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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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2,152 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,152
Reviews: 910
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 43
Gots: 140 | 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 akahn
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rosy amber, very clear. Handsome color. A low bubbly head quickly recedes to a ring. Deep caramel sweetness in the nose, along with bright hops. Taste is exceptionally balanced between sweet, caramel malt flavors and sharp hop bitterness. Sweeter than most American IPAs I've had, but the hop edge ever present, floral and fruity.

Solid medium body, moderate carbonation. An ideal session IPA; hoppy but not as coarse as Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA or Smuttynose IPA.

akahn, May 28, 2006
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Southern Tier- IPA

On tap at Isaac Newton's, Newtown, PA.

Appearance- dark chestnut brown with a medium frothy head.
Smell- Strong bitter hops and a hint of malt.
Taste- bitter piney hops at first then quickly balanced with a sweet candylike malt.
Mouthfeel- The malt was sugary sweet and the hops weren't the strongest but left a flavorful oil taste behind.

Overall- A nice middle of the road IPA. I could drink this all day, but there are times when you want an IPA with BIG taste, this just doesn't have that.

NJpadreFan, May 21, 2006
Photo of psinderson
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured to a pint glass.

Appearance: Nice finger thick off-white head with moderate lacing. Slightly cloudy amber color, nothing too exciting.

Smell: Cascade aroma very strong from the bottle but by the time I poured, the hops had subsided and the matiness came forward. The aroma seems to be favoring the malt side of the equation. Maybe my sense of smell is off today.

Taste: Nothing too special but a good solid Big C hop taste somewhat balanced by a hint of maltiness. Perhaps a little too malty, but not bad. It does leave a clean hop flavor at the end.

Mouthfeel: Good medium feel. My beer could use a bit more carbonation.

Drinkability: Perhaps a bit more drinkable than some IPA's due to the greater malt character. I myself enjoy hops, but this goes down well.

Overall, this beer didn't seem to have much to characterize any different from the other IPA's Ive tried other than a slightly greater malt character.

psinderson, May 18, 2006
Photo of DeaconBluez
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from dmeadows in the beer across america bif. review from notes.

pours a nice deep amber color. head is of an off white color. very citusy and piney smell. hints of biscuits and caramels. taste is of sweet malts that gives way to fruity hops. the taste is really well balanced. mouthfeel is somewhat creamy. just the right amount of carbonation. this is an great ipa. i would love to get a sixer of this. would make for a pretty good session beer.

thanks dan for this tasty ny treat

DeaconBluez, May 16, 2006
Photo of loren01
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours from bottle into standard pint glass an amber color with one finger width frothy white head, good lacing down the glass.
S: Grassy, citrusy smell. Also a malt smell in there as well.
T: Slightly sweet at first, with nice citrusy/hoppy taste. Also a slightly dry taste that resembles an earl grey tea. Very interesting.
M: Light to moderate carbonation, dry aftertaste.
D: Damn good IPA as far as I'm concerned. Interesting smell and taste, not the run of the mill IPA. Thanks to geexploitation for this beer recieved in a trade.

loren01, May 15, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer holds true to most of the comments made in the first time trying the beer. This time around, I appreciated the very well attenuated malt character with no astringency or graininess. For an IPA however, I expect the hops to dominate the nose and palate and this beer does little beyond the balance expected from a standard pale ale. Still a good beer with no evident flaws, albeit a little light on the hops.

Though solid throughout, the beer could use a little more togetherness and complexity. A firm malt flavor reminds me of the malts found in Amber Ales, but the hops set the beer apart. Hop bittering is high, and backed up with lots of citrusy and piney flavors and aromas. A light woodsy / earthy aroma adds a welcomed spiciness. The malts also contribute a light toasty / biscuity flavor and aroma. The flavors are all a little separated, easy to pick out individual characteristics. Would like to see if a little age could pull the beer together. The beer thins quite a bit for easy drinkability, but waters a bit too much. A light drying effect and astringency shows up from the hops, grain, and alcohol -- never enought to deter.

BEERchitect, May 13, 2006
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.

nickg902, May 09, 2006
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.

RedChrome, May 04, 2006
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.

smcolw, Apr 29, 2006
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.

maddamish, Apr 29, 2006
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.

edchicma, Apr 24, 2006
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.

blitheringidiot, Apr 23, 2006
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.

Illinick, Apr 21, 2006
Photo of jdhilt
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.

jdhilt, Apr 19, 2006
Photo of ybnorml
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.

ybnorml, Apr 12, 2006
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.

Suds, Apr 08, 2006
Photo of barrelman
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.

barrelman, Apr 05, 2006
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!

orbitalr0x, Mar 27, 2006
Photo of wedge
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.

wedge, Mar 26, 2006
Photo of GnomeKing
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.

GnomeKing, Mar 24, 2006
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!

Crosling, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of bkett01
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.

bkett01, Mar 17, 2006
Photo of bigone4
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.

bigone4, Mar 08, 2006
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.

bignick, Mar 07, 2006
Photo of scooter231
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.

scooter231, Mar 06, 2006
IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,152 ratings.