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Southampton IPASouthampton IPA

Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by slander on 02-01-2003

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Photo of Sammy
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smooth and balanced. A great mix of hops including C-hops. Very tasty with a significant and not overdonbe amount of citrus. One of the best Southampton I have had. One of the best IPAs I have had as of late. A clear winner in my weekend IPA playoffs. Good medium plus mouthfeel, nice on the tongue, and I could drink this all month.

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Photo of metter98
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear pale amber in color and poured with a finger high white head that never quite disappeared. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are light aromas of floral hops and caramel malts in the nose along with some notes of citrus fruits.
T: The overall taste is moderately bitter from the hops and has notes of sweet caramel malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate; there is a moderate amount of carbonation and the finish has a slight amount of dryness.
D: The beer is very drinkable because there's a good balance between the hops and malts, which doesn't make it overly bitter, and is an interesting hybrid between an American and English IPA. I would consider pairing this beer with food because the flavors aren't that strong.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer exemplifies what I like most about American IPA's. A strong hop flavor, aroma, bitterness, and texture that explodes out of the bottle then follows up with sweet malt and alcohol backup. Orange to copper color with a typical retention and lacing. Grapefruity, oranges, lemons, apples, and pine come through in the aroma and continues deep into the finish. The body never tries to compete with the hop character. Sweet enough to tolerate, but not enough to complicate the true hop character. Very clean and crisp. The perfect summertime refresher. Thanks Kmpitz2

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely different than the usual IPA... isn't crazy with the hops but still very drinkable and a decently high ABV. I almost felt it could have used a little more bitterness (although on the bottle it stated it didn't want to be like the 'west coast' IPAs) because the taste was a bit bland for me. Pretty good thought and a nice change of pace from the usual IPA.. maybe I've just come to love the extreme bitterness of all of the rest?

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a modest head that retains better than expected and manages to leave quite a few shards of lace

Smell: Surprisingly malty, but there is some pine in there, too

Taste: The malt base from the aroma is reflected in the palate as it takes some time for the bitterness to supercede the caramel; the bitterness pushes in an earthy, but piney direction after the swallow, though the malt remains underneath to the bitter end

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not really crazy about the flavor profile for an IPA; a bit more English than American

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Moejuck: Poured a deep orangey color ale with large foamy head with good retention. Aroma of piney and citrus hops is dominating and very enjoyable. Taste is a mix between some piney hops with some citrus and bitter characteristics as well as a good light toffee malt base. Full body with some adequate carbonation. This beer doesn’t break any new ground but is very satisfying and refreshing.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pretty big white head falls into a thinner lacing above this clear honey golden colored beer.

Citrus, floral, and a slight spicy hops aroma with some added light sweet caramel malts.

The floral, citrus and light spicy hops come through balanced with a light almost roasted caramel malt taste.

A hops dry aftertaste on this medium bodied beer.

An IPA on the lighter side of the hops spectrum but still a pretty good drink.

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Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a thick, foamy, small, off-white head. It left minimal trails of lace.

S - It smelled of citrus, some grapefruit and light caramel malt.

T - It tasted of orange peel, faintly of grapefruit with a strong burnt toast malt backbone.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium bodied IPA.

D - This is a pretty good IPA. I certainly buy some more.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a copper color with a slight head and some good lacing. The nose brings some light floral and citrus hops and maybe a touch of pine. The flavor draws back a bit with mild hop flavors and some pale malt backing it up. A bit of dough. Good body with nice bitterness and carbonation levels. Drinkability is fairly high and is another solid year-round offering from them.

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Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle, no freshness date, into a Sam Adams sensory glass.

Pours a nice pillow top head and the color is a slight off-white. A medium amount of lacing is left. Color of the beer is a light orange/amber.

Smell is of floral hops and of carmel malts. Taste is quite similar, just more heavy on the hops. A very nice balance of hop and malts for this ipa.

Carbonation level is alright. This beer is almost a little too bitter for the mouthfeel.

Overall this wasn't the best ipa, but it by far wasn't the worst. A decent session beer and a decent price. I'd recommend it.

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Photo of nickfl
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a fluffy white head that hangs on for a while before settling and leaving nice lace in its wake. The body is hazy and dark golden in color.

S - Not too much going on here. A little hop aroma, spicy and citrus notes, but quite subdued. Not much else.

T - Hoppy and bitter, some citrus and spice backed by weak malt. Finishes with a lingering bitterness and piney hops.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Not bad overall, but lacking in hop character. Unfortunately, this seems to be one of those IPAs that focuses more on bitterness than hop character; and like all such beers it suffers from harshness and a lack of depth that hurt its drinkability.

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Photo of oberon
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My first Southhapton beer and oh man was it a doozy,poured a deep golden with some burnt orange hue with a nice tight white head.Very fruity estery aromas orange and lemon rinde with a touch of pine underneath,this is THE smoothest IPA I have had not bitter but the hop flavors are awesome citrusy big time but enough of a slightly sweet backbone to make it somewhat complex,the finish of this beer was incredible.A great east coast IPA I wish I could have more,this is what craft beer is all about.

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Photo of jlindros
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rachel from the brewery and Tom at Julios for this one.

A: A healthy pour into my snifter yeilds a large 3 finger fluffy white head that fades slowly, over the brilliantly clear amber pale golden color.

N: A decent hop presence, but not too heavy. A spicy and floral hop, and touch of fresh hop mustiness. A little maltiness, but not much. Overall a pretty mild nose. Even the hop aroma disappears really quickly.

T: Starts with a slight hoppy bitter kick, with lots of spicy and floral hops again. A slight musty fresh hop as well. Some malt backbone. It also has a strange unpleasant bitterness, as if something was off. There's so much carbonation its hard to really put a finger on it. Hmmm, I think it might be a slight bit of diacetyl I think, with a bit of butter and cream, or perhaps a weird yeasty output flavor that just bittered it a bit.

M: Medium to light body with metric ass-loads of carbonation.

F: Pretty bitter, as it bites quite a bit on the finish. Its got a long spicy hop flavor with a little bit of citrus. It also has a little sticky sweetness on the finish but feels dry with all the bitterness.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear golden orange with a finger of off-white foamy head. Retains nicely into a creamy layer that yields big sticky hop lacing. It took a little while for the aroma to come out but it eventually did with a mix of floral hops, citrus character, and sweet malt.

The taste is similar to the aroma but more assertive with pleasant tingling hop bitterness up front that is well balanced by citrus notes and sweet caramel malts. The mouthfeel has a medium feel with tingling carbonation and a dry finish.

This a sturdy IPA with well balanced flavors and a decent drinkibility. I'm not sure if I would call it a go to IPA or anything but it will get the job done for you if your craving something easy drinking with good flavor.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer is an orange/amber color with a foamy white head that fades quickly and leaves a little bit of lace on the glass.

S: The strong aroma of hops greets you right away as you inhale and is then followed up by a citrusy malt smell.

T: Strong, bitter burst of hops hits you first with a bit of a metallic taste to it. As the hops start to fade, you get a taste of citrus malt sweetness. Then the hops return and leave you with a bitter after-taste.

M: Crisp, with a medium body, medium-to-high carbonation.

D: This one didn’t go down quite as easy as other American IPA’s that I’ve had, but still tasty. I also found it a little bit filling. This is a good beer, but within the style there are others that I’d prefer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Acquired as a single 12oz. bottle at Sam's Blue Light in Durham, NC.

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark orange body with a full, frothy white head.

Smell: Beyond some malts, it's a predominately fruity aroma of oranges, peaches, and grapefruit.

Taste: Light, crackery maltiness provides very little sweetness. A shot of moderate bitterness followed by the fruity hop flavors. Bitter, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A little more hoppy than I'd like it, but that's the way of the IPA, isn't it?

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystalline pumpkin with butter rum colored edges. Numerous streams of fine bubbles can be seen plinking into the underside of a pillowy crown that is somewhere between eggshell and ecru in hue. Small splotches of sea foam lace do a decent job of glass decoration.

The nose contains a modest amount of caramel malt and a hop profile that is both English (herbal-earthy) and American (citrus fruit); just as Mr. Markowski intended when he used Centennial, Cascade, Vanguard, East Kent Goldings and Fuggles. Balanced India pale ales (read: not hoppy enough) might be acceptable in some alternative universe, but not in mine.

When thought of an English IPA, which is what it most closely resembles, Southampton IPA is actually pretty decent beer. No way it qualifies as an American IPA, except for the fact that it was brewed in America by an American. If all you hopheads keep your expectations on the low end, all will be well.

The caramel component of the flavor profile is still on the modest side. In other words, not as prominent as in SN Celebration Ale or Alpha King. There isn't a ton of sweetness, which makes what bitterness is present more noticeable. The flavor profile consists of steely caramel, tea leaves, spruce, cedar and an underlying rasp of grapefruit peel that is becoming more assertive as the beer gains a few degrees.

The mouthfeel is a little too light for the style. It's hard to appreciate any creaminess and the bubbles don't create enough volume. Not bad, but not up to snuff compared with the best versions.

I'm on the fence about Southampton India Pale Ale. In the final reckoning, it doesn't really hit the English IPA bull's eye either. This is one of those times when I'm not jealous of those who have easy access. One bottle, while enjoyable, is plenty.

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Photo of russpowell
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jwc215 for this one, Cheers Joe!

Pours a a chill-hazed honey amber with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Faint citrus

T: Citrus, leafy & earthy hops up front, with some breadyness in the background. More leafy hops, honey malt, & a touch of grapefruit as this warms. Finishes a bit dry, leafy & with some apricots & pear

MF: Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation & good balance

Drinks pretty easy, this skews almost English, to me as IPAs go, but nice to session on. I did expect more from this brewery's IPA to be honest

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We are coming down to the wire here as far as reviews leading up to number 500. Taken me a year to get there, which really seems kinda short when you think about it, I mean that is an average of almost two a day. But anyway, so tonight we have the Southhampton IPA. Now I really had thought I reviewed this one already, as I know that I had one a few months back, however apparently I never got around to typing that one up, so I will tonight. This is a great brewery they have going there and being my favorite style I knew I was in for a treat. Had to have this one with dinner and was thrilled to do so, without further rambling....

A - Poured a very nice, good orange amber with a huge sticky off white head. Great retention here as it literally hung around for a good long time, in fact it never really did totally fade, but rather just kinda of settled until it reach a point that was about one inch or so and stayed there. Great visible carbonation present as well. Good clinging side glass lace. This one looked like an IPA should look.

S - Light, lots of floral hops, orange blossom, tangerine, nothing incredibly bitter was picked up. It was more of a lighter sweeter hop aroma. A touch of sugar was also present. As it warmed I detected what came accross as a bit of a yeasty character. Some light fruit, maybe some peach or apple were also evident way in the back. A very nice mixture and a good light profile here.

T - Very nice, light and sessionable IPA. It was not overly bitter and astringent, rather it was quite light with a more delicate floral taste to it. A nice light, and subtle spiceness was mixed in. Good malted back as well. This was very well balanced with nothing really coming off as too overpowering in any way. Just a good solid approach to it. Nice dry finish, but not overly bitter, this again was a very light IPA, but not in a detrimental way, just a good quality ale.

M - Very nicely carbonated and alive would be the best way to put it. This one was full of carbonaition and it really gave it a light feel and made it go down very very smooth. Had a tocuh of a dryness. Nowehere near slick or watered down, and too thick was not even an option here.

D - Fantastic. This was a seperb session ale. I could have had this one all night it was just perfect blend of consistency and low abv, with a nice but not overpowering flavor profile. Really a treat here.

Overall I was very pleased with this one. It had a good body and life to it, and was just a good all around performed. It is not gonna knock anyone's socks off, but it was definatly a strong performer and one to get your hands on if you can. Will definatly be seeking this one out and making sure that I can get my hands on a few next time I see them around.

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Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden in color and quite cloudy. Good head start, dies quickly though. Excellent lace.

Typical IPA smells, but muted. Nice floral hop. Some malt to counterbalance.

Flavor is an improvement from the aroma. Very dry beer. Strong hop bitterness that lasts long after the swallow. Decent body with moderate carbonation. There's a touch of dry apricot fruitiness.

A nice entry into the IPA realm. Easy to drink multiple glasses.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks for sharing this, Drew.

A: The pour is a cloudy orange color with a minimal off-white head.

S: A very light aroma to the beer. Some sweet citrus notes and a bit of bread. That's about it.

T: The flavor is similarly bland. There's a mild bitterness along with some citrus peel in terms of the hops. Bready malts provide the bulk of the flavor, here.

M: The body medium with a low to medium carbonation.

D: This was more like a pale ale than an IPA, but not even a good one at that.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.66/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Transcribed from undated notes.

This was presented with a thick, foamy finger of ecru head with good retention. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Nose had a faintly hoppy presence, but it was more like an English IPA, rather than an in-your-face AmeriCAN IPA. Mouthfeel was medium with a light hop bite on the tongue. Finish had a slightly floral quality, but I just kept wishing for MORE! It seemed to me that it was a gutsy move for an AmeriCAN brewer to make this kind of IPA in a time when hops are king. It reminded me more of McEwan's IPA, which is not a bad thing, except that it is not an AmeriCAN-style IPA. Shrug.

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Photo of stakem
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle poured into a pint glass. Date code on the bottle is almost completely scratched off so I am unsure of the freshness. Pours a very clear orange color with less than a finger of fluffy head that is slightly stained yellow and doesn't offer up much retension. Minor lacing upon the glassware. Aroma of the hops is somewhat diminished, not as bright as one would expect. The elements that are there in the aroma are a bit fruity and citrusy. Malt has about as much presence in the aroma as the hops. The malt is a bit caramel like in the way it smells and has a slight twang of a sulfur note in the backend. The flavor of the hops is quite herbal and almost a bit musty. The malt flavor is absent despite what it led on with the aroma. The bitterness and slight touch of must is present throughout until the aftertaste. Medium to light feel with a moderate amount of carbonation.

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

Flowing at Mad Mex about a week ago, this brew appears copper toned amber light off white head and lace is ample all around my pint glass. Aromatics give off moderate grapefruit and herbal with hints of light toasted caramel malts overall smell is somewhat muted doesn't explode for my senses. Taste is comprised of fluffy citrus/pine/herbal tasting hop profile slight sweetness with some biscuit malt notes pretty balanced in the realm of today's extremely hopped brews moderate bitterness great hop flavor though. Mouthfeel is medium bodied even creamy carbonation very smooth on the palate. Drinkability is very effortless with this elusively kegged beer from Southampton, I could definitely enjoy a few of these brews.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Southampton Publick House.

A - Cloudy gold

S - Mild. Citrusy notes of orange and lemon. Touch of yeast.

T - Soft bitterness that grows slowly through the middle of the profile. Light woody/pine hop character. Has a nice bready backbone holds the bitterness together well. Smooth finish as the bitterness mellows out.

M - Soft mouthfeel with a body that's just enough to hold the flavors together without getting in the way.

D - Fairly drinkable for an IPA. The IBU's aren't off the chart so the bitterness isn't a turnoff.

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