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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Ratings: 489 |  Reviews: 371
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours apale orange colour with a big frothy head that leaves a nice amount of residue on the glass.

The aroma is biscuit-like...very bready. There's a hint of caramel sweetness here as well. I didn't pick up many fruit or floral notes although both were detected here and there at times.

Flavour is a nice quenching blast of hops followed by a creamy sweet smoothness and finishing a touch floral and bready. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and biting overall.

This is a nice IPA from Southampton. It's fairly tame overall, and a nice session brew. Clearly (to me) this is the one that was put into bottles to pay the bills...

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Photo of waughbrew
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

[around five bucks for this bomber at Spiritus Fermenti in Providence, RI in April 2006]

I love pale IPAs, and while this is not the palest, it is not dark either. A golden hue with a light, airy-yet-not-creamy head that laces and stays, but could have prettier bubbles. Smells like a peeled orange with some pininess to cover its back. Medium-thin body is crisp and smooth. Beginning peaches and lingering minerals. Extremely easy to drink. Compared to most of today's American IPAs, this is thin and weak on hops. Compared to most of today's American IPAs, this looks great, tastes great, and is a hell of a lot more fun to drink. I'll admit that this is lacking some signs of boldness and life (filtered, pressurized, pasteurized?), but I appreciate what is there and would not mind having it any time the chance arises. Totally solid, spot-on drink-a-lot IPA.

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Photo of plaid75
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy copper hue with less than a finger head. Little head retention but decent lacing.

The smell consisted of aromas of grapefruit and lemon zest.

The taste was well balanced. A dull citrus flavor dominated. Not as distinct as I would have liked. Certainly not the most flavorful IPA.

The mouthfeel was average for the style. Could have been a bit dryer.

Overall an easy to drink IPA. Nothing to write home about though.

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Photo of orfeu
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber with swirling, driving carbonation and a clumpy, pock-marked ecru head. Subdued citrus aroma with a noticeable mineral twang. Begins with spruce-sap hoppiness and finishes with earthy-mineral bitterness. Very little malt in between. Strong and lingering mineral aftertaste. A bit more citrus flavor becomes noticeable in subsequent sips. Clean, juicy and mildly astringent mouthfeel, with a medium body. Certainly drinkable enough; seems more of an English version due to the high mineral content of the water. Not stellar, but one could definitely do worse than reach for this one.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber

A: Pours an amber color with reddish hues. Slight one finger white colored head that dissipates but leaves nice lace.
S: Aromas of floral and citrus. Kind of sharp. Malts are noticeable also. Slight metallic smell.
T: Tastes of citrus fruit hops up front followed by biscuity malts. Bitter ending leaves an odd taste at the corners of the mouth.
M: Ok mouthfeel on this offering from Southampton. Slick in the mouth and a noticeable, but different bitter ending. Almost thought this was an English ipa because of the finish.
D: Drinkability is just alright--for some reason just wasn't feeling it.. I'd like to try it on tap to see the difference. Worth a try.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fine IPA, but not mind blowing. Pours a gorgeous amber with a thick head. Strong hop presence, but not overwhelming. Perhaps a bit maltier than I usually expect from an IPA, which suprisingly (since I LOVE malty brews) I didn't think worked very well. I think it made the brew a bit too chewy, which might be great in an stout, doesn't really work well in the IPA.

Strong fruit presence - lemons, grapefruit, grapes, maybe even some banana.

Fairly drinkable, but I think for my money I would take the DFH 60 or Stone IPA. Glad I got the chance to try it. Somewhat unique in its own right.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle(room temp) a medium gold with reddish tints and a smallish head of foam that dissipates quickly leaving a fine layer.

The smell is faintly of hops. Not much nose to this one from what I can tell.

The taste has a real "bitter" hops dominance up front... mouth puckeringly so. I really can't taste any malt though it does have to be there somewhere...ok, the malt just kicked in bringing a decent sweetening midway through. Subsequent sips reveal a better balance so I'm starting to enjoy this one now. This is a good case of first impression(=taste) doesn't tell the whole story.

Bottom line: My initial impression was that I wasn't going to like this IPA but the more I sipped on it, the more I appreciated it. I give it a thumbs up. :^)

My thanks to Nutbrown for this sample!

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Photo of bignick
4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased at Spiritus Fermenti in Providence (same trip as when I picked up my Dreadnaughts) for $4.99. Poured into a Bass pint glass.

It poured a slightly hazy orangey color, very close in color to the label on the side of the bottle. Despite the haze, it is pretty much clear. The head is supple, but recedes pretty quickly. The beer smells wonderfully floral. The taste is pretty smooth up front, but finishes with a citrusy hop bite. I like it, no doubt. It isn't spectacular, and for the price, there are better IPAs. I suspect it might be cleaner tastin when fresh on tap.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle sampled April 2006
This beer is a almost brilliantly clear, rich, reddish copper color which is topped by a frothy, two-finger thick, slightly rocky surfaced, light tan colored head. The aroma is nice and hoppy, though I would not characterize it as overly hoppy. Notes of sweet, orange & grapefruit citrus notes are joined by a light pine note that just barely peeks through the dominant citrus notes.

The taste is lightly sweet up front, which helps to accentuate a solid citrus character that reminds me of orange zest and grapefruit. There is a really solid pine note here, which is much more apparent than it was in the aroma. A solid bitterness starts in the beginning, and builds to a lingering sharp note through to the finish. There is just enough malt here to accentuate the hop character. This is certainly hop dominated, but there is a nice, lightly sweet malt character that is coupled with a hint of toasted grain character.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Snagged one of these on my last trip down to RI...thanks to Another Liquor store and Beerguy for bringing it in.
Clear, bright copper in color with a full finger of off-white head...fades fairly rapidly and leaves behind some very sticky lace.
Gentle hops in the nose...a bit of spice follows and a subtle sweetness in the finish.
Taste is real nice...a bombardment of bittering hops smack the pallet and although the finish is clean, the hops stick with you.
Semi-sweet thanks to a generous amount of malt, but the hops win the battle with this one.
Mouthfeel is real nice...above medium bodied for the style and the carbonation is where I like to see it.
A great session brew for me...the bomber disappears too quickly.
I need to get to SH real soon and taste some of their brews on tap...can you say road trip?

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

XXII Series

poured a copper color, hazy, nice carbonation, nice white head

Aroma is sweet malt and hops

Taste is malty.hop bitterness/hop flavor/hop aroma, hey did somebody say hops.

This a is very good, drinkable, IPA that doesn't have to go over the top to be good

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

XXII Reserve series

Head starts as two fingers of pureed off-white cream. Breaking down quiickly. Body is a crystal clear light-orange with light random carbonation streams.

Nose is light and citrusy. Nice but not assertive.

Big malty caramelly foundation, big enough that the hops are going to have serious work just to get this to even, but they are up to the task. The hops follow that big malty tidal wave by repelling down the sides of the mouth and harnessing that malt with layers of juicy bitter grapefruit and tangerine goodness. Nice slow hoppy but not too hoppy fadeaway. An East Coast IPA, between an English and a West Coaster.

Good middle of the road mouthfeel. Fine drinkability.

This is not a super-hopped multiple IPA, but another fine beer slowly spreading from Southampton.

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearence: Pours an attractive orangish amber with a solid, massive white head that lasts the whole beer. Perfectly clear with nice carbonation.

Smell: Smells excellently hopped with floral and pine notes throughout. A nice malt background balances everything out neatly.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The aggressiveness of the hops in the nose is completely gone. It's a suprisingly malty beer with quiet, almost subtle hop notes until the finish, which is decently bitter. It's a little too balanced, and is bordering along the lanes of a standard pale ale. The mouthfeel is a little thin.

Drinkability and Overall: This is a pretty decent beer, and tastes nice, but it just doesn't seem as agressively hoppy as most American IPAs. Too balanced. But, styles aside, this is a good tasting, easy drinking brew I definitly wouldn't mind having more of.

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

Quite nice amber gold color with a bit of haziness and a tight dense cream head. Excellent rentention throughout but I should mention I'm drinking this fast. Juicy and wholesome. Piney and citric hops hit the nose with an all around doughy biscuit sense. Very pleasant IPA. Taste holds the same qualities. Great mouthfeel and one of the most drinkable beers ever.

Every sip makes your mouth water for more.

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Photo of wedge
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden orange with a modest creamy looking head that shrinks to a fine topping. Citrus hop aroma over bready malts. Solid juicy hop flavor initially - orange rind, grapefruit, floral - followed by a solid maltiness for support. Medium-full body, a little sweet in the finish, with a full but not too strong bitterness.

This is a well-rounded IPA. I like it.

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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 clvand0
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy orange color with a small head that falls fast and really doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is all US hops. Almost no trace of malt can be found that isn't masked by the hop aroma. The flavor is much the same. Lots and lots of hop flavors hide the malt background, but you can tell it is there. Lots of citrus. The body is moderate and the drinkability is good, but I would like to see a more obvious caramel malt backing.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange/peachy color with a very minimal head that leaves light whisps over top. Clarity is just okay, as it is slightly hazy. Nose is solid caramel base with a solid citrusy and lightly earthy hop hanging behind it. I'd like a touch more brilliance in the hopping. Flavor is more hop centered. Very solid citrusy hops are dominant, with light earthy hop notes and a solid caramel backbone. Very tasty. Feel is moderate with a moderate to full carbonation. The carbonation helps break up the feel, keeping it lighter feeling. This is a solid IPA. It disappears from the glass really fast. This is easily a session IPA.

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

Pours a light copper hue with a moderate 1/2" head, which quickly subsides to a thin cap. Appears to be a signicant amount of carbonation in this one.

Lots of lemon zest coming from the hops... a solid amount of yeasty aroma as well. A solid malt backbone in the aroma finishes off this well balanced, if understated smell.

More grass than lemon in the flavour, although some citrus is apparent. Well balanced, yet not very complex. Very subdued, and fairly boring.

The mouthfeel is simply too carbonated for me. The attack of the bubbles on the tongue acts to destroy the flavour in this case. While the density of the liquid is spot on for the style, the carbonation ruins it for me.

Simply too carbonated for me to want to drink more than one of these... while the flavour is not terrible by any means, it is a bit on the boring side... I was disappointed considering this was the first brew of their I have tried... oh well... I will certainly give them another chance, though not likely with this brew.

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

Pours a bronzy color with golden highlights and a slightly singed white head with large carbonation bubbles.
Aroma of sudued grapefruit and orange zest with just a hint of a peach ?
Flavor of sugary caramel really dominates the front palate and then slides into a mild but sustained herbal and fruity hop bite.
Mouthfeel is moderate with the initially sweet shots covered by a lingering but relatively mild and lengthy hop bittering.
Drinkability is very solid. Understated compared to more extreme versions of the style but very well crafted as you would expect from S'Hampton and just a very pleasant drinking beer.

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

Served from a 22oz. bomber in a pint glass at just above fridge temperature.

A - Pours a slightly hazed, vibrant light golden color with orange and amber highlights. Tons of action during the pour as the beer swirls and foams beneath the surface. Given all that activity, I was expecting better than the 1/2 finger head that arose. The head however does hang together, retreating from its inital height only after a few minutes. Lacing is nicely clinging and sticky.

S - The first thing that came to mind when I put my nose to the glass was white pine -- like sticking my face in a Christmas wreath. This is of course balanced by the usual citrusy notes, but in lesser amounts. Medium bodied malts are also evident, entwined with the other scents. Crisp and fresh. Smells chilly, if that makes any sense.

T - I was initally expecting nothing but sweetness up front (which is what most brewers seem to do to counter the bitterness). Instead, I got a lighter, more refined sweetness that lurked in the shadows. The middle brings in a floral, soapy hoppiness that gets your taste buds just right. The finish is very dry and the Northwest hops leave their bitter grip on your throat after the swallow. A very fresh and refreshing IPA.

M - Tingly carbonation gives an interesting numbing sensation to the tip of the tongue, which subsides before the swallow. Grows to a slightly overdone foam in the mouth, sliding down the throat smoothly and with authority. Good, but could benefit from more tame carbonation.

D - This is a really nice AIPA. Very refreshing without being overly sweet. Well rounded and well crafted.

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Photo of Franchise
4.65/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This IPA pours a dark dirty blonde, with a frothy tan lace. The body is clear and clean everything I expect from an IPA. The nose is fantastic, floural hop aroma, sweet honey, raw dough, some fruity herbs accent this brew. The taste is so nice, it starts with a syrup thickness mouthfeel. The sweetness from the malt brings out a caramel flavor, and the herbs are floural reminding me of summer. The hop bitterness in the brew is perfectly balanced with a creamy sweetness, and a bready aspect on the palate. Fantastic IPA the I will def try again.

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

A clean dark amber bee. Has a nice creamy off white head and a little bit of lace. There is a sweet malt note up front with some light grain sweetness thrown in and then the big piney hop character kicks in. The hops bitterness jumps all over your tongue at first. Then the nice sweet malt note slides into the middle. All finishing off with a nice piney hop ending.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber/orange coloration, fine, creamy-toned head, has a long stay. Very nice.

Loud hop presence in the nose, ...amarillos?, centennials?...wheatever, it's a beautiful blend...very citric, tropical, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, slivers of pine, a side hit of peach...

Soft but sassy in the mouth, mellow play on the palate, but not missing a beat with hoppy flavor. Medium bodied, juicy, but quiet, shortish finish. Tasty, though.
My kind of everyday IPA. Stronger than I'd expect, from the flavor...the booze outstrips the body by a pace or two...not that big a deal, but a minor flaw.

This will go great with my Maraka Hoola. (Ethiopian lamb stew)

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

Golden/amber. Very little head, but it's uniform and looks creamy.

Sweet malt aroma. Orange citrus. The hops are not jumping out at me.

Sweet smooth malt. Although the bottle says there are 5 hop varieties in this, it's not a hop bomb. The hops are well balanced with the malt. There is some kind of a candy flavor I can't quite figure out. Very dry finish.

This is a pretty good IPA. I could probably session with this.

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