IPA (India Pale Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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IPA (India Pale Ale)IPA (India Pale Ale)

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2,284 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,284
Reviews: 917
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 47
Gots: 201 | 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 NoahSYGG
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer had a nice copper color to it. Had a great hoppy smell. Had a nice, but not overpowering bitter hop on first taste with a smooth finish. Being a hophead, I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. A lot of american IPA's tend to be a little weak. This one hit the mark.

Photo of DmanGTR
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split this lovely IPA with my gf from a 22 oz bottle.

A - poured amber orange, lightly cloudy, with 3/4" off-white head that laced well and formed an everlasting ring in my pint glass.

S - fruity esters, fresh herbalness of hops, all balanced by light malts. Very IPA.

T - Straight up hoppy! What little malts I smelled is bulldozed by a hops invasion. Spiciness of hops, grassiness of hops, it's all over the place, and in a good way too. A light fruitiness lingers over the palate and it finishes dry with a bitter herbal aftertaste.

M - light/medium bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp bite on the tongue, which I found distracting from the taste.

D - very drinkable. Good session beer.

Overall - This is your standard IPA, nothing more, nothing less. Well hopped and inexpensive ($2.99 for a 22 oz bottle), this would satisfy a hophead who doesn't feel like paying more for the other IPAs. A comparable one may be Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA. Readily available at Wegmans in Rochester, NY. Will buy again.

Photo of rsawyer
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided by orcasteve via trade!

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

a- Clear copper with strong head. Lacing is evident.

s- floraly hops with a hint of wet earth leap right out, as does a maty background.

t- The hops taste as nice as they smell. The beer is well balanced by a solid malty background.

m- carbonation is spot on for the solid- as is the body. Nice and smoothe- medium body.

d- This beer would be on my go-to list if it were available locally- very nice IPA.

Photo of oakbluff
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Viggo: Pours hazy light orange/copper. Little head, some lacing. Nose- rich malts and woody hops. Taste- cookie and caramel malts give solid backbone. Hop kick is there with earthy, grassy bitter hops. Not getting much of a citrus kick out of them. Finish is dry. Medium bodies with just enough carbonation.

Photo of jeremyd365
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a delightful little nugget. Poured a dark, cloudy copper with a medium head and disappeared pretty quickly. This one had quite a strong smell with a mix of hops and caramel with the flavor being about the same deal. It seemed a different IPA with the caramel being about as strong as the hops. It's interesting and quite well done.

Photo of DrunkenMaster
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Mister Goodbar. Clear amber color with a pretty good sized head spilling over the sides. Sweet malts, fruity and floral hops in the aroma. Taste is only moderately bitter with some malt sweetness. I'd like to see Southern Tier do an IPA that is somewhere in between this and the Unearthly and get rid of some of that sweetness.

Photo of vasdef42
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a clear light amber orange, with a decent off white head, good retention. i get a major earthy kick with a smell, buiscuts and citrus hops with a bit of sweetness. Not a whole lot of spice, but a nice gritty smell either way. taste is much the same, some sweet caramel blending with buiscut and a grapefruit bitter citrus flavor. decent bitter stickness on the swallow, but could use more.
a good example of the style, solid, though not flashy or exceptional. definitely sessionable, and its nice to taste a bit of earth in the malt to set off the spice. thanks orcasteve for the taste.

Photo of ph2001
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in pint glass

light amber color with a half finger of head. smells nice and hoppy.

theres a bitterness that made me pucker at first but mellowed out through the glass. there is a sweetness inthe flavors too. about halfway through and on there is a thick, heavy bite in the back of my mouth. heavy with lots of flavors.

Photo of oelergud
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Classic 12oz brown glass bottle with a pry-off cap. Black and green label. Semi transparent copper body with an off-white creamy head. Decent retention and good lace.
Harsh hoppy scent with a note of pine and wood.
Malty up front flavor quickly followed by tough spiked hops with some grass, pine and vegetable.
The aftertaste is of medium length and of mild hops and vanilla.
Medium body with little coating and a hoppy finish.
Good drinkability.


Photo of Domingo
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somewhere between the copper colored IPA's and the lighter pale ones. I'd call it brass.
Smells and tastes hoppy, but you actually get a lot of nuances from the hops, rather than just a bitter overload. Lemon zest, spearmint, grapefruit juice, and just a little bit of pine in the finish. Because this beer has a good malt backbone, there's more balance than I expected. Finish is clean, but not so dry that you pucker or lose interest.
It's 6.5% ABV, but it doesn't really have any heat to it.
I'd say this is a good summer brew and a really solid IPA. This is the best IPA I've had in a little while, and is on par with the better one's I've had.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Its nice to have a real IPA available up in Northern Ontario even though it is rather pricey. Has a nice foam thanks to a sturdy pour, good lacing and retention. A mix of orange and gold colors.

The smell is all hops, citrus, pine and grapefruit.

Tastes of bitter citric/piny hops, a dash of pale malt and grass.

Photo of drinkininthewood
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 355ml brown bottle into a pint glass. No freshness date shown.

A- Amber/orange, with nice off-white head dissipates quickly but leaves some excellent lace.

S- Lots of citrus, grapefuit, and pine aromas. Some burnt caramel malts as well. Great nose.

T- More of the same with toasty malt flavors and delicious cascade giving off some great citrus and leafy/piney flavors, and some spiciness probably from the Willemette. Very bitter finish is fairly crisp and refreshing.

M- Medium bodied with carbonation in the low levels. smooth yet lightly sticky.

D- Very good.

Overall a great American IPA. Great drinker and good to have in the fridge for the soul purpose of keeping your tastebuds in check. Recommended. But not at $14.10 a 6 pack....damn LCBO!

Photo of GodOfBeer
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice red/copper colour with small head.

Smells very piney, citrusy and very hoppy. Very nice!!

Absolutely delicious, pine upfront, burnt malted barley, ends very bitter but perfect!

Nice and drinkable and decent mouthfeel, what a great beer!!!

Photo of argock
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass.

A: Appealing light orange with 1-2 finger thick off-white head with plentiful lacing.

S: Hops aromas are chiefly piney and earthly with a slightly sweet maltiness in the back.

T: A great blend of piney and slightly fruity hops with a lot of smooth sweetish maltiness that yields a very well-balanced IPA.

M: Medium-bodied with low carbonation leaves a nice even feel that is neither too sticky or too slick. Aftertaste is very long and very pleasant with hops bitterness.

D: A extraordinarily drinkable IPA that combines exceptional smoothness with a balanced flavor in a beer with obviously a lot of care devoted to its excellence.

Photo of pwoods
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours an average amber but with a bit more orange tinting. 1 finger of off white head forms and holds for a bit. Decent lacing.

S: Nice citrus hops character with a heavy malt note, biscuity and rather sweet.

T/M: Pretty good bitterness level, though I could handle a bit more. Sweet, fruity, citrus hops. Not too much pine or resin flavors. Malts are sweet and reminds me of dense, moist, dark bread with some dark fruits and nutty notes to it. I'd say the malts are the best part of this, lol. Body is just above medium, maybe a bit too high. Carbonation lends a nice smoothness but maybe a bit more would have thinned things out some.

D: Tasty and interesting but a bit heavy for an IPA. Not bad but there's so many stellar IPA's in the area.

Photo of Pencible
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a slightly hazy, bright gold with some white head. It smelled like floral (specifically rose) hops mixed with some orange hops and honey malt. It tasted much like it smelled, with a nice blend of floral and citrus hops with some honey sweetness. It was watery with a bit of carbonation, and had a moderately bitter aftertaste that was clean and lasting. Overall this beer used hops that I thoroughly enjoyed, which made it smell great and taste nearly as good. It was a clean, flavorful, and drinkable beer. Well done.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, clear honey. Thin, but formidable head and great lacings.

Honey, caramel on the nose spruced up with some citrussy/piney hops.

Aggressively assertive hops, quite astringent, like coffee grounds. This bitterness takes away from some of that characteristic American citrus and pine hop flavours. Aside from a hint of caramel, the malt is conspicuously absent, the finish is like water.

Decent enough mothfeel although it seems a touch thin, but that could be just because of the lack of solid malt flavours.

It's drinkable and a decent intro to the style, but it's not balanced enough... or, rather, there's not much to balance, there just isn't anything to this malt.

Photo of doubleipa
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Brickskeller in DC. Light brown head, smal, clear. Aroma was not very hoppy, mostly pine, resin and a bit of honey. Taste was sweet and very smooth. Really smooth and creamy. Not a bad IPA, but nothing I would go out of my way to find.

Photo of BBM
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a mostly clear orange-gold into a pint glass. Slight white head and decent lacing around the edges. Aroma was citrusy and sweet.

A consumate American IPA, there's little not to like here. Oily citrus and earth hops are balanced beautifully with the rich malts, so that neither side overwhelms. Mouthfeel is medium and well carbonated. This beer is slightly filling, but you'll still come back for more. Very nice IPA.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear gold. Jello-jiggly head of mixed off white bubbles and decent lacing.

S - Loads of fresh pine, light tangerine/grapefruit sweet light grainy malt.

T - Assertively bitter, with a sharp pine and a bit of a background apple. Aftertaste is surprisingly mellow given the initial hop attack. Some breadiness and sweetness develops after a while.

M - Slightly slick, medium bodied and sharply carbonated.

D - Mouthfeel + big upfront bitterness gives this a bit of a harsh edge. Hop flavour isn't as developed as the bitterness. Still, nice balance between hops and malt, and eminently drinkable.

Photo of generallee
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The color was orangey amber with a foamy off white head. Its head slowly fades to just a thin covering of bubbles.

Smell: Hops attack the nose with spruce pine, resin and light citrusy hop aromas.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor hits your tongue with bold piney and citrusy hop flavors. Malt flavor lies underneath and offers some balance with a mildly sweet and bready tone. The palate has a slightly oily smooth texture with a medium body and soft carbonation.

Notes: This is one solid IPA that has good flavor and drinkability.

Photo of Matty1918
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness date.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a golden honey color with a 2 finger head that dissipated to quickly. Some good lacing though.

Nice citrus (grapefruit) aroma up front....very hoppy. With a hint of floral and a touch of malt.

First sip has some sweet, buttery bitterness. Nice citrus, floral hoppinesss. Nice blend with malts also. The hops are there but the malts add a nice finish.

Mouthfeel is nice....slight creamy texture with good carbonation but not overpowering. Very nice mouthfeel.

I'd buy this again. Very well made IPA. Nicely balanced in my book

Photo of spointon
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a tulip glass.

A= This ale poured an orangey golden color with a nice 2" sudsy off-white head. The head quickly dropped to just a skim, leaving sheets of sticky white lacing.

S= This ale smells of tangy hop oils, orange citrus, and bakery malts. I also got a decent whiff of alcohol in the end.

T= This is an interesting IPA. The hops were there more in the taste than in the aroma. There were strong flavors of pine hops and medicinal herb notes balanced by a decent malt backbone. Slight alcohol finish.

MF= This ale has an oily heaviness that I wasn't thrilled with, and the carbonation release was only moderate throughout.

D= This is a damn fine ale, not the best out there, but really solid nonetheless. I'll be drinking more of this in the warm months!

Photo of PBBC
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours cloudy orange,

Nice hop aroma, very earthy.

Taste is crisp, nice hop flavor, not overly bitter.

Good beer, well balanced, but doesn't stand out as incredibly hoppy.

Drinkable... doesn't destroy the palate... so could definitely be an all-night beer.

Photo of marcpal
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottled poured into pint glass. In short: run of the mill IPA. Good, surely not great.
Im a huge fan of ST and IPAs but this is run of the mill.

A: Dark gold, auburn with a thin head and a lot of carbonation for the style.

N: There sure are hops there, dominated by grapefruit.

T: In line with the aroma, grapefruit and citrus hops. There is malt there too but nothing that really makes this one stick out.

M: Somewhat biscuity and chewy for the style and not much oily slickiness left around.

D: Maybe Ive been have too many double simcoes lately but this one left me wanting more. Extremely drinkable- goes down far easier for the 6%, notice zero alcohol.

IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,284 ratings.