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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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2,152 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,152
Reviews: 910
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 43
Gots: 140 | 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 GFSchwab
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

GFSchwab, Nov 05, 2007
Photo of sawbones420
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

sawbones420, Oct 30, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

BeerBelcher, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of Brad007
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Brad007, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of cokes
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

cokes, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of dmamiano
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

dmamiano, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of alexgash
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

alexgash, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of BabaJohn
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

BabaJohn, Sep 28, 2007
Photo of ohoove
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

ohoove, Sep 27, 2007
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

objectivemonkey, Sep 24, 2007
Photo of tpd975
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

tpd975, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of funkengruven
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

funkengruven, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of mnj21655
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mnj21655, Sep 10, 2007
Photo of Durge
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

Durge, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

FtownThrowDown, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of scott
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


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.

scott, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of BMoney575
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BMoney575, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of jackorain
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

jackorain, Aug 25, 2007
Photo of GreenWBush
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Classic look; sturdy cling, reddened bronze.

Nose is clean, strong: citric, tannic, wheaty fermentations. C-hops.

The flavor is caught in between Ruby Red grapefruit and and orange PEZ candy. And stuck there, searching for an identity. Centennials if I were a guesser. Just lacks distinction.

GreenWBush, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of david131
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Slightly cloudy and golden. Amazing head retention and some great rising carbonation.

S- Crisp, clean, earthy. Not too hoppy in the nose. IPA what? A little grapefruit I guess.

T- Very clean. Crisp. A little bit of grapefruit. Well balanced, rich, and a slight buttery aspect to this.

M- Good carbonation, thick, rich. A tad buttery. Seems to lean a tad toward the English style IPA.

D- Goes down well, but it is kind of rich for an IPA. And this doesn't have enough to keep me hooked and coming back for more. A worthwhile beer, but with so many better offerings out there, I don't see myself getting this again.

david131, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a chill hazed honey amber body with small offwhite head. Some patchy lacing sticks to the glass. Aroma is citrusy fruity with a heavy grapefruit presence. A hint of caramel sweetness. Medium body and carbonation. Taste is dominated by a grapefruity hop bitterness. Hints of pine and earthy hops just underneath. Subtle caramel maltiness agreeably balances. I could drink this one on a regular basis.

merlin48, Aug 18, 2007
Photo of Lnedrive14
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, at the very least, flies like this beer, since somehow one ended up in mine. I pushed forward, however, and after dispensing of the fly I drank up. Hopefully the fly didn't alter the taste....

Pours a golden yellow, with a hint of orange. On the light side for an IPA. Little to no head. Very, very bitter up front. The aftertaste of grapefruit and orange rounds it out a little better, but it is really intense at the beginning.

I think this is an interesting brew. As with their other beers, i liked what southern tier is trying to do here. It is sort of like a good west coast ipa, just maybe a bit too potent up front, without enough hops to balance it through the palate.

Lnedrive14, Aug 14, 2007
Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this both on tap and out of the bottle of late. Not really much difference between either format, but this review is based on a glass of draft I had at Frisco's yesterday.

The beer pours an impressive copper orange color with decent head retention and good lacing. On the nose one gets some bracing bitter citrus, in this case orange. This IPA has some very nice flavors and is quite well balanced. There is some nice orange citrus on the palate, and just enough bitterness to make you take note. However, it has just the right amount of malt to go with it, giving the beer a touch of malty sweetness, but not too much IMO. This beer is not heavy or overdone the way some DIPA's are, and is really quite well balanced. The beer has a nice refreshing, crisp mouthfeel, and comes across as very drinkable.

Very nice IPA from Southern Tier.

John_M, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of Gmann
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper color with an average white head, no lacing detected. The smell is of grapefruit hops, grassy, malty sweetness. The taste is of grapefruit hops, resin. Quite bitter up front which is cut by the caramel malt base. More on the bitter-side but pretty balanced. Moderate body and fairly carbonated, finished a tad bitter on the tongue. A good AIPA that doesn't slam you over the head with hop bitterness or sugary sweetness.

Gmann, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear copper color with a small white head that fades. Decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma is full of well blended citrusy hops. Nice tones of grapefruit and a bit of peach. A hint of caramel malt sneaks in, which suggests that there may be some balance in this brew.

Nice citrusy hop flavors upfront with the same grapefruit and peachy tones that I detected in the smell. Nice aggressive bitterness, but not overpowering. A hint of malt appears just before the finish, which is quite dry with a nice lingering hop flavor.

Medium body, mild carbonation.

Overall, a very nice IPA and a pleasure to drink. Plenty of hops without becoming grossly unbalanced. Definitely recommended.

MaltyGoodness, Aug 03, 2007
IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,152 ratings.