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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,298 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 2,298
Reviews: 922
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 48
Gots: 224 | 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:
Beer added by: John on 03-24-2003

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Photo of cokes
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean toasted gold with a tight-knit eggshell head, which whittles itself away rather quickly.
The nose is smallish, but features predominantly the Cascade hallmarks of dead grass and pine needles. While not off-smelling in any way, it's entirely simple and dull.
Once in the mouth, the toasted hard roll maltiness flashes quickly toward caramel. Reels around in a vapid midsection that more or less loses flavor, aside from a loose honey-nut graininess. It's saved by, of all things, S. Tier's house yeast, which I am beginning to adore, with it's sweet cream, vanilla, and bread pudding nuances. I've found it in their Pumking, Harvest, and here. While very much a background phantasm, it bolsters the malt and turns something very sere and uninteresting into something (slightly) more. The hops wash it all out with damp hay bales, pressed wildflowers, and dilute pine tar. Neither the flavor nor the associated bitterness is particularly noteworthy. Aside from that yeast cameo, this has a very Sierra Nevada Pale Ale taste profile, if a tad bigger all around.
The body is a clean and quick medium. It's a hair syrupy, but washed away with a minor, but workhorse-like CO2.
Ultimately, this is very drinkable and very forgettable. Aside from the yeast's moment, this is a modest and rote Cascade exercise, with neither the malt nor the accompanying Willamettes or Columbus showing much at all. Simply put, this needs more balls.

Photo of dmamiano
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I opened this , I had a immediate blast of the release of carbonation..seemed to be a bit over carbonated.
Massive head that I couldnt even fit a 12 ouncer into the pint glass.
Enough complaining.!
Medium straw color, with a huge head that lasted a long time.
Very floral and citrusy notes in the nose with a nice malt balance.
Taste was very pleasant indeed.Hoppy takes precedence here but a nice malty balance. The hops win here.
Bitter finish and a very good beer.

Photo of alexgash
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium copper body. Clear. Sticky, glass-lathering, beige-white head. Butterscotch, spice cake, pine resin, and herbal--almost medicinal--hop nose. Toasted malt and piney hop bitterness up front. Butterscotch and fruitcake malt sweetness follows. Minty, herbal hop bitterness in the finish. Medium-bodied with a soft, creamy feel. Nice IPA.

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

This IPA’s aroma is almost exactly that of dried, cascade or amarillo hop flowers. In fact, I could detect almost no malt fragrances. Even citrusy esters were scarce. Appears a nice, clear, slightly orange hue, with average head that looked great up front but didn’t stick around. The taste is fairly dry, light, and not cloyingly sweet on the malt end, packing a huge wallop as far as the hops go (it tastes like it smells). If you’re a freak for hops themselves, not just hoppy beer, this one is a good bet.

Photo of ohoove
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden, light amber color with a better than most head and blotchy, but good lacing.

Smell is of pine and citrus, though not overwhelming of either

Taste mimmicks the smell, lightpine and light citrus with a bitter end

Exceptionally thick mouthfeel with little carb, this is almost an oily consistency to it

High drinkability, this is an IPA that is not at all lacking balls but dosen't plow you over with too much of one thing. There is something unique about this one but I can't put my finger on it. Regardless, this is a brew which I will return to again and again. The Southern Tier Brewing Co. has yet to disappoint me. Hop head or light hop lover this will impress!

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.07/5  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!

Photo of tpd975
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of funkengruven
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Photo of mnj21655
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of Durge
4.29/5  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...

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of scott
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

V.07

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.

Photo of BMoney575
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of jackorain
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of GreenWBush
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Photo of david131
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of Lnedrive14
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of John_M
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of Gmann
3.82/5  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.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of Gatch
4.12/5  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.

Photo of BeerTruth
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of Atlas1
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of DrinkinBuddy
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,298 ratings.