Southampton Trappist IPA | Southampton Publick House

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Southampton Trappist IPASouthampton Trappist IPA
Very Good
35 Ratings
Southampton Trappist IPASouthampton Trappist IPA

Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by PEBKAC on 08-04-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by vacax:
Photo of vacax
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This one is cloudy, dark orange-gold, large and thick head thanks to the yeast and hops. Aroma is intense with Belgian yeast, dry, mango, pineapple, tropical fruits from the combination of esters and hop acids. The taste is spicy with Belgian yeast, orange zest, catty, and the tropical fruit hops are a bit astringent. Finish is bitter and cookielike. Medium bodied but feels pretty creamy due to the carbonation. This is decent, though I could just as easily pass on it. Took me a while to finish my glass.

 508 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of PEBKAC
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Complex brew with intense fruitiness. Aged in oak for five months."

I read on "" that this beer is brewed with brett. Maybe it's just not really noticeable yet, like a fresh batch of Orval.

Anyway, generous keg-kicking last pour into my Duvel glass. Lots of CO2-induced white-wash foam(as expected), but it settles into a very respectable 3/5ths of it's original size. Body is a slightly chill-hazed yellow amber.

Smell is basic grain, with lots of pepper, sharp florals, & leafy greens.

Lightly toasted dry malt, but the taste carries more resins & rindy notes then anything else. Not intense, but still pretty green & zesty, with bitter orange & nice dry leafy notes. Sweetness is mild & supporting. No real Belgian/Trappist esters that I can notice. Alcohol fumes with substance, & the body is overall pretty damn dry(which works for me). A very tight beer.

I wouldn't mind seeing this replace their regular IPA. As long as they don't ship it out of to the Lion & let them piss in it.

 1,011 characters

Photo of mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I felt lucky to be able to crack this one open last night. Decided it might go well with dinner so I gave it a shot. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 05/31/2010.

Big pour right out of the gate. Lots o carbonation led to a sparkling look, huge head of nearly three fingers in height then comes across and rips into me. Never really settling, just becoming more and more rocky and cratered. Lots of lacing up and down the side of the glass.

Aroma is very light, a bit too light for me, but warming brought out some nice touches that seem to work after a while. Lots of citrus, lemon zest, belgian yeast all working together and forming a very nicely defined profile after a while. Nicely carbonated and very light it was easy to drink this one fast, especially on a humid day. Each sip brought out light notes of pears, peaches, lots of light citrus, tart lemon. Light bready and grainy notes along with light touches of grasses, Last sip seems as clean and dry as the first and offers some nice consistency.

Overall a very solid and well done light iPA. Crossing over of the styles seems to work here and I think the ratings should be a little bit higher then they are to be honest.

 1,222 characters

Photo of mbudner
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the release about a month or so ago. Poured from 750mL bottle into a snifter. Had it on tap on release day as well, but these notes are from the bottle as I didn't have much and couldn't focus at the brewery.

A- Pours an extremely hazy deep orange to burnt sienna in color with a huge puffy white, 4-finger head. Receded in a few minutes leaving spotty, but very pronounced lacing. This is one of the most inviting looking beers I have ever poured.

S- Spicy yeastiness with some lemony hops, and funk from the brett coming through as quite sweaty. There is also a solid floral bouquet. As it warms up, some banana as well.

T- Slight metallic flavor followed by some nice funk quickly swept by a bitter, citral hop finish. The yeasty flavors are less pronounced that the nose led on, but there's enough going on here that it isn't a huge disappointment. I anticipated a good deal more from the brett based on the aroma as well as the fact that I remember it being quite funky on tap. This could be a function of the medium or a number of other things. The hops and the brett do play nicely together and I have to say I greatly prefer this over Undead Ed, which, in my opinion, has too much brett character for an IPA (not that they usually have any.)

M- It doesn't have a made mouthfeel, but it is definitely over-carbonated. This isn't something that ruins the beer for me, by any means, but it does lower the MF a little.

D- Not the easiest drinking, but it does have a lot of things going on, so it is quite hard to compare. It got the Belgian yeastiness of a trappist IPA, which often makes a beer slightly slower drinking, a moderate hop profile and some brettiness. All of those things considered, it is quite well balanced and drinks well.

 1,769 characters

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light ester and a juicy citrus hop.

The taste consisted of a slight sticky sweetness, yeast esters, whit pepper and some citrus.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style but a bit slick.

Overall a nice Belgian IPA. A touch lacking esterwise however.

 382 characters

Photo of levifunk
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

reviewed from notes. big thanks to madvike for sharing this.

a - cloudy yellow pour with a HUGE head.

s - hops. some spice. That bretty wet hay smell I love.

t - bitter hops, but still reminds me primarily of a wild. hay funk.

m - light body. great carbonation.

overall - great style. would love to see more of this.

 321 characters

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of klikger
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml pour served in a Duvel tulip - thanks for sharing, madvike!

A - Cloudy amber with a massive white head, visible carbonation, and very good lacing

S - Earthy hops, wild yeasts, as well as more traditional Belgian yeast

T - Lots of Brett & floral hops kick this off --> raspberry essence mixed with more sour yeast - at once palate wrecking and cleansing --> the finish is more of the same - mouth-puckering sour fruitiness (decent amount of lemon) with a touch of hop bitterness

M - Effervescent, light, tart

D - Extremely drinkable

I'm pretty shocked by the mediocre reviews on this. At a star-studded tasting, this beer stole the show for me. Brettanomyces & hops go together amazingly well, and this beer proves it. If you guys aren't fans, please send your extras to me. Seriously.

 802 characters

Photo of AgentZero
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another in the South Hampton Megatasting! This one courtesy of beerloca via Alex.

A - Dirty golden color with a big head that left behind some spots and stick.

S - Reminds me a bit of Orval. Sweet with a bit of citrus, also smells a little briny which was unpleasant. Healthy dose of yeast on the end of the nose.

T - Taste is primarily brett presented in a very "belgian" like manner. Nice funk and some balancing hop characteristic, primarily citrus, with a bit of lemon peel thrown in for good measure. Not bad.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - This is not bad, although it is not a standout. Belgian IPA is a style for me that can go wrong quite easily, but this was pretty good.

 704 characters

Photo of chrispoint
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of DefenCorps
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Devin!

Pouring a clear light orange with a large, dense white head that leaves a nice lacing, this beer is a great looking IPA. The nose is fantastic. Delicate and nuanced, there's a beautiful blend of rustic, earthy character, light floral and a moderate citrus hop character, all very well balanced. A little malt sweetness is present, almost biscuit like. The palate opens with a light honey character and the great yeast character of the nose. The Brett has had time to chew through some of the sugars, producing a melange of earthy, rustic and spicy overtones. Reminiscent of Orval at about 18 months, this is pretty excellent. Drying on the finish with a lingering hop and Brett character, this beer is over-carbonated but not terribly so. I absolutely enjoyed my pour, thanks again, Devin! This is not a style I particularly like, but this is a very interesting take on it.

 891 characters

Photo of spacecoyote
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of thebouch01
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of HopStoopid120
5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of afausser
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the brewery for the release this weekend.

A: Pours a golden, glowing peach-toned hazy orange with a finger of fine, fluffy bubbles that make up the vanilla head. Nice sticky lacing. Not the most persistent head considering the ABV and style, but a very pretty beer indeed.

S: The nose is dominated by heavy, sweet citrus and spice, predominantly juicy oranges and lemon rind. There's a sweet floral note that comes across as slightly cloying, but it's not too overwhelming. This gets better as it warms, and the smell becomes quite excellent. Cloves and white pepper come through, as well as bready malts and apple and honey notes. As it warms, a huge barnyard scent comes out and the brett is very obvious. Funky and nice, I'd say the smell is probably the best part of this one.

T: VERY bitter initially, with a slight sour note that blends nicely with slight alcohol heat. There are also plenty of floral hops as well as sweet, light honey wheat bread. Slight cloves, white pepper, and banana.

M: The carbonation is a little off in this one in my opinion, and is a bit too high, which results in a bit of a foamy feel. The taste really doesn't need this much in terms of carbonation to come to the forefront nicely and the combination with the bitter taste isn't really great. Little lasting aftertaste but some heat which is a bit odd.

D: A solid easily sessionable beer that I am glad to have had the chance to try.

 1,448 characters

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sharing this one, Chris! (At least I think it was your bottle...?)

Big head after an aggressive pour. Great lacing atop a golden-ish orange brew. Appetizing.

Aromas are floral and herbal, with a little earth and such contrasting a great lemony brightness. I'm digging it. The taste is great, just enough of a hop expression leading to some spice (pepper?) and dirt in the finish after a substantial bitterness with some orange mid-palate. Overall, pretty dry and tangy. Really nice prickly carbonation. I had heard mixed things about this one, but was pleasantly surprised. I'd like to have this again, this style is growing on me.

 645 characters

Photo of Jwale73
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Thirstybird for standing out in the cold for this one. Color was a pale orange-gold with a hazy clarity. Poured revealed a one inch, bright white frothy head. Some delicate strands of lacing were exposed during the tasting. Nose was very subdued - some funk (kind of reminded me of sewage) and a suggestion of tropical fruit. Taste consistent with nose - however, the sewerage funk didn't carry over into the flavor profile, thankfully. There's also some grapefruit tartness and a little astringency. Mouthfeel was medium-light, with a lively carbonation and a semi-dry finish. An interesting beer, but it just didn't do it for me.

 641 characters

Photo of gford217
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of shaebs99.

This one pours very effervescent with an enormous fluffy white head that recedes very slowly and leaves a bit of delicate lacing. The body is a bright hazy golden orange.

The aroma is big on lemon zest and earthy brett. There is a bit of floral hops as well, mostly grassy in character.

The taste has more citrus fruitiness as well as more Belgian yeast and fruity esters than the aroma. The funk comes out in the finish but it's very subtle.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation and dry and funky in the finish.

This is is some combination of IPA, Belgian pale and farmhouse. Mixtures of yeast, fruit, hay and brett which all make for a drinkable Belgian style beer.

 720 characters

Photo of Sean9689
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Southampton Mega Tasting!

A - Pours a golden yellow, white frothy head, thick cap and ring around the glass.

S - Smells like Orval, funky, Brett, light hops.

T - A good amount of funk, slight hops, orange peel, big Brett.

M - Light, frothy, crisp and refreshing.

D - Pretty darn good. I would def have this again, if offered.

 334 characters

Photo of JAXSON
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, thanks Jon! Pours into a glass and explosively rises with beige bubbles, no liquid to be found. Look is clear gold, head is massive. Nose is tropical fruits, fresh hops, and brett. Very reminiscent of Undead Ed or Wild Devil, but much lighter in color. Already seems like a really strange offering from Southampton. Quite funky on the nose, yeast seems very wild. More barnyard character than the other brett-IPAs. Thin and quite bitter in the mouth. Not really sure what to make of this. Not really offensive flavor profile, but the bitterness, fruits, and funk just don't go together very well. I don't want to totally write this off, but it's my least favorite of any Publick House bottle by far.

 713 characters

Photo of corby112
2.92/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml received in a trade with koopa. Thanks again man!

Pours a cloudy dark golden orange color with golden yellowish orange hues when held to a light source and a massive frothy yellowish head. The head has a bit too much retention, taking what seems like forever into a lasting cap. Sporadic chunks of spotty lacing left behind.

Slightly funky earthy aroma with hints of soil, earthy pine, slightly tart funk and crisp light fruit notes, especially apple, pear and mango. Slight citrus presence with faint biscuit malts in the nose. Smells more like a hoppy saison.

Lots of tight carbonation with hints of oxidization. Creamy medium body that is surprisingly bitter. I know it's an IPA but usually Belgian/Trappist IPAs aren't as dry and bitter. The bitterness is very earthy with lots of soily pine notes lingering throughout over faint biscuit malt and sweet citrus and light fruits. The funkiness from the aroma is barely noticeable at all and the fruit notes are very subtle.

Overall this beer is a bit one dimensional and boring. I would like to try it again at some point but wouldn't pay or trade for it.

 1,118 characters

Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of mdfb79
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ML bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a murky amber color with one finger of very fluffy white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, belgian yeast, and floral notes.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, floral hops, bready malts, fruity malts, and a hint of alcohol.

m - Light body and high carbonation that stings the tongue.

d - A decent IPA. Wouldn't seek out again but would give another shot if I came across it at a tasting.

 464 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Southampton Trappist IPA from Southampton Publick House
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 35 ratings