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

2,394 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 2,394
Reviews: 938
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 49
Gots: 315 | FT: 0
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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 mikeg67
3.12/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Photo of Rhf9120
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of Hops4Pops
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of HomersTomaco
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
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

Photo of timmy2b
4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Photo of A_Frayed_Knot
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of homebrew311
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of mick303
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip, this is a bright light golden colour, with nice soapy film and lace, really clear with a lot of visible carbonation action. 4

S – a full kick of pine, eucalyptus, resiny hops, a bit nutty, honey, some light malt character maybe but this is all piney hop forward and so mouthwatering. 4

T – a bitter pine start, pine needles, with a hint of caramel, a dry nuttiness, and a really smooth pine transition showing some rough grapefruit edges and orange, lots of hop character and more fruits move in with pear, pineapple, ending with a biscuit and bitter dryness. Mellow floral hops with a bracing resiny finish. Long lingering aftertaste. 4

M – actually quite balanced with a refreshing bite to it, the hoppy opening is a touch hot but works well as more malt comes in. Really sessionable and a good feel for a strong IPA, lots of carbonation but not too noticeable. 3.75

A classic east coast style IPA with a really dominant pine/resin/sappy character. Some citrus as well but its rough and tart, I like this overall, some malt to it as well to balance the body out. Definitely a nice IPA, but it didn’t strike me as far and way superior to a number of other really tasty ipas, and it could be kicked up and made more interesting. A tasty treat from southern tier. 3.75

Photo of JWU
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle dated 9/25, poured into a tumbler glass

A- A perfectly translucent honey/gold, with a lovely finger of bright white head. Fantastic lacing.

S- Very hop forward, orange/lemon, a hint of grapefruit and pine. Almost minty/floral component to the hops as well.

T- A light crackery malt with mild honey sweetness gives way to the showcase of hops. Orange and lemon peel, slightly minty/floral with a grapefruit bitterness. Pretty straightforward, good ol' IPA here.

M - Medium bodied, a touch dry, and the bitterness lingers on the roof of the mouth a little long.

O- A solid, staple, go-to IPA. Nothing amazingly over the top, but certainly solid, and delicious.

Photo of a0lbudman
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-clear dark gold in color with a off white head that laces the glass nicely
S-hops with grapefruit and has a little sweet smell
T-hop is the main taste whick fades to a dry grapefruit aftertaste. The malts are in this but do not come to the forefront until the finish
M-medium carbonation with medium body
O- hops is there but not over powering and the malts do not come in until the finish. Very good beer

Photo of delta490
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured a deep, clear gold. A foamy white head is fairly short-lived, but does leave lacing on the glass. A little visible carbonation.

S- floral and some pine hop notes. A little caramel sweetness hides in the background.

T- not a barn-burner, but more in line with an English-style IPA. The hops and malt balance each other very well, with more hops on the beginning and fading into the caramel malt

M-just right. Not too heavy or watery.

O- a really good and well-balanced IPA.

Photo of Radome
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet.

A - Dark gold color, almost copper. Very clear. Fine bubbles constantly rising through beer. Head is thin and off white; made of extremely tiny bubbles. Light lacing.

S - Very hop-forward, with piney and earthy notes. A hint of nutty malt in the background. Not complex aromas, but fresh and clean.

T - Piney, spicy hops dominate the flavors. A little harsh and acrid to me. Very little malt comes through to provide balance.

M - Thin body; high hops bitterness. Low carbonation.

O - Overall, a good US IPA, but a little shallow and uncomplicated for me.

Photo of FLima
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber golden color with a two finger thick head with good retention and leaving laces.
Nice tropical citrus aroma, with notes of pineapple, cantaloupe, sweet malt and pine.
Flavor of pine and earthy hops, orange peel, pepper, grapefruits and flowers. Dry and bitter aftertaste with a lingering spicy and tangerine bags note.
Light body with appropriate carbonation. Its body enhances the bitter sensation. 7.3% ABV is well hidden.
A very good IPA with its own character, balanced and refreshing. It has multiple streams (citrus, earth-peppery, pine) that interchangeably come forward with an assertive taste, but without excess.

Photo of Jason
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Amazing lace on the glass, head does a great job. Hazed dull golden hue. Orangey, minty, piney, mild grapefruit rind and mild tobacco show what the hops are about in the nose ... hint of malt and alcohol in there as well. Enjoyable smoothness, semi-chewy medium body. Ample hop bitterness does not go overboard but holds firm, orange peel, mint, pine, pipe tobacco, pithy and herbal ... good hoppiness all around. Toasted bread and a hint of caramel on the palate with some clean fruity esters. Finishes warm with a long linger hoppiness.

This is a big IPA, bordering Impy IPAs but we are splitting hairs here ... a hop heads treat here. I need to frequent this beer more often.

Photo of brurevu
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The Southern Tier IPA poured a bright gold with a pillowy white head with citrus and floral hops on the nose. The taste had citrus hops upfront that faded quickly to a dank pine presence that melded well with the floral hops. The brew left a pleasant bitterness that lingered on my tongue with a caramel malt body that added just the right amount of sweetness. The Southern Tier IPA was fresh and bright and a great example of an American IPA that I will gladly drink.

Photo of Flounder57
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Having on draft at Cambridge Common. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a puffy one finger head that remained there the whole time. It is a copper color with great clarity and tiny bubbles seen coming up through the glass. super awesome cascading lacing on the glass. Nitro is a thing of beauty.

Smell: Citrusy hops, caramel, and bready malts.

Taste: Grapefruit, tangerine, caramel, toasted malts, and tingly bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, full bodied, medium carbonation, and delicious.

Overall: Pretty solid beer and even better on nitro. Yummy.

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: bright golden-orange color with good clarity. The head is short-lived and dies quickly. Small spots of lacing dot the glass.

S: Pulpy mango, hints of honeydew melon and other tropical fruits. Soft scent of aromatic pine needles. Honeyed and grainy malts. Not much 'pop' on the nose, it's a bit reserved.

T: Apricot, mango, clementine. Subtle pine in the background. Bitterness is very tame. Honeyed malt base with a slight toasty impression. Very mild kiss of alcohol and tropical fruit esters. Drying finish of honeyed malt and tropical hops. Tangerine specifically lingers for a little bit.

M: Medium bodied. Very creamy and very smooth. Mild seltzery carbonation adds some refreshing crispness.

O: A very approachable and drinkable IPA. It's a very quenching and more-ish quaff, and I drank through the glass too quickly. The competitive price point is enticing too.

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

After a day that could be considered a "CF," Raul finally sat his ass down in Rochester, New York with a Southern Tier IPA. Light like a Victoria's Secret model after regurgitating her breakfast, Raul cannot help but think that this beer might be over carbonated (bars fault, not Southern Tier). Still, it's light and refreshing enough.

Yep!

Photo of ghengisflan
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Okay, looks like cloudy apple juice

Smell - Balance malt and hop, no particular citrus or other aromas, just malt and hop

Taste - Sweet with an almost metallic after-taste

Mouthfeel - Pretty average, feels like beer

Overall, and okay beer

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on nitro-tap at Bier Station in Kansas City. Poured into a small Belgian-style tulip glass.

Appearance - Healthy two-finger head of creamy, microbubble beige foam, as you'd expect from a nitro tap. Body is liquid gold and clean, with some amber highlights around the edges of the glass. Foam settles to a half-finger blanket, like fallen snow. Lacing is thick and webbed--completely covering the side of the glass in some places.

Smell - The aroma seems to be masked by the dense layer of foam, but through the proverbial fog comes fresh-cut wildflowers and lemongrass. If you really work hard, you can smell some bitterness.

Taste - Not as forward as I expected, so either the nitro has tamed the aromatics of this beer, impacting the smell and taste, or the beer just isn't that deep, in spite of being quite tasty. Gentle flowers, like jasmine and lavendar, with mild phenols. Like with the smell, if you try hard, there is some bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and decadent, with viscosity that reminds me of some hard liquors. Pretty much what one should expect from a nitro-tap beer. I'll be excited to have this one without the nitro in the future.

Photo of Boardshort_Brewer
2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - Copper hue with an almost white head which is pretty weak.
Smell - Almost nothing here, slightly hoppy. Needs much more work here.
Taste - Not that great, there is a strange melding of alcohol flavor and hops I think. Not enough hop flavor. The hop flavor that is there though is sub par. It tastes a little of iron as well...

Photo of Tonmeister
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into tulip shaped glass

Appearance: Dark, golden hazy amber with a thick off-white head that dissipated pretty quickly.

Smell: smells pretty balanced between the hops and the malt. It's fairly sweet. citrus grapefruit and sweetness.

Taste: earthy hopness dominates with a hint of the citrusy hops and the piney hops. The sweet malty flavors are pretty dominating on this one. It's hoppy in the forefront and sweet and malty in the middle and a satisfying hoppy ending.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a hoppy bitter finish.

Overall: This is a fairly balanced beer, perfect for those who don't like a hop explosion. It's a little malty for my preference. I'm not really getting the piney citrusy hopness. I get more of the malty flavors. It's pretty easy drinking and it goes down fairly smooth. Overall it's not too hoppy. I was expecting a little more hops since Souther Tier states that they use 4 different types of hops, but it's a very refreshing IPA.

Photo of stella77artois
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into snifter glass.

A - Pours a dark golden amber, small amounts of carbonation visible. About a one finger head, which dissiapted at a normal rate, leaving a very small white foam on top. Small amount of lacing on glass.

S - Lot's of fresh hops. Hints of grapefruit, a general fresh earthy bitterness and even a small amount of bubble gum noticed. Kind of strange, but it worked. Very good smelling beer.

T - Was very suprised, this is one of my new favorite IPA's. Lot's of fresh hop taste without being bitter for bitter's sake. Hints of pine and grapefruit, and strangely, a small amount of the bubble gum aroma was tasted, too. But again, it worked.

F - Nothing different from most IPA's. Finishes a bit dry, strong finsish.

O - Not sure why, but this tasted damn good. I had heard a lot of good things about this brewery, and this was my first sampling of one of their brews. Lot's of good taste, and it's on the unique side. Recommended for any IPA fans.

Photo of dar482
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The color is a light amber.

The aroma has a nice juicy grapefruit and pine.

The taste has a bitter punch of grapefruit, some Simcoe pineyness, and bitterness, but then a good malt finish and backbone with sweet caramel. However, the sweetness of grain and syrup push a bit too aggressively. This does not have the clean refreshing flavor that I want from IPAs. Instead, the malt takes over a bit too much and is too sticky.

Still, a pretty solid beer.

Photo of Treyliff
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- pours hazy golden-orange with a small creamy white head, short retaining layer on top with no lace

S- citrus and pine hop aromas, honey, grainy husk, sweet doughy malt

T-citrusy hop with an herbal touch, big bready and doughy malt backbone with some grainy notes, honey flavors follow the aroma, finishes dry and malty with an herbal hop linger

M- medium bodied with a slightly viscous-yet-creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation with a bit of alcohol on the finish

O- very drinkable for the higher ABV, was a bit maltier than expected

IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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