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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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2,342 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,342
Reviews: 928
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 49
Gots: 265 | 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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Ratings: 2,342 | Reviews: 928
Photo of doubleipa
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Brickskeller in DC. Light brown head, smal, clear. Aroma was not very hoppy, mostly pine, resin and a bit of honey. Taste was sweet and very smooth. Really smooth and creamy. Not a bad IPA, but nothing I would go out of my way to find.

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

Poured a mostly clear orange-gold into a pint glass. Slight white head and decent lacing around the edges. Aroma was citrusy and sweet.

A consumate American IPA, there's little not to like here. Oily citrus and earth hops are balanced beautifully with the rich malts, so that neither side overwhelms. Mouthfeel is medium and well carbonated. This beer is slightly filling, but you'll still come back for more. Very nice IPA.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear gold. Jello-jiggly head of mixed off white bubbles and decent lacing.

S - Loads of fresh pine, light tangerine/grapefruit sweet light grainy malt.

T - Assertively bitter, with a sharp pine and a bit of a background apple. Aftertaste is surprisingly mellow given the initial hop attack. Some breadiness and sweetness develops after a while.

M - Slightly slick, medium bodied and sharply carbonated.

D - Mouthfeel + big upfront bitterness gives this a bit of a harsh edge. Hop flavour isn't as developed as the bitterness. Still, nice balance between hops and malt, and eminently drinkable.

Photo of generallee
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The color was orangey amber with a foamy off white head. Its head slowly fades to just a thin covering of bubbles.

Smell: Hops attack the nose with spruce pine, resin and light citrusy hop aromas.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor hits your tongue with bold piney and citrusy hop flavors. Malt flavor lies underneath and offers some balance with a mildly sweet and bready tone. The palate has a slightly oily smooth texture with a medium body and soft carbonation.

Notes: This is one solid IPA that has good flavor and drinkability.

Photo of Matty1918
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness date.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a golden honey color with a 2 finger head that dissipated to quickly. Some good lacing though.

Nice citrus (grapefruit) aroma up front....very hoppy. With a hint of floral and a touch of malt.

First sip has some sweet, buttery bitterness. Nice citrus, floral hoppinesss. Nice blend with malts also. The hops are there but the malts add a nice finish.

Mouthfeel is nice....slight creamy texture with good carbonation but not overpowering. Very nice mouthfeel.

I'd buy this again. Very well made IPA. Nicely balanced in my book

Photo of spointon
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a tulip glass.

A= This ale poured an orangey golden color with a nice 2" sudsy off-white head. The head quickly dropped to just a skim, leaving sheets of sticky white lacing.

S= This ale smells of tangy hop oils, orange citrus, and bakery malts. I also got a decent whiff of alcohol in the end.

T= This is an interesting IPA. The hops were there more in the taste than in the aroma. There were strong flavors of pine hops and medicinal herb notes balanced by a decent malt backbone. Slight alcohol finish.

MF= This ale has an oily heaviness that I wasn't thrilled with, and the carbonation release was only moderate throughout.

D= This is a damn fine ale, not the best out there, but really solid nonetheless. I'll be drinking more of this in the warm months!

Photo of PBBC
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours cloudy orange,

Nice hop aroma, very earthy.

Taste is crisp, nice hop flavor, not overly bitter.

Good beer, well balanced, but doesn't stand out as incredibly hoppy.

Drinkable... doesn't destroy the palate... so could definitely be an all-night beer.

Photo of marcpal
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottled poured into pint glass. In short: run of the mill IPA. Good, surely not great.
Im a huge fan of ST and IPAs but this is run of the mill.

A: Dark gold, auburn with a thin head and a lot of carbonation for the style.

N: There sure are hops there, dominated by grapefruit.

T: In line with the aroma, grapefruit and citrus hops. There is malt there too but nothing that really makes this one stick out.

M: Somewhat biscuity and chewy for the style and not much oily slickiness left around.

D: Maybe Ive been have too many double simcoes lately but this one left me wanting more. Extremely drinkable- goes down far easier for the 6%, notice zero alcohol.

Photo of scottg
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear light amber color with a half finger white head with great retention and solid lacing. Hoppy tead and citrus aromas dominate. Up front malt and tea flavor with a bitter lemon rind finish. Medium body, medium carbonation, leaves a chalky mouthfeel. Easy to drink but a little to much malt for me in this IPA.

Photo of getalife2k5
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours dark amber, bubbly. a nice white head about 1 cm thick. aroma is floral, citrusy and a little metallic. has sweet maltiness, reminiscent of caramel and cotton candy. the sweetness transitions into the grapefruit bitterness that doesn't linger for too long. nicely, subtley bitter. exceptionally smooth.

Photo of BgThang
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to LUM for this beer!

it pours a crystal clear golden color with a nice 1 finger head on it that is lacing very well through out the course.

Smell- I get grapefruits, apricots, floral citrusy nose.

mouth- I get a maltiness and the flavors do not seem to be blended that well. Almost like drinking a stronger pale ale rather than an IPA.

There is maltiness up front with some bittering on the back end.
overall a descent IPA from southern tier.

Photo of lpayette
4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Pours a light copper with a great creamy white head. Plenty of carbonation keeps it well-fed. Lots of lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell is creamy and biscuity. Cascade hops. Resiny. Floral. Slightly fruity/citrusy.

Taste follows suit with the smell and the first impressions are creamy and biscuity. Of course it is hoppy too, but there's a great balance to it. Slightly burnt taste that reminds me of creme brulee, although I admit that is on my mind.

Mouthfeel is out of this world. Sooo creamy and velvety. Amazing.

Drinkability couldn't get any better for me. This is the best new (to me) IPA I've had in quite some time... perhaps my new favorite for the style even. This is definitely worth seeking out.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep orangey color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma of mild bitter hops are dominating. Taste is a mix between some bitter hops and a nice caramel malt base. Full body with OK carbonation. Well done but nothing that really stands out for the myriad of IPA offering in the US.

Photo of uwmgdman
4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This IPA is clear, dark golden with copper hues. The head is thick, white and long lasting. The aroma is very inviting, a burst of very citrusy hops. The flavor is highly hoppy and highly bitter. The mouthfeel is very creamy and has a smooth finish. The carbonation is moderate and body medium-full. Overall a great IPA, the creamy mouthfeel and citrusy hops go wonderful together. Recommend!

Photo of becktone
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Eye: Golden amber in color and has some very nice clarity. Great head retention and formation. Lacing looks very promising. Head is creamy and thick, a bit off white. They don't get better than this. Overall just great. I've been drinking some really sweet looking beers lately, feel like I've being too easy on appearance, but when they look this good you just can't ignore it.

Nose: Aroma fills the room when the top is popped, a good omen. Cascade hops here, sweet malt backbone is evident giving good support to the brew. Pale malts give a sweet warm aroma. Hops aren't quite as upfront as I expected, not nearly as in your face as I would've though. Grassy, floral nose, some spice as well. Bitterness is easily detected in the nose, just wish the hops in the nose were a bit more potent.

Tongue: Bitterness first hits the palate and then some nice pale sweet malt balances it out. Really quite subdued and low key in terms of what I'm used to. Guess I'm always expecting an IPA to be super bitter, much more like an Imperial IPA. Citrus, grassy, and floral notes play along the tongue to create quite a nice hop profile, slight spice too, but not too much. This beer is balanced really nicely, unusual for an IPA in my opinion. Great balance between hop and malt flavor(probably one of the best profiles in terms of balance out of an IPA that I've drank to date....nice to have a hop bomb that also has malt flavor, two different fronts that this beer hits the palate on...unique, I feel, among the IPA world), however in the end the hop flavor takes over and beats out the malts, leaving a floral and grassy hop flavor lingering in the mouth.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Medium bodied with low levels of carbonation that tend to help bring out the malt flavors which are quickly overtaken by hops once they surface. Alcohol is hidden very well, not that this is a particularly big beer...This is a beer that I'd drink all night, definitely one worth checking out. I'll be buying this again.

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

Dark gold with long lasting cream color head.

Great citrus hop smell. Not overpowering, and worth several takes with the nose. This one is a great east drink beer, that only leaves you dissapointed hen the glass is empty. A solid IPA that is worth a session. There is not anything more to say that this is solid benchmark of the style.

Photo of wiseguy142
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice minty, light, and refreshing IPA with a nice bitter hop backbone supporting the overall hop flavor. I really don't see too many flaws in this beer and it's an enjoyable one to drink. A bit more of an "East Coast IPA" if that makes sense. Complex in a different way from other well-known IPAs like Racer X etc. Very good, would buy again.

Photo of papaglide
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

looks-pale amber with a long lasting, single finger, tiny bubbled head.

smell-Cascades abound with a floral hop spiciness and some citrus notes thrown in. Hops, hops, hops baby.

taste-at first a tiny bit-o-malt sweetness hits the tongue, then WHAMMO!, its hops a plenty. A spicy, citric hop which backs off and leaves another small malt sweetness with a touch of hop astringency in the finish.

mouthfeel- nice semi-creamy feel with just enough carbonation gives this brew a good bite on the pallet.

drinkability-This is not one of those crazy hopped IPA's that seem to be everywhere but is a fine representative for the American IPA style. Well balanced and well crafted. I would recommend this beer.

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

Decent pour, crystal clear copper color, one finger head which disapated rather quickly.

Nice balanced malt and citrus smell.

The taste is also well balanced, caramel malts up front, with a citrusy hop and malt finish. Not as much hops as I would expect from an ipa.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with minimal carbonation. Very clean. Overall experience quite good. Very easy to drink and a good quality beer from Southern Tier. Worth a try!

Photo of shbobdb
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very solid example of an east-coast IPA. It is nicely balanced beer. The hops manage to dominate the malt, but that is more because they are more interesting than they are the more important factor.

The beer pour a nice ruddy gold with a nice, compact head.

It smells nicely of citrus.

The taste is more of the same. There is a nice sweet balance from the malt, but it is fairly nondescript. The hops, on the other hand, explode onto the scene. Lots of lemon, grapefruit, and pine needles.

It reminds me a lot of orange tea. By itself, orange tea is good, but it takes a little bit of sugar to make the flavor explode. This beer manages to do the same with hops -- it is sweet enough to let the flavors shine.

I dig. I would buy it a lot if it were readily available in my area, but I've cherished the two I've had.

Photo of fitzy84
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Moan and Dove. Clear dark amber appearance with a thin head and good lacing. Faint spices and citrus flavors were sensed, wrapped in lemon, orange and even grape specific tastes. The drink had a sour-bitter balance going on with a sweet aftertaste. Low-medium body, not well carbonation for the kind of drink. Overall, good fruit flavors for an IPA but needed more of a punch.

Photo of nasty15108
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured an orange amber color. The pour produced a decent heat of white foam that quickly dissapated into a spotty film. Good lacework throughout.

S - Floral hop aroma. Perfumed hints of pine and citrus.

T - Definite hints of pine, with a little grapefruit undertone. Finished off slightly dry with a good kick of hoppy bitterness.

MF&D - Medium bodied and crisp. Slightly oily on the palate with just the right amount of fizz. I recommend grabbing this one.

Photo of cyrenaica
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle
6.0% ABV

I tried this beer on May 6, 2008 at Smokeless Joe's in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured an orangy-brown with a thin white head. The aroma was sweet with malt, and heavily hopped. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour had some sweet malt hints, some hoppy bitterness with a grapefruit flavoiur leading to a dry finish.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

It pours a clear(turns hazy with second pour) yellow gold with a huge head of foam that keeps trying to overflow in my glass so naturally, I had to make a save. The foam tastes nice. Awesome head retention and the lacing is heavy duty for the style.

I get some bready notes in the smell as well as some hop bitterness. More of a floral hop bitterness than any citrus/grass/pine but again, it's nice.

The first sip and I see this a well balanced IPA. Plenty of bready malt to go with a slightly bitter lemon hop presence. After taking a few more sips, the hops become more citrusy and I think I'm tasting some tangerine but don't quote me on that but they don't overpower the malt at all. Very well balanced and very smooth and easy drinking. A little high in alcohol to be a real session brew but what the hell...it's pretty sessionable for me.

The mouthfeel is medium, the carbonation is on the light side, and it finishes with a semi sweet semi bitter flavour that kind of reminds me of Bridgeport IPA which...I like!

Bottom line: A very tasty, well balanced American IPA that I can recommend. Another nice brew from Southern Tier.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Orangish copper color. Very clean and clear. Thin off white head with average retention. Excellent lacing.

S - Sweet and citrusy. Tropical citrus aromas.

T - More piney in the taste than citrusy. Light sweetness initially but dominated by the hoppiness. Not very well balanced by IPA standards, but hey, I like my hops.

M/D - Medium to full bodied. A little to much stickiness in the mouth. A good solid IPA.

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IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,342 ratings.