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Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good
566 Reviews
Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer)Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
southerntierbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 05-15-2004

BEER STATS
Reviews:
566
Ratings:
1,460
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
19.27%
 
 
Wants:
81
Gots:
195
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 566 | Ratings: 1,460
Reviews by kels:
Photo of kels
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drank this on-tap all summer at Cincy Reds games. This on-tap review, however, comes from this afternoon at Fries Cafe's BeerFest.

Appearance: Bright golden-sunny yellow with a short white head that fades fast and leaves good sticky lacing behind it. Visible carbonation around the head.

Smell: Straightforward hoppiness pairs nice with a very pleasing, mouthwatering citrus-floral aroma.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The mouth is very crisp and clean with light carbonation. The taste is very well-balanced and refreshing. Moderate hoppy-bitterness is mostly citrusy with only slight hints of pine and reminds me of sweet oranges. It's balanced by a slightly sweet malt that gives the beer a little depth without making it taste dark or heavy. The wheat isn't overly prominent, and acts more as a backdrop for the rest of the flavors, which is fine by me.

Drinkability: As good as it gets - a session beer to drink all day.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of beaulabauve
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Extraordinarily balanced. A beer that actually makes me want more. Would be amazing to drink on a hot summer's day.

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Photo of oberon
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out clear light golden with a thinner white head leaving no lace behind,great aromas a real zesty/citrusy hop jumps out ya wich is unexpected but welcome along with a little buttery note that lingers softly.Alot of subtle but very refined nuances to this beer a dry wheaty malt backbone holds up well to a healthy dose of citrusy hop I mean its nearly perfect finishing pretty dry and buttery.Compares very well with Three Ffloyds G-Head man I like these hoppy American wheat ales!

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Photo of mojohawk21
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Mac19872
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of J2L
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of woodchipper
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of JMD71
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a light golden color with a small head. Almost transparent. Little carbonation evident. Light penetrates glass all the way through.

Aroma: Hops are front & center! They are the overpowering ingredient in the aroma. Slight malt profile detected. Citrus fruits, pine needles, etc.

Taste: Bitter hops mainly evident. I'm not tasting any wheat profile. Grapefruit flavors from hops plays a large part in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp & clean. Very smooth all the way down.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable. Could have a few in a row. The clean finish lends towards being able to handle a few. Doesn't leave an aftertaste.

Comments: I liked this beer BUT I didn't think of it as really a wheat beer as I generally think of wheat beers. This was closer to an APA or IPA than a summer wheat. Too hoppy for a wheat beer. Again, Southern Tier seems to use the same hop bill so it does come off as tasting similar to their other offerings.

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Photo of AshlandNacho
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Akabufflaobilly
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of pengs68
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of csmartin6
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of heddar33
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of TTripp725
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of funkyfritos
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Doomcifer
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Guden
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy copper with just a hint of a white head that fades quickly to a few bubbles.

S- Not a whole lot, a little bit of honey and citrus.

T- A pleasant mixture of citrusy hops, sweet malt and wheat, and a refreshingly bitter finish. Hop Sun is a pretty apt name, it's a little like drinking liquid sunshine.

M- Creamy but moderately thin with a low carbonation. Works well with the sweet and hoppy balance.

O- A really nice beer. I haven't cared much for ST in the past but this one hits the spot, even a few months after its peak.

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Photo of kaiyote
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jason
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Firm white froth that sticks all of the glass, deep golden hue with a stunning clarity.

Smell: Floral and citric hops every where, soft yet laid on thick. Quick whiff of malt as well.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Semi-crisp moderate body, lots of mild hop oil flavor up front. Vaguely sharp hop bitterness plays with the crispness of the wheat and sweetness of the barely.

Drinkability & Notes: This has to be one of the best summer seasonals I have had to date.

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Photo of merlin48
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a chill hazed medium pale yellow body with small white head that leaves a few flecks of lace. Aroma is unremarkable, with some wheat malt and faint lemony citrus. Mouthfeel is refreshing, with a light body and zesty carbonation. Taste is understated. Wheat malt and a tame earthy hop bitterness. The carbonation and mouthfeel hold things together to produce a pretty decent summer lawnmower beer. Otherwise, an average example of a pedestrian style.

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Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a growler obtained fom good ole DeCiccios in Ardsley, NY. Pours lighter goldeny amber, near white head and tehn leaving expansive zones of lace on the glass. Lemon and fresh hop notes in the nose. Ahh summer time and the time is right for zesty, refeshing summer wheat beer, this one continues on what the sniff has started, more citrus, more fresh hop bite. It all adds up to an assertive take on the style, full of flavor, zest, citrus, hop character and summery goodness. More quality brew from NY state's own ST

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Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 1,460 ratings.
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