Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Imperial IPA
3.88 | pDev: 10.82%
Oct 13, 2019
Mar 07, 2014
Very Good
Notes: None
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Rated: 3.9 by jaxon53 from Connecticut

Oct 13, 2019
Rated: 3.88 by MutuelsMark from Kentucky

Jan 06, 2019
Rated: 4 by Reggie_Dunlop from Pennsylvania

Dec 15, 2018
Rated: 4 by JohnDon from Texas

Oct 11, 2018
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

3.12/5  rDev -19.6%
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
Rated: 3.88 by ADKbeerguy from New York

Dec 17, 2017
Rated: 3.67 by Khaack from New York

Oct 29, 2017
Rated: 3.53 by buzzedup from Pennsylvania

Oct 18, 2017
Rated: 3.47 by mltobin from Connecticut

Aug 10, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
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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Reviewed by IronLover from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
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
Rated: 4 by SonictheBeerhog from New York

Apr 09, 2017
Rated: 4.22 by RichieRich1812 from Pennsylvania

Feb 10, 2017
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Reviewed by LAp from Ohio

3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
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
Rated: 4.37 by Chackman151 from Arizona

Feb 08, 2017
Rated: 3.68 by Timtac from New Jersey

Feb 05, 2017
Rated: 3.93 by robebo44 from Virginia

Jan 27, 2017
Rated: 4 by bdiiorio from Connecticut

Jan 13, 2017
Rated: 3.84 by snarksdad from New Jersey

Dec 26, 2016
Rated: 4.08 by RBorsato from Virginia

Dec 07, 2016
Rated: 4.33 by burnstar from Pennsylvania

Nov 20, 2016
Rated: 3.83 by VAbrookiechaser from Virginia

Oct 30, 2016
Rated: 3.49 by VeganUndead from Virginia

Oct 09, 2016
Rated: 4.12 by mjgpy3 from Pennsylvania

Sep 02, 2016
Rated: 3.77 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania

Aug 30, 2016
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Reviewed by Ikeithbot from New York

4.73/5  rDev +21.9%
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
Rated: 5 by wpreynolds from New Jersey

Jul 21, 2016
Rated: 3.6 by entenduintransit from Tennessee

Jul 04, 2016
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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
Rated: 3.8 by mds1101 from Illinois

Jun 26, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania

Jun 20, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by Pearlstreetbrewingco from Florida

Jun 20, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by FreshButterbeer from Iowa

Jun 13, 2016
Rated: 3.89 by CBrodbeck from Florida

Jun 03, 2016
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Reviewed by clayrock81 from Florida

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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
Rated: 3.48 by bobtaylor0414 from Pennsylvania

May 17, 2016
Rated: 3.85 by LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

May 14, 2016
Rated: 4.23 by stella77artois from New York

May 06, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by spedprof from West Virginia

Apr 30, 2016
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