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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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2,300 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,300
Reviews: 923
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 48
Gots: 225 | 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

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Beer added by: John on 03-24-2003

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Photo of cdkrenz
2.81/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Out on the water drinking this brew straight from the bottle. The glass is a dark brown color impenetrable by light. The label is black and green with images of hops and barley. It paints an inviting picture.

S - Hops, lovely hops. This brew has a nice hops filled aroma.

T - This IPA has no shortage of bitterness. The flavor does however lack a smoothness I like a great India Pale Ale.

M - The feeling it offers is rather nice. There are subtle sectioned off parts of my tongue that are really impacted by the texture.

~ Unfortunately, flavor is very important to me when selecting a beer. This one, I'm afraid, won't make the cut in the future.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours from the bottle with a creamy two finger head that slowly settles to a ¼ inch fluffy head with nice retention. The beer is copper/amber in color and very clear. There is some visible carbonation. Lots of really nice lacing.

Aroma is slightly fruity with some floral notes. A bit of sweetness or caramel can also be detected.

Flavor has a burnt quality to it. Also some graininess. Starts with the burnt/roasted flavor that gives way to a perfume like almost soapy finish. There is assertive hop bitterness at the end which accentuates the perfume flavor.

Mouth feel is medium bodied and a little dry. The grain like flavor seems to contribute to this feel.

Drinkability is O.K. The soapy nature isn't the most appealing.

This is a decent IPA, but not one I would chase.

Photo of sstackho
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from LCBO - something in the $14 range for a 6-pack. NY pricing, this ain't. Pours a nice dark copper. Little head. Decent American hop aroma, but perhaps it has lost a bit of freshness. Flavour is initial hop bitterness followed by a warming hoppy finish. A solid American IPA - which is a style that is sorely lacking availabilty in Ontario.

Photo of xare
2.91/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is nice, not outstanding. Nothing really exceptional here - it's a bit above average but not much else.

Aroma is almost nonexistent and smells faintly malty and musky with maybe just the lightest touch of hops.

Taste is of some pine hints, some citrus, and a small oaky flavor in the background. Pretty much average in my view, although that oak in the background definitely bumped it up to a 3.

Mouthfeel is clean, creamy, and crisp. Average.

Drinkability is decent. I wouldn't turn this beer down if it was free or came in a mixed pack, but I wouldn't go searching this beer out just on its own merits. It's a solid, but average entry.

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

This beer poured a classic, clear, amber color with one finger of off-white head. Great retention and good lacing too, very high marks for appearance overall. Nose was well hopped with tropical fruits, piney hints and some citrus. The flavors were equally well hopped but with a good malt character for balance. Grapefruit, sugar cookie sweetness. Medium body, perfectly carbonated and a joy to drink. Sessionable. Well thought out and a good example of the style without being too one-dimensional. Recommended.

Photo of dancinwillie
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber, with a dense 2 finger slightly off white head. Looks like a malty one, based on the color. Head drops to a rocky 1 finger pretty quickly, then hangs on for awhile. Hops dominate the aroma, leaning towards the citrus, but some floral and grassy notes in there as well. First sip reveals a somewhat restrained hop flavor. Tastes of citrus, and a little floral, but nothing too pronounced. A decent malt flavor, bready and warm, sweetens it up. Not much going on really, good flavor, but not as much as I expected. Mouthfeel is a tad thin for my tastes, with a dry finish. My impression of this beer is that it should have been sold as an English IPA, as it seems to be closer to that style. Or possibly an APA, since the hopping seems to be a bit fainter. At any rate, styles be damned, and this would make a decent session beer. At 6.5% alcohol, I don't detect any at all, and I would drink more than 1 of these after a hard days work.

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

12oz bottle poored into a pint glass.

More than an inch of whit esticky landscaped foam that left good lacing topped this amber/orange brew. The smell is citus fruit and rind with sweet and pale malts. Taste is apretty much the same some great bitter citrus fruit and a nice sweet malt backround to ballance it out. Mouth feel was above average but not great as it was missing that extra oily hop juice that many IPA's have. Overall a very good IPA and I will certainly be trying more Southern Tier offerings.

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

Appearance: Amber, ok head and lacing.

Smell: Moderate citrus aroma.

Taste: Leans toward the bitter side. Somewhat bitter citrus with some underlying sweetness.

Drinkability: I wouldn't turn it down if I was drinking IPA's some evening.

A solid, if unspectacular IPA. Leans towards the bitter side which is fine, but doesn't really stand out in any category. Good to give a try.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this in a Southern Tier Variety Case from Bryn Mawr Beverage in Brywn Mawr, PA.
Appearance: A fluffy white head that is on top of an amber body that was rather cloudy. Solid lacing an good retention.
Smell: A bit citrusy with a lot of hop oil.
Taste: A bit biter again with the citrus but with a malt background.
Mouthfeel: Crisp.
Drinkability: Better than good.
Don't drink and review.

Photo of gford217
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of biegaman poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear golden amber with a small bubbly white head that dissipates quickly to a collar of foam leaving spotty lacing. The smell is earthy and subtle with pine hops and a solid malt backbone dominating. The taste mirrors the smell with a grassy hop kick up front before the malts take over in the middle. The pine hops kick in a little in the finish with only the slightest bitterness lingering between sips. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little sticky with modest carbonation. This is decent IPA and very drinkable with a subtle, less overpowering hop profile.

Photo of Seanibus
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My wife decreed this a girly beer. Perhaps she is right, but it is drinkable.

Pours golden with a nice head but little lacing. There is some carbonation streaming up from the bottom. The smell is slight and toasty, with some floral hops. The flavor is creamy and smooth with little bitterness and mounds of floral hops. The mouthfeel is viscous with a little carbonation bite.

Photo of Hoagie1973
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good and drinkable IPA. Copper colored with a nice foamy white head. Good retention and moderate lacing.
Hops dominate the bouquet as expected. Piney and floral.
This beer is generously hopped, but still smooth. Hops are intense, yet remain somewhat soft and flavorful. Not harsh and biting like some IPAs. Very piney. Malt comes through from the back with a nice citrus-like fruitiness. Finishes dry and crisp.
Moderate carbonation levels. Medium body.
One of the better IPAs I've tried.

Photo of iuhophead87
4.82/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A-A very nice light amber color with an off white head that settles erratically across the glass leaving an interestingly shaped head.

S- This is exactly what I want a beer to smell like. You can smell the citrus hops along with pine, caramel, and a bit of heaven. I hope this beer tastes as good as it smells.

T- MMM! This beer is extremely hoppy but yet very balanced at the same time. With all of the hop flavor you would almost expect to see chunks of hops floating throughout the beer. Although very hoppy, the beer is almost creamy at the same time. Southern Tier had done it again and is quickly becoming my second favorite brewer just behind FFF.

MF- This is a very smooth beer without the strong bitter finish of many IPAs. The sweet malt balance of this beer makes it very smooth and refreshing.

D- This beer would easily replace TwoHearted as my go to everyday beer if I could get it here in Indiana. A perfect beer without too much ABV that could be had during any occasion. Hats off to Southern Tier for this outstanding beer. I just wish I had more than two of these tasty treats.

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

12 oz brown bottle, label as pictured above, received in a trade.
Pours a deep copper gold color, with a full fluffy head of white foam. Thin sheet of lace down the glass, good stability. Aroma of resiny pine needles and some sharp grapefruit. A solid pine-like hop flavor, balanced by a good malt background. Nicely balanced, keeps the hops from being overpowering. Full flavored, solid mouthfeel, a great compliment to my barbequed steak dinner. Thanks for this one bobsy.

Photo of Hokies
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic.

A: A nice light copper color with a nice one inch head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass and beer that lasts.

S: Nice floral aroma of hops with a grapefruit overtone.

T: A strong hop presence throughout the taste, definitely a nice IPA that does not lack the body that other American IPA's have. The hops presence consist of a floral taste with a piney note and a grapefruit dryness with a little bit of a biscuit like malt taste. Their is a bitter aftertaste that lasts, which is nice for an American IPA.

M: Moderate carbonation with a light creaminess nothing spectacular.

D: Easy to drink for an IPA, though the bitter aftertaste might get you after awhile.

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

a: pours a one finger white head with good retention and light lace, the beer is a clear amber in color

s: very nice, sugar cookie pale malts dominate with some grainy caramel, well-hopped with a range of candied tropical fruits and sappy pine aromas, I like

m: delicate low-medium carbonation, light-medium body, soft

t: very well-rounded flavors, grainy caramel and pale malts with a floral hop flavor turning to an evergreen bite, sugar cookies after the swallow, moderate bitterness that seems to build after awhile, long finish eventually drying out

d: quite easy, and a tasty beer that I'll likely pick up again

from Whole Foods Reston for $1.50, cheaper singles than Raleigh, go figure

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
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
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
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
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
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
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.


IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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