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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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2,324 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,324
Reviews: 926
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 50
Gots: 246 | 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 BigD1972
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The Southern Tier IPA was not as good as I had heard it to be. However , it is a very drinkable lighter tasting IPA than most others I have tried.
The color is good, orange/gold. The smell is very floral/hoppy. Overall taste is good. Nice hoppy finish but not what I expected.

Photo of Brew33
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had read some reviews on this beer and I was hoping it would be a great beer... It isn't. This is possibly the most boring IPA I have ever had. I love India Pale Ale, it's my favorite style but this beer isn't very good.

Sure, I'd drink another one but I wouldn't pay for it. This beer tastes like the brewer followed a recipe card for a generic IPA. It tasted VERY similar to Goose Island's IPA which to me is Goose's worst offering.

It smells like grapefruit and pine, a nice hop note but the taste is biting hops with an almost non existent malt character. Little to no complexity or depth of flavor. It stuck to the glass like any IPA should but the mouthfeel was rather thin.

Not a great offering. Try a Dogfish Head or Great Lakes Commodore Perry before this beer. BLAH!

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a decent amount of foamy head and some OK lacing. A slightly clear texture.

S: Smelled of floral hops, citrus and a bit of malt.

T: The floral hops mingle well with the citrus (grapefruit) and low key malt. A nicely done flavor.

M: A fairly well carbonated beer with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable, well made beer that goes down easy. Not my favorite IPA, but good.

Photo of MP72
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- orange amber with a very fluffy white head

S-Previous poster is right about the high orange smell, very floral as well.

T- Hop Bomb this a real citrusy IPA but tastes more similar to an English IPA to me. Similar maybe to Yards.

M-Crisp and zesty

D- very good for an IPA , nice moderate ABV

I enjoyed this one a lot. A friend and I drank these side by side with Hop Devil which we both love and both favored this one surprisingly.

Photo of MMAJYK
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quick review into my notebook.

A- Golden color with 1/2" fluffy head. Transparent with orange hues.

S- Oranges! Again, this one is totally a citrus bomb. I cannot figure out how they get so much orange characteristics in their beer. Surely they cannot get all this from hops only.

T- Different from the nose: sweet malts followed by hop bitterness finishing nice and dry. Floral and refreshing!

M- Thin and high carbonation.

D- I love the smell of this one and the taste is different, but damn good!

Photo of cratez
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

355ml bottle enjoyed at Chaucer's Pub in London, ON.
Pour: golden amber body with a thin, bright white head.
Smell: beautiful floral hop aroma, traces of yeast, hemp, and bread dough.
Taste: citrusy hops and orange peel with a crisp, bitter aftertaste that quickly fades away. Mouthfeel is smooth, tangy, and oily.
Overall: this gorgeous beer is underrated IMO. An ideal session ale and one of the only "true" US IPAs available in Ontario.

Photo of kshankar
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear orange color with small amount of foam with little retention. Lacing is decent though.

Aroma: Citrus hops, not too strong. Its mild, really. Not in a bad way, I can still get a good aroma from this.

Taste: Good flavors from the hops. Its not really that strong, but its not a pushover either. Overall, its a pretty good one, I'd say, and the bitterness works well in the end near the finish. Hops are used less than expected, but not in a way to be detrimental to the beer.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, nice carbonation, and a clean/dry finish.

Drinkability: Tastes good, nice mouthfeel...pretty drinkable I'd say.

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

A - mostly clear, peachy orange colour, white head with good retention and a sheet of lace.

S - medium light citrus hops, some sweetish tropical notes, light malt aroma, clean

T - sweet hops upfront blend in with caramel malt sweetness, tropical fruity hop notes, bitterness is somewhat reserved, but blends well with drying alcohol. Malt character is largely absent, just sort of there.

M - medium body, very creamy, gives the impression of fullness, medium carbonation, mild alcohol warmth

D - this doesn't really make you go "wow," but it's a serviceable IPA

The tropical fruit I'm picking up is very nice, but it's just not strong enough. The malt profile tastes a little "dirty" if you will, as opposed to clean. The mouthfeel is too heavy, I prefer a crispness in an IPA that this is lacking. I suppose I'd be happy if I could get this locally, but it's nothing to go out of your way for.

Thanks to NASH for the bottle!

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

Bottle. Pours a clear orange with a thick off-white head. Aroma of bitter citrusy hops. Flavor is a nice blend of citrusy, bitter hops and light caramel malt. Very refreshing and drinkable. Pretty similar to Harvest Ale but slightly hoppier. Nice beer.
Appearance: 4/5
Aroma: 7/10
Palate: 4/5
Flavor: 8/10
Overall: 15/20

Photo of smadsen8486
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Light/clearish amber color. Pours a thin head that is quick to dissapate to the the edges of the glass. Not much of a scent to this IPA only a hint of a grainy/citrus smell. The taste matches the smell with a very slight hint of citrus and overall taste like an average IPA. Not a whole lot going on with the drinkability, a very smooth/crisp beer. Does have a slight alcohol aftertaste with a bit of a dry bite to it.

Overall this was an easy to drink IPA with no suprises. One side aspect I really enjoyed with this beer was a near perfect carbonation that made it not to filling and settle very well.

Not the best IPA I've ever had but certainly one I would enjoy having on a regular basis.

Photo of corey0212
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear coppery/orange, dense & foamy white head fades into a sudsy layer atop the beer, big sheets of lacing cling to the glass. Lots of tangerine and grapefruit aroma, honey/caramel malt. Taste follows right along, with a gentle bitter aftertaste...really bright & citrusy IPA. Drinkability is great on this one. Pairs well with all kinds of food....just an all-around solid IPA.

Photo of biegaman
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An antique bronze with lemon peel edging. Little bubbles dot the glass like a school of tiny fluttering fish. Decent complexion and great retention; soapy lathers of lace are remnant of a foam that was fully whipped and fluffed.

I've never known Southern Tier to shy off from the hops and the smell would indicate that they certainly have not done so here. Caramel flambe is sprinkled with spruce and shavings of orange peel and grapefruit skin. It doesn't have the in-your-face zest of its West coast counterparts, but it has an equal level of hoppiness - a different type mind you.

The flavour can be fairly easily predicted from smell - there is that same kind of scorched toffee and citrus rind character. The malts taste like finely toasted biscuits with the hop profile presenting a touch of fruit, and a ton of pine and spruce. What I always seem to note in ST's IPA is a hint of crushed mint or loose leaf jasmine tea. It has a definite distinction for me amongst the style.

Again I warn you not to expect the kind of resin saturated exotic fruit punch that West coast hop bombs present, this carries itself with a little more balance and a little less attitude. It still offers a ton of hop character, just not the tongue numbing kind. This can be a good or a bad thing, depending on what you're in the mood for.

I love Southern Tier and I have no qualms with their IPA. Sure I've smelt and tasted better - and just to be sure, there are better - but I doubt I could name many I'd rather drink on a regular basis. Of all the East coast IPA's I've tried this is certainly among the best.

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

Picked this one up in a sampler 12 pack. Decent beer. Pours a clear copper color with a great white head to it. Has a great aroma of citrus and hops to it. Has a very slight bitter taste to it. Tastes like a watered down IPA. Definitely not the best IPA by far.

Photo of Shadman
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big Ty to Bobsy for this hop experience! Dude is a TN trader.

Certainly fit's the bill appearance wise what ever side of the IPA 'pond' you're on. Nice clear color, awesome thick head with great retention and lacing. Looks awesome.

Was expecting more of a nasal blast, but then I remembered this was from NY state, not Oregon...lol. Still, fairly muted for an AIPA. Hop was almost equally balanced between floral and citrus.

Nice. The blend of citrus and grapefruit hop is vitually seamless. Maltiness is there, but one needs patience to appreciate it as it makes it's presence known more toward the rear of the taste spectrum. A touch too sweet on the finish or I would be head ovr heels in love with this brew.

Photo of Ralphus
4.62/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier IPA is a beer that is highly regarded among beer enthusiasts, and for good reason. This is another example of an exemplary American IPA that excels in many different areas.

It looks good. An attractive amber colour with a quickly receding head and nice lacing all the way to the bottom of the glass. There is plenty to enjoy smell-wise.. lots of fruit, sweet but not overpowering thanks to the evident dosage hops, and malts. The taste is jam-packed with flavour.. caramel cream malts, fruit and a perfectly balanced pine hoppiness in the finish. It's a hoppy beer for sure but one that's done right.

If you're a fan of IPAs this a must have on your list and in your fridge. Drink up while it lasts!

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

Served on tap into a pint glass.
A. Poured a sunshine yellow with lots of carbonation. A nice fluffy white head that leaves a great amount of lacing clinging and drying to the pint glass.

S. The aroma of floral piney hops mixed with lemony citrusy hops. A slight malt backbone.

T. The taste of piney citrusy hops upfront. The taste of a pine cone mixed with lemon and orange ccitrus hop flavors. The hops dominate but do not overwhelm. A nice balance of hops that taste great. Not to much of a bitter bite but a slight bitterness at the finish. Very tasty indeed.

M. The mouthfeel is creamy and dry. A medium bodied beer with a slight bitterness at the end.

D. Southern Tier does it again. A very refreshing tasting beer that would be easy to session.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a. Poured into a pint glass from tap. Light golden yellow with layer upon layer of fine lace.

s. Not an overpowering nose, just hop spice here with some malt in the distance.

t.Follows the nose, much hoppier than malty. Hop character is piney with lemon tones. Biting bitter hop snap. The malt does little to balance this. Similar to a Stone ipa.

m. Pretty crisp and light to medium bodied.

d. This is a nice drinking IPA. Everything a hop head needs. Piney bitter and citric hops, little else. Cheers!

Photo of TeddyBG
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass. no freshness date.

A: Light copper, filtered. Minimal head, that quickly dissipates. Decent lacing.

S: Wonderfully floral a citrusy. With a little bit of malt in the back.

T: Citrusy hops with a almost smoky malt backbone. Decent hop finish, that does not linger too long.

M: Well carbonated maybe too much. Medium mouthfeel. Decent.

D: This is a very drinkable IPA. Good ABV and the bitterness does not linger too long to become obtrusive after a few.

Photo of kmeves
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is copper with a smallish light tan head. Aroma has muddled caramel malt, orange / pine hops and some sweetness. The flavor is seet caramel malt, citrus and pine. A bit more bitter finish. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Decent American IPA.

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

Pours a hazy deep gold with minimal head that dissipates quickly and leaves faint lacing behind.

Nice pine citrus nose, not heavy handed as some IPA's tend to be.

A smooth and enjoyable IPA, fairly well balanced as was evident from the nose.

Very drinkable, though not my favorite IPA.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of a Southern Tier Sampler pack (12/$14.99)

This was a well above average IPA. Very hoppy aroma and taste while still being well balanced. One odd thing was a lack of lacing in the glass, but it did look presentable. The high ABV is well hidden and it's a solid beer all around, a great IPA.

Photo of JMBSH
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A hard pour delivers a thick creamy head. After a few minutes, it shrinks back to a nice coating leaving a good deal of lace on the sides. Golden in color with a small amout of carbonation seen.

S - From the moment it was poured, a scent of citric, grapefruit fills the surrounding air.

T - The taste is more herbal, woodsy. It is nicely balanced with the malt. Light and clean. No really overpowering parts.

M - Very smooth and refreshing.

D - While a different hop taste to go with its scent would have been nice, a very enjoyable beer. This brewery continues to impress me.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a slightly pale amber. A similarly pale cream head sits above, lumpy, a bit creamy, and a decent lacer.

Aroma - bready grain, fresh baked. Light hop presence, especially for an IPA.

Taste - sweet, slightly syrupy graininess. Crackery, very nice, the segue to the hops is smooth. A restrained hop flavor, some grassy notes and general pininess, but no big distinctive flavors. The swallow has a juicy, almost peachy flavor. A lighter IPA, but well-flavored and a full balanced taste.

Mouthfeel - smooth body, medium carbonation.

Drinkability - great session IPA from ST.

Photo of CrellMoset
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: A slightly hazy but largely transparent orange amber with a sticky, creamy, slightly off-white head, great lacing, and slow, sparse, but pinpoint fine carbonation.

Aroma: Very pungent and pleasant. Tropical fruits and citrus, floral notes, and a light herbal mint note wafts over a sea of sweet and slightly roasty barley.

Taste: Much of the same, but with more floral notes, a slightly less complex citrus bouquet, and less herbal notes. It's biscuity, grainy, and semi-dry, but has a mild but persistent hop bitterness. Not overpowering by any stretch of the imagination, and actually pretty balanced, but a little too dry and lacking in true hop complexity.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, oily, medium bodied and a little uneven.

Drinkability: Not bad IPA by any stretch of the imagination - the aroma is very nice, mouthfeel creamy and smooth, and alcohol completely manageable. It's a little on the dry side, though, and compared to the nose, the hop notes in the taste are a little bit of a letdown. Definitely a quality brew from an above quality brewery, however - worth trying.

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.

IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,324 ratings.