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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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927 Reviews
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Reviews: 927
Hads: 2,428
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 53
Gots: 339 | 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 JackStraw22
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Kept seeing this at the grocery store, finally picked some up. I have to say I am very suprised at how tasty this is. The body is a golden amber, with a 1/2 inch off white head. Little retention, but I don't usually get much with an IPA. Hoppy aroma, grapefruit, not too piney. Very crisp, refreshing taste. Hoppy and bitter, but just right. This isn't one of your overpowering balls to the wall IPAs. But it has a great flavor, and would make a great session beer. Glad I picked this up, I'll do so again. (506 characters)

Photo of SupaCelt
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I was fairly surprised to see this one lurking in the case in my town, so I snatched it up without so much as a second guess.

Out of the bottle came an interesting reddish orange liquid. I don't see any precipitation, but the color is inviting. About a finger and a half of light tan head rose up with a decent density (not marshmallowy, but well thick). Trace amounts of lace were left to hang around as the glass became ever more empty.

The smell first delivered an unambiguous orange with some grapefruit hints. Stinky old hops. Big and sweet caramel malt base. Smells fruity and acidic.

The taste is sweet then bitter then sweet again. A curious transformation all in one swig! Good stuff. The alcohol is slightly perceivable in the aftertaste, but this one doesn't give you that dry finish. The bite is not in here. The finish remains too wet and juicy to be dry. Hops doesn't exactly play second fiddle in this beer, but it is definitely sharing the limelight. Malt is in the house throwing its weight around. The mouthfeel gives me a nice oily impression and has a light medium body. Maybe a bit too sweet for this cat though. (1,144 characters)

Photo of whartontallboy
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper with a thick head that stuck around for quite a while and then left lots of lace. Smell is lots of floral hops, but there's also a tiny hint of caramel and malt in there as well. The taste is a really nice variation on the style. It's hoppy with an underlying bed of citrus and grapefruit, but there's also a very apparent malt presence that gives it a little bit of a caramel character. It's a very restrained, balanced flavor that melds well with a mouthfeel that might be a bit too syrupy for the style.
Overall: Don't let the generic-looking label fool you, this is a really tasty brew that serves as an interesting example of the American IPA style. It's restrained hop flavor on the solid malt backbone gives it a fantastic balance you could suck down all night. (783 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a nice looking copper tone beer that is capped by a dense white head. The retention of this froth is very good. And the lace as well. Big citrus tones on the nose. Great hoppiness detected. Some rind like qualities noted. And a little caramel sweetness underlying. The flavor is very agreeable. Bright citrus tones. Pine. A little resin. Sweet caramel and toffee balancing things out. Mouthfeel is nicely prickly and the body checks in around medium-full. Quite a nice AIPA. (484 characters)

Photo of warriorsoul
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to shirfan for this brew....
Pours a real nice cloudy copper w/ a full finger of creamy white head. Disappears too quickly w/ very little lace.
I can smell the hops out of this baby as I poured it and is a real appealing quality so far...no sense of malt here...detect sweet caramel...somewhat piney aroma.
The taste is fantastic. It is real smooth w/ a nice hop flavor. I can detect the malt now and it one heck of a mix...with the hops winning in the end. This is not a overdone IPA...and I'm sure it may taste a bit off after having a Hop Rod Rye AND Ruination yesterday.
I could drink this IPA any day of the week...and a session beer too.
Thanks to shirfan for allowing me the chance to taste one beer I would never be able to locate otherwise. (762 characters)

Photo of CRJMellor
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper color with amber and orange highlights. Thin white head kicks off spots of lace on the glass.
Aroma of grapefruit, pale and amber malts, bread, light caramel. Very enticing.
Flavor of light caramel, bread crumbs, pale malts and spciy, floral, grapefruity hops bitterings. Really tasty.
Mouthfeel has some real sweetness on the front, slides into a more buiscuity middle and finishes with a crescendo of moderate but distinctive fruity and herbal hop tones.
Drinkability is very high. Must be really amazing on cask or draught. Not quite at the Two-Hearted or Masala Mama level but still a great beer. (617 characters)

Photo of granger10
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The weakness of this beer is in the pour where there's a small head that fades rather quickly. But the reddish orange color is very intriging and brings the score up to a 4. The smell is almost all floral, citrusy hops maybe with a little peach but it is a bit weaker. The second bottle I had the next night however had a much stronger aroma with lots of grassy hops and little else. The flavor is an explosion of hops. They're right there and in your face. It seems like there's a lot of centennial hops in here because the flavor produces a great grapefruit/citrus combination. More hop resins come forth the further I go and there's an oily flavor from the hops near the middle. Malt barely holds up to the hops but I think it does its job. There's a nice woody malty flavor in there that I notice from time to time. The mouthfeel is amazing as this beer is really creamy and the body seems to have the perfect thickness to it. The body in this beer really helps the flavors work to their potential. Man, I could drink this beer all night long! Reminded me of hop ottin from Anderson Valley with a little more flavoring hops and a little less bittering hops. (1,161 characters)

Photo of UnionMade
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, purchased at Half Time in Poughkeepsie, NY.
The beer pours a browned orange, a color that would have felt comfortable in any modern 70's home. A slight chill haze, due to the bottle conditioning and my reluctance to leave any sweet, sweet beer to the drain. A healthy plume of white head blossoms on the pour, settling happily into an even film that remains throughout my glass. Excellent lacing, full sheets of belgian lace cling to the glass, marking my passage.
The aroma is fairly mild, for an IPA. The presence of the malt bespeaks pale ale in it's balance, albeit american style, with an equal part respresenting assertive american hops. Toasty malt, with the barest touch of caramel, evenly matched with pungent citrus and pine brutishness. Probably more towards the realm of pine, moving into earthy and woody. The citrus is actually more of an overtone, the bulk of the hop character is derived from a deep earthenness. Very nice and stable. Immobile. Soft hints of grass and pear create a ground fog effect, as if it were early morning on a summer's night.
The flavor starts with a brazen malt graininess, the barley's toasted caramel sweetness struggles to hold back the hops long enough for your palate to ready itself for the attack. The floodgates open in the middle, a full orange and lime flavor opening up like a vanguard for the army. The malt battles back with some pear and grass esters, maintaining a sweetened foothold throughout the sip. The finish is a full display of hop aggression, a furious melee of pine sap and citrus rind thrashing chaotically on the palate. On a more gentle inspection, erudite notes of aged woodflesh and forest earth lead the frenzy. Everything is boxed up in a neat, concise medium body that leaves your palate with reluctance. Hop notes remain like smoke on the battlefield long after the beer has expired. Limpid carbonation is just enough to carry the fullish medium body without seeming sluggish.
Despite my description, the beer is really well balanced (assuming you make a habit of american craft brews), the flavors co-existing in harmony. The hops are (of course) aggressive, but administered by a gentle hand that understands it's field of play. In my opinion, this is an IPA that showcases classic american brewing skill. Domestic ingredients, and a damn fine product to show for it. I could sip this down all night long, and come back the next day for seconds. If only this were available without a two hour drive, but then it would cut out on locally brewed favorites. Another in my fictitious top ten list of american IPAs. Another great beer from Southern Tier. These folks know their stuff. (2,674 characters)

Photo of 99bottles
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: This 12 ounce bottle has some serious defects. It's almost flat, the seam seems as if it will tear apart. If this beer is as good as I've heard, then they ought to be able to make round bottles in the near future. Light orange body, slight haze, moderate carbonation, head of off white dribbles into a patchy lace.

Smell: Carmel and pale malt. Piney hops. Not real strong. Ho hum, in every sense.

Taste: Ahhh, much more lively than the comatose nose. This IPA has a real fresh feeling. It takes the well suited malts and tells them to sit back while the hops confuse the person drinking the beer. Honestly. The smell is lame. The inital taste is sharp and bitter, the secondary feel is sweet and fruity, then citrus, and not bitter. Oh damn. This just perfect. No wonder this won at GABFs. It is so unassuming, and after you take a half hearted sip, it absolutely steamrolls over you with perfect hops. All you can do is stare as it as it consistently rolls on by. This beer isn't flashy or gimmicky. This is one of the best IPAs I've ever had. Wow. Sorry I complained about your bottles. You can put it in buckets, for all I care. Absolutely perfect.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Um, awesome. I need more of these. Now. This is an absolutely perfect beer. I must have more. Well textured and lively, this is smooth and delicious. (1,346 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Another nice IPA from a quality brewery. On-Tap at McGradys this is a dark red looking brew with a small, but ample head of white. The aromas are of fresh citrus hops and very English bready malts. The taste is hoppy up front with an interesting spicy characteristic in the middle and a dry bready finish. The mouthfeel is a bit light for the style but the drinkability is excellent. Good stuff. (395 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poures a deep copper with a nice fluffy head that leaves sheets of lace down the glass,aromas of pine needles and some nuttiness pretty well balanced on the nose.A very resiny,piney hop flavor up front but a firm crisp malt backbone hold up well keeping the hops from being to overbearing.The finish is very abrupt not much finish going on and not much lingering flavors,a real well balanced IPA not overly hopped but with a real hop identity,recommended. (455 characters)

Photo of Quaffer
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Caramel brown in color with a very fine sediment floating throughout. The light-tan head rose up to two fingers and settled down slowly. It was sticky and left a decent amought of lace behind on the glass.

Smell: Lightly yeasty and fruity. Some malty sweetness combined with a much heavier dose of roasted malt and cracker. The hops was evident, cutting through the malt, but it wasn't very strong.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with a buttery smoothness throughout the mouth. It became a little rough as it hit the throat.

Taste: A hops bite kicks in right away, along with a tartness that I attributed to the yeast, though it came close to coming across as too tannic and astringent. A nice roasted malt backbone that had an overlying sweetness that dwelled well into the finish. The aftertaste was hops bitterness and sweet malt.

A beer too sweet and slightly astrigent, in my opinion. Though not bad, there are too many other IPAs around for me to waste time on this one again. (999 characters)

Photo of Rastacouere
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear apricot body, nice sticky 1cm head lasts. Hoppy nose, orangey, foresty. Fresh hop flavors, subtle woodiness and piney notes. Nice mouthfeel, medium bodied, creamy texture. Initially fine carbonation, but rapidly fading out. Not much malt coming through, but it leaves a balanced hoppy afterthought if such a thing exists. Good all-around unagressive IPA. (360 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 ounce brown glass bottle. A green neck and obverse label has the words Southern Tier Brewing Company. The main label also has the words ‘IPA India Pale Ale’ and ‘Real Beer’. No strength or freshness listed.

Appearance: Nice amber body with some copper hues. Clear body with some streamers. Off-white head is a couple of fingers thick and settles in a very random manner leaving a rocky pock-marked surface. High carbonation means that head lasts when the beer is gently coaxed in the glass.

Nose: Very piney aromas, mixed with malts and some caramel. A little acidic citric whiff in the middle. Fresh.

Taste: Pine oils, hops, bitterness, biscuit, caramel and toasted malts - nice IPA traits that are all welded together into a well-balanced offering. Lots of pine in this one though. Tongue-tip-tingling finish with a creamy malty-caramel feel on the cheeks. Decent stuff.

Mouthfeel: Decent creamy body, smooth and inviting. Above average feel that lends a thick presence to a medium mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A nice enough offering that drinks well, but whilst I could drink this all night, I don’t think that my tongue could tackle too many of these!!

Overall: The creamy feel and hoppy finish is good on this one. Enjoyable!

Thanks to the Evil One for this East Coast NY IPA. (1,320 characters)

Photo of kmo1030
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

nice copper color with a light tan head that sticks around for a while. the smell is mostly piney and grapefruit hops, really powerful and really good. something hinting at caramel malt as well. the taste ends up being not quite as bitter as expected from the taste, but still packs a punch with grapefruity and slightly herbal hop bitterness. balanced with caramel and toffee, giving this a sweetness that plays off the hops well, the tatse is boardering on 4.5, but i'm gonna give it a 4. really smooth almost creamy fuller side of meduim body. with a perfect amount of carbonation. awesome beer, i got this from a friend that visited upstate NY, i wish they distributed in my neck of the woods. (697 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Shippos. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured in an imperial pint glass, forms a 1" light beige head, which laces quite well. A darkish amber brew, with a citrusy, piney hops scent defining the nose. Taste is dominated by the piney hops, but there is still ample pale malt character for moral support. They work well together. Mouthfeel and drinkability are excellent. Just a extra special IPA all around. (445 characters)

Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A knockout on-tap, as a guest beer at Bru in Rochester. Very citrusy very grapefruity hops. Sour but substantially less so than in the bottle. Can drink this all day, switching from the tap to the bottle. Hops come at you with citrus and pine aroma. Bitter citrusy aftertaste. Accompanying a nice lunch of anything.
Had about three years later on tap. Not a knockout but still a great IPA. Astringent rather than sour. (419 characters)

Photo of Maestro
3.16/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is what I call a "Dry" IPA. The malts are basic and serve only to make it beer. The focus is hops. The head is thin, but leaves a nice lacing on the glass. The color is orange. The nose is a bit toasty, with strong hops. The taste is bitter and oily. Mouthfeel is kind of thick and chunky. Overall, this is a drinkable beer with some good characteristics, but not amazing. (377 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.68/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear orange color with a thick creamy head. Decent lacing develops. The aroma has nice floral tones. But it does lead you to believe that this might be just a decent IPA. Wrong - the flavor of this IPA is amazing. The malt has a slight caramel tone. The hops are extremely floral and provide the perfect bitterness. Some orange citrus tones round out the flavor.

The mouthfeel was smooth and so was the finish. The finish was long on the tastebuds as the flavors slowly faded away. Extremely drinkable as the flavors are perfect and this IPA just makes you smile. (576 characters)

Photo of necoadam
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now the last bottle of the variety pack that was given to me. Poured out a hazy orange color with a nice amount of carbonation in this beer. Smell consisted of mostly hops with a touch of grapefruit and other citrus fruits which was nice. Taste was mostly hops as well but it wasn't that bitter which I found surprising. Big malts come in and blend in with the hops which breaks down the bitterness a little bit. It was quite smooth and creamy. Probably one of Southern Tier's better beers out there. I liked the amount of carbonation in this beer. It wasn't too much or too little. It let the flavors come through in a nice way. Seek this out. (644 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up from a friend at a cellar clean out Memorial day event. This brew was fresh though. I am sampling a chilled sample in a pint glas. The brew pours a clear amber with very samll off white head developing slowly and fading slowly. I even tried to pour aggressively and had little luck.
Aroma is very hoppy with floral and citrus notes, not only grapefruit, but I actually get some orange in there which I find a little weird yet appealing.
First sip reveals very mild carbonation average body and a slightly oily texture (hop oils??). Flavor is a brief sweet hit of caramel overwhelmed by complex hop presence. Pine mixes with grapefruit and some lemon and the brew actually leaves a slight stickiness on my lips. WOW! this is hoppy. The beer is very easy to drink and surprisingly complex. Grab it if you see it!! (829 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, pours dark honey in color, off white head, love those tiny bubbles and nice lacing, fine and intricate. Citrusy hoppy nose. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Notes of resiny hops, floral, vanilla, smoke. Nice balance, hops fresh,bold and up front but not over powering. Tasty IPA. (298 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at Kaya in Pittsburgh. Pours a dark amber/orange color with a medium thin off-white head. Really nice lacing throughout the glass. Floral hops and citrus in the nose. Medium body with a nice bitter character. Flavors of hops, apricot, citrus and caramel abound. The finish is crisp with a nice hops bite. This is a nicely balanced IPA that doesn’t just dump a bunch of hops in and call it a day. (407 characters)

Photo of TagoMago
4.72/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle with rather a generic-looking label, poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Beautiful dark copper with a nicely sized light brown tinged head. Nice head retention and lacing.

Aroma: Intensely spicy, piney, floral hop notes.

Taste: Spicy hops with some citrus. Mouthfeel is quite smooth.

Overall: This is an incredibly drinkable beer, and ranks among the best IPA's I've had. If you can find it, pick up a six-pack (or three). (463 characters)

Photo of david23
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pouring it as I type. Have had this many times before but now it's time for the rundown on a very nice IPA.Pours a dark amber with a frothy head that leaves beautiful lacing as it goes down. Retention is almost perfect.Mmmm Nose is hops but such a floral hop it makes me glad that spring is finally here. First taste reveals a mild malt only to be overcome by a great hop explosion (not overdone). This one is not going to wow the hopheads but, all in all a great IPA that I will enjoy again and again. (502 characters)

IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 927 ratings.