Southampton IPA | Southampton Publick House

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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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Reviews: 371 | Ratings: 489
Photo of CHADMC3
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange body with golden hues beneath a thin, white head that quickly dissappears leaving just faint lacing behind.

The aroma consists of pine and citrus hops, a touch of yeast, and some hidden malty sweetness.

The flavor is a bit subdued compared to some of its style counterparts consisting of pine and citrus hops and again a touch of malt and perhaps very faint herbal notes.

Medium body and carbonation, not much else to report here.

Given some of the fantastic beers in this style, this falls somewhere in the middle. Still a good beer, but perhaps lacking the flavor punch some of its competitors possess.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber. Orange body and plenty of chill haze with some, but no a great deal of head. The head does leave much better than average lacing though.

Citrusy nose and initial taste, but overall the hops are very muted, even to the point of being a little bland. I'm certainly no hop-head, but I even found this a little uninspiring.

Solid beer, but seriously lacks character or inspiration. Lots of other IPA's will perform just as well.

One of Southampton's more average efforts.

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Photo of patriot76
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle served in a pint glass

A- Amber, copper in color. Slightly cloudy. 1 inch thick head. Nice lacing.

S- The malt hits the nose the strongest, balanced out by the hops and piney notes. Smells like its going to be a smooth, well balanced IPA.

T- A very nice mix of malt and floral hops. The taste and bitterness are all over, then rescind at the end, leaving a slightly bitter finish. Very drinkable.

M- Nicely carbonated. This beer is most pleasing to the palate. Not unpleasant in any way. A full bodied, creamy mouthfeel.

D- This is a very drinkable IPA without sacrificing what an IPA should be. Give me a few more of these...I'm a fan.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured crystal-clear fiery orange with a short cap of whitish head. The aroma picked up a most definite blend of English and west-coast hoppage upfront with grapefruit, catty notes, and aromatic floral notes present (kind of like hibiscus).. quite sweet malty backing with caramel taking charge.. most definitely intriguing. The flavor was along those same lines.. tangy citrus and catty notes on the front rolling onto caramel and some other pale malts at the core.. rising floral bitterness toward the back and through the finish.. maintained its balance alright, but it was a tad too sweet. Light-medium bodied with moderate overall bitterness on the palate.

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

Had this on tap at a bar across from Penn Station in New York City, while waiting for a train. Pours a golden orange colour with thin white head. Some lacing on the pint glass, though the head dissipates fairly quickly. Smells of citrus hops with bready malt balance. Some bitterness in the flavour, but pretty mild for an IPA. Medium bodied carbonation. This is a nice beer, though nothing I plan to seek out again.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a pale orangey unfiltered body with a thin off-white head. leaves decent lacing.
fresh aromas of hops. good balance between citrus and pine notes.
fantastic flavor. possesses the flavors that are shown in the aroma. citrusy and piney.
thin, and high in carbonation. crisp
overall a great beer. definitely a drinkable IPA

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange color with almost 2 fingers of foamy white head.

The scent was of citrus and some caramel malt.

The taste was of citrus at first, a bit bready and some caramel malts, moderately bitter piney hops.

Medium bodied, crips and a little resiny, moderate carbonation.

Pretty nice beer, flavor was good and very well balanced.

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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 MicroBeerMan1980
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Golden honey color. Lacy, light and frothy head. Slightly cloudy, but not hazy and not a turn off.

S: It has nice and balanced notes of citrusy and grassy hops and sweet bread malts. Crisp, clean and consistent aromas. Not overpowering though, but also not exciting.

T: Sharp hop bitterness, but not overwhelming. Citrus, pine or grassy notes. Short layers of caramel malts poke through and balance the hops out. It has long finish with a residual astringency left on the tongue.

M: It's pretty light on the palate, though it does leave a tannic feeling on the tongue. It feels more effervescent than it really is.

D: This would make a decent spring-going-into-summer beer. One could definitely enjoy a few of these in a row.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The fam picked this up for me on their Long Island Thanksgiving voyage.

Thin white head quickly fades to a oddly dark spotted the foam has a pox. Hazy, dark, chamomille color with lots of floating yeasties. I didn't know this was naturally carbonated -- mental note to be more careful on the next pour. One little lacey squiggle.

Aroma is initially leafy herbal English hops versus American grassy citrus. Unlike the revolution, England wins. Caramel malt pokes it's head up then never looks back as it becomes the dominant aroma.

Tastewise, caramel malts again leads the charge but with some welcome bready backup. English leafy hop with grapefruit highlights. Bubbly carbonation, not quite fizzy, but too close for comfort. Actaully, I think the light mouthfeel makes it seem more effervescent than it really is.

It is what they say it is - a "balanced" IPA. Balance is for pale ales and I can count the number of balanced IPAs I like on one hand (Bridgeport, Harpoon, Sam Adams). 3 fingers actually.

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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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Photo of david18
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was my previous review of the beer in a bottle:

I didn't expect to like this as much as I did but it was a really good example of an ipa. Much more bitter than I expected for an east coast IPA and overall surprising. A little on the dark side for the style but it still looked like an ipa. There was bitterness upfront and on the back. Hop aroma and flavor weren't as strong as i expected but overall very good. I'll get this again when I see it.


I agree with the review above, great hops on the tongue and nose. The draft version was not dark, pretty much exactly what I'd expect for this beer. As good an IPA as many that I like.

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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 OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with yellow hints, and a light tan head. In the aroma, orange citrus hops and an English maltiness. In the taste, orange too grapefruity citrus hops balanced out with an English maltiness. A hop bite and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry, citrus hop aftertaste. Kind of like a bigger English IPA with bigger, citrus hops.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle, capped. Very cloudy and light brownish amber in color. Not much of a head at all. Smell is more on the malty side than I expected. Raisins and some hops are there as well but not in a big way.

Taste is very similar to the smell. More clean than I expected based on the smell. The hops come out more than in the smell and stay very balanced throughout. More bitter than floral with some earthy notes coming through.Very easy drinking IPA and one that appears to be on the "lighter" side. This is actually a style of IPA that I really like. I will be buying again.

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Photo of huxcrunner
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a-pours a amber brownish color slightly cloudy about 1.5 fingers of head with alright retention and lacing

s-smell is sweet and hoppy

t-strong taste of hops and bitter but not to overwhelming

m-good body to this beer not a smooth as i would have liked it to be

d-alright drinkablity this isnt my favorite style of beer but overall it make for a mediocre to slight above average ipa but nothing super special

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Photo of IronLover
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light copper in color with a slight haze and a nice thick white head that reduces to a healthy white cap. Lots of wet lacings. Lmony hop and pine aromas with a hint of bready malt. Light to medium bodied with lively carbonation. Predominantly piney hop flavors throughout with a light malt character beneath. Finishes with a bitter, pine aftertaste.

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Photo of wolfinthemirror
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First thing i notice about this beer is the marvelous head. two fingers worth of a pillowy offwhite head with amazing retention, just coats the glass. the beer is a hazy straw color, i can see some sediment.

I get a lot of spicy aromas in the nose, almost like black pepper. I assume it's the hops. Also there are some malts.

Let's get to the taste... Very balanced, not a lot of hop bite, smooth malt leading into some nice pine flavors. Nothing too intense, but a nice taste.

A rich, medium body. The malt build is really apparent in the feel of the beer, giving it bit thicker, almost beefy consistency. It's pretty nice.

Quite drinkable, and pretty good. Left me wanting another. I would recommend this to people who are just getting acquainted with the IPA style and aren't looking for anything too over the top.

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

My beer is not brewed in NY. It reads Wilkes-Barre, PA. I guess it's close and I'm not sure of the descreapncy, but I figured I should mention it. I'm fairly confident it's the same brewery. The beer is good, but it's really sweet and smooth for an IPA. It doesn't really have any significant hops flavor, but it is a tasty beer. Not typical of the style or something I will go back too, but not a bad beer. The smell is also more malt than hops. Drink it if it's handy, don't seek it out.

I reviewed some other reviews and agree with a couple people who commented this beer is way more similar to a classic British IPA or maybe even a Belgian IPA, but it is even less hop friendly than either of those styles in my opinion.

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Photo of Seanibus
2.7/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours amber with a fluffy head. The aroma is malty and mild. The flavor is cheap malty, like a competent homebrew. There is some toffee and brown sugar, but really too mild. The finish is slightly bitter and hops are nondescript. The mouthfeel is thick. Competent but dull.

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Photo of Brent
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I always appreciate label notes which give some insight into the brewer's objective with a beer. Here, Southampton notes that the intention was not to follow the pack and make a West Coast hop monster. Rather, the objective was to stay more true to the classic English IPA. In light of the beer, however, this seems a bit apologetic - the beer is like a six-cylinder engine with two of the spark plug wires cut. The potential is there, but the beer lacks horsepower. Moderate hopping with vague floral notes. Not unpleasant, just insufficient. Rather than staying true to the English IPA, the end result is a watered-down APA.

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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 mgbickel
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Publick House - 4oz taster pour.

A small, pearl colored head sat upon the clear, golden-amber body. The foam stuck around for a while and left little webs of lace behind on the glass.

The nose is made up of piney hops, grains, pale malts and bread.

The taste pretty much follows the nose. The hops hit the palate first...not overpowering, but slightly bitter. The middle is a bready-caramel flavor that fades into the finish where the hops remerge with a bitter bite.

The mouth feel is on the lighter side of medium, slick and well carbonated.

This is a drinkable beer, but only a hint above mediocre IPA. Decent, but not outstanding or even great.

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Photo of DNICE555
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the B with souped up. This is a decent ipa. Nothing more, nothing less. It certainly won't blow anyone's mind. I would look for others but it's not a bad backup. A bit malt forward for me and lacking in aroma. I wanted to smell a fresh bouquet when I dip my nose in the head. A nice mild transitional ipa perhaps? Certainly drinkable as there is nothing overpowering.

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

Pours a copper color with a slight haze and an off-white lace of head.

Aroma has moderate hoppines with a good amount of fruity yeast and caramel malt. The hops add a slight citrus aspect as well as an herbal, woodsy aroma.

The flavor has a good amount of caramel sweetness but is light and dry on the palate at the same time. The hop flavor is light but adds an herbal, fruity aspect as well as a slight bitterness. If you like balanced, English-leaning IPA's than this is good, but it's hardly a revelation. This is something that is nice in the mixed 12 pack, but I don't see myself buying many six packs of this.

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