Hop Sun
Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
American Pale Wheat Beer
Ranked #56
Ranked #21,981
3.78 | pDev: 11.9%
May 01, 2021
May 15, 2004
Very Good
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
On tap at Schouskjelleren. Pale golden colour, moderate white head, nice lacing. Very moderate aroma, some fruit, hints of honey. Soft mouthfeel. Pleasant smooth flavour of fruity hops, a moderate grapefruity bitterness in the finish. Easy drinking and refreshing.
May 01, 2021
Rated: 3.25 by Urk1127 from Pennsylvania

Dec 03, 2020
Rated: 3.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 06, 2020
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Reviewed by NyBeerBro from New York

4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Hop Sun is an extremely refreshing summer wheat beer which is very close to the traditional style. Southern Tier Brewing always puts out quality beers and Hop Sun is no exception.
Sep 26, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by alexsergio from New York

Aug 25, 2017
Rated: 3.73 by dcbeers from District of Columbia

Aug 04, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The appearance was a nice looking somewhat hazy golden yellow to orange color with one finger white foamy head that quickly dies and leaves a bubbly lacing. The smell had a super nice long inviting refreshing citrus aroma. Sweet fresh cut grass and a nice light bitter pine help to accentuate the "Summer"-Ness of this beer. The taste took all of the previously mentioned flavors and wrapped them up to let a super nice sweet sticky malty lemon flavoring come out. The aftertaste is refreshingly lemon sweet. On the palate, this one sits about a light altogether. I’m pretty sure I could pound this all day on the beach or on the boat. Overall, very nicely done APWA and one of my favorites by this brewery.
Jun 27, 2017
Rated: 3.81 by CHigby2K6 from New York

Jun 01, 2017
Rated: 3.65 by DaveCash from New York

May 13, 2017
Rated: 2.96 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania

Apr 21, 2017
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Reviewed by teromous from Virginia

3.24/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
From the right side of the label: "DOB 03/14/17 01:35PM"

Appearance: The head is short and fizzy which drops out to a mere ring and substandard for an ale brewed with wheat. The body is a nice light golden yellow color with a bit of haze but no visible particulates.

Aroma: There is a light lemon aroma to the beer. It reminds me of the way lemon head candy smells. Nothing else comes through.

Taste: Lemon flavor comes through right off the bat. It isn't a lemonade flavor as much as it is a lemon-heavy lemon tea. It is more sour than sweet...like regular, plain old lemons. There is a bit of a grassy flavor in the middle and at the end. The beer does say it is "brewed with lemons" and it certainly tastes like lemons.

Mouthfeel: It has a moderate tartness with just a bit of bitterness and not sweetness to cut either. It is rather unbalanced and doesn't feel like a wheat beer at all.

Overall: This beer is a bit of a conundrum. Those who enjoy lemonade will likely be left wanting a sweetness. Those who enjoy wheat beers will be left wondering where the wheat flavor is. The lemon flavor is done very well, to the point where it is just present enough to provide a bit of sourness to the palate and restrained enough that it doesn't feel like you're drinking lemon pledge. Unfortunately there isn't anything left to support the beer. It isn't a beer I would drink again but I would recommend checking it out as a curio. It is palatable enough to drink and it is interesting enough to enjoy at least once.
Apr 14, 2017
Rated: 3.77 by smithj4 from New York

Apr 07, 2017
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Reviewed by CNoj012 from New York

3.12/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
This beer pours a crystal clear, slightly pale golden color with a one finger, fizzy, bright white head that dissipates very quickly and leaves next to no lacing on the glass.

The most noticeable aroma is slightly tart lemon reminiscent of lemon heads, along with a bit of citrus hops and wheat.

Taste is not nearly as good as the smell. It honestly tastes like I am drinking a glass of lemon juice. Overpowering and offensive.

Feel is light and slightly watery, which is not helped out any by the lack of carbonation.

This beer is a miss on so many levels. I was not a fan of Hop Sun, but somehow this manages to be much worse. Not as bad as replacing Where the Helles Summer with the Raspberry Wheat, but yikes! Southern Tier is 0-2 on seasonals in 2017.
Apr 06, 2017
Rated: 4.36 by Yeldarb92 from Ohio

Feb 24, 2017
Rated: 3 by duvel1979 from District of Columbia

Feb 09, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by Timtac from New Jersey

Feb 05, 2017
Rated: 3.71 by Raime from Korea (North)

Jan 20, 2017
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Reviewed by DaneBramage from Illinois

3.12/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Poured from a bottle into a goblet glass, almost a transparent golden color. Hoppier than I expected, agreed with other reviews in that it's closer to a weaker American IPA than a wheat. Went down smooth and tasted refreshing after raking leaves on a warm fall afternoon, but the flavor is nothing exceptional. Not bad by any means but I wouldn't go out of my way to find it.
Nov 12, 2016
Rated: 4 by mikr from New Jersey

Oct 12, 2016
Rated: 4 by CalebM from Florida

Oct 10, 2016
Rated: 3.19 by VeganUndead from Virginia

Oct 09, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by GregStoner from Pennsylvania

Sep 26, 2016
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Reviewed by jjamadorphd from Florida

2.87/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
I consider Southern Tier a top notch brewer, but this particular offering fell short of expectations.

For a summer wheat, I look for something light, crisp, with a taste low on bitterness. What I got from this was the exact opposite. Though not necessarily a bad thing, it just wasn't what I was expecting when I crack open a summer wheat. I suppose it's their spin on it, but it's not spin I quite like. From the bottle it pours an also-ran amber color with a thick head that sticks around only for a little while, but has a decent lacing down the glass. The scent was mostly lavender (which is my code word for soapy) and unfortunately it translated to the taste as well (not as bad though.) The feel was mostly light but with a strong aftertaste of that lavender I'm not to keen on. Overall, it really isn't a bad brew, I'm sure there are folks out there that like this, but it's certainly not one of the STs I'll be on the look out in the future.
Sep 12, 2016
Rated: 2.75 by Cuervo_PCB from Florida

Aug 28, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by Vivs85 from New York

Aug 20, 2016
Rated: 4.4 by GinDC from Virginia

Aug 20, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by Srecko from Serbia

Aug 16, 2016
Rated: 4.35 by frykid from New Jersey

Aug 14, 2016
Rated: 3.25 by nstygles from Pennsylvania

Aug 13, 2016
Rated: 3.6 by Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

Aug 10, 2016
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Reviewed by Gajo74 from New York

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A fun summer brew. My theme this summer seems to be good lighter beers to drink while grilling out back. This one definitely fits the bill.
Pours a straw color with a decent head; ok retention.
Aroma is wheat like, fruity..,I'm thinking light citrus, pear and a hint of apple. None of the banana aspect I associate with Hefeweizen.
Light in the mouthful.. drinks pretty fast. Light fruit flavor with a dryish palate. Unlike Hefeweizen, the hops sets this one apart. Mild spicy hops that add depth and complexity without being overwhelming.
A nice summer seasonal.
Jul 30, 2016
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Rated by abzrlean from New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Live this beer!
Jul 30, 2016
Rated: 3.52 by StretchZep from Ohio

Jul 24, 2016
Rated: 3.98 by GtBoros from Illinois

Jul 24, 2016
Rated: 4.07 by PJCarnell from Massachusetts

Jul 14, 2016
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
A brewery draft exclusive.

Slightly cloudy pale yellow gold with a thin white ring.

They are not kidding about the lemon drop. This smells like the drink I prepare for myself when I have a sore throat or head cold--tea with fresh lemon and honey--but less heavy on all elements and more in the beer realm.

Flavor is less distinct to me, more like Earl Gray. Malt is a very faint, light wheat. I could imagine being fooled at a picnic into thinking this was an alcohol-free beverage.

Feel is thin, watery and fizzy.
Jul 12, 2016
Rated: 3.69 by drews240 from Rhode Island

Jul 11, 2016
Rated: 4.3 by ClePaul from Ohio

Jul 07, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by Scott_McCool from Florida

Jul 05, 2016
Rated: 3.82 by chrishiker1409 from New York

Jul 02, 2016
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