Southern Tier Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #3,989
Ranked #18,527
3.89 | pDev: 10.8%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Very Good
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.12/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
samsmith33 (768) - - MAR 20, 2014


Bottle to pilsner glass.

Aroma hops, grains, pine grapefruit. Bright orange color. Taste is ash, fruit, rye, banana. A lot going on, which can be confusing or called complex. Ok beer.

Heard great things but it doesn't live up. I liked the ST Live better. And the ST Unearthly IPA is much better.
2nd bottle

May 26, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a semi-hazy bronzed color with a light transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace. A one finger white foamy head started and dissipated leaving messy lacing running all over the place. The smell starts off with a sticky resinous sharp sprucy/piney-ness that lingers over some light caramel malts. The taste balances nicely between the caramel malts and the bitter sprucy/piney-ness. It leaves a nice dry sprucy/caramel aftertaste leading into a light dry piney finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation runs nicely to allow a nice bitterness to invade and become what its supposed to be for this beer and style. Overall, this was a well worthy DIPA I’d have again.

Jun 27, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have been doing a number of brewery-oriented horizontals as a part of the ongoing eradication of The Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody & by some circumstance, I have a number of Southern Tier's beers to add to my list. I have been working in fits & starts on this horizontal, having been sidelined by a massive head cold & then by my acquisition of an SN Beer Camp Around the World 12-pack. I now continue my triumphal return with this beer.

From the bottle: "Super Hopped Ale"; "Brewed with 6 varieties of hops and 4 types of malts".

I LOVE that they have reclassified this as an "American Strong Ale"! Not every beer is or deserves to be designated as an AIPA or a DIPA. Mine has over a year of age, DTD "DOB 04/01/16 06:37AM". Does that make it "bad"? Of course not! Let's see how those hops held up. Even better, let's see how it is doing as an old(er) American Strong Ale!

I Pop!ped the cap & commenced a VERY gentle pour into my awaiting glass. a vigorous in-glass swirl raised just over two fingers of dense, foamy, tawny head with good retention. Color was solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a molasses & bready maltiness, indicating that the hops had fallen away, but who cares? If it is an American Strong Ale, it can be the aging process that drives the beer & not necessarily the hops. I drink hoppy beers all the time. It is nice to try something new, as long as it is palatable. Mouthfeel was not big, not full, it was downright viscous! I nearly had to coax it out of the bottle with a spoon. Oh, now I get it. It was the old one-two punch with the bready & caramel malts gently caressing my tongue before its twin brother, a citrusy bitterness came out of hiding with a leather-encased lead sap & caught me with a rabbit punch behind the R ear at the base of my skull. That is TOTALLY illegal in boxing as it is the site of your fontanelle, the last place on your skull to harden as an infant & which NEVER fully hardens. Want to give yourself a roaring headache to get out of something? Massage that spot for a bit & see how you feel. F'in' Gemini got me right there! Good. I like a challenge. I let the pair roll around on my tongue for a little bit to tire them out. I then came wit' th' Pisces Punch, which is a R jab to the solar plexus. I don't care how buff you may be, that will tear the wind right ahttah yer sails! Once Gemini was down, I began to relax to better taste the caramel malt with a tropical fruit background. But where was the alcohol? This was as smooth as silk until I caught an unseen L hook between the eyes. Lights out, boys! I came to with smelling salts, or maybe it was an open bottle of this brute, with a start. Where was I? Oh, yeah, I was trying to review a beer when these twins showed up with a bottle of whoop ass & laid inta me like nobody's waking up tomorrow. Finish was dry as the alcohol suddenly began to assert itself in a dragon-like way with fire coming up from my belly & into my breath. Time to go. I gotta work as a heavy-machine operator!

Jun 23, 2017
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Copper orange on color with lightly murky appearance. Poured with a short, bright white foam with moderate retention. Medium aromas of over-ripe pineapple and orange, crusty bread, caramel malt, sweet boozy notes. Aromas are smooth and mellow. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation. Smooth, oily, light creamy feel with pleasant boozy heat from the middle to the end. Medium bready and caramel malt flavors with ripe citrus hop flavors in tow. Medium high hop flavor with, spocy, boozy heat through the middle to the end. Finished with a malty, booziness followed by a mellow hop bitterness. Balance certainly leans a bit to the maltier side. Despite the strength, pleasantly mellow with enjoyable malt and hop character. Mellow, somewhat sneaky booziness that makes it dangerously drinkable.

Apr 15, 2017
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LAp from Ohio

3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sparknotes review: not a bad beer. Clear copper with bubbles of carbonation prominently rising from imperfections in the glass. More dominantly malty than anticipated. There's a great pine, grapefruit, and citrus hop backbone here - one with a lot of nuance - but one that ultimately gets overpowered by the dominant malt. Mouthfeel is medium with respectable carbonation. Overall, it's decent, but feels like it missed being really exceptional. Perhaps it's that my palate has swung more towards purely westcoast or northeast IPAs, but the malt here feels like it detracts from what could have been a really excellent brew.

Feb 08, 2017
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Ikeithbot from New York

4.73/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: pours a clear, deep copper

S: sweet citrus

T: lots lots hops; grapefruit, candied lemon, honey, mango, caramel malt sweetness; finishes with a moderate amount of bitterness.

M: medium sticky mouthful

O: this beer is awesome!, The bitterness of the hops rule! A very solid beer and one the best offerings from Southern Tier.

Aug 01, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Orange colored pour with a 1/2" white head. Aroma was lots of pine impact. One of the first east coast heavy dry hopped beers I came across.

Taste keeps dropping more pine, then you pick up some grapefruit because of the sizeable triple digit ibu count I would guess. A lot of bright pine forest notes pushes this one. Other citrus flavors are in there too, but pine and grapefruit have a sizeable lead on them.

Bomber format for this is expensive. Its not disappointing, I just don't see how it would get into the rotation other than a spot start here or there. There are just as good if not better offerings in almost every distribution footprint that are lesser priced.

Jul 01, 2016
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a copper body with minimal head and lace patches across the glass. Piney, oily, hoppy aroma with a touch of sweetness. Has a touch of sticky malt in the taste department as this medium-bodied beer passes over the tongue smooth, making it slightly easy to drink, with a dry, earthy, even bitter hop profile dominating the taste buds. Beer has a filling quality to it and a minimal boozy, heated finish.

May 22, 2016
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greshdoghophead from Ohio

3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

DOB 2/5/16 Poured into pint glass. Good beer overall with pleasant notes of mild pine and even juniper but although resiny and chewy not a wow factor here. Just a good solid IPA. Oh wait its a super hopped ale.!!!?? 9% barely noticeable. Meh.

Mar 16, 2016
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Raidersox from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz. Bottle from 39 degree fridge. D.O.B. says 1/6/16. Allowed bottle to sit at room temp for 15 minutes. Poured into a large wine glass.

Look: Golden amber color, slightly hazy with a frothy, white 1" head that dissipated after a few minutes. Light ring of foam remained and persisted to the end, ample lacing.

Smell: Pine resin, slightly floral

Taste: Resin taste comes first followed by a sweet fruity (mango?) flavor with a malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy, medium body. Alcohol presence is noted.

Overall: I was really looking forward to this beer and was mildly disappointed. With 6 types of hops and a "Super Hopped Ale" hype line on the label I was expecting and anticipating a lot more bitterness and hop bite. Aside from that I found it to be acceptably drinkable but not spectacular. Not saying I wouldn't buy it again but it wouldn't be a first choice if given other Southern Tier options.

Mar 05, 2016
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Snagged up a bottle of this for $2.50 at the local carnivores. Into a pint glass

A - Pretty much what I want from a DIPA golden bright amber hue clear with a 1/2 inch of head that pulls back to great lacing.
S - Mango tangerine and lemon peel hops somewhat sweet with a cracker like malt base.
T - Damn actually as good as I remember with maybe a tiny ethanol bite to let you know your drinking a big beer. Great balance of sweet mango and pineapple hops with little bitterness on the palate.
M - Medium bodied but dangerously drinkable somewhat oily but smooth.

Overall a great DIPA from a brewery that I love most of their offerings. Will pick up more when I get the chance.

Mar 04, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from my brother. Nice hop aroma leads into much deeper, robust taste. Fruity, slick, nice slippery body. Very smooth for a DIPA. Tasty and reffreshing

Feb 28, 2016
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kevINSIGHT from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light copper clear color with a beige head. Good ale flavor with just a little hoppyness to it. Pleasant aroma that starts as hops but then is clearly ale malt. A nice tasting beer that doesn't make you pay with bitterness for the 9% alcohol.

Feb 21, 2016
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful copper bronze color, very clear, steady carbonation, and a very fluffy white head with sticky lacing.

S - A massive amount of toasted malt and zesty citrus. Piney and nice resin.

T - Lots of tropical citrus - oranges, sweet red grapefruit. There's a caramel base from start to finish to keep this nicely balanced and it ends with a very aggressive piney, bitter bite at the end that lingers while coating the mouth with some spicy orange, tangerine, and some buried floral notes. The 9% isn't shy and definitely pokes through.

M - Big and full bodied, slick, oily, velvet-like. Aggressively coats the mouth.

O - I forgot how outstanding this beer really is, will be going back for more. When fresh a total hop bomb and well balanced at the same time.

Feb 02, 2016
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jahbless from Pennsylvania

3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Crane Room. Taste is fruity hoppy, definitely grapefruit. Medium body. As someone else wrote, it's hoppy but without the bitter bite to it..

Jan 15, 2016
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a hazy dark golden color. Thick creamy white head and great lacing.

S: Tropical fruits and grapefruit... citrusy and sharp.

T/F: Rich malts open with a delicious fruity hop profile... grapefruit and mango, mildly floral as well. Warming and rich, medium body.

O: A very nice strong ale that is probably closer to an Imperial IPA. Hoppy but without quite as harsh of a bitter bite to it... strong and dangerously drinkable at 9%. Overall a really nice beer and an interesting fusion of styles. Look forward to having it again.

Jan 08, 2016
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a wispy cap; very little lacing;

S: tropical fruit, pine, caramel;

T: earthy, with pine behind it; a little floral in the middle; as it warmed, tropical fruit and orange became noticeable; moderately bitter finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; ABV is well hidden;

O: smooth; dangerously easy to drink;

Dec 29, 2015
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark orange color with a thin, foamy head. Just a slight hop smell. Piney hop up front. Taste of piney resin with a full taste of malty Carmel and spice. Nice balance with a touch of funk. A clean and crisp taste. A candied orange taste in the end.

Nov 21, 2015
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CHickman from New York

4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Review from 3/5/09-10.5% ABV; excellent nose and flavor, very hoppy, followed by spices, more hops and pine nuts; brew has a lot of flavor; a Limited Release which was really tasty and easy to drink considering the high ABV.

Oct. 2015: If this is back in production I need to get my hands on more.

Oct 09, 2015
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent strong, with definite hop front, heavy on pine and floral and herbal notes in the nose and taste, and a solid malt core that offers toffee and caramel. The close and feel is quite clean, but the bitterness does build slightly as you work your way through the glass. A solid entry and one I was glad I tried.

Oct 03, 2015
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Flounder57 from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle was poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is an orange color with great clarity and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Candied citrus, herbal, and grassy hops followed by caramel, toasted malts, and nice warm booze.

Taste: Nice candied grapefruit, oranfe, and citrus fruits. Herbsl notes too that compliment the caramel and toasted malts. Super smooth with mild tingly bitterness and warm boozy alcohol in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, medium tingly bitterness, medium carbonation, and very delicious

Overall: Have to admit that this beer got a lot better as it warmed. Alcohol was strong on the nose, but definitely in the background on the palate. Look forward to more of this beer in the future.

Sep 28, 2015
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Kendo from New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bodys is dark golden-amber with a 1-finger white head.

S: Modest hops - apricot and stone fruit - over caramel malt.

T: Sweeter than expected. Malt foundation of brown sugar, honey - followed by tropical fruits. Modest note of alcohol at the finish.

M: Slicker than expected, carbonation is low. Medium to full in heft.

O: OK. Not sure if this is a DIPA or a Strong Ale, works better as a hoppy strong.

Sep 20, 2015
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Homers_Beer_Odyssey from New York

4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE - Light, clear.

AROMA/SCENT - Hops, pine.

TASTE - Hops, nutty, pine, sweet, coffee.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Dry, smooth, astringent, clean.

VALUE - $8.50 for an 11-oz pour. Average.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Decent, quaffable.

Sep 16, 2015
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in my ST tulip. Pours a pale burnt orange hue with a translucent clarity and a tight, one inch, cream-colored head that recedes into a solid, half inch cap. Nose is fairly subdued - grassy, a hint of caramel malt and a light, piney quality. Taste follows nose; however, aromas suggested in the nose materialize in the flavor profile. There's also a spicy quality that presents during the middle through the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body, but closer to light, with a creamy/oily texture and a slight prickle to the carbonation that leaves a residual burn at the back of the throat between quaffs. Overall, not bad but not my favorite from these guys - the malt and hop profile just don't come together for me.

Sep 07, 2015
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BoldRulerVT from Vermont

3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 22 oz bottle into a snifter.
Pours a clear, light amber color with one finger of head.
Aromas are pretty sticky, lots of hops and lots of malts.
Flavor is very much a west coast style IPA with malts very forward. While tasty, the hops and malt are a bit muddled together for my taste.
Mouthfeel is a bit sticky given the malt presence.
Overall this beer is good, not great and a bit muddled.

Sep 03, 2015
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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 411 ratings