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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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2,300 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,300
Reviews: 923
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 48
Gots: 225 | 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

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Beer added by: John on 03-24-2003

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Photo of corby112
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
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
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
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
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
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
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
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
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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

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

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint.

Pours a brilliantly clear straw with a creamy, frothy head that looks like whipped cream. Very nice presentation.

Aroma is of hops and light malt. Tannic acid tea like aroma with a bite of citrus and sweet bread.

Flavor is crisp malt with a nice hop rider. Hops are citrusy, fresh and tasty. The malt has a crackery lightness to it, but not weak by any means. A nice floral clover honey like flavor rides in the background.

Mouthfeel is standard medium body with ample carbonation. Creamy and slightly on this side of lush.

A nice drinkable IPA.

Photo of goblue3509
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange clear color with a one finger head. The smell is floral and citrus up front maybe orange or grapefruit, giving way to hops. The taste has a grain fruit sweetness up front which gives way to a bitter hop finish. The mouthfeel is moderate carbonation. Overall this is a solid IPA that is slightly complex.

Photo of horshack7
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a golden copper color with a light in texture foamy head that leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma: The hops in this beauty are front and center presenting themselves in quite a bold manner. Minor hints of citrus such as grapefruit with the sweetness of orange rounding it out.

Taste: From the first sip it has a bit a smooth mouthfeel leaving a honey like coating on the palate. However lets not leave out the main attraction all the tasty hops. Like a gust of wind the hops rush in rather gracefully. With mild sweetness from the malts. Nice citrusy notes all over.

Notes: This is a prime example of a well brewed i.p.a. Cheers

Photo of Amalak
4.44/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had out of a 12 oz. bottle.
A- Dull gold into copper. A few bubbles with a limited head that leaves some lace.
S- Excellent hoppy smell to it. Nice sweet spice.
T- This tastes exactly how I expect an IPA to taste. Some nice sweetness at first, semi-fruity, with a nice bitter aftertaste, that is balanced.

This what an IPA is supposed to taste like.

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

Poured into pint glass.

A-Orange/copper/pale brown with small head and nice lacing all the way down. Its what youd expect.

S-It smells of earthy hops a bit with nice flowery fruit. I enjoyed it.

T-Taste was awesome you really got a feel of the hops but it wasnt overpowering. Its almost zesty when pressed on the palate.

M-It was fine carbonation wise. Wasnt too thick or thin...just fine.

D-A very drinkable beer IMO. Very very good to throw back a few of these badboys after a hard day workin.

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

Pours a clear, golden/copper color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong floral hops, citrus hops, sweet malt, hint of earthy malt, and hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable bitterness and dryness. Tastes of strong hops, sweet malt, earthy mat, citrus hops, and hint of alcohol. Overall, good body, appearance, and mouth feel.

Photo of rfgetz
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy reddish bown... almost Iced Tea like. Thin head but decent lacing.

S: Piney and Citrusy hops, but not overpowering. More mild than a west coast IPA.

T: Piney and Citrusy hops, but not in your face like many american IPAs. A little sweetness to it.

M: Good carbonation, light to medium bodied.

D: Very drinakable but lacks a little complexity and flavor.

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

Well this being the season of new IPA's in BC , I am happy to add ST IPA to my list of favorites. The beer is so smooth yet so hoppy that I knew I had a winner. Nose consists of hops and grapefruit with a big piney note on the ending. The mouthfeel is slightly thick like the other ST beers I have tried but this adds to the smoothness of the finish and helps with the balance. Solid IPA with almost perfect marks for drinkability for the style

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

Aaaaah, Southern Tier IPA, we meet again at last. Why it took me so long to review you I can not say. You are an oasis in an American IPA desert known as Ontario, Canada, and I am thrilled too see you back on LCBO shelves after a far too long absence.

It looks like a textbook IPA: Amber, clear, with a bubbly, thick chunky sticky head which drops some really nice sheets of lace.

The aroma is all about nice, clean grapefruit rind and pine, with just a smattering of caramel malt standing proudly in the background. Smells really nice and fresh and inviting.

The taste is textbook west coast IPA, and being textbook is no bad thing. The hops are the same as in the aroma, all piney and yellow grapefruit flesh and pith, and again like the aroma, it's set against a nice juicy caramel backbone with some nice sweet, orange pineapple along for the ride. It's balanced in that unbalanced way American IPAs are, with the focus on the citrusy hops, but in a totally delicious way. It's not too bitter. In fact, it's perfectly and wonderfully bitter.

Overall this is a really solid, journeyman American IPA. It's not the best I have ever had. My preferences are for something a little less piney, with a bit more more pink grapefruit and caramel malt. But that said, this is really, really good and I'm thrilled to have it available to me and, really, you buggers in the States don't realize how lucky you are to have more than two American IPAs available to you do you?!

IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,300 ratings.