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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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2,168 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,168
Reviews: 910
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 42
Gots: 146 | 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 objectivemonkey
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber orange, some nice lacing from a minimal head, decent. The aroma seething of hops, citric, floral, delicious. The same of the taste, loads of hops, a nice malt backing for sure, but this hoppy boat is a good, fun ride. The body is nice, the carbonation nice... this is an utterly drinkable IPA. YUM!

objectivemonkey, Sep 24, 2007
Photo of tpd975
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another ST brew via my man BeerTruth.

A: Pours nice golden orange color with fluffy head. There is a nice steady stream of bubbles that leave behind wonderful lacing.

S: Nice floral aroma, with undertones of pine.

T: Starts off with a nice grassy taste with a bite of citrus. It finishes with a piney sweetness.

M: Medium bodied and refreshing.

D: Very drinkable brew. If available would buy this one by the 6 pack.

Overall: Another solid ST brew. Thanks to BeerTruth I have tried many in their lineup of brews and have enjoyed them all. They are a very progressive brewer that is putting out a wonderful product. Can't wait to try some of their fall lineup.

tpd975, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of funkengruven
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a cloudy amber with a quickly subsiding head with tons of lacing. Smell is fresh and hoppy, very nice. Flavor is much the same, tons of hops, but strangely the aftertaste does not linger around all that long. I consider that to be a quality in this brew since with many IPAs the bitterness can be a little overbearing, not in this case. In fact, this one is quite smooth and easy to drink.

Definitely a favorite of mine in this style.

funkengruven, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of mnj21655
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with a half finger of off-white head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves little lacing. Aroma is a mix of citrusy, piney, resinous hop aromas with just a bit of maltiness in the background. Taste is great. Piney, citrusy, and resinous hop oils dominate the taste. I can just barely detect some maltiness beneath all the hops. Mouthfeel is good, with a medium-light body, moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, this is a good west coast-style IPA thats brewed on the east coast. Its pleasantly hoppy while not being overwhelming. Overall this is a solid brew that I'll certainly have again.

mnj21655, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of Durge
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden brew with a thin head and good lacing. A beautiful creamy, piney hops aroma, earthy with a little hint of lemon. The first taste brings thick bodied hops with a slick oily feel. A smokey intro with a touch of citrus at the finish. A delicious frothy IPA with some guts. Chewy sweet hoppiness with a bitter touch but not too strong or heavy to forego multiple bottles per sitting! This will join the list of very favorable IPA's, can't go wrong. Me like...

Durge, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a real easy drinker. Very smooth and tastes great. Golden in color on the pour with little head. Smell is slight hoppy. Taste is crisp, refreshing and nice. I could see going through a sixer of this with no problem. A solid, easily sessionable brew.

FtownThrowDown, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of scott
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Clear pour with a quick to fade head. Copper and mildly carbonated. Clean nose that is fragrant & outdoorsy. Taste is a pleasant mixture of floral hop & sweet malt. This is an unusual IPA. It finishes with a woody bitterness. I am not familiar with columbus hops, and I think they add a newer complexity/taste that I am not accustomed to. This does end with a grassy hot bitterness for sure. Recommended.

scott, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of BMoney575
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 8-18-07

Pours a deep amber with a big white head that clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell is big, floral hops with a balanced malt character.

Taste is very fruity hops at first, followed by a nice maltiness. Standard IPA bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is nice and foamy, adds to the flavors.

Drinkability is also good, the hop flavors and bitterness are well balanced.

Overall, not the best IPA I've had, but worth a try.

BMoney575, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of jackorain
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Darker amber with a tinge of orange. 1-inch, white head with fantastic retention and phenominal lace once the head did begin to suside.

S-Carmel malt, very strong tangerine and orange aroma. Citrus hops.

T-cramel malts and citrus hops, not that bitter but has a good hop presence. the tangerine from the nose does not really show up in the taste. finishes a little tangy/sour.

M-Fairly light in body with an odd tingly carboantion.

D-Not terrible, I could have a couple, the sour finish would make me move on.

jackorain, Aug 25, 2007
Photo of GreenWBush
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Classic look; sturdy cling, reddened bronze.

Nose is clean, strong: citric, tannic, wheaty fermentations. C-hops.

The flavor is caught in between Ruby Red grapefruit and and orange PEZ candy. And stuck there, searching for an identity. Centennials if I were a guesser. Just lacks distinction.

GreenWBush, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of david131
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Slightly cloudy and golden. Amazing head retention and some great rising carbonation.

S- Crisp, clean, earthy. Not too hoppy in the nose. IPA what? A little grapefruit I guess.

T- Very clean. Crisp. A little bit of grapefruit. Well balanced, rich, and a slight buttery aspect to this.

M- Good carbonation, thick, rich. A tad buttery. Seems to lean a tad toward the English style IPA.

D- Goes down well, but it is kind of rich for an IPA. And this doesn't have enough to keep me hooked and coming back for more. A worthwhile beer, but with so many better offerings out there, I don't see myself getting this again.

david131, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a chill hazed honey amber body with small offwhite head. Some patchy lacing sticks to the glass. Aroma is citrusy fruity with a heavy grapefruit presence. A hint of caramel sweetness. Medium body and carbonation. Taste is dominated by a grapefruity hop bitterness. Hints of pine and earthy hops just underneath. Subtle caramel maltiness agreeably balances. I could drink this one on a regular basis.

merlin48, Aug 18, 2007
Photo of Lnedrive14
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, at the very least, flies like this beer, since somehow one ended up in mine. I pushed forward, however, and after dispensing of the fly I drank up. Hopefully the fly didn't alter the taste....

Pours a golden yellow, with a hint of orange. On the light side for an IPA. Little to no head. Very, very bitter up front. The aftertaste of grapefruit and orange rounds it out a little better, but it is really intense at the beginning.

I think this is an interesting brew. As with their other beers, i liked what southern tier is trying to do here. It is sort of like a good west coast ipa, just maybe a bit too potent up front, without enough hops to balance it through the palate.

Lnedrive14, Aug 15, 2007
Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this both on tap and out of the bottle of late. Not really much difference between either format, but this review is based on a glass of draft I had at Frisco's yesterday.

The beer pours an impressive copper orange color with decent head retention and good lacing. On the nose one gets some bracing bitter citrus, in this case orange. This IPA has some very nice flavors and is quite well balanced. There is some nice orange citrus on the palate, and just enough bitterness to make you take note. However, it has just the right amount of malt to go with it, giving the beer a touch of malty sweetness, but not too much IMO. This beer is not heavy or overdone the way some DIPA's are, and is really quite well balanced. The beer has a nice refreshing, crisp mouthfeel, and comes across as very drinkable.

Very nice IPA from Southern Tier.

John_M, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of Gmann
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper color with an average white head, no lacing detected. The smell is of grapefruit hops, grassy, malty sweetness. The taste is of grapefruit hops, resin. Quite bitter up front which is cut by the caramel malt base. More on the bitter-side but pretty balanced. Moderate body and fairly carbonated, finished a tad bitter on the tongue. A good AIPA that doesn't slam you over the head with hop bitterness or sugary sweetness.

Gmann, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear copper color with a small white head that fades. Decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma is full of well blended citrusy hops. Nice tones of grapefruit and a bit of peach. A hint of caramel malt sneaks in, which suggests that there may be some balance in this brew.

Nice citrusy hop flavors upfront with the same grapefruit and peachy tones that I detected in the smell. Nice aggressive bitterness, but not overpowering. A hint of malt appears just before the finish, which is quite dry with a nice lingering hop flavor.

Medium body, mild carbonation.

Overall, a very nice IPA and a pleasure to drink. Plenty of hops without becoming grossly unbalanced. Definitely recommended.

MaltyGoodness, Aug 03, 2007
Photo of Gatch
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper/amber color w/ a thick, creamy whtie head which died quickly. The first scent from the bottle was very alcoholic but once poured into a glass, that strength faded. A hoppy, citric nose and a malty presence underneath. The taste was typical IPA but still very smooth and full of flavor. Not as intense as some West Coast IPA's can get, but the hops are definitely there and so is the piney/citrus character. The malt, which was sweet, also added a nice balance. The carbonation was pretty high, but it wasn't overwhelming or at all unpleasing. The hops complemented w/ the carbonation gave a nice tingling sensation on the palate. This is a very consistent, drinkable IPA and I drank it much faster than I wanted to.

Gatch, Jul 31, 2007
Photo of BeerTruth
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Wow, I can't believe I have yet to review this one. Pours a clear copper hue with a nice two finger white head that dies down to a thin layer. Stickiness is damn good. Smell is of fresh, clean, grapefruit with a nice piney undertone. A pale malt appears in the nose as well. Taste starts off with a sweet grapefruit hop that blends with a lemon/lime hop and is taken back by a nice wheaty malt. Aftertaste is actually quite malty, almost caramel like. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. I really like the drinkability of this one, glad this is easily available for me. Southern Tier makes some of the best beers in NY state and this one won't disappoint.

BeerTruth, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of Atlas1
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 29, 2007
Photo of DrinkinBuddy
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,168 ratings.