Southampton IPA | Southampton Publick House

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Southampton IPASouthampton IPA

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

I had off the tap at The Diamond in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
A- It has a very clear, light brown/dark gold look, with a great head and lacing.
S- There's a sweet caramel there.
T- It has a very wood taste, with a floral bitter hop after taste. The sweet caramel comes through as well. I'll give it that it is complex for the taste.

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

A- Pours orange-amber with a massive, foamy and creamy head that retains amazingly, gives Duvel a run for its money. The cloud is as big as the head of others. I am afraid the whole beer might stick to the glass so I hurry up and drink it, lace-a-plenty.

S- Somewhat hoppy and caramel malt. Grass and earthy notes. I definitely get some fruit and citrus as well, apricot comes to mind. Not much here and an overall strength that is not too impressive.

T- Hoppy up front, grass/earthy notes and darker fruit and citrus. The apricot is there a bit. For the most part nothing really stands out except for earthy, general hop flavor. The malt is there to balance it out just a bit. Nothing really gets me over excited here. Moderate bitter levels.

MF- Extremely creamy body with high carbonation that stings the palate slightly. A moderate bitterness coats the palate with some general hop flavor. Too much general bitterness I would say.

DB- Good price, bought as an extra in my mix a six this week. Not a bad beer by any means but it really does leave you wanting more, not enough flavor to back up the bitterness. Just a decent balance of general hop/malt flavors. It is however, a beautiful beer.

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Photo of cdizinno
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz. bottle, different than pictured. I hope it is the same one. It is southampton Publick House IPA, but it says it is bottled by Southampton Bottling, Latrobe, PA ? Bottle also states that the ABV is 6.1%.

A: Clear amber with a nice 2+ finger off-white head that leaves moderate lacing.

S: Some florals, citrus, grains, and malts.

T&M: Medium bodied. Hop bitterness that is well-balanced with the hops. Citrus and pine tastes are in there.

Good IPA. Nothing spectacular, but very drinkable.

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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 TheDeuce
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Southampton IPA...on tap, at Duke's in Brooklyn

Appearance- Copper Orange Color, medium head of gray lace that sticks around nicely, looks good in the glass.

Smell- mixture of hops and biscuit malts, the flowery and fruity hops mix nicely with caramel and toffee malt notes, alcohol well hidden.

Taste/Mouthfeel -well balanced, medium bodied, hops and malt blend well, touch more fruit in the taste and a slight alcohol hit on the way down. Leaves notes of malt and pine on the tongue after finishing.

Drinkability- a light to medium IPA, drinkable, not that complex.
Overall- a decent IPA, on the more subtle side of the spectrum, balanced and light. Enjoyable.

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Photo of oregonskibum
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Color is a dull orange. Pours with a 1 1/2 inch white, compact head that slowy dissipates, leaving splotchy lacing.

S: Citrus hops up front. Earthy, almost grassy hops are also present.

T: Taste is initially quite hoppy with a lot of citrus notes. Mid taste is a little bready. Very quick finish with only a minor bitter taste left in the mouth.

M: Medium to medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink.

D: Not bad, but nothing that remarkable. Hop flavors, while present, are pretty subdued. Alcohol is quite well hidden, as I would have placed this at 5% rather than 6.1%, slighly above what I consider a sessionable beer.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great clumpy off white head, with impeccable retention. The body is light copper in color and has only a slight haze to it. Fine lacing lasts all the way through.

There is a slight citrus and floral presence, along with a hint of toffee.

The taste is lemony and pine up front, turns to a slight sweet caramel flavor and finishes with a pineapple like quality.

Crisp, prickly with a good CO2 mount. The brew finishes dry at first, but all of the sudden wets the palate a bit

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden color with a very thick white frothy heading.Leaves good lacing all throughout. Heading stays put too until the last drop.

Smell is a bit more malty than anticipated. A bit of a flowery aroma but not as heavy as some of the IPA's I've been having lately.I've got more of a yeasty aroma with perhaps some corriander?

Taste has gotten me by surprise. A very dank hoppy taste with a lingering oiliness on the tastebuds.A bit of a stale soggy bread taste that lingers for quite a while.

Mouth is very well carbonated. A lighter drink with a very heavy buttery slipperiness on the palate.

Drink is decent, nothing special. A standard decent IPA.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.04/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear copper color with a foamy head that is about one finger in depth and gives way to nice lacing. The aroma is kinda weak there are hints of pine and citrus hops along with some caramel malt and some nuttiness. The taste is average, a caramel malt and bready backbone with a citrus and herbal hop bite. The bite however, is fairly weak. Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and slightly tingly. The drinkability is okay nothing to make you stay away but no big flavors or aromas to keep you coming back for more. A good starter IPA to introduce the class but not much more than that.

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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 Gambrinus1184
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Saranac pint glass.

A: Poured a pale, golden copper color with terrific clarity and a sticky, bubbly head of white carbonation. Not a ton of carbonation bubbles and lacing was pretty good.

S: Has a nice, zesty hop aroma in the nose with herbal, grassy notes and some tropical fruit.

T: Flavor is dry and bready at first, with a light toasted grain flavor and minimal fruity ale characteristics. A modest oily hop presence builds which brings hints of pine and grapefruit, but washes quickly and leaves a little bitter residue.

M: Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, clean and a little creamy.

D: Sort of left with a lightweight IPA impression here. Great clarity and head retention, but from the color to the flavor to the finish, this is merely a decent IPA. The 6.5% ABV and good, clean flavor make it an inoffensive session IPA, but I'd look elsewhere again for better overall satisfaction.

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Photo of silentjay
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a brilliant shiny copper with a huge chunky head that makes me pour this beer in stages. decent bubbling from the etching in my perfect pint glass. a thick, white film sticks to the glass. pretty.

not very aromatic, but whats there is a pretty good mix of floral, herbal, spicy, and citric hops. malt aroma is there too. nothing really brings the aroma to life, but nothing displeases either.

flavor isn't very strong either. malt strikes first: caramel, toasty, nutty. some herbal and earthy hops come through but dont take over. sweet cracker jack flavor dominates. finishes dry with little lingering flavor. reminiscent of an english IPA.

medium/light bodied with lots of carbonation. fills the mouth well, but tickles all the way down the throat and makes me burp a lot.

drinks ok. nothing repulsive, but its pretty weak in aroma and flavor. alcohol is integrated well, but i just wish there was more there. falls into the typical "east coast ipa" realm.

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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 SpeedwayJim
2.72/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Standard pour yields a 1 finger fluffy white head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear reddish-orange. Lacing forms nice patterns with ok stick but a bit sparse in parts.

S: Not your traditional IPA scent. No citrus, no hoppiness, no resiny pine scent. Instead, there's an abundance of cane sugar, caramel, and nuttiness. Smells like a brown ale. Pleasant, but off.

T: Sharp, boozy hoppiness is very forward. Citrus is missing almost entirely from this one. Toffee, caramel, nuttiness are prominent. Hops pushed far into the background. Big malt profile upfront. Like the nose, this is more like a hoppy brown ale. Finishes abrasive piney hops that hang around a bit.

M: Light to medium bodied, coarse, carbonated, and watery in the mouth. Slightly grainy at points also with a much more robust feel than most IPAs. Finish is messy and hangs around. Oddly enough, its the only part of this beer that is appropriate for the style.

D: A beer with a confused identity, this is not bad by any means, but for those looking for an IPA, you'll probably be disappointed with this offering. Waay to malty and the nice, citrus, piney aroma and taste are noticeably missing. I'd reach for this one again... just not when I'm trying to fee my hop craving!

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Photo of magine
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours an copper color, white head, island head remains. Minimal lace.

Bre has a piney/earthy hop smell. Some malts as well.

Brew is crisp and finishes smooth and dry and bitter. Has a spicy kick up front, can taste the earthy/piney hops and some malts as well. Decent.

The brew is good, however doesnt stand out enough in any area to make it memorable. Good, drinkable brew that will not offend, but is not anything to make you say wow.

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Photo of nelnutter
3.01/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*My bottle shows a different label than the one here; says it's 6.1% ABV; bottled in Latrobe.
Poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

A: Orangey/copper color with a big pillowy white head that really stuck around a while. Left a few tiny patches of lacing, but very little.

S: Smells mostly of malt with some earthy/piney hops trying to cut through, but very underwhelming for my liking.

T: Again, underwhelmed by the hoppiness for an IPA. A little bite of earthy/piney hops does cut through the toasted maltiness a bit, but the malt definitely stands out above.

M: Nice medium-bodied mouthfeel and nicely carbonated.

D: This isn't a bad tasting brew, and it drinks nicely, but it just didn't quite quench what I was looking for in an IPA. I'd definitely drink it again, but not if I was craving an IPA with a bit of a bite.

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

Poured a hazy light honey color and had a very thin head of foam with little lacing. Smell was earthy and malty. Tasted good but wasn't as hopped up as i like. More grains and roasted malts come through. Mouthfeel was light and a bit watery. Drinkability was good for me but not really satisfying. I wouldn't go looking for this but not against drinking again. Bottle was different from the one pictured and said 6.1 abv and bottled in Wilkes Barre PA.?

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Photo of Morey
3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber in color with a nice fluffy head that has settled to a thin lace after 5 minutes or so. Light to moderate head retention.

Smell is very mild for an Ipa. Mostly malty and biscuit like aromas coming through. Very little hops in the nose.

More of the same with the taste. Malt character is the front-runner here with a mild hop presence. It taste good, but it doesn't taste like an Ipa. Not even by English standards. There's no freshness date, so maybe this is an older bottle?

Medium mouthfeel with a fairly low carbonation level.

I could easily session this beer for an evening. It goes down easy.

Morey's Bottom Line: This is actually a pretty decent beer, but it's more of a scotch/red ale.

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Photo of CHickman
2.69/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear gold with a creamy beige head that leaves great lacing. Smells of malt and hops up front, with some grains and caramel in the end. Looks good, but the smell is weak.

Tastes of sweet malt, grains, floral hops, caramel, yeast, bread, and something grainy/earthy like yeast. Medium mouthfeel that's on the creamy side with medium carbonation. Too malty for an IPA with a metal taste that ends with the crisp finish and borders on skunky.

Disappointing smell and taste, and not an enjoyable beer. The hop amount was weak for an IPA, so this missed the mark and would even be weak for a pale ale. This beer was decent at best.

Tasting Notes: I've tried this beer a number of times over the past few years, and had this both on tap and from a bottle and I am just not impressed. The Southampton website states that "the result is an American-style IPA with the Old World characteristics of a traditional European IPA." As a huge fan of IPA's and knowing the history, I understand the attempt and effort to create a traditional brew, but this was just not very flavorful.

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

A: Light copper / dark gold. 1.5 fingers of off-white foam. Slightly hazy in a micro-floaties kinda way. Good retention and nice lacing.

S: Abundant crystal and behind this a dose of grassy / herbal hops with some faint citrus.

T: Hops are much more noticeable in the palate - grassy, herbal & earthy on the front end, and citrusy & a touch soapy on the backend. The hops are support by a nice crystal malt base. The focus is on bready & toasty with caramel present but somewhat shy. A fruit note becomes more apparent as the brew warms.

M: Medium body with firm carbonation. The level of CO2 really helps accentuate the flavors. The finish is just barely shy of being semi-sweet.

D: Not west coast, not quite old county, balanced....true to the label propaganda. A good mix of style traits. And definitely balanced. However, it would be nice to have some more hopsin the nose. And some more heft in the body - by the end of the glass is doesn't quite carry the booze adequately and start to feel thin.

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Photo of BeerLover729
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Translucent light amber beer with reddish hue. Foamy heady sticks around. Smells of round sweetness from cara/crystal malts with citrus finish from hop. Crisp malt backbone supports moderate but assertive bitterness that fades into grassy citrus hop flavor. Balanced, easy drinking, and surprisingly light bodied. First time rate, long time favorite. Phil never disappoints.

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

A - Clear amber-gold, nearly like rich clarified butter. Off-white head is fairly thin and leaves just a bit of lace.

S - Modest, much more earthy malt than hops to be noticed.

T - A certain spicy hop character hits up front, but it is quickly overtaken by grain and malt. The hops keep tryng to press through, but they just can't compete and reveal their intricate flavors. The brewer says this is between an English and West Coast IPA, but the English have won the tug of war. That said, a solid brew with nice earthy-malty-tea English ale character.

M - Prickly and spicy up front with a relatively light mouth feel. Moderate carbonation.

D - As noted, this one tries to straddle the line between different IPA styles, and while it is balanced on the one hand, the result isn't overly impressive. A drinkable beer to be sure, and one to try. I won't go out of my way again, though I would gladly drink this on tap when I find myself at the Southampton Publick House.

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Photo of Oxymoron
2.69/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

How come Southampton only has one h? Pours a darker orange color with a coppery hue. Good clarity A soft but limited head with not much on the retention or lacing. A bit dark for style.

The nose is limited. The malt notes come out more than the hops. Some grainy notes with a hint of caramel. A like toast as well. Some minor hop notes with a mix of herbal and citrus notes. Mostly clean with a light yeast note. Even as an East Coast IPA this is limited on the hops department.

The taste is similar although the hops come out a bit more versus the nose. More along the lines of a pale ale. Some citrus and earthy notes but a light herbal almost hibiscus flavor. Some hints of bitterness but very limited, and could use more to balance the finish. The malt comes on in the finish with a touch filmy caramel note. Some light yeast notes with a hint of butyric.

The body is between light and medium. Carbonation is light as well. Overall very limited IPA.

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

The beer pours a dark gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice pale and bisquit malt scent along with some grassy hop notes. The taste is decent as well. It has a bitter hop bite that's grassy and dry. The malt character is adequate and consists of pale and bisquit malts. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is an above average IPA. It's not like your typical citrusy West coast IPA. It's bigger with English noble hops.

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

Pours amber with a thick white head..lacing is a bit minimal on this one. Not as sticky as most IPA's.

Aroma is of mild hops, some pine, and some bready scent

Taste is on the milder side, and with a okay breadyness to balance the hops

Mouthfeel is medium. Drinkability? Its a bit mild, so for non-IPA drinkers, it would be a plus. For me, it doesn't fully deliver, but the fact that the taste is fine cancels my other problems. I'd recommend it. I've certainly had better, but its still a good option.

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Southampton IPA from Southampton Publick House
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