IPA (India Pale Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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IPA (India Pale Ale)IPA (India Pale Ale)

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Ratings: 2,282
Reviews: 916
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 47
Gots: 199 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: John on 03-24-2003)
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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.

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.

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!

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.

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

A - Pours a clear, dark gold with a thin white head that quickly dissipates. Leaves spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Tons of piney and floral hops. Finishes with some sweet fruits.

T- Floral hops followed by bitter fruits an finishes with some sweet malts.

M - Light, crisp and active on the tongue.

D - Smells good, tastes decent. Pretty easy to drink. Could drink a few consecutively

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

A - Pours clear golden with a thin white head that quickly fizzles.

S - Faint hops, spices, citrus notes.

T - The frontend has a grassy flavor that reminds me of a kolsch. The taste then drifts into a sugary-hop blend that is good but not great. If the best IPAs could be described as "vertical," that their various hop flavors are distinct and are discernible throughout the taste like they were layered atop one another, this could be described as a little flat.

M - Nice, smooth, thin but not watery.

Notes - Not the best IPA that I've had, but fairly tasty and drinkable.

Photo of Thanby
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright gold with lots of lacing and good retention. Smells of hops, wheat and some spices. The taste is mild up front, a bit creamy (typical of Southern Tier from my experience), and tastes like it has some Belgian hops (I could be wrong about that, I'm not very experienced), and the flavors linger for a bit after the finish. Easy to drink, but not my favorite example of an IPA, it's missing the bite that I look for, but it's still worth a try.

Photo of tavernjef
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly smeared dark pale gold color with very slow perculating streams of carbonation within. Small, densely packed foam of off-whitish hue sits briefly before leaving many bubbles at the collar. Boney fingered, and stretched out strings of lace link to the glass well.

Aroma is a wall of dark wafting caramel over a ton of woody, spicy floral hops. Slight notes to orange and red grapefruit notch to the overall woodish drying pine and hop dust.

Taste is a bit more hoppy in tune to the aromas' obvious caramel malt backing. The taste supersedes much more dryness in both malt and even the hoppyness. However, it has a remarkably nice rounded tone that the caramel malt does to keep into a balancing tone. Kinda crisp upfront, caramel and slippery notes to whole grains and super rounded citric things. Its midrange is complexing as hell with all sorts of flavors melding into one interesting taster. Bright, bittering, brittle orange oil factions stand within a drying yet fully creamy caramel and biscuity backing of malt opening up to all sorts of spicy woodish/leafy notes behind it and then drying it off again with a slight astringent yeasty chalky fluff.

Body brings to mind of what some really great Belgians do with its ride of complexing dryness and maltyness. Its mostly a medium body loaded with a good caramel smoothness and then spackled with all sorts of fun dryish hoppy things without being super bittering nor overbearing to the taste buds.

A very decent and easy going, interesting drinker. Unlike most other Southern Tier brews that you almost know what to expect. This is one unique treat of an IPA. Krampus meets Unearthly...?

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

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle, no dating that I could find, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear deep gold color, carbonation bubbles rising inside. The head formed small and faded quickly into a thin layer.

Aroma: Excellent. Piney and citrus hops along with some biscuity malts. Well balanced.

Taste: Piney and citrus hops up front, then some biscuit malts come through in the middle. The finish is mostly citrus hops, lingering for quite some time.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, crisp and smooth. The carbonation is lively, and balances well.

Overall: A great American IPA. Highly recommended.

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

12 oz. with no freshness date. Columbus and Willamette hops in the kettle and dry-hopped with Cascade; 65 IBUs. It has a clear, medium gold body, with moderate carbonation and two fingers of light-tan head that slowly recedes, depositing several rings of lace along the way. Citric hops and sweet malts in the nose. The hops impart piney and citric flavors, some leafiness, and a sturdy bitterness. There are also some fruity esters, a light alcohol note, and just a touch too much sweetness. The body is dry and crisp, lightly numbing, with a semi-long finish. A fairly balanced beer, and one that is worth a try.

Photo of douggoodavage
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: 12oz bottle served at 40 degrees F.

Appearance: Can't say too much because I drank it straight from the bottle.

Smell: The scent tickles your nose. Juniper, Douglas Fir, Pine, Lemon peel & super fresh hops. Wow evergreen scented beer! This brew must have a ton of hops in it.

Taste: Wham Bam Thank You Mam! What a kick in the mouth! This one will make you pucker. A superb hugely hopped brew with outrageous dry, piney, conifer like flavor. Grapefruit undertones also exsist. If there is any malt in this brew it is doomed as a result of the awesome hops.
This is a kick ass IPA!!!

Mouthfeel: This beer assaults your taste buds with crisp hop bitterness. It has a medium body nice carbonation and a tangy after taste.

Drinkability: A world class super hopped AIPA. If you are a hop lover that wants to score a primo hop fix I dare you to try this one!

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

Light amber pour with medium head and lacing. Aroma is a typical floral/citrus hoppy; nothing over the top or out of the ordinary for an American IPA.

This is a nice, brisque-flavored IPA. Very smooth and well-balanced. The hop profile has some pine, but is mostly mild citrus with some hints of grapefruit and orange that balances really well with the biscuit/honey nut-bread malt in the background. All of these elements leave a pleasing sensation in the mouth that lingers on well after your last sip.

The mouth on this is smooth and creamy in texture; like a vanilla cream soda. Carbonation is light, making this very slick and easy going down.

I give this one very high marks for drinkability and mouthfeel. Off the charts. The flavor fits the profile of a solid American IPA. Plenty of smooth and balanced hop flavor, with just enough malt signature to hold things together without ever over-expressing itself. Nothing stands out as being too bitter or too sweet, too nutty or too fruity. Just a great balance of everything that works and plays exceptionally well together.

This is, in my opinion, the quintessential "session" IPA. The first few sips probably aren't going to wow you over, but the flavor gets better after each sip, never fatiguing your taste buds, stomach or liver. Each subsequent bottle tastes better than the previous, as it generously rewards you for sticking it out and giving it a fair shot. For me, this beer stands at the very top of the $10-and-under 6 pack category.

Photo of woodske1
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer from Southern Tier. I can't think of anything negative about it. It is also a rare beer of theirs that you can get 12 months a year.

The aroma is very nice...you know you are tasting an IPA when you crack a bottle of this open. It has a strong hop smell but not overpowering.

You can also put away many of these unlike other IPA's.

Photo of gatornation
2.8/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this ipa pours a dark yellow/orange color with a nice head an decent lacing thereafter... that as good as it gets... the smell is a faint citrus hop aroma, a little floral, a little biscuity, some malt sweetness... the taste is bitter not in a good way almost metallic...the mouthfeel is average... i mean i can drink this but it is not a classic.. this is just an average ipa to try just to say you had one. ill try some other tier brews maybe some interesting bombers

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

Bottle into tumbler.

Pours clear amber with a fluffy one finger white head. Aroma is grapefruit, hint of biscuity malt.

Taste starts off with biscuit, then come the citrus hops -- not as bright as some ipas, but still a nice, firm, prickly hop presence and bitterness.

Finish is nice and bitter.

Mouthfeel is a bit creamy, classic.

Nice example of a drinkable, kind of easy-going IPA.

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

12 oz. bottle tried 8 Oct 2008.

Poured into a shaker glass. Humongous foamy light tan head. Slightly hazy golden orange color. Lots of fresh hop aroma, pineapple, green banana. Starts with same green banana flavor, some pineapple. Sticky mouthfeel. Lots of resin, pineapple, citrus throughout. Aftertaste is a bit puckery, astringent. Ethanol is moderate. Medium light body.

Quite enjoyable.

Photo of stockingcpl
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This brew pours with an off-white foamy hard. Color is a medium/dark honey. Lacings are plentiful and spiderwebbing is observed on the surface. Head retention is good.

Smell: The aroma character is hoppy with pine. Very pleasant and does not overpower the nose. I detect a slight citrus presence. Aroma curve is short.

Taste: This is a rather subdued IPA signiture. Malt is evident along with a biscuit presence notible an mid-flavor. Sustain is rather short with a distinct lack of hop bitterness. The flavor is a litle thin for an IPA, however this brew would be a good selection for a novice drinker or a person who is not particularly an avid IPA fan. Not bad.

Mouthfeel: The lack of a super-heavy hop presence leaves the palate quite clear. This is a rather easy IPA. Great for a fall outdoor get-together....Holloween party maybe.

Drinkability: This selection is very light on the stomache. This would be a great Superbowl or Tailgate Party selection...as a matter of fact, the Superbowl is tomorrow! Maybe I'll have another then!


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

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Lighter, mildly hazy copper color with yeast left in the bottom of the glass. Oddly soapy and sudsy head with decent retention, but it just looks weird with not a lot of density that it could have.

Smell: Sweeter caramel malt backbone aromas with some floral and citrus hops. Good and balanced.

Taste: Caramel malts at the outset along with some sweetness, then sliding into some floral hops with a bit of citrus. Nice lingering bitter bite at the end, rind-like and earthy.

Mouthfeel: Nicely medium-bodied and slightly creamy it seems.

Drinkability: A solid IPA from Southern Tier. I could easily do this in a session. There's enough flavor to keep it coming, but it's not so much that I'd only want one and done.

Photo of rmmm16
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Transparent amber/copper with half finger of head, some lacing clings to the glass. The hops hit the nose first but there are some surprising sweet notes as well, white chocolate and vanilla buried in there. Average taste for an IPA, good hop flavor, but not much malt comes through. There is a bit of creaminess in the mouthfeel, and the finish is bitter. Another decent but not spectacular IPA.

Photo of billybob
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

golden orange color one finger slightly off white head holding well with a powdered sticky lace. fruity citrus pine aromas mild balanced grapefruit taste as good as any i have had. mouthfeel light to medium carbonation is good. worth of a try if you like a good ipa.

Photo of number1bum
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A beer I've had many times but have not reviewed. Till now.

Pours a clear copper color with some bubbles lazily rising to the top. Two fingers of light beige head which keep quite well, with a thick, full lace and rings of stick on the sides of the glass.

Smell is a nice blend of pine and citrus hops. Some juicy grapefruit and pine resin and also a bit of malt sweetness.

Taste doesn't quite have the juicy hop flavor that the aroma let on might be here; there is a bit of citrus but it's more a bitter grapefruit rind along with some pine. There's a bit of an off flavor, like a subtle stinky cheese kind of flavor; not sure what it's from but it's odd. Bitterness is pretty substantial but not out of control like some of Southern Tier's imperial beers. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp and smooth with a slightly dry aftertaste.

This is a pretty solid IPA, and more balanced than most of ST's Imperial brews. There's a bit of an off flavor which knocks it down a peg, but it's still solid and drinkable and something that I pick up with some regularity.

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

I'm glad I finally got to try this beer. It's been in my fridge for over two weeks now and I finally got to endulge. Well worth the wait as this is quite the solid brew.

Appearance: A light coppery color. A litle cloudy and not much of a head at all (less than one finger) that dissapated into a thin lacing very quickly.

Smell: Citrusy hops are very present -- I'd say grapefruit like most IPAs tend to give off. A slight bitterness as well. This made me very excited to try this beer.

Taste: An outstanding balance - the citrus is right up front and the bitterness definitely follows, but is not overpowering. Lingers nicely and seems to have a bit of a floral smell/taste at the end.

Mouthfeel: This is the only area where it fell a little short as the body seemed to be just a little watery - but overall, it was nice. Just a little sticky and it doesn't really dry the palate.

Drinkability: I give this a solid rating here as the balance is good, the taste is great, the overall feeling isn't heavy at all. A nice beer and at a decent ABV, could be good for sessions.

Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This first became available in the Ontario LCBO in the last six months or so and quickly became one of my favourites, a hazy, orange-copper beauty. Off white head with slow small bubble carbonation and a large-bubble ring that hung around. Smell is promising with a spring meadow floral, fruity, pomegranite and big apricot nose. Taste is big hoppy, bitter, grapefruit, more bitter, more hops, hints of marmalade and citrus rind, then a long pronounced malty finish. Amazing and I can't seem to get enough of it, really well done.

Of all I've tried, this is a definitive IPA. Reminiscient of two Michigan beers I savoured last year, Dragonmead Crown Jewels and Founders Centennial, I also put this slighlty above the very tasty Dogfish Head 60 minute that also appeared on LCBO store shelves in the last six months. In the very least, I've come to appreciate some authentic IPA's we hadn't seen in these parts for quite a while - if ever.

Photo of EatsTacos
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper with a dense and foamy cream colored head.

The aroma is well balanced between a caramel malt sweetness and a very citusy hop character.

The taste is also pretty well balanced, but does emphasize the citrusy hop flavour. The flavour is initially bready, like crackers or buttery biscuits. The hops flavour is pretty intense, and is floral as well as lemony. Orange peel comes to mind. The aftertaste is very bitter and citrusy. A refreshing and complicated taste to say the least.

Great creamy mouthfeel. A medium body with a soft medium carbonation.

Extremely drinkable.

Photo of czfreeman
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Southern Tier, I am excited now every time a new beer from them comes across my path
Pours out a amber burnished copper tone,fairly active carbonation. A nice tan head slowly settles to leave lots of sticky,tasty lacing.
Smells of fresh Cascades, spicy,like juniper,black pepper,citrus,grapefruits. A solid malt background smooths all these various sharp bites of aroma into a smooth, highly aromatic IPA. Definatley boasts a bigger aroma than I would have expected a 6.5% to have. Already off to a fantastic start.
The most perfect tasting sip of grapefruits, sappy pines, a turbocharged blast of a hop explosion,a beautiful malty balance,toasted breads with a citrus gastric bite. This is the 75 minute IPA, the middle between Hop Devil and Hop Wallop,when you are looking for something hoppy,some won't do it,some are too much. I have found my new favorite IPA.
Mouthfeel is perfect,sweet,yet citric and biting,full yet dry and sharp. Drinkability is utterly ridiculously perfect.
Southern Tier has made an meteroic rise through my ranks of favorite brewers, they posses an extreme amount of talent and versatility that is exibited in every stellar offering they produce.

IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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