Stellar Phase Pale Ale
South County Brewing Co.

Stellar Phase Pale AleStellar Phase Pale Ale
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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #214
ABV:
5%
Score:
90
Ranked #6,970
Avg:
4.15 | pDev: 6.75%
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
44
From:
South County Brewing Co.
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  2
Gots
  4
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Stellar Phase Pale AleStellar Phase Pale Ale
Notes: Cosmic Nod’s party animal cousin. Soft and lush, mango, melon, cantaloupe, papaya with a touch of green pepper tang.

Malts: Base, Wheat, Oats
Hops: Northwest
Yeast: House IVAN strain
Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 44 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I thought that I had exhausted my inventory of South County CANs last month during my brewery horizontal, but lo & behold, while doing some rearranging in my cellar's BeerFrigerator (a reefer only, NO freezer compartment), I found two (2) more for The CANQuest (tm)! Zounds!

From the CAN: "Drink Fresh Do Not Age Please Recycle Always Keep Cold"; "Pour into a glass for best drinking experience".

Proving that I CAN follow directions, I Crack!ed open the vent & beCAN a slow, gentle C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass. I was rather pleasantly surprised by its formation of two-pus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with excellent retention. Color was a faintly-hazy Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4). Nose was fruity with a CANtaloupe-honeydew prevalence acCANponied by a lighter tropical fruitiness. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste remained primarily of melon with a tropical fruit acCANponiment, but I also got an earthy pepperiness, like a fresh-picked pepper from my neighbor's garden. Mmm. It was an interesting taste, overall, but it is tough when the style's guide-on bearer is SNPA & by CANparison, this was nothing & nowhere close. Finish was semi-dry, making for a pleasant quaff, but it just was not my cuppa joe. YMMV.

Jul 24, 2020
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thank you Bl00 for this
16 oz can, dated 4/24/20, poured into a teku

A- A hazy golden straw with a three finger white head.

S- Grapefruit, limes, citrus, pineapple, some melons, slightly dank.

T- Citrus, some tropical fruits, a little dank, some melons, touch of pale malts.

M- Smooth, light to medium body.

O- A tasty and easy to drink hazy pale, nice balance of flavors.

May 08, 2020
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philbe311 from Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Fingers worth of crisp perfectly uniform pure white head... The color is a pale hazy yellow... A hop forward nose with alternating whiffs of lite pine and orange zest... A unique flavor profile with some unexpected notes of seltzer water...
Medium bodied and dense with an odd soapy character... A little rough around the edges, but decent enough...

Dec 13, 2019
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours cloudy yellow orange with a fluffy white head. Smells of tropical and citrus hops, very inviting. Tastes of citrus and slight tropical hops, with slight sweet grain. Beer is light bodied and very easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.

Aug 28, 2019
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colts9016 from Idaho

3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The weather outside today is beautiful. The beer today is a pale ale from South County. My first beer from this brewery. The beer is 45 degrees and served in a pint glass. The head of the beer is massive, like three-finger thick. The head left a tremendous amount of lacing all over the glass. The color of the beer is SRM 4 a pale straw with a touch of light gold. The beer is hazy with no clarity. Overall this is one beautiful beer.

The aromas in the beer are a biscuit note, herbal, floral esters, grapefruit, pine, resin, toasted malts, and a hint of earthiness.

The flavors in the beer are lemon, oranges, floral esters, bay leaves, biscuit note, pine, resin, and toasted malts.

The mouthfeel of the beer is carbonated, somewhat astringent, and coating.

The body of the beer is medium, medium-plus carbonation, and a medium finish.

The beer is good but not stellar. I enjoy the flavor profiles in the beer, just wanted more strength in the flavors. Overall, this beer is a great starting beer for the day. I enjoyed the artwork on this beer.

Aug 17, 2019
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours our beautiful. It’s not a really thick haze, but completely hazy and forms a nice, dense, one finger width crown. Leaves nice, sticky lacing all the way through.

The nose brings a surprising old school presence mixing with newer ways. Some pine and citrus.

The taste comes in much lighter, bringing a cracker presence along with a huge, juicy melon aspect. Really don’t know if I’ve ever picked up melon with such a prominence before; watermelon even.

The mouthfeel is where is somewhat. It’s light and refreshing, would be great for a hot summer day at the lower ABV. But I would just like a little more body to accompany that melon profile.

Overall though, it’s a pretty impressive pale ale.

Jun 18, 2019
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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was a bit surprised by this one - quite on the fence between IPA and traditional American Pale Ale, it's just a bit hazy, but moderately more carbonated than most NE IPAs. The taste features plenty of citrus, tangerine notes - very refreshing and clean. Not much in the way of identifiable hops or bitterness to the presence though - just that nice citrus presence. Nice finish. Quite sessionable as well - not at all filling and very drinkable.

Recommended.

Jun 10, 2019
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours bright opaque orange with a nice white head that settles to a thin ring. Lots of lacing all around the glass.

Aroma - Mango, pineapple, floral hops, grapefruit, citrus peel.

Taste - Nice orange, peach and pineapple slightly sweet with a nice mix of bitterness. Super flavorful or such a light beer.

Feel - Low side of medium, slightly creamy with a touch of bite. Light dry finish.

Overall - Really well executed pale ale, lots of flavor and more body than expected.

Dec 30, 2018
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deleted_user_1111368 from Delaware

4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another session beer that is blurring the line between higher ABV PA's and IPA's?

Stellar Phase is a great tasting PA, that has a boatload of flavors going in and out. Plenty of mild fruit and juiciness that blend together well. For me, the kicker was the difference from the cold-to-warm(er) transition. While some beers lose their identity.. Stellar Phase just shifts into another gear. Impressing.

Sep 23, 2018
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampling a cellar temp 16 oz can poured into a snifter. The beer is a slightly hazy goldenrod color with fizzy bleached white dense head of 2 cm that slowly recedes to a thin surface layer. The aroma is hops right off the can popping open. I get some grapefruit and citrus notes with a bit of pine sap too. The fruit seems to dominate the aroma but the pine is enough to balance things out for this beer. Maybe a little bit of biscuity malt, but the hops steal the show here.
First sip reveals a light to average body with smooth texture and fine tingly carbonation. The beer drinks very easy.
Flavor is some biscuit malt for a second and then fruity hops with citrus dominant of orange and grapefruit. I do get some slight bite on the finish the makes each swallow crisp. I dont get any booze and the beer flavor doesnt linger long after each swallow.
this is a very drinkable pale ale, Im glad to have tried it and would recommend to others. The aroma is great and it drinks so smooth.

Apr 12, 2018
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.37/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to bl00 for this one, from NBS BIF 007. 16oz can poured into shaker pint glass. Poured a solid murky yellow color that had about a half-inch of white head that low-moderate retention, and medium lacing.

A big fruity hop aroma hit the nose as soon as I cracked the can. That aroma also carried through in the glass. There was no noticeable grain or malt scent.

Very much the same story on the tongue; fruit hops dominate, with no bitterness or grain.

The body was on the thin side of medium, and, as I've found typical of the Murky-bro style, no substantive lingering of the body or flavor.

Drinkability was fine, the beer drank smoothly and cleanly. Overall, if you like the style, you'll likely like this brew. worth a shot if you see it.

Apr 01, 2018
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First of all, I love the look of the pounder can. It’s got a Saturn like planet on the front with various stars(very cool). This beer has the total milkshake light golden look of an unfiltered NEIPA with a nice white head. Wow, scent is mainly grapefruit juice like (citric and sweet). Flavor adds some melon to the mix with the grapefruit adding a touch of bitterness to the end of this brew mixing with a slight malt finish. Not overly powerful flavored with a crispness to the finish. Not much carbonation with a creamy medium feel. I’m not as excited about the flavor after expecting so much from the look and nose of this one.

Mar 21, 2018
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pounder can into a snifter appears a clouded pale yellow with white cap.

Aroma of grapefruit juice/zest. Not overly pungent or exceptional by any regard but good nonetheless.

The taste is zesty, pulp and pithy fruity hops with a neutral grainy aftertaste.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. Overall very drinkable.

Mar 16, 2018
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 01-26-18 into pint glass. Pours a hazy golden amber with a coarse, off-white head. Initial impression is citrus, floral, and tropical fruits - a lot like Cosmic Nod, but not as sweet, more subtle citrus, and without the pine notes. (OK, maybe it's not a lot like Cosmic Nod but it's damn good!) Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Finish is slightly dry with the same restrained balance. Very good pale ale.

Feb 15, 2018
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Budlum from Maryland

4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow. This pale hangs with the best - hazy, bright, floral, light, and fruity. Wonderfully balanced with a lively feel. It doesn't have the chalky mouth feel that some hazy APAs develop as they warm. South County continues to produce impressive beers.

Feb 11, 2018
Stellar Phase Pale Ale from South County Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 44 ratings