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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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2,071 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,071
Reviews: 904
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 37
Gots: 97 | 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 nickg902


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
Photo of RedChrome


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
Photo of smcolw


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
Photo of maddamish


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
Photo of edchicma


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
Photo of blitheringidiot


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
Photo of Illinick


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
Photo of jdhilt

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
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clean Amber/copper beer. Has a nice creamy off white head. The aroma is strong hops, mostly floral with some spicey and grapefruit notes. There is a light malty character that lingers in the background. the flavor has a much more balanced attack. Alternating from a sweet biscuit malt to the bite of the hops right up to the dry sweet finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2006 00:22:49 | More by ybnorml
Photo of Suds


4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew is a golden, hazy color with a cratered and dense head. There’s a lot of carbonation as well. The aroma balanced between hops and malt, leaning precipitously toward the hops. The smells are grassy and citric, and intensely floral. There’s also a caramel, toffee-like undertone that give a nice contrast to the hops. It comes together very well. The taste is moderately sweet, with a consistent lightly-toasted malt flavor in the foretaste. Very resinous, oily hops force their way into the taste soon after the first sip, and quickly assert their dominance. The finish is all hops, is oily, and lingers nearly forever. Well done. The beer is very highly carbonated, which I found a notably distracting. Half as much carbonation would have done this beer a lot of good. The balance is terrific, and the flavors are right-on. Extraordinarily drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2006 19:55:24 | More by Suds
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New York

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a small amount of head that dissipated quickly. Looks like a good IPA that is not too softorange but has some fine red tones.

Smell is awesome. Ripe with skunky herb and grapefruit.

Taste is dry and citrusy with enough malt backing to make it slightly interesting, but not incredibly balanced.

Mouthfeel is good (This is one of those attributes that coan only hurt a beer). Drinkability is good. I'd say that my top would be three of these before moving on.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2006 01:52:17 | More by barrelman
Photo of orbitalr0x


4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with cool green artwork. Pours from the bottle a dark orange and amber color with a half inch of taut off white foam that leaves lots of spotty lacing across the glass. Aromas of green hops off the bat. Tropical fruity and citric with pine resin accents. Sweet caramel in the background. A lovely mix of leafy hop scents.

First sip brings some sweet caramalized maltiness that's a touch doughy. It leads the way for a nice mix of citric, piney hops that have some tropical fruit notes as well. Medium bitterness with a good balance between the hops and malts. Finishes with lingering leafy hop flavor that makes you want to take another sip.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and creamy. Perfect carbonation. This is a drinkable IPA that I'd imagine would be a good session brew. Easy drinking and full of good hoppy flavors. Definetly an IPA worth seeking out from the great state of NY. Thanks to kmpitz2 for saving one of these for me!

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2006 03:27:52 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazed orange amber with a small white head that drops to a bubbling, sticky top. Slow, sparse carbonation. The aroma is light but fantastic - juicy, fresh citrus and pine balanced with a rich maltiness. The taste is, at first, of solid malts - bready with a secondary blend of hop resins and a little tea-like sweetness on the tongue. As it warms, the hops become more pronounced - mostly floral. Smooth and lightly bitter.

Let it warm up and the hops will come out to play. The balance really makes this beer enjoyable - its not an overwhelming hop-bomb, its a flavorful, intriguing IPA that I will definately purchase again in the near future. Very distinctive...recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2006 03:29:52 | More by wedge
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4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If you've had Bell's great Two Hearted Ale, you'll know what to expect with Southern Tier's IPA. If you haven't had Two Hearted, let me tell you what to expect:

A slightly dry and grassy floral hops bite that's wonderfully balanced with the beer's malt backbone. There are really nice fruit accents...citrus, like you'd expect from an IPA, but also cherry, strawberry, and maybe even apricot and banana.

It has some of the kick of a double IPA, even though it's "only" 6.5 ABV...it has that kind of potency and bite.

Terrrific stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2006 04:25:10 | More by GnomeKing
Photo of Crosling


3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Extremely strange, yet pleasant hop and malt aroma, with hints of pine needles dripping with caramel. butter, apple and pear, human skin, as well as hints of corn husk, tea, apricots and pine. Orange copper color, with no head. Medium body. Tea-like hop character, with a variety of fruits, along with pine-like hops. Malt body is full of butter toffee and caramel flavors. Fairly nice and enjoyable beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2006 20:27:31 | More by Crosling
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4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear copper color with an average (.5") head. Smell has no dominant notes, just a piney hop aroma over a mild citrus backgroud. Taste is amazingly smooth, and this is going down almost too quickly. Absolutely no alcohol detected in here, and while it's not huge @ 6.5%, it shows the great balance in this one. Starts out smooth with mild carbonation that keeps it lively. A slightly hoppy grassy/citrusy flavor is detected into the great finish. This is one of the most drinkable IPA's I've ever had, and while the hops won't blow your tastebuds away (ahem.. Rumination), they provide a great balance to a very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2006 03:59:39 | More by bkett01
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Rhode Island

3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark hazey orangy tanish brown color. Adequate lacing around the pint nice creamy white colored head disipated rather quickly. Smells floral and has some nice citrus tones. Smooth and very drinkable not a strong hop bite but enjoyable. Has a good hop finish with suttle malt tones. Rather pleasent after taste. Hoppiness seemed to grow throughout the pint. At first it did not seem to hoppy but it seemed to grow a bit stronger half way through the pint. Good IPA not a overwhelming beer but good qualities and drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2006 21:33:56 | More by bigone4
Photo of bignick


3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single purchased at Julio's in Westborough.

This is a well-constructed IPA. There is a nice hop bite without being overwhelming. The bite of the citrus is there then very quickly goes away. The body is a little on the thin side, but this just leads to a very drinkable American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2006 01:01:01 | More by bignick
Photo of scooter231

New York

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very pretty rusty/ruby color with a quickly disappearing white head, and minimal lacing. Nose is hoppy and very sharp- potent. Lots of fruityness in there as well. Agressive, but not painful. Just strong.

Tastes like an IPA should- hoppy, with a good malty backbone, and some fruityness going on. A tad bit of a grassy kind of thing in here too. Nothing exceptional, but a good IPA. Mouthfeel starts strong and full and ends weakly, watery. Every time I take a sip I feel like it's gonna be a great mouthfeel- and then it just withers away. As far as IPAs go, this is a solid one. Drinkable, surely- refreshing, sort of on the heavy side, but otherwise nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2006 04:35:23 | More by scooter231
Photo of Ego

New Jersey

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

acquired as part of a "mix six" 6 pack from DeCicco Market, Pelham NY $9.99

golden caramel with amber tone, active carbonation, decent lacing, nice cling film action, your a little above average lookin' IPA

malty caramel, grapefruit, the nice sweet malt balances very well with the pine hop notes... nothing is "fighting" in the nose and nothing is hitting younover the head like a morning after a maddog 20/20 night... very nicely done

taste etc...
the carbonation is as others have described, quite sparkling on the tongue which is refreshing and adds to the crispness of the mouthfeel. The prickilation carries the more bitter notes which fade into the malt but yet retain some of the bitterness. Much like the nose this is a well crafted brew with nothing fighting for dominance. This one has a nice medium drinking mouthfeel, almost with a slick syrup tendency from the hop oil me thinks. The alcohol is slightly perceptable but not distracting. later on in the glass the bitterness is becoming more aggressive and this starts to lose its balance. overuse of amarillo hops or one of the new varieties ? perhaps...

tasty. I would buy it again if it was available near me, I wouldn't go nuts looking for it though.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2006 04:30:38 | More by Ego
Photo of JasonCoop


4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear amber with small white foam.

smells like nice fruity hops. orange and grapefruit, nice hoppiness.

taste is sweet fruit maltiness. orange/grapefruit citrus dominates the taste with awesome hops. ripe fruit with nice hop bitterness. i love it.

mouthfeel is medium to light i'd say. pretty smooth, and easily drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2006 07:11:32 | More by JasonCoop
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3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear copper colored beer. Nice head that lingers on the glass.

Aroma: First smell is solidly fruit and malty sweetness. Citrusy grapefruity smells are predominant here. But the caramel maltyness is pleasant.

Taste: Very balanced sweetness and hoppy flavors. The mouthfeel is nice and full and the finish leaves you wanting another taste. This is a very drinkable IPA.

Notes: This could easily be a fridge staple.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2006 23:57:19 | More by beerinator
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

East Coast represent!
Tastes almost like a west coast IPA. Very assertive flavor profile. Potent in the nose. A little watery on the palate... could use a bit of sparklyness either from carbonation or hops (Lagunitas and Great Divide are examples of brews as I recall having a kind of sparkly mouthfeel; almost like poprocks at times).
This reminds me a little bit of HopDevil Ale. It has a good malty backbone to combat the assault of the hops.
Doesn't strike me as quite as good as the scores so far would indicate, but definately good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2006 00:02:22 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of kennyo

New York

3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of the Southern Tier Variety Pack

pours a nice copper color with a heavy white head, kind of hazy.

Aoma is canabis, swet candy kind of like Jolly Ranchers

Taste is sweet candy, malt, some hop bitterness, flavor with a little heat on the back of the throat

This is a pretty tasty and drinkable beer from the folks at southern tier

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2006 17:03:45 | More by kennyo
Photo of geexploitation


4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an very good IPA. The appearance is pretty standard IPA fare -- orangey brown with a slight head that disappears quickly. The aroma is excellent -- upon breathing this in, you get a big blast of Cascade hops full of pine and grapefruit. There's a slight malt undertone to the nose as well. The taste of this beer is very smooth and well balanced, especially in relation to some of its poorly-constructed stylistic relatives. There's a slight acidity to the taste, but it's not overpowering; the hits the front of the tongue first, then slides to the back after you swallow. Throughout there's a powerful bitterness that's laid on top of a nice malt base. Mouthfeel is more or less average, nothing special. There's a fair bit of alcohol in this beer; it's something that could sneak up on you. Overall, a very smooth, pleasing, highly hopped brew that's a very solid IPA. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2006 01:28:03 | More by geexploitation
IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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