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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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931 Reviews
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Reviews: 931
Hads: 2,441
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 18.51%
Wants: 54
Gots: 355 | 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 WhiteHillsStore
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%

Very solid IPA. The appearance is a pale yellow with a thin head that trails the glass. The smell is full of citrus and piney bitterness from the hops. The taste was a lot of hops in the beginning and then mellowing out and then a last bite at the end. Very crisp and refreshing. Would definitely recommend for IPA lovers who might not have tried it yet.

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Photo of Mikus
3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a mixed 12 at the local bottle shop (supposedly just received), and no bottle date. Damn, why did I but an IPA again without checking the date! Poured into my snifter glass (aggressively). Nice clear, bright amber with a small bit of white head that was gone pretty quickly. Not a very bright nose... some hints of lemon and citrus, as well as an overall aroma indicating bitterness. The bitterness in the taste was on point, and I love a bitter IPA. A bit malty up front as well (surprisingly). Flavor-wise, however, some of those nice hoppy notes that I have come to expect were absent. Two-note wonder. Light to medium mouthfeel, with a slightly oily finish. Carbonation continued lazily throughout the life of said IPA. Overall, not a bad beer, not very complex, and no idea if this had to do with the freshness or the recipe itself. Probably wouldn't seek this out to discover the answer, but wouldn't hesitate to grab one out of a buddies' cooler at a summer party.

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Photo of Ephraim
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked this up after a magazine said it was one of 2014s IPAs to try. It's a very light color, smell and taste for a 7.3 abv. Lots of citrus and pine but no the strong hops taste I was expecting. It's a cheap 6 pack for such a high alcohol percentage also compared to others. I'll probably stick with dales as my go to IPA.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO as a single. 341ml bottle served at 4deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opens well and pours an ok head that dissipates but the color is fantastic

S- EXCELLENT wow this has a lot of dry hops

T- The dry hops are followed up but boiled hops. Excellent but not as good as the 2x ipa

M- Dry lol.

O- Very good. I look for this on the menu when the pickings get thin

Food Pairing

This wonderful IPA went well with.... Oyster Shrimp Crab Gumbo


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Photo of droomyster
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy light copper body with white head with good retention and beautiful lacing properties. Aromas are wonderfully floral, tropical fruit stand-like, with a nice caramel underbelly. Tastes amazing. Starts out sweet and caramely, before piney and orange zesty hop notes dominate the mid-palate, and candied orange peel comes through on the finish. I like this a lot. What an excellent IPA.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Notes: Born on by 4/17/14 (consumed 7/1/14). Poured into a nonic pint

A: Pours a light golden color. It forms a 2 finger head of large bubbles. The bubbles floating up in the glass ae also really large. In my nonic pint there is a logo on the bottom and normally there is tons of nucleation - but there is none on this beer. The foam slowly recedes leaving patching lacing.

S: A nice floral scent with some pine and maybe a little sweetness.

T: Follows the nose but with a slight bitter opening.

M: Clean and crisp just the right carbonation. This is refreshing.

O: Not quite sessionable due to the higher ABV (7.3%) and the slight bitter kick. But it is very enjoyable and more than one would not be a problem. This is kind of a go to IPA for me - but it could be uprooted.

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Photo of miss-kali
3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The creamy overwhelms, otherwise a solid mildly hoppy IPA. Definitely not sure that the nitro is doing this any favors. It's very drinkable, but I was expecting something special because of the nitro action and it comes across as just decent enough.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark orange color forming a medium thin bubbled white head with medium retention forming lots of thin and lingering lacings in the glass

S: Great nose. Very flowery, mainly piny and a bit citrus hops profile. Strong notes of caramel and crystal malts. Well hidden 7.3% ABV

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Strong notes of caramel, roasted malts, crystal and caramel malts. Biscuity. Good hoppy bitterness and a persistent and lingering dry end

M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Smooth texture: Southern Tier water quality has to be mentioned. Toffee and piny aftertaste

O: Great drinkability. As good as their Live APA that I've tasted just before this one...

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Photo of utfiero
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Color- medium clear gold. Small to medium thick head.

Aroma- hoppy with a hint of roast in the malt. Very smooth, very balanced IPA.

Taste- Starts with a gentle hoppiness moving to a subtle buttery mid-body and finishing with a clean, balanced hoppiness with a lingering dry aftertaste. The middle reminds us of a lesser Dogfish Head 60 Minute and the finish reminds us of a Stone IPA somewhat. For the high ABV, this is very smooth and will sneak up on you. We compared Torpedo with this, and there's no comparison. Southern Tier makes a quality IPA. Southern Tier's website does not give the IBUs.

Poured from 355 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass), Tasted in 9/2/2013.

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Photo of jfmorey
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On nitro at District Tap House in DC

The nitro line produced the expect cloud of fine bubbles the settled to a cream head that maintained very good lacing to the end

Taste is mainly piney hops with some citrus, a very good and refreshing balance

The mouthfeel and overall impression is smoother than my previous experience of the same beer

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Photo of CabbageA19
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At one point in time this was my everyday IPA. When the beer came out 10-12 years ago in this area at 25 bucks a case and 7.3 percent you I could never pass it up.

Now that it's 32 a case and the market is flooded with exceptional options I don't find myself doing this all that often- unless in the mixed case.

Nice dark color - always with a tight head. Medium hop smell with the middle of the tongue bitter hop that makes you want to come back for more. Surprisingly little alcohol taste for with ABV. I have literally drank hundred in bottles and on tap and have never been disappointed.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours light amber color with a 1-2 finger width foamy head. Excellent lacing on side of glass. The odor is subtle. Can discern some citrus and pine. There is a soapy smell. Malty, citrus taste upfront. Malty taste persists with a moderate piney hoppy taste at the end. The bitterness, although mild, does persists through after drinking. Overall, a good IPA. I would like a little more hoppy smell and bitterness at the end.

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Photo of BTodd
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass. Bought as part of sampler pack. Now seeing 9-month old bottle date.

A-1-2 fingers of foam. Golden, light amber color. Lasting head.

S-soapy, light pine, citrus, and caramel qualities.

T-Fairly bitter, caramel and some pine. Not getting a lot else from this one.

M-Medium bodied, coating, pleasant.

O-Drinkable but not getting much on the aroma or much complexity from hops. Might need to try this one again when fresher.

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Photo of Flopjack
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip

Appearance - Pale orange with some touches of yellow, 1/2 finger white head, more on the transparent side, nice lacing.

Smell - Subtle pine, citrus, grapefruit, good amount of malt and some floral notes.

Taste - Pine, resin and a good amount of bitterness right from the start. The middle provides grapefruit, tangerine, and just ever so subtle malt presence. The end drys and remains bitter like a dryer grapefruit, or grapefruit peel.

Mouthfeel - Medium/full bodied, medium carbonation, refreshing and smooth.

Overall - Good beer. I think this beer does a good job of balancing lots of characteristics that make a good IPA. Bought as single to try and I'm not dissapointed.

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Photo of Goosehunter75
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours an amber honey color with a slow forming 1 finger white head. Ok retention and lacing.

S - Very slight floral and pine aromas. Ltos of caramel and other malts in the backgroung. Slight roasiness to it as well

T - Much hoppier than the aroma. Pine and grass are most present. Still quite malty and caramely for an IPA.

M - Very creamy. Very carbonated as well. A Medium body beer. Pretty smoth for the ABV

O - A decent IPA. Would like to see a little more hops to it. Still it is verysmooth drinking.

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Photo of reebtaerG
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pour 12oz bottle into New Belgium globe

A-Pours a clear golden yellow with a big white fluffy head that never quite goes away.

S-Aroma is light floral hops and honey.

T-The taste is light, crisp and refreshing. There’s some floral and citrus flavors.

M-Mouthfeel has bitterness is pretty tame. A little oily, resin sort of flavor.

O-Overall super easy to drink, better than average IPA.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: 16-oz. glass
From: Eddy’s Beverage Inc. in Saratoga, N.Y.
Price: $15.99 for a variety 12-pack
Purchased: Jan. 15, 2014
Consumed: Jan. 16, 2014
Misc.: DOB on Aug. 28, 2013

Poured an amber orange clear color with two fingers of khaki gray head. A good amount of sporadic lacing on the sides of the glass. Average-to-above average retention.

Smelled pine hops, soapy, Cascade hops, floral hops, citrus hops, resin hops and caramel malts.

Tasted very bitter notes, pine, Cascade hops, soap, citrus hops, slight resin hops and caramel malts.

Light body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish.

Not as good as I’d hoped it would be, but still a decent IPA.

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Photo of bvj
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into pint glass

A: poured a fat 3 finger head that retreated to an unobtrusive frothy layer. A luminous, clear amber body.

S: an equal but light balance of floral, orange, and caramel.

T: a light hop, citrus flavor with a lasting bitter presence somewhat astringent

M: smooth, bitter, effetely carbonated

A solid IPA taste with the impression of fewer calories. The 7.30% ABV is surprisingly high. Tastes like a ~5%.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.12/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours golden with fluffy, long lasting white head.
Aroma is of citrusy hops, orange marmalade and biscuit malt. Body is medium and smooth for IPA. Taste is similar to aroma, very balanced for IPA. Finish is medium and mild. I’m very disappointed with this brew. Maybe something wrong with the bottle.

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Photo of Rhf9120
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoyed this IPA. Poured from tap into a 22 oz. glass. Appeared a golden straw color with a finger width offwhite head. The aroma was that of citrus and hops with a flavor to match. There was just the right amount of carbonation and the beer finished with a crisp slightly bitter after taste. Really enjoyed this beer and I would recommend it to any IPA lovers.

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Photo of Hops4Pops
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.
A: Pour into a pint glass. Eggshell white head 1 finger thick, quickly receding into a surface foam and bubbles up to 3/16ths of an inch. Reflective light reveals golden amber color and light shining through the beer reveals a bright, light gold color. Slightly hazy. Light covering of sticky lacing as head recedes. Carbonation is just right and feeding the surface nicely.
S: Pine, orange/lemon essence, grapefruit, strong hop profile, honey/caramel, light bread note.
T: Same notes as smell. Hop blast up front with a malt profile that balances it very well. Crisp, dry finish followed by bitterness. Aftertaste goes rather sweet. Very inviting.
M: Creamy to start and quickly turning very crisp with a bite.
O: This is a very nice IPA and is well constructed. Low enough ABV to be a session beer for the serious hop enthusiast. There are other IPAs that are better but this one is very good. I would recommend it as a great one to try. I will be happy to buy some more.

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Photo of HomersTomaco
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Excellent on Nitro. It's a whole different beer! If you see it on nitro try it. Very creamy as expected yet hoppy. I've had one other Nitro IPA and loved that too. I think it's a great idea. Not as piny or citrusy but very good overall. I'm going back for more

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Photo of timmy2b
4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a pint glass

Dark golden color with about a finger of bubbly white head. Scent of hops is present but is not overpowering. Malt backbone is also present in the scent giving this a very even scent. The even, balance translates very well into the taste. The hops are present, but are not as up front in this tasting from the bottle as they are on draft. Very well balanced makes this lighter in the mouth and makes it very smooth and easy to drink. This is a local and a go to beer for me, and I highly recommend it if you can get it fresh.

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Photo of A_Frayed_Knot
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass and welcomed a lucid foam finger's worth on top; level carbonation, and a punch of hoppy complexity with the first sip. It probably matters that this was preceded by my downing a Heavy Seas' 3-hop IPA -- itself an admirable effort but falling short of Southern Tier's mellow-pressurized irresistibility. I can be overwhelmed by hops in some beers and others leave me wanting more but Southern tier finds enough balance for me to leave my former top-preferred SN IPA behind. This flavor wants to linger on the tongue same as the foam clings to the sides of the glass. If it were any sweeter I'd find myself craving more grass notes or wheaty compliance -- something to consider when choosing which occasions to introduce to friends not familiar with it. It has always done well from the tap at local dining spots where I find it regularly, but I'm glad to find it accessible for home consumption too.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This was presented as a nitro tap, but it seems to be very lacking in nitro upon looking at it. A shirt white head of micro bubbles sits atop a gold clear beer. Nose starts with herbal hop notes paired with lemon and grassy notes. Some bready grains present as well. Taste is smooth with moderate bitterness, some pine notes, and a touch of caramel. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy which I'm sure the nitro has influenced. Overall, I like the texture of the nitro IPA , but it seems that some of the aromatics are sacrificed.

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IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 931 ratings.