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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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926 Reviews
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Reviews: 926
Hads: 2,428
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 53
Gots: 337 | 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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Photo of CloudStrife
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear golden amber with a 1.5 finger white head. A little rocky it dissipates over the course of a few minutes leaving a good coating of lacing on the glass. Average amount of visible carbonation.

S: Good hop aroma going on here. A sweet fruitiness that has a citrusy overtone. Also a decent earthy and floral hop too. Malts come out more as it warms but add sweetness to the hop.

T: As anticipated this is hop-forward that is similar to the aroma. A blend of earthy hops and grapefruit citrus with a sweet malt backbone. Lingering hoppiness. Booze is pretty well hidden.

M: Medium bodied with average carbonation. Isnt too sticky for an IPA yet has a good nectar like mouthfeel. Has a dry finish from all the hop. Certainly not a hot beer yet warms the stomach.

Overall a beer I have enjoyed time and time again. Very happy it is so readily accessible to me. Would recommend to any hophead. (944 characters)

Photo of dougfur
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clearly this isn't a hop-loaded DIPA, but when I'm in the mood for beer that is tasty, with some real hop flavor, and that doesn't cost a lot of money, this is hard to beat. Kudos to the brewery for getting in the flavor, without using a lot of hops (and therefore driving up the price). (287 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle. Bottled on date reads 06/16/2011 so this brew is old as hell. Poured into a Boulevard tulip glass.

A - Standard honey amber orange IPA appearance. Slightly cloudy. No real head to speak of aside from some white fizz that settled into nothing within about a minute.

S - Hoppy iced tea smell. Light spice and dry malts are also in there. Not a whole lot of action happening here, but smells tasty nonetheless.

T - Again, a hoppy slightly bitter iced tea kind of taste caused by whatever breed of hop it is. On the sweeter side than most IPA's are. Reminds me somewhat of the Redhook Long Hammer IPA. A good tasting beer, and well-balanced.

M - No real bitterness lingers around, but the mouth feel is sticky. Still a smooth clean brew though. Highly enjoyable. No real noticeable carbonation at all, most likely because this beer is stale as hell, but either way it is still a good beer.

Overall, I would have it again but there are no real major distinctions to set this one apart from the rest of the pack, and I would personally opt for a more bitter tasting beer myself. Definitely going to have to try a fresh bottle and note the difference.

Southern Tier IPA ---3/5. (1,191 characters)

Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with Southern Tier style green label. Poured into a standard 12 oz beer mug.

A - Light copper color with some bright golden Hues. Crystal clear clarity. And i mean 100% spotless clarity. off white head that appeared to be a thin fluffy head that possessed a little bit of stick.

S - American fresh hop aroma. Cedar, pine, and hints of citrus in the aroma. Pretty resinous character.

T - Toasty bread flavor with a sweet blast of honey. A real semi toasted malt. Followed by a hop profile of Pine and lemon. Flavor has some resin to it with a toasted grain like malt backdrop. Hop bitterness is fairly bold.

M - pretty easy going ipa given the hop character it has. I found it enjoyable and down right easy to drink. Its not overly thick, but does a nice job of somewhat coating the palate. One of the most sessionable ipa's I've ever had.

O - a good ipa and flagship brew from Southern Tier. It has some class to it for sure. This ipa could benefit from a bit harsher malt character for sure. More malt would create a better balance of the hops, but hey this is a beer any hop head would appreciate. Southern Tier is a great brewery and this American ipa is very good all around. Not a whole lot of craziness to it. Just a blue collar, handcrafted ipa any geek would enjoy. (1,298 characters)

Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark gold with a big white head. Good head.

S: Soft maltiness. Lemon, tiny bit of pine.

T: A detergent-like pine needley flavour with strong green tea leaves, which caught my attention on the first sip. Maybe some grapefruit. Light and watery and not particularly effervescent, which I like a lot. Balanced.

O: By far my favourite of the small selection of American pale ales I've had. (391 characters)

Photo of beerme626
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Marrika's in Lexington

A: Deep wheat color, with a nice eggshell white finger head.

S: Hops and pine come through strong.

T: Full, rich hops and pine. Little else, but what's there is powerful and delicious.

M: A little sticky, but carbonated well. Delicious, if not overwhelming.

O: A decent beer, but nothing too spectacular. And Southern tier has far superior beers to this. (394 characters)

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (594 characters)

Photo of IronLover
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (612 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (703 characters)

Photo of gobseulmuhri
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (1,216 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (502 characters)

Photo of Thedaver4220
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (382 characters)

Photo of monstarr1234
4.61/5  rDev +17.6%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (754 characters)

Photo of featthebeard79beerhead
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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 (927 characters)

Photo of thebrood1987
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
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. (651 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (1,021 characters)

Photo of SouljaSaia17
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (977 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (816 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (706 characters)

Photo of Fusion_Pirate
2.99/5  rDev -23.7%
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. (1,720 characters)

Photo of Celtics76
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (491 characters)

Photo of scootpolute
3.21/5  rDev -18.1%
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 :~) (839 characters)

Photo of Alkey
4/5  rDev +2%
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. (307 characters)

IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 926 ratings.