Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #2,639
Ranked #45,295
3.58 | pDev: 13.13%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 145 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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matcris from Arizona

3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

APPEARANCE: A hazy amber/orange with a half finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Leaves a spotty lacing down the glass. Nice carbonation when rocking the glass.
AROMA: Orange, stone and tropical fruits, candied sugar, a little pine.
TASTE: Citrus is the biggest note. Orange and pink grapefruit. Some mango and peach, as well. A little caramel malt.
FEEL: Mild carbonation, dry all the way through the swig, medium thin body.
OVERALL: PLeasant, easy drinking, decent fruit flavors.

Jun 11, 2016
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ONUMello from Ohio

3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Slightly hazy brown with a thin head
S: Some crisp hops up front with caramel/malt underneath
T: Generic ipa that matches the nose; plain but tasty
M: Medium bodied, a bit sweet
O: A decent ipaI wouldn't turn down just nothing to write home about

Apr 26, 2016

3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another good APA from southern tier. There isn't anything about this beer that stands out as excellent, but everything works together very well. There is a noticeable amount of hop flavor and bitterness, but it is far from hoppy. Easy drinking. What a basic APA should be.

Nov 08, 2015
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DuaneL from Delaware

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

DL and JK bought just one bottle to try; as usual Southern Tier, which is obviously an excellent brewery, made another delicious ale -- and nice to try their version of a straight-up APA. Well, DL said it reminded him of a Pils,it is crisp and refreshing that way, yes like a summer ale, and I see that other reviewers here said the same. It is not very distinctive, however, so I prob. wouldn't go out of my way to purchase it; but it's certainly very drinkable! Why are there so few reviews here, btw?? It must not be easily acquired, out of state.

Sep 23, 2015
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really good American ale. Maybe it has something to with their "bottle conditioning."Not really sure how that works. I guess they let the final fermentation occur in the bottle. Super refreshing. Great summer ale!

Jun 30, 2015
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TopherBreski from New Jersey

2.92/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Beautiful golden color with no carbonation. Good hoppy and malty smell. Good malty taste but almost taste like there's too many ingredients. Too many things going on.

Jun 17, 2015
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tillmac62 from South Carolina

3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden with a bit of amber. Normal head volume, outstanding lacing and normal retention.

Very light nose of what might be Saaz hops.

Light medium body with a smooth texture. Superbly carbonated with a nice balanced prickly effervescence throughout.

Outstanding flavor profile. It is intense, complex and balanced. It begins with a Saaz and pine like hop flavor over a subtle biscuit and caramel malt sweetness. The middle is a slight bitterness that is in balance with the malt. The finish is a clean, slow, slightly dry, fade of the aforementioned hop flavors. This is a great lawnmower beer for those that enjoy a hop flavored ale.

Apr 13, 2015
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Pukstopper from Pennsylvania

3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wife ordered it but didn't like it so I finished it. Poured into a pint glass a hazy golden color with a nice head that faded and left some lacing. Not real hoppy but a nice clean finish. Not sure I would order it but it was not to bad.

Mar 25, 2015
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PhillyFoodie from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Not much head to speak of or lacing. Not a lot of smell to be enjoyed, perhaps a little floral and a lightly malty scent. Flavor is very light and lacks even the light bitterness of a good American Pale Ale, in fact it reminds me more of a lager. Very easy drinking and would probably be good outdoors on a Summer day, but I let it warm a bit and it still didn't do much at all to bring out the aromas or the taste.

Rather disappointed in this one as I typically love ST's offerings. Not horrible, but I like a little more aroma and flavor in my beers. Probably will not buy again.

Feb 28, 2015
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baconfromwalmart from Pennsylvania

3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: lacing, clear dark yellow
Smell: pleasant skunk
Taste: fine, but nothing special. Bitterness seems to be in the middle of the tongue
Feel: a little thin, but not a dealbreaker
Overall: I wouldn't go out of my way to buy a 6 pack but would be more than happy to drink it if came in a variety case or someone had it at a party.

Feb 18, 2015
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ZebraCakez from Massachusetts

2.35/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

A: Pours a very clear gold color, two fingers of active white head that bubbles off quickly to leave good lacing.

S: Aroma is a weak mix of floral and hop notes.

T: A pretty bitter citrus and hop mix that finishes pretty dry. Not much else to say here, pretty basic in my opinion.

F: Thin body leaves it feeling somewhat unsatisfying, good carbonation makes up for it a bit.

O: Nothing here that leans too heavily in either a good or bad direction, it's pretty mundane. I would certainly buy a 12pk that contained some if there was something else in there I wanted, but I would not buy this on its own.

Feb 09, 2015
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Keystone from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer. Look is thin and golden. Feel is dry and crisp. Taste is light and hoppy with a medium bitterness. Kind of a cross between a pale ale and a pilsner. Definitely deserves an 80 on my opinion.

Jan 21, 2015
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metter98 from New York

3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color with some hints of amber hues, a light amount of visible carbonation, and lots of fine particulates floating in suspension. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving only a collar of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of grassy hops are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of grassy hops along with a light to moderate amount of associated bitterness. Faint bits of grainy malts are also noticeable.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has a pleasant amount of bitterness. The grassy hop profile really reminded me of what you would expect from a Czech Pilsener.

Serving type: bottle

Jan 03, 2015
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EvoRich from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pale straw yellow in color. Fairly translucent. Decent head

Smell: Sweet, citrusy hops.

Taste: Very bitter and bland in flavor. Expected the sweet aromas to be duplicated in the flavor.

Feel: Light-medium bodied. Mid-high carbonation.

Overall: Meh. Probably wouldn't buy this again. It's ok. Not something I'd typically drink.

Dec 30, 2014
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scotorum from Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another one from my trip to Pennsyklvania three weeks ago. Probably would able to get this here since we do see Southern Tier brews around, just couldn't recall seeing this one before.

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a: Clear gold with a finger thick white head which receded to thin patchy surface foam and fairly dense lacing.

s: Mild light fruit.

t; Light fruit and bready malt up front under a balancing hop bite. Dry finish.

m: Medium, good body and carbonation tingle.

o: Bottle conditioning does not seem to have muddied the clarity of this in the least, but after starting out little better (although less sweet) than a mainstream lager, it gains flavor and character as it warms. A good dinner beer, and eventually a pretty good sipper.

Nov 15, 2014
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KYGunner from Kentucky

3.65/5  rDev +2%

The nose reveals a much fruitier hop than expected with citrus elements of oranges, lemon, grapefruit and cantaloupe. The malt is light and grainy with a barley and nutty backdrop.

This tastes more like an IPA with the strong fruit hop profile but the malt is weaker and it drinks quite thinly. The hop flavor is very good as it covers a wide array of fruit flavors such as orange, lemon, mango and grapefruit. The malt that I do taste is grainy and light, like a Pilsner.

I've enjoyed this and feel it serves much better on draft.

Sep 25, 2014
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Picked up a bottle at the house of 1,000 beers for around 2 bucks. Pale ale brewed with Pilsner yeast.

A - Looks quite good pale yellow orange color with a 1/4 inch of head that pulls back to a very attractive lace ring.
S - Mild hops, grainy malts, and some corn but not as much as other said.
T - A hoppy Pilsner taste nothing too bitter or terrible with any skunky taste. Good.
M - As expected a light to medium bodied beer. Crisp.

Overall not worth picking up again Pilsner's are not my thing but this is good. Try it!

Aug 26, 2014
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 6/5/14. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. This is a bottle-conditioned beer. Pours a transparent golden with great clarity; fluffy eggshell white head that leaves awesome lacing and great retention. This truly is a beautiful looking beer. The aromas are full of malts. I feel like I'm picking up some pilsener malts. Some fresh bread with subtle hints of caramel. The aromas seem pretty faint overall. The flavors are a bit bolder than the aromas. There's a subtle hop bitterness, but the hop flavor is dull. Subtle hints of lime zest. More caramel. Subtle pine notes. Very grainy. Subtle sweetness. Clean and ultimately crisp. The mouthfeel is outstanding. Being bottle-conditioned can do that. Although it's a light beer, it has an amazing body to it. It's extremely creamy and fluffy with active carbonation. Mouthfeel is definitely the star of the show, in my opinion. So smooth and fun to drink.

The aromas and flavors aren't flashy, but the craftsmanship takes it to an enjoyable level. Very refreshing and fun to drink. It stays true to style. I still like Southern Tier's Live much more. Live has everything this beer has, plus aromas and flavors that really pop.

Aug 20, 2014
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potownbill from New York

3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Decent beer, but not worth a second bottle.
Appearance: Amber colored with a nice 1"head and very good lacing
Smell: Grainy, Actually smells a little like corn.
Taste: Slightly Bitter, again, somewhat grainy. Slight lemon.
Mouthfeel: good carbonation, smooth.
Overall: Not bad, but nothing stands out. I would pass over this one for many of the other APA's

Aug 09, 2014
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