Ration Type: Breakfast - Cascade Single Varietal Ale
Southern Tier Brewing Company

Ration Type:  Breakfast - Cascade Single Varietal AleRation Type:  Breakfast - Cascade Single Varietal Ale
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American IPA
3.56 | pDev: 9.55%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Ration Type:  Breakfast - Cascade Single Varietal AleRation Type:  Breakfast - Cascade Single Varietal Ale
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a nice looking slightly hazy golden orange with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light lacing sticking and then sliding down into the beer. The smell had a nice sweet to spicy to floral arrangement of aromas. Light blend of sweet caramel malts enter nicely in to balance. The taste was mainly sweet and floral, a touch of spice assists in balancing. A dry finish came across my tongue. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation seemed to be good for the style and for me. Overall, I say this was a pretty good APA worthy of having again.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

enjoyed this bottle in a pint glass chilled.
The color is dark meidum amber with light haze and 2 fingers of thick off white head with fine bead. The smell is lemony with slight citrus and mild orange odor with sweet malt scent and herbal compliment. The feel is very light body with medium bitterness level lightly sweet with moderate carbonation with low astringency and mostly dry finish with slight tang of yeast.

The smell is very light yet flavorful with citrus lemonytaste of cascade with slight caramel in the malt flavor with sweet middle and herbal hops in the background with tea-like astringency as it finishes semi-dry with lingering citrus bordering on grapefruit.. This is a very good single hop ale with a hop that can clearly hold its own nicely balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It may be a tad late in the day for Breakfast (2021, Local, EDT), but when Rations are available at Country Garden 6-Pack as they were this afternoon, I try not to pass them up. After all, who knows when we are going to have access to Rations again any time soon.

From the bottle: "Brewed with 1 Variety of Hops and 1 Type of Malt".

I Pop!ped the cap and commenced an aggro pour that produced two-plus fingers of fluffy, light-tan head that fell pretty quickly, leaving sticky lacing in its wake. Who is going to clean this up after? It is going to require a power washer to remove it! Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was dank, sticky, earthy, slightly minty and everything that I like in an AIPA. My mouth was watering like Homer Simpson's does in the presence of donuts and/or beer! Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was absolutely like a bag of ... hops! What did you think? I am the guy that laid atop a bale of hops at Victory BC, ala Burt Reynolds in Playgirl, during a press tour last year. I am curious as to what Malt varietal was used as it fairly innocuous. It really allowed the hops to shine without imparting a big sweetness or a biscuit-y dryness. Finish was dry and hoppy, but I do not think that it was sharp enough to scare off a non-hophead. That said, I am conversely unsure that it would be sustaining for a dyed-in-the-wool hophead such as myself.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

A- pours a bright clear golden color with a small fizzy white head that reduces, leaving just a film on top

S- simply cascade aromas of spicy floral, citrusy grapefruit & piney hops and hemp oil

T- spicy floral hop flavor up front with subtle underlying grapefruit & pine, slightly sweet malty dry finish

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp fry finish

O- a nice simple, but nice showcase of the cascade hop. This qualifies as a session IPA, and is very drinkable at that.

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Photo of Kendo
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Body is golden-amber with a 1-finger off-white head. Some lace.

S: Nice American IPA nose - citrusy, piney with a touch of florally hops.

T: Modest sweet malt foundation is followed up by citrus and piney hops.

M: Medium in heft, carbonation is modest but provides good "bite" to the overall impression.

O: Of the C-Ration 12-pack from ST, I liked this one best. Nothing earth-shattering, but for an IPA with under 5% ABV, this one packs a decent amount of flavor into it and feels right.

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Photo of MrBoh
4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First of the three tried during this expedition...

Pours a beautiful, bright and refreshing looking amber,just a thin cap of off white head which fades as quick as it came good lacing all around the glass, especially for the lack of head.

I can smell it as soon as it pours. Very floral, spicy, and citrusy. Strong notes of grapefruit, pine and hibiscus. also a nice biscuity sweetness, a lot of alcohol for the ABV as well as some nice bitterness. It mostly reminds me of some some sort of delicious doughy breakfast Danish or biscuit. Very complex for a single hop.

The taste is disappointing compared to the aroma. Still good, but seems less fresh. Grapefruit and floral notes glide over the tongue, leading to sweet biscuit tastes, before the bitterness caps it off. It certainly gets better as it goes on. Above average and relatively simple overall.

Despite the apparent lack of carbonation, it's not as bad as I thought. still just enough to stimulate the taste buds, but some more could have preserved the beer longer. I would classify it as medium light bodied, with a touch of an oily slickness, sometimes even a tad bit chewy. Not as crisp as similar brews.

I definitely enjoyed this one, and if I said the c-ration 12 was not a good buy, it would be due to the other beers in the pack. Stay tuned to find out if that's the case.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich golden color with a white head and a chill haze. The aroma is leafy, floral, bright and lightly citrusy, In the taste, light lemon citrus notes along with faint tea like herb note. Crystal malts add a hint of crisp bread and biscuit. Fresh tasting, floral and hoppy, shows the Cascade hop well. You can see why this versatile hop built craft beer, though it has been cast aside in recent years for more intense, flavorful strains.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a frothy, white head that has good persistence and laces nicely. Floral, grapefruit aroma. Radiant copper color. Starts with a pine like characteristic. A touch of citrus rind peaks through. A flash of malt. Builds into a high-low bitterness. Finish is citrus rind bitterness on top of malt way in the background.

Not too bad. The smell on this one is nice, and the hop profile isn't too bad. I'm not big on the lingering citrus rind bitterness, though it isn't too overwhelming here.

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Photo of Omnium
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slight edge over centennial.
Aroma is citrus and floral notes, very fresh.
Flavor is again balanced between malt and hops, definitely on the drier side, lots of citrus and bright grassy floral tones.

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Photo of jds16
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Not bad. Smells slightly herbal, slightly fruity. The malt is crackery with a light sweetness to it, and there are enough hops to balance out the light malt and not much more. Pleasant for a session-strength ipa, but not something I'll go out of my way for.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Meh. Boring. Barely any hop spices present. Kind of a nutty leafy thing going on; as if it were a brown ale. Easy to drink, but why bother. A mediocre beer that in no way showcases the power of a hop.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant clear orange with a fat head of cream colored foam that fell pretty quickly. Nose is subtle but very floral. This type of hops has a fruity sweetness that's hard to pin down. Most people say grapefruit and I do get a bit of pink grapefruit. I also get a mild spice. A hint of herbal dankness. The more I observe the nose the more I think I smell a stone fruitiness but it's elusive. Peach pit maybe. Cracker for malt with a light caramel sweetness on it. Tastes like tea. Has an overall tea like quality that even feels like tea in the mouthfeel. Crisp but not sharply so and dry. Not awfully bitter. The bitterness is gentle enough but prominent enough to be pleasant. The grapefruit is earthy but light and a bit tart. It's easy to see why this is a popular hop to use in pale ales. The flavors are clean and light. The overall drink is clear and not heavy or busy. The tea like qualities would make it refreshing alongside a bigger fruit taste but without it it's subtle and dry. Mouthfeel is the lighter side of medium and the caramel was so excellent in this. It gives a bit of weight to the beer but is not excessively sweet. This one is a masterpiece in subtlety.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Flying Dog chalice

A: Similar burnished copper color, with small head and a nice bit of lacing.
S: Light Pine-Sol and like a subdued Centennial smell.
T: Extremely similar to Centennial. Just a decent, but watery, low-ABV IPA.
M: Tiny, thin scraping vein of carbonation that is felt.
O: My least favorite of the three. Save Supper for last.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Love new Southern Tier Beers. Into a pint glass.
A - Looks just as pretty as the last Session IPA great 1/2 inch of head and a clear amber brown color.
S - Fruity almost minty hop profile with a good malt bill very sweet.
T - Bitter somewhat lingering with a good sweet and crystal malt profile. Good.
M - Light to medium bitterness isn't overwhelming.

Overall it's a pretty good IPA good bitterness and balanced. Tasty!

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Photo of thezach
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Fruity, really light and dry. Subtle malt sweetness, with a grassy finish that comes out more and more as it warms. Relatively high bitterness (for its size). A little watery. I like it, but would love to see a little more complexity from the malt and definitely a higher hop bill so it's hard to miss the cascade note.

Look forward to trying the others in the series.

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Ration Type: Breakfast - Cascade Single Varietal Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 77 ratings