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IPA (India Pale Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

IPA (India Pale Ale)IPA (India Pale Ale)

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1,886 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1886
Reviews: 897
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%

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 SolipsismalCat


3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear gold with lots of bubbles and one-finger, white, foamy, creamy head that lasted a long time and left a fantastic film. Great lacing.

S: Citrus, pine, and caramel malt.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and solid hop bitterness. Light citrus and pine. Toasted malt in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Kind of thin and watery.

O: This beer is similar to Sounthern Tier's Double IPA. This one looks nicer but has a thinner mouthfeel. Overall, solid IPA, but given that its ABV is so close the Double IPA, I'd rather drink that one.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 19:17:56 | More by SolipsismalCat
Photo of IronLover


3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on October 22, 2012. Amber yellow in color with perfect clarity. Poured with a short white foam that reduced to a wispy cap that left sticky lacings on the glass. Grainy sweet malt, biscuit and honey aromas with spicy herbal and light pine hops. Thick chewy feel with smooth oily body through the middle and a tangy bitter bite at the end. Herbal and light spicy hop bitterness up front that sweetens in the middle and transitions to crisp, dry, bitter pine hops at the finish. Solid biscuity and sweet caramel backbone throughout. A solid, readily available, good value IPA. Southern Tier strikes again.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 00:15:21 | More by IronLover
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a bit of a vegetative ipa, fleshy and bold. the pours is clear, a little copper hue to it, but mostly pale gold. small white head on top with good lacing left behind. the nose is that of fresh hops, some pine, but a lot of green vegetable stuff, meaty in that way, from the garden. a little bitter. but not brutal at all. the flavor is actually a bit more balanced than the smell lets on, stays bitter in the end, but has a nice fruity punch to it, which makes it a little sweet, but it works well with the hop dose. overcarbonated i think, really bubbly and hard to drink quickly as a result, but this is a great ipa overall, kind of a little brother to the 2xipa they do, same hop profile. good drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 15:49:26 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of gobseulmuhri

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

was a on a wine stretch for a bit and wanted a change of pace. of course i come back to beer. and lately for me, beer = ipa, and nothing else comes close, really....

DOB on bottle says 10/2/12, so I can count on the fact that it's decently fresh. Not ideal, but good enough.

Poured from a bottle into a BK brewery snifter. Poured a beautiful copper gold with a nice 1.5'' head. Decent retention, beautiful lacing.

On the nose, the aroma is mild. Grassy hops with a sufficient pinch of grapefruit/orange citrus. There's a good backing of malt - a 40/60 balance between hop/malt. I wish I drank this fresher maybe?

Taste reflects the nose. IMO, it's pretty balanced, leaning ever slightly toward the malty end. THere's a bit of hop resin in the end. It's beautifully crisp, refreshing, but still pleasantly bitter. Someone said in an earlier review that this is a pretty sessionable IPA, and I have to agree.

Mouthfeel is again balanced but on the crisp side. There's also some malt creaminess all ending with a resinous hop bitterness. Not the best, but plenty enjoyable nonetheless.

This isn't the best IPA out there, but for the price point and for a casual beer session, this foots the bill very nicely.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 03:36:52 | More by gobseulmuhri
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United Kingdom (England)

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle form 'Beers of Europe' and poured into a Corsendonk badged stemmed tulip glass @ home on 2 Nov 2012 during a 'random beer tasting evening'.

The beer is a good golden looking brew with a full off-white/white head of large bubbles.

The nose and taste is a pleasant hop blend of bitterness and floral notes which combine together very well. Although hoppier than most IPA's we get in the UK this one wasn't 'in your face' and stupidly over hopped.

Easy drinking IPA I'd happily have again.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 12:50:35 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of Thedaver4220


3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle pourd into pint glass

Southern Tier IPA pour a clear golden with about a finger of creamy off-white head. Not much of nose on this one. It smells kinda bready with a touch of hops. The taste and mouthfeel is the saving grace of this beer. It is well balanced with a medium body. It drinks super easy, and I can't believe it was 7.3% abv!! All in all it's a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 05:15:50 | More by Thedaver4220
Photo of monstarr1234

4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I'm not going to go all nuts talking about the color of this beer and all of the flavors I taste in it, but I'm just going to say that it's a BAD ASS IPA that I would recommend to any IPA fans out there.

Being kind of new to the IPA scene (about 2 years) Iv'e been personally looking for one that I really enjoy, and I just found it.

Congrats to Southern Tier on making an awesome IPA.

Personally speaking, it's is my favorite "bottled" version of any IPA that Iv'e tasted out there so far.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 22:11:00 | More by monstarr1234
Photo of schoolboy


4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an extremely sessionable IPA. It is a bit creamy and thus easy drinking. I have long been a big Southern Tier fan and 2X IPA is one of my favorites, but lately I don't want to get so wasted, and this is very drinkable without being wimpy.

It is very pretty in the glass - clear and nice copper color. The aroma is a little weak but nice. It is smooth and well balanced tasting. This is an IPA to recommend to anyone and a great gateway drug for the uninitiated.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 23:49:25 | More by schoolboy
Photo of WanderingFool


3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Southern Tier IPA pours a clear amber with a moderate, creamy head on top. The foam dissolves slowly leaving behind a netted pattern of lace on the glass. A flurry of bubbles rise to the surface.

The aroma is not very strong and is more malty than hoppy. Caramel and bread with a touch of citrus are most noticeable.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is creamy with light carbonation. The flavor begins with sweet caramel malt and a little bready note. Some bitterness moves in towards the end and it finishes with orange citrus and pine. Once gone the piney bitterness lingers on the palate.

This is a beautiful beer with a great mouthfeel, but I'd like to see more hop aroma and flavor. It hides the 7% abv well and is quite easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 22:00:57 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of featthebeard79beerhead

4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a fairly dark orange. Orange but clear decent head that's fluffy and chunky and has some lacing.

Smells of malts and roasted caramel .very sweet smell.

Taste of malts at first Carmel and roasted flavor followed by hopps slight citrus taste and finishes dry and bitter. Good balance of malt and hopps .

Overall I would drink this again it is definitely IPA with less hoppy bite and more of well blended mix of malt and hoppy. Abv is hidden nicely. I like this brew not my favorite IPA but definitely a good one I prefer a little more hopp bite I am a hoppy junky but this beer is worth trying if you like IPA which I do I'm new to craft beer and I dream of IPA they are far my favorite style just can't seem to get enough. One downfall that may seem trivial but the label is cheap I prefer a nicely painted bottle or good sticker over a paper label which makes the beer seem cheap and at 12 bucks for 6 its not cheap

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 21:27:30 | More by featthebeard79beerhead
Photo of BeerKangaroo


4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass:

A: deep cloudy orange colored body and gave a one finger white head that lasts for a good minute before gently dieing into the body. Nice ringy foamy spider web lacing speckles the sides and clings to the pint glass.

S: strong tones of pine, citrus and hops.

T: takes the previously mentioned smells and gives more of a earthiness to it.

M: medium and feels great on the tongue, sessionable

O: I'm blown away by this one. I didn't think I would like this one as much, but this is solid for me and its style.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 18:50:39 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of thebrood1987

New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice herbal floral scents with a nice bready malt. A floral and herbal taste and bitterness throughout with a nice bready malt sweetness that mixes in with the bitterness really well. I'm also picking up on some green apple.

The bitterness is nice and this seems like session beer and cant even taste the alcohol or even seem like a 7 percent beer wow. Southern Tier keeps impressing me and this is the up and coming biggest brewery to watch out for.

Get this beer if you want a session IPA with a really nice herbal floral bitterness. It doesnt really have citrus or grapefruit in there is very herbal. So if you like that definitely get this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 03:52:03 | More by thebrood1987
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a clear medium amber colored beer with a one finger white head. The head faded over a moderate amount of time to leave a nice level of lacing.

Smell – The smell was heaviest of a citrus and pine hop aroma. Mixed with the hoppy smells were notes of light (pear and peach) and tropical fruits.

Taste – The taste begins a bit on the sweeter side, with some of the citrus that was detected in the nose being upfront in the taste. As the flavor advances the pine hop taste makes it arrival known and begins bitter the overall taste of the beer. As it furthers the taste is met with flavors of an herbal nature, which in the end leave a more crisp flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the average side for both creaminess as well as carbonation. Fairly good for the style; both drinkable as well as good for bringing out the hoppier flavors.

Overall – Overall a good IPA. Not too strong and too light and quite easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2012 01:09:23 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of SouljaSaia17


4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This Southern Tier IPA pours a deep hazy orange color with a thick soapy, bright white head that leaves some decent lacing. Lots of carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass as well.

S: Aroma consists of strong pine and citrus, very characteristic of what an IPA should smell like. I also get a smell of some clove, honey and a little bit of banana.

T: Very earthy up front with the taste consisting of grapefruit at first, then blending in to that pine/citrus blend. Get some grassy notes towards the end which is complimented by honey and spice. The after taste does have a dry yeast feel, but its not as strong as one would expect.

M: Very citrus feel, basic IPA characteristics with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink and the alcohol is not noticed with all of the flavors.

O: A very nice, strong, IPA. Has the hop bite that you hope for from the style, but isnt dominate by any one ingredient. Very well blended and is a drink one, drink six type of beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 05:40:24 | More by SouljaSaia17
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber gold with a thin layer of eggshell foam that fades quick but rims and leaves webs of lace. Resiny hops, tangerine and mango on the nose with a deep underlying layer syrupy orange jam.
Sponge cake, papaya and marmalade with pine sap, orange rind and tropical flower nectar.
Orange oil finish and bittersweet honeycomb linger. Medium, chewy, clingy, oily.

April 9th born-on date, so not jumping with freshness but not past it, either. The hops make themselves known but not punishingly so (unlike, say, Flower Power from a couple of counties over) which has more to do, I think, with East Coast style than any age on it. Significant sweetness, making this quite big, which along with the strength pushes it towards a 1 1/2 IPA, killing the drinkability along the way.

Want to love this, but merely like it.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 00:14:46 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of StaveHooks


4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler fill served in a pint glass.

A - Crystal clear amber with a huge foamy white head. Retention and lacing are average.

S - Citrus, minty herbal aroma, sweet pale malt, hints of floral and light caramel. Very clean aroma.

T - Follows the nose with minty herbal hops, sharp rustic floral, some citrus laced in with pale and light caramel malts holding ground. Some dirty hop bitterness, grapefruit rind comes out on a dry and semi bitter finish.

M - Medium carbonation, wet upfront but finishes dry on the back end.

Pretty good price on a growler fill up. Dirty and clean levels of flavor and bitterness. This is their best beer in my opinion. A good choice when your in the south western NY area.

Serving type: growler

08-27-2012 03:12:14 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of Fusion_Pirate


3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served cold from the fridge from a 12oz bottle with a 'DOB' of 03/21/12 (about 5 months old).

A: Poured into a Weisen glass, Southern Tier IPA yielded a half-finger of bone-white head; really nice lacing and retention around the glass. Color is a piss-like amber gold; a bit light in tint for an IPA, but rich-looking nonetheless. We're off to a good start!

S: A bit disappointing...not much to speak of here. I get a basic, generic "beer smell" that comes from any bottle of AAL product. No hops complexity, no undertones...maybe just a bit of maltiness. Inoffensive, but nothing to write home about.

T: A basic, rather unrefined woody, oat cereal, barley/malt flavor with moderate carbonation. I'm not getting any sense of the hoppy, traditional IPA characteristics which should be at the forefront, especially given the high ABV and the fact that Southern Tier advertises this brew as "four varieties of hops and four varieties of malts". I'm definitely getting some of the malts (in both smell and taste), but it's an unremarkable flavor. This tastes more like an American Pale Ale, or even a Lager than a proper IPA. The flavor is inoffensive and actually grows on me the more I drink it...however, it's not anywhere close to a top-shelf craft IPA.

M: Flows across the tongue smoothly and goes down dry, thanks to the restrained carbonation. Very pleasant mouthfeel overall.

O: If you're accustomed to REALLY nice IPAs (Bell's Two Hearted, Dogfish Head 60 Minute, etc.) this doesn't quite stack up in the hops/complexity department. As I said above, it's certainly a pleasant beer to drink- pretty mild on the tongue and tastebuds for 7.3% ABV- but it tastes more like an American Pale Ale than a proper IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 18:37:09 | More by Fusion_Pirate
Photo of Celtics76

Rhode Island

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chillin' with some lobster ravioli, watching Sox-Yanks. Thought I'd give this a shot after the disappointing Phin and Matt's ordinary ale.

Pours a nice dark gold with minimal head. Sharp piney aroma got my hopes up and the flavor didn't disappoint. Hoppy flavor with some good bite, which became more emphatic as it warmed up.

This is an above average IPA that goes down smooth with a solid bitter aftertaste. I would put in the the second tier of IPAs right behind Loose Cannon and Stone.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 00:40:26 | More by Celtics76
Photo of scootpolute


3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: 12oz brown bottle with no freshness date, this was a fresh sample though.

A: Nice heady start, three fingers high of dense head followed by a spectacle of lacing. Clear golden amber color.
S: Piny, minty and citric hop nose ... strength in that order and a burst of tropical fruit within.

T: Smooth and slick with a full-ish body. Bitterness is aggressive but not abusive, hop flavor jumps from herbal / tobacco to pine resin to mint to citric.

M: Nothing hot here, alcohol is noticeable for sure but it does not get in the way. Oh yeah, there is malt here too ... slab of bread, toasted a bit. Finishes with a big hop flavor and lingering bitterness as well...

D: Not bad for an 'EAST-COAST' IPA...although for the price, $10.99 per 6 pk..? There are better beers out there for 'that' price...not bad though...Chasin' Cheers :~)

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 22:24:18 | More by scootpolute
Photo of Alkey


4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured clear copper color with a finger of off white head. Smells slightly sweet brown sugar, grapefruit, bit of pineapple. Taste and feel is a bit thin and sweet at first then comes the hops, decent bitterness, slightly dry, tropical fruits, soft carbonation. Overall a tasty easy to drink sessionable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 09:39:21 | More by Alkey
Photo of soju6


4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden color with a good head that fades to some lacing.

A: Aroma of pine and some citrus upfront with a bit of grain and malt in the background.

T: taste of pine and bit of citrus first with a mild malt sweetness and fresh grain. Nice bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, nice crispness. very well balanced. No trace of the 7.3% ABV.

O: Good IPA that does not overpower you. Really hit the spot. Well worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 14:32:51 | More by soju6
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New York

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours a medium amber with an orange hue and an off-white head with lasting retention.

There is citrus and floral hops aroma with a malty sweetness in the background. Herbaceous maybe grass character to the hops as well as a with some alcohol noted. It's not an in your face but it's good.

A medium-high citrus and resinous hops flavor with a medium-high bitterness and a moderate malt support. There is a lingering bitterness after the medium-dry finish.

This is a lively medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation.

A solid American IPA featuring American hops flavor with a over a good bitterness. I'll usually reach for a more aromatic IPA with intense bitterness but sometimes an easier drinking version like this one is a welcome change every now an then.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 02:05:58 | More by MadScientist
Photo of Jesse13713


4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - A rich, thick, root beer float-like head. A throbbing geyser of receding harvest orange suds. Springy carbonation keeps the head alive for quite some time. The beer is a delicious, watery, autumn orange hue. The foam clumps like whipped cream as the head disappears into the sea of hop-filled goodness.

Smell - Alive with the appearance. The aroma of distinct hops pelted my senses as I popped the cap off and set the bottle back on the table. Delightfully bitter to the nose hairs. A lightly roasted and complex malt background masked with caramel and faint toffee. A pleasing, seducing aroma.

Taste - A unique collection of hops collides with a complex and signature malt profile. The beer is near tasteless when it hits your tongue, but upon being swallowed, releases an onslaught of grainy and natural flavors. The hops are humble in strength and rely more on their individual unique characteristics to give a story to this IPA. A light note of pink grapefruit accompanies the modest bitterness. The malt lingers with you in the aftertaste, leaving you satisfied until you take another drink.

Mouthfeel and Overall - A bit too watery and tame for me in the end, but still a terrific offering. This IPA is very smooth, and leaves a bit to be desired in terms of a bite to the taste-buds. Instead, Southern Tier IPA relies on their advertised and well-put-together collaboration of various types of hops and malts. For being a shiver over seven percent alcohol, this IPA goes easy on your palate. Each drink is clear, crisp; rejuvenating. Easily sessionable, but the ABV could sneak up on you if you get carried away. A well-put together brew and an outstanding competitor in the vastly growing IPA category.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 20:20:47 | More by Jesse13713
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4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed March 28th, 2012. Poured into a standard pint glass. Beer has a "born on" date of January 24th, 2012.

Beer is a very clear medium gold. A moderate pour elicits a one-finger off-white head. Meringue-like and composed of bubbles of varying sizes. Slight stickiness on the sides of the glass.

Very aromatic: citrus (grapefruit and lemon) and a grassy note.

Flavor is hop-forward: grapefruit and pine start things off. Sadly, there is almost no malt flavor: just a dash of caramel. Significant but not out-of-control grapefruit rind bitterness on the finish.

On the tongue, the beer is tingly and prickly. Medium bodied.

A very credible IPA. Compares well to beers of the caliber of Firestone's Union Jack.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 19:14:13 | More by charlzm
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3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 03/13/12

A: Pours a golden orange color with a finger and a half's worth of slightly darker than white head

S: Nice hops, including grapefruit, grass, and very light pine. Some light malt as well

T: Follows the nose, with most of the hops leaning towards the grassy side. Bready malts as well, along with a slightly metallic twang. Nice bitter finish that doesn't last too long but makes its presence known

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Too light and not enough hop oils

O: Certainly not the best IPA out there, but it's still solid and drinkable, even at 7.3%. Wouldn't seek it out for a couple reasons (one being that 2XIPA is better and the same price) but would definitely drink it again if the opportunity came up

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 01:16:10 | More by BEERMILER12
IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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