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IPA (India Pale Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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2,327 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,327
Reviews: 927
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 51
Gots: 251 | 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 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?!

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

pours a transparent light orange yellow,
smells of pine, citrus and slight alcohol,
taste is light and kinda sour with definate hop presence. i find that
the body is fairly light and it lack the hop oils i carave in my IPA's.
maybe im just more of an imperial IPA guy, i dunno.
drinkbility is high since its light and a somewhat easy drink. a solid IPA for newbies but lacks the umph. the vetrans love.
all in all a good ipa on a hot day.

Photo of mltobin
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Southern Tier Brewing out of western New York, just north of PA. Served on-tap.
Lighter orange color with a two finger head. It smells spicy with a faint citrus aroma. Taking a sip, I taste a good measure of hops, some of the maltiness and a sweetness too. Mouthfeel has a small amount of bitterness and dryness, more so than it does of that citrus that is contained in the initial aroma of the beer. All in all though it is an enjoyable IPA, another good offering from Southern Tier.

Photo of ndekke39
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Studio 35 Cinema & Draught House in Columbus. Pours a slightly hazy dark straw with a thick white head. Great retention. Aromas and tastes of a good malty center, with some fine citrusy and piny hops. Moderate mouthfeel. Very drinkable - this is a great session IPA. Will definitely return to this one again.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Ro's Restaurant pint glass.

A: Poured a golden yellow color with an orange-amber twinge to it. A one-finger head of creamy white foam settled on the brew which left a nice bit of lacing on the glass.

S: Hop aromas are clear at first, with a grassy, zesty citrus aroma and only a bit of cracked malt.

T: Taste is nice, citrusy, hoppy and bitter. The malt does a good job of balancing this out a bit, and the overall flavor is refreshing, bitter and herbal.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slight creaminess.

D: I enjoyed the crisp, herbal hop flavors of this IPA. At a modest 6.5%, you could session this brew or pair it nicely with grilled meats or a bowl of chili.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear golden-orange color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is floral with a lot of pine resin, and a hint of grapefruit. It has nice complexity. The taste is full of even more floral and herbal notes than the aroma. There remains hints of citrus, and pine. The is a firm bitterness, and a lively aftertaste. This is a very unique and complex taste, and I like it a lot. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a silky texture, and moderate carbonation which fits an IPA. Overall, this is a very good American IPA that I will surely drink again. It is nice to come across an IPA that isn't all citrus, and pine, but on the other side it is nice that small amounts of citrus and pine are present in this beer.

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

I'm an IPA guy, but I've formed my taste mostly on West Coast versions. My wonderful wife surprised me for Fathers Day and brought back several IPAs from her East Coast road trip. The first thing I noticed was the sweetness in the smell. Not at all like the grapefruit punch you find in California. I prefer my IPAs to have a little more hops in the smell. The taste is caramel sweet, but the hops make themselves known as well.

I really enjoyed this brew. If you can get away from the need to pigeonhole this beer into a style, you'll find it's quite good. Too bad you can't buy it out West.

Photo of SFLpunk
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown glass pry-top. No date stamp.

Appearance: Poured into a chalice turns up .5 inch of bleach white head that fades but laces the glass and veils the surface of the beer. A yellow amber color and somewhat hazy.

Nose: Yellow grapefruit, apricot and stick sweet buds. Some munich-like malt aromas.

Palate: Crisp right up front with aggressive hop acidity and bitterness. As the bitterness releases the taste buds there's a wave of fruitiness like a Real Ale, plus grapefruit and dried driftwood (salty wood). Medium bodied with creamy carbonation. Malt shows up mostly as sugar.

Notes: A solid East Coast IPA. Has what I call a sugar center underneath the hop bitterness. Bitter, but not dry or drying. Highly recommend for an "affordable" 6 pack IPA.

Photo of JoshuaJ
3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden color. Couldn't manage to get a head on it even with an aggressive pour. No lacing.

The nose has woody, piney hops. Not much else.

Earthy, piney hops bite at first, and they're actually pretty strong. I kept waiting for something, anything else to creep up after the hop bite faded, but...nothing. There's a slight malt presence if I strain my taste buds to pick up on it. Otherwise this is like drinking carbonated hop oil. I love bitter hops as much as the next guy, but this doesn't taste like a well crafted or balanced beer.

It is carbonated like an IPA should be, which was nice. Felt good on the tongue and finishes crisp and dry.

Drinkablity suffers from the lackluster taste and overall underwhelming performance of this beer. Would I have another? Sure, if you're buyin'.

Photo of jlb307
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Burnt amber in color, almost looked like an iced tea. Thin head which quickly faded. Nice lacing.

S: Pretty faint for an IPA in my opinion. The usual pine and lemony smells, but not much beyond that. More sweet smelling than hoppy.

T: Pretty much like it smells. Only faintly hoppy. Bitterness is there, for sure, but not as much as I was hoping for. Nice finish with a short aftertaste.

M: Good balance with the carbonation. Short and sweet.

D: Very easy to drink this one, not something to really savor. Definitely worth sharing.

Photo of alleykatking
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

A: Poured into my Bell's pint glass. Good golden yellow color with a off white 1/4 inch head that left little sticky lacing on the side. Good looking beer.

S: Really suprised with this one. I think I have a older bottle because I just smell sweet malts with a little hop presence at all. Not what I expect from an IPA.

T: This beer is a little more old than what it needs to be. The bitter hops have faded to me but serve as a backdrop to a sweet malty beer. Not really bad at all....maybe a little watery tasting but I have been drinking kick you in the teeth DIPA's here as of lately.

M: Mouthfeel is light to well light. Good carbination still which was a good sign for me. Even though this is turned into more of a malty beer it still travels nicely over the palate and leaves a slight hop bitterness to it.

D: I would love to try this beer fresh. It has the potental to be something very good. Kind of sad that it was not in it's prime.

Photo of ZorPrime
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on June 14, 2009.

A: Copper color with a nice cloudy looking head. The head is very tenacious and stays present until the end with good lacing on the glass.
S: Hops and citrus. I could detect some grapefruit.... however I'm not convinced.
T: Wow, the hops are very aggressive. Very strong bitterness from the hops. I like it, however, a little bit more malts could make it a little bit more balanced.
M: Creamy
D: Easy to drink.

Thanks Ralphus for trading me this bottle of fine IPA.

Photo of hosehead83
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into Sam Adams "bubble" glass
Deep hazy orange in color
Aroma-Piney, grapefruit
Taste-Fresh hops, grapefruit, not much initial hop bitterness up front, but comes on in the finish
Overall very drinkable and tasty with a little less hop bitterness than a typical IPA

Photo of PhxHorn
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a deep orange color with a big head. Smells of citrus, and tastes moderately of citrus with a healthy dose of darker fruit flavors-- maybe some orange marmalade-- along with some malt. A sticky sweet mouthfeel. This one is a sipper, that's for sure, but a damn fine IPA that's a little different from the west coast hop bombs I tend to drink.

Photo of rapidsequence
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ozer

Appearance: Pours nice clear orange, little head, ok lacing.

Smell: Hoppy flowers and citrus.

Taste: Great-- at first. Delivers what the nose promises, with sweet and pleasing hop bitterness, but I get an unpleasant metallic bitterness on the back of my tongue that demands another swallow to wash it away.

Mouthfeel: Nothing to complain about. Nicely carbonated, its what I expected.

Drinkability: Its pretty good overall. I don't guess I'd buy it again because that back of the tongue taste is bothersome. I'd hapilly drink one if you gave it to me.

Photo of dan4th
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright orange brew with a nice head that dissipates to a decently lingering lace. Taste is bright and hoppy, as I'd expect for an IPA. Aroma is sweet and very floral. A solid IPA, maybe a little sour on the back end, but in a good way. I love the mouthfeel on this one; extremely drinkable for an IPA, with a good balance between the hops and carbonation bites.

Photo of PhillyMonk
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first taste from Southern Tier, and it's a solid IPA. Pours a nice amber color with minimal head. Smell is floral with hoppy overtones. Hops are upfront in the taste too, but well-balanced with minimal hops, an this beer isn't overbearing. This isn't something to showcase to all your beer-loving friends, but a good ale to have in your stock.

If you're a fan of crisp, clean India pale ales, this one isn't a bad deal - $8 a six-pack where I found it.

Photo of drcarver
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - a dark yellow color with a decent sized head with nice lacing

S - The floral and citrus aroma of the columbus and cascade hops are strong

T - Sweet floral and flavor

M - Dry and metallic. The carbonation does not play much on the tongue leaving the hop bitterness to dominate.

D - Light and easy.

Photo of tigg924
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: hazy/cloudy, small head, medium/high carbonation, orange/gold in color

Smell: hops, citrus, and pineapple

Taste: hops and pine dominate--especially after the first brief initial taste of pineapple

Mouthfeel: brief sweet start followed by a lasting bitter finish. smooth and light.

Drinkability: I think this is a very average IPA. It is very hoppy for those that love hops. I will most likely pass on this in the future.

Photo of MLasoski
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Well, this was a pleasant surprise. I've been slowly acquiring a taste for IPAs and I found this one to be pretty good. The hops are not overbearing, it's not incredibly bitter, and the malt is apparent in the aftertaste. It's smooth and easy to drink. Southern Tier did a good job with this one. It's probably my favorite from this brewing company thus far.

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

Pours a lightly cloudy, solid 2 fingers of thick head. Ample lacing, lots of carb.

Light and fresh. Maybe malt. Not much present.

Medium hop, light pine, little light malt. Somewhat nice little malt.

Medium bodied, well balanced with ABV. Could use a little more malt, mape some more aroma hop.

Id have more, but not exceptional. Id probably look for other IPAs instead of heading back.

Photo of Martin2D
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden amber with a white head that faded quickly with lacing

S - Sweet, mildly hoppy aroma

T - Sweetness is the first thing that hits followed by a medium hop presence that just presents the right amount of vegetal and bitter pine.

M - Medium-heavy carbonation and medium in body

D - Very sessionable IPA, not very bitter but just really well balanced. Another great East Coast style IPA to have in the arsenal.

Photo of rwrk42
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color with a decent head. Some lacing on the glass as the beer goes down.

Smell: Lights hops with some malt, nothing overwhelming

Taste: Slight malt flavor with a bit of toffee. A nice citrus hops bitterness for the finish.

Overall a very good IPA which I would recommend you give a try.

Photo of cheapxceptbeer
2.54/5  rDev -33.7%
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.

IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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