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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
very good

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Ratings: 2,071
Reviews: 904
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 38
Gots: 98 | 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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4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The weakness of this beer is in the pour where there's a small head that fades rather quickly. But the reddish orange color is very intriging and brings the score up to a 4. The smell is almost all floral, citrusy hops maybe with a little peach but it is a bit weaker. The second bottle I had the next night however had a much stronger aroma with lots of grassy hops and little else. The flavor is an explosion of hops. They're right there and in your face. It seems like there's a lot of centennial hops in here because the flavor produces a great grapefruit/citrus combination. More hop resins come forth the further I go and there's an oily flavor from the hops near the middle. Malt barely holds up to the hops but I think it does its job. There's a nice woody malty flavor in there that I notice from time to time. The mouthfeel is amazing as this beer is really creamy and the body seems to have the perfect thickness to it. The body in this beer really helps the flavors work to their potential. Man, I could drink this beer all night long! Reminded me of hop ottin from Anderson Valley with a little more flavoring hops and a little less bittering hops.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2004 13:23:50 | More by granger10
Photo of UnionMade


4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, purchased at Half Time in Poughkeepsie, NY.
The beer pours a browned orange, a color that would have felt comfortable in any modern 70's home. A slight chill haze, due to the bottle conditioning and my reluctance to leave any sweet, sweet beer to the drain. A healthy plume of white head blossoms on the pour, settling happily into an even film that remains throughout my glass. Excellent lacing, full sheets of belgian lace cling to the glass, marking my passage.
The aroma is fairly mild, for an IPA. The presence of the malt bespeaks pale ale in it's balance, albeit american style, with an equal part respresenting assertive american hops. Toasty malt, with the barest touch of caramel, evenly matched with pungent citrus and pine brutishness. Probably more towards the realm of pine, moving into earthy and woody. The citrus is actually more of an overtone, the bulk of the hop character is derived from a deep earthenness. Very nice and stable. Immobile. Soft hints of grass and pear create a ground fog effect, as if it were early morning on a summer's night.
The flavor starts with a brazen malt graininess, the barley's toasted caramel sweetness struggles to hold back the hops long enough for your palate to ready itself for the attack. The floodgates open in the middle, a full orange and lime flavor opening up like a vanguard for the army. The malt battles back with some pear and grass esters, maintaining a sweetened foothold throughout the sip. The finish is a full display of hop aggression, a furious melee of pine sap and citrus rind thrashing chaotically on the palate. On a more gentle inspection, erudite notes of aged woodflesh and forest earth lead the frenzy. Everything is boxed up in a neat, concise medium body that leaves your palate with reluctance. Hop notes remain like smoke on the battlefield long after the beer has expired. Limpid carbonation is just enough to carry the fullish medium body without seeming sluggish.
Despite my description, the beer is really well balanced (assuming you make a habit of american craft brews), the flavors co-existing in harmony. The hops are (of course) aggressive, but administered by a gentle hand that understands it's field of play. In my opinion, this is an IPA that showcases classic american brewing skill. Domestic ingredients, and a damn fine product to show for it. I could sip this down all night long, and come back the next day for seconds. If only this were available without a two hour drive, but then it would cut out on locally brewed favorites. Another in my fictitious top ten list of american IPAs. Another great beer from Southern Tier. These folks know their stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2004 10:49:46 | More by UnionMade
Photo of 99bottles


4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: This 12 ounce bottle has some serious defects. It's almost flat, the seam seems as if it will tear apart. If this beer is as good as I've heard, then they ought to be able to make round bottles in the near future. Light orange body, slight haze, moderate carbonation, head of off white dribbles into a patchy lace.

Smell: Carmel and pale malt. Piney hops. Not real strong. Ho hum, in every sense.

Taste: Ahhh, much more lively than the comatose nose. This IPA has a real fresh feeling. It takes the well suited malts and tells them to sit back while the hops confuse the person drinking the beer. Honestly. The smell is lame. The inital taste is sharp and bitter, the secondary feel is sweet and fruity, then citrus, and not bitter. Oh damn. This just perfect. No wonder this won at GABFs. It is so unassuming, and after you take a half hearted sip, it absolutely steamrolls over you with perfect hops. All you can do is stare as it as it consistently rolls on by. This beer isn't flashy or gimmicky. This is one of the best IPAs I've ever had. Wow. Sorry I complained about your bottles. You can put it in buckets, for all I care. Absolutely perfect.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Um, awesome. I need more of these. Now. This is an absolutely perfect beer. I must have more. Well textured and lively, this is smooth and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2004 18:23:04 | More by 99bottles
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4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Another nice IPA from a quality brewery. On-Tap at McGradys this is a dark red looking brew with a small, but ample head of white. The aromas are of fresh citrus hops and very English bready malts. The taste is hoppy up front with an interesting spicy characteristic in the middle and a dry bready finish. The mouthfeel is a bit light for the style but the drinkability is excellent. Good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2004 23:52:40 | More by francisweizen
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North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poures a deep copper with a nice fluffy head that leaves sheets of lace down the glass,aromas of pine needles and some nuttiness pretty well balanced on the nose.A very resiny,piney hop flavor up front but a firm crisp malt backbone hold up well keeping the hops from being to overbearing.The finish is very abrupt not much finish going on and not much lingering flavors,a real well balanced IPA not overly hopped but with a real hop identity,recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2004 23:43:01 | More by oberon
Photo of Quaffer


3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Caramel brown in color with a very fine sediment floating throughout. The light-tan head rose up to two fingers and settled down slowly. It was sticky and left a decent amought of lace behind on the glass.

Smell: Lightly yeasty and fruity. Some malty sweetness combined with a much heavier dose of roasted malt and cracker. The hops was evident, cutting through the malt, but it wasn't very strong.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with a buttery smoothness throughout the mouth. It became a little rough as it hit the throat.

Taste: A hops bite kicks in right away, along with a tartness that I attributed to the yeast, though it came close to coming across as too tannic and astringent. A nice roasted malt backbone that had an overlying sweetness that dwelled well into the finish. The aftertaste was hops bitterness and sweet malt.

A beer too sweet and slightly astrigent, in my opinion. Though not bad, there are too many other IPAs around for me to waste time on this one again.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2004 22:53:23 | More by Quaffer
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Quebec (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear apricot body, nice sticky 1cm head lasts. Hoppy nose, orangey, foresty. Fresh hop flavors, subtle woodiness and piney notes. Nice mouthfeel, medium bodied, creamy texture. Initially fine carbonation, but rapidly fading out. Not much malt coming through, but it leaves a balanced hoppy afterthought if such a thing exists. Good all-around unagressive IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2004 15:13:29 | More by Rastacouere
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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 ounce brown glass bottle. A green neck and obverse label has the words Southern Tier Brewing Company. The main label also has the words ‘IPA India Pale Ale’ and ‘Real Beer’. No strength or freshness listed.

Appearance: Nice amber body with some copper hues. Clear body with some streamers. Off-white head is a couple of fingers thick and settles in a very random manner leaving a rocky pock-marked surface. High carbonation means that head lasts when the beer is gently coaxed in the glass.

Nose: Very piney aromas, mixed with malts and some caramel. A little acidic citric whiff in the middle. Fresh.

Taste: Pine oils, hops, bitterness, biscuit, caramel and toasted malts - nice IPA traits that are all welded together into a well-balanced offering. Lots of pine in this one though. Tongue-tip-tingling finish with a creamy malty-caramel feel on the cheeks. Decent stuff.

Mouthfeel: Decent creamy body, smooth and inviting. Above average feel that lends a thick presence to a medium mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A nice enough offering that drinks well, but whilst I could drink this all night, I don’t think that my tongue could tackle too many of these!!

Overall: The creamy feel and hoppy finish is good on this one. Enjoyable!

Thanks to the Evil One for this East Coast NY IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2004 01:28:49 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

nice copper color with a light tan head that sticks around for a while. the smell is mostly piney and grapefruit hops, really powerful and really good. something hinting at caramel malt as well. the taste ends up being not quite as bitter as expected from the taste, but still packs a punch with grapefruity and slightly herbal hop bitterness. balanced with caramel and toffee, giving this a sweetness that plays off the hops well, the tatse is boardering on 4.5, but i'm gonna give it a 4. really smooth almost creamy fuller side of meduim body. with a perfect amount of carbonation. awesome beer, i got this from a friend that visited upstate NY, i wish they distributed in my neck of the woods.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2004 20:03:02 | More by kmo1030
Photo of ppoitras


4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Shippos. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured in an imperial pint glass, forms a 1" light beige head, which laces quite well. A darkish amber brew, with a citrusy, piney hops scent defining the nose. Taste is dominated by the piney hops, but there is still ample pale malt character for moral support. They work well together. Mouthfeel and drinkability are excellent. Just a extra special IPA all around.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2004 21:22:52 | More by ppoitras
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Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A knockout on-tap, as a guest beer at Bru in Rochester. Very citrusy very grapefruity hops. Sour but substantially less so than in the bottle. Can drink this all day, switching from the tap to the bottle. Hops come at you with citrus and pine aroma. Bitter citrusy aftertaste. Accompanying a nice lunch of anything.
Had about three years later on tap. Not a knockout but still a great IPA. Astringent rather than sour.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2004 03:12:11 | More by Sammy
Photo of Maestro


3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is what I call a "Dry" IPA. The malts are basic and serve only to make it beer. The focus is hops. The head is thin, but leaves a nice lacing on the glass. The color is orange. The nose is a bit toasty, with strong hops. The taste is bitter and oily. Mouthfeel is kind of thick and chunky. Overall, this is a drinkable beer with some good characteristics, but not amazing.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2004 22:10:21 | More by Maestro
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.72/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear orange color with a thick creamy head. Decent lacing develops. The aroma has nice floral tones. But it does lead you to believe that this might be just a decent IPA. Wrong - the flavor of this IPA is amazing. The malt has a slight caramel tone. The hops are extremely floral and provide the perfect bitterness. Some orange citrus tones round out the flavor.

The mouthfeel was smooth and so was the finish. The finish was long on the tastebuds as the flavors slowly faded away. Extremely drinkable as the flavors are perfect and this IPA just makes you smile.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2004 12:18:25 | More by Gavage
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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now the last bottle of the variety pack that was given to me. Poured out a hazy orange color with a nice amount of carbonation in this beer. Smell consisted of mostly hops with a touch of grapefruit and other citrus fruits which was nice. Taste was mostly hops as well but it wasn't that bitter which I found surprising. Big malts come in and blend in with the hops which breaks down the bitterness a little bit. It was quite smooth and creamy. Probably one of Southern Tier's better beers out there. I liked the amount of carbonation in this beer. It wasn't too much or too little. It let the flavors come through in a nice way. Seek this out.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2004 01:08:06 | More by necoadam
Photo of sulldaddy


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

Picked this up from a friend at a cellar clean out Memorial day event. This brew was fresh though. I am sampling a chilled sample in a pint glas. The brew pours a clear amber with very samll off white head developing slowly and fading slowly. I even tried to pour aggressively and had little luck.
Aroma is very hoppy with floral and citrus notes, not only grapefruit, but I actually get some orange in there which I find a little weird yet appealing.
First sip reveals very mild carbonation average body and a slightly oily texture (hop oils??). Flavor is a brief sweet hit of caramel overwhelmed by complex hop presence. Pine mixes with grapefruit and some lemon and the brew actually leaves a slight stickiness on my lips. WOW! this is hoppy. The beer is very easy to drink and surprisingly complex. Grab it if you see it!!

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2004 03:20:27 | More by sulldaddy
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New York

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, pours dark honey in color, off white head, love those tiny bubbles and nice lacing, fine and intricate. Citrusy hoppy nose. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Notes of resiny hops, floral, vanilla, smoke. Nice balance, hops fresh,bold and up front but not over powering. Tasty IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2004 18:24:43 | More by Billolick
Photo of Dogbrick


4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at Kaya in Pittsburgh. Pours a dark amber/orange color with a medium thin off-white head. Really nice lacing throughout the glass. Floral hops and citrus in the nose. Medium body with a nice bitter character. Flavors of hops, apricot, citrus and caramel abound. The finish is crisp with a nice hops bite. This is a nicely balanced IPA that doesn’t just dump a bunch of hops in and call it a day.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2004 15:18:18 | More by Dogbrick
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New York

4.7/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle with rather a generic-looking label, poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Beautiful dark copper with a nicely sized light brown tinged head. Nice head retention and lacing.

Aroma: Intensely spicy, piney, floral hop notes.

Taste: Spicy hops with some citrus. Mouthfeel is quite smooth.

Overall: This is an incredibly drinkable beer, and ranks among the best IPA's I've had. If you can find it, pick up a six-pack (or three).

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2004 04:07:37 | More by TagoMago
Photo of david23

New York

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

Pouring it as I type. Have had this many times before but now it's time for the rundown on a very nice IPA.Pours a dark amber with a frothy head that leaves beautiful lacing as it goes down. Retention is almost perfect.Mmmm Nose is hops but such a floral hop it makes me glad that spring is finally here. First taste reveals a mild malt only to be overcome by a great hop explosion (not overdone). This one is not going to wow the hopheads but, all in all a great IPA that I will enjoy again and again.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2004 21:49:59 | More by david23
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4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tan head sits atop this dark copper colored beer.
Big, pleasing hop aroma is citrusy and floral with a hint of pine. Malt is buried somewhere underneath the hops.

Taste shows a big, citrusy, floral hop flavor. Biscuity, toffee malt falls short of balancing this one, but the wonderful hop flavor keeps this one quite enjoyable.

Good mouthfeel and drinkability.
Overall, a darn good IPA. Big thanks to OldFrothingSlosh for the bottle!

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2004 03:33:10 | More by PhantomVodoo
Photo of GuinnessSmurf


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

Pours a deep golden yellow color with a champaine colored head - a generous head, I might add. Head that was full, pillowy, and hung around for awhile.

Smells of hops, hops, and also hops (with hints of hops).

Taste begins with a sweet hops and then grows to a more impressionable bitter that intensifies to a delicoius bitter/alcohol finish. Good beer - could seem myself drinking a case of it, no problem.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2004 16:21:35 | More by GuinnessSmurf
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4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Boy, did this one look the part. The body was a mostly clear orange that held up a gorgeous head that laced well and pitted all over the top of the liquid.

Smell – This one is smooth with some piney notes and a nice malt balance. I can pick up shades of grapefruit and a “green tea” scent.

Taste – This IPA starts off with a big grapefruit rush followed by some lovely floral hops and a nice, strong sugary-malt backbone. There’s a nice little bitter twang at the finish.

Mouthfeel – I felt that this was the ale’s strong point. It is incredibly smooth and exactly medium-bodied. Very nice.

Drinkability – The grapefruit is really strong here and might turn some off, but I lapped it up.

Comments – Thanks to the venerable OldFroth for sending this one my way.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2004 04:19:54 | More by RoyalT
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3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber with a nice fat eggshell colored head. Lots of lacing. Very dark for an IPA.

Smells wonderfully floral and a little bit tart. Lots of hops coming up.

Tastes great. Big malty sugars mix with the twang of the hops creating a wonderful medly that dances around and ends in a hoppy tart way. Lots of grapefruit, pine, grass.

Mouthfeel is bordering on big for an IPA.

Very drinkable. Consume this often.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2004 22:24:24 | More by yankeeheel
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4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a hazy orangish-red color with half a finger of head that dies away quickly. There are little bits of lacing left here and there. The smell is packed full of citrus fruits and floral hops. A very full aroma that will capture all IPA lovers hearts. The taste is also very hoppy with more of that citrus coming through. It has a perfect dose of hops for an IPA that isn't considered "Double" or "Imperial". Little bits of caramel present in the taste as well. The body is fairly thick and lively, smooth on the tongue. The drinkability is very good as well. Thanks to WVbeergeek for this great IPA!

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2004 03:12:20 | More by SheepNutz
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New York

4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my first experience with a Southern Tier ale. A dark amber color with a prefect head every time I poured some more. The smell was very hoppy. It was a nice fruity hoppy. Despite being hopped up so much in the smell, the taste was surprisingly well balanced. A fruity hop taste that didn't bite back. It was unbelievably smooth. A fantastic IPA to the last drop.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2004 15:25:01 | More by CBFanWish
IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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