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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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2,063 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,063
Reviews: 903
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 37
Gots: 94 | 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 Zorro


4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good look at the glass shows a mildly chill hazed amber colored ale with a decent white head.

The smell is strong with the hops I can tell that from a distance. Sniffing the glass this both malty and unexpectedly it is smoky. Lesser smells of herbs and a faint medicine scent. C type hops are in here but are not the strongest component of the scent.

The tastes begins with the flavor of tea and wood with citrus hop in the finish for just a bit and then back to hardwood taste. Neutral sweetness and the hops give the impression of salt taste. The hop taste here is floral and never comes out that strongly; it is a nice effect.

The mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is good, not DFH 60 minute good but it is good.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2007 01:17:05 | More by Zorro
Photo of mcallister


3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking IPA. A dark copper with orange/red hues in the light. Head is slightly off white and very full and thick with great retention. Lace is thin, very sticky and great retention as well.

Nose is hard to really pull from. But again this is served in an Imperial Pine glass (which I despise for aroma) and in a bar yet there is a smoking ban!!!!. A hint of floral hop and dried up citrus orange fruit with a toffee malt backing.

One nice drinking malt driven IPA. Malts are sweet and toffee, melted caramel driven, thick and chewy. Hops bring things to balance and make this a damn drinkable beer. Candied flowers with a citrus lemon, tangerine twinge. RS is high and mouth is full and chewy. Carbonation is above moderate and overall a easy, nice drinking beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2007 22:52:47 | More by mcallister
Photo of rayjay


4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best east coast IPAs I've had yet. Crispy, clean flavor profile, with the high-alpha hops way up front, and barely enough pale, and some carmel, malts to keep it just barely balanced. My kind of beer! Thank you, bwyker. No dating on the bottle.

Fairly deep shade of pale amber, but a nice clear beer underneath. No haze, and excellent lace. Great foam retention, although the head isn't that big.

Restrained nose, maybe because this beer has very mild carbonation. Some pale malts and lots of hops.

Medium-light malt body, great for showcasing hops. I wish more east coast IPAs were made like this. The first wave is the malts and carbonation, which are very bready and almost sweet, then the bitterness of the hops kick in full force. It's chewy and resinous without being big and meaty; definately light enough to be called refreshing, but almost tipping over into big beer territory. The fallout is bitter, but slopes off and leaves a mild, tangy, malty hoppy afterglow. Just the kind of experience I'm looking for in an IPA. Carmel malts come out way more as the beer warms, so I'd recommend it at 40-45°F to keep it as refreshing as possible.

Carbonation is on the low side of active; there's plenty of CO2 in here to keep things palatable, and seltzer it is not. Very enjoyable mouthfeel.

Great beer. I liked this more than Unearthly. If I lived on the east coast I would frequent this IPA, along with Smuttynose, 60 Minute, and lots of pilsners. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2007 20:09:02 | More by rayjay
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, served in a pint glass.

Clear copper color with a white head that fell fast but did leave a good amount of lace.

Orange rind, hop aroma. Sweet nose to a hophead.

Strong biting hoppy taste. If you don't like hops, you don't get it.

Clean, light bodied IPA. Not slick or oily, very good mouthfeel.

Very drinkable IPA, 6.5% abv is low enough to have a few but strong enough to relax your soul (or get you into a fight, if you're a 'tough guy' drunk!).

Final Notes: Southern Tier is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries. I plan on visiting their brewery sometime over the summer of '07 and can hardly wait to taste some brewery fresh un*earthy as well as this IPA.
Thanks, Luv Ya!

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2007 01:09:32 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of williamherbert

New York

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice light orange. Head is only a pittance. Nice haze in the glass. Very appealing body. Specks of lace are nice.

Mild but sweet flowery hops. Hops are not fetishized. Fruity with a nice pale malt/yeast scent. Smells like a pale with extra fruity hops.

Very nice fruity/estery hops flavor with a slight bitter finish. A sweet IPA, if that exists. Gets more bitter as it warms up.

Leaves a definite film. A bit milky, deceptively so. Has real substance. A light and "quaffable" IPA. Not bitter, not brutal. Sweet hops, real nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2007 23:16:59 | More by williamherbert
Photo of gmcfarre


3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a traditional pint glass

A - Pours a dark yet clear pumpkin orange color with a marginal 1/2 inch bubbly head that disappears fast. Lacing is marginal as well.

S - A clever balance of malt and hop is easily perceptible in this brew. Sweet molasses malt with a perhaps lesser dose of floral, tangy hop scent. Would've liked to see more hop presence in this brew.

T - Sweet and slow sugars roll over the tongue at the onset. Overly sweet for an IPA I would say, with hops not flexing much muscle at all until... the finish is high on the hop bitterness with some residual sweetness left on the tongue.

M - Slightly biting with just a hint of carbonation up front. Finishes dry.

D - Hmm, perhaps I havn't had the freshest sample of this beer. Have the hops lessened over time? This is far from my favorite IPA. Even so, its still fairly tasty and just the right ABV for a drinkable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2007 01:24:41 | More by gmcfarre
Photo of awall422


4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up yesterday at Julios Liquors after their tasting event. Poured a nice clear orange with a good inch head on top. Nice amount of lacing. Aroma was fantastic, as good as any other I've had out of a bottle. Hit me before I even finished pouring. Light, fruity notes, very inviting. taste was a bit sweeter than i expected, but was really rather pleasant. Kind of reminded me of a light brown ale if you hopped it up like mad. Moderate bitterness to play off the malt character made it smooth and very drinkable. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2007 00:51:03 | More by awall422
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bronze with an off-white head, not much retention but it initially leaves some lace.

S: Good hop nose: mainly pine, with grass, spice & citrus in the background; a little biscuity malt.

T: Assertive bitterness and piney hops upfront; slight spicy/woody flavour through the middle with some quality, biscuity malt, grassy/citrus finish.

M: Moderate body is smooth & creamy. Modest carbonation, slight acidity.

D: Quite good.

A really well-rounded beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2007 23:00:30 | More by Derek
Photo of Tyrawlings


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy orange in color with soft copper hues. Craggy off white head pours one finger thick and breaks down radiply. Nice thin sticky lacing.

S: Floral. Citrus. Caramel malt. Biscut or bread.

T: Taste does'nt measure up to the smell of the brew. Clean malts dominate upfront but are beaten back by citrus and herbal hops that kick in with a nice bitter bite to the tongue. Soft citrus juice presence adds a hint of sweetness. Clean finish.

M: Smooth and slightly slick. Moderate carbonation. Slightly dry.

D: I was a tad disappointed in the smell to taste transfer, but I enjoyed this beer none the less. Refreshing and clean. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2007 00:38:37 | More by Tyrawlings
Photo of mobud


3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A- Slightly cloudy, copper color with a nice oatmeal head.

S- Fresh hops smell with an even sweet malt base.

T- More malty than hops that reminds me more of an EnglishIPA rather than the AmerIPA style.

M- Malt aftertaste with a smooth medium mouthfeel.

D- OK for the style, but not one that I was overwhelmed by. Received this beer in a variety pak, so I gave it a shot. Would purchase this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2007 17:58:32 | More by mobud
Photo of blitz134


3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A little Friday afternoon beer while I work on some homework. Received from Jay23 in Secret Bunny '07. Thanks!

Clear, orange-light caramel mix. Little head on the pour and what was there disappeared to only a ring around the glass and some intermittent bubbles on the surface.

Aroma is nice and simple, but still has a little strength. Fairly clean malting. Presents a little biscuit and a little crystal malt, not much though. Mostly hops in the nose though. Nice floral and citrus blend, some tangerine rind and a touch of straw.

Taste has a bit more malting evident and less floral hops. Malts are more upfront and have more bready, dinner roll to it. More straw and herbal hops in the finish. Some lingering bitterness. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel is relatively light and crisp. Coats the mouth okay initially but washes away with a little bread flavor and lingering bitterness.

Good drinkability. Not a huge standout of the style, but definately a solid offering here. This would be my fallback IPA if I lived in the area. Nice and refreshing brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2007 19:22:22 | More by blitz134
Photo of akorsak


4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz bottle purchased at Thirsty's in York, PA.

A: The ale is a darker orange color, slightly hazy with sediment and a thin head that sporadically laces.

S: Compared to the Leatherlips that I just had, this beer is a big and thick grapefruit/citrus bomb. The aroma makes the mouth water.

T: The ale starts with a malty graininess, caramel with some sweetness. Immediately after the malts the hops hit, and they hit hard. The hops are citrusy with grapefruit and apricot elements, big and juicy. Those hops continue their big assault throughout the entire glass, providing a sweetness that overtakes the malts and finishes very long.

M: The hops are big here, big enough to be a DIPA without the bigger alcohol body.

D: Very drinkable. The abv is moderate and the hops are big, one wouldn't think that this much of a hop profile could fit into a smaller ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2007 01:27:46 | More by akorsak
Photo of Kendo

New York

4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: From a 12 oz bottle into a slightly rounded glass that was kind of similar to a pint glass. Body of clear light amber with soft glowing copper hues. A 1-finger ivory head settles pretty quickly to film, leaving nice rings of foamy lacing on the way down.

S: Grassy, piney hops with notes of grapefruit. Not a particularly overwhelming nose, but it hits the right spots and tells you this is definitely a hoppy beer.

T: Very good. More malt backbone than expected from the nose results in a good bitter/sweet balance. Sweet caramel from the malt allows for the fruity hops -- grapefruit, I think -- to jump off in the middle and then the grassy and piney hops finish it off, leaving a nice dry but bitter hoppy aftertaste that lingers on the mouth nicely. Fresh and clean are general descriptions that come to mind.

M: Light to medium in feel, but maybe just a tad bit too carbonated once it gets in the mouth.

D: Very good. Two went down easily and I would not have minded having another one at all.

Notes: I've been pretty happy with Southern Tier's other offerings, so I was looking forward to trying this. It didn't disappoint. Given that I live in upstate NY, I figured this would be a little cheaper, however (with tax & deposit it was over $9.00 for the 6-pack). A very good beer and if it was about a buck or a buck-fifty cheaper for the sixer, I could see this becoming my "house" IPA. Definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 16:13:17 | More by Kendo
Photo of jaluria


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear with a low-medium carbonation. Soft, rust/copper color with an off-white colored head. The head is frothy and leaves behind an extensive lacing. Aromas of citrus, pine, and toast. The tast is hoppy with a sweet malt backbone that has a roasted characteristic. Slightly velvety texture with a nice hoppy bite. Overall, a good, flavorful IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2007 01:07:47 | More by jaluria
Photo of shamrock7

Rhode Island

4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nice frosted pint class it has a deep copper color with a rich head of about an inch and a half. The aroma is a mix of hops, malt and pine. The taste is strong on hops with almost a woody blend to it. It’s not too bitter and although it does have a bit of an aftertaste, I found it left me wanting more of that flavor that was sticking to my pallet. Overall a very nice IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2007 22:39:43 | More by shamrock7
Photo of Mitchster


4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$1.70 for a single at Jacks. 6.5% ABV. OG=16 degrees plato. 65 IBU. 11.2 degrees Lovibond. Brewed with 2-row pale malt and caramel malt. Hopped with columbus and willamette, and dry-hopped with cascade.

Pours out to a clear garnet-touched deep amber, forming a modest head with a vigorous pour. Retention is poor and lacing is minimal. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The aroma is fresh with hops but not to the degree that they are juicy. There is some resinous character imparted by the dry-hopping, and I'm not picking up on that aldehyde character that cascade can sometimes impart. Faint whiff of marijuanna skunk when swirled...I like it. Cleanly fermented. Mouthfeel is crisp with a nice medium body and a slightly dry, but not overly so, finish. Hops are everywhere in the flavor, nicely balanced by the pale malts. There is a pleasant grain husk note in the middle with some residual sweetness hanging around through the aftertaste. Bitterness is expertly balanced, making this one of the easier to drink IPA's out there. The aftertaste has a grapefruit pith character, but it's not aggressive.

A very tasty brew and an excellent balanced example of the style. I could easily drink many of these. It won't replace Centennial or Stone IPA as my favorite, but it's up there in the top 10.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2007 00:05:08 | More by Mitchster
Photo of AChamberlain


3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap. Reddish orange, thin head. I spilled a bit when it was served to me. Whoops. Light hop aromas. Pretty weak actually. Herbal hop flavor. The taste was again weak. Nice carbonation and easy to drink. This would make a great IPA. You get the basic idea of an IPA and it goes down like water.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2007 02:56:04 | More by AChamberlain
Photo of MmmIPA


2.63/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Orange body with a thick head that lingers there for a bit and some lacing on the glass.

Hop presence and malt.

Hop taste and malt is the 2nd taste.

Easy going down and malty as it warms.Good carbonation.

Pretty good but not anything worth seeling out or getting before somthing you want.Did I confuse ya? lol Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2007 18:30:19 | More by MmmIPA
Photo of Wildman


3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear amber color and formed a small off white bubbly head that left latticed lace as it subsided. An aroma of hops and pepper. The flavor was of hops and pepper. The body is medium light and the finish a bit peppery. Not really a great IPA, but I suppose an alright session beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2007 03:15:26 | More by Wildman
Photo of lehows

New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper color with a monster off-white head. Head faded down considerably but left nice lacing. Noticeably darker than most IPAs. Nice aromas of citrus hops, pine, mild malt, with earth undertones. Very good and well-balanced hop presence. Caramel notes and malt compliment the hop explosion well. Very good carbonation. A great all around IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2007 19:50:01 | More by lehows
Photo of EPICAC


3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is the last of the three beers in the Southern Tier mixed six-pack that I picked up a few weeks ago. I let this warm to around 40º F and served it in my Harpoon IPA glass.

Appearance: This is the best aspect of this beer. It pours a lightly hazy amber-copper with a thick, sudsy head that fades to a bubbly layer leaving lace coating the inside of the glass.

Smell: Upon opening the bottle I noticed a strong caramel maltiness, but once poured into the glass hops dominate. They're floral, herbal and lightly citric with a sweet underlying raw maltiness.

Taste: Sweet caramel malts upfront, toasty through the center with a lightly peppery finish with a light bitterness that grows in intensity in the aftertaste. The flavors are nice, but the hoppiness could be stronger and integrated into the beer better.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and watery with low-carbonation. Higher carbonation would have helped prevent the beer from feeling thin and watery.

Drinkability: Pretty easy to drink, but needs more body and integrated flavor.

Overall: An okay IPA. Nice flavors, but watery and a little dull.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 07:35:06 | More by EPICAC
Photo of EStreet20

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, shaker pint glass.

A - Golden amber with a tiny white head.

S - A sweeter smell on the nose than I expected with some citrusy hops.

T - Hops abound here but the flavor seems to subside rather quickly. Spicy aftertaste but overall a bit thin on flavor.

M - Light to medium body, prickly carbonation on the tongue.

D - Goes down smooth but lacks too many defining flavor characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 04:59:40 | More by EStreet20
Photo of TheSarge


3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured, you can tell this is well carbonated, but it doesn't produce much head, and gives way to a very thing ring around the glass. It has a dark orangish and quite hazy body.

This brew gives off a very piney/spruce aroma right off the bat; however the taste is more domintated by toasty malt presence more so than the hops, as opposed to most IPAs. Not too bad though.

This feels spicy. It does have a slight wamness towards the end of the sip.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2007 16:52:40 | More by TheSarge
Photo of brstilson


3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured out from the bottle into a room temperature mug. It poured a very clear, very deep copper but had only 1/4 finger of head foam, which dissipated almost immediately.

The aroma is of fresh hops, quite excellent actually and very yeasty. The smell reminded me of wort that has barely begun the fermentation process.

There is a nice hop presence that lingers on the tongue, but not nearly as much as other IPAs I've tried. For the style, it's very mild. It feels thick in the mouth, the consistency of Coca-Cola, and leaves a coating on the teeth. It is a little malty, but this takes away a lot of the harshness found in other versions.

This batch had potential but for me it was lacking in two areas. The mouthfeel could have been a lot better. It is way too thick, and feels like a Stout (though strangely not filling), or like a thick Cola. Also, the head retention is dismal at best. This may be my opinion, but a true IPA should have an intense foam head that lingers through the entire drinking session. It's quite drinkable for me, and is a good introduction to the style for new beer connosueirs, but not as good as several other brands out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2007 03:46:47 | More by brstilson
Photo of Imstillthegman


3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with about an inch creamy off-white head with some staying power. Nice rings of lacing are left behind.

Citrus hops, biscuity malts, light pine, and some toffee blend together rather nicely in the aroma. Gets better as it warms.

Flavor is good, but sort of mild for an IPA in my opinion. Grapefruit, pine resin, caramel, and toasted malts are what I find. The hops have a nice leafy taste...almost floral...but the grapefruit is strongest. I just wish it was a bit more assertive as far as the hops go.

Good, almost creamy mouthfeel. Slightly bitter and a little dry but nothing mouth puckering. Goes down rather easy. Nice brew (my first Southern Tier) and I won't have any problems finishing the sixer.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 23:00:27 | More by Imstillthegman
IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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