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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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2,154 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,154
Reviews: 910
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 43
Gots: 141 | 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:
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(Beer added by: John on 03-24-2003)
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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

bluemoonswoon, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of weiserr
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

weiserr, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of soupyman10
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

soupyman10, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of MiScusi
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

MiScusi, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of kkipple
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

kkipple, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Monkeyknife, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of callmemickey
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

callmemickey, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

JDV, Mar 20, 2008
Photo of prototypic
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

prototypic, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of missginsu
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

missginsu, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of toolbrew
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a pale amber/light golden-brown with a slight white head.

For an IPA it looks a little light bodied for my tastes. I would expect it to be a darker reddish brown.

Good hop characteristics right off the bat! Strong hop flavor with a mild finish.

Light and smooth in the mouth. Maybe a little too light.

I would have maybe two of these per sitting and move on to something else.

toolbrew, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of penguinjive7
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden color with a fluffy off-white head. Lacing sticks throughout nicely.

The smell is predominantly floral hops with a hint of breadyness.

The taste is quite strongly floral hops with a few grapefruit tones in the attack making for a very high hop bitterness level. The finish brings a very earthy/grassy flavor.

This brew has a fairly light mouthfeel and is rather dry in the finish with maybe a bit too much carbonation for my taste.

This is a fairly drinkable brew. It is dry and bitter which is great for a pick me up on a cold snowy day, but would be ideal on a hot sunny day. Falls short of my expectation for reasons I can't quite put my finger on.

penguinjive7, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of CharlesRiver
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz standard brown bottle, capped. Pours out a nice dark gold color with a beautiful fluffy white head that lasts.

Smell is just great. Grassy and floral hops all over the place. Some citrus and earth as well. Taste is fresh and hoppy. Strong and firm. Although not overly complex, well structured and even balanced. Bitterness comes out more at the end and aftertaste.

I had this beer on tap two nights ago and that was better but this is still good. I am finishing up that Danish Blue and this doesn't go at all. FYI.

CharlesRiver, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is a decent ipa, but not great; maybe it seems just a bit too polished? it pours a perfectly clear reddish amber with a creamy, off-white head. clean aromas of resiny grapefruit and caramel. well-balanced between light/moderate sweet malts and moderate smooth hop bitterness. mouthfeel is fine, although it lacks the creaminess and body of a bottle-conditioned beer(if this one is bottle-conditioned then i really don't know shit). bottle design and graphics are lacking and there is absolutely no info about the beer-no abv, no ibu's, no backstory (not that i need to hear the origins of ipa again, but something), no freshness date, no nothing. just seems a bit too clean and lacking in complexity.

MrMcGibblets, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of jf60657
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle into crystal glasware.

Thin, soapy head that died into a small amount of lacing with bubbles. Beer is a beautiful amber color and appears to be lightly carbonated

Bouquet smells of citrusy hops and a little candy sugar

Mouthfeel is creamy and coats the tongue. Dry in the end

tastes of mostly mild woody hops and bready malts. No alcohol detected. Bitterness hangs out for a while after swallowing. Nice and tasty but doest really stand out to much.

Overall nice session beer but it could be a little more complex to hold my attention. I'll enjoy this sixer and try something else next. I would recommend this to beer newbies as it is very approachable.

This beer is very, very drinkable.

jf60657, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of chefboy812
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a bright clear amber with an off white head that fades to thick nice lacing. good sip marks

Nice aroma, more malts and fruit esthers than hops but interesting and subtle.
biscuit and light malt. fresh apple juice, not a cider, but a clean apple aroma. a little grassy pine hops floats through, slightly though

nice clean sweetness from the malt which switches gears very smoothly into the slight citrus, and pine hop profile. hoppy but not a mind numbing hop bomb. I like that for this beer. it has a lot going on, but it stands patient while I taste each member of the profile then the next and so on.

nice mouthfeel not chewy of cloying sweet. just wet and refreshing. a little hop hang is nice.

this is a solid IPA, you have to remember it is not an Imperial, They make plenty of those too.

chefboy812, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of atsprings
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Corendonk chalice a crisp pale orange with a thin head that quickly diminishes. Aroma is slight citrus hops and sweet malts. The taste is earthy citrus hops slightly overpowering sweet malts and a hint of caramel. A pleasant blend of citrus and pine hops linger in the finish. The beer is light, crisp and refreshing. This is an enjoyable, but somewhat run-of-the-mill IPA.

atsprings, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of Slatetank
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up @ Thirsty's, poured cool into a pint.
A - A hazed copper w/ amber hues and a 3 finger airy head of cream. The beer practically climbed out of the opening of the bottle and foamed up over the rim of the pint.

S - A sweet fruity hop scent w/ crystal malt odors an spicy accentsod dry hopped aroma.

M - Sweet citrus w/ a light astringency and gentle oily feel w/ moderate malty qualities.

T - Sweet citrus w/ grapefruity ruby red note and woody hop flavors w/ a nice sweet malty taste and a puckering acidity. Light spice in the taste as it warms w/ a sweet fruity hop flavor that is fresh and sweet in the finish.

D - A nice full body w/ balanced fruity and bitter tastes w/ plenty of hops yet just enough malt to keep it somewhat balanced.

Slatetank, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of timtim
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

orangey amber goldish with a white head that holds okay and leaves great lace. smells wonderful. grapefruit and caramel. taste isn't as balanced as nose would suggest, but very good nonetheless. semi sweet caramelly and malty malt backbone with a citrusy, fruity hop character playing the main role, just like an ipa should. medium body with a nice citrusy and slightly bitter finish. representing the east coast ipa style. knocking back more than a few is no problem.

timtim, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of GbVDave
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a clear golden color that's very still. Capping this is a creamy, off-white, two-finger head that leaves a lot of sticky lace rings coating the inside of the glass.

S: Nice aromas of citrus and pine with a healthy toasted malt backbone. Very fresh hops!

T: See above. Killer fresh hop taste. Mild citrus, fresh cut pine, and slightly sweet toasted malt.

M: Creamy and full in the beginning which gradually turns spicy, bitter, and prickly towards the middle and finish. Very nice toasted malt and spicy hop interplay that lasts a long time in the finish.

D: Awesome drinkability! What an easy drinking and flavorful IPA. Welcome to Chicago Southern Tier IPA!

GbVDave, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of scruffwhor
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good amber, copper hue in my glassJust a little ring of foam and a small, thin foam island in the middle of my beer. A little disappointed with lack of head on this IPA. The aroma is great though. Lots of strong breads ad earthy pine trees and citrus. The taste is pretty good. Lots of lightly sweet, bready, ad dry malts. Mixed well with light citrusy notes, makes for an awesomely drinkable IPA.

scruffwhor, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of Slynger
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear with a light chill haze; orange with a golden hue; fuzzy white head. Aroma is sweet orangey citrus and flowery hops. Nice and clear, but far from overpowering. Mediumly creamy and oily smooth is how this one feels. The taste is a light orange citrus with toasted and biscuit malts. Earthy, resinous, pine hops flow throughout and bring a lightly bitter finish. Straight observation in this review, but this is probably my favorite ST beer that I've had yet. Blackwater series is good but the exceedingly high abv's makes some of a bit harsh in the drinkability category. This beer is well balanced and deliciously drinkable. I very nice IPA

Slynger, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of mixylplik3
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier is definitely one of my favorite breweries out there. Every beer I've tried of theirs as of this writing has been excellent. This IPA continues that trend.

Pours a deep and clear amber in my Goose Island tulip with a moderate head and lacing to match. Carbonation is particularly sharp with this brew, but that just adds to the nostril-filling aroma. The smell definitely draws me in with a citrus bite.

There is some initial bitterness in the hops but it evens out and finishes clean. If this beer were more readily available in my area, I would buy it more often. This is a session-worthy IPA if there ever was one. Another winner from Southern Tier!

mixylplik3, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a crystal clear caramel colored body with a big bubbles launching to the surface from the bottom of the glass. The head is a think lumpy off-white that has big bubbles pushing though like a pancake ready to be flipped.

S- This beer has a fresh green juicy hop note that doens't really have to many qualities, not really resin, pine or citrusy just green. There are some faint notes of pale malt underneath that come through after my tongue gets used to all the hops.

T- The taste of big green herbal hops has a light spicy note to them followed by a light toasted biscuit note and a pine finish with a hint of cinnamon bark in the hops.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a smooth texture and a tight fizz finish that enhances the hops and the dryness in the finish makes this a great sipper.

D- This beer has a nice unique hop flavor that is not the big citrus but has a nice spice to the hops. The malt flavor is nice with a good depth so it can stand on its own and support the hops.

rhoadsrage, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of drpimento
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Interesting beer. Not much in the head and lace department. Has a good spicy, slightly floral hop without fruitiness. Decent medium-dark amber well filtered color. Good soft texture and full roundness. Flavor was odd, at first real nice earthy full fresh hop but then briefly there's a strange putrid characteristic. Not into that. Don't pick up much of that in subsequent sips. Anyhoo, docked em for that; otherwise, pretty good beer. Good finish. No booziness.

drpimento, Feb 06, 2008
IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,154 ratings.