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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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2,150 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,150
Reviews: 909
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John on 03-24-2003)
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Photo of Atlas1
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%

Never had a Southern Tier beer before. Let's hope it isn't a lower tier beer....

Pours a nice looking orange/amber color with a thick, fullbodied head on top that leaves behind some cool, sticky-looking lace. The nose is very pleasant, with lots of aromatic, floral hops rising to the occasion. Also some fruity pine scent and a well-balance malt presence too. It's not overpowering, nor is it the best IPA aroma, nor the strongest hop smell I've ever approached, but it's nice and easy to enjoy, and that is good enough for me. The taste follows suit, providing very nice, balanced malt/hop combination. Some fruity esthers persist throughout, and it gives off an unusual fruity-bitter flavor in the end. A bit syrupy, but not too bad. Mouthfeel is smooth and full-bodied, but again a that syrupiness should be mentioned.

A different IPA than I'm used to, but I like this beer. An easy drinking, balanced IPA with a solid ABV kick (at 6.5%). I will definitely give this another go in the future, and I hope the other Southern Tier beers are as nice and interesting as this one.

Atlas1, Jul 28, 2007
Photo of DrinkinBuddy
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a draft glass. Very nice dark amber color with a nice tan 2 finger head which settled down to a single finger quickly. Initial smell is of sweet apricot, grapefruit, and pine. (very pleasant) The taste goes along with. Sweet-sour-bitter. Extremely drinkable, but with a 6.5 abv, I wouldn't get to crazy. Another good one from Southern Tier.

DrinkinBuddy, Jul 25, 2007
Photo of Vancer
3.8/5  rDev -1%

The pour was decent, gooey pile of sticky tan cream on top of a clear yellow / amber pour. Bummer that the label did not have any information on it.

Dull notes of a piney citrus, but alas, none of the citrus came through with a taste – only the woody and resinous taste of an EPA. Enough citrus makes it for this to be interesting.

Crisp and sharp body, it did have a bit of an oily finish. The hops keep trying, and finally a showing at the finish. Good summer drinking IPA.

Vancer, Jul 23, 2007
Photo of kirok1999
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours a dark golden with a nice white head. Smell is a little thin, bitter hops, grass and pine, slight malt backbone.
Taste is nice with a strong hop presence reflecting the smell, citrus, grapefruit, pine, grass with a modest sweetness.
Mouthfeel is lush and smooth. Very drinkable and very well done.

kirok1999, Jul 12, 2007
Photo of xav33
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%

Southern Tier IPA
12 oz bottle
Recent brewing, enjoyed 07/07
Moderate pour in a mug.

Poured a clear amber with a moderate fizzy white somewhat diminishing head.

Smelt of moderate green hops, spruce and grass.

Taste was upfront moderate bitter green hops and light sweet caramel malt followed by more of the same, althought the bitter hops are a bit more accented, on a moderate to long finish.

Palate was light to medium bodied, lively carbonated, slightly oily and moderately astringent.

Overall, a very good IPA that is up to par. Pleasant and drinkable.

xav33, Jul 07, 2007
Photo of slagle9480
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%

A: An amber body with an off-white or pale colored head that lasts for a while.

S: Wow, the piney aroma is extremely present. Backed up with a whiff of caramel and an acidic undertone.

T: The taste is excellent. The hops and pine oils are all over the palate with this one. The caramel and toasted malts are exceptional as well.

M: Tongue-tingling for sure. The body is medium with a creamy feel to it.

D: Hopheads everywhere should try this beer. I bought a six-pack with the intentions of writing a really thoughtful review but I got carried away and drank 4 before I remembered what I set out to do. Thus, I'm writing this the next morning. So perhaps the drinkability is one of Southern Tier IPA's best attributes! Great job to the guys in Lakewood, NY.

slagle9480, Jul 05, 2007
Photo of cichief
3.38/5  rDev -12%

Had on draft at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Poured a very pale gold color, with a pale white head.

S- Very piney, citrusy, and hoppy. Nothing special here.

T- Again very spicy, a decent hoppy pale ale. A reasonable West Coast pale ale (brewed on the east coast, however).

M- A very carbonated beer, more so than necessary.

D- An adequate beer, nothing special here.

cichief, Jun 28, 2007
Photo of PCmofo
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%

A- Light amber color and very clear.
S- Almost no Hops aroma with a slightly sweet fragrance.
T- Taste is an intense hops bite yet refreshingly tasty. Aftertaste leaves much of the hoppy taste behind
M- Beer is clear in appearance but thicker in the mouth
D- Drink ability is high if you can handle the hop flavor

PCmofo, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of roblowther
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%

Amber color, minimal head. Looks like an IPA! The smell is roses, pears, and deliciousness...ness...ness. The taste is caramel malt quickly overwhelmed by the hops. Bitter but as much flavor as bitterness. The aftertaste is all hops. Sort of like nature's breath freshener. The mouthfeel is crisp and, surprisingly, chewy in the right way. Very nice body. Drinkability is good, although the hops start to weigh on me. Don't blame the beer, though, IPAs are just a bit too hoppy for me generally speaking. This is a nice brew with a good balanced flavor that leans hoppy just the right amount. Nice!

roblowther, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of Duster72
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%

Pours a very nice clear dark copper with a big head and retention. Aroma is rather mild piney hops with hints of citrus. Taste is bitter piney hops with a surprisingly sweet malty backbone. Definite floral and citrus hints as well, but the earthy pine hops dominate. Mouthfeel is a little on the sticky side, but is fine. A little too harsh to be considered highly drinkable.

Duster72, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of zdk9
4.53/5  rDev +18%

A- Pours out a dark orange, almost amber with a half fingers worth of creamy white froasting on top. Lacing is strong and spidery on my glass.

S- I have thrust my nose into a pine tree with the first whiff of this beer. Behind the piney hops I can find some hints of carmally and pale malt, but mostly this is a hopbomb.

T- The taste lends a broader pallate of hops flavors. Grapefruit rind is probably more dominating than the pine of the scent, though the pine still shows its face. On the front of my tongue comes some crumbly biscuit flavor, but I can barely taste this before my mouth is assulted with hops. A great show of what a great hoppy beer can taste like.

M- Very creamy and suprisingly not that bitter. I have to give major points to Southern Tier for not creating a bitter bomb when they created a hop bomb, because it is usually the bitterness of such beers that I dislike.

D- When I'm in the mood for hops this is a beer I will turn to- though there is little malt flavor showing through, the hops present a complexity of their own, and the beer dancing through my mouth is a treat to remember.

zdk9, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of far333
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%

Deep golden orange with a thin beige head that rises up modestly and sits down again quickly.

Inviting aroma of sweet bready malt, brown sugar, citrusy hops and sweet fruits.

Flavor is initially malty, a little doughey, a little caramely with bits of toffee and grainy sugar. Followed by understated citrus and floral hops, not too big, but pretty tasty. A bit of grapefruit rind rises through the finish. Perhaps a bit of lingering pine

Moderate mouthfeel, not too carbonated, just a tad slick. Not overly complex, but tasty and pretty drinkable.

far333, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of Zorro
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%

A good look at the glass shows a mildly chill hazed amber colored ale with a decent white head.

The smell is strong with the hops I can tell that from a distance. Sniffing the glass this both malty and unexpectedly it is smoky. Lesser smells of herbs and a faint medicine scent. C type hops are in here but are not the strongest component of the scent.

The tastes begins with the flavor of tea and wood with citrus hop in the finish for just a bit and then back to hardwood taste. Neutral sweetness and the hops give the impression of salt taste. The hop taste here is floral and never comes out that strongly; it is a nice effect.

The mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is good, not DFH 60 minute good but it is good.

Zorro, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of mcallister
3.8/5  rDev -1%

Nice looking IPA. A dark copper with orange/red hues in the light. Head is slightly off white and very full and thick with great retention. Lace is thin, very sticky and great retention as well.

Nose is hard to really pull from. But again this is served in an Imperial Pine glass (which I despise for aroma) and in a bar yet there is a smoking ban!!!!. A hint of floral hop and dried up citrus orange fruit with a toffee malt backing.

One nice drinking malt driven IPA. Malts are sweet and toffee, melted caramel driven, thick and chewy. Hops bring things to balance and make this a damn drinkable beer. Candied flowers with a citrus lemon, tangerine twinge. RS is high and mouth is full and chewy. Carbonation is above moderate and overall a easy, nice drinking beer.

mcallister, Jun 07, 2007
Photo of rayjay
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%

This is one of the best east coast IPAs I've had yet. Crispy, clean flavor profile, with the high-alpha hops way up front, and barely enough pale, and some carmel, malts to keep it just barely balanced. My kind of beer! Thank you, bwyker. No dating on the bottle.

Fairly deep shade of pale amber, but a nice clear beer underneath. No haze, and excellent lace. Great foam retention, although the head isn't that big.

Restrained nose, maybe because this beer has very mild carbonation. Some pale malts and lots of hops.

Medium-light malt body, great for showcasing hops. I wish more east coast IPAs were made like this. The first wave is the malts and carbonation, which are very bready and almost sweet, then the bitterness of the hops kick in full force. It's chewy and resinous without being big and meaty; definately light enough to be called refreshing, but almost tipping over into big beer territory. The fallout is bitter, but slopes off and leaves a mild, tangy, malty hoppy afterglow. Just the kind of experience I'm looking for in an IPA. Carmel malts come out way more as the beer warms, so I'd recommend it at 40-45°F to keep it as refreshing as possible.

Carbonation is on the low side of active; there's plenty of CO2 in here to keep things palatable, and seltzer it is not. Very enjoyable mouthfeel.

Great beer. I liked this more than Unearthly. If I lived on the east coast I would frequent this IPA, along with Smuttynose, 60 Minute, and lots of pilsners. Cheers!

rayjay, Jun 07, 2007
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%

12 oz bottle, served in a pint glass.

Clear copper color with a white head that fell fast but did leave a good amount of lace.

Orange rind, hop aroma. Sweet nose to a hophead.

Strong biting hoppy taste. If you don't like hops, you don't get it.

Clean, light bodied IPA. Not slick or oily, very good mouthfeel.

Very drinkable IPA, 6.5% abv is low enough to have a few but strong enough to relax your soul (or get you into a fight, if you're a 'tough guy' drunk!).

Final Notes: Southern Tier is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries. I plan on visiting their brewery sometime over the summer of '07 and can hardly wait to taste some brewery fresh un*earthy as well as this IPA.
Thanks, Luv Ya!

JoeyBeerBelly, Jun 06, 2007
Photo of williamherbert
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

Nice light orange. Head is only a pittance. Nice haze in the glass. Very appealing body. Specks of lace are nice.

Mild but sweet flowery hops. Hops are not fetishized. Fruity with a nice pale malt/yeast scent. Smells like a pale with extra fruity hops.

Very nice fruity/estery hops flavor with a slight bitter finish. A sweet IPA, if that exists. Gets more bitter as it warms up.

Leaves a definite film. A bit milky, deceptively so. Has real substance. A light and "quaffable" IPA. Not bitter, not brutal. Sweet hops, real nice.

williamherbert, May 27, 2007
Photo of gmcfarre
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%

12 oz bottle poured into a traditional pint glass

A - Pours a dark yet clear pumpkin orange color with a marginal 1/2 inch bubbly head that disappears fast. Lacing is marginal as well.

S - A clever balance of malt and hop is easily perceptible in this brew. Sweet molasses malt with a perhaps lesser dose of floral, tangy hop scent. Would've liked to see more hop presence in this brew.

T - Sweet and slow sugars roll over the tongue at the onset. Overly sweet for an IPA I would say, with hops not flexing much muscle at all until... the finish is high on the hop bitterness with some residual sweetness left on the tongue.

M - Slightly biting with just a hint of carbonation up front. Finishes dry.

D - Hmm, perhaps I havn't had the freshest sample of this beer. Have the hops lessened over time? This is far from my favorite IPA. Even so, its still fairly tasty and just the right ABV for a drinkable IPA.

gmcfarre, May 15, 2007
Photo of awall422
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%

Picked this up yesterday at Julios Liquors after their tasting event. Poured a nice clear orange with a good inch head on top. Nice amount of lacing. Aroma was fantastic, as good as any other I've had out of a bottle. Hit me before I even finished pouring. Light, fruity notes, very inviting. taste was a bit sweeter than i expected, but was really rather pleasant. Kind of reminded me of a light brown ale if you hopped it up like mad. Moderate bitterness to play off the malt character made it smooth and very drinkable. Highly recommended.

awall422, May 08, 2007
Photo of Derek
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%

A: Bronze with an off-white head, not much retention but it initially leaves some lace.

S: Good hop nose: mainly pine, with grass, spice & citrus in the background; a little biscuity malt.

T: Assertive bitterness and piney hops upfront; slight spicy/woody flavour through the middle with some quality, biscuity malt, grassy/citrus finish.

M: Moderate body is smooth & creamy. Modest carbonation, slight acidity.

D: Quite good.

A really well-rounded beer.

Derek, May 01, 2007
Photo of Tyrawlings
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy orange in color with soft copper hues. Craggy off white head pours one finger thick and breaks down radiply. Nice thin sticky lacing.

S: Floral. Citrus. Caramel malt. Biscut or bread.

T: Taste does'nt measure up to the smell of the brew. Clean malts dominate upfront but are beaten back by citrus and herbal hops that kick in with a nice bitter bite to the tongue. Soft citrus juice presence adds a hint of sweetness. Clean finish.

M: Smooth and slightly slick. Moderate carbonation. Slightly dry.

D: I was a tad disappointed in the smell to taste transfer, but I enjoyed this beer none the less. Refreshing and clean. Recommended.

Tyrawlings, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of mobud
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A- Slightly cloudy, copper color with a nice oatmeal head.

S- Fresh hops smell with an even sweet malt base.

T- More malty than hops that reminds me more of an EnglishIPA rather than the AmerIPA style.

M- Malt aftertaste with a smooth medium mouthfeel.

D- OK for the style, but not one that I was overwhelmed by. Received this beer in a variety pak, so I gave it a shot. Would purchase this beer again.

mobud, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of blitz134
3.8/5  rDev -1%

A little Friday afternoon beer while I work on some homework. Received from Jay23 in Secret Bunny '07. Thanks!

Clear, orange-light caramel mix. Little head on the pour and what was there disappeared to only a ring around the glass and some intermittent bubbles on the surface.

Aroma is nice and simple, but still has a little strength. Fairly clean malting. Presents a little biscuit and a little crystal malt, not much though. Mostly hops in the nose though. Nice floral and citrus blend, some tangerine rind and a touch of straw.

Taste has a bit more malting evident and less floral hops. Malts are more upfront and have more bready, dinner roll to it. More straw and herbal hops in the finish. Some lingering bitterness. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel is relatively light and crisp. Coats the mouth okay initially but washes away with a little bread flavor and lingering bitterness.

Good drinkability. Not a huge standout of the style, but definately a solid offering here. This would be my fallback IPA if I lived in the area. Nice and refreshing brew.

blitz134, Apr 13, 2007
Photo of akorsak
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%

A 12 oz bottle purchased at Thirsty's in York, PA.

A: The ale is a darker orange color, slightly hazy with sediment and a thin head that sporadically laces.

S: Compared to the Leatherlips that I just had, this beer is a big and thick grapefruit/citrus bomb. The aroma makes the mouth water.

T: The ale starts with a malty graininess, caramel with some sweetness. Immediately after the malts the hops hit, and they hit hard. The hops are citrusy with grapefruit and apricot elements, big and juicy. Those hops continue their big assault throughout the entire glass, providing a sweetness that overtakes the malts and finishes very long.

M: The hops are big here, big enough to be a DIPA without the bigger alcohol body.

D: Very drinkable. The abv is moderate and the hops are big, one wouldn't think that this much of a hop profile could fit into a smaller ale.

akorsak, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of Kendo
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%

A: From a 12 oz bottle into a slightly rounded glass that was kind of similar to a pint glass. Body of clear light amber with soft glowing copper hues. A 1-finger ivory head settles pretty quickly to film, leaving nice rings of foamy lacing on the way down.

S: Grassy, piney hops with notes of grapefruit. Not a particularly overwhelming nose, but it hits the right spots and tells you this is definitely a hoppy beer.

T: Very good. More malt backbone than expected from the nose results in a good bitter/sweet balance. Sweet caramel from the malt allows for the fruity hops -- grapefruit, I think -- to jump off in the middle and then the grassy and piney hops finish it off, leaving a nice dry but bitter hoppy aftertaste that lingers on the mouth nicely. Fresh and clean are general descriptions that come to mind.

M: Light to medium in feel, but maybe just a tad bit too carbonated once it gets in the mouth.

D: Very good. Two went down easily and I would not have minded having another one at all.

Notes: I've been pretty happy with Southern Tier's other offerings, so I was looking forward to trying this. It didn't disappoint. Given that I live in upstate NY, I figured this would be a little cheaper, however (with tax & deposit it was over $9.00 for the 6-pack). A very good beer and if it was about a buck or a buck-fifty cheaper for the sixer, I could see this becoming my "house" IPA. Definitely recommended.

Kendo, Apr 07, 2007
IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,150 ratings.