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IPA (India Pale Ale) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by John on 03-24-2003

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Photo of teromous
3.29/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy body with medium hues of orange and gold with a fluffy thick white head that stick to the glass well enough to leave good lacing.

Aroma: There's a distinct marriage of pine and tangerine aromas. It's not especially fresh smelling but it smells good.

Taste: There is a light sweet caramel flavor that is eventually met by a very faint taste of orange pith and some grass.

Mouthfeel: It has a nice dry mouthfeel but it feels pretty shy on bitterness.

Overall: It's a pretty average IPA. I would buy it if I was in the store just looking for something quick and tasty, but it's not going to cut it if I want that big bold fresh hop flavor.

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Photo of claytong25
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Average to say the least. To give this IPA a little credit I drank a few outdated ones just because that was what came in my SOuthern Tier variety pack. Ill update this review once I drink one that is more fresh but for now its not one that I like

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Photo of AAG
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very average IPA. Too piny in taste. Head was disappointing after an aggressive pour from the bottle. After having the opportunity to taste a wide variety of IPAs, this one is very average.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: clear; burnt orange in color; 1+ finger ivory head that receded slowly to a thick cap; OK lacing;

S: earthy and floral;

T: there's a bit of mint in the background from start to finish; floral comes to the front at mid-palate and stays to the end; moderate bitterness from mid-palate;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: not a lot in the aroma or flavor to get excited about;

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce.

Pours a mostly clear amber gold, white lacing for a head.

Smells of fresh citrusy and floral hops over bready malt. Some clover honey.

Honey and bread malts, and a varied hop flavor that touches on citrus, floral, and woody.

Medium to full body with tingly carbonation throughout.

Very nice drinkable IPA. Above average on all points and really nothing to complain about. The 2X version is better but richer while this goes down a little smoother and would pair with food better. Definitely something that could become a go-to for IPA drinkers.

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Photo of Dyldey
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Solid up-front with a good taste. Goes down without a hitch but leaves a little empty spot on the back end. 7.5 in the engine so no complaints. Overall I like it but the double IPA they make is bezerk.

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Photo of Beergod50
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Consistently good IPA. I find myself stocking it in greater quantities and drinking it more frequently than the competing IPA's that I keep on hand. One of my absolute favorites. I'm happy to say it seems to be growing in broad distribution in Central New York. Distinct happy taste and smell. Fresh consistent taste.

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Photo of bmeehan
2.97/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

I'm not particularly compelled to go back and try it again, but my experience was that it was very bitter and didn't have much to it outside of its hop profile, which was strong for the sake of being strong.

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Photo of rjs246
4/5  rDev +2.8%

This is a very good IPA that tastes very similar to other very good east coast IPAs. I would drink it again in a heartbeat but wouldn't be compelled to go out of my way for it.

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Photo of joe12pk
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

Poured into a glass.
This starts nice with citrus and fruits - then BAM!- I am being pummeled by pine. Quite a disturbing turn of events. This could of been a great beer if there was only a whisper of pine. At 7.3 ABV and only $7.99 a six pack, it will get you sloshed for a reasonable price. If, on the other hand, you wish to have a pleasant buzz & a decent brew, just get a familiar friend and skip this mess.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look- golden orange, decent head, thin ring like lace shows ok retention.
Smell- hoppy in the nose without being overpowering. Resiny and slightly dank.
Taste- hops forward, solid malt backbone, mostly dry palate but also a juicy hops feel on the backend.
Feel- medium bodied on the side of light. The carbonation is both crisp and mellow. A good balance for easy drink ability.
A nice clean and hoppy ipa.

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Photo of MVotter
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - Hazy gold w/1/2 inch cream head

S - Malts, breads, grain, diacetyls

T - Sweetish hop flavors abound, malt flavors follow the aroma notes

F - Some stickiness, plenty of carbonation

O - This is on the opposite end of the bitterness scale of hop-centric beers. The hop profile is sweet rather than tart, and complements a sweet carmely malt flavor. The overall flavor is a departure from the grapefruitish flavored IPAs and ends up being reminiscent of flavors associated with old English yeast origins. Unique. Nice.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.73/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

"DOB: 05/05/14." Normally I'd refrain from reviewing an IPA which is 5 months old, but Southern Tier's website for this beer has a recommended cellaring temperature, suggesting aging is just fine by them, if not recommended. Interesting.

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing label design and branded black pry-off pressure cap purchased as a single at Whole Foods HQ and served into a pilsner glass at low altitude in Austin, TX. Reviewed live as an IPA for obvious reasons. 7.30% ABV.

Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1.5 finger wide head. Off-white colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Retention is pretty good - about 5 minutes. Fairly soft complexion. Nice even frothy consistency. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Clear translucent transparent copper of above average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Overall, it's an appealing appearance for an IPA, but is pretty conventional. Nothing stands out as unique or special here. Appears well-carbonated.

AROMA: It's an even pairing of pale malt and caramalt sweetness with floral, herbal, and lightly piney hop notes. Maybe some tangerine citrus in there too. It borders on the boozy fruity character I despise in IPAs, but never quite ventures into it. On the sweeter side by American IPA standards, sure. Grassiness emerges as it warms.

No overt alcohol, spices, off-notes, or yeast character are/is detectable.

TASTE/TEXTURE: Strangely wood-evocative, actually. The sticky slightly syrupy feel pairs poorly with the overdone sweetness, which borders on cloying. Hop notes are plentiful, but still provide insufficient bitterness to counter the dominant pale malt and caramalt sweetness: grapefruit pith, tangerine rind, spruce, floral notes, and grassiness. It's light on hops for an American IPA, and the sweetness does little for it. As it warms, I pick up on the beginnings of some of the boozy pineapple notes I despise in IPAs.

Average depth and duration of flavour. Below average flavour intensity.

It's smooth and wet, and overcarbonated. Unrefreshing. Could be softer and creamier. Overall presence on the palate is average; this texture is a decent companion to the taste, but doesn't elevate the beer beyond the limits of the flavour profile.

While the balance - as abovementioned - is subpar, it's not a badly built IPA per se. There's a nice diversity of flavour, and while it isn't even, gestalt, subtly executed, or complex, it's not unpleasant to drink. I do like it in a general sense, but I'd liken the hop profile more to that of a tame pale ale than an IPA.

OVERALL: It's a downable IPA with a well-hidden ABV and a wide distribution footprint. I found it entirely too sweet, throwing off the balance, and that's coming from a reviewer known for finding most "typical" West Coast IPAs imbalanced to the other extreme. I wouldn't buy this again, but it's well-priced for what it is and you could do worse. This won't impress the discerning drinker and it's far from up to par with Southern Tier's best offerings, but I'm glad I tried it once. I'll easily finish the glass, but I wouldn't want another.

All of the above said, I can see where this might have been an impressive offering 11 years ago.

High C-

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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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IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 945 ratings.