
12 oz. bottle. No freshness date. Clear amber to copper color. Thick white rocky head. Very good retention and lace.
Sugary grapefruit aroma. A bit of pine and floral hop aroma as well. Very juicy smelling. A bit of caramel covered berry in the nose as well.
Good malt character, maybe a bit bready. Lots of citrus fruit, with some floral notes as well. Well balanced. Citrusy hops linger. Taste does not quite live up to what I expected from the aroma.
Good body, easy to drink. Alcohol seems toward the low end for ABV for the syle. Easy to enjoy.
04-26-2008 14:16:53 | More by Bierguy5
4/5 rDev +4.2%
Poured from a bottle from a sixpack sampler I picked up with nasty15108. Nice clear amber orange color with a firm 1/2 inch foam head. Gave off an impressive strong piney hop smell. The taste was right on with the smell consisting of a pronounced hop flavor with perfumey alcohol finish. The mouthfeel was typical IPA with a nice hop oil slickness that coated the mouth well leaving behind a nice hop presence after the swallow. Very good beer which I highly recommend to any fan of this style. The first decent hoppy beer I have had since Nugget Nectar and Hopback Amber Ale.
04-25-2008 05:11:32 | More by hyland24
3.93/5 rDev +2.3%
Pours an attractive copper gold with a one-finger, bone-colored head. Passive carbonation and admirable lacing.
Nose yields cascade hops, floral notes and hints of grapefruit.
Plenty of citrus hops upfront. Kind balance between hops and malt. Mildly bitter with adequate bite. Finishes dry. A remarkably smooth elixir with welcomed drinkability.
04-24-2008 00:08:34 | More by CaptainIPA
3.95/5 rDev +2.9%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a medium gold with good carbonation. The head almost 2 fingers of off white rocky foam and leaves good lace.
The smell is a piney hopped IPA in the American style.
The taste is good, piney hops and a thick bready malt to give good balance.
The mouthfeel is very good a thinked then medium body and good carboantion.
The drinkability is good, very much worth a try. Prosit, MK
04-20-2008 20:10:41 | More by MuenchenerKindl
4.05/5 rDev +5.5%
I picked this up in a "make your own six pack" at the Westover Market in Arlington.
Appearance: dark copper color with a nice 1/2" head on the pour
Smell: hops...lots of them
Taste: very hoppy with tinge of sweetness on the tongue midway through each sip...very nice
Mouthfeel: medium body...very good
Drinkability: strong on the palate...two in a night would be good
04-18-2008 01:44:07 | More by Applesauce1
3.93/5 rDev +2.3%
I love it when you pour an IPA and the aroma hits you before the bottle is empty. This is such an IPA.
Gold body with a white head and nice lacing. The aroma and flavor have a big, juicy hops flavor, very smooth, with almost a creamy mouthfeel. I'm tasting mild biscuity grains under the citrus hops. All in all, this is a pretty rocking IPA. The bitterness is too mild to make it a great IPA, but it's close.
04-18-2008 01:27:11 | More by tempest
3.93/5 rDev +2.3%
Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange-gold into a tulip. One-finger head lingers with decent lacing. No bubble action from the bottom.
Smell: Citrus and pine hops, with some malty sweetness that I can't immediately identify.
Taste: Grapefruit hops come through right up front. This is much more aggressive than Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale, and I think a better beer in general. Malt sweetness provides decent balance until you roll into a mildly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: A little oily and not terribly carbonated; the combination works here.
Drinkability: Very drinkable as a mild session brew for the hopheads, and a nice hoppy session brew for everyone else.
04-16-2008 23:59:16 | More by rdickey
3.98/5 rDev +3.6%
second on deck is a NY brewery i just discovered ; pours a clear copperish-gold w/ a decent off-white head that dissipates all to quickly leaving a decent lacing in my nonic ; a moderate piney and spicy, almost noble hop aroma w/ a darker cereal grain note, a hint of dark fruit possibly ; a decent hop bite, grapefruits and very rich & malty, mostly a caramel/munich type profile, nuts and more dark fruits, a bit of a mineral finish, but complements the dark malts and bitter hop finish ; a light-med. body but quite creamy thanks to a decent level of co2 ; a very good brew, quite quaffable at 6.5% ABV, i will def. have it again...
04-16-2008 00:23:21 | More by animal69
4.2/5 rDev +9.4%
This brew poured into a pint glass was a golden color with a white frothy head with 1/2 in head that left some decent lacing. The smell was extremely fresh and crisp with hints of lemon, spice, and balance with nice hops. The taste is refreshing with great hop taste, nice sweetness that is not too over powering and the bitter aftertaste is just right. This is a great example of an IPA. The carbonation is just right and the body was not too thin. This is a very excellent brew!
04-11-2008 00:33:50 | More by WJVII
4.25/5 rDev +10.7%
Nice to see Southern Tier rolling into Charlottesville. Hopefully, it will eventually mean some Choklat.
A: A pretty nice looking pour, a crisp and bold looking gold. A great, thick and foamy head like it came in off the sea. It doesn't end up lacing much, but that's alright.
S: This spreads a bit of aroma a little way the glass, which is nice. Grapefruit and floral hops, and a sugary malt sweetness blending in. Very, very nice.
T: Kind of an interesting sweetness that I didn't expect (though I DID detect it in the aroma). Being used to American brews typically being far more hoppy, this seems quite sweet - almost like a caramalized sugar that is interesting. A nice grapefruit citrus and floral touch.
M + D: Quite smooth and it goes down rather quickly. Could use a touch more carbonation, perhaps, but then again maybe not. It's pretty decent, has a nice oiliness to it, and the it's got just enough body to leave an impression. I'd happily have a few of these in a sitting, and with the weather picking up here, I just might do that very soon!
04-10-2008 21:06:30 | More by Proteus93
3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
A: Nice slightly hazy golden color. Nice and clear. Minimal lacing with 1/2 finger of white head.
S: Slightly earthy hop smell. The citrus hops are there.
T: Grapefruit citrus off the bat. Slightly earthy as well in the taste. End in a tea like taste at the end.
M: Light to med body. Slightly syrupy body.
D: Not too bad. A nice east coast IPA. Nothing too crazy but very drinkable. Good session beer which is nice with summer coming up.
04-07-2008 22:29:50 | More by aerozeppl
4/5 rDev +4.2%
Thanks to JoeyBeerBelly for this trade extra. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: Pours a clear and slightly bubbly amber with a one and a half inch rocky white head that leaves some nice sticky ropes of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Slightly juicy grapefruit and pineapple mix but balanced out by a solid grainy malt background.
T/MF: This one is quite tasty and strikes a good balance between the mouth-numbing hop oilyness and gritty maltiness. The hop profile here is of the pine and pepper variety with a mellower pineapple fruitiness coming in more as the beer warms in the mouth. The mouthfeel is pretty solid for the style, thick hop resin coats the tongue and tickles the sides and really works its way to the back of the mouth spreading the hop goodness to all corners of the palate. The finish is slightly drying and leaves a piny aftertaste that lingers for some time in the mouth.
D: Solid offering, solid hop profile, medium bodied and quite drinkable and well balanced but I just wish the hops had a bit more of a kick in the freshness department. Solid overall though.
04-07-2008 02:31:32 | More by bluemoonswoon
3.78/5 rDev -1.6%
Southern Tier has a reputation for churning out quality beverages. The packaging on their IPA does nothing to suggest a setback, from a cosmetic sense. Nice artwork; simple, yet catchy.
Blood orange and relatively clear. I didn't get good foam or lacing. Not that impressive.
The smell was a pleasant surprise. Sugary, sweet malt takes center stage, but is complimented wonderfully by perfumy, floral hops. I've drank countless IPAs, and I can't say there's another that smells quite like Southern Tier's. Almost exceptional.
Floral and cloying. Almost dissipates completely toward the back end, which I found a bit odd. I enjoyed the bitter hops, but it never gave a clean finish.
Feel is OK; some texture and carbonation.
Southern Tier upheld their rep on this offering, but they certainly didn't push any boundaries either. This is a safe IPA, worthy of offering to someone new to the craft scene.
04-05-2008 23:26:48 | More by weiserr
District of Columbia
4/5 rDev +4.2%
Got this one cause Southern Tier is consistently delicious. This one did not disappoint. Pours a solid amber color with a nice looking white head. Nose is lots of citrusy hops, although it was a little milder than I would have liked. Taste just a good solid IPA flavor: lots of sweet caramel balanced nicely by the citrusy malt. Feel is solid, medium bodied with good carbonation. Not really sure what to say about this one - a very tasty IPA.
04-05-2008 20:33:12 | More by soupyman10
3.98/5 rDev +3.6%
12oz bottle, no freshness date.
A- Pours a pretty clear orange, only slightly hazy with a very creamy head that sits forever.
S- The smell is pungent- a big floral smell with a very syrupy sweet background. Some pine there too.
T- First starts out with a mild sweetness that turns into a bitter flower hoppiness. Just like the smell there's a touch of pine to round things out.
M/D- Very very soft carbonation in this, I would like a touch more.
This is a good tasting IPA although not my favorite flavor for an IPA. Still quite good overall so it still gets a good score from me.
04-05-2008 06:03:53 | More by MiScusi
4.18/5 rDev +8.9%
Another beauty from Southern Tier! Their IPA fills my glass a rich rummy orange, with a finger-tall head that slowly settles and leaves generous lacing down the sides. Brilliant!
Smells quite good, all citrus hops and sweet sugary malt, a bit of earth and a little grain. Grapefruit is big here, pine secondary. Very clean. Mouthwateringly delicious!
The flavor is more malt-heavy than I would have expected, but this is still a solid American IPA. The cool caramel sweetness gets ya first, then a rush of bitter, yet restrained, citrus hops come in. Finish is mildly dry and leaves a fine resiny hop note behind.
Mouthfeel is near perfect, cool and medium bodied, carbonated for maximum quaffage. (Is that a word? It should be.) I could easily have several of these.
Southern Tier comes through yet again with a fine IPA that is a hair short of exceptional. This one doesn't take any risks, but it's solid all round.
04-03-2008 21:33:58 | More by kkipple
4.1/5 rDev +6.8%
Poured from a bottle a clear copper color with a light white head and lots of sticky lacing.
Aroma of grapefruit, orange, grapes, and a thin layer of sweet malts.
The taste is citrusy hops upfront with bread, and caramel malts filling in for good balance. Finish is slightly bitter.
Lighter mouthfeel, smooth, and lightly carbonated.
This is an easy-to-drink and easy-to-enjoy IPA from Southern Tier. I highly recommend.
04-01-2008 01:27:52 | More by Monkeyknife
4/5 rDev +4.2%
A: Copper/amber body... thin white head .. decent lacing with lots of lacing
S: Citrus hops up front.. definitely grapefruit taking the forefront.. but there are other softer fruit aromas (orange) and piney notes.. soft sweet malt base
T: Mirros the nose perfectly.. delicate and smooth transitions between the bitter hops and the caramel-sweet malts..
M: Smooth. Smooth. Smooth.
D: This is the ideal laid back IPA that still comes through with a quality hop experience.
03-31-2008 02:07:34 | More by callmemickey
3.1/5 rDev -19.3%
Bottle thanks to davehoward
Ver clear amber pour with a medium sized beige head. Floral fruity and tea like sweet hops at first in the aroma, and then they turn to astringent, cleanser like hops which were slighly less pleasant. Taste is also a bit astringent and moderately hopped. Some spicy, green-ness to it as well. Thin bodied however and that detracted from its enjoyment for me. Still a decent IPA overall.
03-20-2008 03:19:05 | More by JDV
4/5 rDev +4.2%
Appearance: It's clear and copper in color with a very generous two and a half finger foamy head. Retention was excellent and a very thick web of lace lined the glass.
Smell: Heavy citrus aroma kicks it off. It's a nice mix of grapefruit, orange, and a little pineapple. Hops are piney and very strong. Caramel-toffee malts are sweet and somewhat secondary.
Taste: Initially it's citrusy sweet. Hops immediately provide a nice, bitter kick. Nice, piney taste. Caramel-toffee malts add more sweetness and balance it out quite well. Finishes sweet and dry.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied. Carbonation is very good. Very smooth and drinkable. At 6.5%, it's very drinkable. I'd happily take down a few of these. Overall, this is nice IPA. Recommended.
03-17-2008 02:45:37 | More by prototypic
4.38/5 rDev +14.1%
This IPA pours out with a slightly more vivid than expected gold-auburn hue. It forms an initially frothy head that diminishes to suds at the edge of the glass about 45 seconds after pouring.
First sniffs reveal citrusy esters. First sips drink with a smooth, lightly hoppy bitterness and a lilting yeastiness that spreads pleasantly across the mouth. Since it's not super-bitter, this is probably a good one to help introduce IPA newbies to the wonderful world of hops.
This brew came as 1/3 of my Southern Tier six-pack sampler and I think it makes a very nice everyday IPA. I drank it with Indian take-out on a weeknight, and it didn't leave me wanting. I'll buy it again.
03-15-2008 20:00:44 | More by missginsu
IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,119 ratings.