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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John on 03-24-2003)
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4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Nice reddish amber with a foamy white head.

S-Slightly sweet malts and light piney/flowery hops balance quite nicely.

T-Taste leads with lightly sweet malt, followed up by a nice dose of piney hops, not overpowering, nicely balanced.

M-Nice, smooth medium body.

D-This is a nicely balanced, very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2006 21:58:16 | More by dansm
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Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark amber with a frothy head that recedes pretty quickly. A tight cap of foam never disappears and leaves some nice lacing. Hops lead in the nose, herbal, grapefruit and especially pine. Bready malts are also prominent. The taste is wonderfully hoppy with a lot of pine. Caramel, honeyish malts figure more prominently that I was expecting. There's balance, but a sufficient amount of hop dominance to call this an American IPA. The finish is roundly bitter with some residual sweetness. The mouthfeel is full and lightly carbonated.

This is an imminently quaffable IPA. Its not as brashly bitter or resiny as some IPAs but its definitely well hopped. The malt profile is robust and complex too, no hop tea here.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2006 06:21:36 | More by CAMRAhardliner
Photo of Franchise


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

This beer pours a maroon color with orange highlights that has a clear body and leaves a thick tan head that leaves this beer quickly. The aroma is very faint, some caramel sweetness, and a weak presence of hops aroma. The taste more than makes up for the smell the taste is fantastic, starts bitter with a blast of grapefruit quickly followed by a smooth balancing of caramel and a nice crisp tartness to round out the flavors. The finish is soft and sweet but leaves you with a memorable bitterness bite.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2006 20:08:24 | More by Franchise
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4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Copper/bronze appearance with a nice head that dissipates quickly, leaving great lacing on the glass

S - Pine, citrus, grapefruit with a slight malt aroma

T - A very well balanced impressive taste. The sweet malts go very well with the slightly bitter hops.

M - Medium bodied with ample carbonation

D - Very drinkable due to being so well balanced. Nice job Southern Tier!

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2006 18:11:48 | More by mcowgill
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4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled 07/03/06. Review from notes.

A: Pours a copper color with a one finger off white head. Dissipates quickly but leaves nice lace.
S: Aromas of grapefruit and pine dominate the nose. Not much malt detected.
T/M: Pine and grapefruit flavors are the frist to blast through with a slight sweet hop presence that follows. Good bready malt background is followed by a bitter dry finish. Slightly oily mouthfeel. Coating in the mouth. A bit creamy. Medium bodied and balanced fairly well. Good long hop bitter aftertaste on the tongue. Hop presence fades a bit quickly.
D: Definitely a drinkable ipa. Good tasting and well carbonated. Definitely find it if you can. Keep em' coming Southern Tier.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2006 01:02:46 | More by bjohnson
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3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light copper, gold to orange. Almost no head when poured. Also, seems to be very low carbonation.

Aroma: Heavy American hops in the nose! Citrusy, piney, earthy. Very sweet smelling from the malt, too. Nice balance.

Taste: Very hoppy! Sweet malt turns to bitter American hops with the usual citrus, grapefruit flavor. Finishes clean without being too bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Leaves mouth feeling crisp, although slightly cloying. Not overpowering, but does coat the mouth a bit.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable. This is easy drinking. Could easily hold up against any IPA. Enjoyable with every sip. Smooth, refreshing, delicious...

Comments: Excellent IPA! One of my favorites to date. Others are overly bitter, but not this one. This is well balanced, smooth & enjoyable. The only downside to this is that is does taste similar to other Southern Tier beers. They all seem to use the same hop bill which leaves them all tasting similar.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2006 20:00:58 | More by JMD71
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4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have always thought about buying this beer and finally did and let me say i was very impressed. Great aroma and taste. Not only that but a great smell and appearance to boot. Not a hint of sediment. The mouthfeel is also unbelievalbe. Cant wait to try the others they have to offer.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2006 18:20:47 | More by TrickKnee
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3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clean. Not a touch of haze or sediment. Pumpkin orange color with a good frothy white head

S: Grapefruity citrus, sweet rye-like malts, bit of pine and caramel.

T: Obvious grapefruit flavors lead to strong resin pine. Strong bitter wave confounds the tongue and taste buds long after the sip. Slight toffee sweetness mingles among the bitterness

M: Decent texture, punchy. Fits the style

D: Solid IPA from NY

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2006 05:43:05 | More by Westsidethreat
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North Carolina

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

Color is copper and head is white. There's a small layer left once the fragrant head fades. Nice nose...loaded with pine resin, juicy citrus, fruit, peat and sweet malt. Very refreshing and hop-fully delightful. Taste is piney and resinous, citrus and floral, with a great subtle honey sweetness, and a nice sense of malts throughout. Mouthfeel is slick, a little resinous, and very smooth. Giant drinkability! I could drink this all night for sure.

I really like this IPA. Its very pleasant, not assaulting like some special occasion IPAs...and its extremely balanced. This would make a great session IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2006 03:40:17 | More by tastybeer
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3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at Redbones in Somerville

A- Little head and orange like color which is quite cloudy

S- Tought to grab a smell in a Smokehouse but I was definetly able to get the citrusy hops

T- Awesome, went great with a pulled pork and buffalo shrimp

M- The food had definetly tainted my mouth but smooth and malty with a hoppy kick

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2006 23:54:32 | More by WeymouthMike
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4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Boy, this one is really good. I was pleasantly surprised at how good this beer is. Sweet, lemony, caramel smell to it. Almost like a half marzen, half IPA scent to it. Nice lacing, decent head. Rich strawberry to caramel color to this one. And of course, the best part, the nice hops to it, and lots of them. Nice and grassy with some caramel mixed in. A truely interesting brew which you can drink many of, in one session.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2006 22:48:37 | More by bigdeuce
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4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rosy amber, very clear. Handsome color. A low bubbly head quickly recedes to a ring. Deep caramel sweetness in the nose, along with bright hops. Taste is exceptionally balanced between sweet, caramel malt flavors and sharp hop bitterness. Sweeter than most American IPAs I've had, but the hop edge ever present, floral and fruity.

Solid medium body, moderate carbonation. An ideal session IPA; hoppy but not as coarse as Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA or Smuttynose IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2006 20:59:39 | More by akahn
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New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Southern Tier- IPA

On tap at Isaac Newton's, Newtown, PA.

Appearance- dark chestnut brown with a medium frothy head.
Smell- Strong bitter hops and a hint of malt.
Taste- bitter piney hops at first then quickly balanced with a sweet candylike malt.
Mouthfeel- The malt was sugary sweet and the hops weren't the strongest but left a flavorful oil taste behind.

Overall- A nice middle of the road IPA. I could drink this all day, but there are times when you want an IPA with BIG taste, this just doesn't have that.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2006 12:00:48 | More by NJpadreFan
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured to a pint glass.

Appearance: Nice finger thick off-white head with moderate lacing. Slightly cloudy amber color, nothing too exciting.

Smell: Cascade aroma very strong from the bottle but by the time I poured, the hops had subsided and the matiness came forward. The aroma seems to be favoring the malt side of the equation. Maybe my sense of smell is off today.

Taste: Nothing too special but a good solid Big C hop taste somewhat balanced by a hint of maltiness. Perhaps a little too malty, but not bad. It does leave a clean hop flavor at the end.

Mouthfeel: Good medium feel. My beer could use a bit more carbonation.

Drinkability: Perhaps a bit more drinkable than some IPA's due to the greater malt character. I myself enjoy hops, but this goes down well.

Overall, this beer didn't seem to have much to characterize any different from the other IPA's Ive tried other than a slightly greater malt character.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2006 00:50:28 | More by psinderson
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4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from dmeadows in the beer across america bif. review from notes.

pours a nice deep amber color. head is of an off white color. very citusy and piney smell. hints of biscuits and caramels. taste is of sweet malts that gives way to fruity hops. the taste is really well balanced. mouthfeel is somewhat creamy. just the right amount of carbonation. this is an great ipa. i would love to get a sixer of this. would make for a pretty good session beer.

thanks dan for this tasty ny treat

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2006 01:54:55 | More by DeaconBluez
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours from bottle into standard pint glass an amber color with one finger width frothy white head, good lacing down the glass.
S: Grassy, citrusy smell. Also a malt smell in there as well.
T: Slightly sweet at first, with nice citrusy/hoppy taste. Also a slightly dry taste that resembles an earl grey tea. Very interesting.
M: Light to moderate carbonation, dry aftertaste.
D: Damn good IPA as far as I'm concerned. Interesting smell and taste, not the run of the mill IPA. Thanks to geexploitation for this beer recieved in a trade.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2006 02:20:47 | More by loren01
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3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer holds true to most of the comments made in the first time trying the beer. This time around, I appreciated the very well attenuated malt character with no astringency or graininess. For an IPA however, I expect the hops to dominate the nose and palate and this beer does little beyond the balance expected from a standard pale ale. Still a good beer with no evident flaws, albeit a little light on the hops.

Though solid throughout, the beer could use a little more togetherness and complexity. A firm malt flavor reminds me of the malts found in Amber Ales, but the hops set the beer apart. Hop bittering is high, and backed up with lots of citrusy and piney flavors and aromas. A light woodsy / earthy aroma adds a welcomed spiciness. The malts also contribute a light toasty / biscuity flavor and aroma. The flavors are all a little separated, easy to pick out individual characteristics. Would like to see if a little age could pull the beer together. The beer thins quite a bit for easy drinkability, but waters a bit too much. A light drying effect and astringency shows up from the hops, grain, and alcohol -- never enought to deter.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2006 17:08:19 | More by BEERchitect
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4.65/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big fan of American IPA's so I thought id give this one a try from a brewery near my hometown

A: Pours a nice amber/orange color with a very small, white foamy head. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass

S: The smell lets me know right away that this will be a god IPA. Huge aroma of fruits (citrus and a little grape), flowers and a some piney hints

T: Very unique. First taste I get is of white grapes, very sweet, but not bothersome. Also taste some other citrus (lemon, grapefruit, maybe some pineapple?). Each sip brings a new taste to the front. The hops present provide this with a perfect balance and the the piney hop aftertaste makes this a very satisfying brew.

M: Smooth, light carbonation, nothing too special here

D: Awesomely drinkable, very satisfying. May only have 2 at a time because I never want this to become too "boring"

IPA fan and I would definitely recommed this to anyone who enjoys them. Probably gonna pick up another sixer soon.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2006 15:09:51 | More by nickg902
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4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had one of these out of a mixed 12-pack, and was almost knocked out of my seat. I tried the other 3 varieties first(Phin & Matt's, Porter, and Tripel) and now have a favorite.

Once I poured this into my glass I could tell I was in for the best of the bunch. The color was a nice deep amber, with hints of red when held in different light. Absolutly what I think of as a fantastic color.

The aroma of this beer is exceptional. At first the hops may seem to be the only odor here, but as the aroma hit me I was impressed by the citric notes that came on. Has the appeal of freshly peeled lemon zest.

The first sip evokes what I can only describe as a perfect marriage between beer and lemonade. The hops hit my palatte with all their gentle strength and the lemon was perfectly in balance with the best first sip I had in a while.

This beer sat on my toungue with just the right amount of feel. Definitly a beer that I could be seen with on a regular basis. I tip my hat to Souther Tier, and have already asked my friend(who manages the bar in a local restaurant) to put in an order for a case.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 01:38:27 | More by RedChrome
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3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Impressive egg-shell colored head. Excellent lace. The color is amber and the brew is quite clear.

Surprisingly muted hop aromas (I'm having this immediately after Southern Tier's APA which had wonderful hop). The hop, however, is very fresh and again I'm fairly certain that this was generously dry hopped.

The hop is much more notable in the taste. For an IPA, this beer has nice balance without giving up any of the expected bitterness. Spot on body and carbonation. The texture is similar to 1% milk. Looks like this will be part of a future blind tasting.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2006 21:04:12 | More by smcolw
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3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ap: Nothing special as far as IPA's are concerned. It is dark gold in color. Small head even with an agressive pour.

Smell: Outstanding. Freshly squeezed orange juice and hop notes are present as well as a hint of grapefruit.

Taste/Mouthfeel: This beer has a decent body to it. The taste however is lacking. I find it bland and boring. The smell promises great things but when you actually get around to tasting the beer you are sorely disappointed. If you like you IPA's subdued then you will like this beer.

Notes: good... could have been great.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2006 03:53:59 | More by maddamish
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4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hop heads..check this out. It is right up there with Hop Devil and Hop Wallop from Victory. It pours a nice copper, with some head and lacing. The smell is inviting, with a distinct floral hop presence with some taesty undertones. The taste does not disappoint...just the right amount of floral hops that lasts into a great aftertaste. The mouthfeel is suprisingly smooth consiodering the hop presence. Extremely drinakable.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2006 02:06:36 | More by edchicma
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4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz browner with no freshness dating info:

Pours a hazy amber orange hue topped with a settled lace smattering sandy beige dense head.

Scents of fresh orange and tangerine dominate with a balanced solid malt.

First swigs: Generous malt candy backing to a Tang hoppy middle. Solid tangerine fruity IPA. A good mix of pineapple hop note and delicate dryness.

Feel is a medium bodied briskly carbonated body that shines. Decent enjoyable and perfect for a session. Too bad that I only have one bottle.

Last swigs: Cascade is in here somewhere and holds down the fort. Thanks to GnomeKing for the bottle.

Beer is good. Happy US IPA beering.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2006 10:18:32 | More by blitheringidiot
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3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber in color with some golden hues and a decent, fluffy, off white head that is slightly sticky. Slight rising carbonation and great lacing.
S: Sort of a hodgepodge and hard to grasp one or two scents. Tart lime and lemon, some pineapple and fresh hops. Also scents of grass and tart fruit in there as well.
T: Nicely balanced, slightly bitter brew. Hop flavors up front that finishes with a slightly malty semi-sweetness. Grassy and fresh hop flavors as well as some lemon zest and some sour notes. Some bitterness, but not a lot, and a slight malt flavor in there too.
MF: Light-medium that finishes slightly dry.
Overall: A solid beer that at times brushes the line between an APA and an IPA. I'd like a bit more bitterness. Good flavors nonetheless and a beer worth drinking. If you are trying to introduce the style to someone start with this and move on to more bitter and fuller brews.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2006 02:55:06 | More by Illinick
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New Hampshire

2.5/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly leaving traces of lace. Clear amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Strong piney nose. Starts hoppy, bitterness throughout piney/hoppy finish. Bitter aftertaste. $1.45 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2006 22:27:11 | More by jdhilt
IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,063 ratings.