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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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2,073 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,073
Reviews: 904
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 38
Gots: 98 | 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 plaid75

New York

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured citrusy hop and soft malt aromas.

The taste consisted of a solid biscuity grain flavor with an earthy hop profile. A mild honey sweetness as well.

The mouthfeel was average with a nice crispness.

Overall a very quaffable IPA. Good ABV.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2006 01:08:21 | More by plaid75
Photo of Osiris9588


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

From a 12oz bottle out of a sampler. Rather thin white head, but shows solid retention and lacing. A rich dark honey and amber color.

An aroma of hops, honey, citrus, yeast, and candied malts. Flavor of citrus, sweet malts, subtle spice, and a strong dose of bitter hops.
Light on the front palate, with the yeast and malts on the middle, then the mouth brightens with a orange juice surge before the bitter, yet not opressively bitter--quite pleasant, fact--finish. Quite vibrant and complex--drinkable and highly enjoyable overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2006 22:55:55 | More by Osiris9588
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color with a short, foamy, off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: Clean aroma of hops, along with the sweetness of citrus, malt & caramel.

T: Decent but not overpowering hops flavor to start, then the balance of malt sweetness with notes of lemon & grapefruit. A mild hops bitterness remains for the after-taste.

M: Very crisp & smooth, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, clean & dry finish.

D: Tasty, not too heavy and goes down very easily. It's one of those beers that I had a hard time keeping in the glass long enough to write the review.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2006 03:21:41 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of bwyker

New York

4.83/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cherry wood amber color, with a slight haze. Topped with about a half inch of off-white foam. Very sticky lacing that remained all the way through the pint. Immediately socked in the nose with a fist full of floral hops. Maple syrup sweetness follows in the aroma. Citrus hops all the way through in the taste. Balanced well with a slight malt sweetness. Light-to-medium body, with moderate bitterness. Extremely drinkable. Modest alcohol and deliciously hoppy I've had this many many times, both in bottle and on tap. I have to say, it is far better on tap. Maybe they dry hop the kegs? Amazing beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2006 16:28:56 | More by bwyker
Photo of kkosmoski

New York

4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. longneck into a standard pint glass:

Appearance - Light copper with good clarity and a one-inch white head that settles down to a broken covering after a couple of minutes. Some nice lacing.

Smell - Loads of hop aroma coming off this beer. ST must have dry hopped this with a boat load of cones to get this big of a hop nose. Big citrusy/piney smell from the hops.

Taste - No messing around - hops front and center. Starts off with a big, piney hop blast reminding me of the west coast style IPA's. Piney bitterness is followed by a more complex, citrusy hop flavor that mellows out the bitterness. This is accompanied by a nice solid carmely malt profile that balances out the hops nicely with a slightly sweet malty finish. Everything is followed by a slight warming sensation due to the 6.5%. Overall, an excellent mix of flavors with this brew.

Mouthfeel - falls into the medium bodied range; good, solid mouthfeel for an IPA

Drinkability - being a hop lover, this beer is very easy for me to drink. There are alot of flavors going on, but the hops are definately the front runner. The complex hop profile and great balance of flavors makes me want to keep sipping.

A great offering from Southern Tier. One of my favorite IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2006 20:44:10 | More by kkosmoski
Photo of olacub


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

A: Pours a nice amber hue, decent head that dissipates quickly, leaving some lacing on the glass.

S: Caramel, fresh baked biscuits, and a little citrus mixed in.

T: Wow, this is good. Very hoppy, but with a nice malty backbone. Piney, peppery, caramel, delicious.

M: Good coating mouthfeel.

D: Not sure how many of these I could drink, despite how tasty they are.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 18:22:48 | More by olacub
Photo of SteveO1231


4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle with no freshness date. Pours a bright light copper with a nice chunky off-white head and some great lacing. Aroma of fresh hops juice. Very complex, herbal, floral, piny, spicy, and citrus hop aroma. Light caramel undertones. Light to medium bodied, huge dry hopped nose when I stick my face in for a sip. Light malt sweetness, hoppiness is evident early in the taste, a little complex, grassy and floral at first then becomes very spicy in middle and end. Kind of a strange medicinal character comes out in the finish as it warms. Leaves a slight pine dry aftertaste. A decent IPA. Full of hops.


Serving type: bottle

08-18-2006 11:02:12 | More by SteveO1231
Photo of Fish113d


4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber in color with a slight whitish head that dissipates to an oily surface layer. Medium looking body. Decent really.

Floral and piney is the main ingredient here. Lots of hops on the nose with just a slight buttery aroma. Maybe a little molasses on the back side. Nice.

Very bitter hops. Pine and biscuits mainly. A bit buttery also. A slight sweet molasses flavor comes in on the finish (sweet), but this is pretty hopppy and bitter. Pretty good for an IPA!

Balanced, the carbonation isn't overpowering, and it has a nice creamy buttery feel. Maybe even a bit of alcohol on the finish. Very nice!

Very drinkable IPA. I killed 5 of these in one night a while back, and this one was my review brew. I wish I had more right now!

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2006 02:41:19 | More by Fish113d
Photo of rarevos

New York

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

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Deep orangey brown. Decent head with some staying power. Good lacing once it dissipates.

S: Very pronounced grapefruit up front. Slight pineyness at the back, but this is most definitely a fruity hop beer. Cascades for sure.

T: Grapefruit at the front, but not too sweet. Just a pleasant sweetness/sourness that moves into a well-balanced maltiness. I pick up almost an maple-like hint in the malt. Finish is nicely bitter with more hop fruitiness.

M: Light-bodied and easy to drink. Crisp.

D: A really pleasant IPA. Doesn't explode with hops, but is a fruity, bitter, crisp, well-rounded IPA. Thankfully easy to find out here. A beer I can and will return to.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2006 00:04:18 | More by rarevos
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3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with a thin off white head.

S - Citrus & grapefruit hops with a sweet malt backbone.

T - Sweet malt upfront with a citrus & grapefruit hop finish. This one is very balanced.

M - Medium body with a slightly dry finish but not as much as other IPAs due to the amount of malt sweetness.

D - This one goes down easy and is nicely balanced.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2006 01:46:37 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of dansm


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
Photo of CAMRAhardliner

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
Photo of bjohnson


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
Photo of TrickKnee


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
Photo of tastybeer

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
Photo of bigdeuce


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
Photo of akahn


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
Photo of NJpadreFan

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
Photo of psinderson


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
Photo of DeaconBluez


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
IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,073 ratings.