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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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2,203 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,203
Reviews: 912
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 43
Gots: 155 | 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 shamrock7
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nice frosted pint class it has a deep copper color with a rich head of about an inch and a half. The aroma is a mix of hops, malt and pine. The taste is strong on hops with almost a woody blend to it. It’s not too bitter and although it does have a bit of an aftertaste, I found it left me wanting more of that flavor that was sticking to my pallet. Overall a very nice IPA.

shamrock7, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of Mitchster
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$1.70 for a single at Jacks. 6.5% ABV. OG=16 degrees plato. 65 IBU. 11.2 degrees Lovibond. Brewed with 2-row pale malt and caramel malt. Hopped with columbus and willamette, and dry-hopped with cascade.

Pours out to a clear garnet-touched deep amber, forming a modest head with a vigorous pour. Retention is poor and lacing is minimal. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The aroma is fresh with hops but not to the degree that they are juicy. There is some resinous character imparted by the dry-hopping, and I'm not picking up on that aldehyde character that cascade can sometimes impart. Faint whiff of marijuanna skunk when swirled...I like it. Cleanly fermented. Mouthfeel is crisp with a nice medium body and a slightly dry, but not overly so, finish. Hops are everywhere in the flavor, nicely balanced by the pale malts. There is a pleasant grain husk note in the middle with some residual sweetness hanging around through the aftertaste. Bitterness is expertly balanced, making this one of the easier to drink IPA's out there. The aftertaste has a grapefruit pith character, but it's not aggressive.

A very tasty brew and an excellent balanced example of the style. I could easily drink many of these. It won't replace Centennial or Stone IPA as my favorite, but it's up there in the top 10.

Mitchster, Mar 13, 2007
Photo of AChamberlain
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap. Reddish orange, thin head. I spilled a bit when it was served to me. Whoops. Light hop aromas. Pretty weak actually. Herbal hop flavor. The taste was again weak. Nice carbonation and easy to drink. This would make a great IPA. You get the basic idea of an IPA and it goes down like water.

AChamberlain, Mar 08, 2007
Photo of MmmIPA
2.63/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Orange body with a thick head that lingers there for a bit and some lacing on the glass.

Hop presence and malt.

Hop taste and malt is the 2nd taste.

Easy going down and malty as it warms.Good carbonation.

Pretty good but not anything worth seeling out or getting before somthing you want.Did I confuse ya? lol Not bad.

MmmIPA, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of Wildman
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear amber color and formed a small off white bubbly head that left latticed lace as it subsided. An aroma of hops and pepper. The flavor was of hops and pepper. The body is medium light and the finish a bit peppery. Not really a great IPA, but I suppose an alright session beer.

Wildman, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of lehows
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper color with a monster off-white head. Head faded down considerably but left nice lacing. Noticeably darker than most IPAs. Nice aromas of citrus hops, pine, mild malt, with earth undertones. Very good and well-balanced hop presence. Caramel notes and malt compliment the hop explosion well. Very good carbonation. A great all around IPA.

lehows, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of EPICAC
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is the last of the three beers in the Southern Tier mixed six-pack that I picked up a few weeks ago. I let this warm to around 40º F and served it in my Harpoon IPA glass.

Appearance: This is the best aspect of this beer. It pours a lightly hazy amber-copper with a thick, sudsy head that fades to a bubbly layer leaving lace coating the inside of the glass.

Smell: Upon opening the bottle I noticed a strong caramel maltiness, but once poured into the glass hops dominate. They're floral, herbal and lightly citric with a sweet underlying raw maltiness.

Taste: Sweet caramel malts upfront, toasty through the center with a lightly peppery finish with a light bitterness that grows in intensity in the aftertaste. The flavors are nice, but the hoppiness could be stronger and integrated into the beer better.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and watery with low-carbonation. Higher carbonation would have helped prevent the beer from feeling thin and watery.

Drinkability: Pretty easy to drink, but needs more body and integrated flavor.

Overall: An okay IPA. Nice flavors, but watery and a little dull.

EPICAC, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of EStreet20
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, shaker pint glass.

A - Golden amber with a tiny white head.

S - A sweeter smell on the nose than I expected with some citrusy hops.

T - Hops abound here but the flavor seems to subside rather quickly. Spicy aftertaste but overall a bit thin on flavor.

M - Light to medium body, prickly carbonation on the tongue.

D - Goes down smooth but lacks too many defining flavor characteristics.

EStreet20, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of TheSarge
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured, you can tell this is well carbonated, but it doesn't produce much head, and gives way to a very thing ring around the glass. It has a dark orangish and quite hazy body.

This brew gives off a very piney/spruce aroma right off the bat; however the taste is more domintated by toasty malt presence more so than the hops, as opposed to most IPAs. Not too bad though.

This feels spicy. It does have a slight wamness towards the end of the sip.

TheSarge, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of brstilson
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured out from the bottle into a room temperature mug. It poured a very clear, very deep copper but had only 1/4 finger of head foam, which dissipated almost immediately.

The aroma is of fresh hops, quite excellent actually and very yeasty. The smell reminded me of wort that has barely begun the fermentation process.

There is a nice hop presence that lingers on the tongue, but not nearly as much as other IPAs I've tried. For the style, it's very mild. It feels thick in the mouth, the consistency of Coca-Cola, and leaves a coating on the teeth. It is a little malty, but this takes away a lot of the harshness found in other versions.

This batch had potential but for me it was lacking in two areas. The mouthfeel could have been a lot better. It is way too thick, and feels like a Stout (though strangely not filling), or like a thick Cola. Also, the head retention is dismal at best. This may be my opinion, but a true IPA should have an intense foam head that lingers through the entire drinking session. It's quite drinkable for me, and is a good introduction to the style for new beer connosueirs, but not as good as several other brands out there.

brstilson, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of Imstillthegman
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with about an inch creamy off-white head with some staying power. Nice rings of lacing are left behind.

Citrus hops, biscuity malts, light pine, and some toffee blend together rather nicely in the aroma. Gets better as it warms.

Flavor is good, but sort of mild for an IPA in my opinion. Grapefruit, pine resin, caramel, and toasted malts are what I find. The hops have a nice leafy taste...almost floral...but the grapefruit is strongest. I just wish it was a bit more assertive as far as the hops go.

Good, almost creamy mouthfeel. Slightly bitter and a little dry but nothing mouth puckering. Goes down rather easy. Nice brew (my first Southern Tier) and I won't have any problems finishing the sixer.

Imstillthegman, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of beachbum1975
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last week, I decided to try some new beers so I bought about 6 random single beers. Of the six I purchased, I was most impressed with this one.

Pour a clear, light copper/orangish with a minimal head and great sticky lacing. Smell was grapefruits and pine, my two favorite smells in a beer…

To me, the taste won me over as a great daily drinker/session beer… Hops are definitely present, but not to the point of palate-killing – enough to bring out the semi-sweet/biscuity malts in the background.

I felt this was a well-balanced and enjoyable beer… I intend to consume more of it the times to come.

beachbum1975, Jan 11, 2007
Photo of daliandragon
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Darth Vader voice) Impressive. Most impressive.

Pours a terrific copper red color with an inch of sturdy wet head and copious lacing. Nose is laced with tasty hops but also has room for caramel sweet tones.

Taste is initially pure hop attack with some late sweet malt balance and a return to piney bitterness in the long lasting aftertaste. Mouthfeel is crisp and holds the flavor extremely well. Slight hints of alcohol one of this beers few very small faults.

This is an easy drinking but extremely drinkable and worthwhile IPA with nice balance and plenty of bitter hops. Big thumbs up.

daliandragon, Dec 23, 2006
Photo of Rudgers73
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has turned into one of my favorite American IPAs. It pours a rich amber color with a 2-finger head that stays and laces the glass all the way down. The smell is very piny and bold. As you take your first sip it seems clean and crisp and then the hops kick in with a long-lasting bitterness. Bold hop taste and a clean and dry mouthfeel. This is a true IPA. Not too bad from the 22 oz bomber. More head than on tap and a little fresher tasting.

Rudgers73, Dec 18, 2006
Photo of jwc215
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light orange/amber with a thin white head that hangs around and leaves some traces of lacing.

Floral fresh citrus - orange and grapefruit pronouced with a touch of black pepper.

Citrusy - aggressively bitter hops - orange and grapefruit- like the aroma. Light touch of black pepper lends a spice kick. Some brown sugar-like sweetness from the subdued malt -enough to hold things together and balance out the hops a bit. This one is all about the hops. Finishes with a spicy bitterness.

Nicely hopped, but with enough balance to keep things together, this is a great IPA!

jwc215, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed two 12oz bottles of this IPA courtesy of "bro" Artied2. No freshness markings found. Pours a clear, rich copper hue, with a lightly frothy tan head made up of very fine, tight bubbles. Lacing is middling, at best. Nose is robust, with a healthy dose of citrus emanating from the brew. I like the mouthfeel, with a solid medium body complementing a fairly smooth caressing of the palate.

A little bit of light caramel comes through in the somewhat toasty malt start to this bier. Hoppiness is strong and very floral, with a slight puckery edge to it. Slightly bitter, with the malty character being a bit more evident as the bier warms. Not an exceptional bier, but solid nonetheless.


overall: 4
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


Bierman9, Dec 03, 2006
Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange/amber, thick white head settles to a thin ring rather quickly, nice lacing however. Smell is nice and hoppy, lots of grapefruit and citrus, some pine, caramel and some biscuity malt in the back, quite balanced. Taste is sweet and caramely, dry wheat in the middle, piney grapefruit hop attack, a little more subdued than I hoped, balanced finish but a little weak. Mouthfeel is great, medium bodied, low carbonation, super smooth with no rough edges. Overall pretty nice, wish there was some more hops in the flavour though. Solid. Goes well with food.

Viggo, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of Doomcifer
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a decent beige head.

Very citrusy and floral aroma...sweet candied malts.

Flavor is huge citrusy hops, bubblegum, earthy, backed up by a great malt backbone. Ends semidry and very bitter, but with the sweetness hanging on to the palette as well. very smooth.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light-moderate carbonation.

Extremely drinkable...dayum tasty.

Doomcifer, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of nicefix
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Very clear. Medium to dark amber. Decent white head and not much retension but the lace is nice and sticky.

S-Awesome on the nose. Just what I want to smell in a hoppy IPA. Big hops up front and some malt in the back.

T&M-Big flavorful hops a little malt and a mild bitter dry finish that lingers for a while.

D-Not as drinkable as some. Like for instance after a I eat it seems a bit heavy. But before hand I'll have 3 and they'll go down smooth.

Notes-IMO this is a solid "west coast style" IPA. Coming from a hophead it's exactly what I want to see more of in an IPA. Pungent hop aromas and flavors. Also the ABV being over 6% is where I want it to be.

nicefix, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of yeastpuppet
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful amber-gold with a slightly off white rocky head.
Smells really good , instant salivation , big hop aroma from 2 feet away , with a subtle sweetness in the nose .

By its smell I somehow expected more of a malt presence . Don't get me wrong , its a fine beer , Flavorful hoppiness ; good , tasty bitterness that makes me keep sippin' .
This ale is on the dry side , with a lighter mouth feel than many 6 + abv Ipa 's I've had , and a drinkability that can get one in trouble on a hot day . All in all a tasty , big hop nose , fun brew .

yeastpuppet, Nov 10, 2006
Photo of
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle.

Hazy gold color with a large light tan head.

Aroma was citrus and grass. Honey and bread take over as it warms.

Citrus flavor to taste, fairly mild. It lingers a bit into the finish, but mostly apparent at first sip. Biscuity flavor most dominant overall, maybe a little like crackers as well. Huskyiness, not too wild about.

Light to medium in body. Dry finish. Carbonation seemed fairly high.

Hopping a bit too mild for an IPA, IMO. A good IPA for a not-so hop head. Call it an APA+.

, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of mjc410
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour into my Sam Smith pint raises a near non-existant head, which leaves only a slight glass ring and small bubbled rings when the beer is tilted. The body's color is a bright copper. The nose is mildly citrusy, but balanced by a toasted, nutty malt aroma. The taste is pretty weak for an IPA, certainly less than many APAs I've had. Nonetheless, it serves a great balance between sweet malt and hop. The mouth is medium-heavy, with very smooth carbonation. An easy drinker that hides its alcohol well, but doesn't have much going for it.

Thanks to the McHugh family for this one!

mjc410, Oct 25, 2006
Photo of Stimack
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brew pours to a slightly cloudy color of orange with a medium sized cream white head, which had some retention. What was left from the head did leave a fair amount of light lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma is very nice here, has a citrus/fruit scent that is very enticing. Even though the hop scent was not overwhelming, picking up other scents was difficult for me. The taste is very nice, hop flavor is abundant but in a very good way. The taste of the hops, more citrus than pine in my estimation The hops do dominate this brew but not in a way of some hop bombs that I have had, this brew also has a nice malt side to it that seems to balance things out adequately to say the least. In my estimation this is the best brew from Southern Tier, but I do find that the Phin & Matt is more the sessional out of the two. If you have the chance, give this brew a try as it is a IPA that has pretty good balance and has not been over done.

Stimack, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of wcudwight
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to swedejay53 for this fine IPA.
Pours the color of a sunset with a whispy off-white head that fades to a crown on the top. Lacing stripes the glass.
Smells of citrus and piney hops.
Hops dominate and are refreshing. More balanced than some other IPA's, but that's a good thing.
Mouthfeel is somewhat thin for the style, but this only adds to the drinkability and doesn't detract from the beer a bit.
Overall a nice IPA from an under rated brewery.
Thanks Swede!

wcudwight, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange-amber with a two-finger head of dense, off-white foam. Good retention and decent lacing. Citrus, pine and grapefruit... my favorite kind of hop aromas. Also some amber malt and an earthy scent. Malty taste at first, pale two row, some toasted malt, and mabye a pinch of chocolate or roasted barley- a solid sweetness. Delicious chinook, simcoe and cascade flavors blossom on the toungue. Balanced level of Alpha-acid bitterness in the drying aftertaste. Medium in body, and medium carbonated- just crisp enough to prevent slightly hop oils from getting slick. Now here's an IPA with an aromatic bouquet and a depth of both malt and hop character that doesn't set you back on your heels. Finishes with rich, residual malt notes, and somewhat resinous hop flavor, but highly drinkable. A complex and satisfying session ale...imagine that.

PBRstreetgang, Sep 30, 2006
IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,203 ratings.