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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Photo of Foxman
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a misty golden amber, like lemony iced tea. A few fingers of off-white head remains softly aloft for a time before becoming a varied terrain of froth. A mountainscape of lacing treks across the inside of the glass.

The aroma is populated by biscuit malt and a slight general fruitiness, along with a mellow butterscotch air. Floral hops waft, capable but subdued.

Upon sipping, toasted malt and a flash of berry make a dash forward before any real sweetness is overtaken by a hoppy mix of citrus floral essence and piney resin, though in a very settled semblance of a hop profile. A doughy yeast tanginess blinks on, and then off, to allow a long dry finish of comfy hop bitterness. It's a pleasant departure from over-the-top hopping, wonderfully blended and a stylistic mainstay.

A bit north of light bodied, it has a creamy but slippery feel in the mouth, with a hoppy lingering glow.

It's certainly got the hops, but it's not JUST about the hops. It's like a taste of Britain come to Long Island, if Britain hopped their IPA's just a bit more than usual. the crisp fresh presence grants the drinker a special glimpse into history. It's a joy to drink, and there are no regrets at the bottle of any bottle, no matter how many there might be. This is a real reason to be thankful for Southampton having made its way to my neighborhood.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a good IPA, one of the better-balanced examples of the type that I've had. Appearance is an appetizing orangey gold, with an appealing, but not overdone, head. Citrusy Cascade hops dominate the nose. The taste is very well balanced between hop flavor and bitterness, without an overdose of acidity. Not as sweet as, say, the Dogfish Head 90 Minute, but well-balanced nonetheless. Highly recommended, especially for the price, which is lower than its peers (such as Dogfish 90).

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Photo of EStreet20
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - Pours a nice golden (think iced tea) color with a frothty two fingered white head. Lacing coats the glass as it slowly, and I mean slowly, begins to dissipate.

S - A nice aromatic hoppy smell. A bit of a faint tea smell and some floral hints in there. Some sweet malt is detected in the background.

T - A nice bitterness with the tea flavors combined with a piny flavor on the tongue. The sweetness peaks out for a bit but is beat back by some nice bitterness. Nicely done overall.

M - A nice coated tongue feeling from the hops on this one as well a little dancing carbonation. A good feel.

D - A nice IPA to sip on. Not the best but definitely no complaints. Probably a good one to bridge the gap between big time hopheads and those just getting into the style.

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Photo of Gavage
4.44/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a thin 1/2" head. Head falls quickly to a surface foam. No real significant lacing.

Smell: tons of twangy citrus and pine.

Taste: this beer is a well balanced combo between caramel maltiness, grapefruit, and piney bitterness. The bitterness is quite strong.

Mouthfeel: crisp at the start and finish. The finish is long on the citrus and bitterness.

Drinkability: my tastebuds were happy, and this is just a simple well done IPA that anyone who enjoys the style can drink all day.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looking forward to a positive IPA experience from a brewer that is always solid but I haven't quite seen the magic that other BA's aquaint with the east coast operation.
This IPA pours a bright orange cider color with a big creamy head that holds its ground even after several minutes. Body is cloudy and active. Hop flavor in the nose is pronounced but still milder than I was hoping for.
Taste is strong hops with a metallic tinge and deep woody finish. Lots of flavor, almost too harsh initially before mellowing. Having Northwest US hops (Cascades?) as oppossed to European gives this IPA an edge somewhat lacking in the odor. Mouthfeel is bold but smooth enough considering the abundance of hops.
This is a good IPA, with much of the aggressiveness of the West coast examples that grab the headlines. Very respectable but still looking for that breakout performance from Southampton.

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

A- Pours a somewhat gold\ copper color with an off white head that leaves mild lacing down the sides of the glass

S- Floral hops in the nose and sweet malts

T- Wasn't overyly impressed with the taste but this probably is just me. Malty but more of the hop taste.

M- Nice crisp mouthfeel with a medium body

D- Good session beer. Not one of my personal favorites but not to say i won't try again

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Photo of edchicma
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper ...minimal head, some lacing. Very nice aroma...citrus hops, almost a fruity note..inviting. Mainly hops throughout...fruity notes kick toward finish. Light bitterness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is balanced...a tad oily but dry enough on the finish. Having this with pizaa...a good combination. No problem quaffing this offering. Very refreshing...would defintely have another.

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

Nice to see the Southampton products in our area finally and was looking to try this one for a little while. Body is a very clear orange amber with a tall off white head that left decent lacing around the glass. A nice mix of bitter grapefruit hops with sweet caramel malt fills the aroma. Quite balanced with an edge to the hops. Flavor was a similar balance of sweet malts with a bitter citric hoppiness. Some caramel and grassy hops were in there as well. Finishes lightly bitter but doesn’t quite stick with you. Pretty clean well balanced and tasty IPA overall. Usually I like mine a bit more in your face and hoppy but this did it for me. Body was about medium and pretty smooth. Easy drinking and satisfying stuff. I can definitely see having a session this but wouldn’t grab this for a hop fix.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass very slightly hazy golden amber (copper) with an almost yellow head which rose tall and fell slowly to coat the glass.

The aroma was fruity with a nice citrus aroma and a strong nutty character. The aroma also contained a nice caramel malt aroma with a fruity and floral punch.

The flavor was bittered nicely with a subtle citrus character that was piney and resinous, but not a phelm stripper, more subtle and refined. The bittering and flavor hops were well balanced with a nice malty backbone of caramel. Bittering still took the balance prize but the flavors were well done.

The finish was dry with a lasting caramel malt impression just overshadowed by the resinous hop presence. The body was just above medium and well done.

In this age of over the topness, this well achieved and well balanced beer was a welcomed surprize.

22 ounce bottle. Thanks dmeadows and OneBoxBIF!

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Photo of jaluria
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had this beer with some excellent NJ pizza and the two worked well together. As for the beer, it appeared more rust-like in color (sort of orange) with loads of white foam that didn't go anywhere. Some nice lacing was left behind in my cup. Aromas of hops, grapefruit, and oranges seemed to come out nicely. The taste was not as hoppy or fruity as the aromas would have suggested. More mild in flavor and texture than might be expected for this style. The drinkability took a hit due to the sustained astringent taste I developed after a few sips that just didn't go away. A decent IPA, but there are much better examples out there than this. I'd like to try some more brews from this brewery to compare, but it's hard to get in DC.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bright, amber orange pour with a clingy khaki head that lasts forever and plasters my pint glass with sticky lace.

Aroma is sweet honeyish malts with generous orange and tangerine citrus and green, pine cone hops and hints of ripe fruit.

Flavor has a chewy honey/caramel malt start that is quickly engulfed by bittersweet tangerine and grapefruit, oozing resinous pine, delicate fruit, bubblegum, and cedar. The hop notes go from sweet and fruity to searingly bitter in the finish, I love it.

Body is perfectly medium, sticky, chewy, and silky smooth. Amazing drinkability, a top-notch IPA all the way around.

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

Clear, gold with a few columns of lazy carbonation and a inch of sticky foam. The nose is citrus sweet with a touch of resinous hops. Everything seems poised for perfection here. Taste is smooth sweet malts and a near perfect hit of bitterness. The type of bitterness makes this an IPA over an APA. It has the IPA kick, but it is more of a child's poke on the shins vs, say, a Ruination's kick in the balls. Mouthfeel is medium and satisfying. The lightness of the hop hit makes this one of the most drinkable IPAs I've ever had. Most IPAs I respect and many I enjoy, but few do I think of as primary choices. This is a fabulous beer to introduce your friends to the pleasures of hops without scaring them off. This will be on my regular buy list.

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Photo of Boto
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ CambridgeHouse: Nice to see this on one of the guest taps. This beer pours a fairly clear, slightly orangish darker amber color. There was a fair amount of an off-white head, with a bit of lacing. The aroma was good, without being overpowering. The hops were definitely well balanced. This showed in the taste also. The hops were very evident, but not in your face. A good malt backbone to the beer. Very nice.

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Photo of ikats
4.27/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice amber color. Off white head of large bubbles that dissipate fairly quickly. Aroma is absolutely great. I am a hophead and I could feel the hops the moment the first drop hit the bottom of the glass. Wonderful aromatic hops. Flowers and grapefruit. The taste is definitely bitter. Hop flavor is balanced by similarly strong malt character. And I am not sure whether I like it. Seems too sweet for an IPA. Although I must disclose that I am drinking this beer at slightly higher temperature than I should've, so the malt character is a bit more distinctive. Regardless of my hesitation, this is a very nice brew. Very drinkable medium-body IPA. Bonus points: I find the label to be very attractive (especially considering that labels on Southampton's regular offerings are very plain).

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

Pours a bubbly, frothy, clear golden color. Maybe a two finger head that left a heavy and sticky lace as it dissipated. The Southampton has a light, clean, lemony redolence, tempered with pine and buttressed with a undercurrent of butterscotch. The taste is slightly metallic at first, but it is charmingly transformed to a bright hoppy finish. The tart aftertaste is quite noticeable, and the buttery tone I got in the nose never emerged in the taste. Good, but not up there with the top of the IPA line.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper color with moderate off-white puffy head. Smell is big-time hops with strong citrus and pine notes to be found. Truly enjoyable. Taste follows throught with the hoppiness, with lemon and other citrus flavors found. A light maltiness does a good job of balancing. Finish is nice and bitter and is agood ending for this beer. Great easy drinking beer.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Southampton IPA pours from the bomber a wonderful deep amber orange with a quarter inch of bubbly off white head on top. Steady active carbonation. Hops hit my nose during the pour and under further examination I get a wonderful mixture of densly piney, citric herbal hops. Underneath the hops lies a bready, sweet caramel maltiness. Quite a nicely balanced aroma here.

First sip brings a nice piney, citrusy, herbal earthy hop flavor met by a caramel biscuity sweet malt profile underneath. Fruity and not overly bitter at all...nice balance with sugar coated fresh green hoppy goodness throughout. Finishes clean with a lingering biscuity hop flavor. A tasty IPA that fufills my craving for some hoppy goodness.

Mouthfeel is smooth, a touch creamy with a medium body. Goes down extremely easy and is equally flavorful and refreshing. At 6.5% this could easily be a session IPA. A couple bombers would probably be perfect. Another nicely crafted brew from Southampton.

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Photo of scooter231
4.51/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Gorgeous copper, orange, honey color, with big poofy head and beaaautiful lacing. Extremely clear, small bubbles throughout. Beautiful.

Smells great- citrusy, rich, earthy... appealing, just not as deep as I'd like. Still, very pleasurable. Taste is right on the money- hoppy and deep. Citrus rind, sooo much hops- just tons of simple, clean flavor.

Mouthfeel is smooth and clean, not too heavy, not too light, just extremely drinkable. I could have... well, several of these. It's just overall very good and tasty- a good IPA.

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Photo of MarineHokie
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Deep gold, two finger white head, moderate lacing.

S - Floral, tropical kiwi like aromas.

T - Juicy hops quickly balanced with biscuity malt. Finishes with a citrus bite.

M - Lite mouthfeel, sparkly carbonation lasts and lasts.

D - Immensly drinkable, if not for the 6.5%, this could be a session beer for me. Food pairing wise, a very versatile IPA.

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Photo of Naes
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This brew pours an orange/brown with a tall frothy white head.
Its aroma is of hops and citrus.
The flavor is has a solid malt base but is dominated by the hops. There is a slight grapefruit flavor with a nice piney bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is a bit light and mildly carbonated.

Not a bad IPA at all.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a amber color with a huge 3 finger head.The one problem with this beer is the lack of aroma.There is a small scent of hops and yeast,but not much.The taste is very good with a strong hop flavor.This is very hoppy.The m/f is medium and well balanced.This is a very good IPA and I will pick this up again.

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Photo of OldSock
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – 22 oz bottle from Half Time. Poured into my mug it is bright orange/amber with a thick white head. The head stays for most of the drink and the lacing is nice.

Smell – Defiantly west coast IPA inspired, lots of citrus/pine/catty hops with a subtle toasted malt background. It is missing the real knock down power, but it is still a solid IPA smell.

Taste – Reminds me of Stone IPA, lots of grassy citrus hops and only a faint sweet malt base. The malt has a somewhat biscuit quality that is unusual in American IPAs. Mild bitterness for an IPA, or maybe I’ve just been drinking a lot of doubles. Well balanced for the style, but I could use some variety and strength in the hop flavor.

Mouthfeel – It has a medium body with strong carbonation.

Drinkability and Notes – Because of the lower than expected bitterness this is an easy and enjoyable beer to drink, but that’s not what I am really looking for in an IPA. Southampton makes a good attempt with this, but they fall a bit short in my opinion…in three words, needs more hops.

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

Foamy off white head that lingers for a few moments. Some condensed lace with decent strength. Light pale auburn in color with shades of straw.

Semi-sweet caramel malt aroma. The aromatics from the hop profile are primarily floral with a touch of lemon. An underlying musty wheat.

An oily yet coarse hop character. Grapefruit, apple; but the sour quality is very understated. A burst of pine and even clove. A bright peach flavor followed by a distinct mustiness. A mellow bitterness prior to a floral aftertaste.

Medium bodied; filmy and musty on the palate. A bit coarse.

Light for an IPA; some good flavor compliments, but ultimately lacking some substance. A bit disappointing as I have really enjoyed my first few encounters with Southampton.

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Photo of akajimmyd
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at McGrady's.

Solid pale ale. Pale golden color, minimal head. Great hoppiness in smell and taste. Hints of citrus. Really clean and crisp taste without bitterness. Medium carbonation. Balanced for the style, may not be for huge hop heads. Very simple and enjoyable.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dull copper. Carbonation slowly rises in small quantities. Thin off white head leaves adequate lace. The aroma isn't bashing me on the head with a sledgehammer, but it's just plainass good. Lots of hop attributes that I enjoy sniffing...citrus, rind-like properites, pungency, cannabis, lemonpeel and an underying cinamon bread like maltiness. It's got quite a bit in common with the "Bitter Woman" regarding the nose. Very clean flavor profile. Bitterness is apparant, yet held in check. It's clean, not abrasive. Hop flavors are quite nice. The juicy citric lemony tones appeal. The resiny hop tones appeal. And the bong-like smokiness appeals as well. The malting is sufficient. Nice rounded body. About medium-full or so. This would be a staple in my fridge if I lived close enough.

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Southampton IPA from Southampton Publick House
3.62 out of 5 based on 489 ratings.
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