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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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86
very good

2,346 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 2,346
Reviews: 928
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 49
Gots: 267 | 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: 2,346 | Reviews: 928
Photo of prototypic
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's clear and copper in color with a very generous two and a half finger foamy head. Retention was excellent and a very thick web of lace lined the glass.

Smell: Heavy citrus aroma kicks it off. It's a nice mix of grapefruit, orange, and a little pineapple. Hops are piney and very strong. Caramel-toffee malts are sweet and somewhat secondary.

Taste: Initially it's citrusy sweet. Hops immediately provide a nice, bitter kick. Nice, piney taste. Caramel-toffee malts add more sweetness and balance it out quite well. Finishes sweet and dry.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied. Carbonation is very good. Very smooth and drinkable. At 6.5%, it's very drinkable. I'd happily take down a few of these. Overall, this is nice IPA. Recommended.

Photo of missginsu
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This IPA pours out with a slightly more vivid than expected gold-auburn hue. It forms an initially frothy head that diminishes to suds at the edge of the glass about 45 seconds after pouring.

First sniffs reveal citrusy esters. First sips drink with a smooth, lightly hoppy bitterness and a lilting yeastiness that spreads pleasantly across the mouth. Since it's not super-bitter, this is probably a good one to help introduce IPA newbies to the wonderful world of hops.

This brew came as 1/3 of my Southern Tier six-pack sampler and I think it makes a very nice everyday IPA. I drank it with Indian take-out on a weeknight, and it didn't leave me wanting. I'll buy it again.

Photo of toolbrew
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a pale amber/light golden-brown with a slight white head.

For an IPA it looks a little light bodied for my tastes. I would expect it to be a darker reddish brown.

Good hop characteristics right off the bat! Strong hop flavor with a mild finish.

Light and smooth in the mouth. Maybe a little too light.

I would have maybe two of these per sitting and move on to something else.

Photo of penguinjive7
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden color with a fluffy off-white head. Lacing sticks throughout nicely.

The smell is predominantly floral hops with a hint of breadyness.

The taste is quite strongly floral hops with a few grapefruit tones in the attack making for a very high hop bitterness level. The finish brings a very earthy/grassy flavor.

This brew has a fairly light mouthfeel and is rather dry in the finish with maybe a bit too much carbonation for my taste.

This is a fairly drinkable brew. It is dry and bitter which is great for a pick me up on a cold snowy day, but would be ideal on a hot sunny day. Falls short of my expectation for reasons I can't quite put my finger on.

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

12oz standard brown bottle, capped. Pours out a nice dark gold color with a beautiful fluffy white head that lasts.

Smell is just great. Grassy and floral hops all over the place. Some citrus and earth as well. Taste is fresh and hoppy. Strong and firm. Although not overly complex, well structured and even balanced. Bitterness comes out more at the end and aftertaste.

I had this beer on tap two nights ago and that was better but this is still good. I am finishing up that Danish Blue and this doesn't go at all. FYI.

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

this is a decent ipa, but not great; maybe it seems just a bit too polished? it pours a perfectly clear reddish amber with a creamy, off-white head. clean aromas of resiny grapefruit and caramel. well-balanced between light/moderate sweet malts and moderate smooth hop bitterness. mouthfeel is fine, although it lacks the creaminess and body of a bottle-conditioned beer(if this one is bottle-conditioned then i really don't know shit). bottle design and graphics are lacking and there is absolutely no info about the beer-no abv, no ibu's, no backstory (not that i need to hear the origins of ipa again, but something), no freshness date, no nothing. just seems a bit too clean and lacking in complexity.

Photo of jf60657
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle into crystal glasware.

Thin, soapy head that died into a small amount of lacing with bubbles. Beer is a beautiful amber color and appears to be lightly carbonated

Bouquet smells of citrusy hops and a little candy sugar

Mouthfeel is creamy and coats the tongue. Dry in the end

tastes of mostly mild woody hops and bready malts. No alcohol detected. Bitterness hangs out for a while after swallowing. Nice and tasty but doest really stand out to much.

Overall nice session beer but it could be a little more complex to hold my attention. I'll enjoy this sixer and try something else next. I would recommend this to beer newbies as it is very approachable.

This beer is very, very drinkable.

Photo of chefboy812
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a bright clear amber with an off white head that fades to thick nice lacing. good sip marks

Nice aroma, more malts and fruit esthers than hops but interesting and subtle.
biscuit and light malt. fresh apple juice, not a cider, but a clean apple aroma. a little grassy pine hops floats through, slightly though

nice clean sweetness from the malt which switches gears very smoothly into the slight citrus, and pine hop profile. hoppy but not a mind numbing hop bomb. I like that for this beer. it has a lot going on, but it stands patient while I taste each member of the profile then the next and so on.

nice mouthfeel not chewy of cloying sweet. just wet and refreshing. a little hop hang is nice.

this is a solid IPA, you have to remember it is not an Imperial, They make plenty of those too.

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

Poured into a Corendonk chalice a crisp pale orange with a thin head that quickly diminishes. Aroma is slight citrus hops and sweet malts. The taste is earthy citrus hops slightly overpowering sweet malts and a hint of caramel. A pleasant blend of citrus and pine hops linger in the finish. The beer is light, crisp and refreshing. This is an enjoyable, but somewhat run-of-the-mill IPA.

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

Picked this up @ Thirsty's, poured cool into a pint.
A - A hazed copper w/ amber hues and a 3 finger airy head of cream. The beer practically climbed out of the opening of the bottle and foamed up over the rim of the pint.

S - A sweet fruity hop scent w/ crystal malt odors an spicy accentsod dry hopped aroma.

M - Sweet citrus w/ a light astringency and gentle oily feel w/ moderate malty qualities.

T - Sweet citrus w/ grapefruity ruby red note and woody hop flavors w/ a nice sweet malty taste and a puckering acidity. Light spice in the taste as it warms w/ a sweet fruity hop flavor that is fresh and sweet in the finish.

D - A nice full body w/ balanced fruity and bitter tastes w/ plenty of hops yet just enough malt to keep it somewhat balanced.

Photo of timtim
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

orangey amber goldish with a white head that holds okay and leaves great lace. smells wonderful. grapefruit and caramel. taste isn't as balanced as nose would suggest, but very good nonetheless. semi sweet caramelly and malty malt backbone with a citrusy, fruity hop character playing the main role, just like an ipa should. medium body with a nice citrusy and slightly bitter finish. representing the east coast ipa style. knocking back more than a few is no problem.

Photo of GbVDave
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a clear golden color that's very still. Capping this is a creamy, off-white, two-finger head that leaves a lot of sticky lace rings coating the inside of the glass.

S: Nice aromas of citrus and pine with a healthy toasted malt backbone. Very fresh hops!

T: See above. Killer fresh hop taste. Mild citrus, fresh cut pine, and slightly sweet toasted malt.

M: Creamy and full in the beginning which gradually turns spicy, bitter, and prickly towards the middle and finish. Very nice toasted malt and spicy hop interplay that lasts a long time in the finish.

D: Awesome drinkability! What an easy drinking and flavorful IPA. Welcome to Chicago Southern Tier IPA!

Photo of scruffwhor
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good amber, copper hue in my glassJust a little ring of foam and a small, thin foam island in the middle of my beer. A little disappointed with lack of head on this IPA. The aroma is great though. Lots of strong breads ad earthy pine trees and citrus. The taste is pretty good. Lots of lightly sweet, bready, ad dry malts. Mixed well with light citrusy notes, makes for an awesomely drinkable IPA.

Photo of Slynger
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear with a light chill haze; orange with a golden hue; fuzzy white head. Aroma is sweet orangey citrus and flowery hops. Nice and clear, but far from overpowering. Mediumly creamy and oily smooth is how this one feels. The taste is a light orange citrus with toasted and biscuit malts. Earthy, resinous, pine hops flow throughout and bring a lightly bitter finish. Straight observation in this review, but this is probably my favorite ST beer that I've had yet. Blackwater series is good but the exceedingly high abv's makes some of a bit harsh in the drinkability category. This beer is well balanced and deliciously drinkable. I very nice IPA

Photo of mixylplik3
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier is definitely one of my favorite breweries out there. Every beer I've tried of theirs as of this writing has been excellent. This IPA continues that trend.

Pours a deep and clear amber in my Goose Island tulip with a moderate head and lacing to match. Carbonation is particularly sharp with this brew, but that just adds to the nostril-filling aroma. The smell definitely draws me in with a citrus bite.

There is some initial bitterness in the hops but it evens out and finishes clean. If this beer were more readily available in my area, I would buy it more often. This is a session-worthy IPA if there ever was one. Another winner from Southern Tier!

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a crystal clear caramel colored body with a big bubbles launching to the surface from the bottom of the glass. The head is a think lumpy off-white that has big bubbles pushing though like a pancake ready to be flipped.

S- This beer has a fresh green juicy hop note that doens't really have to many qualities, not really resin, pine or citrusy just green. There are some faint notes of pale malt underneath that come through after my tongue gets used to all the hops.

T- The taste of big green herbal hops has a light spicy note to them followed by a light toasted biscuit note and a pine finish with a hint of cinnamon bark in the hops.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a smooth texture and a tight fizz finish that enhances the hops and the dryness in the finish makes this a great sipper.

D- This beer has a nice unique hop flavor that is not the big citrus but has a nice spice to the hops. The malt flavor is nice with a good depth so it can stand on its own and support the hops.

Photo of drpimento
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Interesting beer. Not much in the head and lace department. Has a good spicy, slightly floral hop without fruitiness. Decent medium-dark amber well filtered color. Good soft texture and full roundness. Flavor was odd, at first real nice earthy full fresh hop but then briefly there's a strange putrid characteristic. Not into that. Don't pick up much of that in subsequent sips. Anyhoo, docked em for that; otherwise, pretty good beer. Good finish. No booziness.

Photo of jeffmonarch
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Nice amber brown color with little head that disappears quickly.

S - Lots of hops. Sweet.

T - IPA all the way. Great hops, really strong hop flavor.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Good beer. If you like hops this is great.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Standard Ipa amber with small white head and some fairly good lacing.

Hops hit the nose, but not very strong. I had some trouble smelling anything with this beer, I'm not sure why.

Piney hops with slight citrus and malty finish. A little too strong with the toasted/caramel malts for me, but still good.

Could use a little bit more carbonation in my opinion.

Goes down pretty easy, but not my favorite IPA.

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

Thanks goes out to jwc215 and drseamus for this brew.

Poured into a pint glass (Scorpion) a nice clean/clear dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, huge two-finger plus foamy off-white head, which leaves a nice thick sticky lacing through the glass. The nose is malty/hoppy, nice touch of citrus/pines, and a good dose of caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, very nice balance of malts and hops, the citrus/pines is not overwhelming at all, nice. The finish is slightly dry/bitter. Medium body. Very drinkable, a very nice IPA from Southern Tier, I really like this one. Thanks again Joe and Jeremy. Cheers!

Photo of ffejherb
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into shaker pint glass on 1/29/08.

A - Poured a clear amber/orange body with short, creamy white head that gave way to some nice lacing around the glass. Modest carbonation.

S - Ample citrus hop nose with plenty of biscuity and toasted malt, as well as some sweet caramel. Some piney hops in the mix also. Quite a pleasant aroma that wasn't too overpowering.

T - Citrusy and piney hops blend nicely with a toasted graininess and caramel malt sweetness. Very well-balanced flavor with a solid malt backbone. Nice crisp, biscuity malt finish with a solid hop bite.

M - Light to medium body with moderately oily texture that leaves a slick, even coating over the tongue and sides of the mouth. Leaves a warm, bitter bite on the back of the tongue with some residual toasted graininess on the palate. Very nice!

D - Extremely drinkable IPA. Quite pleased with this one. Nothing really unique or overly complex, just a solid IPA consistent to the style.

Photo of ZAP
4.52/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Excellent drinkable orange colored IPA without a load of pure bitterness but rather pure flavor...

There is a sweet, juicy feel to this beer....the aroma is floral, with sweet citrus (tangerines, mandarin oranges), a little spiciness, and a nice dose of caramel sweet maltiness...

Highly drinkable...the flavors blend perfectly...more sweet citrus and caramel on the taste but a hint of spiciness remains...

This is damn good....not a big smack you in the face badass bitter IPA...but rather a highly drinkable highly flavorful IPA....Not to say this doesn't have some bitterness to it...but it is placed perfectly and fits with the entire beer.

I am impressed with this..some may not like the balance...I love it...I could drink this all night long...Would have to rate in my top 10 or so of IPA's and probably one of the most sessionable on the list..

Photo of mikesgroove
4.52/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into an 8oz glass in my hotel room, because it was all that I had!

A – Poured a very nice and clear amber color, a nice orange amber with a good sized, maybe two finger high head of white frothy lace on top. After a few minutes this relaxed down and formed just a small amount of side glass lace down the sides, but what was there stood around for a good long time and really made it have a nice look on the glass. There was a very nice amount of carbonation which was apparent from the very beginning of this one. Lots of streams of bubbles working their way up and condensing to reinforce the little bit of film left on the top. Overall nice classic light IPA look.

S – The aroma was rich and full and caught me right away which was just what I was looking for. A huge bouquet of deep floral hops, lots of citrus notes here came off almost too strong at first, well maybe to the amateur but to me, no such thing. As it warmed it started to change over to some pine resin like aromas, but still with the sticking orange and tangerine flavor lingering. Some nice notable hints of sugar then started to make their presence felt and really took the whole thing to the next level and gave it that hop bomb character we all know and love.

T – The flavor was great, I mean I needed exactly this at the time, and it was just spot on. Deep thick citrus hoppy goodness is exactly the phrase I have written down in my notebook. It was just a mess of orange, tangerine, and pineapple, with some sweet sugary notes thrown in and a touch of pine to make it all fresh. The finish was super bitter and dry and brought out the flavors of a fresh meadow of flowers with the taste of almost like a dandelion and fresh cut grass. Just really great and a classic gem of a west coast IPA, but from an east coast source, what more could you ask for.

M – The body on this was much thicker then the initial look would have led me to believe it would have been. The clear well carbonated look would have lended me to think this would have come off a bit light, but this was a very nice medium bodied ale with a mild syrup like feel to it that really did not become bothersome due to the ample carbonation that kept it from becoming that way. It was just a really nice full feel to it with no slickness and just a smooth coating texture that really let you have it and felt really great.

D – This was a classic session ale for me all the way. I mean what more could I ask for then a moderate ABV highly hopped well carbonated brew that I could put down for hours. This was just about as good as it gets for me as far as being able to put down a few, I wish I had gotten a sixer of this instead of a single as it would have been nice to have another one after the fact.

Overall this was fantastic, and definitely another winner from Southern Tier. I am just starting to be able to sample a lot of their brews and the more I have the more I am impressed with. This one was no different. They took the style of the west coast session IPA and made it their own while staying true to the roots, could not really ask for much more. I would recommend this to any hop lover.

Photo of dickieb
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a somewhat dark orange almost bronze in color. The head is about right at 2 1/2 fingers, and some good lacing. The smell is citrus hops, (mostly lemon and grapefruit) and some grainy malts. The taste is more balanced and well rounded then the nose starting with a good malt base and quite a bit of bittering hops. Another good beer from southern tier, I glad i have been finding brews from them more often.

Photo of dedrinker
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kinda darker straw yellow with a modest off-white head. Aromas of mild grapefruit and somewhat dry malt. The flavor is classic "balanced" east coast IPA, but this balance has more. There is a good, clean malt quality of some depth and complexity here rather than just a two dimensional balance between malty sweet and hoppy bitter. The hops seem to go more towards the bittering side than the aroma or flavor side as you work your way through.

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IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,346 ratings.