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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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2,109 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,109
Reviews: 907
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 41
Gots: 117 | 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)
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Photo of msubulldog25


4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

A 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, tasted in early October. Review from notes - thanks to chilzwel for sending...

A: Pours with a lofty, foamy white head, crested at the rim of the glass and j-u-s-t barely crept over. Color is light tan, touched by an auburn/chestnut. A little silty haze and scarce carbonation, rising slowly. head drops to a thin gauze, lace sticks in sizable globs.

S: A pleasing maltiness, lots of sweet caramel and juicy orange. Lemon citrus smells like meringue pie...that's a remarkable aroma rising from an IPA.

M: Toasted grains are really straightforward here, with zesty lemon/citrus, a bit of pine oil, and an herbal spice. Citrus develops into an orange peel pithiness, and an oaky wood flavor unfolds in the finish.

M: Medium body, creamy carbonation. A pithy and woody bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue, with a slightly drawn-in cheek pucker.

D: Nice IPA: easy to drink, good flavors, intriguing aroma. I have yet to try something from Southern Tier I didn't like - another endorsement here.

12-19-2007 20:44:20 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of vangoghtaling


4.97/5  rDev +29.4%

I discovered this god send of a beer in orchard park on the wknd of a buffalo bills game(21oct06). it was my first real IPA & i fell in love w/ the style & the hops. anyway it tasted like i was grazing in a field,... but in a good way. sooo good!!! i would drink this one till my liver failed

12-15-2007 23:03:11 | More by vangoghtaling
Photo of albern


3.73/5  rDev -2.9%

I had this beer on tap at Red Bones in Davis Sq. Somerville, MA. The beer pour a very clear lightish amber color, some head, lacing, and retention. The smell is sweetish, which matches the flavor, some hop resins, perhaps a bit of pine notes as well. The beer is moderately carbonated, pretty well hopped, but there isn't that oily resinous hop notes that I've come to expect from a nice IPA. There isn't the dry maltish backbone that would have significantly ranked this beer higher, but rather you'll find a little bit of a thin beer with a sweetish malt, almost raspberry quality to the sweetness. It's okay, but it isn't all that complementary either. The beer is definitely lighter bodied, watery mouthfeel, some acid in the finish. Not a bad beer. L'Chaim.

12-15-2007 22:39:06 | More by albern
Photo of barefootbrewer


3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

This beer poured a golden color with a rocky cream colored head. The aroma was initially of fresh hops – almost evergreen – with a finish of malty sweetness. The taste is hoppy, but not overpowering. The malt is also quite noticeable and provides a great backbone for the hops. The mouthfeel is medium and a touch oily – in a good way. Overall, this is a nicely balanced brew – definitely an easy to drink IPA.

11-27-2007 01:29:25 | More by barefootbrewer
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +13.3%

First off one of my all time favorite session IPAs, anytime it's on tap at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse I'm probably drinking either this or Two Hearted Ale. Appears a super filtered amber copper tone with a large billowing off white head, kinda has a biscuit looking texture floating above the body and definitely forms even lacing all around. Aroma sharp citrus peel sugar coated hop presence hits me first with sweet rolling malts some biscuit and mild caramel aspects flow. However the highlight happens to be the vinous green fresh hop character with the citrus acidity that makes this brew. Strong assertive bitterness flows with hop flavors as well floral, mild pine, and heavy citrus with a strong citrus peel finish. Malts balance just enough with a touch of caramel malts gracing the palate no sweet candy flavor here, also a mineral character is apparent in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied slightly sticky with sturdy carbonation, nothing overdone flows quite nicely just the dry bitterness in the finish is left on my palate. Drinkability is clean citrus slight puckering effect with some mild tartness but overall a great drinking IPA that I will always keep close to my steady repertoire of session IPAs.

11-12-2007 18:35:33 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Gehrig


4.45/5  rDev +15.9%

This IPA was responsible for getting me back on an IPA kick. I literally hadn't had an IPA in about a decade, as I veered into my various tasting experiments with darks. I recalled having an IPA that I really didn't like, and avoided them far too long. Back in NY to stand up for a friend's wedding, he kindly gave me a great, 5-day cooler stocked with NY strip steaks and a case worth of Southern Tier beers, 12 of which were this IPA. Many thanks, Captain Pat.

The clear amber beer poured a nice, frothy head a good 2 fingers thick. Excellent lacing and head duration. Well hopped nose, rife with citrus (orange peel, tangerine, and lemon) with some caramel malt in tow. The taste followed this closely and, with the strong hop presence, delivered a bold, citrusy taste. Somewhat floral, IPA should certainly satisfy hop lovers. It was effervescent, with a decent bite that wasn't overbearing. It was all too easy to grab another--and I did without apology.

Well worth trying this sterling beverage from Southern Tier. I still owe the Captain one for turning me back onto this excellent style, beverage, and brewery. One of the best IPAs around, and one of the best from a truly great brewery.


11-12-2007 01:26:04 | More by Gehrig
Photo of holzmann


3.85/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours a light copper color with fairly good head retention for an IPA. The aroma is a little disappointing in this brew. The hops do hit the nose, but it certainly lacks any complexity in this department. Taste is on the crisp, tart and bitter side with a somewhat shallow mouthfeel. All in all a very crisp and drinkable IPA, but not one of the most interesting ones our there.

11-09-2007 23:32:22 | More by holzmann
Photo of GFSchwab

New York

4.38/5  rDev +14.1%

I usually dive into an IPA wih the knowledge that the hops and alcoholic content are going to kick my ass. I was right, however there is so much more to the this certain offering.

It had a solid color and decent head retetnion.

The hop aroma was pungent and layered, more of which then many other IPA's I've drank. very crips, slight pinge of alcoholic heat, meager notes of the malts that have been coquered by other prevailing characteristics.

The taste followed the smell, accept for several flavors making themselves known out of nowhere, truly leaving me pleased. I took in noteso f toffee, corriander, and citrus in generous quantities while still swooning over the hoppy bitterness of the IPA. The taste lingers long and complete on your pallette.

For the punch the beer delivers, it is not abrasive at all, showing good balance and substance. The drinkability overall is good, just very filling with a lot of content to take in, i wouldnt reccomend drinking more then one or two at a time at most.

Definitley one of the better IPA's I've drank.

11-05-2007 16:03:16 | More by GFSchwab
Photo of sawbones420


4.22/5  rDev +9.9%

Having only seen bombers on the shelves from these guys, I had no idea Southern Tier bottled in six packs, or even made beer that wasn't IMPERIAL.

That in mind, I'm a huge fan of these guys. With only a couple of exceptions, I am always pleasantly surprised to find that - even with a tendency to push the ABV way over the top - Southern Tier consistently manages an impressive balancing act with almost every one of its offerings. This is exceedingly rare for American brewers. For me, balance trumps all else in the land of beer, no matter what style I'm drinking.

Cracked the 12 ounce bottle and filled up a 14 oz. pint glass. Pours a hazy attractive tan with a tint of red/amber. Head is humble and drops down quickly, leaving a trace-o-lace that lingers sip after sip. Slight amount of lace sticks to the sides of the glass as you drink, but not a whole lot.

Smells good. Crisp hop aroma that doesn't seem excessively dry (if dry can be sensed with the nose). Actually quite similar to Unearthly, their Imperial IPA, which happens to be one of my favorite beers. We're certainly off to a good start.

First taste and I'm truly impressed. This beer is quite flavorful at the low temperature I poured it at. As it warms it just gets better and better with each sip. Not too dry and sharp like a lot of super-hopped American IPAs, balanced by just the right amount of [sorta] fruitish sweetness. Seems to hit the middle, back, and sides of my tongue rather fully. Flavor lingers in the back after the swallow, but not for too long.

This stuff is super drinkable for an IPA. With a [relatively] low alcohol percentage (6.5% is much below average for ST, after all), I could make a night of this very easily. There's no overpowering bitter hop-bite that lotsa IPAs have, so it's quite approachable. I'd go so far as to recommend this brew to those unaccustomed to the style, but fans of Dogfish Head 60-minute would do well to grab ST's IPA instead if the opportunity were to present itself. It cost me a bit more than what I like to typically spend on the medium-high-quality echelon of 6-pack beer ($9.50), but the superior flavor easily excuses the modest jump in price.

10-30-2007 03:50:13 | More by sawbones420
Photo of BeerBelcher


3.63/5  rDev -5.5%

I thought this to be a pretty strong IPA, which is no small feat. With a few exceptions that come to mind (like Ommegang), everyone who's ever sold beer seems to make an IPA, so it isn't the easiest style to be successful with. And I feel this one is pretty good.

Appearance is fairly dark; a rich red-amber color. Like other Southern Tier beers I've had, this beer is clear and sparkling. Aroma is balanced and is equal parts malt and hop. The hop note is floral and pleasant. Flavor is also balanced but is also crisp and clean. Mouthfeel is also crisp and clean without being either thin nor syrupy.

A commendable IPA, which I enjoyed and I would recommend.

SurlySober gave me this bottle...and I'm grateful.

10-27-2007 01:55:05 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of Brad007


4.6/5  rDev +19.8%

Pours a golden amber color with a huge, frothy head. Aromy is very strong and grassy upfront, hoppy, fruity and I can even detect a toasted essence. Taste upfront is very hoppy/grassy and fades into a nice toasted aftertaste. Not too hoppy nor too malty. Leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. It also compliments my pizza well, which is nice. Nice and bitter in the back of the tongue as well.

I have to say, a very drinkable IPA here. The aroma alone is worth purchasing this IPA. It draws you in and then the taste captures you.

10-21-2007 22:29:04 | More by Brad007
Photo of cokes


3.55/5  rDev -7.6%

Clean toasted gold with a tight-knit eggshell head, which whittles itself away rather quickly.
The nose is smallish, but features predominantly the Cascade hallmarks of dead grass and pine needles. While not off-smelling in any way, it's entirely simple and dull.
Once in the mouth, the toasted hard roll maltiness flashes quickly toward caramel. Reels around in a vapid midsection that more or less loses flavor, aside from a loose honey-nut graininess. It's saved by, of all things, S. Tier's house yeast, which I am beginning to adore, with it's sweet cream, vanilla, and bread pudding nuances. I've found it in their Pumking, Harvest, and here. While very much a background phantasm, it bolsters the malt and turns something very sere and uninteresting into something (slightly) more. The hops wash it all out with damp hay bales, pressed wildflowers, and dilute pine tar. Neither the flavor nor the associated bitterness is particularly noteworthy. Aside from that yeast cameo, this has a very Sierra Nevada Pale Ale taste profile, if a tad bigger all around.
The body is a clean and quick medium. It's a hair syrupy, but washed away with a minor, but workhorse-like CO2.
Ultimately, this is very drinkable and very forgettable. Aside from the yeast's moment, this is a modest and rote Cascade exercise, with neither the malt nor the accompanying Willamettes or Columbus showing much at all. Simply put, this needs more balls.

10-08-2007 06:20:15 | More by cokes
Photo of dmamiano

West Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%

As I opened this , I had a immediate blast of the release of carbonation..seemed to be a bit over carbonated.
Massive head that I couldnt even fit a 12 ouncer into the pint glass.
Enough complaining.!
Medium straw color, with a huge head that lasted a long time.
Very floral and citrusy notes in the nose with a nice malt balance.
Taste was very pleasant indeed.Hoppy takes precedence here but a nice malty balance. The hops win here.
Bitter finish and a very good beer.

10-07-2007 17:17:47 | More by dmamiano
Photo of alexgash


4/5  rDev +4.2%

Medium copper body. Clear. Sticky, glass-lathering, beige-white head. Butterscotch, spice cake, pine resin, and herbal--almost medicinal--hop nose. Toasted malt and piney hop bitterness up front. Butterscotch and fruitcake malt sweetness follows. Minty, herbal hop bitterness in the finish. Medium-bodied with a soft, creamy feel. Nice IPA.

10-07-2007 14:35:42 | More by alexgash
Photo of BabaJohn


4.2/5  rDev +9.4%

This IPA’s aroma is almost exactly that of dried, cascade or amarillo hop flowers. In fact, I could detect almost no malt fragrances. Even citrusy esters were scarce. Appears a nice, clear, slightly orange hue, with average head that looked great up front but didn’t stick around. The taste is fairly dry, light, and not cloyingly sweet on the malt end, packing a huge wallop as far as the hops go (it tastes like it smells). If you’re a freak for hops themselves, not just hoppy beer, this one is a good bet.

09-28-2007 18:32:49 | More by BabaJohn
Photo of ohoove


3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

Hazy golden, light amber color with a better than most head and blotchy, but good lacing.

Smell is of pine and citrus, though not overwhelming of either

Taste mimmicks the smell, lightpine and light citrus with a bitter end

Exceptionally thick mouthfeel with little carb, this is almost an oily consistency to it

High drinkability, this is an IPA that is not at all lacking balls but dosen't plow you over with too much of one thing. There is something unique about this one but I can't put my finger on it. Regardless, this is a brew which I will return to again and again. The Southern Tier Brewing Co. has yet to disappoint me. Hop head or light hop lover this will impress!

09-27-2007 21:26:17 | More by ohoove
Photo of objectivemonkey


4.08/5  rDev +6.3%

Pours a clear amber orange, some nice lacing from a minimal head, decent. The aroma seething of hops, citric, floral, delicious. The same of the taste, loads of hops, a nice malt backing for sure, but this hoppy boat is a good, fun ride. The body is nice, the carbonation nice... this is an utterly drinkable IPA. YUM!

09-24-2007 22:00:40 | More by objectivemonkey
Photo of tpd975


3.85/5  rDev +0.3%

Another ST brew via my man BeerTruth.

A: Pours nice golden orange color with fluffy head. There is a nice steady stream of bubbles that leave behind wonderful lacing.

S: Nice floral aroma, with undertones of pine.

T: Starts off with a nice grassy taste with a bite of citrus. It finishes with a piney sweetness.

M: Medium bodied and refreshing.

D: Very drinkable brew. If available would buy this one by the 6 pack.

Overall: Another solid ST brew. Thanks to BeerTruth I have tried many in their lineup of brews and have enjoyed them all. They are a very progressive brewer that is putting out a wonderful product. Can't wait to try some of their fall lineup.

09-16-2007 20:40:32 | More by tpd975
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Ontario (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +16.4%

This pours a cloudy amber with a quickly subsiding head with tons of lacing. Smell is fresh and hoppy, very nice. Flavor is much the same, tons of hops, but strangely the aftertaste does not linger around all that long. I consider that to be a quality in this brew since with many IPAs the bitterness can be a little overbearing, not in this case. In fact, this one is quite smooth and easy to drink.

Definitely a favorite of mine in this style.

09-13-2007 19:06:53 | More by funkengruven
Photo of mnj21655


4/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours an amber color with a half finger of off-white head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves little lacing. Aroma is a mix of citrusy, piney, resinous hop aromas with just a bit of maltiness in the background. Taste is great. Piney, citrusy, and resinous hop oils dominate the taste. I can just barely detect some maltiness beneath all the hops. Mouthfeel is good, with a medium-light body, moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, this is a good west coast-style IPA thats brewed on the east coast. Its pleasantly hoppy while not being overwhelming. Overall this is a solid brew that I'll certainly have again.

09-10-2007 23:21:42 | More by mnj21655
Photo of Durge


4.3/5  rDev +12%

Cloudy golden brew with a thin head and good lacing. A beautiful creamy, piney hops aroma, earthy with a little hint of lemon. The first taste brings thick bodied hops with a slick oily feel. A smokey intro with a touch of citrus at the finish. A delicious frothy IPA with some guts. Chewy sweet hoppiness with a bitter touch but not too strong or heavy to forego multiple bottles per sitting! This will join the list of very favorable IPA's, can't go wrong. Me like...

09-01-2007 05:08:58 | More by Durge
Photo of FtownThrowDown


3.43/5  rDev -10.7%

This is a real easy drinker. Very smooth and tastes great. Golden in color on the pour with little head. Smell is slight hoppy. Taste is crisp, refreshing and nice. I could see going through a sixer of this with no problem. A solid, easily sessionable brew.

08-29-2007 23:16:01 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of scott


3.88/5  rDev +1%


Clear pour with a quick to fade head. Copper and mildly carbonated. Clean nose that is fragrant & outdoorsy. Taste is a pleasant mixture of floral hop & sweet malt. This is an unusual IPA. It finishes with a woody bitterness. I am not familiar with columbus hops, and I think they add a newer complexity/taste that I am not accustomed to. This does end with a grassy hot bitterness for sure. Recommended.

08-28-2007 17:42:53 | More by scott
Photo of BMoney575


3.68/5  rDev -4.2%

Sampled on 8-18-07

Pours a deep amber with a big white head that clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell is big, floral hops with a balanced malt character.

Taste is very fruity hops at first, followed by a nice maltiness. Standard IPA bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is nice and foamy, adds to the flavors.

Drinkability is also good, the hop flavors and bitterness are well balanced.

Overall, not the best IPA I've had, but worth a try.

08-27-2007 18:49:56 | More by BMoney575
Photo of jackorain


3.65/5  rDev -4.9%

A-Darker amber with a tinge of orange. 1-inch, white head with fantastic retention and phenominal lace once the head did begin to suside.

S-Carmel malt, very strong tangerine and orange aroma. Citrus hops.

T-cramel malts and citrus hops, not that bitter but has a good hop presence. the tangerine from the nose does not really show up in the taste. finishes a little tangy/sour.

M-Fairly light in body with an odd tingly carboantion.

D-Not terrible, I could have a couple, the sour finish would make me move on.

08-25-2007 20:46:09 | More by jackorain
IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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